Therapists in Santa Monica, CA

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Natalie Badawy
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, MA, APCC, AMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403  (Online Only)
Many of us carry our emotional wounds in our bodies and only when we create a connection between the mind and the body can we feel whole again. I utilize a blend of therapeutic techniques that include shadow work, inner child healing, internal family systems (IFS), somatic therapy, and reparenting in order to create a safe connection within the body and mind. When you are in connection with your whole self you are then equipped to heal your relationship with others and the planet. I help clients struggling with sexual trauma, grief, codependency, depression, and relationship challenges.
Many of us carry our emotional wounds in our bodies and only when we create a connection between the mind and the body can we feel whole again. I utilize a blend of therapeutic techniques that include shadow work, inner child healing, internal family systems (IFS), somatic therapy, and reparenting in order to create a safe connection within the body and mind. When you are in connection with your whole self you are then equipped to heal your relationship with others and the planet. I help clients struggling with sexual trauma, grief, codependency, depression, and relationship challenges.
(310) 564-7308 View (310) 564-7308
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Marlu Harris
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403  (Online Only)
Marlu Harris offers loving support, kindness, guidance and education. Licensed for over 30 years, Marlu provides mindful psychotherapy to help people move through pain to self-love by assisting them in healing their emotional wounds while providing tools for self-help. She specializes in working with young adults who are carving out their identities as they separate from their family of origin, and anyone concentrating on creativity and identity, both spiritual and career development through bibliotherapy (reading) and journaling (writing) for those interested in expanding into the best version of themselves.
Marlu Harris offers loving support, kindness, guidance and education. Licensed for over 30 years, Marlu provides mindful psychotherapy to help people move through pain to self-love by assisting them in healing their emotional wounds while providing tools for self-help. She specializes in working with young adults who are carving out their identities as they separate from their family of origin, and anyone concentrating on creativity and identity, both spiritual and career development through bibliotherapy (reading) and journaling (writing) for those interested in expanding into the best version of themselves.
(310) 359-9425 View (310) 359-9425
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Erica Arnold
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, AMFT, LPCC
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
I work with young adults and adolescents seeking support in navigating the challenges of life. I help my clients to improve various relationships in their lives by strengthening self-esteem and confidence, working on setting boundaries, and focusing on self-care. I also provide support for people experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety, trauma, major life changes/transitions, and co-dependency. I do so by helping my clients gain awareness of patterns and providing tools for shifting into healthier patterns aligned with each individual's goals.
I work with young adults and adolescents seeking support in navigating the challenges of life. I help my clients to improve various relationships in their lives by strengthening self-esteem and confidence, working on setting boundaries, and focusing on self-care. I also provide support for people experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety, trauma, major life changes/transitions, and co-dependency. I do so by helping my clients gain awareness of patterns and providing tools for shifting into healthier patterns aligned with each individual's goals.
(424) 587-1337 View (424) 587-1337
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Sankofa Holistic Counseling Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SAP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90401  (Online Only)
Congratulations, you found a compassionate and affirming therapist. As you're reading this I understand it maybe with some degree of ambivalence. To that end, my immediate goal is to connect and reflect with you in ways that are safe, respectful and trusting. Only then can we have a meaningful, therapeutic-relationship that's open to collaboration, exploration, and revelation. This is where we "Make the road as we walk it", and I champion your journey, where ever it leads. I value the creative and growth potential of every human being. How can I best support you?
Congratulations, you found a compassionate and affirming therapist. As you're reading this I understand it maybe with some degree of ambivalence. To that end, my immediate goal is to connect and reflect with you in ways that are safe, respectful and trusting. Only then can we have a meaningful, therapeutic-relationship that's open to collaboration, exploration, and revelation. This is where we "Make the road as we walk it", and I champion your journey, where ever it leads. I value the creative and growth potential of every human being. How can I best support you?
(310) 361-2427 View (310) 361-2427
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Kathryn Diaz
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, ATR
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90404
The techniques I have discovered and found useful on my own healing journey have become the foundation for my practice as a holistic psychotherapist. My passion lies in creating a sacred and compassionate space where individuals can embark on a transformative exploration of their inner worlds, healing past trauma or negative beliefs so that they can fully live in the present moment. My approach is deeply rooted in empathy, recognizing the uniqueness of each person's experience and honoring the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit.
