Therapists in Bessemer, AL

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Larry R Massey
Counselor, MDiv, MAC MHC, DMin
Verified Verified
Bessemer, AL 35022
God intends for us to be happy and content while the struggles of this world constantly attack the very foundation of our mental health. Things like intrusive thoughts of fear, jealously, inferiority, anger, mistrust, unforgiveness, and guilt rob us of our confidence and sense of wellbeing. Obsessive behavior or feelings of anxiety or depression can prevent or erode relationships that add so much to our lives. Healthy work relationships, marriage, and family relationships are all negatively or positively impacted by our perception. Our behavior will not change until our thinking changes. Why continue in pain when there is a relief.
God intends for us to be happy and content while the struggles of this world constantly attack the very foundation of our mental health. Things like intrusive thoughts of fear, jealously, inferiority, anger, mistrust, unforgiveness, and guilt rob us of our confidence and sense of wellbeing. Obsessive behavior or feelings of anxiety or depression can prevent or erode relationships that add so much to our lives. Healthy work relationships, marriage, and family relationships are all negatively or positively impacted by our perception. Our behavior will not change until our thinking changes. Why continue in pain when there is a relief.
(205) 402-8969 x7 View (205) 402-8969 x7
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Tamara Oliver-Jackson
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdS, LPC , NCC, CAMS-II, RPT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bessemer, AL 35020
I work to create a safe, confidential, genuine, and non-judgmental setting, which is essential for establishing a healthy therapeutic relationship. When clients can experience a sense of unconditional positive regard from their therapist, they will be more apt to be vested in the therapeutic process. Part of my job as a therapist is to actively listen to what you are saying and not saying, during each session. Through active listening, I can help you explore the underlying issues of your experience as well as identify your personal strengths. I utilize a myriad of therapeutic approaches in meeting clients' individual therapeutic goals, needs, and styles. Such as, 'talk' therapy, humanistic, cognitive-behavioral therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy, play therapy, and sand tray therapy, etc. I promote increased self-awareness and actualization, which develops emotional, physical, and spiritual balance. This works towards reducing many sources of conflict in one's life.
I work to create a safe, confidential, genuine, and non-judgmental setting, which is essential for establishing a healthy therapeutic relationship. When clients can experience a sense of unconditional positive regard from their therapist, they will be more apt to be vested in the therapeutic process. Part of my job as a therapist is to actively listen to what you are saying and not saying, during each session. Through active listening, I can help you explore the underlying issues of your experience as well as identify your personal strengths. I utilize a myriad of therapeutic approaches in meeting clients' individual therapeutic goals, needs, and styles. Such as, 'talk' therapy, humanistic, cognitive-behavioral therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy, play therapy, and sand tray therapy, etc. I promote increased self-awareness and actualization, which develops emotional, physical, and spiritual balance. This works towards reducing many sources of conflict in one's life.
(205) 881-5028 View (205) 881-5028
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Janet P Stoudenmire
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC-S, ICADC, MAC, SAP
Verified Verified
Bessemer, AL 35020
I have had the privilege of working with individuals, couples, families, and groups for over 25 years as a certified and licensed professional counselor. My work expresses my strong belief in every human being's natural drive towards growth, individuation, and integration. I value our ability to live in the present with all of the aliveness that this allows. Areas of particular interest include fostering connection for empowering people and fostering connection for couples as well as other intimate systems, and healing from loss.
I have had the privilege of working with individuals, couples, families, and groups for over 25 years as a certified and licensed professional counselor. My work expresses my strong belief in every human being's natural drive towards growth, individuation, and integration. I value our ability to live in the present with all of the aliveness that this allows. Areas of particular interest include fostering connection for empowering people and fostering connection for couples as well as other intimate systems, and healing from loss.
(205) 255-9173 View (205) 255-9173
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Restoration Faith Based Counseling, Inc
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, PIP, MPH, MDiv, DMin
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bessemer, AL 35022  (Online Only)
I desire to serve any person in need of mental health counseling across multiple areas. I want to provide affordable counseling to those in need by accepting insurance from multiple insurance providers and providing a sliding fee scale.
I desire to serve any person in need of mental health counseling across multiple areas. I want to provide affordable counseling to those in need by accepting insurance from multiple insurance providers and providing a sliding fee scale.
(205) 582-7885 View (205) 582-7885
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Healing Conversations, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Bessemer, AL 35020
***CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS*** Is your child experiencing behavioral problems or struggling with self-esteem? Is your child grieving or adjusting to a recent divorce or separation? Maybe you desire additional support to help strengthen the parent/child relationship and/or family unit.
***CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS*** Is your child experiencing behavioral problems or struggling with self-esteem? Is your child grieving or adjusting to a recent divorce or separation? Maybe you desire additional support to help strengthen the parent/child relationship and/or family unit.
(205) 270-5567 View (205) 270-5567
