Therapists in Saugus, MA

Photo of Raquel Dalzon, LICSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Raquel Dalzon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Saugus, MA 01906
As a bilingual (Spanish) clinical social worker with more than a decade of experience, I have supported clients in addressing various challenges including anxiety, depression, negative body image, and the effects of trauma on mental and physical health. Together we will work on exploring underlying issues that impact you personally, or in your relationships. We will delve into root causes, unresolved matters, identify behavioral patterns, and discover resilience and optimism together.
As a bilingual (Spanish) clinical social worker with more than a decade of experience, I have supported clients in addressing various challenges including anxiety, depression, negative body image, and the effects of trauma on mental and physical health. Together we will work on exploring underlying issues that impact you personally, or in your relationships. We will delve into root causes, unresolved matters, identify behavioral patterns, and discover resilience and optimism together.
(339) 201-5351 View (339) 201-5351
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Vanessa Rachels
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Saugus, MA 01906  (Online Only)
Most of my clients feel stuck or paralyzed by anxiety, emotions, or issues with interpersonal relationships which prevent them from living their best lives at the beginning of treatment with me. My goals are to break down learned thought patterns and look at the barriers between clients and how they want to live. Usually clients will start with a mix of vague diagnoses such as "anxiety" or "depression" and we work together to hone in more specific symptoms and factors which are holding them back.
Most of my clients feel stuck or paralyzed by anxiety, emotions, or issues with interpersonal relationships which prevent them from living their best lives at the beginning of treatment with me. My goals are to break down learned thought patterns and look at the barriers between clients and how they want to live. Usually clients will start with a mix of vague diagnoses such as "anxiety" or "depression" and we work together to hone in more specific symptoms and factors which are holding them back.
(617) 915-3635 View (617) 915-3635
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Meghan Elmore
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Saugus, MA 01906
Meghan is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the Danvers and Lynnfield locations. Meghan currently sees clients virtually and in-person. Meghan strives to bring comfort, authenticity, and unconditional positive regard to every session to work on identified treatment goals. Meghan graduated with a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Boston College with a certificate in expertise in Trauma therapy. Meghan uses a multi-modal approach to support and establish a sense of internal and external safety when engaging in trauma related work.
Meghan is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the Danvers and Lynnfield locations. Meghan currently sees clients virtually and in-person. Meghan strives to bring comfort, authenticity, and unconditional positive regard to every session to work on identified treatment goals. Meghan graduated with a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Boston College with a certificate in expertise in Trauma therapy. Meghan uses a multi-modal approach to support and establish a sense of internal and external safety when engaging in trauma related work.
(781) 630-4983 View (781) 630-4983
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Sabrina Silveira
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Saugus, MA 01906
Sabrina Silveira is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Massachusetts. She earned both her BSW and MSW from Salem State University. Sabrina has worked with clientele from a wide range of ages and cultural backgrounds. She has experience working with those with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and women’s issues. Sabrina utilizes a client-centered, solution-focused, and strength-based approach with clients while providing a safe and private environment where her clients feel at ease and heard.
Sabrina Silveira is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Massachusetts. She earned both her BSW and MSW from Salem State University. Sabrina has worked with clientele from a wide range of ages and cultural backgrounds. She has experience working with those with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and women’s issues. Sabrina utilizes a client-centered, solution-focused, and strength-based approach with clients while providing a safe and private environment where her clients feel at ease and heard.
(781) 456-3940 View (781) 456-3940
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Jessica Pina
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Saugus, MA 01906
Jessica Pina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Massachusetts who has been practicing since 2022. She earned her MSW, LCSW from Graduate School at Salem State University. Jessica brings an intentional, and comfortable presence while meeting clients wherever they are in their lives. She has worked with clients of all ages in correctional, educational, outpatient, and residential settings. Jessica often works with shame, addiction, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and trauma/PTSD.
Jessica Pina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Massachusetts who has been practicing since 2022. She earned her MSW, LCSW from Graduate School at Salem State University. Jessica brings an intentional, and comfortable presence while meeting clients wherever they are in their lives. She has worked with clients of all ages in correctional, educational, outpatient, and residential settings. Jessica often works with shame, addiction, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and trauma/PTSD.
(781) 650-3847 View (781) 650-3847
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Mark Deyab
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Saugus, MA 01906
I am a solution oriented psychotherapist and life coach who develops creative solutions to common emotional and behavioral problems. I develop customized solutions based on a client's particular circumstances: unique problem, needs, goals, urgency, past accomplishments, support systems, capacity to take responsibility, openness to learning, and motivation to change. I treat adults, teenagers, children, couples and families and have experience working with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, interpersonal and substance abuse problems.
I am a solution oriented psychotherapist and life coach who develops creative solutions to common emotional and behavioral problems. I develop customized solutions based on a client's particular circumstances: unique problem, needs, goals, urgency, past accomplishments, support systems, capacity to take responsibility, openness to learning, and motivation to change. I treat adults, teenagers, children, couples and families and have experience working with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, interpersonal and substance abuse problems.
(781) 797-0767 View (781) 797-0767
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Ellen Holtzman
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saugus, MA 01906  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
My areas of expertise are the treatment of anxiety, depression and relationship issues in adults. I particularly enjoy counseling millennials. As a warm and understanding therapist, I have successfully worked with clients with a wide variety of life problems to help them decrease distress and lead fuller lives. I provide individual, couple, and family therapy, using a combination of cognitive behavioral and insight oriented techniques. I am the author of "Bouncing Back: How Women Lose & Find Themselves in Marriage & Divorce."
