Therapists in Madison Heights, MI

Photo of Susan Belaney, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Madison Heights, MI
Susan Belaney
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, ACSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Madison Heights, MI 48071
Waitlist for new clients
In-Home Sessions; "I provide counseling to those who are homebound; living with emotional distress, chronic illness, pain or disability. The goal of counseling sessions is to assist you in developing coping techniques to better handle changes to your lifestyle. Common issues: anxiety/stress, depression, loss of independence, grief, life changes, problem solving & early memory loss". Geographic area for in-home sessions: south Oakland & Macomb counties. For non-homebound adults I offer video sessions; Issues commonly addressed: chronic pain & illness, changes to lifestyle & caregiving issues.
In-Home Sessions; "I provide counseling to those who are homebound; living with emotional distress, chronic illness, pain or disability. The goal of counseling sessions is to assist you in developing coping techniques to better handle changes to your lifestyle. Common issues: anxiety/stress, depression, loss of independence, grief, life changes, problem solving & early memory loss". Geographic area for in-home sessions: south Oakland & Macomb counties. For non-homebound adults I offer video sessions; Issues commonly addressed: chronic pain & illness, changes to lifestyle & caregiving issues.
(248) 841-8321 View (248) 841-8321
Photo of Mary M Michail, Counselor in Madison Heights, MI
Mary M Michail
Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified
Madison Heights, MI 48071
Life can be difficult and sometimes we are faced with situations that we just can't handle on our own. Therapy provides an opportunity for individuals to explore and understand their challenges while also empowering them to heal and find strength. I can help you on your journey as you navigate through the challenges, trials and undeserving times. I often tell people "it takes a strong person to enter therapy." I hope that you can find the courage to make a positive decision and reach out to get started today.
Life can be difficult and sometimes we are faced with situations that we just can't handle on our own. Therapy provides an opportunity for individuals to explore and understand their challenges while also empowering them to heal and find strength. I can help you on your journey as you navigate through the challenges, trials and undeserving times. I often tell people "it takes a strong person to enter therapy." I hope that you can find the courage to make a positive decision and reach out to get started today.
(248) 455-6902 View (248) 455-6902
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Mental Embrace
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LLMSW
Verified
Madison Heights, MI 48071  (Online Only)
Reaching out, asking for help, it can be extremely difficult. Empathy and listening to the information being shared with me is how I am able to show someone that what matters to them, matters to me. I structure my therapy sessions around that concept. I will provide a place, without judgement, to work towards creating the life you want to live. It is easy to begin feeling isolated, unmotivated, exhausted, and without hope. Together we will work to develop and implement goals based on both individual wants and needs. Throughout our sessions I will adapt to the role that will be most beneficial to the person I am working with.
Reaching out, asking for help, it can be extremely difficult. Empathy and listening to the information being shared with me is how I am able to show someone that what matters to them, matters to me. I structure my therapy sessions around that concept. I will provide a place, without judgement, to work towards creating the life you want to live. It is easy to begin feeling isolated, unmotivated, exhausted, and without hope. Together we will work to develop and implement goals based on both individual wants and needs. Throughout our sessions I will adapt to the role that will be most beneficial to the person I am working with.
(248) 290-6451 View (248) 290-6451
Photo of Michael McKiddy, Licensed Professional Counselor in Madison Heights, MI
Michael McKiddy
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Madison Heights, MI 48071
Life will undoubtedly throw obstacles in our path, often when we least expect it, but we can ultimately choose how we face those challenges. You do not have to go through your struggles alone. Therapy is a team effort. It's us working together on a journey toward healing and finding your inner strength; understanding any issues you're facing fully so that you can overcome them. We will work to achieve goals that you might have in order to get you back on track and onto the right path.
Life will undoubtedly throw obstacles in our path, often when we least expect it, but we can ultimately choose how we face those challenges. You do not have to go through your struggles alone. Therapy is a team effort. It's us working together on a journey toward healing and finding your inner strength; understanding any issues you're facing fully so that you can overcome them. We will work to achieve goals that you might have in order to get you back on track and onto the right path.
