Therapists in 94087

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Danielle Harel
PhD, MSW
Verified Verified
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
I can best help couples who want to create a strong relationship foundation, bridge differing desires, revitalize sexless (or low-sex) marriages or relationships, recover from an affair, or explore alternative relationships, such as poly or open relationships. I also help men who want to better understand themselves and their partners, be amazing lovers, or deal with erectile dysfunction. I have a strong expertise in working with women who struggle with low libido, or have issues with orgasms or sexual satisfaction.
I can best help couples who want to create a strong relationship foundation, bridge differing desires, revitalize sexless (or low-sex) marriages or relationships, recover from an affair, or explore alternative relationships, such as poly or open relationships. I also help men who want to better understand themselves and their partners, be amazing lovers, or deal with erectile dysfunction. I have a strong expertise in working with women who struggle with low libido, or have issues with orgasms or sexual satisfaction.
(408) 752-5463 View (408) 752-5463
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Lighthouse of Hope Counseling Center
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sunnyvale, CA 94087  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more that 35 years of experience working with individuals, families and youth. My mission is to assist people in examining their issues, while learning to make choices and decisions that will support them and their families in becoming physically, mentally and spiritually healthy.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more that 35 years of experience working with individuals, families and youth. My mission is to assist people in examining their issues, while learning to make choices and decisions that will support them and their families in becoming physically, mentally and spiritually healthy.
(408) 676-9946 View (408) 676-9946
SF Bay Therapist Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LCSW
Not Verified Not Verified
1 Endorsed
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Hello, We are a diverse group of therapists for the diverse and unique children, adults and couples of the California bay area. We create supportive and confidential environment for clients wanting to improve their mental health conditions of Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD/ trauma, depression and relational issues with treatment through Mindfulness based CBT, DBT, Psychodynamic, Narrative, EMDR, EFT, Imago and Solution Focused therapy modalities, to name few. Please, visit us on www.sfbaytherapistgroup.com to read more about our treatments, therapists and client services.
Hello, We are a diverse group of therapists for the diverse and unique children, adults and couples of the California bay area. We create supportive and confidential environment for clients wanting to improve their mental health conditions of Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD/ trauma, depression and relational issues with treatment through Mindfulness based CBT, DBT, Psychodynamic, Narrative, EMDR, EFT, Imago and Solution Focused therapy modalities, to name few. Please, visit us on www.sfbaytherapistgroup.com to read more about our treatments, therapists and client services.
(650) 535-8182 View (650) 535-8182
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Ruby Avila-Herrera
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
I have been working in the mental health field, in different capacities for 20 years. My goal in therapy is to provide a safe and inspiring space. My approach is always honest and direct, but gentle and dialogic. I take into consideration my client’s internal resources at the time and want to support them in understanding their feelings and behaviors and help guide in the journey to increased self-awareness and owned responsibility in the areas of life that have become overwhelming, with the end goal of healing and resolution.
I have been working in the mental health field, in different capacities for 20 years. My goal in therapy is to provide a safe and inspiring space. My approach is always honest and direct, but gentle and dialogic. I take into consideration my client’s internal resources at the time and want to support them in understanding their feelings and behaviors and help guide in the journey to increased self-awareness and owned responsibility in the areas of life that have become overwhelming, with the end goal of healing and resolution.
(650) 360-9480 View (650) 360-9480
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Rebecca Schack
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
My name is Rebecca Schack LMFT. I am passionate about healing through a holistic framework. My clinical orientation draws from somatic psychotherapy (Core Energetics), trauma treatment (Comprehensive Resource Model), attachment theory, and depth psychology. . I utilize a blend of contemporary approaches to inform and aid in treatment ranging from body reading, attachment theory, neurobiology, energy tracking, breath work, gestalt techniques, DBT, mindfulness, inner child/parts work, as well as resourcing, regulating, and grounding techniques for the central nervous system.
My name is Rebecca Schack LMFT. I am passionate about healing through a holistic framework. My clinical orientation draws from somatic psychotherapy (Core Energetics), trauma treatment (Comprehensive Resource Model), attachment theory, and depth psychology. . I utilize a blend of contemporary approaches to inform and aid in treatment ranging from body reading, attachment theory, neurobiology, energy tracking, breath work, gestalt techniques, DBT, mindfulness, inner child/parts work, as well as resourcing, regulating, and grounding techniques for the central nervous system.
(650) 613-4417 View (650) 613-4417
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Iris Cohen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
