Therapists in Louisville, KY

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Photo of Brittany Derrenbacher in Louisville, KY
Brittany Derrenbacher
Coach, MA/CMHC, MA/WGS
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40243
Empowerment Life Coaching is based on a holistic approach toward mental health: blending the collaborative elements of coaching with the academic support of Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Women’s & Gender Studies. This method offers a radical shift into providing wellness care focused on mind, body, and spirit. I specialize in women’s empowerment, reparenting, compassion fatigue, burnout, grief, and pet loss. I also love helping clients identify and develop boundaries and encourage their capacity to integrate into everyday life. The goal is to feel empowered, embodied, and deeply connected to your authentic Self.
Empowerment Life Coaching is based on a holistic approach toward mental health: blending the collaborative elements of coaching with the academic support of Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Women’s & Gender Studies. This method offers a radical shift into providing wellness care focused on mind, body, and spirit. I specialize in women’s empowerment, reparenting, compassion fatigue, burnout, grief, and pet loss. I also love helping clients identify and develop boundaries and encourage their capacity to integrate into everyday life. The goal is to feel empowered, embodied, and deeply connected to your authentic Self.
(502) 509-4887 View (502) 509-4887
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Misti Edelen
Psychological Associate, MEd, LPA
Verified
Louisville, KY 40207
Hi everyone- I'm Misti and I am a Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA). I use an integrated approach and strive to create a supportive environment for my clients, as everyone deserves to have a safe space where they can be their raw and genuine selves. I collaborate with my clients to help them come up with the best solutions and strategies for them to heal and effectively manage their symptoms. Life can be overwhelming and challenging but it does not have to be defeating, because you are stronger than you know.
Hi everyone- I'm Misti and I am a Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA). I use an integrated approach and strive to create a supportive environment for my clients, as everyone deserves to have a safe space where they can be their raw and genuine selves. I collaborate with my clients to help them come up with the best solutions and strategies for them to heal and effectively manage their symptoms. Life can be overwhelming and challenging but it does not have to be defeating, because you are stronger than you know.
(502) 273-0961 View (502) 273-0961
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Dr. Paul F Schmidt
Psychologist, PhD, CSAT
Verified
Louisville, KY 40245
I am a clinical psychologist in Louisville, KY. Educated at Vanderbilt and Colorado, I'm trained with marriage therapy and chemical, sex, work/money addictions. A pro-marital Christian, I'm pro-recovery and proactive. I'm homework intensive using workbooks, community support, and my user-friendly blog and podcast on my secure website. Personally trained by Drs. Patrick Carnes and John Gottman, I am internationally certified to counsel sex addicts and their partners. I'm called and gifted for guidance, encouragement, recovery, and healing. Dialog with me is lively, I work quickly, and I do take phone calls.
I am a clinical psychologist in Louisville, KY. Educated at Vanderbilt and Colorado, I'm trained with marriage therapy and chemical, sex, work/money addictions. A pro-marital Christian, I'm pro-recovery and proactive. I'm homework intensive using workbooks, community support, and my user-friendly blog and podcast on my secure website. Personally trained by Drs. Patrick Carnes and John Gottman, I am internationally certified to counsel sex addicts and their partners. I'm called and gifted for guidance, encouragement, recovery, and healing. Dialog with me is lively, I work quickly, and I do take phone calls.
(502) 633-2860 View (502) 633-2860
Photo of Benjamin M Hoffman, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Louisville, KY
Benjamin M Hoffman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LMFT
Verified
Louisville, KY 40299
Ready to feel at home in your body and in life? Would you like to feel like you belong again? Are you tired of feeling anxious, depressed, and out of control? I can help. I specialize in relationships, whether it’s mending a current one, grieving a recently lost one, or healing from the pain of past ones. Most of all, I help people be themselves again.
Ready to feel at home in your body and in life? Would you like to feel like you belong again? Are you tired of feeling anxious, depressed, and out of control? I can help. I specialize in relationships, whether it’s mending a current one, grieving a recently lost one, or healing from the pain of past ones. Most of all, I help people be themselves again.
(502) 383-0237 View (502) 383-0237
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Barbara Hedspeth
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Louisville, KY 40206
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in the treatment of anxiety and panic disorders and mild to moderate OCD, as well as trauma and depression. My experience tells me that these conditions are highly treatable with the right approach. My primary method is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which is a proven evidence based treatment for these problems. I am also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Cognitive Processing Therapy for the treatment of trauma. My style is direct, supportive and goal oriented with emphasis on what the client wants to work on. I use humor as well!
I specialize in the treatment of anxiety and panic disorders and mild to moderate OCD, as well as trauma and depression. My experience tells me that these conditions are highly treatable with the right approach. My primary method is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which is a proven evidence based treatment for these problems. I am also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Cognitive Processing Therapy for the treatment of trauma. My style is direct, supportive and goal oriented with emphasis on what the client wants to work on. I use humor as well!
