Therapists in Ypsilanti, MI

Photo of Amanda Bates, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Ypsilanti, MI
Amanda Bates
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LLMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ypsilanti, MI 48197  (Online Only)
Do you often feel alone, even while being surrounded by friends or loved ones? Maybe you are struggling with meeting person goals due to a lack of motivation? Fighting an internal battle with yourself is exhausting; you do not have to fight this battle quietly or alone. I can help you get to the life you desire and deserve.
Do you often feel alone, even while being surrounded by friends or loved ones? Maybe you are struggling with meeting person goals due to a lack of motivation? Fighting an internal battle with yourself is exhausting; you do not have to fight this battle quietly or alone. I can help you get to the life you desire and deserve.
(734) 876-8491 View (734) 876-8491
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Jamie Brito
Counselor, MS, LLC
Verified Verified
Ypsilanti, MI 48197  (Online Only)
There are many reasons people seek out counseling and support. Sometimes life becomes too overwhelming, anxiety increases, depression may be setting in, relationships may become challenging, or maybe you're just not feeling like yourself and want to explore those feelings. You may be looking to take some of that weight off of your shoulders, reduce challenging symptoms, develop coping skills, explore your feelings, or connect with yourself on a deeper level. I am here to provide a safe and supportive environment to address those issues and walk with you on your counseling journey.
There are many reasons people seek out counseling and support. Sometimes life becomes too overwhelming, anxiety increases, depression may be setting in, relationships may become challenging, or maybe you're just not feeling like yourself and want to explore those feelings. You may be looking to take some of that weight off of your shoulders, reduce challenging symptoms, develop coping skills, explore your feelings, or connect with yourself on a deeper level. I am here to provide a safe and supportive environment to address those issues and walk with you on your counseling journey.
(734) 600-9495 View (734) 600-9495
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Genera Fields
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LLMSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ypsilanti, MI 48197  (Online Only)
Holistic wellness is about finding a seat in a world increasingly marked by systemic barriers. Very often, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ individuals aren't given seats at tables, or even welcomed into rooms that would make life more accessible. I see therapy as a folding chair—a portable, adaptable, and transformative support system that we unfold into our lives to create our own spaces to thrive. My ideal client is open, ready, and willing to work on themselves, name their inner demons, and resist the systemic barriers that have tried to dictate their paths.
Holistic wellness is about finding a seat in a world increasingly marked by systemic barriers. Very often, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ individuals aren't given seats at tables, or even welcomed into rooms that would make life more accessible. I see therapy as a folding chair—a portable, adaptable, and transformative support system that we unfold into our lives to create our own spaces to thrive. My ideal client is open, ready, and willing to work on themselves, name their inner demons, and resist the systemic barriers that have tried to dictate their paths.
(517) 879-0938 View (517) 879-0938
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Stephanie 'stevie' Estes-James
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Ypsilanti, MI 48197  (Online Only)
Understanding how I can assist my client to achieve successful counseling is vitally important. Knowing that people enter counseling with a myriad of troubles I rely on multiple resources to assist clients in unearthing their best selves. I have been trained in Perinatal Mood Disorders and Advanced Perinatal Mental Health, crisis prevention and intervention, post-secondary education resources/guidance, substance abuse, individual, children, family, and group counseling.
Understanding how I can assist my client to achieve successful counseling is vitally important. Knowing that people enter counseling with a myriad of troubles I rely on multiple resources to assist clients in unearthing their best selves. I have been trained in Perinatal Mood Disorders and Advanced Perinatal Mental Health, crisis prevention and intervention, post-secondary education resources/guidance, substance abuse, individual, children, family, and group counseling.
(833) 596-1457 View (833) 596-1457
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Toni Crocilla PsyD PLLC
Psychologist, PsyD, LP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
I do not accept insurance or provide superbills. I do my best work with folx who can relate to these communities/areas: LGBTQIA+, alternative sexualities, kink, BDSM, various relational structures/orientations (ENM, polyamory relationships, throuples, families, etc.), gender/sexual identity and expression, sex therapy, traumatic sex, psychedelic preparation/integration, and end of life processing. I offer a free 15m video consultation to briefly review your concerns, answer any questions, and see if we are a good fit to do this work together.
I do not accept insurance or provide superbills. I do my best work with folx who can relate to these communities/areas: LGBTQIA+, alternative sexualities, kink, BDSM, various relational structures/orientations (ENM, polyamory relationships, throuples, families, etc.), gender/sexual identity and expression, sex therapy, traumatic sex, psychedelic preparation/integration, and end of life processing. I offer a free 15m video consultation to briefly review your concerns, answer any questions, and see if we are a good fit to do this work together.
