Therapists in Blount County, TN

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Photo of Wendy Pitts Reeves, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Blount County, TN
Wendy Pitts Reeves
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Maryville, TN 37802
Hello! I'm glad you're here. I think it was John Lennon who said, "Life is what happens while we're making other plans." As a woman leader at mid-life, you may be coping with transitions that are harder than expected. A challenging career. A big move. Getting used to an empty nest or helping aging parents. Even managing success can be pretty tough - right? Sometimes, it gets to the best of us. We find ourselves overwhelmed, burned out or just a little lost. But know this: you can get help. You will find your footing again. And this is a good place to start.
Hello! I'm glad you're here. I think it was John Lennon who said, "Life is what happens while we're making other plans." As a woman leader at mid-life, you may be coping with transitions that are harder than expected. A challenging career. A big move. Getting used to an empty nest or helping aging parents. Even managing success can be pretty tough - right? Sometimes, it gets to the best of us. We find ourselves overwhelmed, burned out or just a little lost. But know this: you can get help. You will find your footing again. And this is a good place to start.
(865) 518-2692 View (865) 518-2692
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Taylor Booth
LMSW, RYT
Verified Verified
Maryville, TN 37801
Now accepting new clients! I am passionate about working with clients of all ages and walks of life. Whether you're a young person navigating the challenges of adolescence and young adulthood or an individual at a later stage of life I am here to support you on your journey. Creating a safe and welcoming environment is at the heart of my practice. I want each person who walks through my door to feel heard, understood, and supported, regardless of their age or life circumstances. Each stage of life brings its own unique experiences and struggles, and my goal is to help you navigate through them with grace and resilience.
Now accepting new clients! I am passionate about working with clients of all ages and walks of life. Whether you're a young person navigating the challenges of adolescence and young adulthood or an individual at a later stage of life I am here to support you on your journey. Creating a safe and welcoming environment is at the heart of my practice. I want each person who walks through my door to feel heard, understood, and supported, regardless of their age or life circumstances. Each stage of life brings its own unique experiences and struggles, and my goal is to help you navigate through them with grace and resilience.
(865) 737-1565 View (865) 737-1565
Photo of Tina Magnus, Marriage & Family Therapist in Blount County, TN
Tina Magnus
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Maryville, TN 37804
I am currently accepting new clients and have the availability in my schedule for you to begin services quickly. Let’s face it, life can be challenging for all of us. I am here to help and support you through your unique individual challenges that you are currently experiencing. In addition to processing your experiences in therapy sessions, I will also help teach you valuable tools. If applicable to you we can also address emotional regulation so that you are able to handle your current and future challenges in a more healthy manner.
I am currently accepting new clients and have the availability in my schedule for you to begin services quickly. Let’s face it, life can be challenging for all of us. I am here to help and support you through your unique individual challenges that you are currently experiencing. In addition to processing your experiences in therapy sessions, I will also help teach you valuable tools. If applicable to you we can also address emotional regulation so that you are able to handle your current and future challenges in a more healthy manner.
(865) 276-8832 View (865) 276-8832
Photo of Hannah Barnett, Marriage & Family Therapist in Blount County, TN
Hannah Barnett
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Maryville, TN 37804
Waitlist for new clients
I believe therapy is an invaluable tool that can bring healing and help you create meaning around your life experiences. Making the decision to seek extra support for you or your family is brave. I will prioritize your and your child’s comfort as we work towards your goals. I am compassionate and driven by an understanding of the sacred nature of personal struggles. I believe that your perspective and experience creates the framework for treatment and you can experience growth through increased understanding of your past experiences, freedom to express yourself utilizing creativity, and specific tools gained throughout therapy.
I believe therapy is an invaluable tool that can bring healing and help you create meaning around your life experiences. Making the decision to seek extra support for you or your family is brave. I will prioritize your and your child’s comfort as we work towards your goals. I am compassionate and driven by an understanding of the sacred nature of personal struggles. I believe that your perspective and experience creates the framework for treatment and you can experience growth through increased understanding of your past experiences, freedom to express yourself utilizing creativity, and specific tools gained throughout therapy.
(865) 217-0261 View (865) 217-0261
Photo of Heather Webb, Licensed Professional Counselor in Blount County, TN
Heather Webb
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPCMHSP
Verified Verified
Maryville, TN 37801
***ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS*** I welcome adults, teenagers, children, and couples. I have 21 years experience in the Mental Health field and always continue to learn how to best help a variety of populations. I have experience in and am able to treat people who have Anxiety, Depression, on the Autism Spectrum,Bi-polar, ADHD, OCD, Addictions, Phobias, ODD, Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders and low self-esteem.
***ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS*** I welcome adults, teenagers, children, and couples. I have 21 years experience in the Mental Health field and always continue to learn how to best help a variety of populations. I have experience in and am able to treat people who have Anxiety, Depression, on the Autism Spectrum,Bi-polar, ADHD, OCD, Addictions, Phobias, ODD, Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders and low self-esteem.
