Therapists in Fort Valley, GA

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Samantha Plut
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Valley, GA 31030
Samantha offers individual and family therapy for children, teenagers, and adults. She works from equine-assisted psychotherapy, dialectal-behavior perspective, cognitive behavioral therapy and other therapy modalities that fit client needs. This can be in-person or via telemental health. Treatment can include PTSD, anxiety disorders, depression, anger management, autism, and much more with a solution based on your needs. She works with clients from all walks of life.
Samantha offers individual and family therapy for children, teenagers, and adults. She works from equine-assisted psychotherapy, dialectal-behavior perspective, cognitive behavioral therapy and other therapy modalities that fit client needs. This can be in-person or via telemental health. Treatment can include PTSD, anxiety disorders, depression, anger management, autism, and much more with a solution based on your needs. She works with clients from all walks of life.
(478) 666-6512 View (478) 666-6512
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The PEACH Pit
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Fort Valley, GA 31030
Tired of talk therapy? We do little talking in sessions, whether with Equine-assisted Psychotherapy or Accelerated Resolution Therapy. We do "work" therapy. With EAP, you'll participate in activities outdoors on the ground with our team: a licensed mental health professional, an equine specialist and horses. When you trust the horse to be part of your counseling team, you feel more empowered to make changes. Horses are reflective and intuitive, and don't judge. ART uses rapid eye movement to help you reprogram how traumatic memories affect you. Keep the memory; lose the pain. Come "experience" therapy with us.
Tired of talk therapy? We do little talking in sessions, whether with Equine-assisted Psychotherapy or Accelerated Resolution Therapy. We do "work" therapy. With EAP, you'll participate in activities outdoors on the ground with our team: a licensed mental health professional, an equine specialist and horses. When you trust the horse to be part of your counseling team, you feel more empowered to make changes. Horses are reflective and intuitive, and don't judge. ART uses rapid eye movement to help you reprogram how traumatic memories affect you. Keep the memory; lose the pain. Come "experience" therapy with us.
(478) 449-0578 View (478) 449-0578
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Classroom 21
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, JD
Verified
Fort Valley, GA 31030
Classroom 21 have always given an ear to people who are in pain and given them words of comfort and encouragement including strangers. Building your mental health is our number one priority.
Classroom 21 have always given an ear to people who are in pain and given them words of comfort and encouragement including strangers. Building your mental health is our number one priority.
(478) 551-3419 View (478) 551-3419
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Door of Hope Counseling Center
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LMHC, MDiv
Verified
Fort Valley, GA 31030
Door of Hope Counseling Center is a private non-profit that offers hope and healing to those who are hurting as a result of trauma and grief, depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, relational issues, parenting issues, or more severe mental health issues. A sliding fee scale is available for those without insurance. Individual, family, group and couples counseling is offered. Play therapy is available for children. Door of Hope serves clients between the ages of 5 to senior adults. I have 29 years experience in community mental health and residential mental health. As a registered Supervisor, I provide supervision for licensure.
Door of Hope Counseling Center is a private non-profit that offers hope and healing to those who are hurting as a result of trauma and grief, depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, relational issues, parenting issues, or more severe mental health issues. A sliding fee scale is available for those without insurance. Individual, family, group and couples counseling is offered. Play therapy is available for children. Door of Hope serves clients between the ages of 5 to senior adults. I have 29 years experience in community mental health and residential mental health. As a registered Supervisor, I provide supervision for licensure.
(478) 845-7343 View (478) 845-7343
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Lillie Koran Cunningham
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MS, AFRet
Verified
Fort Valley, GA 31030  (Online Only)
Welcome to Essential Family Therapy LLC, providing Telemental Health Services. Are you seeking premarital, individual, couple, or family therapy? Caring & empathy grounded in sound therapeutic interventions can assist in the process of change. Don't wait get started today!
Welcome to Essential Family Therapy LLC, providing Telemental Health Services. Are you seeking premarital, individual, couple, or family therapy? Caring & empathy grounded in sound therapeutic interventions can assist in the process of change. Don't wait get started today!
