Therapists in Watkinsville, GA

Photo of Shea W. Squier, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Watkinsville, GA
Shea W. Squier
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Watkinsville, GA 30677
As a therapist, I appreciate the opportunities I am given to assist clients as they encounter and address uncertainty, disappointment, loss, and relationship challenges. My style is warm and nurturing, while also honest and authentic. I offer a safe and non-judgmental place for you to express your thoughts and feelings, explore options to resolve challenges you are facing, and support and encourage you as you face them. My experience and knowledge equip me to help people who are coping with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and parenting and relationship concerns.
As a therapist, I appreciate the opportunities I am given to assist clients as they encounter and address uncertainty, disappointment, loss, and relationship challenges. My style is warm and nurturing, while also honest and authentic. I offer a safe and non-judgmental place for you to express your thoughts and feelings, explore options to resolve challenges you are facing, and support and encourage you as you face them. My experience and knowledge equip me to help people who are coping with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and parenting and relationship concerns.
(706) 550-9632 View (706) 550-9632
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Virginia Synan
Pre-Licensed Professional, M Ed, NCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Watkinsville, GA 30677
I love working with children and adolescents! I can support you and your child walk through developmental changes and lifestyle transitions including new schools, anxiety and worry, family changes, parent divorce, trauma and loss. Often times, these changes create BIG feelings that can be hard for kids and teens to understand and express. I enjoy helping young people understand their feelings and partnering with parents to help their child learn to express them in a healthy way.
I love working with children and adolescents! I can support you and your child walk through developmental changes and lifestyle transitions including new schools, anxiety and worry, family changes, parent divorce, trauma and loss. Often times, these changes create BIG feelings that can be hard for kids and teens to understand and express. I enjoy helping young people understand their feelings and partnering with parents to help their child learn to express them in a healthy way.
(706) 230-6412 View (706) 230-6412
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Eleanor H McMahan
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Watkinsville, GA 30677
Welcome, and well done! Visiting this site is an important first step towards seeking something different for yourself. Reaching out for support takes courage. It's an empowered move toward claiming a healthy, happier life, more fulfilling relationships, and an enriched and compassionate connection with yourself. I would be delighted and honored to learn more about you and be part of your journey. I am a licensed psychologist in private practice and feel privileged to serve the Athens area and beyond!
Welcome, and well done! Visiting this site is an important first step towards seeking something different for yourself. Reaching out for support takes courage. It's an empowered move toward claiming a healthy, happier life, more fulfilling relationships, and an enriched and compassionate connection with yourself. I would be delighted and honored to learn more about you and be part of your journey. I am a licensed psychologist in private practice and feel privileged to serve the Athens area and beyond!
(678) 929-2269 View (678) 929-2269
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Chris Settel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LISW-S
Verified
Watkinsville, GA 30677  (Online Only)
I'm a therapist invested in helping my clients build healthier, more successful lives. We will work together to tackle the big issues in a safe space that is filled with humor, real talk, and a focus on making progress toward your goals. I primarily offer treatment online and through coaching via phone/text to be most available to my clients and move them forward.
I'm a therapist invested in helping my clients build healthier, more successful lives. We will work together to tackle the big issues in a safe space that is filled with humor, real talk, and a focus on making progress toward your goals. I primarily offer treatment online and through coaching via phone/text to be most available to my clients and move them forward.
(706) 873-9116 View (706) 873-9116
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Jasey A Jones
Pre-Licensed Professional, MFA, MSW
Verified
Watkinsville, GA 30677
Jasey’s approach to individual counseling at Sunny Days Therapeutics is creative, empathetic, and person-centered. His practice is informed by the work of Carl Rogers, transpersonal psychology, indigenous shamanism, CBT and the eclecticism of the modern psychotherapeutic approach. Grounded in mindfulness and sacred wisdom traditions, Jasey has experience in acute psychological care, individual and family counseling, and community interventions. He currently works with individuals of all ages to improve mood and outlook, relieve anxiety, integrate past traumas, investigate the Self and explore personal identity.
Jasey’s approach to individual counseling at Sunny Days Therapeutics is creative, empathetic, and person-centered. His practice is informed by the work of Carl Rogers, transpersonal psychology, indigenous shamanism, CBT and the eclecticism of the modern psychotherapeutic approach. Grounded in mindfulness and sacred wisdom traditions, Jasey has experience in acute psychological care, individual and family counseling, and community interventions. He currently works with individuals of all ages to improve mood and outlook, relieve anxiety, integrate past traumas, investigate the Self and explore personal identity.
(706) 600-6407 View (706) 600-6407
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Janet W. Beasley
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
Watkinsville, GA 30677
