Therapists in Nags Head, NC

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Holland And Associates Counseling, PLLC
Lic Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor
Verified Verified
Nags Head, NC 27959
Although we are unable to change the past, it assists us in bringing awareness in the present moment. In doing so, we are able to review the past while participating in the moment and preparing for future experiences. Whether you are looking to better understand yourself, change long-standing behavioral and thought patterns, or enhance the quality of your life, Holland and Associates Counseling looks forward to working along side you.
Although we are unable to change the past, it assists us in bringing awareness in the present moment. In doing so, we are able to review the past while participating in the moment and preparing for future experiences. Whether you are looking to better understand yourself, change long-standing behavioral and thought patterns, or enhance the quality of your life, Holland and Associates Counseling looks forward to working along side you.
(252) 336-9479 View (252) 336-9479
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Mary Edith Watkins
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MA, LCMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
Nags Head, NC 27959  (Online Only)
Throughout my forty (40) years as a therapist in Private Practice, I have provided empathy, insight, information, validation and a confidential, non-judgmental and listening ear to hundreds of clients. My clients sought counseling to gain strategies for: anxiety/depression, assertive communication skills, grief/loss, trauma, lack of self-esteem, relationship issues and change on life situations. My clients need to be heard without being judged, to be understood, to be offered realistic and workable options to issues they have, and to know that they are valued and have worth as a person.
Throughout my forty (40) years as a therapist in Private Practice, I have provided empathy, insight, information, validation and a confidential, non-judgmental and listening ear to hundreds of clients. My clients sought counseling to gain strategies for: anxiety/depression, assertive communication skills, grief/loss, trauma, lack of self-esteem, relationship issues and change on life situations. My clients need to be heard without being judged, to be understood, to be offered realistic and workable options to issues they have, and to know that they are valued and have worth as a person.
(252) 888-5906 View (252) 888-5906
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Megan Hiner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Nags Head, NC 27959
My ideal client is someone who is open to the process of change and motivated to change. They may be trying to cope with a loss, past trauma, or going through current life changes and stressors and looking for support and learn new skills to cope. Therapy is a process, so patience with one's self and the process is key.
My ideal client is someone who is open to the process of change and motivated to change. They may be trying to cope with a loss, past trauma, or going through current life changes and stressors and looking for support and learn new skills to cope. Therapy is a process, so patience with one's self and the process is key.
(252) 421-5076 View (252) 421-5076
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Kirsten Justice
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nags Head, NC 27959
Are you experiencing a loss of passion or a sense of disconnect in your intimate relationship? Are you struggling with who you are, want to be, or are expected to be? Do you have health issues, belief systems, or relationship challenges that create blocks to sexual expression? Are there aspects of your relationship you would like to strengthen? Does your life feel less creative and zesty than you would like? I would love to help.
Are you experiencing a loss of passion or a sense of disconnect in your intimate relationship? Are you struggling with who you are, want to be, or are expected to be? Do you have health issues, belief systems, or relationship challenges that create blocks to sexual expression? Are there aspects of your relationship you would like to strengthen? Does your life feel less creative and zesty than you would like? I would love to help.
(919) 344-0823 View (919) 344-0823
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Amberly Dyer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Nags Head, NC 27959
Not accepting new clients
Life can be so overwhelming that we can't imagine a different tomorrow - one full of the satisfaction of a life well lived. Whether poor family relationships, job dissatisfaction or a lack of vision, you feel stuck and unfulfilled. Here's the secret - you have the answers now! I help you excavate them, sorting out what is helpful from what is not. An integrative and holistic approach uses techniques best suited for your unique needs and goals while addressing your mind-body-spirit connections.
