Therapists in Oceanport, NJ

Photo of Vanessa Marcantuono, PhD, LLC, Psychologist in Oceanport, NJ
Vanessa Marcantuono, PhD, LLC
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Oceanport, NJ 07757  (Online Only)
I'm a Counseling Psychologist with over 20 years experience working with adults struggling with a broad range of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, life transitions, low self-esteem and adjustment to life's stressors. My goal is to help you cope with the stressors you are facing, and to gradually help you gain insight and understanding regarding them, so that together, we may resolve your issues and identify possible avenues for growth and change. I offer a personalized and collaborative approach to treatment that is tailored to the specific needs of each of my clients.
I'm a Counseling Psychologist with over 20 years experience working with adults struggling with a broad range of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, life transitions, low self-esteem and adjustment to life's stressors. My goal is to help you cope with the stressors you are facing, and to gradually help you gain insight and understanding regarding them, so that together, we may resolve your issues and identify possible avenues for growth and change. I offer a personalized and collaborative approach to treatment that is tailored to the specific needs of each of my clients.
(973) 933-4861 View (973) 933-4861
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Victoria Smith Hardesty
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CBIS
Verified
Oceanport, NJ 07757
Victoria Smith is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, as well as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and Certified Dementia Practitioner. She received her Bachelors of Social work from Rutgers University, and later earned her Masters of Social Work from Monmouth University. She has experience working with individuals and families, with a focus in serving clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, ASD, ADHD, Dementia, TBI, Stroke, interpersonal difficulties, end of life concerns, and new life stages/changes. She also serves women grieving pregnancy and infant loss.
Victoria Smith is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, as well as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and Certified Dementia Practitioner. She received her Bachelors of Social work from Rutgers University, and later earned her Masters of Social Work from Monmouth University. She has experience working with individuals and families, with a focus in serving clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, ASD, ADHD, Dementia, TBI, Stroke, interpersonal difficulties, end of life concerns, and new life stages/changes. She also serves women grieving pregnancy and infant loss.
(848) 229-9865 x2 View (848) 229-9865 x2
Photo of John Muldoon, Licensed Professional Counselor in Oceanport, NJ
John Muldoon
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, PhD, CAC, ACS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oceanport, NJ 07757
My most extensive experiences are with people who have had issues with substance addiction, recovery, and domestic/relationship abuse. Many individuals have also had co-ocurring issues such as depression, anxiety, and trauma that create additional legal, social, and spiritual issues. Goals for therapy include recovery from addiction, better emotional and physical health, and restoring healthy family and social relationships. To me, successful therapy is about facilitating personal and professional growth and helping people to process their feelings and thoughts. In so doing, they are able to make important changes in their lives.
My most extensive experiences are with people who have had issues with substance addiction, recovery, and domestic/relationship abuse. Many individuals have also had co-ocurring issues such as depression, anxiety, and trauma that create additional legal, social, and spiritual issues. Goals for therapy include recovery from addiction, better emotional and physical health, and restoring healthy family and social relationships. To me, successful therapy is about facilitating personal and professional growth and helping people to process their feelings and thoughts. In so doing, they are able to make important changes in their lives.
(848) 233-3080 View (848) 233-3080
Amy C Aho
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Oceanport, NJ 07757
As a very experienced therapist, I have learned to tailor my strategies to your needs. I have been described by my clients as being direct but warm and caring. I take pride in my ability to be understanding and caring but to also offer guidance to help you reach your goals. My areas of expertise include anxiety and depression but I also see many clients who are experiencing difficulties due to life transitions, stressful and traumatic events and relationship problems. I have additional experience in helping those with physical illnesses and with grief. I see individuals, families and couples across the life span.
As a very experienced therapist, I have learned to tailor my strategies to your needs. I have been described by my clients as being direct but warm and caring. I take pride in my ability to be understanding and caring but to also offer guidance to help you reach your goals. My areas of expertise include anxiety and depression but I also see many clients who are experiencing difficulties due to life transitions, stressful and traumatic events and relationship problems. I have additional experience in helping those with physical illnesses and with grief. I see individuals, families and couples across the life span.
(732) 709-1114 View (732) 709-1114
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Jaime Ann Barilla
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Oceanport, NJ 07757
Life can be extremely busy and trying at times, especially now with all of the sudden stressful changes in our lives, and we can feel as though we have too many roles to fill at once. This can create anxiety, depression, stress, and family issues. Having someone to help work through these difficulties can be extremely beneficial. I have much experience with various populations and age groups and provide my services in your home, as that is where people feel most comfortable and that is where many of life's challenges occur.
Life can be extremely busy and trying at times, especially now with all of the sudden stressful changes in our lives, and we can feel as though we have too many roles to fill at once. This can create anxiety, depression, stress, and family issues. Having someone to help work through these difficulties can be extremely beneficial. I have much experience with various populations and age groups and provide my services in your home, as that is where people feel most comfortable and that is where many of life's challenges occur.
(732) 766-0785 View (732) 766-0785
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James W Jones
Psychologist, PsyD, PhD
Verified
Oceanport, NJ 07757
Multi-disciplinary, NJ and NY licensed psychologist, with specialty training in behavioral medicine (biofeedback and hypnosis), couples' therapy, and long-term individual psychotherapy. Particular interest in religious and spiritual issues in psychotherapy. 40 years of practice in a variety of settings: suburban communities, universities, inner cities, prisons, veterans, law enforcement officers. Current practice is part-time. Semi-retired. Also a Professor, researcher, and writer.
Multi-disciplinary, NJ and NY licensed psychologist, with specialty training in behavioral medicine (biofeedback and hypnosis), couples' therapy, and long-term individual psychotherapy. Particular interest in religious and spiritual issues in psychotherapy. 40 years of practice in a variety of settings: suburban communities, universities, inner cities, prisons, veterans, law enforcement officers. Current practice is part-time. Semi-retired. Also a Professor, researcher, and writer.