(734) 767-0674 View (734) 767-0674
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Katie Gordon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Ypsilanti, MI 48197  (Online Only)
I am glad you are here. I strive to empower people who are experiencing feelings of sadness, loss, fear, and hopelessness related to depression, anxiety, trauma, and life stressors. My goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment where we can build a valuable therapeutic relationship. Together, we will work to better understand your thoughts, behaviors, emotions and choices. My hope is that you will grow and heal through this experience and that you will embrace a renewed sense of self and wellbeing.
I am glad you are here. I strive to empower people who are experiencing feelings of sadness, loss, fear, and hopelessness related to depression, anxiety, trauma, and life stressors. My goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment where we can build a valuable therapeutic relationship. Together, we will work to better understand your thoughts, behaviors, emotions and choices. My hope is that you will grow and heal through this experience and that you will embrace a renewed sense of self and wellbeing.
(248) 494-4954 View (248) 494-4954
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Heidi Bechtel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LLMSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ypsilanti, MI 48197  (Online Only)
It’s an honor to come alongside souls in their journey of personal evolution and transformation. I believe we all desire to live lives of embodiment - to deeply connect to our own truth, our needs, and our desires, and build a life that is truly authentic and brings balance and peace. In our society, there are many expectations and demands that separate us from our true selves and cause inner conflict, confusion and exhaustion. It's my desire to help people untangle from disempowering patterns and narratives and reconnect them to their own deep wisdom and strength.
It’s an honor to come alongside souls in their journey of personal evolution and transformation. I believe we all desire to live lives of embodiment - to deeply connect to our own truth, our needs, and our desires, and build a life that is truly authentic and brings balance and peace. In our society, there are many expectations and demands that separate us from our true selves and cause inner conflict, confusion and exhaustion. It's my desire to help people untangle from disempowering patterns and narratives and reconnect them to their own deep wisdom and strength.
(734) 415-4675 View (734) 415-4675
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Lloyd E Shelton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LLMSW
Verified Verified
Ypsilanti, MI 48197  (Online Only)
I am currently accepting new clients! My passion is to see people living their absolute best lives. My belief is that we all have room for improvement to fully optimize our God given gifts and talents and it’s MY goal to assist you in finding and developing the right tools to help you most effectively reach YOUR goals. My approach is a collaborative process in which we leverage evidence based practices to support you through a person centered, strengths based counseling experience that is appreciative and respectful of your lived experiences.
I am currently accepting new clients! My passion is to see people living their absolute best lives. My belief is that we all have room for improvement to fully optimize our God given gifts and talents and it’s MY goal to assist you in finding and developing the right tools to help you most effectively reach YOUR goals. My approach is a collaborative process in which we leverage evidence based practices to support you through a person centered, strengths based counseling experience that is appreciative and respectful of your lived experiences.
(734) 270-6617 View (734) 270-6617
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Jonathan David Edwards
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Ypsilanti, MI 48198  (Online Only)
Life is hard. Anger and sadness are natural responses to a world that can be unfair. Perhaps these feelings have strained your relationships with others, made it difficult to handle your day-to-day responsibilities, or damaged your self-esteem. When we learn to manage our dissatisfaction and form deeper connections to the people and things that bring us joy, life becomes exponentially more satisfying.
Life is hard. Anger and sadness are natural responses to a world that can be unfair. Perhaps these feelings have strained your relationships with others, made it difficult to handle your day-to-day responsibilities, or damaged your self-esteem. When we learn to manage our dissatisfaction and form deeper connections to the people and things that bring us joy, life becomes exponentially more satisfying.
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Selene Negrette
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Ypsilanti, MI 48198  (Online Only)
Since you can remember have people said to you: You are so sensitive! Or casually implied that you are overreacting to something? It this is you, you most likely belong to the 20% of the population who are Highly sensitive (HSP) or Empaths. Feeling criticized or singled out as different than others does not feel good, as you very well know, and it creates feelings of not good enough and of wanting to fit in with others -which make social interactions and relationships difficult at times- and not only that, it can keep you feeling stuck and powerless to change your life for the better.
Since you can remember have people said to you: You are so sensitive! Or casually implied that you are overreacting to something? It this is you, you most likely belong to the 20% of the population who are Highly sensitive (HSP) or Empaths. Feeling criticized or singled out as different than others does not feel good, as you very well know, and it creates feelings of not good enough and of wanting to fit in with others -which make social interactions and relationships difficult at times- and not only that, it can keep you feeling stuck and powerless to change your life for the better.