The techniques I have discovered and found useful on my own healing journey have become the foundation for my practice as a holistic psychotherapist. My passion lies in creating a sacred and compassionate space where individuals can embark on a transformative exploration of their inner worlds, healing past trauma or negative beliefs so that they can fully live in the present moment. My approach is deeply rooted in empathy, recognizing the uniqueness of each person's experience and honoring the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit.
(310) 736-2717 View (310) 736-2717
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Mary Linda Williams
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, phase-of-life issues, marital conflict, family dysfunction, job stress? Are you interested in learning ways to find relief and create changes that lead to greater peace and balance in mental and emotional functioning in your personal, family and relationship life?
Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, phase-of-life issues, marital conflict, family dysfunction, job stress? Are you interested in learning ways to find relief and create changes that lead to greater peace and balance in mental and emotional functioning in your personal, family and relationship life?
(323) 918-5771 View (323) 918-5771
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Jeffrey Nord
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Not accepting new clients
Every couple is different, every couple is complicated, and every couple has trouble talking about one or more key issues. In your first session I will quickly assess what isn't working in your relationship and build a plan to eliminate the problem. I will help facilitate effective communication, make sure the sessions are emotionally safe, and teach practical methods for getting your thoughts and feelings across. My job is not to figure out who is right and who is wrong, my job is to help. ​I tend to work with couples each week for 8-12 weeks.
Every couple is different, every couple is complicated, and every couple has trouble talking about one or more key issues. In your first session I will quickly assess what isn't working in your relationship and build a plan to eliminate the problem. I will help facilitate effective communication, make sure the sessions are emotionally safe, and teach practical methods for getting your thoughts and feelings across. My job is not to figure out who is right and who is wrong, my job is to help. ​I tend to work with couples each week for 8-12 weeks.
(424) 373-6636 View (424) 373-6636
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Nic Harbeck
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Not accepting new clients
Self-knowledge is a lifelong journey. The ideal client is one who has willingness to move inward toward deeper understanding. This most effectively occurs as we explore ourselves in relationship to others. The fit between you and your therapist is fundamental to this process. It is imperative for a client to feel safe and supported by their therapist in order to tolerate and receive the compassionate honesty and gentle confrontation, which are the keys to this transformative work. If you are willing and ready to confront your light and shadow, I welcome you to move inward, together. I provide psychotherapy and sex therapy.
Self-knowledge is a lifelong journey. The ideal client is one who has willingness to move inward toward deeper understanding. This most effectively occurs as we explore ourselves in relationship to others. The fit between you and your therapist is fundamental to this process. It is imperative for a client to feel safe and supported by their therapist in order to tolerate and receive the compassionate honesty and gentle confrontation, which are the keys to this transformative work. If you are willing and ready to confront your light and shadow, I welcome you to move inward, together. I provide psychotherapy and sex therapy.
(424) 835-1847 View (424) 835-1847
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Eleanore Baidoo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with your life and your emotions? Maybe you are experiencing difficulties in your relationships with others, trouble at home, anxiety, an addiction, or just a really challenging personal situation that you feel alone with. Perhaps you want your life to be different somehow but are feeling stuck. I would like to help you. It may feel hopeless right now, but you will have my years of experience and wisdom, skills and compassion with you - and together we will increase the quality of your life so that you may move forward with increased well-being , satisfaction, and meaning in your life.
Are you struggling with your life and your emotions? Maybe you are experiencing difficulties in your relationships with others, trouble at home, anxiety, an addiction, or just a really challenging personal situation that you feel alone with. Perhaps you want your life to be different somehow but are feeling stuck. I would like to help you. It may feel hopeless right now, but you will have my years of experience and wisdom, skills and compassion with you - and together we will increase the quality of your life so that you may move forward with increased well-being , satisfaction, and meaning in your life.
(310) 923-9451 View (310) 923-9451
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Jamie Feldstein
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Are you looking for a safe place where you can access and explore your emotions without shame or judgment? Are you feeling frustrated, stuck or disappointed with the quality of your life? I can help you learn how to access your inner wisdom, build and bolster resiliency and connect more effectively with yourself and others.
Are you looking for a safe place where you can access and explore your emotions without shame or judgment? Are you feeling frustrated, stuck or disappointed with the quality of your life? I can help you learn how to access your inner wisdom, build and bolster resiliency and connect more effectively with yourself and others.
(805) 669-9917 View (805) 669-9917
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Robin Olesen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90404  (Online Only)
