Therapists in Brighton, MI

Photo of Jessica Esker, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Brighton, MI
Jessica Esker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brighton, MI 48116  (Online Only)
Whether you are seeking therapy to work through past traumas, find relief from a specific issue, or just to have a person to talk to without judgement - You are in the right place. This is the first step.
Whether you are seeking therapy to work through past traumas, find relief from a specific issue, or just to have a person to talk to without judgement - You are in the right place. This is the first step.
(810) 599-9591 x4 View (810) 599-9591 x4
Photo of Kimberly Gorecki, Counselor in Brighton, MI
Kimberly Gorecki
Counselor, LPC, NCC, CCTP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brighton, MI 48116
Navigating the highs and lows of your life isn't always easy. Sometimes your problems can leave you feeling overwhelmed, confused, alone, and simply reeling out of control due to stress, anxiety, depression, or issues related to trauma. If this sounds like you, then come talk to me and together we'll create a path forward.
Navigating the highs and lows of your life isn't always easy. Sometimes your problems can leave you feeling overwhelmed, confused, alone, and simply reeling out of control due to stress, anxiety, depression, or issues related to trauma. If this sounds like you, then come talk to me and together we'll create a path forward.
(810) 442-8417 View (810) 442-8417
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Ultimate Life Teletherapy, PLLC - Jessie Berner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, SSW
Verified
Brighton, MI 48116  (Online Only)
Are you ready to establish and conquer goals that will allow you to live your Ultimate Life? Whether you feel the obstacles that are holding you back are enormous or tiny, I am ready to assist you in your journey. I have been a Licensed Social Worker for 22 years, a School Social Worker for 22 years and a Private Therapist for 4 years. My practice includes a transparent, non-judgmental approach that starts with establishing rapport and trust.
Are you ready to establish and conquer goals that will allow you to live your Ultimate Life? Whether you feel the obstacles that are holding you back are enormous or tiny, I am ready to assist you in your journey. I have been a Licensed Social Worker for 22 years, a School Social Worker for 22 years and a Private Therapist for 4 years. My practice includes a transparent, non-judgmental approach that starts with establishing rapport and trust.
(248) 563-7226 View (248) 563-7226
Photo of Kelly Riley - Evolve Behavioral Health, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Brighton, MI
Kelly Riley - Evolve Behavioral Health
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
6 Endorsed
Brighton, MI 48116
Waitlist for new clients
As the owner of Evolve Behavioral Health in Brighton, I work to help individuals function optimally in their daily lives. This may mean working 1:1 with clients to help resolve trauma related issues, eliminate or reduce mood disorders, and/or strengthen personal relationships; this also may mean linking clients to therapists in our practice who may be an ideal fit. My treatment modalities include EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness strategies. I work from a strengths-based, person-centered foundation to empower individuals and families to live their best lives.
As the owner of Evolve Behavioral Health in Brighton, I work to help individuals function optimally in their daily lives. This may mean working 1:1 with clients to help resolve trauma related issues, eliminate or reduce mood disorders, and/or strengthen personal relationships; this also may mean linking clients to therapists in our practice who may be an ideal fit. My treatment modalities include EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness strategies. I work from a strengths-based, person-centered foundation to empower individuals and families to live their best lives.
(734) 206-1748 View (734) 206-1748
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Gregory Fricker
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LLPC, ATR-P
Verified
Brighton, MI 48116
Not accepting new clients
On the best day, living in this world is complicated. Relationships are complicated, emotions are complicated, healing is complicated, and explaining what's on our mind is complicated. Complicated is my profession, and I enjoy working with clients who are tired of feeling beaten by "complicated". I enjoy working with clients as they navigate a variety of topics, such as anxiety, depression, body image concerns, grief, difficulty concentrating, relationship distress, social anxiety, phobia, trauma, family distress, spiritual concerns, matters of identity, breaking habits, low self esteem, and many more flavors of "complicated".
On the best day, living in this world is complicated. Relationships are complicated, emotions are complicated, healing is complicated, and explaining what's on our mind is complicated. Complicated is my profession, and I enjoy working with clients who are tired of feeling beaten by "complicated". I enjoy working with clients as they navigate a variety of topics, such as anxiety, depression, body image concerns, grief, difficulty concentrating, relationship distress, social anxiety, phobia, trauma, family distress, spiritual concerns, matters of identity, breaking habits, low self esteem, and many more flavors of "complicated".
(810) 390-5160 View (810) 390-5160
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Thriving Minds Behavioral Health
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Brighton, MI 48116
Children, adolescents, and families face challenges and stresses everyday; sometimes, these can become too much to handle alone. Particularly during this stressful time, effective treatment and support are necessary AND accessible through online therapy. Our treatment orientation is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a short-term, goal-oriented, and effective approach. We enjoy collaborating with schools (if indicated) to provide a well-rounded intervention. We also offer excellent, research-based teletherapy for kids, adolescents, and families. Call today to find out more about how we can help your child and family thrive!
