Therapists in Ocean City, NJ

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Melissa J Arnott
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCADC, NCC
Verified Verified
Ocean City, NJ 08226  (Online Only)
My name is Dr. Melissa Arnott. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in several states, a Licensed Addictions Counselor, and a Nationally Certified Counselor with over 18 years of experience. I am ready to help you! I view counseling as a collaborative process that helps people explore, clarify, and identify their needs. I can help you make changes in cognitions and behaviors that will result in tbetter life satisfaction and self-acceptance. I operate from an Existential/Person-Centered philosophy that emphasizes meaning in one’s life, responsibility, and the pursuit to be “that self which one truly is”.
My name is Dr. Melissa Arnott. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in several states, a Licensed Addictions Counselor, and a Nationally Certified Counselor with over 18 years of experience. I am ready to help you! I view counseling as a collaborative process that helps people explore, clarify, and identify their needs. I can help you make changes in cognitions and behaviors that will result in tbetter life satisfaction and self-acceptance. I operate from an Existential/Person-Centered philosophy that emphasizes meaning in one’s life, responsibility, and the pursuit to be “that self which one truly is”.
(609) 312-5078 View (609) 312-5078
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Ryan McGuckin
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CCS, LCADC
Verified Verified
Ocean City, NJ 08226  (Online Only)
Is anxiety, panic, and or fear running your life? Is anxiety potentially causing strange physical symptoms that leave you fearful and bewildered? Do you find yourself worrying about the future, worrying about your health, or fear you will struggle with anxiety forever? Do you at times think, why can't I just be like my old self? Then please reach out to schedule a session and learn ways your over stressed nervous system can heal and anxiety levels return to baseline. You can get your old self back or even better, a new and better version of your authentic self.
Is anxiety, panic, and or fear running your life? Is anxiety potentially causing strange physical symptoms that leave you fearful and bewildered? Do you find yourself worrying about the future, worrying about your health, or fear you will struggle with anxiety forever? Do you at times think, why can't I just be like my old self? Then please reach out to schedule a session and learn ways your over stressed nervous system can heal and anxiety levels return to baseline. You can get your old self back or even better, a new and better version of your authentic self.
(856) 460-2263 View (856) 460-2263
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Karen Leonard, LCSW, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Ocean City, NJ 08226
Not accepting new clients
Young adults and adolescents are faced with many challenges as they strive to become independent and self-sufficient. This is especially true for individuals who face social challenges and/or individuals who require special needs. Quality treatment plans need to be individualized because everyone's abilities and goals are unique. Treatment is hands-on and incorporates real-life application of skills in a community-based setting in downtown Ocean City, NJ. Treatment is best suited for individuals motivated to develop independent living skills, strengthen resilience, and improve self-empowerment skills.
Young adults and adolescents are faced with many challenges as they strive to become independent and self-sufficient. This is especially true for individuals who face social challenges and/or individuals who require special needs. Quality treatment plans need to be individualized because everyone's abilities and goals are unique. Treatment is hands-on and incorporates real-life application of skills in a community-based setting in downtown Ocean City, NJ. Treatment is best suited for individuals motivated to develop independent living skills, strengthen resilience, and improve self-empowerment skills.
(609) 798-4789 View (609) 798-4789
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Sacred Space Psychotherapy For Women
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Ocean City, NJ 08226
Jamie’s personal and professional mission is to guide people toward authenticity, genuine intimacy, and connection. She brings a soothing and sensible energy to therapy. She believes her clients are capable of healing and growth through self-exploration, creativity, conscious awareness, and intentional goals and actions. Her clients have shared that what they appreciate about her most is her warmth, humor, and relaxed nature. She will embrace you fully while also challenging you and being direct with insights, guidance, and advisory.
Jamie’s personal and professional mission is to guide people toward authenticity, genuine intimacy, and connection. She brings a soothing and sensible energy to therapy. She believes her clients are capable of healing and growth through self-exploration, creativity, conscious awareness, and intentional goals and actions. Her clients have shared that what they appreciate about her most is her warmth, humor, and relaxed nature. She will embrace you fully while also challenging you and being direct with insights, guidance, and advisory.
(609) 454-6497 View (609) 454-6497
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Joanne Coyle
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Ocean City, NJ 08226
My goal is to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment where issues can be discussed, strengths recognized and solutions implemented. I have worked with individuals of all ages, couples and families with issues including depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, job loss, relationships/divorce, illness, Alzheimer's and forgiveness. Call me today and together, we can start the healing process.
My goal is to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment where issues can be discussed, strengths recognized and solutions implemented. I have worked with individuals of all ages, couples and families with issues including depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, job loss, relationships/divorce, illness, Alzheimer's and forgiveness. Call me today and together, we can start the healing process.
