Therapists in Benton County, AR

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Photo of Amy Blue, Counselor in Benton County, AR
Amy Blue
Counselor
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bentonville, AR 72712
Choosing therapy requires great courage! I consider it a privilege to walk alongside those seeking growth and healing through the challenges of their lives while they seek what it means to flourish. Everyone can benefit from having a safe, supportive, unbiased space where they feel completely seen and heard.
Choosing therapy requires great courage! I consider it a privilege to walk alongside those seeking growth and healing through the challenges of their lives while they seek what it means to flourish. Everyone can benefit from having a safe, supportive, unbiased space where they feel completely seen and heard.
(479) 275-4883 View (479) 275-4883
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Clear Vision Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, LMFT, BC-TMH, EMDR
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bentonville, AR 72712
Not accepting new clients
I enjoy working with clients to resolve issues and find new ways of coping with difficult situations. I particularly like working with couples, whether that is to improve communication, deal with trust issues, or address infidelity. I frequently help people manage anxiety and depression. Most importantly, I enjoy forming a supportive, encouraging professional relationship with those that I work with.
I enjoy working with clients to resolve issues and find new ways of coping with difficult situations. I particularly like working with couples, whether that is to improve communication, deal with trust issues, or address infidelity. I frequently help people manage anxiety and depression. Most importantly, I enjoy forming a supportive, encouraging professional relationship with those that I work with.
(479) 234-4446 View (479) 234-4446
Photo of Brenton Kirschner, Marriage & Family Therapist in Benton County, AR
Brenton Kirschner
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPC, CSAT, EMDR II, CTT
Verified
5 Endorsed
Rogers, AR 72758
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in couples therapy, trauma work, and recovery from addiction. I have worked as a therapist in a 90-Day Residential Treatment Center, Community Mental Health, and in Private Practice. I have led therapy intensives, group therapy, taught courses at the university level, and managed a therapeutic high and low ropes course.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in couples therapy, trauma work, and recovery from addiction. I have worked as a therapist in a 90-Day Residential Treatment Center, Community Mental Health, and in Private Practice. I have led therapy intensives, group therapy, taught courses at the university level, and managed a therapeutic high and low ropes course.
(501) 302-4725 View (501) 302-4725
Photo of Mary Ann Stewart, Licensed Professional Counselor in Benton County, AR
Mary Ann Stewart
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Bentonville, AR 72712
Waitlist for new clients
I currently have a waitlist for new patients. I am pleased to be part of a practice that specializes in neurodivergence, something near and dear to my heart and own lived experience. I believe you as the patient are the expert on your own life and you are the true pilot of your treatment. Therapy to me is collaborating with you to help you find ways to enjoy life more and feel encouraged to make changes, even when change is often so intimidating.
I currently have a waitlist for new patients. I am pleased to be part of a practice that specializes in neurodivergence, something near and dear to my heart and own lived experience. I believe you as the patient are the expert on your own life and you are the true pilot of your treatment. Therapy to me is collaborating with you to help you find ways to enjoy life more and feel encouraged to make changes, even when change is often so intimidating.
(479) 385-0745 View (479) 385-0745
Photo of Lee Ann Nimmo, Licensed Professional Counselor in Benton County, AR
Lee Ann Nimmo
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
Rogers, AR 72756
Waitlist for new clients
Anxiety, panic, fear, grief, anger, irritability, insomnia, relapse, depression and shutting down are all normal responses to the trauma of the extensive fear and isolation we are currently experiencing. Whether distancing alone or with family, Covid 19 is making a serious impact on the mental and emotional wellbeing of millions of men, women and children. Many people are now experiencing acute anxiety, and PTSD. Those who were already dealing with mental health issues are at a very high risk of developing PTSD.
Anxiety, panic, fear, grief, anger, irritability, insomnia, relapse, depression and shutting down are all normal responses to the trauma of the extensive fear and isolation we are currently experiencing. Whether distancing alone or with family, Covid 19 is making a serious impact on the mental and emotional wellbeing of millions of men, women and children. Many people are now experiencing acute anxiety, and PTSD. Those who were already dealing with mental health issues are at a very high risk of developing PTSD.
