Therapists in Allentown, NJ

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Stephanie Palmer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, ACM-SW, CCS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Allentown, NJ 08501
A licensed clinical social worker who obtained her Master’s degree from the Rutgers School of Social Work with over 25 years of experience in the fields of medical, psychiatric, and geriatric social work. Her scope of practice includes helping individuals who are suffering from mood and anxiety disorders, post traumatic stress, traumatic accidents, chronic medical conditions, dual diagnosis/addiction, and chronic psychiatric illness, as well as provides couples counseling and mediates marital discord using both a cognitive-behavioral and a family-centered approach.
A licensed clinical social worker who obtained her Master’s degree from the Rutgers School of Social Work with over 25 years of experience in the fields of medical, psychiatric, and geriatric social work. Her scope of practice includes helping individuals who are suffering from mood and anxiety disorders, post traumatic stress, traumatic accidents, chronic medical conditions, dual diagnosis/addiction, and chronic psychiatric illness, as well as provides couples counseling and mediates marital discord using both a cognitive-behavioral and a family-centered approach.
(732) 217-7874 View (732) 217-7874
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Sarah Goldberg Ellis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Allentown, NJ 08501
I specialize in helping adolescents and adults overcome the struggles of eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-harm, and substance abuse. I help my clients learn concrete coping skills and effective ways to take control of their lives. The constant battle of obsessing over one's weight, the unrelenting state of panic and fear at times for no understood reason, and the feelings of shame and urges to self-destruct, don't have to be a part of your life. I've had the opportunity to successfully help people work through these issues and find peace and healing that they deserve.
I specialize in helping adolescents and adults overcome the struggles of eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-harm, and substance abuse. I help my clients learn concrete coping skills and effective ways to take control of their lives. The constant battle of obsessing over one's weight, the unrelenting state of panic and fear at times for no understood reason, and the feelings of shame and urges to self-destruct, don't have to be a part of your life. I've had the opportunity to successfully help people work through these issues and find peace and healing that they deserve.
(856) 457-4883 View (856) 457-4883
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Kristen Jones
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Allentown, NJ 08501
I offer the following services to children, adolescents and families: individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psycho-educational evaluations, ADD/ADHD evaluations and consultation with school staff. I have experience working with the following issues/concerns: anxiety, depression,self-injurious behavior, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, bullying, conflict resolution, anger management, and stress/coping skills.
I offer the following services to children, adolescents and families: individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psycho-educational evaluations, ADD/ADHD evaluations and consultation with school staff. I have experience working with the following issues/concerns: anxiety, depression,self-injurious behavior, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, bullying, conflict resolution, anger management, and stress/coping skills.
(732) 709-4993 View (732) 709-4993
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Joe Everett
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Allentown, NJ 08501  (Online Only)
I am eager to work with people who are willing to explore the meaning and purpose of human life- people who want to live well and flourish. Life is hard and the world is filled with suffering. But when we remember that our lives are short, we realize the precious nature of each day and are encouraged to pursue healing, find peace, and grow into our full potential. That is the goal of my work as a therapist for children, adults, families, and couples. I use a holistic approach that addresses the mind, body, and spirit of each person.
I am eager to work with people who are willing to explore the meaning and purpose of human life- people who want to live well and flourish. Life is hard and the world is filled with suffering. But when we remember that our lives are short, we realize the precious nature of each day and are encouraged to pursue healing, find peace, and grow into our full potential. That is the goal of my work as a therapist for children, adults, families, and couples. I use a holistic approach that addresses the mind, body, and spirit of each person.
(640) 344-6658 View (640) 344-6658
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Michael Osrowitz
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCADC, NCC
Verified Verified
Allentown, NJ 08501  (Online Only)
Hi, I am Mike Osrowitz, a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in treating various mental health issues including coping with stress, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, marital issues, and bipolar disorders. I am also a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor and have worked with clients struggling with various addictions or the family members who have been affected by their loved one’s addiction and behavioral changes. In many cases, there are issues of addiction with co-occurring mental health challenges at the same time. Talking with someone that can help navigate these issues can be extremely helpful.
Hi, I am Mike Osrowitz, a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in treating various mental health issues including coping with stress, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, marital issues, and bipolar disorders. I am also a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor and have worked with clients struggling with various addictions or the family members who have been affected by their loved one’s addiction and behavioral changes. In many cases, there are issues of addiction with co-occurring mental health challenges at the same time. Talking with someone that can help navigate these issues can be extremely helpful.
