Therapists in Macon, GA

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Valerie Cleveland
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31210  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Valerie and want to congratulate you for taking a step that can change your life. A lot of people think about going to therapy for years. But often put it off. Then usually something dramatic happens, and you realize if I don't start therapy now I may fall into a dark hole, and you're afraid you won't get out of it. I have worked with many clients who have felt that way, and later said "I wish I started therapy years ago. It really works, and I love having you as my therapist; you really get it.
Hi, I'm Valerie and want to congratulate you for taking a step that can change your life. A lot of people think about going to therapy for years. But often put it off. Then usually something dramatic happens, and you realize if I don't start therapy now I may fall into a dark hole, and you're afraid you won't get out of it. I have worked with many clients who have felt that way, and later said "I wish I started therapy years ago. It really works, and I love having you as my therapist; you really get it.
(478) 429-4193 View (478) 429-4193
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Inner-Connect Counseling, Consulting & Education
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, LPC, CPCS, MA
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31204
I enjoy in working with individuals with mood disorders, stress, anxiety, and people who desire to make changes to improve their quality of life. I work well with couples and specialize in working with Blended families.
I enjoy in working with individuals with mood disorders, stress, anxiety, and people who desire to make changes to improve their quality of life. I work well with couples and specialize in working with Blended families.
(478) 796-8784 View (478) 796-8784
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Consuela Edwards
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31210
Consuela works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Consuela believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
Consuela works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Consuela believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
(478) 401-8140 View (478) 401-8140
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Wayne H Welch, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, AAMFT
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31204
I bring to my practice many years of experience in psychotherapy on a wide array of issues; Whatever the issues I bring no judgment, and a commitment to an empathic alliance with you to face your unique challenges. I see a limited number of clients which affords you greater attention and flexibility of scheduling. I hope you will call so we can explore working together.
I bring to my practice many years of experience in psychotherapy on a wide array of issues; Whatever the issues I bring no judgment, and a commitment to an empathic alliance with you to face your unique challenges. I see a limited number of clients which affords you greater attention and flexibility of scheduling. I hope you will call so we can explore working together.
(478) 217-3548 View (478) 217-3548
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Journey Counseling, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Macon, GA 31204
Life is a Journey. Find your path. Our goal is to provide a safe, supportive place for you to work towards becoming the best version of yourself in each moment. We desire to help you find joy as you journey towards emotional health and wholeness.
Life is a Journey. Find your path. Our goal is to provide a safe, supportive place for you to work towards becoming the best version of yourself in each moment. We desire to help you find joy as you journey towards emotional health and wholeness.
(478) 280-3096 View (478) 280-3096
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Karen W Rosas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CCTP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Macon, GA 31204
Not accepting new clients
Hello! The steps you’re taking to search for a therapist are important. Although it can be overwhelming, I encourage you to not give up. As for my services, I specialize in trauma-related issues that have caused ongoing problems for my clients. My clinical experience includes a range of childhood traumas to events experienced as an adult. Unresolved trauma masks itself in a variety of troubling ways. You may feel anxious, emotionally detached, or easily overwhelmed. You may even question whether or not what you've experienced is "trauma". My sessions are in-person although I do offer Telehealth sessions for occasional use as needed.
Hello! The steps you’re taking to search for a therapist are important. Although it can be overwhelming, I encourage you to not give up. As for my services, I specialize in trauma-related issues that have caused ongoing problems for my clients. My clinical experience includes a range of childhood traumas to events experienced as an adult. Unresolved trauma masks itself in a variety of troubling ways. You may feel anxious, emotionally detached, or easily overwhelmed. You may even question whether or not what you've experienced is "trauma". My sessions are in-person although I do offer Telehealth sessions for occasional use as needed.
(478) 249-0925 View (478) 249-0925
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Ronda D. Shirley
Marriage & Family Therapist, MBA, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Macon, GA 31210
