Therapists in Lansing, IL

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Kinya M Lucas-Brown
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CPC
Verified Verified
Lansing, IL 60438  (Online Only)
My name is Kinya Brown. I have over 20 years of experience in the field of Social Work. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have worked with various populations of women, including trauma, anxiety, depression, anxiety, family issues, and relationship problems. I very much like a positive and strength-based approach to therapy. I think it is important to find balance in your life and it starts with improving self-esteem. I like a person centered approach meaning you are in charge, we go at your speed and things should always be comfortable for you during therapy. I love connecting with people and I want to hear your story!
My name is Kinya Brown. I have over 20 years of experience in the field of Social Work. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have worked with various populations of women, including trauma, anxiety, depression, anxiety, family issues, and relationship problems. I very much like a positive and strength-based approach to therapy. I think it is important to find balance in your life and it starts with improving self-esteem. I like a person centered approach meaning you are in charge, we go at your speed and things should always be comfortable for you during therapy. I love connecting with people and I want to hear your story!
(708) 394-7458 View (708) 394-7458
Rouchelle Macon
Counselor, LCPC, NBCC
Verified Verified
Lansing, IL 60438
Not accepting new clients
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Life Coach. I enjoy working with couples and specialize in premarital and marital counseling. I’m certified in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. In addition, I provide individual, family, and group therapy. I’m invested in highlighting a more integrative, dynamic, and holistic approach to mental health guided by the individual needs of the client. I believe within the structure of the therapeutic relationship clients can access their inner strengths and promote change.
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Life Coach. I enjoy working with couples and specialize in premarital and marital counseling. I’m certified in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. In addition, I provide individual, family, and group therapy. I’m invested in highlighting a more integrative, dynamic, and holistic approach to mental health guided by the individual needs of the client. I believe within the structure of the therapeutic relationship clients can access their inner strengths and promote change.
(708) 942-8189 View (708) 942-8189
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Matt Molenaar
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CSAT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lansing, IL 60438
I am glad you are taking time to check out my profile. Whether you're facing a life transition, depression, anxiety, or unwanted sexual behaviors, I am here to help. Together we will carefully explore your concerns and help you find your way forward. You don't have to deal with your situation alone anymore.
I am glad you are taking time to check out my profile. Whether you're facing a life transition, depression, anxiety, or unwanted sexual behaviors, I am here to help. Together we will carefully explore your concerns and help you find your way forward. You don't have to deal with your situation alone anymore.
(872) 266-1307 View (872) 266-1307
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Jennifer Meyer
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC, LMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
Lansing, IL 60438
When the path of your life turns in an unexpected direction you may feel uncertain, overwhelmed or lost. Your circumstances and emotions might seem unpredictable and unfamiliar. Together we can move toward an understanding of what has happened and how you might adapt. Your challenges may become an opportunity for you to learn more about who you are and what unique strengths you possess that will endure and help in dealing with future obstacles.
When the path of your life turns in an unexpected direction you may feel uncertain, overwhelmed or lost. Your circumstances and emotions might seem unpredictable and unfamiliar. Together we can move toward an understanding of what has happened and how you might adapt. Your challenges may become an opportunity for you to learn more about who you are and what unique strengths you possess that will endure and help in dealing with future obstacles.
(708) 669-0835 View (708) 669-0835
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Actually ME Therapy and Consultation PLLC
Counselor, MA, NBCC, LCPC
Verified Verified
Lansing, IL 60438
There are times when life can be extremely overwhelming, unpredictable or just absolutely terrifying. If you’ve gotten to this point in your journey I’d like to honor your courage and bravery because reaching out for help can’t be easy. Thanks for taking the time to honor yourself and recognizing that your experience is valuable and deserves to be shared.
There are times when life can be extremely overwhelming, unpredictable or just absolutely terrifying. If you’ve gotten to this point in your journey I’d like to honor your courage and bravery because reaching out for help can’t be easy. Thanks for taking the time to honor yourself and recognizing that your experience is valuable and deserves to be shared.
(708) 300-0506 View (708) 300-0506
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Althia Gayle
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, EdD, LCSW, PEL
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lansing, IL 60438  (Online Only)
My focus is to help you to feel whole and balanced despite any adversities that you may be facing. I aim to help you process and discuss matters that impact you socially and/or emotionally. As a servant leader, I’m very passionate about providing necessary tools and/or coping strategies to manage stress, conflict, anxiety, depression, grief, interpersonal relationships, self esteem, and trauma. I utilize a variety of research based techniques such as CBT, DBT, Client-Centered approach and a Solution-Focused approach. I strive to provide a brave space for clients to learn how to manage life stressors and feel empowered!