My focus is on easing your stress, worries, and challenges that you are facing. Together we will work on finding better ways to communicate at home and at work. I am offering tele-therapy through video and/or phone to all who want to be seen.I enjoy working with couples and individuals. When dealing with negative thoughts, I work on finding more coping thoughts, while using different approaches, such as CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), and family systems. With couples I often use EFT (emotional focus therapy). My therapy style is nurturing and empowering. Your happiness is my first priority!
My focus is on easing your stress, worries, and challenges that you are facing. Together we will work on finding better ways to communicate at home and at work. I am offering tele-therapy through video and/or phone to all who want to be seen.I enjoy working with couples and individuals. When dealing with negative thoughts, I work on finding more coping thoughts, while using different approaches, such as CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), and family systems. With couples I often use EFT (emotional focus therapy). My therapy style is nurturing and empowering. Your happiness is my first priority!
(408) 637-5688 View (408) 637-5688
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Maggie Lavey
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Hi, I am Maggie, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor/Psychotherapist and EMDR, trauma-informed therapist. I work from a humanistic, client-centered, holistic, and eclectic approach to healing, self-exploration, and growth. Specializing in a range of trauma-informed therapies working with anxiety, depression, relational trauma/narcissistic abuse, attachment, PTSD, complex trauma, and life transitions/stressors.
Hi, I am Maggie, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor/Psychotherapist and EMDR, trauma-informed therapist. I work from a humanistic, client-centered, holistic, and eclectic approach to healing, self-exploration, and growth. Specializing in a range of trauma-informed therapies working with anxiety, depression, relational trauma/narcissistic abuse, attachment, PTSD, complex trauma, and life transitions/stressors.
(650) 472-5247 View (650) 472-5247
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Liana Kostandyan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Have you ever asked yourself if a positive change can happen when you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel? I will say, “Yes, it can!” I am a psychotherapist specializing in treatment for depressive disorders, PTSD, anxiety, impulse control, grief, trauma, and substance use disorders in adolescents and adults. My practice focuses on targeting ineffective behaviors, habits, and beliefs that affect activities of daily functioning. I meet my clients where they are and help them learn how to cope effectively with life stressors to building healthier relationships with themselves and their loved ones.
Have you ever asked yourself if a positive change can happen when you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel? I will say, “Yes, it can!” I am a psychotherapist specializing in treatment for depressive disorders, PTSD, anxiety, impulse control, grief, trauma, and substance use disorders in adolescents and adults. My practice focuses on targeting ineffective behaviors, habits, and beliefs that affect activities of daily functioning. I meet my clients where they are and help them learn how to cope effectively with life stressors to building healthier relationships with themselves and their loved ones.
(650) 297-0589 View (650) 297-0589
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Talia Gaeta
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PPSC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sunnyvale, CA 94087  (Online Only)
I believe it is important to be your authentic self as a provider because the therapeutic relationship is exactly that: a relationship. We all bring the wonderful nuances of ourselves into this dynamic, and part of what makes me so passionate about this work is helping others navigate and express their identities.
I believe it is important to be your authentic self as a provider because the therapeutic relationship is exactly that: a relationship. We all bring the wonderful nuances of ourselves into this dynamic, and part of what makes me so passionate about this work is helping others navigate and express their identities.
(408) 831-3311 View (408) 831-3311
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Akanksha Srivastav
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Not accepting new clients
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who has been providing psychotherapy since 2012. If you are experiencing stress, depression, low self-esteem, career/life transitions, family/relationship issues -- I can help you come up with a personalized plan for getting better by providing a confidential, trusting and supportive environment and sincere, direct and flexible interactions with me. I can assist with social anxiety, obsessions and compulsions, traumatic experiences, and alcohol/drug use. I am particularly attuned to working with both first and second generation immigrants and those balancing multiple cultural identities.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who has been providing psychotherapy since 2012. If you are experiencing stress, depression, low self-esteem, career/life transitions, family/relationship issues -- I can help you come up with a personalized plan for getting better by providing a confidential, trusting and supportive environment and sincere, direct and flexible interactions with me. I can assist with social anxiety, obsessions and compulsions, traumatic experiences, and alcohol/drug use. I am particularly attuned to working with both first and second generation immigrants and those balancing multiple cultural identities.
(408) 676-4564 View (408) 676-4564
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Andrew Schnell
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
