Therapists in Mendocino, CA

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Daniel Kerruish
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Mendocino, CA 95460
At times we are thrown in to an experience of life that calls for a new way of responding. Thumped by unrelenting negative self-judgment, stuck in swamps of depression, seized by insecurities, paralyzing uncertainty, anxiety, panic, or held in the unforgiving clutches of recurring memories (trauma, grief, regret), the world can seem vast, uncaring, and harsh. And, in that world we may feel disconnected, alone, even fearful. Psychotherapy with me includes deeply confidential, trustworthy, empathic, accepting, sacred space in which I deeply listen, you explore, and come to understand your unique experience in pursuit of symptom reduction, increased self-reliance, and personal transformation.
At times we are thrown in to an experience of life that calls for a new way of responding. Thumped by unrelenting negative self-judgment, stuck in swamps of depression, seized by insecurities, paralyzing uncertainty, anxiety, panic, or held in the unforgiving clutches of recurring memories (trauma, grief, regret), the world can seem vast, uncaring, and harsh. And, in that world we may feel disconnected, alone, even fearful. Psychotherapy with me includes deeply confidential, trustworthy, empathic, accepting, sacred space in which I deeply listen, you explore, and come to understand your unique experience in pursuit of symptom reduction, increased self-reliance, and personal transformation.
(707) 669-4765 View (707) 669-4765
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Susan Sklar
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
Mendocino, CA 95460
I believe there is a solution to every "problem." I am solution focused and look at the individual as a complete human being with everything needed to be happy and successful right inside. I operate from a wellness model rather than a disease model. Being an adult means taking accountability for what does not benefit one under one's own skin. I take a humanistic, cognitive approach focusing on skills grounded in mindfulness and self-observation. With new insights and skills, we can operate from love instead of fear, from the present moment instead of childhood belief systems, with compassion instead of defenses and blame.
I believe there is a solution to every "problem." I am solution focused and look at the individual as a complete human being with everything needed to be happy and successful right inside. I operate from a wellness model rather than a disease model. Being an adult means taking accountability for what does not benefit one under one's own skin. I take a humanistic, cognitive approach focusing on skills grounded in mindfulness and self-observation. With new insights and skills, we can operate from love instead of fear, from the present moment instead of childhood belief systems, with compassion instead of defenses and blame.
(707) 640-6794 View (707) 640-6794
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Rebecca M Picard
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Mendocino, CA 95460
Not accepting new clients
If you suffer from anxiety, mood swings, unsatisfying relationships, loss, depression, or other patterns or consequences of developmental trauma that interfere with your ability to be your "true self" (and true to yourself), I would love to support you in becoming more internally resourced and freeing yourself from the negative impact of these debilitating patterns. Having previously been a divorce mediator for 20 years, I am passionate about working more deeply to assist individuals and couples in developing more healthy relationships and more life-giving beliefs, self-concepts, and experiences. Change is possible.
If you suffer from anxiety, mood swings, unsatisfying relationships, loss, depression, or other patterns or consequences of developmental trauma that interfere with your ability to be your "true self" (and true to yourself), I would love to support you in becoming more internally resourced and freeing yourself from the negative impact of these debilitating patterns. Having previously been a divorce mediator for 20 years, I am passionate about working more deeply to assist individuals and couples in developing more healthy relationships and more life-giving beliefs, self-concepts, and experiences. Change is possible.
(707) 593-7046 View (707) 593-7046
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Sharon Gardner
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Mendocino, CA 95460  (Online Only)
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - I offer teletherapy throughout California - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Change happens when there is hope and direction; healing takes place within safety, connection and support. I am a calm and grounded person, and my clients feel supported and safe. My work is supported by training in the Hakomi method, as well as my life experience and 40+ years of Buddhist practice. I will support you in developing greater self-awareness as well as balance of body-mind-spirit. You may find yourself stuck in old patterns, following familiar paths that no longer lead where you want to go.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - I offer teletherapy throughout California - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Change happens when there is hope and direction; healing takes place within safety, connection and support. I am a calm and grounded person, and my clients feel supported and safe. My work is supported by training in the Hakomi method, as well as my life experience and 40+ years of Buddhist practice. I will support you in developing greater self-awareness as well as balance of body-mind-spirit. You may find yourself stuck in old patterns, following familiar paths that no longer lead where you want to go.
(415) 800-4839 View (415) 800-4839
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Carolina Robb
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Mendocino, CA 95460
Waitlist for new clients
I am here for you, be it heartbreak, difficult relationships, concerns about substance use, past or currant traumatic experiences, anxiety, depression, or just feeling stuck, as if you keep walking in to quicksand and unable to move forward. Life just isn't working for you at this point, and you know it can be better. The issues you are facing may make you feel like a failure but you are not. These issues are simply a "call" to look deeper for what is needed for your continued development, or what Jung calls your individuation. Your unique journey to finding your authentic self.
I am here for you, be it heartbreak, difficult relationships, concerns about substance use, past or currant traumatic experiences, anxiety, depression, or just feeling stuck, as if you keep walking in to quicksand and unable to move forward. Life just isn't working for you at this point, and you know it can be better. The issues you are facing may make you feel like a failure but you are not. These issues are simply a "call" to look deeper for what is needed for your continued development, or what Jung calls your individuation. Your unique journey to finding your authentic self.
(707) 397-9020 View (707) 397-9020
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Anastasia Beloshapko
