Therapists in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL

Photo of Rebecca Fritz, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL
Rebecca Fritz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, JD
Verified Verified
Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL 60640
Not accepting new clients
The client who understands that making the choice to begin therapy is a courageous and necessary step towards wellness may benefit the most from my services. Your choice demonstrates an interest to learn more about yourself, perhaps in a new light in order to live in a way that is meaningful and more comfortable than now. My areas of interest include: Life Transitions, Personal Growth, Relationship Issues, Self-esteem, Stress Management, Anxiety Disorders/Phobias, Grief/Loss, Depression, Adjustment Disorder, Gay/Lesbian Issues, Terminal/Chronic Illness, and Women's Issues
The client who understands that making the choice to begin therapy is a courageous and necessary step towards wellness may benefit the most from my services. Your choice demonstrates an interest to learn more about yourself, perhaps in a new light in order to live in a way that is meaningful and more comfortable than now. My areas of interest include: Life Transitions, Personal Growth, Relationship Issues, Self-esteem, Stress Management, Anxiety Disorders/Phobias, Grief/Loss, Depression, Adjustment Disorder, Gay/Lesbian Issues, Terminal/Chronic Illness, and Women's Issues
(773) 295-7024 View (773) 295-7024
Photo of Anais Moreno, Counselor in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL
Anais Moreno
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL 60625
As a bicultural and bilingual (English & Spanish) therapist part of my practice involves examining the cultural and social factors affecting individuals. I recognize that therapy is not one size fits all, so I attempt to tailor my approach to help empower each client to make changes that align with their values and goals. I enjoy partnering with individuals who are interested in broadening their understanding of difficult emotions and experiences to find new ways to cope and regain a sense of stability.
As a bicultural and bilingual (English & Spanish) therapist part of my practice involves examining the cultural and social factors affecting individuals. I recognize that therapy is not one size fits all, so I attempt to tailor my approach to help empower each client to make changes that align with their values and goals. I enjoy partnering with individuals who are interested in broadening their understanding of difficult emotions and experiences to find new ways to cope and regain a sense of stability.
(872) 401-8449 View (872) 401-8449
Photo of Gabi Granoff, Psychologist in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL
Gabi Granoff
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL 60640
Being a warm, collaborative, humorous, and grounded psychotherapist is essential to my work. I believe that relationships are at the core of the human experience. I specialize in treating children, adolescents, young adults and families who are struggling with life transitions, depression, anxiety, and reactions to trauma. The clients I work with are often seeking support in deepening connections with others and within themselves. My goal is to support my clients by providing a safe, accepting environment for self-exploration, and to help them remain grounded and find peace as they manage complex life stressors.
Being a warm, collaborative, humorous, and grounded psychotherapist is essential to my work. I believe that relationships are at the core of the human experience. I specialize in treating children, adolescents, young adults and families who are struggling with life transitions, depression, anxiety, and reactions to trauma. The clients I work with are often seeking support in deepening connections with others and within themselves. My goal is to support my clients by providing a safe, accepting environment for self-exploration, and to help them remain grounded and find peace as they manage complex life stressors.
(312) 210-0303 View (312) 210-0303
Photo of Lori Yoder, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL
Lori Yoder
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL 60625
Having trouble focusing on your goals? I specialize in coaching adults with attention issues, such as ADHD or anxiety. Problems with concentration can cause difficulties with overall well-being, relationships, career, and health. We will work as a team to capitalize on your strengths and to better manage challenges. Hallmarks of my work include improving self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-acceptance.
Having trouble focusing on your goals? I specialize in coaching adults with attention issues, such as ADHD or anxiety. Problems with concentration can cause difficulties with overall well-being, relationships, career, and health. We will work as a team to capitalize on your strengths and to better manage challenges. Hallmarks of my work include improving self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-acceptance.
(708) 433-0274 View (708) 433-0274
Photo of Callie Reda, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL
Callie Reda
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL 60625  (Online Only)
We can all use a little help sometimes. Counseling can provide us with a space to explore our authentic selves and try out new strategies for coping with life's challenges, free from judgment. The individuals and families I support are typically seeking relief from feelings of sadness, anxiety or worry, shame, hopelessness, anger, or confusion. These feelings are often associated with divorce or separation, grief and loss, family issues, or childhood trauma. The feelings and circumstances can feel all consuming and difficult to manage, but you don't need to manage them alone.
We can all use a little help sometimes. Counseling can provide us with a space to explore our authentic selves and try out new strategies for coping with life's challenges, free from judgment. The individuals and families I support are typically seeking relief from feelings of sadness, anxiety or worry, shame, hopelessness, anger, or confusion. These feelings are often associated with divorce or separation, grief and loss, family issues, or childhood trauma. The feelings and circumstances can feel all consuming and difficult to manage, but you don't need to manage them alone.
