Therapists in Huntington Beach, CA

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Affirming Therapy of Orange County
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MBA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
I provide individual, couples, and family therapy at my private practice on the Huntington Beach Hospital campus. Much of my work is with clients struggling with anxiety, dysphoria, or depression, or in their relationships with their romantic partners/spouses or their families-of-origin. I find strengths they've forgotten they have that can be used to defeat their problems. I use Narrative and Cognitive-Behavioral therapies and when working with couples I use Emotion Focused Therapy. Research has shown that 70-75% of couples who undergo EFT become closer and more intimate and 90% of them show significant improvements.
I provide individual, couples, and family therapy at my private practice on the Huntington Beach Hospital campus. Much of my work is with clients struggling with anxiety, dysphoria, or depression, or in their relationships with their romantic partners/spouses or their families-of-origin. I find strengths they've forgotten they have that can be used to defeat their problems. I use Narrative and Cognitive-Behavioral therapies and when working with couples I use Emotion Focused Therapy. Research has shown that 70-75% of couples who undergo EFT become closer and more intimate and 90% of them show significant improvements.
(657) 888-9678 View (657) 888-9678
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Stephanie Acevedo-Moran
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT , LAADC
Verified Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
How would you like to create meaning in your life? What would it look like to fulfill your dreams and achieve happiness? Do you live in fear, anger, and sadness wondering how to sustain joy? My goal is to help you generate insight about yourself, identify your needs and wants and teach you how to communicate this to yourself and others, and manage interfering thoughts and behaviors that may limit growth and change.
How would you like to create meaning in your life? What would it look like to fulfill your dreams and achieve happiness? Do you live in fear, anger, and sadness wondering how to sustain joy? My goal is to help you generate insight about yourself, identify your needs and wants and teach you how to communicate this to yourself and others, and manage interfering thoughts and behaviors that may limit growth and change.
(657) 213-2330 View (657) 213-2330
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Delanie Meldman
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW
Verified Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
As a therapist, I am passionate about working with moms. Whether you are a first-time mom drowning in this vast new ocean you’ve suddenly been cast into, a working mother trying to balance all the things and feel torn trying to give 100% to each of the different areas of your life, or you’re struggling with the stress and anxiety that can come along with being responsible for raising a tiny human up to be a happy, well-adjusted adult - I believe ALL moms need and deserve support.
As a therapist, I am passionate about working with moms. Whether you are a first-time mom drowning in this vast new ocean you’ve suddenly been cast into, a working mother trying to balance all the things and feel torn trying to give 100% to each of the different areas of your life, or you’re struggling with the stress and anxiety that can come along with being responsible for raising a tiny human up to be a happy, well-adjusted adult - I believe ALL moms need and deserve support.
(657) 837-2086 View (657) 837-2086
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Nancy Pierson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92646  (Online Only)
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist with over 20 years of experience who specializes in treating adults in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. My work is based on the belief that people want to be happy, effective, and successful in their lives and that they have within themselves the resources and skills necessary to achieve these goals. I believe that psychotherapy can help individuals most effectively use their resources and strengths to increase self-understanding, to improve decision-making, to solve problems, and to create the paths to the lives they want. I provide Individual, Couples and Family Therapy.
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist with over 20 years of experience who specializes in treating adults in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. My work is based on the belief that people want to be happy, effective, and successful in their lives and that they have within themselves the resources and skills necessary to achieve these goals. I believe that psychotherapy can help individuals most effectively use their resources and strengths to increase self-understanding, to improve decision-making, to solve problems, and to create the paths to the lives they want. I provide Individual, Couples and Family Therapy.
(714) 613-0775 View (714) 613-0775
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Holly Joy Argott
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92647  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
If you're reading this, you are most likely feeling overwhelmed with stress and anxiety. You may be in the midst of a crisis, re-living traumas or depressed from repeating the same unhealthy patterns that are holding you back. Looking for help can be a daunting experience, my hope is to make that process easier for you.
If you're reading this, you are most likely feeling overwhelmed with stress and anxiety. You may be in the midst of a crisis, re-living traumas or depressed from repeating the same unhealthy patterns that are holding you back. Looking for help can be a daunting experience, my hope is to make that process easier for you.
(714) 695-5196 View (714) 695-5196
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Chantal Daley
