Therapists in Bigfork, MT

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Sara J Stone
Counselor, MA, CALC, NCC, LCPC
Verified Verified
Bigfork, MT 59911
Not accepting new clients
Wellness is the goal, as defined uniquely by the client. In session, the client will experience a customized approach to therapy drawing on the latest mind-body techniques supported by movement, mindfulness/meditation, creative expression and/or play as a regulatory factor. The client sets their therapy goals which allows full transparency by the counselor to empower the client in their ownership over their healing process. Challenge unproductive thoughts, identify where stress is carried in the body, how are past traumas still impacting your functionality today? Be heard. Be seen. Start your journey today.
Wellness is the goal, as defined uniquely by the client. In session, the client will experience a customized approach to therapy drawing on the latest mind-body techniques supported by movement, mindfulness/meditation, creative expression and/or play as a regulatory factor. The client sets their therapy goals which allows full transparency by the counselor to empower the client in their ownership over their healing process. Challenge unproductive thoughts, identify where stress is carried in the body, how are past traumas still impacting your functionality today? Be heard. Be seen. Start your journey today.
(406) 296-5256 View (406) 296-5256
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Jama Mauldin Authentic Foundations
Social Work Candidate, MSW, SWLC
Verified Verified
Bigfork, MT 59911
I am excited to come alongside and support individuals, couples and families on their journey to build their best selves. I have been fueled by a lifelong passion for creating and delivering resources to individuals and families in need, specifically in the areas of understanding the dynamics of healthy relationships, childhood development, resiliency, and trauma. I strive to create an atmosphere of safety and empathy, which facilitates healthy self-perception, dialogue, and healing from traumatic experiences.
I am excited to come alongside and support individuals, couples and families on their journey to build their best selves. I have been fueled by a lifelong passion for creating and delivering resources to individuals and families in need, specifically in the areas of understanding the dynamics of healthy relationships, childhood development, resiliency, and trauma. I strive to create an atmosphere of safety and empathy, which facilitates healthy self-perception, dialogue, and healing from traumatic experiences.
(406) 936-3134 View (406) 936-3134
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Spot to Talk
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Bigfork, MT 59911
We are a group of therapists focused on helping children, teens, and adults break through the challenges preventing them from living their best lives.
We are a group of therapists focused on helping children, teens, and adults break through the challenges preventing them from living their best lives.
(406) 420-6096 View (406) 420-6096
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Lisa McKee
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bigfork, MT 59911
Although adept in various therapeutic modalities, I have a particular interest in grief work and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to assist clients congruently with their spirituality and values.
Although adept in various therapeutic modalities, I have a particular interest in grief work and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to assist clients congruently with their spirituality and values.
(406) 284-0481 View (406) 284-0481
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Deb Lang
Psychologist, PsyD, RD
Verified Verified
Bigfork, MT 59911  (Online Only)
My joy and my passion are helping women discover how much is possible when they start loving and accepting themselves. When you love and accept yourself – light side/dark side – with all of your imperfections, that’s when things really start to move and shift. It is the key that opens the door to the wisdom and strength that is already inside of you. When you are disconnected from your love for yourself, life is scary. How will I cope? Or, avoid these uncomfortable feelings? Disconnection often shows up as anxiety, depression, anger, food issues, stress, people pleasing, etc. Are you ready to create some long lasting peace?
My joy and my passion are helping women discover how much is possible when they start loving and accepting themselves. When you love and accept yourself – light side/dark side – with all of your imperfections, that’s when things really start to move and shift. It is the key that opens the door to the wisdom and strength that is already inside of you. When you are disconnected from your love for yourself, life is scary. How will I cope? Or, avoid these uncomfortable feelings? Disconnection often shows up as anxiety, depression, anger, food issues, stress, people pleasing, etc. Are you ready to create some long lasting peace?
(406) 420-6955 View (406) 420-6955
