Therapists in Napa County, CA

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Photo of Sarah Wells, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Napa County, CA
Sarah Wells
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hello! My name is Sarah Wells. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have more than 7 years of professional experience in the field of social work and over 10 years of working with children and families (Former Preschool Teacher). I have experience working with anxiety/depression, life adjustment/transitions, family and relational challenges, and complex trauma and abuse. I primarily employ evidence-based techniques, including CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), mindfulness, and motivational interviewing.
Hello! My name is Sarah Wells. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have more than 7 years of professional experience in the field of social work and over 10 years of working with children and families (Former Preschool Teacher). I have experience working with anxiety/depression, life adjustment/transitions, family and relational challenges, and complex trauma and abuse. I primarily employ evidence-based techniques, including CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), mindfulness, and motivational interviewing.
(707) 988-3058 View (707) 988-3058
Photo of Brooke Casey, Marriage & Family Therapist in Napa County, CA
Brooke Casey
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Saint Helena, CA 94574
If you're in the midst of a transition, grieving a loss, feeling stuck, unsettled, or burned out, struggling with anxiety or depression, you're not alone. Maybe you long to feel more alive and present in your life, have greater ease in communication, untangle painful patterns of relating, or find balance in caring for yourself and others. Therapy is a place to clarify your values, build insight, and learn practical strategies for moving toward what’s important to you. Understanding yourself with compassion gives you the power to make more conscious choices.
If you're in the midst of a transition, grieving a loss, feeling stuck, unsettled, or burned out, struggling with anxiety or depression, you're not alone. Maybe you long to feel more alive and present in your life, have greater ease in communication, untangle painful patterns of relating, or find balance in caring for yourself and others. Therapy is a place to clarify your values, build insight, and learn practical strategies for moving toward what’s important to you. Understanding yourself with compassion gives you the power to make more conscious choices.
(707) 326-9934 View (707) 326-9934
Photo of Juliet Elizabeth Hahklotubbe, Marriage & Family Therapist in Napa County, CA
Juliet Elizabeth Hahklotubbe
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Napa, CA 94559
If I can be a facilitator in your journey towards a more rich and fulfilling life, it would certainly be my honor. My goal as an LMFT is to look through the lens of the client and provide an environment where one can feel the utmost safety and comfort while dissecting rather vulnerable, personal, human topics. I work with individuals, couples, children, teens, and adults to find clarity in their own lives and enhance their mental wellbeing holistically. I am fascinated by the power of the mind and believe that we all have the ability to design it the way we want - to make it a beautiful place. My goal is to hand you the paintbrush.
If I can be a facilitator in your journey towards a more rich and fulfilling life, it would certainly be my honor. My goal as an LMFT is to look through the lens of the client and provide an environment where one can feel the utmost safety and comfort while dissecting rather vulnerable, personal, human topics. I work with individuals, couples, children, teens, and adults to find clarity in their own lives and enhance their mental wellbeing holistically. I am fascinated by the power of the mind and believe that we all have the ability to design it the way we want - to make it a beautiful place. My goal is to hand you the paintbrush.
(707) 229-1591 View (707) 229-1591
Photo of Lucas Harris, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in Napa County, CA
Lucas Harris
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Napa, CA 94559
You may have heard about the growing popularity of Internal Family Systems (IFS) through influencers like Abby Wambach, Liz Moody, Emily Nagoski Ph.D., and Gabby Bernstein. You can experience this powerful therapeutic approach to help you identify and heal the root causes of your concerns. This can lead to a greater sense of love and acceptance for yourself, as well as an internal calmness, confidence, and positive outlook on life. Beyond my professional training, I draw on a wealth of experience gained from my own journey with individual therapy, a 10+ year marriage and an 8-year-old son.
You may have heard about the growing popularity of Internal Family Systems (IFS) through influencers like Abby Wambach, Liz Moody, Emily Nagoski Ph.D., and Gabby Bernstein. You can experience this powerful therapeutic approach to help you identify and heal the root causes of your concerns. This can lead to a greater sense of love and acceptance for yourself, as well as an internal calmness, confidence, and positive outlook on life. Beyond my professional training, I draw on a wealth of experience gained from my own journey with individual therapy, a 10+ year marriage and an 8-year-old son.
