Therapists in 95121

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Aya Hackett
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95121
I am passionate about working with individuals to overcome any obstacles, life experiences, and transitions that may be affecting their self-growth. I bring a combination of transparency and gentleness together. My approach is optimistic, realistic, insightful, pleasant, empathetic, and non-judgmental. I am here to both support and challenge you while providing a comfortable and safe space for you to heal and rediscover yourself. I found my passion in learning how to promote the importance of mental health and break the stigma of mental health within the community.
I am passionate about working with individuals to overcome any obstacles, life experiences, and transitions that may be affecting their self-growth. I bring a combination of transparency and gentleness together. My approach is optimistic, realistic, insightful, pleasant, empathetic, and non-judgmental. I am here to both support and challenge you while providing a comfortable and safe space for you to heal and rediscover yourself. I found my passion in learning how to promote the importance of mental health and break the stigma of mental health within the community.
(408) 413-3964 View (408) 413-3964
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Shayma Mortazavi
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
San Jose, CA 95121
My name is Shayma Mortazavi, Licenced Marriage and Family Therapist, working in this field past decade. I specialize in helping adults who have faced severe psychological challenges, depression, mood instability, anxiety, anger management, work stress, relationship and parenting issues, phase of life adjustments, grief and loss, and cultural transitions experiences. I also have extensive knowledge of addiction and recovery.
My name is Shayma Mortazavi, Licenced Marriage and Family Therapist, working in this field past decade. I specialize in helping adults who have faced severe psychological challenges, depression, mood instability, anxiety, anger management, work stress, relationship and parenting issues, phase of life adjustments, grief and loss, and cultural transitions experiences. I also have extensive knowledge of addiction and recovery.
(408) 868-2445 View (408) 868-2445
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Victoria Ferdinand-Gant
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
San Jose, CA 95121
My name is Victoria Ferdinand-Gant, I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have been licensed since 2018 in California and have worked in the field of psychology and child and family services since 1997 (US and Internationally). The primary population I work with is in the treatment of anxiety and trauma. I also enjoy working with veterans since I am military raised. I am an eclectic therapist and will meet clients where they're at but my primary modalities are Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution focused skills, and Motivational work. I also enjoy working with couples.
My name is Victoria Ferdinand-Gant, I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have been licensed since 2018 in California and have worked in the field of psychology and child and family services since 1997 (US and Internationally). The primary population I work with is in the treatment of anxiety and trauma. I also enjoy working with veterans since I am military raised. I am an eclectic therapist and will meet clients where they're at but my primary modalities are Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution focused skills, and Motivational work. I also enjoy working with couples.
(669) 239-2576 View (669) 239-2576
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Gabriela Muniz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
San Jose, CA 95121
I am Gabriela Muniz, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker dedicated to providing a safe healing environment for first-generation students and young professionals. I prioritize liberation and collective healing for all individuals, and I am devoted to advocating for inclusivity, diversity, and social justice in our mental health services. I adopt a holistic approach, striving to meet clients at their current stage. Utilizing systemic theory, I analyze the different elements influencing my clients and craft tailored strategies to help them achieve their objectives.
I am Gabriela Muniz, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker dedicated to providing a safe healing environment for first-generation students and young professionals. I prioritize liberation and collective healing for all individuals, and I am devoted to advocating for inclusivity, diversity, and social justice in our mental health services. I adopt a holistic approach, striving to meet clients at their current stage. Utilizing systemic theory, I analyze the different elements influencing my clients and craft tailored strategies to help them achieve their objectives.
(323) 629-8248 View (323) 629-8248
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Tzu-Chen Cheng
Psychologist, LCP
Verified
San Jose, CA 95121
My name is Tzu-Chen Cheng, and I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist based in San Luis Obispo, CA. I work with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adults dealing with problems that could present as depression, anxiety or other mental health difficulties, using Solution Focused Therapy and Client-Centered approach to find solutions and explore deep rooted issues.
My name is Tzu-Chen Cheng, and I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist based in San Luis Obispo, CA. I work with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adults dealing with problems that could present as depression, anxiety or other mental health difficulties, using Solution Focused Therapy and Client-Centered approach to find solutions and explore deep rooted issues.
(562) 600-3415 View (562) 600-3415
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Wendy Nishikawa
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
San Jose, CA 95121
Hi there, I'm Wendy! I'm a licensed psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience providing high-quality clinical services and crisis intervention. I have worked in diverse settings ranging from residential mental health settings, higher education work/life programs, private practice, and county behavioral wellness programs.
