Therapists in Bexley, OH

Photo of Nicole Summers, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Bexley, OH
Nicole Summers
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW
Verified
Bexley, OH 43209
“Changing the memories that form the way we see ourselves also changes the way we view others”. I appreciate building an alliance in therapy to create a safe space a client can use to process thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. I use a cognitive behavioral approach, or IFS, to help clients find emotional freedom and produce change. I also have training in DBT for emotional regulation and anxiety, and EMDR to treat trauma and emotional distress. A hope I have for clients is to train the brain to live in the "gray" or to walk the middle path. I aim to help clients decrease emotional suffering that living in extremes can cause.
“Changing the memories that form the way we see ourselves also changes the way we view others”. I appreciate building an alliance in therapy to create a safe space a client can use to process thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. I use a cognitive behavioral approach, or IFS, to help clients find emotional freedom and produce change. I also have training in DBT for emotional regulation and anxiety, and EMDR to treat trauma and emotional distress. A hope I have for clients is to train the brain to live in the "gray" or to walk the middle path. I aim to help clients decrease emotional suffering that living in extremes can cause.
(800) 570-1509 View (800) 570-1509
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Pamela Tinsley
Counselor, LPCCS
Verified
Bexley, OH 43209
Whether you are struggling with mental health issues or a transition in your personal or professional life, working with the right therapist can help to sort things out.
Whether you are struggling with mental health issues or a transition in your personal or professional life, working with the right therapist can help to sort things out.
(380) 205-2090 View (380) 205-2090
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Tammy Marcum
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW, RPT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bexley, OH 43209
As a therapist for over 35 years working with children, adolescents, young adults and their parents, I know how to support parents to better understand their child while at the same time engage the young person with my humor and creativity. My approach is one of respect and genuineness which provides the emotional safety needed to work on the challenges they face.
As a therapist for over 35 years working with children, adolescents, young adults and their parents, I know how to support parents to better understand their child while at the same time engage the young person with my humor and creativity. My approach is one of respect and genuineness which provides the emotional safety needed to work on the challenges they face.
(614) 472-8038 View (614) 472-8038
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Pamela Moss-Samuelson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S, CHWC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bexley, OH 43209  (Online Only)
ADHD Specialist. We all want happy kids, well functioning families, successful careers and peaceful home environments. ADHD makes that very challenging. My focus is in the diagnosis and treatment of kids, teens and adults with ADHD. I also treat Depression, Anxiety, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Understanding ADHD, knowing how to manage difficult behavior and support executive functioning deficits with skill makes a difference. Having support gives the assurance that you are doing everything possible to create a supportive, intentional, and cohesive family despite the challenges of living with ADHD.
ADHD Specialist. We all want happy kids, well functioning families, successful careers and peaceful home environments. ADHD makes that very challenging. My focus is in the diagnosis and treatment of kids, teens and adults with ADHD. I also treat Depression, Anxiety, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Understanding ADHD, knowing how to manage difficult behavior and support executive functioning deficits with skill makes a difference. Having support gives the assurance that you are doing everything possible to create a supportive, intentional, and cohesive family despite the challenges of living with ADHD.
(614) 618-3063 View (614) 618-3063
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Dawn Zweier Adler - Ohio Counseling Consultation Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MPPM, LISW, MSW
Verified
Bexley, OH 43209
I am growing my practice & accepting new clients! Life can be a winding road full of opportunities and challenges. Through sessions together you will have a supportive space to process and overcome challenges. At my practice, Ohio Counseling & Consultation Services, I see clients of all backgrounds. I offer therapeutic services that allow for a collaborative approach to healing that is grounded in empowerment and goal fulfillment. I specialize in a strengths-based approach to therapy. When meeting together, I strive to highlight your growth in session with a positive caring approach.
I am growing my practice & accepting new clients! Life can be a winding road full of opportunities and challenges. Through sessions together you will have a supportive space to process and overcome challenges. At my practice, Ohio Counseling & Consultation Services, I see clients of all backgrounds. I offer therapeutic services that allow for a collaborative approach to healing that is grounded in empowerment and goal fulfillment. I specialize in a strengths-based approach to therapy. When meeting together, I strive to highlight your growth in session with a positive caring approach.
(614) 289-8811 View (614) 289-8811
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Caitlin Horstman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S, PMH-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bexley, OH 43209  (Online Only)
