Therapists in Pelham, AL

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Mary Ann Grear
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Pelham, AL 35124
Waitlist for new clients
Here is a safe space for your child that is calm and judgement free, where a caring and compassionate mental health professional is ready to listen and help. My expertise is in anxiety, self-esteem, school refusal, grief and trauma. I specialize in working with young children, ages 6 and older, adolescents and young adults. I work closely with parents to help them understand the nature of their child's difficulties and develop strategies to support healthy development and emotional functioning. Using CBT, Solution-Focused therapy, and person-centered treatments, my goal is to help your child reach their highest potential.
Here is a safe space for your child that is calm and judgement free, where a caring and compassionate mental health professional is ready to listen and help. My expertise is in anxiety, self-esteem, school refusal, grief and trauma. I specialize in working with young children, ages 6 and older, adolescents and young adults. I work closely with parents to help them understand the nature of their child's difficulties and develop strategies to support healthy development and emotional functioning. Using CBT, Solution-Focused therapy, and person-centered treatments, my goal is to help your child reach their highest potential.
(205) 664-4010 View (205) 664-4010
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Melissa Woody
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Pelham, AL 35124
Do you find yourself getting lost in the spiral of negative thoughts that you can't seem to control? Are you someone who feels stressed and overwhelmed with life's never-ending responsibilities, which is starting to cause conflict in your relationships or a total lack of motivation? Maybe you are carrying around emotional wounds you have been unable to heal, holding you back from the inner peace you have longed for. Do you have a teen or young adult child who has seemed to lose that spark, struggling to cope with the emotions and stressors of this pertinent life transition? If these words resonate, you've come to the right place!
Do you find yourself getting lost in the spiral of negative thoughts that you can't seem to control? Are you someone who feels stressed and overwhelmed with life's never-ending responsibilities, which is starting to cause conflict in your relationships or a total lack of motivation? Maybe you are carrying around emotional wounds you have been unable to heal, holding you back from the inner peace you have longed for. Do you have a teen or young adult child who has seemed to lose that spark, struggling to cope with the emotions and stressors of this pertinent life transition? If these words resonate, you've come to the right place!
(205) 696-9079 View (205) 696-9079
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Brooke Harris
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pelham, AL 35124
No one person is immune to the complexities of the human experience. We all feel pain, joy, loss, connection, & all of the other vast emotions that exist in life. Creating space to explore your personal human experience is worth the time & is something I will view as sacred. I work with ages 18 & up either via telehealth or in-person. Issues of particular interest are adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, grief & loss, relationship issues, LGBTQ issues, & substance abuse. My focus is establishing a safe space for clients to feel seen & heard while using their own expertise & exploring a healthy life based on the individual.
No one person is immune to the complexities of the human experience. We all feel pain, joy, loss, connection, & all of the other vast emotions that exist in life. Creating space to explore your personal human experience is worth the time & is something I will view as sacred. I work with ages 18 & up either via telehealth or in-person. Issues of particular interest are adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, grief & loss, relationship issues, LGBTQ issues, & substance abuse. My focus is establishing a safe space for clients to feel seen & heard while using their own expertise & exploring a healthy life based on the individual.
(205) 964-9625 View (205) 964-9625
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Shea Miller Integrative Health Services, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S, RPT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pelham, AL 35124
I am a licensed professional counselor at Integrative Health Services, LLC with 15 years of experience working with individuals, adolescents, children, couples, and families. I have worked with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, career challenges, ADHD, self-esteem, and trauma. I am a Registered Play Therapist who uses play therapy techniques to help children cope with stressful circumstances and life issues. I have a background working in the school systems and foster care helping children and teens cope with stressful circumstances and behavioral issues.
I am a licensed professional counselor at Integrative Health Services, LLC with 15 years of experience working with individuals, adolescents, children, couples, and families. I have worked with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, career challenges, ADHD, self-esteem, and trauma. I am a Registered Play Therapist who uses play therapy techniques to help children cope with stressful circumstances and life issues. I have a background working in the school systems and foster care helping children and teens cope with stressful circumstances and behavioral issues.
(205) 927-4960 View (205) 927-4960
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Jason M Newell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LICSW, PIP
Verified Verified
Pelham, AL 35124
My goal is to facilitate individuals and families as they seek to achieve a holistic and balanced personal and professional quality of life. I operate from the core belief that people are whole, thus providing treatment from a comprehensive approach to physical, emotional, spiritual, and familial health and wellness. My treatment approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused treatment, and mindfulness-based practices.
