Therapists in Black Hawk County, IA

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Photo of Kenzie Flot, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Black Hawk County, IA
Kenzie Flot
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
I am accepting NEW clients! Please email me to get started. I'm so glad you have reached out for help. I'd love to meet with you to help look at your goals and how we can make a plan to achieve them. I truly believe we all can benefit from therapy at certain times during our lives. You don't have to wait until you are miserable or barely able to function to schedule an appointment.
I am accepting NEW clients! Please email me to get started. I'm so glad you have reached out for help. I'd love to meet with you to help look at your goals and how we can make a plan to achieve them. I truly believe we all can benefit from therapy at certain times during our lives. You don't have to wait until you are miserable or barely able to function to schedule an appointment.
(319) 349-2795 View (319) 349-2795
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Kristi Clements
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW
Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Kristi Clements, MSW, LISW Licensed Independent Social Worker. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and bring 20 years of experience in mental health. I specialize in Postpartum Depression and anxiety including post graduate PPD training at The Postpartum Stress Center. I utilize a strength based “client centered” approach allowing us to work together in finding the best way to create lasting change. With a focus to help those experiencing: Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Life Transitions, Postpartum Depression and Anxiety, Mood Disorders , Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, and Stress Management.
Kristi Clements, MSW, LISW Licensed Independent Social Worker. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and bring 20 years of experience in mental health. I specialize in Postpartum Depression and anxiety including post graduate PPD training at The Postpartum Stress Center. I utilize a strength based “client centered” approach allowing us to work together in finding the best way to create lasting change. With a focus to help those experiencing: Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Life Transitions, Postpartum Depression and Anxiety, Mood Disorders , Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, and Stress Management.
(319) 458-5892 View (319) 458-5892
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Jamiee Murphy
Counselor, LMHC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Waterloo, IA 50701
Accepting new clients! I know that life can be so challenging and you are going through so much! I am here to support you and provide a safe, nonjudgmental space for you to express and process. I have worked with children/teens,young adults, college students, and adults. I have experience working with anxiety, stress management, self-esteem and confidence, self-care, and interpersonal relationship issues. Most of my clients have wanted to work on improving their overall quality of life, increasing their self-esteem and confidence, being able to regulate their emotions, and feel happy with where they are and where they want to be.
Accepting new clients! I know that life can be so challenging and you are going through so much! I am here to support you and provide a safe, nonjudgmental space for you to express and process. I have worked with children/teens,young adults, college students, and adults. I have experience working with anxiety, stress management, self-esteem and confidence, self-care, and interpersonal relationship issues. Most of my clients have wanted to work on improving their overall quality of life, increasing their self-esteem and confidence, being able to regulate their emotions, and feel happy with where they are and where they want to be.
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Photo of Emily Fakler, Counselor in Black Hawk County, IA
Emily Fakler
Counselor, MA, tLMHC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Waitlist for new clients
Whether it's depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship struggles, or tackling a new chapter of life, I love working with clients who are ready to understand themselves better, and looking for support in their growth. I believe every person has their own unique set of patterns for tackling life and emotions, and problems often arise when these patterns are no longer serving us well. It can be difficult and frustrating to seek a better life if we do not first understand what has brought us to our current struggle or what still stands in our way. I'm here to be a listener, companion, and problem-solver while you're on that journey.
Whether it's depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship struggles, or tackling a new chapter of life, I love working with clients who are ready to understand themselves better, and looking for support in their growth. I believe every person has their own unique set of patterns for tackling life and emotions, and problems often arise when these patterns are no longer serving us well. It can be difficult and frustrating to seek a better life if we do not first understand what has brought us to our current struggle or what still stands in our way. I'm here to be a listener, companion, and problem-solver while you're on that journey.
(319) 254-5053 View (319) 254-5053
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Amanda Marks
Counselor, MS, tLMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Waterloo, IA 50703
Accepting New Clients I have experience working with children, adolescents, and parents dealing with anger, anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, parent/child conflict, coping with divorce, and other life stressors. My goal is to provide an open, non-judgemental, safe, and creative space where clients can feel free to express themselves. I enjoy working with clients to create and work on goals by using a variety of theraputic modalities and evidence-based techniques like Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Play therapy, Sandtray therapy, and Art therapy to meet the needs of each individual.
