Therapists in Costa Mesa, CA

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VCAT Mental Health and Detox Center
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
At VCATTRC we provide neurocognitive and brain based treatment methodologies for substance abuse and psychological disorders. We believe that there is a strong correlation between a healthy brain and a person’s mental, behavioral, and cognitive functioning. Mental behavioral disorders such as anxiety, depression, and addiction, have been linked to serious behavioral and cognitive dysfunctions in adults with long history of addictive behavior. Thus, treating such disorders and related co-occurring disorders is in need of a proper and specialized multidimensional assessment, evaluation, and neurocognitive treatment plan.
At VCATTRC we provide neurocognitive and brain based treatment methodologies for substance abuse and psychological disorders. We believe that there is a strong correlation between a healthy brain and a person’s mental, behavioral, and cognitive functioning. Mental behavioral disorders such as anxiety, depression, and addiction, have been linked to serious behavioral and cognitive dysfunctions in adults with long history of addictive behavior. Thus, treating such disorders and related co-occurring disorders is in need of a proper and specialized multidimensional assessment, evaluation, and neurocognitive treatment plan.
(949) 577-7442 View (949) 577-7442
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Kellie Whittaker
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
The act of coming to therapy is a brave one, and you should commend yourself for doing it – you are taking proactive steps to create the life you want. I view therapy as an opportunity for you to evaluate the stories you and others tell about who you are, identify the storylines that are not serving you, and construct new narratives that focus on your strengths which can help you take a more active stance in your life. This process is simple but powerful, and I believe deeply that it can help all of us isolate and move past the problems that have worked their way into our lives, helping us to reclaim our power.
The act of coming to therapy is a brave one, and you should commend yourself for doing it – you are taking proactive steps to create the life you want. I view therapy as an opportunity for you to evaluate the stories you and others tell about who you are, identify the storylines that are not serving you, and construct new narratives that focus on your strengths which can help you take a more active stance in your life. This process is simple but powerful, and I believe deeply that it can help all of us isolate and move past the problems that have worked their way into our lives, helping us to reclaim our power.
(442) 245-3638 View (442) 245-3638
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Homemaker Counseling, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Nicole Widman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that specializes in integrating therapy with the Christian faith, guiding clients in learning how to hear from God and experience inner healing through the leading of the Holy Spirit. She is deeply devoted to counseling women that long to burn with holy passion for Jesus but cannot break free from the darkness of their past.
Nicole Widman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that specializes in integrating therapy with the Christian faith, guiding clients in learning how to hear from God and experience inner healing through the leading of the Holy Spirit. She is deeply devoted to counseling women that long to burn with holy passion for Jesus but cannot break free from the darkness of their past.
(657) 530-5632 View (657) 530-5632
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Jay Gattis
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
I have been very effective in helping people find relief from anxiety, depression, and trauma, as well as improving the quality of their life and relationships. I provide a thorough assessment followed by a collaboratively developed treatment plan to effectively address your individual situation. My Goal is to treat you as a whole person - biological, psychological, relational and spiritual. Often talk therapy alone will not be as effective as it could be when combined with appropriate adjunctive treatment(s) and I will refer you to the appropriate specialist(s) or resources when needed.
I have been very effective in helping people find relief from anxiety, depression, and trauma, as well as improving the quality of their life and relationships. I provide a thorough assessment followed by a collaboratively developed treatment plan to effectively address your individual situation. My Goal is to treat you as a whole person - biological, psychological, relational and spiritual. Often talk therapy alone will not be as effective as it could be when combined with appropriate adjunctive treatment(s) and I will refer you to the appropriate specialist(s) or resources when needed.
(949) 943-3416 View (949) 943-3416
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Stephanie Gebhard
Pre-Licensed Professional, ACSW, MPH
Verified
1 Endorsed
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
As an Associate Clinical Social Worker, I work with adults and families struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma and addiction. Anxiety, depression and traumatic experiences can make us feel stuck in an unrelenting mental loop. Not only can traumatic experiences create anxiety and depression- but left untreated, trauma can manifest in different parts of the body.
As an Associate Clinical Social Worker, I work with adults and families struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma and addiction. Anxiety, depression and traumatic experiences can make us feel stuck in an unrelenting mental loop. Not only can traumatic experiences create anxiety and depression- but left untreated, trauma can manifest in different parts of the body.
(657) 213-3768 View (657) 213-3768
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Kristel Yoneda
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified
Costa Mesa, CA 92626  (Online Only)
