Therapists in Collegeville, PA

Photo of Sarah Humphreys, Licensed Professional Counselor in Collegeville, PA
Sarah Humphreys
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CAADC, CCTP
Verified
Collegeville, PA 19426
I am grateful you are here. I know the courage it takes to decide to seek counseling and the work it takes to find the right fit in a therapist. My mission is to ensure that you receive individualized, quality care, using evidenced based practices all while supported with compassion and non-judgement. I specialize in the relationship between the mind and body in trauma recovery, substance abuse (both for individuals and families of addiction), grief and loss, life transition support, sexuality, & health psychology (including terminal illness and reproductive health)
I am grateful you are here. I know the courage it takes to decide to seek counseling and the work it takes to find the right fit in a therapist. My mission is to ensure that you receive individualized, quality care, using evidenced based practices all while supported with compassion and non-judgement. I specialize in the relationship between the mind and body in trauma recovery, substance abuse (both for individuals and families of addiction), grief and loss, life transition support, sexuality, & health psychology (including terminal illness and reproductive health)
(484) 854-2374 View (484) 854-2374
Photo of Taylor Schlegel, Licensed Professional Counselor in Collegeville, PA
Taylor Schlegel
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Collegeville, PA 19426
Are you, or a young woman or teen in your life, struggling with anxiety, college adjustments, or peer issues? These challenges can feel overwhelming, and it's not uncommon to feel lost or unsure of where to turn.
Are you, or a young woman or teen in your life, struggling with anxiety, college adjustments, or peer issues? These challenges can feel overwhelming, and it's not uncommon to feel lost or unsure of where to turn.
(484) 218-2632 View (484) 218-2632
Photo of Mary McGloughlin, Licensed Professional Counselor in Collegeville, PA
Mary McGloughlin
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
Collegeville, PA 19426
Welcome! I am an Art Therapist, Play Therapist, and Licensed Professional Counselor that specializes in work with children, adolescents, college students, parents, and families. I provide a safe space to release difficult emotions, look carefully at conflict, and provide tools to enhance family connection and inner wisdom. I use both verbal and non-verbal approaches, because sometimes we don't have the words to express what we are going through and need another way to tell the story.
Welcome! I am an Art Therapist, Play Therapist, and Licensed Professional Counselor that specializes in work with children, adolescents, college students, parents, and families. I provide a safe space to release difficult emotions, look carefully at conflict, and provide tools to enhance family connection and inner wisdom. I use both verbal and non-verbal approaches, because sometimes we don't have the words to express what we are going through and need another way to tell the story.
(215) 515-4535 View (215) 515-4535
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Colleen Valerio
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, MPS
Verified
Collegeville, PA 19426
My approach to therapy is best stated by the timeless lyricist, Vanilla Ice, “if there is a problem, yo, I'll solve it. Check out the hook while my DJ revolves it.” While I will not rap during our session, I will help address whatever difficulties are presenting in your life, be that depression, anxiety, addiction, or an eating disorder. Whether this is your first time thinking about therapy or you're a seasoned client looking for a new therapist, I’m here, I get it, let’s get started.
My approach to therapy is best stated by the timeless lyricist, Vanilla Ice, “if there is a problem, yo, I'll solve it. Check out the hook while my DJ revolves it.” While I will not rap during our session, I will help address whatever difficulties are presenting in your life, be that depression, anxiety, addiction, or an eating disorder. Whether this is your first time thinking about therapy or you're a seasoned client looking for a new therapist, I’m here, I get it, let’s get started.
(484) 699-9079 View (484) 699-9079
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Cristina Kleinfelter
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Collegeville, PA 19426
Positive change is possible within us. Functioning at your best is an achievable goal through developing coping skills, building emotional resilience, and working with a therapist who truly cares about helping your reach your potential. I offer a free 30 minute session to meet me and decide if you feel I am the best counselor for you. Due to our COVID 19-protocols, I am currently offering 30 minute free consultations either online or on the phone. Contact me to find out how.
Positive change is possible within us. Functioning at your best is an achievable goal through developing coping skills, building emotional resilience, and working with a therapist who truly cares about helping your reach your potential. I offer a free 30 minute session to meet me and decide if you feel I am the best counselor for you. Due to our COVID 19-protocols, I am currently offering 30 minute free consultations either online or on the phone. Contact me to find out how.