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Megan Doak (Goudie)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bigfork, MT 59911
Not accepting new clients
Thank you for being here! Therapy can be a fantastic resource to any and everyone, and taking the first step is often quite challenging. If you are feeling depressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, if your relationships (intimate, familial, and peer) are struggling, or if you are seeking to gain a deeper understanding of self, therapy is a great place to start. Gaining understanding and perspective can help you enhance your quality of life and identify if changes need to be made in order reach the goals you have.
Thank you for being here! Therapy can be a fantastic resource to any and everyone, and taking the first step is often quite challenging. If you are feeling depressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, if your relationships (intimate, familial, and peer) are struggling, or if you are seeking to gain a deeper understanding of self, therapy is a great place to start. Gaining understanding and perspective can help you enhance your quality of life and identify if changes need to be made in order reach the goals you have.
(406) 213-7702 View (406) 213-7702
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Teagan Rosendahl
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, SWLC, CFRA
Verified Verified
Bigfork, MT 59911
We all encounter moments in life that can create a ripple effect in the way we view and treat ourselves. These moments may exacerbate symptoms we would normally be able to manage or they may be the catalyst for something we have never experienced. The coping mechanisms we have used to survive in the past do not define us, and with the support of a good team, we can begin to learn new skills to help move us forward. Finding the right person to talk to can be a first step in finding a path to (re)discovering a more regulated and integrated self.
We all encounter moments in life that can create a ripple effect in the way we view and treat ourselves. These moments may exacerbate symptoms we would normally be able to manage or they may be the catalyst for something we have never experienced. The coping mechanisms we have used to survive in the past do not define us, and with the support of a good team, we can begin to learn new skills to help move us forward. Finding the right person to talk to can be a first step in finding a path to (re)discovering a more regulated and integrated self.
(406) 300-3723 View (406) 300-3723
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Willcoxon Psychological Services
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Bigfork, MT 59911
I work with children, teens and adults across the lifespan providing individual, couples and family therapy, psychological assessment and consultation. My overall mission is to help clients to 1) understand, articulate, and negotiate their particular challenges such that they can cope and overcome; and 2) identify and achieve their personal goals and live congruently with their values and aspirations. I have worked in private, school and medical settings in urban and rural parts of the country including Los Angeles, Chicago, Arizona and Indiana. I am happy to offer services in my new adopted home, Northwest Montana.
I work with children, teens and adults across the lifespan providing individual, couples and family therapy, psychological assessment and consultation. My overall mission is to help clients to 1) understand, articulate, and negotiate their particular challenges such that they can cope and overcome; and 2) identify and achieve their personal goals and live congruently with their values and aspirations. I have worked in private, school and medical settings in urban and rural parts of the country including Los Angeles, Chicago, Arizona and Indiana. I am happy to offer services in my new adopted home, Northwest Montana.
(406) 534-7260 View (406) 534-7260
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Lora Lonsberry
Counselor, PhD
Verified Verified
Bigfork, MT 59911
Affective Neurosciences offers nonpharmaceutical options for the treatment of brain based problems in living utilizing Neurofeedback. Neurofeedback training is a form of biofeedback that focuses on brainwaves and addresses a spectrum of brain dysregulation disorders including PTSD, depression, anxiety, attention issues and developmental trauma disorders. We offer treatment protocols for children and adults with attention disorders and autism spectrum disorders, as well as depression, trauma, anxiety, sleep disturbances, addictive disorders, pain control, loss of function associated with disease and normal aging, and head injuries. Many clients also experience solutions for pain management, migraines, addictive habits and other health behavioral issues.
