Therapists in Duluth, GA

Photo of Jenny Casteel, Licensed Professional Counselor in Duluth, GA
Jenny Casteel
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified
Duluth, GA 30096  (Online Only)
My practice focuses on providing a goal-oriented therapeutic experience for my clients. I have many years of experience working in multiple settings and am aware of the difficulties we face in today's society. During sessions together, I will help set goals and develop an atmosphere of trust, fostering open discussion of the client's thoughts and feelings. I work with teenagers and adults experiencing anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, chronic health issues, emotional/behavior concerns, learning disabilities, relationship/family issues, and grief/loss.
My practice focuses on providing a goal-oriented therapeutic experience for my clients. I have many years of experience working in multiple settings and am aware of the difficulties we face in today's society. During sessions together, I will help set goals and develop an atmosphere of trust, fostering open discussion of the client's thoughts and feelings. I work with teenagers and adults experiencing anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, chronic health issues, emotional/behavior concerns, learning disabilities, relationship/family issues, and grief/loss.
(678) 616-2375 View (678) 616-2375
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Kelsey Sander
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CEDS
Verified
Duluth, GA 30096
Waitlist for new clients
Manna Treatment specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, trauma-based disorders, and general mental health. My goal as a primary therapist at Manna is to provide clients and their families a safe space to heal from their underlying hurts and pains and become leaders of their own journey again. Manna offers outpatient therapy, including individual and family, as well as partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient for eating disorders and intensive outpatient for trauma recovery. I also provide the option for clients to utilize faith-based principles in their work with me, if desired.
Manna Treatment specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, trauma-based disorders, and general mental health. My goal as a primary therapist at Manna is to provide clients and their families a safe space to heal from their underlying hurts and pains and become leaders of their own journey again. Manna offers outpatient therapy, including individual and family, as well as partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient for eating disorders and intensive outpatient for trauma recovery. I also provide the option for clients to utilize faith-based principles in their work with me, if desired.
(678) 326-4522 View (678) 326-4522
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William Mcleod
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Duluth, GA 30097
Bill McLeod is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, National Certified Addiction Counselor and earned a master's degree in clinical psychology. Bill joined the LifeStance in August 2018 and serves as an Associate Clinical Director and Psychotherapist in the Duluth, Georgia location. Bill facilitates therapy both in person and telehealth. Bill specializes in primarily working with adults but has experience in working with young adults, geriatrics, and adolescents. His therapeutic methodology is tailored according to the client's needs with a trauma informed care approach.
Bill McLeod is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, National Certified Addiction Counselor and earned a master's degree in clinical psychology. Bill joined the LifeStance in August 2018 and serves as an Associate Clinical Director and Psychotherapist in the Duluth, Georgia location. Bill facilitates therapy both in person and telehealth. Bill specializes in primarily working with adults but has experience in working with young adults, geriatrics, and adolescents. His therapeutic methodology is tailored according to the client's needs with a trauma informed care approach.
(470) 748-6743 View (470) 748-6743
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Erin Meason Stevens
Counselor, LAPC, NCC
Verified
Duluth, GA 30097
As a therapist, my primary intention is to create a non-judgmental space where I can connect genuinely with clients to guide them towards a journey of healing. On this journey I hope to help clients develop a deep connection with themselves and their capability to live a purposeful, fulfilled, healthy, and joyous life. I have many years of experience counseling individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, psychosomatic pain, eating disorders, and neurodiverse diagnoses such as ADHD. I utilize a person-centered approach because I believe the client knows themself the best, and my job is to assist them to find their voice.
As a therapist, my primary intention is to create a non-judgmental space where I can connect genuinely with clients to guide them towards a journey of healing. On this journey I hope to help clients develop a deep connection with themselves and their capability to live a purposeful, fulfilled, healthy, and joyous life. I have many years of experience counseling individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, psychosomatic pain, eating disorders, and neurodiverse diagnoses such as ADHD. I utilize a person-centered approach because I believe the client knows themself the best, and my job is to assist them to find their voice.
(470) 619-2506 View (470) 619-2506
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Ariam Pena
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Duluth, GA 30096  (Online Only)
Ariam I. Peña is a bilingual Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia with 10 years of experience in the mental health field. She is passionate about helping adolescents, and adults of all cultural backgrounds address their unique challenges, foster growth, implement positive change, and live more fulfilled lives. Ariam specializes in substance abuse, depression, anxiety, life changes, and relationship issues. Ariam completed her Bachelor's in Psychology from Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico in 2007, and her Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Argosy University in 2010.