(732) 497-3139 View (732) 497-3139
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Jesse L Kauffmann
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Oceanport, NJ 07757
Change is a difficult yet rewarding process to engage in. I enjoy working with children and families, as well as adolescents and adults on a variety of stressors and issues. I have worked with children ages 13 and up who are struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, life transitions, family conflict, reunification therapy and academic difficulties. I promote change through solution focused, family systems and cognitive behavioral therapy. I hope to create a comfortable and nuturing environment for my clients with a feeling of safety throughout their journey.
Change is a difficult yet rewarding process to engage in. I enjoy working with children and families, as well as adolescents and adults on a variety of stressors and issues. I have worked with children ages 13 and up who are struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, life transitions, family conflict, reunification therapy and academic difficulties. I promote change through solution focused, family systems and cognitive behavioral therapy. I hope to create a comfortable and nuturing environment for my clients with a feeling of safety throughout their journey.
(908) 386-4216 View (908) 386-4216
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Lauren A. Salani
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BCB
Verified
Oceanport, NJ 07757
Do you suffer from anxiety, mood, self-esteem, weight issues, medical symptoms affected by stress? Trying to cope while not understanding how to transform patterns that are keeping you stuck can be a very frustrating, painful, isolating experience. I am a holistic therapist that offers a warm, caring environment to explore and heal the core reasons for your distress. I will help you heal, and working with the wisdom of your body, teach you to up-regulate and down-regulate your system, manage your thoughts, emotions, and spirit, to move you towards feeling better and reaching your personal goals. These skills should last a lifetime.
Do you suffer from anxiety, mood, self-esteem, weight issues, medical symptoms affected by stress? Trying to cope while not understanding how to transform patterns that are keeping you stuck can be a very frustrating, painful, isolating experience. I am a holistic therapist that offers a warm, caring environment to explore and heal the core reasons for your distress. I will help you heal, and working with the wisdom of your body, teach you to up-regulate and down-regulate your system, manage your thoughts, emotions, and spirit, to move you towards feeling better and reaching your personal goals. These skills should last a lifetime.
(732) 603-1030 View (732) 603-1030
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Donna Strauss-Russo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Oceanport, NJ 07757
Building on the clinical social work model of person-in-environment, Connect Counseling & Wellness offers services designed to create a healthy mind, body and spirit. Whether its stress, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, self-esteem or any of life's problems that impair functioning and impede happiness, we help our clients to better understand themselves and others and to implement solutions designed to feel better and become their best selves.
Building on the clinical social work model of person-in-environment, Connect Counseling & Wellness offers services designed to create a healthy mind, body and spirit. Whether its stress, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, self-esteem or any of life's problems that impair functioning and impede happiness, we help our clients to better understand themselves and others and to implement solutions designed to feel better and become their best selves.
(732) 917-7022 View (732) 917-7022
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Julia Sgro
Licensed Social Worker, MSW, LSW
Verified
Oceanport, NJ 07757
Julia is an insightful, non-judgmental, and reflective psychotherapist. Julia creates an environment that is the most conducive for her clients. By building trusting relationships and using evidence-based practices, each session feels comfortable, safe and supportive.
Julia is an insightful, non-judgmental, and reflective psychotherapist. Julia creates an environment that is the most conducive for her clients. By building trusting relationships and using evidence-based practices, each session feels comfortable, safe and supportive.
(732) 947-4858 View (732) 947-4858
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Taryn Buffolino
Counselor, EdM, LPC
Verified
Oceanport, NJ 07757
Waitlist for new clients
We are all bright souls, but sometimes we lose our inner light along the way. We go through times in our lives where we feel unhappy, anxious or stuck. We experience a tragedy or a difficult situation that doesn't make sense to us. Or sometimes, we just want more out of life, but are not sure what that means, or how to get it. We all deserve to feel happy and fulfilled. I work with clients who know what is wrong and need guidance to improve it, as well as those who are not sure what the problem is but want to explore it and take steps to make it better. In short, I strive to help clients find their inner light again.
We are all bright souls, but sometimes we lose our inner light along the way. We go through times in our lives where we feel unhappy, anxious or stuck. We experience a tragedy or a difficult situation that doesn't make sense to us. Or sometimes, we just want more out of life, but are not sure what that means, or how to get it. We all deserve to feel happy and fulfilled. I work with clients who know what is wrong and need guidance to improve it, as well as those who are not sure what the problem is but want to explore it and take steps to make it better. In short, I strive to help clients find their inner light again.
(848) 216-0749 View (848) 216-0749
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Janna Foster
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oceanport, NJ 07757  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a Bachelor's Degree from Pennsylvania State University in Psychology and a Master's Degree from University of Rochester in Counseling. I have over ten years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families with a range of concerns from discourse at home or work, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, or difficulty managing day to day issues. No problem is too large or small to begin working through.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a Bachelor's Degree from Pennsylvania State University in Psychology and a Master's Degree from University of Rochester in Counseling. I have over ten years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families with a range of concerns from discourse at home or work, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, or difficulty managing day to day issues. No problem is too large or small to begin working through.
(848) 208-8395 View (848) 208-8395
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Lindsay Thein
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCADC
Verified
Oceanport, NJ 07757
Our lives are forever changing in so many ways. With change comes so many different emotions such as happiness, sadness, grief and anxiety to just name a few. Whether the change is positive or negative we have to face it head on. Throughout our lives we need to learn how to embrace change and ride the waves of life.
Our lives are forever changing in so many ways. With change comes so many different emotions such as happiness, sadness, grief and anxiety to just name a few. Whether the change is positive or negative we have to face it head on. Throughout our lives we need to learn how to embrace change and ride the waves of life.
(848) 229-9137 View (848) 229-9137

