Therapists in Washington, DC

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Photo of Margot Lamson, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Margot Lamson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009
No matter how much you do, that inner-voice insists, “you could be doing more.” You convince yourself you just need to work harder, sleep a little less, spread yourself more thin. Then you’ll finally feel that sense of accomplishment. But the more you do, the louder the voice gets. The weight of the constant stress is exhausting. The tension headache at the base of your skull won’t go away. You can’t control your emotions– the other day you blew up at your best friend. Your mother keeps calling; she’s worried about you. You’ve sacrificed so much, but don’t know what it’s all for. This can’t go on.
No matter how much you do, that inner-voice insists, “you could be doing more.” You convince yourself you just need to work harder, sleep a little less, spread yourself more thin. Then you’ll finally feel that sense of accomplishment. But the more you do, the louder the voice gets. The weight of the constant stress is exhausting. The tension headache at the base of your skull won’t go away. You can’t control your emotions– the other day you blew up at your best friend. Your mother keeps calling; she’s worried about you. You’ve sacrificed so much, but don’t know what it’s all for. This can’t go on.
(202) 875-5861 View (202) 875-5861
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Anne M. Garcia
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036  (Online Only)
Licensed in DC, Maryland and Texas! Are you tired of holding in painful secrets? I specialize in helping individuals heal from trauma. Sometimes, we might not always feel safe talking about the past and it can be extremely painful to re-live those experiences. However, talking about the past trauma you have experienced can help you break the silence and find hope for a better future. Me especializo en ayudar a las personas que han sufrido traumas y ayuda a personas que viven en DC, Maryland y Tejas.
Licensed in DC, Maryland and Texas! Are you tired of holding in painful secrets? I specialize in helping individuals heal from trauma. Sometimes, we might not always feel safe talking about the past and it can be extremely painful to re-live those experiences. However, talking about the past trauma you have experienced can help you break the silence and find hope for a better future. Me especializo en ayudar a las personas que han sufrido traumas y ayuda a personas que viven en DC, Maryland y Tejas.
(202) 817-2334 View (202) 817-2334
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Rosa Aurora Chavez
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, FABP, Analyst
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015
It hurts to be in crisis not knowing where to start and how to get help, particularly these days. As a psychotherapist and a psychoanalyst I will work with you, closely listening in a safe and containing environment, so we can process painful experiences and understand patterns and behaviors that affect your wellbeing, productivity and relationships; we will work together to develop pathways towards emotional growth that could facilitate meaningful and lasting changes and healing from past traumas, leading to a more fulfilling, productive life.
It hurts to be in crisis not knowing where to start and how to get help, particularly these days. As a psychotherapist and a psychoanalyst I will work with you, closely listening in a safe and containing environment, so we can process painful experiences and understand patterns and behaviors that affect your wellbeing, productivity and relationships; we will work together to develop pathways towards emotional growth that could facilitate meaningful and lasting changes and healing from past traumas, leading to a more fulfilling, productive life.
(202) 681-4902 View (202) 681-4902
Photo of Rachel Painter, MA, LPCC, LGPC, Counselor
Rachel Painter
Counselor, MA, LPCC, LGPC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036
I've worked with a wide range of individuals who have been deeply impacted by trauma due to family conflict, instability, and hardship. I have specialized experience working with trauma-related mental illness and attempt to create a brave space for clients to process their most vulnerable experiences. I enjoy being creative and collaborative with my clients while acknowledging each individual's intrinsic value and worth. I strive to provide an inclusive environment for my clients, giving empathy, acceptance, and empowerment to help them overcome shame and the overwhelming way their trauma impacts their lives.
I've worked with a wide range of individuals who have been deeply impacted by trauma due to family conflict, instability, and hardship. I have specialized experience working with trauma-related mental illness and attempt to create a brave space for clients to process their most vulnerable experiences. I enjoy being creative and collaborative with my clients while acknowledging each individual's intrinsic value and worth. I strive to provide an inclusive environment for my clients, giving empathy, acceptance, and empowerment to help them overcome shame and the overwhelming way their trauma impacts their lives.
(202) 915-5627 View (202) 915-5627
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Alex Honigman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009  (Online Only)
Are you looking to improve your relationships, dating and love life? Or are you trying to work through some anxiety, depression or trauma? Maybe you just need a safe space to process. I'm here for you. I'm a passionate and experienced therapist who absolutely believes that mental health should be accessible, practical and centered around you. I love working with both couples and individual clients who are seeking therapy to enhance their lives. I provide treatment tailored and geared toward making daily improvements utilizing evidence based practice. My goal is to assist you in meeting your full potential.
Are you looking to improve your relationships, dating and love life? Or are you trying to work through some anxiety, depression or trauma? Maybe you just need a safe space to process. I'm here for you. I'm a passionate and experienced therapist who absolutely believes that mental health should be accessible, practical and centered around you. I love working with both couples and individual clients who are seeking therapy to enhance their lives. I provide treatment tailored and geared toward making daily improvements utilizing evidence based practice. My goal is to assist you in meeting your full potential.