(609) 804-5563 View (609) 804-5563
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Main Street Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCSW, LCADC, LAC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Allentown, NJ 08501
We can all benefit from talking to a therapist! Someone who can listen objectively without judgment and help us work through life's difficult issues. My name is Justin Kahn, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and the owner of Main Street Counseling. Our therapists have many years of experience and success treating a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, PTSD/trauma, ADHD, behavioral issues, anger management, substance abuse, grief, and more.
We can all benefit from talking to a therapist! Someone who can listen objectively without judgment and help us work through life's difficult issues. My name is Justin Kahn, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and the owner of Main Street Counseling. Our therapists have many years of experience and success treating a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, PTSD/trauma, ADHD, behavioral issues, anger management, substance abuse, grief, and more.
(908) 731-6572 View (908) 731-6572
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Diana Dubbs
Verified Verified
Allentown, NJ 08501
I provide free substance use interventions for the addicted person and the co-dependent family, sober companionship & recovery coaching, inpatient treatment referrals if needed.
I provide free substance use interventions for the addicted person and the co-dependent family, sober companionship & recovery coaching, inpatient treatment referrals if needed.
(609) 201-2378 View (609) 201-2378
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Rebbeca Turnbull
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, C-ASDCS, NCC
Verified Verified
Allentown, NJ 08501  (Online Only)
Being human is hard. We face unexpected challenges, grapple with confusing thoughts and emotions, and navigate interpersonal conflict. These obstacles are often confounded by a pressure to understand ourselves and make meaningful, "right" choices. Although it can feel exhausting and hopeless to deal with life's trials and tribulations, you do not have to traverse it alone. Through an empathetic, creative, and personalized approach, I offer my clients a pathway to growth and self-compassion in a chaotic world.
Being human is hard. We face unexpected challenges, grapple with confusing thoughts and emotions, and navigate interpersonal conflict. These obstacles are often confounded by a pressure to understand ourselves and make meaningful, "right" choices. Although it can feel exhausting and hopeless to deal with life's trials and tribulations, you do not have to traverse it alone. Through an empathetic, creative, and personalized approach, I offer my clients a pathway to growth and self-compassion in a chaotic world.
(609) 547-3928 View (609) 547-3928
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Megan Alvarado
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Allentown, NJ 08501  (Online Only)
My name is Megan Alvarado and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I dedicated a substantial portion of my post-graduate years working in crisis management across a range of different environments. My focus has primarily been on collaborating with adolescents/young adults, and more recently, I've expanded my expertise to support parents in navigating family conflicts and addressing parent concerns. I specialize in anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, relationship conflicts, and trauma.
My name is Megan Alvarado and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I dedicated a substantial portion of my post-graduate years working in crisis management across a range of different environments. My focus has primarily been on collaborating with adolescents/young adults, and more recently, I've expanded my expertise to support parents in navigating family conflicts and addressing parent concerns. I specialize in anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, relationship conflicts, and trauma.
(609) 554-5965 View (609) 554-5965
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Amanda Lawrence
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Allentown, NJ 08501  (Online Only)
As a licensed clinical social worker, I've had the privilege of supporting individuals facing a wide range of challenges. I have worked primarily with teens, and young adults, assisting them in dealing with numerous issues such as depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, self-injurious behaviors, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, trauma, relationship conflict, and many other mental health concerns.
As a licensed clinical social worker, I've had the privilege of supporting individuals facing a wide range of challenges. I have worked primarily with teens, and young adults, assisting them in dealing with numerous issues such as depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, self-injurious behaviors, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, trauma, relationship conflict, and many other mental health concerns.
(640) 344-5336 View (640) 344-5336
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Odalys Arias
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Allentown, NJ 08501
Are you someone struggling with the ebs and flows of life who needs a positive voice? Are you struggling with a diagnosed condition or just overall stress of being a human in a capitalist society? I will help you work through life’s challenges, achieve your goals, and advocate for yourself within your relationships.
Are you someone struggling with the ebs and flows of life who needs a positive voice? Are you struggling with a diagnosed condition or just overall stress of being a human in a capitalist society? I will help you work through life’s challenges, achieve your goals, and advocate for yourself within your relationships.
(640) 224-4649 View (640) 224-4649
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Stephanie Luna
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Allentown, NJ 08501
I welcome individuals, couples, and families grappling with communication issues, identity development, cultural barriers, academic/work performance challenges, life transitions, low self-esteem, and career exploration. I am particularly dedicated to clients who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, as well as multicultural families and interracial couples. I honor and value each of my client's unique experiences and tailor their goals to what makes them unique and special.