(479) 802-3808 View (479) 802-3808
Photo of Kristin Bailey, Licensed Professional Counselor in Benton County, AR
Kristin Bailey
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, RPT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Rogers, AR 72756
If you are to find yourself, your family, or your child struggling, the best thing you can do is seek out someone to listen and empathize with your situation. My approach is grounded in the principles of Attachment Theory and Humanistic Psychology. Through a warm and empathetic environment, I invite clients to explore their thoughts, emotions, and patterns of interaction, promoting insight and awareness that pave the way for meaningful change. I am a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and I have years of experience working with children, teens, and adults.
If you are to find yourself, your family, or your child struggling, the best thing you can do is seek out someone to listen and empathize with your situation. My approach is grounded in the principles of Attachment Theory and Humanistic Psychology. Through a warm and empathetic environment, I invite clients to explore their thoughts, emotions, and patterns of interaction, promoting insight and awareness that pave the way for meaningful change. I am a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and I have years of experience working with children, teens, and adults.
(479) 239-9804 View (479) 239-9804
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Nancy Bolin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CCM
Verified
1 Endorsed
Rogers, AR 72756  (Online Only)
My specialization is working with individuals and families who are in the process of life transitions. As a therapist, I have experience in helping clients with family conflicts, motivation, self-esteem and confidence, and career difficulties. Through Clinical Intervention, I have experience working with addictions and managing life altering situations.
My specialization is working with individuals and families who are in the process of life transitions. As a therapist, I have experience in helping clients with family conflicts, motivation, self-esteem and confidence, and career difficulties. Through Clinical Intervention, I have experience working with addictions and managing life altering situations.
(479) 391-3063 View (479) 391-3063
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Lexi Madle
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bentonville, AR 72712
Not accepting new clients
I am committed to building therapeutic relationships where individuals feel seen, heard, accepted and supported. I consider myself to be an affirming therapist with an open and relaxed style that my clients tell me helps to feel at ease right away. I believe therapy is an invaluable space where you can begin to explore all the parts of yourself and begin to heal and flourish. As a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ Community, I have found a deep passion and empowerment in working with those alike. I specialize in treating teens and adults with anxiety, grief, mood disorders, self harming behaviors and trauma.
I am committed to building therapeutic relationships where individuals feel seen, heard, accepted and supported. I consider myself to be an affirming therapist with an open and relaxed style that my clients tell me helps to feel at ease right away. I believe therapy is an invaluable space where you can begin to explore all the parts of yourself and begin to heal and flourish. As a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ Community, I have found a deep passion and empowerment in working with those alike. I specialize in treating teens and adults with anxiety, grief, mood disorders, self harming behaviors and trauma.
(479) 348-4461 View (479) 348-4461
Photo of Jennifer Myers, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Benton County, AR
Jennifer Myers
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Bentonville, AR 72712  (Online Only)
Jennifer only offers telehealth sessions. Are you looking for couples counseling? Trauma-informed therapy through EMDR?A therapist who has extensive experience in helping others heal their wounds? Jennifer has been providing therapy specialized in depression, anxiety, trauma, divorce, mood disturbances, relationship struggles, sexual abuse, and survivors of dysfunctional families since 2015. Her counseling style is empathetic & non-judgmental, yet direct. Jennifer believes that we are all doing our best with what we have in our current lives. She wants to help you learn how to help you live the life that you deserve.
Jennifer only offers telehealth sessions. Are you looking for couples counseling? Trauma-informed therapy through EMDR?A therapist who has extensive experience in helping others heal their wounds? Jennifer has been providing therapy specialized in depression, anxiety, trauma, divorce, mood disturbances, relationship struggles, sexual abuse, and survivors of dysfunctional families since 2015. Her counseling style is empathetic & non-judgmental, yet direct. Jennifer believes that we are all doing our best with what we have in our current lives. She wants to help you learn how to help you live the life that you deserve.
