Therapists in Cumming, GA

Photo of James Allan Purvis, Psychologist in Cumming, GA
James Allan Purvis
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040  (Online Only)
I work collaboratively with clients on a variety of issues including depression and anxiety, relationship difficulties, anger and stress management, career development, alcohol and chemical dependency, and adjustment to life changes. In counseling individuals and couples, I employ both psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral approaches. I also hold Board Certification in alcohol and chemical dependency treatment. Since I work with colleagues in a variety of practice disciplines, if a referral is needed for medication or other special needs, referral options are readily available. I received my doctoral degree in both Social and
I work collaboratively with clients on a variety of issues including depression and anxiety, relationship difficulties, anger and stress management, career development, alcohol and chemical dependency, and adjustment to life changes. In counseling individuals and couples, I employ both psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral approaches. I also hold Board Certification in alcohol and chemical dependency treatment. Since I work with colleagues in a variety of practice disciplines, if a referral is needed for medication or other special needs, referral options are readily available. I received my doctoral degree in both Social and
(678) 671-5292 View (678) 671-5292
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Cory Tarver
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Cumming, GA 30028
Thank you for taking the time to explore my approach to therapy. I have over 5 years of experience working with people to heal trauma. Traumatic events could include any experience a person perceived as threatening. My therapeutic modality is using a combination of Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Internal Relationship Focusing (IRF). I believe each client's body has the wisdom to guide us, client and therapist, through the resolution of trauma symptoms. I love to work with people who have spent considerable time in talk therapy and are now looking for alternative approaches.
Thank you for taking the time to explore my approach to therapy. I have over 5 years of experience working with people to heal trauma. Traumatic events could include any experience a person perceived as threatening. My therapeutic modality is using a combination of Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Internal Relationship Focusing (IRF). I believe each client's body has the wisdom to guide us, client and therapist, through the resolution of trauma symptoms. I love to work with people who have spent considerable time in talk therapy and are now looking for alternative approaches.
(770) 574-4837 View (770) 574-4837
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Lou Carfizzi
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040  (Online Only)
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, as if it's become an epidemic in your life? If so, I'm here to offer specialized support in treating anxiety, depression, and related issues. Together, we can work towards finding real peace of mind. One of the ways anxiety manifests is through constant "playback" of previous interactions and daily tasks, leaving you feeling like you're unable to control your thoughts and the intensity of your thinking. But don't worry, we can address and overcome these challenges. In my approach,
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, as if it's become an epidemic in your life? If so, I'm here to offer specialized support in treating anxiety, depression, and related issues. Together, we can work towards finding real peace of mind. One of the ways anxiety manifests is through constant "playback" of previous interactions and daily tasks, leaving you feeling like you're unable to control your thoughts and the intensity of your thinking. But don't worry, we can address and overcome these challenges. In my approach,
(706) 403-0740 View (706) 403-0740
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Jana Walker
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040  (Online Only)
Jana Lea Walker is an integrative Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor with over 25 years of experience in the mental health and substance abuse field. She specializes in treating adults who are suffering from depression, anxiety, mood disorder, substance use, interpersonal, trauma, infidelity, and grief.
Jana Lea Walker is an integrative Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor with over 25 years of experience in the mental health and substance abuse field. She specializes in treating adults who are suffering from depression, anxiety, mood disorder, substance use, interpersonal, trauma, infidelity, and grief.
(678) 616-2723 View (678) 616-2723
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Mary Kate Veal
Counselor, MA, LAPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Cumming, GA 30040  (Online Only)
My ideal client faces anxiety or significant life changes, seeking a confidential space to express themselves. Other issues could include depression, executive functioning, trauma, perfectionism, and emotional exploration. I am a therapist who balances emotional processing with practical coping skills. Some goals clients may have who work with me are to understand emotions, develop effective tools, and build resilience. Motivated for positive change, they seek transformative therapy, valuing a blend of emotional exploration and practical solutions.
My ideal client faces anxiety or significant life changes, seeking a confidential space to express themselves. Other issues could include depression, executive functioning, trauma, perfectionism, and emotional exploration. I am a therapist who balances emotional processing with practical coping skills. Some goals clients may have who work with me are to understand emotions, develop effective tools, and build resilience. Motivated for positive change, they seek transformative therapy, valuing a blend of emotional exploration and practical solutions.
(404) 905-3132 View (404) 905-3132
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Chelsea King
