Therapists in Scottsdale, AZ

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Photo of Doug Borrmann, Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ
Doug Borrmann
Counselor, LPC, MS
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85260  (Online Only)
Do you regularly hear a voice that says “I’m not good enough”? Do you feel out of control and powerless against your emotions? Anxiety can be overwhelming. You have experienced it for a long time but dealing with it on your own has proven to be unsuccessful. You want to talk about it but others tend not to understand and their attempts to fix you can feel shaming. Perhaps you are experiencing struggles in your marriage or partnership. You have grown apart from your loved one and don’t know how to salvage things. There is one good thing about these realizations for you; now you know you need a real change. Fortunately, there is hope.
Do you regularly hear a voice that says “I’m not good enough”? Do you feel out of control and powerless against your emotions? Anxiety can be overwhelming. You have experienced it for a long time but dealing with it on your own has proven to be unsuccessful. You want to talk about it but others tend not to understand and their attempts to fix you can feel shaming. Perhaps you are experiencing struggles in your marriage or partnership. You have grown apart from your loved one and don’t know how to salvage things. There is one good thing about these realizations for you; now you know you need a real change. Fortunately, there is hope.
(480) 530-8882 View (480) 530-8882
Photo of Ben Thornley, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Scottsdale, AZ
Ben Thornley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BS, MS, MA, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Waitlist for new clients
I'm passionate about helping clients find solutions to their problems and overcome difficulties such as low mood; anxiety; guilt & shame; anger; relationship difficulties; & other challenges. If you come to me for individual therapy, or as part of a couple or a family, I'll listen to your story with compassion and without judgment, regularly checking that I fully understand what you want from your therapy. I'll work collaboratively with you, using my knowledge, skills, and 20+ years’ experience as a social worker and therapist, to help you find the happiness and wellbeing that you are looking for; the life that you desire.
I'm passionate about helping clients find solutions to their problems and overcome difficulties such as low mood; anxiety; guilt & shame; anger; relationship difficulties; & other challenges. If you come to me for individual therapy, or as part of a couple or a family, I'll listen to your story with compassion and without judgment, regularly checking that I fully understand what you want from your therapy. I'll work collaboratively with you, using my knowledge, skills, and 20+ years’ experience as a social worker and therapist, to help you find the happiness and wellbeing that you are looking for; the life that you desire.
(480) 613-2987 View (480) 613-2987
Photo of Lillie Cortes, Licensed Professional Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ
Lillie Cortes
Licensed Professional Counselor, MC, LPC, SEP, CSAT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
If you find yourself frequently feeling overwhelmed, struggling in your relationships or using alcohol, drugs, sex, food, exercise, pornography, or other types of behaviors to help deal with the highs or lows. If you look outside of yourself for validation or a sense of self, or the ways that you've learned how to deal with life are no longer working. It is possible to connect with yourself, experience your emotions in a healthy way, and feel intimate or balanced. Feeling more secure in yourself and the events of the past is achievable.
If you find yourself frequently feeling overwhelmed, struggling in your relationships or using alcohol, drugs, sex, food, exercise, pornography, or other types of behaviors to help deal with the highs or lows. If you look outside of yourself for validation or a sense of self, or the ways that you've learned how to deal with life are no longer working. It is possible to connect with yourself, experience your emotions in a healthy way, and feel intimate or balanced. Feeling more secure in yourself and the events of the past is achievable.
(602) 833-1028 View (602) 833-1028
Photo of Jack Register, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Scottsdale, AZ
Jack Register
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Who we have had to be in the past, has no bearing on who we become in the future. We all deserve the space to grow and become. Jack is a guide through the transformation process of change. Through holistic therapies including Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Family Systems, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Gestalt, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Post-Induction Therapy (PIT), the goal of treatment is to bring our nervous system into a place of balance, give it space to grow, and create a life that is intentional and forward-looking.
Who we have had to be in the past, has no bearing on who we become in the future. We all deserve the space to grow and become. Jack is a guide through the transformation process of change. Through holistic therapies including Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Family Systems, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Gestalt, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Post-Induction Therapy (PIT), the goal of treatment is to bring our nervous system into a place of balance, give it space to grow, and create a life that is intentional and forward-looking.
(602) 960-8539 View (602) 960-8539
Photo of Elva Blanks, Psychologist in Scottsdale, AZ
Elva Blanks
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Not accepting new clients
I have been a psychologist in the Valley for over 20 years and have worked in agency, university, and private practice settings. My therapy orientations include cognitive behavioral and interpersonal therapies. I am a generalist and see clients with a variety of issues. I have specialties in the areas of eating disorders, anxiety and stress management, trauma resolution, mood disorders, women's issues, giftedness, and autism spectrum concerns. I consider it a privilege to work with clients in addressing their concerns and promoting more genuine, healthier, and happier intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships and experiences.