Ariam I. Peña is a bilingual Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia with 10 years of experience in the mental health field. She is passionate about helping adolescents, and adults of all cultural backgrounds address their unique challenges, foster growth, implement positive change, and live more fulfilled lives. Ariam specializes in substance abuse, depression, anxiety, life changes, and relationship issues. Ariam completed her Bachelor's in Psychology from Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico in 2007, and her Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Argosy University in 2010.
(678) 909-1832 View (678) 909-1832
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Debby L Lazarine
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Duluth, GA 30097
I am a licensed clinical social worker with direct experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, utilizing a wide range of modalities in order to maximize a person-centered approach. I received a Master’s degree in Social Work in December 2016 from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN. In 2018, my family and I relocated to South Georgia.Since then, I worked with adolescents at Donalsonville Hospital Behavioral Health Unit, and I completed the Georgia required hours to become an LCSW in September 2020.
I am a licensed clinical social worker with direct experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, utilizing a wide range of modalities in order to maximize a person-centered approach. I received a Master’s degree in Social Work in December 2016 from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN. In 2018, my family and I relocated to South Georgia.Since then, I worked with adolescents at Donalsonville Hospital Behavioral Health Unit, and I completed the Georgia required hours to become an LCSW in September 2020.
(470) 517-7002 View (470) 517-7002
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Dr. Ginny Kington
Psychologist, PsyD, PMH-C
Verified
Duluth, GA 30097
Not accepting new clients
Are you struggling to cope with a major life event such as trauma, chronic illness, divorce, or new parenthood? Have you been experiencing anxiety and depression as a result of these events? My clients are typically going through one or more of these major life events, and are experiencing difficulties with their mood as a result. Although my clients are different from each other, one thing is for sure: they’re ready for some relief. They’re ready to decrease their symptoms of anxiety and depression and to increase their coping skills and their quality of life.
Are you struggling to cope with a major life event such as trauma, chronic illness, divorce, or new parenthood? Have you been experiencing anxiety and depression as a result of these events? My clients are typically going through one or more of these major life events, and are experiencing difficulties with their mood as a result. Although my clients are different from each other, one thing is for sure: they’re ready for some relief. They’re ready to decrease their symptoms of anxiety and depression and to increase their coping skills and their quality of life.
(470) 709-0304 View (470) 709-0304
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Jennifer Hama
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, CPCS
Verified
12 Endorsed
Duluth, GA 30096
If you identify as a people pleaser, caretaker, or perfectionist, I can help you finally say yes to you! You are usually at the bottom of a very long to do list and together we can help you bring yourself up to the top of that list! Learn how to set and enforce healthy boundaries without feeling guilty. We can put the "shoulds" behind you and you can begin to build a life that you choose. No longer do you "have to," instead you can decide how you want to spend your time and energy and with who. You are important and together we can align your heart and your head in order for you to experience all that life has to offer you.
If you identify as a people pleaser, caretaker, or perfectionist, I can help you finally say yes to you! You are usually at the bottom of a very long to do list and together we can help you bring yourself up to the top of that list! Learn how to set and enforce healthy boundaries without feeling guilty. We can put the "shoulds" behind you and you can begin to build a life that you choose. No longer do you "have to," instead you can decide how you want to spend your time and energy and with who. You are important and together we can align your heart and your head in order for you to experience all that life has to offer you.
(770) 285-1808 View (770) 285-1808
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Kathleen Sewell
Counselor, APC
Verified
Duluth, GA 30097
I have a personal passion to help those that are struggling with life's stressors and mental and physical trauma. My expertise lies in helping others in close intimate settings with a strong reliance on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focus Techniques. I have experience helping people struggling with substance abuse, anxiety, depression, trauma, codependency, and grief support.
I have a personal passion to help those that are struggling with life's stressors and mental and physical trauma. My expertise lies in helping others in close intimate settings with a strong reliance on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focus Techniques. I have experience helping people struggling with substance abuse, anxiety, depression, trauma, codependency, and grief support.
(678) 750-2708 View (678) 750-2708
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Alcohol and Drug Evaluations
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MEd, CADC-II, CAMS-II, SAP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Duluth, GA 30096
We provide court approved substance use, anger management and psychological testing and evaluation services. We are a trusted provider offering a comprehensive range of court mandated and employer mandated services. These services include alcohol and drug evaluations, anger management evaluations, SAP Evaluations, mental health evaluations, anger management classes, shoplifting prevention classes, MRT, substance abuse classes, ASAM Level treatment, victim impact panel, and alcohol and drug awareness.
