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Photo of Mattracea D Wendleton, MS, LPC, NCC, Counselor
Mattracea D Wendleton
Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Bolivar, MO 65613  (Online Only)
You are filled with anxiety, restlessness, and/or feeling anxious about what the future holds, what others are thinking of you. Perhaps you're struggling with not feeling good enough, dealing with the "what if" scenarios in your head, and self-doubt keeps creeping in. You know things don't have to be this way, but you've been dealing with it for so long it's hard to imagine the anxiety being gone... Many of the individuals who I work with are driven to feel better and have a growth mindset. You know that life is meant to be more fulfilling. Many of the individuals I see struggle with anxiety, trauma, and/or self-esteem issues.
You are filled with anxiety, restlessness, and/or feeling anxious about what the future holds, what others are thinking of you. Perhaps you're struggling with not feeling good enough, dealing with the "what if" scenarios in your head, and self-doubt keeps creeping in. You know things don't have to be this way, but you've been dealing with it for so long it's hard to imagine the anxiety being gone... Many of the individuals who I work with are driven to feel better and have a growth mindset. You know that life is meant to be more fulfilling. Many of the individuals I see struggle with anxiety, trauma, and/or self-esteem issues.
(417) 553-0145 View (417) 553-0145
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Melissa Rohrbach
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, NCC, CRADC, LPC
Verified Verified
Bolivar, MO 65613
I offer several services that include assessment, treatment planning, recovery support and case management in addition to counseling. My goal is to do whatever it takes to give you or your loved one the best chance for lasting recovery and improve well being of the whole person. The treatment methodologies utilized are time-tested and have consistently proven successful. I understand that the causes of addiction and mental health are complex and often multifaceted; I am here to guide those we serve and their families every step of the way. 
I offer several services that include assessment, treatment planning, recovery support and case management in addition to counseling. My goal is to do whatever it takes to give you or your loved one the best chance for lasting recovery and improve well being of the whole person. The treatment methodologies utilized are time-tested and have consistently proven successful. I understand that the causes of addiction and mental health are complex and often multifaceted; I am here to guide those we serve and their families every step of the way. 
(417) 619-1595 View (417) 619-1595
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Free Your Mind Therapy LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ADS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bolivar, MO 65613
Are you looking for a therapist who is empathetic and compassionate? It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change. I am here to support and empower you in that journey.
Are you looking for a therapist who is empathetic and compassionate? It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change. I am here to support and empower you in that journey.
(417) 609-2117 View (417) 609-2117
Photo of Jessica Hintz Huff, MACP, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Jessica Hintz Huff
Licensed Professional Counselor, MACP, LPC
Verified Verified
Bolivar, MO 65613
Waitlist for new clients
Life is so fast paced with so many paths, which can cause a person to feel stuck. It is easy to feel like one is far behind or should be at a certain milestone in their life. One thing I always tell my clients is to meet themselves where they are at. A simple phrase that takes awhile to fully understand what that is and how to get there. By meeting ourselves where we are at, we can examine what we truly want and begin to trust ourselves. As the journey begins, I will be side by side my clients. I may have the book smart, but they are the expert of themselves.
Life is so fast paced with so many paths, which can cause a person to feel stuck. It is easy to feel like one is far behind or should be at a certain milestone in their life. One thing I always tell my clients is to meet themselves where they are at. A simple phrase that takes awhile to fully understand what that is and how to get there. By meeting ourselves where we are at, we can examine what we truly want and begin to trust ourselves. As the journey begins, I will be side by side my clients. I may have the book smart, but they are the expert of themselves.
(417) 962-8218 View (417) 962-8218
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Compass Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Bolivar, MO 65613
At Compass Counseling, we are dedicated to providing responsive service to our clients, contacts and community. We have a diverse staff of professional counselors who are capable of meeting the most difficult counseling needs. We seek to develop cooperative relationships with everyone involved in the client's care to maximize the therapeutic benefit to the client and optimize the treatment process. Our growing list of therapists allows us to match up client needs with specific areas of interest/expertise within our counselor community.
