Therapists in Livingston County, MI

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Fran Peters
Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Howell, MI 48843
As a Licensed Profesional Counselor I am committed to helping each person reach their goals. Life can be difficult and counseling is a good option for those who are seeking to change, understand themselves better and to explore solutions to their problems. As human beings we have a life long capacity to change and with motivation, knowledge and effort, a greater level of phyusical and emotional health can be achieved.
As a Licensed Profesional Counselor I am committed to helping each person reach their goals. Life can be difficult and counseling is a good option for those who are seeking to change, understand themselves better and to explore solutions to their problems. As human beings we have a life long capacity to change and with motivation, knowledge and effort, a greater level of phyusical and emotional health can be achieved.
(517) 292-0950 View (517) 292-0950
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Venus Sage
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Brighton, MI 48114
Welcome. I have been working in the field of psychology 30 plus years. I enjoy working with all ages and stages, including some family and couples work. I have extra experience with substance abuse as well. My education includes a master and specialist degree in counseling and a master in natural health. I have certification in RET, NLP and hypnotherapy. I believe in therapy that includes well rounded goals to include health, lifestyle, relationship communication, esteem, medication assessment and tools to manage the external and internal challenges life presents.
Welcome. I have been working in the field of psychology 30 plus years. I enjoy working with all ages and stages, including some family and couples work. I have extra experience with substance abuse as well. My education includes a master and specialist degree in counseling and a master in natural health. I have certification in RET, NLP and hypnotherapy. I believe in therapy that includes well rounded goals to include health, lifestyle, relationship communication, esteem, medication assessment and tools to manage the external and internal challenges life presents.
(810) 442-8942 View (810) 442-8942
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Susan Imhof
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brighton, MI 48116
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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Eileen M. Craig
Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Brighton, MI 48114
Waitlist for new clients
Are you looking for a compassionate therapist with a good deal of life experience and honed clinical skills to develop the perfect plan for you? Look no further! I offer a warm, safe, and empathetic environment for people needing to process difficult life issues and traumatic experiences.
Are you looking for a compassionate therapist with a good deal of life experience and honed clinical skills to develop the perfect plan for you? Look no further! I offer a warm, safe, and empathetic environment for people needing to process difficult life issues and traumatic experiences.
(810) 553-3616 View (810) 553-3616
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Kelly M. Rad
Master Social Worker, LMSW-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brighton, MI 48116
Kelly M. Rad LMSW uses an integrative & holistic approach to therapy, blending styles in a way that accommodates the unique needs of each individual and/or family. She incorporates CBT, DBT informed, Trauma Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, and other modalities to help guide anxious adults and children on their path to wellness. Kelly has a deep understanding of neurodivergence and assists individuals/families with school/work issues, executive functioning difficulties, sensory processing difficulties, behavioral struggles, and emotional stress. Kelly has a passion for helping anxious parents find peace.
Kelly M. Rad LMSW uses an integrative & holistic approach to therapy, blending styles in a way that accommodates the unique needs of each individual and/or family. She incorporates CBT, DBT informed, Trauma Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, and other modalities to help guide anxious adults and children on their path to wellness. Kelly has a deep understanding of neurodivergence and assists individuals/families with school/work issues, executive functioning difficulties, sensory processing difficulties, behavioral struggles, and emotional stress. Kelly has a passion for helping anxious parents find peace.
(810) 642-4226 View (810) 642-4226
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Danica San Juan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Brighton, MI 48114
Danica is a psychotherapist who has been practicing since 2019. She graduated from the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Danica believes in the philosophy that life just sucks sometimes; sometimes a client wants a therapist to help it feel less sucky and other times, they need a therapist to just hold space for them. Her main areas of focus include anxiety (generalized anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, OCD), pregnancy (from infertility to postpartum to grieving due to miscarriage or abortion), and trauma (which not only includes PTSD, but also complex-PTSD/borderline personality disorder and identity-based trauma).
Danica is a psychotherapist who has been practicing since 2019. She graduated from the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Danica believes in the philosophy that life just sucks sometimes; sometimes a client wants a therapist to help it feel less sucky and other times, they need a therapist to just hold space for them. Her main areas of focus include anxiety (generalized anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, OCD), pregnancy (from infertility to postpartum to grieving due to miscarriage or abortion), and trauma (which not only includes PTSD, but also complex-PTSD/borderline personality disorder and identity-based trauma).
