Therapists in Oakland, MI

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Jamie Hervey
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Oakland, MI 48363  (Online Only)
Hey there, I'm Jamie! I'm excited about the chance to connect with you and support you on your journey towards personal growth. With over a decade of experience working with both children and adults, I bring a wealth of knowledge and compassion to our sessions.
Hey there, I'm Jamie! I'm excited about the chance to connect with you and support you on your journey towards personal growth. With over a decade of experience working with both children and adults, I bring a wealth of knowledge and compassion to our sessions.
(248) 450-5194 View (248) 450-5194
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Aspects Counseling - Rebecca Trouse
Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC, BCPCC
Verified Verified
14 Endorsed
Oakland, MI 48306
Not accepting new clients
Are you looking for support or a safe place to recover emotionally from life's storms? Do you desire to restore and strengthen relationships? Perhaps it is time to explore new possibilities for your life. Whatever issue you are facing, please know your well-being is of utmost importance. Aiding you in the process of reaching your goals is the prime objective in counseling. Let's work together, creating strategies for improving emotions, behaviors, or relationships. Please call today so we can discuss which options may be best for you. I look forward to talking with you soon. 248-805-1108
Are you looking for support or a safe place to recover emotionally from life's storms? Do you desire to restore and strengthen relationships? Perhaps it is time to explore new possibilities for your life. Whatever issue you are facing, please know your well-being is of utmost importance. Aiding you in the process of reaching your goals is the prime objective in counseling. Let's work together, creating strategies for improving emotions, behaviors, or relationships. Please call today so we can discuss which options may be best for you. I look forward to talking with you soon. 248-805-1108
(248) 805-1108 View (248) 805-1108
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Carrissa Michael
Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC, ACS, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Oakland, MI 48363
Ever feel like you are just floating through life and you have become someone you no longer recognize with a backdrop thought of "I have no clue what I am doing? Experiencing an autopilot life, ignoring your relationship with yourself & feeling complacent with your mental health and relationships can feel incredibly overwhelming. Being able to become active in your own life, strengthening relationships, working towards your goals, challenging that bully in your mind, and finding a purposeful existence is achievable. To start this path, it is important to recognize unhealthy patterns and systems and that is where counseling fits in.
Ever feel like you are just floating through life and you have become someone you no longer recognize with a backdrop thought of "I have no clue what I am doing? Experiencing an autopilot life, ignoring your relationship with yourself & feeling complacent with your mental health and relationships can feel incredibly overwhelming. Being able to become active in your own life, strengthening relationships, working towards your goals, challenging that bully in your mind, and finding a purposeful existence is achievable. To start this path, it is important to recognize unhealthy patterns and systems and that is where counseling fits in.
(248) 690-6851 View (248) 690-6851
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Angela T Moore
Counselor, MA, LLPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Oakland, MI 48306
For years, I struggled to deal with childhood abuse and neglect, my mother's early death, my younger brother's suicide and my older brother's incarceration. I defined myself by those experiences. And then I realized that my inability to heal from my past was hindering my present and sabotaging my future. It wasn't until I did the work to heal and strengthen myself mentally and physically that I was able to not only heal from the pain of the past but also take action to live fully in my present positioning myself for the future that I want. Now I want to help you.
For years, I struggled to deal with childhood abuse and neglect, my mother's early death, my younger brother's suicide and my older brother's incarceration. I defined myself by those experiences. And then I realized that my inability to heal from my past was hindering my present and sabotaging my future. It wasn't until I did the work to heal and strengthen myself mentally and physically that I was able to not only heal from the pain of the past but also take action to live fully in my present positioning myself for the future that I want. Now I want to help you.
(947) 333-8277 View (947) 333-8277
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Tapestry of Love, LLC
ANWCB, ICBSP, RYT200, MA, BA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, MI 48306
People come to me because they feel trapped, depressed, anxious or angry, or stuck in a rut. There is a huge gap between expectations and reality together with a breakdown in their mind, body, emotions, and spirit. They feel unregulated, unbalanced, unable to sleep, exhausted, in pain, in fight or flight mode most of the time and sometimes, have suicidal tendencies. They are crying or screaming in one way or the other. They want relief, things to go back to where they were, change, peace of mind and time to heal. Most importantly, they want love and compassion.
