Therapists in Kerns, Portland, OR

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Zainab Lavender Abdullah
LPC Intern, MS
Verified Verified
Kerns, Portland, OR 97232  (Online Only)
Through a non-judgmental and empathetically based therapeutic relationship, I work to provide guidance in the process of increasing self-awareness, practicing self-acceptance, and ultimately having the client self-reflect in a way that brings confidence in their continuing life choices and experiences.
Through a non-judgmental and empathetically based therapeutic relationship, I work to provide guidance in the process of increasing self-awareness, practicing self-acceptance, and ultimately having the client self-reflect in a way that brings confidence in their continuing life choices and experiences.
(971) 205-6185 View (971) 205-6185
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Larston Petticord
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Kerns, Portland, OR 97232
Not accepting new clients
Are you experiencing a tough transition in your life? I help those going through life transitions to manage and reduce their anxiety, depression, and panic. Learning how to manage life's stress can help you feel like yourself again. I employ a variety of techniques based on what you may be going through, and help you get back to your best level of functioning. There's no need to go through this time alone, feel free to reach out for help.
Are you experiencing a tough transition in your life? I help those going through life transitions to manage and reduce their anxiety, depression, and panic. Learning how to manage life's stress can help you feel like yourself again. I employ a variety of techniques based on what you may be going through, and help you get back to your best level of functioning. There's no need to go through this time alone, feel free to reach out for help.
(503) 739-9185 View (503) 739-9185
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Ruma Marshall
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kerns, Portland, OR 97214  (Online Only)
Have you been scrolling through psychology today, trying to find a good fit? If you want a safe space to discuss trauma, grief & loss, major life transitions or would like help managing your anxiety/depression, I am here to help. Most people have experienced some form of trauma in their lives. It may have been an extremely stressful event. Or, it could be the cumulative experience of long term neglect, abuse or violence. Being in this survival mode may come with persistent feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, feeling trapped, disconnected & detached. Current patterns are a result of strategies to survive & no longer serve us
Have you been scrolling through psychology today, trying to find a good fit? If you want a safe space to discuss trauma, grief & loss, major life transitions or would like help managing your anxiety/depression, I am here to help. Most people have experienced some form of trauma in their lives. It may have been an extremely stressful event. Or, it could be the cumulative experience of long term neglect, abuse or violence. Being in this survival mode may come with persistent feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, feeling trapped, disconnected & detached. Current patterns are a result of strategies to survive & no longer serve us
(503) 755-5228 View (503) 755-5228
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Jocelyn Barda
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kerns, Portland, OR 97233  (Online Only)
Are anxiety and low self-worth regulars in your life? The process of recognizing old stories, beliefs, and patterns can be overwhelming. It can bring up confusion, fear and grief. Changing old ways, that once kept you safe, can feel ungrounding and chaotic. Shifting what you've been familiar and comfortable with is deeply challenging and takes a great deal of strength and vulnerability. I believe healing, growth and change are lifelong practices, and transformation requires time, space, patience and self-compassion. Therapy can offer a safe and caring relationship that supports you in doing this life changing work.
Are anxiety and low self-worth regulars in your life? The process of recognizing old stories, beliefs, and patterns can be overwhelming. It can bring up confusion, fear and grief. Changing old ways, that once kept you safe, can feel ungrounding and chaotic. Shifting what you've been familiar and comfortable with is deeply challenging and takes a great deal of strength and vulnerability. I believe healing, growth and change are lifelong practices, and transformation requires time, space, patience and self-compassion. Therapy can offer a safe and caring relationship that supports you in doing this life changing work.
(503) 755-9520 View (503) 755-9520
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Andrea Valde
Professional Counselor Associate, NCC
Verified Verified
Kerns, Portland, OR 97232  (Online Only)
I value the opportunity to support people in making changes they want in their life and to bear witness to people moving forward on a path they want for themselves. I have experience working with people who navigating anxiety, depression, impact of traumatic experiences, disability related to physical and mental health concerns, impacts of aging, chronic pain, substance use challenges, and adjusting to major life changes. I enjoy supporting effective interpersonal communication, developing coping strategies relevant to each individual, mindfulness practice, and developing healthy dynamics with natural supports.
I value the opportunity to support people in making changes they want in their life and to bear witness to people moving forward on a path they want for themselves. I have experience working with people who navigating anxiety, depression, impact of traumatic experiences, disability related to physical and mental health concerns, impacts of aging, chronic pain, substance use challenges, and adjusting to major life changes. I enjoy supporting effective interpersonal communication, developing coping strategies relevant to each individual, mindfulness practice, and developing healthy dynamics with natural supports.
