Therapists in Northwest, Columbus, OH

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Customized Behavioral Healthcare
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Northwest, Columbus, OH 43220
“I love what I do. I love being able to help those in either need or those seeking help to better their lives. I believe each individual is unique and created with a purpose. I see my goal as helping each individual discover his or her purpose while embracing his or her individuality. I have learned to utilize my experiences as an African-American, husband, father, social worker, soccer coach and friend in assisting each individual I work with to become all their meant to be.”
“I love what I do. I love being able to help those in either need or those seeking help to better their lives. I believe each individual is unique and created with a purpose. I see my goal as helping each individual discover his or her purpose while embracing his or her individuality. I have learned to utilize my experiences as an African-American, husband, father, social worker, soccer coach and friend in assisting each individual I work with to become all their meant to be.”
(380) 212-2696 View (380) 212-2696
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Daniel Amparbeng
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, PhD, LPCC-S, NCC
Verified
Northwest, Columbus, OH 43220
As we cope with the challenges in life, we might get stuck sometimes, and asking for help is a huge positive step! As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, I take pride in my ability to work with clients to cope with life's stressors to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. I utilize client-centered interpersonal relationship in which both my clients and I collaborate to develop strategies and potential solutions to cope and overcome obstacles and personal challenges. I am committed to providing a safe and conducive environment free of judgements to help my clients explore and process their issues.
As we cope with the challenges in life, we might get stuck sometimes, and asking for help is a huge positive step! As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, I take pride in my ability to work with clients to cope with life's stressors to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. I utilize client-centered interpersonal relationship in which both my clients and I collaborate to develop strategies and potential solutions to cope and overcome obstacles and personal challenges. I am committed to providing a safe and conducive environment free of judgements to help my clients explore and process their issues.
(614) 714-3793 View (614) 714-3793
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Tracy Wheeler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW, LICDC
Verified
Northwest, Columbus, OH 43220
I assist clients who struggle with trauma, PTSD, anxiety, and depression and want to bring about change in their lives. I help clients who want to find a balance and stability within themselves to learn and reconnect to a more desired life.
I assist clients who struggle with trauma, PTSD, anxiety, and depression and want to bring about change in their lives. I help clients who want to find a balance and stability within themselves to learn and reconnect to a more desired life.
(380) 600-8722 View (380) 600-8722
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Caitlin M Strack
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Northwest, Columbus, OH 43220
I believe that mental wellbeing is key to living a meaningful and healthy life. I love to get to know clients as I hear their unique story. I assist clients in identifying their strengths and gifts and what has worked in the past to get them to where they are. I also love to help clients make meaningful changes that move them closer to their goals and mental wellness. I work with adolescents (ages 15+), young adults, and adults navigating anxiety, depression, ADHD, Grief/Loss, Loss of a Parent, work-life balance and life transitions.
I believe that mental wellbeing is key to living a meaningful and healthy life. I love to get to know clients as I hear their unique story. I assist clients in identifying their strengths and gifts and what has worked in the past to get them to where they are. I also love to help clients make meaningful changes that move them closer to their goals and mental wellness. I work with adolescents (ages 15+), young adults, and adults navigating anxiety, depression, ADHD, Grief/Loss, Loss of a Parent, work-life balance and life transitions.
(614) 363-2469 x811 View (614) 363-2469 x811
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Dr. Lisabeth Babson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Northwest, Columbus, OH 43220
Welcome to my practice! I am a licensed psychologist with 19 years of experience in conducting psychological evaluations, coaching and providing treatment to adolescents and adults in a variety of areas.
Welcome to my practice! I am a licensed psychologist with 19 years of experience in conducting psychological evaluations, coaching and providing treatment to adolescents and adults in a variety of areas.
(380) 212-3265 View (380) 212-3265
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Derricka E Agee
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
Northwest, Columbus, OH 43220
Are you feeling under-motivated, stuck in a career you don't want, in an emotionally draining relationship, and not feeling any zest for life? Are you a high performer who doesn’t know how to quiet your anxiety? Does the life you dream of seem very far from where you are today? Are your past traumas continuously affecting your present life? I can help you! If you have faced significant challenges, you need a therapist who is passionate about her profession and uses the best, scientifically backed methodologies to help you heal from the past, engage in your present, and reshape your future!
Are you feeling under-motivated, stuck in a career you don't want, in an emotionally draining relationship, and not feeling any zest for life? Are you a high performer who doesn’t know how to quiet your anxiety? Does the life you dream of seem very far from where you are today? Are your past traumas continuously affecting your present life? I can help you! If you have faced significant challenges, you need a therapist who is passionate about her profession and uses the best, scientifically backed methodologies to help you heal from the past, engage in your present, and reshape your future!
