Therapists in Howard County, MD

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Photo of Amanda Allison, Counselor in Howard County, MD
Amanda Allison
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21044
Whether you’re looking to address a specific concern, bring big changes to your life, or feel more present in the life you’ve already built, counseling is a great resource. I enjoy helping individuals with anxiety and OCD get back to - or create - the life they want to be living.  I also have a special interest in anxiety and distress about environmental and climate-related concerns, so we can talk about worry, fear, dread, and the discomfort of the unknown in many different shapes and sizes.
Whether you’re looking to address a specific concern, bring big changes to your life, or feel more present in the life you’ve already built, counseling is a great resource. I enjoy helping individuals with anxiety and OCD get back to - or create - the life they want to be living.  I also have a special interest in anxiety and distress about environmental and climate-related concerns, so we can talk about worry, fear, dread, and the discomfort of the unknown in many different shapes and sizes.
(667) 200-0572 View (667) 200-0572
Photo of Jessica Diez, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Howard County, MD
Jessica Diez
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
Are you feeling depressed, anxious, or lost in your life? Have you had a difficult life change that is keeping you from moving forward? Do you have hopes and dreams that you struggle to fulfill? These types of struggles can have a serious impact on your quality of life and your ability to cope. It is possible to change your life and to become the best version of you. This is my ultimate goal with my clients. I work with individuals specializing in anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and adjustment issues.
Are you feeling depressed, anxious, or lost in your life? Have you had a difficult life change that is keeping you from moving forward? Do you have hopes and dreams that you struggle to fulfill? These types of struggles can have a serious impact on your quality of life and your ability to cope. It is possible to change your life and to become the best version of you. This is my ultimate goal with my clients. I work with individuals specializing in anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and adjustment issues.
(410) 927-8857 View (410) 927-8857
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Pamela Bel Anu
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LCMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21044
Is there something holding you back from the experience of feeling fully alive, safe, and satisfied in your own life; in your own skin? Experiencing internal and external difficulties long enough and under enough stress, we become disconnected to what makes life worth living. I believe my job is to provide a safe space and be a supportive, caring, non-judgmental presence as a guide and collaborator. Together we can face what is hurting or not helping you. I have worked over the years in a variety of settings with adults, children, teens, families and couples from diverse backgrounds and identities.
Is there something holding you back from the experience of feeling fully alive, safe, and satisfied in your own life; in your own skin? Experiencing internal and external difficulties long enough and under enough stress, we become disconnected to what makes life worth living. I believe my job is to provide a safe space and be a supportive, caring, non-judgmental presence as a guide and collaborator. Together we can face what is hurting or not helping you. I have worked over the years in a variety of settings with adults, children, teens, families and couples from diverse backgrounds and identities.
(240) 209-9116 View (240) 209-9116
Photo of Erica Ardinger, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Howard County, MD
Erica Ardinger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21045
Waitlist for new clients
Taking care of your whole self means focusing on the parts that are blooming and the parts that are healing. It can be important to have a calming and non-judgmental space to process your growth. My focus is to align with your needs to create the opportunity to reach your goals for mental health. I believe every person is capable of achieving self-love and happiness. I utilize person-centered and strengths-based approach to empower personal growth.
Taking care of your whole self means focusing on the parts that are blooming and the parts that are healing. It can be important to have a calming and non-judgmental space to process your growth. My focus is to align with your needs to create the opportunity to reach your goals for mental health. I believe every person is capable of achieving self-love and happiness. I utilize person-centered and strengths-based approach to empower personal growth.
(443) 232-1760 View (443) 232-1760
Photo of Sarah Lynn Spaulding, Counselor in Howard County, MD
Sarah Lynn Spaulding
Counselor, MEd, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21046
As children grow and mature, they face a wide variety of developmental challenges. Parents can begin to wonder, "Is this behavior normal?" or "Do we need help?" Oftentimes, the answer is yes to both questions. With over fifteen years of experience in providing counseling services to children; I have been able to help them and their parents navigate a wide array of issues. Because parents are the most important people in any child's life, I strongly emphasize family involvement in the counseling process while protecting the client's confidentiality.
As children grow and mature, they face a wide variety of developmental challenges. Parents can begin to wonder, "Is this behavior normal?" or "Do we need help?" Oftentimes, the answer is yes to both questions. With over fifteen years of experience in providing counseling services to children; I have been able to help them and their parents navigate a wide array of issues. Because parents are the most important people in any child's life, I strongly emphasize family involvement in the counseling process while protecting the client's confidentiality.