Accepting New Clients I have experience working with children, adolescents, and parents dealing with anger, anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, parent/child conflict, coping with divorce, and other life stressors. My goal is to provide an open, non-judgemental, safe, and creative space where clients can feel free to express themselves. I enjoy working with clients to create and work on goals by using a variety of theraputic modalities and evidence-based techniques like Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Play therapy, Sandtray therapy, and Art therapy to meet the needs of each individual.
(319) 271-1220 View (319) 271-1220
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Kayla Reisinger
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Life is difficult, unpredictable, and not always beautiful. As a therapist, I will support you in working through the feelings that accompany those difficult times and work towards developing healthy view of yourself. Whether you are feeling overwhelmed with the stresses of everyday life, parenthood or work, experienced trauma, want to mend a relationship, explore attachment, or just need support through a trying time, I am here to help you reach your goals.
Life is difficult, unpredictable, and not always beautiful. As a therapist, I will support you in working through the feelings that accompany those difficult times and work towards developing healthy view of yourself. Whether you are feeling overwhelmed with the stresses of everyday life, parenthood or work, experienced trauma, want to mend a relationship, explore attachment, or just need support through a trying time, I am here to help you reach your goals.
(319) 239-3533 View (319) 239-3533
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Carissa Schmadeke
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Everyone deserves to have a safe space and someone consistent whom they can rely on during some of life’s most challenging moments. My goal is to provide that space and to be that someone for you! I believe that creating a strong therapeutic bond is vital for the success of therapy, but it also takes finding the right fit! I strive to create a comfortable and safe environment for all clients. I utilize a client-centered approach that allows myself and each client the opportunity to tailor the therapy to meet their specific needs and goals. I hope to meet you soon!
Everyone deserves to have a safe space and someone consistent whom they can rely on during some of life’s most challenging moments. My goal is to provide that space and to be that someone for you! I believe that creating a strong therapeutic bond is vital for the success of therapy, but it also takes finding the right fit! I strive to create a comfortable and safe environment for all clients. I utilize a client-centered approach that allows myself and each client the opportunity to tailor the therapy to meet their specific needs and goals. I hope to meet you soon!
(319) 327-5078 View (319) 327-5078
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Quakerdale Family Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
Waterloo, IA 50703
I am a Trauma Informed Specialist. I bring to my practice a unique blend of specialized training and life experiences. It is my belief that many fears, anxiety and behaviors have some form of trauma behind them. To determine the best treatment plan, I use the client's strengths to aid in achieving their goals. I am a Christian and believe that including an individual's faith in God is important for complete healing. I am sensitive to cultural differences and work with individuals from many nations. I have experience working with: PTSD, Addiction Recovery, Family, Couple, Single Parents, Children, and Single Adults.
I am a Trauma Informed Specialist. I bring to my practice a unique blend of specialized training and life experiences. It is my belief that many fears, anxiety and behaviors have some form of trauma behind them. To determine the best treatment plan, I use the client's strengths to aid in achieving their goals. I am a Christian and believe that including an individual's faith in God is important for complete healing. I am sensitive to cultural differences and work with individuals from many nations. I have experience working with: PTSD, Addiction Recovery, Family, Couple, Single Parents, Children, and Single Adults.
(319) 271-6124 View (319) 271-6124
Photo of Katie Ballenger, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Black Hawk County, IA
Katie Ballenger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Waterloo, IA 50703  (Online Only)
Katie is passionate about mental health and wellness for all. She uses a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach to create a space where individuals and families are able to experience a sense of safety and connection. Building on these experiences, Katie aims to help individuals understand their own strengths, needs and agency for change. With families, Katie incorporates brain development and attachment theory to build a working alliance with families to identify the specific needs of their child. Katie aims to help families experience connection, attunement and enjoyment as tools to improve and strengthen relationships.
Katie is passionate about mental health and wellness for all. She uses a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach to create a space where individuals and families are able to experience a sense of safety and connection. Building on these experiences, Katie aims to help individuals understand their own strengths, needs and agency for change. With families, Katie incorporates brain development and attachment theory to build a working alliance with families to identify the specific needs of their child. Katie aims to help families experience connection, attunement and enjoyment as tools to improve and strengthen relationships.
(319) 220-5096 View (319) 220-5096
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Deanna Shafer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW, RYT 200
Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Waitlist for new clients
Hi, I’m Deanna. I provide a safe and accepting space to help clients work towards their mental health goals. I work with adult individuals on a variety of issues, including trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and stress. I practice strengths-based, trauma-informed therapy and use a variety of modalities, including mindfulness, EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and solution-focused therapies. I’m an ally to members of LGBTQIA+, immigrant and refugee, BIPOC, and neurodivergent communities and particularly enjoy working with these groups. I provide services in English and Spanish.
