Therapists in Elkins Park, PA

Photo of Shelley Z Goodman, Psychologist in Elkins Park, PA
Shelley Z Goodman
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Not accepting new clients
(For a faster response this provider prefers to be contacted by email) I believe that everyone has within them the ability to overcome personal and psychological obstructions to develop their full potential. I see myself as a team member in the client's journey for growth and change.
(For a faster response this provider prefers to be contacted by email) I believe that everyone has within them the ability to overcome personal and psychological obstructions to develop their full potential. I see myself as a team member in the client's journey for growth and change.
(267) 338-4185 View (267) 338-4185
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Polly Hill O'Keefe
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Elkins Park, PA 19027  (Online Only)
For more than 35 years, I have helped clients develop healthy, growth-inducing insights, face life's most difficult challenges more successfully, and enjoy life's most wondrous moments more fully.
For more than 35 years, I have helped clients develop healthy, growth-inducing insights, face life's most difficult challenges more successfully, and enjoy life's most wondrous moments more fully.
(267) 257-4759 View (267) 257-4759
Photo of Shanna Savage, Licensed Professional Counselor in Elkins Park, PA
Shanna Savage
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Elkins Park, PA 19027  (Online Only)
I offer telehealth sessions through a secure portal for clients who are distancing or quarantined. Have you been struggling with feeling sad, having enough energy to get through your day, or been overwhelmed with worry? I believe that each individual possesses strength and resilience, and sometimes it takes work to for one to recognize the unique qualities and character they have. I want to help you in your journey to discovering your strengths and help you through moments that have challenged you in the past and present, to create a better future.
I offer telehealth sessions through a secure portal for clients who are distancing or quarantined. Have you been struggling with feeling sad, having enough energy to get through your day, or been overwhelmed with worry? I believe that each individual possesses strength and resilience, and sometimes it takes work to for one to recognize the unique qualities and character they have. I want to help you in your journey to discovering your strengths and help you through moments that have challenged you in the past and present, to create a better future.
(717) 546-8381 View (717) 546-8381
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Miriam Franco
Psychologist, PsyD, MSW, MSCS
Verified Verified
Elkins Park, PA 19027  (Online Only)
In my practice with adults, I address a range of issues from emotional stress, grief, anxiety, depression, and relational issues. I also specialize in helping people cope with health conditions and chronic illness/pain. I incorporate a psycho-dynamic and relational analytic orientation to my work. I engage clients in a process of greater reflection and mindfulness and guide them to learn how to lower reactivity, stress and anxiety. I provide a holistic approach including reducing symptoms that limit quality of life and improving one's awareness of self-experiences that hinder greater personal freedom, growth and healing.
In my practice with adults, I address a range of issues from emotional stress, grief, anxiety, depression, and relational issues. I also specialize in helping people cope with health conditions and chronic illness/pain. I incorporate a psycho-dynamic and relational analytic orientation to my work. I engage clients in a process of greater reflection and mindfulness and guide them to learn how to lower reactivity, stress and anxiety. I provide a holistic approach including reducing symptoms that limit quality of life and improving one's awareness of self-experiences that hinder greater personal freedom, growth and healing.
(610) 225-6006 View (610) 225-6006
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Harry Carl Amarnick
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, EMDR
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Many years ago I changed my life by pursuing a more fulfilling career. The concept that most inspired me was “Neuroplasticity”- That we can change the way our mind works and in so doing experience greater well-being. Negative beliefs about ourselves are generally linked to negative things that we experienced in the past, or positive things that we needed to experience but unfortunately never did. By utilizing interventions that target "what happened" or "what needed to happen but didn't" we can increase our self-worth. We can't undo "what happened" but we CAN undo the impact that hurtful experiences/relationships have had on us.
Many years ago I changed my life by pursuing a more fulfilling career. The concept that most inspired me was “Neuroplasticity”- That we can change the way our mind works and in so doing experience greater well-being. Negative beliefs about ourselves are generally linked to negative things that we experienced in the past, or positive things that we needed to experience but unfortunately never did. By utilizing interventions that target "what happened" or "what needed to happen but didn't" we can increase our self-worth. We can't undo "what happened" but we CAN undo the impact that hurtful experiences/relationships have had on us.
(267) 354-8240 View (267) 354-8240
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Sunghye Sin
Psychologist, PsyD, LP
Verified Verified
Elkins Park, PA 19027
The best way to contact me is via email. I am a licensed psychologist and an ADHD-certified clinical services provider. I specialize in ADHD/ASD evaluations, anxiety, social anxiety, depression, executive functioning challenges, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and social communication-related issues. I offer ADOS-2 for autism evaluation, exposure/ritual prevention therapy for OCD, and utilize exposure therapy as part of cognitive behavioral therapy treatment for anxiety disorders. In addition, I provide executive functioning coaching, social thinking training, and parent training.