(410) 695-6666 View (410) 695-6666
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Danielle Roche
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Elkridge, MD 21075  (Online Only)
I enjoy working with children, adolescents and families. Most of my experience has been with younger clients facing anxiety, depression, ADHD, anger management, trauma and PTSD. I believe it is important for me to have a collaborative professional relationship with each client so that we can collectively meet the client's needs. I utilize a multi-modal approach, my style includes components of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Play Therapy, strength based and trauma focused.
I enjoy working with children, adolescents and families. Most of my experience has been with younger clients facing anxiety, depression, ADHD, anger management, trauma and PTSD. I believe it is important for me to have a collaborative professional relationship with each client so that we can collectively meet the client's needs. I utilize a multi-modal approach, my style includes components of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Play Therapy, strength based and trauma focused.
(410) 623-7616 View (410) 623-7616
Photo of Breighone Brown, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Howard County, MD
Breighone Brown
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Are you suffering from symptoms of depression, ADHD, anxiety, bipolar, autism spectrum, OCD, and/or PTSD? I'm here to help facilitate your healing process and provide a safe space to voice your deepest concerns freely. Our goal is to significantly improve your self-concept, increase a positive outlook on life, and, most importantly, feel like your best self.
Are you suffering from symptoms of depression, ADHD, anxiety, bipolar, autism spectrum, OCD, and/or PTSD? I'm here to help facilitate your healing process and provide a safe space to voice your deepest concerns freely. Our goal is to significantly improve your self-concept, increase a positive outlook on life, and, most importantly, feel like your best self.
(443) 233-1075 View (443) 233-1075
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Beatrice Aina
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21044  (Online Only)
“Mental health is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going” – Noam Shpancer, PHD. Sometimes in life we reach a point where we lose focus on the things critical to improving/maintaining our mental health and overall quality of life. I myself have once reached that point and it was then I realized the importance of having a strong network of support, including a therapist. I have come to learn that a tremendous amount of people feel alone, left out, or unheard; and so, I strive to create a safe space for people to be seen, heard, understood, and valued.
“Mental health is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going” – Noam Shpancer, PHD. Sometimes in life we reach a point where we lose focus on the things critical to improving/maintaining our mental health and overall quality of life. I myself have once reached that point and it was then I realized the importance of having a strong network of support, including a therapist. I have come to learn that a tremendous amount of people feel alone, left out, or unheard; and so, I strive to create a safe space for people to be seen, heard, understood, and valued.
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Dr. Karlissa Wise
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
The demands that life throws at us can be exhausting. Being unhappy at work, meeting deadlines, and co-parenting difficulties can all lead to stress. The stress of what we experience in life can lead to issues including anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. Wise Counseling & Consultation specializes in treating clients with anxiety, depression, relationship conflict, and low self-esteem. Clients seeking therapy for these matters are looking for solutions to resolve problems that they are currently facing. Your goal is to obtain healthy coping skills to properly manage daily life stressors.
The demands that life throws at us can be exhausting. Being unhappy at work, meeting deadlines, and co-parenting difficulties can all lead to stress. The stress of what we experience in life can lead to issues including anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. Wise Counseling & Consultation specializes in treating clients with anxiety, depression, relationship conflict, and low self-esteem. Clients seeking therapy for these matters are looking for solutions to resolve problems that they are currently facing. Your goal is to obtain healthy coping skills to properly manage daily life stressors.
(443) 230-5685 View (443) 230-5685
Photo of Melissa L Kramer, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Howard County, MD
Melissa L Kramer
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, NCC, CAC-AD
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21044
Are your ready to unlock your potential? Are you ready to live a life of purpose & connection? The process of change is possible & usually begins with an honest exploration of your past to understand your present. My style is collaborative, rooted in a strong therapeutic relationship & direct. Taking ownership of one's actions is essential. I specialize in addiction, & also treat mood disorders, adjustment disorders, grief, co-occurring disorders, & more. I believe we strive to find meaning in life, & that connection to others is essential. There is more than one path to recovery, & the past does not have to define you. Ready?
Are your ready to unlock your potential? Are you ready to live a life of purpose & connection? The process of change is possible & usually begins with an honest exploration of your past to understand your present. My style is collaborative, rooted in a strong therapeutic relationship & direct. Taking ownership of one's actions is essential. I specialize in addiction, & also treat mood disorders, adjustment disorders, grief, co-occurring disorders, & more. I believe we strive to find meaning in life, & that connection to others is essential. There is more than one path to recovery, & the past does not have to define you. Ready?
