Therapists in Southwest, Denver, CO

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Rachel Rodeno
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southwest, Denver, CO 80219  (Online Only)
I work with clients who are seeking to explore and understand how their past experiences, relationships, family dynamics, etc. are currently impacting them. It's difficult to break unhealthy and unproductive patterns that were modeled and taught to you. It often takes an outside perspective to recognize and understand how this is contributing to anxiety, depression, stress, feeling disconnected from oneself and others and much more. My goal is to help clients feel unburdened by their past and feel empowered in all areas of their life.
I work with clients who are seeking to explore and understand how their past experiences, relationships, family dynamics, etc. are currently impacting them. It's difficult to break unhealthy and unproductive patterns that were modeled and taught to you. It often takes an outside perspective to recognize and understand how this is contributing to anxiety, depression, stress, feeling disconnected from oneself and others and much more. My goal is to help clients feel unburdened by their past and feel empowered in all areas of their life.
(720) 712-1813 View (720) 712-1813
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Ashli Smoot
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Southwest, Denver, CO 80236
I have a passion for walking alongside both Women and Men in areas such as Self-Esteem/Self-Worth and Identity, Communication, Boundaries, Anxiety or Stress Management, Personal Growth, and many more. My main specialties include Women's Issues, Self-Esteem/Self-Worth & Identity, and Faith-Cased Counseling.
I have a passion for walking alongside both Women and Men in areas such as Self-Esteem/Self-Worth and Identity, Communication, Boundaries, Anxiety or Stress Management, Personal Growth, and many more. My main specialties include Women's Issues, Self-Esteem/Self-Worth & Identity, and Faith-Cased Counseling.
(720) 661-2034 View (720) 661-2034
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Cj Munro
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Southwest, Denver, CO 80219
Hello! I am CJ Munro (they/them). I’m a therapist at CJ Munro Counseling, and you can also call me a trauma translator, neurodivergent navigator & coping creative. I help anxious and depressed individuals have the tools to thrive, not just survive in their lives. My ideal clients are ready to start their healing journey, and open to learn. I primarily work with the young adult population, children, couples, victims of sexual assault, people with trauma, anxiety, depression, and Sex therapy. I am also hiring a contract employee for additional availability.
Hello! I am CJ Munro (they/them). I’m a therapist at CJ Munro Counseling, and you can also call me a trauma translator, neurodivergent navigator & coping creative. I help anxious and depressed individuals have the tools to thrive, not just survive in their lives. My ideal clients are ready to start their healing journey, and open to learn. I primarily work with the young adult population, children, couples, victims of sexual assault, people with trauma, anxiety, depression, and Sex therapy. I am also hiring a contract employee for additional availability.
(720) 740-1052 View (720) 740-1052
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Thomas Mazzarella
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MS, LAC, LCAS, MAC
Verified Verified
Southwest, Denver, CO 80219
I am a licensed therapist with a specific specialty, expertise, knowledge, and experience in addictions and dependency. While this is a specific focus, I recognize and understand the many facets of an individual as a whole and address the importance of mental and physical health, finances, legal issues, career, and interpersonal relationships toward recovery and well-being.
I am a licensed therapist with a specific specialty, expertise, knowledge, and experience in addictions and dependency. While this is a specific focus, I recognize and understand the many facets of an individual as a whole and address the importance of mental and physical health, finances, legal issues, career, and interpersonal relationships toward recovery and well-being.
(720) 615-4351 View (720) 615-4351
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Stacey Renouf
Registered Psychotherapist, Reg, BS, Psych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southwest, Denver, CO 80219
I work with people considering or having just had bariatric surgery to break the cycle of food addiction and obesity. People whose mental and physical health are adversely affected by unhealthy relationships with food. I offer personalized support, guidance and information along this important, life-changing journey. I provide education, behavior change therapy and dietician advice (from my registered dietician colleague); All aspects of this life-changing journey are addressed through a holistic and tailored counseling approach. I come with much experience as I am one of the success stories- let me help you reach your goals!
I work with people considering or having just had bariatric surgery to break the cycle of food addiction and obesity. People whose mental and physical health are adversely affected by unhealthy relationships with food. I offer personalized support, guidance and information along this important, life-changing journey. I provide education, behavior change therapy and dietician advice (from my registered dietician colleague); All aspects of this life-changing journey are addressed through a holistic and tailored counseling approach. I come with much experience as I am one of the success stories- let me help you reach your goals!