We provide court approved substance use, anger management and psychological testing and evaluation services. We are a trusted provider offering a comprehensive range of court mandated and employer mandated services. These services include alcohol and drug evaluations, anger management evaluations, SAP Evaluations, mental health evaluations, anger management classes, shoplifting prevention classes, MRT, substance abuse classes, ASAM Level treatment, victim impact panel, and alcohol and drug awareness.
(404) 620-4673 View (404) 620-4673
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Donna Young
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Duluth, GA 30097  (Online Only)
Donna Young is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia with over 20 years of experience assisting adolescents, teens, young adults, and families with managing anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and adjusting to life’s ups and downs. Donna obtained her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University.
Donna Young is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia with over 20 years of experience assisting adolescents, teens, young adults, and families with managing anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and adjusting to life’s ups and downs. Donna obtained her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University.
(678) 325-5942 View (678) 325-5942
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Donald L Davidson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Duluth, GA 30096
People change for two reasons, either their minds have been opened or their hearts have been broken. I can help you identify ways to act and think differently or deal with hard situations in life that seem to have stolen hope and happiness. My goal is to understand your story and the challenges you face and help you, your child or your family discover new ways of experiencing life that bring new opportunity, success and peace. Whatever you are facing, I would be glad to talk with you further about any questions that are not answered below.
People change for two reasons, either their minds have been opened or their hearts have been broken. I can help you identify ways to act and think differently or deal with hard situations in life that seem to have stolen hope and happiness. My goal is to understand your story and the challenges you face and help you, your child or your family discover new ways of experiencing life that bring new opportunity, success and peace. Whatever you are facing, I would be glad to talk with you further about any questions that are not answered below.
(678) 658-0914 View (678) 658-0914
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Yasmeen Baajour
Counselor, MS, APC, NCC
Verified
Duluth, GA 30096  (Online Only)
It can be easy to feel lost and out of control. Sometimes, your go-to coping skills and self-care strategies do not seem to be doing the trick. It is imperative that you feel confident in what you have to offer and strong enough to manage adverse situations and emotions that you experience.
It can be easy to feel lost and out of control. Sometimes, your go-to coping skills and self-care strategies do not seem to be doing the trick. It is imperative that you feel confident in what you have to offer and strong enough to manage adverse situations and emotions that you experience.
(470) 619-6220 View (470) 619-6220
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Chrishina Scott
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Duluth, GA 30096
My name is Chrishina J. Scott. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have 15 years of experience in clinical mental health. I work with adults ages 18 and older who have Life Transitions, Stress, Anxiety, Women's Issues, and Coping Skills. My primary treatment approach is Solution Focused Brief Therapy. However, I am skilled in utilizing other treatment modalities to help you reach your goals, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Supportive Therapy. I believe that life is all about trial and error.
My name is Chrishina J. Scott. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have 15 years of experience in clinical mental health. I work with adults ages 18 and older who have Life Transitions, Stress, Anxiety, Women's Issues, and Coping Skills. My primary treatment approach is Solution Focused Brief Therapy. However, I am skilled in utilizing other treatment modalities to help you reach your goals, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Supportive Therapy. I believe that life is all about trial and error.
(678) 506-7448 View (678) 506-7448
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Chris Van Dyck
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Duluth, GA 30096
Hi, my name is Chris Van Dyck. I am a licensed clinical social worker and therapist who has worked with people suffering with depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, and other disorders. I have a deep respect for each client's ability to access, cultivate, and utilize their own inherent wisdom in learning how to cope with their presenting symptoms.
Hi, my name is Chris Van Dyck. I am a licensed clinical social worker and therapist who has worked with people suffering with depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, and other disorders. I have a deep respect for each client's ability to access, cultivate, and utilize their own inherent wisdom in learning how to cope with their presenting symptoms.
(678) 892-7275 View (678) 892-7275
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Sheldon Uriah Kay
Counselor, MS, LAPC, NCC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Duluth, GA 30096
There is a wide range of things that can upend the life you designed or desire for yourself. Couples once madly in love discover communication grows harder and harder. Families plentiful in resources realize they are poor in connection. It can be overwhelming to lose a loved one, a job, a marriage, health, dignity, a sense of security, trust, and self-respect. What begins with great potential somehow transitions into a troubled existence. I would value an opportunity to talk with you about what is impacting your life and help you find the path to the outcomes you want.
There is a wide range of things that can upend the life you designed or desire for yourself. Couples once madly in love discover communication grows harder and harder. Families plentiful in resources realize they are poor in connection. It can be overwhelming to lose a loved one, a job, a marriage, health, dignity, a sense of security, trust, and self-respect. What begins with great potential somehow transitions into a troubled existence. I would value an opportunity to talk with you about what is impacting your life and help you find the path to the outcomes you want.
