Therapists in Santa Fe, NM

Photo of Iris Toledo, Counselor in Santa Fe, NM
Iris Toledo
Counselor, MA, LPCC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Fe, NM 87507  (Online Only)
I am a holistic counselor who addresses your issues on all levels: body, mind, heart & soul. Body-wise, I encourage optimal nutrition, sleep and movement for optimal psychological well-being. Mentally, I support mindfulness & help you replace self-defeating thoughts & beliefs with self-enhancing ones. Emotionally, I guide you toward opening up to & experiencing your emotions. Soul-wise I support finding or rediscovering meaning & purpose in your life and/or connection to a Higher Power, if that suits you. I also help with life transitions such as grief & loss. I offer counseling for adults and couples, including LGBTQ.
I am a holistic counselor who addresses your issues on all levels: body, mind, heart & soul. Body-wise, I encourage optimal nutrition, sleep and movement for optimal psychological well-being. Mentally, I support mindfulness & help you replace self-defeating thoughts & beliefs with self-enhancing ones. Emotionally, I guide you toward opening up to & experiencing your emotions. Soul-wise I support finding or rediscovering meaning & purpose in your life and/or connection to a Higher Power, if that suits you. I also help with life transitions such as grief & loss. I offer counseling for adults and couples, including LGBTQ.
(505) 209-8221 View (505) 209-8221
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Erica Westby
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified
Santa Fe, NM 87505
I am passionate about helping individuals (adults and teens) struggling with emotional/ compulsive/ binge overeating, self-esteem issues, weight loss and anxiety that is created from these issues. I enjoy working with clients who have a desire to work deeply and create lasting change. Through collaboration we create a safe and supportive environment that allows for insight and healing. Then as emotional traumas or wounds that keep you stuck in the past are healed, the ability to be more present in current life and able to deal with uncomfortable emotions and life circumstances is possible.
I am passionate about helping individuals (adults and teens) struggling with emotional/ compulsive/ binge overeating, self-esteem issues, weight loss and anxiety that is created from these issues. I enjoy working with clients who have a desire to work deeply and create lasting change. Through collaboration we create a safe and supportive environment that allows for insight and healing. Then as emotional traumas or wounds that keep you stuck in the past are healed, the ability to be more present in current life and able to deal with uncomfortable emotions and life circumstances is possible.
(505) 207-4982 View (505) 207-4982
Photo of Jennifer Gillespie, Counselor in Santa Fe, NM
Jennifer Gillespie
Counselor, MA, LPCC, HC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Fe, NM 87505  (Online Only)
I take a straight forward approach to counseling. I am objective and direct, while being warm, easy-going and supportive. I will help you figure out what it is that is getting in the way of your happiness, wellbeing or success at whatever pace feels comfortable to you. Are you feeling motivated and ready to make changes in your life? I specialize in treating anxiety, stress, eating problems, relationship issues, work issues and trauma in adults. I utilize research-based interventions grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
I take a straight forward approach to counseling. I am objective and direct, while being warm, easy-going and supportive. I will help you figure out what it is that is getting in the way of your happiness, wellbeing or success at whatever pace feels comfortable to you. Are you feeling motivated and ready to make changes in your life? I specialize in treating anxiety, stress, eating problems, relationship issues, work issues and trauma in adults. I utilize research-based interventions grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
(505) 436-3626 View (505) 436-3626
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Jill Sara Rosenberg
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Santa Fe, NM 87505
I know that the process of beginning therapy can be overwhelming because I’ve been there. It takes vulnerability and courage to ask for help. I also know that therapy works because I’ve seen it--in my own life and in the lives of my clients. I congratulate you on taking this significant step toward finding relief and reconnecting with your most authentic self. I’m so glad you’re here. My practice is grounded in my belief that the therapeutic relationship provides a unique opportunity to explore experiences and parts of ourselves that are hard to look at alone. We are all capable of healing, growth and transformation at any point.
I know that the process of beginning therapy can be overwhelming because I’ve been there. It takes vulnerability and courage to ask for help. I also know that therapy works because I’ve seen it--in my own life and in the lives of my clients. I congratulate you on taking this significant step toward finding relief and reconnecting with your most authentic self. I’m so glad you’re here. My practice is grounded in my belief that the therapeutic relationship provides a unique opportunity to explore experiences and parts of ourselves that are hard to look at alone. We are all capable of healing, growth and transformation at any point.