My focus is to help you to feel whole and balanced despite any adversities that you may be facing. I aim to help you process and discuss matters that impact you socially and/or emotionally. As a servant leader, I’m very passionate about providing necessary tools and/or coping strategies to manage stress, conflict, anxiety, depression, grief, interpersonal relationships, self esteem, and trauma. I utilize a variety of research based techniques such as CBT, DBT, Client-Centered approach and a Solution-Focused approach. I strive to provide a brave space for clients to learn how to manage life stressors and feel empowered!
(708) 734-2481 View (708) 734-2481
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Lois Goudeau
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Lansing, IL 60438  (Online Only)
Hello, My name is Lois and I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois and Indiana. Finding the right therapist is just as important as finding the right home. If you’re looking for someone to walk with you through your struggles, create a non-judgmental environment, is warm and caring, a good listener and will stay with you every step of the way, then I’m the therapist for you.
Hello, My name is Lois and I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois and Indiana. Finding the right therapist is just as important as finding the right home. If you’re looking for someone to walk with you through your struggles, create a non-judgmental environment, is warm and caring, a good listener and will stay with you every step of the way, then I’m the therapist for you.
(708) 742-7589 View (708) 742-7589
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BQualls Behavioral Health Services, LLC
Counselor, LCPC, LMHC, NCC, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lansing, IL 60438  (Online Only)
Are you feeling overwhelmed with the stressors of daily life? Do find yourself struggling to heal from painful past experiences or overthinking about the “what ifs" of the future? Are you and your partner having difficulty communicating and resolving conflict? Perhaps you even desire more connection with others in your life, but find it difficult to show your authentic self out of fear that you may not be “enough.” If so, know that you are not alone.
Are you feeling overwhelmed with the stressors of daily life? Do find yourself struggling to heal from painful past experiences or overthinking about the “what ifs" of the future? Are you and your partner having difficulty communicating and resolving conflict? Perhaps you even desire more connection with others in your life, but find it difficult to show your authentic self out of fear that you may not be “enough.” If so, know that you are not alone.
(708) 866-2081 View (708) 866-2081
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Joshua Cottrill
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lansing, IL 60438
If an acorn contains within it an oak, so also you began your life with the prospect of becoming a certain person, your natural self. Like that young oak, which managed to grow somehow despite poor soil or too much shade or scarce water, you also have survived. But your growth has been affected by some toxic experiences, some injuries. Despite those woundings to your natural self, you can still imagine who you are meant to be. In fact you have already begun to realize who you really are, despite the distorting influences that you have been through.
If an acorn contains within it an oak, so also you began your life with the prospect of becoming a certain person, your natural self. Like that young oak, which managed to grow somehow despite poor soil or too much shade or scarce water, you also have survived. But your growth has been affected by some toxic experiences, some injuries. Despite those woundings to your natural self, you can still imagine who you are meant to be. In fact you have already begun to realize who you really are, despite the distorting influences that you have been through.
(708) 590-4961 View (708) 590-4961
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Brad Novak
Counselor, MA, LCPC, LMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
Lansing, IL 60438
Telehealth sessions available; I currently have openings. With our everyday stressors, life will leave you feeling as if you are unreachable & helpless. I'm honored to work with ALL people that are looking for support & desire a change in their life. I support clients who are dealing with anxiety, depression, OCD, eating disorders (including binge eating disorder) to reconnect my clients with their lives & to get unstuck, this I'm committed to. There are many struggles that often contribute greatly to our anxiety & make it challenging for us to focus on the here & now. I offer credit counseling. My You Tube Channel: bit.ly/3MOGd2D
Telehealth sessions available; I currently have openings. With our everyday stressors, life will leave you feeling as if you are unreachable & helpless. I'm honored to work with ALL people that are looking for support & desire a change in their life. I support clients who are dealing with anxiety, depression, OCD, eating disorders (including binge eating disorder) to reconnect my clients with their lives & to get unstuck, this I'm committed to. There are many struggles that often contribute greatly to our anxiety & make it challenging for us to focus on the here & now. I offer credit counseling. My You Tube Channel: bit.ly/3MOGd2D
(224) 501-9708 View (224) 501-9708
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Sheryl Sudar
Counselor, MA, LMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
Lansing, IL 60438
I understand reaching out for help can be a difficult decision. Making that effort can be more difficult. Recognize, and give yourself credit as you've taken that first step towards improving your emotional and mental well being. I believe in meeting a patient where they are on their personal journey. Life stressors' can be deeply personal and painful. I am very humbled and honored to be a part of that journey. Together we will establish rapport and trust. I look forward to meeting you and discussing the potential you possess from within. Sending strength, empowerment and peace to you.
