Therapists in Hilo, HI

Photo of Marvia Scott, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Hilo, HI
Marvia Scott
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Hilo, HI 96720
I am a licensed therapist in the states of Alabama, Massachusetts, and Hawaii with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, depression, family conflicts, relationship difficulties, trauma and abuse, and career difficulties. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.
I am a licensed therapist in the states of Alabama, Massachusetts, and Hawaii with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, depression, family conflicts, relationship difficulties, trauma and abuse, and career difficulties. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.
(808) 201-2045 View (808) 201-2045
Photo of Maria 'masha' Mitsioura, Counselor in Hilo, HI
Maria 'masha' Mitsioura
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Hilo, HI 96720
Not accepting new clients
I work with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, and relationship concerns. I support my clients through processing trauma, managing intense emotions, and navigating issues in the family. I aim to provide a safe and open space for my clients to engage in self-reflection, growth, healing, and learning. I believe that as human beings we know ourselves best, and that therapy provides the setting in which we can become the person we strive to be. My clients have the opportunity to learn how to manage symptoms of depression and anxiety, learn interpersonal skills to improve relationships, and cultivate skills to handle emotions.
I work with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, and relationship concerns. I support my clients through processing trauma, managing intense emotions, and navigating issues in the family. I aim to provide a safe and open space for my clients to engage in self-reflection, growth, healing, and learning. I believe that as human beings we know ourselves best, and that therapy provides the setting in which we can become the person we strive to be. My clients have the opportunity to learn how to manage symptoms of depression and anxiety, learn interpersonal skills to improve relationships, and cultivate skills to handle emotions.
(808) 825-6327 View (808) 825-6327
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Michelle Davenport
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CGP
Verified Verified
Hilo, HI 96720  (Online Only)
Therapy is a process of change and I consider myself a Facilitator of Change. I'll encourage, assist, and support you in the process of achieving your desired goals. Many people need help with life transitions and with intense feelings. Some need help healing old wounds and creating more peace and happiness in their lives. Some need help with relationships. I will accept you wherever you're at in your life, without judgement, and help you recognize the unique strengths and innate abilities you have that can ease your struggles.
Therapy is a process of change and I consider myself a Facilitator of Change. I'll encourage, assist, and support you in the process of achieving your desired goals. Many people need help with life transitions and with intense feelings. Some need help healing old wounds and creating more peace and happiness in their lives. Some need help with relationships. I will accept you wherever you're at in your life, without judgement, and help you recognize the unique strengths and innate abilities you have that can ease your struggles.
(808) 518-2801 View (808) 518-2801
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Chenoa Paiva
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Hilo, HI 96720
Aloha, for more than 20 years, Iʻve been devoted to serving my community on the Big Island of Hawaii. Throughout my career, my primary focus has been assisting the most vulnerable and at-risk populations who struggle with anxiety and depression. I work primarily with adolescents and adults and always strive to provide safe, compassionate and non-judgmental therapy experiences, where you can feel comfortable being your authentic self without hesitation.
Aloha, for more than 20 years, Iʻve been devoted to serving my community on the Big Island of Hawaii. Throughout my career, my primary focus has been assisting the most vulnerable and at-risk populations who struggle with anxiety and depression. I work primarily with adolescents and adults and always strive to provide safe, compassionate and non-judgmental therapy experiences, where you can feel comfortable being your authentic self without hesitation.
(808) 378-7714 View (808) 378-7714
Photo of Lisa Chilson-McCraw, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Hilo, HI
Lisa Chilson-McCraw
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, CSAC
Verified Verified
Hilo, HI 96720
Lisa Chilson-McCraw, MSW, LCSW, CSAC is very passionate about serving others and her community. Following a calling, she has committed her life to supporting and helping others through their struggles in life. She describes her work as a blessing, having had the opportunity to serve a multicultural and diverse groups of individuals in diverse settings over the last 14 years. She has worked with individuals who have experienced trauma, domestic violence/abuse (survivors and offenders), victims of human trafficking, substance use issues, grief and loss, significant life changes, and the behaviors/emotions that are often associated.