(562) 352-1789 View (562) 352-1789
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Jean S Gearon
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20007
I am a licensed clinical psychologist offering individual and couples psychotherapy. I have been working in the field as a clinician, teacher and researcher for 30+ years. My areas of expertise include trauma/PTSD, relationship issues, depression and anxiety. I view psychotherapy as a collaborative process and tailor my approach to meet individual needs. I strive to be active, flexible, genuine and attentive. To inform my work, I draw from cognitive-behavioral theory (skills based), attachment theory (insight based) and neuroscience research (psychoeducation re: the mind/body connection).
I am a licensed clinical psychologist offering individual and couples psychotherapy. I have been working in the field as a clinician, teacher and researcher for 30+ years. My areas of expertise include trauma/PTSD, relationship issues, depression and anxiety. I view psychotherapy as a collaborative process and tailor my approach to meet individual needs. I strive to be active, flexible, genuine and attentive. To inform my work, I draw from cognitive-behavioral theory (skills based), attachment theory (insight based) and neuroscience research (psychoeducation re: the mind/body connection).
(202) 800-1240 View (202) 800-1240
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Maureen T. McGuire
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036
You may feel anxious, depressed, angry and you "can't get rid of" or change your feelings or thoughts. You may be looking for ways to find some relief from your stress, emotional pain or unwanted behavior. Life's disappointments, big and small can lead to great worry, overeating, drinking too much, feeling unmotivated, not wanting to get out of bed, or being irritable with loved ones; this often leads to feeling guilt and shame. For everyone, life's challenges, fears, losses, traumas and oppression in all forms, can impact our internal thoughts and feelings about ourselves in a variety of ways, you are not alone.
You may feel anxious, depressed, angry and you "can't get rid of" or change your feelings or thoughts. You may be looking for ways to find some relief from your stress, emotional pain or unwanted behavior. Life's disappointments, big and small can lead to great worry, overeating, drinking too much, feeling unmotivated, not wanting to get out of bed, or being irritable with loved ones; this often leads to feeling guilt and shame. For everyone, life's challenges, fears, losses, traumas and oppression in all forms, can impact our internal thoughts and feelings about ourselves in a variety of ways, you are not alone.
(202) 930-8083 View (202) 930-8083
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Dr. Candyce Briggs -(Consulting And Wellness Coaching Only)
Pre-Licensed Professional, PhD, NCSP
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20008  (Online Only)
My ideal client is someone who is looking to work through emotional issues in a safe and accepting space. They come to session wanting to address their emotional distress, find healthy solutions to difficult problems, and gain self-confidence in managing their emotions. They may need help in recognizing and expressing their feelings, exploring and understanding the impact of their past, and in improving their interpersonal skills. They may have experienced trauma and need help in understanding and dealing with the symptoms it can bring. Ultimately, my client seeks help in creating a more fulfilling life with healthy relationships.
My ideal client is someone who is looking to work through emotional issues in a safe and accepting space. They come to session wanting to address their emotional distress, find healthy solutions to difficult problems, and gain self-confidence in managing their emotions. They may need help in recognizing and expressing their feelings, exploring and understanding the impact of their past, and in improving their interpersonal skills. They may have experienced trauma and need help in understanding and dealing with the symptoms it can bring. Ultimately, my client seeks help in creating a more fulfilling life with healthy relationships.
(202) 804-8617 View (202) 804-8617
Photo of Su Balasubramanian, LGSW, LMSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Su Balasubramanian
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LGSW, LMSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20002
I believe that with the right support and tools, every person has the ability to find resilience amidst the challenges they face. I lead with a client-centered approach, meeting each client where they are, and offer a compassionate, empathetic, and non-judgmental space for growth and healing. I believe that challenges affect us cognitively, emotionally, and physically, and approach my work comprehensively, addressing all three of these areas.
I believe that with the right support and tools, every person has the ability to find resilience amidst the challenges they face. I lead with a client-centered approach, meeting each client where they are, and offer a compassionate, empathetic, and non-judgmental space for growth and healing. I believe that challenges affect us cognitively, emotionally, and physically, and approach my work comprehensively, addressing all three of these areas.
(202) 840-8249 x710 View (202) 840-8249 x710
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Jocelyn V Vara
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
Are you standing at a crossroads tempted to turn around because you're not sure how to take your next step? Do the "what if" scenarios that cycle through your mind make it difficult for you to make decisions and fall asleep at night? Do you feel stuck daydreaming of the life you want certain that it will only ever be a place you imagine? Does all of this make it hard to get out of bed some days, full of dread when you finally do, and likely to isolate from those you love?
