Therapists in Contra Costa County, CA

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Photo of Angelique Rochelle, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Contra Costa County, CA
Angelique Rochelle
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMFT, 127242
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Hi. I work with all ages and I'm trained in trauma based therapies such as CBT, DBT, and EMDR. I offer individual and relationship therapy using attachment based therapies, solution-focused brief therapy, and Gestalt self-compassion techniques. I have worked with foster youth, couples, families, and the LGBTQ community. I have found my work to be professionally rewarding by assisting people in reaching their relationship goals. I've had a long-term commitment to advocating and inspiring others to advocate for people with disabilities and diverse populations. I look forward to getting to know you.
Hi. I work with all ages and I'm trained in trauma based therapies such as CBT, DBT, and EMDR. I offer individual and relationship therapy using attachment based therapies, solution-focused brief therapy, and Gestalt self-compassion techniques. I have worked with foster youth, couples, families, and the LGBTQ community. I have found my work to be professionally rewarding by assisting people in reaching their relationship goals. I've had a long-term commitment to advocating and inspiring others to advocate for people with disabilities and diverse populations. I look forward to getting to know you.
(925) 444-7378 View (925) 444-7378
Photo of Karen L. Kleckner, Marriage & Family Therapist in Contra Costa County, CA
Karen L. Kleckner
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596  (Online Only)
At the core of many personal issues lie old messages of your sense of worth. Those messages conveyed to you while growing-up that may have minimized your self-esteem. By slowly revisiting the wounded part of yourself, old repetitive behaviors can cease to exist. A new sense of kindness toward yourself will begin to emerge. Allow me to travel with you to discover what is buried deep inside of your soul, exploring what keeps you from becoming all that you want to be. I hold a container of acceptance in the therapy room, while searching for its meaning and resolution.
At the core of many personal issues lie old messages of your sense of worth. Those messages conveyed to you while growing-up that may have minimized your self-esteem. By slowly revisiting the wounded part of yourself, old repetitive behaviors can cease to exist. A new sense of kindness toward yourself will begin to emerge. Allow me to travel with you to discover what is buried deep inside of your soul, exploring what keeps you from becoming all that you want to be. I hold a container of acceptance in the therapy room, while searching for its meaning and resolution.
(925) 308-5844 View (925) 308-5844
Photo of Jacqueline Susan Cooper, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in Contra Costa County, CA
Jacqueline Susan Cooper
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
My ideal client takes many different forms and they are all individualized. My client is suffering and I see it as my role to reduce human suffering so that it is no longer unbearable. I provide both short term (goal oriented), and long term (perhaps, more Existential and Gestalt based) therapy. I'm not going to change your personality, why would I? That makes you the unique individual that you are. My goal is to adjust and provide strategies for eliminating harmful behaviors that cause suffering and an inability to live in peace with oneself and with others.
My ideal client takes many different forms and they are all individualized. My client is suffering and I see it as my role to reduce human suffering so that it is no longer unbearable. I provide both short term (goal oriented), and long term (perhaps, more Existential and Gestalt based) therapy. I'm not going to change your personality, why would I? That makes you the unique individual that you are. My goal is to adjust and provide strategies for eliminating harmful behaviors that cause suffering and an inability to live in peace with oneself and with others.
(925) 267-6701 View (925) 267-6701
Photo of Christina Iglesia, Psychologist in Contra Costa County, CA
Christina Iglesia
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lafayette, CA 94549
Telehealth & In-Person options for CA & NY Residents. Your decision to pursue therapy is an important and personal one. Whether you are looking to address lingering issues or searching for support for ongoing concerns, you do not need to do it alone. Therapy is one of the few opportunities in which you are encouraged to explore and express your authentic self, allowing for deeper personal connections and engagement in life.
Telehealth & In-Person options for CA & NY Residents. Your decision to pursue therapy is an important and personal one. Whether you are looking to address lingering issues or searching for support for ongoing concerns, you do not need to do it alone. Therapy is one of the few opportunities in which you are encouraged to explore and express your authentic self, allowing for deeper personal connections and engagement in life.
