Therapists in Gibson Island, MD

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Lori Simmons
Marriage & Family Therapist, LCMFT, DBT-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Gibson Island, MD 21056  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
If you are seeking therapy, you’ve already been working so hard! A unique approach with concrete, directive interventions may be just what you’ve been looking for! I conduct individual and couples sessions, offer extended couples sessions and an intensive weekend option to expedite progress. This work emphasizes connection, alignment with values, forgiveness, acceptance, compassion, and living peacefully in the moment with a healthy sense of self. I can often help people who have been unsuccessful with therapy in the past, have had a return of symptoms after repeated therapy, or are reluctant to engage in the therapeutic process.
If you are seeking therapy, you’ve already been working so hard! A unique approach with concrete, directive interventions may be just what you’ve been looking for! I conduct individual and couples sessions, offer extended couples sessions and an intensive weekend option to expedite progress. This work emphasizes connection, alignment with values, forgiveness, acceptance, compassion, and living peacefully in the moment with a healthy sense of self. I can often help people who have been unsuccessful with therapy in the past, have had a return of symptoms after repeated therapy, or are reluctant to engage in the therapeutic process.
(410) 680-3541 View (410) 680-3541
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Therapeutic Healing Journey, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Gibson Island, MD 21056  (Online Only)
I believe that there is no "perfect therapy" for everyone. I feel that using an eclectic approach drawing from different therapeutic approaches based on the needs of the individuals is the best way to help them through whatever is facing them at that moment.I believe that therapy is fluid not straight forward. I work with each individual by meeting them where they are and helping guide them in the direction they want to go based upon what they are sharing in sessions. No one knows your issues or how to fix them better than you do; I just want to help you along your journey to healing.
I believe that there is no "perfect therapy" for everyone. I feel that using an eclectic approach drawing from different therapeutic approaches based on the needs of the individuals is the best way to help them through whatever is facing them at that moment.I believe that therapy is fluid not straight forward. I work with each individual by meeting them where they are and helping guide them in the direction they want to go based upon what they are sharing in sessions. No one knows your issues or how to fix them better than you do; I just want to help you along your journey to healing.
(240) 596-9168 View (240) 596-9168
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Devin Kiessling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LSW
Verified Verified
Gibson Island, MD 21056
Devin Kiessling is a Licensed Certified Social Worker Clinical (LCSW-C). He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work where he received his Master of Social Work with a clinical concentration in behavioral health. During his time at UMB, he completed two internships, the second of which was an international placement where he lived, interned, and studied in Kochi, Kerala, India. Devin has experience working with children and adolescents with multiple issues including behavioral problems such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma, and stress related disorders.
Devin Kiessling is a Licensed Certified Social Worker Clinical (LCSW-C). He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work where he received his Master of Social Work with a clinical concentration in behavioral health. During his time at UMB, he completed two internships, the second of which was an international placement where he lived, interned, and studied in Kochi, Kerala, India. Devin has experience working with children and adolescents with multiple issues including behavioral problems such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma, and stress related disorders.
(443) 233-0831 View (443) 233-0831
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Timothy Griffith
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Gibson Island, MD 21056
Timothy Griffith, LCSW-C is a licensed clinical social worker. He has a wide range of experience in the delivery and administration of human services, including social services, behavioral health, aging and disabilities, public health, and juvenile justice. He received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and he has also completed a variety of post-master’s clinical social work courses, as well as a certificate in substance use counseling.
Timothy Griffith, LCSW-C is a licensed clinical social worker. He has a wide range of experience in the delivery and administration of human services, including social services, behavioral health, aging and disabilities, public health, and juvenile justice. He received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and he has also completed a variety of post-master’s clinical social work courses, as well as a certificate in substance use counseling.
(443) 665-0228 View (443) 665-0228
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Merve Saglam
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Gibson Island, MD 21056