(240) 774-2585 View (240) 774-2585
Photo of Carol A. Levine, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Howard County, MD
Carol A. Levine
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MS, LCPC, LLC
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21044  (Online Only)
Do you experience anxiety, including social fear and avoidance? Do you feel anxious in romantic relationships or just want to feel less worried and depressed? I get it! Does your angst leave you feeling empty, angry and irritable? Life can be absolutely overwhelming and actually scary, at times, especially when stress piles up and we’re trying to juggle a career, a marriage and parenting. Unhealed wounds and traumatic experiences from our past wreak havoc on our present and we don’t know how to repair the damage. But there are answers!
Do you experience anxiety, including social fear and avoidance? Do you feel anxious in romantic relationships or just want to feel less worried and depressed? I get it! Does your angst leave you feeling empty, angry and irritable? Life can be absolutely overwhelming and actually scary, at times, especially when stress piles up and we’re trying to juggle a career, a marriage and parenting. Unhealed wounds and traumatic experiences from our past wreak havoc on our present and we don’t know how to repair the damage. But there are answers!
(240) 557-3739 View (240) 557-3739
Photo of Michelle D. Long, Art Therapist in Howard County, MD
Michelle D. Long
Art Therapist, LCPAT
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21044  (Online Only)
I serve clients who struggle with anxiety, ADHD/ADD, depression, self-esteem, and suicidal thoughts. My theoretical views are based off of Cognitive Behavioral Theory in which our thoughts, emotions and behaviors have a cyclical effect on each other. In order to change our behavior, we must first learn how our thoughts/beliefs affect our emotions and behaviors. Goals may include building coping and emotional regulation skills, self-esteem, self-awareness, mindfulness skills, acceptance, conflict resolution, and communication skills.
I serve clients who struggle with anxiety, ADHD/ADD, depression, self-esteem, and suicidal thoughts. My theoretical views are based off of Cognitive Behavioral Theory in which our thoughts, emotions and behaviors have a cyclical effect on each other. In order to change our behavior, we must first learn how our thoughts/beliefs affect our emotions and behaviors. Goals may include building coping and emotional regulation skills, self-esteem, self-awareness, mindfulness skills, acceptance, conflict resolution, and communication skills.
(410) 983-6950 View (410) 983-6950
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Lisa Maria Maslar
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ellicott City, MD 21042
I work with individuals and families with difficulties ranging from mood disorders to relationship issues. My treatment background includes work with individuals with anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, trauma, substance abuse and family and relationship problems. The most important component to therapy is a good therapeutic relationship between the client and the therapist. I offer a free inititial consultation to identify your needs and make sure that I am the right therapist for you.
I work with individuals and families with difficulties ranging from mood disorders to relationship issues. My treatment background includes work with individuals with anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, trauma, substance abuse and family and relationship problems. The most important component to therapy is a good therapeutic relationship between the client and the therapist. I offer a free inititial consultation to identify your needs and make sure that I am the right therapist for you.
(410) 472-5116 View (410) 472-5116
Photo of Christina Wagoner, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Howard County, MD
Christina Wagoner
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MS, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ellicott City, MD 21043
I work with clients of many needs and backgrounds; however my specialties include trauma, grief, infertility, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, low self-esteem and communication problems. My goal is to help my clients learn to cope with the problems and stress they may be experiencing and to help them identify ways to alleviate these issues, learn more about themselves, achieve their goals, create more more fulfilling personal relationships and improve overall health. While my physical office is located in Ellicott City I offer teletherapy allowing me to be available to clients across Maryland.
I work with clients of many needs and backgrounds; however my specialties include trauma, grief, infertility, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, low self-esteem and communication problems. My goal is to help my clients learn to cope with the problems and stress they may be experiencing and to help them identify ways to alleviate these issues, learn more about themselves, achieve their goals, create more more fulfilling personal relationships and improve overall health. While my physical office is located in Ellicott City I offer teletherapy allowing me to be available to clients across Maryland.
(240) 616-1730 View (240) 616-1730
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Nana Daining Board Approved Supervisor
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, CCTP, CIMHP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21044  (Online Only)
I am a Certified Trauma Specialist who treats both Single and Complex trauma. I also see clients with Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, Relationship issues, Grief and loss counseling, and adjustment related issues. I am Certified in Cognitive Behavioral , and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies, and trained in Motivational Interviewing, Functional and Nutritional Medicine. My therapy style is Strength-based, Person-Centered, combining the above listed treatment modalities with psycho-education, and engagement. Creating a safe and healing environment for my clients.
I am a Certified Trauma Specialist who treats both Single and Complex trauma. I also see clients with Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, Relationship issues, Grief and loss counseling, and adjustment related issues. I am Certified in Cognitive Behavioral , and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies, and trained in Motivational Interviewing, Functional and Nutritional Medicine. My therapy style is Strength-based, Person-Centered, combining the above listed treatment modalities with psycho-education, and engagement. Creating a safe and healing environment for my clients.
