Therapists in Riva, MD

Photo of Leslie Stanbury, LCPC, CAC-AD, CHT
Leslie Stanbury
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, CAC-AD, CHT
Verified Verified
Riva, MD 21140
Are you experiencing anxiety or difficulty adjusting to a recent change in your life or relationship problems? Perhaps I can help you clarify and work through some of your concerns. I believe the relationship between patient and counselor is a crucial element in the process of making changes in therapy. Addressing issues of substance abuse, relationship problems, anxiety or depression can seem overwhelming and frightening. Taking this first step and exploring counseling indicates courage and a desire to change. I can help you navigate through this difficult time.
Are you experiencing anxiety or difficulty adjusting to a recent change in your life or relationship problems? Perhaps I can help you clarify and work through some of your concerns. I believe the relationship between patient and counselor is a crucial element in the process of making changes in therapy. Addressing issues of substance abuse, relationship problems, anxiety or depression can seem overwhelming and frightening. Taking this first step and exploring counseling indicates courage and a desire to change. I can help you navigate through this difficult time.
(410) 656-4889 View (410) 656-4889
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Michael W Gombatz
Psychologist, Ed, D
Verified Verified
Riva, MD 21140
With over 30 years of experience, I have come to know that most people are good and can solve their problems. Working with my patients has been a privilege. Life is not always easy, and it takes courage to face problems. I believe we can change. Those who do, regardless of age, can be happier and self-fulfilled. My work with patients is grounded in the belief that people are doing the best they can when they come to therapy. I believe change comes in the context of relationships, and relationships are the heart of good psychotherapy.
With over 30 years of experience, I have come to know that most people are good and can solve their problems. Working with my patients has been a privilege. Life is not always easy, and it takes courage to face problems. I believe we can change. Those who do, regardless of age, can be happier and self-fulfilled. My work with patients is grounded in the belief that people are doing the best they can when they come to therapy. I believe change comes in the context of relationships, and relationships are the heart of good psychotherapy.
(301) 970-4564 View (301) 970-4564
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Lovannia Dofat
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW
Verified Verified
Riva, MD 21140  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Let us be real, life is difficult and even though we can have great days we cannot ignore the stressors and worries that occur in the background of our lives…the kids, marital issues, work, bills, family issues, friendships…the list of stressors can go on. During these times we ignore how this stress impacts our day-to-day functioning and our overall wellbeing. Stress knocks us off-kilter and throws us into a reactionary state and once there, we may not show up the way we want; aligned with our authentic self and values. I collaborate with individuals who find themselves in this situation and want to change how they show up.
Let us be real, life is difficult and even though we can have great days we cannot ignore the stressors and worries that occur in the background of our lives…the kids, marital issues, work, bills, family issues, friendships…the list of stressors can go on. During these times we ignore how this stress impacts our day-to-day functioning and our overall wellbeing. Stress knocks us off-kilter and throws us into a reactionary state and once there, we may not show up the way we want; aligned with our authentic self and values. I collaborate with individuals who find themselves in this situation and want to change how they show up.
(240) 318-7578 View (240) 318-7578
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Steve Johnson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MA
Verified Verified
Riva, MD 21140
"There is the inside , there is the outside and then there is the bridge between the two." I work extensively with PTSD, addiction and trauma recovery. I have over 25 years of experience with EMDR. Panic attacks, addictions, nightmares and social phobia are also a large part of the work I do. I utilize emdr because talk therapy sometimes simply doesn't work.
"There is the inside , there is the outside and then there is the bridge between the two." I work extensively with PTSD, addiction and trauma recovery. I have over 25 years of experience with EMDR. Panic attacks, addictions, nightmares and social phobia are also a large part of the work I do. I utilize emdr because talk therapy sometimes simply doesn't work.
(301) 804-2284 View (301) 804-2284
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Annapolis ADHD Center
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Riva, MD 21140
Dr. Carol Robbins is a clinical psychologist who provides a specialty practice for all of your ADD needs with the expertise and compassion that you deserve. Are you tired of getting the run-around? Of being told that you are just stressed, depressed or anxious, but you know that there is more to it than that? Trust me to provide you with the consideration and understanding of a professional who has the clinical knowledge and the personal lived-experience of raising ADHD children and marrying an ADHD spouse. I care and I get it! Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD across the lifespan.
Dr. Carol Robbins is a clinical psychologist who provides a specialty practice for all of your ADD needs with the expertise and compassion that you deserve. Are you tired of getting the run-around? Of being told that you are just stressed, depressed or anxious, but you know that there is more to it than that? Trust me to provide you with the consideration and understanding of a professional who has the clinical knowledge and the personal lived-experience of raising ADHD children and marrying an ADHD spouse. I care and I get it! Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD across the lifespan.
(410) 701-0989 View (410) 701-0989
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Caroline Batchelor Moore
Psychologist, PsyD, MS, BBA
Verified Verified
Riva, MD 21140  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I enjoy helping clients seeking to make changes in their lives to improve their well being, relationships with others & make better choices for healthier lifestyles. Sometimes life brings new challenges, and suddenly you may find yourself confused, anxious & unable to move forward. I have 20+ years experience working with clients with depression, anxiety & life transitions. I am a working mother with two kids including a disabled child, and I am also a cancer survivor. Last year, I lost my father, a Vietnam Veteran, due to complications of Alzheimer’s. I understand loss, panic & the stress of being a working mother.
I enjoy helping clients seeking to make changes in their lives to improve their well being, relationships with others & make better choices for healthier lifestyles. Sometimes life brings new challenges, and suddenly you may find yourself confused, anxious & unable to move forward. I have 20+ years experience working with clients with depression, anxiety & life transitions. I am a working mother with two kids including a disabled child, and I am also a cancer survivor. Last year, I lost my father, a Vietnam Veteran, due to complications of Alzheimer’s. I understand loss, panic & the stress of being a working mother.
(301) 678-1405 View (301) 678-1405

