Therapists in Buffalo Grove, IL

Photo of Kathryn Krause, Licensed Professional Counselor in Buffalo Grove, IL
Kathryn Krause
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089  (Online Only)
Healing is an imperfect process, but it is in that imperfection that we find real opportunity for growth, connection, and change. As a therapist, I strive to create these opportunities for clients as I believe we find strength and hope when we are true to ourselves. When we learn to sit with discomfort and difficult emotions, we can gain new perspectives and insights towards making lasting change. I use a relational, authentic approach to create a warm, safe environment for clients. I believe therapy should be collaborative, and I work to provide clients with the space to share their stories.
Healing is an imperfect process, but it is in that imperfection that we find real opportunity for growth, connection, and change. As a therapist, I strive to create these opportunities for clients as I believe we find strength and hope when we are true to ourselves. When we learn to sit with discomfort and difficult emotions, we can gain new perspectives and insights towards making lasting change. I use a relational, authentic approach to create a warm, safe environment for clients. I believe therapy should be collaborative, and I work to provide clients with the space to share their stories.
(224) 407-3380 View (224) 407-3380
Photo of Brian McKenna, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Buffalo Grove, IL
Brian McKenna
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CAADC
Verified Verified
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Brian McKenna helps individuals and families gain skills for life so they can achieve a healthy level of functioning, renewed hope, and happiness in their lives. His collaborative approach involves other essential relationships and resources to optimize outcomes, fostering a strong therapeutic alliance between himself and the individual. These two strategies are the most important factors to change and healing. Brian inspires and motivates people to become healthier, happier and more connected in their relationships, as seen in his Tedx Talk which can be found on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEGV7Dpxta4
Brian McKenna helps individuals and families gain skills for life so they can achieve a healthy level of functioning, renewed hope, and happiness in their lives. His collaborative approach involves other essential relationships and resources to optimize outcomes, fostering a strong therapeutic alliance between himself and the individual. These two strategies are the most important factors to change and healing. Brian inspires and motivates people to become healthier, happier and more connected in their relationships, as seen in his Tedx Talk which can be found on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEGV7Dpxta4
(847) 353-1652 View (847) 353-1652
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Mika Kondo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089  (Online Only)
I have been honored to work with individuals and families since 1999. Life can at times be a bumpy ride, and sometimes we might feel stuck not knowing how to handle certain situations, but my core belief is that we all have the inner ability to make each life experience a growing opportunity. I support clients by using collaborative, compassionate, and culturally-sensitive approaches. I also incorporate mindfulness and gratitude and strive to offer clients a safe and caring space throughout their journey.
I have been honored to work with individuals and families since 1999. Life can at times be a bumpy ride, and sometimes we might feel stuck not knowing how to handle certain situations, but my core belief is that we all have the inner ability to make each life experience a growing opportunity. I support clients by using collaborative, compassionate, and culturally-sensitive approaches. I also incorporate mindfulness and gratitude and strive to offer clients a safe and caring space throughout their journey.
(224) 676-9800 x29 View (224) 676-9800 x29
Photo of Ann Choh, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Buffalo Grove, IL
Ann Choh
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Not accepting new clients
As a therapist, it is my passion to engage with individuals and couples in their personal journeys. I aim to support them in finding their voice and strength, ultimately achieving deeper understanding and freedom to fulfill their greatest potential. I offer a trusting and safe environment where I apply a holistic approach to help my clients move towards a healthy and fulfilling life. Through empathy and trust, I deliver client-centered counseling to address depression, anxiety, grief, conflict, life transitions, and issues with self-esteem, gender, and cultural identity.
As a therapist, it is my passion to engage with individuals and couples in their personal journeys. I aim to support them in finding their voice and strength, ultimately achieving deeper understanding and freedom to fulfill their greatest potential. I offer a trusting and safe environment where I apply a holistic approach to help my clients move towards a healthy and fulfilling life. Through empathy and trust, I deliver client-centered counseling to address depression, anxiety, grief, conflict, life transitions, and issues with self-esteem, gender, and cultural identity.
(847) 750-5964 View (847) 750-5964
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Michelle Magida
Counselor, LCPC, LBS1
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Through every stage of your child's life we are here to listen, to identify your child's unique needs, and to promote change. We strive to answer your questions and discuss your concerns. We specialize in the treatment of children and adolescents with a wide spectrum of emotional, behavioral, social, developmental and learning difficulties, as well as the adjustment to various life and family transitions. We approach treatment as a partnership between ourselves, the child and family, viewing each child as an individual, a part of a family and part of society.
