Therapists in Saint Charles, MD

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Arlee Buchanan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Charles, MD 20602
Not accepting new clients
I know from personal and professional experience how difficult it can be to find a counselor who meets the needs of neurodiverse people, and how frightening it can be as an LGBTQ+ person to navigate the process while feeling safe. Safety is a priority for me, as feeling safe and empowered to make choices is what allows us as human beings to improve and grow!
I know from personal and professional experience how difficult it can be to find a counselor who meets the needs of neurodiverse people, and how frightening it can be as an LGBTQ+ person to navigate the process while feeling safe. Safety is a priority for me, as feeling safe and empowered to make choices is what allows us as human beings to improve and grow!
(301) 259-1837 View (301) 259-1837
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Elaine Sarah Belson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Charles, MD 20602
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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Debra C Foster
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Saint Charles, MD 20602  (Online Only)
Do you have relationships that aren't working? Do you feel unhappy, unfulfilled, depressed or anxious? Perhaps you're involved in a relationship that is abusive and you don't know what to do or where to turn. Or perhaps you have suffered a loss or are in a life transition and you find it difficult to cope. If you are experiencing any of these life problems I may be able to help you understand what is happening within yourself and take steps to a create a healthier and more satisfying life.
Do you have relationships that aren't working? Do you feel unhappy, unfulfilled, depressed or anxious? Perhaps you're involved in a relationship that is abusive and you don't know what to do or where to turn. Or perhaps you have suffered a loss or are in a life transition and you find it difficult to cope. If you are experiencing any of these life problems I may be able to help you understand what is happening within yourself and take steps to a create a healthier and more satisfying life.
(301) 337-8767 View (301) 337-8767
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Synergy Wellness Therapeutic Services
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, EdD, NCC, LPC, ACS
Verified Verified
Saint Charles, MD 20603  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Important, Please Read: 1. Please send an email for a faster response. 2. Must be able to sign up through the Headway mental health platform. Have you been dragging through life, on auto-pilot, waiting for things to "just get back to normal"? Have you experienced things in life that have held you back from reaching your potential for greatness? The good news is that you have come to the right place to declare healing!
Important, Please Read: 1. Please send an email for a faster response. 2. Must be able to sign up through the Headway mental health platform. Have you been dragging through life, on auto-pilot, waiting for things to "just get back to normal"? Have you experienced things in life that have held you back from reaching your potential for greatness? The good news is that you have come to the right place to declare healing!
(301) 701-3228 View (301) 701-3228
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Steia Williams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Charles, MD 20602  (Online Only)
I believe that therapy is a collaborative process, therefore my role is to assist you in working towards solutions that benefit you in the best way possible. My methods include mindfulness practice, distress tolerance, and cognitive behavioral techniques to target depression, anxiety, and trauma. I provide a safe, warm, and welcoming environment in order to help my clients feel comfortable in expressing their themselves. I strive to create a creative, unorthodox approach by using humor in order to appeal to adolescence.
I believe that therapy is a collaborative process, therefore my role is to assist you in working towards solutions that benefit you in the best way possible. My methods include mindfulness practice, distress tolerance, and cognitive behavioral techniques to target depression, anxiety, and trauma. I provide a safe, warm, and welcoming environment in order to help my clients feel comfortable in expressing their themselves. I strive to create a creative, unorthodox approach by using humor in order to appeal to adolescence.
(443) 295-8955 View (443) 295-8955
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Dr. Sue Francis
Counselor, EdD, LCPC, NCC, ACS
Verified Verified
Saint Charles, MD 20602  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a 22-year veteran of the United States Air Force whose passion is to provide mental and emotional restoration, empower, and assist you to regain your strength and identity, your voice, and your passion for living displaced as a result of fear and anxiety, low-self-esteem, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse/violence, depression, and grief. As an adjunct faculty who has taught undergraduate and graduate students, I tend to include psycho-education as part of my practice, thereby arming you with useful information, enabling you to make informed decisions about your mental health.
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a 22-year veteran of the United States Air Force whose passion is to provide mental and emotional restoration, empower, and assist you to regain your strength and identity, your voice, and your passion for living displaced as a result of fear and anxiety, low-self-esteem, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse/violence, depression, and grief. As an adjunct faculty who has taught undergraduate and graduate students, I tend to include psycho-education as part of my practice, thereby arming you with useful information, enabling you to make informed decisions about your mental health.
(240) 303-3580 View (240) 303-3580
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The Institute for Emotional Regulation, LLC.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW, CTT, MAC, NBCCH
Verified Verified
Saint Charles, MD 20603
Gregory Ingram, LCSW-C, LICSW, CTT, MAC, NBCCH is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland. I am also a seasoned trauma therapist, addiction counselor, and family therapist. I have treated patients throughout the united states and abroad. I am well versed in the emotional deprivation found in individuals who have been abused, neglected, and or stripped of their self worth, dignity, and sense emotional well-being. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brief-Solution Therapy, Adolescent Criminal Justice Issues, PTSD -Trauma Treatment, and the Chronically Emotionally Wounded.
Gregory Ingram, LCSW-C, LICSW, CTT, MAC, NBCCH is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland. I am also a seasoned trauma therapist, addiction counselor, and family therapist. I have treated patients throughout the united states and abroad. I am well versed in the emotional deprivation found in individuals who have been abused, neglected, and or stripped of their self worth, dignity, and sense emotional well-being. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brief-Solution Therapy, Adolescent Criminal Justice Issues, PTSD -Trauma Treatment, and the Chronically Emotionally Wounded.
(301) 888-7547 View (301) 888-7547