Life can be so overwhelming that we can't imagine a different tomorrow - one full of the satisfaction of a life well lived. Whether poor family relationships, job dissatisfaction or a lack of vision, you feel stuck and unfulfilled. Here's the secret - you have the answers now! I help you excavate them, sorting out what is helpful from what is not. An integrative and holistic approach uses techniques best suited for your unique needs and goals while addressing your mind-body-spirit connections.
(252) 616-1390 View (252) 616-1390
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Christie McEwan
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MS, MEd, LCAS, MAC, ICCDP
Verified Verified
Nags Head, NC 27959
Not accepting new clients
Here on the Outer Banks of NC, some of us comb the beach looking for bits of glass, that have been softened by time spent in tumultuous waters. Sea glass started out intact and then by some misfortune or someone's carelessness, ended up adrift and eventually broken at the bottom of the sea. Like sea glass, you, too, are a treasure, waiting to be found. Rather than feeling invisible, unimportant, or damaged, I can assist you in discovering who you really are-your inherent value, beauty and resilience. I have extensive training in the area of trauma treatment.
Here on the Outer Banks of NC, some of us comb the beach looking for bits of glass, that have been softened by time spent in tumultuous waters. Sea glass started out intact and then by some misfortune or someone's carelessness, ended up adrift and eventually broken at the bottom of the sea. Like sea glass, you, too, are a treasure, waiting to be found. Rather than feeling invisible, unimportant, or damaged, I can assist you in discovering who you really are-your inherent value, beauty and resilience. I have extensive training in the area of trauma treatment.
(252) 377-4185 View (252) 377-4185
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Danny Holland
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, LCMHC, BC-TMH, NCC,ACS
Verified Verified
Nags Head, NC 27959
I am so glad you have taken the time to seek out a therapist to connect with. Your relationship with your therapist is the most important factor. I have worked with individuals and couples for 32 years and would absolutely love the honor of connecting with you. I have worked with couples struggling with infidelity, blending families, and many other issues. Please call me if you'd like to connect and see if we would be a good match to help you move ahead into the next chapters of your life! I am also to meet with you through telehealth (video) or in person.
I am so glad you have taken the time to seek out a therapist to connect with. Your relationship with your therapist is the most important factor. I have worked with individuals and couples for 32 years and would absolutely love the honor of connecting with you. I have worked with couples struggling with infidelity, blending families, and many other issues. Please call me if you'd like to connect and see if we would be a good match to help you move ahead into the next chapters of your life! I am also to meet with you through telehealth (video) or in person.
(757) 517-2972 View (757) 517-2972
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Anne Watts
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, RPT
Verified Verified
Nags Head, NC 27959
Is your child struggling with complicated challenges? OR Is your child getting by, but you want to see them thriving at a higher level? Give me a call. Play Therapy is a powerful way to help young people to grow & heal. Families can overcome incredible challenges & live healthy, well balanced lives. I help children with challenging behaviors, anxiety, depression, ADHD, highly gifted & talented, special needs, those with difficult experiences such as adoption, divorce, loss of a loved one, or trauma.
Is your child struggling with complicated challenges? OR Is your child getting by, but you want to see them thriving at a higher level? Give me a call. Play Therapy is a powerful way to help young people to grow & heal. Families can overcome incredible challenges & live healthy, well balanced lives. I help children with challenging behaviors, anxiety, depression, ADHD, highly gifted & talented, special needs, those with difficult experiences such as adoption, divorce, loss of a loved one, or trauma.
(252) 650-6119 View (252) 650-6119
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Katie Dunavant
Licensed Professional Counselor, MAEd, LCMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nags Head, NC 27959
Even the most successful & competent individuals need help sometimes. It's nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, asking for help is healthy & demonstrates a level of self-awareness that many people don't possess. I'd love to assist you in removing obstacles that are in the way of living your best life. You will be amazed at what you are capable of!
Even the most successful & competent individuals need help sometimes. It's nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, asking for help is healthy & demonstrates a level of self-awareness that many people don't possess. I'd love to assist you in removing obstacles that are in the way of living your best life. You will be amazed at what you are capable of!
(252) 596-0598 View (252) 596-0598

