Therapists in Plainfield, IL

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Lynn Buck
Counselor, MBA, MA, LCPC
Verified
Plainfield, IL 60544
Not accepting new clients
Struggling lately with life direction, work, or relationships? After a career in the corporate world, I retrained to help men, women, and adolescents navigate life's challenges. I would be honored to work with you to help find answers and what works for you moving forward.
Struggling lately with life direction, work, or relationships? After a career in the corporate world, I retrained to help men, women, and adolescents navigate life's challenges. I would be honored to work with you to help find answers and what works for you moving forward.
(779) 223-1181 View (779) 223-1181
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Kirian Harrison
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCPC, LMHC
Verified
Plainfield, IL 60544
Kirian Harrison is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor experienced in working with individuals across the lifespan (as well as their families) across a variety of settings. Kirian primarily utilizes a Rogerian approach with clients to bring about positive changes. When beneficial to the client, Kirian is also able to apply specific techniques including DBT methods, CBT methods, and the physical expression of feelings through art and music.
Kirian Harrison is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor experienced in working with individuals across the lifespan (as well as their families) across a variety of settings. Kirian primarily utilizes a Rogerian approach with clients to bring about positive changes. When beneficial to the client, Kirian is also able to apply specific techniques including DBT methods, CBT methods, and the physical expression of feelings through art and music.
(815) 496-4344 View (815) 496-4344
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Abby Miller
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified
Plainfield, IL 60544
I believe that therapy is a collaborative space for individuals to gain insight and coping skills that best suit their journey of self-growth. My goal is to provide a non-judgemental, safe, and supportive environment for individuals to become empowered and overcome personal obstacles. I believe that counseling can be compared to the metaphor of how a flower grows. You are the seed, and counseling is the soil and water. The seed already knows exactly how to grow and blossom into a beautiful flower – but it's also important for the seed to have the right type of environment to grow and prosper in.
I believe that therapy is a collaborative space for individuals to gain insight and coping skills that best suit their journey of self-growth. My goal is to provide a non-judgemental, safe, and supportive environment for individuals to become empowered and overcome personal obstacles. I believe that counseling can be compared to the metaphor of how a flower grows. You are the seed, and counseling is the soil and water. The seed already knows exactly how to grow and blossom into a beautiful flower – but it's also important for the seed to have the right type of environment to grow and prosper in.
(708) 249-3607 View (708) 249-3607
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Amy Henderson
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Plainfield, IL 60544
Waitlist for new clients
Specialty areas of focus are academic, adjustment difficulties, anxiety, career counseling, depression, family/peer conflict, grief and loss-especially loss to suicide, LGBTQ+, marital conflict, parenting, personality disorders, self-esteem/confidence, sexual or intimacy struggles, and stress management.
Specialty areas of focus are academic, adjustment difficulties, anxiety, career counseling, depression, family/peer conflict, grief and loss-especially loss to suicide, LGBTQ+, marital conflict, parenting, personality disorders, self-esteem/confidence, sexual or intimacy struggles, and stress management.
(779) 235-5917 View (779) 235-5917
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Liliana Ascencio
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Plainfield, IL 60544
Not accepting new clients
Hello there, my name is Lily and I am a Spanish speaking Counselor. My main goal is to provide a safe, nurturing and creative-therapeutic environment. I provide a non-judgmental space, where you can feel comfortable exploring parts of yourself that might make you feel many types of emotions. My approach is gentle, non-judgmental and exploratory. I have a warm interpersonal style, with a balance of humor, and intentional-direct feedback. My clinical approach is mainly CBT, Humanistic, Mindfulness and Solution-Focused. I also incorporate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and am skilled at Relationship Building.
Hello there, my name is Lily and I am a Spanish speaking Counselor. My main goal is to provide a safe, nurturing and creative-therapeutic environment. I provide a non-judgmental space, where you can feel comfortable exploring parts of yourself that might make you feel many types of emotions. My approach is gentle, non-judgmental and exploratory. I have a warm interpersonal style, with a balance of humor, and intentional-direct feedback. My clinical approach is mainly CBT, Humanistic, Mindfulness and Solution-Focused. I also incorporate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and am skilled at Relationship Building.
(815) 567-8123 View (815) 567-8123
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Jean Miller Counseling Center
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, MA
Verified
Plainfield, IL 60585
I have worked extensively with individuals and families impacted by severe mental illness, providing understanding, insight, and practical knowledge. I have a passion for integrating psychological knowledge and Biblical truth. I believe that competent Christian counseling must incorporate strong psychological knowledge filtered through the lens of Biblical truth and the Christian worldview. Further, I am specifically gifted in leading others to a deeper, more intimate knowledge of God. I received a BS from Columbia International University in Columbia, S.C. where I double majored in Biblical studies and psychology. I also received a MA Clinical Psychology degree from Wheaton College.
