Therapists in Forest Glen, Chicago, IL

Photo of Ilyse Froy, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Forest Glen, Chicago, IL
Ilyse Froy
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
Forest Glen, Chicago, IL 60646
You are not alone....therapy is a journey that helps you get an understanding of where you have been, and where you would like to be. It's a chance to start something new and trust in the power of new beginnings. I believe that everyone has the potential for greatness, and sometimes it's important to talk through issues that are preventing you from achieving your goals. Together we will find ways to better understand the road blocks that are preventing you from moving forward, and develop healthier coping strategies and behaviors that will achieve greater results for your new journey.
You are not alone....therapy is a journey that helps you get an understanding of where you have been, and where you would like to be. It's a chance to start something new and trust in the power of new beginnings. I believe that everyone has the potential for greatness, and sometimes it's important to talk through issues that are preventing you from achieving your goals. Together we will find ways to better understand the road blocks that are preventing you from moving forward, and develop healthier coping strategies and behaviors that will achieve greater results for your new journey.
(773) 303-6531 View (773) 303-6531
Photo of Richard N Goodman, Counselor in Forest Glen, Chicago, IL
Richard N Goodman
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
Forest Glen, Chicago, IL 60646
Each of us has a unique combination of innate strengths and, yes, weaknesses. Psychotherapy - or counseling -- is a process of regaining and leveraging our strengths, shoring up deficiencies and effectively managing the challenges in our lives. Our ability to learn is another important gift we all possess. Psychotherapy allows the client to either learn, re-learn or even unlearn thoughts and behaviors which, in turn, leads to emotional well-being. Our emotions are important signals, but they need not become emergencies themselves.
Each of us has a unique combination of innate strengths and, yes, weaknesses. Psychotherapy - or counseling -- is a process of regaining and leveraging our strengths, shoring up deficiencies and effectively managing the challenges in our lives. Our ability to learn is another important gift we all possess. Psychotherapy allows the client to either learn, re-learn or even unlearn thoughts and behaviors which, in turn, leads to emotional well-being. Our emotions are important signals, but they need not become emergencies themselves.
(847) 979-4914 View (847) 979-4914
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Dr. Alan P. Childs and Associates
Psychologist, MA, PsyD
Verified
Forest Glen, Chicago, IL 60646
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of helping children, adults and families overcome personal and environmental struggles. I approach the counseling relationship in an interactive and respectful manner by assisting you to find the solution that is best for you in a safe and trusting environment. I have extensive experience and expertise in the area of individual and marital therapy, divorce, and child custody hearings, and I frequently appear as an expert in divorce hearings in matters related to what is in the best interest of the child.
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of helping children, adults and families overcome personal and environmental struggles. I approach the counseling relationship in an interactive and respectful manner by assisting you to find the solution that is best for you in a safe and trusting environment. I have extensive experience and expertise in the area of individual and marital therapy, divorce, and child custody hearings, and I frequently appear as an expert in divorce hearings in matters related to what is in the best interest of the child.
(708) 501-7075 View (708) 501-7075
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Kaitlyn Folkes
Pre-Licensed Professional, BA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Forest Glen, Chicago, IL 60646
I help people struggling with issues with relationships, anxiety, mood, grief, and trauma. I believe healing comes from mutually empowering relationships and therefore my approach to therapy is very collaborative. I consider it the highest honor and privilege to share in your life story and journey.
I help people struggling with issues with relationships, anxiety, mood, grief, and trauma. I believe healing comes from mutually empowering relationships and therefore my approach to therapy is very collaborative. I consider it the highest honor and privilege to share in your life story and journey.
(773) 569-3582 View (773) 569-3582
Photo of Katie Reagan, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Forest Glen, Chicago, IL
Katie Reagan
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, ATR
Verified
1 Endorsed
Forest Glen, Chicago, IL 60646
I am licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and I help adults navigate various life challenges including anxiety, depression, life transitions, interpersonal conflicts, self-esteem, body image concerns, gender role expectations and more. My clinical approach is anchored in the belief that inviting vulnerability into the therapeutic space is a cornerstone for profound personal growth. I appreciate that change, whether it unfolds in subtle shifts or significant waves, is a unique and patient process for each individual. Each session with me is tailored to the present moment, embodying warmth, sincerity, and a safe atmosphere.
