Therapists in East Los Angeles, CA

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Rhonda Smillie
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
East Los Angeles, CA 90022
Hello, I am Rhonda Smillie, M.Ed, LPCC practicing in CA. I approach therapy with a curious mind and an open heart. I incorporate many modalities to help get to the issues at hand. I focus on relationships, with self, others, and the community. This includes anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and addictive disorders.
Hello, I am Rhonda Smillie, M.Ed, LPCC practicing in CA. I approach therapy with a curious mind and an open heart. I incorporate many modalities to help get to the issues at hand. I focus on relationships, with self, others, and the community. This includes anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and addictive disorders.
(818) 806-0635 View (818) 806-0635
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Tabitha Hernandez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
East Los Angeles, CA 90022
Hello Hello, I'm Tabitha :) I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in San Diego, California. I work with clients in person in Carlsbad, CA, and statewide via Telehealth. I believe in empathetic listening, transparency, and empowerment as a means to unravel inner conflict. Inner conflict is often the underlying cause for “stuck points”. If you feel like you’re spinning in circles despite great efforts, we may want to assess for any inner conflict that may be present.
Hello Hello, I'm Tabitha :) I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in San Diego, California. I work with clients in person in Carlsbad, CA, and statewide via Telehealth. I believe in empathetic listening, transparency, and empowerment as a means to unravel inner conflict. Inner conflict is often the underlying cause for “stuck points”. If you feel like you’re spinning in circles despite great efforts, we may want to assess for any inner conflict that may be present.
(818) 405-8240 View (818) 405-8240
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Mayra Gutierrez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
East Los Angeles, CA 90022
Hello, my name is Mayra Gutierrez, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I enjoy creating a welcoming environment for therapy whether is telehealth or in-person session. I have worked with a variety of individuals from ages 4 to 70 years old. I worked with families with a single child to up to 6 children in family sessions. I have years of experience with trauma work, short-term treatment, narrative therapy, art therapy, music therapy, along with implementing smells and lighting into sessions to ground and create space for clientele.
Hello, my name is Mayra Gutierrez, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I enjoy creating a welcoming environment for therapy whether is telehealth or in-person session. I have worked with a variety of individuals from ages 4 to 70 years old. I worked with families with a single child to up to 6 children in family sessions. I have years of experience with trauma work, short-term treatment, narrative therapy, art therapy, music therapy, along with implementing smells and lighting into sessions to ground and create space for clientele.
(323) 716-1840 View (323) 716-1840
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Liliana Gonzalez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
East Los Angeles, CA 90022
My name is Liliana Gonzalez, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. My therapeutic approach is solution-based focus and cognitive behavioral therapy, and person-centered. I help patients dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, life transitions, self-esteem, and communication challenges. I provide individual, couples and family counseling. Therapy for depression and anxiety, couples counseling, family counseling, stress management, Self-empowerment and Self-assertive Training, and Conflict Resolution Skills.
My name is Liliana Gonzalez, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. My therapeutic approach is solution-based focus and cognitive behavioral therapy, and person-centered. I help patients dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, life transitions, self-esteem, and communication challenges. I provide individual, couples and family counseling. Therapy for depression and anxiety, couples counseling, family counseling, stress management, Self-empowerment and Self-assertive Training, and Conflict Resolution Skills.
(323) 990-9426 View (323) 990-9426
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Claudio Cassinelli
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
East Los Angeles, CA 90022
Hello, my name is Claudio Cassinelli, LCSW (LCS 24686). I believe that every client has the potential to find their own path toward healing and well-being. I have worked with individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD, low self-esteem, relational conflict, and other issues. Building rapport is the most important part of the therapeutic process as it sets the foundation for collaborative treatment. My focus is on creating a safe environment for the client to be able to open up and work effectively within therapy.
Hello, my name is Claudio Cassinelli, LCSW (LCS 24686). I believe that every client has the potential to find their own path toward healing and well-being. I have worked with individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD, low self-esteem, relational conflict, and other issues. Building rapport is the most important part of the therapeutic process as it sets the foundation for collaborative treatment. My focus is on creating a safe environment for the client to be able to open up and work effectively within therapy.
(818) 873-4487 View (818) 873-4487
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Stacey Garfinkel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
East Los Angeles, CA 90022