(213) 293-4497 View (213) 293-4497
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Melissa St. Claire
MA, CHT
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Stressful situations can happen suddenly, or build over time. Whether it is a relationship issue, traumatic experience, life transition, or career challenge, I can help you move from surviving to thriving. Using comprehensive methodologies, I offer a highly personalized approach, tailored to each client. I work with individuals to help them build on their strengths and attain the healing, growth and change they are looking for.
Stressful situations can happen suddenly, or build over time. Whether it is a relationship issue, traumatic experience, life transition, or career challenge, I can help you move from surviving to thriving. Using comprehensive methodologies, I offer a highly personalized approach, tailored to each client. I work with individuals to help them build on their strengths and attain the healing, growth and change they are looking for.
(505) 384-7501 View (505) 384-7501
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Micah Birdshire
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Santa Fe, NM 87505  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Despite our best efforts to live authentically, we can lose our way while navigating stress, transition, trauma, loss, or conflict – or even just trying to figure out who we are. Many of my clients are exploring gender, sexuality, spirituality, and the impact of past experiences on their current identities. They have had doubts about their worth, perseverance, ability to change outdated patterns or recover from past wounds. They questioned the possibility of connecting with others while caring for their own well-being. They struggled with perfectionism, people pleasing, disconnection, reactivity or a lack of reciprocity.
Despite our best efforts to live authentically, we can lose our way while navigating stress, transition, trauma, loss, or conflict – or even just trying to figure out who we are. Many of my clients are exploring gender, sexuality, spirituality, and the impact of past experiences on their current identities. They have had doubts about their worth, perseverance, ability to change outdated patterns or recover from past wounds. They questioned the possibility of connecting with others while caring for their own well-being. They struggled with perfectionism, people pleasing, disconnection, reactivity or a lack of reciprocity.
(505) 596-4690 View (505) 596-4690
Anika Carrasco Trujillo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
Santa Fe, NM 87507
I am so glad you are here! I have been in the mental health field in some capacity for over 15 years, serving a diverse population of women and children, adolescents in the Juvenile Justice system, individuals with Developmental Disabilities, and most recently a specialization treating anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
I am so glad you are here! I have been in the mental health field in some capacity for over 15 years, serving a diverse population of women and children, adolescents in the Juvenile Justice system, individuals with Developmental Disabilities, and most recently a specialization treating anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
(505) 393-7391 View (505) 393-7391
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Ann Laser
Counselor, MSE, LPCC
Verified
Santa Fe, NM 87505
I enjoy people! Helping people who are struggling with life issues such as depression, anxiety, loss, trauma, and grief is meaningful to me. After more than 25 years as a psychotherapist, I have learned to let the client(s)lead me. I believe that at the deepest level people 'know' what they need in order to achieve the healing and fullness of life they desire and deserve. My job is to help create a safe, supportive, encouraging environment in which the wholeness and change clients seek can occur.
I enjoy people! Helping people who are struggling with life issues such as depression, anxiety, loss, trauma, and grief is meaningful to me. After more than 25 years as a psychotherapist, I have learned to let the client(s)lead me. I believe that at the deepest level people 'know' what they need in order to achieve the healing and fullness of life they desire and deserve. My job is to help create a safe, supportive, encouraging environment in which the wholeness and change clients seek can occur.
(505) 750-4969 View (505) 750-4969
Photo of Daniel Shorb, Pre-Licensed Professional in Santa Fe, NM
Daniel Shorb
Pre-Licensed Professional, BA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Santa Fe, NM 87507
