Therapists in Indian Head, MD

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Netelege Richards
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSWC, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indian Head, MD 20640  (Online Only)
I am a Clinical Social Worker with 8 years of experience in helping individuals who have anxiety, depression and PTSD. I specialize in working with adolescents, young adults and parents of adolescents. I have extensive experience in working with military families, life transitions, works stressors, LGBTQIA+ adolescents/adults and helping parents with behaviorally complex adolescents. I am currently offering individual therapy sessions and child and parent family session. Individual therapy sessions can occur via insurance or self pay and family therapy sessions are self pay only.
I am a Clinical Social Worker with 8 years of experience in helping individuals who have anxiety, depression and PTSD. I specialize in working with adolescents, young adults and parents of adolescents. I have extensive experience in working with military families, life transitions, works stressors, LGBTQIA+ adolescents/adults and helping parents with behaviorally complex adolescents. I am currently offering individual therapy sessions and child and parent family session. Individual therapy sessions can occur via insurance or self pay and family therapy sessions are self pay only.
(240) 443-3647 View (240) 443-3647
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Brittany Harris
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW, TCYM
Verified Verified
Indian Head, MD 20640  (Online Only)
Hey Wonder-Woman! It truly is a wonder how you wear so many hats, saving so many people, juggling so many tasks. Are you feeling worn down and burnt out? Are you struggling with friendships or having trouble connecting with your partner intimately? Feeling like your love-life is non-existent? Are you starting to feel stuck, empty, or unmotivated; maybe even anxious, plagued with worry, and overwhelmed? It can feel quite unbearable when all these emotions and racing thoughts are filling your daily life. You want to feel peace in your mind, heart, and relationships, but instead you feel turmoil; I understand.
Hey Wonder-Woman! It truly is a wonder how you wear so many hats, saving so many people, juggling so many tasks. Are you feeling worn down and burnt out? Are you struggling with friendships or having trouble connecting with your partner intimately? Feeling like your love-life is non-existent? Are you starting to feel stuck, empty, or unmotivated; maybe even anxious, plagued with worry, and overwhelmed? It can feel quite unbearable when all these emotions and racing thoughts are filling your daily life. You want to feel peace in your mind, heart, and relationships, but instead you feel turmoil; I understand.
(443) 342-9032 View (443) 342-9032
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McCrady Magwood
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Indian Head, MD 20640
Mac excels in providing support to individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences. His expertise extends to those dealing with developmental disabilities, substance abuse challenges, addictions, severe mental health conditions, and members of the LGBTQ+ communities. With a deep commitment to treating everyone with respect and a genuine understanding of their unique needs, Mac creates a safe and inclusive environment for all, including troubled youth.
Mac excels in providing support to individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences. His expertise extends to those dealing with developmental disabilities, substance abuse challenges, addictions, severe mental health conditions, and members of the LGBTQ+ communities. With a deep commitment to treating everyone with respect and a genuine understanding of their unique needs, Mac creates a safe and inclusive environment for all, including troubled youth.
(301) 678-1498 View (301) 678-1498
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Jacqueline M Mitchell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Indian Head, MD 20640  (Online Only)
I enjoy working with individuals and families. Most of my experience has been with Depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, transition, loss and gender questioning/transitioning, utilizing primarily a client centered, strength based psychoeducation clinical perspective. 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 enjoy working with individuals and families. Most of my experience has been with Depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, transition, loss and gender questioning/transitioning, utilizing primarily a client centered, strength based psychoeducation clinical perspective. 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.
(410) 834-8520 View (410) 834-8520

