Therapists in Gaston County, NC

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Photo of Martin B. Williams Jr, NCC, LCMHCA, Licensed Professional Counselor
Martin B. Williams Jr
Licensed Professional Counselor, NCC, LCMHCA
Verified Verified
Gastonia, NC 28054
I aim to offer a haven where you are able to work on goal attainment, overcoming challenges, and maintaining mental wellness without judgement. Through a collaborative effort, we will address issues caused by varying areas of the mental health spectrum. My goal is to allow you the space for independence during the course of your journey while guiding as needed.
I aim to offer a haven where you are able to work on goal attainment, overcoming challenges, and maintaining mental wellness without judgement. Through a collaborative effort, we will address issues caused by varying areas of the mental health spectrum. My goal is to allow you the space for independence during the course of your journey while guiding as needed.
(704) 368-4773 View (704) 368-4773
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Kiersten Setzer
Counselor, MA, LCMHCA, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gastonia, NC 28054
Accepting children (ages 5+), teen, and adult clients. Are you at a point in your life where something has to change but you just don’t know where to start? My goal is to help you find that starting point. I understand that many of us struggle with getting by on a day to day basis. High levels of stress can impact our mood, interactions with those close to us, even our performance at work or school. Allow me to aid you in managing the stress that you experience.
Accepting children (ages 5+), teen, and adult clients. Are you at a point in your life where something has to change but you just don’t know where to start? My goal is to help you find that starting point. I understand that many of us struggle with getting by on a day to day basis. High levels of stress can impact our mood, interactions with those close to us, even our performance at work or school. Allow me to aid you in managing the stress that you experience.
(980) 351-4065 View (980) 351-4065
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Jarae D McSwain
Counselor, LCMHC, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gastonia, NC 28054
I will collaborate with my clients in order to develop a suitable plan to began their healing process. I'll listen with an attentive ear and is impartial to all individuals. I believe everyone's story is important. I work with all ages; children, adolescents and adults. Whether it's learning how to deal with past issues or changing behaviors, my desire is to help clients see life in a new perspective.
I will collaborate with my clients in order to develop a suitable plan to began their healing process. I'll listen with an attentive ear and is impartial to all individuals. I believe everyone's story is important. I work with all ages; children, adolescents and adults. Whether it's learning how to deal with past issues or changing behaviors, my desire is to help clients see life in a new perspective.
(704) 764-1513 View (704) 764-1513
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Morgan Kinney
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSWA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gastonia, NC 28054
Now accepting new clients ages 12+ in-person and virtually! I specialize in providing counseling services to teens and young adults struggling with school performance, self-harm, anxiety, and depression. Over the past 5 years I have worked closely with all populations including children, adolescents, adults, and families. I have extensive experience with anxiety, depression, adhd, trauma, family conflict, behavioral issues, and crisis intervention. I draw from multiple therapeutic techniques and tailor my approach to what each individual client needs.
Now accepting new clients ages 12+ in-person and virtually! I specialize in providing counseling services to teens and young adults struggling with school performance, self-harm, anxiety, and depression. Over the past 5 years I have worked closely with all populations including children, adolescents, adults, and families. I have extensive experience with anxiety, depression, adhd, trauma, family conflict, behavioral issues, and crisis intervention. I draw from multiple therapeutic techniques and tailor my approach to what each individual client needs.
(980) 400-3291 View (980) 400-3291
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Wendy L. Johnston
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gastonia, NC 28054
Not accepting new clients
Are you struggling with anxiety and stress, depression, or past trauma or abuse? Do you need support to move forward and reclaim your life? If so, you're not alone. Because I've fought through my own issues in therapy, I understand that it takes courage to ask for help. As your therapist, it's my pledge to be non-judgmental, present, and authentic as I join with you, support you, and provide effective tools and strategies for change.
Are you struggling with anxiety and stress, depression, or past trauma or abuse? Do you need support to move forward and reclaim your life? If so, you're not alone. Because I've fought through my own issues in therapy, I understand that it takes courage to ask for help. As your therapist, it's my pledge to be non-judgmental, present, and authentic as I join with you, support you, and provide effective tools and strategies for change.
(980) 276-2417 View (980) 276-2417
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Jessica Barnes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Gastonia, NC 28056
Would you like to release to become a better you? Here at Release Counseling center, PLLC we help client's release anything that is preventing them from living their healthiest lives. Jessica Barnes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), she works with children, young adults, individuals, and families using an approach tailored to the unique needs of each new client. She specialties in trauma-based therapy (TFCBT/ EMDR) and also have experience in marital crisis, child / family issues, anxiety, depression, anger, or even just day to day stress. Jessica will also incorporate Christian concepts at your request.