The counseling relationship has proven to be a key factor in positive therapeutic outcomes. Whether you are dealing with an acute event or an ongoing issue, a healthy connection with your counselor helps you heal and practice new things in a safe space. As your counselor I will foster that connection through a 'person-centered' approach, which means that you are the center of the sessions, not my 'therapeutic knowledge.' We work as a team exploring your goals, thoughts, and behaviors. We boost your awareness and understanding of emotional & body-based patterns, and do it all with tools that work for you.
The counseling relationship has proven to be a key factor in positive therapeutic outcomes. Whether you are dealing with an acute event or an ongoing issue, a healthy connection with your counselor helps you heal and practice new things in a safe space. As your counselor I will foster that connection through a 'person-centered' approach, which means that you are the center of the sessions, not my 'therapeutic knowledge.' We work as a team exploring your goals, thoughts, and behaviors. We boost your awareness and understanding of emotional & body-based patterns, and do it all with tools that work for you.
(505) 636-5647 View (505) 636-5647
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Christopher Johnson
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Fe, NM 87505  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I offer grounded, compassionate, holistic, and insightful psychotherapy to individuals who are ready for real change. Together, we can address a broad range of issues, including: grief and loss, relationships and sexuality, trauma, LGBTQ issues, and spiritual issues. I believe in addressing the full spectrum of your concerns, from the most basic to those enduring patterns that have seemed stuck for years or even a lifetime.
I offer grounded, compassionate, holistic, and insightful psychotherapy to individuals who are ready for real change. Together, we can address a broad range of issues, including: grief and loss, relationships and sexuality, trauma, LGBTQ issues, and spiritual issues. I believe in addressing the full spectrum of your concerns, from the most basic to those enduring patterns that have seemed stuck for years or even a lifetime.
(505) 431-6765 View (505) 431-6765
Photo of Morgan A. Faulkner, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Santa Fe, NM
Morgan A. Faulkner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
Santa Fe, NM 87505
I help people recover from trauma. I know what it's like to wake up every day feeling disconnected and afraid. I know the depression, anxiety, and confusion that accompany surviving a traumatic experience. I know that it takes time to understand what you've been through; that it was real, it wasn't imagined, and that any damage done was not of your own making. I also know that healing is possible. It is possible for you to feel confident and safe in your own body. To trust yourself, and have faith in your choices. To know that you are not your past, you are already whole and complete, and YOU are the expert on your own life.
I help people recover from trauma. I know what it's like to wake up every day feeling disconnected and afraid. I know the depression, anxiety, and confusion that accompany surviving a traumatic experience. I know that it takes time to understand what you've been through; that it was real, it wasn't imagined, and that any damage done was not of your own making. I also know that healing is possible. It is possible for you to feel confident and safe in your own body. To trust yourself, and have faith in your choices. To know that you are not your past, you are already whole and complete, and YOU are the expert on your own life.
(505) 257-4312 View (505) 257-4312
Photo of Shakaya McFarland, Counselor in Santa Fe, NM
Shakaya McFarland
Counselor, LMHC, MEd
Verified
3 Endorsed
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Not accepting new clients
Many times in our lives we are driven by the pain of past events which can sometimes lead us to feel and believe that we have lost our way. Yet, the truth is that we can live within a new paradigm! How are you showing up for yourself today? I have worked with youth and adults in a variety of capacities as well as prenatal and postnatal care. Much of my experience has been working alongside those who are faced with issues of anger, general and acute stress, PTSD, anxiety, and depression. I have a deep understanding of the nuances of trauma and generational trauma & sociocultural contexts and constructs (racism, sexism, xenophobia).
Many times in our lives we are driven by the pain of past events which can sometimes lead us to feel and believe that we have lost our way. Yet, the truth is that we can live within a new paradigm! How are you showing up for yourself today? I have worked with youth and adults in a variety of capacities as well as prenatal and postnatal care. Much of my experience has been working alongside those who are faced with issues of anger, general and acute stress, PTSD, anxiety, and depression. I have a deep understanding of the nuances of trauma and generational trauma & sociocultural contexts and constructs (racism, sexism, xenophobia).
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Photo of Gretchen Wachs, Counselor in Santa Fe, NM
Gretchen Wachs
Counselor, LPCC, MA, EMDR
Verified
Santa Fe, NM 87505