Affective Neurosciences offers nonpharmaceutical options for the treatment of brain based problems in living utilizing Neurofeedback. Neurofeedback training is a form of biofeedback that focuses on brainwaves and addresses a spectrum of brain dysregulation disorders including PTSD, depression, anxiety, attention issues and developmental trauma disorders. We offer treatment protocols for children and adults with attention disorders and autism spectrum disorders, as well as depression, trauma, anxiety, sleep disturbances, addictive disorders, pain control, loss of function associated with disease and normal aging, and head injuries. Many clients also experience solutions for pain management, migraines, addictive habits and other health behavioral issues.
(406) 506-4709 View (406) 506-4709
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Stefan Bean
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Bigfork, MT 59911
I approach every client with concern for immediate difficulties and symptoms, but also believe that one of the central tasks of therapy is to gain self knowledge and understanding. This might include acknowledging emotion, understanding avoidance, and identifying behavioral and relationship patterns. Research studies have demonstrated that focusing on relationships (past and present) increases the likelihood that therapeutic work will be effective.
I approach every client with concern for immediate difficulties and symptoms, but also believe that one of the central tasks of therapy is to gain self knowledge and understanding. This might include acknowledging emotion, understanding avoidance, and identifying behavioral and relationship patterns. Research studies have demonstrated that focusing on relationships (past and present) increases the likelihood that therapeutic work will be effective.
(406) 445-0723 View (406) 445-0723
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Firefly Healing Arts / Firefly Horse Co
Counselor, MS, LCPC
Verified Verified
Bigfork, MT 59911
A Therapist, Coach, Guide. Julie is a licensed therapist, trained in multiple holistic healing methods such as Somatic therapy, Equine and animal Assisted Therapies, Energy Healing, Hypnosis and Meditation. She incorporates therapeutic movement, animals, oils, drumming and and singing bowls to assist you in your journey. Julie offers adult wellness and therapeutic coaching experiences for individuals, couples, corporate groups and for retreats. Limited availability, local and distance sessions available. We offer equine assisted learning for children as well which Julie oversees.
A Therapist, Coach, Guide. Julie is a licensed therapist, trained in multiple holistic healing methods such as Somatic therapy, Equine and animal Assisted Therapies, Energy Healing, Hypnosis and Meditation. She incorporates therapeutic movement, animals, oils, drumming and and singing bowls to assist you in your journey. Julie offers adult wellness and therapeutic coaching experiences for individuals, couples, corporate groups and for retreats. Limited availability, local and distance sessions available. We offer equine assisted learning for children as well which Julie oversees.
(406) 206-9907 View (406) 206-9907
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Julie F Frederick
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Bigfork, MT 59911
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in trauma and crisis counseling by utilizing a rational behavioral empowerment integrative approach with clients 17 years and older. This integrative approach provides support while encouraging the client to stay in the here and now and utilize their strengths to increase self-esteem and motivation. Clients with bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, severe depression and anxiety, change of life circumstances, and PTSD benefit from behavioral and empowerment therapy
I specialize in trauma and crisis counseling by utilizing a rational behavioral empowerment integrative approach with clients 17 years and older. This integrative approach provides support while encouraging the client to stay in the here and now and utilize their strengths to increase self-esteem and motivation. Clients with bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, severe depression and anxiety, change of life circumstances, and PTSD benefit from behavioral and empowerment therapy
(406) 630-5504 View (406) 630-5504
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Rebecca Hamilton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bigfork, MT 59911
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, haunted by the shadows of childhood trauma, or weighed down by the heavy burden of grief and loss? If so, you don't have to face these challenges alone. I'm here to provide you with a respectful, accepting, and safe space where your healing journey can begin. I'm have a passion for helping individuals find their way through life's most trying moments. My journey into this profession was fueled by a deep desire to make a positive impact on the lives of those who are struggling. I believe that healing is not a destination but a courageous journey, and I'm honored to walk beside you on that path