Change can be hard. You might be feeling overwhelmed with worry, overwhelmed with responsibility, or like there is not enough of you to go around. Or perhaps you’re in a place of wanting to make some changes, or to do things differently, and you’re unsure what that could look like for you. Does this sound familiar? I can help. I work with people who are navigating changes, or people who are trying to do life in a new way. This might be a family change, like a pregnancy or a new baby, a move, navigating higher ed, or a job or relationship change.
Change can be hard. You might be feeling overwhelmed with worry, overwhelmed with responsibility, or like there is not enough of you to go around. Or perhaps you’re in a place of wanting to make some changes, or to do things differently, and you’re unsure what that could look like for you. Does this sound familiar? I can help. I work with people who are navigating changes, or people who are trying to do life in a new way. This might be a family change, like a pregnancy or a new baby, a move, navigating higher ed, or a job or relationship change.
(614) 714-6961 View (614) 714-6961
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Katherine Moss, LISW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW, LCSW
Verified
Bexley, OH 43209
I provide empirically-supported psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. My work is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with an emphasis on mindfulness and self-compassion. My areas of specialization include anxiety disorders, with particular emphasis on OCD, and parenting management, particularly for children with anxiety and behavioral dysregulation.
I provide empirically-supported psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. My work is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with an emphasis on mindfulness and self-compassion. My areas of specialization include anxiety disorders, with particular emphasis on OCD, and parenting management, particularly for children with anxiety and behavioral dysregulation.
(614) 954-7077 View (614) 954-7077
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Robin Hoffman LPCC
Counselor, LPCC
Verified
Bexley, OH 43209  (Online Only)
I am a private practice counselor who has had years of experience treating a variety of mental health disorders. I believe in holistic health in dealing with everyday stress. I also run a partial hospital program here in Columbus Ohio. I use CBT to help learn skills to retrain your brain when you get stuck in old thinking patterns. I also draw from mindfulness training to help learn skills to manage anxiety and combat fears. I have worked with both individuals and couples to address relationship issues.
I am a private practice counselor who has had years of experience treating a variety of mental health disorders. I believe in holistic health in dealing with everyday stress. I also run a partial hospital program here in Columbus Ohio. I use CBT to help learn skills to retrain your brain when you get stuck in old thinking patterns. I also draw from mindfulness training to help learn skills to manage anxiety and combat fears. I have worked with both individuals and couples to address relationship issues.
(614) 907-4628 View (614) 907-4628
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Compass Psychological Testing and Evaluation
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Bexley, OH 43209
Compass was founded with the vision of empowering individuals who are struggling with emotional, behavioral, social, or other challenges to utilize their strengths to achieve their goals. These goals vary by individual; clients may present with goals to improve their academic or occupational functioning, foster healthier relationships, take control of powerful emotional responses, or (most commonly) to get answers about the sources of their struggles through psychological testing that we use to inform individualized treatment planning. My job is to provide answers to these questions and work with you to achieve success.
Compass was founded with the vision of empowering individuals who are struggling with emotional, behavioral, social, or other challenges to utilize their strengths to achieve their goals. These goals vary by individual; clients may present with goals to improve their academic or occupational functioning, foster healthier relationships, take control of powerful emotional responses, or (most commonly) to get answers about the sources of their struggles through psychological testing that we use to inform individualized treatment planning. My job is to provide answers to these questions and work with you to achieve success.
(614) 714-6126 View (614) 714-6126
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Karen Jeffries
Counselor, MA, LPCC, -S
Verified
Bexley, OH 43209
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who has been practicing for over 30 years. My areas of competency include Individual, Couples, Family and Group Therapy, as well as Supervision, Consultation, and Diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders. My focus is on assisting clients with options, and alternatives as they strive toward wholeness in their lives.
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who has been practicing for over 30 years. My areas of competency include Individual, Couples, Family and Group Therapy, as well as Supervision, Consultation, and Diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders. My focus is on assisting clients with options, and alternatives as they strive toward wholeness in their lives.
(614) 656-4542 View (614) 656-4542
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Dana Zager Therapy LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, ATR-BC, MSW, LISW-S, OSW-C
Verified
Bexley, OH 43209
PRACTICAL AND PERSONALIZED THERAPY FOR ADULTS, ADOLESCENTS, CHILDREN AND FAMILIES NAVIGATING THE EMOTIONAL ASPECTS OF LIFE'S CHALLENGES, INCLUDING LIFE-ALTERING ILLNESSES. Many of Dana Zager's patients come to her struggling with uncomfortable or painful feelings...having trouble dealing with or resolving a problem that just won't go away...finding that they keep repeating the same self-defeating patterns, but can't seem to break the cycle. Sessions focus on emotional needs and awareness, identification of issues and concerns, and development of skills and tools. OTHER SPECIALITIES:
PRACTICAL AND PERSONALIZED THERAPY FOR ADULTS, ADOLESCENTS, CHILDREN AND FAMILIES NAVIGATING THE EMOTIONAL ASPECTS OF LIFE'S CHALLENGES, INCLUDING LIFE-ALTERING ILLNESSES. Many of Dana Zager's patients come to her struggling with uncomfortable or painful feelings...having trouble dealing with or resolving a problem that just won't go away...finding that they keep repeating the same self-defeating patterns, but can't seem to break the cycle. Sessions focus on emotional needs and awareness, identification of issues and concerns, and development of skills and tools. OTHER SPECIALITIES:
(614) 530-5501 View (614) 530-5501
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Lisa Kelley
MA, MEd, EdS
Verified
Bexley, OH 43209
Young person, if school and life feel like a tough puzzle, and mental health or behavior hurdles are blocking your growth, I'm your ally. Together, we'll dive into evidence-based counseling techniques, allowing you to grow in a safe space. For parents grappling with their child's challenges, I'm here to offer guidance. Through comprehensive psychological evaluations and/or counseling, we'll collaborate to uncover solutions, setting a path for your child's success. Adults tackling persistent learning obstacles, I'm here for you. Whether uncovering root issues or building coping strategies, my services provide clarity and empowerment.
Young person, if school and life feel like a tough puzzle, and mental health or behavior hurdles are blocking your growth, I'm your ally. Together, we'll dive into evidence-based counseling techniques, allowing you to grow in a safe space. For parents grappling with their child's challenges, I'm here to offer guidance. Through comprehensive psychological evaluations and/or counseling, we'll collaborate to uncover solutions, setting a path for your child's success. Adults tackling persistent learning obstacles, I'm here for you. Whether uncovering root issues or building coping strategies, my services provide clarity and empowerment.
(614) 756-3780 View (614) 756-3780
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Dr. Melissa Briggs-Phillips
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Bexley, OH 43209
Mental health is everything. It is an honor to have spent tens of thousands of hours with people in service of their mental wellness. In May of 2022 I attended a conference on innovative and emerging treatment modalities for trauma. One of those sessions addressed the use of ketamine infusions and I was bowled over. A year and half later, I am thrilled to be collaboratively opening MiNDSET Integrative Ketamine Care. Dr. David Caldwell is an extremely experienced anesthesiologist that is committed to changing people's lives. The practice I founded in 2014 is also remaining open! Reach out to us, we look forward to being of service
Mental health is everything. It is an honor to have spent tens of thousands of hours with people in service of their mental wellness. In May of 2022 I attended a conference on innovative and emerging treatment modalities for trauma. One of those sessions addressed the use of ketamine infusions and I was bowled over. A year and half later, I am thrilled to be collaboratively opening MiNDSET Integrative Ketamine Care. Dr. David Caldwell is an extremely experienced anesthesiologist that is committed to changing people's lives. The practice I founded in 2014 is also remaining open! Reach out to us, we look forward to being of service
(800) 570-1509 View (800) 570-1509
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Victoria M Williamson
Counselor, LPCC
Verified
Bexley, OH 43209  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with 20 years of experience, and a background in Art Therapy. I specialize in counseling adults, and have experience treating mood disorders, gambling addiction, family conflict, relationships in transition, grief and loss, end of life issues, couples counseling and substance abuse.
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with 20 years of experience, and a background in Art Therapy. I specialize in counseling adults, and have experience treating mood disorders, gambling addiction, family conflict, relationships in transition, grief and loss, end of life issues, couples counseling and substance abuse.
(614) 310-4501 View (614) 310-4501
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Judy Fisher
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW
Verified
Bexley, OH 43209
I have been a practicing clinical social worker for over 30 years. I have extensive experience in working with individuals, couples, and families. I work with clients who are at least 13 years of age. I believe I excel in assisting clients work through depression, anxiety, and /or life issues that impede an individual or a couple in maximizing their potential. Because I believe that children are often the victims of adversarial divorces, I am also a certified divorce and family mediator with the Court of Common Pleas. My focus in my mediation work is to help children of divorce.
I have been a practicing clinical social worker for over 30 years. I have extensive experience in working with individuals, couples, and families. I work with clients who are at least 13 years of age. I believe I excel in assisting clients work through depression, anxiety, and /or life issues that impede an individual or a couple in maximizing their potential. Because I believe that children are often the victims of adversarial divorces, I am also a certified divorce and family mediator with the Court of Common Pleas. My focus in my mediation work is to help children of divorce.
(614) 470-5374 View (614) 470-5374
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Robert Padberg
Psychologist, PhD, DMin
1 Endorsed
Bexley, OH 43209
My special niche in the Columbus area is helping people integrate or better manage their patterns of thinking,believing,feeling,and acting. I have two doctorates,one in clinical psychology and one in pastoral counseling, with over 35 years of experience working with individuals and couples. I love what I do.
My special niche in the Columbus area is helping people integrate or better manage their patterns of thinking,believing,feeling,and acting. I have two doctorates,one in clinical psychology and one in pastoral counseling, with over 35 years of experience working with individuals and couples. I love what I do.
(614) 434-8965 View (614) 434-8965
Photo of Karen M Herrmann, Counselor in Bexley, OH
Karen M Herrmann