Do you feel overwhelmed by stress or anxiety? Are you finding it hard to navigate life changes? Do you often try to achieve perfection only to feel stuck and unfulfilled? Or maybe you're struggling with disordered eating patterns that negatively impact your well-being, relationships, and self-esteemAs an experienced licensed psychotherapist with over 15 years of experience, I specialize in helping individuals overcome such challenges.
Do you feel overwhelmed by stress or anxiety? Are you finding it hard to navigate life changes? Do you often try to achieve perfection only to feel stuck and unfulfilled? Or maybe you're struggling with disordered eating patterns that negatively impact your well-being, relationships, and self-esteemAs an experienced licensed psychotherapist with over 15 years of experience, I specialize in helping individuals overcome such challenges.
(301) 678-1262 View (301) 678-1262
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Anna Batyan
Counselor, LGPC, LPC-R
Verified Verified
Gibson Island, MD 21056
Anna Batyan is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor in Maryland who has been practicing since 2019. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, both of which she completed with excellence at George Mason University. Anna brings a wealth of experience in working at different levels of care with diverse populations struggling with a range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, substance use, eating disorders, OCD, ADD/ADHD, and co-occurring diagnosis.
Anna Batyan is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor in Maryland who has been practicing since 2019. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, both of which she completed with excellence at George Mason University. Anna brings a wealth of experience in working at different levels of care with diverse populations struggling with a range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, substance use, eating disorders, OCD, ADD/ADHD, and co-occurring diagnosis.
(443) 360-3920 View (443) 360-3920
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Anthony Wolff
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Gibson Island, MD 21056
Anthony B. Wolff, a licensed psychologist, earned his degree from McGill University. He also holds a Master of Science in Computer Systems, and has worked as a professional musician. Dr. Wolff is on the medical staff of Anne Arundel Medical Center and was formerly a consulting psychologist with Pathways Chemical Dependency Program. He previously was a Research Scientist at Gallaudet University, Project Director for Children’s Services in the New York State Office of Mental Health, Chief Psychologist at the Albany County (NY) Mental Health Clinic, and adjunct faculty member at the State University of New York at Albany.
Anthony B. Wolff, a licensed psychologist, earned his degree from McGill University. He also holds a Master of Science in Computer Systems, and has worked as a professional musician. Dr. Wolff is on the medical staff of Anne Arundel Medical Center and was formerly a consulting psychologist with Pathways Chemical Dependency Program. He previously was a Research Scientist at Gallaudet University, Project Director for Children’s Services in the New York State Office of Mental Health, Chief Psychologist at the Albany County (NY) Mental Health Clinic, and adjunct faculty member at the State University of New York at Albany.
(443) 290-5580 View (443) 290-5580
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Kelini Coker
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Gibson Island, MD 21056
Kelini Coker is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland who has been practicing since 2018. She received her Bachelor's in Psychology and her Master's in Community Counseling at McDaniel College, where she cultivated her passion for serving others. Kelini moves at the client's pace, listens attentively, and makes sure the client feels comfortable to be themselves in order to best address therapy goals. Her heart's work is helping clients to navigate challenges due to life-event transitions, family of origin struggles, trauma, depression, anxiety, and identity formation.
Kelini Coker is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland who has been practicing since 2018. She received her Bachelor's in Psychology and her Master's in Community Counseling at McDaniel College, where she cultivated her passion for serving others. Kelini moves at the client's pace, listens attentively, and makes sure the client feels comfortable to be themselves in order to best address therapy goals. Her heart's work is helping clients to navigate challenges due to life-event transitions, family of origin struggles, trauma, depression, anxiety, and identity formation.
(443) 406-4021 View (443) 406-4021
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Intercultural Counseling and Neurodiveristy(ICAN)
Licensed Master Social Worker, DMFT, DHA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gibson Island, MD 21056  (Online Only)
Congratulations on taking the first step to a new beginning. ICAN offers counseling and coaching services, individual, marriage, and couples' therapy across the globe. Meetings are personalized and designed to support narcissistic abuse victims, clients with relationship and behavioral challenges, ADHD, and autism. As neurodivergent specialists, we would love to assist you during your transition from the life you have now to the life you want. ICAN specialists are passionate about helping clients maximize their healing journey by addressing problems caused by abuse, anxiety, depression, stress, and trauma.
