Therapists in Iowa City, IA

Photo of Sally H Darley, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Iowa City, IA
Sally H Darley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Iowa City, IA 52240
My ideal client is commited to personal growth. I believe we are all fragile creatures, yet capable of resilience. We experience painful thought/feeling states and then we weave stories to explain them. Narrative Therapy has been a natural fit for me: the client defines the goals, we examine the details of self-limiting stories, including family and cultural "scripts." We work to co-create stories about identity that have more space for possibilities and emotional resilience.
My ideal client is commited to personal growth. I believe we are all fragile creatures, yet capable of resilience. We experience painful thought/feeling states and then we weave stories to explain them. Narrative Therapy has been a natural fit for me: the client defines the goals, we examine the details of self-limiting stories, including family and cultural "scripts." We work to co-create stories about identity that have more space for possibilities and emotional resilience.
(319) 214-7551 View (319) 214-7551
Photo of Janel Harrington, Marriage & Family Therapist in Iowa City, IA
Janel Harrington
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Iowa City, IA 52240
My accepting approach is secured in the notion that we all deserve to be welcomed just as we are, including the problems and struggles we bear. Even if our problems have no straightforward answers, we can learn to live with and through them when we are better connected to ourselves and others. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I aspire to enable this connection. My training is rooted in Systems Theory, which views individuals, couples, and families through their relationship network. I take care to recognize how family of origin, cultural, and contextual factors inform our habits, perceptions, and sense of well-being.
My accepting approach is secured in the notion that we all deserve to be welcomed just as we are, including the problems and struggles we bear. Even if our problems have no straightforward answers, we can learn to live with and through them when we are better connected to ourselves and others. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I aspire to enable this connection. My training is rooted in Systems Theory, which views individuals, couples, and families through their relationship network. I take care to recognize how family of origin, cultural, and contextual factors inform our habits, perceptions, and sense of well-being.
(319) 382-6559 View (319) 382-6559
Photo of Marshall McElhinney, Marriage & Family Therapist in Iowa City, IA
Marshall McElhinney
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, EFT
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Iowa City, IA 52240
Waitlist for new clients
I believe one of the bravest things you can do is to understand your own story and break free from the traps that hold us back from change. You are brave because you are here. One quote that resonates with me is from Carl Whitaker, who once wrote, “Until you break with your patterns, the rut continues to deepen. Life goes on, but living dies”. Throughout my career, I have witnessed how being unheard and misunderstood creates a sense of feeling judgment and shame. I want to help by creating a space for healing and advancement by honoring that those experiences are a source of pain.
I believe one of the bravest things you can do is to understand your own story and break free from the traps that hold us back from change. You are brave because you are here. One quote that resonates with me is from Carl Whitaker, who once wrote, “Until you break with your patterns, the rut continues to deepen. Life goes on, but living dies”. Throughout my career, I have witnessed how being unheard and misunderstood creates a sense of feeling judgment and shame. I want to help by creating a space for healing and advancement by honoring that those experiences are a source of pain.
(319) 220-5753 View (319) 220-5753
Photo of Beth Porter, Counselor in Iowa City, IA
Beth Porter
Counselor, LCPC, LMHC, LPC
Not Verified Not Verified
Iowa City, IA 52240  (Online Only)
I am a licensed clinical therapist with more than 20 years experience working with clients with a broad range of concerns. I received my initial clinical training at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, where I trained in psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and experiential therapies. Psychotherapy as a highly effective way to relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression and the aftereffects of trauma and loss. It can help you increase your understanding of yourself; change behaviors that might be interfering with your goals; improve your relationships and help you experience more meaning and joy in your life.
I am a licensed clinical therapist with more than 20 years experience working with clients with a broad range of concerns. I received my initial clinical training at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, where I trained in psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and experiential therapies. Psychotherapy as a highly effective way to relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression and the aftereffects of trauma and loss. It can help you increase your understanding of yourself; change behaviors that might be interfering with your goals; improve your relationships and help you experience more meaning and joy in your life.
