Therapists in Portland, OR

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Photo of Gloria Londagin Phd, Psychologist in Portland, OR
Gloria Londagin Phd
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97212
People are often looking for guidance when they are suffering, overwhelmed and caught in the moment. They are also wanting to look beneath the surface of themselves and make lasting changes towards more meaningful and satisfying relationships. A first goal may be to get immediate help with your pain, and a solution for now. Along with this there is hope for even greater understanding and meaningful changes in life and relationship patterns. We carry hope for greater connection and richness in life.
People are often looking for guidance when they are suffering, overwhelmed and caught in the moment. They are also wanting to look beneath the surface of themselves and make lasting changes towards more meaningful and satisfying relationships. A first goal may be to get immediate help with your pain, and a solution for now. Along with this there is hope for even greater understanding and meaningful changes in life and relationship patterns. We carry hope for greater connection and richness in life.
(503) 224-8116 View (503) 224-8116
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Guillaume Counseling Services, PC
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97214  (Online Only)
Are you in need of premarital or marital counseling? Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or past trauma? Are you currently pregnant, just gave birth, or just lost a child and in need of some support to deal with the various emotions you are experiencing? Are you a parent of a child with mental illness and need some support or therapy for yourself? Do you have a long history of mental health struggles and would like to break the cycle? If so, we can help! We work with moms, dads, wives, husbands and partners. We are culturally and spiritually minded in our work. We integrate your faith and culture in our work together.
Are you in need of premarital or marital counseling? Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or past trauma? Are you currently pregnant, just gave birth, or just lost a child and in need of some support to deal with the various emotions you are experiencing? Are you a parent of a child with mental illness and need some support or therapy for yourself? Do you have a long history of mental health struggles and would like to break the cycle? If so, we can help! We work with moms, dads, wives, husbands and partners. We are culturally and spiritually minded in our work. We integrate your faith and culture in our work together.
(971) 233-4016 View (971) 233-4016
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Benita K Bellrichard Munson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, CRC, CADC I
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97221
My passion is to help people have more fulfilling relationships. When we are in conflict with others, it often feels easier to walk away or shut down. I am EFT couples trained, as well as trained in PACT Level 1 neurobiology for couples. Both therapies are evidence based n helping people improve communication and reduce relational distress. I am experienced in working with same sex relationships, addictions, and can help with divorce support, boundaries, and parenting issues as well. I am also EMDR trained and certified, which is an evidence based therapy for trauma.
My passion is to help people have more fulfilling relationships. When we are in conflict with others, it often feels easier to walk away or shut down. I am EFT couples trained, as well as trained in PACT Level 1 neurobiology for couples. Both therapies are evidence based n helping people improve communication and reduce relational distress. I am experienced in working with same sex relationships, addictions, and can help with divorce support, boundaries, and parenting issues as well. I am also EMDR trained and certified, which is an evidence based therapy for trauma.
(971) 299-2874 View (971) 299-2874
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Himalia hypnotherapy and consulting LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW, CCht, Pranic, Reiki
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97240  (Online Only)
You’re asking yourself multiple times a day, “what the heck is happening in the world, today?” You’re feeling highly anxious as anti-semitism continues to get louder. You want solution and a new strategy to remain calm, focused and live your best life as a Jewish individual.
You’re asking yourself multiple times a day, “what the heck is happening in the world, today?” You’re feeling highly anxious as anti-semitism continues to get louder. You want solution and a new strategy to remain calm, focused and live your best life as a Jewish individual.
(971) 265-3855 View (971) 265-3855
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Bailey Huggins
LPC Intern, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97219  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I believe that a counseling relationship that provides safety, trust, and healing can transform an individual’s life. Often, there is the need for a gentle and trained outside perspective in order to see things differently and unlock new possibilities. I seek to provide a safe and empathetic space for each individual I meet with, in order to support the development of strengths, acceptance, and resiliency. Together, we can process old, harmful ways of experiencing the world and create new, edifying patterns which point you in the direction of the life you hope to lead.
I believe that a counseling relationship that provides safety, trust, and healing can transform an individual’s life. Often, there is the need for a gentle and trained outside perspective in order to see things differently and unlock new possibilities. I seek to provide a safe and empathetic space for each individual I meet with, in order to support the development of strengths, acceptance, and resiliency. Together, we can process old, harmful ways of experiencing the world and create new, edifying patterns which point you in the direction of the life you hope to lead.
(971) 290-1643 View (971) 290-1643
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Cat (Adhd) Findley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97205
