Therapists in Wellesley Hills, MA

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Evan Waldheter
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
I am a licensed clinical psychologist, offering individual psychotherapy to adults who may find themselves stuck, dissatisfied, or overwhelmed. I view therapy as a collaborative and active process, with the aims of better understanding one's distress and interpersonal difficulties, and improving one's quality of life. I am committed to helping my clients live more meaningful and authentic lives. I am skilled in the use of empirically supported treatments for psychological problems and I employ these strategies flexibly, with the goal of tailoring each client's treatment to his/her/their individual concerns and unique history.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist, offering individual psychotherapy to adults who may find themselves stuck, dissatisfied, or overwhelmed. I view therapy as a collaborative and active process, with the aims of better understanding one's distress and interpersonal difficulties, and improving one's quality of life. I am committed to helping my clients live more meaningful and authentic lives. I am skilled in the use of empirically supported treatments for psychological problems and I employ these strategies flexibly, with the goal of tailoring each client's treatment to his/her/their individual concerns and unique history.
(781) 574-8095 View (781) 574-8095
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Debbie Schwartz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481  (Online Only)
Welcome to my practice! Are you looking for change? Whether you are seeking help with a major transition or ways to manage the problems of every day life, choosing the right therapist is a very important decision. I provide high quality, compassionate, and confidential care. Finding a therapist for the first time can be a challenging and sometimes intimidating process. I would be pleased to consult with you over the phone at no charge to see if my services are a good fit for what you are experiencing.
Welcome to my practice! Are you looking for change? Whether you are seeking help with a major transition or ways to manage the problems of every day life, choosing the right therapist is a very important decision. I provide high quality, compassionate, and confidential care. Finding a therapist for the first time can be a challenging and sometimes intimidating process. I would be pleased to consult with you over the phone at no charge to see if my services are a good fit for what you are experiencing.
(508) 669-3575 View (508) 669-3575
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Shiri Kessel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
Sometimes life throws us curveballs, and we might feel stressed, overloaded, or struggle to make decisions. You might be struggling with anxiety, stress, depression, low self-esteem, unhealthy relationship patterns, major life decisions, professional and academic performance, or parenting issues. These challenges might be keeping you up at night or are interfering with your peace of mind. As a therapist, my primary goal is to provide a safe, confidential, and nonjudgmental environment for my clients, to explore their thoughts and feelings.
Sometimes life throws us curveballs, and we might feel stressed, overloaded, or struggle to make decisions. You might be struggling with anxiety, stress, depression, low self-esteem, unhealthy relationship patterns, major life decisions, professional and academic performance, or parenting issues. These challenges might be keeping you up at night or are interfering with your peace of mind. As a therapist, my primary goal is to provide a safe, confidential, and nonjudgmental environment for my clients, to explore their thoughts and feelings.
(857) 453-8522 View (857) 453-8522
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Christine E. Kowalcky
Psychologist, PsyD, MA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481  (Online Only)
Our lives consist of welcome routines and happy memories, turning points and challenges. Sometimes it is painfully difficult. Perhaps you have experienced the loss of a dream or a loved one, or been unable to move past a traumatic event. Maybe life feels like a daily rut, void of meaning or joy. Even in the company of people who care about us we can feel alone, sad or overwhelmed. The good news is we can find connection, experience change and move through pain and struggle to a place of greater freedom and happiness.
Our lives consist of welcome routines and happy memories, turning points and challenges. Sometimes it is painfully difficult. Perhaps you have experienced the loss of a dream or a loved one, or been unable to move past a traumatic event. Maybe life feels like a daily rut, void of meaning or joy. Even in the company of people who care about us we can feel alone, sad or overwhelmed. The good news is we can find connection, experience change and move through pain and struggle to a place of greater freedom and happiness.
(781) 990-0518 View (781) 990-0518
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Leslie Scheel
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
In therapy, I provide individuals with the space to process the challenges they are facing and help them to identify and change the barriers impeding growth (unhelpful thinking styles, behaviors, relationship patterns, etc). I utilize interventions from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy, and offer flexibility to meet people where they are and address individual needs. In my practice, I currently work with adolescents (13-17) and adults (18-60) and my overall goal for family therapy is to improve communication, understanding, and connection between family members.
In therapy, I provide individuals with the space to process the challenges they are facing and help them to identify and change the barriers impeding growth (unhelpful thinking styles, behaviors, relationship patterns, etc). I utilize interventions from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy, and offer flexibility to meet people where they are and address individual needs. In my practice, I currently work with adolescents (13-17) and adults (18-60) and my overall goal for family therapy is to improve communication, understanding, and connection between family members.
