Therapists in Jacksonville, FL

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Photo of Erika Wynn, Marriage & Family Therapist in Jacksonville, FL
Erika Wynn
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMHC, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32219  (Online Only)
Psst! Hey you! Yes you! Look at you taking your first step in caring for your needs. So, what's next? Search through profiles and see if someone is a good fit for you. First step is to determine your needs. Is it individual? Is it family? Lucky for you I do both! What outcomes do you want to achieve? Let's set some goals together. Remember every therapist won't be a right fit for you and that's OK. You are the expert of your own life so take your time and let's get it right!
Psst! Hey you! Yes you! Look at you taking your first step in caring for your needs. So, what's next? Search through profiles and see if someone is a good fit for you. First step is to determine your needs. Is it individual? Is it family? Lucky for you I do both! What outcomes do you want to achieve? Let's set some goals together. Remember every therapist won't be a right fit for you and that's OK. You are the expert of your own life so take your time and let's get it right!
(904) 204-2564 View (904) 204-2564
Photo of Danielle Dodds in Jacksonville, FL
Danielle Dodds
FNP-BC, ARNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32210  (Online Only)
With over 14 years of healthcare experience under my belt, I've dedicated eight years of my career as a Nurse Practitioner. Throughout my journey, I've encountered a myriad of chronic illnesses, from diabetes and hypertension to anxiety and depression. My approach to patient care is rooted in a holistic perspective, although I'm not hesitant to provide support and prescribe medications when necessary. One of my areas of expertise revolves around treating patients with ADHD, employing a multifaceted treatment plan. While I refrain from prescribing stimulants, I've achieved considerable success in supporting and treating patients.
With over 14 years of healthcare experience under my belt, I've dedicated eight years of my career as a Nurse Practitioner. Throughout my journey, I've encountered a myriad of chronic illnesses, from diabetes and hypertension to anxiety and depression. My approach to patient care is rooted in a holistic perspective, although I'm not hesitant to provide support and prescribe medications when necessary. One of my areas of expertise revolves around treating patients with ADHD, employing a multifaceted treatment plan. While I refrain from prescribing stimulants, I've achieved considerable success in supporting and treating patients.
(904) 299-1927 View (904) 299-1927
Photo of Bailey Sheetz in Jacksonville, FL
Bailey Sheetz
MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32258  (Online Only)
Media & societal pressures have conditioned us to hate ourselves and our appearance. We speak to ourselves as if we are the bully and the victim. The only hope we have is to alter our appearance, until we realize that doesn’t help how we view ourselves. My experience is with people who struggle from eating disorders, OCD, body image, gender dysphoria, trauma, and co-occurring diagnoses. My heart goes out to those who are disillusioned about their lack of worth. In struggling with my own body image, learning to love myself was a huge transition. This journey prepared me to help others along with their own self-worth challenges.
Media & societal pressures have conditioned us to hate ourselves and our appearance. We speak to ourselves as if we are the bully and the victim. The only hope we have is to alter our appearance, until we realize that doesn’t help how we view ourselves. My experience is with people who struggle from eating disorders, OCD, body image, gender dysphoria, trauma, and co-occurring diagnoses. My heart goes out to those who are disillusioned about their lack of worth. In struggling with my own body image, learning to love myself was a huge transition. This journey prepared me to help others along with their own self-worth challenges.
(863) 591-0275 View (863) 591-0275
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Jen Ducharme
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32257
We cannot change past chapters of our lives. Where we can take power is now, and the future chapters we have yet to write. If we don't address something unhealthy, every aspect of life can become impacted negatively. Whether you are wanting to learn to manage mental health symptoms, begin the transitioning process, seeking help for everyday concerns like relationship issues, job stress or self-doubt, or experiencing difficult times such as divorce and loss, things can improve. I assure you the strength and ability you will use is already residing in you.
We cannot change past chapters of our lives. Where we can take power is now, and the future chapters we have yet to write. If we don't address something unhealthy, every aspect of life can become impacted negatively. Whether you are wanting to learn to manage mental health symptoms, begin the transitioning process, seeking help for everyday concerns like relationship issues, job stress or self-doubt, or experiencing difficult times such as divorce and loss, things can improve. I assure you the strength and ability you will use is already residing in you.
