Therapists in Greenbelt, MD

Photo of Neena Prabhu, Counselor in Greenbelt, MD
Neena Prabhu
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Greenbelt, MD 20770
• • Accepting New Clients! • • Hi! I'm Neena - I’m so thankful you are thinking of including me in your therapeutic journey! I work mostly with adolescents + adults experiencing trauma, depression, anxiety, LGBTQ+ issues, and/or racial trauma. Growing up as a first generation American, I have often found myself existing in spaces that did not provide me with a real sense of belonging. I believe that healing and growth in therapy occurs within a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship, so I am committed to creating a space where you feel like you truly belong: without judgment, without fear, and without expectations.
• • Accepting New Clients! • • Hi! I'm Neena - I’m so thankful you are thinking of including me in your therapeutic journey! I work mostly with adolescents + adults experiencing trauma, depression, anxiety, LGBTQ+ issues, and/or racial trauma. Growing up as a first generation American, I have often found myself existing in spaces that did not provide me with a real sense of belonging. I believe that healing and growth in therapy occurs within a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship, so I am committed to creating a space where you feel like you truly belong: without judgment, without fear, and without expectations.
(301) 321-8378 View (301) 321-8378
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Kaitlin Widerman
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Greenbelt, MD 20770
• Immediate Appointments Available! • ° Online scheduling available ° Hi, I’m Kaitlin! I’m excited and honored to be considered in helping you reach your therapeutic goals! I enjoy working with adolescents and adults who are struggling with anxiety, OCD, ADHD, depression, self-harm, trauma, and life transitions. One of the most important parts of therapy is building a connection with your therapist and feeling comfortable being your genuine, authentic self in the therapy space. Building and maintaining therapeutic rapport and sense of acceptance is something I strive to provide as a therapist.
• Immediate Appointments Available! • ° Online scheduling available ° Hi, I’m Kaitlin! I’m excited and honored to be considered in helping you reach your therapeutic goals! I enjoy working with adolescents and adults who are struggling with anxiety, OCD, ADHD, depression, self-harm, trauma, and life transitions. One of the most important parts of therapy is building a connection with your therapist and feeling comfortable being your genuine, authentic self in the therapy space. Building and maintaining therapeutic rapport and sense of acceptance is something I strive to provide as a therapist.
(240) 728-7787 View (240) 728-7787
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Frankie L. James
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Greenbelt, MD 20770  (Online Only)
Are you unhappy, anxious or uncertain about your choices in life? Do you sometimes feel stuck, frustrated and all by yourself? Let's work together to help you find inner peace and satisfaction while identifying your strengths while overcoming identified weaknesses. One of my basic goals is to provide a supportive, nonjudgmental, and open space to explore new perspectives and eliminate past thoughts and behaviors that may have worked in the past, but are now ineffective.
Are you unhappy, anxious or uncertain about your choices in life? Do you sometimes feel stuck, frustrated and all by yourself? Let's work together to help you find inner peace and satisfaction while identifying your strengths while overcoming identified weaknesses. One of my basic goals is to provide a supportive, nonjudgmental, and open space to explore new perspectives and eliminate past thoughts and behaviors that may have worked in the past, but are now ineffective.
(240) 806-1138 View (240) 806-1138
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Empowering ADHD Parents
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Greenbelt, MD 20770
In addition to be being distractable and impulsive, children with ADHD frequently posses many unique strengths: including creativity, resilience, and the ability to "hyper-focus." To begin harnessing the giftedness associated with ADHD, we develop customized treatments that focus on maximizing your child's unique learning style, interests and other natural talents. Our goal is to partner with you to put in place systems that develop skills & strategies, and make behavioral changes that improve your child's performance at school and at home -- so that your child is empowered to thrive and not just survive ADHD.
In addition to be being distractable and impulsive, children with ADHD frequently posses many unique strengths: including creativity, resilience, and the ability to "hyper-focus." To begin harnessing the giftedness associated with ADHD, we develop customized treatments that focus on maximizing your child's unique learning style, interests and other natural talents. Our goal is to partner with you to put in place systems that develop skills & strategies, and make behavioral changes that improve your child's performance at school and at home -- so that your child is empowered to thrive and not just survive ADHD.
(301) 852-7526 View (301) 852-7526
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Rachel Prouty
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCW-C
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Immediate Openings Available! - Evening Appointments Available! - Virtual Only / Hey everyone! I’m Rachel. I’m a Social Worker with a passion for helping others navigate the intricate paths of depression, anxiety, trauma, grief + bereavement, and mood disorders. These obstacles do not have to define us! I'm here to be a support and sounding board as we tackle life’s emotional rollercoaster, together. I will provide a safe and welcoming environment that empowers you to explore complicated emotions and confront challenges head-on. I am a dedicated therapist who will be extremely committed to your progress and well being.