At Compass Counseling, we are dedicated to providing responsive service to our clients, contacts and community. We have a diverse staff of professional counselors who are capable of meeting the most difficult counseling needs. We seek to develop cooperative relationships with everyone involved in the client's care to maximize the therapeutic benefit to the client and optimize the treatment process. Our growing list of therapists allows us to match up client needs with specific areas of interest/expertise within our counselor community.
(417) 203-4877 View (417) 203-4877
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Andy Anderson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, KPMT
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Bolivar, MO 65613  (Online Only)
My ideal client would be parents or caregivers seeking treatment for their children with behavioral, emotional, and social problems, such as ODD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other typical childhood issues. These clients would be interested in a parent training format for the treatments, indicating a willingness to actively participate in the therapy process and work collaboratively with the therapist. Additionally, the ideal client would be open to utilizing technology for teletherapy sessions, as my services are presented in an online therapy platform.
My ideal client would be parents or caregivers seeking treatment for their children with behavioral, emotional, and social problems, such as ODD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other typical childhood issues. These clients would be interested in a parent training format for the treatments, indicating a willingness to actively participate in the therapy process and work collaboratively with the therapist. Additionally, the ideal client would be open to utilizing technology for teletherapy sessions, as my services are presented in an online therapy platform.
(636) 614-1673 View (636) 614-1673
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Tonya McMillen Boone
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Bolivar, MO 65727
Waitlist for new clients
Life is full of transitions. Changes in employment, relationship status, becoming a parent, the illness or death of a loved one, relocating or developing a health condition are some of the most challenging life transitions. Without adequate emotional support and healthy coping skills, the extra stress can lead to more serious physical or mental health problems. Depression, anxiety, insomnia, and relationship conflicts can appear or worsen as a result of not having knowledge of how to effectively cope with life changes. I educate and support my clients as we work to eliminate negative symptoms and develop a brighter future.
Life is full of transitions. Changes in employment, relationship status, becoming a parent, the illness or death of a loved one, relocating or developing a health condition are some of the most challenging life transitions. Without adequate emotional support and healthy coping skills, the extra stress can lead to more serious physical or mental health problems. Depression, anxiety, insomnia, and relationship conflicts can appear or worsen as a result of not having knowledge of how to effectively cope with life changes. I educate and support my clients as we work to eliminate negative symptoms and develop a brighter future.
(417) 708-7858 View (417) 708-7858
Photo of Mandy Browning, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Mandy Browning
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Bolivar, MO 65613
Waitlist for new clients
Life can present us with many unwanted and unexpected situations. Sometimes, it can be a traumatic situation, or maybe you are dealing with a child who has become withdrawn, not speaking, and is not socializing with the family. Perhaps you have some past trauma that has not been fully explored or resolved, or anxiety about the future. Whatever the circumstances, counseling may be able to help. I have worked with clients of all ages and with many different issues, including anxiety, depression, and ADHD as well as with patients experiencing past and current trauma.
Life can present us with many unwanted and unexpected situations. Sometimes, it can be a traumatic situation, or maybe you are dealing with a child who has become withdrawn, not speaking, and is not socializing with the family. Perhaps you have some past trauma that has not been fully explored or resolved, or anxiety about the future. Whatever the circumstances, counseling may be able to help. I have worked with clients of all ages and with many different issues, including anxiety, depression, and ADHD as well as with patients experiencing past and current trauma.
(417) 246-2163 View (417) 246-2163
Photo of Lisa C. York, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Lisa C. York
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bolivar, MO 65727  (Online Only)
My ideal client is someone looking for a significant change in their life. They may struggle with past hurts, shame, isolation, trauma, low self image, resentment, self-hatred, depression, or anxiety. They need someone to listen and to provide a safe place free of judgement where they will be heard. Their goals might include finding freedom, seeing their situation in a new light, gaining hope, finding their voice, or integrating their life experience and their spirituality.
My ideal client is someone looking for a significant change in their life. They may struggle with past hurts, shame, isolation, trauma, low self image, resentment, self-hatred, depression, or anxiety. They need someone to listen and to provide a safe place free of judgement where they will be heard. Their goals might include finding freedom, seeing their situation in a new light, gaining hope, finding their voice, or integrating their life experience and their spirituality.
(417) 216-7961 View (417) 216-7961