Are you standing at a crossroads tempted to turn around because you're not sure how to take your next step? Do the "what if" scenarios that cycle through your mind make it difficult for you to make decisions and fall asleep at night? Do you feel stuck daydreaming of the life you want certain that it will only ever be a place you imagine? Does all of this make it hard to get out of bed some days, full of dread when you finally do, and likely to isolate from those you love?
(202) 946-5059 View (202) 946-5059
Photo of Jalyn McDermott, LGSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Jalyn McDermott
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LGSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009  (Online Only)
Thank you for considering my assistance during this difficult time in your life. I have experience with children and adults, in school, correctional and community settings providing behavior support services, intensive in-home services, crisis support, couples therapy and parenting education. In my years of experience, I have become a person-centered, culturally competent, ethically sound therapist who uses a realistic approach to empower my clients and help them be intentional with how they are showing up for themselves and in their lives
Thank you for considering my assistance during this difficult time in your life. I have experience with children and adults, in school, correctional and community settings providing behavior support services, intensive in-home services, crisis support, couples therapy and parenting education. In my years of experience, I have become a person-centered, culturally competent, ethically sound therapist who uses a realistic approach to empower my clients and help them be intentional with how they are showing up for themselves and in their lives
(844) 708-3937 View (844) 708-3937
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Brian Cross
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036
I work with a wide variety of clients in individual, couples, group and consultation formats.I provide a relationship that promotes respectful, direct expression of our unique human frailties and strengths be they happy, angry, fearful or sad. Psychotherapy is a potent elixir for change. The 'contents' of life provides for each of us at times a 'wild-ride', a 'lazy day', or somewhere in between. I help my clients with the 'process' of life to stay connected with their Self and others. If all goes well in the individual or couples therapy, most of my clients matriculate into a group psychotherapy process to further their growth.
I work with a wide variety of clients in individual, couples, group and consultation formats.I provide a relationship that promotes respectful, direct expression of our unique human frailties and strengths be they happy, angry, fearful or sad. Psychotherapy is a potent elixir for change. The 'contents' of life provides for each of us at times a 'wild-ride', a 'lazy day', or somewhere in between. I help my clients with the 'process' of life to stay connected with their Self and others. If all goes well in the individual or couples therapy, most of my clients matriculate into a group psychotherapy process to further their growth.
(202) 643-6971 View (202) 643-6971
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Nakia Watson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20011
My name is Nakia Watson. I am a licensed clinical social worker and have been working in the field for over a decade. Clients that I typically work with are those who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, work conflict, relationship/family conflict, or life transitions. I often use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in my work with clients. I am a firm believer in the potential of mindfulness methods; grounding, deep breathing, and guided meditation just to name a few. I utilizes empathy, collaboration, and active listening to empower the individuals I work with.
My name is Nakia Watson. I am a licensed clinical social worker and have been working in the field for over a decade. Clients that I typically work with are those who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, work conflict, relationship/family conflict, or life transitions. I often use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in my work with clients. I am a firm believer in the potential of mindfulness methods; grounding, deep breathing, and guided meditation just to name a few. I utilizes empathy, collaboration, and active listening to empower the individuals I work with.
(866) 953-3021 View (866) 953-3021
Photo of Joseph Cooper, PhD, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Joseph Cooper
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
Are you finding yourself stuck in certain patterns and ways of thinking and feeling that you would like to change, but not sure how? Trying your best to cope with the effects of past emotional wounds and traumas, yet frustrated they still persist? If you are tired of the impact that anxiety, depression, and other emotional hurts are having on your performance, relationships, and self-esteem, I want to help. You deserve to feel more at peace, emotionally grounded, empowered, and to experience better relationships with those you care about.
Are you finding yourself stuck in certain patterns and ways of thinking and feeling that you would like to change, but not sure how? Trying your best to cope with the effects of past emotional wounds and traumas, yet frustrated they still persist? If you are tired of the impact that anxiety, depression, and other emotional hurts are having on your performance, relationships, and self-esteem, I want to help. You deserve to feel more at peace, emotionally grounded, empowered, and to experience better relationships with those you care about.
(571) 445-0990 View (571) 445-0990
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Tiffany Jerinsky
Counselor, MS, LGPC, CTP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036  (Online Only)
I am a counselor with years of experience working with clients who are managing depression, anxiety, and chronic illnesses. I have specialized training in working with those who experience interpersonal violence and sexual assault/abuse. When an individual survives a trauma or hardship it can be extremely difficult to cope and obtain fulfillment. Whatever the struggle is I believe in helping clients identify their strengths in order to overcome the obstacle.