I am licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and I help adults navigate various life challenges including anxiety, depression, life transitions, interpersonal conflicts, self-esteem, body image concerns, gender role expectations and more. My clinical approach is anchored in the belief that inviting vulnerability into the therapeutic space is a cornerstone for profound personal growth. I appreciate that change, whether it unfolds in subtle shifts or significant waves, is a unique and patient process for each individual. Each session with me is tailored to the present moment, embodying warmth, sincerity, and a safe atmosphere.
(708) 734-2735 View (708) 734-2735
Photo of Thomas Cleland, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Forest Glen, Chicago, IL
Thomas Cleland
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified
Forest Glen, Chicago, IL 60646
First thing we do is discuss the presenting issue. The homework is to complete a personality style questionnaire that is key in helping to focus on the work. Then we see how the personality works with the presenting issue. Then we set up a way to address the issue that is tailored to the personality style. I assign common sense realistic ways for you to be able to use that will result in an immediate healthy sense of well being. I do individual and relationship counseling. I have the life and professional experience needed to help you.
First thing we do is discuss the presenting issue. The homework is to complete a personality style questionnaire that is key in helping to focus on the work. Then we see how the personality works with the presenting issue. Then we set up a way to address the issue that is tailored to the personality style. I assign common sense realistic ways for you to be able to use that will result in an immediate healthy sense of well being. I do individual and relationship counseling. I have the life and professional experience needed to help you.
(773) 451-8678 View (773) 451-8678
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Anna Perna
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
1 Endorsed
Forest Glen, Chicago, IL 60646
As an individual, family and couple therapist I work with clients who struggle with a range of symptoms that impact their daily functioning in relationships with themselves and others. I value a relational perspective and understand that the human experience is not meant for isolation. Maladaptive coping can leave us feeling disconnected and lonely. We are a part of many systems in our lives and struggling in one area can bleed into others. I work with clients to create connection and meaning in the human experience in order to show up in their relationships as the most authentic version of themselves.
As an individual, family and couple therapist I work with clients who struggle with a range of symptoms that impact their daily functioning in relationships with themselves and others. I value a relational perspective and understand that the human experience is not meant for isolation. Maladaptive coping can leave us feeling disconnected and lonely. We are a part of many systems in our lives and struggling in one area can bleed into others. I work with clients to create connection and meaning in the human experience in order to show up in their relationships as the most authentic version of themselves.
(773) 825-5761 View (773) 825-5761
Vincent D Pisani
Psychologist
Verified
Forest Glen, Chicago, IL 60646
I have a long history in clinical psychology, and have been on staff of several hospital's in the Chicago area. I have been an Executive Coach to people in the health care field, and business world. I treat a wide range of personal issues, from addictions to individual psychotherapy.
I have a long history in clinical psychology, and have been on staff of several hospital's in the Chicago area. I have been an Executive Coach to people in the health care field, and business world. I treat a wide range of personal issues, from addictions to individual psychotherapy.
(773) 756-5658 View (773) 756-5658
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Nicholas Guerrero
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CADC, C-DBT, C-PD
Verified
Forest Glen, Chicago, IL 60646  (Online Only)
Are you struggling and in a difficult time in your life? Struggling with identity or anxious thoughts? If you want a professionally trained non-biased person to be part of your support team please reach out. My approach is Person Centered and Solution Focused, utilizing Empathic Understanding, Cognitive Behavioral techniques, and Spiritual understanding. If you want help becoming 'unstuck' please reach out, I would be happy to begin to develop a plan forward.