Hi, I’m Deanna. I provide a safe and accepting space to help clients work towards their mental health goals. I work with adult individuals on a variety of issues, including trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and stress. I practice strengths-based, trauma-informed therapy and use a variety of modalities, including mindfulness, EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and solution-focused therapies. I’m an ally to members of LGBTQIA+, immigrant and refugee, BIPOC, and neurodivergent communities and particularly enjoy working with these groups. I provide services in English and Spanish.
(319) 224-8749 View (319) 224-8749
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Deziree Wiegmann
Counselor, MS, NCC, tLMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Waterloo, IA 50702
I am a licensed therapist with my Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Winona State University. I work with modalities including CBT, Adlerian, Solution Focused, and Person Centered. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, and trauma, in children, adolescents, and adults. I also have experience working with individuals of marginalized populations including LGBTQ+ community members and persons of color. I focus on creating a safe and comfortable space for the client along with using a collaborative and strength based approach to encourage healing and growth.
I am a licensed therapist with my Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Winona State University. I work with modalities including CBT, Adlerian, Solution Focused, and Person Centered. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, and trauma, in children, adolescents, and adults. I also have experience working with individuals of marginalized populations including LGBTQ+ community members and persons of color. I focus on creating a safe and comfortable space for the client along with using a collaborative and strength based approach to encourage healing and growth.
(800) 531-4236 View (800) 531-4236
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Ben Fienup
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Currently not accepting new clients. I am passionate about working with clients from all walks of life. I am especially passionate working with kids, teens, and young adults ranging from elementary to college and beyond. Additionally, as a foster parent and new parent, I enjoy helping parents and families, work together to better understand, connect and value each other.
Currently not accepting new clients. I am passionate about working with clients from all walks of life. I am especially passionate working with kids, teens, and young adults ranging from elementary to college and beyond. Additionally, as a foster parent and new parent, I enjoy helping parents and families, work together to better understand, connect and value each other.
(319) 988-2607 View (319) 988-2607
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Julie Valler
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified
Waterloo, IA 50701
New clients welcome! I have many options for appointment times. I have had the privilege to work with diverse populations, multiple faith-based traditions, multicultural clients, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. It takes courage to reach out and seek therapy. I honor that courage by providing compassionate, nonjudgmental, empathic listening and support establishing a safe place for clients to be able to share freely.
New clients welcome! I have many options for appointment times. I have had the privilege to work with diverse populations, multiple faith-based traditions, multicultural clients, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. It takes courage to reach out and seek therapy. I honor that courage by providing compassionate, nonjudgmental, empathic listening and support establishing a safe place for clients to be able to share freely.
(319) 257-2153 View (319) 257-2153
Photo of Erika Bandilla, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Black Hawk County, IA
Erika Bandilla
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Waterloo, IA 50701
Waitlist for new clients
My ideal client is someone who recognizes the importance of their mental health and is ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery and growth. They may be struggling with a variety of issues: anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, or low self-esteem. They have a genuine desire to understand themselves better, improve their well-being, and live a more fulfilling life. Ultimately, my ideal client wants to experience a sense of empowerment, self-acceptance, and achievement. They understand that investing in their mental health is a valuable and transformative endeavor, and they are committed to the process of growth.
My ideal client is someone who recognizes the importance of their mental health and is ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery and growth. They may be struggling with a variety of issues: anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, or low self-esteem. They have a genuine desire to understand themselves better, improve their well-being, and live a more fulfilling life. Ultimately, my ideal client wants to experience a sense of empowerment, self-acceptance, and achievement. They understand that investing in their mental health is a valuable and transformative endeavor, and they are committed to the process of growth.
(319) 408-8705 View (319) 408-8705
Photo of Taylor Peterson, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Black Hawk County, IA
Taylor Peterson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
6 Endorsed
Waterloo, IA 50701
I earned my Bachelor of Social Work with a minor in psychology from the University of Northern Iowa. I continued my education and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Master of Social work degree with specialization in trauma informed care. During my time at UNI, I gained valuable experience working with children, youth, and families. Outside of college, I worked as a Mental Health Therapist, in the school system, counseling students experiencing concerns with depression, anxiety, grief, PTSD, self-identify, self-harm, relationships, and more.
I earned my Bachelor of Social Work with a minor in psychology from the University of Northern Iowa. I continued my education and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Master of Social work degree with specialization in trauma informed care. During my time at UNI, I gained valuable experience working with children, youth, and families. Outside of college, I worked as a Mental Health Therapist, in the school system, counseling students experiencing concerns with depression, anxiety, grief, PTSD, self-identify, self-harm, relationships, and more.