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Sherri G Harris
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Red Bank, NJ 07701
I help clients address issues that negatively affect their everyday lives and relationships. I believe that we all possess inner resources to solve most of our own problems. However, there are those times when we get overwhelmed and stuck in particular ways of thinking that are not helpful. I can provide the necessary tools to identify negative patterns and tap into strengths in order for clients to adopt more positive ways of seeing themselves and others. Have you previously been in therapy? I can offer a different way of working with negative aspects of yourself that can potentially lead to lasting change.
I help clients address issues that negatively affect their everyday lives and relationships. I believe that we all possess inner resources to solve most of our own problems. However, there are those times when we get overwhelmed and stuck in particular ways of thinking that are not helpful. I can provide the necessary tools to identify negative patterns and tap into strengths in order for clients to adopt more positive ways of seeing themselves and others. Have you previously been in therapy? I can offer a different way of working with negative aspects of yourself that can potentially lead to lasting change.
(732) 532-2071 View (732) 532-2071
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Crystal Delia
Counselor, LPC, LCADC, RYT
Verified
Little Silver, NJ 07739
With 18 years' experience working in behavioral health, I have found that positive change occurs when an individual is empowered with self-awareness and the recipient of healthy support. I offer a mind-body approach combining evidence-based psychotherapy, mindfulness techniques and physical movement to foster a greater connection and relationship with self. As a clinician, I have worked with individuals, couples and families experiencing a variety of addiction concerns, co-occurring disorders, trauma, grief, severe depression, anxiety, psychosis and mood disorders.
With 18 years' experience working in behavioral health, I have found that positive change occurs when an individual is empowered with self-awareness and the recipient of healthy support. I offer a mind-body approach combining evidence-based psychotherapy, mindfulness techniques and physical movement to foster a greater connection and relationship with self. As a clinician, I have worked with individuals, couples and families experiencing a variety of addiction concerns, co-occurring disorders, trauma, grief, severe depression, anxiety, psychosis and mood disorders.
(848) 208-8496 View (848) 208-8496
Photo of Helena Gage, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Oceanport, NJ
Helena Gage
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Red Bank, NJ 07702
My name is Helena Gage and I am a licensed clinical social worker. I graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2018 with a Masters in Social Work. I have several years of experience working with adolescents and adults with a variety of mental health and substance use disorders, including, PTSD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and may others. I always meet my clients where they are at in life and try to assist them with any goals they may have for treatment.
My name is Helena Gage and I am a licensed clinical social worker. I graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2018 with a Masters in Social Work. I have several years of experience working with adolescents and adults with a variety of mental health and substance use disorders, including, PTSD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and may others. I always meet my clients where they are at in life and try to assist them with any goals they may have for treatment.
(732) 631-8182 View (732) 631-8182
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Cheryl Nastasio
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
West Long Branch, NJ 07764
The goal of our work together is to enhance your self-reliance,self-trust, and your ability to enjoy life. This is accomplished in an atmosphere of mutual acceptance, trust and respect. I have been in private practice for 17 years, use a psycho-dynamic/ cognitive behavioral approach. Utilize additional therapeutic tools (if appropriate to the client and desired by the client), such as hypnosis, EMDR and Thought Field Therapy (Energy Psychology). Offering individaul, couple, or family therapy.
The goal of our work together is to enhance your self-reliance,self-trust, and your ability to enjoy life. This is accomplished in an atmosphere of mutual acceptance, trust and respect. I have been in private practice for 17 years, use a psycho-dynamic/ cognitive behavioral approach. Utilize additional therapeutic tools (if appropriate to the client and desired by the client), such as hypnosis, EMDR and Thought Field Therapy (Energy Psychology). Offering individaul, couple, or family therapy.
