Therapists in Washington, DC

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Photo of Sarah Nichols, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Washington, DC
Sarah Nichols
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, LCSW, LCSW-C, LISW-CP
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20002  (Online Only)
Have you been in a “funk” lately with no idea how to get out? Are you sure there is more to life, but are unsure how to find it? Maybe these thoughts are originating from depression, anxiety, or grief and you’re feeling it is time to reach out for help. The good news is that I am here to help. Together we can develop a plan, address negative behaviors, and reduce unwanted thoughts from getting in the way of living your best life.
Have you been in a “funk” lately with no idea how to get out? Are you sure there is more to life, but are unsure how to find it? Maybe these thoughts are originating from depression, anxiety, or grief and you’re feeling it is time to reach out for help. The good news is that I am here to help. Together we can develop a plan, address negative behaviors, and reduce unwanted thoughts from getting in the way of living your best life.
(202) 519-8460 View (202) 519-8460
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Belinda Lehman
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20015
I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the District of Columbia. I work with adolescents and adults struggling with life transitions, relationship issues, women's health issues, infertility, anxiety and depression. I also work with couples seeking help with communication and better understanding one another. My work is informed by psychodynamic principles. I would be happy to speak with you by phone and answer any questions you might have about my approach and practice.
I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the District of Columbia. I work with adolescents and adults struggling with life transitions, relationship issues, women's health issues, infertility, anxiety and depression. I also work with couples seeking help with communication and better understanding one another. My work is informed by psychodynamic principles. I would be happy to speak with you by phone and answer any questions you might have about my approach and practice.
(202) 738-4862 View (202) 738-4862
Photo of N.E. Beautiful Mind, Licensed Professional Counselor in Washington, DC
N.E. Beautiful Mind
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA , LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20037
Are you a parent of a child who is experiencing a change in their mood, level of stress or anxiety? Maybe you are a young adult who is uncertain about the future. Perhaps you are an athlete or entertainer that is experiencing performance anxiety. If that is the case, you've found the right place. N.E. Beautiful Mind has been established as a dedicated mental health organization, unwavering in its commitment to normalizing the profound benefits and transformative impact that therapeutic support can have on individuals.
Are you a parent of a child who is experiencing a change in their mood, level of stress or anxiety? Maybe you are a young adult who is uncertain about the future. Perhaps you are an athlete or entertainer that is experiencing performance anxiety. If that is the case, you've found the right place. N.E. Beautiful Mind has been established as a dedicated mental health organization, unwavering in its commitment to normalizing the profound benefits and transformative impact that therapeutic support can have on individuals.
(202) 335-7140 View (202) 335-7140
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Samira Pizarro
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20001  (Online Only)
Samira Pizaro is a licensed clinical social worker dedicated to motivating change, creating healthier habits, and building a safe space for clients. You can trust Samira will be purpose-driven and practical around your care needs and treatment planning. Her approach toward accessible, well-rounded mental health care includes challenging negative thinking with insightful questioning and value-oriented goal setting so you can maintain the healthiest version of yourself. With Samira, you will explore what your values are and find ways to use those values to stay committed to your goals.
Samira Pizaro is a licensed clinical social worker dedicated to motivating change, creating healthier habits, and building a safe space for clients. You can trust Samira will be purpose-driven and practical around your care needs and treatment planning. Her approach toward accessible, well-rounded mental health care includes challenging negative thinking with insightful questioning and value-oriented goal setting so you can maintain the healthiest version of yourself. With Samira, you will explore what your values are and find ways to use those values to stay committed to your goals.
(202) 980-4192 View (202) 980-4192
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Margo Silberstein
Psychologist, EdD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Ready to get to the heart of the matter? This is what I aspire to do in collaboration with you. Whatever the issues you face, we can help to clarify what is happening with you and identify the steps involved in clearing away any logjams in the flow of your life.
Ready to get to the heart of the matter? This is what I aspire to do in collaboration with you. Whatever the issues you face, we can help to clarify what is happening with you and identify the steps involved in clearing away any logjams in the flow of your life.
(202) 793-4435 View (202) 793-4435
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David Cole Jr.
Counselor, MA, LGPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20005  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Hello there! My name is David and I use They/Them pronouns. I have spent several years dedicated to learning, training, and providing quality mental health care to individuals in the Greater Washington and Baltimore area. My educational background includes a B.S. in Psychology from Towson University and an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Along this journey, I have worked in several positions providing mental health care and social services to the community.
