Therapists in Potomac, MD

Photo of Michael Brachfeld, Psychologist in Potomac, MD
Michael Brachfeld
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Potomac, MD 20854  (Online Only)
What if life's stressors could feel a bit more manageable? What if we could set ambitious, yet realistic goals and accomplish them one-by-one? Despite all of the stressors facing us on a day-to-day basis, positive change is attainable. My approach to therapy is strength-based and involves a warm, collaborative process in which we assess barriers to success, set realistic goals, and monitor progress over time.
What if life's stressors could feel a bit more manageable? What if we could set ambitious, yet realistic goals and accomplish them one-by-one? Despite all of the stressors facing us on a day-to-day basis, positive change is attainable. My approach to therapy is strength-based and involves a warm, collaborative process in which we assess barriers to success, set realistic goals, and monitor progress over time.
(240) 201-2413 View (240) 201-2413
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Malissa Rivera
Pre-Licensed Professional, EdM
Verified Verified
Potomac, MD 20854  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My passion lies in equipping people with the tools necessary to navigate life’s challenges. It takes a lot of courage to reach out for help and I admire those who take the first steps to work on their mental health. It takes vulnerability to talk to a stranger about personal challenges and I'm here to make it easier. I use an eclectic approach to ensure my clients get individualized care. I believe in setting goals and holding clients accountable in achieving those goals. I have a special interest working with people process the trauma that comes from Grief and Loss.
My passion lies in equipping people with the tools necessary to navigate life’s challenges. It takes a lot of courage to reach out for help and I admire those who take the first steps to work on their mental health. It takes vulnerability to talk to a stranger about personal challenges and I'm here to make it easier. I use an eclectic approach to ensure my clients get individualized care. I believe in setting goals and holding clients accountable in achieving those goals. I have a special interest working with people process the trauma that comes from Grief and Loss.
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Photo of Kari Ayoroa, Counselor in Potomac, MD
Kari Ayoroa
Counselor, LCPC, LPC, CCTP, CIMHP
Verified Verified
Potomac, MD 20854
I work with adults and adolescents treating anxiety, OCD, trauma, and depression. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP), Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy, Integrative Mental Health and as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. I utilize my experience working with adults, college and high school transitions concerns, social media impacts, life transitions, management of stress and many more. I treat based on my experience and willingness to meet all my clients where they are in their journey.
I work with adults and adolescents treating anxiety, OCD, trauma, and depression. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP), Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy, Integrative Mental Health and as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. I utilize my experience working with adults, college and high school transitions concerns, social media impacts, life transitions, management of stress and many more. I treat based on my experience and willingness to meet all my clients where they are in their journey.
(301) 889-9395 View (301) 889-9395
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New Hope Counseling Group
Counselor
Verified Verified
Potomac, MD 20854  (Online Only)
New Hope Counseling Group, LLC, is a group of diverse licensed therapists who take great pride in providing a safe and comfortable space to explore a range of challenges with each client we work with. We strive to empower our clients to navigate life's challenges through individualized, collaborative, trauma-informed treatment modalities. We seek to match you with the best fit therapist based on your presenting needs or personal goals.
New Hope Counseling Group, LLC, is a group of diverse licensed therapists who take great pride in providing a safe and comfortable space to explore a range of challenges with each client we work with. We strive to empower our clients to navigate life's challenges through individualized, collaborative, trauma-informed treatment modalities. We seek to match you with the best fit therapist based on your presenting needs or personal goals.
(301) 720-1937 View (301) 720-1937
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Arianne Waschler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Potomac, MD 20854  (Online Only)
I’m glad we’ve found each other. My name is Arianne and I've been partnering with individuals for 12 years, navigating the challenges, celebrating the victories, and working towards the life each person hopes for themselves. When life becomes too much to handle, you might know what you need to do logically to make things better, but actually starting can feel scary. When you're stuck in a loop of negative thoughts and bad habits, it's hard to shake off the guilt and move forward. You understand your struggles and story better than anyone else and I'm here to work alongside you to restore your calm.
I’m glad we’ve found each other. My name is Arianne and I've been partnering with individuals for 12 years, navigating the challenges, celebrating the victories, and working towards the life each person hopes for themselves. When life becomes too much to handle, you might know what you need to do logically to make things better, but actually starting can feel scary. When you're stuck in a loop of negative thoughts and bad habits, it's hard to shake off the guilt and move forward. You understand your struggles and story better than anyone else and I'm here to work alongside you to restore your calm.
(240) 557-3650 View (240) 557-3650
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Jacqui Chen