Would you like to release to become a better you? Here at Release Counseling center, PLLC we help client's release anything that is preventing them from living their healthiest lives. Jessica Barnes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), she works with children, young adults, individuals, and families using an approach tailored to the unique needs of each new client. She specialties in trauma-based therapy (TFCBT/ EMDR) and also have experience in marital crisis, child / family issues, anxiety, depression, anger, or even just day to day stress. Jessica will also incorporate Christian concepts at your request.
(980) 577-2035 View (980) 577-2035
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LaTonja Pickett
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSWA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Gastonia, NC 28054
Have you ever thought to yourself, “something has to change?” - I know I have! My name is LaTonja Pickett, and I help clients discover why their inner child is getting in the way of their progress. I also help clients identify and overcome unhealthy patterns and stuck points that prevent them from living their healthiest lives. If you need guidance, support, or a listening ear, I'm here to provide a nonjudgemental and therapeutic atmosphere to aid you on your healing journey. It's time to get UNSTUCK and embark on a transformational journey to healing and self-discovery. I will also incorporate Christian concepts at your request.
Have you ever thought to yourself, “something has to change?” - I know I have! My name is LaTonja Pickett, and I help clients discover why their inner child is getting in the way of their progress. I also help clients identify and overcome unhealthy patterns and stuck points that prevent them from living their healthiest lives. If you need guidance, support, or a listening ear, I'm here to provide a nonjudgemental and therapeutic atmosphere to aid you on your healing journey. It's time to get UNSTUCK and embark on a transformational journey to healing and self-discovery. I will also incorporate Christian concepts at your request.
(704) 389-3516 View (704) 389-3516
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Gillian Squillacioti
LPC, MS, LCMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Gastonia, NC 28054
Waitlist for new clients
As a licensed therapist my goal is to make the counseling process one of comfort and growth. I understand that it isn't easy to make change, and it can be both difficult and painful to address an issue that is truly weighing you down. I believe in a holistic approach to counseling and am also trained in many evidence based techniques. At this time I am unable to accept new clients who require weekend or evening hours.
As a licensed therapist my goal is to make the counseling process one of comfort and growth. I understand that it isn't easy to make change, and it can be both difficult and painful to address an issue that is truly weighing you down. I believe in a holistic approach to counseling and am also trained in many evidence based techniques. At this time I am unable to accept new clients who require weekend or evening hours.
(704) 680-6065 View (704) 680-6065
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Tracy Cook-Brewton
Counselor, MEd, LCMHCA
Verified Verified
Gastonia, NC 28054
Are you dealing with depression, loss & grief, relationships or emotional issues, or stress? Contact me and we can discuss how we might work together to help you. Serving Children/Adolescents, Adults, Families, & Military
Are you dealing with depression, loss & grief, relationships or emotional issues, or stress? Contact me and we can discuss how we might work together to help you. Serving Children/Adolescents, Adults, Families, & Military
(704) 327-3253 View (704) 327-3253
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Chelsea Matson
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC, MEd, EdS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Gastonia, NC 28054
Life is messy, complex, and full of paradoxes. It is not easy to navigate life’s highs and lows, much less create a peaceful and authentic life in a world that often feels confusing and chaotic. My hope as a counselor is to provide a space that ultimately allows you to access your intrinsic strengths needed to design the life you truly want. I can join you on your journey to heal from trauma, unlearn patterns of suffering, and reconnect to your values. I am a Certified IFS Therapist and primarily use Internal Family Systems therapy with clients.
Life is messy, complex, and full of paradoxes. It is not easy to navigate life’s highs and lows, much less create a peaceful and authentic life in a world that often feels confusing and chaotic. My hope as a counselor is to provide a space that ultimately allows you to access your intrinsic strengths needed to design the life you truly want. I can join you on your journey to heal from trauma, unlearn patterns of suffering, and reconnect to your values. I am a Certified IFS Therapist and primarily use Internal Family Systems therapy with clients.
(704) 312-7420 View (704) 312-7420
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Garrison Counseling Services
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Gastonia, NC 28054
Welcome! Part of the reason you’ve found you’re way here might involve overwhelming anxiety, stress from relationships or school, lack of boundaries, wanting to increase or better your communication skills, work through new transitions or changes in major life “things”, or doing the deeper dives into trauma. We can explore these things together; work on your healing and feeling more like “you”, and allowing me to support you along the way.
Welcome! Part of the reason you’ve found you’re way here might involve overwhelming anxiety, stress from relationships or school, lack of boundaries, wanting to increase or better your communication skills, work through new transitions or changes in major life “things”, or doing the deeper dives into trauma. We can explore these things together; work on your healing and feeling more like “you”, and allowing me to support you along the way.
