Therapists in Denver, CO

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Photo of Ashley Banister Riley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO
Ashley Banister Riley
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80203
Ashley believes some of life’s most difficult moments can be processed and healed through the therapeutic relationship. Whether a person is in a difficult life transition, dealing with chronic anxiety, or working on a challenging relationship; therapy can be the vehicle to help them get to the other side. As a therapist, one of Ashley’s greatest joys is to help clients successfully learn and develop practical skills, which will help them live a more fulfilled and joyful life.
Ashley believes some of life’s most difficult moments can be processed and healed through the therapeutic relationship. Whether a person is in a difficult life transition, dealing with chronic anxiety, or working on a challenging relationship; therapy can be the vehicle to help them get to the other side. As a therapist, one of Ashley’s greatest joys is to help clients successfully learn and develop practical skills, which will help them live a more fulfilled and joyful life.
(720) 928-9443 View (720) 928-9443
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Silver Lake Psychology
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80206
Learn how to feel more connected to yourself, others and the world around you. Therapy provides all the elements of intimacy: honest communication, vulnerability and trust. Good therapy is challenging yet warm, providing both structure and empathy for your unique experience. We are a collective of therapists with a wide range of specialties. Our intake professionals will help connect you with the right therapist for your needs. We make appointments easy, offering evenings and weekends and flexibility for creative professionals who can't make the same time each week.
Learn how to feel more connected to yourself, others and the world around you. Therapy provides all the elements of intimacy: honest communication, vulnerability and trust. Good therapy is challenging yet warm, providing both structure and empathy for your unique experience. We are a collective of therapists with a wide range of specialties. Our intake professionals will help connect you with the right therapist for your needs. We make appointments easy, offering evenings and weekends and flexibility for creative professionals who can't make the same time each week.
(720) 712-1098 View (720) 712-1098
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Cynthia Allen
NP, DEA
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80246  (Online Only)
Have you been struggling with anxiety, depression, insomnia or attentional issues? Would you like to find out how medication can help? I am an experienced, compassionate, collaborative prescriber who will work with you to select psychiatric medication that not only targets your symptoms of concern but is also tailored to align with your lifestyle and preferences.
Have you been struggling with anxiety, depression, insomnia or attentional issues? Would you like to find out how medication can help? I am an experienced, compassionate, collaborative prescriber who will work with you to select psychiatric medication that not only targets your symptoms of concern but is also tailored to align with your lifestyle and preferences.
(720) 815-3668 View (720) 815-3668
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Vanessa Rae Jones
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80203
Do you feel unfulfilled or unseen in your relationships? Do you find yourself stuck in the same unhealthy patterns? Do you want to improve relationships but feel stuck? My name is Vanessa, and I embrace a direct and empathically grounded approach to therapy. I strive to provide a safe space in which you can explore what you are already doing to live a fulfilled life as well as ways in which to strengthen those skills. I have experience in working with clients with all sorts of diagnoses but focus on healing instead of pathologizing. My clients often hold marginalized identities. They may be neurodiverse. They are all amazing.
Do you feel unfulfilled or unseen in your relationships? Do you find yourself stuck in the same unhealthy patterns? Do you want to improve relationships but feel stuck? My name is Vanessa, and I embrace a direct and empathically grounded approach to therapy. I strive to provide a safe space in which you can explore what you are already doing to live a fulfilled life as well as ways in which to strengthen those skills. I have experience in working with clients with all sorts of diagnoses but focus on healing instead of pathologizing. My clients often hold marginalized identities. They may be neurodiverse. They are all amazing.
(720) 679-1541 View (720) 679-1541
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Patricia (Trish) Kottaridis
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80204
While open to a range of issues, I feel I connect particularly well with adolescents or adults who have experienced trauma, different types of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, and are struggling with behavioral issues, substance use, self-harm, depression, anxiety, or PTSD. I want to help clients explore the parts of themself they try to hide away, address the pain they carry, and in working towards healing, gain back those pieces of who they are.
While open to a range of issues, I feel I connect particularly well with adolescents or adults who have experienced trauma, different types of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, and are struggling with behavioral issues, substance use, self-harm, depression, anxiety, or PTSD. I want to help clients explore the parts of themself they try to hide away, address the pain they carry, and in working towards healing, gain back those pieces of who they are.
(970) 465-5603 View (970) 465-5603
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Hannah Koenig
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80246  (Online Only)
When we face problems, we tend to feel alone and inexperienced on how to handle life's many stressors. It can feel impossible to not only find solutions but also manage the complicated emotions that are attached to these problems. I can help guide you to feel empowered with skills and solutions on how to handle life and ensure that you won't be alone in this process. In 2021, I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Now as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and as a licensed addiction counselor (LAC), I have been providing individual.