If white knuckling, self shaming, pulling yourself up by your bootstraps and putting on your big girl panties worked, you’d be “cured” a billion times over. It doesn’t. At least not for me or people whose brains are different. Our minds race and it feels impossible to turn off and rest. Sometimes we use substances or other behaviors in a harmful way just to get through the day. There’s more to life out there. A more peaceful and meaningful life is possible. We need to go deeper and get to the root of things. I’ll go with you.
If white knuckling, self shaming, pulling yourself up by your bootstraps and putting on your big girl panties worked, you’d be “cured” a billion times over. It doesn’t. At least not for me or people whose brains are different. Our minds race and it feels impossible to turn off and rest. Sometimes we use substances or other behaviors in a harmful way just to get through the day. There’s more to life out there. A more peaceful and meaningful life is possible. We need to go deeper and get to the root of things. I’ll go with you.
(541) 827-3325 View (541) 827-3325
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Louise Gordon
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97219
If you are experiencing difficulties in your relationships or you feel you are not living the life you were meant to live, I can help you. Perhaps you want to resolve indecision in some area of your life. Or you realize that you need help with anxiety or depression. Some people seek counseling when they have a problem controlling their behavior, such as drinking or arguing. Whatever your reason for wanting to change, please don’t wait to get yourself living the life you envision. Many people have experienced the changes you seek and I am looking forward to being a part of your success.
If you are experiencing difficulties in your relationships or you feel you are not living the life you were meant to live, I can help you. Perhaps you want to resolve indecision in some area of your life. Or you realize that you need help with anxiety or depression. Some people seek counseling when they have a problem controlling their behavior, such as drinking or arguing. Whatever your reason for wanting to change, please don’t wait to get yourself living the life you envision. Many people have experienced the changes you seek and I am looking forward to being a part of your success.
(503) 489-4285 View (503) 489-4285
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Reanna Irogoyen
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97225  (Online Only)
Navigating life transitions and trauma can be particularly challenging for Veterans and First Responders. The weight of these experiences often carries a unique set of emotions and struggles, from feeling disconnected and misunderstood to dealing with intense and persistent stress. If you're facing these challenges, know that your feelings are valid, and there is a path forward through personalized and compassionate care.
Navigating life transitions and trauma can be particularly challenging for Veterans and First Responders. The weight of these experiences often carries a unique set of emotions and struggles, from feeling disconnected and misunderstood to dealing with intense and persistent stress. If you're facing these challenges, know that your feelings are valid, and there is a path forward through personalized and compassionate care.
(971) 366-3364 View (971) 366-3364
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Alyssa Lauren Youngquist
BCBA, CPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97217  (Online Only)
I have over 10 years of experience working with individuals and families. In our work together, we will create a deeper knowing of yourself, challenge mindsets and behavior patterns that are not serving you, and develop a path forward to an abundant life. Our work together will go past feeling "okay" toward living the life that you want. If you are feeling stuck, going through a transition, having difficulty in relationships, or in a cycle that you want to move through and finally reach the other side, I would love to support you in your journey. Website: alyssayoungquistcoaching.com
I have over 10 years of experience working with individuals and families. In our work together, we will create a deeper knowing of yourself, challenge mindsets and behavior patterns that are not serving you, and develop a path forward to an abundant life. Our work together will go past feeling "okay" toward living the life that you want. If you are feeling stuck, going through a transition, having difficulty in relationships, or in a cycle that you want to move through and finally reach the other side, I would love to support you in your journey. Website: alyssayoungquistcoaching.com
(458) 224-8737 View (458) 224-8737
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Embodied Relational Life Therapy Portland (RLT)
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97202
In couples counseling, Kerry and Banjo both work from the Relational Life Therapy (RLT) model, as taught by Terry Real. We have been immersed in this valuable framework for years, engaging it both professionally and personally, and are currently in the final stages of RLT certification. We realize that by being in relationship with ourselves and others in a way that is accountable, empathetic, and vulnerable, we are able to flourish as partners, parents, and professionals. We hope to help you do the same in your relational life.
In couples counseling, Kerry and Banjo both work from the Relational Life Therapy (RLT) model, as taught by Terry Real. We have been immersed in this valuable framework for years, engaging it both professionally and personally, and are currently in the final stages of RLT certification. We realize that by being in relationship with ourselves and others in a way that is accountable, empathetic, and vulnerable, we are able to flourish as partners, parents, and professionals. We hope to help you do the same in your relational life.
(503) 755-5392 View (503) 755-5392
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Dr. Susan Stormer
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97205
Waitlist for new clients
Waitlist for clients. I work with individuals who struggle with feelings of anxiety, depression, and grief in many areas of life. Feeling overwhelmed is common in difficult times, and being misunderstood or judged by others can make things feel harder. I provide a warm and supportive environment while sharing information and skills to help you improve your relationship to yourself and others. All people need to feel like they have influence in their lives, healthy connections with others, and the ability to make effective changes when things aren't going well. Let's explore together to create goals that will develop your strengths.