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Bay Area Christian Counseling
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, PhD, LCPC, BC-TMH, CFC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Annapolis, MD 21401
Bay Area Christian Counseling Center is located in Annapolis, Maryland. Our counselors are believers and followers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All of our counselors are professionally trained at the Master's or Doctoral degree level and licensed through the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as psychologists, professional counselors or social workers. Our goal is to provide sound professional mental health and counseling services, rooted in Biblical truth and ethics, for the Christian community and the community at large.
Bay Area Christian Counseling Center is located in Annapolis, Maryland. Our counselors are believers and followers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All of our counselors are professionally trained at the Master's or Doctoral degree level and licensed through the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as psychologists, professional counselors or social workers. Our goal is to provide sound professional mental health and counseling services, rooted in Biblical truth and ethics, for the Christian community and the community at large.
(410) 469-6110 View (410) 469-6110
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Josie Bowers
Counselor, LGPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Annapolis, MD 21401
It takes great strength and self-awareness to reach out for support. I focus on approaching others with warmth, compassion, and the understanding that our experiences shape who we are and how we see the world. My background is in crisis intervention counseling, supporting police departments and local agencies with a diverse population of clients ranging from children to adults with a wide range of mental health diagnoses and goals.
It takes great strength and self-awareness to reach out for support. I focus on approaching others with warmth, compassion, and the understanding that our experiences shape who we are and how we see the world. My background is in crisis intervention counseling, supporting police departments and local agencies with a diverse population of clients ranging from children to adults with a wide range of mental health diagnoses and goals.
(301) 781-5165 View (301) 781-5165
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Linda Nnaji
Counselor, LGPC
Verified Verified
Annapolis, MD 21401
My name is Linda Nnaji and I am a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) in the state of Maryland with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Trinity University located in Washington, DC.
My name is Linda Nnaji and I am a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) in the state of Maryland with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Trinity University located in Washington, DC.
(443) 707-2828 View (443) 707-2828
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Relationship Counseling Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Davidsonville, MD 21035
Over the past 33 years, I have treated individuals and couples who are struggling to feel more fully alive and present to the opportunities that life has to offer. Sometimes, though, because of past or present traumas, something feels "stuck." My role as your therapist is to help get things "unstuck"....through better self knowledge, better communication, better management of emotions. Please visit me on my web site for more specific information on my philosophy and the tools I use to help you achieve a more wholesome and fulfilling life...as an individual or in relationship with those closest to you.
Over the past 33 years, I have treated individuals and couples who are struggling to feel more fully alive and present to the opportunities that life has to offer. Sometimes, though, because of past or present traumas, something feels "stuck." My role as your therapist is to help get things "unstuck"....through better self knowledge, better communication, better management of emotions. Please visit me on my web site for more specific information on my philosophy and the tools I use to help you achieve a more wholesome and fulfilling life...as an individual or in relationship with those closest to you.
(410) 449-0934 View (410) 449-0934
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Theresa Shank
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Annapolis, MD 21401
As a fellow parent, I understand that there is no greater pleasure than to see your child happy and healthy. But excessive worrying, relentlessly demanding OCD rituals, the fear of vomiting, social anxiety, and self-harming behaviors like hair pulling and skin picking can rip away the joy of childhood and bring anguish to the family. I am a warm, compassionate, and very active cognitive-behavioral therapist with many years of success in helping children and teens recover from these challenges. I work as a team with parents, including them in at least part of every session.
As a fellow parent, I understand that there is no greater pleasure than to see your child happy and healthy. But excessive worrying, relentlessly demanding OCD rituals, the fear of vomiting, social anxiety, and self-harming behaviors like hair pulling and skin picking can rip away the joy of childhood and bring anguish to the family. I am a warm, compassionate, and very active cognitive-behavioral therapist with many years of success in helping children and teens recover from these challenges. I work as a team with parents, including them in at least part of every session.
(410) 753-4421 View (410) 753-4421
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Shirl Herbert