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Stilll Meadow Counseling LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
Northwest, Columbus, OH 43214
I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker who has certification in EMDR and Trauma Focused CBT. I specialize in treating PTSD, depression, anxiety and eating disorders. I have extensive training and experience with crisis management, particularly, as it relates to suicidal ideations or behaviors. I received formal training in crisis management as a Special Agent in the FBI. I was the Employee Assistance Program Coordinator for the Cincinnati Division of the FBI. In this capacity, I responded to critical incidents to provide Critical Incident Stress Debriefings. I am now in private practice and enjoy the opportunity to help clients.
I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker who has certification in EMDR and Trauma Focused CBT. I specialize in treating PTSD, depression, anxiety and eating disorders. I have extensive training and experience with crisis management, particularly, as it relates to suicidal ideations or behaviors. I received formal training in crisis management as a Special Agent in the FBI. I was the Employee Assistance Program Coordinator for the Cincinnati Division of the FBI. In this capacity, I responded to critical incidents to provide Critical Incident Stress Debriefings. I am now in private practice and enjoy the opportunity to help clients.
(614) 662-4124 View (614) 662-4124
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Sarah E Altman
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Northwest, Columbus, OH 43220
Extremes in our emotional and psychological states can lead to imbalance, avoidance and mindlessness, and can be related to extremes in other areas of our health, such as eating, activity, and sleep. Eating too much or not fueling our bodies enough, stress or emotional eating-these are ways we cope with or respond to extremes in our thoughts and emotions, and distracts and disonnects us from our life values and goals. I am here to help you reestablish your values and goals by focusing on a more balanced perspective and awareness of your mind, body and behaviors.
Extremes in our emotional and psychological states can lead to imbalance, avoidance and mindlessness, and can be related to extremes in other areas of our health, such as eating, activity, and sleep. Eating too much or not fueling our bodies enough, stress or emotional eating-these are ways we cope with or respond to extremes in our thoughts and emotions, and distracts and disonnects us from our life values and goals. I am here to help you reestablish your values and goals by focusing on a more balanced perspective and awareness of your mind, body and behaviors.
(614) 350-3540 View (614) 350-3540
Photo of Jenn Peddicord, Licensed Professional Counselor in Northwest, Columbus, OH
Jenn Peddicord
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Northwest, Columbus, OH 43220
Do you feel overwhelmed, discouraged and unsure of where to start to address the obstacles you are facing? If you are here, that means you have demonstrated the courage of taking the first step to find someone who may be the right fit to journey with you. Our lived experiences are unique, vulnerable and often times layered. I look forward to learning about how I can provide care for you in the stage of life you are currently navigating. I work from a Trauma- Informed lens paired with Person-centered approach. I also utilize ACT therapy, mindfulness and EMDR therapy.
Do you feel overwhelmed, discouraged and unsure of where to start to address the obstacles you are facing? If you are here, that means you have demonstrated the courage of taking the first step to find someone who may be the right fit to journey with you. Our lived experiences are unique, vulnerable and often times layered. I look forward to learning about how I can provide care for you in the stage of life you are currently navigating. I work from a Trauma- Informed lens paired with Person-centered approach. I also utilize ACT therapy, mindfulness and EMDR therapy.
(614) 953-5293 x744 View (614) 953-5293 x744
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Sarah M Towning
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSA, LISW-S, CHES
Verified
Northwest, Columbus, OH 43235  (Online Only)
I have been described by colleagues is a champion for the holistic well-being of my clients. I am an Operations Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran, serving as a Healthcare Specialist/Combat Medic and Medical Section Sergeant. In addition to personal experience and passion, I have further developed expertise in the treatment of trauma and First Responders and Veterans as a Certified Psychological First Aid Provider by the National Center for Traumatic Stress. I work with a wide range of conditions with individuals 18 years of age and older.
I have been described by colleagues is a champion for the holistic well-being of my clients. I am an Operations Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran, serving as a Healthcare Specialist/Combat Medic and Medical Section Sergeant. In addition to personal experience and passion, I have further developed expertise in the treatment of trauma and First Responders and Veterans as a Certified Psychological First Aid Provider by the National Center for Traumatic Stress. I work with a wide range of conditions with individuals 18 years of age and older.
(380) 207-9502 View (380) 207-9502
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Wendy M BeMiller
Counselor, MEd, LPCC-S
Verified
Northwest, Columbus, OH 43220
Waitlist for new clients
Making the decision to talk to someone about things that you may be struggling with is a huge, positive step! As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor for 21 years, I take pride in my ability to engage with clients and join with them in their journey to conquer whatever challenges they may be struggling with. I can help you explore your feelings and we will work together to learn new coping skills, positive ways to adapt, and manage stressors that are normal part of our ever-changing lives. I look forward to working with you through your journey!
