Therapists in Raleigh, NC

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Photo of Hailey Shafir, LCMHCS, LCAS, CCS, Licensed Professional Counselor
Hailey Shafir
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHCS, LCAS, CCS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27613
If you're an inward looking person who's struggling to make sense of what you've uncovered about yourself, your life, or your future, my practice might be a perfect fit. I specialize in helping people deepen insight, awareness, and understanding of themselves and their issues so that healing and growth can occur. I have over ten years of experience helping people on this inward journey and have developed a range of strategies to help people go further, heal faster, and grow more. Whether you're a lifelong self-discoverer or a new initiate, I welcome the chance to connect with you, discuss your goals, and see if I'm a good match.
If you're an inward looking person who's struggling to make sense of what you've uncovered about yourself, your life, or your future, my practice might be a perfect fit. I specialize in helping people deepen insight, awareness, and understanding of themselves and their issues so that healing and growth can occur. I have over ten years of experience helping people on this inward journey and have developed a range of strategies to help people go further, heal faster, and grow more. Whether you're a lifelong self-discoverer or a new initiate, I welcome the chance to connect with you, discuss your goals, and see if I'm a good match.
(919) 752-5104 View (919) 752-5104
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Dr. Anastasia Walker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DSW, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27617  (Online Only)
Does a quiet voice within echo feelings of sorrow, solitude, rejection, or unease? Ever felt misunderstood or overlooked? If so, you're in the right space. I'm Anastasia Williams Walker, a licensed therapist - though some fondly dub me a "beacon of hope." My passion lies in crafting nurturing environments, aiding individuals and couples in letting go of pain, and sparking a renewed sense of empowerment and vitality. Let's journey together.
Does a quiet voice within echo feelings of sorrow, solitude, rejection, or unease? Ever felt misunderstood or overlooked? If so, you're in the right space. I'm Anastasia Williams Walker, a licensed therapist - though some fondly dub me a "beacon of hope." My passion lies in crafting nurturing environments, aiding individuals and couples in letting go of pain, and sparking a renewed sense of empowerment and vitality. Let's journey together.
(919) 521-4691 View (919) 521-4691
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Aylin Kaya
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607
I am a licensed psychologist with extensive experience treating disordered eating and body image concerns, trauma, social anxiety, self-esteem issues, issues related to family of origin, relationship concerns, career concerns, and mood disorders. I meet my clients with curiosity, warmth, and openness, and will work to create a space where we can partner together in pursuit of your growth. I believe therapy works best when we harness your inner strength and agency through increased self-reflection, self-compassion, and positive coping.
I am a licensed psychologist with extensive experience treating disordered eating and body image concerns, trauma, social anxiety, self-esteem issues, issues related to family of origin, relationship concerns, career concerns, and mood disorders. I meet my clients with curiosity, warmth, and openness, and will work to create a space where we can partner together in pursuit of your growth. I believe therapy works best when we harness your inner strength and agency through increased self-reflection, self-compassion, and positive coping.
(984) 368-4945 View (984) 368-4945
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Jarrett Isler
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601
Jarrett Isler is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate (LCSWA) who has over 15 years of experience working in the mental health field. Jarett has experience working with all kinds of clients.
Jarrett Isler is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate (LCSWA) who has over 15 years of experience working in the mental health field. Jarett has experience working with all kinds of clients.
(919) 590-5319 View (919) 590-5319
Photo of Jalisa Lewis, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Jalisa Lewis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27617
Often times we are carrying around too much weight. Lugging around more than we need to with not enough support. Our shoulders are heavy and our backs are sore. With life becoming overwhelming and taking unexpected turns, we can feel alone and weighed down. I want to help spot you and help you create support for that weight that life bring on.
Often times we are carrying around too much weight. Lugging around more than we need to with not enough support. Our shoulders are heavy and our backs are sore. With life becoming overwhelming and taking unexpected turns, we can feel alone and weighed down. I want to help spot you and help you create support for that weight that life bring on.
(984) 409-7278 View (984) 409-7278
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Raleigh Kids
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27615
Are you a parent looking for help for your child, preteen, teen, or family, from a Christian perspective? Maybe you want some guidance in talking to your children? Looking for services for yourself? Raleigh Kids is here to help you and your family! Raleigh Kids, founded by Dr. Sarah Rainer, is a private practice offering christian mental health services. Services are provided using evidence-based techniques that align with a Christian worldview. Raleigh Kids encourages our clients and reminds of their ultimate hope even in the midst of hardship.