Through every stage of your child's life we are here to listen, to identify your child's unique needs, and to promote change. We strive to answer your questions and discuss your concerns. We specialize in the treatment of children and adolescents with a wide spectrum of emotional, behavioral, social, developmental and learning difficulties, as well as the adjustment to various life and family transitions. We approach treatment as a partnership between ourselves, the child and family, viewing each child as an individual, a part of a family and part of society.
(847) 461-3675 View (847) 461-3675
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Bob Marsh
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
I work with adults and adolescents utilizing a humanistic, person-centered approach. I seek to establish an emotionally safe space in which clients feel at ease to explore thoughts, feelings, behaviors, experiences that may be impacting their lives in significant ways; and, through that process, to facilitate openings into meaningful self-discovery, healing, and personal growth.
I work with adults and adolescents utilizing a humanistic, person-centered approach. I seek to establish an emotionally safe space in which clients feel at ease to explore thoughts, feelings, behaviors, experiences that may be impacting their lives in significant ways; and, through that process, to facilitate openings into meaningful self-discovery, healing, and personal growth.
(847) 607-1487 x140 View (847) 607-1487 x140
Photo of Marta Tamara Kromka-Brigagliano, Marriage & Family Therapist in Buffalo Grove, IL
Marta Tamara Kromka-Brigagliano
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CADC, CCM
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Marta Kromka-Brigagliano is a licensed marriage and family therapist, certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor, and certified case manager. While working with clients she utilizes a systemic approach that focuses on individual’s relationship with others, family of origin issues, personal history and relationship with self.
Marta Kromka-Brigagliano is a licensed marriage and family therapist, certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor, and certified case manager. While working with clients she utilizes a systemic approach that focuses on individual’s relationship with others, family of origin issues, personal history and relationship with self.
(847) 474-9468 View (847) 474-9468
Photo of Amanda Feiner, Counselor in Buffalo Grove, IL
Amanda Feiner
Counselor, MA, LCPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
My mission is to help promote healing from within, as well as emotional support, and behavioral change. As humans, we can get stuck in the past or future. As a truly empathetic, genuine, and nonjudgmental clinician, I can provide you with a safe environment to explore and process the nature of your issues that may be keeping you in a state of suffering. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. I am trained in techniques effective with issues including mood disorders, emotional disturbance, family conflict, behavioral disturbance, anxiety, and many other issues affecting your everyday life.
My mission is to help promote healing from within, as well as emotional support, and behavioral change. As humans, we can get stuck in the past or future. As a truly empathetic, genuine, and nonjudgmental clinician, I can provide you with a safe environment to explore and process the nature of your issues that may be keeping you in a state of suffering. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. I am trained in techniques effective with issues including mood disorders, emotional disturbance, family conflict, behavioral disturbance, anxiety, and many other issues affecting your everyday life.
(847) 416-2945 View (847) 416-2945
Photo of Rebecca Welles, Licensed Professional Counselor in Buffalo Grove, IL
Rebecca Welles
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCPC, CRC
Verified Verified
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Rebecca is a graduate of Adler University Chicago. In addition to being a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, she is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Rebecca views the therapeutic process as a holistic experience and is constantly inspired by the courage of the clients she works with. Rebecca has extensive experience working as a Personal Trainer with a specialization in disability, illness, disease and health related issues. Therefore, she strongly believes in the mind-body connection and that change is possible in any situation. Rebecca is also working towards her certification in EMDR and Equine Therapy.
Rebecca is a graduate of Adler University Chicago. In addition to being a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, she is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Rebecca views the therapeutic process as a holistic experience and is constantly inspired by the courage of the clients she works with. Rebecca has extensive experience working as a Personal Trainer with a specialization in disability, illness, disease and health related issues. Therefore, she strongly believes in the mind-body connection and that change is possible in any situation. Rebecca is also working towards her certification in EMDR and Equine Therapy.
(708) 578-5127 View (708) 578-5127
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Bridget Pileggi
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Not Verified Not Verified
1 Endorsed
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Bridget is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in individual, couple, and family therapy. As a graduate of The Family Institute at Northwestern University Bridget earned a Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy and received extensive clinical training at the Family Institute’s Bette D. Harris Family and Child Clinic. She is currently serving as a practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of interest are women's issues, couples, sexual relationship therapy, young adults, life transitions, self-esteem, communication, and first time parents.
Bridget is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in individual, couple, and family therapy. As a graduate of The Family Institute at Northwestern University Bridget earned a Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy and received extensive clinical training at the Family Institute’s Bette D. Harris Family and Child Clinic. She is currently serving as a practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of interest are women's issues, couples, sexual relationship therapy, young adults, life transitions, self-esteem, communication, and first time parents.