Stacey Garfinkel. I am a licensed clinical social worker providing therapy to older and disabled adults. I work with patients who need support around issues of grief and loss, changes in their physical health, and chronic health conditions. I have worked with many ESRD patients and patients in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. I work with patients suffering from anxiety and depression. I provide support around maintaining sobriety. I provide supportive counseling and use a cognitive behavioral approach.
Stacey Garfinkel. I am a licensed clinical social worker providing therapy to older and disabled adults. I work with patients who need support around issues of grief and loss, changes in their physical health, and chronic health conditions. I have worked with many ESRD patients and patients in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. I work with patients suffering from anxiety and depression. I provide support around maintaining sobriety. I provide supportive counseling and use a cognitive behavioral approach.
(323) 312-3768 View (323) 312-3768
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Kristen Tachiki
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
East Los Angeles, CA 90022
My path has to lead me to be here with you on this journey and it is my honor to grace this path with you.
My path has to lead me to be here with you on this journey and it is my honor to grace this path with you.
(818) 650-3615 View (818) 650-3615
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Ayesha Wallace
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
East Los Angeles, CA 90022
My name is Ayesha Wallace and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Los Angeles, CA and working with clients via telehealth. I work with young adults (18+) and adults and treat anxiety, stress, and depression. My approach to therapy is individualized based on the client’s needs. I utilize T.E.A.M. CBT which stands for Testing, Empathy, Agenda-Setting, and Methods. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy allows us to work together to find the various methods to help clients make progress and start feeling better quicker.
My name is Ayesha Wallace and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Los Angeles, CA and working with clients via telehealth. I work with young adults (18+) and adults and treat anxiety, stress, and depression. My approach to therapy is individualized based on the client’s needs. I utilize T.E.A.M. CBT which stands for Testing, Empathy, Agenda-Setting, and Methods. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy allows us to work together to find the various methods to help clients make progress and start feeling better quicker.
(323) 375-1854 View (323) 375-1854
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Kimberly Porter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
East Los Angeles, CA 90022
My name is Kim Porter. I am a licensed clinical social worker with 13+ years experience in the field. In therapy, I focus on the power of relationship, strengths, and laughter. I work with teens and adults who may have challenges with depression, anxiety, past trauma, current relationships, and stress. My goal is to create a strong connection with my clients so therapy feels safe and supportive. I utilize Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing in my practice as well as laughter.
My name is Kim Porter. I am a licensed clinical social worker with 13+ years experience in the field. In therapy, I focus on the power of relationship, strengths, and laughter. I work with teens and adults who may have challenges with depression, anxiety, past trauma, current relationships, and stress. My goal is to create a strong connection with my clients so therapy feels safe and supportive. I utilize Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing in my practice as well as laughter.
(818) 938-2616 View (818) 938-2616
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Catherine Margetiak
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified
East Los Angeles, CA 90022  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Hello, I'm Catherine Margetiak, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC12231) in California and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MHC700) in Hawaii. With a client-centered and holistic approach, I specialize in providing evidence-based therapy tailored to the client's unique needs and goals. Whether you're navigating symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, or seeking personal growth, I am dedicated to supporting you on your journey toward wellness and recovery.
Hello, I'm Catherine Margetiak, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC12231) in California and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MHC700) in Hawaii. With a client-centered and holistic approach, I specialize in providing evidence-based therapy tailored to the client's unique needs and goals. Whether you're navigating symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, or seeking personal growth, I am dedicated to supporting you on your journey toward wellness and recovery.
(818) 483-9467 View (818) 483-9467
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Maryann Vaz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
East Los Angeles, CA 90022
My name is Maryann Vaz and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with 20+ years experience as a clinician. I'm based in Los Angeles, California, and work with clients statewide via telehealth.
My name is Maryann Vaz and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with 20+ years experience as a clinician. I'm based in Los Angeles, California, and work with clients statewide via telehealth.
(818) 748-1415 View (818) 748-1415
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Yesenia Perez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PPSC
Verified
East Los Angeles, CA 90022  (Online Only)