My goal is to facilitate individuals and families as they seek to achieve a holistic and balanced personal and professional quality of life. I operate from the core belief that people are whole, thus providing treatment from a comprehensive approach to physical, emotional, spiritual, and familial health and wellness. My treatment approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused treatment, and mindfulness-based practices.
(205) 378-6923 View (205) 378-6923
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Tracy LaForty
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pelham, AL 35124
Now accepting new clients. I believe we all have a story of how we think our lives are going to play out in our heads. When that story does not come true it leaves us feeling lost, sad, and sometimes angry. I provide a safe place to help people be able to make sense of life and start rebuilding themselves and their relationships.
Now accepting new clients. I believe we all have a story of how we think our lives are going to play out in our heads. When that story does not come true it leaves us feeling lost, sad, and sometimes angry. I provide a safe place to help people be able to make sense of life and start rebuilding themselves and their relationships.
(833) 240-6553 View (833) 240-6553
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Lawley Counseling, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Pelham, AL 35124
Our mission at Lawley Counseling is to facilitate profound personal transformation and emotional well-being. Guided by compassion and expertise, we are dedicated to creating a safe and empathetic space where individuals, couples, and families can embark on a journey of healing and growth.
Our mission at Lawley Counseling is to facilitate profound personal transformation and emotional well-being. Guided by compassion and expertise, we are dedicated to creating a safe and empathetic space where individuals, couples, and families can embark on a journey of healing and growth.
(205) 973-4623 View (205) 973-4623
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Integrative Health Services, LLC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pelham, AL 35124
SATURDAY OPENINGS AVAILABLE and ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS. Integrative Health Services, LLC focuses on treating the mind, body, and spirit. Everyone is not the same and therefore, treatment is tailored to fit the individual needs of each person. Overall health and well-being are strongly encouraged while receiving mental health treatment. This is why Integrative Health Services keeps a unique referral list of highly qualified primary care doctors, massage therapists, holistic doctors/herbalists, yoga therapy instructors, psychiatrists, rheumatologists, personal trainers and many others that promote overall health and well-being.
SATURDAY OPENINGS AVAILABLE and ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS. Integrative Health Services, LLC focuses on treating the mind, body, and spirit. Everyone is not the same and therefore, treatment is tailored to fit the individual needs of each person. Overall health and well-being are strongly encouraged while receiving mental health treatment. This is why Integrative Health Services keeps a unique referral list of highly qualified primary care doctors, massage therapists, holistic doctors/herbalists, yoga therapy instructors, psychiatrists, rheumatologists, personal trainers and many others that promote overall health and well-being.
(833) 567-3538 View (833) 567-3538
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John W Wise
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Pelham, AL 35124
Life happens. And there’s no shame in asking for help in times of trouble. My goal as a counselor is to provide a space and to create a relationship that you can use for your own development, as well as provide you with tools and strategies to better cope with and maybe even resolve issues when the hard times come. Together we'll work to identify what may be holding you back or keeping you down. You will gain a better understanding of why you feel the way you do and you'll be empowered with the knowledge that change is possible.
Life happens. And there’s no shame in asking for help in times of trouble. My goal as a counselor is to provide a space and to create a relationship that you can use for your own development, as well as provide you with tools and strategies to better cope with and maybe even resolve issues when the hard times come. Together we'll work to identify what may be holding you back or keeping you down. You will gain a better understanding of why you feel the way you do and you'll be empowered with the knowledge that change is possible.
(205) 846-5965 View (205) 846-5965
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Monica Shannon
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S, BC-TMH
Verified Verified
Pelham, AL 35124  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
You've made the life-changing decision to ask for help. Now, as a licensed professional counselor with over 10 years of experience, it is my goal to provide the safe therapeutic environment you need to work through the challenges you are facing. As the founder of Access Therapy Services, LLC, I am passionate about making quality mental and behavioral health services more accessible to those experiencing barriers to receiving therapeutic services in an office setting. My practice exclusively provides telehealth services.
You've made the life-changing decision to ask for help. Now, as a licensed professional counselor with over 10 years of experience, it is my goal to provide the safe therapeutic environment you need to work through the challenges you are facing. As the founder of Access Therapy Services, LLC, I am passionate about making quality mental and behavioral health services more accessible to those experiencing barriers to receiving therapeutic services in an office setting. My practice exclusively provides telehealth services.
(205) 749-7891 View (205) 749-7891
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Katie Bearden
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pelham, AL 35124
