Therapists in Paso Robles, CA

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Erica Figueroa
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Paso Robles, CA 93446
I believe that one of the most courageous steps we can take when experiencing mental health challenges is seeking the support of a mental health professional. I believe that our lived experiences and lack of experience influence the way we manage and adapt to life stressors and changes. My hope is to support you in exploring ways in which you can reduce mental health distress and improve your overall mental health well-being.
I believe that one of the most courageous steps we can take when experiencing mental health challenges is seeking the support of a mental health professional. I believe that our lived experiences and lack of experience influence the way we manage and adapt to life stressors and changes. My hope is to support you in exploring ways in which you can reduce mental health distress and improve your overall mental health well-being.
(805) 590-7758 View (805) 590-7758
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Juan Plascencia
Associate Clinical Social Worker, MSW, ASW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Hello there, I'm Juan. For me, therapy is a collaborative journey. Are you experiencing challenges in dealing with anxiety, traumatic experiences and depression? I'll be present to support and work with you in a collaborate way throughout the process towards healing and growth. I am bilingual (Spanish). Life can be difficult; therefore, I strive in helping clients find inner strength and balance. The power is within us to achieve our goals. Let me assist you in creating a healthier relationship with yourself, eliminating life stressors and learning to manage them. I offer a safe, compassionate and empowering space.
Hello there, I'm Juan. For me, therapy is a collaborative journey. Are you experiencing challenges in dealing with anxiety, traumatic experiences and depression? I'll be present to support and work with you in a collaborate way throughout the process towards healing and growth. I am bilingual (Spanish). Life can be difficult; therefore, I strive in helping clients find inner strength and balance. The power is within us to achieve our goals. Let me assist you in creating a healthier relationship with yourself, eliminating life stressors and learning to manage them. I offer a safe, compassionate and empowering space.
(805) 398-6831 View (805) 398-6831
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Kathy Osgood
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Paso Robles, CA 93446
If your issues include substance abuse, anxiety, depression, anger, codependency or relationship problems, I am uniquely qualified to help you. I have over thirty years experience as a therapist and have also learned a lot from personal experience in my own 30+year successful relationship. As a facilitator for men's groups since 1992, I have a great deal of insight into a man's world and as a woman, I can empathize with women's issues. I am fair and objective working with couples. I am a mother and a grandmother and there is no substitute for the wisdom that comes from personal experience and overcoming challenges.
If your issues include substance abuse, anxiety, depression, anger, codependency or relationship problems, I am uniquely qualified to help you. I have over thirty years experience as a therapist and have also learned a lot from personal experience in my own 30+year successful relationship. As a facilitator for men's groups since 1992, I have a great deal of insight into a man's world and as a woman, I can empathize with women's issues. I am fair and objective working with couples. I am a mother and a grandmother and there is no substitute for the wisdom that comes from personal experience and overcoming challenges.
(805) 918-4632 View (805) 918-4632
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Halley Marie Moore
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Need PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING to finally discover what is happening? Would you like to finally resolve issues within yourself/family/family business effectively and permanently? My style/approach is unique; my background lends itself well to families with small and large businesses who are trying to keep ownership a positive dynamic. Consultation in my office does not feel like another "thing to get done." If you put in effort, you'll find that our work together will be life-changing. Time is never wasted; I will listen to you while giving you the feedback you are longing for. You'll find that you grow and get stronger by the minute.
Need PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING to finally discover what is happening? Would you like to finally resolve issues within yourself/family/family business effectively and permanently? My style/approach is unique; my background lends itself well to families with small and large businesses who are trying to keep ownership a positive dynamic. Consultation in my office does not feel like another "thing to get done." If you put in effort, you'll find that our work together will be life-changing. Time is never wasted; I will listen to you while giving you the feedback you are longing for. You'll find that you grow and get stronger by the minute.
(805) 319-7957 View (805) 319-7957
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Matthew Dean
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Are you or a loved one going through a major life transition? Have you experienced trauma or serious hardship? Are you ready to come into a better version of yourself? As a holistic psychologist, I work with the mind, body, and spirit. This approach comes from the recognition that everything is interconnected because working with the whole person allows for the deepest level of healing. I am compassionate, intuitive, and direct in my approach.
Are you or a loved one going through a major life transition? Have you experienced trauma or serious hardship? Are you ready to come into a better version of yourself? As a holistic psychologist, I work with the mind, body, and spirit. This approach comes from the recognition that everything is interconnected because working with the whole person allows for the deepest level of healing. I am compassionate, intuitive, and direct in my approach.