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Annapolis, MD 21401  (Online Only)
Life can feel overwhelming. It can also feel like it is not our own. I believe that in order to understand our difficulties and to be able to make meaningful change in our lives, we must understand our emotions, feelings, and behavior patterns. Depression, anxiety and feelings of hopelessness are often symptoms of what lies beneath. Finding our way to real change requires working on a deeper level. I'd be happy to talk to you about how psychodynamic therapy may help you. If you are thinking about beginning therapy, coming back into therapy or just curious about how therapy might work, please feel free to contact me,
Life can feel overwhelming. It can also feel like it is not our own. I believe that in order to understand our difficulties and to be able to make meaningful change in our lives, we must understand our emotions, feelings, and behavior patterns. Depression, anxiety and feelings of hopelessness are often symptoms of what lies beneath. Finding our way to real change requires working on a deeper level. I'd be happy to talk to you about how psychodynamic therapy may help you. If you are thinking about beginning therapy, coming back into therapy or just curious about how therapy might work, please feel free to contact me,
(301) 215-2593 View (301) 215-2593
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Mary Lesser
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Edgewater, MD 21037  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I utilize a wholistic approach to psychotherapy. I am interested in helping families heal from disagreement, emotional pain, trauma, loss and change through the use of individual, couples, family, and group therapy. I believe that each one of us has a strong inner voice that we need to find and connect with in order to be well. When difficult feelings surface, our energy or connection to ourselves and others can become weakened and we feel drained or blocked from living to our fullest potential. I am eclectic in my approach. I seek to assist clients to understand their true potential.
I utilize a wholistic approach to psychotherapy. I am interested in helping families heal from disagreement, emotional pain, trauma, loss and change through the use of individual, couples, family, and group therapy. I believe that each one of us has a strong inner voice that we need to find and connect with in order to be well. When difficult feelings surface, our energy or connection to ourselves and others can become weakened and we feel drained or blocked from living to our fullest potential. I am eclectic in my approach. I seek to assist clients to understand their true potential.
(301) 852-6698 View (301) 852-6698
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Family Intervention Partners
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MD, LCPC, PMHNP, LCSW-C, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Annapolis, MD 21412
Our practice consists of a team of licensed Drs, therapists, and social workers working together to provide the best mental healthcare services to our patients. We provide comprehensive Child, Adolescent and Adult psychiatric treatment, and psychotherapy in a non-judgmental, patient-centered environment. Our practitioners provide Assessments, Psychiatric Evaluation, Medication Management, and Psychotherapy for all ages. We treat Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Childhood Trauma, Emotional Disorders, and Behavior Problems. WE ARE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS.
Our practice consists of a team of licensed Drs, therapists, and social workers working together to provide the best mental healthcare services to our patients. We provide comprehensive Child, Adolescent and Adult psychiatric treatment, and psychotherapy in a non-judgmental, patient-centered environment. Our practitioners provide Assessments, Psychiatric Evaluation, Medication Management, and Psychotherapy for all ages. We treat Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Childhood Trauma, Emotional Disorders, and Behavior Problems. WE ARE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS.
(410) 291-1753 View (410) 291-1753
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Kristina DeGaetano
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Edgewater, MD 21037  (Online Only)
Are you feeling stressed out and overwhelmed? Do you feel that difficult thoughts and feelings make it hard to do things that you once enjoyed? Maybe even impacting your relationships with the important people in your life? I help people manage stress, anxiety , depression, relationship issues, life changes, and other clinical issues.
Are you feeling stressed out and overwhelmed? Do you feel that difficult thoughts and feelings make it hard to do things that you once enjoyed? Maybe even impacting your relationships with the important people in your life? I help people manage stress, anxiety , depression, relationship issues, life changes, and other clinical issues.
(410) 346-9554 View (410) 346-9554
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Catherine E Smith-Heine
Counselor, MEd, LCPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edgewater, MD 21037
Stress, life changes, health, parenting and educational & career challenges are all a part of everyday life. However, sometimes these factors can pile up and tip the balance of our mental health and wellbeing. If you recognize these sentiments, I can help you navigate through these difficult times and come out a stronger, more resilient individual. My counseling is structured in a compassionate, collaborative and safe way so clients will achieve deeper understanding and control in their lives.