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cumming, GA 30040
My ideal client is someone who's ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth. They may be dealing with a range of challenges, from stress and anxiety to relationship issues or a desire for greater self-understanding. What they need most is a compassionate and experienced guide, someone who can help them navigate their emotions and thoughts, and empower them to take control of their actions and choices. My clients seek to set meaningful goals for themselves, whether in their relationships, careers, or personal development. They want to unlock their potential and tap into their inner wisdom.
My ideal client is someone who's ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth. They may be dealing with a range of challenges, from stress and anxiety to relationship issues or a desire for greater self-understanding. What they need most is a compassionate and experienced guide, someone who can help them navigate their emotions and thoughts, and empower them to take control of their actions and choices. My clients seek to set meaningful goals for themselves, whether in their relationships, careers, or personal development. They want to unlock their potential and tap into their inner wisdom.
(770) 545-6818 View (770) 545-6818
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Antonio Cordero
Counselor, LPC, EdM
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cumming, GA 30040  (Online Only)
Do you feel like past or current challenges affect your ability to meet your full potential? Are you feeling lost, powerless, or disengaged? Have you noticed yourself resorting to unwanted activities to cope with distress? Are you seeking a therapeutic space that acknowledges you as a whole, complex person while you work toward your goals? I work with individuals, families, and couples to address these concerns. As your therapist, I feel passionate about empowering you with tools to live a full, cognizant, and rewarding life. Together, we work collaboratively to navigate life stressors affecting your quality of life.
Do you feel like past or current challenges affect your ability to meet your full potential? Are you feeling lost, powerless, or disengaged? Have you noticed yourself resorting to unwanted activities to cope with distress? Are you seeking a therapeutic space that acknowledges you as a whole, complex person while you work toward your goals? I work with individuals, families, and couples to address these concerns. As your therapist, I feel passionate about empowering you with tools to live a full, cognizant, and rewarding life. Together, we work collaboratively to navigate life stressors affecting your quality of life.
(470) 275-1521 View (470) 275-1521
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Amanda O. Reedinger
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, NCC, LPC, CCTP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Cumming, GA 30040
I am committed to assisting people who have experienced traumatic life events. My goal is to guide clients during life's storms, to be a springboard that assists in propelling them toward a fuller, more meaningful life of their choosing. I trust my clients' strengths and abilities to become their greatest selves through discovery of their innate self-worth. I embrace and value the uniqueness and individuality of my clients and strive to be an advocate for all. I specialize in working with individuals overcoming trauma and the LGBT community. I look forward to assisting in your journey to peace.
I am committed to assisting people who have experienced traumatic life events. My goal is to guide clients during life's storms, to be a springboard that assists in propelling them toward a fuller, more meaningful life of their choosing. I trust my clients' strengths and abilities to become their greatest selves through discovery of their innate self-worth. I embrace and value the uniqueness and individuality of my clients and strive to be an advocate for all. I specialize in working with individuals overcoming trauma and the LGBT community. I look forward to assisting in your journey to peace.
(678) 270-2268 View (678) 270-2268
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Laurelanne Hackinson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
I believe that we are all unique people with gifts and talents yet to be realized, and that some of us are having trouble seeing it within ourselves and need a little help. I am here to help. I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor with a deep desire to help individuals overcome their mental and emotional problems using a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) approach . Your thoughts are the drivers of who you are and what you can become and do. Negative thoughts can sabotage us in many areas - your well being, your relationships, your career, your past, your present and your future.
I believe that we are all unique people with gifts and talents yet to be realized, and that some of us are having trouble seeing it within ourselves and need a little help. I am here to help. I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor with a deep desire to help individuals overcome their mental and emotional problems using a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) approach . Your thoughts are the drivers of who you are and what you can become and do. Negative thoughts can sabotage us in many areas - your well being, your relationships, your career, your past, your present and your future.
(678) 940-6707 View (678) 940-6707
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Carla Burran
Pastoral Counselor, MAPC, M&F, CCTS2
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
New Clients Welcome (Vickery Village Office) Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, or relationship problems? You may simply be looking for better coping skills for these uncertain times, or new ways to improve the quality of your life. Whatever your situation may be, I am here to help. I understand your need for a safe, private, non-judgmental place to explore whatever is happening in your life that prompted you to seek counseling.