As human beings we learn, develop meaning, and create a sense of purpose through each other and the relationships we form. In the same spirit I believe the therapeutic process is driven by the relationship formed between the client and the therapist. This is why my approach in therapy is guided by the question - "How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for their personal growth?" I strive to create an empathic, nonjudgmental atmosphere where you feel safe and empowered to work toward personal growth and creating lasting change; forming trust and leaning toward vulnerability.
As human beings we learn, develop meaning, and create a sense of purpose through each other and the relationships we form. In the same spirit I believe the therapeutic process is driven by the relationship formed between the client and the therapist. This is why my approach in therapy is guided by the question - "How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for their personal growth?" I strive to create an empathic, nonjudgmental atmosphere where you feel safe and empowered to work toward personal growth and creating lasting change; forming trust and leaning toward vulnerability.
(650) 405-0646 View (650) 405-0646
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Annette Chan Han
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sunnyvale, CA 94087  (Online Only)
I am a clinical psychologist licensed in the state of California. A few of my specialties include high functioning depression & anxiety, trauma & PTSD, young adults identity development, spiritual integration in therapy.  I help my clients move through “stuck-ness” and find balance in their inner world. During our session, we try to figure out how to find rest while making practical changes; look into past history and also move toward the future; honor your own values while finding ways to meet expectations from others.
I am a clinical psychologist licensed in the state of California. A few of my specialties include high functioning depression & anxiety, trauma & PTSD, young adults identity development, spiritual integration in therapy.  I help my clients move through “stuck-ness” and find balance in their inner world. During our session, we try to figure out how to find rest while making practical changes; look into past history and also move toward the future; honor your own values while finding ways to meet expectations from others.
(714) 461-0682 View (714) 461-0682
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Lauren Smith Conaway
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Sunnyvale, CA 94087  (Online Only)
If you're looking for a safe, warm and gentle space to find peace and clarity for yourself or your child, I'd love to partner with you in your healing work. My passion is guiding children, teens and adult women to develop their inner wisdom, to cultivate tools for peace and grounding, and to reconnect with nature. I utilize a holistic approach for your whole being, addressing mind, body and soul. Together we'll develop a healing plan with modalities such as Ecotherapy, CBT, DBT, Art Therapy or Reiki, tailoring treatment to your needs.
If you're looking for a safe, warm and gentle space to find peace and clarity for yourself or your child, I'd love to partner with you in your healing work. My passion is guiding children, teens and adult women to develop their inner wisdom, to cultivate tools for peace and grounding, and to reconnect with nature. I utilize a holistic approach for your whole being, addressing mind, body and soul. Together we'll develop a healing plan with modalities such as Ecotherapy, CBT, DBT, Art Therapy or Reiki, tailoring treatment to your needs.
(831) 661-8466 View (831) 661-8466
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Therese Frey
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, MAC
Verified Verified
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Are you relying on unhealthy habits to cope with stress, anxiety, depression or life's challenges? Is it time to make some changes in your life but you feel stuck and don't know where to begin? Are you tired of feeling lonely, empty, sad or misunderstood? Do you struggle with allowing yourself to feel vulnerable with others? Does a healthy work-life balance seem impossible for you? If any of these questions ring true for you, some support might be just what you need.
Are you relying on unhealthy habits to cope with stress, anxiety, depression or life's challenges? Is it time to make some changes in your life but you feel stuck and don't know where to begin? Are you tired of feeling lonely, empty, sad or misunderstood? Do you struggle with allowing yourself to feel vulnerable with others? Does a healthy work-life balance seem impossible for you? If any of these questions ring true for you, some support might be just what you need.
(408) 786-9697 View (408) 786-9697
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Amy Markoff Johnson
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
Sunnyvale, CA 94087  (Online Only)
My passion and purpose is working with survivors of complex relational trauma. You may be living with the effects of infidelity, domestic violence, sexual abuse, or addiction, or the stress of parenting a child with a chronic illness or disability. Or you may be seeking a therapist for your pre-teen or adolescent who is experiencing anxiety, family stress, or feeling they don't fit in with peers. You may also be a member of a marginalized group affected by systemic traumas. These kinds of relational wounds require relational healing. I will work with you to build a safe, supportive space for this healing work in therapy.
My passion and purpose is working with survivors of complex relational trauma. You may be living with the effects of infidelity, domestic violence, sexual abuse, or addiction, or the stress of parenting a child with a chronic illness or disability. Or you may be seeking a therapist for your pre-teen or adolescent who is experiencing anxiety, family stress, or feeling they don't fit in with peers. You may also be a member of a marginalized group affected by systemic traumas. These kinds of relational wounds require relational healing. I will work with you to build a safe, supportive space for this healing work in therapy.
(650) 582-3072 View (650) 582-3072
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Harmonious Healing Space