“I know that it can be hard to be in a relationship with me.” “I’m too much.” “I can’t depend on anyone but myself.” “I just rather be alone than be with someone and be unhappy.” Each of these statements suggest that you’re living life in a state of fear. When you feel unsafe, you are looking for the danger in situations. You trust no one. You are constantly in the mode of defending, running away, people pleasing or in analysis paralysis (procrastination). As a result of your responses to your fears, each of your relationships suffer. Wouldn’t it be GLORIOUS to trust your spirit of discernment, kill your fears and feel safe?
“I know that it can be hard to be in a relationship with me.” “I’m too much.” “I can’t depend on anyone but myself.” “I just rather be alone than be with someone and be unhappy.” Each of these statements suggest that you’re living life in a state of fear. When you feel unsafe, you are looking for the danger in situations. You trust no one. You are constantly in the mode of defending, running away, people pleasing or in analysis paralysis (procrastination). As a result of your responses to your fears, each of your relationships suffer. Wouldn’t it be GLORIOUS to trust your spirit of discernment, kill your fears and feel safe?
(478) 796-8236 View (478) 796-8236
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Maegan Y. Stuart
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, RPT
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31210
Maegan Stuart is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist who has been practicing since 2014. She has an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University and a BS in Psychology from Georgia College & State University. Maegan’s therapeutic approach is tailored to each adult, adolescent, child, couple and family. It is unique in that it accommodates each person’s individual needs. She integrates various counseling theories and clinical, evidence-based treatment modalities that result in effectively treating many problems and symptoms presented by clients.
Maegan Stuart is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist who has been practicing since 2014. She has an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University and a BS in Psychology from Georgia College & State University. Maegan’s therapeutic approach is tailored to each adult, adolescent, child, couple and family. It is unique in that it accommodates each person’s individual needs. She integrates various counseling theories and clinical, evidence-based treatment modalities that result in effectively treating many problems and symptoms presented by clients.
(478) 312-5063 View (478) 312-5063
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Melissa Frederic
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31201
Hi there! Are you experiencing emotional difficulties that prevent you from making progress in life? Do you experience feelings of sadness, irritability, or depression? Do you struggle to be kind to your mind? I can help, and am so excited to walk alongside you on your mental health journey. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, my objective is to help my clients improve their family relationships and to help my clients develop a better relationship with themselves. I provide a warm, comfortable space where you can feel safe discussing things that might be too intimate or embarrassing for you to discuss with a family member or friend.
Hi there! Are you experiencing emotional difficulties that prevent you from making progress in life? Do you experience feelings of sadness, irritability, or depression? Do you struggle to be kind to your mind? I can help, and am so excited to walk alongside you on your mental health journey. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, my objective is to help my clients improve their family relationships and to help my clients develop a better relationship with themselves. I provide a warm, comfortable space where you can feel safe discussing things that might be too intimate or embarrassing for you to discuss with a family member or friend.
(478) 245-4860 View (478) 245-4860
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Kelli Burns
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Macon, GA 31210
Wouldn’t you love to be able to feel and be SAFE? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be in a space where your vulnerability is nurtured and not neglected? How about trusting the process of love and life so that you can be vulnerable without fear? I've been you. You’ve been fighting for so long. As a prior service member, I understand what it means to fight. Together we can collaborate and create tools that will enable you to have the relationships that you want and deserve. You don’t have to fight alone any longer. Reach out to me, I’m here for you.
Wouldn’t you love to be able to feel and be SAFE? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be in a space where your vulnerability is nurtured and not neglected? How about trusting the process of love and life so that you can be vulnerable without fear? I've been you. You’ve been fighting for so long. As a prior service member, I understand what it means to fight. Together we can collaborate and create tools that will enable you to have the relationships that you want and deserve. You don’t have to fight alone any longer. Reach out to me, I’m here for you.
(478) 412-9044 View (478) 412-9044
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Heather Merritt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Macon, GA 31204
I am a licensed clinical social worker with 23 years of experience in the field, 15 of which have been in counseling. I assist clients with issues surrounding self-esteem, body image, anxiety, depression and eating disorders. I also assist clients struggling with relationship issues and divorce. I have extensive experience in grief counseling and supporting clients as they process loss. I am passionate about helping others love themselves, take care of their bodies, and find freedom from societal standards!!