(773) 389-1434 View (773) 389-1434
Photo of Sarah Schwartz, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL
Sarah Schwartz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL 60625
We face struggles in life and through introspection, humor, and meaningful support, we persevere. From the development and focus on our individual strengths and resources, we gain the momentum to overcome. I will work in tandem with you; I will support you in recognizing your potential, and I will help you to understand and gradually overcome the adversities that you may face. It will be an honor to be your guide, assisting you in both setting and accomplishing your established goals.
We face struggles in life and through introspection, humor, and meaningful support, we persevere. From the development and focus on our individual strengths and resources, we gain the momentum to overcome. I will work in tandem with you; I will support you in recognizing your potential, and I will help you to understand and gradually overcome the adversities that you may face. It will be an honor to be your guide, assisting you in both setting and accomplishing your established goals.
(773) 741-4883 View (773) 741-4883
Photo of Dr. Lisa Lien, Psychologist in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL
Dr. Lisa Lien
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL 60625
Finding a comfortable and safe relationship with a therapist can make such an impact. I strive to create a collaborative, supportive, and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship with my clients. My aim is to help you achieve a more meaningful understanding of yourself and your struggles, feel more effective in your life and relationships, and experience an improved sense of well-being.
Finding a comfortable and safe relationship with a therapist can make such an impact. I strive to create a collaborative, supportive, and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship with my clients. My aim is to help you achieve a more meaningful understanding of yourself and your struggles, feel more effective in your life and relationships, and experience an improved sense of well-being.
(872) 228-2666 View (872) 228-2666
Photo of MyLCSW, Ltd., Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL
MyLCSW, Ltd.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL 60640
Our clients are diverse people, some struggle with depression or anxiety, others seek clarity in communication and adapting to change. What you request assistance with is our goal, and we will empathize and assist you in navigating the therapeutic journey. You, the client, are in charge of your life and your change. Your therapist is here to help you look at your choices, provide new skills, and be a support. All the MyLCSW clinicians believe that therapy starts where the client is.
Our clients are diverse people, some struggle with depression or anxiety, others seek clarity in communication and adapting to change. What you request assistance with is our goal, and we will empathize and assist you in navigating the therapeutic journey. You, the client, are in charge of your life and your change. Your therapist is here to help you look at your choices, provide new skills, and be a support. All the MyLCSW clinicians believe that therapy starts where the client is.
(773) 389-2691 View (773) 389-2691
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Penelope Zeigler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL 60625  (Online Only)
You are the most qualified expert on yourself. I am here to encourage, support, collaborate, and explore solutions with you. Life can be hard to manage, and reaching out for help is a huge first step. Whether you are experiencing a new crisis, have been dealing with mental health challenges for years, or are just looking for support for self-exploration, I strive to work with you, as a team, to reach whatever goals you set for yourself.
You are the most qualified expert on yourself. I am here to encourage, support, collaborate, and explore solutions with you. Life can be hard to manage, and reaching out for help is a huge first step. Whether you are experiencing a new crisis, have been dealing with mental health challenges for years, or are just looking for support for self-exploration, I strive to work with you, as a team, to reach whatever goals you set for yourself.
(773) 321-8705 View (773) 321-8705
Photo of Katie Rae McGowan, Psychologist in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL
Katie Rae McGowan
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL 60640
Katie’s training and experience includes children and adolescents demonstrating symptoms associated with ADHD, autism, intellectual disability, giftedness, depression, anxiety, trauma, school refusal, and self-esteem issues. Her clinical work with adults has focused on those diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, trauma, and supporting parents in behavioral training. She values working with clients and their family to create goals, monitor progress, and champion successes.
Katie’s training and experience includes children and adolescents demonstrating symptoms associated with ADHD, autism, intellectual disability, giftedness, depression, anxiety, trauma, school refusal, and self-esteem issues. Her clinical work with adults has focused on those diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, trauma, and supporting parents in behavioral training. She values working with clients and their family to create goals, monitor progress, and champion successes.
(773) 923-1581 x2011 View (773) 923-1581 x2011
Photo of Julie Josler, Counselor in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL
Julie Josler
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL 60625
Everyone needs support at some point & therapy should be a safe, comforting space, to explore your feelings & thoughts, both past & present. You have all the potential to identify & access the tools & strength you need to move forward. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, with more than 25 years of experience. I have been lucky to work in a wide variety of settings, including community mental health centers, hospitals, private practice, schools, as well in-home counseling. A volunteer job at a suicide prevention hotline when I was nineteen inspired a career helping people through their most difficult times.