Lisa Chilson-McCraw, MSW, LCSW, CSAC is very passionate about serving others and her community. Following a calling, she has committed her life to supporting and helping others through their struggles in life. She describes her work as a blessing, having had the opportunity to serve a multicultural and diverse groups of individuals in diverse settings over the last 14 years. She has worked with individuals who have experienced trauma, domestic violence/abuse (survivors and offenders), victims of human trafficking, substance use issues, grief and loss, significant life changes, and the behaviors/emotions that are often associated.
(808) 698-6439 View (808) 698-6439
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Michael Brian McGee
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CSAC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hilo, HI 96720  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Sometimes life takes some unexpected turns. Maybe you don't know how you got to where you are or you want to head in a different direction. Whether you need to get back on track, find a track, or just need someone to listen, therapy or coaching can be a helpful tool in getting there. I work with clients to help them find their strengths and develop achievable goals. There is no shame in seeking input and guidance outside of your own brain and experience.
Sometimes life takes some unexpected turns. Maybe you don't know how you got to where you are or you want to head in a different direction. Whether you need to get back on track, find a track, or just need someone to listen, therapy or coaching can be a helpful tool in getting there. I work with clients to help them find their strengths and develop achievable goals. There is no shame in seeking input and guidance outside of your own brain and experience.
(808) 563-4965 View (808) 563-4965
Photo of Kevin Faust, Mental Health Counselor in Hilo, HI
Kevin Faust
Mental Health Counselor, LMHC, LPC, NCC, NATC, CCTP-II
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hilo, HI 96721  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Psychological trauma occurs when our level of stress exceeds our ability to cope with that stress. When this happens, our subconscious minds often develop cognitive distortions and a disregulated nervous system (stuck in fight-or-flight survival mode) that can then lead to maladaptive behaviors. This may show up as feeling anxious or depressed, ADHD, memory issues, confusion, or dissociation, feeling stuck, or lacking stability, motivation, & focus in life. I specialize in helping womxn who have been subjected to narcissistic abuse by men. This type of romantic relationship is known as a "pathological love relationship" (PLR).
Psychological trauma occurs when our level of stress exceeds our ability to cope with that stress. When this happens, our subconscious minds often develop cognitive distortions and a disregulated nervous system (stuck in fight-or-flight survival mode) that can then lead to maladaptive behaviors. This may show up as feeling anxious or depressed, ADHD, memory issues, confusion, or dissociation, feeling stuck, or lacking stability, motivation, & focus in life. I specialize in helping womxn who have been subjected to narcissistic abuse by men. This type of romantic relationship is known as a "pathological love relationship" (PLR).
(808) 207-6857 View (808) 207-6857
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George Francis Giles
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
Hilo, HI 96720
G. Francis Giles MSW, LSW received a Bachelor of Arts from Northeastern Illinois University and a Master of Social Work/Clinical Concentration from New Mexico Highlands University. His work today is informed by experiences in geriatric residential care, in-patient adult psychiatric, crisis intervention, school settings, gender identity and orientation, and hospice. I have a humanistic approach to therapy that is eclectic an d holistic in nature, primarily integrating elements of narrative theory, psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy which is grounded in mindfulness.
G. Francis Giles MSW, LSW received a Bachelor of Arts from Northeastern Illinois University and a Master of Social Work/Clinical Concentration from New Mexico Highlands University. His work today is informed by experiences in geriatric residential care, in-patient adult psychiatric, crisis intervention, school settings, gender identity and orientation, and hospice. I have a humanistic approach to therapy that is eclectic an d holistic in nature, primarily integrating elements of narrative theory, psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy which is grounded in mindfulness.