Stress, life changes, health, parenting and educational & career challenges are all a part of everyday life. However, sometimes these factors can pile up and tip the balance of our mental health and wellbeing. If you recognize these sentiments, I can help you navigate through these difficult times and come out a stronger, more resilient individual. My counseling is structured in a compassionate, collaborative and safe way so clients will achieve deeper understanding and control in their lives.
(410) 205-4317 View (410) 205-4317
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Valyra Bacigalupi
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Edgewater, MD 21037
Valyra has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) for over 17 years and provides psychotherapy to Individuals, Couples, Families and Groups. Valyra feels to totally heal, one needs to treat the mind, body and soul, therefore looks at all levels of the client and is very eclectic. She uses the different trainings and techniques mentioned, which are then tailored to the clients' specific needs, in order for them to heal completely. Valyra is also a board approved supervisor therefore can provide you supervision for your hours. If Valyra does not take your insurance please call her and discuss her very reasonable rates.
Valyra has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) for over 17 years and provides psychotherapy to Individuals, Couples, Families and Groups. Valyra feels to totally heal, one needs to treat the mind, body and soul, therefore looks at all levels of the client and is very eclectic. She uses the different trainings and techniques mentioned, which are then tailored to the clients' specific needs, in order for them to heal completely. Valyra is also a board approved supervisor therefore can provide you supervision for your hours. If Valyra does not take your insurance please call her and discuss her very reasonable rates.
(301) 517-6172 View (301) 517-6172
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Eddy Wooten
Marriage & Family Therapist, LCMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Davidsonville, MD 21035
Feeling stressed? Got the blues? Having a lover's quarrel? Are the children misbehaving? We can help! We specialize in Brief, Solution- Focused therapy to help you overcome whatever obstacle you are currently facing. With over fifteen years of experience, We focus on working with you as a team to help you resolve any issues you and/or your family may be dealing with.
Feeling stressed? Got the blues? Having a lover's quarrel? Are the children misbehaving? We can help! We specialize in Brief, Solution- Focused therapy to help you overcome whatever obstacle you are currently facing. With over fifteen years of experience, We focus on working with you as a team to help you resolve any issues you and/or your family may be dealing with.
(443) 398-3189 View (443) 398-3189
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Bright Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Edgewater, MD 21037  (Online Only)
As committed mental health therapists, our specialty lies in supporting adolescents and adults battling depression, anxiety, and self acceptance, with a keen focus on those exploring their sexual identity. We provide a compassionate environment for individuals contending with the discord between their newly accepted self and long-held values or religious beliefs. Collaboratively, we strive to enhance self-esteem, nurture confidence, and initiate a rewarding journey towards self-discovery.
As committed mental health therapists, our specialty lies in supporting adolescents and adults battling depression, anxiety, and self acceptance, with a keen focus on those exploring their sexual identity. We provide a compassionate environment for individuals contending with the discord between their newly accepted self and long-held values or religious beliefs. Collaboratively, we strive to enhance self-esteem, nurture confidence, and initiate a rewarding journey towards self-discovery.
(385) 250-0437 View (385) 250-0437
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Dana Wizeman
Counselor, LGPC, NCC, LAC NJ
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edgewater, MD 21037  (Online Only)
Welcome everyone. I am excited to meet you. Life can be tough. The everyday demands of school, family and our careers can be overwhelming. There will be times when we just need someone to listen, and there will be times when the adversities of life can leave us in need of developing certain skills to help us cope. We cannot always control what happens to us, but we can control how we respond and look after ourselves. Let's work together, develop a plan for you, and create the life you want!
Welcome everyone. I am excited to meet you. Life can be tough. The everyday demands of school, family and our careers can be overwhelming. There will be times when we just need someone to listen, and there will be times when the adversities of life can leave us in need of developing certain skills to help us cope. We cannot always control what happens to us, but we can control how we respond and look after ourselves. Let's work together, develop a plan for you, and create the life you want!
(410) 604-8367 View (410) 604-8367

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How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Riva, MD

< 10

Therapists in Riva, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
83% Relationship Issues
83% Self Esteem
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Anger Management
67% Stress

Average years in practice

33 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% CareFirst
75% Blue Shield

How Therapists in Riva, MD see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Riva?

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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.