I have worked extensively with individuals and families impacted by severe mental illness, providing understanding, insight, and practical knowledge. I have a passion for integrating psychological knowledge and Biblical truth. I believe that competent Christian counseling must incorporate strong psychological knowledge filtered through the lens of Biblical truth and the Christian worldview. Further, I am specifically gifted in leading others to a deeper, more intimate knowledge of God. I received a BS from Columbia International University in Columbia, S.C. where I double majored in Biblical studies and psychology. I also received a MA Clinical Psychology degree from Wheaton College.
(630) 426-3187 View (630) 426-3187
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Abigail Kemph
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
Plainfield, IL 60544
Let's be real, life is hard and sometimes we get lost on the way. I would like to be there to guide you through life's ups and downs. I enjoy focusing on the importance of work/ life balance and the power of self-discovery. I provide a safe space for clients to identify triggers to their feelings and apply various coping skills to address concerns. With a bit of humor and a lot of support, I am here to listen, talk and support you. Appointment booking is available through my website: https://woundedhealerscounselingservice.com/
Let's be real, life is hard and sometimes we get lost on the way. I would like to be there to guide you through life's ups and downs. I enjoy focusing on the importance of work/ life balance and the power of self-discovery. I provide a safe space for clients to identify triggers to their feelings and apply various coping skills to address concerns. With a bit of humor and a lot of support, I am here to listen, talk and support you. Appointment booking is available through my website: https://woundedhealerscounselingservice.com/
(630) 354-0277 View (630) 354-0277
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Linda Kramper
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Plainfield, IL 60586  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Are you anxious or depressed? Are you struggling with anger? Do you feel dis-ease or question your life direction? Do you wonder if it is ever possible to feel content, grounded and happy?
Are you anxious or depressed? Are you struggling with anger? Do you feel dis-ease or question your life direction? Do you wonder if it is ever possible to feel content, grounded and happy?
(815) 671-4336 View (815) 671-4336
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Brandis Smith-Moncrief
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Plainfield, IL 60585  (Online Only)
Being a mother is hard work. It is very rewarding but it does come with it’s stressors—more so now that we are in the middle of a pandemic. It’s a demanding role and it may seem impossible to find the time to catch your breath. You can find yourself overwhelmed or underwhelmed by motherhood and that can be stressful in itself. Motherhood can bring on feelings of sadness and anxiety to the point where you need someone to walk you through those feelings. I can help you walk through and work through those feelings. You will learn to cope, while continually being a great mother, and learn to incorporate taking care of yourself as well.
Being a mother is hard work. It is very rewarding but it does come with it’s stressors—more so now that we are in the middle of a pandemic. It’s a demanding role and it may seem impossible to find the time to catch your breath. You can find yourself overwhelmed or underwhelmed by motherhood and that can be stressful in itself. Motherhood can bring on feelings of sadness and anxiety to the point where you need someone to walk you through those feelings. I can help you walk through and work through those feelings. You will learn to cope, while continually being a great mother, and learn to incorporate taking care of yourself as well.
(779) 204-9195 View (779) 204-9195
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Dr. Kelly Renzi
Psychologist, PsyD, CCTPII
Verified
Plainfield, IL 60544
Waitlist for new clients
I have been been a licensed practicing Clinical Psychologist since 2007. I have a vast amount of experience in treating mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, and thought disorders. I work with children, adolescents, and adults. I understand the importance of a strong therapeutic rapport and conduct treatment in a warm, compassionate, supportive, and professional manner utilizing CBT and DBT techniques to address my clients’ needs.
I have been been a licensed practicing Clinical Psychologist since 2007. I have a vast amount of experience in treating mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, and thought disorders. I work with children, adolescents, and adults. I understand the importance of a strong therapeutic rapport and conduct treatment in a warm, compassionate, supportive, and professional manner utilizing CBT and DBT techniques to address my clients’ needs.
(815) 893-2142 View (815) 893-2142
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Nicholas Young
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified
Plainfield, IL 60544
In a world of uncertainty and constant negativity, you might be feeling many emotions that you really are not used to. Anger, depression, anxiety, stress, isolation, and loneliness are just a small amount of these feelings that you may have, and I am here to help! Everyone struggles - myself, you, your child, heck even your pet can seem ‘off’ some days (my cats show endless amounts of expression). I work best with nerds, whether you’re 5 or 50! I’ve dealt with bullies and being outcasted personally due to my quirks so if you need help with communication, self-expression, or have ‘specific’ stuff (you know what I mean), I’m your guy!