Hi there, I'm Wendy! I'm a licensed psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience providing high-quality clinical services and crisis intervention. I have worked in diverse settings ranging from residential mental health settings, higher education work/life programs, private practice, and county behavioral wellness programs.
(916) 471-2728 View (916) 471-2728
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Michelle Joanne Needham
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
San Jose, CA 95121
I am here to help an individual in their journey to being more centered, happier, and filled with tools and skills to handle what life throws at us on our way. Are you tired of not feeling like you're not striving in life, barely hanging? Depressed, anxious, confused, feeling like you don't matter, unclear of your purpose? Do you want to feel better about yourself, more confident, and smile more? I'm no magician and can't make all these wishes come true. But I can provide a safe and unconditionally accepting place for you to explore the inner workings of your heart and soul and rid of old ways no longer serving you.
I am here to help an individual in their journey to being more centered, happier, and filled with tools and skills to handle what life throws at us on our way. Are you tired of not feeling like you're not striving in life, barely hanging? Depressed, anxious, confused, feeling like you don't matter, unclear of your purpose? Do you want to feel better about yourself, more confident, and smile more? I'm no magician and can't make all these wishes come true. But I can provide a safe and unconditionally accepting place for you to explore the inner workings of your heart and soul and rid of old ways no longer serving you.
(562) 207-5553 View (562) 207-5553
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Tiffany Hanff
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
San Jose, CA 95121
Hi! I'm Tiffany. I'm a social worker and have had over 10 years of working with clients in a variety of settings. I absolutely love working with clients as they learn to smile again through whatever situation it is that they find themselves in at the time. Personally, I love traveling, photography, and spending time with my family and my dog. I have worked with clients who have experienced domestic violence/IPV, foster care and adoption, NICU, long-term medical hospitalizations, grief/loss, homelessness and caregiving stress.
Hi! I'm Tiffany. I'm a social worker and have had over 10 years of working with clients in a variety of settings. I absolutely love working with clients as they learn to smile again through whatever situation it is that they find themselves in at the time. Personally, I love traveling, photography, and spending time with my family and my dog. I have worked with clients who have experienced domestic violence/IPV, foster care and adoption, NICU, long-term medical hospitalizations, grief/loss, homelessness and caregiving stress.
(951) 458-5961 View (951) 458-5961
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Deborah Kjar
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95121
I believe living a successful life is a process. I have to laugh at the expression,"Expect the Unexpected," because it is so true! In order to navigate through a life of uncertainty, you may need support or guidance during the more difficult stages. I am here so you don't have to go it alone. My goal is to create a safe environment for you to explore your personal needs. I would be honored to assist you with navigating life transitions such as job relocations, marriage conflicts, parenting challenges, major life decisions or empty nest syndrome.
I believe living a successful life is a process. I have to laugh at the expression,"Expect the Unexpected," because it is so true! In order to navigate through a life of uncertainty, you may need support or guidance during the more difficult stages. I am here so you don't have to go it alone. My goal is to create a safe environment for you to explore your personal needs. I would be honored to assist you with navigating life transitions such as job relocations, marriage conflicts, parenting challenges, major life decisions or empty nest syndrome.
(408) 703-5627 View (408) 703-5627
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Alyss Marie Swanson
Pre-Licensed Professional, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95121
Sudden and dramatic life transitions can rock our world, causing us to frequently feel disoriented and unsettled. Whether such moments are encountered through loss of a loved one, divorce, trauma, substance recovery or something equally profound, ones faith, meaning, purpose, and direction is often called on as a means to sustain us. I welcome the opportunity to work with you to heuristically discover and strengthen your inner-self and potentiality.
Sudden and dramatic life transitions can rock our world, causing us to frequently feel disoriented and unsettled. Whether such moments are encountered through loss of a loved one, divorce, trauma, substance recovery or something equally profound, ones faith, meaning, purpose, and direction is often called on as a means to sustain us. I welcome the opportunity to work with you to heuristically discover and strengthen your inner-self and potentiality.
(650) 383-3664 View (650) 383-3664
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Stacey Neil
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, PT
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95121  (Online Only)
I am a Psychotherapist, Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach who specializes in mind/body work with individuals, teenagers, couples and families. I promote transformational change that encourages healthy balances in work, life, and growth. I bring a unique integrative approach to overcoming issues such as depression, poor motivation, low self esteem, negative body image, anxiety, and feeling out of control and disempowered in your own life. In addition I help my clients understand underlying issues that lead to depression, anxiety, poor lifestyle choices, and codependent relationships. My work is my passion.
