Therapists in Tierra Verde, FL

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Monica Burton
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Tierra Verde, FL 33715
Hello and thank you for reading my profile. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I use a systemic approach to emphasize factors such as relationships and communication patterns. By seeking therapy you are starting the journey to a healthier happier you. You are taking the steps necessary to find your voice and start living to your life's potential. It is my belief that your greatest change comes from within. My goal is to help you make that change, and start getting fulfillment from your life and your relationships.
Hello and thank you for reading my profile. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I use a systemic approach to emphasize factors such as relationships and communication patterns. By seeking therapy you are starting the journey to a healthier happier you. You are taking the steps necessary to find your voice and start living to your life's potential. It is my belief that your greatest change comes from within. My goal is to help you make that change, and start getting fulfillment from your life and your relationships.
(727) 334-2921 View (727) 334-2921
Photo of Ginger Irene Hannigan, Counselor in Tierra Verde, FL
Ginger Irene Hannigan
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Tierra Verde, FL 33715
Welcome and thank you for reviewing my page. A supportive word from me to you: Making a decision to gain a better sense of yourself, redefining (or defining) your value and your purpose in life, is the greatest gift you can offer to yourself and those around you. I anticipate journeying with you and warmly invite you to take the opportunity to reach out to me for a personal consultation.
Welcome and thank you for reviewing my page. A supportive word from me to you: Making a decision to gain a better sense of yourself, redefining (or defining) your value and your purpose in life, is the greatest gift you can offer to yourself and those around you. I anticipate journeying with you and warmly invite you to take the opportunity to reach out to me for a personal consultation.
(727) 325-6588 View (727) 325-6588
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Dr. Diak, The Happiness Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
4 Endorsed
Tierra Verde, FL 33715  (Online Only)
Discover effective, client-friendly therapy you'll feel good about! I know how difficult it can be to find therapy you feel good about. Learn about my uniquely positive, empowering approach. You'll benefit from therapy that is positive and empowering. That helps you live a happier, more joyful life. That enhances your natural resilience, inner strength, and ability to heal. That is customized to be comfortable and effective for you. That focuses on you, not a diagnosis. That knows you are not broken and can overcome any challenge. And most of all, from a therapist who believes in your ability to heal, grow, & overcome your problems.
Discover effective, client-friendly therapy you'll feel good about! I know how difficult it can be to find therapy you feel good about. Learn about my uniquely positive, empowering approach. You'll benefit from therapy that is positive and empowering. That helps you live a happier, more joyful life. That enhances your natural resilience, inner strength, and ability to heal. That is customized to be comfortable and effective for you. That focuses on you, not a diagnosis. That knows you are not broken and can overcome any challenge. And most of all, from a therapist who believes in your ability to heal, grow, & overcome your problems.
(727) 233-5838 View (727) 233-5838
Photo of Kelly Holder Venuti, Counselor in Tierra Verde, FL
Kelly Holder Venuti
Counselor, MS, LMHC, CCBDC, CBHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Tierra Verde, FL 33715
Are you suffering from chronic stress and anxiety? You are most likely experiencing physical symptoms as well, such as headaches, digestive issues, lack of sleep, and brain fog to name a few. There is a direct connection between our physical and mental health. You don't need to suffer any longer! I will work alongside you to create a wellness plan that meets your needs! You will learn how heal with a focus on nutrition, lifestyle habits (movement, improving sleep, self-care), and learning effective coping skills. Focusing on mind-body-spirit encourages renewal and long lasting changes for a happier and healthier YOU!
