Therapists in New York, NY

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Kathleen Larsen
Verified
New York, NY 10001
Kathleens approach begins from the idea that peoples past does not dictate their future. Everyone has the ability to grow and develop their minds while learning tools to take care of themselves.
Kathleens approach begins from the idea that peoples past does not dictate their future. Everyone has the ability to grow and develop their minds while learning tools to take care of themselves.
(929) 810-4627 View (929) 810-4627
Photo of Antoinette Bonafede, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in New York, NY
Antoinette Bonafede
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, CBT, DBT, REBT
Verified
5 Endorsed
New York, NY 10006
Antoinette Bonafede, LMSW, DBT, CBT, REBT is an experienced clinician that treats people of all ages. A client usually is struggling but feels connected enough with me as their therapist to speak openly and freely about their experience. They can accept feedback with an understanding that we are both on the same team. When we touch on something out of their comfort zone, I hope they recognize they are safe and can stay engaged in the process. Together, we push past the barriers preventing them from feeling better, and they gain a better understanding of themselves to meet their potential.
Antoinette Bonafede, LMSW, DBT, CBT, REBT is an experienced clinician that treats people of all ages. A client usually is struggling but feels connected enough with me as their therapist to speak openly and freely about their experience. They can accept feedback with an understanding that we are both on the same team. When we touch on something out of their comfort zone, I hope they recognize they are safe and can stay engaged in the process. Together, we push past the barriers preventing them from feeling better, and they gain a better understanding of themselves to meet their potential.
(917) 746-3628 View (917) 746-3628
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Rabia Khara
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MS, MFT, PCC, RDT
Verified
New York, NY 10010
As a clinician, the therapeutic process is only meaningful and complete with the reciprocity and engagement of those I work with. Each individual is unique and their stories are interwoven with a rich tapestry of diverse emotions. By balancing the abstract, creative, philosophical, and introspective aspects of life with friendliness, compassion, empathy and care, I walk the path with you on your journey toward peace and happiness.
As a clinician, the therapeutic process is only meaningful and complete with the reciprocity and engagement of those I work with. Each individual is unique and their stories are interwoven with a rich tapestry of diverse emotions. By balancing the abstract, creative, philosophical, and introspective aspects of life with friendliness, compassion, empathy and care, I walk the path with you on your journey toward peace and happiness.
(215) 709-9225 View (215) 709-9225
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Stephen O'Rourke
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
New York, NY 10120  (Online Only)
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Speech at Northwestern University and his Master’s Degree at Hunter College School of Social Work (now the Silberman School of Social Work). I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and trained as a substance abuse counselor at New School.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Speech at Northwestern University and his Master’s Degree at Hunter College School of Social Work (now the Silberman School of Social Work). I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and trained as a substance abuse counselor at New School.
(929) 343-3967 View (929) 343-3967
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Jacob Rossmer
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10016
I specialize in individual, couples, and group psychotherapy with adolescents, adults, and older adults. I operate from a psychodynamic (relational) framework, although I have the training and experience to adapt my style to best suit each client's individual needs. I encourage curiosity in the therapy room with an emphasis on reserving judgment; I believe that through increased awareness of ourselves, as opposed to labeling our thoughts, feelings, and actions as good or bad, the more we can grow. I strive to create a safe, intimate environment that balances nurturing and support with challenging one's preconceived notions and beliefs.
I specialize in individual, couples, and group psychotherapy with adolescents, adults, and older adults. I operate from a psychodynamic (relational) framework, although I have the training and experience to adapt my style to best suit each client's individual needs. I encourage curiosity in the therapy room with an emphasis on reserving judgment; I believe that through increased awareness of ourselves, as opposed to labeling our thoughts, feelings, and actions as good or bad, the more we can grow. I strive to create a safe, intimate environment that balances nurturing and support with challenging one's preconceived notions and beliefs.
(718) 550-5887 View (718) 550-5887
Photo of Rose L. Foley, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in New York, NY