Congratulations on taking the first step to a new beginning. ICAN offers counseling and coaching services, individual, marriage, and couples' therapy across the globe. Meetings are personalized and designed to support narcissistic abuse victims, clients with relationship and behavioral challenges, ADHD, and autism. As neurodivergent specialists, we would love to assist you during your transition from the life you have now to the life you want. ICAN specialists are passionate about helping clients maximize their healing journey by addressing problems caused by abuse, anxiety, depression, stress, and trauma.
(239) 388-7332 View (239) 388-7332
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Patricia Browne
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Gibson Island, MD 21056
Patricia Browne, LCSW Patricia Browne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Florida who has been practicing since 2012. She holds an MSW, LCSW, BSN, RN and BSW. Patricia has experience in MST, Trauma, Military, GAD, and depressive symptoms. In her free time, Patricia enjoys travel, family, art, music, and DIY projects.
Patricia Browne, LCSW Patricia Browne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Florida who has been practicing since 2012. She holds an MSW, LCSW, BSN, RN and BSW. Patricia has experience in MST, Trauma, Military, GAD, and depressive symptoms. In her free time, Patricia enjoys travel, family, art, music, and DIY projects.
(443) 448-8822 View (443) 448-8822
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Heather Knox
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Gibson Island, MD 21056
Heather Knox is a Licensed Certified Social Worker Clinical in Maryland who has been practicing since 1996. She graduated from the Florida State University School of Social Work. When working with clients, Heather likes to start where they are, and where they feel they need the most help. Heather combines her empathic listening skills with her ability to help her clients create solutions to the issues that may be blocking their ability to enjoy life to their fullest potential. In her free time, Heather enjoys being with her family, listening to music, reading, watching movies, and playing with her cats and dogs.
Heather Knox is a Licensed Certified Social Worker Clinical in Maryland who has been practicing since 1996. She graduated from the Florida State University School of Social Work. When working with clients, Heather likes to start where they are, and where they feel they need the most help. Heather combines her empathic listening skills with her ability to help her clients create solutions to the issues that may be blocking their ability to enjoy life to their fullest potential. In her free time, Heather enjoys being with her family, listening to music, reading, watching movies, and playing with her cats and dogs.
(443) 272-4852 View (443) 272-4852
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Scott Smith
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Gibson Island, MD 21056
Dr Scott Smith, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with over 25 years experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. He is a native of Severna Park and attended local schools. While at Severna Park High School he graduated with honors, captained the football team and was recognized by the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete. Dr. Smith attended college at Washington and Lee University where he majored in psychology and minored in journalism. He was captain of the football team, awarded an ROTC scholarship, and selected as the Outstanding Psychology Student his senior year.
Dr Scott Smith, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with over 25 years experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. He is a native of Severna Park and attended local schools. While at Severna Park High School he graduated with honors, captained the football team and was recognized by the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete. Dr. Smith attended college at Washington and Lee University where he majored in psychology and minored in journalism. He was captain of the football team, awarded an ROTC scholarship, and selected as the Outstanding Psychology Student his senior year.
(443) 323-1683 View (443) 323-1683
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Laurie Scheidle
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Gibson Island, MD 21056
Laurie has been practicing as a licensed clinical psychologist since 2011. Over the years she has learned that each individual she has had the honor to serve has been just that “ an individual, unlike any other. There is no cookie cutter approach to psychotherapy. The therapeutic services she provides is catered to each person, based on their goals, values, and capabilities as well as evidence-based research.
Laurie has been practicing as a licensed clinical psychologist since 2011. Over the years she has learned that each individual she has had the honor to serve has been just that “ an individual, unlike any other. There is no cookie cutter approach to psychotherapy. The therapeutic services she provides is catered to each person, based on their goals, values, and capabilities as well as evidence-based research.
(443) 888-2146 View (443) 888-2146
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Amber Lynn Smith
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gibson Island, MD 21056  (Online Only)
I'm a licensed therapist with a specialization in ADHD, trauma, and anxiety. My role is to provide compassionate support, structure, validation, and tools to help you improve your mental health and accomplish your goals.
I'm a licensed therapist with a specialization in ADHD, trauma, and anxiety. My role is to provide compassionate support, structure, validation, and tools to help you improve your mental health and accomplish your goals.
(202) 902-6320 View (202) 902-6320