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, haunted by the shadows of childhood trauma, or weighed down by the heavy burden of grief and loss? If so, you don't have to face these challenges alone. I'm here to provide you with a respectful, accepting, and safe space where your healing journey can begin. I'm have a passion for helping individuals find their way through life's most trying moments. My journey into this profession was fueled by a deep desire to make a positive impact on the lives of those who are struggling. I believe that healing is not a destination but a courageous journey, and I'm honored to walk beside you on that path
(406) 296-5572 View (406) 296-5572
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Tabitha May
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Bigfork, MT 59911
I have found that children and youth are often struggling to find their voice and identity in a world they have little control of. This can often present in a variety of ways including, negative behaviors at home or at school, depressed and anxious moods, difficulty communicating their needs, self-harming tendencies, and so much more.
I have found that children and youth are often struggling to find their voice and identity in a world they have little control of. This can often present in a variety of ways including, negative behaviors at home or at school, depressed and anxious moods, difficulty communicating their needs, self-harming tendencies, and so much more.
(406) 302-8967 View (406) 302-8967
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Julie Anna Dalrymple
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Bigfork, MT 59911
Provision of Mental Health Services to Children and their families, providing crisis care and integrating trauma through utilization of case specific intervention strategies. Specializing in assessing, diagnosing, and treating Clients utilizing DSM-5-TR and correlating with ICD-10 codes. Proven successful in developing and running a program targeting high risk youth with SED diagnoses. Capable of conducting performance audits to meet quality standards and implement evidence-based mental health best practice procedures.
Provision of Mental Health Services to Children and their families, providing crisis care and integrating trauma through utilization of case specific intervention strategies. Specializing in assessing, diagnosing, and treating Clients utilizing DSM-5-TR and correlating with ICD-10 codes. Proven successful in developing and running a program targeting high risk youth with SED diagnoses. Capable of conducting performance audits to meet quality standards and implement evidence-based mental health best practice procedures.
(406) 641-1283 View (406) 641-1283
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Jesse Okeefe
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Bigfork, MT 59911
In times when feelings of depression, anxiety, and loneliness become overwhelming, it's natural to experience a sense of hopelessness. Relationships, at times, may contribute to feelings of unhappiness as well. Within the therapeutic setting, we will collaboratively address these challenges. Therapy is about self-discovery, encompassing both your past and present. This exploration can lead to a more content and purposeful life. My approach involves assisting clients in comprehending their strengths and challenges and establishing a foundation for achieving their aspirations. Most importantly, is our relationship in creating change.
In times when feelings of depression, anxiety, and loneliness become overwhelming, it's natural to experience a sense of hopelessness. Relationships, at times, may contribute to feelings of unhappiness as well. Within the therapeutic setting, we will collaboratively address these challenges. Therapy is about self-discovery, encompassing both your past and present. This exploration can lead to a more content and purposeful life. My approach involves assisting clients in comprehending their strengths and challenges and establishing a foundation for achieving their aspirations. Most importantly, is our relationship in creating change.
(406) 380-4953 View (406) 380-4953
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The Coach, Counselor and Barber - Aimee Dorsett
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, SWLC, MSW
Verified Verified
Bigfork, MT 59911
I get it — deciding to go for counseling can be a tough call. It's normal to be unsure about it, especially with all the myths and misinformation floating around. But let me tell you, taking that leap into counseling shows real courage and inner strength. As your counselor, I want you to know that I'm proud of your decision to start this journey, and I'll have your back all the way through. You're not alone—many guys face challenges with anxiety, relationships, feeling down, family conflict, identity, and even with past traumas. Therapy can be a game-changer. So, know you're making a positive and empowering move!
I get it — deciding to go for counseling can be a tough call. It's normal to be unsure about it, especially with all the myths and misinformation floating around. But let me tell you, taking that leap into counseling shows real courage and inner strength. As your counselor, I want you to know that I'm proud of your decision to start this journey, and I'll have your back all the way through. You're not alone—many guys face challenges with anxiety, relationships, feeling down, family conflict, identity, and even with past traumas. Therapy can be a game-changer. So, know you're making a positive and empowering move!