(808) 646-2883 View (808) 646-2883
Photo of Michelle Zalenski, Psychologist in Hilo, HI
Michelle Zalenski
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Hilo, HI 96720
Dr. Michelle Zalenski (Dr. Z) is a Clinical Psychologist who received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1993, Master of Education in Counselor Education in 1995, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2003. She has over twenty years of experience working with diverse populations in the state of Hawai‛i and has resided on Hawai‛i Island since 2003. Her passion is to help people reach their personal health and mental health goals in a supportive setting. Her practice is with Maika'i Health which is a primary care community clinic. You do not need to be a patient of Maika'i Health to see Dr. Zalenski.
Dr. Michelle Zalenski (Dr. Z) is a Clinical Psychologist who received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1993, Master of Education in Counselor Education in 1995, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2003. She has over twenty years of experience working with diverse populations in the state of Hawai‛i and has resided on Hawai‛i Island since 2003. Her passion is to help people reach their personal health and mental health goals in a supportive setting. Her practice is with Maika'i Health which is a primary care community clinic. You do not need to be a patient of Maika'i Health to see Dr. Zalenski.
(808) 400-3714 View (808) 400-3714
Photo of Laura Dvorak, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Hilo, HI
Laura Dvorak
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Hilo, HI 96720  (Online Only)
I am here to educate, empower, and hold space as you navigate life’s uncertain terrain. Together we can create a safe container to lean into difficult emotions and identify breakthroughs, from relationships to health to career to family to a deeper sense of purpose. I enjoy working with couples, families, and individuals from adolescents to elders. I am passionate about connecting people to resources both internal and external.
I am here to educate, empower, and hold space as you navigate life’s uncertain terrain. Together we can create a safe container to lean into difficult emotions and identify breakthroughs, from relationships to health to career to family to a deeper sense of purpose. I enjoy working with couples, families, and individuals from adolescents to elders. I am passionate about connecting people to resources both internal and external.
(808) 515-3520 View (808) 515-3520
Photo of Jamie Lee Keliikuli, Marriage & Family Therapist in Hilo, HI
Jamie Lee Keliikuli
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hilo, HI 96720
I provide therapeutic services for individual adults, couples, and children/teens from ages 12 years old and up. Have you ever noticed that thinking about a problem and spinning it around and around in your head gets you nowhere? Talking about the issues helps to give it shape; a beginning, middle and end. It helps it to become something that can be worked on and managed. A huge benefit of talk therapy is that you are working through emotional issues as well as developing tools to help you deal with them in the future. Therapy can assist in helping you understand yourself better and hopefully help you navigate future situations.
I provide therapeutic services for individual adults, couples, and children/teens from ages 12 years old and up. Have you ever noticed that thinking about a problem and spinning it around and around in your head gets you nowhere? Talking about the issues helps to give it shape; a beginning, middle and end. It helps it to become something that can be worked on and managed. A huge benefit of talk therapy is that you are working through emotional issues as well as developing tools to help you deal with them in the future. Therapy can assist in helping you understand yourself better and hopefully help you navigate future situations.
(808) 731-1178 View (808) 731-1178
Photo of Tyson N Ortiz, Counselor in Hilo, HI
Tyson N Ortiz
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Hilo, HI 96720
Do you desire true healing and feel motivated to pursue it? Do you struggle with negative thoughts but deep down inside also know that there must be more for you than this? Are you exhausted from living with the same issues day after day and year after year? Are you sick of repeating the same patterns?
Do you desire true healing and feel motivated to pursue it? Do you struggle with negative thoughts but deep down inside also know that there must be more for you than this? Are you exhausted from living with the same issues day after day and year after year? Are you sick of repeating the same patterns?
(808) 855-6601 View (808) 855-6601
Photo of Yelena Theofilatos, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Hilo, HI
Yelena Theofilatos
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hilo, HI 96720
Find a way back to inner calm, rediscover joy, and quit smoking by learning skills to master your emotions, regulate nervous system, and release self-limiting beliefs.