(707) 893-6363 View (707) 893-6363
Photo of Jacquie McCue, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Napa County, CA
Jacquie McCue
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Napa, CA 94559
At some point in our lives, we all need someone to help us work through issues, talk things out or give us a nonjudgmental perspective. It is such a gift to be that person through therapy. I take pride in working with adolescents and adults as they navigate life stressors, trauma, relationship challenges, anxiety and depression, or serious mental illness.
At some point in our lives, we all need someone to help us work through issues, talk things out or give us a nonjudgmental perspective. It is such a gift to be that person through therapy. I take pride in working with adolescents and adults as they navigate life stressors, trauma, relationship challenges, anxiety and depression, or serious mental illness.
(707) 397-9029 View (707) 397-9029
Photo of Maya Weir, Psychologist in Napa County, CA
Maya Weir
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Napa, CA 94558  (Online Only)
I support couples who are feeling overwhelmed to regain a sense of balance in their life. Do you feel burnt out and like your relationship has been on the back burner? Maybe you’re a professional who has been focusing on your career. Or you’re a parent of young children and you’re realizing how much parenting (and sleep deprivation) has shifted the dynamic in your relationship. Maybe things have been strained between you two. You do your best to communicate but there have been some tense moments. Dealing with an unspoken conflict day in and day out leaves you drained & depleted. You’re ready to get your relationship back on track.
I support couples who are feeling overwhelmed to regain a sense of balance in their life. Do you feel burnt out and like your relationship has been on the back burner? Maybe you’re a professional who has been focusing on your career. Or you’re a parent of young children and you’re realizing how much parenting (and sleep deprivation) has shifted the dynamic in your relationship. Maybe things have been strained between you two. You do your best to communicate but there have been some tense moments. Dealing with an unspoken conflict day in and day out leaves you drained & depleted. You’re ready to get your relationship back on track.
(707) 723-1245 View (707) 723-1245
Photo of Catharina Severson, Marriage & Family Therapist in Napa County, CA
Catharina Severson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Napa, CA 94559
Not accepting new clients
Sometimes we face difficult times. Are you struggling with stress, overwhelming emotions, or issues connected to relationships? Have you experienced a personal trauma and notice the effects are still reverberating in your life? Are you going through a life-transition or is parenting/co-parenting an issue? These are some of the challenges I frequently help people deal with. I work with individuals, couples, and families to help them regain balance and create positive changes. I offer my full attention and my trained skills to assist my clients in coping with the vast many issues life sometimes puts in front of us. There is support!
Sometimes we face difficult times. Are you struggling with stress, overwhelming emotions, or issues connected to relationships? Have you experienced a personal trauma and notice the effects are still reverberating in your life? Are you going through a life-transition or is parenting/co-parenting an issue? These are some of the challenges I frequently help people deal with. I work with individuals, couples, and families to help them regain balance and create positive changes. I offer my full attention and my trained skills to assist my clients in coping with the vast many issues life sometimes puts in front of us. There is support!
(415) 941-3262 View (415) 941-3262
Photo of Justine Whitten, Marriage & Family Therapist in Napa County, CA
Justine Whitten
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Napa, CA 94558  (Online Only)
Are you feeling exhausted and drained? Do you feel like you are facing life's challenges alone? Does it seem like no matter what choices you make about your health, things don't seem to get better? There are times in our lives when we feel burnt out and no longer feel empowered. I believe these times are an open invitation for you to explore what is going on within you that is getting in the way of you being your most genuine, vibrant and healthy self. It is a time to review what is working, examine why you are stuck and to discover your desires that have been long buried. I am here to help.
Are you feeling exhausted and drained? Do you feel like you are facing life's challenges alone? Does it seem like no matter what choices you make about your health, things don't seem to get better? There are times in our lives when we feel burnt out and no longer feel empowered. I believe these times are an open invitation for you to explore what is going on within you that is getting in the way of you being your most genuine, vibrant and healthy self. It is a time to review what is working, examine why you are stuck and to discover your desires that have been long buried. I am here to help.
