Therapists in York County, SC

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Ellie Mental Health Rock Hill - Old Town
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Our mission is to compassionately transform the culture of mental health care by providing creative solutions that make wellness accessible in every community. And while we know that caring for your mental health and being vulnerable with someone you just met can seem scary, we do everything that we can to make each Ellie appointment as comfortable and as fun as possible. We aim to walk along this journey with you and provide you with a comfortable place to talk, decompress, do the work, and heal.
Our mission is to compassionately transform the culture of mental health care by providing creative solutions that make wellness accessible in every community. And while we know that caring for your mental health and being vulnerable with someone you just met can seem scary, we do everything that we can to make each Ellie appointment as comfortable and as fun as possible. We aim to walk along this journey with you and provide you with a comfortable place to talk, decompress, do the work, and heal.
(803) 599-3747 View (803) 599-3747
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Johannah Hornak
MS, LPES
Verified Verified
Fort Mill, SC 29708
I am very passionate about the need in our community for therapeutic services that will help promote the optimal well being of children/adolescents and their families. It is my belief that focusing on the unique social, emotional, behavioral, and academic needs of each child is crucial for successful intervention. I provide a very compassionate and comforting presence which helps children, adolescents, and families cope with the myriad of problems, conflicts, and demands that young people and parents are challenged with in today's society.
I am very passionate about the need in our community for therapeutic services that will help promote the optimal well being of children/adolescents and their families. It is my belief that focusing on the unique social, emotional, behavioral, and academic needs of each child is crucial for successful intervention. I provide a very compassionate and comforting presence which helps children, adolescents, and families cope with the myriad of problems, conflicts, and demands that young people and parents are challenged with in today's society.
(803) 753-4260 View (803) 753-4260
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Elkins Counseling Services, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, LCMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rock Hill, SC 29730
I work to establish an environment where you will not be judged but heard and understood.I have extensive experience working with individuals with mood disorders, personality disorders, and substance use diagnoses. Treatment is client driven and focused. We will work together to achieve whatever outcome you are seeking. I will work with clients to identify issues, listen to their needs, and assist them with goal setting. If you call, I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have and explore the possibility of counseling.
I work to establish an environment where you will not be judged but heard and understood.I have extensive experience working with individuals with mood disorders, personality disorders, and substance use diagnoses. Treatment is client driven and focused. We will work together to achieve whatever outcome you are seeking. I will work with clients to identify issues, listen to their needs, and assist them with goal setting. If you call, I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have and explore the possibility of counseling.
(803) 266-1153 View (803) 266-1153
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Shombee Marshall
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Rock Hill, SC 29732
I have held a long passion for mental health counseling since my younger days. Naturally, I am inclined at helping people and I sympathizes with those who are experiencing life challenges. I have always given an ear to people who are in pain and given them words of comfort and encouragement including strangers.
I have held a long passion for mental health counseling since my younger days. Naturally, I am inclined at helping people and I sympathizes with those who are experiencing life challenges. I have always given an ear to people who are in pain and given them words of comfort and encouragement including strangers.
(803) 274-6150 View (803) 274-6150
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Lucy Bedenbaugh, LPC, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, NCC, BC-TMH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Each client is unique with their own journey and experiences to share. By providing a safe and nonjudgmental environment, I can work with you on treating any stress that you may be experiencing. I enjoy working with a diverse population of clients. My areas of focus are, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, stress management, relationship issues, and grief/loss.
Each client is unique with their own journey and experiences to share. By providing a safe and nonjudgmental environment, I can work with you on treating any stress that you may be experiencing. I enjoy working with a diverse population of clients. My areas of focus are, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, stress management, relationship issues, and grief/loss.
(803) 350-9165 View (803) 350-9165
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Kat West
LPC Intern, LPC-A
Verified Verified
Rock Hill, SC 29732
I believe that therapy is a collaborative process that considers your life experiences, patterns, relationships, and beliefs that have shaped you and are currently influencing your ways of being in the world. You are the only one who has experienced your life; therefore, I encourage you to think of yourself as the expert. My goal is to empower and guide you in expanding healthy awareness, rather than give you advice.
I believe that therapy is a collaborative process that considers your life experiences, patterns, relationships, and beliefs that have shaped you and are currently influencing your ways of being in the world. You are the only one who has experienced your life; therefore, I encourage you to think of yourself as the expert. My goal is to empower and guide you in expanding healthy awareness, rather than give you advice.