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Do you find yourself having a difficult time coping with anxiety, depression, and trauma? Do you have a hard time communicating and setting boundaries with others? Life is full of obstacles and hardships that may be difficult to overcome without the right tools, resources, and, guidance leading to the manifestation of these symptoms. I specialize in working with adults, couples, and adolescents using a Psychodynamic approach to explore unconscious thoughts and behaviors. In doing this, we are able to collaboratively recognize old ineffective patterns and process unresolved feelings and trauma.
Do you find yourself having a difficult time coping with anxiety, depression, and trauma? Do you have a hard time communicating and setting boundaries with others? Life is full of obstacles and hardships that may be difficult to overcome without the right tools, resources, and, guidance leading to the manifestation of these symptoms. I specialize in working with adults, couples, and adolescents using a Psychodynamic approach to explore unconscious thoughts and behaviors. In doing this, we are able to collaboratively recognize old ineffective patterns and process unresolved feelings and trauma.
(714) 909-1504 View (714) 909-1504
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Stacy Fielder
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
I believe therapy is an opportunity to be fully heard and supported as you navigate your way through what may be a tough time for you. Perhaps you have been struggling to figure things out on your own for sometime now and could use some additional support. I see therapy as an opportunity to be heard, understood, identify strengths and develop skills and resources.
I believe therapy is an opportunity to be fully heard and supported as you navigate your way through what may be a tough time for you. Perhaps you have been struggling to figure things out on your own for sometime now and could use some additional support. I see therapy as an opportunity to be heard, understood, identify strengths and develop skills and resources.
(714) 793-0838 View (714) 793-0838
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Dr. James Earhart
Psychologist, PhD, NCSP
Verified Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Waitlist for new clients
As a licensed clinical psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist, I have experience working with a wide range of childhood and parenting issues. I have worked in schools, clinics, hospitals, research centers, and have also taught at the graduate-level. My approach involves first deeply understanding the multiple aspects of a person's situation and then using research-based treatments and processing to provide support. I am especially interested in helping boys and young men navigate these complicated times along with helping fathers who are interested strengthen their relationship with their children.
As a licensed clinical psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist, I have experience working with a wide range of childhood and parenting issues. I have worked in schools, clinics, hospitals, research centers, and have also taught at the graduate-level. My approach involves first deeply understanding the multiple aspects of a person's situation and then using research-based treatments and processing to provide support. I am especially interested in helping boys and young men navigate these complicated times along with helping fathers who are interested strengthen their relationship with their children.
(714) 930-2542 View (714) 930-2542
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Jill Gravois
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92648  (Online Only)
Jill Gravois is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 18 years of experience in the social work and mental health fields. She is passionate about helping individuals meet their personal goals and create a life for themselves that is motivated by self-love and total well-being.
Jill Gravois is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 18 years of experience in the social work and mental health fields. She is passionate about helping individuals meet their personal goals and create a life for themselves that is motivated by self-love and total well-being.
(714) 361-0833 View (714) 361-0833
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Cindy Diferdinand
MS, ACC
Verified Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Welcome to my page! My name is Cindy Di Ferdinand. As a certified professional life coach, I can help you identify your life and professional goals, explore options, and set up a vision plan and necessary action steps to move your life beyond your current expectations. As a business and start-up coach, I partner with you to drive your business into a successful launch as well as coach you to take your business to the next level. As a clinical nutritionist, I will do an individual nutrition exam and consultation, access your nutrition and health status, and investigate your motivation and drive to change.
Welcome to my page! My name is Cindy Di Ferdinand. As a certified professional life coach, I can help you identify your life and professional goals, explore options, and set up a vision plan and necessary action steps to move your life beyond your current expectations. As a business and start-up coach, I partner with you to drive your business into a successful launch as well as coach you to take your business to the next level. As a clinical nutritionist, I will do an individual nutrition exam and consultation, access your nutrition and health status, and investigate your motivation and drive to change.
(714) 710-1903 View (714) 710-1903
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Todd Creager
Marriage & Family Therapist, LCSW, LMFT
Verified Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
If you are in a committed relationship that is stuck in painful patterns, I can help. If you are having sexual problems such as low sexual desire, I have particular experience and training that can help; even when the passion has been dormant for a long time. I have much experience with other relationship challenges as well such as healing after an affair. I love working with couples and look forward to helping them discover inner resources that can help in unexpected ways. Pain or divorce are not your only options. There are ways to be interpersonally creative. In addition, I am a certified EMDR therapist and use it often.