(478) 292-2556 View (478) 292-2556
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Phlandra O Johnson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified
Fort Valley, GA 31030  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
As a parent or caregiver, you feel like you have tried it all. You are honestly trying to identify with your child, but are at a loss for where to begin. Seeing changes in your child's mood, behavior, declining academic performance, or choices? Your child is sending a message. Your child or family may have experienced a significant change, major life events or a traumatic situation. Allow me to help you face and conquer these challenges! **This practice currently serves children, adolescents, and the young adult population. **
As a parent or caregiver, you feel like you have tried it all. You are honestly trying to identify with your child, but are at a loss for where to begin. Seeing changes in your child's mood, behavior, declining academic performance, or choices? Your child is sending a message. Your child or family may have experienced a significant change, major life events or a traumatic situation. Allow me to help you face and conquer these challenges! **This practice currently serves children, adolescents, and the young adult population. **
(478) 331-3044 View (478) 331-3044
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N. Danielle Knight Fox
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Fort Valley, GA 31030
My focus is to help my clients to heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. At Southern Bridge Counseling, we hope to achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan.
My focus is to help my clients to heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. At Southern Bridge Counseling, we hope to achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan.
(478) 449-6644 View (478) 449-6644
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Keila L Stephens
Counselor, LAPC, CADC-II
Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Valley, GA 31030  (Online Only)
Are you having difficulties in life, struggling with a mental health disorder or an addiction, or just looking for employment/career advice? Are you looking for a compassionate, non-judgmental, empathetic and safe counseling experience? If so, I am the therapist for you. I am a Certified Addictions and an Associate Professional Counselor who has experience helping children and adults. I have served over 20 years in the helping profession assisting individuals with disabilities.
Are you having difficulties in life, struggling with a mental health disorder or an addiction, or just looking for employment/career advice? Are you looking for a compassionate, non-judgmental, empathetic and safe counseling experience? If so, I am the therapist for you. I am a Certified Addictions and an Associate Professional Counselor who has experience helping children and adults. I have served over 20 years in the helping profession assisting individuals with disabilities.
(678) 679-1077 View (678) 679-1077
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Dylan W Blanco
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Valley, GA 31030
Are you looking for purpose and happiness in life? At Southern Bridge Counseling, I am passionate about helping others work through addiction, anxiety, depression, grief and loss. Let me help you fortify your personal identity and emotional connection. I am skilled at creating a therapeutic environment that is supportive, non-judgmental, and solution-focused.
Are you looking for purpose and happiness in life? At Southern Bridge Counseling, I am passionate about helping others work through addiction, anxiety, depression, grief and loss. Let me help you fortify your personal identity and emotional connection. I am skilled at creating a therapeutic environment that is supportive, non-judgmental, and solution-focused.
(478) 253-8050 View (478) 253-8050
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Ashley Roberson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Fort Valley, GA 31030
Hello, I'm Ashley, and I am a licensed MFT in Georgia. I thrive in all things’ relationships. Are you single and wanting to learn Biblical principals for selecting a partner? Are you not yet engaged but want to do pre-engagement counseling to ensure you are equally yoked prior to taking the next step? Are you an engaged couple looking to do pre-marital counseling? Are you a married couple looking to improve your relationship? Are you a parent of a teen who is beginning to date and needs guidance on identity and relationships? If any of these sounds like where you are, you have come to the right place.
Hello, I'm Ashley, and I am a licensed MFT in Georgia. I thrive in all things’ relationships. Are you single and wanting to learn Biblical principals for selecting a partner? Are you not yet engaged but want to do pre-engagement counseling to ensure you are equally yoked prior to taking the next step? Are you an engaged couple looking to do pre-marital counseling? Are you a married couple looking to improve your relationship? Are you a parent of a teen who is beginning to date and needs guidance on identity and relationships? If any of these sounds like where you are, you have come to the right place.
(478) 475-2202 View (478) 475-2202