(617) 404-2683 View (617) 404-2683
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Kimberly N Dziama
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
Seeking help is a sign of personal strength and courage. I work with clients who are struggling with a range of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, marital conflict, relationship difficulties and self esteem issues. My goal is to help clients with life challenges that interfere with their happiness and well-being.
Seeking help is a sign of personal strength and courage. I work with clients who are struggling with a range of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, marital conflict, relationship difficulties and self esteem issues. My goal is to help clients with life challenges that interfere with their happiness and well-being.
(781) 546-4303 View (781) 546-4303
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Dr. Mitch Abblett
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
As a Boston-area psychologist for over 15 years, I focus on mindfulness-based work with teens, parents, families with whom I facilitate healthy change and growth. I have clinical experience from various settings (hospitals, outpatient clinics, residential facilities & therapeutic schools). For over a decade, I served as the Clinical Director of the Manville School at Judge Baker Children's Center in Boston - a Harvard-affiliated therapeutic school program for kids with emotional, behavioral and learning difficulties. I also recently served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy (IMP) in Boston.
As a Boston-area psychologist for over 15 years, I focus on mindfulness-based work with teens, parents, families with whom I facilitate healthy change and growth. I have clinical experience from various settings (hospitals, outpatient clinics, residential facilities & therapeutic schools). For over a decade, I served as the Clinical Director of the Manville School at Judge Baker Children's Center in Boston - a Harvard-affiliated therapeutic school program for kids with emotional, behavioral and learning difficulties. I also recently served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy (IMP) in Boston.
(774) 237-2098 View (774) 237-2098
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Cara Colgate
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
Not accepting new clients
When people feel better, they do better.  This is true for children, adults and couples.  And in families, when one person is doing better, everyone is better. You may be feeling overwhelmed or dissatisfied at home, school, work, or in an important relationship. You may be feeling like your life is not going how you had hoped or expected. Your child or teen may be struggling at home or school.  If you're a parent supporting a kid or partner who is struggling, you probably feel lonely, frustrated and discouraged. These are some of the difficulties that bring people to my office.
When people feel better, they do better.  This is true for children, adults and couples.  And in families, when one person is doing better, everyone is better. You may be feeling overwhelmed or dissatisfied at home, school, work, or in an important relationship. You may be feeling like your life is not going how you had hoped or expected. Your child or teen may be struggling at home or school.  If you're a parent supporting a kid or partner who is struggling, you probably feel lonely, frustrated and discouraged. These are some of the difficulties that bring people to my office.
(781) 705-7302 View (781) 705-7302
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Kate Monaghan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSS, LCSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
You are brave for being here. You have done your best as a parent, and yet your child is still struggling. It hurts to see them beating themselves down, and selling themselves short when you know who they are at their best. You've heard them say "I'm not good enough," "no one understands me," or "things would be better if I weren't here." Maybe they've turned to self harm to manage their emotions. You want to protect them, help them heal, and show them the beauty you see when you look at them.
You are brave for being here. You have done your best as a parent, and yet your child is still struggling. It hurts to see them beating themselves down, and selling themselves short when you know who they are at their best. You've heard them say "I'm not good enough," "no one understands me," or "things would be better if I weren't here." Maybe they've turned to self harm to manage their emotions. You want to protect them, help them heal, and show them the beauty you see when you look at them.
(267) 633-8968 View (267) 633-8968
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Melissa Crawford
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
My therapeutic approach is warm, collaborative and solution-focused. I incorporate mindfulness techniques to increase awareness of harmful thoughts and behaviors, and skill building exercises to increase emotion regulation, resilience, and psychological flexibility. I hold an advanced certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) from Boston University and have extensive training in mindfulness-based therapies.
My therapeutic approach is warm, collaborative and solution-focused. I incorporate mindfulness techniques to increase awareness of harmful thoughts and behaviors, and skill building exercises to increase emotion regulation, resilience, and psychological flexibility. I hold an advanced certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) from Boston University and have extensive training in mindfulness-based therapies.
(781) 859-0243 View (781) 859-0243
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Nancy J Johnson
Counselor, LMHC, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