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
If you are struggling with challenging emotions or going through a difficult time in life. I am here to provide the space and strategies to process those difficult emotions and help you have a healthier relationship with yourself and others. Please feel free to reach out to me for a free consultation. Si estás luchando con emociones desafiantes o pasando por un momento difícil en la vida. Estoy aquí para proporcionarte el espacio y las estrategias para procesar esas emociones difíciles y ayudarle a tener una relación más saludable consigo mismo y con los demás . Por favor, no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo para una consulta gra
If you are struggling with challenging emotions or going through a difficult time in life. I am here to provide the space and strategies to process those difficult emotions and help you have a healthier relationship with yourself and others. Please feel free to reach out to me for a free consultation. Si estás luchando con emociones desafiantes o pasando por un momento difícil en la vida. Estoy aquí para proporcionarte el espacio y las estrategias para procesar esas emociones difíciles y ayudarle a tener una relación más saludable consigo mismo y con los demás . Por favor, no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo para una consulta gra
(650) 457-8033 View (650) 457-8033
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Kelly Koken
Marriage & Family Therapist, MBA, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Are you feeling stuck in life? Does stress at work, from life, from family, your partner or friends, feel overwhelming? I believe that we all deserver to live happy, healthy lives. I help adults and adolescents who are struggling with depression, trauma, anxiety, stress, anger, life transitions, or grief. Together we untangle what is holding you back and keeping you from being your best self. Whether you are feeling anxious, depressed, or at your wits' end there is help for you. Together, we will help you get unstuck and cope with your life’s challenges. Let's bring happiness back to your life!
Are you feeling stuck in life? Does stress at work, from life, from family, your partner or friends, feel overwhelming? I believe that we all deserver to live happy, healthy lives. I help adults and adolescents who are struggling with depression, trauma, anxiety, stress, anger, life transitions, or grief. Together we untangle what is holding you back and keeping you from being your best self. Whether you are feeling anxious, depressed, or at your wits' end there is help for you. Together, we will help you get unstuck and cope with your life’s challenges. Let's bring happiness back to your life!
(408) 599-3066 View (408) 599-3066
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Jill Wickersham
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
For those who seek to achieve more harmony in all of their relationships and a deeper intimacy with those they love.
For those who seek to achieve more harmony in all of their relationships and a deeper intimacy with those they love.
(650) 396-3405 View (650) 396-3405
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Shelley Hamilton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
I work with clients who have experienced complex traumas with a specialization in childhood abuse and neglect. Trauma is an emotional response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event that overwhelms an individual’s ability cope. Trauma, especially those during childhood, can lead to worrisome symptoms throughout adolescence and adulthood. It has the capacity to adversely affect feelings of self-worth, the ability to maintain healthy relationships and optimal functioning in school or work. This is where therapy can be beneficial.
I work with clients who have experienced complex traumas with a specialization in childhood abuse and neglect. Trauma is an emotional response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event that overwhelms an individual’s ability cope. Trauma, especially those during childhood, can lead to worrisome symptoms throughout adolescence and adulthood. It has the capacity to adversely affect feelings of self-worth, the ability to maintain healthy relationships and optimal functioning in school or work. This is where therapy can be beneficial.
(650) 832-9496 View (650) 832-9496
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Virginia Zarinebaf
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Hi my name is Ginny Zarinebaf, She, Her, Hers I am a practicing LPCC for the last 10 years. My approach to our time together is through a strength base, compassionate trauma informed lens. My practices focus on models of Attachment, Trauma informed CBT, Somatic and Mindfulness. I am also a Certified Trauma Informed Yoga instructor. My approach to providing therapy is modeled through a strength-based approach, open communication and space for growth. I strive to ensure safety, flow at your pace and goal for our time together.
Hi my name is Ginny Zarinebaf, She, Her, Hers I am a practicing LPCC for the last 10 years. My approach to our time together is through a strength base, compassionate trauma informed lens. My practices focus on models of Attachment, Trauma informed CBT, Somatic and Mindfulness. I am also a Certified Trauma Informed Yoga instructor. My approach to providing therapy is modeled through a strength-based approach, open communication and space for growth. I strive to ensure safety, flow at your pace and goal for our time together.
(650) 889-7786 View (650) 889-7786

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 94087

100+

Average cost per session

$200

Therapists in 94087 who prioritize treating:

89% Anxiety
88% Depression
72% Self Esteem
71% Relationship Issues
65% Stress
64% Coping Skills
61% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

67% Aetna
64% MHN | Health Net
60% Anthem | Elevance

How Therapists in 94087 see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
19% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 94087?

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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.