(803) 918-5724 View (803) 918-5724
Integrative Counseling Services, Inc.
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, CEAP
Verified Verified
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Depression/anxiety, addiction/substance abuse, conflict in interpersonal relationships (including Collaborative Law Process), athletics/sports & other mental-health related issues are often signs of the destructive and dysfunctional ways individuals/families cope with life's stressors and anxieties. The goal is to devise a customized treatment plan that will weaken or eliminate the patterns, cycles, and habits that keep the individual/family from living a more successful, productive, and emotionally fulfilling life. Dr. Kevin Wickes has written numerous articles for professional journals, and has presented at national conferences.
Depression/anxiety, addiction/substance abuse, conflict in interpersonal relationships (including Collaborative Law Process), athletics/sports & other mental-health related issues are often signs of the destructive and dysfunctional ways individuals/families cope with life's stressors and anxieties. The goal is to devise a customized treatment plan that will weaken or eliminate the patterns, cycles, and habits that keep the individual/family from living a more successful, productive, and emotionally fulfilling life. Dr. Kevin Wickes has written numerous articles for professional journals, and has presented at national conferences.
(843) 889-7539 View (843) 889-7539
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Kim Engel-Hughes
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, NCC, LPC, LCMHC, LPCS-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fort Mill, SC 29708
Are you struggling to cope with stress or a major life transition? Have you experienced trauma, loss, or grief? Are you searching for more meaningful work or relationships? While it’s common to have obstacles and challenges, you don’t have to figure it out all on your own.
Are you struggling to cope with stress or a major life transition? Have you experienced trauma, loss, or grief? Are you searching for more meaningful work or relationships? While it’s common to have obstacles and challenges, you don’t have to figure it out all on your own.
(803) 373-1816 View (803) 373-1816
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Dr. Dorothy McCoy
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
York, SC 29745
The 21st Century is fast paced and high tech. Today is very different from just a few years ago. We have been forced to modify our behaviors and expectations to accommodate technology. We are accessible 24/7 thanks to cell phones & blackberries. Though we juggle new demands none of the old stressors have disappeared. We still have jobs, families, friends & all the joys and responsibilities that accompany these relationships. It is easy to understand how our lives & resources can be stretched to the breaking point. Stop. Let's take the road less traveled. Truism # 1: Life can be joyful.
The 21st Century is fast paced and high tech. Today is very different from just a few years ago. We have been forced to modify our behaviors and expectations to accommodate technology. We are accessible 24/7 thanks to cell phones & blackberries. Though we juggle new demands none of the old stressors have disappeared. We still have jobs, families, friends & all the joys and responsibilities that accompany these relationships. It is easy to understand how our lives & resources can be stretched to the breaking point. Stop. Let's take the road less traveled. Truism # 1: Life can be joyful.
(803) 918-5133 View (803) 918-5133
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Jordan Blakeney
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MA, LPCA
Verified Verified
Fort Mill, SC 29708
Whether counseling children or adults, my approach is rooted in empathy, non-judgment, and a deep understanding of each individual's unique strengths and challenges. In addition to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, I am also trained in Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS), which focuses on identifying wounded parts and getting the Self to manage and unblend from its pain. Therapy can show us that all our parts are welcome, that healing is possible, and that alive and well at our center is a powerful, transformative, God-created core. In addition to my work with children, I am also certified in pre-marriage counseling.
Whether counseling children or adults, my approach is rooted in empathy, non-judgment, and a deep understanding of each individual's unique strengths and challenges. In addition to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, I am also trained in Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS), which focuses on identifying wounded parts and getting the Self to manage and unblend from its pain. Therapy can show us that all our parts are welcome, that healing is possible, and that alive and well at our center is a powerful, transformative, God-created core. In addition to my work with children, I am also certified in pre-marriage counseling.
(803) 866-5746 View (803) 866-5746
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Stacey Dawn Sutherland
MAC, CIC-CSp, BCC
Verified Verified
Fort Mill, SC 29708  (Online Only)
I am a divorced Mom of five young adult children (one adopted, two neurodiverse, and one a member of the LGBTQ+ community). I've spent years living and working abroad and in the US. I have experience in the military community as well as faith and expat communities. But my ideal client doesn't have to be like me! As a matter of fact, my clients come from all over the world and all walks of life. One thing they often have in common is abuse and trauma in their background, and/or they are going through a season of crisis or transition. All are welcome!
I am a divorced Mom of five young adult children (one adopted, two neurodiverse, and one a member of the LGBTQ+ community). I've spent years living and working abroad and in the US. I have experience in the military community as well as faith and expat communities. But my ideal client doesn't have to be like me! As a matter of fact, my clients come from all over the world and all walks of life. One thing they often have in common is abuse and trauma in their background, and/or they are going through a season of crisis or transition. All are welcome!