(704) 459-4402 View (704) 459-4402
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Dr. Scott Hammontree
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHCS
Verified Verified
Gastonia, NC 28054
Dr. Scott Hammontree has been a clinical counselor, administrator, business consultant/coach, and clinician training supervisor for 30 years. He has spent his entire career helping children, teens, adults, couples, and families lead more fulfilling and happier lives. Dr. Hammontree has trained numerous mental health professionals to be more effective therapists, and he has consulted and coached many businesses to be more productive and more profitable. He provides intensive treatment and is consistently rated as an extremely effective therapist and consultant.
Dr. Scott Hammontree has been a clinical counselor, administrator, business consultant/coach, and clinician training supervisor for 30 years. He has spent his entire career helping children, teens, adults, couples, and families lead more fulfilling and happier lives. Dr. Hammontree has trained numerous mental health professionals to be more effective therapists, and he has consulted and coached many businesses to be more productive and more profitable. He provides intensive treatment and is consistently rated as an extremely effective therapist and consultant.
(704) 538-4963 View (704) 538-4963
Photo of Barbara Brown, MSW, LCSW, RDT, CFSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Barbara Brown
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, RDT, CFSW
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Mount Holly, NC 28120
I believe connection is key when choosing a therapist! I have been described as genuine, down to earth, and easy to talk with by both youth and adults. My creative and versatile therapeutic approaches include cognitive-behavioral therapy, client-centered, solution-focused, and motivational interviewing in order to highlight your strengths and passions during therapy. Together, we can work towards your goals so that you can feel better soon. I look forward to meeting you and getting started. Access my schedule now online to get started www.creativeperspectivestherapy.com
I believe connection is key when choosing a therapist! I have been described as genuine, down to earth, and easy to talk with by both youth and adults. My creative and versatile therapeutic approaches include cognitive-behavioral therapy, client-centered, solution-focused, and motivational interviewing in order to highlight your strengths and passions during therapy. Together, we can work towards your goals so that you can feel better soon. I look forward to meeting you and getting started. Access my schedule now online to get started www.creativeperspectivestherapy.com
(704) 759-6525 View (704) 759-6525
Photo of Poletta ' Shay' Cunningham, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Poletta ' Shay' Cunningham
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gastonia, NC 28054
I've practiced in mental health for more than 15 years and I still have the same passion I did when I started. I trust that part of the reason that I remain committed to this work is because I practice what I preach. I constantly have to remind myself that I can do hard things and I wake up every day manifesting my purpose. The most rewarding part of my job is watching you grow into the person you've set out to be. I pride myself on true social work values; which include integrity, ethical practices, and quality services. I have specialized certification and training in trauma and a long work history in family systems therapy.
I've practiced in mental health for more than 15 years and I still have the same passion I did when I started. I trust that part of the reason that I remain committed to this work is because I practice what I preach. I constantly have to remind myself that I can do hard things and I wake up every day manifesting my purpose. The most rewarding part of my job is watching you grow into the person you've set out to be. I pride myself on true social work values; which include integrity, ethical practices, and quality services. I have specialized certification and training in trauma and a long work history in family systems therapy.
(704) 480-3437 View (704) 480-3437
Photo of Kisha L Bowser, MA, LCMHC, LPC
Kisha L Bowser
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MA, LCMHC, LPC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Gastonia, NC 28054
My passion is helping those who have been impacted by interpersonal trauma to begin the healing process towards recovery & wholeness. Those who have been personally affected by traumatic events know all too well the sense of grief & loss, shame, embarrassment, & even judgment these issues often bring. I believe that unresolved negative life experiences from past trauma are the primary source of issues such as depression & other mood disorders, anxiety, relationship challenges, interpersonal conflict, identity issues, & self-esteem challenges.
My passion is helping those who have been impacted by interpersonal trauma to begin the healing process towards recovery & wholeness. Those who have been personally affected by traumatic events know all too well the sense of grief & loss, shame, embarrassment, & even judgment these issues often bring. I believe that unresolved negative life experiences from past trauma are the primary source of issues such as depression & other mood disorders, anxiety, relationship challenges, interpersonal conflict, identity issues, & self-esteem challenges.
(704) 631-9302 View (704) 631-9302
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Dr. Gregory S Phipps
Counselor, PhD, LCMHC, NCC, BC-TMH
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Belmont, NC 28012
Now accepting new clients in-person and online. I serve and support individuals dealing with mental health concerns, developmental issues, and life transitions. I believe all individuals have inherent worth, seek meaning/purpose, and strive to be their best selves. My job is to work with you and help you empower yourself to understand and enact these principles. I am heavily strength-based, meaning I try to help you find your personal strengths and skills, so you can learn to manage life's many challenges well. I draw ideas and techniques from Adlerian Individual Psychology, CBT, expressive arts, and narrative therapy.