Counselor, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Potomac, MD 20854  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Clients come to counseling for various reasons. In my experience with the clients, some of them just needed time and space for them to be heard because they did not have that resource with others in their life. Their friends and family could be great support but couldn’t necessarily offer professional help such as treatment. Some people, including myself, may struggle with things they are not able to express clearly. Some may be just confused about life and need some coaching from the counselors.
Clients come to counseling for various reasons. In my experience with the clients, some of them just needed time and space for them to be heard because they did not have that resource with others in their life. Their friends and family could be great support but couldn’t necessarily offer professional help such as treatment. Some people, including myself, may struggle with things they are not able to express clearly. Some may be just confused about life and need some coaching from the counselors.
(240) 774-2184 View (240) 774-2184
Photo of Sheila A. Litwin, psychotherapy, Counselor in Potomac, MD
Sheila A. Litwin, psychotherapy
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Not Verified Not Verified
Potomac, MD 20854
Fears, anxiety, and depression can be debilitating. I have the ability to listen warmly and compassionately to what you're saying even if you are feeling jumbled or confused. I create a safe space for you to be able to vent. Often having a person listen with understanding of what you might be experiencing can ease your discomfort. I can offer gentle guidance if you are at a crossroad, a turning point or are feeling challenged by others in your life. Relationships are the most important things in our lives, yet often, the most difficult. Better communication skills can help.
Fears, anxiety, and depression can be debilitating. I have the ability to listen warmly and compassionately to what you're saying even if you are feeling jumbled or confused. I create a safe space for you to be able to vent. Often having a person listen with understanding of what you might be experiencing can ease your discomfort. I can offer gentle guidance if you are at a crossroad, a turning point or are feeling challenged by others in your life. Relationships are the most important things in our lives, yet often, the most difficult. Better communication skills can help.
(301) 983-5101 View (301) 983-5101
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Gloria Silverberg Coaching
MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Potomac, MD 20854
As a Professional Counselor, School and Parenting Coach with 25 years of experience, I would love to help you and your child achieve your outcomes! Awards: Montgomery County Public Schools Counselor of the Year, Maryland State Semi-Finalist Counselor of the Year
As a Professional Counselor, School and Parenting Coach with 25 years of experience, I would love to help you and your child achieve your outcomes! Awards: Montgomery County Public Schools Counselor of the Year, Maryland State Semi-Finalist Counselor of the Year
(240) 663-5715 View (240) 663-5715
Photo of Valerie Gordon Slattery, Psychologist in Potomac, MD
Valerie Gordon Slattery
Psychologist, PsyD, PhD
Verified Verified
Potomac, MD 20854
Making the decision to help a child or teen who is struggling academically, behaviorally, socially and/or emotionally may be the most important decision you make. I see each child/teen as a puzzle. Sometimes the pieces fit together perfectly and other times it is necessary to work really hard to find the right piece to complete the puzzle. I use a variety of techniques - play therapy, sand therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy. I believe that a child is part of a larger system, including parents, siblings, and schools. I strive to work with all aspects of a child's world.
Making the decision to help a child or teen who is struggling academically, behaviorally, socially and/or emotionally may be the most important decision you make. I see each child/teen as a puzzle. Sometimes the pieces fit together perfectly and other times it is necessary to work really hard to find the right piece to complete the puzzle. I use a variety of techniques - play therapy, sand therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy. I believe that a child is part of a larger system, including parents, siblings, and schools. I strive to work with all aspects of a child's world.
(240) 478-6249 View (240) 478-6249
Photo of Michelle Bronzo, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Potomac, MD
Michelle Bronzo
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCPC, LMHC, CT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Potomac, MD 20854
There are so many changes in your life - both big and small - that can bring about feelings of grief and loss. Navigating these changes can feel so overwhelming at times, sometimes beyond what you might feel capable of holding on your own. You may be in uncharted territory and wonder about the uncertainty of the road ahead. You are looking for ways to process past experiences, cope with the present, and manage future challenges.
There are so many changes in your life - both big and small - that can bring about feelings of grief and loss. Navigating these changes can feel so overwhelming at times, sometimes beyond what you might feel capable of holding on your own. You may be in uncharted territory and wonder about the uncertainty of the road ahead. You are looking for ways to process past experiences, cope with the present, and manage future challenges.
(240) 348-5732 View (240) 348-5732
Photo of Christine H. Wang, Psychologist in Potomac, MD
Christine H. Wang
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Potomac, MD 20854
I provide psychotherapy/counseling to children/teens experiencing anxiety (separation, social, excessive worry, panic, and phobias), depression and/or ADHD. In addition, I specialize in anxiety, stress & depression that is specifically tied to (1) health concerns (e.g., type 1 diabetes, picky eating/ARFID, food allergy, chronic pain, GI, sleep, etc) and/or (2) identity concerns (race/ethnicity, LGBTQIA+, religion). Lastly, I have a specialization in preschool mental health through providing Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) for anxiety and temper tantrums/moodiness in young children.