Online Therapists

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Scott R Kuenneke
Counselor, MS, LPC, BCN
Verified Verified
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
My background is working with pre-teens & adolescents in a residential treatment facility for complex developmental trauma. I specialize in neurofeedback and counseling. Using this combination helps to shift and transforms the brain along side techniques to support change. I can help people learn the skill of self-regulation, and develop more tolerance to stress. People who use neurofeedback are those that do not respond well to traditional treatment, are interested in increasing healthy brain functioning, and are looking for natural alternatives to medication. Neurofeedback tailors to the brains innate neuroplasticity.
My background is working with pre-teens & adolescents in a residential treatment facility for complex developmental trauma. I specialize in neurofeedback and counseling. Using this combination helps to shift and transforms the brain along side techniques to support change. I can help people learn the skill of self-regulation, and develop more tolerance to stress. People who use neurofeedback are those that do not respond well to traditional treatment, are interested in increasing healthy brain functioning, and are looking for natural alternatives to medication. Neurofeedback tailors to the brains innate neuroplasticity.
(573) 879-2926 View (573) 879-2926
Photo of Cynthia Hawk - Right Road Counseling, LLC, MEd, LPC-S, MAC, MCBQS, Licensed Professional Counselor
Right Road Counseling, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC-S, MAC, MCBQS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Connecting with your counselor can create a relationship that can benefit you for a lifetime. We see individual, couples, and families in areas of addiction, sex therapy, kink conscious, fetish, trauma, life transitions, anger management, relationship issues, monogamy & ethical non-monogamy, grief, work issues, sex positivity, mood changes, anxiety, depression, LGBTQIA+, identity base trauma, feeling stuck, negative habits, grief, and co-parenting.
Connecting with your counselor can create a relationship that can benefit you for a lifetime. We see individual, couples, and families in areas of addiction, sex therapy, kink conscious, fetish, trauma, life transitions, anger management, relationship issues, monogamy & ethical non-monogamy, grief, work issues, sex positivity, mood changes, anxiety, depression, LGBTQIA+, identity base trauma, feeling stuck, negative habits, grief, and co-parenting.
(573) 535-5977 View (573) 535-5977
Photo of Kate Kolb, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Kate Kolb
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
I am passionate about helping adolescents and adults find healing and personal growth. As someone who entered my first counseling session in 2012, I understand the anxiety and fear of putting yourself out there to begin working with a therapist on issues that are personal and unique to you. I strive to help all of my clients feel safe, comfortable, and always offer a judgement free zone. That being said, I may not always say what you want to hear. I may offer a gentle push or assist you in recognizing some behavioral patterns that are holding you back. We all have them! I'm excited to walk next to you on your journey for growth!
I am passionate about helping adolescents and adults find healing and personal growth. As someone who entered my first counseling session in 2012, I understand the anxiety and fear of putting yourself out there to begin working with a therapist on issues that are personal and unique to you. I strive to help all of my clients feel safe, comfortable, and always offer a judgement free zone. That being said, I may not always say what you want to hear. I may offer a gentle push or assist you in recognizing some behavioral patterns that are holding you back. We all have them! I'm excited to walk next to you on your journey for growth!
(573) 227-5663 View (573) 227-5663
Photo of Brooke Nicole Watson, MS, PLPC, Pre-Licensed Professional
Brooke Nicole Watson
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, PLPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Springfield, MO 65804
Do you struggle to connect and communicate with your partner which affects the ability to live the life you desire? Do you feel overwhelmed, frustrated, and exhausted by the thought there is no light at the end of the tunnel? Do you wonder if your relationship could be better? Now more than ever, many couples, are feeling hopeless about attaining the relationship they desire. Real solutions, focused treatments, and hope for the future are what I work to provide for each and every client. No two people have walked the same path in life. I will feel honored to hear your story.
Do you struggle to connect and communicate with your partner which affects the ability to live the life you desire? Do you feel overwhelmed, frustrated, and exhausted by the thought there is no light at the end of the tunnel? Do you wonder if your relationship could be better? Now more than ever, many couples, are feeling hopeless about attaining the relationship they desire. Real solutions, focused treatments, and hope for the future are what I work to provide for each and every client. No two people have walked the same path in life. I will feel honored to hear your story.
(417) 557-3374 View (417) 557-3374
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Gail Harris
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Sunrise Beach, MO 65079  (Online Only)
I believe there are no quick fixes and that change is a continuous process. Goals are set, progress is made, and next thing you know, there is an unexpected set back. Life experience has taught me that, it is great to want to change, it is great to want to move forward, however, it is also very important to live in the here and now. I will work with you to manage expectations, manage emotions, look for something positive to hold onto, and at the same time, examine what we can do to strive for a different future. We will partner together to delve into the past, find patterns of thoughts.
I believe there are no quick fixes and that change is a continuous process. Goals are set, progress is made, and next thing you know, there is an unexpected set back. Life experience has taught me that, it is great to want to change, it is great to want to move forward, however, it is also very important to live in the here and now. I will work with you to manage expectations, manage emotions, look for something positive to hold onto, and at the same time, examine what we can do to strive for a different future. We will partner together to delve into the past, find patterns of thoughts.
(573) 269-3953 View (573) 269-3953
Photo of Chris Robinson, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Chris Robinson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sedalia, MO 65301  (Online Only)
