Therapists in Machesney Park, IL

Photo of Susan Sherbon, LCSW, EdS, BCBA, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Susan Sherbon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, EdS, BCBA
Verified Verified
Machesney Park, IL 61115  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Do you feel overwhelmed by day-to-day living? Is there something weighing heavily on your mind that is affecting your ability to function as well as you want to? Being able to talk about those feelings with someone can be a huge relief. I believe that establishing a good relationship between the therapist and the client is critical to the healing process. Using a non-judgmental approach, I work with my clients to explore and identify what is the root cause of the distress and together, we set goals for solutions to managing or overcoming the source of the issue.
Do you feel overwhelmed by day-to-day living? Is there something weighing heavily on your mind that is affecting your ability to function as well as you want to? Being able to talk about those feelings with someone can be a huge relief. I believe that establishing a good relationship between the therapist and the client is critical to the healing process. Using a non-judgmental approach, I work with my clients to explore and identify what is the root cause of the distress and together, we set goals for solutions to managing or overcoming the source of the issue.
(815) 367-8733 View (815) 367-8733
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Datrese Bradley
Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Machesney Park, IL 61115
Datrese Bradley, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. We will discuss your goals and identify barriers as we explore alternate methods of handling stressors. I focus on thinking and behavior patterns that affect your functioning. I will provide support and rebuild boundaries and decision making while exploring a person’s past trauma. I work with clients from various backgrounds. I specialize in trauma, depression, anxiety, and relationships. I am comfortable treating any of the above listed symptoms as well as obsessive and personality disorders.
Datrese Bradley, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. We will discuss your goals and identify barriers as we explore alternate methods of handling stressors. I focus on thinking and behavior patterns that affect your functioning. I will provide support and rebuild boundaries and decision making while exploring a person’s past trauma. I work with clients from various backgrounds. I specialize in trauma, depression, anxiety, and relationships. I am comfortable treating any of the above listed symptoms as well as obsessive and personality disorders.
(312) 626-7594 View (312) 626-7594
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Advanced Counseling Therapies
Counselor, LCPC, MSEd, NCC
Verified Verified
Machesney Park, IL 61115
Do you want to feel, think and/or act differently? Advanced Counseling Therapies(ACT) focuses on creating lasting change for yourself and within your relationships. ACT Therapies addresses your issues with care and confidentiality. Through extensive counseling experience we help to resolve problems and conflicts with work, school, relationships or the ability to enjoy life.
Do you want to feel, think and/or act differently? Advanced Counseling Therapies(ACT) focuses on creating lasting change for yourself and within your relationships. ACT Therapies addresses your issues with care and confidentiality. Through extensive counseling experience we help to resolve problems and conflicts with work, school, relationships or the ability to enjoy life.
(815) 314-0752 View (815) 314-0752
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Tammy Frossard
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Machesney Park, IL 61115  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Tammy Frossard and I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois. I have been a counselor since 2008 and truly enjoy supporting people through challenges and adversity. My primary client population has come from the field of child welfare. As a result, I have experience working addiction, domestic violence, abuse, neglect, and problems with adaptive functioning.
Hello, my name is Tammy Frossard and I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois. I have been a counselor since 2008 and truly enjoy supporting people through challenges and adversity. My primary client population has come from the field of child welfare. As a result, I have experience working addiction, domestic violence, abuse, neglect, and problems with adaptive functioning.
(815) 362-1162 View (815) 362-1162
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Dr. Eleni Malamis
Psychologist, PsyD, MA
Verified Verified
Machesney Park, IL 61115  (Online Only)
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who offers professional yet warm and caring help to those struggling with life's challenges. I have devoted my clinical work to assisting adult individuals with a broad spectrum of concerns. Specifically, I enjoy working with individuals in the following areas: depression, anxiety, substance abuse, life transitions, low self-esteem, communication, and relationship concerns.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who offers professional yet warm and caring help to those struggling with life's challenges. I have devoted my clinical work to assisting adult individuals with a broad spectrum of concerns. Specifically, I enjoy working with individuals in the following areas: depression, anxiety, substance abuse, life transitions, low self-esteem, communication, and relationship concerns.
(331) 702-9296 View (331) 702-9296
Photo of Melissa L Beckford, MS, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Melissa L Beckford
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Machesney Park, IL 61115
Waitlist for new clients
Needing to make changes? Psychotherapy is an opportunity to look at your deepest fears and face them with the support of an experienced and trusted therapist. I am committed to work with you and support you through a style that is relational, compassionate and challenging.
Needing to make changes? Psychotherapy is an opportunity to look at your deepest fears and face them with the support of an experienced and trusted therapist. I am committed to work with you and support you through a style that is relational, compassionate and challenging.
