Therapists in Riverside County, CA

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Photo of Denise K Harlan, LCSW, 86754, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Denise K Harlan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, 86754
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Riverside, CA 92506  (Online Only)
Hi and welcome, My name is Denise Harlan and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for Attend Therapy. I am the owner and CEO. We specialize in trauma informed care and work with people from all walks of life. Our specialties include childhood abuse and neglect, trauma, sexual abuse survivors, victims of trauma, anxiety, depression, and those suffering with anxiety and depression. I know how difficult it is to seek out care and I hope that you call and get that support that you might need. I look forward to working with you.
Hi and welcome, My name is Denise Harlan and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for Attend Therapy. I am the owner and CEO. We specialize in trauma informed care and work with people from all walks of life. Our specialties include childhood abuse and neglect, trauma, sexual abuse survivors, victims of trauma, anxiety, depression, and those suffering with anxiety and depression. I know how difficult it is to seek out care and I hope that you call and get that support that you might need. I look forward to working with you.
(909) 406-7459 View (909) 406-7459
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Richard M Chambers
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Waitlist for new clients
Do you believe you are created for relationship and continually asking yourself, "Why can't I make it happen? or Why is it such a struggle?" Your early connections or attachments will have an impact on how these questions may be answered. The goal is to journey together in a safe and nonjudgmental therapeutic relationship developing awareness into your self perceptions and how you relate in the world. We will work to uncover the areas of your life where you are emotionally stuck, experiencing painful memories, trauma or unresolved feelings of terror, rage, panic, shame, grief and disgust.
Do you believe you are created for relationship and continually asking yourself, "Why can't I make it happen? or Why is it such a struggle?" Your early connections or attachments will have an impact on how these questions may be answered. The goal is to journey together in a safe and nonjudgmental therapeutic relationship developing awareness into your self perceptions and how you relate in the world. We will work to uncover the areas of your life where you are emotionally stuck, experiencing painful memories, trauma or unresolved feelings of terror, rage, panic, shame, grief and disgust.
(951) 776-7757 View (951) 776-7757
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Ranela Kaligithi
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Riverside, CA 92507  (Online Only)
I am a person-centered therapist, so when you step into my "virtual office", there is one thing you can be certain of - you will know and feel that you belong. There are no dumb questions, your story is not too much, and there will never be anything to apologize for. This is a safe space to explore your identity and find support through trauma, grief, anxieties, fears, or relational issues.
I am a person-centered therapist, so when you step into my "virtual office", there is one thing you can be certain of - you will know and feel that you belong. There are no dumb questions, your story is not too much, and there will never be anything to apologize for. This is a safe space to explore your identity and find support through trauma, grief, anxieties, fears, or relational issues.
(909) 323-3959 View (909) 323-3959
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Jodi Dorson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Riverside, CA 92506
Helping children, adolescents, and their families is important to me. Having spent 17 years working with children in educational settings, I understand the struggles families face when dealing with behavioral and social issues, poor academic performance, learning disabilities, and mental health issues. Families may be faced with unexpected challenges such as loss of a loved one, loss of a job, or divorce. Not being able to help your child or teen with problems they face, or not being able to bring your family together as a loving unit can be frustrating and disheartening as a parent.
Helping children, adolescents, and their families is important to me. Having spent 17 years working with children in educational settings, I understand the struggles families face when dealing with behavioral and social issues, poor academic performance, learning disabilities, and mental health issues. Families may be faced with unexpected challenges such as loss of a loved one, loss of a job, or divorce. Not being able to help your child or teen with problems they face, or not being able to bring your family together as a loving unit can be frustrating and disheartening as a parent.
(951) 373-3060 View (951) 373-3060
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Christopher Vincent Powers
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CST
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Affirmative, interactive, client-centered therapy can help you address depression, anxiety, and destructive behaviors. I serve heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, trans, non-binary, and polyamorous individuals. I practice individual therapy, relationship counseling, and sex therapy. My experience includes working with substance use issues from a harm reduction approach, regardless of whether my client's goal is abstinence or substance use management. I love to help people address trauma, improve communication, take control of their lives, gain sexual confidence, and get their needs met.
Affirmative, interactive, client-centered therapy can help you address depression, anxiety, and destructive behaviors. I serve heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, trans, non-binary, and polyamorous individuals. I practice individual therapy, relationship counseling, and sex therapy. My experience includes working with substance use issues from a harm reduction approach, regardless of whether my client's goal is abstinence or substance use management. I love to help people address trauma, improve communication, take control of their lives, gain sexual confidence, and get their needs met.