(503) 664-7872 View (503) 664-7872
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Kerry Myers
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kerns, Portland, OR 97214
Therapy can be a central part of restoring balance in your life, no matter what brings you to it. Sometimes, people seek out therapy to make a change in their lives, to fix what hasn’t been working, or because their coping skills are no longer helpful. Other times people are struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, health issues, or other struggles influenced by traumatic childhoods or difficult life situations. Whatever the case, I am glad you are here to learn more.
Therapy can be a central part of restoring balance in your life, no matter what brings you to it. Sometimes, people seek out therapy to make a change in their lives, to fix what hasn’t been working, or because their coping skills are no longer helpful. Other times people are struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, health issues, or other struggles influenced by traumatic childhoods or difficult life situations. Whatever the case, I am glad you are here to learn more.
(503) 461-9874 View (503) 461-9874
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Aid Station Performance Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CADC II
Verified Verified
Kerns, Portland, OR 97214
Mike will primarily utilize EMDR therapy and/or Brainspotting therapy to help people/athletes overcome common mental and emotional symptoms that can impede progress, performance, or welness. Example of these performance block can be: fear, uncertainty, intrusive thoughts, inability to execute muscle memory movements, feeling of being locked, stuck, or frozen, anxiety, inconsistency, avoidance, frustration and depression. I am also seeing people who have trauma and addiction backgrounds. I'd love to work together to bring awareness to causes of being stuck, and freeing yourself from these anchors.
Mike will primarily utilize EMDR therapy and/or Brainspotting therapy to help people/athletes overcome common mental and emotional symptoms that can impede progress, performance, or welness. Example of these performance block can be: fear, uncertainty, intrusive thoughts, inability to execute muscle memory movements, feeling of being locked, stuck, or frozen, anxiety, inconsistency, avoidance, frustration and depression. I am also seeing people who have trauma and addiction backgrounds. I'd love to work together to bring awareness to causes of being stuck, and freeing yourself from these anchors.
(503) 782-9339 View (503) 782-9339
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Jonathan Clarke
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Kerns, Portland, OR 97214  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Hi there! Im Jonathan! If you are looking for therapy that includes aspects of mindfulness, wellness, self-discovery and learning about your strengths, values and resilience, I can help! My approach to counseling is client-centered and involves a collaborative process between client and counselor. I use evidence based techniques to help you in your journey so that together we can come up with goals and utilize interventions that will help you to grow. Come see me for Grief & Loss, trauma, parenting, addiction, boundary setting, personal growth and self esteem. I'm here to support you!
Hi there! Im Jonathan! If you are looking for therapy that includes aspects of mindfulness, wellness, self-discovery and learning about your strengths, values and resilience, I can help! My approach to counseling is client-centered and involves a collaborative process between client and counselor. I use evidence based techniques to help you in your journey so that together we can come up with goals and utilize interventions that will help you to grow. Come see me for Grief & Loss, trauma, parenting, addiction, boundary setting, personal growth and self esteem. I'm here to support you!
(503) 676-5480 View (503) 676-5480
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Laurie Y Pearson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Kerns, Portland, OR 97232
I firmly believe positive change is achievable through making personally informed choices. Having the support of a trained professional who can listen critically, challenge existing assumptions, and offer new approaches can make a huge difference. My goal is to help you identify tools and strategies you can use to tackle the challenges you face.
I firmly believe positive change is achievable through making personally informed choices. Having the support of a trained professional who can listen critically, challenge existing assumptions, and offer new approaches can make a huge difference. My goal is to help you identify tools and strategies you can use to tackle the challenges you face.
(503) 868-2205 View (503) 868-2205
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Stark Counseling
Professional Counselor Associate, MS, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Kerns, Portland, OR 97232
I specialize in working with individuals and couples whose challenges with interpersonal relationships are due to anxiety, depression, and/or past traumatic events. My clients with the best outcomes are willing to engage in deep dialogues, complete "homework" between sessions, and are comfortable with a "hands-on approach” in therapy. I am a good fit for people struggling with social anxiety, depression, religious trauma, life transitions, procrastination, or relationship issues. I enjoy working with LGBTQIA + community and can help people questioning gender identity and heteronormativity.
I specialize in working with individuals and couples whose challenges with interpersonal relationships are due to anxiety, depression, and/or past traumatic events. My clients with the best outcomes are willing to engage in deep dialogues, complete "homework" between sessions, and are comfortable with a "hands-on approach” in therapy. I am a good fit for people struggling with social anxiety, depression, religious trauma, life transitions, procrastination, or relationship issues. I enjoy working with LGBTQIA + community and can help people questioning gender identity and heteronormativity.