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Dr. Philip A Thorn
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
La Plata, MD 20646
You may have thought about getting some counseling or coaching for a while. Please set your worries aside. There's not a person alive who couldn't benefit from professional guidance from time to time. Whether you are suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, sadness, anger, a loss of meaning in life, or a difficult relationship, I could be of help. Also, if you simply want to have less stress, a better marriage or improved motivation, I can help. While I do not accept insurance, my office will give you a claim form that you can submit to your insurer. Importantly, I also offer a sliding fee scale for consultation and coaching.
You may have thought about getting some counseling or coaching for a while. Please set your worries aside. There's not a person alive who couldn't benefit from professional guidance from time to time. Whether you are suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, sadness, anger, a loss of meaning in life, or a difficult relationship, I could be of help. Also, if you simply want to have less stress, a better marriage or improved motivation, I can help. While I do not accept insurance, my office will give you a claim form that you can submit to your insurer. Importantly, I also offer a sliding fee scale for consultation and coaching.
(301) 246-2918 View (301) 246-2918
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Lisa Connors
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, PhD, MA, MDiv, LCPC, LPC
Verified Verified
La Plata, MD 20646  (Online Only)
Do you feel sad, rejected, and abandoned? Do you have unforgivesness, relationship issues, or low-self-esteem? Have you experienced trauma? If you answered yes, I am here to help you! I have many years of experience working with women in diverse settings. I provide services to individuals who have experienced and are experiencing issues that affect their ability to live whole, completely, and abundantly. My desire is that individuals heal through the knowledge of God's Word through counseling and coaching, by utilizing various techniques, and by offering spiritual guidance and support. I look forward to serving you!
Do you feel sad, rejected, and abandoned? Do you have unforgivesness, relationship issues, or low-self-esteem? Have you experienced trauma? If you answered yes, I am here to help you! I have many years of experience working with women in diverse settings. I provide services to individuals who have experienced and are experiencing issues that affect their ability to live whole, completely, and abundantly. My desire is that individuals heal through the knowledge of God's Word through counseling and coaching, by utilizing various techniques, and by offering spiritual guidance and support. I look forward to serving you!
(301) 355-2271 View (301) 355-2271
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LaCole Cole
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, PhD, NCC, LCPC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
La Plata, MD 20646
Are you feeling discouraged, stressed, or looking for a life change? It is not unusual to find yourself stuck in a situation. Many life events may affect your feelings such as divorce/separation, financial trouble, sexuality issues or a career change. Solutions to your problems may be difficult to achieve alone; therefore, I would like the opportunity to help you with exploring options to make your life better. Utilizing a cognitive-behavioral approach can contribute to creating the difference you deserve. Together, we can create positive change and growth in your life.
Are you feeling discouraged, stressed, or looking for a life change? It is not unusual to find yourself stuck in a situation. Many life events may affect your feelings such as divorce/separation, financial trouble, sexuality issues or a career change. Solutions to your problems may be difficult to achieve alone; therefore, I would like the opportunity to help you with exploring options to make your life better. Utilizing a cognitive-behavioral approach can contribute to creating the difference you deserve. Together, we can create positive change and growth in your life.
(301) 494-4020 View (301) 494-4020
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Chuck Ruby
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Welcome, MD 20693  (Online Only)
I work with adults using humanistic and existential approaches. This means I view emotional distress and troublesome behaviors as natural human reactions to common life challenges. Despite conventional wisdom, there is no scientific evidence that they are dysfunctions of the mind or brain. Instead, they are personal, spiritual, political, financial, moral, and existential challenges that we all face. They can be very emotionally disruptive, but rest assured, there is nothing wrong with you or your brain. Calling them "mental illnesses" or "disorders" is very misleading and potentially harmful.
I work with adults using humanistic and existential approaches. This means I view emotional distress and troublesome behaviors as natural human reactions to common life challenges. Despite conventional wisdom, there is no scientific evidence that they are dysfunctions of the mind or brain. Instead, they are personal, spiritual, political, financial, moral, and existential challenges that we all face. They can be very emotionally disruptive, but rest assured, there is nothing wrong with you or your brain. Calling them "mental illnesses" or "disorders" is very misleading and potentially harmful.
(301) 685-0366 View (301) 685-0366
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Elaine Sarah Belson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Accokeek, MD 20607
UPDATE 3/1/2024: Ms. Belson has limited availability. With 30 years of experience, Ms. Belson provides therapy for a variety of issues: depression; anxiety; stress; work issues; relationships; grief/loss; anger management; eating disorders; parenting. Ms. Belson also served in the US Army as a Behavioral Health Officer. This includes a deployment to Afghanistan, where she treated Soldiers and served as XO for Medical Command.
UPDATE 3/1/2024: Ms. Belson has limited availability. With 30 years of experience, Ms. Belson provides therapy for a variety of issues: depression; anxiety; stress; work issues; relationships; grief/loss; anger management; eating disorders; parenting. Ms. Belson also served in the US Army as a Behavioral Health Officer. This includes a deployment to Afghanistan, where she treated Soldiers and served as XO for Medical Command.
(301) 710-0540 View (301) 710-0540
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Dr. Phil Thorn Anger Management
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, EdD, LCPC