(925) 448-9291 View (925) 448-9291
Photo of Mark Koch, Marriage & Family Therapist in Contra Costa County, CA
Mark Koch
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523  (Online Only)
You may have often heard some people say that therapy is for only those with a mental illness or are "crazy". I'm Mark G. Koch and have been a licensed Marriage Family Therapist since 1996, and I can honestly tell you that those type of statements are a myth. Everyone has a view of how the world works and we use the tools we have to deal with our issues, but occasionally there comes a time when a problem arises that we have no answer to. At this point we become "stuck".
You may have often heard some people say that therapy is for only those with a mental illness or are "crazy". I'm Mark G. Koch and have been a licensed Marriage Family Therapist since 1996, and I can honestly tell you that those type of statements are a myth. Everyone has a view of how the world works and we use the tools we have to deal with our issues, but occasionally there comes a time when a problem arises that we have no answer to. At this point we become "stuck".
(925) 406-3153 View (925) 406-3153
Photo of Carolina Castillo, Marriage & Family Therapist in Contra Costa County, CA
Carolina Castillo
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Pinole, CA 94564  (Online Only)
I consider myself to be bi-cultural. Having been raised as a first generation American in a Latin family, I can identify with the the mentality of someone living within two "worlds". Transitioning from one culture to another with seemingly different values, beliefs and language. I can easily understand the struggle that maintaining, and existing in both, can sometimes be. I've come to perceive and appreciate it as the gift of having a "bridge" that allows connection to, and understanding of, different aspects of people and life.
I consider myself to be bi-cultural. Having been raised as a first generation American in a Latin family, I can identify with the the mentality of someone living within two "worlds". Transitioning from one culture to another with seemingly different values, beliefs and language. I can easily understand the struggle that maintaining, and existing in both, can sometimes be. I've come to perceive and appreciate it as the gift of having a "bridge" that allows connection to, and understanding of, different aspects of people and life.
(510) 491-9879 View (510) 491-9879
Joan Wenters
Psychologist, P, h, D
Verified Verified
Brentwood, CA 94513
Dr. Joan Wenters is an experienced clinical psychologist whose work spans the life cycle from young children through the elderly. She specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, disorders of childhood and adolescents, coping with traumatic events, life change challenges and transitions. She has expertise working with military families, divorced families and adoption issues. She also offers psychological testing and evaluations for ADHD, learning disabilities and developmental evaluations for autism spectrum disorder, and developmental delays.
Dr. Joan Wenters is an experienced clinical psychologist whose work spans the life cycle from young children through the elderly. She specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, disorders of childhood and adolescents, coping with traumatic events, life change challenges and transitions. She has expertise working with military families, divorced families and adoption issues. She also offers psychological testing and evaluations for ADHD, learning disabilities and developmental evaluations for autism spectrum disorder, and developmental delays.
(510) 230-0077 View (510) 230-0077
Photo of Sarene Russum, Marriage & Family Therapist in Contra Costa County, CA
Sarene Russum
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Lafayette, CA 94549
I SPECIALIZE IN WORKING WITH TEEN GIRLS AND ADULT WOMEN. I am a warm and compassionate therapist. I work with clients to promote understanding and awareness to be able to move beyond obstacles and find a level of acceptance and healing. It takes courage to come to therapy, to feel difficult feelings, to talk about them and to figure out how to cope with them. Therapy is a process, change/healing take time and commitment. I feel passionate about helping people know themselves and feel worthy. I continue to be in awe of people's bravery in the therapeutic process and feel privileged to be a witness.
I SPECIALIZE IN WORKING WITH TEEN GIRLS AND ADULT WOMEN. I am a warm and compassionate therapist. I work with clients to promote understanding and awareness to be able to move beyond obstacles and find a level of acceptance and healing. It takes courage to come to therapy, to feel difficult feelings, to talk about them and to figure out how to cope with them. Therapy is a process, change/healing take time and commitment. I feel passionate about helping people know themselves and feel worthy. I continue to be in awe of people's bravery in the therapeutic process and feel privileged to be a witness.
(925) 357-9631 View (925) 357-9631
Photo of Freyja Lentz, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in Contra Costa County, CA
Freyja Lentz
