Therapists in Shell Beach, CA

Photo of Alana Smith-Grove, Marriage & Family Therapist in Shell Beach, CA
Alana Smith-Grove
Marriage & Family Therapist, AMFT, MA
Verified
3 Endorsed
Shell Beach, CA 93449  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Hi, I'm Alana. Reaching out for support can be hard, especially when you are moving through the groundlessness of loss or transition, feeling stuck, overwhelmed, drained, or ashamed, experiencing a lack of meaning, or when you feel like you have lost a part of yourself. Sometimes the surface of our experience can look and feel one way, like the outer shell of a geode. Therapy can help explore the imaginative possibilities of who we are beyond the shell, towards a more integrated perspective where new meaning can be discovered.
Hi, I'm Alana. Reaching out for support can be hard, especially when you are moving through the groundlessness of loss or transition, feeling stuck, overwhelmed, drained, or ashamed, experiencing a lack of meaning, or when you feel like you have lost a part of yourself. Sometimes the surface of our experience can look and feel one way, like the outer shell of a geode. Therapy can help explore the imaginative possibilities of who we are beyond the shell, towards a more integrated perspective where new meaning can be discovered.
(510) 751-3049 View (510) 751-3049
Photo of Nikki Williams, Marriage & Family Therapist in Shell Beach, CA
Nikki Williams
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Shell Beach, CA 93448
I welcome your rough edges, tender places, inner wisdom, and the search for more fulfillment. Together, we will invite self-compassion and acceptance around what is already happening, while also creating ways to experience more satisfying ways of treating yourself, being with others, and inhabiting your life. My clients include people who experience depression, anxiety, grief, anger, and shame, gentle souls who find it hard to navigate in a frenetic world, people who want to establish fresh relationship patterns, and those who are recovering their balance amidst life transitions.
I welcome your rough edges, tender places, inner wisdom, and the search for more fulfillment. Together, we will invite self-compassion and acceptance around what is already happening, while also creating ways to experience more satisfying ways of treating yourself, being with others, and inhabiting your life. My clients include people who experience depression, anxiety, grief, anger, and shame, gentle souls who find it hard to navigate in a frenetic world, people who want to establish fresh relationship patterns, and those who are recovering their balance amidst life transitions.
(805) 262-8924 View (805) 262-8924
Photo of Julie Messer, Marriage & Family Therapist in Shell Beach, CA
Julie Messer
Marriage & Family Therapist, BS, MA, LMFT
Verified
8 Endorsed
Shell Beach, CA 93449
Since you found me on this site I would venture to guess something is awry in your life...am I right? Whether you are struggling with relationships, tackling your own personal demons, or just have absolutely no idea why you don't feel like your normal self anymore we can work together to figure it out and discover solutions that work for you.
Since you found me on this site I would venture to guess something is awry in your life...am I right? Whether you are struggling with relationships, tackling your own personal demons, or just have absolutely no idea why you don't feel like your normal self anymore we can work together to figure it out and discover solutions that work for you.
(805) 978-5080 View (805) 978-5080
Photo of Janel A Chavez, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Shell Beach, CA
Janel A Chavez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Shell Beach, CA 93448