I am a licensed clinical social worker with 23 years of experience in the field, 15 of which have been in counseling. I assist clients with issues surrounding self-esteem, body image, anxiety, depression and eating disorders. I also assist clients struggling with relationship issues and divorce. I have extensive experience in grief counseling and supporting clients as they process loss. I am passionate about helping others love themselves, take care of their bodies, and find freedom from societal standards!!
(478) 209-2644 View (478) 209-2644
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Sheila McLellan
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Macon, GA 31204  (Online Only)
I look forward to partnering with you to help you explore different aspects of your life and to help you set goals that will help you live your best life. Together, we work on a plan to help improve or manage your situation, including social anxiety, addiction, grief, or trauma. I am a Veteran and have worked with military families, survivors of domestic violence, survivors of felony crimes, children in foster care, residential settings, and college students.
I look forward to partnering with you to help you explore different aspects of your life and to help you set goals that will help you live your best life. Together, we work on a plan to help improve or manage your situation, including social anxiety, addiction, grief, or trauma. I am a Veteran and have worked with military families, survivors of domestic violence, survivors of felony crimes, children in foster care, residential settings, and college students.
(478) 249-6462 View (478) 249-6462
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Southern Behavioral Services
Counselor, LMFT, LPC, LCSW, CEAP
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31204
Located in Macon and Warner Robins, SBS is a respected practice known for our value-driven services. Our treatment team includes two psychiatrists and ten licensed therapists. Our clinicians are Riuyinosa Elema, MD, Stephen Mallary, MD, Betsy Mills, LPC, CEAP, Director of Clinical Services, Barbara Newton, LMFT, Mary Key, LMFT, Kerri Thompson, LCSW, Martha Fennell, LMFT, Wendie Reynolds, LCSW, Ervin Briones, Ph.D, LPC, Kathryn McGehee, LMFT and Corbin Horne, LAPC.
Located in Macon and Warner Robins, SBS is a respected practice known for our value-driven services. Our treatment team includes two psychiatrists and ten licensed therapists. Our clinicians are Riuyinosa Elema, MD, Stephen Mallary, MD, Betsy Mills, LPC, CEAP, Director of Clinical Services, Barbara Newton, LMFT, Mary Key, LMFT, Kerri Thompson, LCSW, Martha Fennell, LMFT, Wendie Reynolds, LCSW, Ervin Briones, Ph.D, LPC, Kathryn McGehee, LMFT and Corbin Horne, LAPC.
(478) 292-5038 View (478) 292-5038
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Nichola Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31221  (Online Only)
Hi! My name is Nichola Smith and I am the owner of Tranquility Counseling and Consulting LLC. I have over 15 years of counseling experience. I have worked with diverse clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, interpersonal conflict, self-esteem issues, problems adjusting to change/life transitions, and career challenges. I have also helped many people who have experienced trauma or emotional abuse and grief and loss.
Hi! My name is Nichola Smith and I am the owner of Tranquility Counseling and Consulting LLC. I have over 15 years of counseling experience. I have worked with diverse clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, interpersonal conflict, self-esteem issues, problems adjusting to change/life transitions, and career challenges. I have also helped many people who have experienced trauma or emotional abuse and grief and loss.
(478) 223-4402 View (478) 223-4402
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Marc Prevette
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, CST-S, CPCS
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Macon, GA 31210  (Online Only)
Our lives are complicated and busy with very little time to figure out what to do next. That is why when we have issues it can be difficult to see our way out. This is where therapy is helpful; to speak to someone who is caring, accepting and can objectively see both the larger and smaller pictures. Being non-judgmental is the key to allowing people to be heard and allow some healing to begin. Sometimes it just takes validation or a new perspective to make all the difference in your life.
Our lives are complicated and busy with very little time to figure out what to do next. That is why when we have issues it can be difficult to see our way out. This is where therapy is helpful; to speak to someone who is caring, accepting and can objectively see both the larger and smaller pictures. Being non-judgmental is the key to allowing people to be heard and allow some healing to begin. Sometimes it just takes validation or a new perspective to make all the difference in your life.
(478) 268-4405 View (478) 268-4405
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Adrian Howard
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, CAMSII
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Macon, GA 31210  (Online Only)
Did you grow up without a consistent and healthy relationship with your parents due to their substance abuse, mental health issues, or verbal and/or physical abuse? Do you struggle with feelings of abandonment, rejection, worthlessness, inadequacy, and low self-esteem? I want to work with you to develop a positive sense of self and to heal from the past traumas associated with your parental and family unit. Life does not warn you about the adverse effects of having a parent that struggles with substance abuse or mental illness which can leave you to sort out the byproducts of your trauma. I have experienced this exact pain.