(303) 569-4291 View (303) 569-4291
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Thomas Ramey Watson
PhD
Verified Verified
Southwest, Denver, CO 80221
Your mind, body, & spirit are important components of a good life. I work with relationships, abuse, bullying, developing a strong and healthy sense of self, sex & gender, & spirituality. Having had a number of experiences with loss and the survival of the soul, I also do lots of grief and hope work over the passing of beloved animals and people. I find that this helps people with anxiety, especially important in our time. I am fully supportive of various orientations and paths to fulfillment, aware of the roles that class, race, and gender play in our lives. Most of all, I want you to find your true self, not a mask imposed on you.
Your mind, body, & spirit are important components of a good life. I work with relationships, abuse, bullying, developing a strong and healthy sense of self, sex & gender, & spirituality. Having had a number of experiences with loss and the survival of the soul, I also do lots of grief and hope work over the passing of beloved animals and people. I find that this helps people with anxiety, especially important in our time. I am fully supportive of various orientations and paths to fulfillment, aware of the roles that class, race, and gender play in our lives. Most of all, I want you to find your true self, not a mask imposed on you.
(720) 358-2853 View (720) 358-2853
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Kayla Clark - Be Well Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-, S
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Southwest, Denver, CO 80236  (Online Only)
If you find yourself constantly in the fast lane of life, rest assured I will provide a place to slow down where we can lean into curiosity & understanding. I cater to high-functioning, busy professionals & those who are wanting to better understand themselves & their experiences. If you are a human, you have a story. That story takes up space & is subconsciously, &/or consciously, informing your decisions day to day. Your story deserves to be validated & explored because it makes sense, which means, (exhale with relief) you make sense!
If you find yourself constantly in the fast lane of life, rest assured I will provide a place to slow down where we can lean into curiosity & understanding. I cater to high-functioning, busy professionals & those who are wanting to better understand themselves & their experiences. If you are a human, you have a story. That story takes up space & is subconsciously, &/or consciously, informing your decisions day to day. Your story deserves to be validated & explored because it makes sense, which means, (exhale with relief) you make sense!
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Lisa Oceguera-Nelson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, ACS
Verified Verified
Southwest, Denver, CO 80227
At some point in our lives, we all face challenges that test our strength, resilience, and ability to overcome adversity. Whether it's a personal setback, a professional obstacle, or a global crisis, cultivating your inner strength is crucial for navigating through difficulties of any size. I can help you access your resilience to bounce back from life's adversities and move forward toward your goals.
At some point in our lives, we all face challenges that test our strength, resilience, and ability to overcome adversity. Whether it's a personal setback, a professional obstacle, or a global crisis, cultivating your inner strength is crucial for navigating through difficulties of any size. I can help you access your resilience to bounce back from life's adversities and move forward toward your goals.
(720) 796-9655 View (720) 796-9655
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Ryan Durgin
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southwest, Denver, CO 80219  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Everyone is going through something. Perhaps life has thrown a challenging situation your way or you are experiencing unexpected stress. Perhaps you feel anxious or in need of a change. Perhaps you are searching for meaning in who you are or what you have been through in the past. Whatever brings you to therapy, know that healing and joy are possible. I take a holistic approach to well-being - cultivating a non-judgmental therapeutic environment, helping to identify where you may benefit from healing, and tapping into your strengths.
Everyone is going through something. Perhaps life has thrown a challenging situation your way or you are experiencing unexpected stress. Perhaps you feel anxious or in need of a change. Perhaps you are searching for meaning in who you are or what you have been through in the past. Whatever brings you to therapy, know that healing and joy are possible. I take a holistic approach to well-being - cultivating a non-judgmental therapeutic environment, helping to identify where you may benefit from healing, and tapping into your strengths.
(720) 735-3848 View (720) 735-3848
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Denise Renye
Psychologist, MEd, MA, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southwest, Denver, CO 80123  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
You may be navigating issues such as sexual dysfunction, intimacy struggles, or concerns about their sexual identity. Their needs include a supportive and non-judgmental space to explore and address these sensitive topics. Their goals are likely focused on improving their sexual well-being, enhancing intimacy in their relationships, and gaining a deeper understanding of themselves sexually. Ultimately, they seek to overcome obstacles, cultivate greater satisfaction and connection in their sexual experiences, and live authentically in alignment with their desires and values.
You may be navigating issues such as sexual dysfunction, intimacy struggles, or concerns about their sexual identity. Their needs include a supportive and non-judgmental space to explore and address these sensitive topics. Their goals are likely focused on improving their sexual well-being, enhancing intimacy in their relationships, and gaining a deeper understanding of themselves sexually. Ultimately, they seek to overcome obstacles, cultivate greater satisfaction and connection in their sexual experiences, and live authentically in alignment with their desires and values.
