Therapists in Suffern, NY

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Rossana M Spataro
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Suffern, NY 10901
Rossana Spataro is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker, graduated with a Master’s degree from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services. Rossana has also received her bachelor’s degree from Fordham University College of Liberal Studies. Rossana has proven record of over 14 years’ clinical experience working with families, children, adolescents, adults, couples and groups.
Rossana Spataro is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker, graduated with a Master’s degree from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services. Rossana has also received her bachelor’s degree from Fordham University College of Liberal Studies. Rossana has proven record of over 14 years’ clinical experience working with families, children, adolescents, adults, couples and groups.
(914) 344-5879 View (914) 344-5879
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Gloria D Mulitauopele
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CLC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Suffern, NY 10901  (Online Only)
I specialize in healing relationships with self and others. Whether these relationships are unfulfilling, challenging, unhealthy or just plain confusing, I am here to help! If you've lost yourself, given up on your dreams, have anxious thoughts, are feeling overwhelmed, or if you can't decide whether to stay in a relationship or leave, I'll help you learn to manage those difficult emotions and confusing situations so that you can move through those life stressors with a greater sense of confidence, ease, and empowerment.
I specialize in healing relationships with self and others. Whether these relationships are unfulfilling, challenging, unhealthy or just plain confusing, I am here to help! If you've lost yourself, given up on your dreams, have anxious thoughts, are feeling overwhelmed, or if you can't decide whether to stay in a relationship or leave, I'll help you learn to manage those difficult emotions and confusing situations so that you can move through those life stressors with a greater sense of confidence, ease, and empowerment.
(845) 684-9218 View (845) 684-9218
Photo of Laquila Manning, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Laquila Manning
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Suffern, NY 10901
Sometimes it can be challenging to navigate the ups and downs of life. When things are going well, we want skills to build on what we already know. When things are difficult, we want support. I am here to help clients navigate challenges and relationships in life.
Sometimes it can be challenging to navigate the ups and downs of life. When things are going well, we want skills to build on what we already know. When things are difficult, we want support. I am here to help clients navigate challenges and relationships in life.
(845) 237-3920 View (845) 237-3920
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Wonda Perez
Pre-Licensed Professional, MHC-LP, MSEd
Not Verified Not Verified
Suffern, NY 10901  (Online Only)
Are you feeling overwhelmed and stressed and having difficulty handling things on your own? Do you need a space to deal with everything that life throws at us? Are you in the middle of a transition such as a break up or losing a love one? I believe therapy is the first step towards a less painful way of exploring and seeking a solution to struggles that have idled our lives. I understand that therapy can feel like a last resort but I believe that you are an expert in your own life. We will work as partners in identifying your concerns, goals and establishing the right tools to ensure that they are long-lasting.
Are you feeling overwhelmed and stressed and having difficulty handling things on your own? Do you need a space to deal with everything that life throws at us? Are you in the middle of a transition such as a break up or losing a love one? I believe therapy is the first step towards a less painful way of exploring and seeking a solution to struggles that have idled our lives. I understand that therapy can feel like a last resort but I believe that you are an expert in your own life. We will work as partners in identifying your concerns, goals and establishing the right tools to ensure that they are long-lasting.
(845) 834-9624 View (845) 834-9624
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Julianna Green
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Suffern, NY 10901
Waitlist for new clients
My gift and passion are therapeutic support and guidance for individuals, couples and families. Since 2004 I have been dedicated to serving the well-being and growth of adults whether aiming to overcome challenges, or to achieve personal and interpersonal betterment. I have the utmost respect for individuals who actively seek to achieve therapeutic goals, am grateful for the opportunity to travel alongside another's journey and believe that clients deserve to be proud and at peace on their path.
My gift and passion are therapeutic support and guidance for individuals, couples and families. Since 2004 I have been dedicated to serving the well-being and growth of adults whether aiming to overcome challenges, or to achieve personal and interpersonal betterment. I have the utmost respect for individuals who actively seek to achieve therapeutic goals, am grateful for the opportunity to travel alongside another's journey and believe that clients deserve to be proud and at peace on their path.
(845) 237-3712 View (845) 237-3712
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Amelie Southwood
Counselor, LMHC, EMDR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Suffern, NY 10901
To accept life's major changes with grace and dignity can be excruciatingly difficult. And yet, it is a challenge to welcome because when approached with careful consideration, it invites self-definition and intentional living. Are psychic wounds or limiting self-beliefs holding you back? What matters most to you? The Chinese sage, Lao Tsu, said, "If you don't change direction, you will end up where you are heading." Are you happy with your direction? If not, come see me. I listen carefully and help you find your way. I am an active, fully-engaged therapist.