Hello! I am currently accepting new clients In-Person and Virtual. No late afternoon times currently available. Life can be very challenging sometimes, and talking with an unbiased person can be very helpful. If you would like help with life's every day challenges, are looking to improve your quality of life, or are seeking help to resolve major life issues stemming from past or present circumstances, I provide a confidential and comfortable environment where you can work through your personal challenges. Servicios en Español están disponibles. If you have any questions please call, leave a message and I'll get back to you asap.
Hello! I am currently accepting new clients In-Person and Virtual. No late afternoon times currently available. Life can be very challenging sometimes, and talking with an unbiased person can be very helpful. If you would like help with life's every day challenges, are looking to improve your quality of life, or are seeking help to resolve major life issues stemming from past or present circumstances, I provide a confidential and comfortable environment where you can work through your personal challenges. Servicios en Español están disponibles. If you have any questions please call, leave a message and I'll get back to you asap.
(805) 244-8690 View (805) 244-8690
Photo of Dara Sheik, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Shell Beach, CA
Dara Sheik
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Shell Beach, CA 93448
Dara's psychotherapy practice is dedicated to helping young adults (aged 18-38) work through challenges related to this phase of life. Young adulthood is a time of great opportunities related to building satisfying relationships, careers and establishing one's own path. Along the way many get stuck in indecision, doubts and fears. For others, stress and unresolved issues can lead to mental health challenges including depression, anxiety and addictions. Expectations of parents and culture can contribute to the pressures and sense of isolation. Working collaboratively with his patients, Dara brings empathy and compassion to work.
Dara's psychotherapy practice is dedicated to helping young adults (aged 18-38) work through challenges related to this phase of life. Young adulthood is a time of great opportunities related to building satisfying relationships, careers and establishing one's own path. Along the way many get stuck in indecision, doubts and fears. For others, stress and unresolved issues can lead to mental health challenges including depression, anxiety and addictions. Expectations of parents and culture can contribute to the pressures and sense of isolation. Working collaboratively with his patients, Dara brings empathy and compassion to work.
(805) 307-7066 View (805) 307-7066
Photo of Ann Edwards, Marriage & Family Therapist in Shell Beach, CA
Ann Edwards
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Shell Beach, CA 93449
Ann is a therapist for San Diego based mental healthcare provider Fusion Care Group. Fusion Care Group is changing the way people think about and receive mental health service and support. We offer a welcoming and accepting environment where you can feel calm and comfortable while in our care. Our relaxed, modern atmosphere and our amazing, highly trained Psychologists, Psychiatrists and therapists are here for you. Our hope is to provide a place to help our clients achieve their life goals, explore life-circumstances, move through difficult life transitions.
Ann is a therapist for San Diego based mental healthcare provider Fusion Care Group. Fusion Care Group is changing the way people think about and receive mental health service and support. We offer a welcoming and accepting environment where you can feel calm and comfortable while in our care. Our relaxed, modern atmosphere and our amazing, highly trained Psychologists, Psychiatrists and therapists are here for you. Our hope is to provide a place to help our clients achieve their life goals, explore life-circumstances, move through difficult life transitions.
(805) 465-6403 View (805) 465-6403