(810) 255-4214 View (810) 255-4214
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Christine Cassidy
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Brighton, MI 48114
Christine Cassidy has a M. A. in Counseling from Eastern Michigan University and a B.A. in English Literature from Michigan State University. To keep current Chris attends various seminars both national and international. She has studied in such places as Paris France, Oxford England, Havana Cuba, Galway Ireland and Lisbon Portugal, to name a few. She has been trained in Dialectical Behavior and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, as well as Grief Recovery. She is a member of the Jungian Institute of New York and focuses on archetypes and shadow behavior as they apply to therapy.
Christine Cassidy has a M. A. in Counseling from Eastern Michigan University and a B.A. in English Literature from Michigan State University. To keep current Chris attends various seminars both national and international. She has studied in such places as Paris France, Oxford England, Havana Cuba, Galway Ireland and Lisbon Portugal, to name a few. She has been trained in Dialectical Behavior and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, as well as Grief Recovery. She is a member of the Jungian Institute of New York and focuses on archetypes and shadow behavior as they apply to therapy.
(810) 545-2927 View (810) 545-2927
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Celine M Klecker
Counselor, MS, LPC, CADC, NBCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brighton, MI 48116
You don’t have to be diagnosed with a mental health problem to benefit from therapy. Many people in therapy seek help for everyday concerns: relationship problems, anxiety, job stress, low self-esteem or self-doubt, Others turn to therapy during difficult times, such as a trauma, depression bipolar, mood disorders, or relationship problems. But in order to reap its benefits, it’s important to choose the right therapist—someone you trust who makes you feel cared for and has the experience to help you make changes for the better in your life.
You don’t have to be diagnosed with a mental health problem to benefit from therapy. Many people in therapy seek help for everyday concerns: relationship problems, anxiety, job stress, low self-esteem or self-doubt, Others turn to therapy during difficult times, such as a trauma, depression bipolar, mood disorders, or relationship problems. But in order to reap its benefits, it’s important to choose the right therapist—someone you trust who makes you feel cared for and has the experience to help you make changes for the better in your life.
(810) 379-9974 View (810) 379-9974
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Root to Rise - Child, Maternal, & Family Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, LCSW, IMH-E®, IFS
Verified Verified
Brighton, MI 48116
Overwhelmed with parenthood? Struggling to understand your child’s behavior? Dealing with postpartum depression? You probably imagined parenthood looking quite different. There is no easy fix for managing anxiety surrounding pregnancy, the postpartum period, or infant/early childhood challenges. There is no instruction manual to open when your child is struggling with anxiety, behavioral challenges, or a developmental delay. Your parental instinct is simply to help your baby get better. Whether that baby is an infant, toddler, or school-aged, your goal is to get to the root of the struggle - and ensure a successful & happy future.
Overwhelmed with parenthood? Struggling to understand your child’s behavior? Dealing with postpartum depression? You probably imagined parenthood looking quite different. There is no easy fix for managing anxiety surrounding pregnancy, the postpartum period, or infant/early childhood challenges. There is no instruction manual to open when your child is struggling with anxiety, behavioral challenges, or a developmental delay. Your parental instinct is simply to help your baby get better. Whether that baby is an infant, toddler, or school-aged, your goal is to get to the root of the struggle - and ensure a successful & happy future.
(810) 627-7061 View (810) 627-7061
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Mark Allen Mitchell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, QMHP, QIDP
Verified Verified
Howell, MI 48843
Not accepting new clients
I am an experienced clinical therapist with over 40 years of practice experience. I am currently working with Diversified Counseling and Consultation Services providing individual counseling to both men and women, couples, family and group counseling (as available). I provide evidenced based treatment taking into consideration your life experiences and accounting for your uniqueness. I specialize in educating individuals on skills that support life's challenges. I treat persons ages 12 and older. I accept Anthem, BCBS, Blue Care Network, Priority Health, Optum/United Behavioral Health and Medicare insurances as well as private pay.
I am an experienced clinical therapist with over 40 years of practice experience. I am currently working with Diversified Counseling and Consultation Services providing individual counseling to both men and women, couples, family and group counseling (as available). I provide evidenced based treatment taking into consideration your life experiences and accounting for your uniqueness. I specialize in educating individuals on skills that support life's challenges. I treat persons ages 12 and older. I accept Anthem, BCBS, Blue Care Network, Priority Health, Optum/United Behavioral Health and Medicare insurances as well as private pay.