(248) 218-9468 View (248) 218-9468
Photo of Jasper H Wurster, Licensed Professional Counselor in Madison Heights, MI
Jasper H Wurster
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, MAAT, LCPC, LPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Madison Heights, MI 48071
Do you feel stuck, unmotivated, or not like "yourself"? I'm here to help you find peace of mind, freedom, & personal relief to take charge of your life. I'm an Internal Family Systems counselor & Adlerian art therapist with more than a decade of experience who excels in addressing mood shifts, anxiety, work-life balance, grief, & trauma. I listen with an insightful, patient disposition and an engaging, compassionate heart when we talk about difficult or sensitive topics. Together, I will help you overcome personal obstacles to discover new solutions & intuitive skill sets, as well as gain a newfound sense of confidence & wholeness.
Do you feel stuck, unmotivated, or not like "yourself"? I'm here to help you find peace of mind, freedom, & personal relief to take charge of your life. I'm an Internal Family Systems counselor & Adlerian art therapist with more than a decade of experience who excels in addressing mood shifts, anxiety, work-life balance, grief, & trauma. I listen with an insightful, patient disposition and an engaging, compassionate heart when we talk about difficult or sensitive topics. Together, I will help you overcome personal obstacles to discover new solutions & intuitive skill sets, as well as gain a newfound sense of confidence & wholeness.
(331) 214-5354 View (331) 214-5354
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Tyleen Nicholas
Counselor, MA, LPC, CAADC
Madison Heights, MI 48071  (Online Only)
Are you having trouble with a particular situation in your life? Are you trying to cope despite life’s challenges or feeling overwhelmed? Does having someone truly listen, focus on your strengths while increasing your resiliency and overall wellness in your life sound beneficial? Lets work together to help you be at your best. I am specialized in substance abuse and crisis counseling. Please feel welcome to call me to ask me any questions you have about the counseling process. I look forward to working with you.
Are you having trouble with a particular situation in your life? Are you trying to cope despite life’s challenges or feeling overwhelmed? Does having someone truly listen, focus on your strengths while increasing your resiliency and overall wellness in your life sound beneficial? Lets work together to help you be at your best. I am specialized in substance abuse and crisis counseling. Please feel welcome to call me to ask me any questions you have about the counseling process. I look forward to working with you.
(586) 580-9806 View (586) 580-9806
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Karen LaCourse
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Madison Heights, MI 48071
Dr. LaCourse is a licensed clinical psychologist with 20 years experience as a psychotherapist. She holds additional specializations in health psychology and ecopsychology, and is a registerd nurse. She is a compassionate therapist who strives to create a close and supportive relationship with each client. She has a strong belief in treating the whole person, blending psychotherapy with a focus on wellness, inner peace, and cultivating a closer connection with life. She has expertise in the treatment of a wide range of problems, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, relationship problems, traumatic stress, eating disorders, emotional overeating, and obesity.
Dr. LaCourse is a licensed clinical psychologist with 20 years experience as a psychotherapist. She holds additional specializations in health psychology and ecopsychology, and is a registerd nurse. She is a compassionate therapist who strives to create a close and supportive relationship with each client. She has a strong belief in treating the whole person, blending psychotherapy with a focus on wellness, inner peace, and cultivating a closer connection with life. She has expertise in the treatment of a wide range of problems, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, relationship problems, traumatic stress, eating disorders, emotional overeating, and obesity.
(248) 277-5110 View (248) 277-5110
Photo of Sharon K Hall, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Madison Heights, MI
Sharon K Hall
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Madison Heights, MI 48071  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
There are times in our lives when we all need special support. It may be due to a crisis--a major loss, a critical incident, a communication breakdown. Or, it may be more an experience in our everyday life--too much stress, a loss of focus or direction, a sense of being unfulfilled. No matter if the cause is extraordinary or ordinary, the result is that we sense that we have tapped out our own resources. It is time to reach out and find someone who has the insight and experience to offer guidance and support.
There are times in our lives when we all need special support. It may be due to a crisis--a major loss, a critical incident, a communication breakdown. Or, it may be more an experience in our everyday life--too much stress, a loss of focus or direction, a sense of being unfulfilled. No matter if the cause is extraordinary or ordinary, the result is that we sense that we have tapped out our own resources. It is time to reach out and find someone who has the insight and experience to offer guidance and support.