Waitlist for clients. I work with individuals who struggle with feelings of anxiety, depression, and grief in many areas of life. Feeling overwhelmed is common in difficult times, and being misunderstood or judged by others can make things feel harder. I provide a warm and supportive environment while sharing information and skills to help you improve your relationship to yourself and others. All people need to feel like they have influence in their lives, healthy connections with others, and the ability to make effective changes when things aren't going well. Let's explore together to create goals that will develop your strengths.
(971) 645-4003 View (971) 645-4003
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Elisa Miranda
LPC Intern
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97219  (Online Only)
I offer bilingual therapy in Spanish and english. Yo ofrezco terapia bilingue, en español y en inglés. I believe that every individual has the power and capability to seek help, find healing, restore, and work on their mental health and their overall well-being to have a profound life. Having a healthy mental health and a positive mind set, is key to experience a positive sense of self and a meaningful lifestyle. My goal is to help my clients reach their full potential in emotional and personal growth so they can find and embrace individual strength.
I offer bilingual therapy in Spanish and english. Yo ofrezco terapia bilingue, en español y en inglés. I believe that every individual has the power and capability to seek help, find healing, restore, and work on their mental health and their overall well-being to have a profound life. Having a healthy mental health and a positive mind set, is key to experience a positive sense of self and a meaningful lifestyle. My goal is to help my clients reach their full potential in emotional and personal growth so they can find and embrace individual strength.
(971) 268-5559 View (971) 268-5559
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Kori DeSimone
Professional Counselor Associate, MS, NBCC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97266
Hi! We might be a good fit if you live in Oregon & a few of these questions resonate for you: What is working within my current relationship(s)? What would healthy & holistic boundaries look like for us? What patterns are my partner(s) & I stuck in? What realities do we dream for our relationship(s)? How does my community & our shared history support me as I create a meaningful life? How do I process how others' histories, traumas or pain contributed to their harmful impact on me? How do I navigate grief & loss?
Hi! We might be a good fit if you live in Oregon & a few of these questions resonate for you: What is working within my current relationship(s)? What would healthy & holistic boundaries look like for us? What patterns are my partner(s) & I stuck in? What realities do we dream for our relationship(s)? How does my community & our shared history support me as I create a meaningful life? How do I process how others' histories, traumas or pain contributed to their harmful impact on me? How do I navigate grief & loss?
(503) 395-3917 View (503) 395-3917
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Rachael Sutta
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97214  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Welcome and thank you so much for your interest in connecting with me! Hopefully my experience and communication style may be what you are looking for. I work with adolescents, adults, couples, families and have facilitated groups within the therapeutic setting. My practice utilizes integrative modalities of EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, self compassion and solution-oriented psychotherapy. I use collaboration and the client-centered biopsychosocial model to focus my treatment, while paying close attention to your goals for personal growth. I believe in the capacity for individuals to affect positive change!
Welcome and thank you so much for your interest in connecting with me! Hopefully my experience and communication style may be what you are looking for. I work with adolescents, adults, couples, families and have facilitated groups within the therapeutic setting. My practice utilizes integrative modalities of EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, self compassion and solution-oriented psychotherapy. I use collaboration and the client-centered biopsychosocial model to focus my treatment, while paying close attention to your goals for personal growth. I believe in the capacity for individuals to affect positive change!
(503) 461-8898 View (503) 461-8898
Photo of Katie Ray, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
Katie Ray
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LMHC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97203  (Online Only)
I work with trauma survivors who find themselves locked into old patterns of behavior that can be confusing or damaging. My clients are often stressed out and overwhelmed. They focus on keeping everyone around them happy and are cued into any slight sign of conflict. They are often perfectionists and overachievers, but they have a hard time feeling good about themselves. They struggle to feel safe and connected in relationships and often have attachment styles that have been shaped by trauma and can feel anxious or disconnected and suffocated.
I work with trauma survivors who find themselves locked into old patterns of behavior that can be confusing or damaging. My clients are often stressed out and overwhelmed. They focus on keeping everyone around them happy and are cued into any slight sign of conflict. They are often perfectionists and overachievers, but they have a hard time feeling good about themselves. They struggle to feel safe and connected in relationships and often have attachment styles that have been shaped by trauma and can feel anxious or disconnected and suffocated.
(971) 299-7729 View (971) 299-7729
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Britt Tilton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97232
I’m a licensed clinical social worker and an EMDR Certified Therapist. I started in the field of addictions, where I quickly realized addiction is a symptom of deeper concerns. I want to explore those deeper places that are driving the symptoms, rather than focusing on the symptoms. I have experience working in small group practices, community mental health, and addiction treatment centers.