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Carly Lebherz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Annapolis, MD 21401  (Online Only)
If you or your teen are struggling with issues related to anxiety, depression, relationship stressors, and low motivation, I can help. You deserve to take the time to stop and process how you are feeling, what you are thinking, and what change you would like to see. In doing so you will create a deep and meaningful relationship with yourself and others. My therapeutic process helps you explore your inner workings to see what impact your thoughts have on your mood, behavior, and self-worth
If you or your teen are struggling with issues related to anxiety, depression, relationship stressors, and low motivation, I can help. You deserve to take the time to stop and process how you are feeling, what you are thinking, and what change you would like to see. In doing so you will create a deep and meaningful relationship with yourself and others. My therapeutic process helps you explore your inner workings to see what impact your thoughts have on your mood, behavior, and self-worth
(410) 538-2899 View (410) 538-2899
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Sarah E Dziwanowski
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Glen Burnie, MD 21060  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I view my work with clients as a collaborative effort. I provide direct and honest feedback while holding space for reflection and exploration. I enjoy working with people who want to learn more about themselves and how to make the changes they desire. People navigating grief, anxiety, depression, trauma and addictions can process their stories, gain a deeper awareness of self and learn healthy coping strategies. My style has been described as warm, compassionate and relatable.
I view my work with clients as a collaborative effort. I provide direct and honest feedback while holding space for reflection and exploration. I enjoy working with people who want to learn more about themselves and how to make the changes they desire. People navigating grief, anxiety, depression, trauma and addictions can process their stories, gain a deeper awareness of self and learn healthy coping strategies. My style has been described as warm, compassionate and relatable.
(410) 237-0167 View (410) 237-0167
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Carroll Canipe
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Severna Park, MD 21146
I am a Licensed Certified Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years providing mental health services. My background in Social Work and Counseling Psychology has given me an appreciation of how we are shaped by both nature and nurture. Through the lens of Cognitive and Behavior and Psychoanalytic psychotherapy, we will explore your unique history and learn to identify maladaptive thoughts and behavior patterns. New insights can lead to greater self acceptance and positive life changes. I provide a warm and accepting environment for adolescents and adults of all ages.
I am a Licensed Certified Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years providing mental health services. My background in Social Work and Counseling Psychology has given me an appreciation of how we are shaped by both nature and nurture. Through the lens of Cognitive and Behavior and Psychoanalytic psychotherapy, we will explore your unique history and learn to identify maladaptive thoughts and behavior patterns. New insights can lead to greater self acceptance and positive life changes. I provide a warm and accepting environment for adolescents and adults of all ages.
(410) 881-8621 View (410) 881-8621
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Luz Francois
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
Annapolis, MD 21402  (Online Only)
Welcome to my profile! Congratulations on taking the first step on changing your life! A little about me: I have been a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor since 2014. I would consider myself a mental health expert, I have been Senior Director for many agencies and trained many therapists with several different agencies.
Welcome to my profile! Congratulations on taking the first step on changing your life! A little about me: I have been a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor since 2014. I would consider myself a mental health expert, I have been Senior Director for many agencies and trained many therapists with several different agencies.
(301) 485-5732 View (301) 485-5732
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Robbye Fox
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Annapolis, MD 21401  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Life can be stressful and anxiety-provoking enough without adding the challenges and complications of life and career transitions, loss and grief, betrayal, childhood trauma, ADHD and depression, parenting and relationship struggles, insomnia, medical issues or other concerns it can throw our way. Asking for help can be hard, and it also can be the single most important thing you can do to face your struggles head on and start viewing them from a different perspective. My clients are often looking for a safe, open space where they can share their thoughts and worries and know they will be met with understanding, empathy & support
Life can be stressful and anxiety-provoking enough without adding the challenges and complications of life and career transitions, loss and grief, betrayal, childhood trauma, ADHD and depression, parenting and relationship struggles, insomnia, medical issues or other concerns it can throw our way. Asking for help can be hard, and it also can be the single most important thing you can do to face your struggles head on and start viewing them from a different perspective. My clients are often looking for a safe, open space where they can share their thoughts and worries and know they will be met with understanding, empathy & support
(443) 972-5757 View (443) 972-5757
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Novum Health Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Pasadena, MD 21122
Everyone's story is unique. Throughout our lives, we often need support to overcome personal and/or environmental challenges and to address issues that prevents us from feeling fulfilled, being successful and living healthy lives. Using a warm, genuine, and empathic approach, I work with clients to build trusting and collaborative relationships that help them gain a deeper understanding of themselves, experience emotional relief, and feel empowered to make profound change.
Everyone's story is unique. Throughout our lives, we often need support to overcome personal and/or environmental challenges and to address issues that prevents us from feeling fulfilled, being successful and living healthy lives. Using a warm, genuine, and empathic approach, I work with clients to build trusting and collaborative relationships that help them gain a deeper understanding of themselves, experience emotional relief, and feel empowered to make profound change.
(667) 285-8634 View (667) 285-8634

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Number of Therapists in Gibson Island, MD

10+

Average cost per session

$175

Therapists in Gibson Island, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
93% Anxiety
86% Trauma and PTSD
86% Life Transitions
71% Bipolar Disorder
64% ADHD
64% Women's Issues

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% Cigna and Evernorth
77% Aetna
77% CareFirst

How Therapists in Gibson Island, MD see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Gibson Island?

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.