Therapists in Beaufort, SC

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Dawn H Freeman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW-CP
Verified
Beaufort, SC 29902  (Online Only)
My approach to therapy……after working as a clinical social worker for over 25 years, I have had the opportunity to work in many different settings with many different types of people. I view therapy as a process that can have a powerful and meaningful impact on your life. Choosing to begin therapy can be one of the most empowering things you can do for yourself. By providing you with a safe, compassionate, non-judgmental environment we will work together to find solutions to whatever challenges you are facing.
My approach to therapy……after working as a clinical social worker for over 25 years, I have had the opportunity to work in many different settings with many different types of people. I view therapy as a process that can have a powerful and meaningful impact on your life. Choosing to begin therapy can be one of the most empowering things you can do for yourself. By providing you with a safe, compassionate, non-judgmental environment we will work together to find solutions to whatever challenges you are facing.
(843) 352-8848 View (843) 352-8848
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Jennifer Marie Mohorovic
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Beaufort, SC 29902  (Online Only)
Life not going as planned? Do you feel stuck moving forward? Are your relationships or marriage suffering? Feeling down or anxious? Do you find yourself pulling away from people and activities you love? Do memories you would rather bury away keep popping back up at the wrong time? Do others comment that you just do not seem like your normal self? Does it seem like you keep trying and nothing seems to work? Do you feel emotionally overwhelmed? Is your sleep suffering? Life is a journey with ups and downs. It does not have to be this hard and you do not need to do it alone. There are ways to make it better.
Life not going as planned? Do you feel stuck moving forward? Are your relationships or marriage suffering? Feeling down or anxious? Do you find yourself pulling away from people and activities you love? Do memories you would rather bury away keep popping back up at the wrong time? Do others comment that you just do not seem like your normal self? Does it seem like you keep trying and nothing seems to work? Do you feel emotionally overwhelmed? Is your sleep suffering? Life is a journey with ups and downs. It does not have to be this hard and you do not need to do it alone. There are ways to make it better.
(843) 905-2329 View (843) 905-2329
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Dr. Carol Erb, LLC
Counselor, PhD, BCCC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Beaufort, SC 29902  (Online Only)
You can't get over your husband betraying your trust. You're feeling heartbroken and lost because you discovered that your husband has cheated on you and you don't know where to turn. You're wondering if you can ever trust your husband again and are thinking you're in need of some outside help. With the right guidance and support, you can heal from your husband's affair without fear of the future trusting in God’s plan for your life. I will show you how to navigate the healing and recovery process so you can step into a brighter and more hopeful future.
You can't get over your husband betraying your trust. You're feeling heartbroken and lost because you discovered that your husband has cheated on you and you don't know where to turn. You're wondering if you can ever trust your husband again and are thinking you're in need of some outside help. With the right guidance and support, you can heal from your husband's affair without fear of the future trusting in God’s plan for your life. I will show you how to navigate the healing and recovery process so you can step into a brighter and more hopeful future.
(843) 905-2385 View (843) 905-2385
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Jerry Stewart MEd LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Beaufort, SC 29902  (Online Only)
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I use a client-centered approach to work with adults dealing with issues of trauma and abuse, divorce, aging, life transitions, mood disorders including depression, and anxiety. With over 25 years of experience in providing mental health services in both public and private settings, I have a depth of training and expertise to help you deal with issues that are creating obstacles to living the life you want to live. My practice is associated with Bridges Psychiatry with offices in Charleston and Beaufort.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I use a client-centered approach to work with adults dealing with issues of trauma and abuse, divorce, aging, life transitions, mood disorders including depression, and anxiety. With over 25 years of experience in providing mental health services in both public and private settings, I have a depth of training and expertise to help you deal with issues that are creating obstacles to living the life you want to live. My practice is associated with Bridges Psychiatry with offices in Charleston and Beaufort.
(843) 639-4622 View (843) 639-4622
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Jennifer Irlbacher
LPC Intern
Verified
1 Endorsed
Beaufort, SC 29902
For me, therapy is a first and foremost relationship between myself and a client. The focus is you, what you bring into the therapy room, your emotions, your lived experiences, and your hopes, fears, needs, desires, and wish for a different experience in life. I’ve always liked to listen and observe the world around me, and I like to bring that side of me into the therapy room with you. I welcome clients from all walks of life and offer support, meeting you where you are now- even if we’re working toward a new goal or phase of life.
For me, therapy is a first and foremost relationship between myself and a client. The focus is you, what you bring into the therapy room, your emotions, your lived experiences, and your hopes, fears, needs, desires, and wish for a different experience in life. I’ve always liked to listen and observe the world around me, and I like to bring that side of me into the therapy room with you. I welcome clients from all walks of life and offer support, meeting you where you are now- even if we’re working toward a new goal or phase of life.
