Therapists in Saint Marys County, MD

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Photo of Debbie Flerlage, LCPC, LCADC, Counselor
Debbie Flerlage
Counselor, LCPC, LCADC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leonardtown, MD 20650  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Are you struggling with addiction or other behavioral health issue? Are you facing legal or family problems as a result of your behaviors? I have worked in the behavioral health field since 2000. I have worked with clients who are dually diagnosed with substance use and mental health disorders. I have extensive experience working with the criminal justice system and helping people meet the requirements that are placed on them as a result of behaviors associated with substance use. I also have extensive training in treating problem gambling disorder.
Are you struggling with addiction or other behavioral health issue? Are you facing legal or family problems as a result of your behaviors? I have worked in the behavioral health field since 2000. I have worked with clients who are dually diagnosed with substance use and mental health disorders. I have extensive experience working with the criminal justice system and helping people meet the requirements that are placed on them as a result of behaviors associated with substance use. I also have extensive training in treating problem gambling disorder.
(240) 776-5436 View (240) 776-5436
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Gersende Schleicher
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Are you a teen who feels like no one understands? Are you a person who needs help in coping with anxiety, depression, trauma, or family issues? Are you having trouble adjusting to a transition in life such as divorce or a new job? Life can be difficult and I'm here to help you cope with life's struggles without feeling alone.
Are you a teen who feels like no one understands? Are you a person who needs help in coping with anxiety, depression, trauma, or family issues? Are you having trouble adjusting to a transition in life such as divorce or a new job? Life can be difficult and I'm here to help you cope with life's struggles without feeling alone.
(240) 724-1101 View (240) 724-1101
Photo of Jessica Bowling - Chesapeake South Therapeutic Group LLC, LCPC, NCC, Counselor
Chesapeake South Therapeutic Group LLC
Counselor, LCPC, NCC
Verified Verified
California, MD 20619
Waitlist for new clients
Life is full of challenges and we are here to help you navigate through the tough times in your life. Our therapists guide children, adolescents, and adults in resolving personal, social and psychological difficulties. Our focus is on healing through life's transitions, trauma, depression and anxiety. We also assist couples to recognize and resolve conflict to improve their relationships.
Life is full of challenges and we are here to help you navigate through the tough times in your life. Our therapists guide children, adolescents, and adults in resolving personal, social and psychological difficulties. Our focus is on healing through life's transitions, trauma, depression and anxiety. We also assist couples to recognize and resolve conflict to improve their relationships.
(240) 297-7849 View (240) 297-7849
Photo of Bethany Yates - Worthy of Healing, LCSW-C, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Worthy of Healing
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Lexington Park, MD 20653  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I respond best to emails :) Hello! I am your fat, disabled, queer, neurodivergent therapist based in Maryland. Being a healer has come naturally to me since childhood and navigating my own healing has led me to become a licensed clinical social worker. I deeply care for my clients, so building genuine connections with them is essential. I show up to sessions as my authentic self: witty, warm, transparent, and a little awkward. I view each client as my equal and view therapy as a team approach to navigating pain and hope.
I respond best to emails :) Hello! I am your fat, disabled, queer, neurodivergent therapist based in Maryland. Being a healer has come naturally to me since childhood and navigating my own healing has led me to become a licensed clinical social worker. I deeply care for my clients, so building genuine connections with them is essential. I show up to sessions as my authentic self: witty, warm, transparent, and a little awkward. I view each client as my equal and view therapy as a team approach to navigating pain and hope.
(240) 540-5016 View (240) 540-5016
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Ursula Towles
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Life's storms come to each of us. We can feel overwhelmed, weary, anxious, alone, or stuck. Change, pain, & loss occur or events happen that cause deep trauma. Sometimes even the mundane day-to-day aspects of life can take a toll or addictions rule what was once our life. Let Discovery Harbor Counseling Center help chart a new course that puts you back at the helm of your life! You do NOT have to weather the storm alone! The atmosphere is warm, friendly, & always professional. Conveniently located, evening & weekend appointments are available, & protection of your confidentiality is upheld 100%.
Life's storms come to each of us. We can feel overwhelmed, weary, anxious, alone, or stuck. Change, pain, & loss occur or events happen that cause deep trauma. Sometimes even the mundane day-to-day aspects of life can take a toll or addictions rule what was once our life. Let Discovery Harbor Counseling Center help chart a new course that puts you back at the helm of your life! You do NOT have to weather the storm alone! The atmosphere is warm, friendly, & always professional. Conveniently located, evening & weekend appointments are available, & protection of your confidentiality is upheld 100%.