If you are in a committed relationship that is stuck in painful patterns, I can help. If you are having sexual problems such as low sexual desire, I have particular experience and training that can help; even when the passion has been dormant for a long time. I have much experience with other relationship challenges as well such as healing after an affair. I love working with couples and look forward to helping them discover inner resources that can help in unexpected ways. Pain or divorce are not your only options. There are ways to be interpersonally creative. In addition, I am a certified EMDR therapist and use it often.
(949) 391-2594 View (949) 391-2594
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Earth Haven Therapy, Inc.
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, AMFT, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Huntington Beach, CA 92647  (Online Only)
I am an AMFT, working via Telehealth (video) with clients living in Orange County. I accept CalOptima under the license of my supervisor Linda Bert, LMFT. I have extensive experience working with individuals dealing with Anxiety, Depression, Crisis Management, PTSD, Childhood Trauma, Post-Partum Depression, Emotional Regulation, Psychoeducation on Parenting Skills, Conflict-Resolution, and individuals on the Autistic Spectrum. Through the use of CBT, EMDR, DBT, Life skills; I have a Humanistic view to help clients process, reframe, repair, and rewrite their life experiences by examining and helping find balance in the client's life.
I am an AMFT, working via Telehealth (video) with clients living in Orange County. I accept CalOptima under the license of my supervisor Linda Bert, LMFT. I have extensive experience working with individuals dealing with Anxiety, Depression, Crisis Management, PTSD, Childhood Trauma, Post-Partum Depression, Emotional Regulation, Psychoeducation on Parenting Skills, Conflict-Resolution, and individuals on the Autistic Spectrum. Through the use of CBT, EMDR, DBT, Life skills; I have a Humanistic view to help clients process, reframe, repair, and rewrite their life experiences by examining and helping find balance in the client's life.
(530) 537-0846 View (530) 537-0846
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Sheron Gershelis
Pre-Licensed Professional, ASW, EMDR
Verified Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Are you struggling with work, relational, and life stressors that have overwhelmed you and you are unsure what to do next? You're trying to open the next chapter in your life, but your past traumas and anxiety stop you. This is where I come in and help guide you in making YOUR right decision. I will help you through your journey in becoming worry-free and assist you in processing unresolved feelings and learning healthy coping skills for emotional distress
Are you struggling with work, relational, and life stressors that have overwhelmed you and you are unsure what to do next? You're trying to open the next chapter in your life, but your past traumas and anxiety stop you. This is where I come in and help guide you in making YOUR right decision. I will help you through your journey in becoming worry-free and assist you in processing unresolved feelings and learning healthy coping skills for emotional distress
(714) 316-7563 View (714) 316-7563
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Alison Englar-Carlson
Counselor, PhD, LEP, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
I have been trained to utilize specialized testing procedures to diagnose and describe the cognitive, behavioral and social/emotional issues of children. I am able to conduct extensive and comprehensive pscyho-educational assessments. I am also licensed to practice Educational Psychology privately in California, and I have had extensive experience in counseling and am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. I am available for private counseling and consultation services related to school issues and adjustment difficulties including social, emotional and behavioral concerns. I am also available to guide parents in positive discipline techniques and to help them create more organization and structure for their children.
I have been trained to utilize specialized testing procedures to diagnose and describe the cognitive, behavioral and social/emotional issues of children. I am able to conduct extensive and comprehensive pscyho-educational assessments. I am also licensed to practice Educational Psychology privately in California, and I have had extensive experience in counseling and am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. I am available for private counseling and consultation services related to school issues and adjustment difficulties including social, emotional and behavioral concerns. I am also available to guide parents in positive discipline techniques and to help them create more organization and structure for their children.
(714) 882-5913 View (714) 882-5913
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Sandra B Mikhail
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92649  (Online Only)
Does the thought of leaving the house with your little one feel overwhelming because of their significant tantrums? Do you often feel unsure about how to get your child to listen and follow-through on what you ask? Are you overcome with guilt around the multiple calls from school or your child's behavior when out with other peers? It can often feel difficult to parent in these situations, but with support, you can feel more empowered to face these moments with confidence and respond with love.
Does the thought of leaving the house with your little one feel overwhelming because of their significant tantrums? Do you often feel unsure about how to get your child to listen and follow-through on what you ask? Are you overcome with guilt around the multiple calls from school or your child's behavior when out with other peers? It can often feel difficult to parent in these situations, but with support, you can feel more empowered to face these moments with confidence and respond with love.
(562) 524-1930 View (562) 524-1930
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Trang Leete
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
I am a licensed psychologist. My work is based on the contemporary research in the areas of development, attachment, neuropsychology, and psychoanalysis. This research indicates that a therapeutic relationship can help rework a person's internal emotional world and cognitive capabilities. The growth in therapy allows individuals to engage in more genuine and intimate relationships with others and to see themselves differently. It helps them be more effective in school and at work. I use a compassionate, practical, relational, and researched approach to help clients achieve meaningful lasting change.