Are you suffering from chronic stress and anxiety? You are most likely experiencing physical symptoms as well, such as headaches, digestive issues, lack of sleep, and brain fog to name a few. There is a direct connection between our physical and mental health. You don't need to suffer any longer! I will work alongside you to create a wellness plan that meets your needs! You will learn how heal with a focus on nutrition, lifestyle habits (movement, improving sleep, self-care), and learning effective coping skills. Focusing on mind-body-spirit encourages renewal and long lasting changes for a happier and healthier YOU!
(727) 475-2087 View (727) 475-2087
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Stephanie Clark
Profession Licensed , LMHC
Verified
Tierra Verde, FL 33715
If unresolved trauma has left you feeling alone and helpless in a threatening world, or if the catastrophic predictions of anxiety have kept you immobilized, I can help. Using a holistic approach that addresses the mind (our thoughts/beliefs), the emotions, and the body. I work with clients to recognize and embrace the present moment as a safe place from which to connect with others, explore and take risks, and move their lives forward. You’ll learn to regulate your response to triggers, detach from self-defeating core beliefs, and utilize grounding and mindfulness techniques to find the lightness and relief you’ve been seeking.
If unresolved trauma has left you feeling alone and helpless in a threatening world, or if the catastrophic predictions of anxiety have kept you immobilized, I can help. Using a holistic approach that addresses the mind (our thoughts/beliefs), the emotions, and the body. I work with clients to recognize and embrace the present moment as a safe place from which to connect with others, explore and take risks, and move their lives forward. You’ll learn to regulate your response to triggers, detach from self-defeating core beliefs, and utilize grounding and mindfulness techniques to find the lightness and relief you’ve been seeking.
(813) 491-9364 View (813) 491-9364
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Payton S Montague
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Tierra Verde, FL 33715
Congratulations! If you're reading my profile that means you've made a decision to begin to take some action to improve your mental health or to help someone else improve their's. We all go through tough times and we all need to be able to talk with someone about our feelings and the issues we're facing. We were made for human interaction and in today's world its not always easy to find that right person. Please email me or give me a call. I 'd love to speak with you. My company name is "Water's Edge Counseling and Therapeutic Services."
Congratulations! If you're reading my profile that means you've made a decision to begin to take some action to improve your mental health or to help someone else improve their's. We all go through tough times and we all need to be able to talk with someone about our feelings and the issues we're facing. We were made for human interaction and in today's world its not always easy to find that right person. Please email me or give me a call. I 'd love to speak with you. My company name is "Water's Edge Counseling and Therapeutic Services."
(727) 589-1510 View (727) 589-1510
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Nicole Archer
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
4 Endorsed
Tierra Verde, FL 33715  (Online Only)
When you are overwhelmed, it is hard to manage stress & anxiety on your own. I help my clients better cope with all of life's challenges. Past clients have told me that they feel more in control of their emotions and better equipped to handle whatever comes their way. Whether you're struggling to find balance in your work and personal life or looking to be more assertive in your daily interactions, I'm here to help. If you're an adult with ADHD, I have the experience and expertise to help you manage your symptoms.
When you are overwhelmed, it is hard to manage stress & anxiety on your own. I help my clients better cope with all of life's challenges. Past clients have told me that they feel more in control of their emotions and better equipped to handle whatever comes their way. Whether you're struggling to find balance in your work and personal life or looking to be more assertive in your daily interactions, I'm here to help. If you're an adult with ADHD, I have the experience and expertise to help you manage your symptoms.
(727) 349-6117 View (727) 349-6117