(248) 826-2787 View (248) 826-2787
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A Better Tomorrow Counseling Services, LLC
Counselor, LLPC
Madison Heights, MI 48071
We all experience difficult seasons in life, and I believe that we do the best we can with what we have. Yet sometimes going through these difficult times can cause us to feel stuck, lost, unsure of ourselves or afraid. Healing is a process, not an event and it can be tiring to try and face these issues alone. I believe in the healing qualities of the therapeutic relationship and I love to create an authentic, welcoming environment for you to explore your thoughts, feelings, struggles and triumphs.
We all experience difficult seasons in life, and I believe that we do the best we can with what we have. Yet sometimes going through these difficult times can cause us to feel stuck, lost, unsure of ourselves or afraid. Healing is a process, not an event and it can be tiring to try and face these issues alone. I believe in the healing qualities of the therapeutic relationship and I love to create an authentic, welcoming environment for you to explore your thoughts, feelings, struggles and triumphs.
(313) 395-0380 View (313) 395-0380
Photo of Lisa Andrews, Counselor in Madison Heights, MI
Lisa Andrews
Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Madison Heights, MI 48071
Overwhelmed by stress? Losing control? Having mood swings? Life is messy. Sometimes it takes a crisis to urge us to get the help we need. We can talk and face your challenges together. Whether dealing with today’s pressures or events from the past, counseling is a valuable experience. You will speak confidentially in a judgment free zone. Counseling helps you to see all your options. Once identified problems are less scary. You become calmer and less stressed after developing new strategies. By responding to life proactively you reclaim control in difficult situations.
Overwhelmed by stress? Losing control? Having mood swings? Life is messy. Sometimes it takes a crisis to urge us to get the help we need. We can talk and face your challenges together. Whether dealing with today’s pressures or events from the past, counseling is a valuable experience. You will speak confidentially in a judgment free zone. Counseling helps you to see all your options. Once identified problems are less scary. You become calmer and less stressed after developing new strategies. By responding to life proactively you reclaim control in difficult situations.
(248) 955-1398 View (248) 955-1398
Photo of Alisa M Hilewsky, Psychologist in Madison Heights, MI
Alisa M Hilewsky
Psychologist, PsyD, LP, LPC
Verified
6 Endorsed
Madison Heights, MI 48071
Not accepting new clients
I believe that therapy is a cooperative process that requires a strong, safe, trusting relationship between a client and a therapist. I provide a warm, comfortable, and accepting environment in which one can explore a wide range of issues and concerns without the fear of judgment or reproach. I believe that therapy is an important tool for lasting change and, to be most helpful, it should be tailored to a client's individual needs. The ideal client is one who is interested in self-exploration, the possibility of change, and the time neccessary to achieve both.
I believe that therapy is a cooperative process that requires a strong, safe, trusting relationship between a client and a therapist. I provide a warm, comfortable, and accepting environment in which one can explore a wide range of issues and concerns without the fear of judgment or reproach. I believe that therapy is an important tool for lasting change and, to be most helpful, it should be tailored to a client's individual needs. The ideal client is one who is interested in self-exploration, the possibility of change, and the time neccessary to achieve both.
(248) 468-4543 View (248) 468-4543
Photo of Luann Adams LMFT , Marriage & Family Therapist in Madison Heights, MI
Luann Adams LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Madison Heights, MI 48071
You may be wondering what a counseling experience feels like. Let's begin by picturing counseling as a "walking alongside" relationship during a painful, conflicted, or confused time. As we begin talking together, your concerns, and your desires for counseling will lay the foundation for clarifying your goals for therapy. Often, a creative plan for removing obstacles in the way helps us get unstuck and moving forward quite naturally.
You may be wondering what a counseling experience feels like. Let's begin by picturing counseling as a "walking alongside" relationship during a painful, conflicted, or confused time. As we begin talking together, your concerns, and your desires for counseling will lay the foundation for clarifying your goals for therapy. Often, a creative plan for removing obstacles in the way helps us get unstuck and moving forward quite naturally.