(734) 519-7219 View (734) 519-7219
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Liz Urmy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW-C
Verified Verified
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
I am passionate about guiding couples through the intricate landscape of their relationships with a focus on authenticity, communication and reconnecting to your lost parts. As a relationship therapist, I am committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment where every individual feels respected and understood. My therapeutic approach integrates a number of evidence-based modalities with an emphasis on Imago Relationship Therapy. Imago Therapy offers a structured framework for addressing past wounds and transforming conflicts into opportunities for growth and connection.
I am passionate about guiding couples through the intricate landscape of their relationships with a focus on authenticity, communication and reconnecting to your lost parts. As a relationship therapist, I am committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment where every individual feels respected and understood. My therapeutic approach integrates a number of evidence-based modalities with an emphasis on Imago Relationship Therapy. Imago Therapy offers a structured framework for addressing past wounds and transforming conflicts into opportunities for growth and connection.
(734) 359-6565 View (734) 359-6565
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Raechel Elizabeth Rodgers
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Ypsilanti, MI 48197  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Are current or past stressors affecting your life? Do you find yourself in particular repeated dilemmas? Or is it you struggle to find meaning to life’s many lessons that leave you feeling frustrated, overwhelmed or even stuck? If it is past grief, trauma, the difficulties of work-life balance or relationship issues, I am here to work with you. Whether you starting or revisiting your therapeutic journey, I urge to you take the next step.
Are current or past stressors affecting your life? Do you find yourself in particular repeated dilemmas? Or is it you struggle to find meaning to life’s many lessons that leave you feeling frustrated, overwhelmed or even stuck? If it is past grief, trauma, the difficulties of work-life balance or relationship issues, I am here to work with you. Whether you starting or revisiting your therapeutic journey, I urge to you take the next step.
(833) 756-0335 View (833) 756-0335
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Liz Mitchell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Not accepting new clients
I have a strong passion for working with both young people and adults, especially those in the LGBTQ+ community and those with neurodivergent identities. I find that I feel most useful when working with folks who are truly committed to their growth and healing, who are ready to do the hard work of exploring and challenging harmful beliefs and heavy burdens. It is an honor and a privilege to share space with my clients and to bear witness to their pain, vulnerability, and most of all their healing.
I have a strong passion for working with both young people and adults, especially those in the LGBTQ+ community and those with neurodivergent identities. I find that I feel most useful when working with folks who are truly committed to their growth and healing, who are ready to do the hard work of exploring and challenging harmful beliefs and heavy burdens. It is an honor and a privilege to share space with my clients and to bear witness to their pain, vulnerability, and most of all their healing.
(734) 270-6258 View (734) 270-6258
Photo of Kulkiran K Nakai, Psychologist in Ypsilanti, MI
Kulkiran K Nakai
Psychologist, PsyD, LP
Verified Verified
Ypsilanti, MI 48197  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I take a heartfelt, collaborative, and emboldening approach that is consent-based and feedback-oriented. When holding sacred space, I aim to demonstrate how to slow down and be present, access and anchor to our inner light, befriend our shadow and let go of unnecessary suffering, forgive ourselves for our past, learn how to unapologetically be and love ourselves here and now, believe in our worth and our potential, belong to ourselves, trust our intuitive wisdom, and have faith in the process of healing and transformative growth, personally and collectively. Prioritizing BIPOC, 2SLGBTQ+, fat, 1st gen, and neurodivergent identities.
I take a heartfelt, collaborative, and emboldening approach that is consent-based and feedback-oriented. When holding sacred space, I aim to demonstrate how to slow down and be present, access and anchor to our inner light, befriend our shadow and let go of unnecessary suffering, forgive ourselves for our past, learn how to unapologetically be and love ourselves here and now, believe in our worth and our potential, belong to ourselves, trust our intuitive wisdom, and have faith in the process of healing and transformative growth, personally and collectively. Prioritizing BIPOC, 2SLGBTQ+, fat, 1st gen, and neurodivergent identities.
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Photo of Kate Wright, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Ypsilanti, MI
Kate Wright
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, LICSW, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Ypsilanti, MI 48197  (Online Only)
Welcome, I’m glad you’re here! My goal for our work together is to create a safe and grounding space for you to grow, heal, and deepen your awareness. I often work with individuals moving through pregnancy loss and abortion, anxiety, trauma, and attachment wounds. You deserve deep healing and support beyond symptom management. Our work will support you in slowing down, reclaiming your body, reclaiming your story, and creating space for your instincts and intuition. This work was not meant to be done alone. I am honored to be on this journey with you.
Welcome, I’m glad you’re here! My goal for our work together is to create a safe and grounding space for you to grow, heal, and deepen your awareness. I often work with individuals moving through pregnancy loss and abortion, anxiety, trauma, and attachment wounds. You deserve deep healing and support beyond symptom management. Our work will support you in slowing down, reclaiming your body, reclaiming your story, and creating space for your instincts and intuition. This work was not meant to be done alone. I am honored to be on this journey with you.