To accept life's major changes with grace and dignity can be excruciatingly difficult. And yet, it is a challenge to welcome because when approached with careful consideration, it invites self-definition and intentional living. Are psychic wounds or limiting self-beliefs holding you back? What matters most to you? The Chinese sage, Lao Tsu, said, "If you don't change direction, you will end up where you are heading." Are you happy with your direction? If not, come see me. I listen carefully and help you find your way. I am an active, fully-engaged therapist.
(646) 362-8535 View (646) 362-8535
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Lillian Engelson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
Suffern, NY 10901
Therapy is a collaborative process. I strive to create a warm and supportive therapeutic environment where one can feel safe to explore issues and concerns that impact on one's wellbeing. As a psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience, I have come to appreciate that psychotherapy works because of the unique relationship that develops between the therapist and client. During the course of my career, in addition to my private practice, I worked in hospitals and mental health clinic settings.
Therapy is a collaborative process. I strive to create a warm and supportive therapeutic environment where one can feel safe to explore issues and concerns that impact on one's wellbeing. As a psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience, I have come to appreciate that psychotherapy works because of the unique relationship that develops between the therapist and client. During the course of my career, in addition to my private practice, I worked in hospitals and mental health clinic settings.
(917) 765-7509 View (917) 765-7509
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MAP Mental Health Associates
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Suffern, NY 10901
My name is Donna Miesner a cofounder of MAP Mental Health Associates, a small private practice located in Suffern, NY. We have two clinicians, myself and Tania Almeida a LMSW. All board certified clinicians with over 30 years of combined experience working in different areas of the mental health field. As your first step towards making meaningful change through psychotherapy, We are committed to guiding you through personalized therapy sessions that cater to your individual needs and struggles. Together, we'll work towards finding peace, balance, and happiness in your life.
My name is Donna Miesner a cofounder of MAP Mental Health Associates, a small private practice located in Suffern, NY. We have two clinicians, myself and Tania Almeida a LMSW. All board certified clinicians with over 30 years of combined experience working in different areas of the mental health field. As your first step towards making meaningful change through psychotherapy, We are committed to guiding you through personalized therapy sessions that cater to your individual needs and struggles. Together, we'll work towards finding peace, balance, and happiness in your life.
(845) 470-3633 View (845) 470-3633
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Gabriella Zink
MA, MHC-LP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Suffern, NY 10901  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing confusion or fear or maybe entering a new phase in life? Do you feel alone and find it difficult to express what and how you are feeling? Does the idea of beginning the therapy process overwhelm you? Thank you for your honesty. Answering "yes" is normal, even if it is daunting, I am here to help. There are so many emotions and challenges a person can experience, and while sometimes one feels alone, I'm here to tell you that does not have to be the case. I've worked with a variety of young and middle-aged adults through different stressors in their lives helping them discover the path that they want to go down.
Are you experiencing confusion or fear or maybe entering a new phase in life? Do you feel alone and find it difficult to express what and how you are feeling? Does the idea of beginning the therapy process overwhelm you? Thank you for your honesty. Answering "yes" is normal, even if it is daunting, I am here to help. There are so many emotions and challenges a person can experience, and while sometimes one feels alone, I'm here to tell you that does not have to be the case. I've worked with a variety of young and middle-aged adults through different stressors in their lives helping them discover the path that they want to go down.
(914) 269-8019 View (914) 269-8019
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Nadine B Castro
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Suffern, NY 10901
Do you feel out of sorts, weighed down, stressed by everyday life or by some specific issues that you don't seem to be able to resolve? I can help you identify what is getting in your way and preventing you from fulfilling your aspirations and reaching your goals. I'll help you focus on the alterations needed so your life becomes happy, serene and exciting. It is often how we think that prevents us from finding solutions. Talking things out with an empathic other helps, and friends do. But they often project themselves into your situation and give you advice from THEIR perspective . A good therapist sees things through YOUR eyes.
Do you feel out of sorts, weighed down, stressed by everyday life or by some specific issues that you don't seem to be able to resolve? I can help you identify what is getting in your way and preventing you from fulfilling your aspirations and reaching your goals. I'll help you focus on the alterations needed so your life becomes happy, serene and exciting. It is often how we think that prevents us from finding solutions. Talking things out with an empathic other helps, and friends do. But they often project themselves into your situation and give you advice from THEIR perspective . A good therapist sees things through YOUR eyes.
(845) 415-4090 View (845) 415-4090
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Paul R Plotnick
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Suffern, NY 10901  (Online Only)
I am a licensed Mental Health Counselor who has specialized in treating anxiety, stress, phobias, adjustment depression and family issues. I was a school psychologist for over 30 years and have worked with children and adolescents. I am a retired Army Reserve Major having served over 20 years. I have been an adjunct professor of Psychology at Rockland Community College.I received advanced training in Ericksonian Psychotherapy and Hypnosis as well as Divorce Mediation. I believe that with intervention positive changes can be found, achieved and maintained. Let's work together and discover your inner strengths, coping skills and potentials.