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Tori Francis
Counselor, MS, LPC, EMDR, TA, NCC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Rogers, AR 72756
Not accepting new clients
Identity exploration is the heart of transformative therapy. You absolutely deserve to feel grounded in who you are, and it is my privilege to help clients explore the patterns or hardships causing inner turmoil. People often come to me with histories of emotional abuse, difficult upbringings, or toxic romantic relationships. Some feel stuck or alone in their current circumstances, and they want help navigating a tender transition. The introspective nature of therapy can be vulnerable, but the healing is often profound. Wherever you are on your journey, I will strive to help you build a more authentic and meaningful life.
Identity exploration is the heart of transformative therapy. You absolutely deserve to feel grounded in who you are, and it is my privilege to help clients explore the patterns or hardships causing inner turmoil. People often come to me with histories of emotional abuse, difficult upbringings, or toxic romantic relationships. Some feel stuck or alone in their current circumstances, and they want help navigating a tender transition. The introspective nature of therapy can be vulnerable, but the healing is often profound. Wherever you are on your journey, I will strive to help you build a more authentic and meaningful life.
(479) 349-4614 View (479) 349-4614
Photo of Brenda Veach Zedlitz, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Benton County, AR
Brenda Veach Zedlitz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSW, LCSW
Verified
Rogers, AR 72758  (Online Only)
Many times disruptions in life occur because we are out of alignment with our purpose, our people or our passion. Life transitions (chronic health diagnosis, aging parents, launching children into college and life, for example) create stress that mis-aligns our emotional well-being and we sometimes resort to unhealthy coping mechanisms that only exacerbate our dis-ease with life both present and future. I utilize a person-centered approach and will meet you where you are to address issues of your concern.
Many times disruptions in life occur because we are out of alignment with our purpose, our people or our passion. Life transitions (chronic health diagnosis, aging parents, launching children into college and life, for example) create stress that mis-aligns our emotional well-being and we sometimes resort to unhealthy coping mechanisms that only exacerbate our dis-ease with life both present and future. I utilize a person-centered approach and will meet you where you are to address issues of your concern.
(479) 398-2594 View (479) 398-2594
Photo of Taylor Goff, Counselor in Benton County, AR
Taylor Goff
Counselor, LAC, EdS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bentonville, AR 72712
Everyone deserves to live a life free from physical and emotional pain. As a therapist, I am dedicated to helping clients heal from various challenges, especially sexuality-related concerns and pelvic pain conditions. I work with both elementary-aged clients and adults, ensuring a safe space for everyone. Collaboratively, we set goals, involving younger clients' families when needed. My aim is to foster a therapeutic relationship where healing can occur, free from stigma. With personal and professional experience in these areas, I provide a supportive and understanding environment to explore and process life events.
Everyone deserves to live a life free from physical and emotional pain. As a therapist, I am dedicated to helping clients heal from various challenges, especially sexuality-related concerns and pelvic pain conditions. I work with both elementary-aged clients and adults, ensuring a safe space for everyone. Collaboratively, we set goals, involving younger clients' families when needed. My aim is to foster a therapeutic relationship where healing can occur, free from stigma. With personal and professional experience in these areas, I provide a supportive and understanding environment to explore and process life events.
(479) 662-1741 View (479) 662-1741
Photo of Nicole Dill, Licensed Professional Counselor in Benton County, AR
Nicole Dill
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Bentonville, AR 72712
Are you a child, teen, or adult with struggling anxiety and/or depression that is becoming debilitating? Are you ready to heal from trauma? You're in the right place! Nicole believes in a holistic view of health, which looks at the many complexities of a person-physical, mental, social, and spiritual. Nicole believes that a struggle in any of these areas affects the overall health and wellbeing of a person. Nicole strives to create a safe space within a strong therapeutic relationship to explore how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors impact mental health.