Rose L. Foley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CASAC
Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10014  (Online Only)
Life can be filled with challenging moments, situations and relationships. Such encounters can cause depression, anxiety and isolation. Life events may lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms that can evolve into self-destructive behaviors or relationships. I believe that healing and insight are stimulated by an interpersonal connection provided through a therapeutic alliance between the client and the therapist. I am trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, motivational interviewing, and multiple behavioral therapies. I have years of experience as a therapist working in a renowned outpatient substance abuse and mental health facility.
Life can be filled with challenging moments, situations and relationships. Such encounters can cause depression, anxiety and isolation. Life events may lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms that can evolve into self-destructive behaviors or relationships. I believe that healing and insight are stimulated by an interpersonal connection provided through a therapeutic alliance between the client and the therapist. I am trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, motivational interviewing, and multiple behavioral therapies. I have years of experience as a therapist working in a renowned outpatient substance abuse and mental health facility.
(516) 260-4769 View (516) 260-4769
Photo of Jane Seff, L.C.S.W., Clinical Social Work/Therapist in New York, NY
Jane Seff, L.C.S.W.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BCD
Verified
New York, NY 10025  (Online Only)
My approach to therapy is collaborative. Using a combination of psychodynamic, intersubjective and cognitive-behavioral approaches, I work with you to uncover long-established blocks and counterproductive ways of thinking about yourself and the world. The benefits this work yields are understanding and mastery over the issues which caused you to seek therapy and the ability to maximize your full potential. How do you choose the best therapist for you? Most important are his or her ability to be responsive to your particular needs, the therapist's breadth of experience, and a mutual feeling that it is a "good match."
My approach to therapy is collaborative. Using a combination of psychodynamic, intersubjective and cognitive-behavioral approaches, I work with you to uncover long-established blocks and counterproductive ways of thinking about yourself and the world. The benefits this work yields are understanding and mastery over the issues which caused you to seek therapy and the ability to maximize your full potential. How do you choose the best therapist for you? Most important are his or her ability to be responsive to your particular needs, the therapist's breadth of experience, and a mutual feeling that it is a "good match."
(646) 992-5346 View (646) 992-5346
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Dalia Spektor
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
6 Endorsed
New York, NY 10024
Are you wondering why you're still single? Are you attracted to men or women who are not available? And lack chemistry with those who are? You seem to be successful in your work-life but not in your love-life? Is this an ongoing issue? If you've answered "yes" to most of these questions, I may be able to help. Our past (for example, our relationship with our parents, our role in the family, our experience of trauma, etc.) may have something to do with whom we find ourselves attracted to. And so it’s less about the person you’re attracted to and more about your past.
Are you wondering why you're still single? Are you attracted to men or women who are not available? And lack chemistry with those who are? You seem to be successful in your work-life but not in your love-life? Is this an ongoing issue? If you've answered "yes" to most of these questions, I may be able to help. Our past (for example, our relationship with our parents, our role in the family, our experience of trauma, etc.) may have something to do with whom we find ourselves attracted to. And so it’s less about the person you’re attracted to and more about your past.
(917) 525-4867 View (917) 525-4867
Photo of Susan Klebanoff, Psychologist in New York, NY
Susan Klebanoff
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
New York, NY 10003
Are you feeling sad, angry, stuck or confused with your job or your spouse or your family of origin or your friends? Does your self esteem vary widely in reaction to your circumstances? Do you try to control your emotional states by eating or witholding or other self destructive behaviors? If you wish to understand why these difficulties are going on, and want to work toward making change, I may be the therapist for you. I am patient, empathic, and directive.I am psychoanalytically trained but have respect for the pragmatic realities of everyday life. I genuinely love working with people in a therapeutic way.