(503) 461-8894 View (503) 461-8894
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Curtis White
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CRC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Kerns, Portland, OR 97214  (Online Only)
Are you sexual or gender diverse? Do you have a disability? Are you struggling with challenges and behaviors associated with borderline personality disorder (BPD) or have a partner diagnosed with BPD? Whether you are straight, queer, non-binary or trans, I can help you explore your identity and relationships, and provide a welcoming and affirming space in our time together. I am affirming of all backgrounds, can understand the unique challenges that come with systemic oppression and marginalized identities, and can support all relationship styles including ethical non-monogamy.
Are you sexual or gender diverse? Do you have a disability? Are you struggling with challenges and behaviors associated with borderline personality disorder (BPD) or have a partner diagnosed with BPD? Whether you are straight, queer, non-binary or trans, I can help you explore your identity and relationships, and provide a welcoming and affirming space in our time together. I am affirming of all backgrounds, can understand the unique challenges that come with systemic oppression and marginalized identities, and can support all relationship styles including ethical non-monogamy.
(503) 447-8071 View (503) 447-8071
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Katrina Clark: Beyond Healing LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Kerns, Portland, OR 97214  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
It takes courage to reach out for support. No matter where you're at on your journey, know that every part of you is welcome here. Over the years as a clinician, I've had the honor of helping hundreds of people recover from the effects of stress, anxiety, depression and trauma. My mission is to help you understand and heal the root of your struggles so that you can connect to the things that are most important to you in life. I offer EMDR Intensive therapy retreats as well as a limited amount of individual sessions.
It takes courage to reach out for support. No matter where you're at on your journey, know that every part of you is welcome here. Over the years as a clinician, I've had the honor of helping hundreds of people recover from the effects of stress, anxiety, depression and trauma. My mission is to help you understand and heal the root of your struggles so that you can connect to the things that are most important to you in life. I offer EMDR Intensive therapy retreats as well as a limited amount of individual sessions.
(503) 925-6994 View (503) 925-6994
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Soft Moon Mental Health & Wellness
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, BS
Verified Verified
Kerns, Portland, OR 97232
Not accepting new clients
You deserve to feel in alignment with your values and in full self-acceptance of who you truly are. Soft Moon Mental Health and Wellness supports you on your journey of self growth by providing a nurturing space for you to sit with the dark parts of your story. Whether you want to work on body image and self esteem, relationship health, grief and loss, neurodivergent support or trauma from your childhood, Soft Moon can help you feel validated and gently challenged to move towards the inner peace you yearn for.
You deserve to feel in alignment with your values and in full self-acceptance of who you truly are. Soft Moon Mental Health and Wellness supports you on your journey of self growth by providing a nurturing space for you to sit with the dark parts of your story. Whether you want to work on body image and self esteem, relationship health, grief and loss, neurodivergent support or trauma from your childhood, Soft Moon can help you feel validated and gently challenged to move towards the inner peace you yearn for.
(503) 850-2955 View (503) 850-2955
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Nicholas Elgin
Clinical Social Work Associate, CSWA
Verified Verified
Kerns, Portland, OR 97214  (Online Only)
Hi. My name is Nick Elgin. Are you suffering from physical reactivity from trauma, emotional distress, or anxiety? I am a trained EMDR therapist that can help you reduce or eliminate your symptoms and free you from the distress that interrupts you from living a full life. My philosophy is to stand as your ally, and draw upon your expertise in your own personal story, to assist us in realizing the true future you would be thrilled to lead. Together, we will bolster your innate abilities, your internal strengths, to serve as the new bedrock for positive change.
Hi. My name is Nick Elgin. Are you suffering from physical reactivity from trauma, emotional distress, or anxiety? I am a trained EMDR therapist that can help you reduce or eliminate your symptoms and free you from the distress that interrupts you from living a full life. My philosophy is to stand as your ally, and draw upon your expertise in your own personal story, to assist us in realizing the true future you would be thrilled to lead. Together, we will bolster your innate abilities, your internal strengths, to serve as the new bedrock for positive change.
(503) 447-4584 View (503) 447-4584
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Jeffrey Dodge
Clinical Social Work Associate, CSWA
Verified Verified
Kerns, Portland, OR 97214
Hello and welcome! I’d like to begin by celebrating you in your process of considering therapy in your life. We seek out therapy for many varying reasons and all of them are dynamic and significant. From exploring childhood wounds, to unraveling traumatic experiences, to managing stress and anxiety, to confronting depression, to identity exploration, to navigating complex relationship dynamics, to systemic injustice, to living in a world that can be demanding and overwhelming. Whatever it is that has brought you here is deeply important and absolutely deserves attention.
