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Don M Goodman Inc
Psychologist, PhD, CCHt, CDMHRS
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402
I believe anxiety and stress to be the foundation of many issues we all face. My first goal is to help my patients reduce stress thereby decreasing chronic pain, depression and even the ravages of disease and illness. By developing rapport and trust and then utilizing healthy coping skills, the goal of anxiety reduction can be achieved. Its important to remember that we are engaged in a collaborative process where we learn to accept, resolve, move on and let go. I find that mindfulness, meditation and breathing is highly effective in decreasing anxiety and depression.
I believe anxiety and stress to be the foundation of many issues we all face. My first goal is to help my patients reduce stress thereby decreasing chronic pain, depression and even the ravages of disease and illness. By developing rapport and trust and then utilizing healthy coping skills, the goal of anxiety reduction can be achieved. Its important to remember that we are engaged in a collaborative process where we learn to accept, resolve, move on and let go. I find that mindfulness, meditation and breathing is highly effective in decreasing anxiety and depression.
(818) 462-8293 View (818) 462-8293
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Eveline Smilack
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFA, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90402
Do problems feel unmanageable? Are relationships growing more stressful? Sometimes life can be challenging. It can be difficult to know how to move forward. My practice is dedicated to listening carefully and offering insight with compassion and care. I offer a trusting supportive space to understand and heal emotional experiences, develop nurturing relationships, and move towards fulfilling your personal goals. Whatever your reasons for wanting to talk to someone, therapy can help you better understand your experiences. Let psychotherapy help you discover your own potential. Starting the conversation is easier than you think. Reach out to explore the possibilities.
Do problems feel unmanageable? Are relationships growing more stressful? Sometimes life can be challenging. It can be difficult to know how to move forward. My practice is dedicated to listening carefully and offering insight with compassion and care. I offer a trusting supportive space to understand and heal emotional experiences, develop nurturing relationships, and move towards fulfilling your personal goals. Whatever your reasons for wanting to talk to someone, therapy can help you better understand your experiences. Let psychotherapy help you discover your own potential. Starting the conversation is easier than you think. Reach out to explore the possibilities.
(310) 869-1533 View (310) 869-1533
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Jacqueline Liebman-Gentile
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402  (Online Only)
No matter who you are, modern life requires that you juggle many roles and responsibilities, in limited amounts of time. Feeling like you're constantly behind and trying to catch up contributes to feelings of anxiety, which left unchecked can turn into depression and unhealthy patterns of coping. I help clients take control of their emotional lives by setting boundaries and discovering their inner strength to make new choices. My goal is to replace feelings of abandonment, anger, loneliness, and loss with hope.
No matter who you are, modern life requires that you juggle many roles and responsibilities, in limited amounts of time. Feeling like you're constantly behind and trying to catch up contributes to feelings of anxiety, which left unchecked can turn into depression and unhealthy patterns of coping. I help clients take control of their emotional lives by setting boundaries and discovering their inner strength to make new choices. My goal is to replace feelings of abandonment, anger, loneliness, and loss with hope.
(424) 287-4898 View (424) 287-4898
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Andrea Dyer
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90402  (Online Only)
You are anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, and feeling disconnected. It might be difficult to express what and how you have been feeling, which perpetuates the original distress. Sources of these feelings may begin with trauma, life transitions, or conflict with yourself or loved ones. These feelings can make us feel stagnant, but there is hope. The beautiful part of this is that you are willing to seek help and ultimately find meaning and purpose in your human experience. I will meet you right where you are at.
You are anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, and feeling disconnected. It might be difficult to express what and how you have been feeling, which perpetuates the original distress. Sources of these feelings may begin with trauma, life transitions, or conflict with yourself or loved ones. These feelings can make us feel stagnant, but there is hope. The beautiful part of this is that you are willing to seek help and ultimately find meaning and purpose in your human experience. I will meet you right where you are at.
(310) 861-3571 View (310) 861-3571
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Shana Bujake
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90402
As a therapist, I specialize in working with individuals and couples who have experienced trauma, including those who have suffered from narcissistic abuse, as well as those who are struggling with relationship issues. My approach is grounded in trauma-informed care, meaning that I prioritize creating a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment for my clients to explore and process their experiences. Additionally, I incorporate attachment theory to help clients understand and heal from attachment wounds. I also offer co-parenting classes to assist parents in navigating the challenges of raising children in separated families.