Hello there! My name is David and I use They/Them pronouns. I have spent several years dedicated to learning, training, and providing quality mental health care to individuals in the Greater Washington and Baltimore area. My educational background includes a B.S. in Psychology from Towson University and an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Along this journey, I have worked in several positions providing mental health care and social services to the community.
(866) 963-8131 View (866) 963-8131
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Dr. Claudia Mai Nguyen
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20002
Not accepting new clients
Often time life changes can fill us with a sense of being overwhelmed, disjointed or stuck--both physically and mentally. Whether you're looking to explore complex, deep-seated issues or need a supportive person and space in your life, I provide a safe, accepting, non-judgmental space for you to get the help you need. Processing painful experiences and emotions can be challenging, though I am committed to working collaboratively and supporting clients in becoming healthier and creating more rewarding and fulfilling relationships.
Often time life changes can fill us with a sense of being overwhelmed, disjointed or stuck--both physically and mentally. Whether you're looking to explore complex, deep-seated issues or need a supportive person and space in your life, I provide a safe, accepting, non-judgmental space for you to get the help you need. Processing painful experiences and emotions can be challenging, though I am committed to working collaboratively and supporting clients in becoming healthier and creating more rewarding and fulfilling relationships.
(571) 982-8149 View (571) 982-8149
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Mili Tilahun
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016
I am a bilingual therapist in English and Amheric with over 13 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in individual and group counseling settings. I have worked with a diverse population of ethnic minorities including Ethiopians. I specialize in depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, self-esteem, substance use and addiction, pregnancy loss, fertility challenges, life transitions and stress, and grief and loss.
I am a bilingual therapist in English and Amheric with over 13 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in individual and group counseling settings. I have worked with a diverse population of ethnic minorities including Ethiopians. I specialize in depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, self-esteem, substance use and addiction, pregnancy loss, fertility challenges, life transitions and stress, and grief and loss.
(202) 931-7997 View (202) 931-7997
Photo of Teresa E. Doniger, Licensed Professional Counselor in Washington, DC
Teresa E. Doniger
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20016
I have been working with young to mid career professionals since 2012. Since then, I have become a therapist that Gen X, Y, and Z clients seek out to address various types of life challenges. I enjoy providing support and encouragement to people who are facing life stage transitions and change with all of the stress, anxiety, as well as the excitement that these events may bring. My training is in family therapy and I work within the frameworks of family systems, attachment theory, as well as grief/loss and living with loss.
I have been working with young to mid career professionals since 2012. Since then, I have become a therapist that Gen X, Y, and Z clients seek out to address various types of life challenges. I enjoy providing support and encouragement to people who are facing life stage transitions and change with all of the stress, anxiety, as well as the excitement that these events may bring. My training is in family therapy and I work within the frameworks of family systems, attachment theory, as well as grief/loss and living with loss.
(202) 335-7347 View (202) 335-7347
Photo of Nicolle Castro Caroca, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Washington, DC
Nicolle Castro Caroca
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Originally from Chile, I am a bilingual culturally-conscious and trauma-informed therapist helping individuals heal from intergenerational trauma, migratory and cultural issues, family dysfunction, sex and relational issues, and mood disorders. Whether this is your first time or not, if you’re here you’re taking an active step to dedicate time and invest in you and your wellbeing. That is AWESOME. I value the co-creation of a strong relationship that allows reconnection with your emotional self, all the intersections of your existence, and the life experiences that informed your view of self and the world.
Originally from Chile, I am a bilingual culturally-conscious and trauma-informed therapist helping individuals heal from intergenerational trauma, migratory and cultural issues, family dysfunction, sex and relational issues, and mood disorders. Whether this is your first time or not, if you’re here you’re taking an active step to dedicate time and invest in you and your wellbeing. That is AWESOME. I value the co-creation of a strong relationship that allows reconnection with your emotional self, all the intersections of your existence, and the life experiences that informed your view of self and the world.
(202) 846-2337 View (202) 846-2337
Photo of Megan M Herbets, Licensed Professional Counselor in Washington, DC
Megan M Herbets
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016
Oftentimes, we lose sight of what we truly want for ourselves. Megan’s goal is to empower you to focus on your own experiences rather than on what others expect of you. Born and raised in the Washington Metro area, Megan understands firsthand how the stress of the DMV lifestyle can affect one’s personal life, work life and home life. Clients describe Megan as being creative, quirky, empathetic and reliable. Megan has seven years of experience helping children and adults work through behavioral and emotional struggles related to depression, PTSD, grief, substance abuse, eating disorders, body image, anxiety, family and sexuality.