(843) 508-9905 x201 View (843) 508-9905 x201
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From Surviving to Thriving, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LAC, MAC, CACI
Verified
Beaufort, SC 29902
Are you experiencing, pain, problems, or pressures in your life and want to become a better version of yourself? I am here to help.
Are you experiencing, pain, problems, or pressures in your life and want to become a better version of yourself? I am here to help.
(843) 305-3621 View (843) 305-3621
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Marcia' Trejo
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
Beaufort, SC 29902  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients 2024! I’m delighted to see that you have taken a step towards investing in You! I will challenge you to think outside of the box. My priorities in therapy are helping clients build awareness around negative thoughts and finding the drive to build skills needed to support change. I pride myself on being empathetic, authentic, and open. I will consider your life experiences, cultural background, and values to meet you where you are. My goal is to create the most positive therapeutic relationship and open atmosphere. I help individuals who are struggling with different aspects of their lives.
Accepting New Clients 2024! I’m delighted to see that you have taken a step towards investing in You! I will challenge you to think outside of the box. My priorities in therapy are helping clients build awareness around negative thoughts and finding the drive to build skills needed to support change. I pride myself on being empathetic, authentic, and open. I will consider your life experiences, cultural background, and values to meet you where you are. My goal is to create the most positive therapeutic relationship and open atmosphere. I help individuals who are struggling with different aspects of their lives.
(843) 733-7594 View (843) 733-7594
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Maria Barber
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Beaufort, SC 29906
Hi, I specialize in addressing relationship issues with significant others through individual, couple, and family therapy, including working towards healing relationship traumas. If you are feeling disappointed, hurt, maybe angry, overwhelmed, perhaps confused, lost, and broken, and if you are ready to change that, I am here for you. Together we can work on healing those parts of you that keep you stuck in a place of pain or work on changing those aspects of your relationship that deprive you of the love and connection that you deserve. I work from a systemic perspective and I am a Certified Trauma Professional.
Hi, I specialize in addressing relationship issues with significant others through individual, couple, and family therapy, including working towards healing relationship traumas. If you are feeling disappointed, hurt, maybe angry, overwhelmed, perhaps confused, lost, and broken, and if you are ready to change that, I am here for you. Together we can work on healing those parts of you that keep you stuck in a place of pain or work on changing those aspects of your relationship that deprive you of the love and connection that you deserve. I work from a systemic perspective and I am a Certified Trauma Professional.
(843) 401-3419 View (843) 401-3419
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Ashton Sullivan
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, ATR
Verified
1 Endorsed
Beaufort, SC 29902
As far as anyone knows, you’ve got it together. Despite being intelligent and hard working, you just can't shake the feelings of inadequacy- no matter how much you've accomplished. You're not one to ask for help because you think you should be able to fix everything on your own. Maybe your relationships are suffering or you're just plain exhausted and at the end of your rope. Maybe it's time to put yourself first. I help people like you learn how to to relax, prioritize their goals, and realize their worth without having to "earn" it or rely on external circumstances to feel like they are enough.
As far as anyone knows, you’ve got it together. Despite being intelligent and hard working, you just can't shake the feelings of inadequacy- no matter how much you've accomplished. You're not one to ask for help because you think you should be able to fix everything on your own. Maybe your relationships are suffering or you're just plain exhausted and at the end of your rope. Maybe it's time to put yourself first. I help people like you learn how to to relax, prioritize their goals, and realize their worth without having to "earn" it or rely on external circumstances to feel like they are enough.
(843) 865-2412 View (843) 865-2412
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Renee Sutton
Licensed Professional Counselor, Counsel, MA, LPC
Verified
Beaufort, SC 29902
Not accepting new clients
With an integrative counseling model, I help clients align mind, body, and spirit for healing, especially when doctors can't find causes for physical pain or traumatic experience. Together we find your unique healing path using a variety of approaches that relax, empower you in self-care, increase tolerance towards stress and change, which everyone encounters in this society. Clients have reported regaining their inner and higher loving guidance with more purposeful direction in life. Check for various support groups (cancer & healthcare professional), stress reduction & trauma recovery classes, and Mindfulness groups that are held.
With an integrative counseling model, I help clients align mind, body, and spirit for healing, especially when doctors can't find causes for physical pain or traumatic experience. Together we find your unique healing path using a variety of approaches that relax, empower you in self-care, increase tolerance towards stress and change, which everyone encounters in this society. Clients have reported regaining their inner and higher loving guidance with more purposeful direction in life. Check for various support groups (cancer & healthcare professional), stress reduction & trauma recovery classes, and Mindfulness groups that are held.
(843) 547-2154 View (843) 547-2154
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Brittany Stilwell
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Beaufort, SC 29902
