Therapists in Hartford County, CT

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Photo of Noah Goldblatt, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Noah Goldblatt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Farmington, CT 06032
I have a passion for working with those who are motivated to make change and create their best versions of themselves. I work with adolescents and adults who are dealing with issues in their lives around anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and trauma. I am committed to creating a space with you where you feel safe to be able to explore all parts of you, improve your relationships with others in your life, and create your best self!
I have a passion for working with those who are motivated to make change and create their best versions of themselves. I work with adolescents and adults who are dealing with issues in their lives around anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and trauma. I am committed to creating a space with you where you feel safe to be able to explore all parts of you, improve your relationships with others in your life, and create your best self!
(860) 544-2645 View (860) 544-2645
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Diane Tobin
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Avon, CT 06001
Welcome! Are you looking to find purpose in your life? By looking at the healing process through guidance and understanding to focus on overcoming a problem you may be facing is where I can help you best. By analyzing your situation and focusing on goal oriented work you can push through to over come! I am licensed in Connecticut with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, depression, coping with life changes, & executive and professional coaching. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear
Welcome! Are you looking to find purpose in your life? By looking at the healing process through guidance and understanding to focus on overcoming a problem you may be facing is where I can help you best. By analyzing your situation and focusing on goal oriented work you can push through to over come! I am licensed in Connecticut with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, depression, coping with life changes, & executive and professional coaching. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear
(860) 485-7228 View (860) 485-7228
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Ayan Dirir
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
New Britain, CT 06051  (Online Only)
Life can be hard sometimes, but it doesn’t have to be something that you navigate alone. I offer a safe space to allow you to process your thoughts and emotions openly and honestly while coming up strategies on how to best move forward for your life. I believe in a non-judgmental and collaborative approach to helping clients better understand themselves, the world around them and to reach their goals. Waitlist only at this time.
Life can be hard sometimes, but it doesn’t have to be something that you navigate alone. I offer a safe space to allow you to process your thoughts and emotions openly and honestly while coming up strategies on how to best move forward for your life. I believe in a non-judgmental and collaborative approach to helping clients better understand themselves, the world around them and to reach their goals. Waitlist only at this time.
(860) 590-8494 View (860) 590-8494
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Krystle Charran-Sankar
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southington, CT 06489  (Online Only)
Have you ever considered seeking therapy but didn’t know where to begin, what to discuss or what the experience could be like? Maybe people in your life have mentioned that it could be helpful. Maybe you are looking for a different perspective on a familiar circumstance, or to gain insight into your life, learn skills to cope with challenges, understand the impact of your culture on your worldview or even simply improve your quality of life? Maybe you are navigating a new phase of life or an unexpected stressor. If any of this sounds familiar, you are not alone, and I am happy you are here.
Have you ever considered seeking therapy but didn’t know where to begin, what to discuss or what the experience could be like? Maybe people in your life have mentioned that it could be helpful. Maybe you are looking for a different perspective on a familiar circumstance, or to gain insight into your life, learn skills to cope with challenges, understand the impact of your culture on your worldview or even simply improve your quality of life? Maybe you are navigating a new phase of life or an unexpected stressor. If any of this sounds familiar, you are not alone, and I am happy you are here.
(860) 813-3435 View (860) 813-3435
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Velanda Samuel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
Windsor, CT 06095
DO you feel emotional, tired overwhelmed? During your time spent engaged with Velanda in psychotherapy you will identify triggers that cause negative behaviors or negative thinking and Velanda will help you to eliminate or control these symptoms so that you can function better. ​ Psychotherapy will help you improve emotions, behavior and your overall well being which is linked with positive changes in the brain and body. The results of the benefits of psychotherapy may include self confidence, fewer sick days, less disability, fewer medical problems and increased school, work and life stability.
DO you feel emotional, tired overwhelmed? During your time spent engaged with Velanda in psychotherapy you will identify triggers that cause negative behaviors or negative thinking and Velanda will help you to eliminate or control these symptoms so that you can function better. ​ Psychotherapy will help you improve emotions, behavior and your overall well being which is linked with positive changes in the brain and body. The results of the benefits of psychotherapy may include self confidence, fewer sick days, less disability, fewer medical problems and increased school, work and life stability.
(860) 689-1257 View (860) 689-1257
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Hartford Mediation Services
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Bloomfield, CT 06002
Offering divorce mediation services to those decided or considering divorce. Divorce is an unfortunate reality for many couples, and the stigma surrounding these circumstances can be daunting and painful. The approach taken towards divorce can greatly impact the emotional and financial outcomes for both parties and everyone involved including children. There is a growing societal trend towards divorces that are less contentious and less costly. Mediation. This shift in attitude has created a significant change on how divorce affects couples and families, helping the separation be amicable and efficient.
