Therapists in Wall Township, NJ

Photo of Mackenzie McDermott (Keep Climbing Counseling), Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Wall Township, NJ
Mackenzie McDermott (Keep Climbing Counseling)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Wall Township, NJ 07719
I handle a variety of issues and life stressors including: relationship issues, self esteem, LGBTQ+ population, anxiety, depression, personal growth, PTSD, and domestic violence. Believing in the mind-body-spirit connection to achieve overall wellness, I carry my passionate beliefs about natural healing into my therapy style.
I handle a variety of issues and life stressors including: relationship issues, self esteem, LGBTQ+ population, anxiety, depression, personal growth, PTSD, and domestic violence. Believing in the mind-body-spirit connection to achieve overall wellness, I carry my passionate beliefs about natural healing into my therapy style.
(732) 605-6722 View (732) 605-6722
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By Design Counseling Center
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS Ed, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Wall Township, NJ 07719
Everyone faces a unique set of challenges in life; there is no single approach or therapy modality that works best for everyone. This is why By Design Social Skills provides a variety of services to assist those struggling with behavioral, emotional, or school-based difficulties. Whether you are looking to enhance your child’s social skills through our popular Lego Clubs, seeking treatment for their issues with anxiety, or are interested in counseling for yourself to help navigate life’s challenges, we are here to help. Amy L. Young is a Licensed Professional Counselor providing assistance in a nurturing, safe, caring environment.
Everyone faces a unique set of challenges in life; there is no single approach or therapy modality that works best for everyone. This is why By Design Social Skills provides a variety of services to assist those struggling with behavioral, emotional, or school-based difficulties. Whether you are looking to enhance your child’s social skills through our popular Lego Clubs, seeking treatment for their issues with anxiety, or are interested in counseling for yourself to help navigate life’s challenges, we are here to help. Amy L. Young is a Licensed Professional Counselor providing assistance in a nurturing, safe, caring environment.
(862) 304-5183 View (862) 304-5183
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Emily Rice
Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Wall Township, NJ 07719
Waitlist for new clients
As a licensed counselor, my goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment that allows you to grow. By prioritizing the therapeutic relationship, I hope to extend warmth and compassion that will allow you to lean into vulnerability and heal. Body image, self-concept & values clarification are passions of mine. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families looking to gain deeper insight into relationship dynamics, attachment style, nervous system regulation & self-exploration. I work most naturally through a feminist & existential lens while knowing there is no one-size-fits-all approach.
As a licensed counselor, my goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment that allows you to grow. By prioritizing the therapeutic relationship, I hope to extend warmth and compassion that will allow you to lean into vulnerability and heal. Body image, self-concept & values clarification are passions of mine. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families looking to gain deeper insight into relationship dynamics, attachment style, nervous system regulation & self-exploration. I work most naturally through a feminist & existential lens while knowing there is no one-size-fits-all approach.
(732) 217-7853 View (732) 217-7853
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John M Bickart
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Wall Township, NJ 07727
Not accepting new clients
So often change does not come easy, but with the right support and attention, progress quickly becomes more attainable. With 18 years of teaching and counseling experience working with individuals and families in Monmouth County, I have had success using activity, project, and nature-based approaches. Whether you are confronted with short or long-term challenges, I have found that these approaches efficiently build rapport and effectively begin the process of change.
So often change does not come easy, but with the right support and attention, progress quickly becomes more attainable. With 18 years of teaching and counseling experience working with individuals and families in Monmouth County, I have had success using activity, project, and nature-based approaches. Whether you are confronted with short or long-term challenges, I have found that these approaches efficiently build rapport and effectively begin the process of change.
(848) 217-4177 View (848) 217-4177
Photo of Thomas C Hyland, Licensed Professional Counselor in Wall Township, NJ
Thomas C Hyland
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, ACS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Wall Township, NJ 07719
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years experience working with adults, children, adolescents and families.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years experience working with adults, children, adolescents and families.
(732) 656-8450 View (732) 656-8450
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Jennifer Kate Eisenman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Wall Township, NJ 07719
Whether you’re experiencing anxiety, loneliness, conflict, feeling stuck, unfulfilled, or navigating a significant life change; times of overwhelm, pain and uncertainty have the potential to be transformational. As a licensed social worker, certified teacher of mindfulness and compassion practices, and RYT-200, I’m committed to helping you integrate all emotions, while reclaiming your power, freedom, and more moments of joy.