People come to me because they feel trapped, depressed, anxious or angry, or stuck in a rut. There is a huge gap between expectations and reality together with a breakdown in their mind, body, emotions, and spirit. They feel unregulated, unbalanced, unable to sleep, exhausted, in pain, in fight or flight mode most of the time and sometimes, have suicidal tendencies. They are crying or screaming in one way or the other. They want relief, things to go back to where they were, change, peace of mind and time to heal. Most importantly, they want love and compassion.
(248) 985-8946 View (248) 985-8946
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Traveling Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, MI 48306
Here is where your inner child will meet its Match! As a Traveling Therapist, I can meet you and your inner child in your natural setting. My goal is to identify challenges and triggers that will help me identify and connect with your inner child. This will guide me to identify the barriers affecting your ability to communicate, relate and create healthy relationships. My Therapy approaches are perfect for Friends, Family, Parenting, Marriage and Pre Marital Couples.
Here is where your inner child will meet its Match! As a Traveling Therapist, I can meet you and your inner child in your natural setting. My goal is to identify challenges and triggers that will help me identify and connect with your inner child. This will guide me to identify the barriers affecting your ability to communicate, relate and create healthy relationships. My Therapy approaches are perfect for Friends, Family, Parenting, Marriage and Pre Marital Couples.
(313) 513-1658 View (313) 513-1658
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Rachelle Kristen Campbell
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, MI 48363
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS! For 20+ years I have had professional experiences of working with children and adults in education, mental health and bioenergetics. As a counselor, I provide a safe, nurturing, confidential and nonjudgemental environment to help you identify what is holding you back and give you the tools to live a rewarding and fullfilling life. I believe in the consideration of the "whole self" (mind, body and spirit) and take a holistic path in helping you heal, grow and achieve.
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS! For 20+ years I have had professional experiences of working with children and adults in education, mental health and bioenergetics. As a counselor, I provide a safe, nurturing, confidential and nonjudgemental environment to help you identify what is holding you back and give you the tools to live a rewarding and fullfilling life. I believe in the consideration of the "whole self" (mind, body and spirit) and take a holistic path in helping you heal, grow and achieve.
(586) 371-7226 View (586) 371-7226
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Jane Tobin Maxwell
Counselor, MA, LLPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, MI 48363
You feel heavy, struggle to sleep, and question your own self-worth. Maybe you’re tired of those constant, nagging reminders of something that happened that made you feel disconnected from others and the person you once were. You are hanging on by a thread and worry that if you talk about it or let yourself feel it, that thread will break. But here’s the truth: you’re ready to change. You’re ready to reclaim your inner strength, rebuild your self-esteem, and embrace the resilience you possess. More than anything, you're ready to move forward with your life as the person you know that you can be for yourself and your loved ones.
You feel heavy, struggle to sleep, and question your own self-worth. Maybe you’re tired of those constant, nagging reminders of something that happened that made you feel disconnected from others and the person you once were. You are hanging on by a thread and worry that if you talk about it or let yourself feel it, that thread will break. But here’s the truth: you’re ready to change. You’re ready to reclaim your inner strength, rebuild your self-esteem, and embrace the resilience you possess. More than anything, you're ready to move forward with your life as the person you know that you can be for yourself and your loved ones.
(248) 453-9634 View (248) 453-9634
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Lauren Thomas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, MI 48363  (Online Only)
Are you constantly telling yourself, “Be strong!" and you tend to ignore your racing thoughts. You jump into each day more mentally exhausted than the day before, wishing and hoping for something to change. Maybe you lost a loved one or your child, were told you have a chronic illness/disease, realized that your relationship is in shambles, are haunted by childhood experiences, or the pressures of your life/ job have begun to take their toll. You have thought of therapy but rationalize with yourself that “it isn’t so bad” and that you can keep trying to “fix yourself” only to find yourself in a self-blaming pattern.
Are you constantly telling yourself, “Be strong!" and you tend to ignore your racing thoughts. You jump into each day more mentally exhausted than the day before, wishing and hoping for something to change. Maybe you lost a loved one or your child, were told you have a chronic illness/disease, realized that your relationship is in shambles, are haunted by childhood experiences, or the pressures of your life/ job have begun to take their toll. You have thought of therapy but rationalize with yourself that “it isn’t so bad” and that you can keep trying to “fix yourself” only to find yourself in a self-blaming pattern.
(248) 720-6405 View (248) 720-6405