(904) 423-8052 View (904) 423-8052
Photo of Jada Helmer, Counselor in Jacksonville, FL
Jada Helmer
Counselor, MS, LMHC, QS-MH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32244
Life is full of messy bits, sometimes these are unforeseen issues that pop up out of our control and sometimes they are a product of our own design. Regardless, in a culture where we must present as put together, in control, etc., it gets a little hard to trudge the water. If we aren’t careful this can lead to emotional, behavioral, interpersonal, and self dysregulation. At Just Keep Swimming Counseling, LLC, and my group practice Keep Evolving Beyond Therapy, I strive to create a healthy, safe space in order to set goals for growth, face challenges, and gain introspection to be a fuller, healthier you.
Life is full of messy bits, sometimes these are unforeseen issues that pop up out of our control and sometimes they are a product of our own design. Regardless, in a culture where we must present as put together, in control, etc., it gets a little hard to trudge the water. If we aren’t careful this can lead to emotional, behavioral, interpersonal, and self dysregulation. At Just Keep Swimming Counseling, LLC, and my group practice Keep Evolving Beyond Therapy, I strive to create a healthy, safe space in order to set goals for growth, face challenges, and gain introspection to be a fuller, healthier you.
(904) 204-9730 View (904) 204-9730
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Nelsy Villalobos
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32204  (Online Only)
My name is Nelsy Villalobos. I am a licensed therapist located in Jacksonville, Florida with over 12 years of clinical work experience. I frequently engage in continuing education and research in order to offer effective, up to date, and evidence-based treatments for Trauma, depression, anxiety, abuse. I have over 20 years of experience providing clinical and social work services combined. I specialize in PTS, anxiety, depression, unresolved trauma, the processing of abuse and coping with grief and loss with the goal of increasing motivation, self confidence, and self-esteem and decreasing anxiety and depression.
My name is Nelsy Villalobos. I am a licensed therapist located in Jacksonville, Florida with over 12 years of clinical work experience. I frequently engage in continuing education and research in order to offer effective, up to date, and evidence-based treatments for Trauma, depression, anxiety, abuse. I have over 20 years of experience providing clinical and social work services combined. I specialize in PTS, anxiety, depression, unresolved trauma, the processing of abuse and coping with grief and loss with the goal of increasing motivation, self confidence, and self-esteem and decreasing anxiety and depression.
(904) 867-8457 View (904) 867-8457
Photo of Chelsea Shea, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Jacksonville, FL
Chelsea Shea
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, MA, RMHCI
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32258
I believe that each person innately holds the answers to their own healing, yet healing can often be blocked by deeply embedded societal systems, stigmatization, oppression, and past trauma. I believe that each person can discover, trust, and give voice to their most authentic self with support. Therapeutically, I endeavor to co-create solutions with those experiencing unwanted effects of trauma which can be experienced and manifest in our lives in many ways. My experience in counseling and passion is in helping clients recover from addiction, unresolved trauma, and adverse childhood experiences.
I believe that each person innately holds the answers to their own healing, yet healing can often be blocked by deeply embedded societal systems, stigmatization, oppression, and past trauma. I believe that each person can discover, trust, and give voice to their most authentic self with support. Therapeutically, I endeavor to co-create solutions with those experiencing unwanted effects of trauma which can be experienced and manifest in our lives in many ways. My experience in counseling and passion is in helping clients recover from addiction, unresolved trauma, and adverse childhood experiences.
(904) 560-6198 View (904) 560-6198
Photo of Jan Gallagher, LMHC, Counselor in Jacksonville, FL
Jan Gallagher, LMHC
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32207
After over thirty years in practice, my most studied specialty is in relationship counseling. Loving feelings can grow when couples make a commitment of just 4 to 6 sessions. I teach enhanced communication skills and a conflict resolution model to help you talk out an issue all the way to a solution. I can help you move past the anger and towards a deeper connection. Some couples disagree over personality traits or gender differences? I increase your understanding of these differences so you can let go of those negative feelings. And I will help you change patterns of behavior that disrupt your present relationship.
