Therapists in Chicago, IL

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Photo of Akilah Baker, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago, IL
Akilah Baker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60619  (Online Only)
Hello and welcome! My name is Akilah. I’m honored that you’re considering therapy to help you on your journey. I am a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression, educational stress, life transitions, and self-esteem. I offer telehealth, video conferencing allowing you to experience therapy in the comfort of your home with no travel necessary. We will see one another on screen just as if we were in the same room. The only necessary piece of equipment is a computer with a camera or a smart phone. I offer a safe, non-judgmental space to explore your thoughts.
Hello and welcome! My name is Akilah. I’m honored that you’re considering therapy to help you on your journey. I am a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression, educational stress, life transitions, and self-esteem. I offer telehealth, video conferencing allowing you to experience therapy in the comfort of your home with no travel necessary. We will see one another on screen just as if we were in the same room. The only necessary piece of equipment is a computer with a camera or a smart phone. I offer a safe, non-judgmental space to explore your thoughts.
(312) 728-7201 View (312) 728-7201
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Michael R Jones
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MA, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60604
Not accepting new clients
It is my job as a therapist to create a space in which my clients and I trust one another enough to look together at what is most distressing. The self-awareness and self-acceptance that results is the surest way to move beyond distress and to truly flourish. My work is oriented toward insight, changes in behavior, and releasing the capacity for everyday action and life satisfaction that have been inaccessible due to anxiety, depression or trauma.
It is my job as a therapist to create a space in which my clients and I trust one another enough to look together at what is most distressing. The self-awareness and self-acceptance that results is the surest way to move beyond distress and to truly flourish. My work is oriented toward insight, changes in behavior, and releasing the capacity for everyday action and life satisfaction that have been inaccessible due to anxiety, depression or trauma.
(312) 997-5318 View (312) 997-5318
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Christine Collins
Counselor, LCPC, NCC, CADC
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60610
It is my goal as a therapist to create a trusting, supportive, non-judgmental relationship with you. I work with adults of all ages, and I focus on your strengths to move you towards the future you desire. I specialize in helping individuals navigate their way to sobriety, I understand that it takes time for behavior change and inner healing. I also work with other disorders, mood disorders, depression, anxiety and personality disorders which may or may not present with addiction concerns. I integrate spirituality and Christian perspectives when requested.
It is my goal as a therapist to create a trusting, supportive, non-judgmental relationship with you. I work with adults of all ages, and I focus on your strengths to move you towards the future you desire. I specialize in helping individuals navigate their way to sobriety, I understand that it takes time for behavior change and inner healing. I also work with other disorders, mood disorders, depression, anxiety and personality disorders which may or may not present with addiction concerns. I integrate spirituality and Christian perspectives when requested.
(872) 241-2189 View (872) 241-2189
Photo of Melissa Kwafo, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago, IL
Melissa Kwafo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, RYT-200
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60640
Waitlist for new clients
Our life experiences can often impact how we are able to show up for ourselves and others. We may notice feeling anxious, disregulated, or numb more often than not, and desire to feel more secure in our connections and interactions. I am a trauma informed, sensorimotor therapist with a social justice lens. I believe therapy promotes healing, growth, and change within a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment.
Our life experiences can often impact how we are able to show up for ourselves and others. We may notice feeling anxious, disregulated, or numb more often than not, and desire to feel more secure in our connections and interactions. I am a trauma informed, sensorimotor therapist with a social justice lens. I believe therapy promotes healing, growth, and change within a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment.
(224) 266-9182 View (224) 266-9182
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Yvette Fruscione
Counselor, MS, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60614  (Online Only)
Trying to figure out how to overcome daily challenges can be extremely difficult and emotionally overwhelming. My primary goal is to help you become aware of your potential and to overcome personal barriers that have prevented you to achieve your personal goals. Together, we can work collaboratively to identify strategies and make changes in your life that will help to bolster opportunities for personal growth.
Trying to figure out how to overcome daily challenges can be extremely difficult and emotionally overwhelming. My primary goal is to help you become aware of your potential and to overcome personal barriers that have prevented you to achieve your personal goals. Together, we can work collaboratively to identify strategies and make changes in your life that will help to bolster opportunities for personal growth.
(872) 239-3279 x804 View (872) 239-3279 x804
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Christina L Hicks
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60605  (Online Only)
Are you looking for a safe and interactive space to tackle difficult subjects and address deep-seated trauma? As a Licensed Social Worker, I am passionate, intensive, and easy to talk to, and my ultimate goal is to help you discover your strengths and empower you to live your best life.