When we face problems, we tend to feel alone and inexperienced on how to handle life's many stressors. It can feel impossible to not only find solutions but also manage the complicated emotions that are attached to these problems. I can help guide you to feel empowered with skills and solutions on how to handle life and ensure that you won't be alone in this process. In 2021, I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Now as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and as a licensed addiction counselor (LAC), I have been providing individual.
(720) 706-1257 View (720) 706-1257
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Blair Vaughn
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, E-RYT
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80238
It is my desire to provide the highest quality clinical counseling in a safe, comfortable, respectful environment. I take a positive approach in therapy, believing that people are resilient and have tremendous resources to address life's situations. My role to assist you in understanding the dynamics of your situation, relationship(s), or issues, and to help you utilize your particular strengths to resolve the issues. I may use a blend of therapies. If you are interested in using insurance please visit Headway (headway.co/providers/blair-vaughn) or visit my website: Blairvaughn.com
It is my desire to provide the highest quality clinical counseling in a safe, comfortable, respectful environment. I take a positive approach in therapy, believing that people are resilient and have tremendous resources to address life's situations. My role to assist you in understanding the dynamics of your situation, relationship(s), or issues, and to help you utilize your particular strengths to resolve the issues. I may use a blend of therapies. If you are interested in using insurance please visit Headway (headway.co/providers/blair-vaughn) or visit my website: Blairvaughn.com
(720) 928-5693 View (720) 928-5693
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Chad Calderon
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80204
Welcome! If you are here, you have found the courage to seek the life balance you deserve through the best care possible. I'm Dr. Calderon, a licensed clinical psychologist, and compassionate, fun therapist. I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology in San Francisco. I've worked across the country in clinical settings including veteran, inpatient, outpatient, addiction, sexual behaviors, human services, psych assessment and primary care centers. I use a diverse range of therapy modalities including CBT, DBT, ACT, child play, and psychodynamic. I am dedicated to specializing in child/adolescent care but work with all age groups.
Welcome! If you are here, you have found the courage to seek the life balance you deserve through the best care possible. I'm Dr. Calderon, a licensed clinical psychologist, and compassionate, fun therapist. I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology in San Francisco. I've worked across the country in clinical settings including veteran, inpatient, outpatient, addiction, sexual behaviors, human services, psych assessment and primary care centers. I use a diverse range of therapy modalities including CBT, DBT, ACT, child play, and psychodynamic. I am dedicated to specializing in child/adolescent care but work with all age groups.
(720) 815-9712 View (720) 815-9712
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Terri Shelton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80226  (Online Only)
I use an integrated approach in my therapeutic relationship with my clients. I am certified as a Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider so will want to explore all areas of your healthcare and daily habits that could be effecting your mental health. I believe healing happens when we are able to connect to our true selves: spiritually, emotionally, physically and socially. I am interested in you as a whole person. I will want to know about your sleep, diet, exercise relationships, etc. I am also certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional and use evidence based practices including EMDR. I work very closely with Veterans.
I use an integrated approach in my therapeutic relationship with my clients. I am certified as a Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider so will want to explore all areas of your healthcare and daily habits that could be effecting your mental health. I believe healing happens when we are able to connect to our true selves: spiritually, emotionally, physically and socially. I am interested in you as a whole person. I will want to know about your sleep, diet, exercise relationships, etc. I am also certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional and use evidence based practices including EMDR. I work very closely with Veterans.
(720) 605-3943 View (720) 605-3943
Photo of Nicole K Roberts, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO
Nicole K Roberts
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80231
I'm very passionate about working with those who have been blindsided by grief, trauma, and transition issues. I believe psychological pain dwells within the brain, nervous system, and the body so elements of effective treatment must include them as well. I don't think any single approach to therapy will be enough so I use my understanding of several types of approaches to aid in collaborating with clients to best address their concerns and aspirations. I work with adult individuals and couples.
I'm very passionate about working with those who have been blindsided by grief, trauma, and transition issues. I believe psychological pain dwells within the brain, nervous system, and the body so elements of effective treatment must include them as well. I don't think any single approach to therapy will be enough so I use my understanding of several types of approaches to aid in collaborating with clients to best address their concerns and aspirations. I work with adult individuals and couples.
(720) 477-6681 View (720) 477-6681
Photo of Rebekah Paster, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Denver, CO
Rebekah Paster
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80209