After over thirty years in practice, my most studied specialty is in relationship counseling. Loving feelings can grow when couples make a commitment of just 4 to 6 sessions. I teach enhanced communication skills and a conflict resolution model to help you talk out an issue all the way to a solution. I can help you move past the anger and towards a deeper connection. Some couples disagree over personality traits or gender differences? I increase your understanding of these differences so you can let go of those negative feelings. And I will help you change patterns of behavior that disrupt your present relationship.
(904) 329-7976 View (904) 329-7976
Photo of Priscilla Carlsgaard, Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Jacksonville, FL
Priscilla Carlsgaard
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, MS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Starting therapy can feel daunting. Will my therapist understand me? How can I trust this stranger with my most vulnerable thoughts and feelings? Will this really help my anxiety/relationship/emotions/etc.? Is it worth it? First, you are not alone in these thoughts. Deciding to seek therapy and finding a therapist are big steps towards change that can be challenging. Second, I am here to walk alongside you through this process at your own pace. I believe that every thought and behavior makes sense in context. Therefore, I collaborate with you to explore and understand your personal context so we can successfully facilitate change.
Starting therapy can feel daunting. Will my therapist understand me? How can I trust this stranger with my most vulnerable thoughts and feelings? Will this really help my anxiety/relationship/emotions/etc.? Is it worth it? First, you are not alone in these thoughts. Deciding to seek therapy and finding a therapist are big steps towards change that can be challenging. Second, I am here to walk alongside you through this process at your own pace. I believe that every thought and behavior makes sense in context. Therefore, I collaborate with you to explore and understand your personal context so we can successfully facilitate change.
(904) 595-9984 View (904) 595-9984
Photo of Arianne C Smith, Counselor in Jacksonville, FL
Arianne C Smith
Counselor, EdS, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32204
I believe that success in therapy is based on the relationship shared between a therapist and their client. I approach counseling with the fundamental belief that we are all whole individuals - each of us unique; equally deserving of love, understanding, and compassion; and capable of making positive changes to achieve wellness. My goal is to help you identify, understand, and resolve your own unique life stressors.
I believe that success in therapy is based on the relationship shared between a therapist and their client. I approach counseling with the fundamental belief that we are all whole individuals - each of us unique; equally deserving of love, understanding, and compassion; and capable of making positive changes to achieve wellness. My goal is to help you identify, understand, and resolve your own unique life stressors.
(904) 977-2791 View (904) 977-2791
Photo of Curt D'Achille, Pre-Licensed Professional in Jacksonville, FL
Curt D'Achille
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32218
I have provided leadership in program operations for several children's residential facilities and shelters and have supervised clinical therapies in acute residential treatment to those suffering from emergency psychiatric, emotional and behavioral problems, substance and sexual abuse and addictions.
I have provided leadership in program operations for several children's residential facilities and shelters and have supervised clinical therapies in acute residential treatment to those suffering from emergency psychiatric, emotional and behavioral problems, substance and sexual abuse and addictions.
(904) 513-0619 View (904) 513-0619
Photo of Jenna Gosden, Counselor in Jacksonville, FL
Jenna Gosden
Counselor, MA, LMHC, DMCP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Are you struggling with feeling isolated, overwhelmed, or worried? You are certainly not alone, especially now when so many of us are trying to navigate the uncertainty of our present reality and what the future may hold. If you're trying to tackle new challenges, re-evaluate your goals, manage your feelings, or cope with everything the world is throwing at you, know that you're not alone. I want to help you identify and achieve your goals.
Are you struggling with feeling isolated, overwhelmed, or worried? You are certainly not alone, especially now when so many of us are trying to navigate the uncertainty of our present reality and what the future may hold. If you're trying to tackle new challenges, re-evaluate your goals, manage your feelings, or cope with everything the world is throwing at you, know that you're not alone. I want to help you identify and achieve your goals.
(904) 439-7430 View (904) 439-7430
Photo of Barbara E Morris, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Jacksonville, FL
Barbara E Morris