(608) 713-9756 View (608) 713-9756
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Jennifer Mary Wilson-Bimrose
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Machesney Park, IL 61115
I work with clients of all ages. I feel that it is very important for prospective clients to get the correct diagnosis the first time in order to develop a well suited treatment plan. If psychological testing is warranted, I am an effective and efficient evaluator that will focus on the appropriate treatment to get you on your way faster. My goal is to empower each person I come in contact with and to help them realize their potential.
I work with clients of all ages. I feel that it is very important for prospective clients to get the correct diagnosis the first time in order to develop a well suited treatment plan. If psychological testing is warranted, I am an effective and efficient evaluator that will focus on the appropriate treatment to get you on your way faster. My goal is to empower each person I come in contact with and to help them realize their potential.
(815) 975-3291 View (815) 975-3291
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Harmony Center for Holistic Psychotherapy
Counselor, MA, LCPC, PsyD
Verified Verified
Machesney Park, IL 61115
Welcome! We provide traditional and holistic healing for mind, body & spirit health. We work with individuals, couples, families & groups age 5 and up. The facility is located on a main street with free parking. This is a private practice with a private waiting room in a very comfortable & soothing setting. Look for the yellow house with raspberry trim. Hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and from 2:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. When you call, we will do a brief intake, verify your insurance benefits & schedule your first appointment. We do not have a waiting list and can schedule your first appointment within the same week.
Welcome! We provide traditional and holistic healing for mind, body & spirit health. We work with individuals, couples, families & groups age 5 and up. The facility is located on a main street with free parking. This is a private practice with a private waiting room in a very comfortable & soothing setting. Look for the yellow house with raspberry trim. Hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and from 2:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. When you call, we will do a brief intake, verify your insurance benefits & schedule your first appointment. We do not have a waiting list and can schedule your first appointment within the same week.
(815) 683-6561 View (815) 683-6561
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Daniel E Sommer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Machesney Park, IL 61115
Being human is challenging. Who someone believes they 'should' be is often different than who the feeling parts of them 'want' to be. Conflict between thoughts and emotions can manifest as any number of mental health conditions including chronic anxiety, prolonged grief, post-traumatic stress, and depressed mood. As a psychotherapist, I help people to better understand and cultivate a relationship with the emotional parts of their mind. Our work together will focus less on 'fixing' or 'blocking' distressing emotions and more on learning how to integrate these important aspects of your mind into a more healthy and authentic you.
Being human is challenging. Who someone believes they 'should' be is often different than who the feeling parts of them 'want' to be. Conflict between thoughts and emotions can manifest as any number of mental health conditions including chronic anxiety, prolonged grief, post-traumatic stress, and depressed mood. As a psychotherapist, I help people to better understand and cultivate a relationship with the emotional parts of their mind. Our work together will focus less on 'fixing' or 'blocking' distressing emotions and more on learning how to integrate these important aspects of your mind into a more healthy and authentic you.
(815) 916-4215 View (815) 916-4215
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Linda Nguyen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Machesney Park, IL 61115
My focus and passion is to help individuals, couples, and families reach their greatest potential and reclaim their sense of well-being emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. I work with individuals to help them overcome and conquer anxiety, depression, loss/grief, chronic stress, relational conflicts, and trauma. I encourage you to come, thrive, and conquer.
My focus and passion is to help individuals, couples, and families reach their greatest potential and reclaim their sense of well-being emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. I work with individuals to help them overcome and conquer anxiety, depression, loss/grief, chronic stress, relational conflicts, and trauma. I encourage you to come, thrive, and conquer.
(815) 249-4534 View (815) 249-4534
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Shelly L Patchett
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Machesney Park, IL 61115
Not accepting new clients
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing in the Rockford, IL and Beloit, WI areas for 20 years. My approach with providing services to adolescents, adults, couples and families is relaxed, compassionate and non-judgmental. I have many years of experience assisting individuals feeling troubled with anxiety, depression, grief & loss, anger & irritability, relationship problems, problems faced within a blended family and traumatic experiences. For several years I have provided group therapy for individuals struggling with social anxiety and for women struggling with anger.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing in the Rockford, IL and Beloit, WI areas for 20 years. My approach with providing services to adolescents, adults, couples and families is relaxed, compassionate and non-judgmental. I have many years of experience assisting individuals feeling troubled with anxiety, depression, grief & loss, anger & irritability, relationship problems, problems faced within a blended family and traumatic experiences. For several years I have provided group therapy for individuals struggling with social anxiety and for women struggling with anger.