(800) 531-4236 View (800) 531-4236
Photo of Ryan Chatfield, Counselor in Black Hawk County, IA
Ryan Chatfield
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Hi there, I'm Ryan! I am a licensed mental health counselor with over 6 years of counseling experience. I am very passionate when it comes to working with my clients and know through therapy, consistent effort, and trust in the process, things can and often do get better! My approach My approach is ecliptic as different people have different needs. However, one thing that is consistent about my approach is that I will meet you where you are at and will assist you to where you want to go. I will be empathetic and open minded throughout the therapeutic process, and we will work as a team to reach your goals! Let's chat!
Hi there, I'm Ryan! I am a licensed mental health counselor with over 6 years of counseling experience. I am very passionate when it comes to working with my clients and know through therapy, consistent effort, and trust in the process, things can and often do get better! My approach My approach is ecliptic as different people have different needs. However, one thing that is consistent about my approach is that I will meet you where you are at and will assist you to where you want to go. I will be empathetic and open minded throughout the therapeutic process, and we will work as a team to reach your goals! Let's chat!
(319) 895-1684 View (319) 895-1684
Photo of Emily Allaire, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Black Hawk County, IA
Emily Allaire
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Waterloo, IA 50702
Not accepting new clients
Are you finding yourself feeling overwhelmed? Guilty? Ashamed? Or are you feeling anxious about making a decision? In the process of preparing for a major life change? Is one or more of your relationships struggling? Our lives can really surprise us from time to time and we get to realize we have choices. You may not know what to do at this point and that's ok! The fact that you’re here tells me you have hope.
Are you finding yourself feeling overwhelmed? Guilty? Ashamed? Or are you feeling anxious about making a decision? In the process of preparing for a major life change? Is one or more of your relationships struggling? Our lives can really surprise us from time to time and we get to realize we have choices. You may not know what to do at this point and that's ok! The fact that you’re here tells me you have hope.
(319) 281-0342 View (319) 281-0342
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RPB Counseling Services, LLC
Counselor, MS, LMHC, LPCC
Verified
Waterloo, IA 50702
Overwhelmed by intense bouts of guilt, anger, shame and fear? Trapped. I specialize in helping clients who are struggling with PTSD, Trauma, Grief, Acute Life Challenges, Relationship Issues, Anxiety and Depression. Through our work together, clients will learn techniques to reduce intensity and practical resources to address persistent emotions. Allowing clients to be more present and achieve a new state of balance in their lives.
Overwhelmed by intense bouts of guilt, anger, shame and fear? Trapped. I specialize in helping clients who are struggling with PTSD, Trauma, Grief, Acute Life Challenges, Relationship Issues, Anxiety and Depression. Through our work together, clients will learn techniques to reduce intensity and practical resources to address persistent emotions. Allowing clients to be more present and achieve a new state of balance in their lives.
(319) 220-0014 View (319) 220-0014
Photo of Tasha Marie Lowman, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Black Hawk County, IA
Tasha Marie Lowman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
I am an experienced therapist who loves working with children, adolescents, and adults. I enjoy helping people work through life's stressors while enhancing their quality of life!
I am an experienced therapist who loves working with children, adolescents, and adults. I enjoy helping people work through life's stressors while enhancing their quality of life!
(319) 224-8742 View (319) 224-8742
Photo of Samarah Greeves, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Black Hawk County, IA
Samarah Greeves
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Waterloo, IA 50701
Not accepting new clients
My experience in social work began in hospice and an international placement in India. Upon returning home, I continued to work in hospice, where I encountered end-of-life concerns, depression, anxiety, grief, and loss. I implement a strengths-based, heart-centered, holistic, and spiritual approach that is collaborative and non-judgmental. Guided by a culturally sensitive perspective, I enjoy working with a diverse population. I empower clients to tap into their own creativity to assist in their healing journey. I blend cognitive behavioral therapy with expressive arts to help clients reach their goals.
My experience in social work began in hospice and an international placement in India. Upon returning home, I continued to work in hospice, where I encountered end-of-life concerns, depression, anxiety, grief, and loss. I implement a strengths-based, heart-centered, holistic, and spiritual approach that is collaborative and non-judgmental. Guided by a culturally sensitive perspective, I enjoy working with a diverse population. I empower clients to tap into their own creativity to assist in their healing journey. I blend cognitive behavioral therapy with expressive arts to help clients reach their goals.
(319) 535-4098 View (319) 535-4098

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Number of Therapists in Black Hawk County, IA

100+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Black Hawk County, IA who prioritize treating:

90% Anxiety
88% Depression
78% Relationship Issues
73% Trauma and PTSD
73% Coping Skills
73% Stress
71% Self Esteem

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% BlueCross and BlueShield
75% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
70% Wellmark BCBS

How Therapists in Black Hawk County, IA see their clients

89% In Person and Online
11% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
17% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Black Hawk County?

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.