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32256  (Online Only)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in practice over 16 years, utilizing a non-judgmental, warm, integrative therapeutic approaches. A Master of Social Work from Barry University, and Bachelor of Social Work with a Minor in Psychology, from Florida Atlantic University. I am licensed in the state of Florida.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in practice over 16 years, utilizing a non-judgmental, warm, integrative therapeutic approaches. A Master of Social Work from Barry University, and Bachelor of Social Work with a Minor in Psychology, from Florida Atlantic University. I am licensed in the state of Florida.
(904) 980-0796 View (904) 980-0796
Photo of Aisha Burgess, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Jacksonville, FL
Aisha Burgess
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, L, C, S, W
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32256  (Online Only)
I have over 7 years of experience working with clients to address concerns stemming from anxiety, depression, and various stage of life concerns. My clinical area of focus involves Anxiety Disorders, Depression, and Stress Management.
I have over 7 years of experience working with clients to address concerns stemming from anxiety, depression, and various stage of life concerns. My clinical area of focus involves Anxiety Disorders, Depression, and Stress Management.
(904) 664-3216 View (904) 664-3216
Photo of Nicole Harshaw, Counselor in Jacksonville, FL
Nicole Harshaw
Counselor, NCC, LMHC, RMFTI
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32258  (Online Only)
There is progress in the process of therapy. The first step begins with acknowledging the way you feel and becoming aware that your voice is the most important part of this process to heal, grow and change. My practice helps individuals (children, adults, seniors), couples & families handle unhealthy family dynamics, communication issues, stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem challenges, ADHD, stages of life development struggles. Let us work together to help you make healthy adjustments to your mental, social and emotional well-being by providing you a space to talk and explore thoughts and feelings.
There is progress in the process of therapy. The first step begins with acknowledging the way you feel and becoming aware that your voice is the most important part of this process to heal, grow and change. My practice helps individuals (children, adults, seniors), couples & families handle unhealthy family dynamics, communication issues, stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem challenges, ADHD, stages of life development struggles. Let us work together to help you make healthy adjustments to your mental, social and emotional well-being by providing you a space to talk and explore thoughts and feelings.
(904) 822-1351 View (904) 822-1351
Photo of Tamara Sorrye, Counselor in Jacksonville, FL
Tamara Sorrye
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32218
Not accepting new clients
As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor practicing in North Jacksonville, it is my desire to provide a safe space for you to heal. We can stay on the surface or go deep to the core of what's contributing to what you see as life's difficulties. I am committed to providing a collaborative approach through promoting autonomy and self-efficacy. My counseling experience extends to a variety of individuals which include children, teens, young adults, geriatric, juvenile delinquents, and individuals with terminal illness such as cancer.
As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor practicing in North Jacksonville, it is my desire to provide a safe space for you to heal. We can stay on the surface or go deep to the core of what's contributing to what you see as life's difficulties. I am committed to providing a collaborative approach through promoting autonomy and self-efficacy. My counseling experience extends to a variety of individuals which include children, teens, young adults, geriatric, juvenile delinquents, and individuals with terminal illness such as cancer.
(904) 747-3825 View (904) 747-3825
Photo of LaRhonda Britton, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Jacksonville, FL
LaRhonda Britton
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32256  (Online Only)
I am a licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida. I graduated with my Masters degree in 2019 from Nova Southeastern University and has worked in the field since. I work with individuals who experienced trauma and suffer from depression and anxiety gain their voice and confidence back. I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults from many different cultures and in different settings.
I am a licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida. I graduated with my Masters degree in 2019 from Nova Southeastern University and has worked in the field since. I work with individuals who experienced trauma and suffer from depression and anxiety gain their voice and confidence back. I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults from many different cultures and in different settings.