(240) 213-4440 View (240) 213-4440
Photo of Colette Brunell LCSW-C, BCD, LLC, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Howard County, MD
Colette Brunell LCSW-C, BCD, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, BCD, LLC
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21044
The importance of connection: when we connect with another person we feel wanted, needed and loved. If we are unable to connect we may feel sad,or lost. I try to connect with each person to begin the process of healing,growth,and self empowerment. I see each each person(s) as unique and in need of a level of interaction that they are missing in their lives. I believe in working with couples I can be most effective in assisting to open up the communication to find the emotional reconnect. I teach core tools for effective communication.
The importance of connection: when we connect with another person we feel wanted, needed and loved. If we are unable to connect we may feel sad,or lost. I try to connect with each person to begin the process of healing,growth,and self empowerment. I see each each person(s) as unique and in need of a level of interaction that they are missing in their lives. I believe in working with couples I can be most effective in assisting to open up the communication to find the emotional reconnect. I teach core tools for effective communication.
(443) 331-5515 View (443) 331-5515
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Jill Pieri, LCSW-C
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Hi there, I'm Jill. If while reading this you think we would be a good fit, please reach out. You may want to get in touch if you are struggling to cope with this hard, confusing and overwhelming life. Maybe you are feeling that in your personal life and/or at a global level. Are the seemingly little everyday things feeling impossible? Let’s talk about ways to manage one piece at a time. Now more than ever, we can work together to identify what is within our control. I work with adult clients who may be struggling with anxiety, depression, and general overwhelm.
Hi there, I'm Jill. If while reading this you think we would be a good fit, please reach out. You may want to get in touch if you are struggling to cope with this hard, confusing and overwhelming life. Maybe you are feeling that in your personal life and/or at a global level. Are the seemingly little everyday things feeling impossible? Let’s talk about ways to manage one piece at a time. Now more than ever, we can work together to identify what is within our control. I work with adult clients who may be struggling with anxiety, depression, and general overwhelm.
(443) 565-4866 View (443) 565-4866
Photo of Leilani Fryauff, Counselor in Howard County, MD
Leilani Fryauff
Counselor, LGPC
Verified Verified
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Accepting New Clients. I have proficiency in working with clients who have depression, anxiety, trauma, hallucinations, issues with anger, schizophrenia, bipolar, schizo-affective, and life transitions. If your needs are to manage symptoms, find peace or a find place of calm, I am able to guide you on your healing journey. Aligning with your desire to live a life where you have more good days more often can help move you forward in life.
Accepting New Clients. I have proficiency in working with clients who have depression, anxiety, trauma, hallucinations, issues with anger, schizophrenia, bipolar, schizo-affective, and life transitions. If your needs are to manage symptoms, find peace or a find place of calm, I am able to guide you on your healing journey. Aligning with your desire to live a life where you have more good days more often can help move you forward in life.
(410) 498-6528 View (410) 498-6528
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Jennifer Brooks
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21044
Jennifer Brooks is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working with adults through a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, loss of independence, coping with caregiving stresses, motivation, self-esteem, and life transitions. Jennifer completed her MSW at New York University. Between her previous work travels and being a former military spouse, she has had a multitude of experiences that better inform her work and her ability to connect with different people.
Jennifer Brooks is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working with adults through a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, loss of independence, coping with caregiving stresses, motivation, self-esteem, and life transitions. Jennifer completed her MSW at New York University. Between her previous work travels and being a former military spouse, she has had a multitude of experiences that better inform her work and her ability to connect with different people.
(240) 512-1992 View (240) 512-1992
Photo of The Columbia Counseling Center of Maryland, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Howard County, MD
The Columbia Counseling Center of Maryland
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21045
Life today is difficult with all the demands placed on us by our family, work and our own need to achieve. Add to this the emotional stress of family conflict, divorce, defiant children, an illness or death in the family, and you begin to understand why more and more people are seeking the help of mental health professionals.
Life today is difficult with all the demands placed on us by our family, work and our own need to achieve. Add to this the emotional stress of family conflict, divorce, defiant children, an illness or death in the family, and you begin to understand why more and more people are seeking the help of mental health professionals.
(443) 247-0097 View (443) 247-0097

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Number of Therapists in Howard County, MD

1,000+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Howard County, MD who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
87% Depression
74% Relationship Issues
74% Self Esteem
69% Coping Skills
68% Stress
64% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

76% BlueCross and BlueShield
74% CareFirst
72% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Howard County, MD see their clients

55% In Person and Online
45% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
17% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Howard County?

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.