Therapists in Center, Portland, OR

Photo of Erin Gerber, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Center, Portland, OR
Erin Gerber
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Center, Portland, OR 97213
I believe that we all do the best we can. I believe in the wisdom of the individual and the strength in each of us. I believe that there is power in our stories. I believe that we are stronger together. I believe we can change, do better and be better in our daily lives. I believe that small steps turn into big changes. I believe in being brave, finding your voice and believing in yourself. I believe that laughter is the best medicine and not taking ourselves too seriously. I focus on relationship first in all the work that I do. I focus on connection and the strengths of the individual to drive the work and the change.
I believe that we all do the best we can. I believe in the wisdom of the individual and the strength in each of us. I believe that there is power in our stories. I believe that we are stronger together. I believe we can change, do better and be better in our daily lives. I believe that small steps turn into big changes. I believe in being brave, finding your voice and believing in yourself. I believe that laughter is the best medicine and not taking ourselves too seriously. I focus on relationship first in all the work that I do. I focus on connection and the strengths of the individual to drive the work and the change.
(503) 461-1831 View (503) 461-1831
Photo of Tever Nickerson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Center, Portland, OR
Tever Nickerson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Center, Portland, OR 97214
Not accepting new clients
I offer caring and compassionate counseling for individuals, couples, and families. I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues that may be impacting you, your relationships and your family. Whether it is depression and anxiety, parenting support, or resolution to interpersonal conflict, I strive to provide a comfortable and supportive environment for you to explore your concerns.
I offer caring and compassionate counseling for individuals, couples, and families. I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues that may be impacting you, your relationships and your family. Whether it is depression and anxiety, parenting support, or resolution to interpersonal conflict, I strive to provide a comfortable and supportive environment for you to explore your concerns.
(503) 342-2156 View (503) 342-2156
Photo of Peggy Russell, Pre-Licensed Professional in Center, Portland, OR
Peggy Russell
Pre-Licensed Professional, PCA, NCC
Verified Verified
Center, Portland, OR 97213
Waitlist for new clients
As a therapist and a human, I believe that being seen and heard in the caring non-judgmental presence of another creates an environment where deep healing can occur. I practice from a mind-body holism approach, meaning I honor the inseparable union of mind and body. Many of my clients benefit from somatic healing where years of previous talk therapy has only touched the surface. Together we will navigate a path towards understanding the natural somatic and emotional responses associated with difficult life events. I believe we all deserve to feel comfortable in our own skin and at home in our own lives.
As a therapist and a human, I believe that being seen and heard in the caring non-judgmental presence of another creates an environment where deep healing can occur. I practice from a mind-body holism approach, meaning I honor the inseparable union of mind and body. Many of my clients benefit from somatic healing where years of previous talk therapy has only touched the surface. Together we will navigate a path towards understanding the natural somatic and emotional responses associated with difficult life events. I believe we all deserve to feel comfortable in our own skin and at home in our own lives.
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Ritual Therapy
Professional Counselor Associate, MA
Verified Verified
Center, Portland, OR 97213
Do you find yourself simultaneously feeling too much and not enough? Do you feel broken? Stuck? Have you ever asked yourself, “Why can’t I just be normal,” or “What is wrong with me?” Maybe you act in ways that don’t feel true to yourself for fear of rejection or abandonment, and perhaps you even end up in unhealthy or one-sided relationships. I believe that just by coming to this page there is something fundamentally “right,” not “wrong" with you. Being a human is complicated, messy, and can be painful, but I feel honored to have the opportunity to support you through these challenges in a way that fosters healing and growth.
Do you find yourself simultaneously feeling too much and not enough? Do you feel broken? Stuck? Have you ever asked yourself, “Why can’t I just be normal,” or “What is wrong with me?” Maybe you act in ways that don’t feel true to yourself for fear of rejection or abandonment, and perhaps you even end up in unhealthy or one-sided relationships. I believe that just by coming to this page there is something fundamentally “right,” not “wrong" with you. Being a human is complicated, messy, and can be painful, but I feel honored to have the opportunity to support you through these challenges in a way that fosters healing and growth.