Immediate Openings Available! - Evening Appointments Available! - Virtual Only / Hey everyone! I’m Rachel. I’m a Social Worker with a passion for helping others navigate the intricate paths of depression, anxiety, trauma, grief + bereavement, and mood disorders. These obstacles do not have to define us! I'm here to be a support and sounding board as we tackle life’s emotional rollercoaster, together. I will provide a safe and welcoming environment that empowers you to explore complicated emotions and confront challenges head-on. I am a dedicated therapist who will be extremely committed to your progress and well being.
(240) 661-0275 View (240) 661-0275
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Marcella Walder
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C, BCD
Verified Verified
Greenbelt, MD 20770  (Online Only)
My treatment philosophy is that therapy is a team effort, positive and practical, client and therapist working together for the client's goals. The focus is on the way you think, your feelings and emotions and the behaviors involved. The approach is cognitive-behavioral using a variety of techniques as appropriate. I have worked extensively in the areas of stress management, behavioral medicine and the various anxiety disorders, such as social anxiety, phobias, panic disorders, OCD and PTSD. I have also developed a social skills program that is useful when working on relationship and family issues.
My treatment philosophy is that therapy is a team effort, positive and practical, client and therapist working together for the client's goals. The focus is on the way you think, your feelings and emotions and the behaviors involved. The approach is cognitive-behavioral using a variety of techniques as appropriate. I have worked extensively in the areas of stress management, behavioral medicine and the various anxiety disorders, such as social anxiety, phobias, panic disorders, OCD and PTSD. I have also developed a social skills program that is useful when working on relationship and family issues.
(240) 284-5218 View (240) 284-5218
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Allison J Zweig
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenbelt, MD 20770  (Online Only)
Are you going through a difficult phase in your life? Do you need support in areas such as relationships, personal growth, or life transitions? If so, I'm here to help! I offer virtual individual and group therapy sessions to support a range of issues, including sexual health, reproductive psychology, new parenting, fertility and pre-pregnancy consultations, depression, and relationships. Moreover, I also provide individual and group supervision/test prep for pre-licensed and newly licensed therapists in MD, DC, and VA, as well as fertility/pre-parenting consultations.s.
Are you going through a difficult phase in your life? Do you need support in areas such as relationships, personal growth, or life transitions? If so, I'm here to help! I offer virtual individual and group therapy sessions to support a range of issues, including sexual health, reproductive psychology, new parenting, fertility and pre-pregnancy consultations, depression, and relationships. Moreover, I also provide individual and group supervision/test prep for pre-licensed and newly licensed therapists in MD, DC, and VA, as well as fertility/pre-parenting consultations.s.
(301) 338-8324 View (301) 338-8324
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Christopher L Bishop
Psychologist, PsyD, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenbelt, MD 20770  (Online Only)
I work with a diverse population in treating many psychological issues. My work includes young children to adults with various psychological and life issues that are addressed in a safe and therapeutic environment.
I work with a diverse population in treating many psychological issues. My work includes young children to adults with various psychological and life issues that are addressed in a safe and therapeutic environment.
(240) 654-1780 View (240) 654-1780
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Heather Norden
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Greenbelt, MD 20770  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
NO CURRENT AVAILABILITY. EMAIL CONTACT PREFERRED. Every person is unique and has a unique story. As a clinician I believe that therapy should be tailored to the client and your unique needs. Drawing on over 15 years of experience and firm foundations in psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, behavioral, and expressive techniques I endeavor to work collaboratively with my clients to understand them, their needs and goals, and to support them with a combination of techniques that provides the best fit. I strive to create a warm and accepting environment where we can work towards your goals together.
NO CURRENT AVAILABILITY. EMAIL CONTACT PREFERRED. Every person is unique and has a unique story. As a clinician I believe that therapy should be tailored to the client and your unique needs. Drawing on over 15 years of experience and firm foundations in psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, behavioral, and expressive techniques I endeavor to work collaboratively with my clients to understand them, their needs and goals, and to support them with a combination of techniques that provides the best fit. I strive to create a warm and accepting environment where we can work towards your goals together.
(240) 786-1503 x301580 View (240) 786-1503 x301580
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Debra L. Davis
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Not accepting new clients
DR. DAVIS IS NOT ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AT THIS TIME. I provide individual therapy to adults. I work holistically, consider the whole person and believe in the connections between mind, body and spirit; thoughts, feelings and behaviors and the past and the present. I work actively with clients to identify and gain a better understanding of the influence of past experiences, inner conflicts and struggles and self-defeating thought and behavior patterns on current difficulties. We will develop strategies to remove barriers, build on strengths and capabilities, and develop effective coping strategies.