(609) 594-4720 View (609) 594-4720
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Jenna Pluard
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
Ocean City, NJ 08226
Navigating life in today’s world can feel overwhelming at times, especially while working through the challenges of balancing roles and caring for our mental health. Therapy offers a space to navigate those challenges and take care of yourself on a deeper level. My mission is to meet individuals with compassion and offer them a supportive and comfortable environment where they can feel heard, understood, respected, and most importantly safe. I have several years of experience in assisting individuals of all ages in navigating complex trauma, personality disorders, anxiety, depression, self-identity conflicts, and more.
Navigating life in today’s world can feel overwhelming at times, especially while working through the challenges of balancing roles and caring for our mental health. Therapy offers a space to navigate those challenges and take care of yourself on a deeper level. My mission is to meet individuals with compassion and offer them a supportive and comfortable environment where they can feel heard, understood, respected, and most importantly safe. I have several years of experience in assisting individuals of all ages in navigating complex trauma, personality disorders, anxiety, depression, self-identity conflicts, and more.
(609) 566-8914 View (609) 566-8914
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Brittany Yorke
Art Therapist, MA, ATR-BC, LPAT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ocean City, NJ 08226
You don’t have to be an artist to try art therapy. I believe that all humans are innately creative and that art has a deep connection within all of us. Whether art is a hobby of yours or you haven’t made art since grade school, it doesn’t matter – art therapy focuses on the transformative process of creating art, rather than what the final art product looks like. I am passionate about using art making in my sessions to help people express themselves and to explore and address their mental health needs through a calm, safe, and stress-free modality.
You don’t have to be an artist to try art therapy. I believe that all humans are innately creative and that art has a deep connection within all of us. Whether art is a hobby of yours or you haven’t made art since grade school, it doesn’t matter – art therapy focuses on the transformative process of creating art, rather than what the final art product looks like. I am passionate about using art making in my sessions to help people express themselves and to explore and address their mental health needs through a calm, safe, and stress-free modality.
(609) 905-5323 View (609) 905-5323
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Detelina Stoykova
MA, MAPs
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ocean City, NJ 08226  (Online Only)
I use a gentle psychodynamic approach to work together through unresolved issues, repetitive patterns, and crises. I work with clients facing the trauma of misplacement, domestic abuse, bullying, self-harm and eating disorders. I especially love working with immigrants who are navigating cultural, emotional, and economic adjustments. I have experience working with college students and young adults, struggling with anxiety, depression, life transition, and relationship issues. Free associations, dream analysis, art, and play are some of the ways I help my clients express themselves.
I use a gentle psychodynamic approach to work together through unresolved issues, repetitive patterns, and crises. I work with clients facing the trauma of misplacement, domestic abuse, bullying, self-harm and eating disorders. I especially love working with immigrants who are navigating cultural, emotional, and economic adjustments. I have experience working with college students and young adults, struggling with anxiety, depression, life transition, and relationship issues. Free associations, dream analysis, art, and play are some of the ways I help my clients express themselves.
(609) 552-8468 View (609) 552-8468
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Diana Parker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
Ocean City, NJ 08226
Reaching out to a therapist takes courage. You deserve a therapist that creates a safe space to examine your interior life and how you want to show up in the world. Diana supports growth and self discovery, at a pace that is comfortable for the client. She works with clients to develop goals that are meaningful and personal to them. Diana brings a strengths-based perspective to therapy.
Reaching out to a therapist takes courage. You deserve a therapist that creates a safe space to examine your interior life and how you want to show up in the world. Diana supports growth and self discovery, at a pace that is comfortable for the client. She works with clients to develop goals that are meaningful and personal to them. Diana brings a strengths-based perspective to therapy.
(609) 881-2986 View (609) 881-2986
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Abbey G Sangmeister
Counselor, MSEd, LPC, ACS, NTP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Ocean City, NJ 08226  (Online Only)
I'm a seasoned expert whose insights have been highlighted in various publications and podcasts, including VeryWell Mind, Real Simple, Parents, Parade, Pop Sugar and more. I commend you for your decision and understand that you may be feeling stuck, whether it's in your relationships, career, or navigating the uncertainties of life's next season. You might find yourself unsure of the next steps to take. It's okay to feel overwhelmed, frustrated, anxious, or exhausted, but together, we can overcome these challenges. I’ve worked with clients for over 13 years who feel disconnected with themselves, in relationships and/or at work.
I'm a seasoned expert whose insights have been highlighted in various publications and podcasts, including VeryWell Mind, Real Simple, Parents, Parade, Pop Sugar and more. I commend you for your decision and understand that you may be feeling stuck, whether it's in your relationships, career, or navigating the uncertainties of life's next season. You might find yourself unsure of the next steps to take. It's okay to feel overwhelmed, frustrated, anxious, or exhausted, but together, we can overcome these challenges. I’ve worked with clients for over 13 years who feel disconnected with themselves, in relationships and/or at work.
