Therapists in Ware, MA

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John D Menard
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Ware, MA 01082
Not accepting new clients
I have been a LMHC for over 20 years. I have been in the field of addiction for 35 years. I have night time hours available. I work with people who have addiction issues of all kinds. I work with all kinds types of mental illness. If you want to make changes in your life I can help you do that. I believe no matter what we have been through in our past and present we can get through it. No one needs to be a victim of his or her past.
I have been a LMHC for over 20 years. I have been in the field of addiction for 35 years. I have night time hours available. I work with people who have addiction issues of all kinds. I work with all kinds types of mental illness. If you want to make changes in your life I can help you do that. I believe no matter what we have been through in our past and present we can get through it. No one needs to be a victim of his or her past.
(413) 650-1276 View (413) 650-1276
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Laura Fasano
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Ware, MA 01082
Not accepting new clients
Want to make changes in your life? Would you like to feel more like yourself? For over 25 years, I've witnessed individuals unburden past beliefs at the deepest level, and overcome depression, anxiety, self-medicating, or repeating toxic relationships. Whatever challenges are currently bringing you to therapy, my main goal is to provide a safe, compassionate, and empathic therapeutic relationship where individuals can realize their full potential. Our work together will help you understand your own healing process. Beginning right where you are is the only way to change.. Wholeness is absolutely within you.
Want to make changes in your life? Would you like to feel more like yourself? For over 25 years, I've witnessed individuals unburden past beliefs at the deepest level, and overcome depression, anxiety, self-medicating, or repeating toxic relationships. Whatever challenges are currently bringing you to therapy, my main goal is to provide a safe, compassionate, and empathic therapeutic relationship where individuals can realize their full potential. Our work together will help you understand your own healing process. Beginning right where you are is the only way to change.. Wholeness is absolutely within you.
(978) 808-6012 View (978) 808-6012
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Joy Cook
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Ware, MA 01082
Not accepting new clients
I am a skilled clinician with nearly two decades of experience working with children, teens and adults. At the center of my work, is a focus on nurturing self-awareness, self-compassion and self-regulation, which I believe are gifts we all possess, regardless of age. I place a strong emphasis on meeting you where you’re at, letting therapy be a process that is on your terms. I invite you to engage in open communication by using curious inquiry and reflective listening. In doing so I offer you, and your loved ones if they’re involved, the time and space to safely explore beliefs and learned behavior that may no longer serve you.
I am a skilled clinician with nearly two decades of experience working with children, teens and adults. At the center of my work, is a focus on nurturing self-awareness, self-compassion and self-regulation, which I believe are gifts we all possess, regardless of age. I place a strong emphasis on meeting you where you’re at, letting therapy be a process that is on your terms. I invite you to engage in open communication by using curious inquiry and reflective listening. In doing so I offer you, and your loved ones if they’re involved, the time and space to safely explore beliefs and learned behavior that may no longer serve you.
(413) 287-8209 View (413) 287-8209
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Lynne C Davis
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMHC, LMFT
Verified
Ware, MA 01082
Not accepting new clients
Psychotherapy is a doorway into new insights & perspectives that can be life changing. We learn how to get beyond our reactions, often shaped by our painful life experiences & create new ways of being in our lives. Therapy can help us see more possibilities & break free from the stuck & painful dilemmas that weigh us down. My practice is informed by spiritual and clinical perspectives. We all want to feel more love, more belonging & more wholeness. We do that by using what comes our way to grow wiser & experience more peace & balance. I work to help people release fear while developing more trust in their own unshakable center.
Psychotherapy is a doorway into new insights & perspectives that can be life changing. We learn how to get beyond our reactions, often shaped by our painful life experiences & create new ways of being in our lives. Therapy can help us see more possibilities & break free from the stuck & painful dilemmas that weigh us down. My practice is informed by spiritual and clinical perspectives. We all want to feel more love, more belonging & more wholeness. We do that by using what comes our way to grow wiser & experience more peace & balance. I work to help people release fear while developing more trust in their own unshakable center.
(413) 299-2492 View (413) 299-2492