(484) 270-4154 View (484) 270-4154
Photo of Nancy Mitchell, Pre-Licensed Professional in Collegeville, PA
Nancy Mitchell
Pre-Licensed Professional, MABC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Collegeville, PA 19426  (Online Only)
Are you OK? So many of us are experiencing anxiety, depression, or loneliness. Some of us feel stuck in our careers or lost in destructive patterns in our relationships. Perhaps you’re still grieving a lost loved one and feeling as though the hole in your heart will never heal – or maybe some trauma in your past has you trapped in a cycle of unwanted or unhealthy thoughts or behaviors. There is hope! We were designed to heal, and healing often takes place within safe relationships and connections with others. Therapy provides that safe relationship where real change can occur.
Are you OK? So many of us are experiencing anxiety, depression, or loneliness. Some of us feel stuck in our careers or lost in destructive patterns in our relationships. Perhaps you’re still grieving a lost loved one and feeling as though the hole in your heart will never heal – or maybe some trauma in your past has you trapped in a cycle of unwanted or unhealthy thoughts or behaviors. There is hope! We were designed to heal, and healing often takes place within safe relationships and connections with others. Therapy provides that safe relationship where real change can occur.
(267) 214-0359 View (267) 214-0359
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Paul E. Meschter
Psychologist, MS, CSP
Verified
Collegeville, PA 19426
Parents often have questions about their child's school performance that can be best answered by an assessment of their abilities, achievement, learning styles, attention and organization skills. Whether there is a need to modify their current school program, or decide if they would benefit from a different learning setting altogether, I offer 35 years of experience evaluating and counseling elementary through college-age students. I strive to have students feel relaxed and successful during the process and convey results in user-friendly language to help parents best understand their child's learning attributes and how to provide for growth.
Parents often have questions about their child's school performance that can be best answered by an assessment of their abilities, achievement, learning styles, attention and organization skills. Whether there is a need to modify their current school program, or decide if they would benefit from a different learning setting altogether, I offer 35 years of experience evaluating and counseling elementary through college-age students. I strive to have students feel relaxed and successful during the process and convey results in user-friendly language to help parents best understand their child's learning attributes and how to provide for growth.
(610) 991-7670 View (610) 991-7670
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Pat Brown
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Collegeville, PA 19426
Pat Brown is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an experienced Interventionist, providing counseling services in the greater Philadelphia area. Pat has built relationships and studied alongside several predominant mental health professionals while employed in facilities treating clients for Substance Use Disorder throughout the region. Passionate about recovery, Pat Brown specializes in addiction counseling and providing support to families who seek to initiate conversations with loved ones through intervention services.
Pat Brown is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an experienced Interventionist, providing counseling services in the greater Philadelphia area. Pat has built relationships and studied alongside several predominant mental health professionals while employed in facilities treating clients for Substance Use Disorder throughout the region. Passionate about recovery, Pat Brown specializes in addiction counseling and providing support to families who seek to initiate conversations with loved ones through intervention services.
(484) 725-6551 View (484) 725-6551
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Kylie Meyer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Collegeville, PA 19426  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Kylie and I am a PA Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I'm passionate about helping adolescents and adults learn how to regulate emotions, incorporate daily mindfulness, and challenge thoughts that keep them stuck. I also teach how to decrease the connection between feeling and doing, and how to maintain healthy relationships . The majority or my practice focuses on self-harm behavior, suicidal ideation, intense emotions, and impulsive behaviors. My approach is to utilize DBT throughout treatment while also incorporating CBT and trauma-focused care.