I provide psychotherapy/counseling to children/teens experiencing anxiety (separation, social, excessive worry, panic, and phobias), depression and/or ADHD. In addition, I specialize in anxiety, stress & depression that is specifically tied to (1) health concerns (e.g., type 1 diabetes, picky eating/ARFID, food allergy, chronic pain, GI, sleep, etc) and/or (2) identity concerns (race/ethnicity, LGBTQIA+, religion). Lastly, I have a specialization in preschool mental health through providing Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) for anxiety and temper tantrums/moodiness in young children.
(301) 205-5209 View (301) 205-5209
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Jennifer Udler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Potomac, MD 20854
I specialize in working with adolescents and adults. I walk with my clients outdoors in a park or on a trail. My clients benefit from being out in nature and tend to open up in this calm and comfortable environment. I help clients improve coping skills and build self esteem in the most natural way, taking time to improve themselves and take charge of the direction of their lives. I focus on a full range of issues including decreasing anxiety, improving social functioning, regulating emotions, and building healthy relationships.
I specialize in working with adolescents and adults. I walk with my clients outdoors in a park or on a trail. My clients benefit from being out in nature and tend to open up in this calm and comfortable environment. I help clients improve coping skills and build self esteem in the most natural way, taking time to improve themselves and take charge of the direction of their lives. I focus on a full range of issues including decreasing anxiety, improving social functioning, regulating emotions, and building healthy relationships.
(240) 204-6896 View (240) 204-6896
Photo of Sarah Edmunds, LCSW-C, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Potomac, MD
Sarah Edmunds, LCSW-C
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Potomac, MD 20854
Every day is the same. You wake up anxious, go to work on autopilot, and come home exhausted. Rinse and repeat. There must be more to life than this, you think. But you don’t know how to break free from this cycle. You see friends and coworkers breezing through life. They all appear blissfully unencumbered by the constant anxiety and depression that plagues you. The only conclusion you can draw is that you must be the problem. You decide there’s something inherently wrong with you that makes living with joy and ease impossible. So you resign yourself to your struggles. But sometimes you still wonder if there’s another way to live.
Every day is the same. You wake up anxious, go to work on autopilot, and come home exhausted. Rinse and repeat. There must be more to life than this, you think. But you don’t know how to break free from this cycle. You see friends and coworkers breezing through life. They all appear blissfully unencumbered by the constant anxiety and depression that plagues you. The only conclusion you can draw is that you must be the problem. You decide there’s something inherently wrong with you that makes living with joy and ease impossible. So you resign yourself to your struggles. But sometimes you still wonder if there’s another way to live.
(301) 273-1295 View (301) 273-1295
Photo of Jen Van Meter, LPC Intern in Potomac, MD
Jen Van Meter
LPC Intern, BS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Potomac, MD 20854  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Taking the time to looking for a therapist is a tough first step to creating meaningful change in your life, but here you are! I would be honored to accompany you on your journey of healing. If you are someone who is struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, chronic illness, life transitions, or other hard stuff in general, I am here to support you. I will stand by you as we take one step at a time towards your end goals.
Taking the time to looking for a therapist is a tough first step to creating meaningful change in your life, but here you are! I would be honored to accompany you on your journey of healing. If you are someone who is struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, chronic illness, life transitions, or other hard stuff in general, I am here to support you. I will stand by you as we take one step at a time towards your end goals.
(301) 923-4975 View (301) 923-4975
Photo of Georgia Gray, LPC Intern in Potomac, MD
Georgia Gray
LPC Intern
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Potomac, MD 20854  (Online Only)
Welcome! As a Counseling Intern, I focus on nurturing mindfulness, reshaping our relationships with negative thoughts, and fostering growth in our shared journey. With unwavering support and acceptance, I aim to create a safe space to explore emotions, past experiences, and personal narratives. Whether you're dealing with relationships, self-discovery, anxiety, emotional challenges, or simply wish to be heard, we'll develop coping skills, self-compassion, and resilience together.
Welcome! As a Counseling Intern, I focus on nurturing mindfulness, reshaping our relationships with negative thoughts, and fostering growth in our shared journey. With unwavering support and acceptance, I aim to create a safe space to explore emotions, past experiences, and personal narratives. Whether you're dealing with relationships, self-discovery, anxiety, emotional challenges, or simply wish to be heard, we'll develop coping skills, self-compassion, and resilience together.
(301) 679-7229 View (301) 679-7229
Photo of Rhoda Spindel, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Potomac, MD
Rhoda Spindel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Potomac, MD 20854
I have been helping people for 30+ years. It is my delight to see my patients grow and experience ways of feeling they never imagined. I create a safe environment in which you feel you can tell me any problem and be listened to with compassion and without shame. I have successfuly treated people who suffer from anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and work related problems with very high success rates. I am very devoted to the people I see and will help you make your life better by finding new ways of reacting to situations and people that are problematic.