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Dr. Andreya Wilde Phd
PhD
Belchertown, MA 01007
WHAT GOOD IS A THERAPY IF YOU CAN'T COMPLETELY TRUST YOUR THERAPIST? CONFIDENTIALITY MUST BE "CARVED IN STONE". There is an illusion of privacy that truly doesn't exist when using insurance for your therapy. Personal details and a "Clinical Diagnosis" labeling you with a MENTAL ILLNESS is entered into permanent files, and can be accessed far more easily than you realize. FOR YOU TO FEEL SAFE & AUTHENTIC IN YOUR THERAPY, I DO NOT TAKE INSURANCE, OR KEEP CLINICAL NOTES & HAVE NO "PAPER TRAIL". What I Do Have is a Deep Devoted Love for this Work, and Great Respect for your Very Personal Choices on Your Life's Journey.
WHAT GOOD IS A THERAPY IF YOU CAN'T COMPLETELY TRUST YOUR THERAPIST? CONFIDENTIALITY MUST BE "CARVED IN STONE". There is an illusion of privacy that truly doesn't exist when using insurance for your therapy. Personal details and a "Clinical Diagnosis" labeling you with a MENTAL ILLNESS is entered into permanent files, and can be accessed far more easily than you realize. FOR YOU TO FEEL SAFE & AUTHENTIC IN YOUR THERAPY, I DO NOT TAKE INSURANCE, OR KEEP CLINICAL NOTES & HAVE NO "PAPER TRAIL". What I Do Have is a Deep Devoted Love for this Work, and Great Respect for your Very Personal Choices on Your Life's Journey.
(413) 216-2079 View (413) 216-2079
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Victoria L North
Counselor, MA, LMHC, NCC
Verified
Belchertown, MA 01007  (Online Only)
Do you ever feel that no matter how hard you try, you just "fail" every time? Do you look at yourself in the mirror with disgust and wonder why you feel so alone? Life is hard without all the challenges that meets us along the way. I am here to walk your journey with you. You are not alone. Together we can meet life's challenges; whether it is a loss of a loved one, nightmares that come from a traumatic event, feelings of loneliness and unworthiness, anxiety, relationship problems, suicidal thoughts and self harming behaviors, brokenness, chronic pain and illness, death and dying. You do not need to journey alone.
Do you ever feel that no matter how hard you try, you just "fail" every time? Do you look at yourself in the mirror with disgust and wonder why you feel so alone? Life is hard without all the challenges that meets us along the way. I am here to walk your journey with you. You are not alone. Together we can meet life's challenges; whether it is a loss of a loved one, nightmares that come from a traumatic event, feelings of loneliness and unworthiness, anxiety, relationship problems, suicidal thoughts and self harming behaviors, brokenness, chronic pain and illness, death and dying. You do not need to journey alone.
(413) 216-4879 View (413) 216-4879
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Dawn Jancaitis
Counselor, LMHC, LPN
Verified
3 Endorsed
Belchertown, MA 01007  (Online Only)
We are all on our own life path. The path isn’t always straight forward. Life doesn’t always go according to plan, sometimes we need a little focus or footing. Life can be difficult to navigate, but together we will work to identify solutions to your detours, hurtles and obstacles so you can regain your footing and get you back on your life’s path.
We are all on our own life path. The path isn’t always straight forward. Life doesn’t always go according to plan, sometimes we need a little focus or footing. Life can be difficult to navigate, but together we will work to identify solutions to your detours, hurtles and obstacles so you can regain your footing and get you back on your life’s path.
(413) 300-6510 View (413) 300-6510
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Jolene Phillips
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified
Belchertown, MA 01007
Searching for a therapist can be one of the most difficult parts of coping, healing, and self-empowerment, because it's the first thing you must do. You must force yourself out of your comfort zone and out of whatever routine you've had before, to take the initiative and embark on a new path. When we're at our best, stepping out of our comfort zones can be daunting; when we're feeling vulnerable, it can seem nearly impossible. No matter what prompted you to take this first step, I'd like to be there for your second.
Searching for a therapist can be one of the most difficult parts of coping, healing, and self-empowerment, because it's the first thing you must do. You must force yourself out of your comfort zone and out of whatever routine you've had before, to take the initiative and embark on a new path. When we're at our best, stepping out of our comfort zones can be daunting; when we're feeling vulnerable, it can seem nearly impossible. No matter what prompted you to take this first step, I'd like to be there for your second.
(413) 424-1524 View (413) 424-1524
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Mary-Alice R Austin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Three Rivers, MA 01080