I understand reaching out for help can be a difficult decision. Making that effort can be more difficult. Recognize, and give yourself credit as you've taken that first step towards improving your emotional and mental well being. I believe in meeting a patient where they are on their personal journey. Life stressors' can be deeply personal and painful. I am very humbled and honored to be a part of that journey. Together we will establish rapport and trust. I look forward to meeting you and discussing the potential you possess from within. Sending strength, empowerment and peace to you.
(219) 300-9350 View (219) 300-9350
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Kathy J De Vries
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lansing, IL 60438  (Online Only)
Thank you for looking into my site and reaching out for support. It may be confusing to navigate this time in your life or in that of someone you love but there is hope and I will provide a safe and comfortable setting to do that. We will use your experiences to build on your strengths to move forward so please don't hesitate to call me.
Thank you for looking into my site and reaching out for support. It may be confusing to navigate this time in your life or in that of someone you love but there is hope and I will provide a safe and comfortable setting to do that. We will use your experiences to build on your strengths to move forward so please don't hesitate to call me.
(708) 298-5656 View (708) 298-5656
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Eva Ponder
Psychologist, PsyD, MSW, HSPP, LP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lansing, IL 60438  (Online Only)
I am passionate about helping to empower people to become who they were created to be. I love working with women who are navigating difficult relationships both at home and at work, assisting them to achieve greater levels of confidence and life satisfaction. I am trained in several kinds of trauma treatments and am inspired by the courage and determination I see as people gain healing, putting their past in the past. I also have many years of experience supporting individuals who are either clergy families of clergy members. I am equipped to address a wide array of issues including depression, anxiety grief, and pet loss.
I am passionate about helping to empower people to become who they were created to be. I love working with women who are navigating difficult relationships both at home and at work, assisting them to achieve greater levels of confidence and life satisfaction. I am trained in several kinds of trauma treatments and am inspired by the courage and determination I see as people gain healing, putting their past in the past. I also have many years of experience supporting individuals who are either clergy families of clergy members. I am equipped to address a wide array of issues including depression, anxiety grief, and pet loss.
(512) 515-9607 View (512) 515-9607
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Touch of Wholeness Psychological Services LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Lansing, IL 60438
There are times when life becomes extremely overwhelming. During these times, I believe having a supportive and engaging ear promotes healing. I am a licensed clinical social worker and I have devoted years to helping individuals who are experiencing difficulty managing life stressors. I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults across multiple settings including community mental health agencies, private practice, residential homes, and schools. My areas of interest include treating young adults clients dealing with life-stage transition difficulties, parents experiencing difficulties with their children, couples and families, as well as individuals experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression.
There are times when life becomes extremely overwhelming. During these times, I believe having a supportive and engaging ear promotes healing. I am a licensed clinical social worker and I have devoted years to helping individuals who are experiencing difficulty managing life stressors. I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults across multiple settings including community mental health agencies, private practice, residential homes, and schools. My areas of interest include treating young adults clients dealing with life-stage transition difficulties, parents experiencing difficulties with their children, couples and families, as well as individuals experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression.
(773) 364-6620 View (773) 364-6620
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Nancy L Panzica
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
Lansing, IL 60438
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor working at Balance Counseling & Wellness in Homewood, Illinois. Previously, I have worked as a registered nurse for over 20 years, while receiving training in Healing Touch and Reiki. I approach counseling from a client-centered and holistic (mind, body, spirit) perspective and hold special interest in PTSD and issues related to chronic pain and medical concerns. I assist clients in working through the therapeutic process, believing that therapy can assist in experiencing positive change during difficult life circumstances. Contact me at 708-820-8250
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor working at Balance Counseling & Wellness in Homewood, Illinois. Previously, I have worked as a registered nurse for over 20 years, while receiving training in Healing Touch and Reiki. I approach counseling from a client-centered and holistic (mind, body, spirit) perspective and hold special interest in PTSD and issues related to chronic pain and medical concerns. I assist clients in working through the therapeutic process, believing that therapy can assist in experiencing positive change during difficult life circumstances. Contact me at 708-820-8250
(708) 498-3965 View (708) 498-3965
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Valerie Wise
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCAC, CBLC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lansing, IL 60438  (Online Only)