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Ana Hernandez
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Byron, GA 31008  (Online Only)
Are you wrestling with feelings of anxiety, depression, or struggling with your self-esteem? Do you feel like you're trapped in a cycle that's preventing you from living a healthier, happier life? The road to inner healing is not a straight path. It actually can be very difficult to travel, but it is worth going through to free us from fears, emotional pains, and trauma we've been carrying inside. If you're ready to break free from these challenges and move forward towards your goals, I'm here to help guide you through making positive changes to overcome these obstacles and reach your life goals.
Are you wrestling with feelings of anxiety, depression, or struggling with your self-esteem? Do you feel like you're trapped in a cycle that's preventing you from living a healthier, happier life? The road to inner healing is not a straight path. It actually can be very difficult to travel, but it is worth going through to free us from fears, emotional pains, and trauma we've been carrying inside. If you're ready to break free from these challenges and move forward towards your goals, I'm here to help guide you through making positive changes to overcome these obstacles and reach your life goals.
(478) 606-1706 View (478) 606-1706

Online Therapists

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Cynthia Johnson
Psychologist, PhD, PsyD
Verified
Snellville, GA 30078
Licensed psychologist with experience working with adults living with various behavioral health diagnosis and life challenges. Focus on client-centered and recovery-focused strategies with the intent to improve clients' quality of life. Employment history includes successful work in the community mental health, private sector mental health, inpatient, public schools, and university settings. Hobbies include animal assisted therapy volunteer team member with family dog. Ollie (visits children's hospital and hospice faculties). Enjoys travel and learning about different cultures and geographic locations.
Licensed psychologist with experience working with adults living with various behavioral health diagnosis and life challenges. Focus on client-centered and recovery-focused strategies with the intent to improve clients' quality of life. Employment history includes successful work in the community mental health, private sector mental health, inpatient, public schools, and university settings. Hobbies include animal assisted therapy volunteer team member with family dog. Ollie (visits children's hospital and hospice faculties). Enjoys travel and learning about different cultures and geographic locations.
(770) 525-9904 View (770) 525-9904
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Hannah Weeks
Counselor, LAPC
Verified
Atlanta, GA 30329
Hannah Weeks is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor in Georgia who has been practicing since 2022. She graduated from Mercer University with an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Hannah is a therapist who can help clients navigate and manage a variety of mental health concerns, such as depression, childhood behavior issues, OCD, anxiety, personality disorders, and bipolar disorder. She has worked extensively with clients who are experiencing life transitions, self-esteem issues, and identity issues. Hannah is experienced in providing engaging in-person and tele-health services.
Hannah Weeks is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor in Georgia who has been practicing since 2022. She graduated from Mercer University with an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Hannah is a therapist who can help clients navigate and manage a variety of mental health concerns, such as depression, childhood behavior issues, OCD, anxiety, personality disorders, and bipolar disorder. She has worked extensively with clients who are experiencing life transitions, self-esteem issues, and identity issues. Hannah is experienced in providing engaging in-person and tele-health services.
(470) 863-1640 View (470) 863-1640
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Macon Mills
Associate Professional Counselor, MEd, APC, NCC
Verified
Peachtree City, GA 30269
My goal is to help guide my clients to where they need/want to be despite whether or not they are currently on that path. As a counselor, I do not wear the "expert cap", because this is your life, your experiences, and your concerns. You are the expert on your life! I am here to provide an unbiased, safe place for you to talk to through (and live through) your experiences. All clients are treated equally and will be given the same unconditional positive regard. Counseling has many benefits, such as increased self-esteem, better coping skills, increased self-awareness, better daily living skills, stress reduction, & holistic health.
My goal is to help guide my clients to where they need/want to be despite whether or not they are currently on that path. As a counselor, I do not wear the "expert cap", because this is your life, your experiences, and your concerns. You are the expert on your life! I am here to provide an unbiased, safe place for you to talk to through (and live through) your experiences. All clients are treated equally and will be given the same unconditional positive regard. Counseling has many benefits, such as increased self-esteem, better coping skills, increased self-awareness, better daily living skills, stress reduction, & holistic health.
(678) 250-6095 View (678) 250-6095
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Odona Whiddon
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
Columbus, GA 31909
I have more than 15 years of experience providing Christian Counseling Services. I blend practical application of Bible-based truths and life wisdom to help rebuild broken relationships, and reignite individual purpose and passion. I encourage others to embrace the strength of the cross and walk in the confidence of our faith.
I have more than 15 years of experience providing Christian Counseling Services. I blend practical application of Bible-based truths and life wisdom to help rebuild broken relationships, and reignite individual purpose and passion. I encourage others to embrace the strength of the cross and walk in the confidence of our faith.
(706) 249-4228 View (706) 249-4228
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1up Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LPCC, NCC, C-DBT, MS
Verified
Warner Robins, GA 31088
1up Counseling welcomes clients ages 6 through 64, with a specialized focus on children, teenagers, and young adults. We provide an enthusiastic and fresh brand of therapy that blends traditional empirical therapeutic techniques with a new and modern approach. The 1up staff will create an individualized treatment plan to help you tackle your goals step by step. Equipped to handle both individual and family/group therapy, our sessions are focused, and our counselors are prepared to arm you with the skills you need to function at your best.