Oftentimes, we lose sight of what we truly want for ourselves. Megan’s goal is to empower you to focus on your own experiences rather than on what others expect of you. Born and raised in the Washington Metro area, Megan understands firsthand how the stress of the DMV lifestyle can affect one’s personal life, work life and home life. Clients describe Megan as being creative, quirky, empathetic and reliable. Megan has seven years of experience helping children and adults work through behavioral and emotional struggles related to depression, PTSD, grief, substance abuse, eating disorders, body image, anxiety, family and sexuality.
(202) 743-7505 View (202) 743-7505
Photo of Susan Mann, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Washington, DC
Susan Mann
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20006
I specialize in working with young adults on up as well as couples. facing challenges they are wanting to manage more effectively. The goal of therapy in my view is to help people access their best selves by learning to identify and work with their strengths along with impediments as they meet life's challenges with greater confidence and self awareness. Therapy is both an art and a science . Consequently I integrate cutting edge approaches utilizing neuroscience integrated with other modalities to provide meaningful and effective treatment.
I specialize in working with young adults on up as well as couples. facing challenges they are wanting to manage more effectively. The goal of therapy in my view is to help people access their best selves by learning to identify and work with their strengths along with impediments as they meet life's challenges with greater confidence and self awareness. Therapy is both an art and a science . Consequently I integrate cutting edge approaches utilizing neuroscience integrated with other modalities to provide meaningful and effective treatment.
(202) 659-3681 View (202) 659-3681
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Elizabeth Crunk
Counselor, PhD, NCC, LGPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
I help adults navigate the challenging experience of coping with grief. Loss is often highly distressing and there is not a duration of time that grieving should take. However, we sometimes feel stuck in our grief or desire support. Because grief is a natural response to loss, the goal of our work together is not to "cure" your grief, but to help you find ways to adjust to your loss and cope with the stressors that accompany it. I also work with clients experiencing relationship and family-of-origin concerns and with individuals who would like to live more authentically and develop greater self-compassion and healthier boundaries.
I help adults navigate the challenging experience of coping with grief. Loss is often highly distressing and there is not a duration of time that grieving should take. However, we sometimes feel stuck in our grief or desire support. Because grief is a natural response to loss, the goal of our work together is not to "cure" your grief, but to help you find ways to adjust to your loss and cope with the stressors that accompany it. I also work with clients experiencing relationship and family-of-origin concerns and with individuals who would like to live more authentically and develop greater self-compassion and healthier boundaries.
(240) 702-2393 View (240) 702-2393
Photo of David A Ross, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Washington, DC
David A Ross
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20002  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in DC. My main areas of expertise are adults with substance use, LGBTQ+ issues, trauma, anxiety, and depression. I'm great at listening, problem solving, stress-reduction techniques, creative writing, and cooking. I tend to utilize a combination of approaches, including psychodynamic, CBT, and holistic practices. Therapy is different for everyone, and I will work with you to find what works best for you and your goals. I can help you achieve your goals if you know what they are, and I can help you find your goals if you don't. Also, I frequently have evening session availabilities.
Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in DC. My main areas of expertise are adults with substance use, LGBTQ+ issues, trauma, anxiety, and depression. I'm great at listening, problem solving, stress-reduction techniques, creative writing, and cooking. I tend to utilize a combination of approaches, including psychodynamic, CBT, and holistic practices. Therapy is different for everyone, and I will work with you to find what works best for you and your goals. I can help you achieve your goals if you know what they are, and I can help you find your goals if you don't. Also, I frequently have evening session availabilities.
(855) 691-6012 View (855) 691-6012
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The DC Center for Neurocognitive Excellence
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C, LCSW, BCD
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20006
The Center for Neurocognitive Excellence integrates assessments, counseling, and neurofeedback to best identify the source of your stress and effectively treat it so that we can reduce the intensity, duration, and frequency of your most stressful moments. We are experts at integrating approaches to best suit your needs. Listening and working with you is a huge source of joy!
The Center for Neurocognitive Excellence integrates assessments, counseling, and neurofeedback to best identify the source of your stress and effectively treat it so that we can reduce the intensity, duration, and frequency of your most stressful moments. We are experts at integrating approaches to best suit your needs. Listening and working with you is a huge source of joy!
(202) 499-6780 View (202) 499-6780
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Daniela Vias
Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036  (Online Only)
I work closely and collaboratively with you to explore emotions, process difficult experiences, identify feelings, and develop the skills you need to make effective changes. We will work together to establish the best course of treatment to meet your goals and needs. I help clients identify their problematic thinking patterns, develop coping mechanisms, and understand how past experiences affect their current functioning. I value the transformative nature of a strong therapeutic relationship. I have paired my passion for helping others and experience with multicultural and diverse populations into my counseling approach.