Relational Life Therapist. Cross cultural therapist. I help couples (and other dyads) get to the source of their issues and learn how to create the relationship they long for. Some dyads that see me may be on the brink of relationship rupture and dissolution. Some may be stuck having the same arguments with the same lack of progress and feel like Sisyphus with his boulder. Some may be ahead of the game and seek therapy before they ruin a good thing. All of them want to learn healthy relationship habits that stick. The individual clients I see often struggle with spiritual questions, self acceptance, and/or relationships.
Relational Life Therapist. Cross cultural therapist. I help couples (and other dyads) get to the source of their issues and learn how to create the relationship they long for. Some dyads that see me may be on the brink of relationship rupture and dissolution. Some may be stuck having the same arguments with the same lack of progress and feel like Sisyphus with his boulder. Some may be ahead of the game and seek therapy before they ruin a good thing. All of them want to learn healthy relationship habits that stick. The individual clients I see often struggle with spiritual questions, self acceptance, and/or relationships.
(339) 309-2604 View (339) 309-2604
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Sarah Lin
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
Not accepting new clients
Note: my practice is full at this time. I provide psychotherapy to adults 18+ and my approach is to balance warmth and humor with feedback and direction. I often work with individuals experiencing anxiety, loneliness, relationship struggles, and transitions. Young adults in college or graduate school are an age with whom I have extensive experience. Parenting children with special needs, and cross racial intimate relationships, are specialties as well. Regardless of what brings you here, my goal is for you to feel understood and accepted as you are today, while hopeful about the changes you seek.
Note: my practice is full at this time. I provide psychotherapy to adults 18+ and my approach is to balance warmth and humor with feedback and direction. I often work with individuals experiencing anxiety, loneliness, relationship struggles, and transitions. Young adults in college or graduate school are an age with whom I have extensive experience. Parenting children with special needs, and cross racial intimate relationships, are specialties as well. Regardless of what brings you here, my goal is for you to feel understood and accepted as you are today, while hopeful about the changes you seek.
(781) 230-6778 View (781) 230-6778
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Youngmi Seo
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
Not accepting new clients
Thank you for your interest in my page. As a licensed mental health clinician, I have worked within a variety of settings with clients from all different backgrounds in terms of race, ethnicity, age, education, and socioeconomic status. My goal as a therapist is to help you face your challenges with grace and dignity, gain clarity into your problems, and strengthen your mental and emotional health. With me, you will be able to explore and process your issues in a non-judgmental and safe environment, and foster growth through increased inner awareness and perspective taking.
Thank you for your interest in my page. As a licensed mental health clinician, I have worked within a variety of settings with clients from all different backgrounds in terms of race, ethnicity, age, education, and socioeconomic status. My goal as a therapist is to help you face your challenges with grace and dignity, gain clarity into your problems, and strengthen your mental and emotional health. With me, you will be able to explore and process your issues in a non-judgmental and safe environment, and foster growth through increased inner awareness and perspective taking.
(617) 934-1646 View (617) 934-1646
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Robert R Tella
Psychologist, EdD
Verified Verified
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
Dr. Robert Tella is a Clinical Licensed Psychologist and Certified Massachusetts Health Service Provider. He has worked in the field of mental health for over thirty years, twenty-four of which have been in his private practice of clinical and consulting psychology in Wellesley, Massachusetts. His background experience is extensive, encompassing inpatient and outpatient work at various Boston-area hospitals, serving children and adults, in addition to supervising and training of graduate students and interns.
Dr. Robert Tella is a Clinical Licensed Psychologist and Certified Massachusetts Health Service Provider. He has worked in the field of mental health for over thirty years, twenty-four of which have been in his private practice of clinical and consulting psychology in Wellesley, Massachusetts. His background experience is extensive, encompassing inpatient and outpatient work at various Boston-area hospitals, serving children and adults, in addition to supervising and training of graduate students and interns.
(781) 328-2938 View (781) 328-2938
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Jamie Bruce
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, ACSW, LCSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
Jamie Bruce provides individual and family therapy, specializing in working with pre-teens, adolescents, young adults and women of all ages. Jamie also enjoys working with the older population and has worked specifically with these individuals who have chronic illnesses, their family members, and any mental health issues that may arise from chronic pain and medical diagnoses. Jamie is also a Certified Grief Counseling Specialist. Jamie has over 3 decades of experience and has fine-tuned her skills as an empathetic listener who is able to help individuals and families struggling with a wide range of difficulties.
Jamie Bruce provides individual and family therapy, specializing in working with pre-teens, adolescents, young adults and women of all ages. Jamie also enjoys working with the older population and has worked specifically with these individuals who have chronic illnesses, their family members, and any mental health issues that may arise from chronic pain and medical diagnoses. Jamie is also a Certified Grief Counseling Specialist. Jamie has over 3 decades of experience and has fine-tuned her skills as an empathetic listener who is able to help individuals and families struggling with a wide range of difficulties.