(248) 688-0554 View (248) 688-0554
Photo of Melissa D. Lee, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Madison Heights, MI
Melissa D. Lee
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LMSW
Verified
Madison Heights, MI 48071
Reaching out for help takes courage and is the first step towards making positive changes in your life. I am here to assist you with overcoming any challenges interfering with your ability to move towards happiness, hope, and peace. Implementing changes can sometimes feel overwhelming. As a clinician, I will work with you to overcome obstacles and help you develop the coping skills and self-confidence to take control of your life. We will work collaboratively to alleviate emotional stressors and begin the process of healing. My experience includes working with grief, trauma, relationship issues, self-esteem, depression, and anxiety.
Reaching out for help takes courage and is the first step towards making positive changes in your life. I am here to assist you with overcoming any challenges interfering with your ability to move towards happiness, hope, and peace. Implementing changes can sometimes feel overwhelming. As a clinician, I will work with you to overcome obstacles and help you develop the coping skills and self-confidence to take control of your life. We will work collaboratively to alleviate emotional stressors and begin the process of healing. My experience includes working with grief, trauma, relationship issues, self-esteem, depression, and anxiety.
(248) 206-2090 View (248) 206-2090
Photo of Michal Goldberg, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Madison Heights, MI
Michal Goldberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
Madison Heights, MI 48071
It is difficult to ask for help, even when the control we thought we had begins to fade. This happens in many ways: feeling depressed or anxious, being withdrawn, using drugs, alcohol, food and/or dark thoughts as a way out. The list goes on. Yet the hesitancy to ask for help remains. It is difficult to admit we need help without feeling like something is inherently wrong with us. It is even more difficult when asking for help requires ascribing to a system filled with labels we fear will define us.
It is difficult to ask for help, even when the control we thought we had begins to fade. This happens in many ways: feeling depressed or anxious, being withdrawn, using drugs, alcohol, food and/or dark thoughts as a way out. The list goes on. Yet the hesitancy to ask for help remains. It is difficult to admit we need help without feeling like something is inherently wrong with us. It is even more difficult when asking for help requires ascribing to a system filled with labels we fear will define us.
(248) 900-3469 View (248) 900-3469
Photo of Rita H Astzian, Licensed Professional Counselor in Madison Heights, MI
Rita H Astzian
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, PLMHC, CAADC
Verified
Madison Heights, MI 48071
Trilingual counselor specializing in mental health, addiction, co-occurring, multicultural and other issues. Populations served include: adults, adolescents, couples, families. Court-referrals and driver's license evaluations. Medically-assisted treatment.
Trilingual counselor specializing in mental health, addiction, co-occurring, multicultural and other issues. Populations served include: adults, adolescents, couples, families. Court-referrals and driver's license evaluations. Medically-assisted treatment.
(947) 333-8608 View (947) 333-8608
Photo of Taline Ruth Muskat, Limited Licensed Psychologist in Madison Heights, MI
Taline Ruth Muskat
Limited Licensed Psychologist, MS, LLP
Verified
Madison Heights, MI 48071
Life has it's ups and downs, stress, and challenges for all of us. Sometimes we need a neutral person to help us sort through our thoughts and feelings and identify our true needs, desires, and goals. When we have support and an increased insight into ourselves and others, we are better equipped to face even the most difficult challenges.
Life has it's ups and downs, stress, and challenges for all of us. Sometimes we need a neutral person to help us sort through our thoughts and feelings and identify our true needs, desires, and goals. When we have support and an increased insight into ourselves and others, we are better equipped to face even the most difficult challenges.
(248) 965-5991 View (248) 965-5991
Photo of Carli Holmes, Licensed Professional Counselor in Madison Heights, MI
Carli Holmes
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified
Madison Heights, MI 48071  (Online Only)
There is no issue too large or small to seek assistance for. I am committed to helping my clients reach their optimal potential in mental, emotional, and social growth. I believe that self-awareness and personal identity are the very heart and core of individuals. My mission is to assist your growth by walking alongside you and providing a non-judgmental, empathetic and safe place to work through any issues, personal development, relationship concerns, and conflict. Together, we can find solutions and develop plans and skills to handle life’s twists and turns.