(916) 544-7650 View (916) 544-7650
Photo of Aldemar Martinez, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Napa County, CA
Aldemar Martinez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CTP, 86412
Verified Verified
I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with 27 years of experience in the field of mental health. Even though I have covered a vast area in this field, from social work to clinical care, my most rewarding area of expertise is psychotherapy. I am also a Certified Trauma Professional, which has provided me with the tools to share with my clients to work through their most challenging distressing memories. I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as my two primary modalities, in my approach to trauma-healing.
I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with 27 years of experience in the field of mental health. Even though I have covered a vast area in this field, from social work to clinical care, my most rewarding area of expertise is psychotherapy. I am also a Certified Trauma Professional, which has provided me with the tools to share with my clients to work through their most challenging distressing memories. I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as my two primary modalities, in my approach to trauma-healing.
(707) 229-1200 View (707) 229-1200
Photo of Anne (Stephanie) Seveska, Marriage & Family Therapist in Napa County, CA
Anne (Stephanie) Seveska
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CST, APCC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Napa, CA 94559
We are complex; we go through iterations of ourselves. It's a healthy part of being human. My job is not to judge you but to make space to encourage your next iteration. In our lifetime we will be messy and beautiful; kind and mean; complicated and simple. We are allowed to change & grow - it's not always easy. I'm a straight shooter who will tell it like I see it and compassionately challenge you. You're not "too much" for me. I don't see your challenges as deficiencies, but rather as coping skills that are no longer working for you. I'm client focused and I allow you to set the pace, flow, and tone. I meet you where you are.
We are complex; we go through iterations of ourselves. It's a healthy part of being human. My job is not to judge you but to make space to encourage your next iteration. In our lifetime we will be messy and beautiful; kind and mean; complicated and simple. We are allowed to change & grow - it's not always easy. I'm a straight shooter who will tell it like I see it and compassionately challenge you. You're not "too much" for me. I don't see your challenges as deficiencies, but rather as coping skills that are no longer working for you. I'm client focused and I allow you to set the pace, flow, and tone. I meet you where you are.
(707) 610-0662 View (707) 610-0662
Photo of Sarah Fernald, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Napa County, CA
Sarah Fernald
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Napa, CA 94558
Hey Everyone! We all have the ability to be the hero/heroine of our own lives. Especially in these crazy and challenging times, we need to tap into our inner hero to empower ourselves to find and live our authentic path. Right now, you may feel totally lost with mental health struggles or addictions; but I truly believe you are still somewhere on your heroic journey, and with support, you CAN find your way.
Hey Everyone! We all have the ability to be the hero/heroine of our own lives. Especially in these crazy and challenging times, we need to tap into our inner hero to empower ourselves to find and live our authentic path. Right now, you may feel totally lost with mental health struggles or addictions; but I truly believe you are still somewhere on your heroic journey, and with support, you CAN find your way.
(707) 203-8463 View (707) 203-8463
Photo of Jennifer Inman Hampton, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Napa County, CA
Jennifer Inman Hampton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Napa, CA 94559
As a dedicated and empathetic therapist, I provide a safe and supportive space for clients to explore thoughts, emotions, sensations and behaviors. With a background in psychology and social work, I am committed to helping clients navigate challenges and facilitate positive changes. I believe in the power of active listening to the mind and body, empathy, and unconditional positive regard to build strong therapeutic relationships. By creating a non-judgmental and collaborative environment, I empower clients to realize a life of richness and meaning through proven therapeutic approaches they adopt for their life beyond the sessions.