(224) 888-3140 View (224) 888-3140
Photo of Megan Medina, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Buffalo Grove, IL
Megan Medina
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
I love working with teens and adults with ADHD and neurodivergence. If you’ve ever felt different, or that you don’t fit in…you fit here. I tend to lean towards a more accessible, easy-going approach when helping clients work towards goals important to their journey. I find that bringing humor to the session lends to a more comfortable therapeutic environment. While identifying goals can often be challenging, My aim is to help clients identify strengths and learn the skills needed to make positive changes in their lives.
I love working with teens and adults with ADHD and neurodivergence. If you’ve ever felt different, or that you don’t fit in…you fit here. I tend to lean towards a more accessible, easy-going approach when helping clients work towards goals important to their journey. I find that bringing humor to the session lends to a more comfortable therapeutic environment. While identifying goals can often be challenging, My aim is to help clients identify strengths and learn the skills needed to make positive changes in their lives.
(224) 676-9800 x25 View (224) 676-9800 x25
Photo of Victoriya Tsaran, Psychologist in Buffalo Grove, IL
Victoriya Tsaran
Psychologist, PsyD, LPC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Over the years, I have developed an eclectic perspective to therapy and utilize a unique combination of psychotherapy, mind-body awareness and hypnotic relaxation techniques, family systems therapy, emotion focused therapy and cognitive behavioral techniques. My wide range of knowledge and competency in various psychological theories allows me to be flexible in my treatment. I aim to revive my patients from the current positions in their lives and help bring in the much needed harmony and infused positivity that will allow my clients to progress in their minds, their mental health and their overall life.
Over the years, I have developed an eclectic perspective to therapy and utilize a unique combination of psychotherapy, mind-body awareness and hypnotic relaxation techniques, family systems therapy, emotion focused therapy and cognitive behavioral techniques. My wide range of knowledge and competency in various psychological theories allows me to be flexible in my treatment. I aim to revive my patients from the current positions in their lives and help bring in the much needed harmony and infused positivity that will allow my clients to progress in their minds, their mental health and their overall life.
(847) 786-2098 View (847) 786-2098
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Kristin Moorhouse
Counselor, MS, LCPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Hi! I am Kristin. I guide clients to identify negative cycles that keep them stuck personally, relationally, and/or professionally. By developing a solid relationship with clients and using effective interventions, I help clients experience healing, growth, movement, and empowerment. I look forward to working with you!
Hi! I am Kristin. I guide clients to identify negative cycles that keep them stuck personally, relationally, and/or professionally. By developing a solid relationship with clients and using effective interventions, I help clients experience healing, growth, movement, and empowerment. I look forward to working with you!
(779) 223-1091 View (779) 223-1091
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Ann S Matus
Counselor, MA, LCPC, CADC
Verified Verified
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
My approach to therapy is cognitive-behavioral based and I aim to guide you in recognizing how your thoughts, feelings and actions are interconnected. I focus on identifying these thought distortions and behaviors that are barriers to a healthy life. I aim to build an authentic non-judgmental therapeutic relationship rooted in empathy, hope, and support and I will strive to honor who you are as an individual. The populations I have worked with include adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, and addiction. I am also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
My approach to therapy is cognitive-behavioral based and I aim to guide you in recognizing how your thoughts, feelings and actions are interconnected. I focus on identifying these thought distortions and behaviors that are barriers to a healthy life. I aim to build an authentic non-judgmental therapeutic relationship rooted in empathy, hope, and support and I will strive to honor who you are as an individual. The populations I have worked with include adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, and addiction. I am also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
(331) 241-6194 View (331) 241-6194
Photo of Laura Jansons, Psychologist in Buffalo Grove, IL
Laura Jansons
Psychologist, PsyD, ABN, BCN
Verified Verified
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Neuropsychological Testing. Objective assessment takes the guess work out of diagnosis. Avoid trial and error with medications and psychotherapy.
Neuropsychological Testing. Objective assessment takes the guess work out of diagnosis. Avoid trial and error with medications and psychotherapy.
(224) 545-5330 View (224) 545-5330
Photo of Allison Bisher-Fry, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Buffalo Grove, IL
Allison Bisher-Fry
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Sometimes it is hard to ask for help. During our lives, we all reach the point where the stress becomes too much. One way to address that is by finding a supportive person to help. I aim to be that supportive person for you. I have been working with children ranging from 7-17, parents, adults, and families since 2007. I have taken time to raise my own children. I recognize the stress of balancing family, work, and personal lives. It is my goal to help you develop your strengths and coping skills to navigate life when it feels like too much. I have experience in helping families navigate difficult parent/child interactions.