As a therapist, I specialize in working with individuals and couples who have experienced trauma, including those who have suffered from narcissistic abuse, as well as those who are struggling with relationship issues. My approach is grounded in trauma-informed care, meaning that I prioritize creating a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment for my clients to explore and process their experiences. Additionally, I incorporate attachment theory to help clients understand and heal from attachment wounds. I also offer co-parenting classes to assist parents in navigating the challenges of raising children in separated families.
(213) 725-2390 View (213) 725-2390
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Payton Somers
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402  (Online Only)
The clients that feel best served by my care are clients who are either motivated for, or contemplating, change in their life. These clients are curious about their personal patterns of behavior, exploring their past and present experiences, and are striving for a deeply fulfilling life. I serve clients who are experiencing the impact of trauma, depression and/or anxiety, identity changes (marriage, divorce, sobriety, parenthood, graduation, etc.), grief and loss, and perinatal mood disorders (perinatal anxiety and/or depression).
The clients that feel best served by my care are clients who are either motivated for, or contemplating, change in their life. These clients are curious about their personal patterns of behavior, exploring their past and present experiences, and are striving for a deeply fulfilling life. I serve clients who are experiencing the impact of trauma, depression and/or anxiety, identity changes (marriage, divorce, sobriety, parenthood, graduation, etc.), grief and loss, and perinatal mood disorders (perinatal anxiety and/or depression).
(310) 340-1481 View (310) 340-1481
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Kathryn Harrold
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402
All of us create patterns of behavior in our formative years to help us survive real and perceived dangers. What are those patterns? How have those patterns inhibited our lives today? How can we break free from those patterns and develop a more alive and integrated sense of self?
All of us create patterns of behavior in our formative years to help us survive real and perceived dangers. What are those patterns? How have those patterns inhibited our lives today? How can we break free from those patterns and develop a more alive and integrated sense of self?
(424) 277-2249 View (424) 277-2249
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Dafi Shanti
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402
My work is about helping you change your automatic patterns that keep you stuck and suffering. The story of your life that may have caused you pain & isn’t serving you anymore. Creating awareness will lead to creating change, a shift you from the way you used to deal w/ whatever challenges you are facing in the present: depression, anxiety, grief & relationship. By changing your beliefs, you will recalibrate. I’m passionate about empowering individuals in their journey to better their life quality into a life they deserve. I’m an Integrative Coach. I'm certified in Past Life Regression Therapy (PLR) from Dr. Brian Weiss.
My work is about helping you change your automatic patterns that keep you stuck and suffering. The story of your life that may have caused you pain & isn’t serving you anymore. Creating awareness will lead to creating change, a shift you from the way you used to deal w/ whatever challenges you are facing in the present: depression, anxiety, grief & relationship. By changing your beliefs, you will recalibrate. I’m passionate about empowering individuals in their journey to better their life quality into a life they deserve. I’m an Integrative Coach. I'm certified in Past Life Regression Therapy (PLR) from Dr. Brian Weiss.
(424) 587-2147 View (424) 587-2147
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Jessica Kauffmann
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402
There are so many reasons that cause us to seek help- whatever has led you here, welcome. In spite of how your obstacles may be impacting you, I firmly believe that no matter where you find yourself today, you possess an unshakeable resilience that has led you to make the decision to seek help and grow. No two clients are alike and our approach to your work should be a reflection of this individual complexity. Together, we can collaborate on the best ways to identify and reach your goals. By placing equal emphasis on both your struggles and unique strengths, you can feel empowered to make lasting changes.
There are so many reasons that cause us to seek help- whatever has led you here, welcome. In spite of how your obstacles may be impacting you, I firmly believe that no matter where you find yourself today, you possess an unshakeable resilience that has led you to make the decision to seek help and grow. No two clients are alike and our approach to your work should be a reflection of this individual complexity. Together, we can collaborate on the best ways to identify and reach your goals. By placing equal emphasis on both your struggles and unique strengths, you can feel empowered to make lasting changes.
(424) 216-5497 View (424) 216-5497
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Emily Caroline Pernoll
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402
My deepest intention is to grow compassion and human connection. My greatest hope through our work together is for you to know you are whole and worthy of love and belonging. With over 10 years as a therapist, educator and mindfulness facilitator, I offer integrative psychotherapy, spiritual coaching and group programs. My work is informed by mindfulness and compassion practices, the neuroscience of trauma and attachment and the mind-body connection.
My deepest intention is to grow compassion and human connection. My greatest hope through our work together is for you to know you are whole and worthy of love and belonging. With over 10 years as a therapist, educator and mindfulness facilitator, I offer integrative psychotherapy, spiritual coaching and group programs. My work is informed by mindfulness and compassion practices, the neuroscience of trauma and attachment and the mind-body connection.
(310) 254-2304 View (310) 254-2304
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Sharon Margaret Friedman