It has been my privilege to work as a clinical social worker/therapist for over 25 years. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, adults and elders. Each client presents a unique set of needs and strengths.
It has been my privilege to work as a clinical social worker/therapist for over 25 years. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, adults and elders. Each client presents a unique set of needs and strengths.
(413) 338-5582 View (413) 338-5582
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Elizabeth Land
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified
Belchertown, MA 01007
I work with women, men, non-binary people in all life stages facing complex struggles with the multitude of roles they may hold- parent, significant other, worker, family member. Does it seem like despite all all you give, peace of mind and happiness seems to allude you? Anxiety, depression, overwhelming frustration, perhaps even a tendency to numb the pain in unhealthy ways, all of it is crippling and inexplicable. Do you know how this feels? Are you ready to face these challenges and learn a better way to do this thing called life?
I work with women, men, non-binary people in all life stages facing complex struggles with the multitude of roles they may hold- parent, significant other, worker, family member. Does it seem like despite all all you give, peace of mind and happiness seems to allude you? Anxiety, depression, overwhelming frustration, perhaps even a tendency to numb the pain in unhealthy ways, all of it is crippling and inexplicable. Do you know how this feels? Are you ready to face these challenges and learn a better way to do this thing called life?
(413) 267-6684 View (413) 267-6684
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Traccie Hillion
Counselor, MA, CAGS, LMHC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Belchertown, MA 01007
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and have over thirty years of clinical experience working in various settings. I am genuinely interested in learning about what is important to my clients and starting where they are at. I have a long history of working in both the individual and family services industry and am skilled in working with all ages. I have specialized trainings in trauma therapies, including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy), and in grief & bereavement.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and have over thirty years of clinical experience working in various settings. I am genuinely interested in learning about what is important to my clients and starting where they are at. I have a long history of working in both the individual and family services industry and am skilled in working with all ages. I have specialized trainings in trauma therapies, including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy), and in grief & bereavement.
(413) 213-3961 View (413) 213-3961
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Sarah Teitelbaum
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Belchertown, MA 01007
My role as a psychologist is to help you learn, get unstuck, and take control in your life. By creating a safe, nonjudgmental space, I hope to encourage your sense of connection, empowerment, and insight as we address your concerns. I believe the quality of the therapist-client relationship is the most important foundation of good therapy, and I work collaboratively with clients using several approaches, including CBT, ACT, and mindfulness-based psychotherapy.
My role as a psychologist is to help you learn, get unstuck, and take control in your life. By creating a safe, nonjudgmental space, I hope to encourage your sense of connection, empowerment, and insight as we address your concerns. I believe the quality of the therapist-client relationship is the most important foundation of good therapy, and I work collaboratively with clients using several approaches, including CBT, ACT, and mindfulness-based psychotherapy.
(413) 258-8349 View (413) 258-8349
Jessica Burgess Wise
Counselor, LMHC, LADC
Verified
Belchertown, MA 01007
Finding a good therapist who fits your style and needs is difficult. Therapy is a process built on a good client/therapist connection. I have an easy going, calm approach to therapy that meets the client wherever they are at. Therapy with me is a combination of talking and listening. We take turns. Sometimes I have openings, sometimes not. Leave a message. If you don't hear from me within a few days, I likely am not taking new clients at this time. I love being a therapist, while trying to balance work and other parts of my life.
Finding a good therapist who fits your style and needs is difficult. Therapy is a process built on a good client/therapist connection. I have an easy going, calm approach to therapy that meets the client wherever they are at. Therapy with me is a combination of talking and listening. We take turns. Sometimes I have openings, sometimes not. Leave a message. If you don't hear from me within a few days, I likely am not taking new clients at this time. I love being a therapist, while trying to balance work and other parts of my life.