Children, adolescents, and families face challenges and stresses everyday; sometimes, these can become too much to handle alone. Particularly during this stressful time, effective treatment and support are necessary AND accessible through online therapy. Our treatment orientation is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a short-term, goal-oriented, and effective approach. We enjoy collaborating with schools (if indicated) to provide a well-rounded intervention. We also offer excellent, research-based teletherapy for kids, adolescents, and families. Call today to find out more about how we can help your child and family thrive!
(810) 375-1055 View (810) 375-1055
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David Key LMSW CAADC
Drug & Alcohol Counselor
Verified
Brighton, MI 48116
Help Me To Help You! I am an experienced Licensed Masters Social Worker. Over the past 34 years, I have had the honor of helping children, adolescents and adults by providing evidenced-based therapy to individual, family, and groups. During my career, I have been a senior therapist, clinical director, drug court evaluator, and educator. I create a relaxed and supportive environment. I use a strengths-based, solution-focused, and empowerment-oriented approach.
Help Me To Help You! I am an experienced Licensed Masters Social Worker. Over the past 34 years, I have had the honor of helping children, adolescents and adults by providing evidenced-based therapy to individual, family, and groups. During my career, I have been a senior therapist, clinical director, drug court evaluator, and educator. I create a relaxed and supportive environment. I use a strengths-based, solution-focused, and empowerment-oriented approach.
(517) 210-1362 View (517) 210-1362
Photo of Joanna Gail Karner, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Brighton, MI
Joanna Gail Karner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, CAADC
Verified
Brighton, MI 48116  (Online Only)
I believe the space held between therapist and client is sacred. It is a privilege and honor to be invited to take part in the journey of another person’s life - to witness their challenges and joys. I believe that you are more than your trauma or diagnosis. My goal is to be a therapeutic partner in helping you foster your strength and resilience. Together we will explore what you need to manage uncomfortable feelings, identify behaviors you want to change and integrate healthy ways of coping into the rhythm of your life. I believe in you.
I believe the space held between therapist and client is sacred. It is a privilege and honor to be invited to take part in the journey of another person’s life - to witness their challenges and joys. I believe that you are more than your trauma or diagnosis. My goal is to be a therapeutic partner in helping you foster your strength and resilience. Together we will explore what you need to manage uncomfortable feelings, identify behaviors you want to change and integrate healthy ways of coping into the rhythm of your life. I believe in you.
(810) 546-3186 View (810) 546-3186
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Kimberly Avallone
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Brighton, MI 48116  (Online Only)
Dr. Avallone is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and trauma, anxiety disorders, depression and mood disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and related disorders. Dr. Avallone is committed to providing effective evidence-based treatments in order to help individuals learn skills to manage current and future symptoms successfully. She has received advanced training in evidence-based treatments for PTSD and trauma, including Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). She is also a trained PE and PE for primary care (PE-PC) consultant.
Dr. Avallone is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and trauma, anxiety disorders, depression and mood disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and related disorders. Dr. Avallone is committed to providing effective evidence-based treatments in order to help individuals learn skills to manage current and future symptoms successfully. She has received advanced training in evidence-based treatments for PTSD and trauma, including Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). She is also a trained PE and PE for primary care (PE-PC) consultant.
(734) 530-3715 View (734) 530-3715
Photo of Kristina M. Princinsky, Licensed Professional Counselor in Brighton, MI
Kristina M. Princinsky
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Brighton, MI 48116
"When will I feel like myself again?" "Will this pain ever end?" "You don't look sick!" Sound familiar? Illness and setbacks can happen to anyone and are often invisible to others. If you’re struggling to stay active, remain connected and feel torn between sharing "too little" and "feeling like a burden," you’re not alone. I tailor treatment plans for your most urgent needs. My aim is to restore energy, strengthen relationships & improve quality of life. Together we'll examine how the way you think, feel and act influences your ability to handle stress, cope with loss, manage pain and overcome hardships. Your comeback starts today!
"When will I feel like myself again?" "Will this pain ever end?" "You don't look sick!" Sound familiar? Illness and setbacks can happen to anyone and are often invisible to others. If you’re struggling to stay active, remain connected and feel torn between sharing "too little" and "feeling like a burden," you’re not alone. I tailor treatment plans for your most urgent needs. My aim is to restore energy, strengthen relationships & improve quality of life. Together we'll examine how the way you think, feel and act influences your ability to handle stress, cope with loss, manage pain and overcome hardships. Your comeback starts today!
(947) 800-5584 View (947) 800-5584
Dr. Marni A. Gauci
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brighton, MI 48116
