Therapists in Jacksonville, FL

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Erica L Whitfield Therapist For Gifted Children And Teens
Counselor, MACP, LMHC, BC-TMH
Verified
5 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32257
Is your gifted, creative, or high-performing child struggling with anxiety, stress or confidence issues? Our younger kids can struggle with behavioral issues because they are overstimulated, bored, or just misunderstood in school. Our older teens may be overwhelmed, stressed, or even have thoughts about self-harm. Our kids have unique stressors related to perfectionism, sensitivity, high pressure, and social relationships. Sometimes these things can make it challenging for them to feel like they belong. Help your child discover a safe space to develop confidence and happiness by contacting me today.
Is your gifted, creative, or high-performing child struggling with anxiety, stress or confidence issues? Our younger kids can struggle with behavioral issues because they are overstimulated, bored, or just misunderstood in school. Our older teens may be overwhelmed, stressed, or even have thoughts about self-harm. Our kids have unique stressors related to perfectionism, sensitivity, high pressure, and social relationships. Sometimes these things can make it challenging for them to feel like they belong. Help your child discover a safe space to develop confidence and happiness by contacting me today.
(904) 299-0953 View (904) 299-0953
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Jennifer E Bowden
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32225
Not accepting new clients
I have earned both my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and my Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. For the last 8 years, I have worked in North Florida providing counseling to children, adults and families. My counseling strengths include serving clients struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood disorders, crisis situations, relationship issues, women's issues, parenting and stress. I am a Gottman Educator for Bringing Baby Home and enjoy working with with families during life transitions. I look forward to working with you!
I have earned both my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and my Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. For the last 8 years, I have worked in North Florida providing counseling to children, adults and families. My counseling strengths include serving clients struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood disorders, crisis situations, relationship issues, women's issues, parenting and stress. I am a Gottman Educator for Bringing Baby Home and enjoy working with with families during life transitions. I look forward to working with you!
(904) 406-7908 View (904) 406-7908
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Paul Kenton McRae
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32257
Everyone has moments in life where challenges can be overwhelming or even too much to handle. Let me help you leave that behind and get you back to being you. I truly have a love of helping people reach their potential, and together we can you get to a better place by finding your strengths and building on them to become healthier and leading a more fulfilling life.
Everyone has moments in life where challenges can be overwhelming or even too much to handle. Let me help you leave that behind and get you back to being you. I truly have a love of helping people reach their potential, and together we can you get to a better place by finding your strengths and building on them to become healthier and leading a more fulfilling life.
(904) 474-5430 View (904) 474-5430
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Amanda Forrest
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Not accepting new clients
Are you at a point in your life where you question how well you really have it all pulled together? Previous successes have fallen away, and you are floundering? I work with adults struggling with anxiety, depression, other mood disorders, and substance use disorders. No matter the size and scope of your struggle, therapy can help. Willingness to take the first step starts you down the path. You and I work together to map and explore your personal growth journey. With 22 years of professional experience, and many more of lived experience, I’m ready to join you in crafting a meaningful life.
Are you at a point in your life where you question how well you really have it all pulled together? Previous successes have fallen away, and you are floundering? I work with adults struggling with anxiety, depression, other mood disorders, and substance use disorders. No matter the size and scope of your struggle, therapy can help. Willingness to take the first step starts you down the path. You and I work together to map and explore your personal growth journey. With 22 years of professional experience, and many more of lived experience, I’m ready to join you in crafting a meaningful life.
(904) 344-5230 View (904) 344-5230
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Sidraya Bussie
Counselor, LCMHC
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32224
My name is Sidraya Bussie, and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) based in Jacksonville, FL, and working with Clients statewide via telehealth. I have worked in a variety of settings with Clients and populations providing specialty services in managing everyday challenges, life changes, mental health conditions, etc. I believe in taking a collaborative, holistic, and cognitive approach to counseling, but specifically to what fits the Client’s needs to help alleviate any discrepancies, increase motivation, and find purpose and balance in their life during a journey to self-healing.
My name is Sidraya Bussie, and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) based in Jacksonville, FL, and working with Clients statewide via telehealth. I have worked in a variety of settings with Clients and populations providing specialty services in managing everyday challenges, life changes, mental health conditions, etc. I believe in taking a collaborative, holistic, and cognitive approach to counseling, but specifically to what fits the Client’s needs to help alleviate any discrepancies, increase motivation, and find purpose and balance in their life during a journey to self-healing.