As a dedicated and empathetic therapist, I provide a safe and supportive space for clients to explore thoughts, emotions, sensations and behaviors. With a background in psychology and social work, I am committed to helping clients navigate challenges and facilitate positive changes. I believe in the power of active listening to the mind and body, empathy, and unconditional positive regard to build strong therapeutic relationships. By creating a non-judgmental and collaborative environment, I empower clients to realize a life of richness and meaning through proven therapeutic approaches they adopt for their life beyond the sessions.
(707) 289-8727 View (707) 289-8727
Photo of Lindsay Stark, Marriage & Family Therapist in Napa County, CA
Lindsay Stark
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Napa, CA 94559  (Online Only)
My approach to counseling is grounded in creating a safe and welcoming environment where clients feel comfortable expressing themselves authentically. With a passion for incorporating humor and warmth into my sessions, I aim to not only facilitate growth and healing but also to foster genuine connections with those I work with. My hope is that you look forward to our sessions each week and leave with a renewed sense of optimism about your ability to tackle your biggest challenges.
My approach to counseling is grounded in creating a safe and welcoming environment where clients feel comfortable expressing themselves authentically. With a passion for incorporating humor and warmth into my sessions, I aim to not only facilitate growth and healing but also to foster genuine connections with those I work with. My hope is that you look forward to our sessions each week and leave with a renewed sense of optimism about your ability to tackle your biggest challenges.
(707) 723-8629 View (707) 723-8629
Photo of Phoenix Jackson with Light Heart Therapy, Marriage & Family Therapist in Napa County, CA
Phoenix Jackson with Light Heart Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, Somatic
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Napa, CA 94559
Right now, you are all the ages you have ever been. You may have been judged, in pain, & so alone that it feels unbearable. These misunderstood emotions can make it hard to put words to your experience. I’m here to be with you during this process of revealing those hidden parts—leaving behind what no longer serves you. Holistic, somatic therapy can free us from self-limiting beliefs and move us into an embodied experience of loving ourselves and realigning with our goals and dreams. Together, we will explore how your unique experiences have shaped you. You have a right to exist & to create a purposeful life.
Right now, you are all the ages you have ever been. You may have been judged, in pain, & so alone that it feels unbearable. These misunderstood emotions can make it hard to put words to your experience. I’m here to be with you during this process of revealing those hidden parts—leaving behind what no longer serves you. Holistic, somatic therapy can free us from self-limiting beliefs and move us into an embodied experience of loving ourselves and realigning with our goals and dreams. Together, we will explore how your unique experiences have shaped you. You have a right to exist & to create a purposeful life.
(707) 896-8994 View (707) 896-8994
Photo of Anthony Yrigollen, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Napa County, CA
Anthony Yrigollen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Napa, CA 94558
Hello, my name is Anthony. I am grateful for the opportunity to introduce myself; I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker experienced in working with adults and adolescents. I believe in the dignity and self-worth of every individual; moreover, I see therapy as an opportunity to join with each client and support them in living their healthiest and best life possible! I have been practicing as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since April 2017. I am skilled in working with adults and adolescents experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, and trauma.
Hello, my name is Anthony. I am grateful for the opportunity to introduce myself; I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker experienced in working with adults and adolescents. I believe in the dignity and self-worth of every individual; moreover, I see therapy as an opportunity to join with each client and support them in living their healthiest and best life possible! I have been practicing as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since April 2017. I am skilled in working with adults and adolescents experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, and trauma.
(707) 517-0612 View (707) 517-0612
Photo of Rebecca Almanza, Marriage & Family Therapist in Napa County, CA
Rebecca Almanza
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Napa, CA 94558  (Online Only)
We usually come to therapy when we feel stuck and just need someone to help us figure out how to get to the other side. I often think of the ups and downs in our lives as being like the ocean. It constantly changes, ebbs and flows. Often, during the ebbing times in our lives, we need help to figure out how to make our lives flow again or how to “hold on” until it naturally does.