Emotional wellbeing is a fundamental component to your health and quality of life. Interpersonal, academic, social, and occupational challenges can interfere with your daily functioning and health. Therapy offers an environment and relationship in which to be heard, understood, and promote growth and change that leads to improved emotional wellbeing and makes a difference in how life is lived. I aim to provide effective psychological services for people experiencing a wide range of challenges that may be an obstacle in their lives, including those with debilitating issues to those seeking self-discovery and insight.
Emotional wellbeing is a fundamental component to your health and quality of life. Interpersonal, academic, social, and occupational challenges can interfere with your daily functioning and health. Therapy offers an environment and relationship in which to be heard, understood, and promote growth and change that leads to improved emotional wellbeing and makes a difference in how life is lived. I aim to provide effective psychological services for people experiencing a wide range of challenges that may be an obstacle in their lives, including those with debilitating issues to those seeking self-discovery and insight.
(810) 683-5060 View (810) 683-5060
Photo of Ashley Bartlett, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Brighton, MI
Ashley Bartlett
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, CAADC
Verified
Brighton, MI 48116  (Online Only)
Hi, I’m Ashley! My goal as a therapist is to help you find balance and personal growth in your healing journey from a holistic and strength-based perspective. I believe that each client is the expert of their own life, experiences, and needs. It is a priority to me to create a space for clients to feel empowered to share their story, discover their strengths, and make positive and meaningful changes in their lives. I provide non-judgmental and empathic counseling services to help you through the process of change. It is important to me that you feel safe and supported.
Hi, I’m Ashley! My goal as a therapist is to help you find balance and personal growth in your healing journey from a holistic and strength-based perspective. I believe that each client is the expert of their own life, experiences, and needs. It is a priority to me to create a space for clients to feel empowered to share their story, discover their strengths, and make positive and meaningful changes in their lives. I provide non-judgmental and empathic counseling services to help you through the process of change. It is important to me that you feel safe and supported.
(810) 442-8443 View (810) 442-8443
Photo of Kate S. McKee, Marriage & Family Therapist in Brighton, MI
Kate S. McKee
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Brighton, MI 48114
It is important for me to build a strong relationship with my clients and meet them where they are at. I draw from a variety of theories and work collaboratively with my clients to find the best fit. My goal is to create a safe and respectful environment that supports vulnerability and promotes change. You are the expert of your life, and I am here to listen, and offer another perspective.
It is important for me to build a strong relationship with my clients and meet them where they are at. I draw from a variety of theories and work collaboratively with my clients to find the best fit. My goal is to create a safe and respectful environment that supports vulnerability and promotes change. You are the expert of your life, and I am here to listen, and offer another perspective.
(810) 442-0778 View (810) 442-0778
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Valerie R Munson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Brighton, MI 48116
Not accepting new clients
Welcome! Whether you are experiencing anxiety, depression, or any number of life stressors, my goal is to provide a space of safety and appreciation for your unique struggles. I specialize in treating a variety of mental health and behavioral disorders within children, adolescents, and families. By combining traditional talk therapy with alternate avenues such as art and play, I create a warm and interactive environment that fosters trust, increases emotional expression, and develops lasting coping skills.
Welcome! Whether you are experiencing anxiety, depression, or any number of life stressors, my goal is to provide a space of safety and appreciation for your unique struggles. I specialize in treating a variety of mental health and behavioral disorders within children, adolescents, and families. By combining traditional talk therapy with alternate avenues such as art and play, I create a warm and interactive environment that fosters trust, increases emotional expression, and develops lasting coping skills.
(810) 202-0242 View (810) 202-0242
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Kathleen Roberson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Brighton, MI 48114
Kathleen Roberson is a Rehabilitation and Licensed Professional Counselor who obtained a double Master's Degree from Wayne State University. Her degree is in Rehabilitation and Family Inclusion and Mental Health Counseling. Kathleen believes in inclusivity and feels that everyone needs to have the ability to become a productive part of our society without the stigma of mental health issues or physical disabilities. In her spare time she enjoys art therapy, music, learning about other cultures, traveling and cooking.
Kathleen Roberson is a Rehabilitation and Licensed Professional Counselor who obtained a double Master's Degree from Wayne State University. Her degree is in Rehabilitation and Family Inclusion and Mental Health Counseling. Kathleen believes in inclusivity and feels that everyone needs to have the ability to become a productive part of our society without the stigma of mental health issues or physical disabilities. In her spare time she enjoys art therapy, music, learning about other cultures, traveling and cooking.
(810) 202-0319 View (810) 202-0319
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Kisha Hath
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AAS, BS, LLMSW
Verified
Brighton, MI 48116
Hello, everyone! My name is Kisha Hath, I am a LLMSW graduate from Michigan State. I specialize in working with children and teens, however I have experience with all age groups. I am practiced in working with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, family conflict, trauma, sexuality, and more. My passion for helping others stems from experiences in my personal life, and my drive to help others. I understand that life is ever-changing and barriers can create feelings of helplessness, fear, and feeling overwhelmed. I believe each person has their own story, and I work with them to identify barriers and insights about their life.