(301) 703-9245 View (301) 703-9245
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S.J. Woodward Psychotherapy, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Immediate openings in July ! I appreciate you taking this courageous step in order to create a better life for yourself. I will partner with you or your child to navigate stressful life changes, ADHD, anxiety, OCD, trauma and more. I can start teaching you how to feel better in your first session. Parents - I will work with you and your child as a team to equip them with the tools they need to thrive at school, home and socially.
Immediate openings in July ! I appreciate you taking this courageous step in order to create a better life for yourself. I will partner with you or your child to navigate stressful life changes, ADHD, anxiety, OCD, trauma and more. I can start teaching you how to feel better in your first session. Parents - I will work with you and your child as a team to equip them with the tools they need to thrive at school, home and socially.
(240) 257-0741 View (240) 257-0741
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Inner Peace Therapeutic Services
Counselor, PhD, LCPC, LCMFT, EMDR
Verified Verified
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, or feeling overwhelmed? Do you find yourself just not feeling like yourself? Whether you’re dealing with previous trauma, PTSD, identity issues, disordered eating, eating disorders, negative body image, or relationship issues, we are here to help. At our practice, we understand that counseling can be intimidating, but you’ve already taken the first important step. We believe that everyone has a story that deserves to be heard and valued. Our goal is to provide a safe, supportive space where you can explore your experiences, understand your feelings, and work towards healing and growth.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, or feeling overwhelmed? Do you find yourself just not feeling like yourself? Whether you’re dealing with previous trauma, PTSD, identity issues, disordered eating, eating disorders, negative body image, or relationship issues, we are here to help. At our practice, we understand that counseling can be intimidating, but you’ve already taken the first important step. We believe that everyone has a story that deserves to be heard and valued. Our goal is to provide a safe, supportive space where you can explore your experiences, understand your feelings, and work towards healing and growth.
(240) 754-2671 View (240) 754-2671
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Carolyn McElroy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Callaway, MD 20620  (Online Only)
My style is warm, relaxed and compassionate. I aim to create a relationship which facilitates growth through collaboration, respect, and gentle challenge. I am passionate about helping women recover and heal.
My style is warm, relaxed and compassionate. I aim to create a relationship which facilitates growth through collaboration, respect, and gentle challenge. I am passionate about helping women recover and heal.
(240) 693-5207 View (240) 693-5207
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Mackensey K Kubina
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Everyone has strengths and therapy can be utilized as a tool to further develop those strengths in addition to building new strengths. My goal is to provide a safe space for exploring feelings, resolving issues, personal growth, and rebuilding relationships. Therapy is a partnership we will enter in together to best support your individual or family needs. The ideal client is one who is ready to take the first step in this partnership with an open mind and heart. It is not an easy task, but the rewards of focusing on your personal journey and growth are great.
Everyone has strengths and therapy can be utilized as a tool to further develop those strengths in addition to building new strengths. My goal is to provide a safe space for exploring feelings, resolving issues, personal growth, and rebuilding relationships. Therapy is a partnership we will enter in together to best support your individual or family needs. The ideal client is one who is ready to take the first step in this partnership with an open mind and heart. It is not an easy task, but the rewards of focusing on your personal journey and growth are great.
(240) 847-3812 View (240) 847-3812
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Julie Devine
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, MA
Verified Verified
Are you looking for help for depression, anxiety, trauma, family or parenting issues? I can help. I treat children, teenagers, and adults. I work with individuals and families. Groups can be formed when the need arises. My unique and effective type of therapy can be helpful to many different issues.
Are you looking for help for depression, anxiety, trauma, family or parenting issues? I can help. I treat children, teenagers, and adults. I work with individuals and families. Groups can be formed when the need arises. My unique and effective type of therapy can be helpful to many different issues.
(240) 334-6234 View (240) 334-6234
Photo of Melinda Ruppert, MS, LCPC, Counselor
Melinda Ruppert
Counselor, MS, LCPC
Verified Verified
I work with people who are grieving the loss of a loved one from death....but also those who have been diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness, those suffering the loss of relationships, independence, career or loss of community from moving to a new place, infidelity and those dealing with the loss of a beloved pet. Life is full of transitions. Many people end up feeling isolated, like the world is going on around you and you're just standing still, questioning whether you're going crazy or having a mental health issue because you're experiencing feelings you've never felt before.