(844) 442-9067 View (844) 442-9067
Photo of Leah Marie Gehlsen Morlan, Licensed Master Social Worker in Iowa City, IA
Leah Marie Gehlsen Morlan
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified Verified
Iowa City, IA 52240
Waitlist for new clients
I received both my bachelor's degree and my master's degree from the University of Iowa. I am currently a licensed LMSW who is working toward independent clinical licensure. While my specialties are ADHD and anxiety and panic disorders, I mainly just enjoy connecting with folks who have identified that therapy might be helpful for them. I like building relationships and getting to know people through the therapeutic lens. While I primarily use CBT, ACT, and DBT, I believe that a safe space wherein someone can be vulnerable and authentic is the strongest foundation for healing.
I received both my bachelor's degree and my master's degree from the University of Iowa. I am currently a licensed LMSW who is working toward independent clinical licensure. While my specialties are ADHD and anxiety and panic disorders, I mainly just enjoy connecting with folks who have identified that therapy might be helpful for them. I like building relationships and getting to know people through the therapeutic lens. While I primarily use CBT, ACT, and DBT, I believe that a safe space wherein someone can be vulnerable and authentic is the strongest foundation for healing.
(319) 246-7715 View (319) 246-7715
Photo of Andrew Levitt, Marriage & Family Therapist in Iowa City, IA
Andrew Levitt
Marriage & Family Therapist, t-MFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Iowa City, IA 52240
You are probably here because the bottom dropped out and you are worried it is going to get worse. That does not feel good. But you are right, therapy is one way to turn it around. Draw the line and flip the script. The way out is through, dropping the sugar-coated language- it's going to be hard. That may sound dark, but the hope is right behind. The Tao Te Ching says: "the main road is simple, but people love to be sidetracked." Therapy relies on centralizing elements that have been minimized in daily life: listening, speaking authentically, supporting one another, slowing down, being present, and being seen.
You are probably here because the bottom dropped out and you are worried it is going to get worse. That does not feel good. But you are right, therapy is one way to turn it around. Draw the line and flip the script. The way out is through, dropping the sugar-coated language- it's going to be hard. That may sound dark, but the hope is right behind. The Tao Te Ching says: "the main road is simple, but people love to be sidetracked." Therapy relies on centralizing elements that have been minimized in daily life: listening, speaking authentically, supporting one another, slowing down, being present, and being seen.
(319) 725-2203 View (319) 725-2203
Photo of David Young, Marriage & Family Therapist in Iowa City, IA
David Young
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Iowa City, IA 52240
David received his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Iowa and has been a practicing psychotherapist for the past 30 years. He is a Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Counseling Center of Iowa City. He has received advanced training in the areas of Ericksonian Hypnosis, Brief Therapy treatments for Depression and Anxiety, and Biofeedback and Stress management. His research and writing on the impact of chronic illness and chronic pain on individual, couple, and family functioning have received national recognition.
David received his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Iowa and has been a practicing psychotherapist for the past 30 years. He is a Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Counseling Center of Iowa City. He has received advanced training in the areas of Ericksonian Hypnosis, Brief Therapy treatments for Depression and Anxiety, and Biofeedback and Stress management. His research and writing on the impact of chronic illness and chronic pain on individual, couple, and family functioning have received national recognition.
(319) 774-4908 View (319) 774-4908
Photo of Katherine Nydam Olivier, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Iowa City, IA
Katherine Nydam Olivier
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW
Verified Verified
Iowa City, IA 52246
Not accepting new clients
EXCLUSIVELY TELEHEALTH through at least 12/31/20; not currently accepting new clients. I have helped individuals and couples with problems such as relationship problems, anxiety, depression, other mood disorders, preoccupations with food and weight, substance abuse disorders, gender dysphoria, and recovery from trauma. I prefer to use a narrative approach in my clinical work, though I welcome and encourage client feedback and incorporate tools and ideas from a variety of practice models to help meet clients' needs. Narrative therapy is based on the idea that "the person is never the problem, the problem is the problem."