(781) 630-7259 View (781) 630-7259
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Donna Cvitkovich
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
I am a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts with nearly a decade of clinical experience working with a range of people who have complicated backgrounds and experiences, including trauma. I counsel adults, couples, parents, families, pre-teens, adolescents and veterans. At its core, my style is warm and empathic. I will also take an active and engaged stance in order to challenge my clients' limiting beliefs. Ultimately, I focus on helping clients alleviate their pain and suffering so they can find their potential and live life fully.
I am a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts with nearly a decade of clinical experience working with a range of people who have complicated backgrounds and experiences, including trauma. I counsel adults, couples, parents, families, pre-teens, adolescents and veterans. At its core, my style is warm and empathic. I will also take an active and engaged stance in order to challenge my clients' limiting beliefs. Ultimately, I focus on helping clients alleviate their pain and suffering so they can find their potential and live life fully.
(781) 235-4950 View (781) 235-4950
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Karen Silver
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
I work well with with adolescents, young adults, and adults struggling with a wide range of issues including social and generalized anxiety, OCD, panic, depression, self-esteem and emotion-regulation. I also enjoy working with individuals going through significant life transitions, such as adjustment to college, parenting, or divorce.
I work well with with adolescents, young adults, and adults struggling with a wide range of issues including social and generalized anxiety, OCD, panic, depression, self-esteem and emotion-regulation. I also enjoy working with individuals going through significant life transitions, such as adjustment to college, parenting, or divorce.
(781) 549-9757 View (781) 549-9757
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Heidi Wells
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
Not accepting new clients
Are you struggling with narcissistic abuse, sexual trauma or issues related to divorce? These are my specialty. My style incorporates several techniques. I’m influenced by positive psychology, body-based therapy, and relational therapies. Focusing on self-love is crucial for all issues! My goal is to assure that you feel supported and that you have tools to help you between our sessions. There are skills that you can incorporate into your daily life to help with all this. Let’s do that together!
Are you struggling with narcissistic abuse, sexual trauma or issues related to divorce? These are my specialty. My style incorporates several techniques. I’m influenced by positive psychology, body-based therapy, and relational therapies. Focusing on self-love is crucial for all issues! My goal is to assure that you feel supported and that you have tools to help you between our sessions. There are skills that you can incorporate into your daily life to help with all this. Let’s do that together!
(207) 747-3966 View (207) 747-3966
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Lisa A Gray
Counselor, MEd, LMHC
Verified Verified
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts & Rhode Island. I work with adults, couples, children, teens and their families. My approach is unique in that it involves individual self exploration, discovery rather than diagnosis and treatment plans with a focus on overall well-being and improved mental health functioning. My work is based on relationship building which always begins with the client's relationship with self. My work with children, teens has a strong family component, my work with couples begins as individual work since evaluating and supporting each partner's mental wellbeing is of equal importance.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts & Rhode Island. I work with adults, couples, children, teens and their families. My approach is unique in that it involves individual self exploration, discovery rather than diagnosis and treatment plans with a focus on overall well-being and improved mental health functioning. My work is based on relationship building which always begins with the client's relationship with self. My work with children, teens has a strong family component, my work with couples begins as individual work since evaluating and supporting each partner's mental wellbeing is of equal importance.
(508) 640-7847 View (508) 640-7847
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Paige Keefe, MA, Therapist
MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
Are you looking to unlock your potential and overcome obstacles that are holding you back from living authentically? As a compassionate therapist, I specialize in connecting deeply with my clients to help them set meaningful goals and navigate the challenges that prevent them from showing up as their true selves.
Are you looking to unlock your potential and overcome obstacles that are holding you back from living authentically? As a compassionate therapist, I specialize in connecting deeply with my clients to help them set meaningful goals and navigate the challenges that prevent them from showing up as their true selves.
(339) 500-7861 View (339) 500-7861

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Number of Therapists in Wellesley Hills, MA

30+

Average cost per session

$200

Therapists in Wellesley Hills, MA who prioritize treating:

86% Anxiety
81% Depression
78% Relationship Issues
70% Self Esteem
62% Trauma and PTSD
62% Family Conflict
62% Women's Issues

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

82% BlueCross and BlueShield
41% Aetna
41% Harvard Pilgrim

How Therapists in Wellesley Hills, MA see their clients

55% In Person and Online
45% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Wellesley Hills?

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.