(502) 385-2488 View (502) 385-2488
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Carol Anne Jarboe
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40241
Not accepting new clients
Do you feel overwhelmed by the stress of life and relationships? Do you struggle to shut off the negative thoughts that circle through your brain? Or are you struggling to connect with your spouse and you continue to have the same arguments over and over? My passion is helping individuals and couples enhance their relationships and live happier, more fulfilled lives. I genuinely love what I do, and this passion fuels my work as a therapist.
Do you feel overwhelmed by the stress of life and relationships? Do you struggle to shut off the negative thoughts that circle through your brain? Or are you struggling to connect with your spouse and you continue to have the same arguments over and over? My passion is helping individuals and couples enhance their relationships and live happier, more fulfilled lives. I genuinely love what I do, and this passion fuels my work as a therapist.
(502) 305-3784 View (502) 305-3784
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Teah Williams-Hampton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSW, LCSW
Verified
Louisville, KY 40206
Waitlist for new clients
Welcome! I am so glad you found your way here. If you are seeking a safe space to be seen, heard, and accepted then we have a reason to meet. I work with adult men, women, and non-binary folk, living with depression, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, ( including racial trauma), grief/ loss, and life transitions. Living...period. My goal is to partner with you, to utilize your strengths and experiences to heal, grow, and break unhealthy patterns so you can manifest and live your best life! And If I am not the therapist for you, I will help you find them.
Welcome! I am so glad you found your way here. If you are seeking a safe space to be seen, heard, and accepted then we have a reason to meet. I work with adult men, women, and non-binary folk, living with depression, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, ( including racial trauma), grief/ loss, and life transitions. Living...period. My goal is to partner with you, to utilize your strengths and experiences to heal, grow, and break unhealthy patterns so you can manifest and live your best life! And If I am not the therapist for you, I will help you find them.
(502) 236-9141 x5 View (502) 236-9141 x5
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Grace Psychological Services, LLC
PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40243
We are psychologists specializing in Couples Counseling (premarital and marital), Individual Counseling, and Christian Counseling. As trained and experienced clinical psychologists, we are committed to the belief that fostering well-being includes paying attention to all parts of the self: physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual. We can help couples rebuild intimacy, repair communication, and recover from betrayals. For individuals, we can assess and provide therapy for anxiety, depression, panic attacks, trauma, relational issues, stress, and many other day-to-day issues.
We are psychologists specializing in Couples Counseling (premarital and marital), Individual Counseling, and Christian Counseling. As trained and experienced clinical psychologists, we are committed to the belief that fostering well-being includes paying attention to all parts of the self: physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual. We can help couples rebuild intimacy, repair communication, and recover from betrayals. For individuals, we can assess and provide therapy for anxiety, depression, panic attacks, trauma, relational issues, stress, and many other day-to-day issues.
(502) 513-7428 View (502) 513-7428
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Taylor Owens
LPC Intern, LPCA
Louisville, KY 40207
Not accepting new clients
I believe it is important for us all to remember that no two people have the same story. Having the ability to own your story is the bravest thing a person can do. I enjoy creating a safe space that validates both you and your experiences. Empowering you in a way that allows you to discover the strength that is within you.
I believe it is important for us all to remember that no two people have the same story. Having the ability to own your story is the bravest thing a person can do. I enjoy creating a safe space that validates both you and your experiences. Empowering you in a way that allows you to discover the strength that is within you.
(502) 237-4456 View (502) 237-4456
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Kristina Peterson
Psychologist, PsyD, HSP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40245  (Online Only)
Telehealth only practice; Can see clients located in KY & IN! Experiences from our past can lead to painful feelings and unhealthy patterns that we get "stuck" in. If you've been feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or lost - having someone to support and challenge you can be helpful in getting "unstuck." My role as a therapist is to support, empower, challenge, and provide space for reflection for you to heal and connect with your authentic self. I value the relationships I build with my clients that allows for this challenging growth and empowerment to happen.
Telehealth only practice; Can see clients located in KY & IN! Experiences from our past can lead to painful feelings and unhealthy patterns that we get "stuck" in. If you've been feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or lost - having someone to support and challenge you can be helpful in getting "unstuck." My role as a therapist is to support, empower, challenge, and provide space for reflection for you to heal and connect with your authentic self. I value the relationships I build with my clients that allows for this challenging growth and empowerment to happen.
(502) 373-6733 View (502) 373-6733
Photo of Michael Kamber, Pastoral Counselor in Louisville, KY
Michael Kamber
Pastoral Counselor, PSAP, PMAP
2 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40206