I work closely and collaboratively with you to explore emotions, process difficult experiences, identify feelings, and develop the skills you need to make effective changes. We will work together to establish the best course of treatment to meet your goals and needs. I help clients identify their problematic thinking patterns, develop coping mechanisms, and understand how past experiences affect their current functioning. I value the transformative nature of a strong therapeutic relationship. I have paired my passion for helping others and experience with multicultural and diverse populations into my counseling approach.
(202) 949-5841 View (202) 949-5841
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Jeff DiNardo
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20002  (Online Only)
Congratulations on searching for someone to help you explore your mental health! It's not an easy decision and therapy can be challenging at times, but I have the utmost respect for people willing to face their vulnerable parts in order to grow and develop. The fit between a client and a counselor is an important part of therapy, so I recommend reaching out to speak with me further to see if I might be able to be of service for what you are seeking. I'll list some considerations here so you can see if you'd like to reach out to discuss our potential work together. I offer a free consultation session to explore your options.
Congratulations on searching for someone to help you explore your mental health! It's not an easy decision and therapy can be challenging at times, but I have the utmost respect for people willing to face their vulnerable parts in order to grow and develop. The fit between a client and a counselor is an important part of therapy, so I recommend reaching out to speak with me further to see if I might be able to be of service for what you are seeking. I'll list some considerations here so you can see if you'd like to reach out to discuss our potential work together. I offer a free consultation session to explore your options.
(202) 858-1375 View (202) 858-1375
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Jessica Henry
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20001  (Online Only)
As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist I am passionate about the mental health of individuals struggling with Posttraumatic Stress disorder, depression, and anxiety. I have successfully helped children, families, and adults with adjustment difficulties, traumatic stress exposure, and other concerns that impact their daily functioning. I am also passionate about men's health and helping men learn how to express and cope with mental health.
As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist I am passionate about the mental health of individuals struggling with Posttraumatic Stress disorder, depression, and anxiety. I have successfully helped children, families, and adults with adjustment difficulties, traumatic stress exposure, and other concerns that impact their daily functioning. I am also passionate about men's health and helping men learn how to express and cope with mental health.
(202) 952-8963 View (202) 952-8963
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Amanda Slatus
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20002
Not accepting new clients
Therapy is a unique experience for each person. It helps you learn yourself, your relationships (past and present), and how you interact with the world. It is a place of self healing and understanding. It is a place to find safety and refuge to manage stress,anger, guilt, anxiety, overwhelming feelings, trauma, interpersonal conflict, and significant life events. I work with youth and adults to help address these issues. I am trained as a psychodynamic therapist, practicing from a relational standpoint. I use several clinical approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment theory, and trauma focused therapy as needed.
Therapy is a unique experience for each person. It helps you learn yourself, your relationships (past and present), and how you interact with the world. It is a place of self healing and understanding. It is a place to find safety and refuge to manage stress,anger, guilt, anxiety, overwhelming feelings, trauma, interpersonal conflict, and significant life events. I work with youth and adults to help address these issues. I am trained as a psychodynamic therapist, practicing from a relational standpoint. I use several clinical approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment theory, and trauma focused therapy as needed.
(667) 217-1023 View (667) 217-1023
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Luis C Marcano
Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20002  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
During these uncertain times, most people are reporting feeling anxious, helpless, and in need of connection. If you are struggling to manage any of these emotions or experiencing recurrent negative thoughts; there is hope. My goal is to provide a safe space for you to be able to express yourself in an authentic and truthful way. I've been providing counseling services for over 15 years in the DC Metro Area. Above all, I value our therapeutic relationship and your culture. I take time and care in getting to know what's important to you. I currently provide Telehealth counseling for the Virginia and Washington D.C. communities.
During these uncertain times, most people are reporting feeling anxious, helpless, and in need of connection. If you are struggling to manage any of these emotions or experiencing recurrent negative thoughts; there is hope. My goal is to provide a safe space for you to be able to express yourself in an authentic and truthful way. I've been providing counseling services for over 15 years in the DC Metro Area. Above all, I value our therapeutic relationship and your culture. I take time and care in getting to know what's important to you. I currently provide Telehealth counseling for the Virginia and Washington D.C. communities.
(202) 935-7064 View (202) 935-7064

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Washington, DC

2,000+

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

62% BlueCross and BlueShield
57% CareFirst
53% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Washington, DC see their clients

56% In Person and Online
44% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
19% 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.