(815) 957-2055 View (815) 957-2055
Photo of Trisha Anderson, MSW, LSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Trisha Anderson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
Machesney Park, IL 61115
“Sometimes, the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life,” Naeem Callaway. It can be intimidating to start on a journey unaware of what the outcome might be. Yet within those moments, you have the power to shape your own experiences. When you struggle to find that power, or you feel like experiences are no longer enjoyable, I will be ready to listen. I want to hear your story. I want to meet you where you are at. I will help support and guide you on your journey of navigating, managing, and understanding your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
“Sometimes, the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life,” Naeem Callaway. It can be intimidating to start on a journey unaware of what the outcome might be. Yet within those moments, you have the power to shape your own experiences. When you struggle to find that power, or you feel like experiences are no longer enjoyable, I will be ready to listen. I want to hear your story. I want to meet you where you are at. I will help support and guide you on your journey of navigating, managing, and understanding your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
(779) 273-4367 View (779) 273-4367
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Stacy Schroepfer
Counselor, MS, LPC, LCPC
Verified Verified
Machesney Park, IL 61115
“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein Life can be extremely challenging and overwhelming. That is where I come in- I offer a safe, non-judgmental space where individuals can freely express themselves and feel validated. I work with adults and teenagers alike struggling with life stressors, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and trauma. Using a collaborative approach core issues are addressed so a sense of peace and happiness can be achieved. Walking beside my clients and witnessing their transformation is a true honor and my greatest reward!
“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein Life can be extremely challenging and overwhelming. That is where I come in- I offer a safe, non-judgmental space where individuals can freely express themselves and feel validated. I work with adults and teenagers alike struggling with life stressors, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and trauma. Using a collaborative approach core issues are addressed so a sense of peace and happiness can be achieved. Walking beside my clients and witnessing their transformation is a true honor and my greatest reward!
(815) 785-9088 View (815) 785-9088
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Alix Rose Kavran
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LPC, LCPC
Verified Verified
Machesney Park, IL 61115
“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” — Fred Rogers. As your therapist, my focus is to provide a safe space for healing and personal growth. I understand that a felt sense of safety takes time and as your support in the process, I will guide you through at your own pace. I have been in the field for over a decade and have experience working with individuals experiencing PTSD, adjustment to life changes, grief, depression, anxiety, ADHD and other Mental Health concerns.
“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” — Fred Rogers. As your therapist, my focus is to provide a safe space for healing and personal growth. I understand that a felt sense of safety takes time and as your support in the process, I will guide you through at your own pace. I have been in the field for over a decade and have experience working with individuals experiencing PTSD, adjustment to life changes, grief, depression, anxiety, ADHD and other Mental Health concerns.
(815) 893-2815 View (815) 893-2815
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Jay Swanson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, MEd, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Machesney Park, IL 61115
Not accepting new clients
Every individual holds many intricate, intersecting identities that influence our experiences and journeys through life. These identities shape who we are, how we see ourselves, and how others see us. Navigating the challenges and stresses of life, especially through the pandemic and amidst all of the political turmoil going on has only become more challenging. When we are able to understand ourselves and channel our strengths, we are able to make more positive, healthy changes. I work with clients to identify personalized goals for therapy and a clear path to gaining self-insight and feeling empowered to lead a healthier life.
Every individual holds many intricate, intersecting identities that influence our experiences and journeys through life. These identities shape who we are, how we see ourselves, and how others see us. Navigating the challenges and stresses of life, especially through the pandemic and amidst all of the political turmoil going on has only become more challenging. When we are able to understand ourselves and channel our strengths, we are able to make more positive, healthy changes. I work with clients to identify personalized goals for therapy and a clear path to gaining self-insight and feeling empowered to lead a healthier life.
(815) 396-5003 View (815) 396-5003
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Jesse Belle
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Machesney Park, IL 61115
Jesse Belle is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the Rockford area. She works with a variety of clients across the lifespan including children, adolescents and adults, and has worked as a therapist in child welfare, schools, and as a trauma educator. She takes a nurturing and strength-based approach to treat trauma and PTSD, anxiety, depression, self-harm, abuse, foster care and adoption, communication and social skill building, sibling issues, self-esteem issues, and attachment-related issues through uses of trauma-informed therapy, EMDR, play therapy, sand tray, mindfulness, movement, CBT, and evidence-based therapies.