(503) 461-2628 View (503) 461-2628
Photo of Ronald Lee Johnson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Center, Portland, OR
Ronald Lee Johnson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CADC, CYT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Center, Portland, OR 97213
I offer mindfulness-based and holistic services to those affected by stress, anxiety, depression, or various unwanted addictive behaviors. Stressors can be from work, relationships, or concerns about the World, among others. Addictive cycles can include drugs or alcohol, food, or destructive romantic patterns. Within the context of mindfulness-based approaches I have studied in both college and spiritual settings, these behaviors are seen to be driven by unconscious, automatic pressures that can be brought into awareness and resolved. They fill a void in one's life that can be replaced by a sense of wholeness, completeness, autonomy, and authenticity.
I offer mindfulness-based and holistic services to those affected by stress, anxiety, depression, or various unwanted addictive behaviors. Stressors can be from work, relationships, or concerns about the World, among others. Addictive cycles can include drugs or alcohol, food, or destructive romantic patterns. Within the context of mindfulness-based approaches I have studied in both college and spiritual settings, these behaviors are seen to be driven by unconscious, automatic pressures that can be brought into awareness and resolved. They fill a void in one's life that can be replaced by a sense of wholeness, completeness, autonomy, and authenticity.
(503) 828-9650 View (503) 828-9650
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Sara Eden Gally
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Center, Portland, OR 97232
My approach is client-centered, trauma-informed, and relational. I work with you to establish a sense of safety so that you can explore your edges and grow into the parts of yourself that you are ready to embody. We will help cultivate the wisest parts of yourself, uncovering a foundation that will support you in your daily life and work outside of our sessions. We will work towards body-centered sessions, allowing the non-verbal awareness of your body to guide your growth and integration.
My approach is client-centered, trauma-informed, and relational. I work with you to establish a sense of safety so that you can explore your edges and grow into the parts of yourself that you are ready to embody. We will help cultivate the wisest parts of yourself, uncovering a foundation that will support you in your daily life and work outside of our sessions. We will work towards body-centered sessions, allowing the non-verbal awareness of your body to guide your growth and integration.
(971) 299-2977 View (971) 299-2977
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Marc•francis Otto
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, RSMT/E
Verified Verified
Center, Portland, OR 97213  (Online Only)
I'm a Somatic Psychotherapist for people who want more nourishing relationships. I help unwind trauma and reweave the patterns that limit. I offer a gentle, collaborative approach to heal the deep hurts that hold you back. Everyone has adapted to our life circumstances as best we can. The patterns we learn are rooted in our early relationships and in our body. These patterns precede words and thought. Together, I help you attune to, unwind, and reweave these patterns. In each session, I offer simple and effective practices to support your growth. My goal is to help you cultivate more resilience, ease, and wholeness in your life.
I'm a Somatic Psychotherapist for people who want more nourishing relationships. I help unwind trauma and reweave the patterns that limit. I offer a gentle, collaborative approach to heal the deep hurts that hold you back. Everyone has adapted to our life circumstances as best we can. The patterns we learn are rooted in our early relationships and in our body. These patterns precede words and thought. Together, I help you attune to, unwind, and reweave these patterns. In each session, I offer simple and effective practices to support your growth. My goal is to help you cultivate more resilience, ease, and wholeness in your life.
(503) 433-8675 View (503) 433-8675
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Alissa Holmes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Center, Portland, OR 97232  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
While we can't always change our circumstances, we can always learn to respond to life's challenges in a way that correspond with our most deeply-held values. If depression or anxiety are stealing joy from your life, we can use the therapeutic space to help increase your resiliency and coping skills so you can refocus on the things that matter most to you. If you are struggling with substances or alcohol, we can non-judgmentally explore what kind of change you may wish to make. If you're not sure what you need, you just know you need some kind of help, that's okay too! Therapy is a place for compassionate self-exploration.