(904) 875-0757 View (904) 875-0757
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Moss Counseling Services
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, MS, LMFT
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32223
My goal as a therapist is to find solutions that work for you on an individual basis, helping you to discover the true potential of your life. There may be no magic button or quick-fix solution when it comes to changing things from the past that have been difficult. What we can do is work together to find understanding and resolution in the difficult areas of your life and in the challenges you have to face. Through various techniques and approaches that have proven results, we’ll be able to identify the behaviors and thoughts that might be holding you back from living your best life, and finding meaning in your everyday life.
My goal as a therapist is to find solutions that work for you on an individual basis, helping you to discover the true potential of your life. There may be no magic button or quick-fix solution when it comes to changing things from the past that have been difficult. What we can do is work together to find understanding and resolution in the difficult areas of your life and in the challenges you have to face. Through various techniques and approaches that have proven results, we’ll be able to identify the behaviors and thoughts that might be holding you back from living your best life, and finding meaning in your everyday life.
(904) 329-7866 View (904) 329-7866
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Erin Smith
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32218
My name is Erin Smith and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida. I have been practicing in the counseling field since 2011. My training and experience derive from working with adults, children, teens, incarcerated individuals, and veterans regarding life adjustments, substance use, and trauma in various settings. I have specialties in treating adjustment, substance, relational, and other mental health disorders. Individuals, couples, adults 18 and up. I work with clients they may have anxiety, depression, career issues, stress, life transitions, substance use, and some trauma.
My name is Erin Smith and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida. I have been practicing in the counseling field since 2011. My training and experience derive from working with adults, children, teens, incarcerated individuals, and veterans regarding life adjustments, substance use, and trauma in various settings. I have specialties in treating adjustment, substance, relational, and other mental health disorders. Individuals, couples, adults 18 and up. I work with clients they may have anxiety, depression, career issues, stress, life transitions, substance use, and some trauma.
(904) 746-9656 View (904) 746-9656
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Lisa Branham
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32256  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Lisa. Are you feeling depressed, worn out and overwhelmed? Do you struggle with trauma, anxiety, stress or low self esteem? If you answered yes to any of these questions you are in the right place. I am a licensed mental health counselor with over 16 years of experience helping youth and adults.
Hello, I'm Lisa. Are you feeling depressed, worn out and overwhelmed? Do you struggle with trauma, anxiety, stress or low self esteem? If you answered yes to any of these questions you are in the right place. I am a licensed mental health counselor with over 16 years of experience helping youth and adults.
(904) 664-1323 View (904) 664-1323
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Headed to Healing LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32217  (Online Only)
Trying to figure life out on your own is difficult, so why keep trying to do it alone? You deserve a safe space to process, heal, and think out loud! Whether you’re a millennial trying to manage your anxiety, a black man who needs to feel free to speak honestly and express yourself emotionally, a pregnant woman feeling anxious or scared during your pregnancy due to a previous miscarriage or infant loss, or someone needing more out of life, I’m your girl!
Trying to figure life out on your own is difficult, so why keep trying to do it alone? You deserve a safe space to process, heal, and think out loud! Whether you’re a millennial trying to manage your anxiety, a black man who needs to feel free to speak honestly and express yourself emotionally, a pregnant woman feeling anxious or scared during your pregnancy due to a previous miscarriage or infant loss, or someone needing more out of life, I’m your girl!
(904) 966-4925 View (904) 966-4925
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Gina Torchon
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32225
Welcome! My name is Gina Torchon and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. I provide counseling to individuals and couples in areas such as anxiety, depression, marital/pre-marital issues, coping skills, divorce, and mood disorders, amongst other. My approach is supportive and mindfulness-based, utilizing several modalities including CBT, DBT, Psychoanalysis, and Interpersonal.
Welcome! My name is Gina Torchon and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. I provide counseling to individuals and couples in areas such as anxiety, depression, marital/pre-marital issues, coping skills, divorce, and mood disorders, amongst other. My approach is supportive and mindfulness-based, utilizing several modalities including CBT, DBT, Psychoanalysis, and Interpersonal.