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Robert E Clayton
Psychologist
Verified
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
I believe that our most profound feelings contain the seeds of our transformation and growth. Working together in a warm, supportive, and connected relationship, we can gain access to these deep, transformative emotions to find healing, strength, and unimagined new vitality. I enjoy working with students and young adults, those in mid-life, and elders.
I believe that our most profound feelings contain the seeds of our transformation and growth. Working together in a warm, supportive, and connected relationship, we can gain access to these deep, transformative emotions to find healing, strength, and unimagined new vitality. I enjoy working with students and young adults, those in mid-life, and elders.
(805) 250-4535 View (805) 250-4535
Photo of Debra Kambourian, Marriage & Family Therapist in Shell Beach, CA
Debra Kambourian
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Do you ever find yourself asking, "Why can't I just get my life together, get along with people like everyone else?" "Am I the crazy one?" How about "I'm tired of feeling misunderstood, walked all over, like I can't do anything right." It's easy to feel stuck and alone when struggling in life and relationships, as if you're "too emotional" and destined for a lonely and shameful life. Many opinions about what you're doing wrong and recommendations of how to fix discourage you, leaving you feeling even more flawed and confused than before. Most importantly, do you find yourself feeling sad and terrified that nobody will EVER get you?
Do you ever find yourself asking, "Why can't I just get my life together, get along with people like everyone else?" "Am I the crazy one?" How about "I'm tired of feeling misunderstood, walked all over, like I can't do anything right." It's easy to feel stuck and alone when struggling in life and relationships, as if you're "too emotional" and destined for a lonely and shameful life. Many opinions about what you're doing wrong and recommendations of how to fix discourage you, leaving you feeling even more flawed and confused than before. Most importantly, do you find yourself feeling sad and terrified that nobody will EVER get you?
(805) 316-7283 View (805) 316-7283
Photo of Monique Nelson Sigler, Marriage & Family Therapist in Shell Beach, CA
Monique Nelson Sigler
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
4 Endorsed
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
My passion is serving those in SLO community and promoting meaningful change and healing in the individuals I treat. I imagine you are here because something in your life has caused you pain or suffering. Achieving emotional and mental wellness is hard and uncomfortable work, but it does not have to happen alone. I honor the vulnerability and courage it takes to begin therapy. My goal is to help you discover a life of balance, authenticity, and happiness. Everyone can benefit from therapy— from children to adults.
My passion is serving those in SLO community and promoting meaningful change and healing in the individuals I treat. I imagine you are here because something in your life has caused you pain or suffering. Achieving emotional and mental wellness is hard and uncomfortable work, but it does not have to happen alone. I honor the vulnerability and courage it takes to begin therapy. My goal is to help you discover a life of balance, authenticity, and happiness. Everyone can benefit from therapy— from children to adults.
(805) 429-1170 View (805) 429-1170
Photo of Michelle L Walker, Marriage & Family Therapist in Shell Beach, CA
Michelle L Walker
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Grover Beach, CA 93433
Are you experiencing anxiety you can’t just shake? Are you experiencing depression due to life situations? Are you experiencing trauma from your past? Are you experiencing addiction use, abuse, or relapse? All of these struggles along with life’s challenges can be overwhelming. Your life doesn’t have to be this challenging anymore. Choose to engage in therapy, develop trust, and share your concerns with someone who cares. It can be scary or off-putting to make that first appointment with a therapist. I do understand that can be scary or off-putting to make that first appointment with a therapist.
Are you experiencing anxiety you can’t just shake? Are you experiencing depression due to life situations? Are you experiencing trauma from your past? Are you experiencing addiction use, abuse, or relapse? All of these struggles along with life’s challenges can be overwhelming. Your life doesn’t have to be this challenging anymore. Choose to engage in therapy, develop trust, and share your concerns with someone who cares. It can be scary or off-putting to make that first appointment with a therapist. I do understand that can be scary or off-putting to make that first appointment with a therapist.
(805) 790-8679 View (805) 790-8679
Photo of Brianne Billups Hughes, Marriage & Family Therapist in Shell Beach, CA
Brianne Billups Hughes
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT, PMH-C
Verified
2 Endorsed
Pismo Beach, CA 93448  (Online Only)
Working, parenting, and caring for your relationship can often feel like too much. You've always been someone who excels at managing difficult circumstances and exceeding expectations, but the demands placed on you have grown too big. Outside, you seem like you're coping but inside you're scared, lonely, and don't know who is safe to turn to for help. There are some things that have been going on that feel really personal and since you're the one who is usually there for everyone else, it is hard to know who you can open up to about how you're really feeling.
Working, parenting, and caring for your relationship can often feel like too much. You've always been someone who excels at managing difficult circumstances and exceeding expectations, but the demands placed on you have grown too big. Outside, you seem like you're coping but inside you're scared, lonely, and don't know who is safe to turn to for help. There are some things that have been going on that feel really personal and since you're the one who is usually there for everyone else, it is hard to know who you can open up to about how you're really feeling.