Are you a child, teen, or adult with struggling anxiety and/or depression that is becoming debilitating? Are you ready to heal from trauma? You're in the right place! Nicole believes in a holistic view of health, which looks at the many complexities of a person-physical, mental, social, and spiritual. Nicole believes that a struggle in any of these areas affects the overall health and wellbeing of a person. Nicole strives to create a safe space within a strong therapeutic relationship to explore how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors impact mental health.
Photo of Stephanie J Litzinger, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Benton County, AR
Stephanie J Litzinger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bentonville, AR 72712
Not accepting new clients
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and psychotherapist, and my goal in practicing psychotherapy is to establish an ongoing conversation and to develop a relationship which brings a client greater self-knowledge, access to their inner resources, liberation of repressed feelings and healing from trauma. Jon Kabat-Zinn's expression is central for me in my work: “No matter how many scars we carry from what we have gone through and suffered in the past, our intrinsic wholeness is still there… We are still what was present in us before the scarring…And we can reconnect with that, because it is the very nature of who we truly are".
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and psychotherapist, and my goal in practicing psychotherapy is to establish an ongoing conversation and to develop a relationship which brings a client greater self-knowledge, access to their inner resources, liberation of repressed feelings and healing from trauma. Jon Kabat-Zinn's expression is central for me in my work: “No matter how many scars we carry from what we have gone through and suffered in the past, our intrinsic wholeness is still there… We are still what was present in us before the scarring…And we can reconnect with that, because it is the very nature of who we truly are".
(479) 239-9262 View (479) 239-9262
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Charis Parker
Counselor, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bentonville, AR 72712
Neurodiversity is more common than you might think. Roughly 15-20% of the world's population experiences neruodivergence; however, there is still not enough support for neurodivergent individuals. Charis is passionate about helping clients with neurodiversity such as ADHD, OCD, sensory needs, and various learning disorders. In addition, she has experience working with clients with anxiety, trauma, sleep disturbances, depression, grief and loss, relational concerns and behavioral issues. Charis enjoys working with adolescents, teens and adults and is trained in EMDR, TheraPlay, DBT, and TF-CBT.
Neurodiversity is more common than you might think. Roughly 15-20% of the world's population experiences neruodivergence; however, there is still not enough support for neurodivergent individuals. Charis is passionate about helping clients with neurodiversity such as ADHD, OCD, sensory needs, and various learning disorders. In addition, she has experience working with clients with anxiety, trauma, sleep disturbances, depression, grief and loss, relational concerns and behavioral issues. Charis enjoys working with adolescents, teens and adults and is trained in EMDR, TheraPlay, DBT, and TF-CBT.
(479) 349-4816 View (479) 349-4816
Photo of Whitney Ghassani, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Benton County, AR
Whitney Ghassani
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
4 Endorsed
Bentonville, AR 72712
I believe that we are all equipped with an inner guidance system that pushes us to grow anytime we are out of alignment with our highest selves. Oftentimes, this guidance comes in the form of pain or emotional discomfort. Many of us may identify this pain as depression or anxiety symptoms, feelings of inadequacy, low-self-esteem, grief, anger, fear, or hopelessness. The ways in which we respond to our pain has tremendous implications for future healing and overall quality of life. Action is necessary in order to create change. If you have arrived at this page then you have already begun taking action to improve your circumstances.
I believe that we are all equipped with an inner guidance system that pushes us to grow anytime we are out of alignment with our highest selves. Oftentimes, this guidance comes in the form of pain or emotional discomfort. Many of us may identify this pain as depression or anxiety symptoms, feelings of inadequacy, low-self-esteem, grief, anger, fear, or hopelessness. The ways in which we respond to our pain has tremendous implications for future healing and overall quality of life. Action is necessary in order to create change. If you have arrived at this page then you have already begun taking action to improve your circumstances.
(479) 888-5546 View (479) 888-5546
Photo of Erin Machen, Counselor in Benton County, AR
Erin Machen
Counselor, LAC, MA, RYT
Verified
Bentonville, AR 72712