The depth of relationship, confidence and trust you build with your therapist is fundamental to the work of therapy. I am here to support and guide you in a process of discovery and wellness, helping you to build strength and clarity, overcome obstacles and develop skillful and creative ways to be in relationship and live well and authentically. My approach is eclectic, I offer EMDR and trauma focused therapy, depth psychology and expressive therapies. Our work together will help you heal from pain, trauma and abuse, relieve anxiety and depression, and work through relationship issues, life transitions and creative blocks.
The depth of relationship, confidence and trust you build with your therapist is fundamental to the work of therapy. I am here to support and guide you in a process of discovery and wellness, helping you to build strength and clarity, overcome obstacles and develop skillful and creative ways to be in relationship and live well and authentically. My approach is eclectic, I offer EMDR and trauma focused therapy, depth psychology and expressive therapies. Our work together will help you heal from pain, trauma and abuse, relieve anxiety and depression, and work through relationship issues, life transitions and creative blocks.
(505) 431-6428 View (505) 431-6428
Photo of Laurel A Santos, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Fe, NM
Laurel A Santos
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, LPCC
Verified
Santa Fe, NM 87505  (Online Only)
I’ve worked with families, individuals and couples with a variety of issues for many years; these include depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, coping with major health issues, and every day stressors. My counseling style is warm and personable; I tend to communicate with both compassion and clarity. I believe my clients are the experts on their lives, and I’m here to offer deeper support and understanding for you as you travel through your desired journey.
I’ve worked with families, individuals and couples with a variety of issues for many years; these include depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, coping with major health issues, and every day stressors. My counseling style is warm and personable; I tend to communicate with both compassion and clarity. I believe my clients are the experts on their lives, and I’m here to offer deeper support and understanding for you as you travel through your desired journey.
(505) 399-3710 View (505) 399-3710
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Jack Lehman
Counselor, MA, MA , LPCC
Verified
Santa Fe, NM 87508
The quality I enjoy most in a client is an intense desire to be free.
The quality I enjoy most in a client is an intense desire to be free.
(505) 539-2269 View (505) 539-2269
Photo of Marcelle Grant, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Santa Fe, NM
Marcelle Grant
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Santa Fe, NM 87501  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I hope to work with you in deepening connection and intimacy in your relationships and in building a more meaningful, fulfilling life. During crisis or a difficult impasse, I help couples find and develop safe refuge in each other, and make sense out of distressing challenges. We work together to create more satisfying resolutions. With over 30 years of experience, I am the only Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) Certified Therapist and Supervisor in New Mexico. This evidence-based approach reduces conflict and strengthens relationship closeness. EFT is effective for many types of issues for my clients and couples.
I hope to work with you in deepening connection and intimacy in your relationships and in building a more meaningful, fulfilling life. During crisis or a difficult impasse, I help couples find and develop safe refuge in each other, and make sense out of distressing challenges. We work together to create more satisfying resolutions. With over 30 years of experience, I am the only Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) Certified Therapist and Supervisor in New Mexico. This evidence-based approach reduces conflict and strengthens relationship closeness. EFT is effective for many types of issues for my clients and couples.
(505) 488-0334 View (505) 488-0334
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Wholebeing Wellness Counseling
PhD, MACP
Santa Fe, NM 87505
I am a transpersonal psychologist, expressive arts therapist, wellness counselor, shamanic teacher and healer, and Reiki Master of the Usui lineage. I have practiced and taught since 1985 in California, Oregon, and New Mexico, sharing life lessons and healing methods that saved my life long ago. I have a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and a PhD in Transpersonal Psychology, and continue to learn new approaches to healing through my own research, as well as interaction with clients and colleagues.
I am a transpersonal psychologist, expressive arts therapist, wellness counselor, shamanic teacher and healer, and Reiki Master of the Usui lineage. I have practiced and taught since 1985 in California, Oregon, and New Mexico, sharing life lessons and healing methods that saved my life long ago. I have a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and a PhD in Transpersonal Psychology, and continue to learn new approaches to healing through my own research, as well as interaction with clients and colleagues.