Find a way back to inner calm, rediscover joy, and quit smoking by learning skills to master your emotions, regulate nervous system, and release self-limiting beliefs.
(808) 736-3623 View (808) 736-3623
Photo of Andrea Nila Negron, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Hilo, HI
Andrea Nila Negron
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
Hilo, HI 96720
Andrea Nila Negron, MSW, LSW, received her Master’s degree from New Mexico State University. With a background in trauma-informed yoga and bodywork, she brings a psycho-spiritual approach to healing and wellness. She specializes in collaborating with individuals with attachment and developmental trauma using the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM), which integrates a cognitive and somatic approach to address the root causes of current life challenges. Nila also has experience supporting individuals in 12-step recovery work.
Andrea Nila Negron, MSW, LSW, received her Master’s degree from New Mexico State University. With a background in trauma-informed yoga and bodywork, she brings a psycho-spiritual approach to healing and wellness. She specializes in collaborating with individuals with attachment and developmental trauma using the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM), which integrates a cognitive and somatic approach to address the root causes of current life challenges. Nila also has experience supporting individuals in 12-step recovery work.
(808) 666-2779 View (808) 666-2779
Photo of Melissa Bartholomew, Counselor in Hilo, HI
Melissa Bartholomew
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hilo, HI 96720  (Online Only)
I work with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, interpersonal conflict, stress, burnout, communication, and parenting. When we meet, we will discuss together what goals we want to work towards in counseling. I like to build upon individual strengths as we tackle your life challenges. I often use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as they hold the belief that all forms of human suffering is a normal part of life. I also take a holistic view in your overall health.
I work with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, interpersonal conflict, stress, burnout, communication, and parenting. When we meet, we will discuss together what goals we want to work towards in counseling. I like to build upon individual strengths as we tackle your life challenges. I often use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as they hold the belief that all forms of human suffering is a normal part of life. I also take a holistic view in your overall health.
(808) 731-2964 View (808) 731-2964
Photo of Michelle Jacoby, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Hilo, HI
Michelle Jacoby
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
Hilo, HI 96720
Not accepting new clients
Talking about sex, relationships, and intimacy can be incredibly difficult. Throughout our lives many of us have been confronted with fear and shame-based messages, inaccurate and harmful information, and often problematic ideas regarding sexuality. These experiences can leave us feeling confused or ashamed, ultimately impacting our ability to tap into our full and authentic selves. Exploring these issues in a therapeutic setting with a trained, sex-positive therapist can be life-changing. A sex-positive framework means that I affirm all consensual sexual activity (or lack of sexual activity) as positive, healthy, and pleasurable.
Talking about sex, relationships, and intimacy can be incredibly difficult. Throughout our lives many of us have been confronted with fear and shame-based messages, inaccurate and harmful information, and often problematic ideas regarding sexuality. These experiences can leave us feeling confused or ashamed, ultimately impacting our ability to tap into our full and authentic selves. Exploring these issues in a therapeutic setting with a trained, sex-positive therapist can be life-changing. A sex-positive framework means that I affirm all consensual sexual activity (or lack of sexual activity) as positive, healthy, and pleasurable.
(808) 746-3762 View (808) 746-3762
Photo of Leah Ledward, Counselor in Hilo, HI
Leah Ledward
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hilo, HI 96720  (Online Only)
Sometimes we get tired of trying to figure everything out on our own. It can be overwhelming when everyone thinks they know what is best for us. Do you ever wish someone would just listen? It can be so helpful to talk to someone who really listens - without judging us or telling us what to do. The best relationships are ones in which each person is an equal partner. By working together in a kind and supportive manner, constructive strategies can be identified.