Whether you’re experiencing anxiety, loneliness, conflict, feeling stuck, unfulfilled, or navigating a significant life change; times of overwhelm, pain and uncertainty have the potential to be transformational. As a licensed social worker, certified teacher of mindfulness and compassion practices, and RYT-200, I’m committed to helping you integrate all emotions, while reclaiming your power, freedom, and more moments of joy.
(848) 300-9048 View (848) 300-9048
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Kim L Hart
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LPC, LCADC, NCC
Verified Verified
Wall Township, NJ 07719
I am a Licensed psychotherapist with experience in behavioral health. I treat adults, adolescents, and couples who are experiencing difficulty with anxiety, depression, divorce, relationships, anger, loss and trauma. I am also a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug counselor. I work with individuals and families who are experiencing addiction difficulties in their lives. Together our goal is to change maladaptive thinking and behaviors through a therapeutic process in a safe and nurturing environment. Combining Twelve- Step philosophy and traditional and integrative therapies, clients undergo a comprehensive discharge planning process that ensures they will have a strong recovery.
I am a Licensed psychotherapist with experience in behavioral health. I treat adults, adolescents, and couples who are experiencing difficulty with anxiety, depression, divorce, relationships, anger, loss and trauma. I am also a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug counselor. I work with individuals and families who are experiencing addiction difficulties in their lives. Together our goal is to change maladaptive thinking and behaviors through a therapeutic process in a safe and nurturing environment. Combining Twelve- Step philosophy and traditional and integrative therapies, clients undergo a comprehensive discharge planning process that ensures they will have a strong recovery.
(732) 510-0839 View (732) 510-0839
Photo of Nicole Bonny, Licensed Professional Counselor in Wall Township, NJ
Nicole Bonny
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wall Township, NJ 07719
You can be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously. It has been my honor to work with couples, families and children of all ages for almost 20 years. I believe therapy is a place to grow not only when there is a crisis but when you are ready for a change. I love working to increase your connections with yourself and others around you. This alone can help the feelings of stress and anxiety that often fill our mind daily. My goal is to create a safe environment to help you you navigate some of life's hurdles.
You can be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously. It has been my honor to work with couples, families and children of all ages for almost 20 years. I believe therapy is a place to grow not only when there is a crisis but when you are ready for a change. I love working to increase your connections with yourself and others around you. This alone can help the feelings of stress and anxiety that often fill our mind daily. My goal is to create a safe environment to help you you navigate some of life's hurdles.
(732) 733-6532 View (732) 733-6532
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Ellen Sweeney
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC , LCADC, CCTP-II, ACS, CCS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wall Township, NJ 07753
I take a client-centered approach to counseling & work to provide a safe, non-judgmental, & validating environment to build trust with my client’s & to foster our therapeutic relationship. I believe that life is a balance of acceptance & change & I work with my clients to explore areas of their lives causing them difficulty & to find balance between the processes of acceptance & the change necessary to foster improvements in one’s life. I can help the client explore the complexities of this balance & teach & provide the skills necessary to enact changes. I have a therapy dog Milo in training that is in office with me for appts.
I take a client-centered approach to counseling & work to provide a safe, non-judgmental, & validating environment to build trust with my client’s & to foster our therapeutic relationship. I believe that life is a balance of acceptance & change & I work with my clients to explore areas of their lives causing them difficulty & to find balance between the processes of acceptance & the change necessary to foster improvements in one’s life. I can help the client explore the complexities of this balance & teach & provide the skills necessary to enact changes. I have a therapy dog Milo in training that is in office with me for appts.
(848) 229-9715 View (848) 229-9715
Photo of Mary Gambarony Art Therapy, LLC, Art Therapist in Wall Township, NJ
Mary Gambarony Art Therapy, LLC
Art Therapist, LPAT, ATR-BC, ATCS
Verified Verified
Wall Township, NJ 07727
In a safe and non-judgemental environment I use art therapy for reflection and insight, to build upon strengths and coping, and to gain understanding into feelings and behaviors. Working together I use art therapy in counseling with those who are seeking to resolve conflicts, healing from loss, trauma and personal growth. I have practiced art therapy in Monmouth and Ocean Counties since 1993 serving groups and individuals dealing with loss, life challenges and transitions, illness and trauma.
In a safe and non-judgemental environment I use art therapy for reflection and insight, to build upon strengths and coping, and to gain understanding into feelings and behaviors. Working together I use art therapy in counseling with those who are seeking to resolve conflicts, healing from loss, trauma and personal growth. I have practiced art therapy in Monmouth and Ocean Counties since 1993 serving groups and individuals dealing with loss, life challenges and transitions, illness and trauma.
(732) 587-5877 View (732) 587-5877
Photo of Dena Baldassarre, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Wall Township, NJ
Dena Baldassarre
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCADC
Verified Verified
Wall Township, NJ 07719
There are many reasons that people decide to come to therapy, and whatever that turning point is for you, I am here to help you along your journey! With over 10 years of experience in the field and holding dual licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC), I am prepared to work with you to increase your happiness, fulfillment, and overall wellness. I believe in helping people live better lives by providing a positive, safe, nonjudgmental environment for people to share their personal stories.