DR. DAVIS IS NOT ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AT THIS TIME. I provide individual therapy to adults. I work holistically, consider the whole person and believe in the connections between mind, body and spirit; thoughts, feelings and behaviors and the past and the present. I work actively with clients to identify and gain a better understanding of the influence of past experiences, inner conflicts and struggles and self-defeating thought and behavior patterns on current difficulties. We will develop strategies to remove barriers, build on strengths and capabilities, and develop effective coping strategies.
(301) 852-5470 View (301) 852-5470
Photo of Beth S Warner, Psychologist in Greenbelt, MD
Beth S Warner
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Are you or your child or teen struggling in school or having trouble getting along with friends and family? Are you or your child dealing with a tough issue, and having trouble moving forward? Are you feeling stuck in helping them or yourself return to your normal selves, or be the best you can be? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you're welcome to talk to me. At any age, including adulthood, it is possible to learn new skills, gain understanding and experience positive change.
Are you or your child or teen struggling in school or having trouble getting along with friends and family? Are you or your child dealing with a tough issue, and having trouble moving forward? Are you feeling stuck in helping them or yourself return to your normal selves, or be the best you can be? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you're welcome to talk to me. At any age, including adulthood, it is possible to learn new skills, gain understanding and experience positive change.
(301) 850-2393 View (301) 850-2393
Photo of Cynthia Swan, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Greenbelt, MD
Cynthia Swan
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCPC
Verified Verified
Greenbelt, MD 20770  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Does anxiety hold you back from making choices? Does depression and self-sabotaging behavior lead to unrealized hopes and dreams? Do you hear yourself saying, "Yes, but..." or "if only..." or "what if...?" as if you are stuck in an emotional maze? Uncertainty is normal, and painful decisions and hard work are normal. Learn to use emotion, & imagery to be Inspired to make a change and a difference.. Create your path with courage, creativity and self-agency.. Learn tools like positive self-talk and mindful self-reflection to support a balanced and meaningful life. We will use a modified hybrid model of online and telephone sessions.
Does anxiety hold you back from making choices? Does depression and self-sabotaging behavior lead to unrealized hopes and dreams? Do you hear yourself saying, "Yes, but..." or "if only..." or "what if...?" as if you are stuck in an emotional maze? Uncertainty is normal, and painful decisions and hard work are normal. Learn to use emotion, & imagery to be Inspired to make a change and a difference.. Create your path with courage, creativity and self-agency.. Learn tools like positive self-talk and mindful self-reflection to support a balanced and meaningful life. We will use a modified hybrid model of online and telephone sessions.
(240) 594-8432 View (240) 594-8432
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Reese Reed
Counselor, LGPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Accepting new clients! Hi there! I'm Reese - it's so nice to meet you! I feel honored that you are considering me to provide support to you in this time of your life. As an out and proud Trans-man, I have the skills and life experience to assist individuals questioning their gender and sexuality. I want to offer you a safe, gender affirming mental health care from someone who gets it. In addition to working with members of the LGBTQ+ community, I have a special interest in working with people of color and couples. Outside of my clinical work, I am a passionate advocate for human rights and social justice.
Accepting new clients! Hi there! I'm Reese - it's so nice to meet you! I feel honored that you are considering me to provide support to you in this time of your life. As an out and proud Trans-man, I have the skills and life experience to assist individuals questioning their gender and sexuality. I want to offer you a safe, gender affirming mental health care from someone who gets it. In addition to working with members of the LGBTQ+ community, I have a special interest in working with people of color and couples. Outside of my clinical work, I am a passionate advocate for human rights and social justice.
(301) 708-0831 View (301) 708-0831
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Adria J. Williams Phd
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Greenbelt, MD 20770  (Online Only)
Are you a professional who "has it all together" but feels like they are "faking it"? Do you feel like in spite of your education and career achievements you stumble in your personal relationships? Do you want to move ahead in life but feel like you can't? CONFIDENCE. COMPETENCE. HOPE. These are the three essential elements to a mentally and physically healthy, fulfilling existence. Which one are you missing? Let me help you identify and break down the barriers that are blocking your personal and professional success.
Are you a professional who "has it all together" but feels like they are "faking it"? Do you feel like in spite of your education and career achievements you stumble in your personal relationships? Do you want to move ahead in life but feel like you can't? CONFIDENCE. COMPETENCE. HOPE. These are the three essential elements to a mentally and physically healthy, fulfilling existence. Which one are you missing? Let me help you identify and break down the barriers that are blocking your personal and professional success.
(240) 713-5958 View (240) 713-5958
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Hannah E Gould
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Whether you are making life changes, have depression or anxiety, changing moods, low self esteem, are in recovery from alcoholism/addiction or co-dependence, have a chronic/disabling physical illness or are exploring your spirituality, we will together develop achievable goals to change your outlook and enrich your life.