(904) 780-6182 View (904) 780-6182
Julia G Coffey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW, RPTS
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32204
While play is the language of childhood, play and the expressive arts may be used to heal the hearts of children and their families when love is not enough. I am a licensed clinical social worker who also has an M.A. in psychology with a specialty in child development and is a registered play therapist in private practice. I am recognized as a specialist working with children and their families on post adoption issues, attachment, trauma and grief and its resolution. In addition, I promote positive coping skills and symptom reduction where ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or post traumatic stress occurs.
While play is the language of childhood, play and the expressive arts may be used to heal the hearts of children and their families when love is not enough. I am a licensed clinical social worker who also has an M.A. in psychology with a specialty in child development and is a registered play therapist in private practice. I am recognized as a specialist working with children and their families on post adoption issues, attachment, trauma and grief and its resolution. In addition, I promote positive coping skills and symptom reduction where ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or post traumatic stress occurs.
(602) 410-4383 View (602) 410-4383
Photo of Jessica Moreno, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Jacksonville, FL
Jessica Moreno
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC-QS, IMH-E
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32225
I offer a relationship-based approach to support the emotional and behavioral needs of children ages 0-5 by working closely with the child and parents within their natural environment. Common early childhood concerns can include the following: eating/sleeping difficulties, irritability or despairing tantrums, dysregulation or inability to be consoled, inability to adapt to new situations, aggression or impulsive behavior, withdrawn or flat affect, separation distress, poor peer interaction skills, anxiety, fear, limited communication skills, regression or loss of developmental skills, traumatic experiences.
I offer a relationship-based approach to support the emotional and behavioral needs of children ages 0-5 by working closely with the child and parents within their natural environment. Common early childhood concerns can include the following: eating/sleeping difficulties, irritability or despairing tantrums, dysregulation or inability to be consoled, inability to adapt to new situations, aggression or impulsive behavior, withdrawn or flat affect, separation distress, poor peer interaction skills, anxiety, fear, limited communication skills, regression or loss of developmental skills, traumatic experiences.
(904) 822-3425 View (904) 822-3425
Photo of Michelle Camp, Counselor in Jacksonville, FL
Michelle Camp
Counselor, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32244
My name is Michelle Camp, and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor based in Orlando, Florida working with clients statewide via Telehealth. I specialize in working with children/adolescents and their guardians related to stress, school issues, self-esteem, and self-identity, using primarily Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based practices to help my clients understand themselves better and feel better through these critical early years. I typically work with children and adolescents and/or their guardians, as I am also a Certified School Counselor and bring expertise in both mental health and school systems.
My name is Michelle Camp, and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor based in Orlando, Florida working with clients statewide via Telehealth. I specialize in working with children/adolescents and their guardians related to stress, school issues, self-esteem, and self-identity, using primarily Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based practices to help my clients understand themselves better and feel better through these critical early years. I typically work with children and adolescents and/or their guardians, as I am also a Certified School Counselor and bring expertise in both mental health and school systems.
(904) 842-4639 View (904) 842-4639

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Number of Therapists in Jacksonville, FL

1,000+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in Jacksonville, FL who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
87% Depression
76% Self Esteem
75% Coping Skills
68% Trauma and PTSD
67% Relationship Issues
67% Stress

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

87% Aetna
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
79% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Jacksonville, FL see their clients

57% In Person and Online
43% Online Only

Gender breakdown

83% Female
16% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Jacksonville?

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.