As a queer Japanese-American, I believe the authentic self is a hard-earned accomplishment. Clients who connect with me are often similarly invested in identity work and reauthoring their narrative to reflect who they are. Together, we explore how external systems such as capitalism and patriarchy impact how they understand themselves, how they walk through the world, and how they connect with others.
As a queer Japanese-American, I believe the authentic self is a hard-earned accomplishment. Clients who connect with me are often similarly invested in identity work and reauthoring their narrative to reflect who they are. Together, we explore how external systems such as capitalism and patriarchy impact how they understand themselves, how they walk through the world, and how they connect with others.
(657) 571-3924 View (657) 571-3924
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Alicia Guerrero
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Costa Mesa, CA 92626  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients for 2024! Whether you struggle with moderate/severe anxiety, depression, unbalanced relationships or boundaries, chronic illness or burnout- I may be able to help! Many (but not all) of my clients are: women or non-binary folks between the ages of 20-45 and part of the LGBTQ+ community • Identify as BIPOC, Latinx, or multiracial • Work in highly stressful positions (including entrepreneurs) and struggle with chronic burnout • Have experienced significant traumas and/or abuse. My couples' therapy clients often love each other immensely, but struggle with healthy communication, trust, and/or intimacy issues.
Accepting new clients for 2024! Whether you struggle with moderate/severe anxiety, depression, unbalanced relationships or boundaries, chronic illness or burnout- I may be able to help! Many (but not all) of my clients are: women or non-binary folks between the ages of 20-45 and part of the LGBTQ+ community • Identify as BIPOC, Latinx, or multiracial • Work in highly stressful positions (including entrepreneurs) and struggle with chronic burnout • Have experienced significant traumas and/or abuse. My couples' therapy clients often love each other immensely, but struggle with healthy communication, trust, and/or intimacy issues.
(657) 366-5433 View (657) 366-5433
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Lita Cienega-Saldana
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Hello, I'm Lita Cienega-Saldana, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of California. I offer therapeutic services to individuals and families seeking additional support in connecting with their inner selves and leading more independent and fulfilling lives. With nearly 6 years of experience in the mental health field, I am enthusiastic about guiding and assisting individuals on their therapeutic journey. Outside of my professional life, I cherish spending time with my family, which includes my husband and two teenage girls.
Hello, I'm Lita Cienega-Saldana, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of California. I offer therapeutic services to individuals and families seeking additional support in connecting with their inner selves and leading more independent and fulfilling lives. With nearly 6 years of experience in the mental health field, I am enthusiastic about guiding and assisting individuals on their therapeutic journey. Outside of my professional life, I cherish spending time with my family, which includes my husband and two teenage girls.
(949) 787-0906 View (949) 787-0906
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Dr. Thuy Tran
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Are you having difficulties coping with stress, managing conflicts, and connecting to others? Personal conflicts can elicit emotions, thoughts, and reactions in ourselves that structure our sense of self and our relationships. I can help guide you to a deeper understanding of your feelings about your relationships and personal view of yourself. I exercise compassionate understanding to help you resolve the seeming paradoxes of conflicts within your life to help you achieve an increased sense of harmony and peace.
Are you having difficulties coping with stress, managing conflicts, and connecting to others? Personal conflicts can elicit emotions, thoughts, and reactions in ourselves that structure our sense of self and our relationships. I can help guide you to a deeper understanding of your feelings about your relationships and personal view of yourself. I exercise compassionate understanding to help you resolve the seeming paradoxes of conflicts within your life to help you achieve an increased sense of harmony and peace.
(714) 515-7403 View (714) 515-7403
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Sasha M. James
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Costa Mesa, CA 92626  (Online Only)
I specialize in trauma, addiction, anxiety, and anger management. I also treat depression, bipolar, ADHD, stress, and many other concerns. Taking a multi-faceted approach, I use humor, candor, compassion, and connection to shift perspectives and ease anxieties, allowing you to make healthier decisions, gain more control over the direction of your life, and feel more empowered. I've spent the past decade helping people navigate the pitfalls and challenges of sobriety, along with mental health struggles, and I would love to help you make progress on your journey.
I specialize in trauma, addiction, anxiety, and anger management. I also treat depression, bipolar, ADHD, stress, and many other concerns. Taking a multi-faceted approach, I use humor, candor, compassion, and connection to shift perspectives and ease anxieties, allowing you to make healthier decisions, gain more control over the direction of your life, and feel more empowered. I've spent the past decade helping people navigate the pitfalls and challenges of sobriety, along with mental health struggles, and I would love to help you make progress on your journey.
(949) 524-7788 View (949) 524-7788
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Summer Witty
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, EMDR
Verified
Costa Mesa, CA 92627  (Online Only)
Life can be challenging, and sometimes we can feel inadequate in dealing with life struggles that come our way. Sometimes we feel like we've tried everything, but for some reason we still feel stuck despite our best efforts. Although there are times in our lives when we feel great, there are also times in our lives when we feel hopeless, anxious, depressed, or even lost. Sometimes, we can pinpoint why we feel this way, and other times, these feelings seem to just come upon us for no apparent reason. Both can make life incredibly difficult.