I am a licensed psychologist. My work is based on the contemporary research in the areas of development, attachment, neuropsychology, and psychoanalysis. This research indicates that a therapeutic relationship can help rework a person's internal emotional world and cognitive capabilities. The growth in therapy allows individuals to engage in more genuine and intimate relationships with others and to see themselves differently. It helps them be more effective in school and at work. I use a compassionate, practical, relational, and researched approach to help clients achieve meaningful lasting change.
(714) 702-5927 View (714) 702-5927
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Jasmine Cotta
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Not accepting new clients
My name is Jasmine Cotta. I have a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. My training involved providing case management and clinical therapy services to at-risk youth enrolled in alternative education. As a therapist, my goal is to provide a compassionate, non-judgmental space where clients can identify and work through various challenges that may be getting in the way of them living the life they envision.
My name is Jasmine Cotta. I have a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. My training involved providing case management and clinical therapy services to at-risk youth enrolled in alternative education. As a therapist, my goal is to provide a compassionate, non-judgmental space where clients can identify and work through various challenges that may be getting in the way of them living the life they envision.
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Kala Carrick
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Hello! I utilize Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy and Havening Technique for the treatment of Trauma, Anxiety, and Major Depression. Dealing with day-to-day responsibilities while managing mental health struggles all at the same time can be tough. It can feel like you are constantly running on empty. It doesn't have to feel this way forever. I offer a nonjudgmental and compassionate space for you to explore your goals and values, work through obstacles, and decrease emotional distress. I offer a 15 minute consultation over the phone. Feel free to reach out and I will call you within 24 hours.
Hello! I utilize Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy and Havening Technique for the treatment of Trauma, Anxiety, and Major Depression. Dealing with day-to-day responsibilities while managing mental health struggles all at the same time can be tough. It can feel like you are constantly running on empty. It doesn't have to feel this way forever. I offer a nonjudgmental and compassionate space for you to explore your goals and values, work through obstacles, and decrease emotional distress. I offer a 15 minute consultation over the phone. Feel free to reach out and I will call you within 24 hours.
(714) 515-6845 View (714) 515-6845
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Yasmeen Elbanna
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Hello! My name is Yasmeen Elbanna (yes-meen el-ben-nah), and I am an associate marriage and family therapist. As an Arab-American therapist, one of my values is to normalize accessible services for the Middle Eastern community and other groups of people. My goal is to support you through your hardships, highlight your accomplishments, build your awareness, and help you meet your goals in therapy. Taking the first step to start therapy isn't an easy one, so give yourself recognition because you deserve it.
Hello! My name is Yasmeen Elbanna (yes-meen el-ben-nah), and I am an associate marriage and family therapist. As an Arab-American therapist, one of my values is to normalize accessible services for the Middle Eastern community and other groups of people. My goal is to support you through your hardships, highlight your accomplishments, build your awareness, and help you meet your goals in therapy. Taking the first step to start therapy isn't an easy one, so give yourself recognition because you deserve it.
(714) 695-5507 View (714) 695-5507
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Mary G. Madrigal, Ph.D.
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Hello, Certified EMDR and Telehealth is available. I believe that no matter what your situation, challenge, and/or history is that you have the ability to overcome obstacles. You have the ability to rise above what is challenging you. My approach is very conversational. Through our conversations, healing happens, confidence is built, and lives are restored. I would like to help you reconnect with the best parts of yourself. In my private practice, I offer a variety of services including psychotherapy, comprehensive or specific neuropsychological evaluations and assessments for Federal, State, or private agencies.
Hello, Certified EMDR and Telehealth is available. I believe that no matter what your situation, challenge, and/or history is that you have the ability to overcome obstacles. You have the ability to rise above what is challenging you. My approach is very conversational. Through our conversations, healing happens, confidence is built, and lives are restored. I would like to help you reconnect with the best parts of yourself. In my private practice, I offer a variety of services including psychotherapy, comprehensive or specific neuropsychological evaluations and assessments for Federal, State, or private agencies.
(714) 701-6682 View (714) 701-6682

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Number of Therapists in Huntington Beach, CA

600+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Huntington Beach, CA who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
87% Depression
78% Relationship Issues
73% Self Esteem
70% Coping Skills
69% Trauma and PTSD
66% Stress

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

77% Cigna and Evernorth
70% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
66% Optum

How Therapists in Huntington Beach, CA see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
21% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Huntington Beach?

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.