Therapists in Atlanta, GA

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Steph Furness-Kraft
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30303  (Online Only)
I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in North Carolina.
I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in North Carolina.
(470) 798-5692 View (470) 798-5692
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Jeannie Mills Art and Psychotherapy
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, AT, NCC
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30305
As a psychotherapist licensed in art therapy, I seek to effectively understand a patients inner world through the use of language, metaphor, and creative modalities. I approach each relationship with a common goal of identifying the inner conflicts that often underly the reasons for seeking initial treatment. These conflicts are not always accessible or understood through verbal processes alone, especially in working with younger individuals who primarily communicate through their behavior and play. The use of art becomes an essential tool through which each patient learns to utilize, access, and express their own language.
As a psychotherapist licensed in art therapy, I seek to effectively understand a patients inner world through the use of language, metaphor, and creative modalities. I approach each relationship with a common goal of identifying the inner conflicts that often underly the reasons for seeking initial treatment. These conflicts are not always accessible or understood through verbal processes alone, especially in working with younger individuals who primarily communicate through their behavior and play. The use of art becomes an essential tool through which each patient learns to utilize, access, and express their own language.
(470) 665-3755 View (470) 665-3755
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Duane Williams
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30303  (Online Only)
Duane Williams is a Licensed Professional Counselor affiliated with the Louisiana LPC Board of Examiners and a Board-Approved Provisional Licensed Professional Counselors (PLPC) Supervisor. He holds licenses as a Professional Counselor with the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists and with the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. Mr. Williams holds a Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance from Louisiana Tech University, awarded in 2002, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northwestern State University.
Duane Williams is a Licensed Professional Counselor affiliated with the Louisiana LPC Board of Examiners and a Board-Approved Provisional Licensed Professional Counselors (PLPC) Supervisor. He holds licenses as a Professional Counselor with the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists and with the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. Mr. Williams holds a Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance from Louisiana Tech University, awarded in 2002, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northwestern State University.
(404) 458-8906 View (404) 458-8906
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Susan Kupferberg
Psychologist, JD, PhD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30333  (Online Only)
It can be overwhelming to search for a psychologist, especially when you are already in distress. A comfortable fit between you and your therapist is by far the most essential ingredient in your healing process. I encourage people to be very thoughtful about selecting someone to work with, and to speak with several people if it doesn't feel right from the beginning. I welcome the opportunity to talk with potential clients about their needs, and view our initial conversation as an important first step toward healing.
It can be overwhelming to search for a psychologist, especially when you are already in distress. A comfortable fit between you and your therapist is by far the most essential ingredient in your healing process. I encourage people to be very thoughtful about selecting someone to work with, and to speak with several people if it doesn't feel right from the beginning. I welcome the opportunity to talk with potential clients about their needs, and view our initial conversation as an important first step toward healing.
(404) 369-4980 View (404) 369-4980
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L Elizabeth Shelton
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30303  (Online Only)
I am L. Elizabeth Shelton, GA LPC 008242, and have been fully licensed since 2012, originally in Virginia and since 2015 in Georgia. My theoretical orientation to therapy is CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) as I believe it is critical to understand how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors interact and drive most of the problems people struggle to overcome.
I am L. Elizabeth Shelton, GA LPC 008242, and have been fully licensed since 2012, originally in Virginia and since 2015 in Georgia. My theoretical orientation to therapy is CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) as I believe it is critical to understand how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors interact and drive most of the problems people struggle to overcome.
(470) 828-3024 View (470) 828-3024
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Carla Weathers Towler Counseling Llc.
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30350  (Online Only)
You feel the pressure to be flawless...with food, people, work, appearance, etc. Whether you are stressed out over your relationships or being overly critical of yourself whenever you make a mistake, it is time to make a change. At this point, it's hard to remember a time you didn’t feel like this. But one thing is for sure: you are ready for some relief. Can you picture eating without feeling anxious? Or living your life not worried about what others think? Communicating in a healthier way? You are ready to find joy in the day-to-day again. Most of all, you are ready to embrace a fresh start, and I am here to help.
You feel the pressure to be flawless...with food, people, work, appearance, etc. Whether you are stressed out over your relationships or being overly critical of yourself whenever you make a mistake, it is time to make a change. At this point, it's hard to remember a time you didn’t feel like this. But one thing is for sure: you are ready for some relief. Can you picture eating without feeling anxious? Or living your life not worried about what others think? Communicating in a healthier way? You are ready to find joy in the day-to-day again. Most of all, you are ready to embrace a fresh start, and I am here to help.