Are you battling unwanted sexual behavior? Are you tired of carrying around this dark secret? Often we don’t talk about these things or seek help because of the embarrassment or shame that typically surrounds them. We think things like, “if they knew this, they would leave me” or “Keeping this secret keeps the peace,” but you just don’t know how long you can keep up the lie. The truth is that trying to get passed something like a porn addiction on your own doesn’t work and hasn’t worked.
Are you battling unwanted sexual behavior? Are you tired of carrying around this dark secret? Often we don’t talk about these things or seek help because of the embarrassment or shame that typically surrounds them. We think things like, “if they knew this, they would leave me” or “Keeping this secret keeps the peace,” but you just don’t know how long you can keep up the lie. The truth is that trying to get passed something like a porn addiction on your own doesn’t work and hasn’t worked.
(502) 754-3295 View (502) 754-3295
Photo of Maja Cupac, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Louisville, KY
Maja Cupac
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC-S, NCC, SEP
Verified
Louisville, KY 40243
Welcome! I want to applaud you for taking the first step to better your situation, and for taking care of yourself. I have over 14 years of direct experience working with adolescents, adults, and seniors suffering from a wide variety of mental health disorders. Some of those include depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, stress, mood disorders, and issues related to abuse. If you are brave, curious, and intelligent, then I'm your therapist! I also offer supervision as a supervisor of record for Licensed Professional Counselor Associates (LPCAs) in Kentucky.
Welcome! I want to applaud you for taking the first step to better your situation, and for taking care of yourself. I have over 14 years of direct experience working with adolescents, adults, and seniors suffering from a wide variety of mental health disorders. Some of those include depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, stress, mood disorders, and issues related to abuse. If you are brave, curious, and intelligent, then I'm your therapist! I also offer supervision as a supervisor of record for Licensed Professional Counselor Associates (LPCAs) in Kentucky.
(606) 930-4358 View (606) 930-4358
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Dr. Whitley Paden
Psychologist, PsyD, HSPP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40243
I specialize in providing research-based treatment to adults with a range of struggles, including trauma/post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), substance use disorders, and anxiety disorders. In order to help individuals reach their treatment goals, I use evidence-based interventions and measure progress using short assessments. Furthermore, I recognize the importance of providing genuine warmth and caring to all clients to promote their own self-compassion, acceptance, and growth. “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change” – Carl Rogers.
I specialize in providing research-based treatment to adults with a range of struggles, including trauma/post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), substance use disorders, and anxiety disorders. In order to help individuals reach their treatment goals, I use evidence-based interventions and measure progress using short assessments. Furthermore, I recognize the importance of providing genuine warmth and caring to all clients to promote their own self-compassion, acceptance, and growth. “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change” – Carl Rogers.
(502) 230-5422 x104 View (502) 230-5422 x104
Photo of Ashlie Hisle, Counselor in Louisville, KY
Ashlie Hisle
Counselor, LPCA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40243
Are you struggling with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Stress, or Significant Life Transitions? Join me in a person-centered approach to healing! Together we will focus on your personal goals and individual therapy needs so that you can live your life to the fullest with resilience and hope for a brighter tomorrow!
Are you struggling with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Stress, or Significant Life Transitions? Join me in a person-centered approach to healing! Together we will focus on your personal goals and individual therapy needs so that you can live your life to the fullest with resilience and hope for a brighter tomorrow!
(502) 385-4177 View (502) 385-4177
Photo of Clairemarie LoCicero, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Louisville, KY
Clairemarie LoCicero
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40204
When I meet a new client, I like to acknowledge that therapy is a courageous choice. Our first meeting is a time for me to learn why you reached out and what kind of change you are seeking. It is also a time for you to learn how you feel about me! If you return, then ongoing therapy sessions will consist of evidence-based practices that are specific to your goals and needs. We will measure and record your progress, so that you can make informed decisions about what works for you. Some people remain in therapy indefinitely because they like the ongoing support, while others exit after succeeding toward a specific, time-limited goal.
When I meet a new client, I like to acknowledge that therapy is a courageous choice. Our first meeting is a time for me to learn why you reached out and what kind of change you are seeking. It is also a time for you to learn how you feel about me! If you return, then ongoing therapy sessions will consist of evidence-based practices that are specific to your goals and needs. We will measure and record your progress, so that you can make informed decisions about what works for you. Some people remain in therapy indefinitely because they like the ongoing support, while others exit after succeeding toward a specific, time-limited goal.
(502) 465-8980 View (502) 465-8980
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Jodi Goodin
Psychologist, LCSW, PsyD
Verified
Louisville, KY 40241
Jodi Goodin is a licensed psychologist who received her bachelor's degree from Centre College, her master's degree from Xavier University and her doctoral degree from Georgia School of Professional Psychology, with a focus on clinical work with children and adolescents. She has worked in multiple roles across outpatient, inpatient, residential, community-based and school settings over the past 20 years, with therapy services provided to children, adolescents and adults in individual, group and couples formats. Dr. Goodin uses cognitive behavioral (CBT), client-centered and solution-focused approaches in her work.