(248) 965-0583 View (248) 965-0583
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Naomi Zikmund-Fisher
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, MPM, LMSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Waitlist for new clients
You deserve to feel good about yourself and have a life that is satisfying and meaningful. Whether you are feeling down about yourself, experiencing anxiety, having difficulty coping with recent or past events, having problems in relationships or on the job, hurting yourself or making choices you later regret, I can help you attain a life worth living. I take a non-judgmental, relational approach to helping you reach your own individual goals.
You deserve to feel good about yourself and have a life that is satisfying and meaningful. Whether you are feeling down about yourself, experiencing anxiety, having difficulty coping with recent or past events, having problems in relationships or on the job, hurting yourself or making choices you later regret, I can help you attain a life worth living. I take a non-judgmental, relational approach to helping you reach your own individual goals.
(734) 672-3296 View (734) 672-3296
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James Radson
LPC Intern
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
I am a Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s student at Eastern Michigan University. I have experience working with individuals of a variety of ages, concerns, backgrounds. As a member of the LGBT community, I have a particular interest in working with clients of this demographic. I value this opportunity to help all those who seek mental health support. I view counseling as a partnership. We will work together to help you explore your mental health concerns, navigate coping processes, and foster resilience. Throughout, we can tailor the counseling plan to match your unique circumstances and preferences.
I am a Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s student at Eastern Michigan University. I have experience working with individuals of a variety of ages, concerns, backgrounds. As a member of the LGBT community, I have a particular interest in working with clients of this demographic. I value this opportunity to help all those who seek mental health support. I view counseling as a partnership. We will work together to help you explore your mental health concerns, navigate coping processes, and foster resilience. Throughout, we can tailor the counseling plan to match your unique circumstances and preferences.
(734) 666-9937 x700 View (734) 666-9937 x700
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Kia M Sweeney
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Ypsilanti, MI 48198  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
My family, educational and professional experiences shape my deep passion for supporting people while they work to accomplish their goals and dreams. My Approach I believe that each person is the expert of their own experiences and I aim to help them navigate through those experiences to help them become the best version of themselves. Life will bring challenges and with the right set of strategies and willingness to explore what works best for you, positive change can happen.   I believe that therapy is a partnership and one that only works with active listening, compassion, engagement, and nonjudgmental approaches.
My family, educational and professional experiences shape my deep passion for supporting people while they work to accomplish their goals and dreams. My Approach I believe that each person is the expert of their own experiences and I aim to help them navigate through those experiences to help them become the best version of themselves. Life will bring challenges and with the right set of strategies and willingness to explore what works best for you, positive change can happen.   I believe that therapy is a partnership and one that only works with active listening, compassion, engagement, and nonjudgmental approaches.
(734) 800-2847 View (734) 800-2847
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Olivia M Mielke
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC, CAADC, ICAADC, CCTP
Verified Verified
Ypsilanti, MI 48197  (Online Only)
I am focused on helping you live your best life, mentally, physically, spiritually, and culturally, to have a deeper connection with those around you, and finally begin the process of self-acceptance & healing. Why continue down the same path, only to yield the same results? Allow yourself the opportunity to heal, love, and grow.
I am focused on helping you live your best life, mentally, physically, spiritually, and culturally, to have a deeper connection with those around you, and finally begin the process of self-acceptance & healing. Why continue down the same path, only to yield the same results? Allow yourself the opportunity to heal, love, and grow.
(734) 206-7747 View (734) 206-7747
Photo of Hannah Figueroa, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Ypsilanti, MI
Hannah Figueroa
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Ypsilanti, MI 48197  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Welcome! Taking this first step can be scary, but you did it and I hope that you’re proud of yourself for doing so! My goal is to help you discover your authentic self while enhancing your ability to handle life's challenges. We will work together to learn how to most effectively navigate your life and gain a balanced perspective.
Welcome! Taking this first step can be scary, but you did it and I hope that you’re proud of yourself for doing so! My goal is to help you discover your authentic self while enhancing your ability to handle life's challenges. We will work together to learn how to most effectively navigate your life and gain a balanced perspective.
(734) 418-6120 View (734) 418-6120

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Ypsilanti, MI

400+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Ypsilanti, MI who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
90% Depression
77% Self Esteem
76% Relationship Issues
72% Trauma and PTSD
68% Stress
67% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% BlueCross and BlueShield
55% Blue Care Network
49% Aetna

How Therapists in Ypsilanti, MI see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
18% Male
5% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Ypsilanti?

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.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

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.