Life can be challenging, and sometimes we can feel inadequate in dealing with life struggles that come our way. Sometimes we feel like we've tried everything, but for some reason we still feel stuck despite our best efforts. Although there are times in our lives when we feel great, there are also times in our lives when we feel hopeless, anxious, depressed, or even lost. Sometimes, we can pinpoint why we feel this way, and other times, these feelings seem to just come upon us for no apparent reason. Both can make life incredibly difficult.
(949) 536-9770 View (949) 536-9770
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Lisa Maurel
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
6 Endorsed
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Waitlist for new clients
Whether you are digging for the courage to pursue your dreams, change a self destructive pattern,or live a more fulfilled life; the journey to wholeness is worth taking. I specialize with people at major cross roads in their lives who want to stop hiding, stop using, stop living in fear and begin living more fully from their heart. While I currently have a wait list, see my endorsements for other professionals sources. I am a founding board member of the Malama Collective. For sliding scale psychotherapy, visit The Malama Collective, our non-profit mental health clinic.
Whether you are digging for the courage to pursue your dreams, change a self destructive pattern,or live a more fulfilled life; the journey to wholeness is worth taking. I specialize with people at major cross roads in their lives who want to stop hiding, stop using, stop living in fear and begin living more fully from their heart. While I currently have a wait list, see my endorsements for other professionals sources. I am a founding board member of the Malama Collective. For sliding scale psychotherapy, visit The Malama Collective, our non-profit mental health clinic.
(714) 215-9161 View (714) 215-9161
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Jennifer Moore
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Jennifer Moore, LCSW I am a holistic Psychotherapist using a wide array of tools including the Enneagram, IFS, Ayurveda, breath work, and mindfulness to name a few. Every client is unique and requires a different approach. I meet my clients where they are on the path. Many clients come to me when they are sick and tired of feeling sick and tired! Anxiety, depression, health issues, relationship are no longer working. I work from the outside in and the inside out using a holistic approach to the situation. I am direct and solution-focused with a supportive, compassionate tone. My clients report feeling safe, heard, and understood.
Jennifer Moore, LCSW I am a holistic Psychotherapist using a wide array of tools including the Enneagram, IFS, Ayurveda, breath work, and mindfulness to name a few. Every client is unique and requires a different approach. I meet my clients where they are on the path. Many clients come to me when they are sick and tired of feeling sick and tired! Anxiety, depression, health issues, relationship are no longer working. I work from the outside in and the inside out using a holistic approach to the situation. I am direct and solution-focused with a supportive, compassionate tone. My clients report feeling safe, heard, and understood.
(949) 868-8960 View (949) 868-8960
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Lindsey Hailston
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Costa Mesa, CA 92627  (Online Only)
I believe that people experience their own unique perspectives and ways of dealing with problems that can affect their day-to-day lives in significant ways. Not everyone might understand how hard it can be to move through life with added challenges that result from difficult life circumstancesI prefer to utilize an active approach to therapy; I want to help you reach your goals by understanding the factors that may contribute to you feeling overwhelmed and, at times, helpless.
I believe that people experience their own unique perspectives and ways of dealing with problems that can affect their day-to-day lives in significant ways. Not everyone might understand how hard it can be to move through life with added challenges that result from difficult life circumstancesI prefer to utilize an active approach to therapy; I want to help you reach your goals by understanding the factors that may contribute to you feeling overwhelmed and, at times, helpless.
(949) 806-4196 View (949) 806-4196
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Brooke Herd
Psychologist, MA, PsyD
Verified
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Hello and welcome! I am a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY 33647) who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families, with specific training in pediatric psychology and behavior analysis. I focus on partnering alongside children and their families to provide support in a way that allows for meaningful change. My approach integrates a child-centered, strengths-based approach with behavioral and cognitive-behavioral techniques to support your child’s growth and development. I look forward to the potential opportunity to work with you!
Hello and welcome! I am a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY 33647) who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families, with specific training in pediatric psychology and behavior analysis. I focus on partnering alongside children and their families to provide support in a way that allows for meaningful change. My approach integrates a child-centered, strengths-based approach with behavioral and cognitive-behavioral techniques to support your child’s growth and development. I look forward to the potential opportunity to work with you!
(949) 541-0304 View (949) 541-0304
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Nikki Reidt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Costa Mesa, CA 92626  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new clients anywhere in California. I work with women struggling with anxiety, perfectionism and high sensitivity. I love helping clients unpack ALL the parts of their identity and transform from what society told them they “should” be to who they truly are. As a mom of three, I'm also passionate about supporting mothers in the journey of parenthood.