Are you looking for a safe and interactive space to tackle difficult subjects and address deep-seated trauma? As a Licensed Social Worker, I am passionate, intensive, and easy to talk to, and my ultimate goal is to help you discover your strengths and empower you to live your best life.
(312) 827-6463 View (312) 827-6463
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Cara Ugolino
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60707  (Online Only)
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker I am passionate about supporting individuals through challenges while utilizing a warm, non-judgmental, and relational approach. My professional journey is anchored in working to understand the unique challenges that face each individual while acknowledging the ways in which systemic barriers can hinder personal growth. My work with clients is to support them in recognizing and harnessing their strengths in the face of oppressive systems. I am driven by a commitment to social justice and to create spaces that foster safety and transformation.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker I am passionate about supporting individuals through challenges while utilizing a warm, non-judgmental, and relational approach. My professional journey is anchored in working to understand the unique challenges that face each individual while acknowledging the ways in which systemic barriers can hinder personal growth. My work with clients is to support them in recognizing and harnessing their strengths in the face of oppressive systems. I am driven by a commitment to social justice and to create spaces that foster safety and transformation.
(708) 734-2869 View (708) 734-2869
Photo of Rebekah Todd, Pre-Licensed Professional in Chicago, IL
Rebekah Todd
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60642
Life doesn't always turn out how we hoped, and that can feel painful or even daunting. Maybe you have thoughts you feel you can’t control, or doubts and confusion about who you are or what you want. People may have caused you pain or caused you to doubt what you once believed, and you feel stuck, unsure how to move forward. Whether the source of your pain is from the church, your loved ones, a shifting faith, or a complete mystery to you, healing is possible.
Life doesn't always turn out how we hoped, and that can feel painful or even daunting. Maybe you have thoughts you feel you can’t control, or doubts and confusion about who you are or what you want. People may have caused you pain or caused you to doubt what you once believed, and you feel stuck, unsure how to move forward. Whether the source of your pain is from the church, your loved ones, a shifting faith, or a complete mystery to you, healing is possible.
(312) 820-8317 x709 View (312) 820-8317 x709
Photo of Stacie Carr, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago, IL
Stacie Carr
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60617
My name is Stacie Carr, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois. I have had my clinical license for 13 years and I have experience working with children, adults, and adolescents in a clinical setting. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, & depression. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.
My name is Stacie Carr, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois. I have had my clinical license for 13 years and I have experience working with children, adults, and adolescents in a clinical setting. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, & depression. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.
(773) 839-7572 View (773) 839-7572
Photo of Crystal Thomas, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago, IL
Crystal Thomas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60605
As we grow and develop as humans, we often find ourselves confronted by issues from the past – issues we may have thought long-resolved. These issues can manifest in our relationship dynamics, our perceptions about ourselves, and our means of coping with our environment. My role is to join you in confronting these things so that you can integrate and learn the lessons these past experiences are meant to teach you. In our work together, you are the expert. You decide what your experiences mean and how they impact the person you are.
As we grow and develop as humans, we often find ourselves confronted by issues from the past – issues we may have thought long-resolved. These issues can manifest in our relationship dynamics, our perceptions about ourselves, and our means of coping with our environment. My role is to join you in confronting these things so that you can integrate and learn the lessons these past experiences are meant to teach you. In our work together, you are the expert. You decide what your experiences mean and how they impact the person you are.
(312) 626-9194 View (312) 626-9194
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Jeannie Sytsma
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60601  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
As humans, we are wired for connection with one another and sometimes it can be challenging to let down our defenses and open up to others. I believe that being in therapy will allow you to understand your vulnerabilities, identify troublesome patterns, and make concrete changes in the present that will carry into the future. My areas of specialty include relationship concerns, communication, and sex/intimacy issues as well as conflict resolution.
As humans, we are wired for connection with one another and sometimes it can be challenging to let down our defenses and open up to others. I believe that being in therapy will allow you to understand your vulnerabilities, identify troublesome patterns, and make concrete changes in the present that will carry into the future. My areas of specialty include relationship concerns, communication, and sex/intimacy issues as well as conflict resolution.
(872) 201-3911 View (872) 201-3911
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Maggie Hejna
Counselor, LCPC, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60611  (Online Only)
I deeply respect and value the courage that it takes for an individual to seek therapy. It is an incredible gift to oneself. Echoing the words of Erich Fromm, I wholeheartedly believe that “whether we or not we are aware of it, there is nothing of which we are more ashamed than of not being ourselves, and there is nothing that gives us greater pride and happiness than to think, to feel and say what is ours”. While fostering a therapeutic relationship grounded in trust and authenticity, I seek to emphasize each individual's unique strengths and skills as we sort out the emotional distress together.