Are you a parent looking for help for your child, preteen, teen, or family, from a Christian perspective? Maybe you want some guidance in talking to your children? Looking for services for yourself? Raleigh Kids is here to help you and your family! Raleigh Kids, founded by Dr. Sarah Rainer, is a private practice offering christian mental health services. Services are provided using evidence-based techniques that align with a Christian worldview. Raleigh Kids encourages our clients and reminds of their ultimate hope even in the midst of hardship.
(919) 343-5036 View (919) 343-5036
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Emily Peterson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27609
Emily Peterson received her undergraduate degree from Colby Sawyer College in New London, NH and her graduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She completed her Internships with Youth Opportunities, Day Treatment in Winston Salem, Yadkin County Department of Social Services, and Youth Focus Inc Psych Residential Treatment Facility Greensboro. Emily has been in practice for over 6 years and has experience in CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Person-Centered therapy.
Emily Peterson received her undergraduate degree from Colby Sawyer College in New London, NH and her graduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She completed her Internships with Youth Opportunities, Day Treatment in Winston Salem, Yadkin County Department of Social Services, and Youth Focus Inc Psych Residential Treatment Facility Greensboro. Emily has been in practice for over 6 years and has experience in CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Person-Centered therapy.
(984) 223-4841 View (984) 223-4841
Photo of Elaine Sanford-Sawyer, LCSW, LISW-S, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Elaine Sanford-Sawyer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LISW-S
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27610  (Online Only)
Counseling should be a conversation in a private, peaceful setting where you can explore issues that are impacting your life. In a private peaceful therapeutic environment I will listen to you without judgment, provide support, insight and feedback to help you address current or long standing issues that are impacting your life and possibly interfering with your emotional well-being. I have years of experience working with individual and families to address mood instability, depression, anxiety, personal trauma, grief/loss, relationships and interpersonal problems due to, chronic illness, substance abuse and spiritual concerns.
Counseling should be a conversation in a private, peaceful setting where you can explore issues that are impacting your life. In a private peaceful therapeutic environment I will listen to you without judgment, provide support, insight and feedback to help you address current or long standing issues that are impacting your life and possibly interfering with your emotional well-being. I have years of experience working with individual and families to address mood instability, depression, anxiety, personal trauma, grief/loss, relationships and interpersonal problems due to, chronic illness, substance abuse and spiritual concerns.
(984) 224-7849 View (984) 224-7849
Photo of Karen Lynn Rabins, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Karen Lynn Rabins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27613  (Online Only)
Karen Rabins is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with over thirty years of experience who specializes in working with adults. She treats people struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, parenting, relationship challenges, work/life balance, burnout and compassion fatigue, and low self-esteem. She has expertise in helping people navigate life transitions, such as the birth of a child, the empty nest syndrome, career changes, and life disruptions due to death, illness, caregiving, and divorce.
Karen Rabins is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with over thirty years of experience who specializes in working with adults. She treats people struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, parenting, relationship challenges, work/life balance, burnout and compassion fatigue, and low self-esteem. She has expertise in helping people navigate life transitions, such as the birth of a child, the empty nest syndrome, career changes, and life disruptions due to death, illness, caregiving, and divorce.
(984) 223-9324 View (984) 223-9324
Photo of Kristin M Ryeson, MSW, LCSW, LMSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Kristin M Ryeson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LMSW
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27615
Are you tired of anxiety, anger, sadness, shame, or guilt taking control of your life? Would you like to develop a better relationship with painful thoughts and emotions, and make lasting behavior changes that bring meaning and purpose in your life? If you are feeling overwhelmed with school, work, or parental demands, experiencing strain in peer or family relationships, you no longer find satisfaction in things you once enjoyed, or if over-thinking and worry are interfering with your ability to make decisions and achieve your goals, I am here to help!
Are you tired of anxiety, anger, sadness, shame, or guilt taking control of your life? Would you like to develop a better relationship with painful thoughts and emotions, and make lasting behavior changes that bring meaning and purpose in your life? If you are feeling overwhelmed with school, work, or parental demands, experiencing strain in peer or family relationships, you no longer find satisfaction in things you once enjoyed, or if over-thinking and worry are interfering with your ability to make decisions and achieve your goals, I am here to help!