Are you feeling sad, angry, stuck or confused with your job or your spouse or your family of origin or your friends? Does your self esteem vary widely in reaction to your circumstances? Do you try to control your emotional states by eating or witholding or other self destructive behaviors? If you wish to understand why these difficulties are going on, and want to work toward making change, I may be the therapist for you. I am patient, empathic, and directive.I am psychoanalytically trained but have respect for the pragmatic realities of everyday life. I genuinely love working with people in a therapeutic way.
(917) 882-4966 View (917) 882-4966
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Melissa Fingado
MHC-LP
Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10016
Melissa strives to create a safe and welcoming space where you can work together to explore what may be challenging you in your life. She tends to utilize a combined approach rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, drawing influence from Narrative Therapy, Somatic Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, adjusting to find what works best for your individual needs.
Melissa strives to create a safe and welcoming space where you can work together to explore what may be challenging you in your life. She tends to utilize a combined approach rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, drawing influence from Narrative Therapy, Somatic Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, adjusting to find what works best for your individual needs.
(646) 762-9389 View (646) 762-9389
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Nicole Palumbo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10031  (Online Only)
Nicole Palumbo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York and New Jersey. She is certified in Motivational Interviewing who has 12 years of experience providing person-centered mental health and substance use counseling in the community. She has worked with adults of all ages in both long-term therapy and in short-term crisis counseling. She believes in building a safe space and a genuine therapeutic relationship in which the patient feels truly heard and supported as they work on their goals.
Nicole Palumbo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York and New Jersey. She is certified in Motivational Interviewing who has 12 years of experience providing person-centered mental health and substance use counseling in the community. She has worked with adults of all ages in both long-term therapy and in short-term crisis counseling. She believes in building a safe space and a genuine therapeutic relationship in which the patient feels truly heard and supported as they work on their goals.
(646) 681-4546 View (646) 681-4546
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Inna L Goldina
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, MSW
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10024
Currently offering phone and video constructions. For the last decade, Inna Goldina has successfully implemented Therapeutic Life Coaching (TLC) to help hundreds of clients around the globe. Her solution-based approach has substantially improved many people's lives. Just as the body benefits from a well-planned training regimen, so does mental and spiritual fitness grow from therapeutic exercise. As a personal "life-trainer," Inna helps her clients build on their achievements, target weak spots and discover unknown strengths.
Currently offering phone and video constructions. For the last decade, Inna Goldina has successfully implemented Therapeutic Life Coaching (TLC) to help hundreds of clients around the globe. Her solution-based approach has substantially improved many people's lives. Just as the body benefits from a well-planned training regimen, so does mental and spiritual fitness grow from therapeutic exercise. As a personal "life-trainer," Inna helps her clients build on their achievements, target weak spots and discover unknown strengths.
(646) 798-1350 View (646) 798-1350
Photo of Kari Gordon, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in New York, NY
Kari Gordon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
New York, NY 10012  (Online Only)
On the outside you’ve got it all together. You’re smart, successful and a support person for friends/family. But inside you’re feeling unhappy, overwhelmed, alone. Are you tired, frustrated, anxious, sad? Having a hard time falling asleep? Overthinking situations that happened or replaying things over and over in your head? Feeling burnt out, irritable, snappy or not like yourself? Struggling to make decisions? Exhausted by long “to-do” lists? Worried about the future or feeling “stuck?” Tried all the things you normally do to feel better, but they aren’t working? You aren’t alone! I’m here and I can help.
On the outside you’ve got it all together. You’re smart, successful and a support person for friends/family. But inside you’re feeling unhappy, overwhelmed, alone. Are you tired, frustrated, anxious, sad? Having a hard time falling asleep? Overthinking situations that happened or replaying things over and over in your head? Feeling burnt out, irritable, snappy or not like yourself? Struggling to make decisions? Exhausted by long “to-do” lists? Worried about the future or feeling “stuck?” Tried all the things you normally do to feel better, but they aren’t working? You aren’t alone! I’m here and I can help.
(212) 287-9393 View (212) 287-9393
Photo of Rosie Brooks, Licensed Psychoanalyst in New York, NY
Rosie Brooks