Making the decision to talk to someone about things that you may be struggling with is a huge, positive step! As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor for 21 years, I take pride in my ability to engage with clients and join with them in their journey to conquer whatever challenges they may be struggling with. I can help you explore your feelings and we will work together to learn new coping skills, positive ways to adapt, and manage stressors that are normal part of our ever-changing lives. I look forward to working with you through your journey!
(440) 987-1996 View (440) 987-1996
Photo of Abigail Hall, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Northwest, Columbus, OH
Abigail Hall
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MSEd, LPCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Northwest, Columbus, OH 43220
I enjoy working with adults and adolescents from diverse backgrounds. I have a background in school counseling with years of experience working with older children and adolescents. I currently work with clients of any age who are looking for help to improve their mental and emotional wellness. My goal is to create a safe and supportive environment.
I enjoy working with adults and adolescents from diverse backgrounds. I have a background in school counseling with years of experience working with older children and adolescents. I currently work with clients of any age who are looking for help to improve their mental and emotional wellness. My goal is to create a safe and supportive environment.
(380) 204-9111 View (380) 204-9111
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New Wings Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW-S
Verified
25 Endorsed
Northwest, Columbus, OH 43214  (Online Only)
Are you at a crossroads in your life? Maybe you’re in a relationship that is going nowhere and you don’t know if you should stay, or a job that you’re unhappy with. Has your health taken a change for the worse and you’re trying to learn what it means to be you in a body or mind that is chronically ill? Do you feel like you’re having a ‘mid-life crisis’, whether you’re midlife or not? I specialize in working with people whose lives are changing. Life is full of ups and downs, and my work as a therapist is to help you navigate it as smoothly as possible.
Are you at a crossroads in your life? Maybe you’re in a relationship that is going nowhere and you don’t know if you should stay, or a job that you’re unhappy with. Has your health taken a change for the worse and you’re trying to learn what it means to be you in a body or mind that is chronically ill? Do you feel like you’re having a ‘mid-life crisis’, whether you’re midlife or not? I specialize in working with people whose lives are changing. Life is full of ups and downs, and my work as a therapist is to help you navigate it as smoothly as possible.
(614) 930-6243 View (614) 930-6243
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Lindsay Spoerl
Counselor, LPCC
Verified
Northwest, Columbus, OH 43220
Waitlist for new clients
My mission is to help people explore internal wounds and find healing so joy and fulfillment are possible. I bring all of my skills to this work to help clients manage anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationships, trauma and more. I offer a supportive and warm environment where clients can feel seen and heard. (You can book an initial consultation free of charge on my website www.everydaytherapy.org)
My mission is to help people explore internal wounds and find healing so joy and fulfillment are possible. I bring all of my skills to this work to help clients manage anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationships, trauma and more. I offer a supportive and warm environment where clients can feel seen and heard. (You can book an initial consultation free of charge on my website www.everydaytherapy.org)
(614) 470-5892 View (614) 470-5892
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Kate Hibbard Gibbons
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Northwest, Columbus, OH 43220
Life can be unrelenting with a multitude of demands, and it can be hard to manage when you’re feeling out of balance in several areas. You may find yourself reaching for a sense of control through eating, weight, isolation, self-medicating, over-scheduling, perfectionism and more, leading to guilt and shame, creating a never-ending cycle of struggle. Moving toward your values, you will find balance, healing, and growth. I believe therapy can be a safe place to make connections between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that have been feared and avoided. I will help you to become empowered to shape your story and live authentically.
Life can be unrelenting with a multitude of demands, and it can be hard to manage when you’re feeling out of balance in several areas. You may find yourself reaching for a sense of control through eating, weight, isolation, self-medicating, over-scheduling, perfectionism and more, leading to guilt and shame, creating a never-ending cycle of struggle. Moving toward your values, you will find balance, healing, and growth. I believe therapy can be a safe place to make connections between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that have been feared and avoided. I will help you to become empowered to shape your story and live authentically.
(614) 983-1058 View (614) 983-1058
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Lauren M. Moore
Counselor, LPCC, RYT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Northwest, Columbus, OH 43220
I believe that people have within all they need to heal. Seeking counseling is a courageous step and I want to walk with you on your journey. I strive to help people connect with all parts of themselves, recognize their ability to heal from painful past experiences and release whatever is holding them back. My goal is to help each person recognize their innate wholeness that is untouched by life events and circumstances. Connecting with this wholeness first can help you feel more confident about addressing your emotional pain and facing life's challenges.
I believe that people have within all they need to heal. Seeking counseling is a courageous step and I want to walk with you on your journey. I strive to help people connect with all parts of themselves, recognize their ability to heal from painful past experiences and release whatever is holding them back. My goal is to help each person recognize their innate wholeness that is untouched by life events and circumstances. Connecting with this wholeness first can help you feel more confident about addressing your emotional pain and facing life's challenges.