Hi! My name is Rebekah, and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have worked in eating disorder treatment centers at all levels of care with both adolescent and adult patients. In addition to my clinical training in eating disorders, anxiety, trauma, and depression, I specialize in providing culturally competent care for Jewish-identifying clients.
Hi! My name is Rebekah, and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have worked in eating disorder treatment centers at all levels of care with both adolescent and adult patients. In addition to my clinical training in eating disorders, anxiety, trauma, and depression, I specialize in providing culturally competent care for Jewish-identifying clients.
(720) 782-1946 View (720) 782-1946
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Meredith Smith
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80202  (Online Only)
While therapy is becoming more and more socially acceptable, it can still be a nerve-racking process to begin therapy or start with a new therapist. I will not make you talk about anything you are not ready to discuss but by the end of our first session we will hopefully create a plan to support your goals and objectives.  I am very adaptable to differencing needs and want to create a style of interaction that works best for who you are and what you find supportive.  With that said, I do tend to use humor when appropriate but cannot guarantee the caliber of said humor:). I look forward to speaking with you soon!
While therapy is becoming more and more socially acceptable, it can still be a nerve-racking process to begin therapy or start with a new therapist. I will not make you talk about anything you are not ready to discuss but by the end of our first session we will hopefully create a plan to support your goals and objectives.  I am very adaptable to differencing needs and want to create a style of interaction that works best for who you are and what you find supportive.  With that said, I do tend to use humor when appropriate but cannot guarantee the caliber of said humor:). I look forward to speaking with you soon!
(720) 740-8792 View (720) 740-8792
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Hayley Roberts
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80209  (Online Only)
It's always a good time to begin some reflection and get started with therapy! I am a psychologist who does teletherapy with young professionals and teens. My focus is to help you feel heard in the stress of school, work, relationships, etc. and to help you commit to a life that feels fulfilling and valuable. I achieve this by working from a values-based approach (ACT) with humor and compassion. Teletherapy allows you the flexibility to receive treatment - from school, work, or home - without the commute! I would love for you to reach out, or go to my website, to set up a free consult call!
It's always a good time to begin some reflection and get started with therapy! I am a psychologist who does teletherapy with young professionals and teens. My focus is to help you feel heard in the stress of school, work, relationships, etc. and to help you commit to a life that feels fulfilling and valuable. I achieve this by working from a values-based approach (ACT) with humor and compassion. Teletherapy allows you the flexibility to receive treatment - from school, work, or home - without the commute! I would love for you to reach out, or go to my website, to set up a free consult call!
(720) 432-2144 View (720) 432-2144
Photo of Jamee Leichtle, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO
Jamee Leichtle
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LPCC, NCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80202  (Online Only)
I am a passionate therapist committed to collaborating with you to heal past hurts, increase resilience & instill hope. I am an advocate for bold self-expression and speaking freely about what hurts. I offer my non-judgmental presence with the intent to help cultivate a safe space where you can show up authentically, clarify your goals, develop new skills & take initiative in your healing. As you reconnect with your wisdom within, I will apply my clinical expertise & provide unconditional support of your unique process.
I am a passionate therapist committed to collaborating with you to heal past hurts, increase resilience & instill hope. I am an advocate for bold self-expression and speaking freely about what hurts. I offer my non-judgmental presence with the intent to help cultivate a safe space where you can show up authentically, clarify your goals, develop new skills & take initiative in your healing. As you reconnect with your wisdom within, I will apply my clinical expertise & provide unconditional support of your unique process.
(720) 784-6231 View (720) 784-6231
Photo of Whitney Sweet, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Denver, CO
Whitney Sweet
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80211  (Online Only)
My practice and process are centered around the idea that everyone has struggles, and no one's struggles are greater than anyone else's. I often work with people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, family dynamics, and PTSD. Thank you for considering me as a therapist with whom you may want to work. Starting therapy can be scary, but I have seen the benefits of it for countless people. Be proud of yourself for seeking guidance in a difficult time.
My practice and process are centered around the idea that everyone has struggles, and no one's struggles are greater than anyone else's. I often work with people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, family dynamics, and PTSD. Thank you for considering me as a therapist with whom you may want to work. Starting therapy can be scary, but I have seen the benefits of it for countless people. Be proud of yourself for seeking guidance in a difficult time.
(720) 575-2416 View (720) 575-2416
Photo of Lily Duffy, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Denver, CO
Lily Duffy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80202  (Online Only)
You feel worn down by shame, self-criticism, and anxiety. You doubt yourself and overanalyze situations or things you've said until you feel embarrassed and exhausted. You've always felt different from others—you wish you didn't have to feel everything so deeply, that you weren't as easily overwhelmed by the "small" things in everyday life. You're past the point of burnout, or you're quickly approaching it. More than anything, you want to trust yourself, feel more confident, and be better able to manage overwhelming and painful feelings when they come up.