Sometimes it is hard to ask for help. During our lives, we all reach the point where the stress becomes too much. One way to address that is by finding a supportive person to help. I aim to be that supportive person for you. I have been working with children ranging from 7-17, parents, adults, and families since 2007. I have taken time to raise my own children. I recognize the stress of balancing family, work, and personal lives. It is my goal to help you develop your strengths and coping skills to navigate life when it feels like too much. I have experience in helping families navigate difficult parent/child interactions.
(224) 676-9800 x28 View (224) 676-9800 x28
Photo of Christina Bailey, Psychologist in Buffalo Grove, IL
Christina Bailey
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Growing up isn't easy. Today's adolescents experience more stress, expectations, and worries than ever. My passion is helping people who are feeling stuck or overwhelmed, which can lead to depressive/anxious symptoms, and poor coping skills. I bring compassion, honesty, and humor into our sessions, creating a safe, trusting space. I believe in the resiliency everyone has to work through challenges. I include parents and the child in our work, a crucial piece for consistency in communication, and navigating the increasing stressors kids face. On a personal note, I'm also a mom, and can empathize with daily demands of family life.
Growing up isn't easy. Today's adolescents experience more stress, expectations, and worries than ever. My passion is helping people who are feeling stuck or overwhelmed, which can lead to depressive/anxious symptoms, and poor coping skills. I bring compassion, honesty, and humor into our sessions, creating a safe, trusting space. I believe in the resiliency everyone has to work through challenges. I include parents and the child in our work, a crucial piece for consistency in communication, and navigating the increasing stressors kids face. On a personal note, I'm also a mom, and can empathize with daily demands of family life.
(847) 558-1978 View (847) 558-1978
Photo of Rosann Leadingham, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Buffalo Grove, IL
Rosann Leadingham
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LCPC, CADC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Rosie Barranco, LCPC,CADC is a licensed professional counselor who also specializes in Substance Abuse Counseling. Rosie also has extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy ( DBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and has used these evidence based clinical skills in assisting clients with anxiety, depression and mood disorders. Rosie has worked in psychiatric treatment facilities throughout Arizona and Illinois. Rosie conducts therapy with children, adolescents, and adult population.
Rosie Barranco, LCPC,CADC is a licensed professional counselor who also specializes in Substance Abuse Counseling. Rosie also has extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy ( DBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and has used these evidence based clinical skills in assisting clients with anxiety, depression and mood disorders. Rosie has worked in psychiatric treatment facilities throughout Arizona and Illinois. Rosie conducts therapy with children, adolescents, and adult population.
(224) 268-9498 View (224) 268-9498
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Abby Watel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ACSW
Verified Verified
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
I am a seasoned therapist with 25+ years of experience working in community mental health, hospital, child welfare, and private practice settings; I have both direct practice and supervisory experience. I currently enjoy dividing my caseload between working with children, adolescents, parents and families and working with individual adults and couples. I believe in helping people of all ages to continue learning and developing throughout their lives. I use play therapy with young children; I use behavioral and solution focused treatment with all clients.; for adults and adolescents more insight oriented approaches are available.
I am a seasoned therapist with 25+ years of experience working in community mental health, hospital, child welfare, and private practice settings; I have both direct practice and supervisory experience. I currently enjoy dividing my caseload between working with children, adolescents, parents and families and working with individual adults and couples. I believe in helping people of all ages to continue learning and developing throughout their lives. I use play therapy with young children; I use behavioral and solution focused treatment with all clients.; for adults and adolescents more insight oriented approaches are available.
(847) 920-7810 x134 View (847) 920-7810 x134
Photo of Lilia M Meschbach, Licensed Professional Counselor in Buffalo Grove, IL
Lilia M Meschbach
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
I am a bilingual and bicultural therapist. I have been providing mental health services for 20+ years serving both children and adults. Throughout my career as an experienced Latina therapist, my passion has been collaborating with my clients to bring positive changes to their lives.
I am a bilingual and bicultural therapist. I have been providing mental health services for 20+ years serving both children and adults. Throughout my career as an experienced Latina therapist, my passion has been collaborating with my clients to bring positive changes to their lives.
(224) 676-9800 x33 View (224) 676-9800 x33

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Number of Therapists in Buffalo Grove, IL

100+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Buffalo Grove, IL who prioritize treating:

99% Anxiety
95% Depression
87% Self Esteem
86% Relationship Issues
78% Coping Skills
78% Stress
73% Family Conflict

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

97% BlueCross and BlueShield
60% Aetna
58% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Buffalo Grove, IL see their clients

86% In Person and Online
14% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
19% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Buffalo Grove?

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.