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Anita C Barnes
Counselor, MEd, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Bessemer, AL 35022
I am a Christian Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Alabama who provides in office and virtual counseling. I am an independent nationally certified counselor who has experience working with teens and adults. I am experienced in rehabilitation, coping with anxiety and depression, grief, adverse childhood events, crisis intervention and trauma in both adolescents and adults. I employ an eclectic mix of modalities to meet each client's unique needs. I believe everyone should have a safe and healing place to work through life's difficulties and feel supported.
I am a Christian Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Alabama who provides in office and virtual counseling. I am an independent nationally certified counselor who has experience working with teens and adults. I am experienced in rehabilitation, coping with anxiety and depression, grief, adverse childhood events, crisis intervention and trauma in both adolescents and adults. I employ an eclectic mix of modalities to meet each client's unique needs. I believe everyone should have a safe and healing place to work through life's difficulties and feel supported.
(205) 677-5120 View (205) 677-5120
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Devin Williams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bessemer, AL 35020
Not accepting new clients
You're finally at a place where you're ready to prioritize your needs. Things happened that robbed you of your joy and you're struggling to see the light. You feel stuck and wonder where to turn. You turn here. I see you. I hear you. I can hold space for you.
You're finally at a place where you're ready to prioritize your needs. Things happened that robbed you of your joy and you're struggling to see the light. You feel stuck and wonder where to turn. You turn here. I see you. I hear you. I can hold space for you.
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Ronald E Douglas
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S, NCC
Verified Verified
Bessemer, AL 35020
I believe anyone can change with the desire to want to change. I feel that having someone to listen to you and talk issues through is important and key to successful growth and change. We are all social beings with hurts, feelings, and issues to work through and I am a therapist that will listen and help you work through your life situations. Together there are no hurdles that can't be accomplished.
I believe anyone can change with the desire to want to change. I feel that having someone to listen to you and talk issues through is important and key to successful growth and change. We are all social beings with hurts, feelings, and issues to work through and I am a therapist that will listen and help you work through your life situations. Together there are no hurdles that can't be accomplished.
(205) 610-8140 View (205) 610-8140
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Robert W Montgomery
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bessemer, AL 35022
I am a licensed, clinical therapist who works with all sorts of people who are in emotional pain. Think issues like anxiety/worry, marriage/relationship dysfunction, depression, family conflicts, college challenges, addiction or anger. I am trained in many different ways of doing therapy and believe you will experience energetic and deeply meaningful sessions. Having a former 25-year career working for a Fortune 100 Company, I also bring real life experiences to the session. I treat emotional trauma through two specific and powerful therapies called IFS and EMDR.
I am a licensed, clinical therapist who works with all sorts of people who are in emotional pain. Think issues like anxiety/worry, marriage/relationship dysfunction, depression, family conflicts, college challenges, addiction or anger. I am trained in many different ways of doing therapy and believe you will experience energetic and deeply meaningful sessions. Having a former 25-year career working for a Fortune 100 Company, I also bring real life experiences to the session. I treat emotional trauma through two specific and powerful therapies called IFS and EMDR.
(205) 518-9590 View (205) 518-9590
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Dr. Griena Knight Davis
Licensed Professional Counselor, MACN, EdD, LPC, BCC, BC-TMH
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bessemer, AL 35022
I strive to enable individuals to realize a happier, healthier, and more successful existence through services that optimizes one's personally defined well being. I provide innovative, responsive, and quality mental health services addressing the obstacles that negatively impact an individual's quality of life such as: Stress and Anxiety; Depression; Relationship Issues; Anger Management; Self-Esteem; Adjustment Issues; Grief and Loss; and Identity Issues. I cultivate a helping relationship that allows the client to define and achieve a healthy lifestyle.
I strive to enable individuals to realize a happier, healthier, and more successful existence through services that optimizes one's personally defined well being. I provide innovative, responsive, and quality mental health services addressing the obstacles that negatively impact an individual's quality of life such as: Stress and Anxiety; Depression; Relationship Issues; Anger Management; Self-Esteem; Adjustment Issues; Grief and Loss; and Identity Issues. I cultivate a helping relationship that allows the client to define and achieve a healthy lifestyle.
(205) 236-6774 View (205) 236-6774
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Birmingham Anxiety and Trauma Therapy
Psychologist, PhD, LICSW, LPC, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bessemer, AL 35021