The best way to contact me is via email. I am a licensed psychologist and an ADHD-certified clinical services provider. I specialize in ADHD/ASD evaluations, anxiety, social anxiety, depression, executive functioning challenges, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and social communication-related issues. I offer ADOS-2 for autism evaluation, exposure/ritual prevention therapy for OCD, and utilize exposure therapy as part of cognitive behavioral therapy treatment for anxiety disorders. In addition, I provide executive functioning coaching, social thinking training, and parent training.
(215) 770-0416 View (215) 770-0416
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Loretta Eberle
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Elkins Park, PA 19027  (Online Only)
I successfully work with adults, adolescents, children, and families by using evidence-based techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Mindfulness, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral (TF-CBT), and Eco-Systemic Family (ESFT) therapies. I implement these techniques by personalizing them to your specific therapeutic journey so that you and your family can learn the skills needed to persevere over depression, anxiety, and trauma while also mastering interventions that can aid you in improving your communication and social skills.
I successfully work with adults, adolescents, children, and families by using evidence-based techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Mindfulness, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral (TF-CBT), and Eco-Systemic Family (ESFT) therapies. I implement these techniques by personalizing them to your specific therapeutic journey so that you and your family can learn the skills needed to persevere over depression, anxiety, and trauma while also mastering interventions that can aid you in improving your communication and social skills.
(267) 733-6060 x701 View (267) 733-6060 x701
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RJ Cares, LLC
MSW
Verified Verified
Elkins Park, PA 19027
My name is Rosalind Jefferson and I provide a unique, dynamic, safe and peaceful space to discuss thoughts, feelings, worries, fears, anxieties, stress, anger, hopes and dreams so one may feel whole again without criticism or judgment. My goal is to create hope, self-motivation and self-awareness to help people make the changes needed to lead a happy, healthy and productive quality of life. I love helping people live their best life through exploring thoughts, feelings and aspirations. I collaborate, encourage and empower individuals and groups to get past the sadness, depression, anger, and stress.
My name is Rosalind Jefferson and I provide a unique, dynamic, safe and peaceful space to discuss thoughts, feelings, worries, fears, anxieties, stress, anger, hopes and dreams so one may feel whole again without criticism or judgment. My goal is to create hope, self-motivation and self-awareness to help people make the changes needed to lead a happy, healthy and productive quality of life. I love helping people live their best life through exploring thoughts, feelings and aspirations. I collaborate, encourage and empower individuals and groups to get past the sadness, depression, anger, and stress.
(215) 402-5301 View (215) 402-5301
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Stacey Luczejko
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdS, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Elkins Park, PA 19027  (Online Only)
Is life overwhelming you lately? Wouldn't it be great if life was a never-ending vacation. Problems and bad days wouldn't exist and we would live over and over the best days of our life. With family, friends, work, relationships, our health... change is happening all around us. How is change impacting your life? Do you feel like you are overwhelmed? Do you feel like no one understands? Do you feel like people are trying to help but are really just making things worse?
Is life overwhelming you lately? Wouldn't it be great if life was a never-ending vacation. Problems and bad days wouldn't exist and we would live over and over the best days of our life. With family, friends, work, relationships, our health... change is happening all around us. How is change impacting your life? Do you feel like you are overwhelmed? Do you feel like no one understands? Do you feel like people are trying to help but are really just making things worse?
(215) 398-7491 View (215) 398-7491
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Jasmine Richardson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Elkins Park, PA 19027  (Online Only)
If you’re seeking a safe and supportive environment where you can open-up and be your authentic self, look no further. I use a variety of therapy techniques such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused and Motivational interviewing to help clients explore their concerns in life. With my unique clinical experience, I empower clients to find the internal strength they need to create personal change and develop a healthier sense of self. My professional training and experience qualify me to work with general mental health concerns such as: anxiety, depression, self-esteem and other emotional challenges.
If you’re seeking a safe and supportive environment where you can open-up and be your authentic self, look no further. I use a variety of therapy techniques such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused and Motivational interviewing to help clients explore their concerns in life. With my unique clinical experience, I empower clients to find the internal strength they need to create personal change and develop a healthier sense of self. My professional training and experience qualify me to work with general mental health concerns such as: anxiety, depression, self-esteem and other emotional challenges.
(267) 209-6604 View (267) 209-6604
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Zoe Gould
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Elkins Park, PA 19027  (Online Only)
There is no universal reason to enter therapy. Everyone arrives in their own time, moves at their own pace, and seeks different outcomes. I approach therapy with the lens that every person deserves a space to heal with self-determination and empathy. Whether you are navigating emotions of overwhelm, grief, conflict, worry, or harm, I aim to address each feeling with care and thoughtfulness. I want to know what brings you here now and how you envision therapy as a tool for your personal growth.