Hello and welcome! I’d like to begin by celebrating you in your process of considering therapy in your life. We seek out therapy for many varying reasons and all of them are dynamic and significant. From exploring childhood wounds, to unraveling traumatic experiences, to managing stress and anxiety, to confronting depression, to identity exploration, to navigating complex relationship dynamics, to systemic injustice, to living in a world that can be demanding and overwhelming. Whatever it is that has brought you here is deeply important and absolutely deserves attention.
(503) 966-5885 View (503) 966-5885
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Matthew Block
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Kerns, Portland, OR 97232
Hi, my name is Matthew Block and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Oregon. I typically work with teens, adults, couples and families. I enjoy helping people work through identity development, ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma, parenting support, and spiritual concerns. I believe people are influenced by their biological temperament, life experiences, past and present relationships with significant people, and their core values.
Hi, my name is Matthew Block and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Oregon. I typically work with teens, adults, couples and families. I enjoy helping people work through identity development, ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma, parenting support, and spiritual concerns. I believe people are influenced by their biological temperament, life experiences, past and present relationships with significant people, and their core values.
(971) 791-3216 View (971) 791-3216
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Rebekah Smith
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Kerns, Portland, OR 97232
I am a licensed, clinical psychologist with over 25 years of experience. I help clients address difficult, painful emotions and the concomitant thoughts and behaviors that hinder life and interfere with healthy development. My approach is developmental and psychodynamic. I focus not only on symptoms but, more importantly, on understanding and addressing root causes that create difficulties and interfere with health and progress. Within a safe, collaborative, confidential relationship, issues are addressed to facilitate a deeper self-understanding and a greater sense of freedom.
I am a licensed, clinical psychologist with over 25 years of experience. I help clients address difficult, painful emotions and the concomitant thoughts and behaviors that hinder life and interfere with healthy development. My approach is developmental and psychodynamic. I focus not only on symptoms but, more importantly, on understanding and addressing root causes that create difficulties and interfere with health and progress. Within a safe, collaborative, confidential relationship, issues are addressed to facilitate a deeper self-understanding and a greater sense of freedom.
(503) 438-4988 View (503) 438-4988
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Celeste Prose
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Kerns, Portland, OR 97232  (Online Only)
I believe that everyone can benefit from therapy at certain points in our lives. We can especially benefit from therapy when we are going through a significant life change or start to notice ongoing changes in our behaviors or emotional state.
I believe that everyone can benefit from therapy at certain points in our lives. We can especially benefit from therapy when we are going through a significant life change or start to notice ongoing changes in our behaviors or emotional state.
(360) 842-8556 View (360) 842-8556
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Hanna Lyon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kerns, Portland, OR 97232
Not accepting new clients
I am not accepting new clients and do not keep a waitlist. I specialize in working with adults and teens as they navigate life transitions and stressors. My approach is warm, client centered, strengths based, and relational, with the intent to walk alongside a person during transition and change processes. My work facilitates a deepening understanding of self to support people in accepting who they are and knowing that they matter.
I am not accepting new clients and do not keep a waitlist. I specialize in working with adults and teens as they navigate life transitions and stressors. My approach is warm, client centered, strengths based, and relational, with the intent to walk alongside a person during transition and change processes. My work facilitates a deepening understanding of self to support people in accepting who they are and knowing that they matter.
(971) 314-4657 View (971) 314-4657
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MindSights
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Kerns, Portland, OR 97232
We are a psychological assessment clinic offering a full spectrum of testing, assessment, and consultation services. At MindSights, we believe that seeing and understanding the complexity of unique minds gives those minds a better chance to thrive. Responsive and responsible psychological assessment is one way to gain such understanding. Whether you're a parent, a social worker/case worker, or a college-aged adult seeking psychological assessment and testing services, please visit us at www.mindsightspdx.com (or click the "Website" link in the upper left portion of this page) to learn more or to make a service request.
We are a psychological assessment clinic offering a full spectrum of testing, assessment, and consultation services. At MindSights, we believe that seeing and understanding the complexity of unique minds gives those minds a better chance to thrive. Responsive and responsible psychological assessment is one way to gain such understanding. Whether you're a parent, a social worker/case worker, or a college-aged adult seeking psychological assessment and testing services, please visit us at www.mindsightspdx.com (or click the "Website" link in the upper left portion of this page) to learn more or to make a service request.
(503) 222-0707 View (503) 222-0707

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Number of Therapists in Kerns, Portland, OR

200+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Kerns, Portland, OR who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
88% Depression
79% Trauma and PTSD
77% Relationship Issues
75% Self Esteem
68% Stress
65% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

60% PacificSource
54% Aetna
47% Oregon Health Plan (OHP)

How Therapists in Kerns, Portland, OR see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
24% Male
7% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Kerns, 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.