EXCLUSIVELY TELEHEALTH through at least 12/31/20; not currently accepting new clients. I have helped individuals and couples with problems such as relationship problems, anxiety, depression, other mood disorders, preoccupations with food and weight, substance abuse disorders, gender dysphoria, and recovery from trauma. I prefer to use a narrative approach in my clinical work, though I welcome and encourage client feedback and incorporate tools and ideas from a variety of practice models to help meet clients' needs. Narrative therapy is based on the idea that "the person is never the problem, the problem is the problem."
(319) 313-5081 View (319) 313-5081
Photo of Lisa Matthews, Psychologist in Iowa City, IA
Lisa Matthews
Psychologist, Psy D
Verified Verified
Iowa City, IA 52245
I BELIEVE... that healing is not always (or rarely) linear, and I meet each individual where they are in their process of healing, identify and build on strengths, and work together to meet their goals. I believe that each individual has the capacity to heal, and my goal is to enter into a therapeutic relationship in which the client feels safe to begin this process.
I BELIEVE... that healing is not always (or rarely) linear, and I meet each individual where they are in their process of healing, identify and build on strengths, and work together to meet their goals. I believe that each individual has the capacity to heal, and my goal is to enter into a therapeutic relationship in which the client feels safe to begin this process.
(319) 332-5747 View (319) 332-5747
Photo of Carolyn Giese, Pre-Licensed Professional in Iowa City, IA
Carolyn Giese
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, LMHCt
Verified Verified
Iowa City, IA 52246
Carolyn primarily works with teenage girls struggling with anxiety and depression and women and non-binary folx of all ages with eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image issues. Her goal is to help people gain awareness of their triggers and unhealthy behavioral patterns that are rooted in trauma and give them tools for self-regulation.
Carolyn primarily works with teenage girls struggling with anxiety and depression and women and non-binary folx of all ages with eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image issues. Her goal is to help people gain awareness of their triggers and unhealthy behavioral patterns that are rooted in trauma and give them tools for self-regulation.
(319) 614-6230 View (319) 614-6230
Photo of Kelson Warner, Counselor in Iowa City, IA
Kelson Warner
Counselor, tLMHC
Verified Verified
Iowa City, IA 52245
It can be very challenging and difficult to talk to someone about your mental health. Reaching out to a therapist is a brave first step towards healing. I aim to provide a warm, safe, and non-judgmental environment where I assist my client in constructing a treatment plan that works best for their current needs and lifestyle. In session, I utilize a combination of Person-Centered, Narrative, Cognitive-behavioral, and Solution Focused approaches to meet my client’s individualistic or holistic needs. I also specialize in the technique of brain-spotting and am currently working to earn certification.
It can be very challenging and difficult to talk to someone about your mental health. Reaching out to a therapist is a brave first step towards healing. I aim to provide a warm, safe, and non-judgmental environment where I assist my client in constructing a treatment plan that works best for their current needs and lifestyle. In session, I utilize a combination of Person-Centered, Narrative, Cognitive-behavioral, and Solution Focused approaches to meet my client’s individualistic or holistic needs. I also specialize in the technique of brain-spotting and am currently working to earn certification.
(319) 988-2878 x3 View (319) 988-2878 x3
Photo of Sandy Healey, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Iowa City, IA
Sandy Healey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW, IAADC, SAP
Verified Verified
Iowa City, IA 52246
Limited availability for New Clients. Call/email for free consultation. I specialize in working with people with anxiety, addiction, depression and marital concerns. I have extensive training and certification in addiction counseling and offer SAP/DOT evaluations.
Limited availability for New Clients. Call/email for free consultation. I specialize in working with people with anxiety, addiction, depression and marital concerns. I have extensive training and certification in addiction counseling and offer SAP/DOT evaluations.
(319) 332-5981 View (319) 332-5981
Photo of Dawn Worrell, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Iowa City, IA
Dawn Worrell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Iowa City, IA 52240
I feel honored to have helped guide and support individuals and families for over 20 years. I strive to help identify problems, resolve conflicts and promote optimal functioning in your everyday life. I specialize in empowering oneself to work through the distress of Divorce, Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Attachment, and Trauma that have negatively impacted yourself and your relationships with others. Within the context of a safe and supportive environment, I develop trusting relationships with clients that enhance and encourage growth and change. I believe anyone can make changes in their life and I can provide optimism and hope when you feel there is none.