I have been a psychologist in the Valley for over 20 years and have worked in agency, university, and private practice settings. My therapy orientations include cognitive behavioral and interpersonal therapies. I am a generalist and see clients with a variety of issues. I have specialties in the areas of eating disorders, anxiety and stress management, trauma resolution, mood disorders, women's issues, giftedness, and autism spectrum concerns. I consider it a privilege to work with clients in addressing their concerns and promoting more genuine, healthier, and happier intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships and experiences.
(480) 409-2489 View (480) 409-2489
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Kuhlman Psychology & Consulting
Psychologist, PsyD, ABPP
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
High-stress occupations, like law enforcement, firefighters and EMTs, have unique troubles. Do you feel like no one really "gets" your job? Our practice, led by a board-certified police and public safety psychologist, specializes in the treatment of first responders and public safety professionals. We are here to help you navigate relationships, your job, trauma, and more. We have experience in the treatment of trauma (including line of duty death, suicide, and shootings), anxiety, depression, and more.
High-stress occupations, like law enforcement, firefighters and EMTs, have unique troubles. Do you feel like no one really "gets" your job? Our practice, led by a board-certified police and public safety psychologist, specializes in the treatment of first responders and public safety professionals. We are here to help you navigate relationships, your job, trauma, and more. We have experience in the treatment of trauma (including line of duty death, suicide, and shootings), anxiety, depression, and more.
(480) 800-8487 View (480) 800-8487
Photo of Brandon Walters, Licensed Professional Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ
Brandon Walters
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85257  (Online Only)
My goal is to empower you to unlock your potential, develop coping strategies, and foster a sense of balance in your life. Together, we can navigate the complexities of your experiences and work towards building a foundation for lasting positive change.
My goal is to empower you to unlock your potential, develop coping strategies, and foster a sense of balance in your life. Together, we can navigate the complexities of your experiences and work towards building a foundation for lasting positive change.
(623) 343-8172 View (623) 343-8172
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Shannon Worle
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LAMFT
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
I am a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at Therapy With Heart in Scottsdale, AZ. My goal is to provide a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment for each and every couple, family, or individual I have the privilege of working with. Life can feel overwhelming at times, but I also know how much relief can come with having someone listen to you in a way that genuinely makes you feel heard. I believe that every person deserves to feel seen and understood, and when those needs are met, we can truly feel loved by others. Together, we can work to restore secure connection within your relationships and within yourself.
I am a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at Therapy With Heart in Scottsdale, AZ. My goal is to provide a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment for each and every couple, family, or individual I have the privilege of working with. Life can feel overwhelming at times, but I also know how much relief can come with having someone listen to you in a way that genuinely makes you feel heard. I believe that every person deserves to feel seen and understood, and when those needs are met, we can truly feel loved by others. Together, we can work to restore secure connection within your relationships and within yourself.
(928) 267-6704 View (928) 267-6704
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John Patterson
MSPC, MSP, PCC
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
If you're struggling in your career, considering taking life in a different direction, or feel "stuck" in life (or in a rut), I want to talk with you today to see if I can help. Maybe you're dealing with low self-worth or confidence, need help with accountability and motivation, or have trouble with work-life balance. As a career and life coach, I specialize in helping people just like you.
If you're struggling in your career, considering taking life in a different direction, or feel "stuck" in life (or in a rut), I want to talk with you today to see if I can help. Maybe you're dealing with low self-worth or confidence, need help with accountability and motivation, or have trouble with work-life balance. As a career and life coach, I specialize in helping people just like you.
(480) 382-8140 View (480) 382-8140
Photo of Stacey Krueger, Licensed Professional Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ
Stacey Krueger
Licensed Professional Counselor, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Hi, I'm Stacey K. a licensed/board-certified therapist specializing in women’s mental health utilizing a holistic wellness-focused perspective. I help women navigate stress and anxiety, find meaning, grieve, vent, invest in their well-being, stop putting themselves last, repair relationships, increase self-worth and confidence, navigate boundaries, and move away from harsh inner critics, perfectionism, and ‘people-pleasing.'
Hi, I'm Stacey K. a licensed/board-certified therapist specializing in women’s mental health utilizing a holistic wellness-focused perspective. I help women navigate stress and anxiety, find meaning, grieve, vent, invest in their well-being, stop putting themselves last, repair relationships, increase self-worth and confidence, navigate boundaries, and move away from harsh inner critics, perfectionism, and ‘people-pleasing.'
(602) 497-2940 View (602) 497-2940
Photo of Alli Douglas Guerrero, Licensed Professional Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ
Alli Douglas Guerrero
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
If you self-identify as a perfectionist, high-achiever, people-pleaser or a gifted, HSP or other neurodivergent individual, then you have found the right place! I help unique individuals increase their self-esteem and confidence in their self-worth while also teaching boundary-setting techniques and getting to the root of why accepting yourself is so hard. My specialties are relationship trauma, religious trauma, attachment pattern and self-awareness skill-building, couples work, and specific techniques for navigating life as an HSP or gifted individual. I provide a wide variety of evidence-based approaches to our work together.
If you self-identify as a perfectionist, high-achiever, people-pleaser or a gifted, HSP or other neurodivergent individual, then you have found the right place! I help unique individuals increase their self-esteem and confidence in their self-worth while also teaching boundary-setting techniques and getting to the root of why accepting yourself is so hard. My specialties are relationship trauma, religious trauma, attachment pattern and self-awareness skill-building, couples work, and specific techniques for navigating life as an HSP or gifted individual. I provide a wide variety of evidence-based approaches to our work together.
(480) 573-6547 View (480) 573-6547
Photo of Kendra Anderson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ
Kendra Anderson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Reaching out for help is never easy. This may have been something on your mind for awhile or you may have recently experienced a life changing event. In any case, it is a privilege to have you here. My goal is for you to achieve a more fulfilling life - maybe that means one with less anxiety and depression. Perhaps it’s a deeper connection with friends and family. Other times it’s breaking free from past trauma, toxic relationships and dysfunctional patterns that prevent you from moving forward. Together, we will determine how to best reach those goals using your own personal strengths, comfortable level and at your own pace.
Reaching out for help is never easy. This may have been something on your mind for awhile or you may have recently experienced a life changing event. In any case, it is a privilege to have you here. My goal is for you to achieve a more fulfilling life - maybe that means one with less anxiety and depression. Perhaps it’s a deeper connection with friends and family. Other times it’s breaking free from past trauma, toxic relationships and dysfunctional patterns that prevent you from moving forward. Together, we will determine how to best reach those goals using your own personal strengths, comfortable level and at your own pace.
(480) 418-2317 View (480) 418-2317
Photo of Emily Posta, Psychologist in Scottsdale, AZ
Emily Posta
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
My psychotherapeutic approach is based upon the trusting, supportive, and challenging relationships that I build with my clients. I am committed to truly understanding each unique individual as they gain greater emotional awareness, confidence, and self-acceptance.
My psychotherapeutic approach is based upon the trusting, supportive, and challenging relationships that I build with my clients. I am committed to truly understanding each unique individual as they gain greater emotional awareness, confidence, and self-acceptance.
(480) 646-4605 View (480) 646-4605
Photo of Dr. Kyle Jackson, Psychologist in Scottsdale, AZ
Dr. Kyle Jackson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85251  (Online Only)
You do not fit into the mold of a typical therapy client. People who know you would say you have it all figured out and are living the good life. You may have even been told that you "don't need therapy." Yet, your busy lifestyle comes with a great deal of stress, and maybe even a sense of loneliness. People in your circle would never guess, but you might have a trauma that nags at you, no matter how much you try to ignore it. Underneath your exterior of success and confidence, there are troubled nights where you cannot relax and get a good night's sleep, leading to increased burnout. You deserve a therapist who understands you.
You do not fit into the mold of a typical therapy client. People who know you would say you have it all figured out and are living the good life. You may have even been told that you "don't need therapy." Yet, your busy lifestyle comes with a great deal of stress, and maybe even a sense of loneliness. People in your circle would never guess, but you might have a trauma that nags at you, no matter how much you try to ignore it. Underneath your exterior of success and confidence, there are troubled nights where you cannot relax and get a good night's sleep, leading to increased burnout. You deserve a therapist who understands you.
(480) 771-9876 View (480) 771-9876
Photo of Daniel C Blew, Drug & Alcohol Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ
Daniel C Blew
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MSAC, LISAC
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Abusing alcohol or other drugs stems from lacking purpose, identity, connection, or happiness. Alcohol/Drug abuse is masking an underlying issue. Through counseling, Dan can help you tap into your gift - find your purpose, develop your identity and achieve sustained happiness and confidence!
Abusing alcohol or other drugs stems from lacking purpose, identity, connection, or happiness. Alcohol/Drug abuse is masking an underlying issue. Through counseling, Dan can help you tap into your gift - find your purpose, develop your identity and achieve sustained happiness and confidence!
(928) 615-9221 View (928) 615-9221
Photo of Nicole Lebowitz, Psychologist in Scottsdale, AZ
Nicole Lebowitz
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
I am committed to helping individuals of all ages gain clarity in navigating life challenges. Using client-centered and solution-focused modalities I aim to help clients feel more emotionally balanced, present and engaged in lives that bring them joy.
I am committed to helping individuals of all ages gain clarity in navigating life challenges. Using client-centered and solution-focused modalities I aim to help clients feel more emotionally balanced, present and engaged in lives that bring them joy.