New Clients Welcome (Vickery Village Office) Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, or relationship problems? You may simply be looking for better coping skills for these uncertain times, or new ways to improve the quality of your life. Whatever your situation may be, I am here to help. I understand your need for a safe, private, non-judgmental place to explore whatever is happening in your life that prompted you to seek counseling.
(404) 999-0488 View (404) 999-0488
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Dana Griffith
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cumming, GA 30040  (Online Only)
Depression, anxiety, and fear; they can be overwhelming and leave us feeling stuck! Therapy is about understanding, healing, and creating. Each one of us has a story. It’s about where we’ve been and what happened to us. It holds the reasons for our depression, anxiety, and fear. When we understand who we are, and what we need, we can learn to create the life we want. Creation comes from building on strengths and discovering new possibilities. It comes from living intentionally, and well. It brings peace, connection, and an authentic life.
Depression, anxiety, and fear; they can be overwhelming and leave us feeling stuck! Therapy is about understanding, healing, and creating. Each one of us has a story. It’s about where we’ve been and what happened to us. It holds the reasons for our depression, anxiety, and fear. When we understand who we are, and what we need, we can learn to create the life we want. Creation comes from building on strengths and discovering new possibilities. It comes from living intentionally, and well. It brings peace, connection, and an authentic life.
(470) 613-1068 View (470) 613-1068
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Dr. Michele Harding
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
In-person or virtual openings: Tues, Wed, & Thurs 8am-2pm. Are you easily angered, can't quit crying, or anxious? Are you frequently irritable, which impacts your relationships? Are your emotions difficult to manage? Are you uncertain as to why you even feel the way you do? I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who is here to walk through this with you. My 18 years experience and a PhD in Counseling allows me to combine an understanding of real-world practicality with a depth of knowledge. I am a mom of two juggling life right along with you (... and even winging motherhood with you too)!
In-person or virtual openings: Tues, Wed, & Thurs 8am-2pm. Are you easily angered, can't quit crying, or anxious? Are you frequently irritable, which impacts your relationships? Are your emotions difficult to manage? Are you uncertain as to why you even feel the way you do? I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who is here to walk through this with you. My 18 years experience and a PhD in Counseling allows me to combine an understanding of real-world practicality with a depth of knowledge. I am a mom of two juggling life right along with you (... and even winging motherhood with you too)!
(678) 647-6634 View (678) 647-6634
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Charles L Britt, Jr., MS, LPC, NCC, CPCS
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC, CPCS
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Cumming, GA 30040
Are you or do you know someone who is suffering from problems such as depression, anxiety,anger or addiction? Many of us at times find ourselves or our loved ones trapped and having difficulty finding a way out of the problems life brings. Through the suffering and the pain we are tempted to give up in despair, unable to see a way through the confusion and hopelessness.As a Christian counselor I seek to minister to the mental, emotional and spiritual needs of the individual, couple or families who may be struggling with various problems.
Are you or do you know someone who is suffering from problems such as depression, anxiety,anger or addiction? Many of us at times find ourselves or our loved ones trapped and having difficulty finding a way out of the problems life brings. Through the suffering and the pain we are tempted to give up in despair, unable to see a way through the confusion and hopelessness.As a Christian counselor I seek to minister to the mental, emotional and spiritual needs of the individual, couple or families who may be struggling with various problems.
(678) 824-2142 x1 View (678) 824-2142 x1
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Ceillia with The Counseling Group LLC
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30041
Cecilla studied and graduated in psychology in her native country of Peru. After immigrating to the USA, she has earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology. She has completed AMO academy's required training and evaluation and was awarded the title of Master Hypnotherapist certification. Currently, Cecilla is pursuing her master's degree in Clinical Psychology. She believes in focusing on guiding the client to find the root cause of the mental difficulties and working together to meet desired goals.
Cecilla studied and graduated in psychology in her native country of Peru. After immigrating to the USA, she has earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology. She has completed AMO academy's required training and evaluation and was awarded the title of Master Hypnotherapist certification. Currently, Cecilla is pursuing her master's degree in Clinical Psychology. She believes in focusing on guiding the client to find the root cause of the mental difficulties and working together to meet desired goals.
(770) 749-7157 View (770) 749-7157
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Dr. Michelle Rutz
PsyD, MEd
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30041
Loss can shatter all our assumptions of how we thought our life was supposed to be. As a grief counselor for women and children, I understand that loss of any kind requires many strategies for releasing deep emotions of grief, sorrow, and pain. I use hands-on activities for processing grief: sand tray, kintsugi repair, mandala symbolic art, somatic coping skills, and other creative techniques because sometimes words are not enough.
Loss can shatter all our assumptions of how we thought our life was supposed to be. As a grief counselor for women and children, I understand that loss of any kind requires many strategies for releasing deep emotions of grief, sorrow, and pain. I use hands-on activities for processing grief: sand tray, kintsugi repair, mandala symbolic art, somatic coping skills, and other creative techniques because sometimes words are not enough.