Hello, everyone! My name is Kisha Hath, I am a LLMSW graduate from Michigan State. I specialize in working with children and teens, however I have experience with all age groups. I am practiced in working with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, family conflict, trauma, sexuality, and more. My passion for helping others stems from experiences in my personal life, and my drive to help others. I understand that life is ever-changing and barriers can create feelings of helplessness, fear, and feeling overwhelmed. I believe each person has their own story, and I work with them to identify barriers and insights about their life.
(810) 255-5153 View (810) 255-5153
Photo of Susan Imhof, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Brighton, MI
Susan Imhof
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified
2 Endorsed
Brighton, MI 48116
Waitlist for new clients
Hello! Are you stressed, anxious or depressed? Do you want close connections with people? Work may be good, but still something is missing in your personal life. Everything seems normal on the outside but inside you are lonely and confused. You may have a dysfunctional family background or come from an alcoholic home. You don’t really know what you feel or why you feel the way that you do. You're looking to communicate better, make and keep friendships, feel happy and content with what you have. Please contact me for issues with anxiety, stress, depression, relationships and how to break the cycle from your family of origin.
Hello! Are you stressed, anxious or depressed? Do you want close connections with people? Work may be good, but still something is missing in your personal life. Everything seems normal on the outside but inside you are lonely and confused. You may have a dysfunctional family background or come from an alcoholic home. You don’t really know what you feel or why you feel the way that you do. You're looking to communicate better, make and keep friendships, feel happy and content with what you have. Please contact me for issues with anxiety, stress, depression, relationships and how to break the cycle from your family of origin.
(810) 645-8115 View (810) 645-8115
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Mark Bowers
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Brighton, MI 48114
Dr. Mark Bowers is a Pediatric Psychologist in Brighton, MI. He is clinical director of the Brighton Center. He has worked with children, adolescents, young adults, and families for over 15 years. He specializes in neurodevelopmental diagnoses (i.e., Autism Spectrum, Asperger's, ADHD, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Learning Difficulties) and teaching 'quirky' kids social skills. Dr. Bowers was named a "Mom Approved" Top Doctor. He developed an app (www.mysosh.com) to help children improve their social skills that has been downloaded in over 60 countries and is being used in elementary/high schools and colleges across the US.
Dr. Mark Bowers is a Pediatric Psychologist in Brighton, MI. He is clinical director of the Brighton Center. He has worked with children, adolescents, young adults, and families for over 15 years. He specializes in neurodevelopmental diagnoses (i.e., Autism Spectrum, Asperger's, ADHD, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Learning Difficulties) and teaching 'quirky' kids social skills. Dr. Bowers was named a "Mom Approved" Top Doctor. He developed an app (www.mysosh.com) to help children improve their social skills that has been downloaded in over 60 countries and is being used in elementary/high schools and colleges across the US.
(810) 479-5285 View (810) 479-5285
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E.t. Townsend
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
Brighton, MI 48116
E.T. Townsend works to create authentic spaces, where folks can feel empowered to explore their identity in the spectrums of gender, sexuality, kink, monogamy, monogamish-ness and polyamory.
E.T. Townsend works to create authentic spaces, where folks can feel empowered to explore their identity in the spectrums of gender, sexuality, kink, monogamy, monogamish-ness and polyamory.
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Sandra Kumm
Limited Licensed Psychologist, MS, LLP
Verified
Brighton, MI 48116
Assessment can be an incredible tool in seeking solutions for children and adolescents experiencing significant difficulties in their daily lives. I aspire to be the key to unlock the door with solutions so each child can strive to reach their maximum potential. My training and education include a Masters Degree in Clinical Health Psychology from the University of Michigan. This approach to evaluation includes the biological, psychological, and social contributions to our lives that make each of us the person we are today.
Assessment can be an incredible tool in seeking solutions for children and adolescents experiencing significant difficulties in their daily lives. I aspire to be the key to unlock the door with solutions so each child can strive to reach their maximum potential. My training and education include a Masters Degree in Clinical Health Psychology from the University of Michigan. This approach to evaluation includes the biological, psychological, and social contributions to our lives that make each of us the person we are today.
(734) 666-0705 View (734) 666-0705

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Number of Therapists in Brighton, MI

200+

Average cost per session

$149

Therapists in Brighton, MI who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
91% Depression
71% Relationship Issues
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Self Esteem
63% Grief
61% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% BlueCross and BlueShield
58% Aetna
55% Blue Care Network

How Therapists in Brighton, MI see their clients

78% In Person and Online
22% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
18% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Brighton?

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.