Did you grow up without a consistent and healthy relationship with your parents due to their substance abuse, mental health issues, or verbal and/or physical abuse? Do you struggle with feelings of abandonment, rejection, worthlessness, inadequacy, and low self-esteem? I want to work with you to develop a positive sense of self and to heal from the past traumas associated with your parental and family unit. Life does not warn you about the adverse effects of having a parent that struggles with substance abuse or mental illness which can leave you to sort out the byproducts of your trauma. I have experienced this exact pain.
(478) 993-0533 View (478) 993-0533
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RestoreJ225 Therapeutic Counseling, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CMFT, NCC, CPCS, CP
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31206
Sometimes life’s circumstances and challenges can leave you feeling stuck. You find yourself just wanting someone to help you or your family to begin living a more meaningful life. My aspirations are to be a change agent that helps people to restore, rebuild, and regain hope in living a healthy, meaningful, and wholesome life.
Sometimes life’s circumstances and challenges can leave you feeling stuck. You find yourself just wanting someone to help you or your family to begin living a more meaningful life. My aspirations are to be a change agent that helps people to restore, rebuild, and regain hope in living a healthy, meaningful, and wholesome life.
(478) 394-8376 View (478) 394-8376
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Yasmin R Ceacal-Releford
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Macon, GA 31217  (Online Only)
HI! I'm back launching my own Private Practice called Together, We Heal Holistically, LLC. Whether you are living with Depression, Anxiety, Burn out, Perfectionism, Low self-esteem, Anger Issues, Struggling with Gender identity, Relationship challenges, Trauma, Grief, or PTSD, welcome to your Healing Journey. I am Yasmin Ceacal-Releford, LCSW and I extend a personal invitation to you and welcome you to reach out and consider me when choosing the Facilitator of Your Healing. Fun facts about me: I love Anime, Video Games & I have two fur babies named Pooh (Chow Chow) & Minnie (Cat). I also offer ESA (Emotional Support Animal) Letters.
HI! I'm back launching my own Private Practice called Together, We Heal Holistically, LLC. Whether you are living with Depression, Anxiety, Burn out, Perfectionism, Low self-esteem, Anger Issues, Struggling with Gender identity, Relationship challenges, Trauma, Grief, or PTSD, welcome to your Healing Journey. I am Yasmin Ceacal-Releford, LCSW and I extend a personal invitation to you and welcome you to reach out and consider me when choosing the Facilitator of Your Healing. Fun facts about me: I love Anime, Video Games & I have two fur babies named Pooh (Chow Chow) & Minnie (Cat). I also offer ESA (Emotional Support Animal) Letters.
(478) 818-1454 View (478) 818-1454
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Emily H Newberry
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CPCS, CCH
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Macon, GA 31204
Hi there! My name is Emily Newberry. I became a licensed professional counselor in 2001 but have been working with individuals and families for 25 years. I invite you to explore my website for more information about my experience and the services that I provide. From there, you can request an appointment or send me a message with any questions that you might have. My primary population that I serve is adults 18-64. However, I will work with children and adolescents who are experiencing obsessive compulsive symptoms, as long as parents are willing to be strongly involved in the therapeutic process.
Hi there! My name is Emily Newberry. I became a licensed professional counselor in 2001 but have been working with individuals and families for 25 years. I invite you to explore my website for more information about my experience and the services that I provide. From there, you can request an appointment or send me a message with any questions that you might have. My primary population that I serve is adults 18-64. However, I will work with children and adolescents who are experiencing obsessive compulsive symptoms, as long as parents are willing to be strongly involved in the therapeutic process.
(478) 220-7233 View (478) 220-7233
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Truity Counseling Services
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31201  (Online Only)
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, my profession is not only my career of choice but a labor of love. I have always enjoyed assisting others. My goal is provide a safe encouraging environment where individual feels safe in expressing their concerns and issues. I have experience working with a diverse population who struggle with depression, PTSD, family conflict and relationship issues. I assist clients in developing insight into the source of their behavioral issues and concerns.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, my profession is not only my career of choice but a labor of love. I have always enjoyed assisting others. My goal is provide a safe encouraging environment where individual feels safe in expressing their concerns and issues. I have experience working with a diverse population who struggle with depression, PTSD, family conflict and relationship issues. I assist clients in developing insight into the source of their behavioral issues and concerns.
(478) 845-7944 View (478) 845-7944

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Macon, GA

200+

Average cost per session

$110

Therapists in Macon, GA who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
85% Depression
76% Coping Skills
73% Self Esteem
64% Trauma and PTSD
60% Grief
59% Stress

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% Cigna and Evernorth
85% Aetna
84% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Macon, GA see their clients

57% In Person and Online
43% Online Only

Gender breakdown

86% Female
14% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Macon?

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.