Therapists in Glen Burnie, MD

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Norman W Smith
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MHS, LCPC, CRPS
Verified Verified
Glen Burnie, MD 21060
I have been a Therapist for over twenty years.I have worked with many clients and understand the problems that people go through in everyday life. I help people work through them so that growth can occur in the Counseling Relationship.I believe that if you never confront and challenge your problems then nothing will change.There is hope for finding meaning in our lives. I provide Individual Pschotherapy,Couples,Marriage and Family Therapy. I work with adults and adolescents that have substance abuse and behavior problems. Recovery from lifes problems is an ongoing process that can be achieved through therapy.
I have been a Therapist for over twenty years.I have worked with many clients and understand the problems that people go through in everyday life. I help people work through them so that growth can occur in the Counseling Relationship.I believe that if you never confront and challenge your problems then nothing will change.There is hope for finding meaning in our lives. I provide Individual Pschotherapy,Couples,Marriage and Family Therapy. I work with adults and adolescents that have substance abuse and behavior problems. Recovery from lifes problems is an ongoing process that can be achieved through therapy.
(240) 380-9957 View (240) 380-9957
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Darwin Green
Counselor, LGPC
Verified Verified
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Darwin offers an individualized approach, implementing mindfulness-based, solutions-focused, narrative, family systems, attachment-based, and cognitive behavioral (CBT) interventions. He partners with his clients to identify both practical and insightful interventions that cultivate success in everyday life. Darwin provides a supportive, relaxed, and safe environment where you can work through and uncover difficult emotions and achieve personal growth. He strives to assist you to process trauma, conflicts, and everyday stress so that you may be your most healthy self and experience a more connected and fulfilled life.
Darwin offers an individualized approach, implementing mindfulness-based, solutions-focused, narrative, family systems, attachment-based, and cognitive behavioral (CBT) interventions. He partners with his clients to identify both practical and insightful interventions that cultivate success in everyday life. Darwin provides a supportive, relaxed, and safe environment where you can work through and uncover difficult emotions and achieve personal growth. He strives to assist you to process trauma, conflicts, and everyday stress so that you may be your most healthy self and experience a more connected and fulfilled life.
(443) 888-0887 View (443) 888-0887
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Maya Harris
Marriage & Family Therapist, LCMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Glen Burnie, MD 21061  (Online Only)
Signs of narcissism often go unseen. I help otherwise successful adults who unwittingly find themselves in a relationship with a narcissist. Most people exhaust all resources trying to "fix" the relationship before they realize they are dealing with a situation quite distinct from the typical challenges relationships face. Understanding this distinction is critical to navigating forward safely and effectively. If it feels like your partner is rarely satisfied, shifts blame to you and others, refuses to change, and takes no accountability, you may be in a relationship with a narcissist.
Signs of narcissism often go unseen. I help otherwise successful adults who unwittingly find themselves in a relationship with a narcissist. Most people exhaust all resources trying to "fix" the relationship before they realize they are dealing with a situation quite distinct from the typical challenges relationships face. Understanding this distinction is critical to navigating forward safely and effectively. If it feels like your partner is rarely satisfied, shifts blame to you and others, refuses to change, and takes no accountability, you may be in a relationship with a narcissist.
(410) 514-3211 View (410) 514-3211
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Marisol Alston
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Burnie, MD 21061  (Online Only)
Are you consumed with disturbing automatic thoughts, and spending hours chasing, analyzing, reviewing, and giving meaning to the intrusive thoughts? As someone that’s been in your shoes, there is hope and recovery to overcome OCD. I will teach you how to change your relationship with anxiety by looking it in the face and walking towards it instead of walking away. It is easy to stay trapped and believe the false messages that your OCD feeds you. I will teach you how to rewire your brain into no longer believing those false threats that your brain is torturing you with. My treatment approach teaches you how to stop competing
Are you consumed with disturbing automatic thoughts, and spending hours chasing, analyzing, reviewing, and giving meaning to the intrusive thoughts? As someone that’s been in your shoes, there is hope and recovery to overcome OCD. I will teach you how to change your relationship with anxiety by looking it in the face and walking towards it instead of walking away. It is easy to stay trapped and believe the false messages that your OCD feeds you. I will teach you how to rewire your brain into no longer believing those false threats that your brain is torturing you with. My treatment approach teaches you how to stop competing
(240) 775-1472 View (240) 775-1472
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Brittney Moals
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Do you often feel weighed down by feelings of anxiety? If you find it difficult to make friends and experience loneliness regularly, come talk to me. As a child did you experienced the painful effects of abuse, neglect, and trauma? Do you feel sad or feel that you have no energy or enough oomph? Do you want to feel better and learn new ways to manage your emotions effectively? You are not alone!