(678) 647-9875 View (678) 647-9875
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Heidi Bluming
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30309
I am licensed in GA and MA. I specialize in anxiety and love working with other providers, healers, parents, teachers and caretakers for patients, relatives, parents, partners, etc. who are struggling with burnt out, struggling to find balance in their lives, and perhaps dealing with their own health and chronic health issues. In this field we often support and hold space for others without recognizing our own limits, exhaustion, sickness, chronic health issues, and need for love and support for ourselves. I value a space where we can partner to create boundaries, healing, and support for self.
I am licensed in GA and MA. I specialize in anxiety and love working with other providers, healers, parents, teachers and caretakers for patients, relatives, parents, partners, etc. who are struggling with burnt out, struggling to find balance in their lives, and perhaps dealing with their own health and chronic health issues. In this field we often support and hold space for others without recognizing our own limits, exhaustion, sickness, chronic health issues, and need for love and support for ourselves. I value a space where we can partner to create boundaries, healing, and support for self.
(404) 998-8775 View (404) 998-8775
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Karlyn Benn
MS, LPC, CHHC
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30324  (Online Only)
Do you find yourself saying 'yes' when you really would like to say 'no'? Maybe you keep dating the same 'wrong' person over and over? Or, perhaps you're tired of caring so much about what others think? As a Psychotherapist and Glō Coach, I'm here to help you rid yourself of toxic relationships, even the one you may have with yourself, and live a life full of joy, confidence, courage, and boundaries right now!
Do you find yourself saying 'yes' when you really would like to say 'no'? Maybe you keep dating the same 'wrong' person over and over? Or, perhaps you're tired of caring so much about what others think? As a Psychotherapist and Glō Coach, I'm here to help you rid yourself of toxic relationships, even the one you may have with yourself, and live a life full of joy, confidence, courage, and boundaries right now!
(404) 666-8237 View (404) 666-8237
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William A Hamby
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30328  (Online Only)
For many people, the daily experience of anxiety and depression can feel like "just the way things are." Sometimes, we've lived for so long with it, we don't remember what it's like to live without it. The stress caused by depression and anxiety can affect nearly every part of our lives, including our physical health, our relationships, our careers. Traumatic events or recurring "micro traumas" like bullying or emotional abuse can feel overwhelming. Things can feel even worse if we've been to doctors and therapists before, and nothing seems to have worked.
For many people, the daily experience of anxiety and depression can feel like "just the way things are." Sometimes, we've lived for so long with it, we don't remember what it's like to live without it. The stress caused by depression and anxiety can affect nearly every part of our lives, including our physical health, our relationships, our careers. Traumatic events or recurring "micro traumas" like bullying or emotional abuse can feel overwhelming. Things can feel even worse if we've been to doctors and therapists before, and nothing seems to have worked.
(706) 873-9557 View (706) 873-9557
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Michael Britt - NOCD
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30328  (Online Only)
Growing up, I was curious about why we all feel so differently when faced with the same struggles. This curiosity led me to become a therapist, driven by a desire to help others with their unique challenges. My approach to OCD therapy is to empower you in your treatment journey. We will work together to address the challenges in your life, with no judgment, acknowledging that every emotion is important. At NOCD, my team and I specialize in providing evidence-based treatment for people with OCD. Our deep understanding of OCD’s nuances enables us to properly diagnose and treat it.
Growing up, I was curious about why we all feel so differently when faced with the same struggles. This curiosity led me to become a therapist, driven by a desire to help others with their unique challenges. My approach to OCD therapy is to empower you in your treatment journey. We will work together to address the challenges in your life, with no judgment, acknowledging that every emotion is important. At NOCD, my team and I specialize in providing evidence-based treatment for people with OCD. Our deep understanding of OCD’s nuances enables us to properly diagnose and treat it.
(470) 237-7833 View (470) 237-7833
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Katy Lewis
Associate Professional Counselor, APC
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30307
Are you ready for a change? Art therapy may be right for you. It is not always easy to express our feelings with words alone. There are many challenges life throws at us, but sometimes we can work through them best by doing what comes naturally - creating. In my experience everyone is a born creator. I can help you use art and artistic expression to confront your deepest fears and begin the process of healing. You may be stronger than you think.
Are you ready for a change? Art therapy may be right for you. It is not always easy to express our feelings with words alone. There are many challenges life throws at us, but sometimes we can work through them best by doing what comes naturally - creating. In my experience everyone is a born creator. I can help you use art and artistic expression to confront your deepest fears and begin the process of healing. You may be stronger than you think.