We usually come to therapy when we feel stuck and just need someone to help us figure out how to get to the other side. I often think of the ups and downs in our lives as being like the ocean. It constantly changes, ebbs and flows. Often, during the ebbing times in our lives, we need help to figure out how to make our lives flow again or how to “hold on” until it naturally does.
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Photo of Adam Kleinhenz, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Napa County, CA
Adam Kleinhenz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Napa, CA 94559
Not accepting new clients
My entire therapeutic approach is based around your needs, your experiences, and your strengths. I won't assume I understand your situation. Instead, I will listen and get to know your unique experience. I won't dictate answers or determine your path. But I will be honest with you about what I see, and I'm not afraid to tell you when something isn't working. While I take pride in my education and experience, I am most proud of my ability to engage my clients, help them to feel comfortable, and earn their trust.
My entire therapeutic approach is based around your needs, your experiences, and your strengths. I won't assume I understand your situation. Instead, I will listen and get to know your unique experience. I won't dictate answers or determine your path. But I will be honest with you about what I see, and I'm not afraid to tell you when something isn't working. While I take pride in my education and experience, I am most proud of my ability to engage my clients, help them to feel comfortable, and earn their trust.
(925) 278-6480 View (925) 278-6480
Photo of Jenny Cooney, Marriage & Family Therapist in Napa County, CA
Jenny Cooney
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Napa, CA 94558  (Online Only)
Hi, I am Jenny.
Hi, I am Jenny.
(424) 379-4461 View (424) 379-4461
Photo of Becky Parrinella, Counselor in Napa County, CA
Becky Parrinella
Counselor, MS, LPCC, LPC
Verified Verified
Napa, CA 94559
Not accepting new clients
My role as a professional counselor is to help clients navigate life's challenges. This may include dealing with abuses from the past, coping with a difficult medical diagnosis, or facing challenging life transitions such as moving into adulthood, children leaving "the nest", or death of a loved one. I have a special interest in helping support caregivers, grief and loss, and supporting clients dealing with cancer. I also enjoy working with clients from the military community, active duty, veterans and spouses.
My role as a professional counselor is to help clients navigate life's challenges. This may include dealing with abuses from the past, coping with a difficult medical diagnosis, or facing challenging life transitions such as moving into adulthood, children leaving "the nest", or death of a loved one. I have a special interest in helping support caregivers, grief and loss, and supporting clients dealing with cancer. I also enjoy working with clients from the military community, active duty, veterans and spouses.
(833) 436-5298 View (833) 436-5298
Photo of Kathleen Herrera, LCSW Psychotherapy, Inc, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Napa County, CA
Kathleen Herrera, LCSW Psychotherapy, Inc
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Napa, CA 94559
It is with excitement that I have returned to private practice full-time in the Napa Valley! With over 30 yrs. of experience, I am offering seasoned support to community members interested in personal growth, emotional healing, healthy coping, and life satisfaction. Depression, anxiety, relationship challenges, and past trauma require a safe space for processing vulnerabilities to rebuild strength and create a new path. After a fulfilling decade in private practice (2002-2012) followed by an invigorating decade directing counseling services for college students in the culinary industry (2012-2023), I embrace a new decade of service!
It is with excitement that I have returned to private practice full-time in the Napa Valley! With over 30 yrs. of experience, I am offering seasoned support to community members interested in personal growth, emotional healing, healthy coping, and life satisfaction. Depression, anxiety, relationship challenges, and past trauma require a safe space for processing vulnerabilities to rebuild strength and create a new path. After a fulfilling decade in private practice (2002-2012) followed by an invigorating decade directing counseling services for college students in the culinary industry (2012-2023), I embrace a new decade of service!
(707) 562-0861 View (707) 562-0861

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Napa County, CA

200+

Average cost per session

$160

Therapists in Napa County, CA who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
90% Depression
78% Relationship Issues
73% Self Esteem
72% Trauma and PTSD
71% Coping Skills
68% Grief

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

57% Aetna
56% Cigna and Evernorth
56% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Napa County, CA see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

83% Female
16% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Napa County?

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

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.