Jesse Belle is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the Rockford area. She works with a variety of clients across the lifespan including children, adolescents and adults, and has worked as a therapist in child welfare, schools, and as a trauma educator. She takes a nurturing and strength-based approach to treat trauma and PTSD, anxiety, depression, self-harm, abuse, foster care and adoption, communication and social skill building, sibling issues, self-esteem issues, and attachment-related issues through uses of trauma-informed therapy, EMDR, play therapy, sand tray, mindfulness, movement, CBT, and evidence-based therapies.
(815) 597-2371 View (815) 597-2371
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Joshua Wigget
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Machesney Park, IL 61115
Not accepting new clients
I believe that we all need support at times in our lives. I am here to walk with you down a path of both self discovery and rediscovery. To me, the goal of therapy is to get closer to our ideal selves, and in doing so live a life with more fulfillment. I believe you know more about yourself than I ever could, and through working together you may gain some additional insights into yourself. Through gaining a deeper understanding of yourself, learning new skills and reinforcing skills and strengths you already have, you will move towards accomplishing your goals.
I believe that we all need support at times in our lives. I am here to walk with you down a path of both self discovery and rediscovery. To me, the goal of therapy is to get closer to our ideal selves, and in doing so live a life with more fulfillment. I believe you know more about yourself than I ever could, and through working together you may gain some additional insights into yourself. Through gaining a deeper understanding of yourself, learning new skills and reinforcing skills and strengths you already have, you will move towards accomplishing your goals.
(815) 853-1336 View (815) 853-1336
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Ashley Baylor
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Machesney Park, IL 61115
I strongly believe that everyone can grow and change. My goal is to help you become your best self. I will assist you on this life journey to handle all complex challenges. I use Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Narrative Therapy as my main approaches. I am passionate about working with kids, adolescents, adults, and seniors. My passion for mental health begins with clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, and trauma. Together we can take on life challenges to make sure we overcome them.
I strongly believe that everyone can grow and change. My goal is to help you become your best self. I will assist you on this life journey to handle all complex challenges. I use Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Narrative Therapy as my main approaches. I am passionate about working with kids, adolescents, adults, and seniors. My passion for mental health begins with clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, and trauma. Together we can take on life challenges to make sure we overcome them.
(815) 854-8976 View (815) 854-8976
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Carli Recker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
Machesney Park, IL 61115
I believe deeply in the ability we all have to grow and create an engaged and meaningful life. My role as a therapist involves a steadfast commitment to developing an understanding of my client’s perspective. Self-empowerment, radical acceptance, and authentic human connection will be the cornerstone of our work. I utilize strength-based, affirmative, and neuroscientific theory to guide us... but healing doesn’t happen via theory. It lies in you—your hopes, hardships, successes, and infinite wisdom. Sometimes we’ll laugh. Often, we’ll cry. But either way... You won’t walk this path alone.
I believe deeply in the ability we all have to grow and create an engaged and meaningful life. My role as a therapist involves a steadfast commitment to developing an understanding of my client’s perspective. Self-empowerment, radical acceptance, and authentic human connection will be the cornerstone of our work. I utilize strength-based, affirmative, and neuroscientific theory to guide us... but healing doesn’t happen via theory. It lies in you—your hopes, hardships, successes, and infinite wisdom. Sometimes we’ll laugh. Often, we’ll cry. But either way... You won’t walk this path alone.
(779) 213-5108 View (779) 213-5108
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Stephanie Johnson
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MS, LCPC, CADC
Verified Verified
Machesney Park, IL 61115
There are times where we could all use some help in getting through life’s difficulties. Whether you are struggling with addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, perhaps you’re sensing a shift or loss in your identity; it becomes imperative to believe that hope is a renewable option. Often times when we run out of hope at the end of the day, we always have the option to start over in the morning.
There are times where we could all use some help in getting through life’s difficulties. Whether you are struggling with addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, perhaps you’re sensing a shift or loss in your identity; it becomes imperative to believe that hope is a renewable option. Often times when we run out of hope at the end of the day, we always have the option to start over in the morning.
(779) 204-4654 View (779) 204-4654
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Number of Therapists in Machesney Park, IL

20+

Average cost per session

$130

Therapists in Machesney Park, IL who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
88% Trauma and PTSD
88% Self Esteem
81% Relationship Issues
77% Coping Skills
69% Grief

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% BlueCross and BlueShield
84% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
80% Aetna

How Therapists in Machesney Park, IL see their clients

81% In Person and Online
19% Online Only

Gender breakdown

83% Female
17% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Machesney Park?

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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.