I have been helping people for 30+ years. It is my delight to see my patients grow and experience ways of feeling they never imagined. I create a safe environment in which you feel you can tell me any problem and be listened to with compassion and without shame. I have successfuly treated people who suffer from anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and work related problems with very high success rates. I am very devoted to the people I see and will help you make your life better by finding new ways of reacting to situations and people that are problematic.
(202) 559-4223 View (202) 559-4223
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Nazli Fouladi
Psychologist, PsyD, MS, MA
Verified Verified
Potomac, MD 20854  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Nazli Fouladi. I'm here to help you navigate life's challenges towards mental well-being and emotional balance. If you're feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about seeking help, please know that you're not alone. Starting therapy can be intimidating, but in our sessions, you'll discover a safe and supportive environment where your voice is heard with compassion and respect. My belief is that you already possess the awareness and capacity for change; together, we'll use evidence-based techniques to explore and overcome the areas in need of adjustment to discover and build on your strengths.
Hello, I'm Nazli Fouladi. I'm here to help you navigate life's challenges towards mental well-being and emotional balance. If you're feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about seeking help, please know that you're not alone. Starting therapy can be intimidating, but in our sessions, you'll discover a safe and supportive environment where your voice is heard with compassion and respect. My belief is that you already possess the awareness and capacity for change; together, we'll use evidence-based techniques to explore and overcome the areas in need of adjustment to discover and build on your strengths.
(240) 820-3852 View (240) 820-3852
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Margaret Oliver
NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Potomac, MD 20854  (Online Only)
Maggie is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She has a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience from Miami University. Since 2013 she has worked in various settings, such as: community mental health, private practice, corrections, and skilled/assisted nursing facilities. Maggie specializes in geriatric psychiatry, anxiety disorders (including posttraumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder), mood disorders (including major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder/ADHD)
Maggie is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She has a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience from Miami University. Since 2013 she has worked in various settings, such as: community mental health, private practice, corrections, and skilled/assisted nursing facilities. Maggie specializes in geriatric psychiatry, anxiety disorders (including posttraumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder), mood disorders (including major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder/ADHD)
(301) 750-1968 View (301) 750-1968
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Evie Shiyu Tang
Counselor, LGPC, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Potomac, MD 20854  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Hi! I am a bilingual and multicultural psychotherapist who help adolescents and adults create, connect, and reauthor their lived stories of mental health. For I believe that every person’s life is a unique narrative that is valuable and worthy of being explored. Over the past few years, my intersecting identities have enabled me to connect deeply with numerous stories shared by young individuals who found themselves holding onto pain from their childhood, family, friends, past relationships, community, and the broader system.
Hi! I am a bilingual and multicultural psychotherapist who help adolescents and adults create, connect, and reauthor their lived stories of mental health. For I believe that every person’s life is a unique narrative that is valuable and worthy of being explored. Over the past few years, my intersecting identities have enabled me to connect deeply with numerous stories shared by young individuals who found themselves holding onto pain from their childhood, family, friends, past relationships, community, and the broader system.
(301) 902-0743 View (301) 902-0743
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Myra Kaplan
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Potomac, MD 20854  (Online Only)
Deciding to seek help for issues in your life takes courage. It isn’t easy to decide who the right person is to trust and open up to about your life or even to believe that doing so will result in improvements. I work with my clients collaboratively. Together we discuss how you are feeling, what is going on in your life, and how you would like to move forward. No matter what you are dealing with, whether it be depression, anxiety, relationship issues, general stress, or something else, our discussions will be geared towards helping you understand what you want and developing skills to be resilient and thrive in your life ahead.
Deciding to seek help for issues in your life takes courage. It isn’t easy to decide who the right person is to trust and open up to about your life or even to believe that doing so will result in improvements. I work with my clients collaboratively. Together we discuss how you are feeling, what is going on in your life, and how you would like to move forward. No matter what you are dealing with, whether it be depression, anxiety, relationship issues, general stress, or something else, our discussions will be geared towards helping you understand what you want and developing skills to be resilient and thrive in your life ahead.
(240) 899-7870 View (240) 899-7870

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Potomac, MD

300+

Average cost per session

$180

Therapists in Potomac, MD who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
89% Depression
82% Relationship Issues
82% Self Esteem
69% Coping Skills
69% Stress
65% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

71% BlueCross and BlueShield
70% CareFirst
61% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Potomac, MD see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
15% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Potomac?

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.