1up Counseling welcomes clients ages 6 through 64, with a specialized focus on children, teenagers, and young adults. We provide an enthusiastic and fresh brand of therapy that blends traditional empirical therapeutic techniques with a new and modern approach. The 1up staff will create an individualized treatment plan to help you tackle your goals step by step. Equipped to handle both individual and family/group therapy, our sessions are focused, and our counselors are prepared to arm you with the skills you need to function at your best.
(478) 200-3709 View (478) 200-3709
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BestCare Counseling, PC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, CPCS, CAMS
Verified
Dublin, GA 31021
Do you want counseling but have a financial hardship at this time? Would FREE counseling help you right now? Are you tired of that on-going feeling of doom, dreading to get out of the bed to face the day, or feeling overwhelmed with life? Are you tired of turning to drugs or alcohol to get rid of those unwanted thoughts or to cope with your past? Are you undecided about your future goals or what you want to do after high school or college? Have you been diagnosed with Bipolar, depression or anxiety but don't want to take medication to manage your symptoms? Are you ready to live your destined life? Are you ready to CHANGE?
Do you want counseling but have a financial hardship at this time? Would FREE counseling help you right now? Are you tired of that on-going feeling of doom, dreading to get out of the bed to face the day, or feeling overwhelmed with life? Are you tired of turning to drugs or alcohol to get rid of those unwanted thoughts or to cope with your past? Are you undecided about your future goals or what you want to do after high school or college? Have you been diagnosed with Bipolar, depression or anxiety but don't want to take medication to manage your symptoms? Are you ready to live your destined life? Are you ready to CHANGE?
(855) 942-5313 View (855) 942-5313
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Shamia Turlington
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified
Jonesboro, GA 30236
With six years of experience providing individual children and adult therapy, couple’s therapy, and family therapy. I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution Focused Approach, and Reality Therapy. I have an expertise in trauma, suppression of thoughts and feelings, and experiences of emotional or physical rejection and abandonment. I believe that life experiences in children molds the development in children as you transition into adults. I am intentional with educating adults on discovering the inner child that needs to be healed to be a whole individual and effective spouse, parent, or employee.
With six years of experience providing individual children and adult therapy, couple’s therapy, and family therapy. I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution Focused Approach, and Reality Therapy. I have an expertise in trauma, suppression of thoughts and feelings, and experiences of emotional or physical rejection and abandonment. I believe that life experiences in children molds the development in children as you transition into adults. I am intentional with educating adults on discovering the inner child that needs to be healed to be a whole individual and effective spouse, parent, or employee.
(678) 635-9711 View (678) 635-9711
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James O Montford Jr.
Pastoral Counselor, PhD, MSPC, BACS, CCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Douglasville, GA 30135
Dr. James Montford, Jr. has a passion for marriage and family counseling, teens, young adult males, and those that struggle with substance abuse and other addictions. James specializes in Solution Focused and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. AREAS OF FOCUS: Men's Issues, Marriage and Family, Depression, Substance Abuse, Self-mutilating behavior, Sexual Addictions, and Identity Issues, Eating disorders. James earned his Ph.D. in Religious Philosophy in Christian Counseling his master's in Professional Counseling and his Bachelor's degree in Christian Studies James is a Certified Christian Counselor in Ga and Fla.
Dr. James Montford, Jr. has a passion for marriage and family counseling, teens, young adult males, and those that struggle with substance abuse and other addictions. James specializes in Solution Focused and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. AREAS OF FOCUS: Men's Issues, Marriage and Family, Depression, Substance Abuse, Self-mutilating behavior, Sexual Addictions, and Identity Issues, Eating disorders. James earned his Ph.D. in Religious Philosophy in Christian Counseling his master's in Professional Counseling and his Bachelor's degree in Christian Studies James is a Certified Christian Counselor in Ga and Fla.
(770) 626-7947 View (770) 626-7947
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Rhonda S Mcginnis
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, EMDR, CAMS II, TF-CBT, CCTP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Loganville, GA 30052  (Online Only)
All of us have found ourselves at some point feeling stuck - wanting our story to look different, but without the toolsexperiences to make that happen. As a therapist with more than 10 years experience as an educator, I believe growth happens best with compassion, gentle challenge, creativity and humor. Understanding that what happens to us impacts our mind and our body, I individualize treatment which addresses mind, body and experiences. I provide a safe space to create healthy thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors along with the tools to sustain them. I work with adolescents and adults in individual, couples and family sessions.
All of us have found ourselves at some point feeling stuck - wanting our story to look different, but without the toolsexperiences to make that happen. As a therapist with more than 10 years experience as an educator, I believe growth happens best with compassion, gentle challenge, creativity and humor. Understanding that what happens to us impacts our mind and our body, I individualize treatment which addresses mind, body and experiences. I provide a safe space to create healthy thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors along with the tools to sustain them. I work with adolescents and adults in individual, couples and family sessions.
(470) 238-2424 View (470) 238-2424

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Number of Therapists in Fort Valley, GA

10+

Average cost per session

$75

Therapists in Fort Valley, GA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
80% Relationship Issues
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Family Conflict
80% Coping Skills
70% Anger Management

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Cigna and Evernorth
78% Aetna
78% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Therapists in Fort Valley, GA see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Fort Valley?

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.