In a world of uncertainty and constant negativity, you might be feeling many emotions that you really are not used to. Anger, depression, anxiety, stress, isolation, and loneliness are just a small amount of these feelings that you may have, and I am here to help! Everyone struggles - myself, you, your child, heck even your pet can seem ‘off’ some days (my cats show endless amounts of expression). I work best with nerds, whether you’re 5 or 50! I’ve dealt with bullies and being outcasted personally due to my quirks so if you need help with communication, self-expression, or have ‘specific’ stuff (you know what I mean), I’m your guy!
(815) 205-1683 View (815) 205-1683
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Melinda D Hammond
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Plainfield, IL 60585
Handling day to day life with anxiety, Autism, or ADHD takes a ton of energy - finding a therapist with experience with severe or long-term mental illness can be equally exhausting. As a clinical psychologist, I have the training and experience necessary to help life seem a little less overwhelming. My clients often find that they have visited many therapists, but never seem to feel understood or make progress. This is even more difficult for neurodivergent clients (or those who wonder if they have Autism or ADHD), as it's difficult to get a clear diagnosis. This leads to a long-term, frustrating cycle of trying to find a good fit.
Handling day to day life with anxiety, Autism, or ADHD takes a ton of energy - finding a therapist with experience with severe or long-term mental illness can be equally exhausting. As a clinical psychologist, I have the training and experience necessary to help life seem a little less overwhelming. My clients often find that they have visited many therapists, but never seem to feel understood or make progress. This is even more difficult for neurodivergent clients (or those who wonder if they have Autism or ADHD), as it's difficult to get a clear diagnosis. This leads to a long-term, frustrating cycle of trying to find a good fit.
(331) 215-6952 View (331) 215-6952
Photo of Stephanie Coccaro, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Plainfield, IL
Stephanie Coccaro
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, CADC, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Plainfield, IL 60544
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor in the state of Illinois. I am also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Indiana, being able to provide telehealth services to individuals residing in Indiana. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Illinois Wesleyan University. I have completed my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health and Counseling, with a focus in Addictions Studies, from Lewis University.
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor in the state of Illinois. I am also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Indiana, being able to provide telehealth services to individuals residing in Indiana. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Illinois Wesleyan University. I have completed my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health and Counseling, with a focus in Addictions Studies, from Lewis University.
(815) 240-0613 View (815) 240-0613
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Nisha Acharya
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPCA
Verified
Plainfield, IL 60544  (Online Only)
Change can be difficult, feeling stuck can be frustrating, and life transitions can be overwhelming! It takes a lot of courage to ask for help and I respect the people that do so and want to make a positive change in their life. My strength and passion lies in working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, parenting, difficulties with relationships and careers. I seek to create an environment that is safe, warm, and supportive. I approach therapy collaboratively and compassionately, drawing from CBT, person-centered and humanistic therapy.
Change can be difficult, feeling stuck can be frustrating, and life transitions can be overwhelming! It takes a lot of courage to ask for help and I respect the people that do so and want to make a positive change in their life. My strength and passion lies in working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, parenting, difficulties with relationships and careers. I seek to create an environment that is safe, warm, and supportive. I approach therapy collaboratively and compassionately, drawing from CBT, person-centered and humanistic therapy.
(815) 686-4608 View (815) 686-4608
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Gina Weber
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CADC
Verified
Plainfield, IL 60544
Did you know that 70% of the changes that clients make is based off of the relationship between client and therapist? I pride myself in practicing from a person-centered, strengths-based, and existential framework in order create a safe space for clients, validate their experiences, and provide unconditional positive regard. I use humor and warmth in sessions in order to build a strong therapeutic relationship quickly so that we can work together to achieve your goals.
Did you know that 70% of the changes that clients make is based off of the relationship between client and therapist? I pride myself in practicing from a person-centered, strengths-based, and existential framework in order create a safe space for clients, validate their experiences, and provide unconditional positive regard. I use humor and warmth in sessions in order to build a strong therapeutic relationship quickly so that we can work together to achieve your goals.
(815) 657-9198 View (815) 657-9198
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Danielle Beardsley
Counselor, MA, LCPC, CADC, ATR
Verified
4 Endorsed
Plainfield, IL 60585  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I work to build trust with my clients by creating a safe and therapeutic atmosphere while promoting autonomy, commitment, respect and support. Work I do with clients aims to answer the question, "How do I become satisfied with my life?" I challenge my clients to explore their lives with honesty, open-mindedness and willingness in order to uncover suffering that has brought dysfunction to their lives. Goals to practice positive life skills are specifically created to one's individual treatment plan and speak to issues such as depression, anxiety, adjustment/transition challenges, addiction, grief, loss, and more.