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Photo of Shaundra McGuire, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Tierra Verde, FL
Shaundra McGuire
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, MA, RMHCI
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Petersburg, FL 33715
My mission is to help diminish mental suffering. I offer practical tools from a variety of approaches and guide my clients towards deeper insight and self awareness. I love partnering with clients who feel crippled and confused by their own selves. Whether that be with anxiety, addictions, obsessions, or feelings of isolation I am here to help with the solution! We don't always know why life turned out the way it did but there is a way to find serenity with self and the world. People heal. People recover. I encourage hard work and exposure to challenging thoughts, fears, and feelings but I lead gently and always with love.
My mission is to help diminish mental suffering. I offer practical tools from a variety of approaches and guide my clients towards deeper insight and self awareness. I love partnering with clients who feel crippled and confused by their own selves. Whether that be with anxiety, addictions, obsessions, or feelings of isolation I am here to help with the solution! We don't always know why life turned out the way it did but there is a way to find serenity with self and the world. People heal. People recover. I encourage hard work and exposure to challenging thoughts, fears, and feelings but I lead gently and always with love.
(727) 291-9583 View (727) 291-9583
Photo of James Robert Ross, Marriage & Family Therapist in Tierra Verde, FL
James Robert Ross
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Petersburg, FL 33706
Are you and your partner having the same arguments over and over? I can help you get beyond those stupid conflicts and enjoy the intimacy you want. The basic problem is that couples have disconnected emotionally. They don't feel emotionally safe with each other. My counseling will help you achieve your most cherished goal: a strong, healthy, and caring relationship with those who are closest to you.
Are you and your partner having the same arguments over and over? I can help you get beyond those stupid conflicts and enjoy the intimacy you want. The basic problem is that couples have disconnected emotionally. They don't feel emotionally safe with each other. My counseling will help you achieve your most cherished goal: a strong, healthy, and caring relationship with those who are closest to you.
(727) 353-1089 View (727) 353-1089
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Virginia Truglio
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CCAPT, CTMH
Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33715
I strongly believe that high quality therapy with a professional therapist is something that should be affordable and available to all people. I am a licensed clinical social worker with many years of training and experience. I have advanced training in EMDR which has proven to be the “gold standard” of treatment for trauma issues and post traumatic stress disorder. I am also certified in clinical telehealth (CTMH) and anxiety treatment (CCATP). If you are struggling to find your way or are looking to lead a happier, authentic life, I encourage you to take the first steps on your journey of moving in a positive direction.
I strongly believe that high quality therapy with a professional therapist is something that should be affordable and available to all people. I am a licensed clinical social worker with many years of training and experience. I have advanced training in EMDR which has proven to be the “gold standard” of treatment for trauma issues and post traumatic stress disorder. I am also certified in clinical telehealth (CTMH) and anxiety treatment (CCATP). If you are struggling to find your way or are looking to lead a happier, authentic life, I encourage you to take the first steps on your journey of moving in a positive direction.
(727) 334-7238 View (727) 334-7238
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Madeleine Grove - Accepting New Clients!
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, RMHCI
Verified
3 Endorsed
Saint Petersburg, FL 33741
Do you feel stuck and unsure of how to solve your problems? Has your family gone through a change that one or more of you are struggling to adjust to? Do you just wish that you understood yourself or your partner better?
Do you feel stuck and unsure of how to solve your problems? Has your family gone through a change that one or more of you are struggling to adjust to? Do you just wish that you understood yourself or your partner better?
(727) 739-2856 View (727) 739-2856
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Samantha F. Pluto
Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern, CSW
Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33715
Are you struggling in your marriage? Are you questioning how and what the next steps are in your relationship? Do you have past traumas that you are ready to process, but subconscious patterns still control your life? The clients I work with are committed to improving their relationships, working through negative marital patterns, and processing personal trauma. In other words, they are ready to experience joy, love, and personal growth.
Are you struggling in your marriage? Are you questioning how and what the next steps are in your relationship? Do you have past traumas that you are ready to process, but subconscious patterns still control your life? The clients I work with are committed to improving their relationships, working through negative marital patterns, and processing personal trauma. In other words, they are ready to experience joy, love, and personal growth.