Verified Verified
La Plata, MD 20646
Most of us would like to lead beautiful lives, but beauty is an elusive dance partner for the individual who is holding anger and resentment. I offer an individual anger management class. (The Pinnacle Center also offers a group class online.) The class I offer is designed for individuals who want to take the class in-person or who prefer an individual setting as opposed to a group. Since it is an individual program, I can design the individual class to meet the particular needs and schedule of the person enrolling. This individual anger management class is designed to be equivalent to a a 12-week group anger management class.
Most of us would like to lead beautiful lives, but beauty is an elusive dance partner for the individual who is holding anger and resentment. I offer an individual anger management class. (The Pinnacle Center also offers a group class online.) The class I offer is designed for individuals who want to take the class in-person or who prefer an individual setting as opposed to a group. Since it is an individual program, I can design the individual class to meet the particular needs and schedule of the person enrolling. This individual anger management class is designed to be equivalent to a a 12-week group anger management class.
(301) 760-2254 View (301) 760-2254
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Serenity Rain
MSW, LGSW, LMSW
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20601  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Congratulations—-you love yourself enough to get the help you deserve! The stressors and stresses of everyday like can wear us down. From constantly being bombarded with the rings and dings from technological devices to the pressure to work harder and perform better, it can bring us to our breaking point or close to it. How can we operate at our most optimal level if we are overworked and burnt out? Anxiety and Depression comes from not feeling good enough for just being ourselves and trying to live up to society’s expectations.
Congratulations—-you love yourself enough to get the help you deserve! The stressors and stresses of everyday like can wear us down. From constantly being bombarded with the rings and dings from technological devices to the pressure to work harder and perform better, it can bring us to our breaking point or close to it. How can we operate at our most optimal level if we are overworked and burnt out? Anxiety and Depression comes from not feeling good enough for just being ourselves and trying to live up to society’s expectations.
(301) 965-6469 View (301) 965-6469
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Jaime Winner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
La Plata, MD 20646
Waitlist for new clients
I am a licensed social worker who provides professional counseling/therapy services to individuals, couples, and families. I have been working in the human services field for over 24 years in various roles and capacities, and I have been working in the mental health field for over 13 years. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Florida State University and my Master's Degree in Social Work from Salisbury University.
I am a licensed social worker who provides professional counseling/therapy services to individuals, couples, and families. I have been working in the human services field for over 24 years in various roles and capacities, and I have been working in the mental health field for over 13 years. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Florida State University and my Master's Degree in Social Work from Salisbury University.
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Edifying Cognitive Solutions Group, LLC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC, NCC, AS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Accokeek, MD 20607
My professional experience involves working with children, pre-teens, adolescents, adults and elders coping with life challenges. I utilize a blend of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-centered Therapy and Family Systems Therapy. This eclectic approach assist with building a collaborative relationship with individuals, couples and families to develop and/or strengthen adaptable skills to manage behavioral, social and emotional stressors of life. The areas in which I specialize include Life Coaching, Bereavement Counseling and Trauma Focused Therapy.
My professional experience involves working with children, pre-teens, adolescents, adults and elders coping with life challenges. I utilize a blend of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-centered Therapy and Family Systems Therapy. This eclectic approach assist with building a collaborative relationship with individuals, couples and families to develop and/or strengthen adaptable skills to manage behavioral, social and emotional stressors of life. The areas in which I specialize include Life Coaching, Bereavement Counseling and Trauma Focused Therapy.
(202) 759-2650 View (202) 759-2650
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Aspirations Counseling, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Accokeek, MD 20607
Aspirations Counseling provides professional, high quality, personalized services to children, adolescents and adults/couples. We help our clients address issues such as: anxiety, autism, bipolar disorders, bullying (workplace/school), depression, divorce, employment difficulties, grief, parenting, post-traumatic stress disorders, relationship difficulties, and issues commonly experienced by children and adolescents.
Aspirations Counseling provides professional, high quality, personalized services to children, adolescents and adults/couples. We help our clients address issues such as: anxiety, autism, bipolar disorders, bullying (workplace/school), depression, divorce, employment difficulties, grief, parenting, post-traumatic stress disorders, relationship difficulties, and issues commonly experienced by children and adolescents.
(301) 761-5872 View (301) 761-5872
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Lanora D. Dennis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
La Plata, MD 20646  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
As an experienced psychotherapist, I believe in integrating various therapeutic approaches that will allow a person to restructure their thoughts and behaviors through practical cognitive principles. My therapeutic approach is based upon the “whole person concept”, considering the importance of individual, cultural, family, and communal variables within the lives of clients seeking therapy. Therapy is not a "one-size-fits-all" journey, and it can be a challenge to overcome the societal stigmas associated with seeking mental health treatment.