Jodi Goodin is a licensed psychologist who received her bachelor's degree from Centre College, her master's degree from Xavier University and her doctoral degree from Georgia School of Professional Psychology, with a focus on clinical work with children and adolescents. She has worked in multiple roles across outpatient, inpatient, residential, community-based and school settings over the past 20 years, with therapy services provided to children, adolescents and adults in individual, group and couples formats. Dr. Goodin uses cognitive behavioral (CBT), client-centered and solution-focused approaches in her work.
(502) 842-5290 View (502) 842-5290
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Amanda Townsell
Counselor, LPCC, MEd
Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40217
Not accepting new clients
Not currently accepting new clients. I enjoy working with clients to increase their coping skills, self-esteem, and healthy boundaries. My practice assists adolescents and adults who are seeking therapy for anxiety, stress management, trauma, and personal growth.
Not currently accepting new clients. I enjoy working with clients to increase their coping skills, self-esteem, and healthy boundaries. My practice assists adolescents and adults who are seeking therapy for anxiety, stress management, trauma, and personal growth.
(502) 237-7527 View (502) 237-7527
Photo of Katie Jacoby, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Louisville, KY
Katie Jacoby
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, CSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40291
Therapy is a safe place where individuals can be open and talk about their life and situations that may be difficult or uncomfortable to discuss. I take pride in meeting the client where they are in their journey of life. A main goal of mine is making the client feel comfortable and secure and to help them understand their situation. Most of my experience is working with pre-teens, teenagers, and adults helping them navigate through life circumstances and assisting them with setting goals for sustainable change that they want to make.
Therapy is a safe place where individuals can be open and talk about their life and situations that may be difficult or uncomfortable to discuss. I take pride in meeting the client where they are in their journey of life. A main goal of mine is making the client feel comfortable and secure and to help them understand their situation. Most of my experience is working with pre-teens, teenagers, and adults helping them navigate through life circumstances and assisting them with setting goals for sustainable change that they want to make.
(502) 334-1245 View (502) 334-1245
Photo of Scott Thomas Phd, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Louisville, KY
Scott Thomas Phd
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LADAC, CDVC3
Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40204
We all want to feel joyful and fulfilled in our lives and relationships. The 30+ years I have been in practice include running treatment centers, teaching / college level, national seminars, and training other therapists. I am licensed as both a clinical social worker and an addictions therapist. My experience and training has allowed me to integrate clinical knowledge with cultural understandings from the elders I grew up with. I help people achieve change through insight and solutions based in consciousness of internal and external conflicts.
We all want to feel joyful and fulfilled in our lives and relationships. The 30+ years I have been in practice include running treatment centers, teaching / college level, national seminars, and training other therapists. I am licensed as both a clinical social worker and an addictions therapist. My experience and training has allowed me to integrate clinical knowledge with cultural understandings from the elders I grew up with. I help people achieve change through insight and solutions based in consciousness of internal and external conflicts.
(502) 586-5522 View (502) 586-5522
Photo of Nicole Griffin, Counselor in Louisville, KY
Nicole Griffin
Counselor, MA, MML, LPCA
Verified
3 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40243
Waitlist for new clients
Our mental health is important to our overall well-being. When it is good, it increases our productivity, enhances our self-image and improves our quality of life. For over 25 years, I've been committed to walking with others through their most challenging times. A safe, non-judgmental and compassionate listener can make all of the difference. I’m here to support you as you pursue change, hope, healing and even a resolve to the issues you face. Recently, I’ve gained additional skills by earning a second master’s degree, this time in Clinical Mental Health.
Our mental health is important to our overall well-being. When it is good, it increases our productivity, enhances our self-image and improves our quality of life. For over 25 years, I've been committed to walking with others through their most challenging times. A safe, non-judgmental and compassionate listener can make all of the difference. I’m here to support you as you pursue change, hope, healing and even a resolve to the issues you face. Recently, I’ve gained additional skills by earning a second master’s degree, this time in Clinical Mental Health.
(502) 325-3931 View (502) 325-3931

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Number of Therapists in Louisville, KY

1,000+

Average cost per session

$120

Therapists in Louisville, KY who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
87% Depression
73% Self Esteem
70% Trauma and PTSD
70% Coping Skills
61% Relationship Issues
58% Grief

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

73% Humana
70% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
69% Aetna

How Therapists in Louisville, KY see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
18% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Louisville?

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.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

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.