Do you find yourself concerned about your mental well-being due to depression, anxiety, a mood disorder, self-harm, or poor performance at school or work? Are you struggling with how to manage your emotions or mental health? My goal is to help guide my clients as a supportive team-member in their therapeutic journey and help assist families with making their relationships stronger. I like to cater my therapeutic approach for my clients based on their narrative and develop coping skills to help manage their challenges based on their specific needs.
Do you find yourself concerned about your mental well-being due to depression, anxiety, a mood disorder, self-harm, or poor performance at school or work? Are you struggling with how to manage your emotions or mental health? My goal is to help guide my clients as a supportive team-member in their therapeutic journey and help assist families with making their relationships stronger. I like to cater my therapeutic approach for my clients based on their narrative and develop coping skills to help manage their challenges based on their specific needs.
(205) 859-1780 View (205) 859-1780
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Dusty Croswell
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Pelham, AL 35124
Are you a perfectionist who continues to be disappointed because you never seem to measure up to everyone else? Or maybe it seems you give more in relationships than you receive. You could be a teen trying to meet the demands of school, friends and family that leave you feeling anxious and discouraged. Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed and stressed? Let's work together to get to the root of the issue and develop a plan that incorporates self love to get your life back. Soon you will find balance and inner peace. It’s possible to feel confident, empowered, and hopeful again.
Are you a perfectionist who continues to be disappointed because you never seem to measure up to everyone else? Or maybe it seems you give more in relationships than you receive. You could be a teen trying to meet the demands of school, friends and family that leave you feeling anxious and discouraged. Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed and stressed? Let's work together to get to the root of the issue and develop a plan that incorporates self love to get your life back. Soon you will find balance and inner peace. It’s possible to feel confident, empowered, and hopeful again.
(205) 894-5794 View (205) 894-5794
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Grelier Wilkerson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LiCSW-S, PIP-S
Verified Verified
Pelham, AL 35124  (Online Only)
Welcome to a safe space dedicated to your well-being. I’m excited to introduce myself , and I want to extend my hand to guide you on a journey of self-discovery, healing, and empowerment.
Welcome to a safe space dedicated to your well-being. I’m excited to introduce myself , and I want to extend my hand to guide you on a journey of self-discovery, healing, and empowerment.
(205) 984-3762 View (205) 984-3762
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Shane Latham
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Pelham, AL 35124
Are anxiety, depression, stress or family conflict keeping you from thriving? Perhaps you're struggling with low self-esteem, ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, a life transition, relational difficulties or a traumatic event, or maybe you just need a different perspective. I've counseled adolescents, adults and families. I've also helped gifted and talented teens, depressed adults, and those struggling with more general issues related to work and family. Together we can identify your unique strengths, explore tools and also develop beneficial skills that can assist you in your struggles. I sincerely look forward to working with you!
Are anxiety, depression, stress or family conflict keeping you from thriving? Perhaps you're struggling with low self-esteem, ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, a life transition, relational difficulties or a traumatic event, or maybe you just need a different perspective. I've counseled adolescents, adults and families. I've also helped gifted and talented teens, depressed adults, and those struggling with more general issues related to work and family. Together we can identify your unique strengths, explore tools and also develop beneficial skills that can assist you in your struggles. I sincerely look forward to working with you!
(205) 402-8786 View (205) 402-8786
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Integrative Health Services Llc Mark Banaszek
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Pelham, AL 35124
ACCEPTING CHAMP VA AND MEDICARE NOW! Do you struggle with stress, anxiety, depression, and coping with everyday life? I am an individual and family therapist at Integrative Health Services with 18 years of experience working with children, adolescents, individuals, veterans, and families. I have experience working with school systems and other agencies throughout Jefferson, and surrounding counties. I present my counseling services in a professional, direct, realistic, yet compassionate and understanding format. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, families, individuals, couples and veterans, who struggle to cope with .
ACCEPTING CHAMP VA AND MEDICARE NOW! Do you struggle with stress, anxiety, depression, and coping with everyday life? I am an individual and family therapist at Integrative Health Services with 18 years of experience working with children, adolescents, individuals, veterans, and families. I have experience working with school systems and other agencies throughout Jefferson, and surrounding counties. I present my counseling services in a professional, direct, realistic, yet compassionate and understanding format. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, families, individuals, couples and veterans, who struggle to cope with .
(855) 554-9966 View (855) 554-9966
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Jill Dean
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, EdS, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pelham, AL 35124