(720) 580-4840 View (720) 580-4840
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Brittany Crawford Counseling LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LAC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southwest, Denver, CO 80211  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Try releasing your shoulders from your ears, unclenching your jaw, and removing your tongue from the roof of your mouth. We tend to hold onto stress in the least noticeable ways and subtle changes can help bring awareness to our stress patterns. Whether you find yourself struggling with anxiety, sexual/gender identity, relationships, life transitions, or the general stress of everyday life, you are in the right place. My hope is that through collaboration and a safe space to explore whatever it is you may be facing, I can be of support to you along your way.
Try releasing your shoulders from your ears, unclenching your jaw, and removing your tongue from the roof of your mouth. We tend to hold onto stress in the least noticeable ways and subtle changes can help bring awareness to our stress patterns. Whether you find yourself struggling with anxiety, sexual/gender identity, relationships, life transitions, or the general stress of everyday life, you are in the right place. My hope is that through collaboration and a safe space to explore whatever it is you may be facing, I can be of support to you along your way.
(720) 664-5676 View (720) 664-5676
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Lindsay Meegan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, RYT-500
Verified Verified
Southwest, Denver, CO 80236  (Online Only)
Do you ever feel like you are just going through the motions and doing what is necessary to just get through the day? Do you feel as if you have forgotten who you truly are or you aren’t achieving your full potential? If so, you are likely living life in survival mode. If you work with me, I will help you live a life in which you THRIVE, rather than just survive. Your well-being is so important and it is possible to to live a healthy and fulfilling life with value, meaning, and purpose. I can help you get there, so you can feel confident that who you are is aligned with who you want to be.
Do you ever feel like you are just going through the motions and doing what is necessary to just get through the day? Do you feel as if you have forgotten who you truly are or you aren’t achieving your full potential? If so, you are likely living life in survival mode. If you work with me, I will help you live a life in which you THRIVE, rather than just survive. Your well-being is so important and it is possible to to live a healthy and fulfilling life with value, meaning, and purpose. I can help you get there, so you can feel confident that who you are is aligned with who you want to be.
(303) 219-0947 View (303) 219-0947
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Elizabeth A Fulton
Counselor, LMHC, MA
Verified Verified
Southwest, Denver, CO 80236
I currently serve clients virtually and in-person in Colorado and virtually from Florida. Therapy is about helping you, the client, be the best version of who you want to be, at whatever stage you’re in. We work together to help you identify and choose what you want and need in your life, and empower you to work through the things that are preventing you from being there. “The things” could be anything causing difficulty for you or keeping you "stuck". I can help you see beyond what has been or what is, to what can be.
I currently serve clients virtually and in-person in Colorado and virtually from Florida. Therapy is about helping you, the client, be the best version of who you want to be, at whatever stage you’re in. We work together to help you identify and choose what you want and need in your life, and empower you to work through the things that are preventing you from being there. “The things” could be anything causing difficulty for you or keeping you "stuck". I can help you see beyond what has been or what is, to what can be.
(720) 303-5928 View (720) 303-5928
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Redigan Counseling Solutions
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Southwest, Denver, CO 80219  (Online Only)
I've worked with a wide array of clients including teenagers, adults, as well as couples. I have extensive experience working with men of all ages, struggling with men's issues. I can help people struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, family issues, relationship issues, work distress, and other issues you may be struggling with.
I've worked with a wide array of clients including teenagers, adults, as well as couples. I have extensive experience working with men of all ages, struggling with men's issues. I can help people struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, family issues, relationship issues, work distress, and other issues you may be struggling with.
(970) 399-1026 View (970) 399-1026
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Gino Memoli
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southwest, Denver, CO 80236
At Fortitude Therapy Collective, we’re not your average therapy practice – we’re here to shake things up. Specializing in personality disorders, trauma, and mood disorders, we blend wit, wisdom, and unwavering support in every session. We know that taking the first step toward healing can feel daunting, but we’re here to make sure you don't just float – you thrive. Our therapists help untangle the complexities of your mind and emotions, offering a space where every part of you exists for a reason. Together, we’ll rework those parts without rejecting the core of who you are.
At Fortitude Therapy Collective, we’re not your average therapy practice – we’re here to shake things up. Specializing in personality disorders, trauma, and mood disorders, we blend wit, wisdom, and unwavering support in every session. We know that taking the first step toward healing can feel daunting, but we’re here to make sure you don't just float – you thrive. Our therapists help untangle the complexities of your mind and emotions, offering a space where every part of you exists for a reason. Together, we’ll rework those parts without rejecting the core of who you are.
(805) 235-7792 View (805) 235-7792
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Alexandra Cowden Hindash
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Southwest, Denver, CO 80236  (Online Only)
With over 10 years of experience providing psychotherapy, I am fully aware that there is no "one size fits all" healing journey. Whether you are looking for support during a difficult life transition, have been struggling with depression, anxiety, or trauma for some time, or are beginning the parenthood journey, I will work with you to provide skills and support you building your best life. I work best with clients who are looking to process their experiences, build a greater connection between their mind, body, and self, and who are looking to break habits that no longer serve them and their life goals.