(470) 785-9266 View (470) 785-9266
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Natalia Barrero
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, MS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Cumming, GA 30040
Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, I have a deep love for and understanding of Latin culture. After working in the corporate world as an accountant, I realized that my true passion was working with families. I became an Immersion Spanish teacher and subsequently the director of an Immersion Spanish preschool. I discovered how fulfilled I felt after working with parents and helping them with all of the beautiful challenges of parenting. I then pursued a degree in and graduated with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, I have a deep love for and understanding of Latin culture. After working in the corporate world as an accountant, I realized that my true passion was working with families. I became an Immersion Spanish teacher and subsequently the director of an Immersion Spanish preschool. I discovered how fulfilled I felt after working with parents and helping them with all of the beautiful challenges of parenting. I then pursued a degree in and graduated with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
(770) 692-2731 View (770) 692-2731
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Callie Garrett
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cumming, GA 30040
Callie Garrett is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor with 8 years of experience working in the mental health field. She seeks to meet people where they are without judgment and empower them to be the healthiest version of themselves. Callie is passionate about helping adults and couples achieve their goals. She specializes in depression, anxiety, addiction, and relationship issues.
Callie Garrett is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor with 8 years of experience working in the mental health field. She seeks to meet people where they are without judgment and empower them to be the healthiest version of themselves. Callie is passionate about helping adults and couples achieve their goals. She specializes in depression, anxiety, addiction, and relationship issues.
(678) 635-9457 View (678) 635-9457
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Cheryl A. O'Connell
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CPCS, BC-TMH, TPMC996
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cumming, GA 30028  (Online Only)
Relationships, Marriage, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Family Conflict, Teenager, Grief (family, friends or pets). With over 20yrs of therapeutic experience my overall passion is helping Individuals, Teens, Couples & Families discover the truth in their current circumstances & together developing a peaceful, livable solution. ALL appointments are Virtual Telemental Health. I look forward to meeting and working with you.
Relationships, Marriage, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Family Conflict, Teenager, Grief (family, friends or pets). With over 20yrs of therapeutic experience my overall passion is helping Individuals, Teens, Couples & Families discover the truth in their current circumstances & together developing a peaceful, livable solution. ALL appointments are Virtual Telemental Health. I look forward to meeting and working with you.
(404) 919-7334 View (404) 919-7334
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Kerri L Cranford Baker
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
Wellspring Psychological Services, LLC, is a place for healing and for hope. It is my aim to provide a warm and supportive therapeutic atmosphere where individiuals and families can reach their goals of healing, reconciliation and growth.
Wellspring Psychological Services, LLC, is a place for healing and for hope. It is my aim to provide a warm and supportive therapeutic atmosphere where individiuals and families can reach their goals of healing, reconciliation and growth.
(470) 410-6986 View (470) 410-6986
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Beyond Today Counseling Center, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cumming, GA 30040
Are you overwhelmed with trying to find the right therapist for you or your family member? Has your search left you frustrated and confused? Our practice is multi-disciplinary, meaning we treat all ages and a variety of specializations. The counselors of Beyond Today Counseling Center all provide compassionate and evidenced base care to the individuals and families who seek our services. With this variety of professional expertise, we are able to meet a multitude of treatment needs. If for some reason we are not able to help you at this time, we will help you find someone in the area who we think will be a good fit for you.
Are you overwhelmed with trying to find the right therapist for you or your family member? Has your search left you frustrated and confused? Our practice is multi-disciplinary, meaning we treat all ages and a variety of specializations. The counselors of Beyond Today Counseling Center all provide compassionate and evidenced base care to the individuals and families who seek our services. With this variety of professional expertise, we are able to meet a multitude of treatment needs. If for some reason we are not able to help you at this time, we will help you find someone in the area who we think will be a good fit for you.
(678) 882-7833 View (678) 882-7833

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Cumming, GA

300+

Average cost per session

$130

Therapists in Cumming, GA who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
89% Depression
70% Self Esteem
67% Coping Skills
66% Relationship Issues
61% Grief
61% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Aetna
81% Cigna and Evernorth
79% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Cumming, GA see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
19% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Cumming?

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.