Do you struggle with anxiety and excessive worry? Have you been through a traumatic event that was difficult to resolve? We help individuals, couples, children, and families overcome anxiety, depression, worry, recent or past trauma, stress, PTSD, child behavioral problems, couples challenges, and family conflict issues. We identify ways to get you un-stuck and back to wellness. Our Psychologists and Therapists have many years of combined training and experience. We use state of the art techniques to help you overcome your challenges. We'll help you practice new ways of looking at things and handling problems more effectively.
Do you struggle with anxiety and excessive worry? Have you been through a traumatic event that was difficult to resolve? We help individuals, couples, children, and families overcome anxiety, depression, worry, recent or past trauma, stress, PTSD, child behavioral problems, couples challenges, and family conflict issues. We identify ways to get you un-stuck and back to wellness. Our Psychologists and Therapists have many years of combined training and experience. We use state of the art techniques to help you overcome your challenges. We'll help you practice new ways of looking at things and handling problems more effectively.
(205) 272-5676 View (205) 272-5676
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Rekita C. Jackson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, CAMS, CGS
Verified Verified
Bessemer, AL 35020
***Now Accepting New Clients***Life sometimes deals us problems and situations that seem impossible to handle. But do know there is a flip side to every card. Let me help you help yourself to work through issues life may throw your way.
***Now Accepting New Clients***Life sometimes deals us problems and situations that seem impossible to handle. But do know there is a flip side to every card. Let me help you help yourself to work through issues life may throw your way.
(205) 272-5594 View (205) 272-5594
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Jenkins-Richardson & Associates LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified Verified
Bessemer, AL 35022
Accepting New Clients! Jenkins-Richardson & Associates is a diverse practice of Licensed Counselors and Social Workers. We are also one of a few practices state-wide who has both a Registered Play/Art Therapist and a Certified Pastoral Counselor on staff. We provide in person counseling services in our Tuscaloosa offices and telehealth services to individuals residing in the state of Alabama. Our services include Individual counseling for ages 4+, Couples, Family, and Group Counseling. Our specialization areas are as follows:
Accepting New Clients! Jenkins-Richardson & Associates is a diverse practice of Licensed Counselors and Social Workers. We are also one of a few practices state-wide who has both a Registered Play/Art Therapist and a Certified Pastoral Counselor on staff. We provide in person counseling services in our Tuscaloosa offices and telehealth services to individuals residing in the state of Alabama. Our services include Individual counseling for ages 4+, Couples, Family, and Group Counseling. Our specialization areas are as follows:
(205) 691-4385 View (205) 691-4385
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Te'aira Davis
Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Bessemer, AL 35020
**Now Accepting New Clients**As a licensed and national board certified counselor, I have several years of counseling experience with helping children, teens, adults as well as individuals with disabilities. I strive to meet clients where they are by offering counseling services utilizing various psychotherapy techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Therapy. I help clients to focus on their needs and identify goals for success. I want you to be a happier, healthier you.
**Now Accepting New Clients**As a licensed and national board certified counselor, I have several years of counseling experience with helping children, teens, adults as well as individuals with disabilities. I strive to meet clients where they are by offering counseling services utilizing various psychotherapy techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Therapy. I help clients to focus on their needs and identify goals for success. I want you to be a happier, healthier you.
(205) 576-0805 View (205) 576-0805
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Seth Powell
Counselor, MS, ALC
Verified Verified
Bessemer, AL 35022
Ofaros is a family-oriented practice in Hueytown, AL. Services are tailored to support individuals and families in their journey toward healing, greater peace, and fuller joy. Owner and clinical counselor, Seth Powell, brings both broad expertise and in-depth personal experience into each session to make sure you receive high-quality, thorough care. Our services include counseling, parent coaching, consulting, and more. See our website for more information on how Ofaros can partner with you to find your brighter way forward. We are proud to accept Mediad for clients between the ages of 5 and 18 with a referral from their doctor.
Ofaros is a family-oriented practice in Hueytown, AL. Services are tailored to support individuals and families in their journey toward healing, greater peace, and fuller joy. Owner and clinical counselor, Seth Powell, brings both broad expertise and in-depth personal experience into each session to make sure you receive high-quality, thorough care. Our services include counseling, parent coaching, consulting, and more. See our website for more information on how Ofaros can partner with you to find your brighter way forward. We are proud to accept Mediad for clients between the ages of 5 and 18 with a referral from their doctor.
(205) 606-4819 View (205) 606-4819
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Lyn Crawford
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdS, LPC, NCC, MAC, RPT
Verified Verified
Bessemer, AL 35022
Hello, I'm glad you're here. I can be reached at Eagle Consulting/Counseling Division. The number is 256-716-0811 or fill out the online paperwork at www.eaglecounselingtec.com. Believe me you do not have to go through life's struggles alone. I want to help you stop surviving and start thriving. People who seek counseling may be dealing with several issues at the same time. These issues can include, but are not limited to, children acting-out, anxiety, depression, divorce, grief, low self-esteem, marriage, substance use, secondary trauma and, wounds from life.
