Therapists in Youngsville, LA

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Jada Jackson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Youngsville, LA 70592
Jada Jackson, LMSW is a compassionate social worker with a lifelong dedication to helping individuals overcome life's challenges. Holding a Masters of Science in Social Work from Louisiana State University and a Master of Science in Health Promotion from McNeese State University. Jada brings over 10 years of extensive experience to her practice.
Jada Jackson, LMSW is a compassionate social worker with a lifelong dedication to helping individuals overcome life's challenges. Holding a Masters of Science in Social Work from Louisiana State University and a Master of Science in Health Promotion from McNeese State University. Jada brings over 10 years of extensive experience to her practice.
(337) 570-2723 View (337) 570-2723
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Dr. Erin Wallace Lovett, Red Couch Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Youngsville, LA 70592
As an EMDR therapist, I use EMDR to work with clients who have experienced trauma. I sometimes use DBT with clients who struggle with emotion regulation and for whom EMDR is not a good fit. I assist many clients who struggle in their relationships with unhealthy, narcissistic, or addicted partners. I also assist clients struggling with anxiety, OCD, and depression. I am an Attachment theorist and feel it is beneficial to incorporate one's childhood into the therapeutic process (though it may or may not be the focus of treatment).
As an EMDR therapist, I use EMDR to work with clients who have experienced trauma. I sometimes use DBT with clients who struggle with emotion regulation and for whom EMDR is not a good fit. I assist many clients who struggle in their relationships with unhealthy, narcissistic, or addicted partners. I also assist clients struggling with anxiety, OCD, and depression. I am an Attachment theorist and feel it is beneficial to incorporate one's childhood into the therapeutic process (though it may or may not be the focus of treatment).
(337) 210-7454 View (337) 210-7454
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Jill Yeates - Pivot Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, BACS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Youngsville, LA 70592
If you are looking to make changes in your life, let's work together. I am a Certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) Therapist. Additionally, I am trained in Brainspotting. I work with individuals who have a desire and need to resolve past trauma. This is often the gateway to experiencing a healthier and happier you. As a licensed clinical social worker, my primary goal is to foster a safe and non-judgmental environment where you feel heard and seen. I hope to support you in finding contentment and peace.
If you are looking to make changes in your life, let's work together. I am a Certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) Therapist. Additionally, I am trained in Brainspotting. I work with individuals who have a desire and need to resolve past trauma. This is often the gateway to experiencing a healthier and happier you. As a licensed clinical social worker, my primary goal is to foster a safe and non-judgmental environment where you feel heard and seen. I hope to support you in finding contentment and peace.
(337) 221-9164 View (337) 221-9164
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Tempest Therapy Services - Jessica Moody
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Youngsville, LA 70592
Have you been in and out of therapy for years, struggling to feel understood, instead feeling lonely, rejected, and disconnected? Perhaps you've been searching for something to fill a void inside, turning to destructive behaviors, then struggling with deep feelings of shame and self-loathing. Or, maybe you've been tormented with nightmares, flashbacks, and disconnected memories of a past you barely remember. Painfully, family and friends may be getting frustrated with you, saying you are "too much," when you only ever feel that you are "not enough."
Have you been in and out of therapy for years, struggling to feel understood, instead feeling lonely, rejected, and disconnected? Perhaps you've been searching for something to fill a void inside, turning to destructive behaviors, then struggling with deep feelings of shame and self-loathing. Or, maybe you've been tormented with nightmares, flashbacks, and disconnected memories of a past you barely remember. Painfully, family and friends may be getting frustrated with you, saying you are "too much," when you only ever feel that you are "not enough."
(337) 273-0783 View (337) 273-0783
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Cheri Rivera
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Youngsville, LA 70592  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with Anxiety, Depression, Stress, or General Life Challenges? Do you feel like you don't know where to start? I would love to help you explore different tools and strategies to address these issues and set goals to build the life you want for yourself. Telehealth is a convenient way to get the help you need from the comfort of your home! No need to worry about traffic or gas prices, all you need is your computer and a comfortable confidential space. I am licensed to practice in Colorado, Washington, and Louisiana.
Are you struggling with Anxiety, Depression, Stress, or General Life Challenges? Do you feel like you don't know where to start? I would love to help you explore different tools and strategies to address these issues and set goals to build the life you want for yourself. Telehealth is a convenient way to get the help you need from the comfort of your home! No need to worry about traffic or gas prices, all you need is your computer and a comfortable confidential space. I am licensed to practice in Colorado, Washington, and Louisiana.
(337) 282-9141 View (337) 282-9141
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Marlon Washington- Tempest Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Youngsville, LA 70592