(404) 445-5989 View (404) 445-5989
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Jasmine Williams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30303  (Online Only)
Welcome, I'm Jasmine! Do you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders? Recently experienced a life change and having a hard time navigating? Maybe you've discovered that your relationship with yourself and/or others isn't exactly what you expected them to be. I work with individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and relational and transitional concerns to restore homeostasis in their lives, using a mix of modalities tailored to meet the needs of the individual.
Welcome, I'm Jasmine! Do you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders? Recently experienced a life change and having a hard time navigating? Maybe you've discovered that your relationship with yourself and/or others isn't exactly what you expected them to be. I work with individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and relational and transitional concerns to restore homeostasis in their lives, using a mix of modalities tailored to meet the needs of the individual.
(470) 215-1821 View (470) 215-1821
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Stephanie Cook
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CGT
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30307
Your relationship doesn't feel "right" anymore. You’re disconnected, and it’s been so long since you’ve felt that way about each other. Maybe you're feeling misunderstood, hurt, and lonely. Maybe you’re struggling with something that recently happened--or that happened a long time ago--and your relationship never really recovered. Or it’s been a long, slow drifting apart. Whether you’re fighting all the time, or you never even talk anymore, you just keep falling back into the same dysfunctional pattern, and you just don't know how to change it. You’re ready to have a better relationship; it's time for some expert help!
Your relationship doesn't feel "right" anymore. You’re disconnected, and it’s been so long since you’ve felt that way about each other. Maybe you're feeling misunderstood, hurt, and lonely. Maybe you’re struggling with something that recently happened--or that happened a long time ago--and your relationship never really recovered. Or it’s been a long, slow drifting apart. Whether you’re fighting all the time, or you never even talk anymore, you just keep falling back into the same dysfunctional pattern, and you just don't know how to change it. You’re ready to have a better relationship; it's time for some expert help!
(678) 671-5717 View (678) 671-5717
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Nancy Cahir
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30305
I strongly believe that asking for help with personal issues is very courageous. I admire people who take risks to grow emotionally and in relationships. I provide individual, couples and family psychotherapy to adults, teens and children in the Atlanta area. My specialities are working with relationship conflicts, depression, anxiety, self-esteem and parenting issues. My orientation is eclectic, combining psychodynamic, relational and cognitive approaches. Psychotherapy is a powerful tool that can greatly enhance your life with more abundance and contentment. I am not a passive therapist and give constructive feedback as well as much support and encouragement.
I strongly believe that asking for help with personal issues is very courageous. I admire people who take risks to grow emotionally and in relationships. I provide individual, couples and family psychotherapy to adults, teens and children in the Atlanta area. My specialities are working with relationship conflicts, depression, anxiety, self-esteem and parenting issues. My orientation is eclectic, combining psychodynamic, relational and cognitive approaches. Psychotherapy is a powerful tool that can greatly enhance your life with more abundance and contentment. I am not a passive therapist and give constructive feedback as well as much support and encouragement.
(404) 812-0405 View (404) 812-0405
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Tiffany Johnson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30303  (Online Only)
Hello, I’m Tiffany. Do you find yourself saying “ I want to feel like my self again”, but don’t know how? Are you overwhelmed? Do you find it hard to take care of yourself because you are always taking care of others? Is it difficult to relax because your mind is always racing?
Hello, I’m Tiffany. Do you find yourself saying “ I want to feel like my self again”, but don’t know how? Are you overwhelmed? Do you find it hard to take care of yourself because you are always taking care of others? Is it difficult to relax because your mind is always racing?
(404) 689-9865 View (404) 689-9865
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Dr. Corrine Harris
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30306  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Are you noticing changes in your mood but don't know where to start to get back on track? Do you feel burnt out due to struggles balancing multiple roles and responsibilities? Do you struggle with making your needs a priority? Are you noticing issues in your relationships with communication? Are you worried about making a change but know that you can't stay stuck where you currently are? Welcome to Harris Counseling Services PLLC, where we will walk with you on your journey to better. Welcome to a safe, nonjudgemental place where you can breathe, rest, be, learn more about yourself, and work to reach healing, balance, and wholeness.