Hello, I'm glad you're here. I can be reached at Eagle Consulting/Counseling Division. The number is 256-716-0811 or fill out the online paperwork at www.eaglecounselingtec.com. Believe me you do not have to go through life's struggles alone. I want to help you stop surviving and start thriving. People who seek counseling may be dealing with several issues at the same time. These issues can include, but are not limited to, children acting-out, anxiety, depression, divorce, grief, low self-esteem, marriage, substance use, secondary trauma and, wounds from life.
(938) 888-7866 View (938) 888-7866
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Angelica Bellman
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bessemer, AL 35021
Are you wanting some help for your child - and maybe for yourself as well? Although I also work with adults, my specialty is working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma and anxiety. Everyone can make progress with the right amount of support, guidance, and encouragement. I help children and adults recognize their strengths, make better decisions, and develop healthy relationships with others. "Balance is not something you find, it's something you create." (Jana Kingsford)
Are you wanting some help for your child - and maybe for yourself as well? Although I also work with adults, my specialty is working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma and anxiety. Everyone can make progress with the right amount of support, guidance, and encouragement. I help children and adults recognize their strengths, make better decisions, and develop healthy relationships with others. "Balance is not something you find, it's something you create." (Jana Kingsford)
(205) 882-3745 View (205) 882-3745
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Morgan C. Parks
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bessemer, AL 35020  (Online Only)
Are you looking to become the best version of yourself, but anxiety and depression are holding you back? Are you struggling with a major life transition and need help navigating? Maybe you just want to vent until your heart is content! Whether you want to dig deep and get to the root or keep it light and just get things off your chest, I am here to help! Lets lighten your load & brighten your day, empowering you to reclaim your control and find peace within. The best place to be is LightHearted Therapy, LLC!
Are you looking to become the best version of yourself, but anxiety and depression are holding you back? Are you struggling with a major life transition and need help navigating? Maybe you just want to vent until your heart is content! Whether you want to dig deep and get to the root or keep it light and just get things off your chest, I am here to help! Lets lighten your load & brighten your day, empowering you to reclaim your control and find peace within. The best place to be is LightHearted Therapy, LLC!
(205) 883-1846 View (205) 883-1846
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LaTesha Gardner
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bessemer, AL 35021
No two people or situations are exactly the same. I use active listening skills as you express your reality, so that we can work towards a positive change in your situation. I enjoy and continue to work with a diverse clientele. Providing services to adult and adolescent individuals who may be dealing with depression, boundary setting, bullying, self-esteem, peer pressure, gender identity or other environmental concerns that may unsettle daily life.
No two people or situations are exactly the same. I use active listening skills as you express your reality, so that we can work towards a positive change in your situation. I enjoy and continue to work with a diverse clientele. Providing services to adult and adolescent individuals who may be dealing with depression, boundary setting, bullying, self-esteem, peer pressure, gender identity or other environmental concerns that may unsettle daily life.
(205) 894-6501 View (205) 894-6501
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LaMesha McKenzie
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Bessemer, AL 35020  (Online Only)
LaMesha’s approach to therapy is “person centered” as she aims to meet the client “where they are”. She considers the therapeutic relationship essential as she evaluates each person within the context of their environment and provides practical feedback to help effectively address their personal life challenges. Her areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: stress management, anxiety/depression, personal growth, and effective communication strategies while utilizing as needed,Trauma Focused Solutions, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, CBT, and Crisis Interventions and more. LaMesha is also licensed in DC and Alabama!
LaMesha’s approach to therapy is “person centered” as she aims to meet the client “where they are”. She considers the therapeutic relationship essential as she evaluates each person within the context of their environment and provides practical feedback to help effectively address their personal life challenges. Her areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: stress management, anxiety/depression, personal growth, and effective communication strategies while utilizing as needed,Trauma Focused Solutions, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, CBT, and Crisis Interventions and more. LaMesha is also licensed in DC and Alabama!
(202) 499-4007 View (202) 499-4007

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How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Bessemer, AL

20+

Average cost per session

$140

Therapists in Bessemer, AL who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
91% Stress
87% Coping Skills
78% Depression
74% Behavioral Issues
74% Family Conflict
70% Relationship Issues

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% BlueCross and BlueShield
50% American Behavioral
50% BHS | Behavioral Health Systems

How Therapists in Bessemer, AL see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
23% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Bessemer?

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.