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Are you having trouble navigating the complexities of life, perhaps feeling trapped, lost, or controlled by your emotions? Looking for more fulfilling relationships, hope and solutions? With a holistic approach to therapy, I tailor my approach to your individual needs, using research-backed tools. My focus is on empowering clients, building strengths, and fostering confidence. Through compassionate exploration, I create a safe space for self-discovery and reconnection in your relationships. As you embrace strength-based narratives, problems become manageable, and new solutions emerge.
Are you having trouble navigating the complexities of life, perhaps feeling trapped, lost, or controlled by your emotions? Looking for more fulfilling relationships, hope and solutions? With a holistic approach to therapy, I tailor my approach to your individual needs, using research-backed tools. My focus is on empowering clients, building strengths, and fostering confidence. Through compassionate exploration, I create a safe space for self-discovery and reconnection in your relationships. As you embrace strength-based narratives, problems become manageable, and new solutions emerge.
(510) 330-2778 View (510) 330-2778
Photo of Dwan Kathleen Brennan, Marriage & Family Therapist in Contra Costa County, CA
Dwan Kathleen Brennan
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
Danville, CA 94526
Many times the reaction I get when people find out what I do is "Isn't that depressing?" Actually, it's the opposite: challenging, yet inspiring and very fulfilling. I love helping people move from pain and frustration to hope and new ways of living that work better. I work alongside you, to help you find your solutions, your strength, to make positive change happen in your life.
Many times the reaction I get when people find out what I do is "Isn't that depressing?" Actually, it's the opposite: challenging, yet inspiring and very fulfilling. I love helping people move from pain and frustration to hope and new ways of living that work better. I work alongside you, to help you find your solutions, your strength, to make positive change happen in your life.
(925) 336-3073 View (925) 336-3073
Photo of Benjamin Jones, Marriage & Family Therapist in Contra Costa County, CA
Benjamin Jones
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Lafayette, CA 94549
I provide compassionate therapy tailored to your particular needs. Together we would set goals and work to bring the needed changes into your life. I am not dedicated to a single particular theory or technique, but will use whatever works best for you. Often traditional talk therapy is most effective, but I have also successfully used cognitive/behavioral therapy, dream analysis, writing, art therapy, meditation, sand trays, group therapy, experiential therapy, and guided imagery. I also work to help you explore and strengthen your higher values and whatever you find most meaningful in your life.
I provide compassionate therapy tailored to your particular needs. Together we would set goals and work to bring the needed changes into your life. I am not dedicated to a single particular theory or technique, but will use whatever works best for you. Often traditional talk therapy is most effective, but I have also successfully used cognitive/behavioral therapy, dream analysis, writing, art therapy, meditation, sand trays, group therapy, experiential therapy, and guided imagery. I also work to help you explore and strengthen your higher values and whatever you find most meaningful in your life.
(925) 238-3961 View (925) 238-3961
Photo of Janie Sheedy, Marriage & Family Therapist in Contra Costa County, CA
Janie Sheedy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA-MFT, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Alamo, CA 94507
It is said that to the degree that you can't experience pain is to the degree that you can't experience joy. To be human is to feel and to feel is to experience both joy and sadness and everything in between. As a therapist, I help people experience joy unencumbered by losses and disappointments of the past, or by present day difficulties. I believe people heal in relationship, therefore my goal is to not only help people with their inner life, but is to equally help people connect with outer resources as well.
It is said that to the degree that you can't experience pain is to the degree that you can't experience joy. To be human is to feel and to feel is to experience both joy and sadness and everything in between. As a therapist, I help people experience joy unencumbered by losses and disappointments of the past, or by present day difficulties. I believe people heal in relationship, therefore my goal is to not only help people with their inner life, but is to equally help people connect with outer resources as well.
(925) 968-4735 View (925) 968-4735
Photo of Melissa Thompson, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Contra Costa County, CA
Melissa Thompson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brentwood, CA 94513  (Online Only)