My areas of expertise are the treatment of anxiety, depression and relationship issues in adults. I particularly enjoy counseling millennials. As a warm and understanding therapist, I have successfully worked with clients with a wide variety of life problems to help them decrease distress and lead fuller lives. I provide individual, couple, and family therapy, using a combination of cognitive behavioral and insight oriented techniques. I am the author of "Bouncing Back: How Women Lose & Find Themselves in Marriage & Divorce."
(781) 990-2292 View (781) 990-2292
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Vasundhra G
MA, ALM
Verified Verified
Saugus, MA 01906
People say- "You have a problem, get it fixed- go see someone!" I say- "You have 'feelings'- go share them with someone!" 'Problems/issues' has a negative connotation; there are only feelings to start with- it can be fear, love, guilt, desire, anger, inhibition, disappointment, uncertainty. These are a part of human experience and totally normal, you are bound to have them...unless they become extreme or unbearable (that is when they become problems). I will help you in dealing with yourself and not let these feelings become the so-called 'problems'. I am a coach and learning expert that can help you learn 'you'. Let's learn!
People say- "You have a problem, get it fixed- go see someone!" I say- "You have 'feelings'- go share them with someone!" 'Problems/issues' has a negative connotation; there are only feelings to start with- it can be fear, love, guilt, desire, anger, inhibition, disappointment, uncertainty. These are a part of human experience and totally normal, you are bound to have them...unless they become extreme or unbearable (that is when they become problems). I will help you in dealing with yourself and not let these feelings become the so-called 'problems'. I am a coach and learning expert that can help you learn 'you'. Let's learn!
(214) 761-6514 View (214) 761-6514
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Ester Sade
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saugus, MA 01906
Not accepting new clients
Therapy is a powerful avenue for receiving guidance, fostering personal growth, and overcoming the challenges we face both in the present and those that lie ahead. As a therapist, my goal is to cultivate a space of safety and support, where individuals can embark on their voyage of self-discovery and healing. As a Latinx who immigrated to the US as a teen, I have had the opportunity to experience two different cultures. Through this, I have learned and continue to overcome the challenges that arise. I am committed to empowering individuals in navigating life's complexities, forging resilience, and uncovering their inherent strength.
Therapy is a powerful avenue for receiving guidance, fostering personal growth, and overcoming the challenges we face both in the present and those that lie ahead. As a therapist, my goal is to cultivate a space of safety and support, where individuals can embark on their voyage of self-discovery and healing. As a Latinx who immigrated to the US as a teen, I have had the opportunity to experience two different cultures. Through this, I have learned and continue to overcome the challenges that arise. I am committed to empowering individuals in navigating life's complexities, forging resilience, and uncovering their inherent strength.
(978) 699-9313 View (978) 699-9313
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Marissa Genduso
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Saugus, MA 01906
Marissa is a dedicated and compassionate Licensed Mental Health Clinician (LMHC) here to help you on your journey to better mental health and well-being. Marissa holds a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Suffolk University with over 5 years of experience, and is passionate about providing support to those facing a range of mental health challenges. With a background in anxiety disorders, trauma/PTSD, substance use disorders, mood disorders, and psychotic disorders, her extensive experience has allowed her to work with diverse individuals of all ages.
Marissa is a dedicated and compassionate Licensed Mental Health Clinician (LMHC) here to help you on your journey to better mental health and well-being. Marissa holds a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Suffolk University with over 5 years of experience, and is passionate about providing support to those facing a range of mental health challenges. With a background in anxiety disorders, trauma/PTSD, substance use disorders, mood disorders, and psychotic disorders, her extensive experience has allowed her to work with diverse individuals of all ages.
(857) 309-2104 View (857) 309-2104
Photo of Cassandra DeQuevedo, LMHC, MS, Counselor
Cassandra DeQuevedo
Counselor, LMHC, MS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saugus, MA 01906
You’re good at so many things, but you struggle in relationships, with confidence in who you are, or managing grief. Therapy will help you tap into your natural ability for deep connection, inner strength, and healing. Perhaps in Relationships- you struggle with communication, boundaries, or you keep getting stuck in the same patterns? In Identity- you know your worth, but have trouble with your self-esteem? In Grief- you get overwhelmed, and don’t know where to start to feel better? You're ready to master relationships, heal, and be unapologetically yourself.
You’re good at so many things, but you struggle in relationships, with confidence in who you are, or managing grief. Therapy will help you tap into your natural ability for deep connection, inner strength, and healing. Perhaps in Relationships- you struggle with communication, boundaries, or you keep getting stuck in the same patterns? In Identity- you know your worth, but have trouble with your self-esteem? In Grief- you get overwhelmed, and don’t know where to start to feel better? You're ready to master relationships, heal, and be unapologetically yourself.
(413) 402-6436 View (413) 402-6436
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Ewa (Eva) H Hut
Counselor, LMHC, MCCS
Verified Verified
Saugus, MA 01906
Psychotherapy is a journey of discovery and growth. “We know what we are, but know not what we may be” William Shakespeare wrote. As a psychotherapist I strive to facilitate that journey by creating a safe, comfortable and respectful environment that allows for free expression of thoughts and feelings. My psychoanalytic training provides me with the expertise and skill to look deeply into the experience of each client and to work together on overcoming the obstacles that stand in the way of one’s happiness and satisfaction in life. I am also an Emergency Responder & Public Safety Certified Clinician with over 12 years of experience.
Psychotherapy is a journey of discovery and growth. “We know what we are, but know not what we may be” William Shakespeare wrote. As a psychotherapist I strive to facilitate that journey by creating a safe, comfortable and respectful environment that allows for free expression of thoughts and feelings. My psychoanalytic training provides me with the expertise and skill to look deeply into the experience of each client and to work together on overcoming the obstacles that stand in the way of one’s happiness and satisfaction in life. I am also an Emergency Responder & Public Safety Certified Clinician with over 12 years of experience.
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Photo of Liz Surprenant, LICSW, MA, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Liz Surprenant
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, MA