I’m a licensed clinical social worker and an EMDR Certified Therapist. I started in the field of addictions, where I quickly realized addiction is a symptom of deeper concerns. I want to explore those deeper places that are driving the symptoms, rather than focusing on the symptoms. I have experience working in small group practices, community mental health, and addiction treatment centers.
(503) 445-1803 View (503) 445-1803
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Ceshaun Hankins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97214
You're looking to be understood in your experience. You struggle with questioning if you are the issue or if it's the world around you. You live and work in high-stress and demanding environments where you're underrepresented. You've begun to realize your old ways of coping aren't working the same anymore. You may have even tried standard talk therapy in the past - and while helpful - you still find yourself troubled by disturbing experiences or memories.
You're looking to be understood in your experience. You struggle with questioning if you are the issue or if it's the world around you. You live and work in high-stress and demanding environments where you're underrepresented. You've begun to realize your old ways of coping aren't working the same anymore. You may have even tried standard talk therapy in the past - and while helpful - you still find yourself troubled by disturbing experiences or memories.
(503) 822-3797 View (503) 822-3797
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Kaia Stamiris
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97212  (Online Only)
I'm a relational, person-centered therapist using somatic and cognitive behavioral techniques to improve connection to the self, the body, and others. My approach is collaborative, and centers your lived experiences and unique strengths. Relational theory places emphasis on the development of relationships that are “mutually growth-fostering”. i.e., ones in which both parties feel that they matter. My aim is to create a therapeutic environment that resembles this type of relationship and to encourage you to develop these types of relationships in your personal life.
I'm a relational, person-centered therapist using somatic and cognitive behavioral techniques to improve connection to the self, the body, and others. My approach is collaborative, and centers your lived experiences and unique strengths. Relational theory places emphasis on the development of relationships that are “mutually growth-fostering”. i.e., ones in which both parties feel that they matter. My aim is to create a therapeutic environment that resembles this type of relationship and to encourage you to develop these types of relationships in your personal life.
(971) 286-5057 View (971) 286-5057
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Lynn Talmon
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97204  (Online Only)
Serving ALL of Oregon online therapy. New Client Openings, No Waitlist. Individuals only. If life isn't how it should be, & if it's exhausting always struggling, then therapy can be a powerful way to change things now that you're ready. It is an HONOR to listen & be present as you discover your truth, joy, satisfaction, peace & confidence! I treat individuals only. If you're overwhelmed, anxious, down or stuck, talking to someone helps. Specialties: depression, anxiety, coping w/ climate change & environmental grief, sober/recovery, autistic spectrum, ending a relationship & need support during transition, codependency, LGBTQ2+
Serving ALL of Oregon online therapy. New Client Openings, No Waitlist. Individuals only. If life isn't how it should be, & if it's exhausting always struggling, then therapy can be a powerful way to change things now that you're ready. It is an HONOR to listen & be present as you discover your truth, joy, satisfaction, peace & confidence! I treat individuals only. If you're overwhelmed, anxious, down or stuck, talking to someone helps. Specialties: depression, anxiety, coping w/ climate change & environmental grief, sober/recovery, autistic spectrum, ending a relationship & need support during transition, codependency, LGBTQ2+
(971) 247-1876 View (971) 247-1876
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Brianna Puetz
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97232  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Counseling for self-esteem, anxiety, trauma, depression, and life stressors. I support clients wanting to change persistent feelings of not being good enough, heal from their past, and build more connection, joy, and fulfillment in life. Many of my clients want to understand patterns they feel stuck in, build a secure relationship with self and others, relate to their thoughts differently, regulate and sit with emotions, express their needs, and slow down a restless mind and body. Clients that have been most successful with me tend to be goal-oriented and are accepting of their role in their personal growth.
Counseling for self-esteem, anxiety, trauma, depression, and life stressors. I support clients wanting to change persistent feelings of not being good enough, heal from their past, and build more connection, joy, and fulfillment in life. Many of my clients want to understand patterns they feel stuck in, build a secure relationship with self and others, relate to their thoughts differently, regulate and sit with emotions, express their needs, and slow down a restless mind and body. Clients that have been most successful with me tend to be goal-oriented and are accepting of their role in their personal growth.
(503) 496-7665 View (503) 496-7665

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Portland, OR

3,000+

Average cost per session

$160

Therapists in Portland, OR who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
85% Depression
78% Relationship Issues
76% Self Esteem
73% Trauma and PTSD
71% Stress
67% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

54% PacificSource
47% Aetna
37% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Therapists in Portland, OR see their clients

55% In Person and Online
45% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
21% Male
4% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Portland?

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.