There is no issue too large or small to seek assistance for. I am committed to helping my clients reach their optimal potential in mental, emotional, and social growth. I believe that self-awareness and personal identity are the very heart and core of individuals. My mission is to assist your growth by walking alongside you and providing a non-judgmental, empathetic and safe place to work through any issues, personal development, relationship concerns, and conflict. Together, we can find solutions and develop plans and skills to handle life’s twists and turns.
(208) 213-2924 View (208) 213-2924
Photo of Emilio Delgado, Limited Licensed Psychologist in Madison Heights, MI
Emilio Delgado
Limited Licensed Psychologist, MA, TLLP, CTRS
Verified
2 Endorsed
Madison Heights, MI 48071
Over the course of a lifetime, everyone needs help. Seeking help is often difficult because of the unrealistic cultural expectation for self-reliance. It is strength, not weakness, that allows one to seek help in times of confusion or distress. Working together, I will help you find the perspectives, that will allow you to overcome the barriers and struggles that keep you from being the self you want to be. I work with adults, adolescents, and families using evidence-based treatments that provide a safe non-judgmental therapeutic experience, and a focus on increasing access to the resources that help you enjoy your life.
Over the course of a lifetime, everyone needs help. Seeking help is often difficult because of the unrealistic cultural expectation for self-reliance. It is strength, not weakness, that allows one to seek help in times of confusion or distress. Working together, I will help you find the perspectives, that will allow you to overcome the barriers and struggles that keep you from being the self you want to be. I work with adults, adolescents, and families using evidence-based treatments that provide a safe non-judgmental therapeutic experience, and a focus on increasing access to the resources that help you enjoy your life.
(248) 453-1941 View (248) 453-1941
Photo of Josephine L. Parrish Leftwich, Licensed Professional Counselor in Madison Heights, MI
Josephine L. Parrish Leftwich
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LLP, LPC
Verified
6 Endorsed
Madison Heights, MI 48071
I provide counseling for clients experiencing concerns such as anxiety, depression, difficult life transitions, relational challenges, and academic difficulty. I provide psychological assessments for those undergoing bariatric (weight loss) surgery, spinal cord stimulator implants for pain management, and other medical procedures.
I provide counseling for clients experiencing concerns such as anxiety, depression, difficult life transitions, relational challenges, and academic difficulty. I provide psychological assessments for those undergoing bariatric (weight loss) surgery, spinal cord stimulator implants for pain management, and other medical procedures.
(586) 522-4039 View (586) 522-4039
Photo of Holly Hale, Psychologist in Madison Heights, MI
Holly Hale
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified
Madison Heights, MI 48071
Not accepting new clients
I believe one size does not fit all! I am committed to providing compassionate, comprehensive care that is tailor-made for you. I specialize in trauma, and have had the privilege to work with people going through the darkest of times. I believe I can help you turn the corner by building upon your inner strengths and adaptive capacity. I am Certified in EMDR and am also experienced with all ages and a variety of issues, such as mood changes, anxiety, parenting challenges, relationship difficulties, & adjustment to life's transitions. I will take the time to listen carefully and to take the time to fully understand your unique story.
I believe one size does not fit all! I am committed to providing compassionate, comprehensive care that is tailor-made for you. I specialize in trauma, and have had the privilege to work with people going through the darkest of times. I believe I can help you turn the corner by building upon your inner strengths and adaptive capacity. I am Certified in EMDR and am also experienced with all ages and a variety of issues, such as mood changes, anxiety, parenting challenges, relationship difficulties, & adjustment to life's transitions. I will take the time to listen carefully and to take the time to fully understand your unique story.
(248) 965-0035 View (248) 965-0035

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Number of Therapists in Madison Heights, MI

20+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in Madison Heights, MI who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
82% Trauma and PTSD
82% Stress
79% Relationship Issues
75% Grief
75% Self Esteem

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% BlueCross and BlueShield
58% Aetna
54% Blue Care Network

How Therapists in Madison Heights, MI see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
12% Male
4% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Madison Heights?

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.