Everyone needs support at some point & therapy should be a safe, comforting space, to explore your feelings & thoughts, both past & present. You have all the potential to identify & access the tools & strength you need to move forward. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, with more than 25 years of experience. I have been lucky to work in a wide variety of settings, including community mental health centers, hospitals, private practice, schools, as well in-home counseling. A volunteer job at a suicide prevention hotline when I was nineteen inspired a career helping people through their most difficult times.
(773) 389-2703 View (773) 389-2703
Photo of Joanna Villacorta Griffin, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL
Joanna Villacorta Griffin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL 60625
Not accepting new clients
Thanks for taking the time to read this! Finding the right therapist can be overwhelming. I support those experiencing life changes, such as pregnancy, new parenthood, fertility issues, work stress, divorce, adoption, and traumatic experiences. I specialize in family issues (both the family being created and one’s family of origin), especially parents who want to dig into how their life experiences impact them as they raise their own children. I also care deeply about first- and second-generation Americans grappling with the nexus of culture and mental health. I am a proud Filipina, parent of three, and daughter of immigrants.
Thanks for taking the time to read this! Finding the right therapist can be overwhelming. I support those experiencing life changes, such as pregnancy, new parenthood, fertility issues, work stress, divorce, adoption, and traumatic experiences. I specialize in family issues (both the family being created and one’s family of origin), especially parents who want to dig into how their life experiences impact them as they raise their own children. I also care deeply about first- and second-generation Americans grappling with the nexus of culture and mental health. I am a proud Filipina, parent of three, and daughter of immigrants.
(773) 687-5072 View (773) 687-5072
Photo of Mirna Ballestas, Psychologist in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL
Mirna Ballestas
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL 60625  (Online Only)
We all have rainy days. Likewise, we all have sunny days, cloudy days, and all other variations that enable us to live a fulfilled life. Yet for some of us, sometimes the 'not great' days last weeks, at times months, and even years. This makes life just that much harder to live. It makes relationships hard to make and keep, makes it difficult to succeed in school or work and impairs our ability to complete even the simplest of tasks. We can work together in order to embrace these experiences, cope with hardship in a healthy manner, move forward and live each day to the fullest.
We all have rainy days. Likewise, we all have sunny days, cloudy days, and all other variations that enable us to live a fulfilled life. Yet for some of us, sometimes the 'not great' days last weeks, at times months, and even years. This makes life just that much harder to live. It makes relationships hard to make and keep, makes it difficult to succeed in school or work and impairs our ability to complete even the simplest of tasks. We can work together in order to embrace these experiences, cope with hardship in a healthy manner, move forward and live each day to the fullest.
(872) 246-9837 View (872) 246-9837
Photo of Katie Mathewson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL
Katie Mathewson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL 60625
Waitlist for new clients
Therapy is a wonderful way to practice self-care and it is not just for those in crisis. I have experience working with adults experiencing life changes, depression, anxiety, identity development, and distress related to relationships and family. I also work with couples who have communication issues, who are building the foundation of their relationship, and who are experiencing conflict.
Therapy is a wonderful way to practice self-care and it is not just for those in crisis. I have experience working with adults experiencing life changes, depression, anxiety, identity development, and distress related to relationships and family. I also work with couples who have communication issues, who are building the foundation of their relationship, and who are experiencing conflict.
(773) 496-4971 View (773) 496-4971
Photo of Amanda Ann Gregory, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL
Amanda Ann Gregory
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCPC, EMDR
Verified Verified
Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL 60625
I strive to cultivate safe, empathetic, and non-judgmental relationships with my clients in order to empower their healing and growth. As a trauma survivor myself, I have a deep, personal understanding of the level of support that my clients need in order to navigate the difficult road to recovery.
I strive to cultivate safe, empathetic, and non-judgmental relationships with my clients in order to empower their healing and growth. As a trauma survivor myself, I have a deep, personal understanding of the level of support that my clients need in order to navigate the difficult road to recovery.
(773) 825-6155 View (773) 825-6155
Photo of Hilary Jordan, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL
Hilary Jordan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW
Verified Verified
Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL 60640
We all have the capacity to heal. From difficult relationships, anxiety, depression, chronic stress and/or pain, parenting challenges, infertility, traumatic life experiences, or other sources of distress. You have the capacity to heal. To live your most extraordinary life each and every day. To live wholly. People usually enter therapy because something important isn't working in their lives. Though healing work sometimes feels lonely, particularly when you first begin, you do not have to begin this journey alone. With the right guidance, the work can quickly become empowering, energizing, even enlightening, as you begin to have access to your whole self once again.