(415) 798-9586 View (415) 798-9586
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Wendyann Leeds
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Murrieta, CA 92563  (Online Only)
Same day appointments available for self pay client and same week for insurance. Now accepting insurance through Octave Mental Heath, Headway and Grow Therapy! Clients with insurance, please visit findoctive.com, headway.co or growthreapy.com to schedule. We have a wealth of experience treating clients with addiction, stress, anxiety, grief and loss, depression, PTSD, and personal growth. We understand that “one size does not fit all,” and meet the client where they, taking the time to really get to know the client and specific treatment needs. We treat the whole person to maximize growth.
Same day appointments available for self pay client and same week for insurance. Now accepting insurance through Octave Mental Heath, Headway and Grow Therapy! Clients with insurance, please visit findoctive.com, headway.co or growthreapy.com to schedule. We have a wealth of experience treating clients with addiction, stress, anxiety, grief and loss, depression, PTSD, and personal growth. We understand that “one size does not fit all,” and meet the client where they, taking the time to really get to know the client and specific treatment needs. We treat the whole person to maximize growth.
(619) 485-9273 View (619) 485-9273
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Clair Figueroa
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Corona, CA 92879
Are you looking for short-term therapy to help with life's bumps and setbacks? When friends and family are unable to provide the support you need, there is a safe space where you can discuss your life without judgment and become the strong person you want to be. As a medical social worker, I have worked with a diverse group of clients using short-term therapy, CBT, and crisis management to provide the best care and hope in challenging situations. I start where the client is at and let them guide me in the direction they want to go. I provide supportive and client-led therapy-building skills that my clients are already using.
Are you looking for short-term therapy to help with life's bumps and setbacks? When friends and family are unable to provide the support you need, there is a safe space where you can discuss your life without judgment and become the strong person you want to be. As a medical social worker, I have worked with a diverse group of clients using short-term therapy, CBT, and crisis management to provide the best care and hope in challenging situations. I start where the client is at and let them guide me in the direction they want to go. I provide supportive and client-led therapy-building skills that my clients are already using.
(951) 499-0954 View (951) 499-0954
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Keith Daniel Nesbitt
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Indian Wells, CA 92210
I have eighteen years of clinical expertise in the field of psychology. I have been a crisis clinician much of that time helping ease the pain in the most acute psychiatric situations. This also includes being a program director in a psychiatric facility. I am a loyal and supportive advocate in your journey to living a better life. We will work together to have a more fulfilling life and accomplishing the goals and positive future that you deserve.
I have eighteen years of clinical expertise in the field of psychology. I have been a crisis clinician much of that time helping ease the pain in the most acute psychiatric situations. This also includes being a program director in a psychiatric facility. I am a loyal and supportive advocate in your journey to living a better life. We will work together to have a more fulfilling life and accomplishing the goals and positive future that you deserve.
(760) 642-5533 View (760) 642-5533
Photo of Traci Martin, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Traci Martin
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
La Quinta, CA 92253
Hello, I’m Traci Martin! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist passionate about helping others get through life's obstacles and onto their journey of healing. I believe each person has the inner strength to excel beyond life's difficulties. My Approach My approach to providing therapy is a combination of compassion and understanding. I see the client as a person first. I build on the client's strengths, interests, and resources. I believe clients have the power to grow, change, and make their situation better through inner strength.
Hello, I’m Traci Martin! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist passionate about helping others get through life's obstacles and onto their journey of healing. I believe each person has the inner strength to excel beyond life's difficulties. My Approach My approach to providing therapy is a combination of compassion and understanding. I see the client as a person first. I build on the client's strengths, interests, and resources. I believe clients have the power to grow, change, and make their situation better through inner strength.
(760) 970-8374 View (760) 970-8374
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Dena Galinato
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Temecula, CA 92592  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience in working with a diverse population of individuals, including those struggling with substance abuse, dual diagnoses, codependency, trauma, and other mental health issues. I consider myself to be an assertive and direct psychologist who prioritizes affective communication, healthy boundaries, and self-care. My ultimate goal is to help people gain the insight and coping skills necessary to live meaningful lives filled with a positive sense of self and healthy relationships.
I have extensive experience in working with a diverse population of individuals, including those struggling with substance abuse, dual diagnoses, codependency, trauma, and other mental health issues. I consider myself to be an assertive and direct psychologist who prioritizes affective communication, healthy boundaries, and self-care. My ultimate goal is to help people gain the insight and coping skills necessary to live meaningful lives filled with a positive sense of self and healthy relationships.