(505) 412-4963 View (505) 412-4963
Photo of Kirstie Newman, Art Therapist in Santa Fe, NM
Kirstie Newman
Art Therapist, MA, ATR-BC, LPAT, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Now offering Phone, Video, or outdoor sessions. I facilitate your therapeutic process using Expressive Arts tools. I will to listen to you and support you. You want to improve the quality of your life. You want a therapist who will deeply listen to you and work with you to discover your own wisdom and healing. Maybe you experience depression, anxiety, addiction, low self-esteem, abuse, or trauma. You want to feel better, and improve your life experience. You may want a few sessions for a tune-up, or you may want a new therapist for a long-term working relationship. Please leave a message with brief description for a return call.
Now offering Phone, Video, or outdoor sessions. I facilitate your therapeutic process using Expressive Arts tools. I will to listen to you and support you. You want to improve the quality of your life. You want a therapist who will deeply listen to you and work with you to discover your own wisdom and healing. Maybe you experience depression, anxiety, addiction, low self-esteem, abuse, or trauma. You want to feel better, and improve your life experience. You may want a few sessions for a tune-up, or you may want a new therapist for a long-term working relationship. Please leave a message with brief description for a return call.
(505) 309-4476 View (505) 309-4476
Photo of Katherine Gotis, Mental Health Counselor in Santa Fe, NM
Katherine Gotis
Mental Health Counselor, MS, LMHC, RN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Fe, NM 87505  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Relationships shape us. The experience of being seen, accepted, and understood by another is a basic human need that when not met can lead to feelings of isolation, loneliness, and other painful emotions. Transformation and healing happen in the moment and in the context of relationships. My approach is open, compassionate, non-pathologizing, relational, & somatic. Rooted in mindfulness, IPNB, & the body/mind connection, our work will also be infused with a healthy dose of humor when appropriate. I support people seeking to heal intergenerational trauma & grief & to weave authentic connections with themselves and with loved ones.
Relationships shape us. The experience of being seen, accepted, and understood by another is a basic human need that when not met can lead to feelings of isolation, loneliness, and other painful emotions. Transformation and healing happen in the moment and in the context of relationships. My approach is open, compassionate, non-pathologizing, relational, & somatic. Rooted in mindfulness, IPNB, & the body/mind connection, our work will also be infused with a healthy dose of humor when appropriate. I support people seeking to heal intergenerational trauma & grief & to weave authentic connections with themselves and with loved ones.
(505) 636-3076 View (505) 636-3076
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Francie Healey
Counselor, MA, CHC, LPCC
Verified
Santa Fe, NM 87505
I use a holistic framework to educate my clients about how and what to eat in order to feel energized, grounded and well nourished. I help them to create habits that support their health and wellness goals. This includes counseling and education around holistic nutrition, meal planning and the connection between food and mood. I help my clients to identify the core values in their lives and to understand how emotional eating can affect the realization of their goals. I help my clients develop strategies around food that support their vision for wellness in a meaningful and sustainable way.
I use a holistic framework to educate my clients about how and what to eat in order to feel energized, grounded and well nourished. I help them to create habits that support their health and wellness goals. This includes counseling and education around holistic nutrition, meal planning and the connection between food and mood. I help my clients to identify the core values in their lives and to understand how emotional eating can affect the realization of their goals. I help my clients develop strategies around food that support their vision for wellness in a meaningful and sustainable way.
(505) 465-4267 View (505) 465-4267

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Number of Therapists in Santa Fe, NM

500+

Average cost per session

$135

Therapists in Santa Fe, NM who prioritize treating:

89% Anxiety
85% Depression
80% Relationship Issues
76% Trauma and PTSD
76% Self Esteem
72% Grief
64% Stress

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

73% Presbyterian
70% BlueCross and BlueShield
66% Medicaid

How Therapists in Santa Fe, NM see their clients

61% In Person and Online
39% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
24% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Santa Fe?

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.