I welcome individuals, couples, and families grappling with communication issues, identity development, cultural barriers, academic/work performance challenges, life transitions, low self-esteem, and career exploration. I am particularly dedicated to clients who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, as well as multicultural families and interracial couples. I honor and value each of my client's unique experiences and tailor their goals to what makes them unique and special.
(267) 692-4204 View (267) 692-4204
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Laura Tahir
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Allentown, NJ 08501
(I NOW PROVIDE VIDEO THERAPY FOR CLIENTS WHO ARE UNABLE TO COME TO MY OFFICE OR WHO CHOOSE TO STAY HOME DURING THE UNCERTAINTIES OF THE CORONAVIRUS SPREAD. If you use insurance for therapy, please check with your insurer to see if they cover video therapy. I also have a sliding scale for those who qualify.) ----- Creative Reminiscence is a narrative process of psychotherapy in which we use the psychology of memory to help explore and reflect. Sometimes people get stuck in the past and are burdened with such emotions as regret, grief, anger, helplessness, or unfulfilled dreams.
(I NOW PROVIDE VIDEO THERAPY FOR CLIENTS WHO ARE UNABLE TO COME TO MY OFFICE OR WHO CHOOSE TO STAY HOME DURING THE UNCERTAINTIES OF THE CORONAVIRUS SPREAD. If you use insurance for therapy, please check with your insurer to see if they cover video therapy. I also have a sliding scale for those who qualify.) ----- Creative Reminiscence is a narrative process of psychotherapy in which we use the psychology of memory to help explore and reflect. Sometimes people get stuck in the past and are burdened with such emotions as regret, grief, anger, helplessness, or unfulfilled dreams.
(646) 679-7944 View (646) 679-7944
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Jennifer Joireman
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, EdS, LPC, LCADC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Allentown, NJ 08501
With post graduate training in marriage and family therapy, I have spent the past 20 years working in the mental health and substance abuse fields. I find it particularly rewarding to help adolescent and teenage girls who often struggle with anxiety, self-esteem, school, and peer issues. My training and experience have prepared me to work with individuals, couples and families throughout the lifespan. Due to my background in marriage and family therapy, even when working with individuals, I find it helpful to gather information about family history to utilize in therapy.
With post graduate training in marriage and family therapy, I have spent the past 20 years working in the mental health and substance abuse fields. I find it particularly rewarding to help adolescent and teenage girls who often struggle with anxiety, self-esteem, school, and peer issues. My training and experience have prepared me to work with individuals, couples and families throughout the lifespan. Due to my background in marriage and family therapy, even when working with individuals, I find it helpful to gather information about family history to utilize in therapy.
(609) 879-0321 View (609) 879-0321
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Jennifer Schulz Krencicki
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, ACS, BCC
Verified Verified
Allentown, NJ 08501
Waitlist for new clients
Life's journey is filled with many transitions- some desired, some not. While change can present challenge and even loss, it also offers a profound opportunity for growth and self discovery. As a life & mindset coach, I partner with my coaching clients to offer guidance and support through life transitions such as phase of life and school/career changes, relationship changes, and divorce. My focus is specifically geared toward shifting Mindset that promotes life wellness, stress management, and habits for success.
Life's journey is filled with many transitions- some desired, some not. While change can present challenge and even loss, it also offers a profound opportunity for growth and self discovery. As a life & mindset coach, I partner with my coaching clients to offer guidance and support through life transitions such as phase of life and school/career changes, relationship changes, and divorce. My focus is specifically geared toward shifting Mindset that promotes life wellness, stress management, and habits for success.
(609) 385-4691 View (609) 385-4691
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Guide To Grow Therapy LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdS, LPC, ACS
Verified Verified
Allentown, NJ 08501
Hello! My name is Shannon Campbell, owner and practitioner of Guide to Grow Therapy LLC located in Hamilton, New Jersey. My approach to counseling is integrative; tailored to meet the needs and goals of each individual or family. Together, we can identify patterns of thinking and behavior that you would like to change. I have over 15 years of experience working in both school and private counseling settings. My time in the school system has provided me with extensive knowledge to help parents navigate the I&RS, 504, and Child Study Team processes, as well as, assist in situations of suspected bullying.
Hello! My name is Shannon Campbell, owner and practitioner of Guide to Grow Therapy LLC located in Hamilton, New Jersey. My approach to counseling is integrative; tailored to meet the needs and goals of each individual or family. Together, we can identify patterns of thinking and behavior that you would like to change. I have over 15 years of experience working in both school and private counseling settings. My time in the school system has provided me with extensive knowledge to help parents navigate the I&RS, 504, and Child Study Team processes, as well as, assist in situations of suspected bullying.