There is no universal reason to enter therapy. Everyone arrives in their own time, moves at their own pace, and seeks different outcomes. I approach therapy with the lens that every person deserves a space to heal with self-determination and empathy. Whether you are navigating emotions of overwhelm, grief, conflict, worry, or harm, I aim to address each feeling with care and thoughtfulness. I want to know what brings you here now and how you envision therapy as a tool for your personal growth.
(215) 618-9537 x705 View (215) 618-9537 x705
Photo of Vanessa G. Stephens, Pre-Licensed Professional in Elkins Park, PA
Vanessa G. Stephens
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Now accepting new clients at this time. * Se habla español/Spanish speaking. Is there something in your life that needs improvement, is causing you stress, or are you just looking for personal growth? Let me help you. Life can be challenging due to unexpected events that cause someone to struggle with day-to-day routine. Learning coping techniques and skills can help with regaining your power and enthusiasm for a brighter future. Pat yourself on the back for having the insight to want to change behaviors and courage to seek change.
Now accepting new clients at this time. * Se habla español/Spanish speaking. Is there something in your life that needs improvement, is causing you stress, or are you just looking for personal growth? Let me help you. Life can be challenging due to unexpected events that cause someone to struggle with day-to-day routine. Learning coping techniques and skills can help with regaining your power and enthusiasm for a brighter future. Pat yourself on the back for having the insight to want to change behaviors and courage to seek change.
(267) 692-4953 View (267) 692-4953
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Brigette Potgieter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Elkins Park, PA 19027
You are smart, competent, and lovable, but every day is a struggle to trust that this is true. The "should haves" and "what-ifs" pile up before the first cup of coffee, draining you of energy and motivation. It's time to turn the table on anxiety and depression. You deserve the support and guidance it takes to feel strength, clarity and enthusiasm in your life. You've tried doing this alone. Now It's time to get help.
You are smart, competent, and lovable, but every day is a struggle to trust that this is true. The "should haves" and "what-ifs" pile up before the first cup of coffee, draining you of energy and motivation. It's time to turn the table on anxiety and depression. You deserve the support and guidance it takes to feel strength, clarity and enthusiasm in your life. You've tried doing this alone. Now It's time to get help.
(267) 463-4038 View (267) 463-4038
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8121 Hammond Rd
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LBS
Verified Verified
Elkins Park, PA 19027  (Online Only)
I believe that anyone who seeks support should be treated with the utmost respect and care in taking this step to alleviate any distress they are having.I feel therapy is a healthy choice that can bring relief and understanding to most problems. I respect your decision to start to make changes in your life( or in your family) at any time and hope you will give a call to make an appointment. People often feel alone when they face life's challenges and this does not have to be the case
I believe that anyone who seeks support should be treated with the utmost respect and care in taking this step to alleviate any distress they are having.I feel therapy is a healthy choice that can bring relief and understanding to most problems. I respect your decision to start to make changes in your life( or in your family) at any time and hope you will give a call to make an appointment. People often feel alone when they face life's challenges and this does not have to be the case
(267) 331-4179 View (267) 331-4179
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Matthew Semanision
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Elkins Park, PA 19027  (Online Only)
My name is Matt Semanision. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Pennsylvania. I have spent the majority of my professional career working with the LGBTQIA+ population. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you.
My name is Matt Semanision. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Pennsylvania. I have spent the majority of my professional career working with the LGBTQIA+ population. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you.
(215) 253-4289 View (215) 253-4289
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Robert Kravis
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Elkins Park, PA 19027
I believe that most personal problems have developed over time and need careful and systematic exploration in order to be understood and modified. This calls for a conjoint effort in which both therapist and client collaborate to expand understanding. In my practice this occurs as a trusting, meaningful relationship develops, making it possible for me to develop a thorough understanding which I can then share with my client. I believe that symptoms are indications of underlying issues of which most people are only partially aware. As the therapy brings there issues into conscious awareness they can be effectively addressed.
I believe that most personal problems have developed over time and need careful and systematic exploration in order to be understood and modified. This calls for a conjoint effort in which both therapist and client collaborate to expand understanding. In my practice this occurs as a trusting, meaningful relationship develops, making it possible for me to develop a thorough understanding which I can then share with my client. I believe that symptoms are indications of underlying issues of which most people are only partially aware. As the therapy brings there issues into conscious awareness they can be effectively addressed.
(215) 600-4703 View (215) 600-4703