Hello! My name is Kylie and I am a PA Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I'm passionate about helping adolescents and adults learn how to regulate emotions, incorporate daily mindfulness, and challenge thoughts that keep them stuck. I also teach how to decrease the connection between feeling and doing, and how to maintain healthy relationships . The majority or my practice focuses on self-harm behavior, suicidal ideation, intense emotions, and impulsive behaviors. My approach is to utilize DBT throughout treatment while also incorporating CBT and trauma-focused care.
(484) 255-4371 View (484) 255-4371
Photo of Ashleigh Weidner, Licensed Professional Counselor in Collegeville, PA
Ashleigh Weidner
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Collegeville, PA 19426
I want to start off by giving you a virtual high five for taking your first step in the counseling process! You deserve to be here. You deserve to be heard, listened to, cared for, and respected. You deserve the opportunity to be a part of a process where you are able to grow and heal. Oftentimes, life has a funny way of throwing us some curveballs. Sometimes you might feel like you can’t handle it, but I’m here to tell you that you can. I believe that you are the expert on yourself and your life, and what we do with our time together is up to you!
I want to start off by giving you a virtual high five for taking your first step in the counseling process! You deserve to be here. You deserve to be heard, listened to, cared for, and respected. You deserve the opportunity to be a part of a process where you are able to grow and heal. Oftentimes, life has a funny way of throwing us some curveballs. Sometimes you might feel like you can’t handle it, but I’m here to tell you that you can. I believe that you are the expert on yourself and your life, and what we do with our time together is up to you!
(484) 207-5460 View (484) 207-5460
Photo of Anne K Fanelli, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Collegeville, PA
Anne K Fanelli
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MEd, MSW, LSW
Verified
Collegeville, PA 19426
Congratulations! You've realized that you can't do this on your own and you've made the decision to seek help. That's a big step and you've taken it. Now you're wondering who's the right therapist for you, who will you feel comfortable with? That's a great question because, bottom line, therapy is about the relationship you form with your therapist. In our sessions, we're just human beings working together to make your life better. You're the expert on your life and my first responsibility is to listen and understand where you're coming from.
Congratulations! You've realized that you can't do this on your own and you've made the decision to seek help. That's a big step and you've taken it. Now you're wondering who's the right therapist for you, who will you feel comfortable with? That's a great question because, bottom line, therapy is about the relationship you form with your therapist. In our sessions, we're just human beings working together to make your life better. You're the expert on your life and my first responsibility is to listen and understand where you're coming from.
(267) 699-7860 View (267) 699-7860
Photo of Gail Duffy, Licensed Professional Counselor in Collegeville, PA
Gail Duffy
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Collegeville, PA 19426
Gail has over 20 years’ experience working with substance use disorder (SUD) and Mental Health clients in a variety of settings including detox, inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient (IOP). She specializes in Relapse Prevention, Co-Occurring disorders and family programing. Gail is a graduate of West Chester and Eastern Universities and currently pursuing her Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Gail has experience working with children, adolescents and adults.
Gail has over 20 years’ experience working with substance use disorder (SUD) and Mental Health clients in a variety of settings including detox, inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient (IOP). She specializes in Relapse Prevention, Co-Occurring disorders and family programing. Gail is a graduate of West Chester and Eastern Universities and currently pursuing her Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Gail has experience working with children, adolescents and adults.
(484) 552-4731 View (484) 552-4731
Photo of Mike & Kim Couples & Family Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor in Collegeville, PA
Mike & Kim Couples & Family Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
Collegeville, PA 19426  (Online Only)
Has your relationship become toxic? Should you separate or get married? We will help you get those answers and more by giving you REAL practical tools through a powerfully unique CO-LED counseling approach that you won’t find offered in most practices. We are both married and licensed clinicians that conduct counseling sessions together with the couple; then Mike meets with the male and Kim meets with the female, for one on one individual session. We focus on relationships in crisis situations that NEED real change and real solutions FAST. This is the support you have been looking for. Call for a free consultation today!