Offering divorce mediation services to those decided or considering divorce. Divorce is an unfortunate reality for many couples, and the stigma surrounding these circumstances can be daunting and painful. The approach taken towards divorce can greatly impact the emotional and financial outcomes for both parties and everyone involved including children. There is a growing societal trend towards divorces that are less contentious and less costly. Mediation. This shift in attitude has created a significant change on how divorce affects couples and families, helping the separation be amicable and efficient.
(860) 397-6512 View (860) 397-6512
Photo of Reva Mingo - Journey to Success , LPC, LADC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Journey to Success
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LADC
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06106
Are you ready to breathe, live, and show up as your true authentic self? If so, lets take back control and release your stress, worries, anxieties, and fears. Let me provide you with the supports, resources and tools needed to take back your happiness and joy. I personally know the feeling and understand you may feel anxious and scared of the unknown, but guess what? I'm here to assist you every step of the way.
Are you ready to breathe, live, and show up as your true authentic self? If so, lets take back control and release your stress, worries, anxieties, and fears. Let me provide you with the supports, resources and tools needed to take back your happiness and joy. I personally know the feeling and understand you may feel anxious and scared of the unknown, but guess what? I'm here to assist you every step of the way.
(860) 390-4907 View (860) 390-4907
Photo of David Goldwerd, MHC, LPC, NCC, Licensed Professional Counselor
David Goldwerd
Licensed Professional Counselor, MHC, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glastonbury, CT 06033
I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) who is creative, caring, and dedicated to the work I do. I specialize in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders. I also have a great deal of experience in providing treatment for Specific Phobias, Social Phobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Panic Disorder. In addition, I treat trauma and PTSD. Living with these disorders can be crippling. I have years of experience working with my clients in helping them live a better, more fulfilling life aligned with their goals and values.
I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) who is creative, caring, and dedicated to the work I do. I specialize in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders. I also have a great deal of experience in providing treatment for Specific Phobias, Social Phobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Panic Disorder. In addition, I treat trauma and PTSD. Living with these disorders can be crippling. I have years of experience working with my clients in helping them live a better, more fulfilling life aligned with their goals and values.
(959) 335-0034 View (959) 335-0034
Photo of LaToiya Robinson Henry, LMSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
LaToiya Robinson Henry
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Bloomfield, CT 06002  (Online Only)
Life can have its challenges, but these challenges can become especially difficult when feeling depressed and anxious. Between work, school, family and life responsibilities, things can seem bleak. This is where therapy can make the difference. If you are struggling with low mood, lack of motivation, sadness, anxiousness, feeling depressed and/or other symptoms, it's time to reach out for help. If past traumas are causing you emotional distress and you are feeling unsure about what to do next, reach out and let's talk.
Life can have its challenges, but these challenges can become especially difficult when feeling depressed and anxious. Between work, school, family and life responsibilities, things can seem bleak. This is where therapy can make the difference. If you are struggling with low mood, lack of motivation, sadness, anxiousness, feeling depressed and/or other symptoms, it's time to reach out for help. If past traumas are causing you emotional distress and you are feeling unsure about what to do next, reach out and let's talk.
(860) 932-8969 View (860) 932-8969
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Saleha Chaudhry
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Glastonbury, CT 06033  (Online Only)
I bring years of education, training and experience to my therapy practice as a licensed clinical psychologist. I have worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, community mental health clinics, domestic violence support centers and college counseling centers. I am experienced in treating mental health challenges that range from mild adjustment concerns to chronic and severe mental illness. This means I have many treatments, tools, skills and ideas to offer you in our work together. However, I believe you are the expert in your life and I will take your lead.
I bring years of education, training and experience to my therapy practice as a licensed clinical psychologist. I have worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, community mental health clinics, domestic violence support centers and college counseling centers. I am experienced in treating mental health challenges that range from mild adjustment concerns to chronic and severe mental illness. This means I have many treatments, tools, skills and ideas to offer you in our work together. However, I believe you are the expert in your life and I will take your lead.
(860) 845-6749 View (860) 845-6749
Photo of Jack Ryan, LPC, LADC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Jack Ryan
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LADC
Verified Verified
West Hartford, CT 06107
We all reach the limits of our own ability to cope, our own supports, and our own usual ways of thinking and responding. When this happens it’s not uncommon to fall into behavioral patterns and symptoms - depression, anxiety and compulsive behaviors. We forget our own strengths and don’t realize our own capacity to heal. Things just seem impossible. Our thoughts race and we can’t sleep.