(984) 305-3950 View (984) 305-3950
Photo of Baseer Maroof, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Baseer Maroof
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27612
Therapy is an art. The foundation of my therapy is based on the therapeutic relationship. I believe it is this relationship that allows for the power of evidence based interventions to blossom and transform lives. I don't view people as their diagnoses. In fact, i believe that "pathologies" are better seen as dysfunctional behaviors that need to be identified as part of one's personal growth. Simply creating a diagnosis doesn't help you live a better life. Sometimes “symptoms” are inner yearning and desire for change. The relationships I create with my clients are built on empathy, compassion, and accountability. TXT 9197838377
Therapy is an art. The foundation of my therapy is based on the therapeutic relationship. I believe it is this relationship that allows for the power of evidence based interventions to blossom and transform lives. I don't view people as their diagnoses. In fact, i believe that "pathologies" are better seen as dysfunctional behaviors that need to be identified as part of one's personal growth. Simply creating a diagnosis doesn't help you live a better life. Sometimes “symptoms” are inner yearning and desire for change. The relationships I create with my clients are built on empathy, compassion, and accountability. TXT 9197838377
(919) 783-8377 View (919) 783-8377
Photo of Janet Heuring Larsen, MA, LCAS, LPA, HSP-PA, CTP, Psychologist
Janet Heuring Larsen
Psychologist, MA, LCAS, LPA, HSP-PA, CTP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27615
PRACTICE MAY HAVE A WAITLIST, PLEASE EMAIL YOUR INQUIRIES: My psychology practice is committed to delivering highly effective treatment and outstanding client care. I've helped individuals navigate challenges and improve their lives for over 10 years. I treat clients with an array of issues including relationship struggles, anxiety, trauma, panic attacks, PTSD, depression, anger, insomnia, ADD/ADHD, chronic pain, substance use/addiction and grief. I serve many clients with co-occurring disorders and have trained other therapists. I specialize in treating clients with anxiety and trauma using EMDR and also offer ADHD/ADD counseling.
PRACTICE MAY HAVE A WAITLIST, PLEASE EMAIL YOUR INQUIRIES: My psychology practice is committed to delivering highly effective treatment and outstanding client care. I've helped individuals navigate challenges and improve their lives for over 10 years. I treat clients with an array of issues including relationship struggles, anxiety, trauma, panic attacks, PTSD, depression, anger, insomnia, ADD/ADHD, chronic pain, substance use/addiction and grief. I serve many clients with co-occurring disorders and have trained other therapists. I specialize in treating clients with anxiety and trauma using EMDR and also offer ADHD/ADD counseling.
(919) 948-3053 View (919) 948-3053
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Clear Compass Counseling
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27609  (Online Only)
Do you struggle with anxiety that affects your day-to-day life? Do you feel paralyzed making decisions just getting through the day? Do you wonder if life can be more joyful? Peaceful? Now more than ever people are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and uncertain about how they are supposed to manage it all. Pushing your needs to the bottom of the list and not taking time for yourself can lead to long-term issues for your mind and body. We believe there is hope and answers.
Do you struggle with anxiety that affects your day-to-day life? Do you feel paralyzed making decisions just getting through the day? Do you wonder if life can be more joyful? Peaceful? Now more than ever people are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and uncertain about how they are supposed to manage it all. Pushing your needs to the bottom of the list and not taking time for yourself can lead to long-term issues for your mind and body. We believe there is hope and answers.
(984) 368-5593 View (984) 368-5593
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Adria Goulet
LCSW Associate , LCSWA
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27615
My name is Adria Goulet (they/them/theirs) and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate. During sessions, I strive to meet clients where they are at in their healing process, empowering them to navigate uncomfortable emotions, maladaptive coping skills, or intrusive thoughts. I recognize that during crisis situations, harmful or self-destructive behaviors can be necessary for survival. As a therapist, my goal is to help you find new coping skills, process traumatic events, navigate oppressive systems, cultivate healthier beliefs about yourself, and build more effective interpersonal skills.
My name is Adria Goulet (they/them/theirs) and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate. During sessions, I strive to meet clients where they are at in their healing process, empowering them to navigate uncomfortable emotions, maladaptive coping skills, or intrusive thoughts. I recognize that during crisis situations, harmful or self-destructive behaviors can be necessary for survival. As a therapist, my goal is to help you find new coping skills, process traumatic events, navigate oppressive systems, cultivate healthier beliefs about yourself, and build more effective interpersonal skills.
(919) 813-6326 View (919) 813-6326
Photo of Chelsea Beccue, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Chelsea Beccue
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27612
You are human and you are worthy just as you are. Let yourself to sit with those words for a few moments and take them in. What comes up for you? As a therapist I strive to emphasize the meaning and truth that those words hold as you and I work together to explore and get curious about the barriers that may get in the way of you fully believing them.