Do you often feel weighed down by feelings of anxiety? If you find it difficult to make friends and experience loneliness regularly, come talk to me. As a child did you experienced the painful effects of abuse, neglect, and trauma? Do you feel sad or feel that you have no energy or enough oomph? Do you want to feel better and learn new ways to manage your emotions effectively? You are not alone!
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Herman Jones
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
My passion is helping you find peace with your past and present so that you can live the future you want to live. I believe good therapy starts with a trusting and collaborative relationship. My approach to therapy is supportive, down-to-earth, and evidence-based. If you choose to work with me, your treatment will be based on your goals. My goal as a therapist is to help you address the underlying issues that are bringing you into therapy.
My passion is helping you find peace with your past and present so that you can live the future you want to live. I believe good therapy starts with a trusting and collaborative relationship. My approach to therapy is supportive, down-to-earth, and evidence-based. If you choose to work with me, your treatment will be based on your goals. My goal as a therapist is to help you address the underlying issues that are bringing you into therapy.
(443) 232-2676 View (443) 232-2676
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Remedy Holistic Services, LLC
Counselor, MDiv, MS
Verified Verified
Glen Burnie, MD 21061  (Online Only)
Welcome! To remedy something means to set right or to cure. The beauty of being human is having the capacity to set things right within ourselves. To set something right is not always to suggest that something is wrong, but it does mean that to be human is to provide ourselves with much deserved grace and compassion. Life can be defeating at times, as we tirelessly work towards a version of ourselves that seems unattainable. If you have found yourself here, it is important for you to remember that who you currently are is also the person responsible for who you seek to become.
Welcome! To remedy something means to set right or to cure. The beauty of being human is having the capacity to set things right within ourselves. To set something right is not always to suggest that something is wrong, but it does mean that to be human is to provide ourselves with much deserved grace and compassion. Life can be defeating at times, as we tirelessly work towards a version of ourselves that seems unattainable. If you have found yourself here, it is important for you to remember that who you currently are is also the person responsible for who you seek to become.
(410) 498-6094 View (410) 498-6094
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August Rose Health Center
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Discover August Rose Health Center—where compassion meets expertise. Since 2018, we've been a beacon of hope, CARF-accredited for top-tier mental health services. From childhood to adulthood, find solace in our Outpatient Mental Health Clinic (OMHC) and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program Services (PRP). We offer individual counseling, medication management, and case management services. At August Rose, we're not just healing; we're transforming lives with empathy and dedication. Join us on the journey to wellness.
Discover August Rose Health Center—where compassion meets expertise. Since 2018, we've been a beacon of hope, CARF-accredited for top-tier mental health services. From childhood to adulthood, find solace in our Outpatient Mental Health Clinic (OMHC) and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program Services (PRP). We offer individual counseling, medication management, and case management services. At August Rose, we're not just healing; we're transforming lives with empathy and dedication. Join us on the journey to wellness.
(410) 213-3905 View (410) 213-3905
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Family Intervention Partners
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MD, LCPC, PMHNP, LCSW-C, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Our practice consists of a team of licensed Drs, therapists, and social workers working together to provide the best mental healthcare services to our patients. We provide comprehensive Child, Adolescent and Adult psychiatric treatment, and psychotherapy in a non-judgmental, patient-centered environment. Our practitioners provide Assessments, Psychiatric Evaluation, Medication Management, and Psychotherapy for all ages. We treat Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Childhood Trauma, Emotional Disorders, and Behavior Problems. WE ARE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS.
Our practice consists of a team of licensed Drs, therapists, and social workers working together to provide the best mental healthcare services to our patients. We provide comprehensive Child, Adolescent and Adult psychiatric treatment, and psychotherapy in a non-judgmental, patient-centered environment. Our practitioners provide Assessments, Psychiatric Evaluation, Medication Management, and Psychotherapy for all ages. We treat Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Childhood Trauma, Emotional Disorders, and Behavior Problems. WE ARE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS.
(410) 291-1753 View (410) 291-1753
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Novum Health Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
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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Sherri Joynes
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCPC, NCC, MS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Glen Burnie, MD 21061  (Online Only)