You feel worn down by shame, self-criticism, and anxiety. You doubt yourself and overanalyze situations or things you've said until you feel embarrassed and exhausted. You've always felt different from others—you wish you didn't have to feel everything so deeply, that you weren't as easily overwhelmed by the "small" things in everyday life. You're past the point of burnout, or you're quickly approaching it. More than anything, you want to trust yourself, feel more confident, and be better able to manage overwhelming and painful feelings when they come up.
(720) 797-5212 View (720) 797-5212
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Katherine Washington
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80246
If your child is struggling cognitively, academically, and/or emotionally I would like to help by providing a customized evaluation to better understand your child's strengths and possible areas of growth so that they can successful. Testing can help to determine if your child meets qualifications for gifted and talented (GT) services, if they have a specific learning disorder, or if they are struggling with symptoms of Attention- Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Additionally, testing can help to determine specific supports and accommodations your child may need, which is based on their strengths and areas of growth.
If your child is struggling cognitively, academically, and/or emotionally I would like to help by providing a customized evaluation to better understand your child's strengths and possible areas of growth so that they can successful. Testing can help to determine if your child meets qualifications for gifted and talented (GT) services, if they have a specific learning disorder, or if they are struggling with symptoms of Attention- Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Additionally, testing can help to determine specific supports and accommodations your child may need, which is based on their strengths and areas of growth.
(720) 740-2821 View (720) 740-2821
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Danna Cooperberg
Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80218
You're here because something isn't working and you are hoping to better understand what is keeping you stuck. I specialize in helping those struggling with depression, anxiety, complex trauma and disordered eating. Whatever you bring in, our first task will be to work together to find stable ground. We can then approach ourselves with curiosity, exploring the patterns, beliefs, and experiences you have developed to adapt and survive. Ultimately, this work will allow us to interpret the world from a new viewpoint with newly developed knowledge. Through this insight, we move toward experiencing increased peace and potential.
You're here because something isn't working and you are hoping to better understand what is keeping you stuck. I specialize in helping those struggling with depression, anxiety, complex trauma and disordered eating. Whatever you bring in, our first task will be to work together to find stable ground. We can then approach ourselves with curiosity, exploring the patterns, beliefs, and experiences you have developed to adapt and survive. Ultimately, this work will allow us to interpret the world from a new viewpoint with newly developed knowledge. Through this insight, we move toward experiencing increased peace and potential.
(720) 637-1415 View (720) 637-1415
Photo of Aleesa Brauer, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Denver, CO
Aleesa Brauer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80212  (Online Only)
I am a LGBTQ+ therapist who loves working with individual adults who are curious about themselves and who are ready to look at their past, including any trauma that has impacted their life. I am trained in EMDR which is a powerful treatment modality that helps process traumatic or distressing events and memories. I use assessments that are validated to ensure I understand what you are experiencing. As we work together, I will ask about what is working best for you and will tailor my approach as needed. Telehealth/video sessions only at this time.
I am a LGBTQ+ therapist who loves working with individual adults who are curious about themselves and who are ready to look at their past, including any trauma that has impacted their life. I am trained in EMDR which is a powerful treatment modality that helps process traumatic or distressing events and memories. I use assessments that are validated to ensure I understand what you are experiencing. As we work together, I will ask about what is working best for you and will tailor my approach as needed. Telehealth/video sessions only at this time.
(720) 821-6638 View (720) 821-6638
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Devon Edwards
Counselor, LPCC, MA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80211
Integrated holistic healing is not unidimensional, nor could it be. The concept of integrated healing is one which encompasses the whole. That being the mind, body and spirit of an individual. As an integrated health coach and mental health counselor, this is not simply my job, but my calling and deepest passion. Helping guide individuals who seek a deeper understanding of their inherent sense of wholeness, freedom and liveliness.
Integrated holistic healing is not unidimensional, nor could it be. The concept of integrated healing is one which encompasses the whole. That being the mind, body and spirit of an individual. As an integrated health coach and mental health counselor, this is not simply my job, but my calling and deepest passion. Helping guide individuals who seek a deeper understanding of their inherent sense of wholeness, freedom and liveliness.
(720) 664-2086 View (720) 664-2086

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Denver, CO

3,000+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Denver, CO who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
86% Depression
78% Relationship Issues
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Self Esteem
71% Stress
68% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

76% Aetna
68% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
64% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Denver, CO see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
19% Male
2% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Denver?

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

Learn more about how to find a therapist

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.