You are human and you are worthy just as you are. Let yourself to sit with those words for a few moments and take them in. What comes up for you? As a therapist I strive to emphasize the meaning and truth that those words hold as you and I work together to explore and get curious about the barriers that may get in the way of you fully believing them.
(984) 204-7277 View (984) 204-7277
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Animal Assisted Therapy of the Triangle, PC
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC, LCAS-A, DCC
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27609
Animal Assisted Therapy of the Triangle is a mental health and wellness clinic with offices located in located in Clayton, Raleigh, and Powell's Point. Serving children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in Johnston, Wake, Dare and surrounding counties in NC. We have a team of therapists with the knowledge and experience to help clients with a wide range of mental health and wellness issues. We believe in the power of the human-animal bond and most of our therapists work with animals as co-therapists to accelerate the insight, healing, and growth process.
Animal Assisted Therapy of the Triangle is a mental health and wellness clinic with offices located in located in Clayton, Raleigh, and Powell's Point. Serving children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in Johnston, Wake, Dare and surrounding counties in NC. We have a team of therapists with the knowledge and experience to help clients with a wide range of mental health and wellness issues. We believe in the power of the human-animal bond and most of our therapists work with animals as co-therapists to accelerate the insight, healing, and growth process.
(919) 980-9132 View (919) 980-9132
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Mara Taranhike
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSWA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27615
Hello! I count it an honor to walk with clients through challenging life situations. I work with parents and families, adolescents age 16+ and adults who are facing depression, anxiety, trauma, relational issues, and life transitions.
Hello! I count it an honor to walk with clients through challenging life situations. I work with parents and families, adolescents age 16+ and adults who are facing depression, anxiety, trauma, relational issues, and life transitions.
(984) 217-6501 View (984) 217-6501
Photo of Katie McSloy, MSW, LCSWA, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Katie McSloy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSWA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27612
Not accepting new clients
Is your kiddo looking for a safe, inclusive space to explore their identity? Process trauma? Deal with the loss of a loved one? Improve their social skills? I might be a good fit for your kiddo! I am a school-based mental health therapist seeing children and adolescents, and my specialties include social difficulties, behavioral issues, trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, and gender identity and sexuality challenges.
Is your kiddo looking for a safe, inclusive space to explore their identity? Process trauma? Deal with the loss of a loved one? Improve their social skills? I might be a good fit for your kiddo! I am a school-based mental health therapist seeing children and adolescents, and my specialties include social difficulties, behavioral issues, trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, and gender identity and sexuality challenges.
(984) 266-3053 View (984) 266-3053
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Becky Shaffer
Counselor, MA, LCMHCA, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27615  (Online Only)
Life is not always easy, but I believe we all have the strength within us to grow, adapt, and heal. My goal is to create a safe space for you to uncover your own resilience and cultivate a sense of meaning and purpose in this life. I primarily work with adults of all ages facing a variety of concerns such as: anxiety, panic, mild-to-moderate depression, grief and loss, OCD, chronic and terminal physical illness, relational/family stressors, and difficulties related to addiction. I am able to integrate faith and spirituality into counseling if so desired.
Life is not always easy, but I believe we all have the strength within us to grow, adapt, and heal. My goal is to create a safe space for you to uncover your own resilience and cultivate a sense of meaning and purpose in this life. I primarily work with adults of all ages facing a variety of concerns such as: anxiety, panic, mild-to-moderate depression, grief and loss, OCD, chronic and terminal physical illness, relational/family stressors, and difficulties related to addiction. I am able to integrate faith and spirituality into counseling if so desired.
(919) 679-9515 View (919) 679-9515
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Kennedy Ervin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27604  (Online Only)
Welcome! At times we all need some form of help. In practice I work with clients to identify their goals and believe in creating an empowering and non-judgmental environment for treatment. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy related issues, & depression. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started.
Welcome! At times we all need some form of help. In practice I work with clients to identify their goals and believe in creating an empowering and non-judgmental environment for treatment. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy related issues, & depression. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started.
(984) 265-8779 View (984) 265-8779
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How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Raleigh, NC

2,000+

Average cost per session

$140

Therapists in Raleigh, NC who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
87% Depression
78% Self Esteem
75% Relationship Issues
73% Coping Skills
72% Stress
66% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% BlueCross and BlueShield
77% Aetna
58% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Raleigh, NC see their clients

58% In Person and Online
42% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
15% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Raleigh?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.