Counselor, LPCC-S, LICDC, dipl, Jungian, Analyst
Verified
Bexley, OH 43209
As a Zurich trained JUNGIAN ANALYST & Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, I work with you to understand and utilize your own innate wisdom for personal growth and transformation. Psychological suffering such as depression, anxiety, addiction, restlessness, lack of meaning, or spiritual crisis can be an opportunity for growth. Together we strive to find a deeper meaning in these symptoms to allow for healing and a more balanced life. I have work experience as a primary therapist in both an inpatient and outpatient treatment facility, which provided me with a keen understanding of mental health issues and ways to manage symptoms.
As a Zurich trained JUNGIAN ANALYST & Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, I work with you to understand and utilize your own innate wisdom for personal growth and transformation. Psychological suffering such as depression, anxiety, addiction, restlessness, lack of meaning, or spiritual crisis can be an opportunity for growth. Together we strive to find a deeper meaning in these symptoms to allow for healing and a more balanced life. I have work experience as a primary therapist in both an inpatient and outpatient treatment facility, which provided me with a keen understanding of mental health issues and ways to manage symptoms.
(614) 288-3303 View (614) 288-3303
Photo of Rachael Gardner Purdy, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bexley, OH
Rachael Gardner Purdy
Licensed Professional Counselor, LICDC, LSW, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bexley, OH 43209
Waitlist for new clients
I am passionate about my work and helping individuals gain insight and understanding in their own challenges, strengths, limits, and abilities. As a proponent of holistic healing, I am working toward the use of yoga, yoga for trauma, meditation, and wellness coaching in my practice. My specialties include behavioral and mental health, substance use/abuse/dependence, LGBTQIA+ issues, and trauma with training in EMDR for difficult cases. From experience, I know, regardless of the difficulties in life, there is always a solution/change which can happen to help you find a positive to every situation -even if is not what you thought.
I am passionate about my work and helping individuals gain insight and understanding in their own challenges, strengths, limits, and abilities. As a proponent of holistic healing, I am working toward the use of yoga, yoga for trauma, meditation, and wellness coaching in my practice. My specialties include behavioral and mental health, substance use/abuse/dependence, LGBTQIA+ issues, and trauma with training in EMDR for difficult cases. From experience, I know, regardless of the difficulties in life, there is always a solution/change which can happen to help you find a positive to every situation -even if is not what you thought.
(740) 661-6405 View (740) 661-6405
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Gestalt Columbus
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Verified
Bexley, OH 43209
We are a group private practice with multiple therapists including EMDR and trauma informed clinicians. We also have a psychiatric nurse practitioner for medication management. We serve individuals, families, parents, couples, and groups. At Gestalt Columbus, we work alongside our clients to treat the whole person - mind and body. We understand the complexity of interpersonal relationships and the difficulty of changing established patterns with partners, family, friends and work associates. Solutions to deep, personal suffering must be rooted in real-life understanding and not just a quick fix or a one-size-fits-all approach.
We are a group private practice with multiple therapists including EMDR and trauma informed clinicians. We also have a psychiatric nurse practitioner for medication management. We serve individuals, families, parents, couples, and groups. At Gestalt Columbus, we work alongside our clients to treat the whole person - mind and body. We understand the complexity of interpersonal relationships and the difficulty of changing established patterns with partners, family, friends and work associates. Solutions to deep, personal suffering must be rooted in real-life understanding and not just a quick fix or a one-size-fits-all approach.
(614) 860-5564 View (614) 860-5564
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Have Faith Christian Counseling
Counselor, LPCC-S, LCDC, III, SAP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bexley, OH 43209
You are a spiritual being living a human experience, which may result in challenges wounding your body, mind and spirit. At Have Faith Christian Counseling you're offered "a caring hand in life's journey," and encouragement to take a mustard seed step of faith. A step toward your healing journey of achievement, awareness, creativity, forgiveness, fulfillment, joy, self love, love of others, peace and spiritual growth. There is hope! Be encouraged. Empower yourself today to begin living the positive life you were created to live.
You are a spiritual being living a human experience, which may result in challenges wounding your body, mind and spirit. At Have Faith Christian Counseling you're offered "a caring hand in life's journey," and encouragement to take a mustard seed step of faith. A step toward your healing journey of achievement, awareness, creativity, forgiveness, fulfillment, joy, self love, love of others, peace and spiritual growth. There is hope! Be encouraged. Empower yourself today to begin living the positive life you were created to live.
(614) 515-4452 View (614) 515-4452

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Number of Therapists in Bexley, OH

40+

Average cost per session

$130

Therapists in Bexley, OH who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
86% Depression
74% Relationship Issues
74% Self Esteem
72% Trauma and PTSD
67% Stress
65% Grief

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

87% Medical Mutual
83% Aetna
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Bexley, OH see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

90% Female
10% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Bexley?

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.