I deeply respect and value the courage that it takes for an individual to seek therapy. It is an incredible gift to oneself. Echoing the words of Erich Fromm, I wholeheartedly believe that “whether we or not we are aware of it, there is nothing of which we are more ashamed than of not being ourselves, and there is nothing that gives us greater pride and happiness than to think, to feel and say what is ours”. While fostering a therapeutic relationship grounded in trust and authenticity, I seek to emphasize each individual's unique strengths and skills as we sort out the emotional distress together.
(312) 957-8356 View (312) 957-8356
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Veronica Ursetto
Counselor, LCPC, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60618
Have you ever noticed yourself shutting down or feeling overwhelmed in stressful situations? Or you might notice yourself focused on thinking about how to change things without anything actually changing. I enjoy helping adults, families, and children safely stay anchored in the here-and-now as they authentically reconnect to feelings, learning how to become more comfortable along the way. I appreciate hearing how you experience life and interact with others. For children, I create a safe, and non judgmental place through the use a play and family therapy to allow change to occur.
Have you ever noticed yourself shutting down or feeling overwhelmed in stressful situations? Or you might notice yourself focused on thinking about how to change things without anything actually changing. I enjoy helping adults, families, and children safely stay anchored in the here-and-now as they authentically reconnect to feelings, learning how to become more comfortable along the way. I appreciate hearing how you experience life and interact with others. For children, I create a safe, and non judgmental place through the use a play and family therapy to allow change to occur.
(773) 900-4314 View (773) 900-4314
Photo of Lucy Sosa, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chicago, IL
Lucy Sosa
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60618  (Online Only)
Are experiences of trauma, depression, anxiety, stress, family conflict or violence, abuse, isolation or loneliness, identity, culture, religion, or self-esteem impacting how you feel about yourself and your relationship with others? Therapy with empathy in a safe space free of judgment will be used to aid in your recovery. Together, we will explore how compromised mental health and experiences negatively impact you. We'll work at your level of comfort to alleviate your suffering and symptoms. Improving the quality of your life and generating a sense of empowerment that will help you sustain the life you want is the goal.
Are experiences of trauma, depression, anxiety, stress, family conflict or violence, abuse, isolation or loneliness, identity, culture, religion, or self-esteem impacting how you feel about yourself and your relationship with others? Therapy with empathy in a safe space free of judgment will be used to aid in your recovery. Together, we will explore how compromised mental health and experiences negatively impact you. We'll work at your level of comfort to alleviate your suffering and symptoms. Improving the quality of your life and generating a sense of empowerment that will help you sustain the life you want is the goal.
(779) 212-7319 View (779) 212-7319
Photo of Francisco Verde, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL
Francisco Verde
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60603  (Online Only)
During life, you may feel sad, stressed, anxious, and you may repeat behavior patterns or establish unhealthy relationships. If you are going through something like this, going to therapy is the best opportunity for you to improve all that you believe is necessary. From my point of view, it is only through meeting with another human being that you can heal and be able to make transcendental changes. That is why within the therapy framework, I offer to create, to find, explore, and experiment with a unique space for each patient that will allow them to change and achieve personal and emotional growth.
During life, you may feel sad, stressed, anxious, and you may repeat behavior patterns or establish unhealthy relationships. If you are going through something like this, going to therapy is the best opportunity for you to improve all that you believe is necessary. From my point of view, it is only through meeting with another human being that you can heal and be able to make transcendental changes. That is why within the therapy framework, I offer to create, to find, explore, and experiment with a unique space for each patient that will allow them to change and achieve personal and emotional growth.
(773) 232-2936 View (773) 232-2936
Photo of Dymond B Hollins, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL
Dymond B Hollins
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MS, LCPC, C-DBT, CYMHS, CCTP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60606  (Online Only)
My name is Dymond Hollins and I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. My passions include working with adults that are struggling with reaching their life’s goals; specifically related to their vocation, relationships, addictions, life skills, self-esteem and general mental health. I also have experience with children, adolescents and teenagers as well. Whether its loss of a job, family, acquiring a disability, work/life balance or relationship issues, it can feel overwhelming knowing there’s never an easy fix. Developing the confidence to tackle these issues takes time and commitment to oneself.
