Therapists in Mantoloking, NJ

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Kristin Cizek
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC, CCTP
Verified
Mantoloking, NJ 08738  (Online Only)
My mission is to establish a safe and welcoming space in order to create a comfortable, trusting environment. I am very passionate about encouraging self-awareness and personal growth in order to assist and empower clients in identifying goals, overcoming challenges and achieving their full potential. I believe that each and every client is different and requires individual assessment. Working to build an atmosphere centered in trust and respect, I work diligently to construct and engage comprehensive treatments aimed toward building clients’ self-esteem, bolstering their empowerment and improving their overall quality of life.
My mission is to establish a safe and welcoming space in order to create a comfortable, trusting environment. I am very passionate about encouraging self-awareness and personal growth in order to assist and empower clients in identifying goals, overcoming challenges and achieving their full potential. I believe that each and every client is different and requires individual assessment. Working to build an atmosphere centered in trust and respect, I work diligently to construct and engage comprehensive treatments aimed toward building clients’ self-esteem, bolstering their empowerment and improving their overall quality of life.
(732) 860-1174 View (732) 860-1174
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Jessica Llamas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Mantoloking, NJ 08738
Jessica Llamas Zielenski is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who holds a master degree from Rutgers University. She has been in practice for more than 25+ years. She is passionate about working together with her clients. She believes that everyone works hard in finding who they truly need to be. Her goal is simply: Help bring change to Live Life to the fullest while working through personal obstacles, managing day to day stressors that may hinder the ability to function. Jessica works with children as young as 3, their families as well as working with individual adults and couples.
Jessica Llamas Zielenski is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who holds a master degree from Rutgers University. She has been in practice for more than 25+ years. She is passionate about working together with her clients. She believes that everyone works hard in finding who they truly need to be. Her goal is simply: Help bring change to Live Life to the fullest while working through personal obstacles, managing day to day stressors that may hinder the ability to function. Jessica works with children as young as 3, their families as well as working with individual adults and couples.
(732) 641-6276 View (732) 641-6276
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Nicole Komenda
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Mantoloking, NJ 08738
I am licensed in New Jersey with 12 years of work experience. I have experience in helping clients with depression, stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, relationship issues, & trauma and abuse. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My pronouns are she and her and I would be more than happy to call you by whatever pronouns refer, your legal name, or the names would like to be called other than your (dead) name.
I am licensed in New Jersey with 12 years of work experience. I have experience in helping clients with depression, stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, relationship issues, & trauma and abuse. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My pronouns are she and her and I would be more than happy to call you by whatever pronouns refer, your legal name, or the names would like to be called other than your (dead) name.
(732) 355-3825 View (732) 355-3825
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Candice Ferretti
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LADC
Verified
Mantoloking, NJ 08738
Candice Ferretti is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey who has been practicing since 2019. She has a Master's of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Using a person-centered approach, the goal of Candice's practice is to give clients the time and space they need to establish and reach personal goals. The purpose of therapy is to facilitate change in areas of life which are causing internal discord. Achieving congruence with who you are as a person, both inside and out, can bring about joy, inner peace, and the desire to live a life you feel is worth living.
Candice Ferretti is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey who has been practicing since 2019. She has a Master's of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Using a person-centered approach, the goal of Candice's practice is to give clients the time and space they need to establish and reach personal goals. The purpose of therapy is to facilitate change in areas of life which are causing internal discord. Achieving congruence with who you are as a person, both inside and out, can bring about joy, inner peace, and the desire to live a life you feel is worth living.
(732) 941-5971 View (732) 941-5971
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Kellie Murawski
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Mantoloking, NJ 08738
Kellie Murawski is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey who has been practicing since 2019. Kellie is committed to treating individuals and families. Her professional interests include treating children, adolescents, teens, young adults, and adults struggling with life transitions, co-parenting, family of origin dysfunction, self-compassion, trauma, anxiety, and depression. Kellie uses a holistic and client-centered approach to collaboratively design and guide the therapeutic experience.
Kellie Murawski is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey who has been practicing since 2019. Kellie is committed to treating individuals and families. Her professional interests include treating children, adolescents, teens, young adults, and adults struggling with life transitions, co-parenting, family of origin dysfunction, self-compassion, trauma, anxiety, and depression. Kellie uses a holistic and client-centered approach to collaboratively design and guide the therapeutic experience.
(732) 365-0396 View (732) 365-0396
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Leo Beyda
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Mantoloking, NJ 08738