(865) 217-2692 View (865) 217-2692
Photo of Sharon Sitler, Licensed Professional Counselor in Blount County, TN
Sharon Sitler
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Maryville, TN 37803
I enjoy working with people from all walks of life, encouraging them and giving them hope. I believe in balanced living and looking at how issues are affecting us emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. I believe in looking at things from a Christian Worldview but work with people from all viewpoints. I used to work in the corporate world so can identify with people from all walks of life and many different life experiences. I started counseling individuals in Florida as an intern many years ago. Graduated in 1997 and am licensed both in Florida and Tennessee. My family moved to Tennessee 16 years ago, we love Tennessee.
I enjoy working with people from all walks of life, encouraging them and giving them hope. I believe in balanced living and looking at how issues are affecting us emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. I believe in looking at things from a Christian Worldview but work with people from all viewpoints. I used to work in the corporate world so can identify with people from all walks of life and many different life experiences. I started counseling individuals in Florida as an intern many years ago. Graduated in 1997 and am licensed both in Florida and Tennessee. My family moved to Tennessee 16 years ago, we love Tennessee.
(865) 409-1334 View (865) 409-1334
Photo of Eden Batista, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Blount County, TN
Eden Batista
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Maryville, TN 37801
Waitlist for new clients
I find that I work best with those who are looking for a change from the extremely clinical-feeling approach to therapy. I believe therapy shouldn't feel hierarchical, nor alienating- you and I are on the same level here. We’re collaborating to help you reach a point in your life where you feel stable and content. I’m not here to judge you or tell you what to do, but rather to work as a friendly voice to help you connect missing pieces and wade through life’s challenges with more confidence.
I find that I work best with those who are looking for a change from the extremely clinical-feeling approach to therapy. I believe therapy shouldn't feel hierarchical, nor alienating- you and I are on the same level here. We’re collaborating to help you reach a point in your life where you feel stable and content. I’m not here to judge you or tell you what to do, but rather to work as a friendly voice to help you connect missing pieces and wade through life’s challenges with more confidence.
(865) 224-6005 View (865) 224-6005
Photo of Patricia Wharton, LADAC2, Drug & Alcohol Counselor in Blount County, TN
Patricia Wharton, LADAC2
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LADACII
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Maryville, TN 37801
If you need a Substance Abuse Disorder Assessment or Alcohol & Drug Education/Counseling as required by the court or your work place, I can help with that. If you are a parent who is fearful about your child's choices, I am here to help. In any of these situations, think of me as a professional who has been in the field for 18 years. I am equipped to help reduce your suffering just by offering you understanding, compassion, knowledge and guidance.
If you need a Substance Abuse Disorder Assessment or Alcohol & Drug Education/Counseling as required by the court or your work place, I can help with that. If you are a parent who is fearful about your child's choices, I am here to help. In any of these situations, think of me as a professional who has been in the field for 18 years. I am equipped to help reduce your suffering just by offering you understanding, compassion, knowledge and guidance.
(865) 999-0243 View (865) 999-0243
Photo of Alison Johnston Mistak, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Blount County, TN
Alison Johnston Mistak
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Maryville, TN 37804
Not accepting new clients
I am currently unable to take new clients. Seeing a counselor doesn't mean you are "crazy" or weak. We all have times in our lives when we feel stuck and need help in getting ourselves or our family out of the patterns that aren't working for us. I strive to provide a personal, comfortable experience for my clients where they can learn to utilize their own strengths to develop the life and relationships they want. I hope to help people gain a better understanding of how their thoughts and experiences are influencing their emotions and provide practical feedback to guide you towards the life you want.
I am currently unable to take new clients. Seeing a counselor doesn't mean you are "crazy" or weak. We all have times in our lives when we feel stuck and need help in getting ourselves or our family out of the patterns that aren't working for us. I strive to provide a personal, comfortable experience for my clients where they can learn to utilize their own strengths to develop the life and relationships they want. I hope to help people gain a better understanding of how their thoughts and experiences are influencing their emotions and provide practical feedback to guide you towards the life you want.
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Photo of Katrise Thompson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Blount County, TN
Katrise Thompson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Maryville, TN 37801
Breaking the stigma of mental health begins by choosing to be healthy for yourself. Trusting someone is difficult, especially when struggling with mental health, because it makes us feel vulnerable. Please know vulnerability is not a weakness. My passion is helping, including creating a comfortable space that allows individuals to be their authentic selves. We all have a story that includes various experiences. I enjoy helping individuals to gain an understanding of their stories to provide them with clarity and empowerment. My experience includes domestic violence, trauma, anxiety, depression, and personality disorders.