I am a Psychotherapist, Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach who specializes in mind/body work with individuals, teenagers, couples and families. I promote transformational change that encourages healthy balances in work, life, and growth. I bring a unique integrative approach to overcoming issues such as depression, poor motivation, low self esteem, negative body image, anxiety, and feeling out of control and disempowered in your own life. In addition I help my clients understand underlying issues that lead to depression, anxiety, poor lifestyle choices, and codependent relationships. My work is my passion.
(408) 637-4752 View (408) 637-4752
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Kristine Emiko Takeshita-Doty
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
San Jose, CA 95121
My name is Emi Takeshita-Doty and I am an LMFT based out of California. As a therapist, I view authenticity and rapport as vital ingredients of the therapeutic process. My goal during treatment is to give clients the opportunity to feel heard and collaboratively work together towards the client's vision of wellness. During my previous clinical experiences, I have worked with adults, adolescents, and children. Clinically, I am most familiar with treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, and adjustment disorders.
My name is Emi Takeshita-Doty and I am an LMFT based out of California. As a therapist, I view authenticity and rapport as vital ingredients of the therapeutic process. My goal during treatment is to give clients the opportunity to feel heard and collaboratively work together towards the client's vision of wellness. During my previous clinical experiences, I have worked with adults, adolescents, and children. Clinically, I am most familiar with treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, and adjustment disorders.
(323) 417-5398 View (323) 417-5398
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Lisa Kozlowski
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
San Jose, CA 95121
Hello, my name is Lisa Kozlowski. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I care about my clients and want to see them enjoy their life. You will receive an empathic straight forward therapy. You want understanding and healing? I am here to help you receive it. I can’t make you have it, but I will guide and teach you how to have it, but only you can do the work, and it takes practice. As a therapist I work with many different symptoms and diagnoses associated with emotional discomfort, discontent, substance abuse, CPS, traumas, PTSD, depression, anxiety, anger, burn out, marriage struggles, parenting, and more.
Hello, my name is Lisa Kozlowski. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I care about my clients and want to see them enjoy their life. You will receive an empathic straight forward therapy. You want understanding and healing? I am here to help you receive it. I can’t make you have it, but I will guide and teach you how to have it, but only you can do the work, and it takes practice. As a therapist I work with many different symptoms and diagnoses associated with emotional discomfort, discontent, substance abuse, CPS, traumas, PTSD, depression, anxiety, anger, burn out, marriage struggles, parenting, and more.
(424) 799-3476 View (424) 799-3476
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Kelli Washington
Counselor, LCMHC
Verified
San Jose, CA 95121
Hi, my name is Kelli Washington. I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Therapist, practicing in both California and Utah. I work with teens and young adults; navigating everyday difficulties, relationships, life transitions, and how to implement healthy practices into their daily lives. I work primarily with teens and young adults; navigating anxiety, depression, relationships, family difficulties, school, work, unhealthy thought patterns, goal setting, life transitions, and self-esteem.
Hi, my name is Kelli Washington. I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Therapist, practicing in both California and Utah. I work with teens and young adults; navigating everyday difficulties, relationships, life transitions, and how to implement healthy practices into their daily lives. I work primarily with teens and young adults; navigating anxiety, depression, relationships, family difficulties, school, work, unhealthy thought patterns, goal setting, life transitions, and self-esteem.
(951) 327-7383 View (951) 327-7383
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Leanna Park
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
San Jose, CA 95121
Hello there! My name is Leanna Park. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I am passionate about helping individuals, couples, and families through their toughest times, can celebrate with you through the good times, and be there with you through everything else in between. I can't wait to watch you grow as you meet your personal needs! I find myself working with a wide range of clients. I have seen individuals, couples, and families throughout my career as a therapist. The conditions that I find myself comfortable working with are anxiety, depression, relationship issues, substance use, and trauma.
Hello there! My name is Leanna Park. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I am passionate about helping individuals, couples, and families through their toughest times, can celebrate with you through the good times, and be there with you through everything else in between. I can't wait to watch you grow as you meet your personal needs! I find myself working with a wide range of clients. I have seen individuals, couples, and families throughout my career as a therapist. The conditions that I find myself comfortable working with are anxiety, depression, relationship issues, substance use, and trauma.
(619) 612-5270 View (619) 612-5270
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Laura L Sanchez-Lmft
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
San Jose, CA 95121  (Online Only)
Telehealth therapy available for clients who live in Calif. Evening appts. available. I am a compassionate, supportive, culturally competent, intelligent therapists who has the experience to connect with others. I offer this to my clients. I will get to the issues during the first session and help clients set goals for therapy. I have experience working with clients from different cultures struggling w/symptoms of depression, anxiety, life transitions, grief/loss, complex prolonged grief, sexual assault, complex trauma, communication issues, childless by choice or not by choice, IVF, parenting, PTSD, addiction.