Are you exhausted from being "la que lo puede" todo? You know, working so hard to please your family, and getting the guilt trips for trying to mandarte sola and lead your own life? And to top it off, constantly being reminded del sacrificio that they made for you (insert intergenerational trauma, perfectionism, and anxiety here). You deserve comfort and support tailored to first gen Latinas.
Are you exhausted from being "la que lo puede" todo? You know, working so hard to please your family, and getting the guilt trips for trying to mandarte sola and lead your own life? And to top it off, constantly being reminded del sacrificio that they made for you (insert intergenerational trauma, perfectionism, and anxiety here). You deserve comfort and support tailored to first gen Latinas.
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Whitney Green
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
East Los Angeles, CA 90022
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist providing mindful, relational, and somatic therapy for adults and teens via telehealth. I work with teens and adults who are navigating the many difficulties of life. The populations and issues that I best serve include LGBTQIA+, anxiety, panic attacks, relationship and family issues, burnout, grief/loss, major life transitions, and depression. I am a client-centered therapist which means that my approach to each client varies depending on their needs. I utilize varying theories and modalities that are rooted in relationships including psychodynamic, attachment, and family systems.
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist providing mindful, relational, and somatic therapy for adults and teens via telehealth. I work with teens and adults who are navigating the many difficulties of life. The populations and issues that I best serve include LGBTQIA+, anxiety, panic attacks, relationship and family issues, burnout, grief/loss, major life transitions, and depression. I am a client-centered therapist which means that my approach to each client varies depending on their needs. I utilize varying theories and modalities that are rooted in relationships including psychodynamic, attachment, and family systems.
(818) 740-4858 View (818) 740-4858
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Jeremy Rhoades
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
East Los Angeles, CA 90022
Hi there, I'm Jeremy! I am a Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, with special training in Harm Reduction, trauma-informed care, and nondual awareness practice. I have an MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology (JFK University) including courses in Dream Studies and Consciousness Studies, and intensive ongoing training in addressing and healing from trauma.
Hi there, I'm Jeremy! I am a Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, with special training in Harm Reduction, trauma-informed care, and nondual awareness practice. I have an MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology (JFK University) including courses in Dream Studies and Consciousness Studies, and intensive ongoing training in addressing and healing from trauma.
(323) 784-1358 View (323) 784-1358
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Tania Davoodi
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
East Los Angeles, CA 90022
My name is Tania Davoodi and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working with clients via telehealth. I specialize in Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Relationship concerns (Infidelity, communication, intimacy), Trauma, Self-Esteem, Stress Management and Life transitions (Divorce, Grief and Loss). As a therapist, I take an integrated approach, drawing on theories, techniques, and strategies from many different models.I utilize a strength based approach, drawing on the individuals strengths, resiliency and resources. My approach to therapy varies based on the needs of the client.
My name is Tania Davoodi and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working with clients via telehealth. I specialize in Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Relationship concerns (Infidelity, communication, intimacy), Trauma, Self-Esteem, Stress Management and Life transitions (Divorce, Grief and Loss). As a therapist, I take an integrated approach, drawing on theories, techniques, and strategies from many different models.I utilize a strength based approach, drawing on the individuals strengths, resiliency and resources. My approach to therapy varies based on the needs of the client.
(626) 669-1676 View (626) 669-1676
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Jose Antonio Rodriguez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
East Los Angeles, CA 90022
Hello, my name is Antonio Rodriguez, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I like to use a compassionate and collaborative approach to serve as a guide in this journey. I enjoy working with youth, teens, and young adults. I use an eclectic approach when providing therapy and work towards meeting each client where they are at. Some of the theoretical approaches that guide my practice are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative therapy, Trauma-focused, Solutions-Based, and Humanistic. I enjoy working with youth, teenagers, and young adults. I am comfortable treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, and ADHD.
Hello, my name is Antonio Rodriguez, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I like to use a compassionate and collaborative approach to serve as a guide in this journey. I enjoy working with youth, teens, and young adults. I use an eclectic approach when providing therapy and work towards meeting each client where they are at. Some of the theoretical approaches that guide my practice are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative therapy, Trauma-focused, Solutions-Based, and Humanistic. I enjoy working with youth, teenagers, and young adults. I am comfortable treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, and ADHD.
(951) 482-8781 View (951) 482-8781
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Larry Hanville