Sometimes we get tired of trying to figure everything out on our own. It can be overwhelming when everyone thinks they know what is best for us. Do you ever wish someone would just listen? It can be so helpful to talk to someone who really listens - without judging us or telling us what to do. The best relationships are ones in which each person is an equal partner. By working together in a kind and supportive manner, constructive strategies can be identified.
(808) 400-9364 View (808) 400-9364
Photo of Dr. Danielle Zandbergen, Counselor in Hilo, HI
Dr. Danielle Zandbergen
Counselor, LMHC, LPC, PhD
Verified Verified
Hilo, HI 96720  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Whether you are seeking ways to strengthen your relationship to self or others, or experience growth in your development and well-being, I am here to help you navigate these issues and more. I specialize in adolescent and adult therapy with an emphasis on anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, relationship and identity concerns. I have worked in school-based settings, child welfare, foster and adoptive care, residential care, and private practice. I work primarily with individuals, but also enjoy working with couples whether it be premarital or marital counseling.
Whether you are seeking ways to strengthen your relationship to self or others, or experience growth in your development and well-being, I am here to help you navigate these issues and more. I specialize in adolescent and adult therapy with an emphasis on anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, relationship and identity concerns. I have worked in school-based settings, child welfare, foster and adoptive care, residential care, and private practice. I work primarily with individuals, but also enjoy working with couples whether it be premarital or marital counseling.
(808) 649-3454 View (808) 649-3454
Photo of Matthew D Brittain, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Hilo, HI
Matthew D Brittain
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, DCSW, MA
Verified Verified
Hilo, HI 96720
I am the lead provider in a small group practice specializing in the following: ADHD (the only specialty ADHD clinic outside of Oahu, to our knowledge); psychedelics-integration therapy; Forensic (court-involved) clients; sexual issues of many kinds (identity, empowerment, experience enhancement, dysfunctions, etc.); medical cannabis certification; couples/relationship issues. Susan Cauley, MD Melanie Guerra (Clinical Aide), and myself are the team. Dr. Susan Cauley can provide medication coordination for our ADHD program, and is our Cannabis specialist.
I am the lead provider in a small group practice specializing in the following: ADHD (the only specialty ADHD clinic outside of Oahu, to our knowledge); psychedelics-integration therapy; Forensic (court-involved) clients; sexual issues of many kinds (identity, empowerment, experience enhancement, dysfunctions, etc.); medical cannabis certification; couples/relationship issues. Susan Cauley, MD Melanie Guerra (Clinical Aide), and myself are the team. Dr. Susan Cauley can provide medication coordination for our ADHD program, and is our Cannabis specialist.
(808) 731-1470 View (808) 731-1470
Photo of Pamela K. Luis, MFT, Marriage & Family Therapist in Hilo, HI
Pamela K. Luis, MFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hilo, HI 96720
I am currently accepting Graduate Students for supervision. Are you struggling with past or current military, childhood or other types of trauma? Are you dealing with overwhelming anxiety or depression? Are you in conflict with family members? These are my specialties and I would be honored to guide you through the healing process. I focus on unique individual strengths and positive attributes. I am here to guide you on that journey of rediscovery in yourself and with your loved ones.
I am currently accepting Graduate Students for supervision. Are you struggling with past or current military, childhood or other types of trauma? Are you dealing with overwhelming anxiety or depression? Are you in conflict with family members? These are my specialties and I would be honored to guide you through the healing process. I focus on unique individual strengths and positive attributes. I am here to guide you on that journey of rediscovery in yourself and with your loved ones.
(808) 518-3906 View (808) 518-3906

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Hilo, HI

100+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in Hilo, HI who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
81% Depression
80% Self Esteem
72% Coping Skills
71% Life Transitions
70% Relationship Issues
70% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% Hawaii Medical Services Association
53% BlueCross and BlueShield
46% Hawaii Medical Assurance Association

How Therapists in Hilo, HI see their clients

65% In Person and Online
35% Online Only

Gender breakdown

76% Female
22% Male
2% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Hilo?

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.