Now accepting new clients in-person and online. I serve and support individuals dealing with mental health concerns, developmental issues, and life transitions. I believe all individuals have inherent worth, seek meaning/purpose, and strive to be their best selves. My job is to work with you and help you empower yourself to understand and enact these principles. I am heavily strength-based, meaning I try to help you find your personal strengths and skills, so you can learn to manage life's many challenges well. I draw ideas and techniques from Adlerian Individual Psychology, CBT, expressive arts, and narrative therapy.
(336) 804-8326 View (336) 804-8326
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Kerri B Morris
Counselor, MAEdS, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Gastonia, NC 28052
I am a Christian Counselor with a deep genuine desire and compassion to meet people where they are and to walk alongside them through struggles or challenges they may be facing. I enjoy working with families, kids, teenagers, parents, adults, and couples: specifically, pre-marital and marital counseling. Some other interests include: healing from a traumatic past or stressful childhood, setting healthy boundaries in one's own life and in relationships, working with parents to set consistent boundaries or adjusting to life with a baby/child, spiritual growth and development, fear/anxiety, depression, stress, self-confidence, and lack of motivation.
I am a Christian Counselor with a deep genuine desire and compassion to meet people where they are and to walk alongside them through struggles or challenges they may be facing. I enjoy working with families, kids, teenagers, parents, adults, and couples: specifically, pre-marital and marital counseling. Some other interests include: healing from a traumatic past or stressful childhood, setting healthy boundaries in one's own life and in relationships, working with parents to set consistent boundaries or adjusting to life with a baby/child, spiritual growth and development, fear/anxiety, depression, stress, self-confidence, and lack of motivation.
(704) 826-7348 View (704) 826-7348
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Joseph Lee Royalty
Counselor, MAEdS, LCMHCA, LPN
Verified Verified
Mount Holly, NC 28120  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm glad you are here! I am pleased to announce that I am accepting new patients and Etna insurance now. The first step in getting mentally healthy is accepting you need help. The next is finding a counselor that listens, understands and is nonjudgmental. I meet people where they are in life. I enjoy the healing process of counseling and the personal growth that occurs when working with clients. Have you been suffering from high amounts of stress, habitual anxiety and depressed moods that result in emotional and physical fatigue? You are not alone, I understand, and I can help!
Hello! I'm glad you are here! I am pleased to announce that I am accepting new patients and Etna insurance now. The first step in getting mentally healthy is accepting you need help. The next is finding a counselor that listens, understands and is nonjudgmental. I meet people where they are in life. I enjoy the healing process of counseling and the personal growth that occurs when working with clients. Have you been suffering from high amounts of stress, habitual anxiety and depressed moods that result in emotional and physical fatigue? You are not alone, I understand, and I can help!
(704) 396-5760 View (704) 396-5760
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Mary Mccrystal
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Gastonia, NC 28054  (Online Only)
Causing and Creating Inspired Transformation~Are you feeling like you are in a transition at this point in your life and need someone to help see you through it? Maybe there's a block in an area of your life that could be helped with new perspective? Possibly you want to learn about visualization, intentional creativity, or creating sacred space? I Love working with people who are in transitional space and are ready for growth and change. Today you are one step closer to feeling empowered, passionate about life, and on a positive path to growth and well-being.
Causing and Creating Inspired Transformation~Are you feeling like you are in a transition at this point in your life and need someone to help see you through it? Maybe there's a block in an area of your life that could be helped with new perspective? Possibly you want to learn about visualization, intentional creativity, or creating sacred space? I Love working with people who are in transitional space and are ready for growth and change. Today you are one step closer to feeling empowered, passionate about life, and on a positive path to growth and well-being.
(704) 666-5405 x707479 View (704) 666-5405 x707479
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Alysia Leak
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Gastonia, NC 28054
Waitlist for new clients
Saturday Appointments (in person and virtual) - Hello & congratulations on helping yourself by looking for a counselor! I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapy Therapist trained in the practice of therapy for relationships, families, groups, and individuals. I am from Charlotte, NC & I am committed to helping people solve problems. I work to help my clients feel better by exploring your personal path to healing. I specialize in all kinds of relationships including business, roommate, romantic, and familial relationships. I also enjoy using strength & empowerment in individuals dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression.
Saturday Appointments (in person and virtual) - Hello & congratulations on helping yourself by looking for a counselor! I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapy Therapist trained in the practice of therapy for relationships, families, groups, and individuals. I am from Charlotte, NC & I am committed to helping people solve problems. I work to help my clients feel better by exploring your personal path to healing. I specialize in all kinds of relationships including business, roommate, romantic, and familial relationships. I also enjoy using strength & empowerment in individuals dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression.
(980) 276-2516 View (980) 276-2516

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Number of Therapists in Gaston County, NC

100+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in Gaston County, NC who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
91% Depression
79% Relationship Issues
78% Coping Skills
78% Self Esteem
74% Stress
70% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% BlueCross and BlueShield
71% Aetna
54% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Gaston County, NC see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
18% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Gaston 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.