(805) 243-1684 View (805) 243-1684
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Alexiis Figueroa
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ACSW
Verified Verified
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Hello! My name is Alexiis and my approach to therapy is warm and welcoming. I am passionate and dedicated to building a trusting therapeutic relationship and creating a safe space for sharing your personal journey and current struggles.
Hello! My name is Alexiis and my approach to therapy is warm and welcoming. I am passionate and dedicated to building a trusting therapeutic relationship and creating a safe space for sharing your personal journey and current struggles.
(805) 507-7989 View (805) 507-7989
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Brenda S Russell
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, CATC
Verified Verified
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Life is truly a mystery. One day, all can seem well and other days can leave you wondering what just happened. One certainty, change is inevitable. I am passionate about helping people cultivate their best self, which in turn, reflects the quality of our relationships. If you are feeling stuck, unmotivated, depressed, anxious or just unsatisfied with your life, know that change is possible. I engage in the counseling process from a client centered, solution focused and strength based approach. I offer a safe, confidential space to help you explore core beliefs or core issues that often govern our way of life.
Life is truly a mystery. One day, all can seem well and other days can leave you wondering what just happened. One certainty, change is inevitable. I am passionate about helping people cultivate their best self, which in turn, reflects the quality of our relationships. If you are feeling stuck, unmotivated, depressed, anxious or just unsatisfied with your life, know that change is possible. I engage in the counseling process from a client centered, solution focused and strength based approach. I offer a safe, confidential space to help you explore core beliefs or core issues that often govern our way of life.
(805) 257-0706 View (805) 257-0706
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Lisa Slover
Psychologist, PsyD, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Are you pregnant or in the post-partum period and mentally struggling? I am a mom of four and a perinatal mental health certified clinician. A few unique subspecialties that I have experience working with are: Nicu stays, traumatic births, miscarriage, stillbirth, infant loss, and infertility. Are you a teen or college student and feeling overwhelmed? I've been in your shoes and I can help. Visit www.ascentpsych.com/make-an-appointment to book now. There is healing powers in being validated and supported through difficult times. I believe that by sharing our painful thoughts and feelings in a caring environment, we begin to heal.
Are you pregnant or in the post-partum period and mentally struggling? I am a mom of four and a perinatal mental health certified clinician. A few unique subspecialties that I have experience working with are: Nicu stays, traumatic births, miscarriage, stillbirth, infant loss, and infertility. Are you a teen or college student and feeling overwhelmed? I've been in your shoes and I can help. Visit www.ascentpsych.com/make-an-appointment to book now. There is healing powers in being validated and supported through difficult times. I believe that by sharing our painful thoughts and feelings in a caring environment, we begin to heal.
(805) 608-4346 View (805) 608-4346
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Robert Graydon Nelson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, Grad Dp
Verified Verified
Paso Robles, CA 93446
What assumptions are holding you back from the life you have imagined for yourself? What possible regrets might you avoid by connecting more authentically with your true wants and needs? Our individual struggle may be recent and feel minor, or life-long, serious, and seemingly unsolvable. These struggles often show most profoundly in relationships with those closest to us, in career difficulties, or in a broader desire to connect with personal meaning. No matter your circumstance, I humbly offer myself to you as a trusted companion on your journey to explore positive change through therapy.
What assumptions are holding you back from the life you have imagined for yourself? What possible regrets might you avoid by connecting more authentically with your true wants and needs? Our individual struggle may be recent and feel minor, or life-long, serious, and seemingly unsolvable. These struggles often show most profoundly in relationships with those closest to us, in career difficulties, or in a broader desire to connect with personal meaning. No matter your circumstance, I humbly offer myself to you as a trusted companion on your journey to explore positive change through therapy.
(805) 500-0548 View (805) 500-0548
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Laurel A Beason
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Are you feeling irritated or depressed? Do you feel unappreciated? Are you anxious in social situations? Is it time to make positive changes in your life? Healing begins when you acknowledge that feelings of pain, isolation or fear are too much to carry alone. The journey starts by speaking the truth about what you want from life. Allowing yourself the opportunity to experience clarity and understanding is a gift no one can take away. I offer you the opportunity to explore and identify goals for treatment by providing a space where honesty, openness and a sense of humor allow healing to begin.
Are you feeling irritated or depressed? Do you feel unappreciated? Are you anxious in social situations? Is it time to make positive changes in your life? Healing begins when you acknowledge that feelings of pain, isolation or fear are too much to carry alone. The journey starts by speaking the truth about what you want from life. Allowing yourself the opportunity to experience clarity and understanding is a gift no one can take away. I offer you the opportunity to explore and identify goals for treatment by providing a space where honesty, openness and a sense of humor allow healing to begin.