There are many reasons that people decide to come to therapy, and whatever that turning point is for you, I am here to help you along your journey! With over 10 years of experience in the field and holding dual licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC), I am prepared to work with you to increase your happiness, fulfillment, and overall wellness. I believe in helping people live better lives by providing a positive, safe, nonjudgmental environment for people to share their personal stories.
(732) 313-3928 View (732) 313-3928
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Susan Hatami
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCADC
Verified Verified
Wall Township, NJ 07719
Waitlist for new clients
Life can get overwhelming at times. These last few years have shown just how difficult change can be for a person. Whether it is a recent stressor or something you have been struggling with for some time, it is never too late to process, heal, and move forward in life. It can feel lonely and isolating at times when faced with life struggles, but what if it didn’t have to be?
Life can get overwhelming at times. These last few years have shown just how difficult change can be for a person. Whether it is a recent stressor or something you have been struggling with for some time, it is never too late to process, heal, and move forward in life. It can feel lonely and isolating at times when faced with life struggles, but what if it didn’t have to be?
(732) 724-1329 View (732) 724-1329
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Amy Lynn McGowan Dowd
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, CADC, NCC
Verified Verified
Wall Township, NJ 07719
Finding a therapist whom you connect with, trust, & feel safe opening up to about the most vulnerable & challenging parts of your life can be difficult. It's vital to have that in the person you choose to help you work on yourself & the various areas of your life. Through empathy & understanding, my goal is to provide a non-judgmental, welcoming space for you as we collaboratively work to process your feelings & define clear, realistic goals for your therapeutic journey. I use evidence-based practices such as CBT, DBT, MI, & Solution-Focused Therapy in helping you learn to manage your symptoms & improve your life.
Finding a therapist whom you connect with, trust, & feel safe opening up to about the most vulnerable & challenging parts of your life can be difficult. It's vital to have that in the person you choose to help you work on yourself & the various areas of your life. Through empathy & understanding, my goal is to provide a non-judgmental, welcoming space for you as we collaboratively work to process your feelings & define clear, realistic goals for your therapeutic journey. I use evidence-based practices such as CBT, DBT, MI, & Solution-Focused Therapy in helping you learn to manage your symptoms & improve your life.
(732) 756-1230 View (732) 756-1230
Photo of Kathleen Buzzone Brooks, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Wall Township, NJ
Kathleen Buzzone Brooks
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
Wall Township, NJ 07719
“Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” My therapeutic approach is client-centered, focusing on strengths and empowerment. I believe every person is unique, possessing their own special gifts and strengths to be drawn upon in their personal goals for change and growth. My goal is to assist individuals to address the complex and painful challenges they are facing with the realization that no situation is too difficult, nor any unhappiness too great to overcome. Focus is placed on the ability to view stumbling blocks of life as building blocks of character and strength.
“Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” My therapeutic approach is client-centered, focusing on strengths and empowerment. I believe every person is unique, possessing their own special gifts and strengths to be drawn upon in their personal goals for change and growth. My goal is to assist individuals to address the complex and painful challenges they are facing with the realization that no situation is too difficult, nor any unhappiness too great to overcome. Focus is placed on the ability to view stumbling blocks of life as building blocks of character and strength.
(732) 749-9767 View (732) 749-9767
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Samantha Campanella
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Verified Verified
Wall Township, NJ 07719
You are not alone! If you are searching for help managing feelings of anxiety, depression, or if you have been through trauma or even managing chronic illness, help is available! Together, we can get through it and reach your goals! Many changes come with the onset of these issues, and it can be debilitating to a person's lifestyle, self-esteem, relationships, and mental health. Together, we can process these changes, address fears, and collaborate to work as a team. I am certified in working with mood disorders as well as adjustment and chronic illness. I'm happy to help, and excited to help bring healing to your life!
You are not alone! If you are searching for help managing feelings of anxiety, depression, or if you have been through trauma or even managing chronic illness, help is available! Together, we can get through it and reach your goals! Many changes come with the onset of these issues, and it can be debilitating to a person's lifestyle, self-esteem, relationships, and mental health. Together, we can process these changes, address fears, and collaborate to work as a team. I am certified in working with mood disorders as well as adjustment and chronic illness. I'm happy to help, and excited to help bring healing to your life!
(732) 978-9520 View (732) 978-9520
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Mariann Mamberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Wall Township, NJ 07727