(732) 523-0789 View (732) 523-0789
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Kristin Biri
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Shrewsbury, NJ 07702
Waitlist for new clients
In this changing world, working with children and adolescents requires specialized knowledge, however, it also requires warmth, empathy, optimism, and a connection with your clients. I am committed to providing this level of treatment. The insight I've gained through my work as an in-home therapist and a School Social Worker, as well as experiences in a hospital setting, a substance abuse clinic, and an alternative school for students with behavioral disorders has been invaluable to understanding today's struggles. With the relationship we build together, I believe you will acquire the skills needed to become stronger and happier.
In this changing world, working with children and adolescents requires specialized knowledge, however, it also requires warmth, empathy, optimism, and a connection with your clients. I am committed to providing this level of treatment. The insight I've gained through my work as an in-home therapist and a School Social Worker, as well as experiences in a hospital setting, a substance abuse clinic, and an alternative school for students with behavioral disorders has been invaluable to understanding today's struggles. With the relationship we build together, I believe you will acquire the skills needed to become stronger and happier.
(908) 838-4991 View (908) 838-4991
Photo of Christian August Wreiole, Licensed Professional Counselor in Oceanport, NJ
Christian August Wreiole
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Long Branch, NJ 07740
Do you struggle with stress and anxiety that affects your day to day life? Do you compare yourself to others and feel like you come up short? Do you want your life to feel easier, happier? These days, many people are experiencing anxiety about how they are supposed to balance their relationships, careers, and lives. It’s easy to neglect our mental health and that could lead to additional problems for our minds and bodies. I believe people are capable of extraordinary change, that there is hope, and that being a human does not have to be so hard.
Do you struggle with stress and anxiety that affects your day to day life? Do you compare yourself to others and feel like you come up short? Do you want your life to feel easier, happier? These days, many people are experiencing anxiety about how they are supposed to balance their relationships, careers, and lives. It’s easy to neglect our mental health and that could lead to additional problems for our minds and bodies. I believe people are capable of extraordinary change, that there is hope, and that being a human does not have to be so hard.
(732) 812-0632 View (732) 812-0632
Photo of Taharka A Sankara, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Oceanport, NJ
Taharka A Sankara
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LCADC
Verified
Long Branch, NJ 07740
Taharka Sankara holds a Masters of Social Work degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He is licensed in the State of New Jersey in the fields of Social Work and Alcohol and Drug Counseling. Counseling experience spans across various treatment modalities with diverse populations. Many years spent counseling adolescent and adult males with addictive and criminal behaviors in individual, group and family sessions to address the underlying issues of trauma, substance abuse and other co-occurring behavior and mental health disorders. He works primarily from a solution-focused, strengths-based, client-centered framework.
Taharka Sankara holds a Masters of Social Work degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He is licensed in the State of New Jersey in the fields of Social Work and Alcohol and Drug Counseling. Counseling experience spans across various treatment modalities with diverse populations. Many years spent counseling adolescent and adult males with addictive and criminal behaviors in individual, group and family sessions to address the underlying issues of trauma, substance abuse and other co-occurring behavior and mental health disorders. He works primarily from a solution-focused, strengths-based, client-centered framework.
(732) 456-6190 View (732) 456-6190

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How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Oceanport, NJ

10+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Oceanport, NJ who prioritize treating:

85% Anxiety
77% Depression
69% Relationship Issues
69% Coping Skills
69% Self Esteem
62% Trauma and PTSD
62% Behavioral Issues

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Aetna
63% Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield
50% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Therapists in Oceanport, 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 Oceanport?

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.