Trauma disconnects us from ourselves and keeps us stuck. By working through trauma, I help clients become reunited with all the parts of themselves and become capable of moving forward with increased confidence and ease. As someone interested in the mind-body connection, I like to incorporate mindfulness and bodywork into my therapy sessions.
Trauma disconnects us from ourselves and keeps us stuck. By working through trauma, I help clients become reunited with all the parts of themselves and become capable of moving forward with increased confidence and ease. As someone interested in the mind-body connection, I like to incorporate mindfulness and bodywork into my therapy sessions.
(479) 308-8244 View (479) 308-8244
Photo of Melissa D Wood, Counselor in Benton County, AR
Melissa D Wood
Counselor, MEd, LAC, SB-RPT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Rogers, AR 72758
Are you struggling with feelings of inadequacy & shame? Are you doing your best each day but longing for fulfilment and peace that seem beyond your reach? Maybe you are an individual who has struggled for years to let go of something from your past- event(s) or negative beliefs. Maybe you are a parent of a child or children who you do not feel connected to or able to effectively communicate with. If any of this resonates with you, I’d love to help!
Are you struggling with feelings of inadequacy & shame? Are you doing your best each day but longing for fulfilment and peace that seem beyond your reach? Maybe you are an individual who has struggled for years to let go of something from your past- event(s) or negative beliefs. Maybe you are a parent of a child or children who you do not feel connected to or able to effectively communicate with. If any of this resonates with you, I’d love to help!
(479) 309-1906 View (479) 309-1906
Photo of Susan D Monson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Benton County, AR
Susan D Monson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NBCCH, CHT, ACHE, LBL
Verified
Cave Springs, AR 72718
As an experienced Hypnotherapist, I have found that hypnotherapy is used effectively to: Renew/Build internal confidence. Relax and reduce stress and generalized anxiety. Improve your athletic abilities. Ease or eliminate chronic pain. Release unreasonable fear. Attain restful sleep. Replace old habits with new positive ways of taking care of yourself. Rid yourself of excess weight. Optimize your talents and skills. Quit smoking. Heal childhood trauma, PTSD. Strengthen self-esteem. Lessen symptoms of Covid Long Haul, etc.
As an experienced Hypnotherapist, I have found that hypnotherapy is used effectively to: Renew/Build internal confidence. Relax and reduce stress and generalized anxiety. Improve your athletic abilities. Ease or eliminate chronic pain. Release unreasonable fear. Attain restful sleep. Replace old habits with new positive ways of taking care of yourself. Rid yourself of excess weight. Optimize your talents and skills. Quit smoking. Heal childhood trauma, PTSD. Strengthen self-esteem. Lessen symptoms of Covid Long Haul, etc.
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Photo of Kari Spears, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Benton County, AR
Kari Spears
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Bentonville, AR 72712
People seeking therapy may desire assistance in coping with changes to their everyday life, a desire for change in routine, or may have found themselves or their loved ones facing a recent medical diagnosis. These challenges may impact self-esteem, relationships, independence, work and/or educational goals. You may also have found yourself needing to step into a caregiver role. Therapy may be sought out to process changes and prioritize goals. Therapy is open to all people, no matter what you have going on in life. Having time set aside for yourself to get things off your chest may be exactly what you need!
People seeking therapy may desire assistance in coping with changes to their everyday life, a desire for change in routine, or may have found themselves or their loved ones facing a recent medical diagnosis. These challenges may impact self-esteem, relationships, independence, work and/or educational goals. You may also have found yourself needing to step into a caregiver role. Therapy may be sought out to process changes and prioritize goals. Therapy is open to all people, no matter what you have going on in life. Having time set aside for yourself to get things off your chest may be exactly what you need!
(479) 349-2721 View (479) 349-2721

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Number of Therapists in Benton County, AR

300+

Average cost per session

$153

Therapists in Benton County, AR who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
91% Depression
78% Self Esteem
77% Trauma and PTSD
74% Relationship Issues
72% Stress
68% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

81% BlueCross and BlueShield
68% Ambetter
47% QualChoice

How Therapists in Benton County, AR see their clients

87% In Person and Online
13% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
21% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Benton County?

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.