Using a client-centered approach in an accepting and caring environment, I enjoy working with those who experience issues from trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, women's issues, and life transitional issues, such as marriage, separation, and divorce. You and I will work together to develop your individual goals to reach your greatest potential of well-being. I utilize the most current evidence based treatments in my practice to promote healing of the body and mind. I would love to meet with you to see if I would be a good fit for your needs!
Using a client-centered approach in an accepting and caring environment, I enjoy working with those who experience issues from trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, women's issues, and life transitional issues, such as marriage, separation, and divorce. You and I will work together to develop your individual goals to reach your greatest potential of well-being. I utilize the most current evidence based treatments in my practice to promote healing of the body and mind. I would love to meet with you to see if I would be a good fit for your needs!
(678) 582-8707 x500 View (678) 582-8707 x500
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Ivette Bledsoe
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Watkinsville, GA 30677  (Online Only)
Have you recently experienced a significant loss? Are you finding yourself preoccupied with your loss & wondering how you might make it day-to-day? Feelings of grief are a result of many different types of losses(loved one, marriage, job, pregnancy, & so forth). The most common, perhaps is the loss of a loved one. While it is true that are few things in life that we will experience more intensely than the loss of a loved one, other forms of loss can be equally difficult to overcome. With most loss, compassionate processing & utilizing coping strategies are needed in order to make sense of our feelings so we can move forward healed.
Have you recently experienced a significant loss? Are you finding yourself preoccupied with your loss & wondering how you might make it day-to-day? Feelings of grief are a result of many different types of losses(loved one, marriage, job, pregnancy, & so forth). The most common, perhaps is the loss of a loved one. While it is true that are few things in life that we will experience more intensely than the loss of a loved one, other forms of loss can be equally difficult to overcome. With most loss, compassionate processing & utilizing coping strategies are needed in order to make sense of our feelings so we can move forward healed.
(706) 403-3720 View (706) 403-3720
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Tara Weiszer
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Watkinsville, GA 30677
Not accepting new clients
I believe that the relationship between therapist and client is one of the most important and valuable factors in a therapeutic alliance and in working towards resolving clients' difficulties. Clients will find that I am accepting, non-judgemental and genuine. I feel that I am easy to talk with and I establish rapport easily with clients. I particularly enjoy working with adolescents, college aged adults and adults who are dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, adjustment, grief, relationship concerns, LGBT issues, and ADHD.
I believe that the relationship between therapist and client is one of the most important and valuable factors in a therapeutic alliance and in working towards resolving clients' difficulties. Clients will find that I am accepting, non-judgemental and genuine. I feel that I am easy to talk with and I establish rapport easily with clients. I particularly enjoy working with adolescents, college aged adults and adults who are dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, adjustment, grief, relationship concerns, LGBT issues, and ADHD.
(706) 403-0485 View (706) 403-0485
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Joanne Quinn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Watkinsville, GA 30677
Collaborating with clients to work towards the changes they desire has been a passion of mine for over 22 years. I enjoy working with adults, families and children as part of their team of change, specifically dealing with grief and loss, adoption, trauma, child welfare issues, depression, anxiety, mood instability, and life transitions.
Collaborating with clients to work towards the changes they desire has been a passion of mine for over 22 years. I enjoy working with adults, families and children as part of their team of change, specifically dealing with grief and loss, adoption, trauma, child welfare issues, depression, anxiety, mood instability, and life transitions.
(404) 947-5685 View (404) 947-5685
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Cameron Hoellrich
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Watkinsville, GA 30677  (Online Only)
Life can be complicated and challenging, especially given the current state of the world. My goal and mission is to help people to improve their lives by working through these challenges, and learning different techniques to build coping and resilience to improve their life experience. I specialize in working with individuals struggling with chronic/acute stress, depression, and anxiety. I have worked with diverse groups in my career including adolescents, college students, and adults, and have worked in a variety of settings. I believe that with the support of therapy, there is a real chance to feel better and reach your goals.
Life can be complicated and challenging, especially given the current state of the world. My goal and mission is to help people to improve their lives by working through these challenges, and learning different techniques to build coping and resilience to improve their life experience. I specialize in working with individuals struggling with chronic/acute stress, depression, and anxiety. I have worked with diverse groups in my career including adolescents, college students, and adults, and have worked in a variety of settings. I believe that with the support of therapy, there is a real chance to feel better and reach your goals.
(762) 224-6094 View (762) 224-6094
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Holly Renee Johnson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Watkinsville, GA 30677
Holly Johnson is a psychotherapist specializing in deep therapeutic healing work. Using her 21 years in the field to grow and evolve her practice, she now uses a highly intuitive, integrative approach for helping people to heal and transform old patterns into healthy life patterns. She uses the model internal family systems, and is Level 2 trained. Most of us have experienced trauma and at the least, negative conditioning in childhood. Internal family systems is the best model for working with healing that.