(805) 399-7016 View (805) 399-7016
Photo of Kelly Bell, Marriage & Family Therapist in Shell Beach, CA
Kelly Bell
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
I do what I call "Nail on the head" therapy...if you want to put a nail in the wall, you get out a hammer, figure out where the stud is, and WHACK it on the head...you don't beat around it, you don't use your shoe, not if you want it to stay! Given this philosophy, I provide straightforward usable tools that will help YOU create the changes YOU most want to create...and I try to do so in a fairly short term manner. Check out my blog at: CreativeSolutionsCounseling.wordpress.com and see if my style of therapy is right for you...then give me a call and lets get starting on creating that changes that can really improve your life!
I do what I call "Nail on the head" therapy...if you want to put a nail in the wall, you get out a hammer, figure out where the stud is, and WHACK it on the head...you don't beat around it, you don't use your shoe, not if you want it to stay! Given this philosophy, I provide straightforward usable tools that will help YOU create the changes YOU most want to create...and I try to do so in a fairly short term manner. Check out my blog at: CreativeSolutionsCounseling.wordpress.com and see if my style of therapy is right for you...then give me a call and lets get starting on creating that changes that can really improve your life!
(805) 209-1046 View (805) 209-1046
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Sharon Goldstein
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Pismo Beach, CA 93448  (Online Only)
Deciding to go into therapy can be scary and hard but choosing to know yourself better can be transforming and liberating. Together we will create a safe space that will provide the opportunity to explore your feelings, thoughts, hopes and dreams. We may look into your past and identify experiences that led you to hold beliefs and engage in behaviors that were necessary when they developed, but now impede your growth.
Deciding to go into therapy can be scary and hard but choosing to know yourself better can be transforming and liberating. Together we will create a safe space that will provide the opportunity to explore your feelings, thoughts, hopes and dreams. We may look into your past and identify experiences that led you to hold beliefs and engage in behaviors that were necessary when they developed, but now impede your growth.
(805) 793-0357 View (805) 793-0357
Photo of Katie Zimmermann, Marriage & Family Therapist in Shell Beach, CA
Katie Zimmermann
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
5 Endorsed
Grover Beach, CA 93433
We are meant to work together if you are in one of the following categories: 1.) The Frustrated Adult fed up with continuing to hold yourself back from improving your life. Your mind gets in your way of believing you can create a more fulfilling and satisfying existence, and your behavior stays the same. Or, 2.) The Couple who loves each other & wants to finally ACT like they love each other, and stop the awful cycle they’ve been stuck in for years. An endless feedback loop of the same infuriating fights and seemingly hopeless & tiring perpetual problems keep invading your love and joy.
We are meant to work together if you are in one of the following categories: 1.) The Frustrated Adult fed up with continuing to hold yourself back from improving your life. Your mind gets in your way of believing you can create a more fulfilling and satisfying existence, and your behavior stays the same. Or, 2.) The Couple who loves each other & wants to finally ACT like they love each other, and stop the awful cycle they’ve been stuck in for years. An endless feedback loop of the same infuriating fights and seemingly hopeless & tiring perpetual problems keep invading your love and joy.
(805) 919-8720 View (805) 919-8720
Photo of Susan Mosier, Marriage & Family Therapist in Shell Beach, CA
Susan Mosier
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Professional Coach with 22 years of experience in mental and behavioral health. My specific training in Transpersonal Psychology combined with solution-focused methods brings a holistic approach to my work with each person. This means we will consider all aspects of your mind/body/spirit as we help you move toward feeling better.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Professional Coach with 22 years of experience in mental and behavioral health. My specific training in Transpersonal Psychology combined with solution-focused methods brings a holistic approach to my work with each person. This means we will consider all aspects of your mind/body/spirit as we help you move toward feeling better.
(562) 526-0697 View (562) 526-0697
Photo of Stacy Guisse, Marriage & Family Therapist in Shell Beach, CA
Stacy Guisse
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
My journey in the healing arts is a wonderful one and involves working with clients of all ages and stages of life. I have an integrated therapy approach with a specific focus on intermodal therapies, life transitions, community building, and family/group work. I work with clients who can be experiencing anxiety, adolescent anxiety, depression, substance abuse, significant life adjustments/transitions, post traumatic stress, blended family dynamics, grief/loss, adjustment to motherhood, and couples communication challenges. In our work together we are transforming life challenges into growth opportunities and creative action in your life.
My journey in the healing arts is a wonderful one and involves working with clients of all ages and stages of life. I have an integrated therapy approach with a specific focus on intermodal therapies, life transitions, community building, and family/group work. I work with clients who can be experiencing anxiety, adolescent anxiety, depression, substance abuse, significant life adjustments/transitions, post traumatic stress, blended family dynamics, grief/loss, adjustment to motherhood, and couples communication challenges. In our work together we are transforming life challenges into growth opportunities and creative action in your life.