While we can't always change our circumstances, we can always learn to respond to life's challenges in a way that correspond with our most deeply-held values. If depression or anxiety are stealing joy from your life, we can use the therapeutic space to help increase your resiliency and coping skills so you can refocus on the things that matter most to you. If you are struggling with substances or alcohol, we can non-judgmentally explore what kind of change you may wish to make. If you're not sure what you need, you just know you need some kind of help, that's okay too! Therapy is a place for compassionate self-exploration.
(503) 966-9455 View (503) 966-9455
Photo of Amy Altenberger, Licensed Professional Counselor in Center, Portland, OR
Amy Altenberger
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LMHC
Verified Verified
Center, Portland, OR 97232
Grief and trauma. When experienced, these can define us. But it doesn’t have to be that way. People are also shaped by their families and culture, their experiences, and the stories they create about themselves. I too have experienced grief and trauma and through our work together, I will help you find your voice and create a new narrative – one of empowerment and self-acceptance.
Grief and trauma. When experienced, these can define us. But it doesn’t have to be that way. People are also shaped by their families and culture, their experiences, and the stories they create about themselves. I too have experienced grief and trauma and through our work together, I will help you find your voice and create a new narrative – one of empowerment and self-acceptance.
(503) 217-6082 View (503) 217-6082
Photo of Angela Keeney, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Center, Portland, OR
Angela Keeney
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Center, Portland, OR 97213
Not accepting new clients
*NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS* There are many reasons people seek therapy. Most likely, you're here because you're feeling out of balance in some aspect of your life. You may be looking for better ways to cope with depression or anxiety, change patterns that lead to unhealthy behaviors or relationships, or heal from a difficult or traumatic experience. Therapy can also help you gain insight about yourself, increase your sense of confidence, or help you explore a new life path with courage and intention. My hope is to provide support, tools, and encouragement to help you find greater balance, authenticity, and overall well-being.
*NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS* There are many reasons people seek therapy. Most likely, you're here because you're feeling out of balance in some aspect of your life. You may be looking for better ways to cope with depression or anxiety, change patterns that lead to unhealthy behaviors or relationships, or heal from a difficult or traumatic experience. Therapy can also help you gain insight about yourself, increase your sense of confidence, or help you explore a new life path with courage and intention. My hope is to provide support, tools, and encouragement to help you find greater balance, authenticity, and overall well-being.
(503) 406-6598 View (503) 406-6598
Photo of Yael Kievsky, Marriage & Family Therapist in Center, Portland, OR
Yael Kievsky
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Center, Portland, OR 97213  (Online Only)
If you're seeking an empowering and transformative experience of therapy, I'd love to support you. I have built my practice to focus on all things relationships: I work especially well with relational trauma, breaches of trust, repairing severed relationships, communication, non-normative relationships, as well as family & reproductive support. I am approachable and bring a solid, vigorous presence to our encounters - you will not feel adrift in our sessions. My style is engaged, directive, and sometimes humorous, and always tender and reverent of all of who you are.
If you're seeking an empowering and transformative experience of therapy, I'd love to support you. I have built my practice to focus on all things relationships: I work especially well with relational trauma, breaches of trust, repairing severed relationships, communication, non-normative relationships, as well as family & reproductive support. I am approachable and bring a solid, vigorous presence to our encounters - you will not feel adrift in our sessions. My style is engaged, directive, and sometimes humorous, and always tender and reverent of all of who you are.