(609) 564-1189 View (609) 564-1189
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Dr. Mitch and Lisa Marriages/Couples Workshops
PsyD, MSW, Life, Coach
Verified Verified
Allentown, NJ 08501
Relationships in Crisis: We Have Several Private Couples/Marriage Workshops & Individual Sessions, in order to Rapidly Accelerate Your Healing & Your Communication Process (Traditional 45 min. session Simply Does Not Work). During these 2 to 4 weeks, we will see both of you Together & Individually, as well as Help each of you Learn the Art of Empathy, Sensitivity & Compassion. These Workshops are Informative & Powerful, in order to Accelerate the Healing Process & Stop any further Damage from Occurring. In Addition, Our Success RATE is 85% of Our Couples that have Successfully Completed Our Couples Workshops or Alcohol Treatment.
Relationships in Crisis: We Have Several Private Couples/Marriage Workshops & Individual Sessions, in order to Rapidly Accelerate Your Healing & Your Communication Process (Traditional 45 min. session Simply Does Not Work). During these 2 to 4 weeks, we will see both of you Together & Individually, as well as Help each of you Learn the Art of Empathy, Sensitivity & Compassion. These Workshops are Informative & Powerful, in order to Accelerate the Healing Process & Stop any further Damage from Occurring. In Addition, Our Success RATE is 85% of Our Couples that have Successfully Completed Our Couples Workshops or Alcohol Treatment.
(609) 881-2646 View (609) 881-2646
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Sophie Hans
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
Allentown, NJ 08501
My ideal client is someone who comes to therapy in a time of need. They might be experiencing anxiety due to life changes and transitions or they might be experiencing symptoms of anxiety for the first time and be concerne as to where the anxiety came from. The client might be processing loss or grief from a loved one or past friendships and or relationships. My ideal client will have needs such as needing to identify coping skills to get through life stressors, assistance with reaching goals. As a therapist I would be able to provide the client with a objective perspective to bounce their ideas and situations off of.
My ideal client is someone who comes to therapy in a time of need. They might be experiencing anxiety due to life changes and transitions or they might be experiencing symptoms of anxiety for the first time and be concerne as to where the anxiety came from. The client might be processing loss or grief from a loved one or past friendships and or relationships. My ideal client will have needs such as needing to identify coping skills to get through life stressors, assistance with reaching goals. As a therapist I would be able to provide the client with a objective perspective to bounce their ideas and situations off of.
(609) 798-7586 View (609) 798-7586
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Brianna Freno
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Allentown, NJ 08501
I specialize in Trauma & PTSD, Domestic Violence, and Anxiety. My ideal client is ready to be open and accepting of the therapeutic process, committed to participating and collaborating. My ideal client is looking to either begin or continue their healing journey from the past to gain a more insightful and healthy perspective on life in the now and future.
I specialize in Trauma & PTSD, Domestic Violence, and Anxiety. My ideal client is ready to be open and accepting of the therapeutic process, committed to participating and collaborating. My ideal client is looking to either begin or continue their healing journey from the past to gain a more insightful and healthy perspective on life in the now and future.
(609) 354-7798 View (609) 354-7798
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Moradeyo Adeyi
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW, LMSW, SIFI
Verified Verified
Allentown, NJ 08501
My ideal client is someone who understands the areas of their life that need improvement. They have an idea of potential treatment goals for therapy and is open to the process. Additionally, they believe there are many ways to address previous traumas and can identify preferences for treatment. For example, a client who is open to incorporating journaling, meditation, or other holistic practices in addition to traditional talk therapy. My ideal client intentionally commits to the therapeutic process and is open to collaboration in the therapeutic space.
My ideal client is someone who understands the areas of their life that need improvement. They have an idea of potential treatment goals for therapy and is open to the process. Additionally, they believe there are many ways to address previous traumas and can identify preferences for treatment. For example, a client who is open to incorporating journaling, meditation, or other holistic practices in addition to traditional talk therapy. My ideal client intentionally commits to the therapeutic process and is open to collaboration in the therapeutic space.
(609) 293-3947 View (609) 293-3947
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Number of Therapists in Allentown, NJ

30+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Allentown, NJ who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
88% Depression
63% Relationship Issues
63% Trauma and PTSD
59% Self Esteem
56% Stress
50% Family Conflict

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
73% Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield
69% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Allentown, NJ see their clients

85% In Person and Online
15% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Allentown?

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.