I work with people who are grieving the loss of a loved one from death....but also those who have been diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness, those suffering the loss of relationships, independence, career or loss of community from moving to a new place, infidelity and those dealing with the loss of a beloved pet. Life is full of transitions. Many people end up feeling isolated, like the world is going on around you and you're just standing still, questioning whether you're going crazy or having a mental health issue because you're experiencing feelings you've never felt before.
(240) 257-0913 View (240) 257-0913
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Melisa Patel
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Leonardtown, MD 20650  (Online Only)
Life's challenges can often feel overwhelming, and finding a space where you can unburden yourself without judgment is crucial. I am here to offer you that space - a warm, empathetic environment where your voice is heard and your concerns are met with understanding and care. Embarking on a journey of self-discovery and healing can be daunting, but not one you have to walk alone. My approach is rooted in understanding and kindness, ensuring a safe space for exploration and healing. I graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Now as a licensed professional (LCPC).
Life's challenges can often feel overwhelming, and finding a space where you can unburden yourself without judgment is crucial. I am here to offer you that space - a warm, empathetic environment where your voice is heard and your concerns are met with understanding and care. Embarking on a journey of self-discovery and healing can be daunting, but not one you have to walk alone. My approach is rooted in understanding and kindness, ensuring a safe space for exploration and healing. I graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Now as a licensed professional (LCPC).
(240) 213-9814 View (240) 213-9814
Photo of Esther Vanderwal - Serenity Place, LLC, BSW, MSW, LCSW-C, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Serenity Place, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BSW, MSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Leonardtown, MD 20650
If you feel like the world's weight is on your shoulders, and the burden has become too heavy to carry, we can assist you. We have experience working with various populations but focus on family issues, marriage and family issues, as well as grief, bereavement, and trauma. The backpack of life may seem too heavy or bulky to carry alone. Allow us to assist you in repacking your bag to allow you to carry it better through life. View our photos to meet our clinicians! We can see clients in person or via telehealth. Although our physical location is in southern Maryland, we can see clients throughout the state through telehealth!
If you feel like the world's weight is on your shoulders, and the burden has become too heavy to carry, we can assist you. We have experience working with various populations but focus on family issues, marriage and family issues, as well as grief, bereavement, and trauma. The backpack of life may seem too heavy or bulky to carry alone. Allow us to assist you in repacking your bag to allow you to carry it better through life. View our photos to meet our clinicians! We can see clients in person or via telehealth. Although our physical location is in southern Maryland, we can see clients throughout the state through telehealth!
(301) 918-5309 View (301) 918-5309
Photo of Camille Lewis - Revive Wellness Inc, LCPC, Counselor
Revive Wellness Inc
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
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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Amanda J Enright
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leonardtown, MD 20650
I'm so glad that you took the step to find a therapist to help you in your struggles! Life can be hectic and overwhelming and when you're struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, separation/divorce, issues with your children, issues with being a teenager, etc., the overwhelming feelings can get to be too much. I'm here to let you know that there is help in dealing with these struggles and you don't have to continue to carry these issues alone. I encourage you to call me for a free phone consultation.
I'm so glad that you took the step to find a therapist to help you in your struggles! Life can be hectic and overwhelming and when you're struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, separation/divorce, issues with your children, issues with being a teenager, etc., the overwhelming feelings can get to be too much. I'm here to let you know that there is help in dealing with these struggles and you don't have to continue to carry these issues alone. I encourage you to call me for a free phone consultation.
(410) 983-3210 View (410) 983-3210
Photo of Jennifer E Voorhaar - Hope and Healing Therapy and Wellness Center, LCSW-C, LCPC, PsyD, LMSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Hope and Healing Therapy and Wellness Center
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LCPC, PsyD, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leonardtown, MD 20650
We have immediate openings for private pay clients. Feeling ashamed, lost, afraid, alone? Reliving terrifying moments? Wondering when the dreams will stop? No matter what the road of life has put in your way, there is hope for recovery. By telling your story and learning skills for coping with life you can build hope and strength and finding healing. Our providers include: Jennifer Voorhaar, LCSW-C, Anastasia Newberry, LCSW-C, Meredith Drumm, LCPC, Alison Thir, PsyD, Kristen Wilson, LCSW-C, Erica Cavin, LCSW-C, Sara Smith, LCPC, Alexes Boutin, LMSW, Glori VanBrunt, LCPC, Anna Guy, LMSW.