Currently accepting new clients anywhere in California. I work with women struggling with anxiety, perfectionism and high sensitivity. I love helping clients unpack ALL the parts of their identity and transform from what society told them they “should” be to who they truly are. As a mom of three, I'm also passionate about supporting mothers in the journey of parenthood.
(949) 806-6267 View (949) 806-6267
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Monique Pierre-Louis
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Costa Mesa, CA 92626  (Online Only)
I am a licensed psychologist in the state of California with over seven years of clinical experience. I've worked with adults, older adults, college students, and engineers. My experience in multiple mental health settings, from community mental health, urban hospital centers, medical offices, and a federal government agency have helped me to gain the knowledge and skills to work with people from diverse backgrounds and needs.
I am a licensed psychologist in the state of California with over seven years of clinical experience. I've worked with adults, older adults, college students, and engineers. My experience in multiple mental health settings, from community mental health, urban hospital centers, medical offices, and a federal government agency have helped me to gain the knowledge and skills to work with people from diverse backgrounds and needs.
(619) 815-7581 View (619) 815-7581
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Taryn Feuerberg
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
I provide supportive therapy services to clients struggling with all kinds of issues, and all different levels of functioning. Whether you have several issues you wish to process in just a few sessions with an objective ear, or you have just been released from higher psychiatric levels of care, I have space and availability for you. I am very flexible sometimes seeing clients online or in person, sometimes once per month or once per week. My ideal clients strongly desire to change their lives, explore parts of themselves, or use our time and space to build on the hard work they have already done.
I provide supportive therapy services to clients struggling with all kinds of issues, and all different levels of functioning. Whether you have several issues you wish to process in just a few sessions with an objective ear, or you have just been released from higher psychiatric levels of care, I have space and availability for you. I am very flexible sometimes seeing clients online or in person, sometimes once per month or once per week. My ideal clients strongly desire to change their lives, explore parts of themselves, or use our time and space to build on the hard work they have already done.
(949) 617-1223 View (949) 617-1223
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Kai Lewis
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
6 Endorsed
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Perhaps you are brand new to therapy, or returning for better results. Maybe you are looking for a therapist that relates to the LGBTQ+ identities/experiences you have, and how those may affect other areas of your life. You're looking for a space to be authentic and explore complex parts of who you are in a safe, affirming space. You might be experiencing anxiety, depression, confusion, or other barriers to your well-being. My priority is inviting you to share who you are so we can create positive outcomes. I combine evidence-based practices with real-world application, placing your experiences at the forefront of therapy.
Perhaps you are brand new to therapy, or returning for better results. Maybe you are looking for a therapist that relates to the LGBTQ+ identities/experiences you have, and how those may affect other areas of your life. You're looking for a space to be authentic and explore complex parts of who you are in a safe, affirming space. You might be experiencing anxiety, depression, confusion, or other barriers to your well-being. My priority is inviting you to share who you are so we can create positive outcomes. I combine evidence-based practices with real-world application, placing your experiences at the forefront of therapy.
(657) 214-4460 View (657) 214-4460
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Paul Larez
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
As a licensed clinical psychologist with over 10 years of experience, I provide compassionate, relationally-focused therapy for individuals, couples, and families of diverse backgrounds and ages. I have experience treating depression and anxiety concerns, family conflict, and relationship concerns. I also have training in trauma and addiction recovery, and specialize in treating individuals struggling from childhood abuse, recent traumas, compulsive sexual behaviors, and substance-related disorders.
As a licensed clinical psychologist with over 10 years of experience, I provide compassionate, relationally-focused therapy for individuals, couples, and families of diverse backgrounds and ages. I have experience treating depression and anxiety concerns, family conflict, and relationship concerns. I also have training in trauma and addiction recovery, and specialize in treating individuals struggling from childhood abuse, recent traumas, compulsive sexual behaviors, and substance-related disorders.
(657) 837-5905 View (657) 837-5905

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Number of Therapists in Costa Mesa, CA

600+

Average cost per session

$175

Therapists in Costa Mesa, CA who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
89% Depression
83% Relationship Issues
79% Self Esteem
70% Trauma and PTSD
68% Grief
67% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

63% Cigna and Evernorth
62% Aetna
56% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Costa Mesa, CA see their clients

81% In Person and Online
19% Online Only

Gender breakdown

76% Female
23% Male
1% Non-Binary

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How can I find a therapist in Costa Mesa?

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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.