(727) 353-6077 View (727) 353-6077
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Dameon Clay
Counselor, Ed S, LMHC, LCMHC, LPCC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Pete Beach, FL 33706
"Change is inevitable, Growth is intentional". My goal is to assist children, teens, individuals and families while enhancing their ability to cope with their current challenges. I am a solution oriented counselor based on the foundation blocks of Positive Psychology. Allow me the opportunity to assist you and your children in improving communication, setting goals, cope with their thoughts while decreasing stress and anxiety. I am a licensed school counselor as well and have over 19 years of experience in a variety of treatment settings. Do something today that your future self will thank you for.
"Change is inevitable, Growth is intentional". My goal is to assist children, teens, individuals and families while enhancing their ability to cope with their current challenges. I am a solution oriented counselor based on the foundation blocks of Positive Psychology. Allow me the opportunity to assist you and your children in improving communication, setting goals, cope with their thoughts while decreasing stress and anxiety. I am a licensed school counselor as well and have over 19 years of experience in a variety of treatment settings. Do something today that your future self will thank you for.
(813) 437-4825 View (813) 437-4825
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Dawne Era
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Saint Pete Beach, FL 33706  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I enjoy working with adults who are invested in improving their relationship with themselves and others through building self esteem and exploring cognitive behavioral change. I have worked with individuals struggling with many issues including depression, anxiety, substance abuse and relationship issues.
I enjoy working with adults who are invested in improving their relationship with themselves and others through building self esteem and exploring cognitive behavioral change. I have worked with individuals struggling with many issues including depression, anxiety, substance abuse and relationship issues.
(401) 753-4731 View (401) 753-4731
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Lori Aitken
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33715
I've specialized in treating anxiety disorders for over 25 years. With experience, I've discovered what works to help my clients overcome panic attacks, OCD, phobias, generalized anxiety, health anxiety, social anxiety and more. In addition to practical experience, I have advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and am a graduate of the International OCD Foundation's Behavioral Therapy Training Institue (BTTI). I currently serve on the Board of Directors of OCD Central and South Florida (an IOCDF affiliate).
I've specialized in treating anxiety disorders for over 25 years. With experience, I've discovered what works to help my clients overcome panic attacks, OCD, phobias, generalized anxiety, health anxiety, social anxiety and more. In addition to practical experience, I have advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and am a graduate of the International OCD Foundation's Behavioral Therapy Training Institue (BTTI). I currently serve on the Board of Directors of OCD Central and South Florida (an IOCDF affiliate).
(941) 241-1705 View (941) 241-1705
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Sara Leslie
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33715
I believe in a mind/body connection, in which physical ailments can affect the mind and mental concerns or stress can affect someone physically. Therefore, I feel it is necessary to look at a person as a whole when you come to me for help. I will take a comprehensive look at all aspects of your life in order to determine the best course of treatment. In addition, I am passionate about therapy! I have seen psycho-therapy change people’s lives for the better and believe this might be possible for you too. Call and schedule an appointment today.
I believe in a mind/body connection, in which physical ailments can affect the mind and mental concerns or stress can affect someone physically. Therefore, I feel it is necessary to look at a person as a whole when you come to me for help. I will take a comprehensive look at all aspects of your life in order to determine the best course of treatment. In addition, I am passionate about therapy! I have seen psycho-therapy change people’s lives for the better and believe this might be possible for you too. Call and schedule an appointment today.
(727) 359-0085 View (727) 359-0085
Photo of Erin Wiley, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Tierra Verde, FL
Erin Wiley
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, MA, LMHC, LPCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Petersburg, FL 33715
As a therapist in my fifties, with a 27 year marriage and 2 college kids, I not only have my education & clinical experience to offer you, but life experience as well. My goal is to help you (& your partner or family if you wish) improve your overall happiness and life satisfaction. I use the newest, most effective therapy techniques to assist you in healing your mind, your heart, & your relationships. For 7 years in a row I've been named the best therapist in Toledo, Ohio, and in 2023 I started seeing clients in Seminole as well. I look forward to talking with you about how I can help you change your life for the BETTER!