We have immediate openings for private pay clients. Feeling ashamed, lost, afraid, alone? Reliving terrifying moments? Wondering when the dreams will stop? No matter what the road of life has put in your way, there is hope for recovery. By telling your story and learning skills for coping with life you can build hope and strength and finding healing. Our providers include: Jennifer Voorhaar, LCSW-C, Anastasia Newberry, LCSW-C, Meredith Drumm, LCPC, Alison Thir, PsyD, Kristen Wilson, LCSW-C, Erica Cavin, LCSW-C, Sara Smith, LCPC, Alexes Boutin, LMSW, Glori VanBrunt, LCPC, Anna Guy, LMSW.
(240) 808-2225 View (240) 808-2225
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Rebecca Hill
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Many individuals are living life haunted by past trauma or experiencing interpersonal relationship breakdowns. This can cause anxiety, depression, and negative self talk. It is important to process the emotions that derive from these experiences in order to move forward and experience healthy, positive, and meaningful relationships. It does take work and will not always be easy but the outcome from our sessions will be worth all the effort. It’s not who you are that holds you back. It’s who you think you’re not. Together we can work to toss out the thoughts that hold you back.
Many individuals are living life haunted by past trauma or experiencing interpersonal relationship breakdowns. This can cause anxiety, depression, and negative self talk. It is important to process the emotions that derive from these experiences in order to move forward and experience healthy, positive, and meaningful relationships. It does take work and will not always be easy but the outcome from our sessions will be worth all the effort. It’s not who you are that holds you back. It’s who you think you’re not. Together we can work to toss out the thoughts that hold you back.
(240) 774-1898 View (240) 774-1898
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Empowered Connections, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Scared. Worried. Anxious. Unsure. You look happy on the outside but inside, you're falling apart: you're feeling overwhelmed and having panic attacks out of the blue. You're a successful woman who is trying to do it all: it's a scary feeling, we know! Our team of women counselor's has been there ourselves & we can help you get your life back! We are also pleased to provide 4 girl/teen girl experts to help your daughter with the issues she may be struggling with such as self-esteem, anxiety, self-harming, etc. We have a new location in Bethesda now! Offering virtual therapy for the entire state of Maryland & DC!
Scared. Worried. Anxious. Unsure. You look happy on the outside but inside, you're falling apart: you're feeling overwhelmed and having panic attacks out of the blue. You're a successful woman who is trying to do it all: it's a scary feeling, we know! Our team of women counselor's has been there ourselves & we can help you get your life back! We are also pleased to provide 4 girl/teen girl experts to help your daughter with the issues she may be struggling with such as self-esteem, anxiety, self-harming, etc. We have a new location in Bethesda now! Offering virtual therapy for the entire state of Maryland & DC!
(301) 684-8042 x700 View (301) 684-8042 x700
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Doris McDonald
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC, LCADC
Verified Verified
Are you where you want to be in life? I want to help you in meaningfully understanding your world and experiences. Let me help you find the narrative threads that will help you reweave the fabric of your life. I have thirty years experience working with people with serious mental illness as well as substance-related disorders. I have worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, residential substance abuse programs and outpatient clinics. I have worked with all ages, from children through geriatric, but I am currently focusing on adults.
Are you where you want to be in life? I want to help you in meaningfully understanding your world and experiences. Let me help you find the narrative threads that will help you reweave the fabric of your life. I have thirty years experience working with people with serious mental illness as well as substance-related disorders. I have worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, residential substance abuse programs and outpatient clinics. I have worked with all ages, from children through geriatric, but I am currently focusing on adults.
(301) 640-5648 View (301) 640-5648
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Counseling with Kelsey
Counselor, MS, LCPC, NCC
Verified Verified
YOU are the expert on YOU. Since you are reading this, I suspect you have recognized some trouble in the “you” department and are looking for some support. Whether your troubles include anxiety that is holding you back from living your best life, depression that has you in a fog, or trouble in another area, I am here to help. I will point you in the right direction if I do not feel I will be the best counselor to serve your needs.
YOU are the expert on YOU. Since you are reading this, I suspect you have recognized some trouble in the “you” department and are looking for some support. Whether your troubles include anxiety that is holding you back from living your best life, depression that has you in a fog, or trouble in another area, I am here to help. I will point you in the right direction if I do not feel I will be the best counselor to serve your needs.
(301) 349-3624 View (301) 349-3624
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Number of Therapists in Saint Marys County, MD

60+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Saint Marys County, MD who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
89% Depression
77% Self Esteem
75% Trauma and PTSD
71% Relationship Issues
69% Coping Skills
68% Stress

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% CareFirst
76% BlueCross and BlueShield
63% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Saint Marys County, MD see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

87% Female
12% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Saint Marys County?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

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Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.