(951) 227-7871 View (951) 227-7871
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Linda Sharples
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Indio, CA 92201
Hi, My name is Linda Sharples and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) I am based in Murrieta but provide therapy statewide via telehealth. I work with individuals, couples, and families addressing anxiety, depression, family dysfunction, and the stress associated with life transitions.
Hi, My name is Linda Sharples and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) I am based in Murrieta but provide therapy statewide via telehealth. I work with individuals, couples, and families addressing anxiety, depression, family dysfunction, and the stress associated with life transitions.
(760) 903-7273 View (760) 903-7273
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Elizabeth Shevah Vahdatpour
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Murrieta, CA 92562
Not accepting new clients
I believe therapy is a collaboration. I emphasize the importance of meeting clients where they are at and guiding them to where they would like to be. I want to empower my clients and advocate for them throughout the therapeutic process. At the end of the day, I feel that each person is the expert on their own self, and at different seasons in our lives, we all need extra support and validation.
I believe therapy is a collaboration. I emphasize the importance of meeting clients where they are at and guiding them to where they would like to be. I want to empower my clients and advocate for them throughout the therapeutic process. At the end of the day, I feel that each person is the expert on their own self, and at different seasons in our lives, we all need extra support and validation.
(951) 744-9230 View (951) 744-9230
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Jessica DiGiorno, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Riverside, CA 92503  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I have 14 years of experience working children, teens and families. I specialize in working with social-emotional and behavioral issues, school related problems, LGBTQIA+ issues, drug / alcohol use, parenting skills, relationship issues, anxiety, ADHD, personality disorders, mood disorders, grief & loss, self-harm, PTSD and trauma. If you or a loved one is struggling with one or more of these issues please contact me. I'm looking forward joining you on your journey to healing through building healthy coping skills and self-care.
I have 14 years of experience working children, teens and families. I specialize in working with social-emotional and behavioral issues, school related problems, LGBTQIA+ issues, drug / alcohol use, parenting skills, relationship issues, anxiety, ADHD, personality disorders, mood disorders, grief & loss, self-harm, PTSD and trauma. If you or a loved one is struggling with one or more of these issues please contact me. I'm looking forward joining you on your journey to healing through building healthy coping skills and self-care.
(951) 458-5752 View (951) 458-5752
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Tyler Kim
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Riverside, CA 92508
I am your go-to guru for smashing stigmas and embracing self-discovery! As a therapist with a passion for empowering adolescents and young adults, I dive deep into the tangled webs of anxiety, depression, cultural expectations, and personal identity. With a knack for making therapy feel like an inviting chat, I create a safe space where you can kick stigma to the curb and embrace your true self with open arms.
I am your go-to guru for smashing stigmas and embracing self-discovery! As a therapist with a passion for empowering adolescents and young adults, I dive deep into the tangled webs of anxiety, depression, cultural expectations, and personal identity. With a knack for making therapy feel like an inviting chat, I create a safe space where you can kick stigma to the curb and embrace your true self with open arms.
(951) 987-5122 View (951) 987-5122
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Sean Garrett
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
Thank you for reading my bio. My focus in our work will be on meeting you where you are at and creating a safe, non-judgmental space where we can collaborate and explore what can be helpful in addressing your needs, wants, and barriers to getting them met. My hope in our work together is that you'll come away with a renewed sense of self and identity that not only addresses the hardships and challenges you have endured, but also empowers you to affirm your sense of agency and make your mark on the world.
Thank you for reading my bio. My focus in our work will be on meeting you where you are at and creating a safe, non-judgmental space where we can collaborate and explore what can be helpful in addressing your needs, wants, and barriers to getting them met. My hope in our work together is that you'll come away with a renewed sense of self and identity that not only addresses the hardships and challenges you have endured, but also empowers you to affirm your sense of agency and make your mark on the world.
(951) 800-4340 View (951) 800-4340
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Katie Kaufman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Temecula, CA 92592
Hello, my name is Katie Kaufman, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Southern California and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I offer therapy and coaching services to young adults and adults and specialize in depression, anxiety, ADD & ADHD, stress, work/career, self-love, self-esteem, life purpose and meaning, life transitions, relationship issues, grief and loss, and more. I have found that my style and approach is a good fit for young adults and adults who may be dealing with the challenges of life transitions and purpose, social pressures, school/work/career, and relationships.