(734) 447-3102 View (734) 447-3102
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Josh Murray
Limited Licensed Psychologist, MA, LLP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Brighton, MI 48116
Often, our past experiences leave us wounded. The story that we tell ourselves becomes permeated with negative thoughts, low self-worth, and shame. As these feelings manifest, we become anxious and depressed. We might experience isolation, loneliness, and a loss of connection to others and to ourselves. Therapy can help us discover perspectives that create a new narrative, one in which we have different ways to manage our emotions and lead a more enjoyable life.
Often, our past experiences leave us wounded. The story that we tell ourselves becomes permeated with negative thoughts, low self-worth, and shame. As these feelings manifest, we become anxious and depressed. We might experience isolation, loneliness, and a loss of connection to others and to ourselves. Therapy can help us discover perspectives that create a new narrative, one in which we have different ways to manage our emotions and lead a more enjoyable life.
(248) 956-6490 View (248) 956-6490
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Kim Walker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LLMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brighton, MI 48116
I love making a real connection in sessions, and creating space for laughter, tears, playfulness, frustration – however you feel in that moment is how I’d like to invite you to be. A time to put down the masks we wear around others and find a place of comfort and growth that is, most importantly, free from judgment or stigma. I’m flexible in my therapeutic approach and listen carefully when you tell me what you need – from a place to privately vent and process life’s stressors, to professional insight regarding areas of distress, to concrete, actionable skills and plans to address your concerns.
I love making a real connection in sessions, and creating space for laughter, tears, playfulness, frustration – however you feel in that moment is how I’d like to invite you to be. A time to put down the masks we wear around others and find a place of comfort and growth that is, most importantly, free from judgment or stigma. I’m flexible in my therapeutic approach and listen carefully when you tell me what you need – from a place to privately vent and process life’s stressors, to professional insight regarding areas of distress, to concrete, actionable skills and plans to address your concerns.
(810) 788-6845 View (810) 788-6845
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Headspace Counseling Services Llc, Jennifer Compau
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brighton, MI 48116
Headspace Counseling Services is a group therapy practice of 19 mental health therapists/licensed professionals, 6 of which are located within our Brighton practice, like myself! with diverse backgrounds and various expertise. The practice is owned by Ashita Ghelani LMSW, MA LLP, CAADC. At Headspace Counseling Services, we offer the following services: 1. Provide FDA Approved ADD/ADHD testing for 6-60 years of age for individuals 2. Medication Management for teens and adults 3. Counseling services for all ages. We offer in-person as well as telehealth services. We are open 6 days a week.
Headspace Counseling Services is a group therapy practice of 19 mental health therapists/licensed professionals, 6 of which are located within our Brighton practice, like myself! with diverse backgrounds and various expertise. The practice is owned by Ashita Ghelani LMSW, MA LLP, CAADC. At Headspace Counseling Services, we offer the following services: 1. Provide FDA Approved ADD/ADHD testing for 6-60 years of age for individuals 2. Medication Management for teens and adults 3. Counseling services for all ages. We offer in-person as well as telehealth services. We are open 6 days a week.
(810) 505-5310 View (810) 505-5310
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Kate S. McKee
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified 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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Ultimate Life Teletherapy, PLLC - Jessie Berner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, SSW
Verified Verified
Brighton, MI 48116  (Online Only)
If you feel ready to explore the obstacles that are impeding your ability to live your ultimate life, we may be a great match! Do you feel overwhelmed by feelings of resentment, shame or past/current traumas? Are difficulties in your relationships, family dysfunction, school issues, chronic stress or participation in negative patterns of behaviors inhibiting your ability to live your life as you envision it? If so, I am here and ready to support you on your journey of discovery that you desire and deserve.
If you feel ready to explore the obstacles that are impeding your ability to live your ultimate life, we may be a great match! Do you feel overwhelmed by feelings of resentment, shame or past/current traumas? Are difficulties in your relationships, family dysfunction, school issues, chronic stress or participation in negative patterns of behaviors inhibiting your ability to live your life as you envision it? If so, I am here and ready to support you on your journey of discovery that you desire and deserve.