(609) 745-1419 View (609) 745-1419
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Jordan Pearce
Counselor, MA, LAC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ocean City, NJ 08226
Not accepting new clients
There are many reasons people reach out to a therapist. Sometimes, people feel stuck in their current lives, unable to realize their goals in their personal relationships or in their work. Sometimes people feel there is unfinished business to attend to from their past and they want to explore these experiences in a nonjudgemental space. Sometimes people are struggling to answer essential questions about themselves, how they show up in the world, and how they find meaning in the lives they lead. Sometimes people need someone to talk to. Whatever you are seeking to accomplish with therapy, I want to partner with you for the journey.
There are many reasons people reach out to a therapist. Sometimes, people feel stuck in their current lives, unable to realize their goals in their personal relationships or in their work. Sometimes people feel there is unfinished business to attend to from their past and they want to explore these experiences in a nonjudgemental space. Sometimes people are struggling to answer essential questions about themselves, how they show up in the world, and how they find meaning in the lives they lead. Sometimes people need someone to talk to. Whatever you are seeking to accomplish with therapy, I want to partner with you for the journey.
(609) 881-1145 View (609) 881-1145
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Dr. Robert V. Morse II
Psychologist, PsyD, BCC
Verified Verified
Ocean City, NJ 08226  (Online Only)
“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” - Albert Einstein
“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” - Albert Einstein
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Abbie Brewster
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LPAT, ATR-BC, CCTP
Verified Verified
Ocean City, NJ 08226
I utilize creativity and autonomy through art therapy and talk therapy to create a safe environment to promote healing for all ages. Sometimes it is difficult to find the words to express ourselves and art can be another way to communicate those thoughts, feelings and experiences. Or just talking if you prefer! I specialize in managing symptoms of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, trauma, emotion dysregulation as well as addictive behaviors.
I utilize creativity and autonomy through art therapy and talk therapy to create a safe environment to promote healing for all ages. Sometimes it is difficult to find the words to express ourselves and art can be another way to communicate those thoughts, feelings and experiences. Or just talking if you prefer! I specialize in managing symptoms of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, trauma, emotion dysregulation as well as addictive behaviors.
(609) 459-2354 View (609) 459-2354
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Mindfully Active - Art Therapy & Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LPAT
Verified Verified
Ocean City, NJ 08226
We feel the most powerful aspect of therapy is the connection within the relationship. Aside from their unique and extensive experience, our therapists are hired mostly for their personalities: Making it easy for our clients to connect. Mindfully Active's environment feels like home with down-to-earth and relatable therapists. We work with all ages and symptoms. A few of our specialties are depression, anxiety, trauma and ADHD. We offer talk therapy, art therapy and EMDR therapy. Our therapists are trained in a variety of modalities and bring their own style of therapy to Mindfully Active.
We feel the most powerful aspect of therapy is the connection within the relationship. Aside from their unique and extensive experience, our therapists are hired mostly for their personalities: Making it easy for our clients to connect. Mindfully Active's environment feels like home with down-to-earth and relatable therapists. We work with all ages and symptoms. A few of our specialties are depression, anxiety, trauma and ADHD. We offer talk therapy, art therapy and EMDR therapy. Our therapists are trained in a variety of modalities and bring their own style of therapy to Mindfully Active.
(609) 710-9624 View (609) 710-9624
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Maggie Terrels
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ocean City, NJ 08226
Hi there beautiful human, I'm proud of you for taking the first step towards healing. I would be honored to help you along on your journey. I feel passionately about helping people restore their relationships with food and their bodies. I specialize in eating disorders, substance abuse and grief. I am a licensed professional counselor in both PA and NJ. I have a history of working in residential treatment centers for persons with eating disorders and currently work in an outpatient, virtual setting. I pride myself on being warm, empathetic and also direct in my approach. I am also trauma informed.
Hi there beautiful human, I'm proud of you for taking the first step towards healing. I would be honored to help you along on your journey. I feel passionately about helping people restore their relationships with food and their bodies. I specialize in eating disorders, substance abuse and grief. I am a licensed professional counselor in both PA and NJ. I have a history of working in residential treatment centers for persons with eating disorders and currently work in an outpatient, virtual setting. I pride myself on being warm, empathetic and also direct in my approach. I am also trauma informed.
(609) 513-8310 View (609) 513-8310
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Kelli Karver
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ocean City, NJ 08226