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Dr. Kelley Mays
Pre-Licensed Professional, PhD, LLMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rochester Hills, MI 48306
As a therapist, building trust with my clients is at the heart of my practice. I understand the courage it takes to seek support and embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing. My commitment to you is rooted in empathy, compassion, and a genuine desire to create a safe and non-judgmental space where you can openly share your thoughts, feelings, and concerns. I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship, where trust is the foundation for growth and positive change.
As a therapist, building trust with my clients is at the heart of my practice. I understand the courage it takes to seek support and embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing. My commitment to you is rooted in empathy, compassion, and a genuine desire to create a safe and non-judgmental space where you can openly share your thoughts, feelings, and concerns. I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship, where trust is the foundation for growth and positive change.
(248) 617-0648 View (248) 617-0648
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The Caring Spot with Emily Perraut PLLC
Limited Licensed Psychologist, MA, LLP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Rochester Hills, MI 48306  (Online Only)
You've been to therapy before but find yourself feeling frustrated by endlessly talking about and over-analyzing your issues, while still feeling stuck in certain behavior patterns or reactions you can't seem to change. You're prone to harsh self-criticism, feel more sensitive than others, frequently second guess yourself, and struggle to set boundaries. You might know why you do what you do, but it often feels impossible to actually follow through with the changes you want to make. You want to get to the root of your issues and stop yourself from being emotionally hijacked, while feeling more confident, grounded, fierce, and free.
You've been to therapy before but find yourself feeling frustrated by endlessly talking about and over-analyzing your issues, while still feeling stuck in certain behavior patterns or reactions you can't seem to change. You're prone to harsh self-criticism, feel more sensitive than others, frequently second guess yourself, and struggle to set boundaries. You might know why you do what you do, but it often feels impossible to actually follow through with the changes you want to make. You want to get to the root of your issues and stop yourself from being emotionally hijacked, while feeling more confident, grounded, fierce, and free.
(248) 565-3195 View (248) 565-3195
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Radiate Counseling, PLLC
MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rochester, MI 48306
Radiate Counseling, PLLC is an outpatient mental health counseling practice that offers individual and group counseling treatment services to older adolescents and adults. We offer a Christian worldview to our therapeutic approach.
Radiate Counseling, PLLC is an outpatient mental health counseling practice that offers individual and group counseling treatment services to older adolescents and adults. We offer a Christian worldview to our therapeutic approach.
(248) 963-7751 View (248) 963-7751
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Rochester Area Counseling Services
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, CAADC, CCS-M, CCTP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rochester, MI 48306
Making the decision to schedule an appointment with a counselor takes a great deal of courage. Our therapists recognize that and work hard to make sure that you feel comfortable from the moment you walk in the door. Understanding that individuals have different schedules in their lives, we provide a variety of options in the morning, afternoon, evening, or weekends depending on your needs. Give yourself the gift of self-care and give us a call.
Making the decision to schedule an appointment with a counselor takes a great deal of courage. Our therapists recognize that and work hard to make sure that you feel comfortable from the moment you walk in the door. Understanding that individuals have different schedules in their lives, we provide a variety of options in the morning, afternoon, evening, or weekends depending on your needs. Give yourself the gift of self-care and give us a call.
(248) 826-2637 View (248) 826-2637
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Discreet Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CAADC
Verified Verified
Rochester Hills, MI 48306  (Online Only)
Discreet counseling for very private and/or high profile individuals. Confidentiality at the highest level. Addictions, Sexuality Issues, PTSD/Trauma, Kink/Diverse Sexualities, LGBTQIA+, and Self Worth issues. Clients seeking confidential, discreet counseling can feel safe.
Discreet counseling for very private and/or high profile individuals. Confidentiality at the highest level. Addictions, Sexuality Issues, PTSD/Trauma, Kink/Diverse Sexualities, LGBTQIA+, and Self Worth issues. Clients seeking confidential, discreet counseling can feel safe.
(810) 277-9867 View (810) 277-9867
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Judith E Lipson
Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Rochester, MI 48306
I specialize in students of all ages who are not working at their potential. These include individuals with Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Aspergers Syndrome, Work or School-related Anxiety, Gifted Learning Challenges, or Unconventional Learning Styles. Thirty years in public education has provided me with the experience to teach strategies to the student, and to recommend individualized accommodations and modifications to parents and educators. I also provide short-term counseling to rebuild self-esteem and motivation. I focus on the student's inherent gifts and am an advocate for the student.
I specialize in students of all ages who are not working at their potential. These include individuals with Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Aspergers Syndrome, Work or School-related Anxiety, Gifted Learning Challenges, or Unconventional Learning Styles. Thirty years in public education has provided me with the experience to teach strategies to the student, and to recommend individualized accommodations and modifications to parents and educators. I also provide short-term counseling to rebuild self-esteem and motivation. I focus on the student's inherent gifts and am an advocate for the student.
(248) 716-0921 View (248) 716-0921
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Jessica Stavale