(803) 471-6678 View (803) 471-6678
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Erinnae Cline
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Erinnae Cline has recently become an independent Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of South Carolina and is a National Certified Counselor. She is also a certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and has worked with substance use disorder clients for 3.5 years. Erinnae has significant training and experience with end-of-life circumstances, grief, loss, and late-life developmental stages. Erinnae finished her Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Lamar University. Erinnae would love to meet with clients that struggle with intellectualizing their emotions, people-pleasing, and discovering their true selves.
Erinnae Cline has recently become an independent Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of South Carolina and is a National Certified Counselor. She is also a certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and has worked with substance use disorder clients for 3.5 years. Erinnae has significant training and experience with end-of-life circumstances, grief, loss, and late-life developmental stages. Erinnae finished her Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Lamar University. Erinnae would love to meet with clients that struggle with intellectualizing their emotions, people-pleasing, and discovering their true selves.
(803) 784-1867 View (803) 784-1867
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William Dunbar
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPCS
Verified Verified
Rock Hill, SC 29730
I am here, for you. You are not alone! At this point in my career, I do not have an ideal client. I hope my future does not hold a picture of an ideal client. I only hope you are willing to develop a mutual relationship based on understanding, compassion, honesty and effort. I am here as an evolving professional and moreover, an evolving and ever-changing human being. I am here in this role to learn from you as much as you are here to learn from me. In order for you to be your best, I promise to bring my best self to every moment that we share. As Richard Alpert said, "The art of a Therapist is the work on oneself."
I am here, for you. You are not alone! At this point in my career, I do not have an ideal client. I hope my future does not hold a picture of an ideal client. I only hope you are willing to develop a mutual relationship based on understanding, compassion, honesty and effort. I am here as an evolving professional and moreover, an evolving and ever-changing human being. I am here in this role to learn from you as much as you are here to learn from me. In order for you to be your best, I promise to bring my best self to every moment that we share. As Richard Alpert said, "The art of a Therapist is the work on oneself."
(803) 676-7410 View (803) 676-7410
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Maya Scarbrough
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, LCSWA
Verified Verified
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Welcome to your journey! Growth takes patience and hard work but ultimately changes the way you feel, act, and move throughout each and every day. I would love to be apart reaching your goals and discovering who you are. Therapy is not something to be ashamed of but rather something that shows strength and courage to start. It can help with emotion regulation, understanding yourself and others, processing thoughts and feelings, and overall, creating the version of yourself that you strive to be. I believe that you are the expert of your own life and thus have the opportunity to grow in a space that you know is best for your future.
Welcome to your journey! Growth takes patience and hard work but ultimately changes the way you feel, act, and move throughout each and every day. I would love to be apart reaching your goals and discovering who you are. Therapy is not something to be ashamed of but rather something that shows strength and courage to start. It can help with emotion regulation, understanding yourself and others, processing thoughts and feelings, and overall, creating the version of yourself that you strive to be. I believe that you are the expert of your own life and thus have the opportunity to grow in a space that you know is best for your future.
(803) 408-4929 View (803) 408-4929
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Angela Ramsey
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Rock Hill, SC 29730  (Online Only)
Angela Ramsey is a Licensed Professional Counselor in South Carolina and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida (LPC, LMHC). She has nearly 10 years of experience working with severe eating disorders, sexual trauma (assault, abuse, incest, rape), and human trafficking survivors. She is passionate about her field of work and the populations she works with. Angela has a heart for older adolescents and young adults who struggle to know their worth and value outside of diet culture and external pressures.
Angela Ramsey is a Licensed Professional Counselor in South Carolina and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida (LPC, LMHC). She has nearly 10 years of experience working with severe eating disorders, sexual trauma (assault, abuse, incest, rape), and human trafficking survivors. She is passionate about her field of work and the populations she works with. Angela has a heart for older adolescents and young adults who struggle to know their worth and value outside of diet culture and external pressures.
(803) 882-3783 View (803) 882-3783
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Julius F Meyer
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Living well, and at peace, is possible. I guide individuals and couples to honest, healthy and effective communication and affection. Over 30 years experience helping couples to avoid divorce, heal from affairs or addictions, and help blended families sort out boundaries I believe there is a good chance I can help you. I teach skills for resolving current and repetitive conflicts. I specialize in couples and family therapy resolving family of origin influences or dysfunctions, as well as impact of traumas. Experience treating: anxiety, depression, sexual issues, hopeless feelings, fears, PTSD, work stress, feeling overwhelmed, anger and acting out behavior