With over 10 years of experience providing psychotherapy, I am fully aware that there is no "one size fits all" healing journey. Whether you are looking for support during a difficult life transition, have been struggling with depression, anxiety, or trauma for some time, or are beginning the parenthood journey, I will work with you to provide skills and support you building your best life. I work best with clients who are looking to process their experiences, build a greater connection between their mind, body, and self, and who are looking to break habits that no longer serve them and their life goals.
(650) 582-3054 View (650) 582-3054
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Dr. Haley K Boyle
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Southwest, Denver, CO 80236
You can live a more rewarding life. I understand that most feelings, thoughts, and actions, no matter how troublesome or destructive, come from a place of trying to adapt or even just survive your current life situation.  I know that if you are struggling you most likely want better for yourself but may have difficulty making changes. I can help you to better understand patterns of thoughts and behaviors that leave you feeling stuck and then is then our work together to determine the best way to lead you to where you want to be.
You can live a more rewarding life. I understand that most feelings, thoughts, and actions, no matter how troublesome or destructive, come from a place of trying to adapt or even just survive your current life situation.  I know that if you are struggling you most likely want better for yourself but may have difficulty making changes. I can help you to better understand patterns of thoughts and behaviors that leave you feeling stuck and then is then our work together to determine the best way to lead you to where you want to be.
(720) 336-4836 View (720) 336-4836
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Joy Fangman
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Southwest, Denver, CO 80236
Joy is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been practicing since 2019. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Medical Humanities from Baylor University and a Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary. Joy's therapeutic approach combines action and insight by utilizing modalities including but not limited to DBT, CBT, TF-CBT, Attachment, Person-centered, Family Systems, and Structural Family Systems. She specializes in working with foster and adoptive families, members of the Queer community, and youth with high risk behaviors.
Joy is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been practicing since 2019. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Medical Humanities from Baylor University and a Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary. Joy's therapeutic approach combines action and insight by utilizing modalities including but not limited to DBT, CBT, TF-CBT, Attachment, Person-centered, Family Systems, and Structural Family Systems. She specializes in working with foster and adoptive families, members of the Queer community, and youth with high risk behaviors.
(720) 927-9833 View (720) 927-9833
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Pamela Garcia
Pre-Licensed Professional, LPCC
Verified Verified
Southwest, Denver, CO 80236
Pamela Garcia is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Florida who has been practicing since 2022. She has an MA in Mental Health Counseling. Pamela meets her clients where they are in their journey. She provides a safe environment that is compassionate and free from judgment. Pamela believes in building a collaborative partnership with goal-oriented treatment plans designed for clients and their needs. Progress toward goals is reviewed together to make modifications as needed to achieve success.
Pamela Garcia is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Florida who has been practicing since 2022. She has an MA in Mental Health Counseling. Pamela meets her clients where they are in their journey. She provides a safe environment that is compassionate and free from judgment. Pamela believes in building a collaborative partnership with goal-oriented treatment plans designed for clients and their needs. Progress toward goals is reviewed together to make modifications as needed to achieve success.
(720) 807-6161 View (720) 807-6161
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Angel Manjarrez
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, PhD-ABD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southwest, Denver, CO 80236
I believe therapy is essential to understanding how our mental health can improve our everyday life. I take a holistic approach with each client to treat the whole person while using neuroscience to inform my work. I am passionate about building an inclusive and collaborative therapeutic environment to address daily challenges around stress, anxiety, trauma, and/or depressive thoughts. It is also important to address my clients’ identities through an antiracist and multicultural based approach to help create an equal relationship where one feels seen and heard.
I believe therapy is essential to understanding how our mental health can improve our everyday life. I take a holistic approach with each client to treat the whole person while using neuroscience to inform my work. I am passionate about building an inclusive and collaborative therapeutic environment to address daily challenges around stress, anxiety, trauma, and/or depressive thoughts. It is also important to address my clients’ identities through an antiracist and multicultural based approach to help create an equal relationship where one feels seen and heard.
(720) 806-4495 View (720) 806-4495
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Number of Therapists in Southwest, Denver, CO

40+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Southwest, Denver, CO who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
90% Depression
69% Trauma and PTSD
67% Relationship Issues
65% Coping Skills
63% Grief
60% Self Esteem

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

74% Aetna
68% Cigna and Evernorth
62% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Southwest, Denver, CO see their clients

65% In Person and Online
35% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
29% Male
4% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Southwest, 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.

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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.