I help clients change in directions desirable to them and to gain sustainable tools to break free and become unstuck on their road to fulfillment. Many experience shame which can impede progress. Supportive therapy that's practical as well as creative and spiritual can afford clients the opportunity for deep, ongoing growth.
I help clients change in directions desirable to them and to gain sustainable tools to break free and become unstuck on their road to fulfillment. Many experience shame which can impede progress. Supportive therapy that's practical as well as creative and spiritual can afford clients the opportunity for deep, ongoing growth.
(310) 868-2057 View (310) 868-2057
Photo of Alex Frank, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA
Alex Frank
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
During challenging times, a lot that we've taken for granted - health, finances, career, dating - may feel precarious, doomed even. I help people identify any "thinking" obstacles you may have, in order to push past limiting assumptions or sabotaging beliefs. In a therapeutic relationship, you and I work towards acceptance and empowered management of challenges, expanding your tools and freeing up space. Trained in Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Interpersonal Therapies (IPT) and IFS therapies, I also pull from traditional psychodynamic theory (including attachment) and mindfulness approaches to help facilitate your desired change.
During challenging times, a lot that we've taken for granted - health, finances, career, dating - may feel precarious, doomed even. I help people identify any "thinking" obstacles you may have, in order to push past limiting assumptions or sabotaging beliefs. In a therapeutic relationship, you and I work towards acceptance and empowered management of challenges, expanding your tools and freeing up space. Trained in Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Interpersonal Therapies (IPT) and IFS therapies, I also pull from traditional psychodynamic theory (including attachment) and mindfulness approaches to help facilitate your desired change.
(424) 304-1009 View (424) 304-1009
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Paul J Chilkov
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405  (Online Only)
What would it look like to live your life optimally? What would be the character of your relationships, your career, your daily life? Within a caring and shame-free environment I will provide you with a safe place to share not only your troubles, but more importantly, your hopes dreams and wishes. I am well versed in issues surrounding open relationships and polyamory.
What would it look like to live your life optimally? What would be the character of your relationships, your career, your daily life? Within a caring and shame-free environment I will provide you with a safe place to share not only your troubles, but more importantly, your hopes dreams and wishes. I am well versed in issues surrounding open relationships and polyamory.
(310) 359-9385 View (310) 359-9385
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Yael Adef Eiserike
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, JD, LCSW
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90407  (Online Only)
As a lawyer-turned-therapist, I know the power of a good question. My clients are anxious professionals who have taken all the “right” steps only to wonder why they aren’t feeling satisfied. They share that I have helped them work through anxiety, insomnia, or stress from high-intensity careers. I enjoy helping people find sustainable work-life balance, in addition to moving through grief and loss. Whether it be the loss of a loved one, a career, or way of life, I can be a strong partner for you. My pragmatic approach is tailored and collaborative, helping you identify and implement strategies to both resolve and prevent problems.
As a lawyer-turned-therapist, I know the power of a good question. My clients are anxious professionals who have taken all the “right” steps only to wonder why they aren’t feeling satisfied. They share that I have helped them work through anxiety, insomnia, or stress from high-intensity careers. I enjoy helping people find sustainable work-life balance, in addition to moving through grief and loss. Whether it be the loss of a loved one, a career, or way of life, I can be a strong partner for you. My pragmatic approach is tailored and collaborative, helping you identify and implement strategies to both resolve and prevent problems.
(747) 247-9418 View (747) 247-9418
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Marion A. Dave
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90404  (Online Only)
I believe that each of us deserves to live a peaceful life. My mission is to support you in discovering ways to enhance your overall well-being and establish balance in your life. I strive to create a safe space that encourages empowerment, growth, and self-awareness. I am dedicated to providing culturally responsive, evidence-based, trauma-informed, and high-quality care that is tailored to the needs of each and every client. I am passionate about helping my clients nurture their inner strength and enhance their resilience to make lasting changes in their lives.
I believe that each of us deserves to live a peaceful life. My mission is to support you in discovering ways to enhance your overall well-being and establish balance in your life. I strive to create a safe space that encourages empowerment, growth, and self-awareness. I am dedicated to providing culturally responsive, evidence-based, trauma-informed, and high-quality care that is tailored to the needs of each and every client. I am passionate about helping my clients nurture their inner strength and enhance their resilience to make lasting changes in their lives.
(424) 677-1602 View (424) 677-1602
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Mick Kubiak
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403  (Online Only)
You have the answers you seek inside you, but something is in the way of you accessing your inner knowing. My job as a therapist is to help you reconnect and remember, and to offer you tools for working (and playing) with the fears and anxieties that make life more challenging than it needs to be.