I am passionate about empowering people to make positive changes in their lives. Whether you are feeling lost, struggling to change unhealthy behaviors, or hoping to improve relationships, we can work together to create a plan for healing. On my personal journey I have been in recovery for over 20 years, which has motivated me to walk with others on their path of personal growth. I am a licensed clinical social worker, skilled in providing individual and group therapy to adults, adolescents, and families.
I am passionate about empowering people to make positive changes in their lives. Whether you are feeling lost, struggling to change unhealthy behaviors, or hoping to improve relationships, we can work together to create a plan for healing. On my personal journey I have been in recovery for over 20 years, which has motivated me to walk with others on their path of personal growth. I am a licensed clinical social worker, skilled in providing individual and group therapy to adults, adolescents, and families.
(337) 201-9093 View (337) 201-9093
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Sandy Baker- Abundant Life Mental Health Llc
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Youngsville, LA 70592  (Online Only)
Are you feeling stuck or complacent in life? Are you in constant fear of failure, worrying about things to come and things out of your control? Some days you may feel like you’re paralyzed by the challenges you face. You might often wonder how you have made it from one day to the next, that is what I call surviving. Based on your experience, I think you realize how difficult and exhausting it can be to feel like you’re just surviving, I believe you are here because you are ready to shift in your life from surviving to thriving. Are you ready to do the work that will gain you a life of abundance?
Are you feeling stuck or complacent in life? Are you in constant fear of failure, worrying about things to come and things out of your control? Some days you may feel like you’re paralyzed by the challenges you face. You might often wonder how you have made it from one day to the next, that is what I call surviving. Based on your experience, I think you realize how difficult and exhausting it can be to feel like you’re just surviving, I believe you are here because you are ready to shift in your life from surviving to thriving. Are you ready to do the work that will gain you a life of abundance?
(337) 243-1430 View (337) 243-1430
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Rashida O Taylor
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Youngsville, LA 70592  (Online Only)
Hello. My name is Dr. Taylor, and I'm here to help families create a happy and loving future together. I specialize in working with adolescents and family systems, and my goal is to create an environment where everyone can communicate openly and honestly without fear of judgment. I believe that by nurturing and supporting each other, families can build a strong foundation for a brighter tomorrow. Let's collaborate to build a future that is abundant with love and happiness!
Hello. My name is Dr. Taylor, and I'm here to help families create a happy and loving future together. I specialize in working with adolescents and family systems, and my goal is to create an environment where everyone can communicate openly and honestly without fear of judgment. I believe that by nurturing and supporting each other, families can build a strong foundation for a brighter tomorrow. Let's collaborate to build a future that is abundant with love and happiness!
(337) 548-4095 View (337) 548-4095
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Margaret Sigue
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Youngsville, LA 70592
I am a licensed professional counselor with over 20 years’ experience. As a therapist, it is my priority to create a therapeutic atmosphere that promotes growth and positive changes. I am trained in EMDR and hypnotherapy. I think that to truly understand what a person is having difficulties with; it is important to study a person’s overall lifestyle. This has led me on my current journey to studying holistic therapy. Because each person is in control of their therapy sessions, I utilize a person-centered approach. I truly believe that therapy is a process that can move you toward being the healthiest version of yourself!
I am a licensed professional counselor with over 20 years’ experience. As a therapist, it is my priority to create a therapeutic atmosphere that promotes growth and positive changes. I am trained in EMDR and hypnotherapy. I think that to truly understand what a person is having difficulties with; it is important to study a person’s overall lifestyle. This has led me on my current journey to studying holistic therapy. Because each person is in control of their therapy sessions, I utilize a person-centered approach. I truly believe that therapy is a process that can move you toward being the healthiest version of yourself!
(337) 227-9681 View (337) 227-9681
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James 'Jimmy' E Reaux
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Youngsville, LA 70592
Everyone has the capacity to make changes in their lives to promote healing and peace. The therapist role is to foster and guide that process by offering alternative outlooks on life circumstances, and identify individual strengths to promote positive behavioral changes and ways of thinking. These changes come through the development of a sincere, honest relationship between client and therapist. I am non-judgemental and dedicated to every person who comes to me for help. I believe that each of us is resilient with the ability to overcome any of lifes obstacles.
Everyone has the capacity to make changes in their lives to promote healing and peace. The therapist role is to foster and guide that process by offering alternative outlooks on life circumstances, and identify individual strengths to promote positive behavioral changes and ways of thinking. These changes come through the development of a sincere, honest relationship between client and therapist. I am non-judgemental and dedicated to every person who comes to me for help. I believe that each of us is resilient with the ability to overcome any of lifes obstacles.
(337) 205-2590 View (337) 205-2590
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Tiffany Capps
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC-S, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Youngsville, LA 70592
Not accepting new clients