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mendocino, CA 95460  (Online Only)
Are you feeling stuck or overwhelmed by either an inner conflict or relationship issues? Do you yearn for deeper self-awareness and personal growth? Whether you're dealing with self-doubt, emotional struggle, or navigating relationship conflicts and seeking to enhance intimacy, my approach might be right for you. Together, we can use Voice Dialogue method to build resilience, learn self-regulation, and achieve a more integrated sense of self, as well as create happier, more fulfilling relationships. This therapeutic process not only addresses symptoms but also enriches your life with profound meaning.
Are you feeling stuck or overwhelmed by either an inner conflict or relationship issues? Do you yearn for deeper self-awareness and personal growth? Whether you're dealing with self-doubt, emotional struggle, or navigating relationship conflicts and seeking to enhance intimacy, my approach might be right for you. Together, we can use Voice Dialogue method to build resilience, learn self-regulation, and achieve a more integrated sense of self, as well as create happier, more fulfilling relationships. This therapeutic process not only addresses symptoms but also enriches your life with profound meaning.
(707) 340-6527 View (707) 340-6527
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Judith Phillips Sill PhD
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Mendocino, CA 95460
I have a basic belief in the ability of people to grow, mature and improve their life skills and get through difficult times with support from an objective, mature and empathic professional. With more than 40 years of practice, I have a broadly-based life experience and academic background, utilize an holistic/ecclectic approach and offer practical, down-to-earth feedback designed to meet your specific needs and help you cope more effectively in your personal life and at work.
I have a basic belief in the ability of people to grow, mature and improve their life skills and get through difficult times with support from an objective, mature and empathic professional. With more than 40 years of practice, I have a broadly-based life experience and academic background, utilize an holistic/ecclectic approach and offer practical, down-to-earth feedback designed to meet your specific needs and help you cope more effectively in your personal life and at work.
(707) 882-1767 View (707) 882-1767
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Lisa Larimer Burtis
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mendocino, CA 95460
Not accepting new clients
Do you sometimes find your past interrupts your present, complicating your ability to navigate your life effectively? Do you envision the experience of a deeper relationship or enhanced communication in your family? Whether you are contemplating a lifelong commitment, tuning up an existing relationship or making a life transition, there is hope. Bitterroot Family Therapy is here to help. Contact me to explore how we might work together.
Do you sometimes find your past interrupts your present, complicating your ability to navigate your life effectively? Do you envision the experience of a deeper relationship or enhanced communication in your family? Whether you are contemplating a lifelong commitment, tuning up an existing relationship or making a life transition, there is hope. Bitterroot Family Therapy is here to help. Contact me to explore how we might work together.
(707) 607-6503 View (707) 607-6503
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Elizabeth Wolfson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD
Verified Verified
Mendocino, CA 95460
When choosing a therapist, experience matters. As a seasoned psychotherapist, scholar, and consultant with substantial training, I know there is no set formula for you and your situation. My holistic approach includes attention to your unique circumstance and goals including emotional, spiritual, and psychological health from a mind, body, spirit, perspective. There is no substitute for working with a professional who is fully attentive and present to what you are bringing to the experience, whom you can trust in helping you meet your goals and enhance your life quality.
When choosing a therapist, experience matters. As a seasoned psychotherapist, scholar, and consultant with substantial training, I know there is no set formula for you and your situation. My holistic approach includes attention to your unique circumstance and goals including emotional, spiritual, and psychological health from a mind, body, spirit, perspective. There is no substitute for working with a professional who is fully attentive and present to what you are bringing to the experience, whom you can trust in helping you meet your goals and enhance your life quality.
(661) 247-0168 View (661) 247-0168
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Nature-based Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Mendocino, CA 95460
Want to restore harmony to yourself and your relationships? With gratitude, I offer Psychotherapy services re-connecting you with your preferred way of being. I enjoy supporting people in their challenges and helping them build skills to create resilience and the ability to adapt and thrive.
Want to restore harmony to yourself and your relationships? With gratitude, I offer Psychotherapy services re-connecting you with your preferred way of being. I enjoy supporting people in their challenges and helping them build skills to create resilience and the ability to adapt and thrive.
(707) 271-9749 View (707) 271-9749
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Kate T Donohue
Psychologist, PhD, REAT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Mendocino, CA 95460
In my forty years years in private practice as a licensed psychologist and registered expressive arts therapist, I offer therapy sessions, which weaves together expressive Arts Therapy and Jungian Psychology to individuals, adolescents and couples.This approach allows each client to understand their internal world, trauma, and obsolete styles that hinder their growth and happiness as it opens up new possibilities, resources and creativity to address life issues.As a result of this approach, clients also define what is meaningful to maintain their healing and growth. .
In my forty years years in private practice as a licensed psychologist and registered expressive arts therapist, I offer therapy sessions, which weaves together expressive Arts Therapy and Jungian Psychology to individuals, adolescents and couples.This approach allows each client to understand their internal world, trauma, and obsolete styles that hinder their growth and happiness as it opens up new possibilities, resources and creativity to address life issues.As a result of this approach, clients also define what is meaningful to maintain their healing and growth. .
(415) 695-1464 View (415) 695-1464
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Renee Clark
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Mendocino, CA 95460
If you're feeling dissatisfied, depressed, unfulfilled, nervous, or disconnected from others, I can offer guidance and support. The therapy I provide is grounded in compassion, non-judgment, and curiosity. Because we each have our own way of healing, my approach is integrative and tailored to your unique needs.