I am a licensed Mental Health Counselor who has specialized in treating anxiety, stress, phobias, adjustment depression and family issues. I was a school psychologist for over 30 years and have worked with children and adolescents. I am a retired Army Reserve Major having served over 20 years. I have been an adjunct professor of Psychology at Rockland Community College.I received advanced training in Ericksonian Psychotherapy and Hypnosis as well as Divorce Mediation. I believe that with intervention positive changes can be found, achieved and maintained. Let's work together and discover your inner strengths, coping skills and potentials.
(845) 262-2212 View (845) 262-2212
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Susan Sterngold
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
Suffern, NY 10901  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Do you fight with your partner?do you or any family member use alcohol or drugs to excess? ? Do you have painful secrets? Do you feel anxious? numb? powerless? angry? Sad? Ashamed? unworthy? You deserve to be treated kindly and with respect. Would you like to talk with someone who listens with care and helps you find solutions? I am a warm, experienced therapist who is perceptive and has a good sense of humor. I tailor my approach to the needs of the client. I think outside the box and help my clients do so as well.
Do you fight with your partner?do you or any family member use alcohol or drugs to excess? ? Do you have painful secrets? Do you feel anxious? numb? powerless? angry? Sad? Ashamed? unworthy? You deserve to be treated kindly and with respect. Would you like to talk with someone who listens with care and helps you find solutions? I am a warm, experienced therapist who is perceptive and has a good sense of humor. I tailor my approach to the needs of the client. I think outside the box and help my clients do so as well.
(845) 535-5138 View (845) 535-5138
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Samantha Turco
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Suffern, NY 10901
I am here to help! I am down to earth, and strive on building a safe environment in order to work through identifying struggles. I have a vast amount of experience working with children and families in various settings. I specialize in anxiety disorders, depression, anger management issues, and conduct disorder. I am also practicing School Psychologist and can assist students and parents with school- related issues. Additionally, I conduct psycho-educational evaluations for school aged students. I am available for consultation with parents for help with school and/or home challenges.
I am here to help! I am down to earth, and strive on building a safe environment in order to work through identifying struggles. I have a vast amount of experience working with children and families in various settings. I specialize in anxiety disorders, depression, anger management issues, and conduct disorder. I am also practicing School Psychologist and can assist students and parents with school- related issues. Additionally, I conduct psycho-educational evaluations for school aged students. I am available for consultation with parents for help with school and/or home challenges.
(845) 250-5984 View (845) 250-5984
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Rachel Szlafrok
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Suffern, NY 10901
In order to live your best life, you must be the best version of yourself. As we journey through life, challenges can arise that often catch us by surprise. It is important to know that you do not have to experience these challenges alone. I would like to be a part of your journey to help you process your life circumstances and help you develop into the best version of yourself.
In order to live your best life, you must be the best version of yourself. As we journey through life, challenges can arise that often catch us by surprise. It is important to know that you do not have to experience these challenges alone. I would like to be a part of your journey to help you process your life circumstances and help you develop into the best version of yourself.
(347) 801-8198 View (347) 801-8198
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Stephanie Torres
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Suffern, NY 10901  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing some feelings that may be too much to handle on your own? Are you trying to figure out the next steps in your life? Are you in the middle of a transition such as a break up or losing a loved one? Have you tried therapy before? This is a great first start to going down the road to getting the help you may need! There are times in everyone's life that moving forward can be feel very difficult. Whether its difficulties in your relationships with loved ones, determining your life goals, depression or anxiety. Having someone to talk to and work through these thoughts and feelings can be the start of self discovery.
Are you experiencing some feelings that may be too much to handle on your own? Are you trying to figure out the next steps in your life? Are you in the middle of a transition such as a break up or losing a loved one? Have you tried therapy before? This is a great first start to going down the road to getting the help you may need! There are times in everyone's life that moving forward can be feel very difficult. Whether its difficulties in your relationships with loved ones, determining your life goals, depression or anxiety. Having someone to talk to and work through these thoughts and feelings can be the start of self discovery.
(845) 209-2783 View (845) 209-2783
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Goldie Unger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SRT
Verified Verified
Suffern, NY 10901
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker located in Rockland County, NY. I specialize in the treatment of codependency and family of origin trauma and abuse. Using a combination of somatic, inner child and other modalities, you can learn to let go of the past. Learn how to build self compassion and love and have healthier relationships.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker located in Rockland County, NY. I specialize in the treatment of codependency and family of origin trauma and abuse. Using a combination of somatic, inner child and other modalities, you can learn to let go of the past. Learn how to build self compassion and love and have healthier relationships.
