Therapists in Sandy Springs, GA

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Shelley Elliott
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sandy Springs, GA 30342
Hi! My name is Shelley Elliott, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Georgia, providing Individual Therapy to women and young adults who are seeking to improve or grow in their emotional development at any age or stage of life. I have over 15 years of experience in community and medical settings, focusing on helping individuals learn to process their thoughts and feelings in a healthy, productive manner.
Hi! My name is Shelley Elliott, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Georgia, providing Individual Therapy to women and young adults who are seeking to improve or grow in their emotional development at any age or stage of life. I have over 15 years of experience in community and medical settings, focusing on helping individuals learn to process their thoughts and feelings in a healthy, productive manner.
(404) 991-5857 View (404) 991-5857
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Deborah S. Wilder
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
When you're hurting, you want to know that you can feel better. When you're sad and discouraged, you want to know that you can still feel hope. When life throws you a curveball that you're not prepared for, you want to know that you and your loved ones will be ok. If you're struggling in your relationships, you want to know that you'll be able to work things out. When you're shaking your head and wondering how you got to this point, you want to know how to deal with whatever is going on, now and into the future.
When you're hurting, you want to know that you can feel better. When you're sad and discouraged, you want to know that you can still feel hope. When life throws you a curveball that you're not prepared for, you want to know that you and your loved ones will be ok. If you're struggling in your relationships, you want to know that you'll be able to work things out. When you're shaking your head and wondering how you got to this point, you want to know how to deal with whatever is going on, now and into the future.
(404) 369-4708 View (404) 369-4708
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Brandon Landry
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Sandy Springs, GA 30342
Therapy is the journey of discovery, acceptance, and expression. It is a relationship built on open communication and trust; a place to feel understood and valued. Reaching out is truly a leap of faith. Everyone experiences suffering in one way or another and everyone needs help to survive. We are in this together. Connection to ourselves, others, and the world is the gateway to change. Lets connect and change our lives!
Therapy is the journey of discovery, acceptance, and expression. It is a relationship built on open communication and trust; a place to feel understood and valued. Reaching out is truly a leap of faith. Everyone experiences suffering in one way or another and everyone needs help to survive. We are in this together. Connection to ourselves, others, and the world is the gateway to change. Lets connect and change our lives!
(470) 466-9949 View (470) 466-9949
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Counseling Services of Atlanta
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified Verified
Sandy Springs, GA 30350
Counseling Services of Atlanta offers individual, couples, family, and group therapy. We offer therapy and counseling services for both adults and children of all ages including video sessions. We now have 4 male therapists and 20 female therapists! We can treat a wide variety of mental health concerns and sessions are available by phone if needed. We are centrally located to provide services for Marietta, Smyrna, Kennesaw, Powder Springs, Austell, Mableton, Dallas, Douglasville, Hiram, Acworth, Atlanta, Peachtree Corners, Lawrenceville, Alpharetta, Roswell, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Duluth, and Tucker areas.
Counseling Services of Atlanta offers individual, couples, family, and group therapy. We offer therapy and counseling services for both adults and children of all ages including video sessions. We now have 4 male therapists and 20 female therapists! We can treat a wide variety of mental health concerns and sessions are available by phone if needed. We are centrally located to provide services for Marietta, Smyrna, Kennesaw, Powder Springs, Austell, Mableton, Dallas, Douglasville, Hiram, Acworth, Atlanta, Peachtree Corners, Lawrenceville, Alpharetta, Roswell, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Duluth, and Tucker areas.
(678) 771-6943 View (678) 771-6943
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Tiffany Dennis
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Waitlist for new clients
I treat many concerns however I do specialize in certain issues. I specialize in treating anxiety, adult ADHD, relationship concerns, self esteem issues & trouble setting boundaries. Do you want to better understand yourself & make your life more manageable? Are you ready to commit to personal growth? During the intake we’ll have a conversation about what brings you into counseling, your goals for therapy and your background. My overall goal for every client is for them to learn more about themselves and what works best for them. Overtime, we will work together to reach your goals and get you closer to building the life you desire.
I treat many concerns however I do specialize in certain issues. I specialize in treating anxiety, adult ADHD, relationship concerns, self esteem issues & trouble setting boundaries. Do you want to better understand yourself & make your life more manageable? Are you ready to commit to personal growth? During the intake we’ll have a conversation about what brings you into counseling, your goals for therapy and your background. My overall goal for every client is for them to learn more about themselves and what works best for them. Overtime, we will work together to reach your goals and get you closer to building the life you desire.