Hi there! My name is Brittany Stilwell. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I serve a wide variety of the population including individuals, couples, and families. My goal is to offer a systematic approach tailored to each of my client's individual needs while providing a safe, supportive atmosphere for them to achieve the personal growth they desire. We all need help at times, and I find it to be a great honor for others to allow me the opportunity to give them the support they need while going through life's changes.
Hi there! My name is Brittany Stilwell. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I serve a wide variety of the population including individuals, couples, and families. My goal is to offer a systematic approach tailored to each of my client's individual needs while providing a safe, supportive atmosphere for them to achieve the personal growth they desire. We all need help at times, and I find it to be a great honor for others to allow me the opportunity to give them the support they need while going through life's changes.
(864) 568-0252 View (864) 568-0252
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Benton Lutz
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, EdS, MDiv
Verified
Beaufort, SC 29902
We all deserve to live a happy, productive life -- to have a little fun every now and then. While life can't always be fun, with the right coping mechanisms and cognitive tools, we can address even the toughest times with positivity and confidence. It is my goal to teach my clients how to live their most positive lives, no matter what the circumstance or issue: marriage and family problems, anxiety, depression, ADD and ADHD (children and adults), blended family matters, sexual issues, PTSD, and military-family dynamics.
We all deserve to live a happy, productive life -- to have a little fun every now and then. While life can't always be fun, with the right coping mechanisms and cognitive tools, we can address even the toughest times with positivity and confidence. It is my goal to teach my clients how to live their most positive lives, no matter what the circumstance or issue: marriage and family problems, anxiety, depression, ADD and ADHD (children and adults), blended family matters, sexual issues, PTSD, and military-family dynamics.
(843) 466-8510 View (843) 466-8510
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Mental Wellness Center of the Lowcountry, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, NCC, LMHC, LPC
Verified
Beaufort, SC 29907
I believe that through a supportive partnership, people are empowered to make lasting behavior changes. I will partner with you to clearly visualize your personal values, goals and strengths in order to achieve balance with mind, body and spirit. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 15 years of experience.
I believe that through a supportive partnership, people are empowered to make lasting behavior changes. I will partner with you to clearly visualize your personal values, goals and strengths in order to achieve balance with mind, body and spirit. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 15 years of experience.
(843) 310-5977 View (843) 310-5977
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Bailey Smith
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW, LCSW
Verified
Beaufort, SC 29902
Now Accepting New Clients. Life is a journey with no shortage of challenges. We encounter these as we navigate parenthood or face many types of grief and loss. At times things become overwhelming and we need someone to journey with and guide us through managing stress and anxiety in order to cope and regain a sense of control. We all need a safe place to explore our thoughts and feelings to help us make sense of our world.
Now Accepting New Clients. Life is a journey with no shortage of challenges. We encounter these as we navigate parenthood or face many types of grief and loss. At times things become overwhelming and we need someone to journey with and guide us through managing stress and anxiety in order to cope and regain a sense of control. We all need a safe place to explore our thoughts and feelings to help us make sense of our world.
(843) 920-4801 View (843) 920-4801
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Liz Esch - Counseling And Play Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RPT-S, LISW-CP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Beaufort, SC 29906
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Supervisor and a Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor with 20 years of experience providing therapeutic services for children, adolescents, families and adults of all ages. I am a highly skilled and compassionate therapist who has served a diverse clientele including at-risk youth, military families, adults struggling with depression and anxiety, domestic violence victims, senior adults, foster children, families experiencing divorce, and more. I believe in tailoring every session to the needs of that unique individual or family. Children, teens and adults of all ages are welcome!
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Supervisor and a Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor with 20 years of experience providing therapeutic services for children, adolescents, families and adults of all ages. I am a highly skilled and compassionate therapist who has served a diverse clientele including at-risk youth, military families, adults struggling with depression and anxiety, domestic violence victims, senior adults, foster children, families experiencing divorce, and more. I believe in tailoring every session to the needs of that unique individual or family. Children, teens and adults of all ages are welcome!
(843) 492-5248 View (843) 492-5248
Photo of David Gray, Drug & Alcohol Counselor in Beaufort, SC
David Gray
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MA, ADC, CDVC, CAMS II
Verified
Beaufort, SC 29902
Are you or someone you love unable to break the grip of Alcohol or Drug Addiction? Here at Raising Hope Consulting, LLC. We know how to break it! Living with addiction or living with someone who is addicted to alcohol or drugs is devastating. You are exhausted as you go through the cycle of addiction, trying to stop on your own, yet one more time, you feel helpless, hopeless, and terrified of what the future holds. You want to change, desperately wanting and needing to break free and move forward but your best efforts end only in more disappointment and shame. There is help! It can end today! Let us assist you in making a change!