Telehealth therapy available for clients who live in Calif. Evening appts. available. I am a compassionate, supportive, culturally competent, intelligent therapists who has the experience to connect with others. I offer this to my clients. I will get to the issues during the first session and help clients set goals for therapy. I have experience working with clients from different cultures struggling w/symptoms of depression, anxiety, life transitions, grief/loss, complex prolonged grief, sexual assault, complex trauma, communication issues, childless by choice or not by choice, IVF, parenting, PTSD, addiction.
(530) 444-6857 View (530) 444-6857
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Jaimi Martin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
San Jose, CA 95121
Hello, I'm Jaimi Martin LCWS, PH-C. I specialize in childhood trauma using EMDR, and postpartum depression and anxiety, using a feminist viewpoint. I work with individuals ages 12 and up, with a focus on life transitions. I support people in becoming their true selves. I've always worked in collaboration with others and found working as a therapist allowed that work to be more meaningful and deeper.
Hello, I'm Jaimi Martin LCWS, PH-C. I specialize in childhood trauma using EMDR, and postpartum depression and anxiety, using a feminist viewpoint. I work with individuals ages 12 and up, with a focus on life transitions. I support people in becoming their true selves. I've always worked in collaboration with others and found working as a therapist allowed that work to be more meaningful and deeper.
(559) 380-4131 View (559) 380-4131
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Silver Lake Psychology--San Jose location
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
San Jose, CA 95121
Learn how to feel more connected to yourself, others and the world around you. Therapy provides all the elements of intimacy: honest communication, vulnerability and trust. Good therapy is challenging yet warm, providing both structure and empathy for your unique experience. We are a collective of therapists with a wide range of specialties. Our intake professionals will help connect you with the right therapist for your needs. We make appointments easy, offering evenings and weekends and flexibility for creative professionals who can't make the same time each week.
Learn how to feel more connected to yourself, others and the world around you. Therapy provides all the elements of intimacy: honest communication, vulnerability and trust. Good therapy is challenging yet warm, providing both structure and empathy for your unique experience. We are a collective of therapists with a wide range of specialties. Our intake professionals will help connect you with the right therapist for your needs. We make appointments easy, offering evenings and weekends and flexibility for creative professionals who can't make the same time each week.
(408) 898-9697 View (408) 898-9697
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Noeman Samuels
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
San Jose, CA 95121
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy based in LA, California. I have a doctorate in psychology with 30 years of experience. I work with clients in person as well as via telehealth. I work with adults and specialize in depression, life challenges, trauma and grief using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, & Psychodynamic Therapy to help clients make progress and start feeling better. I have found that my style and approach is a good fit for adults, seniors, couples and families who may be dealing with the challenges of life. This often takes the form of anxiety, trauma, depression, stress and grief.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy based in LA, California. I have a doctorate in psychology with 30 years of experience. I work with clients in person as well as via telehealth. I work with adults and specialize in depression, life challenges, trauma and grief using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, & Psychodynamic Therapy to help clients make progress and start feeling better. I have found that my style and approach is a good fit for adults, seniors, couples and families who may be dealing with the challenges of life. This often takes the form of anxiety, trauma, depression, stress and grief.
(650) 563-7295 View (650) 563-7295
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Otilia Lopez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
San Jose, CA 95121
Therapy is an opportunity to further understand yourself on a deeper level and make the changes that are important to your life. I am a bilingual (English/Spanish) Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience in community mental health, social services, and case management in the medical sector. I have a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a double major in Spanish and Psychology. I obtained my Master’s degree in Social Work from California State University, Los Angeles with a concentration in Older Adults.
Therapy is an opportunity to further understand yourself on a deeper level and make the changes that are important to your life. I am a bilingual (English/Spanish) Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience in community mental health, social services, and case management in the medical sector. I have a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a double major in Spanish and Psychology. I obtained my Master’s degree in Social Work from California State University, Los Angeles with a concentration in Older Adults.
(805) 301-1594 View (805) 301-1594

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Number of Therapists in 95121

20+

Average cost per session

$165

Therapists in 95121 who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
90% Depression
69% Relationship Issues
66% Self Esteem
62% Coping Skills
62% Stress
62% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
96% Aetna
96% Health Net

How Therapists in 95121 see their clients

90% In Person and Online
10% Online Only

Gender breakdown

93% Female
7% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 95121?

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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.