I feel honored to have helped guide and support individuals and families for over 20 years. I strive to help identify problems, resolve conflicts and promote optimal functioning in your everyday life. I specialize in empowering oneself to work through the distress of Divorce, Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Attachment, and Trauma that have negatively impacted yourself and your relationships with others. Within the context of a safe and supportive environment, I develop trusting relationships with clients that enhance and encourage growth and change. I believe anyone can make changes in their life and I can provide optimism and hope when you feel there is none.
(319) 250-4482 View (319) 250-4482
Photo of Noemi P Ford, Psychologist in Iowa City, IA
Noemi P Ford
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Iowa City, IA 52240
Not accepting new clients
I provide psychotherapy and psychoanalysis for people suffering from depression, stress and anxiety, trauma, identity and relationship issues, GLBTQ concerns, immigration, racial, cross-cultural and acculturation concerns, grief and loss, parenting, marital and premarital concerns, women’s issues, self-esteem concerns, personality disorders, mood regulation and self-injurious behaviors, end of life issues, and career and life discontentment problems.
I provide psychotherapy and psychoanalysis for people suffering from depression, stress and anxiety, trauma, identity and relationship issues, GLBTQ concerns, immigration, racial, cross-cultural and acculturation concerns, grief and loss, parenting, marital and premarital concerns, women’s issues, self-esteem concerns, personality disorders, mood regulation and self-injurious behaviors, end of life issues, and career and life discontentment problems.
(319) 409-6373 View (319) 409-6373
Photo of Jaret M Morlan, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Iowa City, IA
Jaret M Morlan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
Iowa City, IA 52245
I am a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Iowa, and I work with adults (18 and up) in both individual and couples therapy. I have experience working with diverse clients on a wide-range of concerns, that include grief and loss, anxiety, depression, substance use, family-of-origin concerns, interpersonal functioning, trauma, identity-based concerns, and sex/intimacy concerns. I work best with individuals who are motivated and interested in change, and in engaging with deep exploration of their own behaviors and experiences.
I am a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Iowa, and I work with adults (18 and up) in both individual and couples therapy. I have experience working with diverse clients on a wide-range of concerns, that include grief and loss, anxiety, depression, substance use, family-of-origin concerns, interpersonal functioning, trauma, identity-based concerns, and sex/intimacy concerns. I work best with individuals who are motivated and interested in change, and in engaging with deep exploration of their own behaviors and experiences.
(319) 559-4754 View (319) 559-4754
Photo of Mj Meidlinger, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Iowa City, IA
Mj Meidlinger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
Iowa City, IA 52240
I am a clinical social worker in Iowa with over 10 years of experience in the field and 6 in counseling. I have worked with clients on many issues, including anxiety and depression, addiction, family conflict, identity and LGBTQ+ issues. My therapeutic style is casual and based on a mutual exchange of ideas, knowledge, and understanding. I believe all people have the capacity for growth and learning. My approach combines multiple therapeutic modalities including cognitive behavioral, dialectical, trauma-informed, and mindfulness based treatment which I will adapt to fit your specific needs and concerns.
I am a clinical social worker in Iowa with over 10 years of experience in the field and 6 in counseling. I have worked with clients on many issues, including anxiety and depression, addiction, family conflict, identity and LGBTQ+ issues. My therapeutic style is casual and based on a mutual exchange of ideas, knowledge, and understanding. I believe all people have the capacity for growth and learning. My approach combines multiple therapeutic modalities including cognitive behavioral, dialectical, trauma-informed, and mindfulness based treatment which I will adapt to fit your specific needs and concerns.