Parenting a teenager is challenging enough. Parenting a teen who has symptoms or has been diagnosed with ADHD adds an additional level of difficulty. There are academic and social pressures and expectations that do not match with your teenager's abilities or emotional maturity yet. These mismatches can create extreme frustrations and hopelessness in your teen and in YOU! I get it, I've lived it.
Parenting a teenager is challenging enough. Parenting a teen who has symptoms or has been diagnosed with ADHD adds an additional level of difficulty. There are academic and social pressures and expectations that do not match with your teenager's abilities or emotional maturity yet. These mismatches can create extreme frustrations and hopelessness in your teen and in YOU! I get it, I've lived it.
(925) 396-7976 View (925) 396-7976
Photo of Maria Berris Lacuesta, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Contra Costa County, CA
Maria Berris Lacuesta
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Ramon, CA 94583
I have been in private practice over 28 years in the San Ramon Valley. I feel we are go through difficult times in our life and its helpful to reflect and learn from our experiences, even our painful ones. I consider it an honor to have worked with so many people over the years and helped then deal with life difficulties. We live in very stressful times and it's helpful to have someone to talk with and guide us.
I have been in private practice over 28 years in the San Ramon Valley. I feel we are go through difficult times in our life and its helpful to reflect and learn from our experiences, even our painful ones. I consider it an honor to have worked with so many people over the years and helped then deal with life difficulties. We live in very stressful times and it's helpful to have someone to talk with and guide us.
(925) 400-8664 View (925) 400-8664
Photo of Ricky Morris, Marriage & Family Therapist in Contra Costa County, CA
Ricky Morris
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Concord, CA 94520
If you are seeking therapy, you've most likely identified patterns in your life that you'd like to change. Do you feel overwhelmed by what seems too large of a mountain to scale? Have you attempted to do the work alone, but often feel hopeless in your pursuit of stability? You may find it comforting to secure a knowledgeable supportive passenger in your journey to reach the destination of growth and healing. The path to this recognition is unique to each person, as is the process of therapy itself.
If you are seeking therapy, you've most likely identified patterns in your life that you'd like to change. Do you feel overwhelmed by what seems too large of a mountain to scale? Have you attempted to do the work alone, but often feel hopeless in your pursuit of stability? You may find it comforting to secure a knowledgeable supportive passenger in your journey to reach the destination of growth and healing. The path to this recognition is unique to each person, as is the process of therapy itself.
(925) 588-7271 View (925) 588-7271
Photo of Rachel A. Murray, Marriage & Family Therapist in Contra Costa County, CA
Rachel A. Murray
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Are you feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or generally dissatisfied with your life? Do you want to experience less anxiety and sadness? Does procrastination, over-thinking, perfectionism or people pleasing get in your way? If you are seeking help for your child, are you concerned they do not have the coping skills necessary to navigate the challenges of modern life? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone. Whether you or your child is experiencing the first signs of emotional distress or are struggling with debilitating symptoms, therapy can help.
Are you feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or generally dissatisfied with your life? Do you want to experience less anxiety and sadness? Does procrastination, over-thinking, perfectionism or people pleasing get in your way? If you are seeking help for your child, are you concerned they do not have the coping skills necessary to navigate the challenges of modern life? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone. Whether you or your child is experiencing the first signs of emotional distress or are struggling with debilitating symptoms, therapy can help.
(415) 506-8172 View (415) 506-8172
Photo of Robin Criner, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Contra Costa County, CA
Robin Criner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW
Verified Verified
Orinda, CA 94563
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, or stress? Are you adjusting to a new situation in your life? Robin is highly skilled at helping adults navigate challenges and build self-esteem in a safe, trusting and caring space where her clients can reach their goals. Robin has a background in behavioral health, making her particularly adept and helping clients navigate challenges with illness or their physical health. She has expertise in navigating grief and caregiver stress.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, or stress? Are you adjusting to a new situation in your life? Robin is highly skilled at helping adults navigate challenges and build self-esteem in a safe, trusting and caring space where her clients can reach their goals. Robin has a background in behavioral health, making her particularly adept and helping clients navigate challenges with illness or their physical health. She has expertise in navigating grief and caregiver stress.