Our individual experiences play a role in shaping our personalities, how we see the world, and how we view ourselves. My goal is to help increase your self-awareness through self-exploration and world-exploration. This approach requires openmindedness, flexibility, and hard work. As a poet, I take a creative approach to nearly all I do, particularly therapy. Life is all about balance and therapy can be emotionally draining work. So I like to make therapy as fun and interesting as possible. I love working with people who are willing to learn, are open to trying new things, who want to grow and like to have fun in the process.
Our individual experiences play a role in shaping our personalities, how we see the world, and how we view ourselves. My goal is to help increase your self-awareness through self-exploration and world-exploration. This approach requires openmindedness, flexibility, and hard work. As a poet, I take a creative approach to nearly all I do, particularly therapy. Life is all about balance and therapy can be emotionally draining work. So I like to make therapy as fun and interesting as possible. I love working with people who are willing to learn, are open to trying new things, who want to grow and like to have fun in the process.
(410) 862-3778 View (410) 862-3778
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Lanika DeShields
Counselor, LCPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Glen Burnie, MD 21061  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor committed to helping girls and women of color, develop skills to evolve! I created (OOM), to help women tell their story and gain awareness of inner peace. My work focuses on targeting behaviors, habits, and beliefs to assist in guiding an oasis of mind. I have a special interest in the connectedness of cognitions, feelings, and behaviors.
Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor committed to helping girls and women of color, develop skills to evolve! I created (OOM), to help women tell their story and gain awareness of inner peace. My work focuses on targeting behaviors, habits, and beliefs to assist in guiding an oasis of mind. I have a special interest in the connectedness of cognitions, feelings, and behaviors.
(443) 461-6839 View (443) 461-6839
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Light of Life Recovery & Wellness Services LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Glen Burnie, MD 21061  (Online Only)
Are you feeling overwhelmed and unsure where to turn for help? Do you believe that understanding and support could guide you through your struggles? Could you use a compassionate team dedicated to providing care tailored specifically to your needs? Why not reach out to us today, and let us take the first step together towards your healing and wellness? We are here to support you every step of the way.
Are you feeling overwhelmed and unsure where to turn for help? Do you believe that understanding and support could guide you through your struggles? Could you use a compassionate team dedicated to providing care tailored specifically to your needs? Why not reach out to us today, and let us take the first step together towards your healing and wellness? We are here to support you every step of the way.
(667) 220-6870 View (667) 220-6870
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Healing Evolutions LLC
Counselor, MS, LCPC, NBCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Burnie, MD 21061  (Online Only)
As a therapist, I aim to create a safe and supportive environment where clients can explore their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. I take a collaborative approach, working with clients to help them achieve their goals and improve their overall well-being. I am dedicated to ongoing learning and staying up-to-date with the latest research and techniques to provide the best possible care. I understand that seeking therapy can be intimidating, so I strive to establish a sense of trust and comfort in the therapeutic relationship.
As a therapist, I aim to create a safe and supportive environment where clients can explore their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. I take a collaborative approach, working with clients to help them achieve their goals and improve their overall well-being. I am dedicated to ongoing learning and staying up-to-date with the latest research and techniques to provide the best possible care. I understand that seeking therapy can be intimidating, so I strive to establish a sense of trust and comfort in the therapeutic relationship.
(410) 936-7601 View (410) 936-7601
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Mohamed Alhedai
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
I believe all individuals have within themselves the power and ability to make changes. Are you facing any difficulties and would like to explore, gain insight, and resolve? I can help support and guide you through unresolved issues, presenting concerns to find ways to strengthen your coping skills, adapt and improve your quality of life. I believe in a client-centered approach which values the strengths, experiences, and power within us. I am experienced in working with clients who have experienced adversity and are suffering from variety of psychological and behavioral issues
I believe all individuals have within themselves the power and ability to make changes. Are you facing any difficulties and would like to explore, gain insight, and resolve? I can help support and guide you through unresolved issues, presenting concerns to find ways to strengthen your coping skills, adapt and improve your quality of life. I believe in a client-centered approach which values the strengths, experiences, and power within us. I am experienced in working with clients who have experienced adversity and are suffering from variety of psychological and behavioral issues
(667) 222-6295 View (667) 222-6295
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Kathryn (Kate) Marcus
Counselor, LGPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Burnie, MD 21061  (Online Only)
It’s easy in life to lose ourselves, to feel overwhelmed and stuck. Issues that arise from work, family, environment and even our inner self can leave people feeling angry, sad, frustrated or even numb. Sometimes people repeat patterns and behaviors that they know aren’t helpful, but then get stuck as they are unsure of how to change or even begin the process to heal.