Do you feel that you have to act like everything in your life is perfect when inside you are feeling overwhelming sadness, hopelessness, helplessness, or anxiety? Do you feel like getting out of bed every day is a struggle because your sadness keeps you from enjoying time with family and friends and putting on a “happy face” is just too difficult? Imagine waking up eager to take on life’s challenges, feeling confident that whatever problems you face, whether home, job or relationship, you have the ability to recognize and overcome them. Our past experiences can hinder us from living up to our potential.
Do you feel that you have to act like everything in your life is perfect when inside you are feeling overwhelming sadness, hopelessness, helplessness, or anxiety? Do you feel like getting out of bed every day is a struggle because your sadness keeps you from enjoying time with family and friends and putting on a “happy face” is just too difficult? Imagine waking up eager to take on life’s challenges, feeling confident that whatever problems you face, whether home, job or relationship, you have the ability to recognize and overcome them. Our past experiences can hinder us from living up to our potential.
(848) 266-6002 View (848) 266-6002
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Gabriella Landman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Wall Township, NJ 07719  (Online Only)
Life doesn't have to be such a struggle. I provide a warm, empathic, therapeutic environment where you can discover your strengths, heal your past and continue forward. You can learn skills to deal with life and relationships- including your relationship with yourself!
Life doesn't have to be such a struggle. I provide a warm, empathic, therapeutic environment where you can discover your strengths, heal your past and continue forward. You can learn skills to deal with life and relationships- including your relationship with yourself!
(732) 656-8987 View (732) 656-8987
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Karen Boyle Donahue
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Wall Township, NJ 07719
Karen B. Donahue, Psy.D., is a Licensed Psychologist practicing in Wall Township. Areas of specialty include clinical and forensic psychology. Given her passion for helping individuals and families with emotional adjustment and stability, Dr. Donahue focuses her clinical practice in helping people gain insight and skills to live a healthier, happier, more fulfilling life. She strives to be supportive and empathic of familial needs, and provide high quality services to individuals experiencing difficulty in life transitions. Expertise in the field of mental health diagnosis, treatment, consultation, and evaluation.
Karen B. Donahue, Psy.D., is a Licensed Psychologist practicing in Wall Township. Areas of specialty include clinical and forensic psychology. Given her passion for helping individuals and families with emotional adjustment and stability, Dr. Donahue focuses her clinical practice in helping people gain insight and skills to live a healthier, happier, more fulfilling life. She strives to be supportive and empathic of familial needs, and provide high quality services to individuals experiencing difficulty in life transitions. Expertise in the field of mental health diagnosis, treatment, consultation, and evaluation.
(732) 592-1107 View (732) 592-1107
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Rebecca A Sears
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wall Township, NJ 07719
Rebecca Sears received her Doctoral Degree from Pace University in Manhattan, and began her career as a school psychologist. She has worked in a Community Mental Health setting in Asbury Park for 5-years, and sees children, adolescents, and young adults in private practice. Therapeutic techniques utilized include those from EMDR, Positive Psychotherapy, Polyvagal Theory, CBT/TF-CBT, and DBT.
Rebecca Sears received her Doctoral Degree from Pace University in Manhattan, and began her career as a school psychologist. She has worked in a Community Mental Health setting in Asbury Park for 5-years, and sees children, adolescents, and young adults in private practice. Therapeutic techniques utilized include those from EMDR, Positive Psychotherapy, Polyvagal Theory, CBT/TF-CBT, and DBT.
(732) 876-9343 View (732) 876-9343
Photo of Morgan Crease, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Wall Township, NJ
Morgan Crease
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Wall Township, NJ 07719
To fully heal, you must move through the emotions, not around them or shutting the door on them. I understand that seems scary but I am here to help you not do it alone. I believe one of the bravest things you can do is face your pain and move towards healing. I am person-centered and focus on how to create an individualized approach because everyone is unique and has different needs. I want you to feel comfortable and safe to explore your emotions within therapy. I am here to support you through your journey and am excited to help you find peace within your everyday life.
To fully heal, you must move through the emotions, not around them or shutting the door on them. I understand that seems scary but I am here to help you not do it alone. I believe one of the bravest things you can do is face your pain and move towards healing. I am person-centered and focus on how to create an individualized approach because everyone is unique and has different needs. I want you to feel comfortable and safe to explore your emotions within therapy. I am here to support you through your journey and am excited to help you find peace within your everyday life.
(732) 605-6141 View (732) 605-6141

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Number of Therapists in Wall Township, NJ

50+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Wall Township, NJ who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
90% Depression
81% Self Esteem
74% Relationship Issues
74% Coping Skills
72% Life Transitions
66% Family Conflict

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

78% Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield
76% Aetna
76% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Wall Township, NJ see their clients

94% In Person and Online
6% Online Only

Gender breakdown

92% Female
8% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Wall Township?

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.