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Saugus, MA 01906  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients for daytime appointments! Email me today! You have already shown your courage and determination to achieve a healthier and more fulfilling life. I am honored and privileged to walk with individuals who desire more clarity, support, and encouragement through many of the struggles we experience in this life. I provide client-centered, strength-based psychotherapy for adolescents 16+, young adults, and adults. I partner with you, my client, to create a treatment plan that centers around your goals, dreams, and desires for better living.
Accepting new clients for daytime appointments! Email me today! You have already shown your courage and determination to achieve a healthier and more fulfilling life. I am honored and privileged to walk with individuals who desire more clarity, support, and encouragement through many of the struggles we experience in this life. I provide client-centered, strength-based psychotherapy for adolescents 16+, young adults, and adults. I partner with you, my client, to create a treatment plan that centers around your goals, dreams, and desires for better living.
(978) 253-4386 View (978) 253-4386
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Laura Smith
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Saugus, MA 01906
We all struggle from time to time. Maybe you're feeling anxious or depressed. Perhaps you're tired of repeating the patterns that leave you feeling stuck, frustrated and disconnected. So often we tell ourselves that we are the problem- that it lies within us. That we are somehow wrong. A depressive. An anxious person. These ideas often come from stories that others tell us about ourselves; other people pinpointing what they see as significant and telling our own story to us.
We all struggle from time to time. Maybe you're feeling anxious or depressed. Perhaps you're tired of repeating the patterns that leave you feeling stuck, frustrated and disconnected. So often we tell ourselves that we are the problem- that it lies within us. That we are somehow wrong. A depressive. An anxious person. These ideas often come from stories that others tell us about ourselves; other people pinpointing what they see as significant and telling our own story to us.
(774) 670-5193 View (774) 670-5193
Photo of Holly Little Van Straaten, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Holly Little Van Straaten
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saugus, MA 01906
Current Openings for Daytime Only (waitlist for evening appointments). You deserve compassion and respect. As your therapist, our work together starts by forming trust and developing a relationship centered on understanding YOU and the change you hope to invite into your life. It is my belief that healing begins through honest self-reflection, more skillful communication, and learning to align our behavior with our personal values. If you are seeking support along this path, I welcome the opportunity to join you.
Current Openings for Daytime Only (waitlist for evening appointments). You deserve compassion and respect. As your therapist, our work together starts by forming trust and developing a relationship centered on understanding YOU and the change you hope to invite into your life. It is my belief that healing begins through honest self-reflection, more skillful communication, and learning to align our behavior with our personal values. If you are seeking support along this path, I welcome the opportunity to join you.
(978) 355-7487 View (978) 355-7487
Photo of Rosana DeSimone, LMHC, Counselor
Rosana DeSimone
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Saugus, MA 01906
I am accepting new patients and looking forward to hearing from you ! I have Saturday and evening hours. Sometimes it is hard to cope or deal with our everyday lives, jobs, family, school or relationships. The simplest thing can be overwhelming because of depression, anxiety or other stressors. My job is to work on your ability to be happy and function in life in a way that helps you move ahead and cope with life’s challenges in a manner that helps you accomplish your goals.
I am accepting new patients and looking forward to hearing from you ! I have Saturday and evening hours. Sometimes it is hard to cope or deal with our everyday lives, jobs, family, school or relationships. The simplest thing can be overwhelming because of depression, anxiety or other stressors. My job is to work on your ability to be happy and function in life in a way that helps you move ahead and cope with life’s challenges in a manner that helps you accomplish your goals.
(857) 323-5097 View (857) 323-5097
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John Travis
Counselor, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saugus, MA 01906
John is a compassionate mental health counselor working with individuals and couples. He has extensive experience in various settings. He provides non-judgmental therapy for adults facing challenges like relationship/marital distress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, and suicidal ideation. John believes in personalized, goal-oriented therapy to empower clients to achieve sustainable, long-term wellness by using a person-centered approach with an organic blend of evidence-based practices.
John is a compassionate mental health counselor working with individuals and couples. He has extensive experience in various settings. He provides non-judgmental therapy for adults facing challenges like relationship/marital distress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, and suicidal ideation. John believes in personalized, goal-oriented therapy to empower clients to achieve sustainable, long-term wellness by using a person-centered approach with an organic blend of evidence-based practices.
(978) 961-6490 View (978) 961-6490
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Stephanie Halloran
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Saugus, MA 01906
I specialize in meeting people where they are at by offering empathy, validation, and techniques that will help to elicit deeper meaning and connection to their emotions and thoughts while working towards whatever goals they may have. I specialize in helping clients with trauma (physical, mental, sexual, and medical) and those going through an adjustment period struggling with anxiety and depression.
I specialize in meeting people where they are at by offering empathy, validation, and techniques that will help to elicit deeper meaning and connection to their emotions and thoughts while working towards whatever goals they may have. I specialize in helping clients with trauma (physical, mental, sexual, and medical) and those going through an adjustment period struggling with anxiety and depression.
(978) 953-2174 View (978) 953-2174
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Michelle D'Amico
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saugus, MA 01906
Congratulations on taking that first step to obtain support! Searching for a therapist can be a difficult and overwhelming process. Taking this step and setting up an initial therapy appointment can be terrifying, so let me tell you what you can expect if we decide to work together. Maybe you're grieving a loss, struggling with a life transition, or feeling in a rut. Together, we can build up your skills to better understand and manage distressing feelings and the challenges that are currently weighing you down.
Congratulations on taking that first step to obtain support! Searching for a therapist can be a difficult and overwhelming process. Taking this step and setting up an initial therapy appointment can be terrifying, so let me tell you what you can expect if we decide to work together. Maybe you're grieving a loss, struggling with a life transition, or feeling in a rut. Together, we can build up your skills to better understand and manage distressing feelings and the challenges that are currently weighing you down.
(978) 231-9775 View (978) 231-9775