Accepting New Clients. Do you have anxiety, addiction, complex trauma, grief, postpartum depression, or AuDHD? Or do you consider yourself to be neurodivergent? Do you often struggle in interpersonal relations? Let an experienced Licensed Professional Counselor meet you where you are and begin to explore those areas of concern causing difficulty. We will work to develop healthy, and obtainable changes. I offer a safe space where you can be yourself, with no judgement and no bias. I provide all-inclusive services to individuals beginning at 14 years old, and couples. Counseling can lead to feeling that you'r on a healing path.
Accepting New Clients. Do you have anxiety, addiction, complex trauma, grief, postpartum depression, or AuDHD? Or do you consider yourself to be neurodivergent? Do you often struggle in interpersonal relations? Let an experienced Licensed Professional Counselor meet you where you are and begin to explore those areas of concern causing difficulty. We will work to develop healthy, and obtainable changes. I offer a safe space where you can be yourself, with no judgement and no bias. I provide all-inclusive services to individuals beginning at 14 years old, and couples. Counseling can lead to feeling that you'r on a healing path.
(205) 703-2815 View (205) 703-2815
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Leslie Tingle Integrative Health Services, LLC
Counselor, ALC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pelham, AL 35124
Life's journey isn't always easy. There are times when the world seems heavy, and it feels like nobody truly gets what you're going through. That's where I step in — not just as a therapist, but as someone who genuinely cares and understands. Together, we'll explore your unique story, uncovering the strengths you hold within to not just cope, but to truly flourish. In our sessions, you'll find a safe haven, free from judgment, where being your true, authentic self isn't just welcomed, it's celebrated! Let's navigate these challenges side by side, transforming them into stepping stones towards a happier, more fulfilled you.
Life's journey isn't always easy. There are times when the world seems heavy, and it feels like nobody truly gets what you're going through. That's where I step in — not just as a therapist, but as someone who genuinely cares and understands. Together, we'll explore your unique story, uncovering the strengths you hold within to not just cope, but to truly flourish. In our sessions, you'll find a safe haven, free from judgment, where being your true, authentic self isn't just welcomed, it's celebrated! Let's navigate these challenges side by side, transforming them into stepping stones towards a happier, more fulfilled you.
(205) 973-4787 View (205) 973-4787
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BOLER & Associates, Counseling & Consultation, LLC
Counselor, ALC
Verified Verified
Pelham, AL 35124
I managed to offer a nonjudgmental, non-bias, and confidential therapy approach with a exceptional quality of care for those that are experiencing everyday life stressors and seeking a better way to regain control over one's personal life.
I managed to offer a nonjudgmental, non-bias, and confidential therapy approach with a exceptional quality of care for those that are experiencing everyday life stressors and seeking a better way to regain control over one's personal life.
(205) 272-5296 View (205) 272-5296
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Jordan Vann (Integrative Health Services, LLC)
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Pelham, AL 35124
*WE ARE TAKING NEW CLIENTS!* I address a range of mental health issues, including addiction, trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and more. Whether you are going through a life transition or have a history of mental health issues, I am glad that you have taken this positive step towards change. I welcome you to walk with me on your journey to wellness, as together, we work to address any barriers that prevent you from accessing your ideal self or life. If you are feeling lost and are ready to find your voice, this can be a safe place to develop and utilize the strengths that already exist within you.
*WE ARE TAKING NEW CLIENTS!* I address a range of mental health issues, including addiction, trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and more. Whether you are going through a life transition or have a history of mental health issues, I am glad that you have taken this positive step towards change. I welcome you to walk with me on your journey to wellness, as together, we work to address any barriers that prevent you from accessing your ideal self or life. If you are feeling lost and are ready to find your voice, this can be a safe place to develop and utilize the strengths that already exist within you.
(659) 200-7184 View (659) 200-7184
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Dr. Dotti Bailey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DSW, LICSW, PIP
Verified Verified
Pelham, AL 35124
Dr. Bailey offers a multi-dimensional, holistic and individualized approach of trauma-focused therapy in a safe, supportive child/adolescent friendly environment. The purpose of trauma-focused therapy is to offer skills and strategies to assist them in better understanding, coping with and processing emotions and memories tied to traumatic experiences.
Dr. Bailey offers a multi-dimensional, holistic and individualized approach of trauma-focused therapy in a safe, supportive child/adolescent friendly environment. The purpose of trauma-focused therapy is to offer skills and strategies to assist them in better understanding, coping with and processing emotions and memories tied to traumatic experiences.
(205) 947-3013 View (205) 947-3013

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Number of Therapists in Pelham, AL

70+

Average cost per session

$140

Therapists in Pelham, AL who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
92% Anxiety
85% Self Esteem
84% Relationship Issues
79% Coping Skills
79% Stress
70% Family Conflict

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% BlueCross and BlueShield
77% New Directions | Lucet
52% All Kids

How Therapists in Pelham, AL see their clients

91% In Person and Online
9% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
18% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Pelham?

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.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

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.