(678) 940-6539 View (678) 940-6539
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Danielle Walker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sandy Springs, GA 30350
Every client is unique and, thus, deserves a unique approach. I enjoy helping each patient identify their individual challenges and develop a plan that meets them where they are. I believe meeting each client where they are in their lives is vital to effective therapy and change. I use various approaches, including CBT, solution-focused, and strength-based therapies. I also enjoy family systems therapy to help families restore and develop healthy relationships.
Every client is unique and, thus, deserves a unique approach. I enjoy helping each patient identify their individual challenges and develop a plan that meets them where they are. I believe meeting each client where they are in their lives is vital to effective therapy and change. I use various approaches, including CBT, solution-focused, and strength-based therapies. I also enjoy family systems therapy to help families restore and develop healthy relationships.
(678) 981-9473 View (678) 981-9473
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Joshua D Cushing
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, EMDR
Verified Verified
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
I began my career path in Exercise and Sport Science and felt the need to change course to mental health when I first started working with the Autism population in Utah. Later, I received my Masters in Social Work at the University of South Carolina. My specialty areas include guiding clients to recovery from trauma, compulsive pornography and sex addiction recovery, healing betrayal trauma, and treating OCD, PTSD, and depression and anxiety.
I began my career path in Exercise and Sport Science and felt the need to change course to mental health when I first started working with the Autism population in Utah. Later, I received my Masters in Social Work at the University of South Carolina. My specialty areas include guiding clients to recovery from trauma, compulsive pornography and sex addiction recovery, healing betrayal trauma, and treating OCD, PTSD, and depression and anxiety.
(678) 719-4429 View (678) 719-4429
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Taneka S. White
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Sandy Springs, GA 30328  (Online Only)
At Courage To Heal, LLC, the focus of therapy is on emotional connectedness, which I believe is a primary agent of change and a useful ability to have in a world that is increasingly emotionally disconnected. It is normal for people to become stuck in negative interaction cycles over time. These cycles are typically fueled by ineffective communication that leaves us with unmet needs and creates more distance than closeness and understanding. My therapeutic approach is collaborative, individualized, and will provide you with communication skills that help you build trust and feel closer and more connected to those you love.
At Courage To Heal, LLC, the focus of therapy is on emotional connectedness, which I believe is a primary agent of change and a useful ability to have in a world that is increasingly emotionally disconnected. It is normal for people to become stuck in negative interaction cycles over time. These cycles are typically fueled by ineffective communication that leaves us with unmet needs and creates more distance than closeness and understanding. My therapeutic approach is collaborative, individualized, and will provide you with communication skills that help you build trust and feel closer and more connected to those you love.
(678) 730-6273 View (678) 730-6273
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Georcol Gomillion
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Sandy Springs, GA 30350
Greetings! My name is Georcol Gomillion, and I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor. My approach is rooted in non-judgmental openness using eclectic modalities which foster individuality and autonomy. I'm experienced in working with various demographics, such as teens, adults, and couples. My specific interest is working with women and girls who are survivors of trauma. Although I practice from an eclectic approach, several common methodologies I employ are person-centered, mindfulness-based, narrative, cognitive behavior, and trauma-focused treatment modalities.
Greetings! My name is Georcol Gomillion, and I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor. My approach is rooted in non-judgmental openness using eclectic modalities which foster individuality and autonomy. I'm experienced in working with various demographics, such as teens, adults, and couples. My specific interest is working with women and girls who are survivors of trauma. Although I practice from an eclectic approach, several common methodologies I employ are person-centered, mindfulness-based, narrative, cognitive behavior, and trauma-focused treatment modalities.
(770) 525-3381 View (770) 525-3381
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Brittney King
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MEd
Verified Verified
Sandy Springs, GA 30328  (Online Only)
Anxiety is overwhelming and intimidating and depletes your self-esteem and zeal for life. Despite all that, you still have hopes of a full life with an even fuller list of goals, yet anxiety seems to be standing in the way at every turn. You have reached a point where you recognize that you have no more time, energy, or emotional capacity to bear the burden of being anxious, afraid, and negative. Now is the time to step up to the challenge of overcoming anxiety. It's okay to be afraid, but you can do hard things. I have seen clients from all over the world conquer anxiety, and I am honored to support you on your journey to freedom.
Anxiety is overwhelming and intimidating and depletes your self-esteem and zeal for life. Despite all that, you still have hopes of a full life with an even fuller list of goals, yet anxiety seems to be standing in the way at every turn. You have reached a point where you recognize that you have no more time, energy, or emotional capacity to bear the burden of being anxious, afraid, and negative. Now is the time to step up to the challenge of overcoming anxiety. It's okay to be afraid, but you can do hard things. I have seen clients from all over the world conquer anxiety, and I am honored to support you on your journey to freedom.