(845) 547-7260 View (845) 547-7260
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Dr. Mitch and Lisa Couples/Marriages Workshops
PsyD, MSW, Life, Coach
Verified Verified
Suffern, NY 10901
Relationships in Crisis: We Have Several Private Couples/Marriage Workshops & Individual Sessions, in order to Rapidly Accelerate Your Healing & Your Communication Process (Traditional 45 min. session Simply Does Not Work). During these 2 to 4 weeks, we will see both of you Together & Individually, as well as Help each of you Learn the Art of Empathy, Sensitivity & Compassion. These Workshops are Informative & Powerful, in order to Accelerate the Healing Process & Stop any further Damage from Occurring. In Addition, Our Success RATE is 85% of Our Couples that have Successfully Completed Our Couples Workshops or Alcohol Treatment.
Relationships in Crisis: We Have Several Private Couples/Marriage Workshops & Individual Sessions, in order to Rapidly Accelerate Your Healing & Your Communication Process (Traditional 45 min. session Simply Does Not Work). During these 2 to 4 weeks, we will see both of you Together & Individually, as well as Help each of you Learn the Art of Empathy, Sensitivity & Compassion. These Workshops are Informative & Powerful, in order to Accelerate the Healing Process & Stop any further Damage from Occurring. In Addition, Our Success RATE is 85% of Our Couples that have Successfully Completed Our Couples Workshops or Alcohol Treatment.
(347) 697-4476 View (347) 697-4476
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Tamra Holtzer
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Suffern, NY 10901  (Online Only)
Dr. Holtzer has expertise with anxiety, panic attacks, adjustment difficulties, trauma, and grief. Another area of specialty for her is working with clients struggling with fertility issues, fetal loss, and unexpected or traumatic outcomes related to pregnancy and birth. Dr. Holtzer has 15+ years of experience across the human lifespan, working with individuals of varied backgrounds and cultures. She works within a scientific-based framework, while weaving in holistic principles, to help clients enrich their lives. Now In-network with Aetna insurance!
Dr. Holtzer has expertise with anxiety, panic attacks, adjustment difficulties, trauma, and grief. Another area of specialty for her is working with clients struggling with fertility issues, fetal loss, and unexpected or traumatic outcomes related to pregnancy and birth. Dr. Holtzer has 15+ years of experience across the human lifespan, working with individuals of varied backgrounds and cultures. She works within a scientific-based framework, while weaving in holistic principles, to help clients enrich their lives. Now In-network with Aetna insurance!
(845) 250-0426 View (845) 250-0426
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Tina Nighman-Power
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ERYT200
Verified Verified
Suffern, NY 10901  (Online Only)
Being a human on this planet may bring difficulties that can impact how we live, how we love, how we work, and how we play. Life's challenges, losses, and traumas may have left you feeling lost, alone, disconnected, stuck, and unable to live to your fullest capacity, in spite of your best efforts. Challenges can exist in many areas: relationships, work, sense of identity, how you live in the world, even how you live in your own body. Sometimes you need a professional and non-judgmental ally to assist with restoring and preserving emotional and relational well-being, so that you can live more fully and authentically in the world.
Being a human on this planet may bring difficulties that can impact how we live, how we love, how we work, and how we play. Life's challenges, losses, and traumas may have left you feeling lost, alone, disconnected, stuck, and unable to live to your fullest capacity, in spite of your best efforts. Challenges can exist in many areas: relationships, work, sense of identity, how you live in the world, even how you live in your own body. Sometimes you need a professional and non-judgmental ally to assist with restoring and preserving emotional and relational well-being, so that you can live more fully and authentically in the world.
(917) 267-0749 View (917) 267-0749
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Jessica Nicolosi
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Suffern, NY 10901
Often we move through life seeking familiar comforts and avoiding pain. However, it is through challenges that we learn the most about ourselves & grow. I help clients take those necessary steps in their journey of self-discovery in a safe, empathic environment. I facilitate exploration & resolution of emotional difficulties & help harness one's innate ability to change through seeking deeper understanding & acceptance of oneself. Our work begins where you are. We are guided by your needs, & where you would like to go.
Often we move through life seeking familiar comforts and avoiding pain. However, it is through challenges that we learn the most about ourselves & grow. I help clients take those necessary steps in their journey of self-discovery in a safe, empathic environment. I facilitate exploration & resolution of emotional difficulties & help harness one's innate ability to change through seeking deeper understanding & acceptance of oneself. Our work begins where you are. We are guided by your needs, & where you would like to go.
(845) 640-3660 View (845) 640-3660
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How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Suffern, NY

70+

Average cost per session

$175

Therapists in Suffern, NY who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
87% Depression
86% Relationship Issues
79% Self Esteem
74% Trauma and PTSD
73% Stress
71% Family Conflict

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% Aetna
63% Cigna and Evernorth
58% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Suffern, NY see their clients

59% In Person and Online
41% Online Only

Gender breakdown

83% Female
16% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Suffern?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.