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402
I encourage you to get help when you need it despite how difficult it feels. As an experienced, professional psychotherapist, I can work with you in an individual or group setting to help you get through your issues and make changes in your life. You may come see me in my Santa Monica, California office or in my New York City office where I see clients once a month. I can also work with you online using Skype. I have clients as far away as London and Hong Kong. Call me if you would like a consultation.
I encourage you to get help when you need it despite how difficult it feels. As an experienced, professional psychotherapist, I can work with you in an individual or group setting to help you get through your issues and make changes in your life. You may come see me in my Santa Monica, California office or in my New York City office where I see clients once a month. I can also work with you online using Skype. I have clients as far away as London and Hong Kong. Call me if you would like a consultation.
(310) 736-1423 View (310) 736-1423
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Casey Siegenfeld
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90402
Often times, feelings of anxiety, depression, and fear can leave us paralyzed and unable to achieve our goals and find real fulfillment. I believe that through therapy and the relationship created in the therapeutic process, people can confront and overcome the feelings that may be keeping them from fully realizing their potential. As a therapist my goal is to create a safe, nurturing, non-judgmental environment in which you can explore feelings, resolve painful issues from the past and present, improve relationships and achieve fulfillment.
Often times, feelings of anxiety, depression, and fear can leave us paralyzed and unable to achieve our goals and find real fulfillment. I believe that through therapy and the relationship created in the therapeutic process, people can confront and overcome the feelings that may be keeping them from fully realizing their potential. As a therapist my goal is to create a safe, nurturing, non-judgmental environment in which you can explore feelings, resolve painful issues from the past and present, improve relationships and achieve fulfillment.
(310) 626-4887 View (310) 626-4887
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Leonie Nahamia
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402
I am an LMFT. I have worked with people from different walks of life doing couples education, helping with employment transitions, individuals suffering from substance abuse and families whose children are in foster care or at risk of entering foster care. Much of the latter mentioned, was working with individuals through their anxieties and maladaptive behaviors.
I am an LMFT. I have worked with people from different walks of life doing couples education, helping with employment transitions, individuals suffering from substance abuse and families whose children are in foster care or at risk of entering foster care. Much of the latter mentioned, was working with individuals through their anxieties and maladaptive behaviors.
(323) 760-7638 View (323) 760-7638
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Elaine R. Gordon
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402
I take pride as a psychologist in the area of personal growth when dealing with life's challenges. This involves meeting your needs and starting where you are now and going from there. I work collaboratively in order for you to get to a 'better' place. I have accumulated a wealth of experience helping others combat challenges of not being able to have children by traditional means. I worked with patients exploring 'good' solutions to this heart-rending process. My goal involves helping individuals deal with the normal and not so normal life challenges of depression, self-esteem, anxiety, relationships, children, parents, and more.
I take pride as a psychologist in the area of personal growth when dealing with life's challenges. This involves meeting your needs and starting where you are now and going from there. I work collaboratively in order for you to get to a 'better' place. I have accumulated a wealth of experience helping others combat challenges of not being able to have children by traditional means. I worked with patients exploring 'good' solutions to this heart-rending process. My goal involves helping individuals deal with the normal and not so normal life challenges of depression, self-esteem, anxiety, relationships, children, parents, and more.
(310) 736-4729 View (310) 736-4729
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Marc Lynn
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPCC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90402
It's important to note that I am NOT a Social Media influencer and your therapy will not end up anywhere outside the therapy office! Your feeling comfortable is a goal in therapy. Specifically, I specialize in working with COUPLES IN CRISIS, as well as with Men who are having difficulties in their relationships. I help couples navigate safely and WTHOUT BLAME through relational issues such as reactivity, betrayal, and intimacy issues and work towards a dialogue where both people feel seen and heard. In our work I come from a place that does not see people as problems but rather are suffering the effects of problems.
It's important to note that I am NOT a Social Media influencer and your therapy will not end up anywhere outside the therapy office! Your feeling comfortable is a goal in therapy. Specifically, I specialize in working with COUPLES IN CRISIS, as well as with Men who are having difficulties in their relationships. I help couples navigate safely and WTHOUT BLAME through relational issues such as reactivity, betrayal, and intimacy issues and work towards a dialogue where both people feel seen and heard. In our work I come from a place that does not see people as problems but rather are suffering the effects of problems.
(424) 250-0972 View (424) 250-0972
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Kathryn Sparks
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90402