(602) 892-0325 View (602) 892-0325
Photo of Miranda Lewis, Licensed Professional Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ
Miranda Lewis
Licensed Professional Counselor, LAC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Waitlist for new clients
Do you feel like your anxiety is so intense that it’s making your decisions for you? Are intrusive thoughts and compulsions making you question your character or making your world feel unsafe? It’s hard to keep up with daily life when anxiety and intrusive thoughts make every decision feel paralyzing. Keeping up with work, family, friends, and the things that bring you joy start to feel tiring or impossible to achieve. If these words resonate with you, I see you and I’m here to help. I can help you work through the challenges you are facing and help you feel that hope and change exist for you.
Do you feel like your anxiety is so intense that it’s making your decisions for you? Are intrusive thoughts and compulsions making you question your character or making your world feel unsafe? It’s hard to keep up with daily life when anxiety and intrusive thoughts make every decision feel paralyzing. Keeping up with work, family, friends, and the things that bring you joy start to feel tiring or impossible to achieve. If these words resonate with you, I see you and I’m here to help. I can help you work through the challenges you are facing and help you feel that hope and change exist for you.
(623) 292-6492 View (623) 292-6492
Photo of Joe Langheim, Licensed Professional Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ
Joe Langheim
Licensed Professional Counselor, LMHC, LPC, CTT
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85255  (Online Only)
My ideal client wants to grow and heal from the past. However, sometimes the past can hold you down. Anxiety, addiction, deep fear, stress, depression, and other unhealthy behaviors can be signs you may be stuck in the past or in a lot of pain. Many of my clients have often experienced events in their lives such as grief and loss, trauma, unhealthy relationships, divorce, neglect, feeling lost and empty, and/or deep rejection. I work very hard to support my clients by challenging them, validating them, and holding them 100% accountable.
My ideal client wants to grow and heal from the past. However, sometimes the past can hold you down. Anxiety, addiction, deep fear, stress, depression, and other unhealthy behaviors can be signs you may be stuck in the past or in a lot of pain. Many of my clients have often experienced events in their lives such as grief and loss, trauma, unhealthy relationships, divorce, neglect, feeling lost and empty, and/or deep rejection. I work very hard to support my clients by challenging them, validating them, and holding them 100% accountable.
(520) 375-3430 View (520) 375-3430
Photo of Alicia de la Vega, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Scottsdale, AZ
Alicia de la Vega
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
It's normal to feel anxious when going through big life transitions. Or perhaps you are feeling low because a new relationship has triggered an old wound. In either case, a safe space to process your pain points can help you heal. I am committed to providing a nonjudgemental environment for my clients to foster growth. I work with both men and women, though I especially enjoy working with young women navigating transitions in adulthood. I am passionate about helping individuals and couples get "unstuck" and find connection and meaning in their lives. My ultimate goal is for you to gain confidence in your own decision-making.
It's normal to feel anxious when going through big life transitions. Or perhaps you are feeling low because a new relationship has triggered an old wound. In either case, a safe space to process your pain points can help you heal. I am committed to providing a nonjudgemental environment for my clients to foster growth. I work with both men and women, though I especially enjoy working with young women navigating transitions in adulthood. I am passionate about helping individuals and couples get "unstuck" and find connection and meaning in their lives. My ultimate goal is for you to gain confidence in your own decision-making.
(480) 270-4822 View (480) 270-4822
Photo of Kaylin King, Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ
Kaylin King
Counselor, LAC
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Kaylin approaches counseling with a calm and compassionate demeanor and creates a safe and inclusive environment for healing. She believes in a holistic approach and implements mindfulness, Internal Family Systems Parts work, and Motivational Interviewing to guide people on a healing path. She has experience working with individuals with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and loss. Kaylin also has experience working specifically with women through infertility journeys and through hormonal irregularities causing issues with relationships, work, and mood disorders. Kaylin is an ally of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Kaylin approaches counseling with a calm and compassionate demeanor and creates a safe and inclusive environment for healing. She believes in a holistic approach and implements mindfulness, Internal Family Systems Parts work, and Motivational Interviewing to guide people on a healing path. She has experience working with individuals with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and loss. Kaylin also has experience working specifically with women through infertility journeys and through hormonal irregularities causing issues with relationships, work, and mood disorders. Kaylin is an ally of the LGBTQIA+ community.
(480) 531-8192 View (480) 531-8192

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Scottsdale, AZ

1,000+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Scottsdale, AZ who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
84% Depression
79% Relationship Issues
78% Self Esteem
74% Trauma and PTSD
69% Coping Skills
69% Stress

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

79% Aetna
64% BlueCross and BlueShield
58% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Scottsdale, AZ see their clients

71% In Person and Online
29% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
17% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Scottsdale?

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.