(470) 407-6345 View (470) 407-6345
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Stephen Young
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sandy Springs, GA 30328  (Online Only)
Are you feeling "stuck"? Anxiety and depression can be challenging but it doesn’t have to stop you from living the life you want. We all experience difficult feelings such as sadness, disappointment, guilt, anxiety, and fear. If these feelings get in the way of you living the life you want then it is probably time to seek help. You deserve to live a life that is fulfilling despite the obstacles you face. I am here to help. Book an initial consultation or your first intake appointment directly on my website: heartwoodcounselingservices.clientsecure.me
Are you feeling "stuck"? Anxiety and depression can be challenging but it doesn’t have to stop you from living the life you want. We all experience difficult feelings such as sadness, disappointment, guilt, anxiety, and fear. If these feelings get in the way of you living the life you want then it is probably time to seek help. You deserve to live a life that is fulfilling despite the obstacles you face. I am here to help. Book an initial consultation or your first intake appointment directly on my website: heartwoodcounselingservices.clientsecure.me
(404) 738-7137 View (404) 738-7137
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Melissa Bosch
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Sandy Springs, GA 30350
Welcome! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked with people from many different cultures, sexual/gender identities, and active duty/veteran populations for over 10 years. I help my clients deal with anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, family and relationship problems, career changes, and many other issues at different points in their lives. My counseling approach is eclectic and includes cognitive-behavioral, strength-based, person-focused, psychodynamic, and solution-focused counseling modalities.
Welcome! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked with people from many different cultures, sexual/gender identities, and active duty/veteran populations for over 10 years. I help my clients deal with anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, family and relationship problems, career changes, and many other issues at different points in their lives. My counseling approach is eclectic and includes cognitive-behavioral, strength-based, person-focused, psychodynamic, and solution-focused counseling modalities.
(470) 735-2024 View (470) 735-2024
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Maddie McKeirnan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Hi there! I understand the experiences you’ve had leading up to this decision may have been difficult, and you were able to navigate them the best way possible so far. Reaching out for the help you deserve speaks to your determination to be on a better path! I would be happy to join your support system and be there with you through whatever barriers you may encounter on this journey. These barriers might surface in many different ways: anxiety, depression, struggles with eating, identity crises, social conflicts, trouble focusing, low self-esteem, trauma and/or everyday problems that just don’t seem to let up.
Hi there! I understand the experiences you’ve had leading up to this decision may have been difficult, and you were able to navigate them the best way possible so far. Reaching out for the help you deserve speaks to your determination to be on a better path! I would be happy to join your support system and be there with you through whatever barriers you may encounter on this journey. These barriers might surface in many different ways: anxiety, depression, struggles with eating, identity crises, social conflicts, trouble focusing, low self-esteem, trauma and/or everyday problems that just don’t seem to let up.
(470) 745-4029 View (470) 745-4029
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Dr. K. Jabarr Goodrum
Marriage & Family Therapist, DMFT, LMFT, CHT
Verified Verified
Sandy Springs, GA 30350  (Online Only)
Are you overwhelmed with relationship stress, anxiety, depression or addiction? Do you need help identifying effective solutions to your relationship and personal issues? I can provide a safe space for you to gain insight into your personal needs. I'm a Doctor of Marriage & Family Therapy and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who can help you explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as they relate to your personal and relationship experiences. I treat couples and individuals ages 18-99 with a range of issues including relationship conflict, infidelity, work stress, anxiety, depression, anger, grief, trauma, and addiction.
Are you overwhelmed with relationship stress, anxiety, depression or addiction? Do you need help identifying effective solutions to your relationship and personal issues? I can provide a safe space for you to gain insight into your personal needs. I'm a Doctor of Marriage & Family Therapy and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who can help you explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as they relate to your personal and relationship experiences. I treat couples and individuals ages 18-99 with a range of issues including relationship conflict, infidelity, work stress, anxiety, depression, anger, grief, trauma, and addiction.
(770) 282-8352 View (770) 282-8352
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Sharday Fields
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CCATP
Verified Verified
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
I am licensed in Georgia and Florida of experience working as a social worker and therapist.
I am licensed in Georgia and Florida of experience working as a social worker and therapist.