As a therapist in my fifties, with a 27 year marriage and 2 college kids, I not only have my education & clinical experience to offer you, but life experience as well. My goal is to help you (& your partner or family if you wish) improve your overall happiness and life satisfaction. I use the newest, most effective therapy techniques to assist you in healing your mind, your heart, & your relationships. For 7 years in a row I've been named the best therapist in Toledo, Ohio, and in 2023 I started seeing clients in Seminole as well. I look forward to talking with you about how I can help you change your life for the BETTER!
(727) 361-2291 View (727) 361-2291
Photo of Angela Garza, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Tierra Verde, FL
Angela Garza
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Petersburg, FL 33715
Are you tired of daily struggles in personal relationships and in school and the workplace? Are you a single parent or recent empty-nester feeling uncertain how to manage this stage of life? Are you feeling stuck or like you have lost yourself? Do you desire to enjoy life but find yourself just getting by? Let's work together to uncover strategies and find creative solutions to facilitate profound life changes. Angela loves working with adolescents, young adults and adults to find balance and live life more intentionally and joyfully.
Are you tired of daily struggles in personal relationships and in school and the workplace? Are you a single parent or recent empty-nester feeling uncertain how to manage this stage of life? Are you feeling stuck or like you have lost yourself? Do you desire to enjoy life but find yourself just getting by? Let's work together to uncover strategies and find creative solutions to facilitate profound life changes. Angela loves working with adolescents, young adults and adults to find balance and live life more intentionally and joyfully.
(813) 578-7518 View (813) 578-7518
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Nina Caricato
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Saint Pete Beach, FL 33706  (Online Only)
I'm a committed and highly dedicated Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with excellent rapport-building skills honed through experience as a therapist, teacher, and life lessons. I understand how important the therapeutic relationship is to make progress with your goals. As a prior teacher in NYC observing the multiple hurdles my students had to overcome to make it to school, through the day, and through the year, I found myself prioritizing those needs. I came to understand the role inner-harmony or peace has on our minds and bodies, and this eventually led me to my role as a therapist.
I'm a committed and highly dedicated Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with excellent rapport-building skills honed through experience as a therapist, teacher, and life lessons. I understand how important the therapeutic relationship is to make progress with your goals. As a prior teacher in NYC observing the multiple hurdles my students had to overcome to make it to school, through the day, and through the year, I found myself prioritizing those needs. I came to understand the role inner-harmony or peace has on our minds and bodies, and this eventually led me to my role as a therapist.
(727) 205-9204 View (727) 205-9204
Photo of Dr Jeannie Bertoli-Online Couples Crisis Counsling, Marriage & Family Therapist in Tierra Verde, FL
Dr Jeannie Bertoli-Online Couples Crisis Counsling
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFC, CHWC
Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33715  (Online Only)
What is happening in your relationship that has you here today? Has one of you had an affair or are dealing with a past trauma? Are you frustrated and dissatisfied with your communication? Are you wondering if you should even stay together? I know you want to feel cared about and prioritized. You need to work together and build trust. You want to feel good again. No matter what kind of relationship challenge you have right now, you have come to the right place. Couples, couples, couples - let's get started and get you to a better place as soon as possible. We will figure this out together!
What is happening in your relationship that has you here today? Has one of you had an affair or are dealing with a past trauma? Are you frustrated and dissatisfied with your communication? Are you wondering if you should even stay together? I know you want to feel cared about and prioritized. You need to work together and build trust. You want to feel good again. No matter what kind of relationship challenge you have right now, you have come to the right place. Couples, couples, couples - let's get started and get you to a better place as soon as possible. We will figure this out together!
(727) 947-1898 View (727) 947-1898

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Number of Therapists in Tierra Verde, FL

< 10

Therapists in Tierra Verde, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% Coping Skills
86% Depression
86% Trauma and PTSD
86% Self Esteem
86% Stress
57% Relationship Issues

Average years in practice

18 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

50% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
50% Other
50% Optum

How Therapists in Tierra Verde, FL see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Tierra Verde?

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.