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Serenity Pathways Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lynn, MA 01905  (Online Only)
Now accepting new TUFTS clients.My focus is on revealing the inherent strength, resilience, and capabilities within each of my clients. Despite life's challenges, I believe in fostering hope for a brighter future. My therapeutic approach offers client-centered and trauma-informed individual therapy. I tailor each session to address the unique needs of my clients. Specializing in PTSD, bereavement (grief) and loss, bipolar disorder, and schizoaffective disorder, I bring a holistic perspective to my practice.
Now accepting new TUFTS clients.My focus is on revealing the inherent strength, resilience, and capabilities within each of my clients. Despite life's challenges, I believe in fostering hope for a brighter future. My therapeutic approach offers client-centered and trauma-informed individual therapy. I tailor each session to address the unique needs of my clients. Specializing in PTSD, bereavement (grief) and loss, bipolar disorder, and schizoaffective disorder, I bring a holistic perspective to my practice.
(978) 543-1447 View (978) 543-1447

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How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Saugus, MA

10+

Average cost per session

$137

Therapists in Saugus, MA who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
84% Depression
74% Relationship Issues
68% Trauma and PTSD
68% Women's Issues
63% Self Esteem
58% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% BlueCross and BlueShield
82% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
76% Aetna

How Therapists in Saugus, MA see their clients

85% In Person and Online
15% Online Only

Gender breakdown

89% Female
11% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Saugus?

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.