Leo Beyda is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey who has been practicing since 2019. He has two Master’s degrees, one in educational leadership and the other in clinical counseling. He also has two professional licenses: one as an LPC and the other as an LCADC (licensed clinical drug and alcohol counselor). As a mental health therapist, Leo’s primary goal is to help his clients achieve greater levels of mental and emotional well-being. To do this, he works collaboratively with his clients to understand their unique challenges and develop personalized treatment plans tailored to their individual needs and goals.
Leo Beyda is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey who has been practicing since 2019. He has two Master’s degrees, one in educational leadership and the other in clinical counseling. He also has two professional licenses: one as an LPC and the other as an LCADC (licensed clinical drug and alcohol counselor). As a mental health therapist, Leo’s primary goal is to help his clients achieve greater levels of mental and emotional well-being. To do this, he works collaboratively with his clients to understand their unique challenges and develop personalized treatment plans tailored to their individual needs and goals.
(732) 647-9139 View (732) 647-9139
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Kimberly Fazzini
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Mantoloking, NJ 08738
Kimberly Fazzini is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Jersey who has been practicing since 2018. She received her Master's Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University and her Bachelor's Degree in Public Health from The Bloustein School at Rutgers University. Kimberly is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA).
Kimberly Fazzini is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Jersey who has been practicing since 2018. She received her Master's Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University and her Bachelor's Degree in Public Health from The Bloustein School at Rutgers University. Kimberly is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA).
(732) 648-2336 View (732) 648-2336
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Tara Ely
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Mantoloking, NJ 08738
Tara believes that empathy, support, trust, and compassion are all parts that are vital for productive therapy. With active listening I am able to help my clients gain awareness of what their struggles might be. My goal is to assist in the development of coping skills in order for healing and transformation to take place. Taking the first step could be the best step. Allow yourself the opportunity to be the authentic person you were born to be. Therapy can be one of the best gifts you can give to yourself. Clinical services in New Jersey are provided by New Jersey Behavioral Health PLLC.
Tara believes that empathy, support, trust, and compassion are all parts that are vital for productive therapy. With active listening I am able to help my clients gain awareness of what their struggles might be. My goal is to assist in the development of coping skills in order for healing and transformation to take place. Taking the first step could be the best step. Allow yourself the opportunity to be the authentic person you were born to be. Therapy can be one of the best gifts you can give to yourself. Clinical services in New Jersey are provided by New Jersey Behavioral Health PLLC.
(908) 916-3142 View (908) 916-3142
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William Salzer
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Mantoloking, NJ 08738
Bill Salzer is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who has been practicing since 2015. He graduated from Georgian Court University/Lakwood, NJ with a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling specializing in Marriage and Family Counseling. Bill believes in providing a relaxed, safe and trusting environment while utilizing interventions styled to the patient's own unique personality. His main areas of focus include marriage/family, anxiety and OCD. In his spare time, Bill enjoys running, playing/coaching soccer and spending time with family and friends.
Bill Salzer is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who has been practicing since 2015. He graduated from Georgian Court University/Lakwood, NJ with a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling specializing in Marriage and Family Counseling. Bill believes in providing a relaxed, safe and trusting environment while utilizing interventions styled to the patient's own unique personality. His main areas of focus include marriage/family, anxiety and OCD. In his spare time, Bill enjoys running, playing/coaching soccer and spending time with family and friends.
(908) 975-1307 View (908) 975-1307
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Van Venokur
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Mantoloking, NJ 08738
Van Venokur is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey who has been practicing since 2018. Life has recently shown Van that curveballs are bound to happen with no warning whatsoever. COVID-19 was a clear example of that. These past years have shown Van just how quickly life can be derailed and how pivotal it is for mental health professionals like him to exist. Van has spent the last year working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, biomedical issues, their various relationships, traumas from the past and present, family matters, asexuality, sex addiction, and substance use.
Van Venokur is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey who has been practicing since 2018. Life has recently shown Van that curveballs are bound to happen with no warning whatsoever. COVID-19 was a clear example of that. These past years have shown Van just how quickly life can be derailed and how pivotal it is for mental health professionals like him to exist. Van has spent the last year working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, biomedical issues, their various relationships, traumas from the past and present, family matters, asexuality, sex addiction, and substance use.
(732) 242-3400 View (732) 242-3400
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Daphne Camille
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Mantoloking, NJ 08738
Sometimes we have thoughts, feelings or experienced things that we don't know how to handle, or where to even start. This feeling is more common than most of us think and has been my drive into becoming a helping professional. I earned my bachelor's in Psychology and minored in Criminal Justice from Caldwell University. I then went on to earn my Master's of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Georgian Court University. I have experience working in a partial care setting for individuals with persistent mental health and co-occurring disorders, in which I ran various groups and met with individual clients.