(805) 409-8231 View (805) 409-8231
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Erit Moradzadeh
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Hello, my name is Erit Moradzadeh. I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and I have a doctorate degree in Marriage & Family Therapy. I offer psychotherapy services to the multicultural population as well as the immigrant population. My practice focuses on creating a safe, non-judgmental environment to help clients develop strong, meaningful, and intimate relationships. I work with individuals, couples, and families with issues such as self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues by setting healthy boundaries, so they can feel at ease and live a whole and meaningful life.
Hello, my name is Erit Moradzadeh. I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and I have a doctorate degree in Marriage & Family Therapy. I offer psychotherapy services to the multicultural population as well as the immigrant population. My practice focuses on creating a safe, non-judgmental environment to help clients develop strong, meaningful, and intimate relationships. I work with individuals, couples, and families with issues such as self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues by setting healthy boundaries, so they can feel at ease and live a whole and meaningful life.
(805) 410-8956 View (805) 410-8956
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Eva M Prado
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Paso Robles, CA 93446  (Online Only)
I currently offer tele-health sessions.I provide therapy in both English and Spanish. Dealing with Anger? Anxiety? Depression? Grief/Loss? Trauma? Stress? Feeling overwhelmed? Unable to focus? Feeling helpless? Let me support you and help you re-gain control of your life. My goal as a clinician is to help clients alleviate symptoms, improve the quality of their functioning and strengthen their relationships with themselves and others.
I currently offer tele-health sessions.I provide therapy in both English and Spanish. Dealing with Anger? Anxiety? Depression? Grief/Loss? Trauma? Stress? Feeling overwhelmed? Unable to focus? Feeling helpless? Let me support you and help you re-gain control of your life. My goal as a clinician is to help clients alleviate symptoms, improve the quality of their functioning and strengthen their relationships with themselves and others.
(559) 744-4485 View (559) 744-4485
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Pyles & Associates
MA, BCBA
Verified Verified
Paso Robles, CA 93446  (Online Only)
We are an ABA agency who helps individuals with developmental disabilities and their families live enriching independent lives. We teach communication skills, functional living skills, social skills, play skills, amongst others. We also specialize in reducing problematic behaviors that may cause harm to the individual or others.
We are an ABA agency who helps individuals with developmental disabilities and their families live enriching independent lives. We teach communication skills, functional living skills, social skills, play skills, amongst others. We also specialize in reducing problematic behaviors that may cause harm to the individual or others.
(805) 410-9918 x702 View (805) 410-9918 x702
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Morgan Jo Stong
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Verified Verified
Paso Robles, CA 93446  (Online Only)
I am accepting new Telehealth Clients! I am a somatic therapist that holds value in the mind-body connection and embodying our fullest selves. I work relationally with individuals and couples experiencing a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, anger and LGBT+ specific concerns to name a few. I trust in the process of unfolding inherent to all humans, and in session I will help my clients to slow down and follow their natural drive toward healing and wholeness. It can be transformational to sit in the depths of your experience and find that you are not alone.
I am accepting new Telehealth Clients! I am a somatic therapist that holds value in the mind-body connection and embodying our fullest selves. I work relationally with individuals and couples experiencing a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, anger and LGBT+ specific concerns to name a few. I trust in the process of unfolding inherent to all humans, and in session I will help my clients to slow down and follow their natural drive toward healing and wholeness. It can be transformational to sit in the depths of your experience and find that you are not alone.
(805) 576-8278 View (805) 576-8278
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Constance Kellogg
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT, LPCC
Verified Verified
Paso Robles, CA 93446
When life is challenging, my intention is to work with you to help you find your way again. My office is a safe, nonjudgmental space so you can feel comfortable in sharing deeply personal, difficult, and stressful experiences while exploring your history, struggles, behavioral patterns, and strengths to find realistic and fulfilling ways to move forward. My interest is in helping you with your life’s challenges so that together we can work to transform your life with the most individualized plan possible in a way that feels good to you and where we will make it possible for you to reach your goals.
When life is challenging, my intention is to work with you to help you find your way again. My office is a safe, nonjudgmental space so you can feel comfortable in sharing deeply personal, difficult, and stressful experiences while exploring your history, struggles, behavioral patterns, and strengths to find realistic and fulfilling ways to move forward. My interest is in helping you with your life’s challenges so that together we can work to transform your life with the most individualized plan possible in a way that feels good to you and where we will make it possible for you to reach your goals.
(805) 422-7941 View (805) 422-7941
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Jenny Gustavson-Dufour