With a background in the entertainment business, I have always been fascinated with other people and their stories. I see therapy as a creative, collaborative process in which I work closely with individuals, couples and families to find new ways of understanding their unique narrative. I believe I can help clients find acceptance, empowerment and purpose.
With a background in the entertainment business, I have always been fascinated with other people and their stories. I see therapy as a creative, collaborative process in which I work closely with individuals, couples and families to find new ways of understanding their unique narrative. I believe I can help clients find acceptance, empowerment and purpose.
(424) 543-1164 View (424) 543-1164
Donald S Hiroto
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402
I have been in clinical practice for over 35 years while also teaching and supervising future psychologists at UCLA. I believe that you deserve an experienced therapist with the knowledge and training to understand your problems and create a safe and trusting environment. Feeling understood with respect and dignity leads to a collaborative relationship in solving problems. My excellent experience and training in the most effective treatment approaches and ability to meet your unique needs helps empower you to make the personal changes in your relationships and emotional life that you want and deserve.
I have been in clinical practice for over 35 years while also teaching and supervising future psychologists at UCLA. I believe that you deserve an experienced therapist with the knowledge and training to understand your problems and create a safe and trusting environment. Feeling understood with respect and dignity leads to a collaborative relationship in solving problems. My excellent experience and training in the most effective treatment approaches and ability to meet your unique needs helps empower you to make the personal changes in your relationships and emotional life that you want and deserve.
(310) 692-9355 View (310) 692-9355
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Dr. Karen Shore
Psychologist, PhD, ABPP, CGP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90402  (Online Only)
QUALITY & EXPERIENCE I strive to be the most well-trained therapist I can be, and provide an atmosphere of privacy, safety, and trust. Beyond my Ph.D., I have certificates in Psychoanalysis, Group Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). I am a Certified EFT Supervisor. My experience with couples and individuals includes hetero and same-sex clients. After years in Santa Monica, I now work only via Zoom, serving people in CA and NY (Licensed in both states). Fee range for 2024: individuals, 45 minutes ($225-280), 60 min ($310-370); Couples and Adult Children & Parent(s), 75 min ($385-445) or 90 min ($480-540).
QUALITY & EXPERIENCE I strive to be the most well-trained therapist I can be, and provide an atmosphere of privacy, safety, and trust. Beyond my Ph.D., I have certificates in Psychoanalysis, Group Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). I am a Certified EFT Supervisor. My experience with couples and individuals includes hetero and same-sex clients. After years in Santa Monica, I now work only via Zoom, serving people in CA and NY (Licensed in both states). Fee range for 2024: individuals, 45 minutes ($225-280), 60 min ($310-370); Couples and Adult Children & Parent(s), 75 min ($385-445) or 90 min ($480-540).
(424) 625-2093 View (424) 625-2093
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Molly Schaffer
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402
People find their way to therapy for various reasons. You may be in crisis or you may be wanting to work on long-standing patterns that aren't working for you anymore. I am committed to helping people explore their lives: what's not working and why. I help people heal, find comfort, self-acceptance, and more successful relationships and careers. In a non-judgmental space, we will endeavor to figure out how to make things better to get you functioning well and hopefully, thriving.
People find their way to therapy for various reasons. You may be in crisis or you may be wanting to work on long-standing patterns that aren't working for you anymore. I am committed to helping people explore their lives: what's not working and why. I help people heal, find comfort, self-acceptance, and more successful relationships and careers. In a non-judgmental space, we will endeavor to figure out how to make things better to get you functioning well and hopefully, thriving.
(424) 322-4928 View (424) 322-4928
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Dr. Cate Vogl
Psychologist, PsyD, MFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402  (Online Only)
I provide a warm and non-judgmental space where we can work collaboratively to decrease your symptoms and reach your goals. Together, we can develop awareness of patterns that might be creating stuck points in your life, as well as process things from your past that may be impacting your present. My style is compassionate, interactive and direct when needed. Ultimately, my goal is to help you lead a more fulfilling and authentic life.
I provide a warm and non-judgmental space where we can work collaboratively to decrease your symptoms and reach your goals. Together, we can develop awareness of patterns that might be creating stuck points in your life, as well as process things from your past that may be impacting your present. My style is compassionate, interactive and direct when needed. Ultimately, my goal is to help you lead a more fulfilling and authentic life.
(818) 873-2645 View (818) 873-2645

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 90402

200+

Average cost per session

$200

Therapists in 90402 who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
90% Depression
84% Relationship Issues
78% Self Esteem
72% Trauma and PTSD
69% Grief
68% Stress

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

56% Other
52% Aetna
37% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in 90402 see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
18% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 90402?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

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Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.