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Roger Allen
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Buxton, NC 27920
I completed a hospital internship, have taught psychology at the university level, and I am now in private practice. I frequently see patients who have been in treatment previously with little improvement. Careful diagnostic investigation often reveals an incomplete diagnosis and consequently the wrong treatment plan. A careful evaluation of your problems will be my first priority and we will jointly develop a treatment plan. I have extensive experience in the testing and treatment of childhood and adolescent disorders including ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum disorders, Depression, Phobias and Anxiety Disorders.
I completed a hospital internship, have taught psychology at the university level, and I am now in private practice. I frequently see patients who have been in treatment previously with little improvement. Careful diagnostic investigation often reveals an incomplete diagnosis and consequently the wrong treatment plan. A careful evaluation of your problems will be my first priority and we will jointly develop a treatment plan. I have extensive experience in the testing and treatment of childhood and adolescent disorders including ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum disorders, Depression, Phobias and Anxiety Disorders.
(252) 360-4263 View (252) 360-4263
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Kelsey Coffield
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC, LCAS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Buxton, NC 27920  (Online Only)
The label of "anxious" has followed you around for a while now, put there by your family, friends and maybe even yourself. Living with anxiety feels like that tightness in your chest, cramping in your stomach and like you can’t quite catch your breath. Are you spending so much time just trying to survive between the moments of anxiety that you can’t remember the last time you actually enjoyed yourself? Maybe your thoughts and feeling have been manageable in the past but they feel out of control lately. I can help you. I believe you have the ability to live the life you want to. Let's work together to unlock your potential.
The label of "anxious" has followed you around for a while now, put there by your family, friends and maybe even yourself. Living with anxiety feels like that tightness in your chest, cramping in your stomach and like you can’t quite catch your breath. Are you spending so much time just trying to survive between the moments of anxiety that you can’t remember the last time you actually enjoyed yourself? Maybe your thoughts and feeling have been manageable in the past but they feel out of control lately. I can help you. I believe you have the ability to live the life you want to. Let's work together to unlock your potential.
(252) 616-2186 View (252) 616-2186
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Catherine A McGrogan
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Buxton, NC 27920
I have been in full-time private practice as a clinical and counseling psychologist for 31 years. I completed a hospital internship and have spent my career seeing not only patients with emotional disorders, but also patients with medical diagnoses such as chronic pain, cancer, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, and morbid obesity. I have considerable experience with psychological testing and use tests to help patients' physicians and psychiatrists find the optimal psychotropic medications for their symptoms. I have been trained in traditional psychodynamic therapy but also employ a variety of treatment modalities including cognitive and behavioral therapies and family therapy.
I have been in full-time private practice as a clinical and counseling psychologist for 31 years. I completed a hospital internship and have spent my career seeing not only patients with emotional disorders, but also patients with medical diagnoses such as chronic pain, cancer, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, and morbid obesity. I have considerable experience with psychological testing and use tests to help patients' physicians and psychiatrists find the optimal psychotropic medications for their symptoms. I have been trained in traditional psychodynamic therapy but also employ a variety of treatment modalities including cognitive and behavioral therapies and family therapy.
(252) 368-2143 View (252) 368-2143
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Edward T Dunbar
Counselor, PhD, LCPC, LAC, NCC
Verified Verified
Buxton, NC 27920  (Online Only)
When the pain of staying the same outweighs the pain of changing people often seek professional help. Addiction and mental health issues can result in feeling overwhelmed, frightened, and hopeless. My job is to help you navigate the negative cycle of addiction and/or mental health issues toward a positive outlook and overall wellness. We will work together to develop a plan that uses your strengths and resources to overcome your current barriers.
When the pain of staying the same outweighs the pain of changing people often seek professional help. Addiction and mental health issues can result in feeling overwhelmed, frightened, and hopeless. My job is to help you navigate the negative cycle of addiction and/or mental health issues toward a positive outlook and overall wellness. We will work together to develop a plan that uses your strengths and resources to overcome your current barriers.
(406) 929-1447 View (406) 929-1447