Licensed Psychoanalyst, LP
Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10011
As a psychotherapist I offer a nonjudgemental space in which you and I will listen and make room for the reasons that have motivated you to seek help. Working in the present, and looking towards the past when it emerges, we will uncover the reasons underlying your current struggles. As your self awareness expands it helps to loosen the grip of old patterns and engrained ways of relating to yourself and others. In the time and the space that therapy provides, you will be able to better know and understand each part of yourself, and to reconcile what can feel like confusing contradictions within yourself.
As a psychotherapist I offer a nonjudgemental space in which you and I will listen and make room for the reasons that have motivated you to seek help. Working in the present, and looking towards the past when it emerges, we will uncover the reasons underlying your current struggles. As your self awareness expands it helps to loosen the grip of old patterns and engrained ways of relating to yourself and others. In the time and the space that therapy provides, you will be able to better know and understand each part of yourself, and to reconcile what can feel like confusing contradictions within yourself.
(347) 754-3508 View (347) 754-3508
Photo of Scott Gillet, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in New York, NY
Scott Gillet
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LMFT, CNT
Verified
New York, NY 10022
Are you missing appreciation? Does he stonewall? Does she not stop criticizing? Anxious and having trust issues? Do you feel a lack of sexual desire? Fighting over sexual frequency? I can help you stop the negative cycle. Feel love again. Feel intimate again. Trained explicitly as a marriage and family therapist, I am a highly trained and experienced couples therapist. I believe in a collaborative approach and skilled at creating tools to foster healthy connections between couples and families. Together, we repair your relationship by introducing new methods of communication to increase empathy and flexibility.
Are you missing appreciation? Does he stonewall? Does she not stop criticizing? Anxious and having trust issues? Do you feel a lack of sexual desire? Fighting over sexual frequency? I can help you stop the negative cycle. Feel love again. Feel intimate again. Trained explicitly as a marriage and family therapist, I am a highly trained and experienced couples therapist. I believe in a collaborative approach and skilled at creating tools to foster healthy connections between couples and families. Together, we repair your relationship by introducing new methods of communication to increase empathy and flexibility.
(347) 527-4721 View (347) 527-4721
Photo of Doretha Levine, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in New York, NY
Doretha Levine
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, R
Verified
New York, NY 10017  (Online Only)
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over two decades of experience in the field, I am deeply committed to helping individuals unlock their full potential, navigate social-emotional challenges, and embrace the journey of life. Throughout my career, I have received training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), family counseling, and individual counseling, which has equipped me with the necessary tools to provide comprehensive and effective support to my clients. My passion for this profession stems from witnessing the transformative power of counseling on people's lives.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over two decades of experience in the field, I am deeply committed to helping individuals unlock their full potential, navigate social-emotional challenges, and embrace the journey of life. Throughout my career, I have received training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), family counseling, and individual counseling, which has equipped me with the necessary tools to provide comprehensive and effective support to my clients. My passion for this profession stems from witnessing the transformative power of counseling on people's lives.
(646) 374-4354 View (646) 374-4354
Photo of Bess Steiger, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in New York, NY
Bess Steiger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
New York, NY 10024  (Online Only)
Have you been impacted by loss due to Covid 19? Is isolation and social distancing causing you loneliness, anxiety or conflict in your family? Grief and mourning are being experienced as never before. Our traditional ways of coping - through the participation in rituals and communal gatherings, the hugs of loved ones and being with family - have been upended. The reality of not being able to be with loved ones, especially those who are ill or dying is traumatic. We are also having to negotiate with our family in new ways. I can help you find a path through these challenges.
Have you been impacted by loss due to Covid 19? Is isolation and social distancing causing you loneliness, anxiety or conflict in your family? Grief and mourning are being experienced as never before. Our traditional ways of coping - through the participation in rituals and communal gatherings, the hugs of loved ones and being with family - have been upended. The reality of not being able to be with loved ones, especially those who are ill or dying is traumatic. We are also having to negotiate with our family in new ways. I can help you find a path through these challenges.