If you're feeling dissatisfied, depressed, unfulfilled, nervous, or disconnected from others, I can offer guidance and support. The therapy I provide is grounded in compassion, non-judgment, and curiosity. Because we each have our own way of healing, my approach is integrative and tailored to your unique needs.
(707) 383-4657 View (707) 383-4657
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Giovanna Pagano
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Mendocino, CA 95460
Not accepting new clients
My therapeutic approach is strengths-based and client-centered: I view therapy as a co-creative process in which we collaborate to meet your goals. I believe you already have the internal resources you need to heal and grow, and I am a guide. In addition to talk therapy, I utilize mind-body processes to draw out your inner strengths and resources, and to release stuck patterns that no longer serve you. My clinical interests are working with life transitions, decision-making, changing habit patterns, trauma, anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, parenting challenges, couples communication, and personal and spiritual growth.
My therapeutic approach is strengths-based and client-centered: I view therapy as a co-creative process in which we collaborate to meet your goals. I believe you already have the internal resources you need to heal and grow, and I am a guide. In addition to talk therapy, I utilize mind-body processes to draw out your inner strengths and resources, and to release stuck patterns that no longer serve you. My clinical interests are working with life transitions, decision-making, changing habit patterns, trauma, anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, parenting challenges, couples communication, and personal and spiritual growth.
(707) 203-0847 View (707) 203-0847
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Michael Phillips Rice
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CHT, MC
Verified Verified
Mendocino, CA 95460
I’m opening a new practice emphasizing a holistic approach. I offer therapy to individual adults who want to deep dive. People often feel comfortable quickly, and are able to find a place of safety, allowing their inner resources to surface. My 20 years as a MFT and over 40 years practicing other therapies give me the tools that make my therapy effective. I offer guided relaxation and imagery, Soulwork and Alchemical hypnotherapy to allow a quick access to the subconscious and conscious contact with your High Self. This is similar to IFS. EMDR and advanced EMDR is offered combined with the latest in trauma relief exercises .
I’m opening a new practice emphasizing a holistic approach. I offer therapy to individual adults who want to deep dive. People often feel comfortable quickly, and are able to find a place of safety, allowing their inner resources to surface. My 20 years as a MFT and over 40 years practicing other therapies give me the tools that make my therapy effective. I offer guided relaxation and imagery, Soulwork and Alchemical hypnotherapy to allow a quick access to the subconscious and conscious contact with your High Self. This is similar to IFS. EMDR and advanced EMDR is offered combined with the latest in trauma relief exercises .
(707) 940-5481 View (707) 940-5481
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Cait Glenn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mendocino, CA 95460  (Online Only)
People in your life might think everything is fine, but inside you feel overwhelmed and stuck. Your anxiety is ramped up trying to control something that you cannot control. You find yourself not trusting yourself and seeking external validation frequently. Feelings of distraction are constant and worries take over your thoughts. You may even feel that your relationships have changed and that you need to protect the ones you love by hiding how you truly feel. Trying to stay "positive" just isn't working. If you are ready for change, you have come to the right place. I am not a smile and nod therapist and will partner with you.
People in your life might think everything is fine, but inside you feel overwhelmed and stuck. Your anxiety is ramped up trying to control something that you cannot control. You find yourself not trusting yourself and seeking external validation frequently. Feelings of distraction are constant and worries take over your thoughts. You may even feel that your relationships have changed and that you need to protect the ones you love by hiding how you truly feel. Trying to stay "positive" just isn't working. If you are ready for change, you have come to the right place. I am not a smile and nod therapist and will partner with you.
(949) 267-6032 View (949) 267-6032
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Denise Arana Loubriel
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Mendocino, CA 95460
Not accepting new clients
Hello and welcome! I use strength-based practices to support clients in building self-compassion, self-awareness and personal strengths to heal and relieve psychological suffering. I'm a bicultural/bilingual (Spanish-speaking) psychologist, and enjoy working with children (ages 5 and up) and adults on issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and abuse.
Hello and welcome! I use strength-based practices to support clients in building self-compassion, self-awareness and personal strengths to heal and relieve psychological suffering. I'm a bicultural/bilingual (Spanish-speaking) psychologist, and enjoy working with children (ages 5 and up) and adults on issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and abuse.
(707) 926-3598 View (707) 926-3598
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Yael Eiserike - Anxiety, Stress, Work/Life Balance
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, JD, LCSW
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Mendocino, CA 95460
As a lawyer-turned-therapist, I know the power of a good question. My clients are anxious professionals who have taken all the “right” steps only to wonder why they aren’t feeling satisfied. They share that I have helped them work through anxiety, insomnia, or stress from high-intensity careers. I enjoy helping people find sustainable work-life balance, in addition to moving through grief and loss. Whether it be the loss of a loved one, a career, or way of life, I can be a strong partner for you. My pragmatic approach is tailored and collaborative, helping you identify and implement strategies to both resolve and prevent problems.
As a lawyer-turned-therapist, I know the power of a good question. My clients are anxious professionals who have taken all the “right” steps only to wonder why they aren’t feeling satisfied. They share that I have helped them work through anxiety, insomnia, or stress from high-intensity careers. I enjoy helping people find sustainable work-life balance, in addition to moving through grief and loss. Whether it be the loss of a loved one, a career, or way of life, I can be a strong partner for you. My pragmatic approach is tailored and collaborative, helping you identify and implement strategies to both resolve and prevent problems.
(747) 247-9418 View (747) 247-9418
Gretchen Hahn
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Mendocino, CA 95460
Not accepting new clients
(707) 289-6829 View (707) 289-6829