As an experienced psychotherapist, I believe in integrating various therapeutic approaches that will allow a person to restructure their thoughts and behaviors through practical cognitive principles. My therapeutic approach is based upon the “whole person concept”, considering the importance of individual, cultural, family, and communal variables within the lives of clients seeking therapy. Therapy is not a "one-size-fits-all" journey, and it can be a challenge to overcome the societal stigmas associated with seeking mental health treatment.
(443) 596-6458 View (443) 596-6458
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Paige Greene
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
La Plata, MD 20646  (Online Only)
Individuals come to therapy for a variety of reasons: coping with work/life balance, major life changes, depression, anxiety, or relationship issues to name a few. On top of dealing with every day life, I know finding a therapist can feel daunting, with that said, I’m proud of you for making it this far!
Individuals come to therapy for a variety of reasons: coping with work/life balance, major life changes, depression, anxiety, or relationship issues to name a few. On top of dealing with every day life, I know finding a therapist can feel daunting, with that said, I’m proud of you for making it this far!
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Bobby E Vann Jr
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
La Plata, MD 20646  (Online Only)
Welcome to our practice! We are currently accepting new clients for the summer months and meeting completely online for telehealth sessions in Maryland. Are you tired of trying to get through to your partner? Do you feel stuck and unclear about what to do in your marriage, life or dating? Are you feeling disconnected and hopeless in your career, relationships or with your partner? If so, we can help!
Welcome to our practice! We are currently accepting new clients for the summer months and meeting completely online for telehealth sessions in Maryland. Are you tired of trying to get through to your partner? Do you feel stuck and unclear about what to do in your marriage, life or dating? Are you feeling disconnected and hopeless in your career, relationships or with your partner? If so, we can help!
(410) 844-5192 View (410) 844-5192
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Dr. Andrea M. Wallace
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
La Plata, MD 20646  (Online Only)
The saying, "If you don't like the movie, change the film," suggests that we must become the change that we desire. Fortunately, we have the capacity to continuously evolve and grow and create a winning life. As an individual who has a keen interest and passion for helping to alleviate the suffering of others and get to the heart of the matter, I work collaboratively with you to transform your life from the inside out and bring forth your limitless potential and have that breakthrough in areas that once seemed elusive. Let's work together to create the possible!
The saying, "If you don't like the movie, change the film," suggests that we must become the change that we desire. Fortunately, we have the capacity to continuously evolve and grow and create a winning life. As an individual who has a keen interest and passion for helping to alleviate the suffering of others and get to the heart of the matter, I work collaboratively with you to transform your life from the inside out and bring forth your limitless potential and have that breakthrough in areas that once seemed elusive. Let's work together to create the possible!
(301) 900-5288 View (301) 900-5288
Photo of Tony Oby, LMSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Tony Oby
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Accokeek, MD 20607
Throughout the course of life we are all faced with adversity, barriers and need guidance in making the right decision. I offer a Holistic Person Centered Therapy approach by blending various theories and modalities. Each therapy session is catered specifically to the individual strengths and weakness. Although we may have similar issues, those issues can affect us in totally different ways. My goal is to use the best therapeutic technique that will best meet my client's individual needs. I want my clients to feel that they matter and that their concerns are my concerns and together I can help them live and enjoy life.
Throughout the course of life we are all faced with adversity, barriers and need guidance in making the right decision. I offer a Holistic Person Centered Therapy approach by blending various theories and modalities. Each therapy session is catered specifically to the individual strengths and weakness. Although we may have similar issues, those issues can affect us in totally different ways. My goal is to use the best therapeutic technique that will best meet my client's individual needs. I want my clients to feel that they matter and that their concerns are my concerns and together I can help them live and enjoy life.
(240) 883-5254 View (240) 883-5254
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Revive Wellness Inc
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
La Plata, MD 20646
Be transformed by the renewing of your mind Romans 12:2 As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Wellness Coach, I know that emotional obstacles can make life difficult to mange. Errors in thinking, perception and judgment can cause disruptions on your journey to success. I provide validation, support, psychological safety within an empathetic and supportive environment. If you are seeking a confidential and non-judgmental approach in facing your personal challenges please call for a consultation.
Be transformed by the renewing of your mind Romans 12:2 As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Wellness Coach, I know that emotional obstacles can make life difficult to mange. Errors in thinking, perception and judgment can cause disruptions on your journey to success. I provide validation, support, psychological safety within an empathetic and supportive environment. If you are seeking a confidential and non-judgmental approach in facing your personal challenges please call for a consultation.
(301) 381-3383 View (301) 381-3383

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Number of Therapists in Indian Head, MD

< 10

Therapists in Indian Head, MD who prioritize treating:

75% Depression
75% Anxiety
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Life Transitions
50% Relationship Issues
50% Grief
50% Parenting

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

67% Aetna
67% BlueCross and BlueShield
67% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Indian Head, MD see their clients

75% Online Only
25% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Indian Head?

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.