(503) 386-9263 View (503) 386-9263
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Mandy Harrison
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Center, Portland, OR 97213
Not accepting new clients
Asking for help can feel daunting and may also be your window to healing. My goal is to offer a safe space for you to ask the scary questions, feel the unwanted pain, get to know your emotions and reacquaint yourself with your strength and resilience that may feel so distant. A counseling relationship can offer you reflection and insight to what is making you feel stuck. With you, I will help you discover the obstacles blocking your path, rediscover your personal assets and help you grow your skill set to work through these obstacles.
Asking for help can feel daunting and may also be your window to healing. My goal is to offer a safe space for you to ask the scary questions, feel the unwanted pain, get to know your emotions and reacquaint yourself with your strength and resilience that may feel so distant. A counseling relationship can offer you reflection and insight to what is making you feel stuck. With you, I will help you discover the obstacles blocking your path, rediscover your personal assets and help you grow your skill set to work through these obstacles.
(503) 966-5564 View (503) 966-5564
Photo of Mike Mihalas, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Center, Portland, OR
Mike Mihalas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Center, Portland, OR 97232
Waitlist for new clients
Do you want to understand yourself better and get to the root of your issues? Working together we will explore your unconscious psyche, find new skills and adaptive ways to cope, and make sense of your internal world and the world around you. My therapeutic approach is individualized for each new client and pulls from my extensive training in: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
Do you want to understand yourself better and get to the root of your issues? Working together we will explore your unconscious psyche, find new skills and adaptive ways to cope, and make sense of your internal world and the world around you. My therapeutic approach is individualized for each new client and pulls from my extensive training in: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
(971) 319-9566 View (971) 319-9566
Photo of Kat Canada, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Center, Portland, OR
Kat Canada
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Center, Portland, OR 97232  (Online Only)
I provide psychotherapy to children, teens, and emergent adults using an integrative relational or play-centered approach. I specialize in working young people who are curious about themselves but may feel adrift, alienated, misunderstood, or just tired and angry. For most of us, it makes sense to feel weary, outraged, anxious, or demoralized right now. It does not have to make sense to carry the weight of it alone.
I provide psychotherapy to children, teens, and emergent adults using an integrative relational or play-centered approach. I specialize in working young people who are curious about themselves but may feel adrift, alienated, misunderstood, or just tired and angry. For most of us, it makes sense to feel weary, outraged, anxious, or demoralized right now. It does not have to make sense to carry the weight of it alone.
(503) 744-5409 View (503) 744-5409
Photo of Cj Spaulding, Pre-Licensed Professional in Center, Portland, OR
Cj Spaulding
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW, CSWA
Verified Verified
Center, Portland, OR 97213
OPEN to new clients! CJ grew up in the Midwest and moved to Colorado to earn their Master’s degree in Social Work from Colorado State University. They have experience working with children, adolescents and families in school-based mental health services and foster care/adoption settings. CJ uses a compassionate person-centered, mindfulness and strengths-based approach to help you identify what you need in order to move forward. They will meet you where you are in your healing journey and provides a safe space for all identities.
OPEN to new clients! CJ grew up in the Midwest and moved to Colorado to earn their Master’s degree in Social Work from Colorado State University. They have experience working with children, adolescents and families in school-based mental health services and foster care/adoption settings. CJ uses a compassionate person-centered, mindfulness and strengths-based approach to help you identify what you need in order to move forward. They will meet you where you are in your healing journey and provides a safe space for all identities.
(503) 782-1831 View (503) 782-1831
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Carolyn Knutson Mind-Body Therapist
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LMT
Verified Verified
Center, Portland, OR 97215
Welcome to a holistic approach to mental health. I offer individual counseling and embodiment sessions to address developmental trauma, PTSD, stress, anxiety, depression, addictions, chronic pain/auto-immune disorders, and spiritual/energetic issues. ​
Welcome to a holistic approach to mental health. I offer individual counseling and embodiment sessions to address developmental trauma, PTSD, stress, anxiety, depression, addictions, chronic pain/auto-immune disorders, and spiritual/energetic issues. ​
(971) 803-5976 View (971) 803-5976
Photo of Danette C. Gillespie-Otto, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Center, Portland, OR
Danette C. Gillespie-Otto
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Center, Portland, OR 97213
Communion is being together and speaking the language of the heart. It is a spiritual and psychological journey with a companion who cares. If you are seeking peace, clarity, deeper meaning in life, more satisfaction in your relationships, greater creativity, and improved well-being, I am here to assist you on your journey of wellness. I specialize in working with Women of Color. If anxiety, grief, past trauma, racism, internalized oppression, cultural dislocation, workplace or relationship stress prevent you from being who you want to be, I am here to help you find your true Self.