It’s easy in life to lose ourselves, to feel overwhelmed and stuck. Issues that arise from work, family, environment and even our inner self can leave people feeling angry, sad, frustrated or even numb. Sometimes people repeat patterns and behaviors that they know aren’t helpful, but then get stuck as they are unsure of how to change or even begin the process to heal.
(410) 709-4599 View (410) 709-4599
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Latonya Cotton-Tilghman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Glen Burnie, MD 21061  (Online Only)
People seek therapy for a broad range of reasons, from dealing with anxiety or depression, coping with childhood trauma, managing stress, dealing with major life challenges, or simply wanting to achieve greater self-knowledge and personal growth. Regardless of the reasons, people want therapeutic intervention that is compassionate and non-judgmental. People want a provider who actively listens, appreciates a person's right to self-determination, and understands the importance of collaboration throughout the treatment process. Therapy is not about fixing what is broken, but about healing that which has been bruised and scarred.
People seek therapy for a broad range of reasons, from dealing with anxiety or depression, coping with childhood trauma, managing stress, dealing with major life challenges, or simply wanting to achieve greater self-knowledge and personal growth. Regardless of the reasons, people want therapeutic intervention that is compassionate and non-judgmental. People want a provider who actively listens, appreciates a person's right to self-determination, and understands the importance of collaboration throughout the treatment process. Therapy is not about fixing what is broken, but about healing that which has been bruised and scarred.
(410) 673-4786 View (410) 673-4786
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Michael D Williams
Counselor, LGPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Burnie, MD 21060
I have worked with clients in all walks of life. My experience has been helping adult clients deal with problems regarding anger, anxiety, depression, and grief. I currently accept adult clients that are on medicaid or through self-pay. With the help of counseling, develop skills to take on school, work, relationships or any challenge/stressor life presents!
I have worked with clients in all walks of life. My experience has been helping adult clients deal with problems regarding anger, anxiety, depression, and grief. I currently accept adult clients that are on medicaid or through self-pay. With the help of counseling, develop skills to take on school, work, relationships or any challenge/stressor life presents!
(443) 351-6441 View (443) 351-6441
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Carrie Boone
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Burnie, MD 21061  (Online Only)
Whenever life’s challenges get to be overwhelming, it is ok to ask for help. I believe that we all possess inner strength and resilience that once channeled, can improve our lives in a positive way. I utilize a strengths-based and collaborative approach to assist others in recognizing challenges and formulating plans to overcome them. I am a Certified Grief Informed Professional and experienced in working with a diverse population of individuals to help them navigate complex issues such as: anxiety, depression, lack of assertiveness skills, low self-esteem, negative thinking and behaving, stress management, and grief and loss.
Whenever life’s challenges get to be overwhelming, it is ok to ask for help. I believe that we all possess inner strength and resilience that once channeled, can improve our lives in a positive way. I utilize a strengths-based and collaborative approach to assist others in recognizing challenges and formulating plans to overcome them. I am a Certified Grief Informed Professional and experienced in working with a diverse population of individuals to help them navigate complex issues such as: anxiety, depression, lack of assertiveness skills, low self-esteem, negative thinking and behaving, stress management, and grief and loss.
(667) 243-8576 View (667) 243-8576
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Channeling Your Strength LLC
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Glen Burnie, MD 21060  (Online Only)
My ideal client is that young man figuring out where to start in this big world. It can get overwhelming managing life and finding out where you fit in. No one seems to understands your struggle and the reason why things get difficult for you. Its even more disheartening because you are actually trying. There's anxiety, self esteem and self worth issues that come up. All areas in which I specialize in helping with.
My ideal client is that young man figuring out where to start in this big world. It can get overwhelming managing life and finding out where you fit in. No one seems to understands your struggle and the reason why things get difficult for you. Its even more disheartening because you are actually trying. There's anxiety, self esteem and self worth issues that come up. All areas in which I specialize in helping with.
(443) 241-6704 View (443) 241-6704

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Glen Burnie, MD

100+

Average cost per session

$140

Therapists in Glen Burnie, MD who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
90% Depression
75% Coping Skills
75% Self Esteem
70% Trauma and PTSD
66% Stress
65% Relationship Issues

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

78% Cigna and Evernorth
72% BlueCross and BlueShield
72% CareFirst

How Therapists in Glen Burnie, MD see their clients

53% In Person and Online
47% Online Only

Gender breakdown

76% Female
22% Male
2% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Glen Burnie?

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.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

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.