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Sarah Raihl
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW -
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602  (Online Only)
Hello. I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Maryland. I have been practicing Social Work for over 29 years now and have worked in many settings including hospitals, foster care, schools and community agencies. I have spent many years working as a Medical Case Manager working with individuals living with HIV. Over the past few years I have developed a Wellness Program focusing on using coping skills to increase overall health and wellness.
Hello. I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Maryland. I have been practicing Social Work for over 29 years now and have worked in many settings including hospitals, foster care, schools and community agencies. I have spent many years working as a Medical Case Manager working with individuals living with HIV. Over the past few years I have developed a Wellness Program focusing on using coping skills to increase overall health and wellness.
(443) 491-9325 View (443) 491-9325
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Milicent Mack
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20603  (Online Only)
Milicent Mack, a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), obtained her Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University. With a dedication to serving diverse communities, Milicent possesses extensive experience working with seniors, adults, and youth. Through the application of effective coping strategies, Milicent assists her clients in navigating life's obstacles with resilience and confidence.
Milicent Mack, a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), obtained her Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University. With a dedication to serving diverse communities, Milicent possesses extensive experience working with seniors, adults, and youth. Through the application of effective coping strategies, Milicent assists her clients in navigating life's obstacles with resilience and confidence.
(301) 453-8195 View (301) 453-8195
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Demarest Crawl
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20603  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Congratulations on being brave enough to start this journey! I get it, you may be nervous about coming to therapy, and that’s 100% normal. You don't want to be "psyched" or "shrinked" and the good news is- I don’t do that. I’m committed to making the process of therapy as easy as possible. What you’re dealing with may be difficult but our process won’t be. I’m passionate about helping you reach your goals and seeing you thrive.
Congratulations on being brave enough to start this journey! I get it, you may be nervous about coming to therapy, and that’s 100% normal. You don't want to be "psyched" or "shrinked" and the good news is- I don’t do that. I’m committed to making the process of therapy as easy as possible. What you’re dealing with may be difficult but our process won’t be. I’m passionate about helping you reach your goals and seeing you thrive.
(410) 656-6068 View (410) 656-6068
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Illumine, LLC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, PsyD, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20603
Hello, and welcome to Illumine LLC. Illumine LLC is owned and operated by Dr. Wade Green Jr. At Illumine, we realize that life sometimes gives us the unexpected, a crisis, divorce, or the death of a loved one. Our goal is to assist you through the difficult times and help you realize your full potential.
Hello, and welcome to Illumine LLC. Illumine LLC is owned and operated by Dr. Wade Green Jr. At Illumine, we realize that life sometimes gives us the unexpected, a crisis, divorce, or the death of a loved one. Our goal is to assist you through the difficult times and help you realize your full potential.
(301) 690-6104 View (301) 690-6104
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Ken-Lyn Consultations and Associates
Counselor, PhD, EdD, MEDL, MEd, MDiv
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602
Dr. Kenneth Brown has been counseling for more than 30 years on both the East Coast of the USA and Texas. Brown specializes in the following areas with fees prorated according to income (discounts for active duty, veterans/first responders/community leaders and professionals): ESTIMATE FOR SERVICE: Pro-rated based on your income and needs. Averages have been in between $85+ per session.
Dr. Kenneth Brown has been counseling for more than 30 years on both the East Coast of the USA and Texas. Brown specializes in the following areas with fees prorated according to income (discounts for active duty, veterans/first responders/community leaders and professionals): ESTIMATE FOR SERVICE: Pro-rated based on your income and needs. Averages have been in between $85+ per session.
(210) 761-4345 View (210) 761-4345
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LaCole Cole
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, PhD, NCC, LCPC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20602
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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Kathy D. Griffin
LCPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602  (Online Only)
Are you looking for a warm, personable, and objective therapist to help you navigate through the troubling happenings of your life? Look no further, here I am! The most important thing about the therapeutic space is empowering YOU so that YOU can make conscious choices about YOUR life. My style is active, involved, empathic, and genuine. Working collaboratively, we can define your goals and see what is causing you distress and/or to feel "stuck." Learned behaviors as a child just might not be working in your adult life! It's time to tell your story and work to resolve emotional scares that may be hindering you from being happy!