I work to build trust with my clients by creating a safe and therapeutic atmosphere while promoting autonomy, commitment, respect and support. Work I do with clients aims to answer the question, "How do I become satisfied with my life?" I challenge my clients to explore their lives with honesty, open-mindedness and willingness in order to uncover suffering that has brought dysfunction to their lives. Goals to practice positive life skills are specifically created to one's individual treatment plan and speak to issues such as depression, anxiety, adjustment/transition challenges, addiction, grief, loss, and more.
(630) 883-0067 View (630) 883-0067
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Behavioral Health and Education Specialists
Counselor, MEd, LCPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Plainfield, IL 60585
I believe that self-care is a worthwhile investment that could end unnecessary suffering and improve the quality of your life. People may hesitate to participate in therapy services. You are welcome to address any questions or concerns that you have before you share personal experiences, thoughts, and feelings. I look forward to providing the help and support you need to finish your treatment program so that you can move on with your life!
I believe that self-care is a worthwhile investment that could end unnecessary suffering and improve the quality of your life. People may hesitate to participate in therapy services. You are welcome to address any questions or concerns that you have before you share personal experiences, thoughts, and feelings. I look forward to providing the help and support you need to finish your treatment program so that you can move on with your life!
(630) 733-1711 View (630) 733-1711
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Kevin Huyser
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
Plainfield, IL 60544
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience in working with Adults, Adolescents, Children, Couples, and Families. I enjoy coming alongside my clients to support them as they work through the challenges that life presents. With a relational and respectful approach, I strive to create a safe and caring space to help clients identify their strengths, deepen their insight and improve their resiliency to deal with life’s stressors.
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience in working with Adults, Adolescents, Children, Couples, and Families. I enjoy coming alongside my clients to support them as they work through the challenges that life presents. With a relational and respectful approach, I strive to create a safe and caring space to help clients identify their strengths, deepen their insight and improve their resiliency to deal with life’s stressors.
(815) 569-5807 View (815) 569-5807
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Rachel Kistler
Pre-Licensed Professional, LSW
Verified
Plainfield, IL 60544
Rachel is a Licensed Social Worker with over 4 years of experience in the social work field and 1 year of experience in the clinical field specializing in depression, anxiety, gender identity issues, child behavioral issues, and life transitions. Rachel treats patients between the ages of 11 and 90 utilizing strength-based cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, and solution-focused therapy to treat her clients. Rachel has a copious amount of experience counseling children, families, couples, and adolescents in a therapeutic setting.
Rachel is a Licensed Social Worker with over 4 years of experience in the social work field and 1 year of experience in the clinical field specializing in depression, anxiety, gender identity issues, child behavioral issues, and life transitions. Rachel treats patients between the ages of 11 and 90 utilizing strength-based cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, and solution-focused therapy to treat her clients. Rachel has a copious amount of experience counseling children, families, couples, and adolescents in a therapeutic setting.
(815) 706-4248 View (815) 706-4248
Photo of Jennifer Kovachevich, Counselor in Plainfield, IL
Jennifer Kovachevich
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Plainfield, IL 60544  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience helping those with depression, anxiety, trauma, and behavioral issues. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who works with individuals, groups, couples, and families. I enjoy working with adolescents and couples. I have a lot of expertise in helping my clients with stress management, self-esteem issues, communication skills, peer conflict, women's issues and men's issues. I believe in building a strong therapeutic relationship and I approach each client individually to determine their course of treatment. I also have a degree in Dietetics and understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
I have extensive experience helping those with depression, anxiety, trauma, and behavioral issues. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who works with individuals, groups, couples, and families. I enjoy working with adolescents and couples. I have a lot of expertise in helping my clients with stress management, self-esteem issues, communication skills, peer conflict, women's issues and men's issues. I believe in building a strong therapeutic relationship and I approach each client individually to determine their course of treatment. I also have a degree in Dietetics and understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
(815) 828-4403 View (815) 828-4403

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Number of Therapists in Plainfield, IL

200+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Plainfield, IL who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
93% Depression
78% Relationship Issues
72% Self Esteem
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Coping Skills
62% Grief

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

97% BlueCross and BlueShield
74% Aetna
68% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Plainfield, IL see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
15% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Plainfield?

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.