Hello, my name is Katie Kaufman, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Southern California and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I offer therapy and coaching services to young adults and adults and specialize in depression, anxiety, ADD & ADHD, stress, work/career, self-love, self-esteem, life purpose and meaning, life transitions, relationship issues, grief and loss, and more. I have found that my style and approach is a good fit for young adults and adults who may be dealing with the challenges of life transitions and purpose, social pressures, school/work/career, and relationships.
(951) 744-9228 View (951) 744-9228
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Elliott Alcala
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Temecula, CA 92592
Elliott Alcala is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California who started practicing in 2016. He has a B.A. in Psychology from California State University Long Beach and an M.S.W. from the University of Southern California. Elliott believes that each person, no matter their experience, has the ability to improve and grow, and enjoy a life full of joy. He encourages personal growth, no matter how small the step is to get there and believes that the therapeutic relationship can heal. In his spare time, Elliott enjoys time with family, food, cycling, and saltwater aquariums.
Elliott Alcala is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California who started practicing in 2016. He has a B.A. in Psychology from California State University Long Beach and an M.S.W. from the University of Southern California. Elliott believes that each person, no matter their experience, has the ability to improve and grow, and enjoy a life full of joy. He encourages personal growth, no matter how small the step is to get there and believes that the therapeutic relationship can heal. In his spare time, Elliott enjoys time with family, food, cycling, and saltwater aquariums.
(951) 447-4681 View (951) 447-4681
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Sylvia Ann Trapuzzano
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
Palm Desert, CA 92260
I work primarily with individuals, couples, and families to address the issues underlying communication differences. I also enjoy assisting couples with learning the art of fighting fair, reclaiming love within their marriages, and working on co-parenting skills when there are children from a previous marriage/ relationship. In addition, I offer affairs counseling regardless of whether you are the hurt partner or the unfaithful partner. I especially enjoy working with couples who are planning to get married by empowering each partner with knowledge and tools for a strong relationship foundation.
I work primarily with individuals, couples, and families to address the issues underlying communication differences. I also enjoy assisting couples with learning the art of fighting fair, reclaiming love within their marriages, and working on co-parenting skills when there are children from a previous marriage/ relationship. In addition, I offer affairs counseling regardless of whether you are the hurt partner or the unfaithful partner. I especially enjoy working with couples who are planning to get married by empowering each partner with knowledge and tools for a strong relationship foundation.
(760) 657-4018 View (760) 657-4018
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Windows of Hope Counseling Center
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Palm Desert individual, couples and family counseling offered in a warm and comfortable environment! We help individuals and couples work through difficult life processes in a nurturing and loving way. We assist your process offering effective communication practices and tools to work through even the most difficult situations. We specialize with mental health counseling in Palm Desert and Long Beach dealing with infidelity, blended family difficulties, life transition, anger management, substance abuse and dependence, and healthy communication practices. We look forward to hearing from you.
Palm Desert individual, couples and family counseling offered in a warm and comfortable environment! We help individuals and couples work through difficult life processes in a nurturing and loving way. We assist your process offering effective communication practices and tools to work through even the most difficult situations. We specialize with mental health counseling in Palm Desert and Long Beach dealing with infidelity, blended family difficulties, life transition, anger management, substance abuse and dependence, and healthy communication practices. We look forward to hearing from you.
(310) 928-2319 View (310) 928-2319
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Pamela Coleman
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
My name is Pamela Coleman, and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 24 years of experience in the mental health field. My approach to therapy is client-entered, and my focus areas are adults of all ages, adolescents, couples, and families. My overall approach is eclectic, but I hold an attachment theory-based perspective. I am trauma-informed and trauma-responsive. My focus has been on clients that have experienced differing levels of trauma and, as a result, are having difficulty functioning in some area(s) of their life. This may be demonstrated as anxiety, avoidance, depression, or many other ways.
My name is Pamela Coleman, and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 24 years of experience in the mental health field. My approach to therapy is client-entered, and my focus areas are adults of all ages, adolescents, couples, and families. My overall approach is eclectic, but I hold an attachment theory-based perspective. I am trauma-informed and trauma-responsive. My focus has been on clients that have experienced differing levels of trauma and, as a result, are having difficulty functioning in some area(s) of their life. This may be demonstrated as anxiety, avoidance, depression, or many other ways.
(951) 379-3477 View (951) 379-3477

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Number of Therapists in Riverside County, CA

2,000+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Riverside County, CA who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
87% Depression
70% Coping Skills
70% Self Esteem
69% Relationship Issues
65% Stress
61% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

81% Aetna
79% Cigna and Evernorth
76% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Riverside County, CA see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
21% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Riverside 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.

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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.