Using natural methods, I successfully treat stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, low self-esteem and other problems. My focus is on making your symptoms go away - not just teaching you coping skills. By changing how your brain and body operate, it is possible to find the peace of mind you are looking for.
Using natural methods, I successfully treat stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, low self-esteem and other problems. My focus is on making your symptoms go away - not just teaching you coping skills. By changing how your brain and body operate, it is possible to find the peace of mind you are looking for.
(660) 515-4177 View (660) 515-4177
Photo of Brooklyn Rehmert, MEd, CIT, Pre-Licensed Professional
Brooklyn Rehmert
Pre-Licensed Professional, MEd, CIT
Verified Verified
My ideal client is a teen navigating the complexities of adolesence, who may find themselves struggling with anxiety and depression. Often, these teens seek support because they are tired of feeling overwhelmed by their emotions and want to find effective coping strategies. Goals include learning how to manage stress, build self-esteem, improve communication skills, and cultivate healthy relationships. They aspire to develop a deeper understanding of themselves, ultimately striving for greater emotional resilience and well-being. We achieve these goals by fostering a supportive environment where they can explore, learn, and grow.
My ideal client is a teen navigating the complexities of adolesence, who may find themselves struggling with anxiety and depression. Often, these teens seek support because they are tired of feeling overwhelmed by their emotions and want to find effective coping strategies. Goals include learning how to manage stress, build self-esteem, improve communication skills, and cultivate healthy relationships. They aspire to develop a deeper understanding of themselves, ultimately striving for greater emotional resilience and well-being. We achieve these goals by fostering a supportive environment where they can explore, learn, and grow.
(573) 410-7807 View (573) 410-7807
Photo of Kendra Peak, MS, PLPC, Pre-Licensed Professional
Kendra Peak
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, PLPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Springfield, MO 65804
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” -Brene Brown. My first goal as a counselor is to connect with you so we can work collaboratively. I believe therapy’s greatest power is providing a space safe enough for you to embrace your full experience of being human. I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Science in Counseling from Missouri State University after years of service work with youth in foster care and individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities. I also practiced as a Professional School Counselor before moving full-time into private practice.
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” -Brene Brown. My first goal as a counselor is to connect with you so we can work collaboratively. I believe therapy’s greatest power is providing a space safe enough for you to embrace your full experience of being human. I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Science in Counseling from Missouri State University after years of service work with youth in foster care and individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities. I also practiced as a Professional School Counselor before moving full-time into private practice.
(417) 423-8617 View (417) 423-8617
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Stephanie Marie Wacaser
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Springfield, MO 65804
Waitlist for new clients
Whether its difficulty navigating a toxic work environment, dealing with a difficult boss, experiencing marriage or relationship problems, or feeling lost and alone you may need to evaluate what your needs or wants are. Your mind and body is telling you something if you are feeling stressed, feeling sad, have problems sleeping, feeling lonely even in a crowd, or getting angry over the littlest thing, its letting you know change needs to happen. We all struggle at times with trying to navigate life and I believe that we all could benefit from support. Reaching out for help is the key to working towards a healthier way of living.
Whether its difficulty navigating a toxic work environment, dealing with a difficult boss, experiencing marriage or relationship problems, or feeling lost and alone you may need to evaluate what your needs or wants are. Your mind and body is telling you something if you are feeling stressed, feeling sad, have problems sleeping, feeling lonely even in a crowd, or getting angry over the littlest thing, its letting you know change needs to happen. We all struggle at times with trying to navigate life and I believe that we all could benefit from support. Reaching out for help is the key to working towards a healthier way of living.
(417) 815-4465 View (417) 815-4465
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David Wermuth
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Joplin, MO 64801
The ideal client is anyone who is willing to come to therapy. With a strengths-based, trauma-focused, and client-centered approach, I can work with nearly any individual, couple, family, or group.
The ideal client is anyone who is willing to come to therapy. With a strengths-based, trauma-focused, and client-centered approach, I can work with nearly any individual, couple, family, or group.
(417) 660-2175 View (417) 660-2175
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Lauren Holder
MS, PLPC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Springfield, MO 65804
Life presents a multitude of challenges, including pain, uncertainty, and constant work. While I cannot change these inevitable parts of the human experience, I hope to offer a place where you can process these difficulties and develop new skills to better face them in the future. I believe women face unique challenges in society and within themselves that deserve time and space to be addressed. From infertility to postpartum struggles to divorce and anxiety, my goal is to support you on your journey to becoming your most fulfilled version of yourself.
Life presents a multitude of challenges, including pain, uncertainty, and constant work. While I cannot change these inevitable parts of the human experience, I hope to offer a place where you can process these difficulties and develop new skills to better face them in the future. I believe women face unique challenges in society and within themselves that deserve time and space to be addressed. From infertility to postpartum struggles to divorce and anxiety, my goal is to support you on your journey to becoming your most fulfilled version of yourself.
(417) 265-5605 View (417) 265-5605

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Number of Therapists in Polk County, MO

< 10

Therapists in Polk County, MO who prioritize treating:

89% Depression
89% Anxiety
78% Trauma and PTSD
78% Self Esteem
67% Coping Skills
56% Relationship Issues
56% Child

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Polk County, MO see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Polk 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.