(914) 380-3821 View (914) 380-3821
Photo of John Krachenfels, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in New York, NY
John Krachenfels
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified
New York, NY 10022
Have you wondered whether you would benefit from in-person therapy? I offer a phone consultation to answer any questions you may have. I can assist you in resolving challenges and becoming your own therapist by teaching you how to overcome obstacles to succeed. I am skilled at helping high-functioning adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, career issues, addiction issues, academic issues, and goal attainment. My approach is solution-focused. Sessions are tailored to your specific needs. I am approachable and genuine. My clients usually see reduced symptoms and improved well-being early on in treatment.
Have you wondered whether you would benefit from in-person therapy? I offer a phone consultation to answer any questions you may have. I can assist you in resolving challenges and becoming your own therapist by teaching you how to overcome obstacles to succeed. I am skilled at helping high-functioning adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, career issues, addiction issues, academic issues, and goal attainment. My approach is solution-focused. Sessions are tailored to your specific needs. I am approachable and genuine. My clients usually see reduced symptoms and improved well-being early on in treatment.
(646) 849-5643 View (646) 849-5643
Photo of Adam S. Barrett, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in New York, NY
Adam S. Barrett
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10023
With 27 years of clinical experience I'll help you function and feel better internally and in your relationships. We'll identify and shift habits and ideas you have that are not aligned with your preferred way of living. I will support and guide you to make adjustments over time allowing you fuller access to your strengths and to a more resilient life perspective. I offer phone and video-call sessions in addition to in person. My style is engaging, dynamic and motivational. EMDR, breath-work, and guided meditation are available in both executive coaching and psychotherapy sessions. I am also a clinical consultation provider.
With 27 years of clinical experience I'll help you function and feel better internally and in your relationships. We'll identify and shift habits and ideas you have that are not aligned with your preferred way of living. I will support and guide you to make adjustments over time allowing you fuller access to your strengths and to a more resilient life perspective. I offer phone and video-call sessions in addition to in person. My style is engaging, dynamic and motivational. EMDR, breath-work, and guided meditation are available in both executive coaching and psychotherapy sessions. I am also a clinical consultation provider.
(646) 681-7829 View (646) 681-7829
Photo of David Joel Freilicher, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in New York, NY
David Joel Freilicher
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10023
My trainings and life experiences have shaped a unique therapeutic approach. Post Covid the challenges and anxieties we feel are profound. Psychotherapy is an invaluable journey; deepening the identification of personal strengths, greater self-awareness and self-reliance. It is important to examine recurring issues and patterns; understanding the narratives of trauma. Ultimately the goal is to achieve a greater sense of balance, joy and awareness. I am focused on crafting tools with my clients as a resource for them to draw upon. Beyond working with individuals, I have advanced training with couples.
My trainings and life experiences have shaped a unique therapeutic approach. Post Covid the challenges and anxieties we feel are profound. Psychotherapy is an invaluable journey; deepening the identification of personal strengths, greater self-awareness and self-reliance. It is important to examine recurring issues and patterns; understanding the narratives of trauma. Ultimately the goal is to achieve a greater sense of balance, joy and awareness. I am focused on crafting tools with my clients as a resource for them to draw upon. Beyond working with individuals, I have advanced training with couples.
(646) 859-1917 View (646) 859-1917

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Number of Therapists in New York, NY

3,000+

Average cost per session

$200

Therapists in New York, NY who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
90% Depression
85% Relationship Issues
78% Self Esteem
67% Trauma and PTSD
66% Stress
63% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

78% Aetna
62% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
59% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in New York, NY see their clients

59% In Person and Online
41% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
21% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in New York?

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.