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Grace Marie Sakurada
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Not accepting new clients
A person who would benefit from my services may feel anxious or nervous about reaching out to a therapist, as asking for help is a very difficult thing to do. They may struggle with anxiety and depression on a regular basis. They may be unsure about what symptoms they are experiencing, but they just feel "off". This person may or may not have a history of traumatic experiences. This person will likely be seeking a way to organize/experience/work through thoughts and feelings enough to increase their overall health and enjoyment in their lives.
A person who would benefit from my services may feel anxious or nervous about reaching out to a therapist, as asking for help is a very difficult thing to do. They may struggle with anxiety and depression on a regular basis. They may be unsure about what symptoms they are experiencing, but they just feel "off". This person may or may not have a history of traumatic experiences. This person will likely be seeking a way to organize/experience/work through thoughts and feelings enough to increase their overall health and enjoyment in their lives.
(707) 314-3252 View (707) 314-3252
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Jessica K Ehlers
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
I'm a geek for self-discovery and making room for building new foundations. I continue to be passionate about cultivating self-acceptance and also being authentic even if it means making hard choices. I have had my own trauma and mental health path and work hard to learn from these experiences. While no one is the same, my experiences inform who I am as a person and as a psychotherapist. You're the boss of your one precious life. I will be in your corner to provide a clear mirror for you. You know more than you think you know about where you've been and where you're headed.
I'm a geek for self-discovery and making room for building new foundations. I continue to be passionate about cultivating self-acceptance and also being authentic even if it means making hard choices. I have had my own trauma and mental health path and work hard to learn from these experiences. While no one is the same, my experiences inform who I am as a person and as a psychotherapist. You're the boss of your one precious life. I will be in your corner to provide a clear mirror for you. You know more than you think you know about where you've been and where you're headed.
(707) 962-4649 View (707) 962-4649

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Mendocino, CA

10+

Average cost per session

$140

Therapists in Mendocino, CA who prioritize treating:

89% Anxiety
84% Depression
79% Trauma and PTSD
79% Coping Skills
79% Self Esteem
74% Relationship Issues
68% Parenting

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

44% Other
44% Beacon Health Options | Carelon
22% Aetna

How Therapists in Mendocino, CA see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

89% Female
11% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Mendocino?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.