(805) 669-9081 View (805) 669-9081
Photo of Elisha Black, Marriage & Family Therapist in Shell Beach, CA
Elisha Black
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, RPT
Verified
Grover Beach, CA 93433
Not accepting new clients
I offer individual psychotherapy for children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional, behavioral, relational and academic difficulties, or struggling with post-trauma symptoms. I am a compassionate, creative, dedicated therapist and Play Therapy Specialist. I have over thirty years of experience working with children and have been a parent for twenty nine years. Prior to becoming a therapist, I was a teacher for ten years. I have experience working with children from a variety of cultures, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds, including foster and adoptive children.
I offer individual psychotherapy for children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional, behavioral, relational and academic difficulties, or struggling with post-trauma symptoms. I am a compassionate, creative, dedicated therapist and Play Therapy Specialist. I have over thirty years of experience working with children and have been a parent for twenty nine years. Prior to becoming a therapist, I was a teacher for ten years. I have experience working with children from a variety of cultures, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds, including foster and adoptive children.
(805) 468-4601 View (805) 468-4601
Photo of Kristina Paramore, Marriage & Family Therapist in Shell Beach, CA
Kristina Paramore
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Hi! My name is Kristina and Congratulations on possibly your first step towards reaching your goals. Has life become too overwhelming? Confused about what your next step is or how to overcome a current life challenge and feel as if you are stuck? Therapy can be a great starting point. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist practicing since 2010; working with individuals, couples, families and teens.
Hi! My name is Kristina and Congratulations on possibly your first step towards reaching your goals. Has life become too overwhelming? Confused about what your next step is or how to overcome a current life challenge and feel as if you are stuck? Therapy can be a great starting point. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist practicing since 2010; working with individuals, couples, families and teens.
(805) 316-7140 View (805) 316-7140
Photo of Jane Parrott, Marriage & Family Therapist in Shell Beach, CA
Jane Parrott
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Welcome. You have started an important search. Finding the right therapist isn’t always easy, and I encourage you to listen to what feels right for you. My work starts with you and what you are looking to address. We will explore the contributing factors to what you want to work on and develop a deeper understanding of your psychological reality. First and foremost, I offer a safe and non-judgmental container for exploration. Nothing is too small or big for this work. My goal is to help you gain insights into your relational and habitual patterns in service of having more agency in your life and being able to feel free to be you.
Welcome. You have started an important search. Finding the right therapist isn’t always easy, and I encourage you to listen to what feels right for you. My work starts with you and what you are looking to address. We will explore the contributing factors to what you want to work on and develop a deeper understanding of your psychological reality. First and foremost, I offer a safe and non-judgmental container for exploration. Nothing is too small or big for this work. My goal is to help you gain insights into your relational and habitual patterns in service of having more agency in your life and being able to feel free to be you.
(323) 591-2943 View (323) 591-2943
Photo of Amanda Groo, Licensed Professional Counselor in Shell Beach, CA
Amanda Groo
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pismo Beach, CA 93448
In a time where distractions and uncertainties are omnipresent. Where isolation is fostered by "screen connections", anxiety that keeps us from achieving our true potential, or depression that makes it difficult to get out of bed in the morning. We are more alone than ever before and in need of true, meaningful connections. Reaching out for support is the first step in rebuilding and reclaiming our lives. In my practice, I strive to cultivate a safe space where you can begin your healing journey through a trauma-informed lens. You will learn how to fully regain control of your life and create the life you have always wanted.
In a time where distractions and uncertainties are omnipresent. Where isolation is fostered by "screen connections", anxiety that keeps us from achieving our true potential, or depression that makes it difficult to get out of bed in the morning. We are more alone than ever before and in need of true, meaningful connections. Reaching out for support is the first step in rebuilding and reclaiming our lives. In my practice, I strive to cultivate a safe space where you can begin your healing journey through a trauma-informed lens. You will learn how to fully regain control of your life and create the life you have always wanted.
(805) 261-4949 View (805) 261-4949

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Number of Therapists in Shell Beach, CA

< 10

Therapists in Shell Beach, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
83% Relationship Issues
83% Grief
83% Self Esteem
83% Stress

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

33% BlueCross and BlueShield
33% Magellan
33% TriWest

How Therapists in Shell Beach, CA see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Shell Beach?

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.