You have the answers you seek inside you, but something is in the way of you accessing your inner knowing. My job as a therapist is to help you reconnect and remember, and to offer you tools for working (and playing) with the fears and anxieties that make life more challenging than it needs to be.
(310) 593-4216 View (310) 593-4216
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Angela Repetti Miller
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, ATR
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Life's pressure cooker keeps cooking, and the stew is a blend of fatigue, uncertainty, & quiet sadness. You may want to talk about this and more but don't know to whom or what to say. I’m Angela, and I’m compassionately curious how your lived experience has shaped you and what you're up against. Consider me an emotional escort lending support + care in the form of warm conversations, intentional questions, + encouragement to stretch as you make your way through this exigent time. The therapy relationship can be a powerfully healing, transformative tool when you feel safe, heard + valued. Sessions are tailored to your unique needs.
Life's pressure cooker keeps cooking, and the stew is a blend of fatigue, uncertainty, & quiet sadness. You may want to talk about this and more but don't know to whom or what to say. I’m Angela, and I’m compassionately curious how your lived experience has shaped you and what you're up against. Consider me an emotional escort lending support + care in the form of warm conversations, intentional questions, + encouragement to stretch as you make your way through this exigent time. The therapy relationship can be a powerfully healing, transformative tool when you feel safe, heard + valued. Sessions are tailored to your unique needs.
(310) 742-9493 View (310) 742-9493
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Barbara Dreyfus
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90404
I work with individuals and couples on a variety of relationship and interpersonal issues. I believe that each of has the innate desire and ability to lead satisfying and fulfilling lives. We are often stuck in old patterns of behavior and relating. Working together we can explore those patterns and how to move beyond them. There are times in our lives when feelings of isolation, depression, loneliness pervade. It is helpful to have a trained professional to discuss these feelings with.
I work with individuals and couples on a variety of relationship and interpersonal issues. I believe that each of has the innate desire and ability to lead satisfying and fulfilling lives. We are often stuck in old patterns of behavior and relating. Working together we can explore those patterns and how to move beyond them. There are times in our lives when feelings of isolation, depression, loneliness pervade. It is helpful to have a trained professional to discuss these feelings with.
(310) 452-2260 View (310) 452-2260
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Jannell Greene Banchik
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Being human is exciting and beautiful... and challenging! My work is grounded in respect and empathy for how individuals, couples, and families pave a path in life. Together we make change possible by bringing your unique, personal knowledge and experience into awareness, and then moving through the stuckness of painful trauma, unkind thoughts, or feelings of powerlessness before problems. Together we will work to reconnect you to the whole experience of being human: feeling emotions, attuning to thoughts and beliefs, creating healthy relationships, and recognizing your whole life story in its complexity of joy, sorrow, and growth.
Being human is exciting and beautiful... and challenging! My work is grounded in respect and empathy for how individuals, couples, and families pave a path in life. Together we make change possible by bringing your unique, personal knowledge and experience into awareness, and then moving through the stuckness of painful trauma, unkind thoughts, or feelings of powerlessness before problems. Together we will work to reconnect you to the whole experience of being human: feeling emotions, attuning to thoughts and beliefs, creating healthy relationships, and recognizing your whole life story in its complexity of joy, sorrow, and growth.
(424) 610-8971 View (424) 610-8971
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Yutta Darcy-Tonkin
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90405  (Online Only)
During difficult times or circumstances fears and anxiety can be amplified and hard to manage. Even your typically most solid connections with those you love, may need shoring up. My focus is to work with the strengths, which are unique to each person to help metabolize experiences and understandable anxiety in these situations, and try to provide this in a flexible compassionate style with a focus on your individuality. I will also attend to your psychological history which may play a role in the challenges of today. I am available to work in a visual medium/online or via phone if an auditory connection is your preference.
During difficult times or circumstances fears and anxiety can be amplified and hard to manage. Even your typically most solid connections with those you love, may need shoring up. My focus is to work with the strengths, which are unique to each person to help metabolize experiences and understandable anxiety in these situations, and try to provide this in a flexible compassionate style with a focus on your individuality. I will also attend to your psychological history which may play a role in the challenges of today. I am available to work in a visual medium/online or via phone if an auditory connection is your preference.
(310) 740-9822 View (310) 740-9822

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Number of Therapists in Santa Monica, CA

1,000+

Average cost per session

$200

Therapists in Santa Monica, CA who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
89% Depression
84% Relationship Issues
76% Self Esteem
72% Trauma and PTSD
66% Grief
65% Stress

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

59% Aetna
49% Cigna and Evernorth
42% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Santa Monica, CA see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
20% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Santa Monica?

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.