Limited Licensed Psychologist, MS, LLP, CCTP-II
Verified Verified
Oakland Township, MI 48306
Not accepting new clients
I know you can heal and find peace by working with me. I have an integrative approach and view healing through a whole body perspective. I am almost complete with doctorates in Integrative Medicine and Natural Medicine. I am a fascia expert, author, trauma expert, and I believe in accountability by moving you forward with equipping you with coping mechanisms that work for you, and I free you from the past. Past trauma, emotion, and energy get stored in the fascia of the body, which effects your mental and emotional health, so my approach is unique. I will guide you to adapt a growth mindset of empowerment.
I know you can heal and find peace by working with me. I have an integrative approach and view healing through a whole body perspective. I am almost complete with doctorates in Integrative Medicine and Natural Medicine. I am a fascia expert, author, trauma expert, and I believe in accountability by moving you forward with equipping you with coping mechanisms that work for you, and I free you from the past. Past trauma, emotion, and energy get stored in the fascia of the body, which effects your mental and emotional health, so my approach is unique. I will guide you to adapt a growth mindset of empowerment.
(248) 781-3434 View (248) 781-3434
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Andreia De Almeida Schulte
Limited Licensed Psychologist, PsyD, MS, LLP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rochester Hills, MI 48306
With almost 10 years of experience between Brazil and the U.S., I have learned that mental health, an essential aspect of general health, can be easily overlooked. However, life can be overwhelming at times, and we may find ourselves facing challenges that seem impossible to handle or process. During these difficult periods, psychotherapy can be a powerful tool for healing, personal growth, and increasing self-knowledge. Together, we can explore emotions and feelings, collaborate in identifying your needs and conflicts, and create a more meaningful life.
With almost 10 years of experience between Brazil and the U.S., I have learned that mental health, an essential aspect of general health, can be easily overlooked. However, life can be overwhelming at times, and we may find ourselves facing challenges that seem impossible to handle or process. During these difficult periods, psychotherapy can be a powerful tool for healing, personal growth, and increasing self-knowledge. Together, we can explore emotions and feelings, collaborate in identifying your needs and conflicts, and create a more meaningful life.
(248) 509-9548 View (248) 509-9548
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Amy Zauel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Rochester, MI 48306
It would be hard to argue that our lives haven't been a lot more complicated over the last few years. Whether you are a child or teen dealing with peer pressure or the stressors at school, a stay at home parent trying to manage everyones busy schedules, a working professional balancing family life and the stress a job can bring, a single or divorced parent struggling to get through each day, a young adult looking for direction in life, or part of a family trying to raise your kids in this increasingly complex world, I have extensive experience in all of these areas. I am committed to helping you work through these challenges.
It would be hard to argue that our lives haven't been a lot more complicated over the last few years. Whether you are a child or teen dealing with peer pressure or the stressors at school, a stay at home parent trying to manage everyones busy schedules, a working professional balancing family life and the stress a job can bring, a single or divorced parent struggling to get through each day, a young adult looking for direction in life, or part of a family trying to raise your kids in this increasingly complex world, I have extensive experience in all of these areas. I am committed to helping you work through these challenges.
(586) 789-9367 View (586) 789-9367
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Angela Avery
Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rochester, MI 48306
I am a challenging relationship expert! My mission is to make my clients feel empowered to get unstuck, accept reality, and heal from heavy issues in relationships with loved ones. Narcissism, post separation abuse/high conflict divorce, blended family issues, and grief are my calling. In addition, anxiety and depression is a passion of mine because the relationship we have with ourselves is vital! Let's create a life worth living!
I am a challenging relationship expert! My mission is to make my clients feel empowered to get unstuck, accept reality, and heal from heavy issues in relationships with loved ones. Narcissism, post separation abuse/high conflict divorce, blended family issues, and grief are my calling. In addition, anxiety and depression is a passion of mine because the relationship we have with ourselves is vital! Let's create a life worth living!
(248) 639-4853 View (248) 639-4853
Photo of Alejandra Isabel Medina, Counselor in Oakland, MI
Alejandra Isabel Medina
Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Rochester Hills, MI 48306
Waitlist for new clients
My mission is to support the exploration and the search for the client's own skills, abilities, goals and purpose with a genuine, unconditional regard. In a non-directive way, I am here to support exploration, growth, discovery, strength, self-care and to encourage people's realization of their unlimited options to gain back control over their own lives.
My mission is to support the exploration and the search for the client's own skills, abilities, goals and purpose with a genuine, unconditional regard. In a non-directive way, I am here to support exploration, growth, discovery, strength, self-care and to encourage people's realization of their unlimited options to gain back control over their own lives.
(248) 639-4203 View (248) 639-4203

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How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Oakland, MI

< 10

Therapists in Oakland, MI who prioritize treating:

89% Trauma and PTSD
78% Relationship Issues
78% Depression
78% Coping Skills
67% Child
67% Life Coaching
67% Parenting

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
60% Cigna and Evernorth
60% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Oakland, MI see their clients

78% In Person and Online
22% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Oakland?

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.