As a clinician who has survived the suicide of a loved one, I dedicate each day of my life to the mission of working with those who need help finding their way out of darkness. As human beings, we all experience trauma at some point in our lives. My hope is that we can work together to identify your current problem areas and discover skills and new ways of coping so you can live your life fully, joyfully, and authentically. Anxiety and depression can be daunting to face, but I'm here to offer you hope. Things can change and even the darkest of moments can be turned around.
As a clinician who has survived the suicide of a loved one, I dedicate each day of my life to the mission of working with those who need help finding their way out of darkness. As human beings, we all experience trauma at some point in our lives. My hope is that we can work together to identify your current problem areas and discover skills and new ways of coping so you can live your life fully, joyfully, and authentically. Anxiety and depression can be daunting to face, but I'm here to offer you hope. Things can change and even the darkest of moments can be turned around.
(337) 210-7445 View (337) 210-7445
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Amy Romero Registered Play Therapist
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Youngsville, LA 70592
I specialize in working with children and adolescents with anxiety (ages 2-17) and their families. I have over 19 years of experience combined as a former Teacher of the Year and Nationally Certified School Counselor. When children face difficulties, I understand how it can affect every aspect of their lives, including peer and family relationships, as well as their academic performance. I am here to facilitate growth and can help children and families through these challenges. I work with children, adolescents, and their families and also conduct children's groups to help them make positive changes in their lives.
I specialize in working with children and adolescents with anxiety (ages 2-17) and their families. I have over 19 years of experience combined as a former Teacher of the Year and Nationally Certified School Counselor. When children face difficulties, I understand how it can affect every aspect of their lives, including peer and family relationships, as well as their academic performance. I am here to facilitate growth and can help children and families through these challenges. I work with children, adolescents, and their families and also conduct children's groups to help them make positive changes in their lives.
(337) 504-7312 View (337) 504-7312
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Alan D. Zaunbrecher
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Youngsville, LA 70592
What do you desire most? Many people are searching for peace and contentment, but finding that in today's world can be difficult. Having received specialized training in improving emotional connections, coupled with 17 years of counseling experience, has given me the skills necessary for helping people find the enjoyment of life they have been seeking.
What do you desire most? Many people are searching for peace and contentment, but finding that in today's world can be difficult. Having received specialized training in improving emotional connections, coupled with 17 years of counseling experience, has given me the skills necessary for helping people find the enjoyment of life they have been seeking.
(337) 243-1205 View (337) 243-1205
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Allison Saltzman
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Youngsville, LA 70592
I teach people how to meditate and how to create their own life (instead of life happening to them, like a victim). I assist people in shifting to a perspective where they change their own vibrations in order to change what they attract into their life. I work with individuals. I also host retreats and workshops for those interested in quantum science (the science of energy or non-matter), meditation, and inner transformation.
I teach people how to meditate and how to create their own life (instead of life happening to them, like a victim). I assist people in shifting to a perspective where they change their own vibrations in order to change what they attract into their life. I work with individuals. I also host retreats and workshops for those interested in quantum science (the science of energy or non-matter), meditation, and inner transformation.
(337) 514-4997 View (337) 514-4997
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Sheree Breaux
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S, NCC, CSOTP, C-AAIT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Youngsville, LA 70592
Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor(LPC-S), also carrying certifications of C-AAIT, NCC and CSOTP. I graduated from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2013 with a Master's of Science degree in Counseling Education and have worked in a variety of mental health settings, including inpatient and outpatient mental health clinics, correctional facilities, private practice, and school systems. Having experience with substance abuse, sex offender therapy, acute and chronic mental health disorders, and trauma and crisis counseling, I use a variety of counseling techniques tailored to each client's needs.
Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor(LPC-S), also carrying certifications of C-AAIT, NCC and CSOTP. I graduated from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2013 with a Master's of Science degree in Counseling Education and have worked in a variety of mental health settings, including inpatient and outpatient mental health clinics, correctional facilities, private practice, and school systems. Having experience with substance abuse, sex offender therapy, acute and chronic mental health disorders, and trauma and crisis counseling, I use a variety of counseling techniques tailored to each client's needs.
(337) 273-0017 View (337) 273-0017
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David M Fatheree
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LAC, SAP
Verified Verified
Youngsville, LA 70592