We all reach the limits of our own ability to cope, our own supports, and our own usual ways of thinking and responding. When this happens it’s not uncommon to fall into behavioral patterns and symptoms - depression, anxiety and compulsive behaviors. We forget our own strengths and don’t realize our own capacity to heal. Things just seem impossible. Our thoughts race and we can’t sleep.
(860) 595-2097 View (860) 595-2097
Photo of Blake Reuter, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Blake Reuter
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
West Hartford, CT 06107  (Online Only)
Welcome! I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor in CT since 2014 and implement evidence-based treatments to support clients with a variety of stressors related to life adjustment, anxiety, depression, substance use, trauma, family and academics. I have specialized training in working with clients from a myriad of backgrounds and presenting issues (anxiety, depression, substance use, trauma and chronic medical issues). While each therapeutic relationship is unique, my typical style includes formation of a positive and collaborative clinical relationship to support client in utilizing therapeutic safe to open about and process
Welcome! I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor in CT since 2014 and implement evidence-based treatments to support clients with a variety of stressors related to life adjustment, anxiety, depression, substance use, trauma, family and academics. I have specialized training in working with clients from a myriad of backgrounds and presenting issues (anxiety, depression, substance use, trauma and chronic medical issues). While each therapeutic relationship is unique, my typical style includes formation of a positive and collaborative clinical relationship to support client in utilizing therapeutic safe to open about and process
(860) 846-3994 View (860) 846-3994
Photo of Dan Greenstein, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Dan Greenstein
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Canton, CT 06019
Hi There. I’m Dan Greenstein, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a passion for embracing the diversity of human experiences and tailoring therapy to fit your unique needs. I bring a blend of therapeutic approaches to the table, weaving together various modalities like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solutions Focused Brief Therapy and more.
Hi There. I’m Dan Greenstein, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a passion for embracing the diversity of human experiences and tailoring therapy to fit your unique needs. I bring a blend of therapeutic approaches to the table, weaving together various modalities like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solutions Focused Brief Therapy and more.
(860) 815-8322 View (860) 815-8322
Photo of Christina Krzywicki, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Christina Krzywicki
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Manchester, CT 06040
I am a dedicated and compassionate therapist specializing in helping adolescents and adults effectively manage and overcome anxiety and emotional challenges in a warm and non-judgmental space. My role is to help identify and cultivate client strengths through focusing on skills such as emotional regulation, coping strategies, feeling identification and self-advocacy. I am trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), all proven approaches for treating anxiety and OCD disorders.
I am a dedicated and compassionate therapist specializing in helping adolescents and adults effectively manage and overcome anxiety and emotional challenges in a warm and non-judgmental space. My role is to help identify and cultivate client strengths through focusing on skills such as emotional regulation, coping strategies, feeling identification and self-advocacy. I am trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), all proven approaches for treating anxiety and OCD disorders.
(860) 846-4317 View (860) 846-4317
Photo of Jennifer B Rogers, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Jennifer B Rogers
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Manchester, CT 06040
I am a Connecticut Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in children and families. I have a deep respect for parents and the challenges faced through all stages of their child's development and experiences. I have ten years experience working as a School Social Worker; primarily preschool through kindergarten, and special education. My approach is strength based, trauma informed, and solution focused. With my Masters in Social Work from the University of Connecticut I have had the opportunity to work with children and their families in a variety of settings for thirteen years.
I am a Connecticut Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in children and families. I have a deep respect for parents and the challenges faced through all stages of their child's development and experiences. I have ten years experience working as a School Social Worker; primarily preschool through kindergarten, and special education. My approach is strength based, trauma informed, and solution focused. With my Masters in Social Work from the University of Connecticut I have had the opportunity to work with children and their families in a variety of settings for thirteen years.
(860) 390-5654 View (860) 390-5654
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Barbara S Bunk
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Not accepting new clients
Wouldn’t it be great if life was simple and uncomplicated? Fortunately or un…, life in 2020 is quite complex. Our busy, multifaceted lives sometimes create anxiety and stress that are difficult to manage. In a world filled with complications, a good therapist can often be helpful.
Wouldn’t it be great if life was simple and uncomplicated? Fortunately or un…, life in 2020 is quite complex. Our busy, multifaceted lives sometimes create anxiety and stress that are difficult to manage. In a world filled with complications, a good therapist can often be helpful.