Are you looking for a warm, personable, and objective therapist to help you navigate through the troubling happenings of your life? Look no further, here I am! The most important thing about the therapeutic space is empowering YOU so that YOU can make conscious choices about YOUR life. My style is active, involved, empathic, and genuine. Working collaboratively, we can define your goals and see what is causing you distress and/or to feel "stuck." Learned behaviors as a child just might not be working in your adult life! It's time to tell your story and work to resolve emotional scares that may be hindering you from being happy!
(301) 701-2679 View (301) 701-2679
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LaVonne A. Browne
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20603
Not accepting new clients
Not Accepting New Clients Currently. Facing life's challenges can be extremely difficult. It is my goal to provide the support needed as clients work through their past issues and move towards a more empowered future. I take a holistic approach to treatment with an emphasis on spiritual, physical, emotional, and psychological development. I strongly believe in the capacity for change and have been amazed by the obstacles that I have seen clients overcome.
Not Accepting New Clients Currently. Facing life's challenges can be extremely difficult. It is my goal to provide the support needed as clients work through their past issues and move towards a more empowered future. I take a holistic approach to treatment with an emphasis on spiritual, physical, emotional, and psychological development. I strongly believe in the capacity for change and have been amazed by the obstacles that I have seen clients overcome.
(850) 308-7147 View (850) 308-7147
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Dr. Phil Thorn Anger Management
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, EdD, LCPC
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602
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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Tony Oby
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20602
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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Eric J Thomas
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20603
You have strengths that need building. Often, environments and other factors remind us if our weaknesses, and we begin to live our life from that viewpoint. We focus on the positive aspects to include the client's abilities, talents and resources that helped them achieve satisfaction. When feeling imbalanced or down on oneself it sometimes is difficult to recall or even identify the strengths that got you to a good place. We have been specifically trained on the Strengths Perspective and have full belief in the clients capabilities. When you feel better, you show up better and that's what we intend to help you do.
You have strengths that need building. Often, environments and other factors remind us if our weaknesses, and we begin to live our life from that viewpoint. We focus on the positive aspects to include the client's abilities, talents and resources that helped them achieve satisfaction. When feeling imbalanced or down on oneself it sometimes is difficult to recall or even identify the strengths that got you to a good place. We have been specifically trained on the Strengths Perspective and have full belief in the clients capabilities. When you feel better, you show up better and that's what we intend to help you do.
(301) 381-1254 View (301) 381-1254
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Ambresha Wilder
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, LCDC-I
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20603  (Online Only)
There are few constants in life, one of them being its’ ability to deliver struggles. However, having the right support system through life’s curveballs helps immensely with emotional well being. It is my calling to support and empower clients to combat their struggles in a way that allows them to reclaim their lives, achieve goals and sustain healthy relationships.
There are few constants in life, one of them being its’ ability to deliver struggles. However, having the right support system through life’s curveballs helps immensely with emotional well being. It is my calling to support and empower clients to combat their struggles in a way that allows them to reclaim their lives, achieve goals and sustain healthy relationships.
(240) 492-7519 View (240) 492-7519
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Kecia Wright with Brooke Bralove Psychotherapy
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
White Plains, MD 20695
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Maryland providing virtual psychotherapy to adults over 18. With 10 years experience, I specialize in working with anxiety & stress management, relationship issues, life transitions, trauma, loss & bereavement, depression and anger management. My passion is helping women build insight to proactively improve their lives. Many of my clients are BIPOC women who are highly successful perfectionists and people pleasers who struggle to find work/life balance, deeper purpose, and joy. Together, we will work toward creating a life that aligns with your core values and purpose.
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Maryland providing virtual psychotherapy to adults over 18. With 10 years experience, I specialize in working with anxiety & stress management, relationship issues, life transitions, trauma, loss & bereavement, depression and anger management. My passion is helping women build insight to proactively improve their lives. Many of my clients are BIPOC women who are highly successful perfectionists and people pleasers who struggle to find work/life balance, deeper purpose, and joy. Together, we will work toward creating a life that aligns with your core values and purpose.
(240) 448-4902 View (240) 448-4902

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Number of Therapists in Saint Charles, MD

< 10

Therapists in Saint Charles, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Parenting
86% Grief
86% Trauma and PTSD
86% Family Conflict

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% BlueCross and BlueShield
86% CareFirst
71% Aetna

How Therapists in Saint Charles, MD see their clients

57% Online Only
43% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Saint Charles?

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.