Sometimes we have thoughts, feelings or experienced things that we don't know how to handle, or where to even start. This feeling is more common than most of us think and has been my drive into becoming a helping professional. I earned my bachelor's in Psychology and minored in Criminal Justice from Caldwell University. I then went on to earn my Master's of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Georgian Court University. I have experience working in a partial care setting for individuals with persistent mental health and co-occurring disorders, in which I ran various groups and met with individual clients.
(908) 540-6146 View (908) 540-6146
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Christine Jost
Counselor, LAC
Verified
Mantoloking, NJ 08738
Christine Jost is a Licensed Associate Counselor in New Jersey with more than ten years of experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology from Georgia Southern University, a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University, and a Substance Awareness Coordinator Certificate from Georgian Court University. Christine believes in a client-centered, eclectic, integrative, dynamic, and holistic approach to mental health and treatment planning.
Christine Jost is a Licensed Associate Counselor in New Jersey with more than ten years of experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology from Georgia Southern University, a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University, and a Substance Awareness Coordinator Certificate from Georgian Court University. Christine believes in a client-centered, eclectic, integrative, dynamic, and holistic approach to mental health and treatment planning.
(732) 853-0397 View (732) 853-0397
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Jeri Mentor
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Mantoloking, NJ 08738
Jeri Mentor, LPC, LCADC, NCC Life can be challenging. Sometimes it does not go the way we plan it and other times changes occur leaving us to feel helpless, hopeless and disempowering. However, seeking help is empowering. Whether you are experiencing depressive symptoms, substance use, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, ADD, or just feeling stuck; you have made the right decision to end the cycle. By ending the cycle, you will find you, your identity and your purpose. My goal in therapy is to establish a rapport and connect with you. Once established, it will be easier to identify triggers that led to these symptoms.
Jeri Mentor, LPC, LCADC, NCC Life can be challenging. Sometimes it does not go the way we plan it and other times changes occur leaving us to feel helpless, hopeless and disempowering. However, seeking help is empowering. Whether you are experiencing depressive symptoms, substance use, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, ADD, or just feeling stuck; you have made the right decision to end the cycle. By ending the cycle, you will find you, your identity and your purpose. My goal in therapy is to establish a rapport and connect with you. Once established, it will be easier to identify triggers that led to these symptoms.
(732) 704-6910 View (732) 704-6910
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Lynn Perotti
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Mantoloking, NJ 08738
Lynn Perotti is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey who has been practicing since 2018. She earned her Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health from Rider University and her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Georgian Court University. Lynn has been working within numerous levels of care working with adults, adolescents, and children. Lynn specializes in working with clients that are struggling with Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorders, Trauma, and Interpersonal relationships. By using a combination of evidence-based approaches, Lynn can help you develop strategies for each unique individual.
Lynn Perotti is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey who has been practicing since 2018. She earned her Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health from Rider University and her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Georgian Court University. Lynn has been working within numerous levels of care working with adults, adolescents, and children. Lynn specializes in working with clients that are struggling with Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorders, Trauma, and Interpersonal relationships. By using a combination of evidence-based approaches, Lynn can help you develop strategies for each unique individual.
(732) 785-4746 View (732) 785-4746
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Marc Wax
Pre-Licensed Professional, LAC
Verified
Mantoloking, NJ 08738
Education: I earned my B.A. from the Talmudic University of Florida with a major in Talmudic Law. I went on to pursue my Master's Degree at Bellevue University, Bellevue Nebraska, in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, where I earned my Master's in Clinical Counseling. I am a Licensed Associate Counselor, as well as a National Certified Counselor.
Education: I earned my B.A. from the Talmudic University of Florida with a major in Talmudic Law. I went on to pursue my Master's Degree at Bellevue University, Bellevue Nebraska, in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, where I earned my Master's in Clinical Counseling. I am a Licensed Associate Counselor, as well as a National Certified Counselor.
(908) 747-1497 View (908) 747-1497
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Danica Mitchell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Mantoloking, NJ 08738
I am an interactive, warm therapist who specializes in helping individuals struggling with anxiety, work/life balance, career pressures and concerns, and relationships. I also work with couples who are experiencing relational distress and intimacy concerns. My goal is to provide a safe place for you as you take steps to create lasting change in your life.
I am an interactive, warm therapist who specializes in helping individuals struggling with anxiety, work/life balance, career pressures and concerns, and relationships. I also work with couples who are experiencing relational distress and intimacy concerns. My goal is to provide a safe place for you as you take steps to create lasting change in your life.
(212) 335-0511 View (212) 335-0511