Online Therapists

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Rob Heubel
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS , LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Bern, NC 28562  (Online Only)
When you're with your partner have you ever felt being physically together yet feeling 1000 miles apart emotionally? Are you tired of feeling alone in your relationship, disconnected, and not feeling understood? It's as if you are talking to a stranger, living in the same house but simply roommates or business partners. Successful relationships are not for the faint of heart. Real intimacy takes work. We don't see the work it takes in movies or fairy tales. We just see the happily ever after.
When you're with your partner have you ever felt being physically together yet feeling 1000 miles apart emotionally? Are you tired of feeling alone in your relationship, disconnected, and not feeling understood? It's as if you are talking to a stranger, living in the same house but simply roommates or business partners. Successful relationships are not for the faint of heart. Real intimacy takes work. We don't see the work it takes in movies or fairy tales. We just see the happily ever after.
(252) 573-5908 View (252) 573-5908
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New Direction Wellness, PLLC
Counselor, DC, MAEd, NCC, LCMHCA
Verified Verified
Morehead City, NC 28557  (Online Only)
Accepting Clients...Is stress, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, phobias and past trauma stopping you from enjoying life? Don't know how to take your power back? Well, let me let you in on a little secret. All problems come from within and I help you not only go within and find the answer, but also make peace with the answer so you can finally live the life you are meant to live.....a life full of happiness, joy, tranquility, success, and prosperity instead of living with feelings of defeat, desperation, disappointment, and hopelessness.
Accepting Clients...Is stress, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, phobias and past trauma stopping you from enjoying life? Don't know how to take your power back? Well, let me let you in on a little secret. All problems come from within and I help you not only go within and find the answer, but also make peace with the answer so you can finally live the life you are meant to live.....a life full of happiness, joy, tranquility, success, and prosperity instead of living with feelings of defeat, desperation, disappointment, and hopelessness.
(910) 490-4067 View (910) 490-4067
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Susan A Lansche
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MEd, LCMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Bern, NC 28562
Years of working with women, families and couples continues to teach me that what is valued most is relationship and a sense of being heard. For most,the therapeutic relationship and discovery of their "voice" is the beginning of transformation. What a gift for me to be part of that process. Working from the framework of Person Centered Therapy, I marvel over my client's determination and abilities to overcome their depression, anxiety, co-dependency, use of substances, and negative self images (that developed as a result of abusive histories and/or unresolved grief). Holistically heart, mind and spirit!
Years of working with women, families and couples continues to teach me that what is valued most is relationship and a sense of being heard. For most,the therapeutic relationship and discovery of their "voice" is the beginning of transformation. What a gift for me to be part of that process. Working from the framework of Person Centered Therapy, I marvel over my client's determination and abilities to overcome their depression, anxiety, co-dependency, use of substances, and negative self images (that developed as a result of abusive histories and/or unresolved grief). Holistically heart, mind and spirit!
(252) 410-1944 View (252) 410-1944
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Stephanie Pauley
Counselor, MA, LCMHCA, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Bern, NC 28562
EMDR Trained. You've made the first step in your healing journey by seeking out help. By allowing me to walk alongside you, I will work to assist you in achieving the goals that you desire. I do this by providing a safe, confidential, non-judgmental environment for you to gain the insight into your life as you begin to make the changes that will help you grow and heal. I look forward to working collaboratively as a team to help you make healthy and positive changes.
EMDR Trained. You've made the first step in your healing journey by seeking out help. By allowing me to walk alongside you, I will work to assist you in achieving the goals that you desire. I do this by providing a safe, confidential, non-judgmental environment for you to gain the insight into your life as you begin to make the changes that will help you grow and heal. I look forward to working collaboratively as a team to help you make healthy and positive changes.
(252) 557-0439 View (252) 557-0439
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Eli Straw
MS, MPC
Verified Verified
Ocracoke, NC 27960  (Online Only)
Eli brings a proactive and applicable approach to mental training & sport psychology. He believes that repetition is the key to success and so it is no different when it comes to mental training. Eli's philosophy is to make mental training a habit that becomes part of your daily routine. That is how he believes lasting change can be created. Through a 12 week mental performance coaching program via phone calls and video conferencing, you can turn practice skills into game time execution. Making mental training accessible to you, no matter where you are in the world! This includes a weekly coaching call and action steps!
Eli brings a proactive and applicable approach to mental training & sport psychology. He believes that repetition is the key to success and so it is no different when it comes to mental training. Eli's philosophy is to make mental training a habit that becomes part of your daily routine. That is how he believes lasting change can be created. Through a 12 week mental performance coaching program via phone calls and video conferencing, you can turn practice skills into game time execution. Making mental training accessible to you, no matter where you are in the world! This includes a weekly coaching call and action steps!
(252) 300-3709 View (252) 300-3709
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Dianne B Brown
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MEd, LCMHC, NBCC
Verified Verified
Beaufort, NC 28516  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am currently only accepting new clients who are willing to be on my waitlist! Having been in the field of wellness for 25 years, I have developed many tools along the way to better assist my clients. I am a facilitators of change, and believe in an integrated approach to self discovery. I have many years in clinical training in CBT as well as alternative and complimentary approaches. I use mindfulness and breath work, EMDR, EFT tapping, and use integration of the mind, body, spirit relationship for growth and healing.
I am currently only accepting new clients who are willing to be on my waitlist! Having been in the field of wellness for 25 years, I have developed many tools along the way to better assist my clients. I am a facilitators of change, and believe in an integrated approach to self discovery. I have many years in clinical training in CBT as well as alternative and complimentary approaches. I use mindfulness and breath work, EMDR, EFT tapping, and use integration of the mind, body, spirit relationship for growth and healing.
(252) 231-3731 View (252) 231-3731
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J Michael Petroro LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMH
Verified Verified
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
"What hurts the most is pretending it doesn't." Reaching out to others for help is never easy, going it alone is even harder. Life sometimes provides us with demands, challenges and obstacles that sometimes can become overwhelming. Do you have a rough time at school, tired of arguing with your parents. Are you struggling with relationships, going through a breakup/divorce. Maybe your suffering from anxiety, stress or depression. While creating a supportive environment we can work together on building a solid foundation and begin to change how you see others, how you see circumstances and more importantly how you see yourself.
"What hurts the most is pretending it doesn't." Reaching out to others for help is never easy, going it alone is even harder. Life sometimes provides us with demands, challenges and obstacles that sometimes can become overwhelming. Do you have a rough time at school, tired of arguing with your parents. Are you struggling with relationships, going through a breakup/divorce. Maybe your suffering from anxiety, stress or depression. While creating a supportive environment we can work together on building a solid foundation and begin to change how you see others, how you see circumstances and more importantly how you see yourself.
(252) 501-6794 View (252) 501-6794

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Number of Therapists in Nags Head, NC

< 10

Therapists in Nags Head, NC who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
89% Depression
89% Grief
89% Trauma and PTSD
89% Coping Skills
78% Relationship Issues
78% Parenting

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% BlueCross and BlueShield
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
67% Optum

How Therapists in Nags Head, NC see their clients

89% In Person and Online
11% Online Only

Gender breakdown

88% Female
12% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Nags Head?

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.