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Our lives can often become overwhelming, leaving us feeling anxious, depressed or lost, without a clear direction to go. Often we know we don't want to feel like this but we're unsure how to change it. This is where therapy can help! Therapy provides a safe, honest place for people to explore their problems, collaborate to create solutions, and ultimately feel better. Life is meant to be enjoyed, full of happiness, and fulfillment. Topped with a good amount of humor! I want to help you have the life you want.
Our lives can often become overwhelming, leaving us feeling anxious, depressed or lost, without a clear direction to go. Often we know we don't want to feel like this but we're unsure how to change it. This is where therapy can help! Therapy provides a safe, honest place for people to explore their problems, collaborate to create solutions, and ultimately feel better. Life is meant to be enjoyed, full of happiness, and fulfillment. Topped with a good amount of humor! I want to help you have the life you want.
(805) 716-6129 View (805) 716-6129
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Janet Traylor
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Janet Traylor. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist dedicated to helping people who are struggling with anxiety. I use a variety of approaches that I tailor to each individual client and what works best for them. I utilize unconditional positive regard, solution-focused therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. I specialize in working with individuals dealing with anxiety-related challenges. My clients often include those facing generalized anxiety, social anxiety, and specific phobias.
Janet Traylor. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist dedicated to helping people who are struggling with anxiety. I use a variety of approaches that I tailor to each individual client and what works best for them. I utilize unconditional positive regard, solution-focused therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. I specialize in working with individuals dealing with anxiety-related challenges. My clients often include those facing generalized anxiety, social anxiety, and specific phobias.
(805) 301-5980 View (805) 301-5980
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Lauren Phelps
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Are you seeking a trustworthy ally to navigate your fears, hopes, and aspirations? Perhaps you’re struggling to break free from negative coping habits or you're exploring unconventional paths, such as consensual non-monogamous relationships or LGBTQIA2+ identities, and desire affirming support. I specialize in providing a safe, affirming space where you can explore your unique journey. Through somatic psychology techniques, we can uncover insights and transform unhelpful patterns. You deserve to be authentically seen and celebrated for your contributions to the world.
Are you seeking a trustworthy ally to navigate your fears, hopes, and aspirations? Perhaps you’re struggling to break free from negative coping habits or you're exploring unconventional paths, such as consensual non-monogamous relationships or LGBTQIA2+ identities, and desire affirming support. I specialize in providing a safe, affirming space where you can explore your unique journey. Through somatic psychology techniques, we can uncover insights and transform unhelpful patterns. You deserve to be authentically seen and celebrated for your contributions to the world.
(805) 303-7627 View (805) 303-7627
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Breanne Nicole Peters
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Paso Robles, CA 93446
If you are struggling with life trials, you don't have to do it alone. With my help, we have the capability of overcoming the problems that you are facing alone. I specialize in anxiety, depression, couples counseling, teens, and children. Mental health is so important, if you were physically sick you would reach to a doctor, so don't hesitate, I'm just a call away.
If you are struggling with life trials, you don't have to do it alone. With my help, we have the capability of overcoming the problems that you are facing alone. I specialize in anxiety, depression, couples counseling, teens, and children. Mental health is so important, if you were physically sick you would reach to a doctor, so don't hesitate, I'm just a call away.
(805) 515-3515 View (805) 515-3515
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Taylor Pecchenino
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Welcome! I am glad you are here. I specialize in working with those struggling with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stress, loneliness, and challenging life changes through a holistic approach to treatment. I have a passion for working with women, college-aged students, and teens. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I also love to support clients with a shared faith background through the use of biblical counseling practices, when appropriate and beneficial. For those who do not share the same faith background, I enthusiastically welcome you into my practice.
Welcome! I am glad you are here. I specialize in working with those struggling with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stress, loneliness, and challenging life changes through a holistic approach to treatment. I have a passion for working with women, college-aged students, and teens. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I also love to support clients with a shared faith background through the use of biblical counseling practices, when appropriate and beneficial. For those who do not share the same faith background, I enthusiastically welcome you into my practice.
(805) 721-1812 View (805) 721-1812

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Paso Robles, CA

100+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Paso Robles, CA who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
86% Depression
77% Self Esteem
74% Relationship Issues
73% Coping Skills
72% Trauma and PTSD
70% Stress

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

51% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
50% Aetna
46% Anthem | Elevance

How Therapists in Paso Robles, CA see their clients

82% In Person and Online
18% Online Only

Gender breakdown

83% Female
15% Male
2% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Paso Robles?

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.