Living well, and at peace, is possible. I guide individuals and couples to honest, healthy and effective communication and affection. Over 30 years experience helping couples to avoid divorce, heal from affairs or addictions, and help blended families sort out boundaries I believe there is a good chance I can help you. I teach skills for resolving current and repetitive conflicts. I specialize in couples and family therapy resolving family of origin influences or dysfunctions, as well as impact of traumas. Experience treating: anxiety, depression, sexual issues, hopeless feelings, fears, PTSD, work stress, feeling overwhelmed, anger and acting out behavior
(803) 339-4889 View (803) 339-4889
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Gretchen Baldwin
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Gretchen Baldwin is a Psychologist in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2004. Gretchen works with her clients through an integrated approach that draws from Mindfulness, Attachment Theory, and Brain-Based models. Every client's story is unique and important, and Gretchen loves working through these stories with each client so they can better understand how they got where they are and how to grow from here. She helps clients work through areas where they are stuck and move toward greater flexibility and increased satisfaction with life.
Gretchen Baldwin is a Psychologist in South Carolina who has been practicing since 2004. Gretchen works with her clients through an integrated approach that draws from Mindfulness, Attachment Theory, and Brain-Based models. Every client's story is unique and important, and Gretchen loves working through these stories with each client so they can better understand how they got where they are and how to grow from here. She helps clients work through areas where they are stuck and move toward greater flexibility and increased satisfaction with life.
(803) 784-1258 View (803) 784-1258
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Resurgence Counseling &Wellness Center LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-CP
Verified Verified
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Life transitions and stressors cause us to re-examine our present sense of being. Overwhelming emotions, thoughts, and feelings can get the best of us. We get lost in our thoughts, creating feelings of resentment, anxiety, depression, and overall defeat. This cyclic thought process impacts the quality of our lives and overflows into other meaningful relationships we care about, such as our spouses, friends, family, co-workers, and children. My role in this therapeutic relationship is to help you reach your true potential by discovering a sense of acceptance, contentment, and freedom from issues that have previously kept you stagnant
Life transitions and stressors cause us to re-examine our present sense of being. Overwhelming emotions, thoughts, and feelings can get the best of us. We get lost in our thoughts, creating feelings of resentment, anxiety, depression, and overall defeat. This cyclic thought process impacts the quality of our lives and overflows into other meaningful relationships we care about, such as our spouses, friends, family, co-workers, and children. My role in this therapeutic relationship is to help you reach your true potential by discovering a sense of acceptance, contentment, and freedom from issues that have previously kept you stagnant
(803) 310-2816 View (803) 310-2816
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Jessica Lowery
Counselor, MEd, LPC, LCMHC-A
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Hey there, I'm Jess. I support and empower individuals as they grow through healing. When was the last time that you truly felt like yourself? Have you been feeling trapped, stuck, or stagnant? If so, it may be time to think about talking to a counselor. Life is complex, complicated, and sometimes overwhelming. Oftentimes we get into the unhelpful habit of putting our needs on the back-burner so that we can focus on the fast-paced present. Counseling is an opportunity to expand your mind, self-reflect, practice gratitude, heal, slow down, rest, and recharge. It’s an opportunity to end harmful cycles, habits, beliefs, and behaviors.
Hey there, I'm Jess. I support and empower individuals as they grow through healing. When was the last time that you truly felt like yourself? Have you been feeling trapped, stuck, or stagnant? If so, it may be time to think about talking to a counselor. Life is complex, complicated, and sometimes overwhelming. Oftentimes we get into the unhelpful habit of putting our needs on the back-burner so that we can focus on the fast-paced present. Counseling is an opportunity to expand your mind, self-reflect, practice gratitude, heal, slow down, rest, and recharge. It’s an opportunity to end harmful cycles, habits, beliefs, and behaviors.
(803) 859-4394 View (803) 859-4394
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BarberTherapy & Associates
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD , MEd, LCMHC-S, Divorce, Mediato
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rock Hill, SC 29730
BarberTherapy & Assoc. provides quality Mental Health services to children, adolescents, adults, families and couples utilizing a strengths based approach that promotes trust, respect, privacy and transparency.
BarberTherapy & Assoc. provides quality Mental Health services to children, adolescents, adults, families and couples utilizing a strengths based approach that promotes trust, respect, privacy and transparency.
(704) 870-0545 View (704) 870-0545

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in York County, SC

400+

Average cost per session

$130

Therapists in York County, SC who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
89% Depression
78% Relationship Issues
75% Coping Skills
75% Self Esteem
73% Stress
70% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

74% BlueCross and BlueShield
73% Aetna
66% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in York County, SC see their clients

73% In Person and Online
27% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in York County?

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.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

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.