Whether you are making life changes, have depression or anxiety, changing moods, low self esteem, are in recovery from alcoholism/addiction or co-dependence, have a chronic/disabling physical illness or are exploring your spirituality, we will together develop achievable goals to change your outlook and enrich your life.
(240) 895-9479 View (240) 895-9479
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Dorthea Lynn Crenshaw
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Greenbelt, MD 20770  (Online Only)
I specialize in helping individuals who are facing complex situations to build resilience. I empower them to pursue their life goals, and to navigate adverse life events such as the death of a loved one, or having lost a job, a home or a relationship. You can change the course of your life and I am here to support you. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I am providing telehealth services to clients. I am here to support you and your family during this difficult time.
I specialize in helping individuals who are facing complex situations to build resilience. I empower them to pursue their life goals, and to navigate adverse life events such as the death of a loved one, or having lost a job, a home or a relationship. You can change the course of your life and I am here to support you. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I am providing telehealth services to clients. I am here to support you and your family during this difficult time.
(301) 284-3182 View (301) 284-3182
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Alicia Shamblin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Greenbelt, MD 20770  (Online Only)
I am passionate about working with professionals who feel they are "not good enough" or who worry about living up to others' expectations. We can work together to help you learn to love yourself for who you are and not what you accomplish. My clients are working on healing from emotional trauma, learning to understand their feelings and how to handle them, and improving relationship skills. After working with me, my clients are better able to express their feelings and needs in ways that help them grow closer to the people important to them.
I am passionate about working with professionals who feel they are "not good enough" or who worry about living up to others' expectations. We can work together to help you learn to love yourself for who you are and not what you accomplish. My clients are working on healing from emotional trauma, learning to understand their feelings and how to handle them, and improving relationship skills. After working with me, my clients are better able to express their feelings and needs in ways that help them grow closer to the people important to them.
(301) 381-4360 View (301) 381-4360
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Michael A. Barnette
Counselor, MA, LGPC
Verified Verified
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Are you currently struggling with anxiety or depression? Are you having difficulty managing your emotions? Have you been carrying a heavy emotional weight on your shoulders that you just can't get rid of? No matter the circumstances, you do not have to go through them alone. When clients can reframe their current way of thinking, they can begin to feel better and perform better in their everyday lives. Therapy can help to unload and process difficult emotions while developing tools and providing the support needed to assist you to move toward the person you have the potential to become.
Are you currently struggling with anxiety or depression? Are you having difficulty managing your emotions? Have you been carrying a heavy emotional weight on your shoulders that you just can't get rid of? No matter the circumstances, you do not have to go through them alone. When clients can reframe their current way of thinking, they can begin to feel better and perform better in their everyday lives. Therapy can help to unload and process difficult emotions while developing tools and providing the support needed to assist you to move toward the person you have the potential to become.
(240) 641-0564 View (240) 641-0564
Photo of Nandir Temlong, LICSW. iXhale Wellness Center, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Greenbelt, MD
Nandir Temlong, LICSW. iXhale Wellness Center
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW
Verified Verified
Greenbelt, MD 20770  (Online Only)
In today’s rapidly changing world, adults frequently encounter life transitions that can evoke a range of complex emotions and challenges. Whether it's a career change, relationship dynamics, aging, or adapting to new social roles, these transitions can often lead to feelings of uncertainty, stress, and disorientation. For many, these periods are further compounded by underlying issues such as depression, anxiety, grief, and unresolved trauma, making it difficult to navigate the path forward. Our ideal clients are those who find themselves in the midst of these tumultuous phases, seeking not just to cope but to thrive.
In today’s rapidly changing world, adults frequently encounter life transitions that can evoke a range of complex emotions and challenges. Whether it's a career change, relationship dynamics, aging, or adapting to new social roles, these transitions can often lead to feelings of uncertainty, stress, and disorientation. For many, these periods are further compounded by underlying issues such as depression, anxiety, grief, and unresolved trauma, making it difficult to navigate the path forward. Our ideal clients are those who find themselves in the midst of these tumultuous phases, seeking not just to cope but to thrive.
(240) 363-2025 x20770 View (240) 363-2025 x20770
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John Zager PhD
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Greenbelt, MD 20770
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(301) 476-4029 View (301) 476-4029

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Greenbelt, MD

80+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Greenbelt, MD who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
91% Depression
82% Self Esteem
77% Coping Skills
74% Relationship Issues
61% Grief
60% Stress

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

79% Cigna and Evernorth
79% CareFirst
77% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Therapists in Greenbelt, MD see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
19% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Greenbelt?

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.