Has your relationship become toxic? Should you separate or get married? We will help you get those answers and more by giving you REAL practical tools through a powerfully unique CO-LED counseling approach that you won’t find offered in most practices. We are both married and licensed clinicians that conduct counseling sessions together with the couple; then Mike meets with the male and Kim meets with the female, for one on one individual session. We focus on relationships in crisis situations that NEED real change and real solutions FAST. This is the support you have been looking for. Call for a free consultation today!
(484) 214-2998 View (484) 214-2998
Photo of Lee C Martin, Licensed Professional Counselor in Collegeville, PA
Lee C Martin
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, Ed, LPC
Verified
Collegeville, PA 19426
Life can be difficult to navigate. Whether it's transitions in family dynamics, unresolved trauma, relationship issues or the stressors of life events, you should not feel you are an island in your own life. Challenges are to be expected, getting help for these challenges is a choice. I have been both a middle and elementary school counselor for 32 years combined. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Custody Evaluator. I believe my passion and experience in working with children, teens and families along with individuals facing life transitions give me the skill set to help clients navigate toward positive, healthy change.
Life can be difficult to navigate. Whether it's transitions in family dynamics, unresolved trauma, relationship issues or the stressors of life events, you should not feel you are an island in your own life. Challenges are to be expected, getting help for these challenges is a choice. I have been both a middle and elementary school counselor for 32 years combined. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Custody Evaluator. I believe my passion and experience in working with children, teens and families along with individuals facing life transitions give me the skill set to help clients navigate toward positive, healthy change.
(484) 237-9689 View (484) 237-9689
Photo of Dr. Whitney Quinlan, Psychologist in Collegeville, PA
Dr. Whitney Quinlan
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Collegeville, PA 19426  (Online Only)
I’m so glad you’re here! Are you feeling overwhelmed by daily life stresses, relationship issues, or recent changes? Do you want to start to feel better? There are many aspects of our lives, our stories, our families, and our circumstances that we may not have chosen and may not be able to change. However, there ARE ways to work through these very important aspects of our lives. Therapy is a wonderful and fulfilling way to do just that. I provide services for life transitions, anxiety, depression, marital and premarital therapy, trying to conceive, pregnancy, and postpartum experiences, and other mental health concerns.
I’m so glad you’re here! Are you feeling overwhelmed by daily life stresses, relationship issues, or recent changes? Do you want to start to feel better? There are many aspects of our lives, our stories, our families, and our circumstances that we may not have chosen and may not be able to change. However, there ARE ways to work through these very important aspects of our lives. Therapy is a wonderful and fulfilling way to do just that. I provide services for life transitions, anxiety, depression, marital and premarital therapy, trying to conceive, pregnancy, and postpartum experiences, and other mental health concerns.
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Photo of Pamela Moore, Licensed Professional Counselor in Collegeville, PA
Pamela Moore
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
Collegeville, PA 19426  (Online Only)
I am passionate about providing empathetic, client centered therapy for individuals who are struggling with various life stressors or going through transitional periods in their lives. I believe in utilizing a trauma informed lens with clients and in the necessity of an individualized treatment approach for each client based on their unique needs. My areas of specialty are anxiety disorders, eating disorders, OCD, trauma, relationship difficulties, and sports and performance related issues.
I am passionate about providing empathetic, client centered therapy for individuals who are struggling with various life stressors or going through transitional periods in their lives. I believe in utilizing a trauma informed lens with clients and in the necessity of an individualized treatment approach for each client based on their unique needs. My areas of specialty are anxiety disorders, eating disorders, OCD, trauma, relationship difficulties, and sports and performance related issues.
(484) 946-5859 View (484) 946-5859
Photo of Kimberly Howard, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Collegeville, PA
Kimberly Howard
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Collegeville, PA 19426
Is your marriage or relationship falling short of the vision you once once had for it? Is the passion and intimacy you once experienced just not there anymore? Do you want to make it work, but can’t seem to move past the hurts and betrayals? All too often couples feel like they’re walking on eggshells with one another. Simple discussions easily turn into heated arguments and before long partners feel like they just don’t know each other anymore. If this sounds like your marriage or relationship, then you have come to the right place. I’m here to help.