Are you struggling and in a difficult time in your life? Struggling with identity or anxious thoughts? If you want a professionally trained non-biased person to be part of your support team please reach out. My approach is Person Centered and Solution Focused, utilizing Empathic Understanding, Cognitive Behavioral techniques, and Spiritual understanding. If you want help becoming 'unstuck' please reach out, I would be happy to begin to develop a plan forward.
(872) 259-5379 View (872) 259-5379
Photo of Martin Prete, Counselor in Forest Glen, Chicago, IL
Martin Prete
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Forest Glen, Chicago, IL 60646
Knowing what you want for yourself and knowing how to attain is not always as clear as it may seem. Especially if experiencing difficult symptoms of mental health, then seeking out support from a professional can be invaluable to developing a higher quality of life. With our day to days full of work, school, and distractions, there may not be opportunity to reflect and evaluate what is needed, however, taking time for yourself to process and speak can be beneficial to bringing out clearity in the path ahead.
Knowing what you want for yourself and knowing how to attain is not always as clear as it may seem. Especially if experiencing difficult symptoms of mental health, then seeking out support from a professional can be invaluable to developing a higher quality of life. With our day to days full of work, school, and distractions, there may not be opportunity to reflect and evaluate what is needed, however, taking time for yourself to process and speak can be beneficial to bringing out clearity in the path ahead.
(708) 394-7516 x3 View (708) 394-7516 x3
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JKorotko Counseling & Art Therapy, PC
Counselor, LCPC, ATR, SEP
Verified
Forest Glen, Chicago, IL 60630
JKorotko Counseling & Art Therapy, PC is Currently accepting VIRTUAL only clients at this time. We specialize in Trauma, Addictions, Prenatal/Postnatal support, Birth Trauma, PTSD, CPTSD, and more. Therapists at JKorotko offer a unique blend of therapeutic modalities and treat each client from a trauma informed lens. Reach out to us if you are interested and we can discuss which clinician would be your best fit. Text or call (773) 683 2781 or email inquiries.
JKorotko Counseling & Art Therapy, PC is Currently accepting VIRTUAL only clients at this time. We specialize in Trauma, Addictions, Prenatal/Postnatal support, Birth Trauma, PTSD, CPTSD, and more. Therapists at JKorotko offer a unique blend of therapeutic modalities and treat each client from a trauma informed lens. Reach out to us if you are interested and we can discuss which clinician would be your best fit. Text or call (773) 683 2781 or email inquiries.
(872) 246-9899 View (872) 246-9899
Photo of Jennifer Palmer, Psychologist in Forest Glen, Chicago, IL
Jennifer Palmer
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Forest Glen, Chicago, IL 60646
Not accepting new clients
I am passionate about working with individuals with developmental differences (ex: ASD, Intellectual Disability), comorbid mental health concerns (ex: anxiety), and related challenges. I strive to individualize treatment so that it best matches each patient’s unique strengths and needs and supports patients in reaching their therapy goals. Often, my work involves supporting patients and their families in increasing insight into reported areas of concern, building strengths, growing new skills, developing greater community connection and support, and managing stressors that arise as one navigates daily life.
I am passionate about working with individuals with developmental differences (ex: ASD, Intellectual Disability), comorbid mental health concerns (ex: anxiety), and related challenges. I strive to individualize treatment so that it best matches each patient’s unique strengths and needs and supports patients in reaching their therapy goals. Often, my work involves supporting patients and their families in increasing insight into reported areas of concern, building strengths, growing new skills, developing greater community connection and support, and managing stressors that arise as one navigates daily life.
(708) 367-6973 View (708) 367-6973
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Mara L Hundrieser-Acosta
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Forest Glen, Chicago, IL 60646  (Online Only)
Experiencing trauma at any point in life can hinder someone of their best self, even if the trauma was one that was passed down to them unknowingly. Working with people who want to heal their trauma or intergenerational trauma is what I invite us to explore together. I would love to work with you and explore deeper inside, while it might sound scary. I would like to help alleviate your feelings around trauma, triggers, health challenges, and help you connect more to your body, mind and soul so you can live in a more harmonious way, live a meaningful life where there is an integration of wellness, mindfulness, and healing.