(406) 313-3294 View (406) 313-3294
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Dana Hellinger
Counselor, MA, LCPC, LMFT
Verified Verified
Bigfork, MT 59911
Not accepting new clients
Children often struggle with emotions; identifying, expressing and processing their feelings can be very difficult. Anger can rear its ugly head when underneath it may really be a whole bunch of other emotions going on. Some children need to express themselves other than verbally. Play and art therapy techniques, sand tray, and therapeutic games can be used as ways for kids to process emotions without talking or feeling pressured. Children often just need to be heard, given skills, and provided with opportunity for little successes that can increase their self-esteem. Parents are invited to learn valuable tools as well.
Children often struggle with emotions; identifying, expressing and processing their feelings can be very difficult. Anger can rear its ugly head when underneath it may really be a whole bunch of other emotions going on. Some children need to express themselves other than verbally. Play and art therapy techniques, sand tray, and therapeutic games can be used as ways for kids to process emotions without talking or feeling pressured. Children often just need to be heard, given skills, and provided with opportunity for little successes that can increase their self-esteem. Parents are invited to learn valuable tools as well.
(406) 204-3758 View (406) 204-3758
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Danica Yates
Counselor, MS, PCLC
Verified Verified
Bigfork, MT 59911
Sessions are currently available, in office and equine assisted psychotherapy. I inherently care about helping you and value your unique life. I'm not a passive counselor who leans back in her chair behind a clipboard muttering an occasional “um-hum.” I am genuinely interested in hearing your story and helping you discover tools and insights to heal and grow. I view you as the expert of your own life and can help you explore patterns and beliefs, help challenge and inspire you and find solutions for change. My ultimate goal is to work with you to create empowerment, freedom and joy in your life.
Sessions are currently available, in office and equine assisted psychotherapy. I inherently care about helping you and value your unique life. I'm not a passive counselor who leans back in her chair behind a clipboard muttering an occasional “um-hum.” I am genuinely interested in hearing your story and helping you discover tools and insights to heal and grow. I view you as the expert of your own life and can help you explore patterns and beliefs, help challenge and inspire you and find solutions for change. My ultimate goal is to work with you to create empowerment, freedom and joy in your life.
(406) 612-4225 View (406) 612-4225
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David Preston
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, SWLC, ACLC, MSW, CAMS II
Verified Verified
Bigfork, MT 59911
Waitlist for new clients
You wish that thing that happened when you were a child/soldier/first responder/partner/friend would stop creating problems in your “now,” but it won't. You know trauma, shame, anxiety, addiction, guilt, and depression suck because one or more of these open, infected, invisible wounds are your constant, unwanted companions. They get in the way of the life you want for you and those you love. I create and guard the safe, supportive, judgement-free space where you can say anything...and be accepted. Discuss and make any decision....and be supported. You & this Preacher’s Kid/Actor/Homeless/Soldier/Veteran/Businessman...now Therapist.
You wish that thing that happened when you were a child/soldier/first responder/partner/friend would stop creating problems in your “now,” but it won't. You know trauma, shame, anxiety, addiction, guilt, and depression suck because one or more of these open, infected, invisible wounds are your constant, unwanted companions. They get in the way of the life you want for you and those you love. I create and guard the safe, supportive, judgement-free space where you can say anything...and be accepted. Discuss and make any decision....and be supported. You & this Preacher’s Kid/Actor/Homeless/Soldier/Veteran/Businessman...now Therapist.
(406) 284-0685 View (406) 284-0685

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Number of Therapists in Bigfork, MT

20+

Average cost per session

$160

Therapists in Bigfork, MT who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
96% Depression
91% Trauma and PTSD
83% Coping Skills
83% Stress
78% ADHD
78% Family Conflict

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Cigna and Evernorth
90% BlueCross and BlueShield
90% Allegiance

How Therapists in Bigfork, MT see their clients

92% In Person and Online
8% Online Only

Gender breakdown

91% Female
9% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Bigfork?

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.