(833) 551-0679 View (833) 551-0679
Photo of Peter Jones, LMFT, EdD, MA-MFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Peter Jones
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, EdD, MA-MFT
Verified Verified
West Hartford, CT 06107  (Online Only)
Are you worried about your future together? Fighting too much, too often, too intensely? Or the opposite: avoiding conflict for fear of getting lost in it. Conflicts that are avoided or are too long and too intense and too difficult to recover from will all weigh you down. You know that things can be easier: you know you could communicate more efficiently, smarter, and get to have fun together on the other side this. What you need then is a therapist who can diagnose communicational difficulties and engineer solutions that keep you out of the same trouble in the future.
Are you worried about your future together? Fighting too much, too often, too intensely? Or the opposite: avoiding conflict for fear of getting lost in it. Conflicts that are avoided or are too long and too intense and too difficult to recover from will all weigh you down. You know that things can be easier: you know you could communicate more efficiently, smarter, and get to have fun together on the other side this. What you need then is a therapist who can diagnose communicational difficulties and engineer solutions that keep you out of the same trouble in the future.
(959) 777-5315 View (959) 777-5315
Photo of Cameron Froude, PhD, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Cameron Froude
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06106  (Online Only)
Are you looking for relief from stress, worry, insomnia, or low mood? Has your partnership lost its sparkle? Does your body feel on edge and exhausted? Life doesn’t have to be so hard. Let’s work together & achieve the goals that have been just out of reach. E-mail me today and let's schedule a free consult. During that consult, we will discuss your strengths and the barriers that have held you back. Together, we will develop a customized program to meet your exact needs. All of our programs include top-tier, evidence-based interventions, like EMDR, Gottman Couple Method, Cognitive Processing, and more. Call today to schedule!
Are you looking for relief from stress, worry, insomnia, or low mood? Has your partnership lost its sparkle? Does your body feel on edge and exhausted? Life doesn’t have to be so hard. Let’s work together & achieve the goals that have been just out of reach. E-mail me today and let's schedule a free consult. During that consult, we will discuss your strengths and the barriers that have held you back. Together, we will develop a customized program to meet your exact needs. All of our programs include top-tier, evidence-based interventions, like EMDR, Gottman Couple Method, Cognitive Processing, and more. Call today to schedule!
(860) 864-5177 View (860) 864-5177
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Simsbury Therapy, LLC
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Simsbury, CT 06070
My name is Dr. Iwona K. Horelik. I’m a psychologist who works with children and adolescents. I support kids with a variety of struggles, and focus primarily on anxiety and selective mutism. My approach is eclectic, which means that I choose interventions based on the unique needs of each child and family. Especially with younger children, I believe in working closely with parents. I understand the way the school system works and I collaborate with many local professionals.
My name is Dr. Iwona K. Horelik. I’m a psychologist who works with children and adolescents. I support kids with a variety of struggles, and focus primarily on anxiety and selective mutism. My approach is eclectic, which means that I choose interventions based on the unique needs of each child and family. Especially with younger children, I believe in working closely with parents. I understand the way the school system works and I collaborate with many local professionals.
(860) 323-3109 View (860) 323-3109
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Chrissy Clarino
Counselor, MA, ATR, LPC
Verified Verified
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Hi! I’m Chrissy and Welcome to 928 Art and Counseling, LLC. I am an Artist, Registered Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Certified Neurofeedback provider in Connecticut. Currently, I specialize in working with adults 18+, with a variety of wellness needs: anxiety, depression, ADHD, and stress from challenging life transitions. I am passionate about helping you reach a place of peace and strength through the use of Art Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Existential Therapy, Infrared Light Therapy, and Neurofeedback.
Hi! I’m Chrissy and Welcome to 928 Art and Counseling, LLC. I am an Artist, Registered Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Certified Neurofeedback provider in Connecticut. Currently, I specialize in working with adults 18+, with a variety of wellness needs: anxiety, depression, ADHD, and stress from challenging life transitions. I am passionate about helping you reach a place of peace and strength through the use of Art Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Existential Therapy, Infrared Light Therapy, and Neurofeedback.
(860) 590-4492 View (860) 590-4492
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Number of Therapists in Hartford County, CT

2,000+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Hartford County, CT who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
86% Depression
75% Self Esteem
71% Relationship Issues
71% Coping Skills
67% Trauma and PTSD
65% Stress

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

74% Cigna and Evernorth
71% Aetna
65% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Hartford County, CT see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
15% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Hartford County?

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

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.