Experiencing trauma at any point in life can hinder someone of their best self, even if the trauma was one that was passed down to them unknowingly. Working with people who want to heal their trauma or intergenerational trauma is what I invite us to explore together. I would love to work with you and explore deeper inside, while it might sound scary. I would like to help alleviate your feelings around trauma, triggers, health challenges, and help you connect more to your body, mind and soul so you can live in a more harmonious way, live a meaningful life where there is an integration of wellness, mindfulness, and healing.
(773) 906-7949 View (773) 906-7949
Photo of Ashley Ofosu, Licensed Professional Counselor in Forest Glen, Chicago, IL
Ashley Ofosu
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Forest Glen, Chicago, IL 60646
Mediocracy is not enough when it comes to providing care for those with mental health disorders and relationship challenges. I believe in the importance of every person having access to quality mental health care regardless of their background. I believe that everyone has the capacity to grow and be resilient with the proper support, process, and support. Helping to guide my clients through their personal life journey with confidence and courage is my ultimate goal.
Mediocracy is not enough when it comes to providing care for those with mental health disorders and relationship challenges. I believe in the importance of every person having access to quality mental health care regardless of their background. I believe that everyone has the capacity to grow and be resilient with the proper support, process, and support. Helping to guide my clients through their personal life journey with confidence and courage is my ultimate goal.
(773) 694-9762 View (773) 694-9762
Photo of Noelle Deseno, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Forest Glen, Chicago, IL
Noelle Deseno
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Forest Glen, Chicago, IL 60630  (Online Only)
Noelle is a Licensed Social Worker who has experience working with both children and adults from varied backgrounds. She is patient, caring and thoughtful and will assist clients in reaching their goals. Noelle creates a safe and supportive space for clients to explore their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
Noelle is a Licensed Social Worker who has experience working with both children and adults from varied backgrounds. She is patient, caring and thoughtful and will assist clients in reaching their goals. Noelle creates a safe and supportive space for clients to explore their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
(773) 839-3924 View (773) 839-3924
Photo of Jordan Perlman, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Forest Glen, Chicago, IL
Jordan Perlman
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Forest Glen, Chicago, IL 60646  (Online Only)
I recognize the uniqueness of each person, couple, adolescent, and family. It is my goal to provide a safe and nurturing environment where one’s true self is free to be expressed. I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship which can be curative in itself, which is why it is important to me to bring my most genuine self in order to have an authentic experience in session with my clients. Once the foundation has been set, I build on that relationship and incorporate counseling skills and techniques to gently guide and challenge my clients to help them to meet their therapeutic goals.
I recognize the uniqueness of each person, couple, adolescent, and family. It is my goal to provide a safe and nurturing environment where one’s true self is free to be expressed. I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship which can be curative in itself, which is why it is important to me to bring my most genuine self in order to have an authentic experience in session with my clients. Once the foundation has been set, I build on that relationship and incorporate counseling skills and techniques to gently guide and challenge my clients to help them to meet their therapeutic goals.
(872) 469-7571 View (872) 469-7571
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Jose Rodrigo Nino
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Forest Glen, Chicago, IL 60646
Do you ever stand back and take a look at the big picture of your life and wonder how things ended up this way? Do you feel unhappy with your choices or situation, but unsure about how to start unraveling barriers and start moving in the direction that you want? I can help you examine your choices and behaviors, big and small, understand how they might be keeping you stuck or unfulfilled, and collaboratively find your power to make changes that bring you more in line with the kind of life you want and deserve to have.
Do you ever stand back and take a look at the big picture of your life and wonder how things ended up this way? Do you feel unhappy with your choices or situation, but unsure about how to start unraveling barriers and start moving in the direction that you want? I can help you examine your choices and behaviors, big and small, understand how they might be keeping you stuck or unfulfilled, and collaboratively find your power to make changes that bring you more in line with the kind of life you want and deserve to have.