Holly Johnson is a psychotherapist specializing in deep therapeutic healing work. Using her 21 years in the field to grow and evolve her practice, she now uses a highly intuitive, integrative approach for helping people to heal and transform old patterns into healthy life patterns. She uses the model internal family systems, and is Level 2 trained. Most of us have experienced trauma and at the least, negative conditioning in childhood. Internal family systems is the best model for working with healing that.
(706) 350-6248 View (706) 350-6248
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Katie Pfannkuche
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
Watkinsville, GA 30677
Waitlist for new clients
As a relational, psychodynamic psychotherapist, I work to help my clients discover their own guiding voice, to listen with intent, and to cultivate love and acceptance of their truest nature. I work with adult clients to help deconstruct narratives that no longer serve them and get closer to the truth of who they are. Issues like sexuality, spirituality, existentialism, unconscious belief systems, family and partnership, and many more of life's great challenges guide the work of self-exploration.
As a relational, psychodynamic psychotherapist, I work to help my clients discover their own guiding voice, to listen with intent, and to cultivate love and acceptance of their truest nature. I work with adult clients to help deconstruct narratives that no longer serve them and get closer to the truth of who they are. Issues like sexuality, spirituality, existentialism, unconscious belief systems, family and partnership, and many more of life's great challenges guide the work of self-exploration.
(762) 228-2090 View (762) 228-2090
Photo of Katie Brick, Licensed Professional Counselor in Watkinsville, GA
Katie Brick
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, RPT
Verified
7 Endorsed
Watkinsville, GA 30677
Waitlist for new clients
"Connection is why we're here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives."--Brene Brown. My relationship with clients is the most important aspect of my practice, and my goal is to provide a space for clients to feel heard, supported, and accepted while they navigate life's challenges. As an artist, I understand that words often fail to truly communicate the intensity of emotions that accompany tragedy and struggles in life. So, as a therapist, I enjoy accompanying talk therapy with creative, expressive, and mindfulness practices for increased insight and emotional expression to assist clients on their healing journey.
"Connection is why we're here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives."--Brene Brown. My relationship with clients is the most important aspect of my practice, and my goal is to provide a space for clients to feel heard, supported, and accepted while they navigate life's challenges. As an artist, I understand that words often fail to truly communicate the intensity of emotions that accompany tragedy and struggles in life. So, as a therapist, I enjoy accompanying talk therapy with creative, expressive, and mindfulness practices for increased insight and emotional expression to assist clients on their healing journey.
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Valerie Dunn McBee
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Watkinsville, GA 30677
Not accepting new clients
NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS—fill out form on DBT website for waitlist. ******Counseling is a highly personal and individual process, and it can be a challenge to find a counselor that you connect with. My style of therapy is very relational, and I will strive to help you grow comfortable with the process while still challenging you to think beyond your current framework or circumstances. I have an eclectic approach: while I focus on being relational, understanding and compassionate, I also approach change practically. Ultimately, you are the expert on your own life; I'm here to try to help you to make your life what you want it to be.
NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS—fill out form on DBT website for waitlist. ******Counseling is a highly personal and individual process, and it can be a challenge to find a counselor that you connect with. My style of therapy is very relational, and I will strive to help you grow comfortable with the process while still challenging you to think beyond your current framework or circumstances. I have an eclectic approach: while I focus on being relational, understanding and compassionate, I also approach change practically. Ultimately, you are the expert on your own life; I'm here to try to help you to make your life what you want it to be.
(706) 567-7107 View (706) 567-7107
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Sarah Nitz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Watkinsville, GA 30677
Life can often be difficult and emotions can feel overwhelming. Sometimes it feels like the rug has been pulled out from underneath us. Maybe you're dealing with depression, you have a loved one struggling wish substance use, you’re having a difficult time in this season, or you would like to learn to navigate boundaries in your relationships. Whatever it is that has lead you here, I'm glad you are reaching out. I hope to provide a space to you that honors your story and facilitates personal growth. I believe that each of us deserve to find healing and that includes you. Asking for help can be one of the bravest things we do.
Life can often be difficult and emotions can feel overwhelming. Sometimes it feels like the rug has been pulled out from underneath us. Maybe you're dealing with depression, you have a loved one struggling wish substance use, you’re having a difficult time in this season, or you would like to learn to navigate boundaries in your relationships. Whatever it is that has lead you here, I'm glad you are reaching out. I hope to provide a space to you that honors your story and facilitates personal growth. I believe that each of us deserve to find healing and that includes you. Asking for help can be one of the bravest things we do.
(762) 383-0691 View (762) 383-0691
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Beth Dean