(925) 886-2931 View (925) 886-2931
Photo of Meaghan McVeigh, Marriage & Family Therapist in Contra Costa County, CA
Meaghan McVeigh
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Walnut Creek, CA 94595
Hi! I’m Meaghan, I’ve been working with individuals, families, and couples for the past 12 years overcome depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief, substance abuse, codependency and more. No matter where you are at this moment in your life, no matter how stuck you feel, you're not broken, and you have the capacity to heal. I utilize a holistic approach, by using somatic, attachment-focused therapy, that's tailored to your personality and your individual needs, that will help to get to the root of why you're struggling.
Hi! I’m Meaghan, I’ve been working with individuals, families, and couples for the past 12 years overcome depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief, substance abuse, codependency and more. No matter where you are at this moment in your life, no matter how stuck you feel, you're not broken, and you have the capacity to heal. I utilize a holistic approach, by using somatic, attachment-focused therapy, that's tailored to your personality and your individual needs, that will help to get to the root of why you're struggling.
(510) 241-4259 View (510) 241-4259
Photo of Howard L Sattler, Marriage & Family Therapist in Contra Costa County, CA
Howard L Sattler
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MA, MFT, NCC, DCC
Verified Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
I have over 30 years' experience as a clinician, published researcher and educator. I hold a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Masters in Health Psychology. I have developed programs including Stress Management, Insomnia control and Meditation for programs such as Kaiser Permanente. This diversity of experience, allows me to help people understand their thinking processes, identify patterns of behavior and make sustainable changes. I strive to empower people to change both their behaviors and beliefs to allow them to achieve overall well-being and happiness. My philosophy stresses personal insight and responsibility, - integrating the physical, intellectual and spiritual.
I have over 30 years' experience as a clinician, published researcher and educator. I hold a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Masters in Health Psychology. I have developed programs including Stress Management, Insomnia control and Meditation for programs such as Kaiser Permanente. This diversity of experience, allows me to help people understand their thinking processes, identify patterns of behavior and make sustainable changes. I strive to empower people to change both their behaviors and beliefs to allow them to achieve overall well-being and happiness. My philosophy stresses personal insight and responsibility, - integrating the physical, intellectual and spiritual.
(925) 308-5355 View (925) 308-5355
Photo of Monique Walia, Psychologist in Contra Costa County, CA
Monique Walia
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94598  (Online Only)
If you are looking for change, support and a companion on your journey to self-discovery and growth, I would be honored to facilitate that for you. If you are reading this, chances are, you or someone you love is in pain. Pain can be expressed in many different ways: isolation, destructive/difficult relationships, drug use, overworking, overeating, over exercising, overcommitting, restricting food, negative self talk, self criticism, self harm,etc. I seek to empower you to change what you have identified as a problem, but I also seek to remind you of your strengths.
If you are looking for change, support and a companion on your journey to self-discovery and growth, I would be honored to facilitate that for you. If you are reading this, chances are, you or someone you love is in pain. Pain can be expressed in many different ways: isolation, destructive/difficult relationships, drug use, overworking, overeating, over exercising, overcommitting, restricting food, negative self talk, self criticism, self harm,etc. I seek to empower you to change what you have identified as a problem, but I also seek to remind you of your strengths.
(925) 515-5010 View (925) 515-5010

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Number of Therapists in Contra Costa County, CA

2,000+

Average cost per session

$180

Therapists in Contra Costa County, CA who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
88% Depression
77% Relationship Issues
73% Self Esteem
67% Coping Skills
65% Stress
64% Grief

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

70% Aetna
64% Cigna and Evernorth
61% Optum

How Therapists in Contra Costa County, CA see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
18% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Contra Costa 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.