I am a counselor with years of experience working with clients who are managing depression, anxiety, and chronic illnesses. I have specialized training in working with those who experience interpersonal violence and sexual assault/abuse. When an individual survives a trauma or hardship it can be extremely difficult to cope and obtain fulfillment. Whatever the struggle is I believe in helping clients identify their strengths in order to overcome the obstacle.
(202) 301-8321 View (202) 301-8321
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Ryan Robinson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20001
I believe that our life and cultural experiences, especially our earliest ones, are fundamental in shaping the way we view ourselves and others. It is essential to understand my patient's cultural identity (i.e., race, gender, gender identity, sexuality, class) and how it has shaped their development. Often negative life experiences can create problematic ways of coping and a skewed perception of who we are in the world. This can lead to a variety of issues related to anxiety, depression, shame, rejection, stress, relationship issues, identity development, grief/loss, and sexual intimacy.
I believe that our life and cultural experiences, especially our earliest ones, are fundamental in shaping the way we view ourselves and others. It is essential to understand my patient's cultural identity (i.e., race, gender, gender identity, sexuality, class) and how it has shaped their development. Often negative life experiences can create problematic ways of coping and a skewed perception of who we are in the world. This can lead to a variety of issues related to anxiety, depression, shame, rejection, stress, relationship issues, identity development, grief/loss, and sexual intimacy.
(202) 836-6839 View (202) 836-6839
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Jeffrey R Volkmann
Psychologist, PhD, ABPP
Verified Verified
17 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
As a therapist I believe that all individuals have the potential to flourish in their lives. A person who flourishes increases their happiness, well-being and purpose in life. In order to flourish a person must understand and cultivate their strengths. Through the cultivation of ones strengths a person will be able to build and or deepen their interpersonal relationships, increase the amount of pleasure they experience, and contribute to society in a meaningful way.
As a therapist I believe that all individuals have the potential to flourish in their lives. A person who flourishes increases their happiness, well-being and purpose in life. In order to flourish a person must understand and cultivate their strengths. Through the cultivation of ones strengths a person will be able to build and or deepen their interpersonal relationships, increase the amount of pleasure they experience, and contribute to society in a meaningful way.
(202) 866-1567 View (202) 866-1567
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The Healing Palace
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20006  (Online Only)
Congratulations on beginning your journey of Healing! The Healing Palace is here to support you on your journey. We help our clients navigate life by providing realistic, healthy coping tools that can be applied in various settings in life.
Congratulations on beginning your journey of Healing! The Healing Palace is here to support you on your journey. We help our clients navigate life by providing realistic, healthy coping tools that can be applied in various settings in life.
(844) 293-4208 x800 View (844) 293-4208 x800
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Sade Adeeyo
Counselor, LPC, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20002  (Online Only)
sade is a social justice worker and licensed mental health therapist in DC and MD. She has experience working with adolescents and adults of diverse racial, ethnic, class, gender and sexual identities. Her approach is collaborative and firmly rooted in the beliefs that each person has the potential for growth and that two things can be true at the same time: We are all the experts of our lived experiences and sometimes need loving guidance to create the relationships and lives we desire. With warmth, empathy, compassionate curiosity, and straightforward feedback, you can expect a safe container to explore your truth and experiences.
sade is a social justice worker and licensed mental health therapist in DC and MD. She has experience working with adolescents and adults of diverse racial, ethnic, class, gender and sexual identities. Her approach is collaborative and firmly rooted in the beliefs that each person has the potential for growth and that two things can be true at the same time: We are all the experts of our lived experiences and sometimes need loving guidance to create the relationships and lives we desire. With warmth, empathy, compassionate curiosity, and straightforward feedback, you can expect a safe container to explore your truth and experiences.
(202) 831-8380 View (202) 831-8380
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Jacquelyn LaRusso
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20016
My goal as a therapist is to help clients embrace their authentic selves, foster meaningful relationships, and improve their quality of life. I work to create a safe and accepting environment that values the unique personality, lifestyle, and goals of the individual. My clinical expertise includes treatment of eating disorders, trauma, anxiety, depression and self-harm behaviors.
My goal as a therapist is to help clients embrace their authentic selves, foster meaningful relationships, and improve their quality of life. I work to create a safe and accepting environment that values the unique personality, lifestyle, and goals of the individual. My clinical expertise includes treatment of eating disorders, trauma, anxiety, depression and self-harm behaviors.
(202) 417-2701 View (202) 417-2701

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Washington, DC

3,000+

Average cost per session

$180

Therapists in Washington, DC who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
89% Depression
81% Relationship Issues
77% Self Esteem
68% Trauma and PTSD
68% Stress
65% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

63% BlueCross and BlueShield
57% CareFirst
53% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Washington, DC see their clients

55% In Person and Online
45% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
18% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Washington?

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.