​Reading generic paragraphs of why each therapist may be the best fit for you may be overwhelming. Regardless of the motivation to seek therapy, you are looking for someone that you feel comfortable with and feel that you can trust. A relaxing environment where you feel at ease and validated. At Mindfully Active, we offer an array of therapy modalities and therapists that specialize in specific niches. When you sign up, we match you with the best therapist fit to treat your needs.
​Reading generic paragraphs of why each therapist may be the best fit for you may be overwhelming. Regardless of the motivation to seek therapy, you are looking for someone that you feel comfortable with and feel that you can trust. A relaxing environment where you feel at ease and validated. At Mindfully Active, we offer an array of therapy modalities and therapists that specialize in specific niches. When you sign up, we match you with the best therapist fit to treat your needs.
(609) 245-6554 View (609) 245-6554
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Jessie Chism
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Ocean City, NJ 08226
Hey there! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My primary focus lies in assisting children, adolescents, individuals, and couples in navigating the intricacies of relationships both with themselves and others. My therapeutic goal is to establish genuine connections with my clients, comprehend their experiences and empower them to achieve their goals.
Hey there! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My primary focus lies in assisting children, adolescents, individuals, and couples in navigating the intricacies of relationships both with themselves and others. My therapeutic goal is to establish genuine connections with my clients, comprehend their experiences and empower them to achieve their goals.
(609) 739-8438 View (609) 739-8438
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Sandra Walsh
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Ocean City, NJ 08226
My ideal client spends a lot of energy worrying about, regretting, and resisting change—and arrives at therapy eager to make peace with something new and scary. They include new parents adjusting to raising kids, college students who are adjusting to life on campus, parents who struggle with their newly empty nest, and many others. In short, anyone whose life or family is entering a new phase. I see clients of all ages. Adults take respite with me by working through their changes in their lives, families and careers—while kids enjoy learning new skills with me in a friendly environment (which involves playing lots of games!)
My ideal client spends a lot of energy worrying about, regretting, and resisting change—and arrives at therapy eager to make peace with something new and scary. They include new parents adjusting to raising kids, college students who are adjusting to life on campus, parents who struggle with their newly empty nest, and many others. In short, anyone whose life or family is entering a new phase. I see clients of all ages. Adults take respite with me by working through their changes in their lives, families and careers—while kids enjoy learning new skills with me in a friendly environment (which involves playing lots of games!)
(215) 201-4816 View (215) 201-4816
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Jen Vallieres
Counselor, LPC, MSEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ocean City, NJ 08226
Life throws a lot our way, right? Work dilemmas, family stuff, that nagging feeling you haven't quite figured it all out. Maybe life feels overwhelming right now. Whatever is on your mind, I'm here to tell you that you don't have to go it alone. This won’t feel overwhelming clinical, and it won’t be a vent session either (unless you want it to be). Our time together will help bring clarity and perspective to equip you with the skills and strategies you need to flourish. We are not just going to talk. We'll work together to find solutions and build the concrete skills you need to thrive.
Life throws a lot our way, right? Work dilemmas, family stuff, that nagging feeling you haven't quite figured it all out. Maybe life feels overwhelming right now. Whatever is on your mind, I'm here to tell you that you don't have to go it alone. This won’t feel overwhelming clinical, and it won’t be a vent session either (unless you want it to be). Our time together will help bring clarity and perspective to equip you with the skills and strategies you need to flourish. We are not just going to talk. We'll work together to find solutions and build the concrete skills you need to thrive.
(484) 759-9420 View (484) 759-9420
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Emmalyn Kelly
Art Therapist, MA, LAC, ATR
Verified Verified
Ocean City, NJ 08226
I offer different approaches to fit each individuals needs through talk therapy, art therapy, somatic exercises, and EMDR. If you are feeling like you need to express yourself in a different way, art therapy may be what you are looking for. Art therapy can help process and express emotions, ideas, and memories that can be difficult to verbally communicate. Through the creating process, one can improve their self-esteem, gain self-knowledge, and work through their challenges while working towards their goals.
I offer different approaches to fit each individuals needs through talk therapy, art therapy, somatic exercises, and EMDR. If you are feeling like you need to express yourself in a different way, art therapy may be what you are looking for. Art therapy can help process and express emotions, ideas, and memories that can be difficult to verbally communicate. Through the creating process, one can improve their self-esteem, gain self-knowledge, and work through their challenges while working towards their goals.
(609) 245-6848 View (609) 245-6848

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Ocean City, NJ

40+

Average cost per session

$140

Therapists in Ocean City, NJ who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
86% Self Esteem
82% Depression
78% Trauma and PTSD
78% Coping Skills
76% Relationship Issues
76% Stress

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

77% BlueCross and BlueShield
65% Aetna
65% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Ocean City, NJ see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

83% Female
13% Male
4% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Ocean City?

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.