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Watkinsville, GA 30677
Not accepting new clients
"Why does anybody tell a story? It does indeed have something to do with faith. Faith that the universe has meaning, that our little human lives are not irrelevant, that what we choose or say or do matters, matters cosmically." L'Engle Join me in telling your story and we'll narrate your current stressors into a more meaningful life. I offer calm and focus as I engage clients and address their issues. Historically, I provided seven years of bereavement counseling. During that time I comprehended the nature of grief present in life's transitions in adjusting our expectations of ourselves and relationships.
"Why does anybody tell a story? It does indeed have something to do with faith. Faith that the universe has meaning, that our little human lives are not irrelevant, that what we choose or say or do matters, matters cosmically." L'Engle Join me in telling your story and we'll narrate your current stressors into a more meaningful life. I offer calm and focus as I engage clients and address their issues. Historically, I provided seven years of bereavement counseling. During that time I comprehended the nature of grief present in life's transitions in adjusting our expectations of ourselves and relationships.
(706) 666-1054 View (706) 666-1054
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Catherine Trammell
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified
Watkinsville, GA 30677
Hello! Thanks for stopping by. My approach to therapy is creative, and connection-oriented. I work primarily with adolescents and adults seeking support for depression, anxiety, PTSD, family conflict, and life transitions. Your experience in therapy will be catered to your specific needs and goals to best work through any obstacles that may be hindering you from living a fulfilling life.
Hello! Thanks for stopping by. My approach to therapy is creative, and connection-oriented. I work primarily with adolescents and adults seeking support for depression, anxiety, PTSD, family conflict, and life transitions. Your experience in therapy will be catered to your specific needs and goals to best work through any obstacles that may be hindering you from living a fulfilling life.
(706) 960-8449 View (706) 960-8449
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Shelley Lynn Burke
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Watkinsville, GA 30677  (Online Only)
Are you looking for support during a difficult time in your life? Are you trying to make changes, yet find that you are having difficulty maintaining motivation? I can assist you. Whether you want a deeper understanding of yourself and others, recovery support with addiction issues, or just to learn new skills to manage or change symptoms or behavior, I can help. Sometimes we just need time set aside to contemplate our lives and our direction to get back on track. I look forward to meeting you and lending my assistance.
Are you looking for support during a difficult time in your life? Are you trying to make changes, yet find that you are having difficulty maintaining motivation? I can assist you. Whether you want a deeper understanding of yourself and others, recovery support with addiction issues, or just to learn new skills to manage or change symptoms or behavior, I can help. Sometimes we just need time set aside to contemplate our lives and our direction to get back on track. I look forward to meeting you and lending my assistance.
(470) 281-3119 View (470) 281-3119
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Nickie Cole
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Watkinsville, GA 30677  (Online Only)
Are you feeling overwhelmed and unprepared to cope with personal or family challenges in your life? Do you find yourself experiencing feelings of frustration, worry, anxiety or depression? Perhaps you are overwhelmed with fear, self doubt or even feeling powerless by your experiences or circumstances.
Are you feeling overwhelmed and unprepared to cope with personal or family challenges in your life? Do you find yourself experiencing feelings of frustration, worry, anxiety or depression? Perhaps you are overwhelmed with fear, self doubt or even feeling powerless by your experiences or circumstances.
(706) 705-5584 View (706) 705-5584
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Kimberly Dawn DeCelle
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MDiv, LCSW
Verified
Watkinsville, GA 30677
Do you struggle with difficult memories that keep you from living and thriving? Do you find yourself stuck in destructive patterns of thinking and behaving? Do you struggle with issues of chronic shame or feelings of unworthiness? I want to provide you with a safe, nonjudgmental space, as well as practical, workable, tailored strategies to help you meet your goals. I have a particular passion for working with persons recovering from past trauma. I have specialized training in trauma based therapy (EMDR). I am currently a PhD candidate in social work, and am engaged in research on trauma and resiliency.
Do you struggle with difficult memories that keep you from living and thriving? Do you find yourself stuck in destructive patterns of thinking and behaving? Do you struggle with issues of chronic shame or feelings of unworthiness? I want to provide you with a safe, nonjudgmental space, as well as practical, workable, tailored strategies to help you meet your goals. I have a particular passion for working with persons recovering from past trauma. I have specialized training in trauma based therapy (EMDR). I am currently a PhD candidate in social work, and am engaged in research on trauma and resiliency.
(706) 705-8022 View (706) 705-8022

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Number of Therapists in Watkinsville, GA

100+

Average cost per session

$130

Therapists in Watkinsville, GA who prioritize treating:

90% Anxiety
80% Depression
77% Relationship Issues
75% Self Esteem
73% Coping Skills
69% Stress
66% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

71% Aetna
71% BlueCross and BlueShield
55% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Watkinsville, GA see their clients

83% In Person and Online
17% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
18% Male
2% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Watkinsville?

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.