(773) 598-5743 View (773) 598-5743
Photo of Taylor Newendorp, Counselor in Forest Glen, Chicago, IL
Taylor Newendorp
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
7 Endorsed
Forest Glen, Chicago, IL 60646
In addition to addressing general issues and stress, I specialize in treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Anxiety Disorders (including Social Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Specific Phobias/Fears, and Generalized Anxiety/Worry), and Hypochondriasis/Health Anxiety. By focusing on these few specialties I am able to provide effective treatment to help you better manage your moods, identify and change problematic thinking patterns, and stop self-destructive or unwanted behaviors--all of which can contribute to a greater sense of calm and self-confidence.
In addition to addressing general issues and stress, I specialize in treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Anxiety Disorders (including Social Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Specific Phobias/Fears, and Generalized Anxiety/Worry), and Hypochondriasis/Health Anxiety. By focusing on these few specialties I am able to provide effective treatment to help you better manage your moods, identify and change problematic thinking patterns, and stop self-destructive or unwanted behaviors--all of which can contribute to a greater sense of calm and self-confidence.
(773) 435-9217 View (773) 435-9217
Photo of Edgebrook Counseling Men's Group Therapy, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Forest Glen, Chicago, IL
Edgebrook Counseling Men's Group Therapy
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC, CAMSII
Verified
1 Endorsed
Forest Glen, Chicago, IL 60646
Regardless of how often you attend the men's therapy group, be it once a week, once per month, or once in a lifetime, my goal is to create an atmosphere free from external judgment. This will allow you room to develop both clarity and confidence in the decisions you make while you determine the best manner in which to live your life. As you gain greater insight into ongoing challenges, I will provide theory based reflective and directive clinical support. Through this process, you may find your ability to grow and change has a limitless capacity. It's time to experience life on your terms.
Regardless of how often you attend the men's therapy group, be it once a week, once per month, or once in a lifetime, my goal is to create an atmosphere free from external judgment. This will allow you room to develop both clarity and confidence in the decisions you make while you determine the best manner in which to live your life. As you gain greater insight into ongoing challenges, I will provide theory based reflective and directive clinical support. Through this process, you may find your ability to grow and change has a limitless capacity. It's time to experience life on your terms.
(872) 266-7792 View (872) 266-7792
Photo of Georgia Angelakos, Counselor in Forest Glen, Chicago, IL
Georgia Angelakos
Counselor, MA, LPC, LCPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Forest Glen, Chicago, IL 60646
What happens when our well-intentioned - yet sometimes uncooperative - brains try to protect us from experiencing harm? Yup, you got it! It's called Stress, also known as Anxiety, and at times it can be quite the nuisance. You are welcome to join me on a journey of knowledge and self-discovery to recognize and appreciate how our brain and bodies have helped us survive the personal challenges and struggles life presents. And then, let's help our brain recognize that, when we are actually safe, we don't need to go into stress mode, and instead ignite our Curiosity, Courage, and Compassion!
What happens when our well-intentioned - yet sometimes uncooperative - brains try to protect us from experiencing harm? Yup, you got it! It's called Stress, also known as Anxiety, and at times it can be quite the nuisance. You are welcome to join me on a journey of knowledge and self-discovery to recognize and appreciate how our brain and bodies have helped us survive the personal challenges and struggles life presents. And then, let's help our brain recognize that, when we are actually safe, we don't need to go into stress mode, and instead ignite our Curiosity, Courage, and Compassion!
(773) 207-3227 View (773) 207-3227

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Number of Therapists in Forest Glen, Chicago, IL

80+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Forest Glen, Chicago, IL who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
88% Depression
86% Relationship Issues
80% Self Esteem
73% Trauma and PTSD
71% Grief
70% Family Conflict

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% BlueCross and BlueShield
68% Aetna
48% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Forest Glen, Chicago, IL see their clients

85% In Person and Online
15% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
32% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Forest Glen, 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.

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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.