(470) 837-6016 View (470) 837-6016
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Lindsay Geist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Does life sometimes look different than you expected it to be? Do you wonder about your life purpose or what gives you value? Or question about where you fit in the world? Perhaps you might even be feeling more anxious about your future lately. We all wrestle with our identity and challenge our self-worth when difficult times emerge in our lives. Some of us struggle with depression, anxiety, grief, or life stage issues and need someone to walk with us and help us navigate during those times. I would love to journey with you through the ordinary and the extraordinary moments of your life.
Does life sometimes look different than you expected it to be? Do you wonder about your life purpose or what gives you value? Or question about where you fit in the world? Perhaps you might even be feeling more anxious about your future lately. We all wrestle with our identity and challenge our self-worth when difficult times emerge in our lives. Some of us struggle with depression, anxiety, grief, or life stage issues and need someone to walk with us and help us navigate during those times. I would love to journey with you through the ordinary and the extraordinary moments of your life.
(678) 616-2672 View (678) 616-2672
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Serena Johnson
Counselor, APC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sandy Springs, GA 30342
Occasionally we all struggle to stay "on top" of things, or have a hard time keeping up with everything we need to do in a day. For some of us, it's a little more than that. It's constant scrolling through social media to give your brain a break, and that break turns into an hour. Or procrastinating simple tasks like going grocery shopping, or sending an email. Maybe you're having a hard time just waking up and getting out of bed in the morning. It's distressing to feel like you're struggling and not know how to fix it. If this sounds like you, just know: things can get better! Anxiety and depression don't have to rule your life.
Occasionally we all struggle to stay "on top" of things, or have a hard time keeping up with everything we need to do in a day. For some of us, it's a little more than that. It's constant scrolling through social media to give your brain a break, and that break turns into an hour. Or procrastinating simple tasks like going grocery shopping, or sending an email. Maybe you're having a hard time just waking up and getting out of bed in the morning. It's distressing to feel like you're struggling and not know how to fix it. If this sounds like you, just know: things can get better! Anxiety and depression don't have to rule your life.
(470) 688-2253 View (470) 688-2253
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Dr. Crystal Burwell
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, CPCS
Verified Verified
Sandy Springs, GA 30342  (Online Only)
I'm Dr. Burwell, and I can help you find your voice. Your voice is all you have. Are you struggling to cope with life? You're not alone. We're all struggling in an uncertain world. Life is messy, but I can help you clean it up. Therapy improves emotional wellness, relationships, and connectivity to your higher power. It's time to prepare for soul surgery! Your wellness is critical to every aspect of life. Your health is connected to your wealth. This process yields dividends with a high return on your investment. Begin your work today!
I'm Dr. Burwell, and I can help you find your voice. Your voice is all you have. Are you struggling to cope with life? You're not alone. We're all struggling in an uncertain world. Life is messy, but I can help you clean it up. Therapy improves emotional wellness, relationships, and connectivity to your higher power. It's time to prepare for soul surgery! Your wellness is critical to every aspect of life. Your health is connected to your wealth. This process yields dividends with a high return on your investment. Begin your work today!
(404) 341-7269 View (404) 341-7269
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Shannon Cusack
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Sandy Springs, GA 30328  (Online Only)
Making the decision to seek out therapy is courageous and, at times, can be anxiety-provoking. I am committed to providing a supportive, warm, and non-judgmental environment, building a positive rapport and a sense of trust with each and every one of my clients.
Making the decision to seek out therapy is courageous and, at times, can be anxiety-provoking. I am committed to providing a supportive, warm, and non-judgmental environment, building a positive rapport and a sense of trust with each and every one of my clients.
(678) 381-1439 View (678) 381-1439
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Tequilla Hill
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PhD, RYT
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Sandy Springs, GA 30328  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
As a Licensed Psychotherapist, Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500), Certified Reiki Master and AAMFT Approved Supervisor my training and professional experiences are informed by systemic psychotherapy and contemporary mind-body practices. I specialize in emotional wellness, stress management, and cultivating life balance. I am also passionately committed to supporting fellow therapists that desire to nurture their own self-care.
As a Licensed Psychotherapist, Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500), Certified Reiki Master and AAMFT Approved Supervisor my training and professional experiences are informed by systemic psychotherapy and contemporary mind-body practices. I specialize in emotional wellness, stress management, and cultivating life balance. I am also passionately committed to supporting fellow therapists that desire to nurture their own self-care.
(470) 238-6740 View (470) 238-6740

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Number of Therapists in Sandy Springs, GA

400+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Sandy Springs, GA who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
85% Depression
75% Relationship Issues
75% Self Esteem
71% Coping Skills
67% Stress
66% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

77% Aetna
67% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
64% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Therapists in Sandy Springs, GA see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

83% Female
16% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Sandy Springs?

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.