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Lisa Quaglia
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Lavallette, NJ 08735
Starting therapy can be a scary journey, but I’m here to provide you with a safe environment to discuss all of the issues and concerns you’ve been bottling up inside. Change only happens when we challenge ourselves to venture outside of our comfort zone, and I’m here to walk with you every step of the way. I incorporate the principles of mindfulness and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in all of my sessions as I believe living in the present moment helps improve our connection with self, others, and the world around us.
Starting therapy can be a scary journey, but I’m here to provide you with a safe environment to discuss all of the issues and concerns you’ve been bottling up inside. Change only happens when we challenge ourselves to venture outside of our comfort zone, and I’m here to walk with you every step of the way. I incorporate the principles of mindfulness and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in all of my sessions as I believe living in the present moment helps improve our connection with self, others, and the world around us.
(732) 592-5602 View (732) 592-5602
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Jill Nydam
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742
Do you just need someone to talk to who is objective and nonjudgmental? If life is bringing you challenges and you are struggling with stress, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and/or grief, I can help. We will work together to bring positive changes to your life. I work with children, adolescents and adults.
Do you just need someone to talk to who is objective and nonjudgmental? If life is bringing you challenges and you are struggling with stress, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and/or grief, I can help. We will work together to bring positive changes to your life. I work with children, adolescents and adults.
(848) 235-7604 View (848) 235-7604
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Lynn O'Hara
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, RDN, LPC
Verified
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742
WELCOME! Make this your year of growth! I would love to be a part of your journey. I work with adults and adolescents who want to overcome depression, anxiety and low self-esteem as well as eating and weight related issues and body image concerns. Change can be tough so I want to honor the courage you are showing by thinking about therapy. The work we can do together will help you heal from past wounds and move forward in your life. Together we create healing change in a respectful manner where you can find peace.
WELCOME! Make this your year of growth! I would love to be a part of your journey. I work with adults and adolescents who want to overcome depression, anxiety and low self-esteem as well as eating and weight related issues and body image concerns. Change can be tough so I want to honor the courage you are showing by thinking about therapy. The work we can do together will help you heal from past wounds and move forward in your life. Together we create healing change in a respectful manner where you can find peace.
(732) 853-8473 View (732) 853-8473
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Matthew Baker
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCADC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742
I'm Matthew Baker, an experienced therapist specializing in mental health, addiction, and supporting individuals and families affected by addiction. With a deep understanding of the challenges you may face, I provide personalized support for lasting change and personal growth. I assist individuals with a wide range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, life adjustments, career issues, and relationship difficulties. I'm here to provide support and guidance for any challenge you're ready to address through therapy.
I'm Matthew Baker, an experienced therapist specializing in mental health, addiction, and supporting individuals and families affected by addiction. With a deep understanding of the challenges you may face, I provide personalized support for lasting change and personal growth. I assist individuals with a wide range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, life adjustments, career issues, and relationship difficulties. I'm here to provide support and guidance for any challenge you're ready to address through therapy.
(732) 724-0313 View (732) 724-0313

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Number of Therapists in Mantoloking, NJ

10+

Average cost per session

$195

Therapists in Mantoloking, NJ who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
94% Anxiety
75% Trauma and PTSD
56% Alcohol Use
56% Women's Issues
56% Life Transitions
50% Relationship Issues

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Mantoloking, NJ see their clients

94% In Person and Online
6% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
26% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Mantoloking?

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.