(319) 214-8805 View (319) 214-8805
Photo of Rachael L Carr, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Iowa City, IA
Rachael L Carr
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Iowa City, IA 52240
Not accepting new clients
Through somatic therapies and trauma-informed approaches, I will guide you toward developing the ability to be with, and relate to uncertainty in a way that creates new possibilities. Focusing on certainty or "getting everything right" often results in exhausting cycles of anxiety or anger, freeze and sometimes depression/collapse. Embracing uncertainty means learning the practice of leaning into resources wherever you are, whatever is going on, in a constantly changing world. I look forward to guiding you toward relating to your body, mind, others and the outside world in a more sustainable way.
Through somatic therapies and trauma-informed approaches, I will guide you toward developing the ability to be with, and relate to uncertainty in a way that creates new possibilities. Focusing on certainty or "getting everything right" often results in exhausting cycles of anxiety or anger, freeze and sometimes depression/collapse. Embracing uncertainty means learning the practice of leaning into resources wherever you are, whatever is going on, in a constantly changing world. I look forward to guiding you toward relating to your body, mind, others and the outside world in a more sustainable way.
(319) 774-7750 View (319) 774-7750
Photo of Julia Foster, Marriage & Family Therapist in Iowa City, IA
Julia Foster
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Iowa City, IA 52240
My clients describe me as laid back and non-judgmental, and I aim to provide an atmosphere where anyone can feel safe to explore feelings and experiences they may never have shared before. I’m also a strong believer in the importance of humor to a productive therapeutic relationship.
My clients describe me as laid back and non-judgmental, and I aim to provide an atmosphere where anyone can feel safe to explore feelings and experiences they may never have shared before. I’m also a strong believer in the importance of humor to a productive therapeutic relationship.
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Photo of Ann Long Trauma Specialization, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Iowa City, IA
Ann Long Trauma Specialization
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
Iowa City, IA 52245  (Online Only)
Extremely unique therapy using elements of EMDR, somatic and sensorimotor therapy to treat trauma, depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. I will educate you about effects of chronic stress/dysfunction/trauma on the body and brain (racing thoughts, negative thinking, feeling overwhelmed.) You will learn known and unknown triggers by your body/brain reactions. You will learn to quiet your mind and think positively. You will learn new healthy coping skills. You will begin to "feel your feelings" and process them so distressful memories no longer cause psychological/physical distress.
Extremely unique therapy using elements of EMDR, somatic and sensorimotor therapy to treat trauma, depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. I will educate you about effects of chronic stress/dysfunction/trauma on the body and brain (racing thoughts, negative thinking, feeling overwhelmed.) You will learn known and unknown triggers by your body/brain reactions. You will learn to quiet your mind and think positively. You will learn new healthy coping skills. You will begin to "feel your feelings" and process them so distressful memories no longer cause psychological/physical distress.
(563) 334-4824 View (563) 334-4824
Kari Finnegan
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Iowa City, IA 52245
I am a licensed psychologist and avid yogi who is excited to practice in a setting that embraces the mind-body connection. I strive to create a safe and empowering environment in which you and I work towards making changes that will bring you closer to a satisfying and fulfilling life. I use a strengths-based, collaborative approach to help each client feel empowered, develop insight and improve quality of life. ​I enjoy working with a variety of clients and needs. I prefer to view the therapy relationship as collaborative and egalitarian.
I am a licensed psychologist and avid yogi who is excited to practice in a setting that embraces the mind-body connection. I strive to create a safe and empowering environment in which you and I work towards making changes that will bring you closer to a satisfying and fulfilling life. I use a strengths-based, collaborative approach to help each client feel empowered, develop insight and improve quality of life. ​I enjoy working with a variety of clients and needs. I prefer to view the therapy relationship as collaborative and egalitarian.
(319) 332-5947 View (319) 332-5947

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Iowa City, IA

300+

Average cost per session

$157

Therapists in Iowa City, IA who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
93% Depression
78% Relationship Issues
78% Self Esteem
74% Trauma and PTSD
73% Coping Skills
73% Stress

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% BlueCross and BlueShield
70% Wellmark BCBS
44% Blue Cross

How Therapists in Iowa City, IA see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
21% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Iowa City?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.