(904) 694-5034 View (904) 694-5034
Photo of Jenna Gosden, Counselor in Jacksonville, FL
Jenna Gosden
Counselor, MA, LMHC, DMCP
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
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Grace Moran
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32257
My name is Grace Moran and I am a Licensed Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counselor with 20 years of experience working with adults, children, couples and families with a wide variety of mental health concerns and needs. I also have specialized experience in treating trauma-based mental illnesses and injuries and have provided mental health and vocational rehabilitation services to many agencies including the local foster care system, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and domestic violence, and sexual violence agencies. My therapeutic approach matches specific diagnoses and gold standard treatments for those diagnoses.
My name is Grace Moran and I am a Licensed Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counselor with 20 years of experience working with adults, children, couples and families with a wide variety of mental health concerns and needs. I also have specialized experience in treating trauma-based mental illnesses and injuries and have provided mental health and vocational rehabilitation services to many agencies including the local foster care system, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and domestic violence, and sexual violence agencies. My therapeutic approach matches specific diagnoses and gold standard treatments for those diagnoses.
(904) 615-9097 View (904) 615-9097
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Alina Kodatt Counseling
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207
I have always loved helping others process their life-stories and working together to achieve a renewed hope and peace. My family and I live in Jacksonville, Florida, and we enjoy eating really good barbecue. I am Cuban-American, and having grown up in a cross-cultural home, I am drawn to people of all nationalities. I opened my private practice in 2012. I also have experience in community mental health agencies and school settings. I believe deeply in the dignity of every human being, and that there is incredible hope and peace to be found even through the hurt we and others inflict upon ourselves.
I have always loved helping others process their life-stories and working together to achieve a renewed hope and peace. My family and I live in Jacksonville, Florida, and we enjoy eating really good barbecue. I am Cuban-American, and having grown up in a cross-cultural home, I am drawn to people of all nationalities. I opened my private practice in 2012. I also have experience in community mental health agencies and school settings. I believe deeply in the dignity of every human being, and that there is incredible hope and peace to be found even through the hurt we and others inflict upon ourselves.
(904) 490-6486 View (904) 490-6486
Photo of Grayson Stadler, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Jacksonville, FL
Grayson Stadler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32205  (Online Only)
I believe therapy offers individuals a place to become curious about themselves and their relationships in order to feel more self assured and able to handle the many challenges that life presents. In our work together, I will assist you with challenging negative thoughts and improving your ability to understand and openly communicate your feelings. I believe each client is unique and each therapeutic relationship is important. I will collaborate with you to create a strengths based treatment approach to address your specific needs.
I believe therapy offers individuals a place to become curious about themselves and their relationships in order to feel more self assured and able to handle the many challenges that life presents. In our work together, I will assist you with challenging negative thoughts and improving your ability to understand and openly communicate your feelings. I believe each client is unique and each therapeutic relationship is important. I will collaborate with you to create a strengths based treatment approach to address your specific needs.
(904) 587-2206 View (904) 587-2206
Photo of Maurice Flournoy, Healing Minds Counseling, LLC, Mental Health Counselor in Jacksonville, FL
Maurice Flournoy, Healing Minds Counseling, LLC
Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Do you feel pulled in 10 thousand directions, unable to fit all of your responsibilities in? Are you struggling to be present in your relationships? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? Do you feel overly anxious? Whether you're dealing with feeling overwhelmed, relationship issues or cycles of anxiety and depression, I'm here to help. Seeking therapy can feel scary but you're making the right choice. You deserve a safe space to heal and grow. In our sessions together, I'll meet you with compassion and evidence-based techniques so you can overcome the hangups and habits holding you back.
Do you feel pulled in 10 thousand directions, unable to fit all of your responsibilities in? Are you struggling to be present in your relationships? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? Do you feel overly anxious? Whether you're dealing with feeling overwhelmed, relationship issues or cycles of anxiety and depression, I'm here to help. Seeking therapy can feel scary but you're making the right choice. You deserve a safe space to heal and grow. In our sessions together, I'll meet you with compassion and evidence-based techniques so you can overcome the hangups and habits holding you back.
(904) 593-4674 View (904) 593-4674
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Candance Gilberstadt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32224  (Online Only)
Hi. My name is Candance, but you can call me Candy. Do you feel as though you are being weighed down by certain thoughts and emotions, like you are out of balance? Is it difficult for you to manage your day to day responsibilities due to these thoughts and emotions? Would you like help in understanding and managing these thoughts and emotions so you can experience balance in your life? I help individuals get to that place of healthy balance, with a goal of remaining there. Together, we can work to identify your strengths and challenges to find solutions for managing your difficult thoughts and emotions.