(413) 324-8958 View (413) 324-8958
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Robert Zucker
MA, FT
Belchertown, MA 01007
Has your loss been life-changing - perhaps deeply disorienting? Are friends and family expecting you to get over it, but you simply can't? I have been a grief counselor for over 25 years, and have worked with all sort of loss issues. While grief can be crazy-making and terribly painful, I know that with grace and in time, you can discover safe, effective ways of moving through your grief and learn to live well again.
Has your loss been life-changing - perhaps deeply disorienting? Are friends and family expecting you to get over it, but you simply can't? I have been a grief counselor for over 25 years, and have worked with all sort of loss issues. While grief can be crazy-making and terribly painful, I know that with grace and in time, you can discover safe, effective ways of moving through your grief and learn to live well again.
(413) 650-6264 View (413) 650-6264
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Jean Lukens, LICSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, BCD
Verified
Belchertown, MA 01007
Waitlist for new clients
My favorite kinds of conversations are about feelings and perceptions. If you work with me you will be encouraged to settle and stay with those feelings and perceptions that feel true to you. Within the comfort of a safe therapeutic relationship, we will follow your inner leadings. Sometimes therapy can be deeply sobering. But in every instance, as illusions fall aside we rediscover the joy and vitality that comes with clarity. I strive to provide a warm, accepting and nurturing curiosity within which clients can feel safe to explore their leadings and concerns and thereby regain their confidence.
My favorite kinds of conversations are about feelings and perceptions. If you work with me you will be encouraged to settle and stay with those feelings and perceptions that feel true to you. Within the comfort of a safe therapeutic relationship, we will follow your inner leadings. Sometimes therapy can be deeply sobering. But in every instance, as illusions fall aside we rediscover the joy and vitality that comes with clarity. I strive to provide a warm, accepting and nurturing curiosity within which clients can feel safe to explore their leadings and concerns and thereby regain their confidence.
(413) 241-7614 View (413) 241-7614
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Konnie Fox
Counselor, MA, LMHC, BCC
Verified
Belchertown, MA 01007  (Online Only)
As a life coach and therapist our work together is about having focused, intentional conversations. The intention is an agreement between us to create a specific journey together to reach your goal. The goal can be anything you wish to move toward in your life. It could be about getting more of what you want in your relationships from partnering to parenting, goals for work or school etc., or more peace, confidence, purpose and direction for your life’s path.
As a life coach and therapist our work together is about having focused, intentional conversations. The intention is an agreement between us to create a specific journey together to reach your goal. The goal can be anything you wish to move toward in your life. It could be about getting more of what you want in your relationships from partnering to parenting, goals for work or school etc., or more peace, confidence, purpose and direction for your life’s path.
(413) 320-4025 View (413) 320-4025
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Paul Harris Sandman
Counselor, EdD, LMHC
Verified
Belchertown, MA 01007
My ideal clients are interested in improving their self awareness of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I treat any of the following issues: depression, anxiety, anger, substance abuse, relationship issues, sexual behaviors, trauma, domestic violence, low self-esteem, eating disorders, attention deficit difficulties, autism, schizophrenia, stress management, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, child behavior and attitude problems, school behavior, low motivation, weight loss, quitting smoking, grief and loss of a loved one, divorce, parenting issues, co-dependency, pain management, social skills development, bi-polar disorder, abusive family situations, work problems, shame/inappropriate guilt, and negative thinking but treat many more issues.