We all have the capacity to heal. From difficult relationships, anxiety, depression, chronic stress and/or pain, parenting challenges, infertility, traumatic life experiences, or other sources of distress. You have the capacity to heal. To live your most extraordinary life each and every day. To live wholly. People usually enter therapy because something important isn't working in their lives. Though healing work sometimes feels lonely, particularly when you first begin, you do not have to begin this journey alone. With the right guidance, the work can quickly become empowering, energizing, even enlightening, as you begin to have access to your whole self once again.
(773) 303-6477 View (773) 303-6477
Photo of T'cia Chatman, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL
T'cia Chatman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL 60625
As a licensed social worker with a 25-year career, my practice is enriched by my identity as a Black professional and dedication to serving diverse communities, including LGBTQ+ and those navigating intersectionality. Understanding the adversities life presents, I embrace compassion and empathy to offer a therapeutic space where individuals feel empowered to lead emotionally healthier lives. My approach is holistic, tailored to each person's unique experiences and challenges, including anxiety, depression, parenting issues, marital conflicts, life skills, anger management, and trauma.
As a licensed social worker with a 25-year career, my practice is enriched by my identity as a Black professional and dedication to serving diverse communities, including LGBTQ+ and those navigating intersectionality. Understanding the adversities life presents, I embrace compassion and empathy to offer a therapeutic space where individuals feel empowered to lead emotionally healthier lives. My approach is holistic, tailored to each person's unique experiences and challenges, including anxiety, depression, parenting issues, marital conflicts, life skills, anger management, and trauma.
(773) 985-4198 x704 View (773) 985-4198 x704
Photo of Kurt Mohning, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL
Kurt Mohning
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CGP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL 60625  (Online Only)
"Have you come to a point in your life where you know things need to change but you are not sure how to make that happen? I can help you through a process of change and guide you to a more satisyfying peaceful way of living. I offer a warm safe enviroment where you can take the time and energy to only focus on yourself.
"Have you come to a point in your life where you know things need to change but you are not sure how to make that happen? I can help you through a process of change and guide you to a more satisyfying peaceful way of living. I offer a warm safe enviroment where you can take the time and energy to only focus on yourself.
(773) 382-1521 View (773) 382-1521
Photo of Cat Sanders, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL
Cat Sanders
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL 60640
My focus is on encouraging the process of recovery, whether it is recovery from mental illness, sex addiction (including pornography, masturbation, compulsive infidelity), betrayal trauma, substance abuse or other types of addictions. I believe that recovery is made possible by a willingness to change, courage to commit, and the help of supportive people. I am dedicated to providing a safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate space for clients to express themselves, process their experiences, and work on removing what is blocking their path to success and contentment.
My focus is on encouraging the process of recovery, whether it is recovery from mental illness, sex addiction (including pornography, masturbation, compulsive infidelity), betrayal trauma, substance abuse or other types of addictions. I believe that recovery is made possible by a willingness to change, courage to commit, and the help of supportive people. I am dedicated to providing a safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate space for clients to express themselves, process their experiences, and work on removing what is blocking their path to success and contentment.
(773) 570-7631 View (773) 570-7631
Photo of Candace Kulczycki, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL
Candace Kulczycki
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL 60625  (Online Only)
I specialize in treating eating disorders and disordered eating behaviors, as well as related anxiety, stress, depression, body image, relationships, family dynamics, and self esteem concerns. I have experience treating eating disorders at the residential, partial hospitalization, and outpatient levels of care. If you are finding yourself or your child consumed with anxiety around eating, withdrawing from others, and/or preoccupied with body image, I have the experience to help you take control of these issues and reclaim happiness and peace.
I specialize in treating eating disorders and disordered eating behaviors, as well as related anxiety, stress, depression, body image, relationships, family dynamics, and self esteem concerns. I have experience treating eating disorders at the residential, partial hospitalization, and outpatient levels of care. If you are finding yourself or your child consumed with anxiety around eating, withdrawing from others, and/or preoccupied with body image, I have the experience to help you take control of these issues and reclaim happiness and peace.
(773) 904-1161 View (773) 904-1161

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Number of Therapists in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL

500+

Average cost per session

$155

Therapists in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
91% Depression
87% Relationship Issues
81% Self Esteem
77% Trauma and PTSD
70% Stress
70% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% BlueCross and BlueShield
61% Aetna
46% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
19% Male
4% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Lincoln Square, 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.