Do you know when two people who really love each other have a breakdown in communication over time? Can that be you? You end up forgetting what brought you together in the first place. I see African American married and unmarried couples who are searching for ways to communicate love again. As a Solution Focused Brief and Biblical Marriage Coach, I help you rediscover what's possible rather than re-hash what is wrong. I partner with you to be the best versions of yourselves for each other, your family and your community.
Do you know when two people who really love each other have a breakdown in communication over time? Can that be you? You end up forgetting what brought you together in the first place. I see African American married and unmarried couples who are searching for ways to communicate love again. As a Solution Focused Brief and Biblical Marriage Coach, I help you rediscover what's possible rather than re-hash what is wrong. I partner with you to be the best versions of yourselves for each other, your family and your community.
(708) 269-8063 View (708) 269-8063
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Pamela's Healing Arts
Counselor, CADC, CH, CLC, CAMS, RM
Not Verified Not Verified
Lansing, IL 60438
My goal is to help individuals challenge-ATTITUDES, BELIEFS, and THINKING that limit personal growth. Utilizing the concept of MIND, BODY, SPIRIT for INNER HEALING.
My goal is to help individuals challenge-ATTITUDES, BELIEFS, and THINKING that limit personal growth. Utilizing the concept of MIND, BODY, SPIRIT for INNER HEALING.
(708) 315-2154 View (708) 315-2154
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Jennifer Cramer
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Lansing, IL 60438  (Online Only)
Jennifer Cramer is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with 10 years of experience in the mental health field. She is passionate about helping teens and adults address past trauma and life stressors. Jennifer focuses on helping others to heal from past trauma rather than seeking to cope with these experiences. Jennifer specializes in trauma, anxiety, depression, major life transitions, eating disorders, body-image issues, poor self-esteem, and family-of-origin issues. Jennifer completed her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling at Huntington University. She is obtaining her Ph.D. in International Psychology
Jennifer Cramer is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with 10 years of experience in the mental health field. She is passionate about helping teens and adults address past trauma and life stressors. Jennifer focuses on helping others to heal from past trauma rather than seeking to cope with these experiences. Jennifer specializes in trauma, anxiety, depression, major life transitions, eating disorders, body-image issues, poor self-esteem, and family-of-origin issues. Jennifer completed her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling at Huntington University. She is obtaining her Ph.D. in International Psychology
(219) 388-6677 View (219) 388-6677
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Falisa Byers
LSW, QMHP
Verified Verified
Lansing, IL 60438
My ideal client has decided to take the journey of healing and growth. They may have experienced trauma and are ready not to allow their past to define their future. They are prepared to learn new tools to help cope with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and major life transitions to reach their highest potential. They will be open to identifying and learning how to manage their triggers. My ideal client will be open to new perspectives and evaluating old beliefs and thought patterns that may no longer serve a purpose in their lives.
My ideal client has decided to take the journey of healing and growth. They may have experienced trauma and are ready not to allow their past to define their future. They are prepared to learn new tools to help cope with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and major life transitions to reach their highest potential. They will be open to identifying and learning how to manage their triggers. My ideal client will be open to new perspectives and evaluating old beliefs and thought patterns that may no longer serve a purpose in their lives.
(773) 819-6864 View (773) 819-6864
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Dr. Calvin Young
Counselor, PhD, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lansing, IL 60438  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Dr. Calvin Young, a credentialed provider of telehealth care services. As a provider of telemental health as a Psychotherapist, forensic assessment and Substance Abuse Counseling and Addictions treatment professional, I am also US military veteran. For over two decades I have provided Online Therapy and in-person care, using an integrative approach that combines Psychodynamic, Behavior Therapy, Gestalt, Community Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Family Systems approaches, combined with Multicultural Psychotherapy, a Person-centered focus.
Hello! My name is Dr. Calvin Young, a credentialed provider of telehealth care services. As a provider of telemental health as a Psychotherapist, forensic assessment and Substance Abuse Counseling and Addictions treatment professional, I am also US military veteran. For over two decades I have provided Online Therapy and in-person care, using an integrative approach that combines Psychodynamic, Behavior Therapy, Gestalt, Community Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Family Systems approaches, combined with Multicultural Psychotherapy, a Person-centered focus.
(773) 687-5071 View (773) 687-5071

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Number of Therapists in Lansing, IL

20+

Average cost per session

$140

Therapists in Lansing, IL who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
88% Anxiety
75% Relationship Issues
75% Self Esteem
71% Coping Skills
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Family Conflict

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% BlueCross and BlueShield
65% Aetna
65% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Lansing, IL see their clients

55% In Person and Online
45% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
23% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Lansing?

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.