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
East Los Angeles, CA 90022
I have been a licensed therapist for over 25 years. I have worked in both for-profit and nonprofit settings and have worked with a variety of different clients experiencing mental health issues. I am a strength-based therapist and believe that every individual is unique and brings their own story to therapy. Connection and understanding are at the heart of a good therapeutic relationship which I bring as an experienced clinician. I have worked with individuals experiencing anxiety and all of the symptoms associated with daily stress.
I have been a licensed therapist for over 25 years. I have worked in both for-profit and nonprofit settings and have worked with a variety of different clients experiencing mental health issues. I am a strength-based therapist and believe that every individual is unique and brings their own story to therapy. Connection and understanding are at the heart of a good therapeutic relationship which I bring as an experienced clinician. I have worked with individuals experiencing anxiety and all of the symptoms associated with daily stress.
(661) 219-7521 View (661) 219-7521
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Champagne Clark
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
East Los Angeles, CA 90022
Hello! I am a trained licensed psychotherapist with degrees from Fort Hays State and Louisiana State University. I have been working in the mental health field for almost a decade and have experience treating a wide range of individuals who suffer from phobias, depression, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, and substance abuse. I truly understand that every person who enters this world is unique and so are their mental health struggles. My objective is to assist clients in implementing changes that will last. I currently provide therapeutic services in a comfortable environment that provides you with the security to be more open and freer.
Hello! I am a trained licensed psychotherapist with degrees from Fort Hays State and Louisiana State University. I have been working in the mental health field for almost a decade and have experience treating a wide range of individuals who suffer from phobias, depression, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, and substance abuse. I truly understand that every person who enters this world is unique and so are their mental health struggles. My objective is to assist clients in implementing changes that will last. I currently provide therapeutic services in a comfortable environment that provides you with the security to be more open and freer.
(951) 800-4023 View (951) 800-4023
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Sonia Vasquez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
East Los Angeles, CA 90022
My name is Sonia Vasquez, I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). I am a client-centered therapist and focus on my client's strengths. Typically, I have been able to assist clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, family and/or work conflicts, end of life, and chronic illness. In the past 5-10 years I have worked with adults whose ages range from 18 - 90, transitional-age youth, adults, and older adults needing support through life changes, chronic illness, and end-of-life. I utilize a strengths-based/client-centered approach and incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy.
My name is Sonia Vasquez, I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). I am a client-centered therapist and focus on my client's strengths. Typically, I have been able to assist clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, family and/or work conflicts, end of life, and chronic illness. In the past 5-10 years I have worked with adults whose ages range from 18 - 90, transitional-age youth, adults, and older adults needing support through life changes, chronic illness, and end-of-life. I utilize a strengths-based/client-centered approach and incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy.
(415) 964-2634 View (415) 964-2634
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Evelyn Vedar
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
East Los Angeles, CA 90022
Evelyn Vedar, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT126538). I have been working in the mental health field for eight years in various settings. Throughout the years, I have gained a better understanding of human behaviors from clients, advocates, colleagues, and supervisors with whom I worked with. My current clinical practice is mainly focused on helping survivors of domestic violence. I typically work with adult clients who are dealing with anxiety, anger issues, family conflicts, trauma, and depression.
Evelyn Vedar, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT126538). I have been working in the mental health field for eight years in various settings. Throughout the years, I have gained a better understanding of human behaviors from clients, advocates, colleagues, and supervisors with whom I worked with. My current clinical practice is mainly focused on helping survivors of domestic violence. I typically work with adult clients who are dealing with anxiety, anger issues, family conflicts, trauma, and depression.
(916) 619-5140 View (916) 619-5140

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Number of Therapists in East Los Angeles, CA

20+

Average cost per session

$140

Therapists in East Los Angeles, CA who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
93% Depression
79% Coping Skills
75% Grief
68% Relationship Issues
64% Stress
61% Self Esteem

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Aetna
96% Cigna and Evernorth
96% Anthem | Elevance

How Therapists in East Los Angeles, CA see their clients

83% In Person and Online
17% Online Only

Gender breakdown

86% Female
14% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in East Los Angeles?

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.