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The Lotus WELL Counseling Svcs & Wellness Retreat
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LBS, CESP, JD, ACS
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Everyone including me, is going through or has gone through something at some point in their life. And when we do, sometimes we just need a little support, a little encouragement, a listening and caring ear or a little guidance and push in the right direction. We don't want to be judged but we want someone to understand. We want someone who is going to be there for us and support us in making the best decisions for our next step or transition in life. No matter your circumstance, we can and will get through this together and it all starts with a conversation, so let's have one...
Everyone including me, is going through or has gone through something at some point in their life. And when we do, sometimes we just need a little support, a little encouragement, a listening and caring ear or a little guidance and push in the right direction. We don't want to be judged but we want someone to understand. We want someone who is going to be there for us and support us in making the best decisions for our next step or transition in life. No matter your circumstance, we can and will get through this together and it all starts with a conversation, so let's have one...
(215) 712-8136 View (215) 712-8136
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Mark David Seltzer
BA, JD, ESQ, ACC
Verified Verified
Elkins Park, PA 19027
I provide Gestalt Coaching with support, counseling, guidance, consultation & safe emotional help to facilitate change. I coach to the person that knows you best...YOU. I serve those going through difficult life transition issues or in the legal system including divorce, family break up, estate disputes, child custody, litigation, bankruptcy, financial upheaval, job & career adjustment, the changes & turmoil that arise in life, business & relationship rupture. I provide the needed focus, support & guidance to address, manage & overcome these difficult problems. We explore your values, goals & vision to create action and change.
I provide Gestalt Coaching with support, counseling, guidance, consultation & safe emotional help to facilitate change. I coach to the person that knows you best...YOU. I serve those going through difficult life transition issues or in the legal system including divorce, family break up, estate disputes, child custody, litigation, bankruptcy, financial upheaval, job & career adjustment, the changes & turmoil that arise in life, business & relationship rupture. I provide the needed focus, support & guidance to address, manage & overcome these difficult problems. We explore your values, goals & vision to create action and change.
(267) 310-0778 View (267) 310-0778
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Aadeliya Counseling Practice LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, RN, CAADC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Do you desire to live your best life, but are feeling confused about how to move forward? Childhood/family trauma, relationship issues, considered therapy, but don’t know where to begin? As an African American female, Christian counselor, and registered nurse. I have had the opportunity to work in various settings among a diverse population of people. Together, we can identify the source of your why for feeling isolated, sad, lonely, trust issues, overthinking, worry, and trying to see God in it! Call Aadeliya Counseling Practice today. Learn how to heal for you! In a safe, caring, and supportive environment at a discreet location.
Do you desire to live your best life, but are feeling confused about how to move forward? Childhood/family trauma, relationship issues, considered therapy, but don’t know where to begin? As an African American female, Christian counselor, and registered nurse. I have had the opportunity to work in various settings among a diverse population of people. Together, we can identify the source of your why for feeling isolated, sad, lonely, trust issues, overthinking, worry, and trying to see God in it! Call Aadeliya Counseling Practice today. Learn how to heal for you! In a safe, caring, and supportive environment at a discreet location.
(267) 443-6377 View (267) 443-6377
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Triumph Counseling Group, LLC
MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Triumph Counseling Group is a practice comprised of clinicians that specialize in treating children, adolescents, and young adults. Our therapists have a experience with all age groups but specialize in working with young people and families. Triumph Therapists are equipped with evidenced based techniques that get results. We help young people experiencing anxiety, depression, low academic motivation, social struggles, and poor self-esteem. We work collaboratively with parents, schools, other supports to ensure continuity of care across settings which we believe is a key factor in achieving therapeutic goals.
Triumph Counseling Group is a practice comprised of clinicians that specialize in treating children, adolescents, and young adults. Our therapists have a experience with all age groups but specialize in working with young people and families. Triumph Therapists are equipped with evidenced based techniques that get results. We help young people experiencing anxiety, depression, low academic motivation, social struggles, and poor self-esteem. We work collaboratively with parents, schools, other supports to ensure continuity of care across settings which we believe is a key factor in achieving therapeutic goals.
(215) 798-8025 View (215) 798-8025

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Number of Therapists in Elkins Park, PA

60+

Average cost per session

$132

Therapists in Elkins Park, PA who prioritize treating:

88% Anxiety
86% Depression
80% Relationship Issues
80% Self Esteem
70% Trauma and PTSD
65% Coping Skills
58% Grief

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

70% Highmark
67% Aetna
61% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Therapists in Elkins Park, PA see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
22% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Elkins Park?

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.