Substance Abuse often negatively affects many areas of your life. Recovery is possible if treated with therapy. We will need to recognize and internalize how your chemical use has affected yourself, family, job, relationships, finances, etc. In your counseling we will address your substance abuse related issues cognitively and rationally in order for you to make changes in your thinking, feeling, and behavior that has you or your loved ones concerned about your chemical use.
Substance Abuse often negatively affects many areas of your life. Recovery is possible if treated with therapy. We will need to recognize and internalize how your chemical use has affected yourself, family, job, relationships, finances, etc. In your counseling we will address your substance abuse related issues cognitively and rationally in order for you to make changes in your thinking, feeling, and behavior that has you or your loved ones concerned about your chemical use.
(337) 397-4817 View (337) 397-4817
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Marc Bourgeois
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC-S
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Youngsville, LA 70592
I see counseling as a relationship in which you and I, having come to understand and trust one another, work together to explore your current situation and identify the conflicts that you are presently experiencing. It is through this mutual understanding and trust that we can collaboratively develop meaningful goals to improve your life and work together toward the realization of those goals. As we work together, I believe that you can make the changes necessary to improve the way you experience your life.
I see counseling as a relationship in which you and I, having come to understand and trust one another, work together to explore your current situation and identify the conflicts that you are presently experiencing. It is through this mutual understanding and trust that we can collaboratively develop meaningful goals to improve your life and work together toward the realization of those goals. As we work together, I believe that you can make the changes necessary to improve the way you experience your life.
(337) 397-4798 View (337) 397-4798
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Daniel Jurek
Marriage & Family Therapist, MMin, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Youngsville, LA 70592
Embark on an exhilarating expedition towards transformation with me as your fearless guide. Together, we'll navigate the rugged terrain of your emotions and relationships, uncovering hidden pathways towards positive change. Drawing from a treasure trove of modalities like mindfulness, meditation, and emotionally focused therapy, I'll equip you with the tools to conquer life's challenges. Whether you're battling the aftermath of betrayal or navigating the stormy seas of marital discord, I offer a lifeline of hope and renewal.
Embark on an exhilarating expedition towards transformation with me as your fearless guide. Together, we'll navigate the rugged terrain of your emotions and relationships, uncovering hidden pathways towards positive change. Drawing from a treasure trove of modalities like mindfulness, meditation, and emotionally focused therapy, I'll equip you with the tools to conquer life's challenges. Whether you're battling the aftermath of betrayal or navigating the stormy seas of marital discord, I offer a lifeline of hope and renewal.
(337) 205-7553 View (337) 205-7553
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Jessica Gibson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC-S, CEAP, CET1, SAP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Youngsville, LA 70592
You've found yourself being everything to everyone except yourself, trying to keep it together but the anger is slipping out; knowing something is broken, you feel stuck and don't know what to do. It doesn't have to be this way and you can do something about it. Relationship difficulties show up in many situations... intimate relationships, parenting, friendships, and even work environments. It's often complicated by problems with self-worth, codependency, and addiction. What if you were able to cultivate peace and serenity despite what those around you choose? This is possible.
You've found yourself being everything to everyone except yourself, trying to keep it together but the anger is slipping out; knowing something is broken, you feel stuck and don't know what to do. It doesn't have to be this way and you can do something about it. Relationship difficulties show up in many situations... intimate relationships, parenting, friendships, and even work environments. It's often complicated by problems with self-worth, codependency, and addiction. What if you were able to cultivate peace and serenity despite what those around you choose? This is possible.
(337) 541-0493 View (337) 541-0493
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Sara Sullivan
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Youngsville, LA 70592
Are you healing after infidelity, wanting to save the relationship, but struggling with trust? Are you feeling disconnected from your partner, or having the same fight over and over with no real solution? I can help you get to the bottom of your pain and help you reach a solution. At the end of our session, it is my hope that you will leave feeling heard and communicating with each other in a new way.
Are you healing after infidelity, wanting to save the relationship, but struggling with trust? Are you feeling disconnected from your partner, or having the same fight over and over with no real solution? I can help you get to the bottom of your pain and help you reach a solution. At the end of our session, it is my hope that you will leave feeling heard and communicating with each other in a new way.
(337) 504-7298 View (337) 504-7298

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Number of Therapists in Youngsville, LA

80+

Average cost per session

$135

Therapists in Youngsville, LA who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
89% Depression
84% Self Esteem
80% Relationship Issues
79% Coping Skills
76% Stress
69% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

76% BlueCross and BlueShield
57% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
49% Aetna

How Therapists in Youngsville, LA see their clients

93% In Person and Online
7% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
21% Male
2% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Youngsville?

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.