My name is Dymond Hollins and I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. My passions include working with adults that are struggling with reaching their life’s goals; specifically related to their vocation, relationships, addictions, life skills, self-esteem and general mental health. I also have experience with children, adolescents and teenagers as well. Whether its loss of a job, family, acquiring a disability, work/life balance or relationship issues, it can feel overwhelming knowing there’s never an easy fix. Developing the confidence to tackle these issues takes time and commitment to oneself.
(224) 212-1951 View (224) 212-1951
Photo of Kat Aldag, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL
Kat Aldag
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCPC, NCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60630
I am a Spanish-speaking, LGBTQIA-affirming counselor creating a compassionate space in which you can process trauma, pursue fulfillment, and connect with all the parts of yourself. As an intersectional feminist, I approach therapy as a collaboration between equals, and I believe that you are the authority on yourself. In my practice, I take into account personal and structural issues such as identity, the mind-body connection, power, and privilege — all the things we can and cannot control. Together, we will explore opportunities for the myriad parts of yourself to find acceptance and balance.
I am a Spanish-speaking, LGBTQIA-affirming counselor creating a compassionate space in which you can process trauma, pursue fulfillment, and connect with all the parts of yourself. As an intersectional feminist, I approach therapy as a collaboration between equals, and I believe that you are the authority on yourself. In my practice, I take into account personal and structural issues such as identity, the mind-body connection, power, and privilege — all the things we can and cannot control. Together, we will explore opportunities for the myriad parts of yourself to find acceptance and balance.
(872) 246-9637 View (872) 246-9637
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Sean Patrick Cox
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60614
Men, are you feeling too stuck, stressed out, angry, or anxious? Instead do you want a life of greater vitality, energy, calmness, and clarity of direction? I have over 35 years experience walking with people through their toughest challenges, coming out the other side with greater empowerment and clearer direction. I've learned what works and what doesn't. I will coach you in creating solutions that work in the real world. I am practical, tactical, and efficient. My style is warm, collaborative, and supportive. In the midst of this support, we discuss what isn't working, and take action on the best path forward. Let's team up.
Men, are you feeling too stuck, stressed out, angry, or anxious? Instead do you want a life of greater vitality, energy, calmness, and clarity of direction? I have over 35 years experience walking with people through their toughest challenges, coming out the other side with greater empowerment and clearer direction. I've learned what works and what doesn't. I will coach you in creating solutions that work in the real world. I am practical, tactical, and efficient. My style is warm, collaborative, and supportive. In the midst of this support, we discuss what isn't working, and take action on the best path forward. Let's team up.
(773) 570-4962 View (773) 570-4962
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Kate Farrell
Counselor, MA, LCPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60601  (Online Only)
When we are in pain, we lose a sense of wonder. Our mind feels like a prison instead of a space to discover. The future looks as bleak as the past and painful as the present. The pain is a signal inviting us to understand something about our inner life.
When we are in pain, we lose a sense of wonder. Our mind feels like a prison instead of a space to discover. The future looks as bleak as the past and painful as the present. The pain is a signal inviting us to understand something about our inner life.
(312) 374-6913 View (312) 374-6913
Photo of Laura Davis, Counselor in Chicago, IL
Laura Davis
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60601
Being a therapist is my second career. I know what it means to search to find a life that feels more meaningful. I have a master’s degree in counseling, completed a year-long immersion in narrative therapy, and have recently finished coursework for a PhD in social work focused on psychodynamic theory from ICSW. My psychodynamic training means I have experience in listening in a particular way. Gaining insight means learning to listen to ourselves in a deeper, more curious, and open way. Currently, I am studying the impact of dating apps on relationships for my dissertation. I understand that modern dating can feel like a landmine.
Being a therapist is my second career. I know what it means to search to find a life that feels more meaningful. I have a master’s degree in counseling, completed a year-long immersion in narrative therapy, and have recently finished coursework for a PhD in social work focused on psychodynamic theory from ICSW. My psychodynamic training means I have experience in listening in a particular way. Gaining insight means learning to listen to ourselves in a deeper, more curious, and open way. Currently, I am studying the impact of dating apps on relationships for my dissertation. I understand that modern dating can feel like a landmine.
(708) 669-8152 View (708) 669-8152

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Chicago, IL

3,000+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Chicago, IL who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
89% Depression
79% Relationship Issues
78% Self Esteem
71% Trauma and PTSD
67% Coping Skills
67% Stress

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% BlueCross and BlueShield
59% Aetna
48% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Chicago, IL see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
18% Male
3% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Chicago?

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.