Are you or someone you love unable to break the grip of Alcohol or Drug Addiction? Here at Raising Hope Consulting, LLC. We know how to break it! Living with addiction or living with someone who is addicted to alcohol or drugs is devastating. You are exhausted as you go through the cycle of addiction, trying to stop on your own, yet one more time, you feel helpless, hopeless, and terrified of what the future holds. You want to change, desperately wanting and needing to break free and move forward but your best efforts end only in more disappointment and shame. There is help! It can end today! Let us assist you in making a change!
(843) 483-8473 View (843) 483-8473
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Royce V Malphrus
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD
Verified
Beaufort, SC 29902
My 50 years of experience in the behavioral change and personal growth and potential field has afforded many experiences in many facilities, currently a private practice setting. My therapeutic approach is multifaceted, focused on solutions. Psychophysiology is another area of emphasis for me and I address this with Biofeedback, Neurofeedback and Passive Infrared Hemoencephalogrophy, procedures effective for anxiety, stress mangaement, chronic pain, ADD, and optimal performance.
My 50 years of experience in the behavioral change and personal growth and potential field has afforded many experiences in many facilities, currently a private practice setting. My therapeutic approach is multifaceted, focused on solutions. Psychophysiology is another area of emphasis for me and I address this with Biofeedback, Neurofeedback and Passive Infrared Hemoencephalogrophy, procedures effective for anxiety, stress mangaement, chronic pain, ADD, and optimal performance.
(843) 751-4665 View (843) 751-4665
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Melissa Solomon-Craft
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LAC, NCC
Verified
Beaufort, SC 29906  (Online Only)
Are you struggling from events that happened in your past? Do you feel that you are living beneath your privilege and want to take control over your life? Let's work together! Counseling only yields positive results when we are honest with ourselves, open to self-reflection, and willing to put in the hard work to achieve identified goals. My job is to create a non-threatening, judgement free environment to assist you as you move towards your destiny. I have over 12 years in the mental health field and my passion is to assist clients on their quest for self actualization. I look forward to taking this journey with you.
Are you struggling from events that happened in your past? Do you feel that you are living beneath your privilege and want to take control over your life? Let's work together! Counseling only yields positive results when we are honest with ourselves, open to self-reflection, and willing to put in the hard work to achieve identified goals. My job is to create a non-threatening, judgement free environment to assist you as you move towards your destiny. I have over 12 years in the mental health field and my passion is to assist clients on their quest for self actualization. I look forward to taking this journey with you.
(843) 279-5417 View (843) 279-5417
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Cansas Goller
Counselor, LPC, MRC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Beaufort, SC 29902
Do you feel overwhelmed with stressful events around you? Do you never feel good enough and compare yourself to others? Do you feel that you are not close to loved ones or friends? Has a traumatic event happened to you and is currently affecting your relationships with your family or loved ones? If you are looking for a therapist that will provide a safe and nonjudgmental environment, who will be supportive and walk with you through your struggles, you have found her.
Do you feel overwhelmed with stressful events around you? Do you never feel good enough and compare yourself to others? Do you feel that you are not close to loved ones or friends? Has a traumatic event happened to you and is currently affecting your relationships with your family or loved ones? If you are looking for a therapist that will provide a safe and nonjudgmental environment, who will be supportive and walk with you through your struggles, you have found her.
(843) 441-2317 View (843) 441-2317
Lori A Sweetwood
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Beaufort, SC 29902  (Online Only)
Fresh from the Jersey Shore! I am a Doctor of Psychology new to Beaufort but not to practice, as president of one of the largest groups of Psychologists in NJ (ChallengesAndHope.com). So what do I do as a practicing doctor that is unique? Well, first I am a doctor, so you benefit from the highest level of training. But perhaps more important? I am a highly involved and interactive Psychologist. We will become a dynamic team, you and I! We’ll create SOLUTIONS to problems and then I will teach you how to make them HAPPEN! We may work on… You, feeling Overwhelmed. Stuck. Or ugh, hopeless or helpless to make change.
Fresh from the Jersey Shore! I am a Doctor of Psychology new to Beaufort but not to practice, as president of one of the largest groups of Psychologists in NJ (ChallengesAndHope.com). So what do I do as a practicing doctor that is unique? Well, first I am a doctor, so you benefit from the highest level of training. But perhaps more important? I am a highly involved and interactive Psychologist. We will become a dynamic team, you and I! We’ll create SOLUTIONS to problems and then I will teach you how to make them HAPPEN! We may work on… You, feeling Overwhelmed. Stuck. Or ugh, hopeless or helpless to make change.
(843) 396-5249 View (843) 396-5249

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Number of Therapists in Beaufort, SC

70+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in Beaufort, SC who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
88% Relationship Issues
84% Coping Skills
83% Depression
82% Self Esteem
73% Stress
68% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

74% BlueCross and BlueShield
50% Aetna
47% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Beaufort, SC see their clients

71% In Person and Online
29% Online Only

Gender breakdown

86% Female
14% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Beaufort?

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.