(614) 945-4729 View (614) 945-4729
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Maggi D Colwell
Art Therapist, MS, ATR-BC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Northwest, Columbus, OH 43220
You are a woman taking care of everyone else while coping and managing your own symptoms. You’ve established your life; on the outside you are successful, a good wife, mother, employee, etc…but looking at mid-life, there’s got to be more. Growing up was complicated. You understand that logically. There are persistent concerns gnawing in the back of your head, criticizing you... if you could just communicate perfectly. That ball of shame inside your chest feels like it’s getting bigger and heavier. You are ready to heal fully heal old wounds, resolve guilt, and really trust yourself. You want to go deeper.
You are a woman taking care of everyone else while coping and managing your own symptoms. You’ve established your life; on the outside you are successful, a good wife, mother, employee, etc…but looking at mid-life, there’s got to be more. Growing up was complicated. You understand that logically. There are persistent concerns gnawing in the back of your head, criticizing you... if you could just communicate perfectly. That ball of shame inside your chest feels like it’s getting bigger and heavier. You are ready to heal fully heal old wounds, resolve guilt, and really trust yourself. You want to go deeper.
(380) 205-0041 View (380) 205-0041
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Sara Trembath
Counselor, LPCC
Verified
Northwest, Columbus, OH 43220
I have experience working with all types of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and complex trauma. My secondary specialties include severe chronic mental illness, relationship problems, recovery from previous domestic violence, LTGBQ+ concerns, self-harm, and developmental or attachment wounds from childhood. I continue to take continuing education classes to improve my knowledge and skills in these areas. I especially enjoy working with clients motivated to improve their lives and willing to take responsibility for their success rather than expecting others to do their work.
I have experience working with all types of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and complex trauma. My secondary specialties include severe chronic mental illness, relationship problems, recovery from previous domestic violence, LTGBQ+ concerns, self-harm, and developmental or attachment wounds from childhood. I continue to take continuing education classes to improve my knowledge and skills in these areas. I especially enjoy working with clients motivated to improve their lives and willing to take responsibility for their success rather than expecting others to do their work.
(380) 600-9775 View (380) 600-9775
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Ellison Luthy
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, MFT-T
Verified
Northwest, Columbus, OH 43220  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
We can all feel stuck sometimes! Finding ourselves in uncomfortable and dissatisfying cycles that make us say UGH. I am passionate about helping you find the freedom and strength needed to work towards healing and growth so you can start to feel like you again. My primary goal in therapy is to create an affirmative and inclusive environment for all clients. Feeling safe is key— whether it is with yourself, your partner/s, or in therapy.
We can all feel stuck sometimes! Finding ourselves in uncomfortable and dissatisfying cycles that make us say UGH. I am passionate about helping you find the freedom and strength needed to work towards healing and growth so you can start to feel like you again. My primary goal in therapy is to create an affirmative and inclusive environment for all clients. Feeling safe is key— whether it is with yourself, your partner/s, or in therapy.
(614) 858-3257 View (614) 858-3257
Andrew Colvin
Psychologist, PSY
Verified
1 Endorsed
Northwest, Columbus, OH 43235
I am a board certified clinical neuropsychologist, working with children, adolescents, and adults. If you or your child are having academic or work challenges, or if you suspect a learning disability, I can provide you with a comprehensive assessment that will give you a profile of your cognitive strengths and weaknesses, and a diagnosis when appropriate. My comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations can be used to define the effects of behavioral and psychological concerns (e.g., ADHD, Autism Spectrum, anxiety, depression), or of neurological illnesses and injuries (e.g., head injuries, effects of prematurity, Tourette's Syndrome) on each client's processing.
I am a board certified clinical neuropsychologist, working with children, adolescents, and adults. If you or your child are having academic or work challenges, or if you suspect a learning disability, I can provide you with a comprehensive assessment that will give you a profile of your cognitive strengths and weaknesses, and a diagnosis when appropriate. My comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations can be used to define the effects of behavioral and psychological concerns (e.g., ADHD, Autism Spectrum, anxiety, depression), or of neurological illnesses and injuries (e.g., head injuries, effects of prematurity, Tourette's Syndrome) on each client's processing.
(614) 796-4093 View (614) 796-4093

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Number of Therapists in Northwest, Columbus, OH

100+

Average cost per session

$130

Therapists in Northwest, Columbus, OH who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
92% Depression
74% Relationship Issues
74% Self Esteem
73% Trauma and PTSD
69% Coping Skills
61% Grief

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

81% Aetna
68% Optum
67% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Northwest, Columbus, OH see their clients

78% In Person and Online
22% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
18% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Northwest, Columbus?

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.