(678) 580-6284 View (678) 580-6284
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Mallery Higgs
Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified
Duluth, GA 30097  (Online Only)
WHY Choose Me? Because I can relate. I am a Therapist, who is a former Student-Athlete, Coach and Mentor. I lettered in 3 high school sports; basketball, volleyball, track & field, and participated in gymnastics through middle school. After high school, I ran track at University of Tennessee, Knoxville on a full-ride scholarship - Go Vols. I also coached/mentored many athletes for over 30 years. I have been inducted into four sports Halls of Fame, and served in the community for years. Being a therapist coupled with my coaching/mentoring experiences, makes me a great fit for athletes needing someone who can relate to your struggles.
WHY Choose Me? Because I can relate. I am a Therapist, who is a former Student-Athlete, Coach and Mentor. I lettered in 3 high school sports; basketball, volleyball, track & field, and participated in gymnastics through middle school. After high school, I ran track at University of Tennessee, Knoxville on a full-ride scholarship - Go Vols. I also coached/mentored many athletes for over 30 years. I have been inducted into four sports Halls of Fame, and served in the community for years. Being a therapist coupled with my coaching/mentoring experiences, makes me a great fit for athletes needing someone who can relate to your struggles.
(678) 661-5498 View (678) 661-5498
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Kristy Larkin Brewer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PhD
Verified
Duluth, GA 30096  (Online Only)
You wish you could delete those moments from your life somehow. It was those moments that left you struggling the way you are now. You feel yourself holding your breath every day waiting and hoping things will improve with time. Every day is plagued by fear, sadness, helplessness, hopelessness, and brokenness in the aftermath of those traumatic events. You find yourself struggling to get through the day unable to focus or concentrate. You feel lonely, misunderstood, and unheard. You need relief!
You wish you could delete those moments from your life somehow. It was those moments that left you struggling the way you are now. You feel yourself holding your breath every day waiting and hoping things will improve with time. Every day is plagued by fear, sadness, helplessness, hopelessness, and brokenness in the aftermath of those traumatic events. You find yourself struggling to get through the day unable to focus or concentrate. You feel lonely, misunderstood, and unheard. You need relief!
(678) 608-3493 View (678) 608-3493
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Lisa Kelley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Duluth, GA 30096
Lisa Kelley is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience helping families in the Duluth/Johns Creek/Suwanee communities. Since completing her graduate degree, she has worked with a variety of clients in many different settings including inpatient, residential, outpatient, and home-based care. These varied work experiences have given her the opportunity to become proficient in completing biopsychosocial assessments, a variety of therapeutic interventions, parenting skills education, and community resource referrals.
Lisa Kelley is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience helping families in the Duluth/Johns Creek/Suwanee communities. Since completing her graduate degree, she has worked with a variety of clients in many different settings including inpatient, residential, outpatient, and home-based care. These varied work experiences have given her the opportunity to become proficient in completing biopsychosocial assessments, a variety of therapeutic interventions, parenting skills education, and community resource referrals.
(678) 846-3627 View (678) 846-3627
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Raven C Evans
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Duluth, GA 30096  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Evans finds value in helping people navigate life stressors in general, whether it's relationships, workplace issues, self-esteem, boundaries, self-care/coping skills etc. The goal is always to get clients to discover inspiration and/or goals that helps them to start viewing mental wellness as an actual reality for themselves. The goals is to help clients become more flexible with how they handle life transitions, how they define strengths, success, and failure. Dr. Evans will empower her clients to pour into their mental health, while practicing being authentic and true to themselves, and remaining grounded during hardship.
Dr. Evans finds value in helping people navigate life stressors in general, whether it's relationships, workplace issues, self-esteem, boundaries, self-care/coping skills etc. The goal is always to get clients to discover inspiration and/or goals that helps them to start viewing mental wellness as an actual reality for themselves. The goals is to help clients become more flexible with how they handle life transitions, how they define strengths, success, and failure. Dr. Evans will empower her clients to pour into their mental health, while practicing being authentic and true to themselves, and remaining grounded during hardship.
(770) 763-7504 View (770) 763-7504

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Number of Therapists in Duluth, GA

200+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Duluth, GA who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
91% Depression
74% Relationship Issues
73% Self Esteem
72% Trauma and PTSD
67% Coping Skills
60% Stress

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% Aetna
67% Cigna and Evernorth
61% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Therapists in Duluth, GA see their clients

73% In Person and Online
27% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
18% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Duluth?

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.