Are you noticing changes in your mood but don't know where to start to get back on track? Do you feel burnt out due to struggles balancing multiple roles and responsibilities? Do you struggle with making your needs a priority? Are you noticing issues in your relationships with communication? Are you worried about making a change but know that you can't stay stuck where you currently are? Welcome to Harris Counseling Services PLLC, where we will walk with you on your journey to better. Welcome to a safe, nonjudgemental place where you can breathe, rest, be, learn more about yourself, and work to reach healing, balance, and wholeness.
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Brandon Santan
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30344
Dr. Brandon Santan is a licensed professional counselor and Ph.D. level therapist who considers himself a general mental health and relationship therapist. Dr. Santan specializes in anxiety issues, such as generalized anxiety, OCD, and phobias. Dr. Santan also specializes in addictions and relationship distress. Dr. Santan has a holistic and person-centered approach to counseling that relies on the CBT family of therapeutic modalities during treatment.
Dr. Brandon Santan is a licensed professional counselor and Ph.D. level therapist who considers himself a general mental health and relationship therapist. Dr. Santan specializes in anxiety issues, such as generalized anxiety, OCD, and phobias. Dr. Santan also specializes in addictions and relationship distress. Dr. Santan has a holistic and person-centered approach to counseling that relies on the CBT family of therapeutic modalities during treatment.
(770) 562-7356 View (770) 562-7356
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Brittany Presley
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30307
Whether this is your first time seeking therapy or you're looking to come back after taking a break, I'm so glad you're here searching. Even if you don't experience chronic symptoms of anxiety, depression, etc., this year has been difficult to navigate for many of us and many are looking ways to cope and feel grounded. If you are experiencing burn out, stress, feel lost, struggling with relationships and feel disconnected, I am here to help. I believe in the holistic approach that healing involves the mind, body, and spirit. I believe in acknowledging your past, observing your present, and guiding your future.
Whether this is your first time seeking therapy or you're looking to come back after taking a break, I'm so glad you're here searching. Even if you don't experience chronic symptoms of anxiety, depression, etc., this year has been difficult to navigate for many of us and many are looking ways to cope and feel grounded. If you are experiencing burn out, stress, feel lost, struggling with relationships and feel disconnected, I am here to help. I believe in the holistic approach that healing involves the mind, body, and spirit. I believe in acknowledging your past, observing your present, and guiding your future.
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Anastacia Webb
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30328
Feeling stuck in repetitive patterns or disconnected from your body? Do you yearn for a holistic approach to well-being that addresses your mind, body, and spirit? In my practice I offer psychotherapy, yoga, and Reiki to aid you on your journey towards lasting change. As a cognitive and somatic therapist, I'll partner with you to explore the intricate web connecting your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. We'll delve into unhelpful patterns that may be holding you back, collaboratively develop tools to connect with and enbrace yourself, and navigate challenges with greater self-awareness and resilience.
Feeling stuck in repetitive patterns or disconnected from your body? Do you yearn for a holistic approach to well-being that addresses your mind, body, and spirit? In my practice I offer psychotherapy, yoga, and Reiki to aid you on your journey towards lasting change. As a cognitive and somatic therapist, I'll partner with you to explore the intricate web connecting your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. We'll delve into unhelpful patterns that may be holding you back, collaboratively develop tools to connect with and enbrace yourself, and navigate challenges with greater self-awareness and resilience.
(678) 403-6805 View (678) 403-6805
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Lauren Stinson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC, CPCS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30328
Have you experienced symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, or are you overwhelmed? Are you unable to reduce the emotional charge of a traumatic event? You may experience inability to sleep or sleeping too much. This may impact you personally, professionally or both. Counseling can often shed light on what you're experiencing to help you develop coping skills, manage strong emotions, and even reduce the emotional charge of a traumatic event. Since everyone is unique, we will work collaboratively to create a plan designed just for you to meet your goals.
Have you experienced symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, or are you overwhelmed? Are you unable to reduce the emotional charge of a traumatic event? You may experience inability to sleep or sleeping too much. This may impact you personally, professionally or both. Counseling can often shed light on what you're experiencing to help you develop coping skills, manage strong emotions, and even reduce the emotional charge of a traumatic event. Since everyone is unique, we will work collaboratively to create a plan designed just for you to meet your goals.
(470) 243-2937 View (470) 243-2937
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How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Atlanta, GA

3,000+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Atlanta, GA who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
86% Depression
75% Self Esteem
72% Relationship Issues
69% Coping Skills
66% Stress
62% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% Aetna
75% Cigna and Evernorth
70% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Atlanta, GA see their clients

58% In Person and Online
42% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a therapist in Atlanta?

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.