My ideal clients are interested in improving their self awareness of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I treat any of the following issues: depression, anxiety, anger, substance abuse, relationship issues, sexual behaviors, trauma, domestic violence, low self-esteem, eating disorders, attention deficit difficulties, autism, schizophrenia, stress management, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, child behavior and attitude problems, school behavior, low motivation, weight loss, quitting smoking, grief and loss of a loved one, divorce, parenting issues, co-dependency, pain management, social skills development, bi-polar disorder, abusive family situations, work problems, shame/inappropriate guilt, and negative thinking but treat many more issues.
(774) 768-0617 View (774) 768-0617
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Shelly Johnson Gottsegen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
Belchertown, MA 01007
My approach to treatment is grounded in the understanding that psychotherapy is a healing art that can provide deep transformation and symptom relief. I offer a holistic approach to mental health treatment because I understand the importance of the mind/body connection. I employ a variety of techniques within a psychodynamic framework. I strive to create a safe therapeutic environment so that clients can explore their inner worlds to reveal the psychological conflicts that interfere with their goals and ultimately their pursuit of happiness.
My approach to treatment is grounded in the understanding that psychotherapy is a healing art that can provide deep transformation and symptom relief. I offer a holistic approach to mental health treatment because I understand the importance of the mind/body connection. I employ a variety of techniques within a psychodynamic framework. I strive to create a safe therapeutic environment so that clients can explore their inner worlds to reveal the psychological conflicts that interfere with their goals and ultimately their pursuit of happiness.
(413) 337-1910 View (413) 337-1910
Lee Paddy (Female)
Counselor, EdD, LMHC, LMFT
Verified
Belchertown, MA 01007
My 30+ years of experience have shown me that learning, change and healing are possible. Therapy is a process of learning about yourself, accessing your feelings and beliefs and gaining clarity. Therapy can assist you in breaking through limitations that can block growth and your capacity for intimacy. Therapy often involves healing from old wounds and trying out new ways of coping and responding to life's demands. I work with individuals, couples and families. I also have specialization in stress management, communication, recovery from addictions and other compulsions. We work together to find out what will work for you.
My 30+ years of experience have shown me that learning, change and healing are possible. Therapy is a process of learning about yourself, accessing your feelings and beliefs and gaining clarity. Therapy can assist you in breaking through limitations that can block growth and your capacity for intimacy. Therapy often involves healing from old wounds and trying out new ways of coping and responding to life's demands. I work with individuals, couples and families. I also have specialization in stress management, communication, recovery from addictions and other compulsions. We work together to find out what will work for you.
(413) 251-1556 View (413) 251-1556
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Tarn C Martin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
Belchertown, MA 01007
Tarn was adopted and raised in Southern Vermont on a farm. She has always loved helping others so the decision to become a therapist came easy. She first attended Community College in Vermont before continuing on to earn a BA in Sociology from Smith College in Northampton, MA. Tarn then attended the Smith College School for Social Work where she earned a Masters in Social Work (MSW). She has since worked in a variety of positions throughout her career which have assisted her in becoming an eclectic therapist with a wealth of knowledge in several facets of social work and life.
Tarn was adopted and raised in Southern Vermont on a farm. She has always loved helping others so the decision to become a therapist came easy. She first attended Community College in Vermont before continuing on to earn a BA in Sociology from Smith College in Northampton, MA. Tarn then attended the Smith College School for Social Work where she earned a Masters in Social Work (MSW). She has since worked in a variety of positions throughout her career which have assisted her in becoming an eclectic therapist with a wealth of knowledge in several facets of social work and life.
(413) 384-5362 View (413) 384-5362

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Ware, MA

< 10

Therapists in Ware, MA who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Coping Skills
100% Self Esteem
75% Grief

Average years in practice

39 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Beacon Health Options | Carelon
75% Harvard Pilgrim

How Therapists in Ware, MA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Ware?

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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.