Communion is being together and speaking the language of the heart. It is a spiritual and psychological journey with a companion who cares. If you are seeking peace, clarity, deeper meaning in life, more satisfaction in your relationships, greater creativity, and improved well-being, I am here to assist you on your journey of wellness. I specialize in working with Women of Color. If anxiety, grief, past trauma, racism, internalized oppression, cultural dislocation, workplace or relationship stress prevent you from being who you want to be, I am here to help you find your true Self.
(503) 766-5783 x482 View (503) 766-5783 x482
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Sprout Therapy PDX
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Center, Portland, OR 97213
If you’re reading this, we already know you’re struggling. Maybe you’re having trouble “adulting”. You’re feeling like everyone else seems to have it all together, why can’t you? Your mental health is getting worse and worse, and you just want it to stop. Your day to day life is chaos and worry and you remember better days when things just weren't like this. You might feel like you’re out of control of your life.
If you’re reading this, we already know you’re struggling. Maybe you’re having trouble “adulting”. You’re feeling like everyone else seems to have it all together, why can’t you? Your mental health is getting worse and worse, and you just want it to stop. Your day to day life is chaos and worry and you remember better days when things just weren't like this. You might feel like you’re out of control of your life.
(971) 302-2395 View (971) 302-2395
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Gillian Claire Callahan
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MA
Verified Verified
Center, Portland, OR 97232
I work with folks who want help understanding themselves, finding compassion and acceptance for themselves and figuring out more fulfilling ways to live. My clients often have trauma in their backgrounds and a big part of my work is giving them the tools and information they need to operate trauma-affected brains with less strife, more delight. I also work with folks around identity, sexuality and gender, helping them reject shame and grasp hold of the life they want to live authentically.
I work with folks who want help understanding themselves, finding compassion and acceptance for themselves and figuring out more fulfilling ways to live. My clients often have trauma in their backgrounds and a big part of my work is giving them the tools and information they need to operate trauma-affected brains with less strife, more delight. I also work with folks around identity, sexuality and gender, helping them reject shame and grasp hold of the life they want to live authentically.
(503) 436-6574 View (503) 436-6574
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Mary Kevin Holdeman
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CADCII
Verified Verified
Center, Portland, OR 97232  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I have found that I work best with people wanting to honor their positive assets while making changes that will support new goals. Those feeling stuck, ready to dive deep, willing to do work outside of our sessions to create change in their lives. While my approach is gentle and respectful, I am ready to help you face your concerns frankly and honestly. I consider our therapeutic relationship to be the most important factor in our work together.
I have found that I work best with people wanting to honor their positive assets while making changes that will support new goals. Those feeling stuck, ready to dive deep, willing to do work outside of our sessions to create change in their lives. While my approach is gentle and respectful, I am ready to help you face your concerns frankly and honestly. I consider our therapeutic relationship to be the most important factor in our work together.
(503) 406-4826 View (503) 406-4826

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Number of Therapists in Center, Portland, OR

50+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Center, Portland, OR who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
87% Depression
85% Relationship Issues
82% Self Esteem
78% Trauma and PTSD
71% Coping Skills
71% Stress

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

56% PacificSource
46% Aetna
38% Providence

How Therapists in Center, Portland, OR see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
20% Male
7% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Center, 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.

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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.