Is your marriage or relationship falling short of the vision you once once had for it? Is the passion and intimacy you once experienced just not there anymore? Do you want to make it work, but can’t seem to move past the hurts and betrayals? All too often couples feel like they’re walking on eggshells with one another. Simple discussions easily turn into heated arguments and before long partners feel like they just don’t know each other anymore. If this sounds like your marriage or relationship, then you have come to the right place. I’m here to help.
(484) 207-5625 View (484) 207-5625
Photo of Kimberly Polonsky, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Collegeville, PA
Kimberly Polonsky
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW, CSC, BC-TMH, C-SSW
Verified
Collegeville, PA 19426  (Online Only)
Kimberly is a licensed social worker as well as a board certified telemental health specialist. She also holds certifications in school counseling and school social work. Her goal is to meet clients where they are and adapt to what treatment works best for them using modalities that are individualized to meet your needs. Kimberly's specialities include, adult and child anxiety and depression, parent/child conflict, parenting and marital struggles, divorce, substance abuse, infertility, new parent transition, college counseling as well as life adjustment. While we can’t change our past, we can always create a new future.
Kimberly is a licensed social worker as well as a board certified telemental health specialist. She also holds certifications in school counseling and school social work. Her goal is to meet clients where they are and adapt to what treatment works best for them using modalities that are individualized to meet your needs. Kimberly's specialities include, adult and child anxiety and depression, parent/child conflict, parenting and marital struggles, divorce, substance abuse, infertility, new parent transition, college counseling as well as life adjustment. While we can’t change our past, we can always create a new future.
(484) 739-8870 View (484) 739-8870
Photo of Debra Schroeder Thompson, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Collegeville, PA
Debra Schroeder Thompson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Collegeville, PA 19426  (Online Only)
Dr. Thompson was granted clinical membership by the The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. She has practiced for over 35 years and specializes in the following areas: individual adult psychotherapy, anxiety, depression, adult children of alcoholics and issues related to grief and loss. Dr. Thompson has a specialization in career counseling, and is a qualified administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a personality assessment tool. Jungian psychology has been an area of extensive and consistent study for over 45 years.
Dr. Thompson was granted clinical membership by the The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. She has practiced for over 35 years and specializes in the following areas: individual adult psychotherapy, anxiety, depression, adult children of alcoholics and issues related to grief and loss. Dr. Thompson has a specialization in career counseling, and is a qualified administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a personality assessment tool. Jungian psychology has been an area of extensive and consistent study for over 45 years.
(484) 258-3124 View (484) 258-3124
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Alyssa Seagraves
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Collegeville, PA 19426
I’m proud of you for taking the step to start looking for help, I think you are super brave. I know that the idea of starting therapy can be intimidating and scary. Therapy is highly stigmatized and we’re taught from a young age that asking for help is a sign of weakness. However, I believe that taking this step shows immeasurable strength. I am here to walk hand-in-hand with you while shedding light on what you are struggling with; to help you see the greatest parts of yourself and work through the depths of your pain.
I’m proud of you for taking the step to start looking for help, I think you are super brave. I know that the idea of starting therapy can be intimidating and scary. Therapy is highly stigmatized and we’re taught from a young age that asking for help is a sign of weakness. However, I believe that taking this step shows immeasurable strength. I am here to walk hand-in-hand with you while shedding light on what you are struggling with; to help you see the greatest parts of yourself and work through the depths of your pain.
(484) 946-4060 View (484) 946-4060

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How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Collegeville, PA

100+

Average cost per session

$140

Therapists in Collegeville, PA who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
92% Depression
79% Self Esteem
78% Relationship Issues
71% Coping Skills
68% Trauma and PTSD
67% Stress

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

76% Aetna
65% BlueCross and BlueShield
65% Highmark

How Therapists in Collegeville, PA see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

86% Female
14% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Collegeville?

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.