Hi. My name is Candance, but you can call me Candy. Do you feel as though you are being weighed down by certain thoughts and emotions, like you are out of balance? Is it difficult for you to manage your day to day responsibilities due to these thoughts and emotions? Would you like help in understanding and managing these thoughts and emotions so you can experience balance in your life? I help individuals get to that place of healthy balance, with a goal of remaining there. Together, we can work to identify your strengths and challenges to find solutions for managing your difficult thoughts and emotions.
(904) 746-1168 View (904) 746-1168
Photo of Connie N Dibagio, Counselor in Jacksonville, FL
Connie N Dibagio
Counselor, MEd, LMHC, LCS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32223
Waitlist for new clients
As a therapist, I work in a partnership with my clients to create a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental environment. I have 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families in various settings. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is paramount for growth and change, and you will know within the first session whether I am the right therapist for you. Over the years, I have developed ways of addressing the past while focusing on the present day, and I have training and experience working with clients from childhood to adulthood. Confidentiality is assured.
As a therapist, I work in a partnership with my clients to create a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental environment. I have 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families in various settings. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is paramount for growth and change, and you will know within the first session whether I am the right therapist for you. Over the years, I have developed ways of addressing the past while focusing on the present day, and I have training and experience working with clients from childhood to adulthood. Confidentiality is assured.
(904) 474-5698 View (904) 474-5698
Photo of Neelam Parmar, Counselor in Jacksonville, FL
Neelam Parmar
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32256  (Online Only)
Welcome to my profile! I am a Licensed Psychotherapist based out of Florida that works in a variety of clinical settings involving diverse populations for 6+ years. I am currently specializing in depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, body image struggles, eating disorders, trauma, and life transitions. In addition, I do have experience in a variety of other specialities ranging from daily high functioning struggles to crisis care. I utilize integrative techniques from a variety of therapeutic modalities with a focus in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic (Trauma) Therapy, while also maintaining a collaborative approach.
Welcome to my profile! I am a Licensed Psychotherapist based out of Florida that works in a variety of clinical settings involving diverse populations for 6+ years. I am currently specializing in depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, body image struggles, eating disorders, trauma, and life transitions. In addition, I do have experience in a variety of other specialities ranging from daily high functioning struggles to crisis care. I utilize integrative techniques from a variety of therapeutic modalities with a focus in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic (Trauma) Therapy, while also maintaining a collaborative approach.
(786) 551-4204 View (786) 551-4204
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pHaith Coaching & Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, QSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32202
I am delighted that you are taking this first step in your journey towards healing and growth. Often times we face roadblocks in our journey that can leave us feeling alone, overwhelmed, and defeated. I am here to help you navigate and conquer those challenges to create a happy and fulfilling life.
I am delighted that you are taking this first step in your journey towards healing and growth. Often times we face roadblocks in our journey that can leave us feeling alone, overwhelmed, and defeated. I am here to help you navigate and conquer those challenges to create a happy and fulfilling life.
(904) 932-0846 View (904) 932-0846
Photo of Laura Daniel, Marriage & Family Therapist in Jacksonville, FL
Laura Daniel
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Not accepting new clients
You may find yourself here, feeling completely disconnected and distant from your partner. They're the person you used to tell everything to, who used to bring butterflies to your stomach; but you’re sitting back, looking at your relationship now, wondering how you two got here. Your once soul-mate has somehow become nothing more than your roommate - going through the motions to get through another day. You’re tired of the fighting, of the eye-rolls, but most of all, tired of the silence. You feel like you’ve tried everything.
You may find yourself here, feeling completely disconnected and distant from your partner. They're the person you used to tell everything to, who used to bring butterflies to your stomach; but you’re sitting back, looking at your relationship now, wondering how you two got here. Your once soul-mate has somehow become nothing more than your roommate - going through the motions to get through another day. You’re tired of the fighting, of the eye-rolls, but most of all, tired of the silence. You feel like you’ve tried everything.
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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
86% Depression
76% Coping Skills
76% Self Esteem
67% Relationship Issues
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Stress

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% Aetna
84% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
79% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Jacksonville, FL see their clients

58% In Person and Online
42% 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.

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Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.