(248) 563-7226 View (248) 563-7226
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Gail L Van Amberg
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Gregory, MI 48137  (Online Only)
I have been working in the mental health field for 45+ years. I have seen many trends in therapy come and go but found the only thing that helps others is the techniques that they can use on their own outside of the therapist's office. It is my mission to help others help themselves.
I have been working in the mental health field for 45+ years. I have seen many trends in therapy come and go but found the only thing that helps others is the techniques that they can use on their own outside of the therapist's office. It is my mission to help others help themselves.
(734) 212-8053 View (734) 212-8053
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Heather Harris
Limited Licensed Psychologist, MA, LLP
Verified Verified
Brighton, MI 48116
Everyone can use someone to talk to. Whether they just need to have a person to vent to or someone to help realign their life perspective, it is important to have a person. I want to be that person to others. I want to help to encourage others, provide positive change, promote health and stability and have open communication to others. A person who seeks therapy knows that their life journey is easier when shared with someone who can help manage the struggles and celebrate the joys that our journey has and they are willing to navigate them and are ready for a change.
Everyone can use someone to talk to. Whether they just need to have a person to vent to or someone to help realign their life perspective, it is important to have a person. I want to be that person to others. I want to help to encourage others, provide positive change, promote health and stability and have open communication to others. A person who seeks therapy knows that their life journey is easier when shared with someone who can help manage the struggles and celebrate the joys that our journey has and they are willing to navigate them and are ready for a change.
(810) 474-4249 View (810) 474-4249
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Melissa Williams
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CAADC
Verified Verified
Pinckney, MI 48169
I am fully licensed professional counselor and a certified alcohol and drug counselor. I have been working with adults, families and adolescents for the past 8 years and my special areas of interest are substance use, anxiety, depression, stress, anger management, family conflict and other life stressors. I have a strong passion for working with adults and adolescents who are experiencing difficulties due to substance use themselves or within the family. I work primarily from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) perspective. The way we think directly impacts the way we feel and act. Exploring and identifying irrational or negative
I am fully licensed professional counselor and a certified alcohol and drug counselor. I have been working with adults, families and adolescents for the past 8 years and my special areas of interest are substance use, anxiety, depression, stress, anger management, family conflict and other life stressors. I have a strong passion for working with adults and adolescents who are experiencing difficulties due to substance use themselves or within the family. I work primarily from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) perspective. The way we think directly impacts the way we feel and act. Exploring and identifying irrational or negative
(734) 219-0742 View (734) 219-0742
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Rachel C Ehlfeldt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, ACSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Howell, MI 48843  (Online Only)
Happiness can be difficult to achieve. Many times, we are in situations in which we need to make changes in our lives to promote mental wellness. Making changes in our lives can feel difficult and complicated. We can feel stuck at certain times of our lives, realizing we've been avoiding chronic problems, or needing to make changes in relationships. If we don't use these opportunities for self reflection and change, we can find ourselves with increased depression and anxiety. I really like to work with clients that are working through their stuck points and help them make changes to improve their quality of life.
Happiness can be difficult to achieve. Many times, we are in situations in which we need to make changes in our lives to promote mental wellness. Making changes in our lives can feel difficult and complicated. We can feel stuck at certain times of our lives, realizing we've been avoiding chronic problems, or needing to make changes in relationships. If we don't use these opportunities for self reflection and change, we can find ourselves with increased depression and anxiety. I really like to work with clients that are working through their stuck points and help them make changes to improve their quality of life.
(810) 255-8445 View (810) 255-8445
Lisa Wilmot
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Fowlerville, MI 48836
I believe that health and wellness are best achieved by addressing the whole person, not simply the condition, adverse event or illness/disease. This holistic approach to care respects the individuality of persons, their environments and their physical and emotional needs.
I believe that health and wellness are best achieved by addressing the whole person, not simply the condition, adverse event or illness/disease. This holistic approach to care respects the individuality of persons, their environments and their physical and emotional needs.
(517) 997-1508 View (517) 997-1508
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Number of Therapists in Livingston County, MI

300+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Livingston County, MI who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
89% Depression
69% Trauma and PTSD
68% Relationship Issues
65% Grief
65% Self Esteem
61% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

97% BlueCross and BlueShield
65% Aetna
56% Blue Care Network

How Therapists in Livingston County, MI see their clients

78% In Person and Online
22% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
17% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Livingston 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.