Breaking the stigma of mental health begins by choosing to be healthy for yourself. Trusting someone is difficult, especially when struggling with mental health, because it makes us feel vulnerable. Please know vulnerability is not a weakness. My passion is helping, including creating a comfortable space that allows individuals to be their authentic selves. We all have a story that includes various experiences. I enjoy helping individuals to gain an understanding of their stories to provide them with clarity and empowerment. My experience includes domestic violence, trauma, anxiety, depression, and personality disorders.
(865) 217-2546 View (865) 217-2546
Photo of Angela Goins, Licensed Professional Counselor in Blount County, TN
Angela Goins
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-, MHSP
Verified Verified
Maryville, TN 37804  (Online Only)
I am accepting new clients and would love to talk more about how I can help you with whatever challenges you are facing. Life can be tough but having someone who is trained to help you navigate all of life’s twists and turns is invaluable. Whether you are struggling with seemingly small issues or larger life changing issues-if it matters to YOU it matters to ME.
I am accepting new clients and would love to talk more about how I can help you with whatever challenges you are facing. Life can be tough but having someone who is trained to help you navigate all of life’s twists and turns is invaluable. Whether you are struggling with seemingly small issues or larger life changing issues-if it matters to YOU it matters to ME.
(865) 505-8053 View (865) 505-8053
Photo of Shannon Brown, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Blount County, TN
Shannon Brown
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Maryville, TN 37801
We are a Queer-owned, LGBTQ+, QBIPOC, body positive, kink positive, & chronic illness safe & affirming practice. We provide a safe & protected space for our LGBTQ+ community members & their families. In compliance with state law, we DO NOT provide referrals for trans/non-binary gender affirming medical interventions for minors. Shannon has almost 20 years experience in trauma & queer mental health for all ages, family dynamics, & religious structures. She is a Certified Emergency Responder & Public Safety Clinician with a particular interest in helping Queer LEOs, EMS, 911 Operators, Fire Fighters & Vets.
We are a Queer-owned, LGBTQ+, QBIPOC, body positive, kink positive, & chronic illness safe & affirming practice. We provide a safe & protected space for our LGBTQ+ community members & their families. In compliance with state law, we DO NOT provide referrals for trans/non-binary gender affirming medical interventions for minors. Shannon has almost 20 years experience in trauma & queer mental health for all ages, family dynamics, & religious structures. She is a Certified Emergency Responder & Public Safety Clinician with a particular interest in helping Queer LEOs, EMS, 911 Operators, Fire Fighters & Vets.
(865) 590-8003 View (865) 590-8003
Photo of Laila Sherrod, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Blount County, TN
Laila Sherrod
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Maryville, TN 37801
Life is a balance between holding on and letting go" - Rumi - Do you often feel like you are living in a world where no one really gets what you are experiencing? Do you need a safe, open, non-judgmental space to talk through life's challenges? I am committed to providing a safe space to the people of Tennessee. It is challenging to live in a region where you fear your views, thoughts, and philosophies don't align with the people around you. I am a queer and LGBTQ+ safe and affirming space. Meet Cosmo! He is the pup (old dog) in the last pic. He will be in session unless otherwise requested.
Life is a balance between holding on and letting go" - Rumi - Do you often feel like you are living in a world where no one really gets what you are experiencing? Do you need a safe, open, non-judgmental space to talk through life's challenges? I am committed to providing a safe space to the people of Tennessee. It is challenging to live in a region where you fear your views, thoughts, and philosophies don't align with the people around you. I am a queer and LGBTQ+ safe and affirming space. Meet Cosmo! He is the pup (old dog) in the last pic. He will be in session unless otherwise requested.
(865) 674-9047 View (865) 674-9047
Photo of Mekenzie Russell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Blount County, TN
Mekenzie Russell
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCMHSP
Verified Verified
Maryville, TN 37801
As a therapist, I believe in meeting my clients exactly where they are in their healing journey. Ultimately, I enjoy working with individuals who are experiencing grief or other life transitions that are having trouble navigating new terrain. I also work with those who may be experiencing anxiety and depression and need assistance in creating coping skills. Additionally, I love to help men and women explore their own attachment style and work through early trauma.
As a therapist, I believe in meeting my clients exactly where they are in their healing journey. Ultimately, I enjoy working with individuals who are experiencing grief or other life transitions that are having trouble navigating new terrain. I also work with those who may be experiencing anxiety and depression and need assistance in creating coping skills. Additionally, I love to help men and women explore their own attachment style and work through early trauma.
(865) 401-6453 View (865) 401-6453
Photo of Heather Nicole Gerry, Pre-Licensed Professional in Blount County, TN
Heather Nicole Gerry
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
Maryville, TN 37801
Do you, your child or teen feel overly stressed, anxious, irritable, depressed, lonely, scared, misunderstood, unheard, guilty, or ashamed? Maybe you or your child are struggling with sleep, socializing, concentration, going to work or school, or painful memories coming up into mind or heart? Is it hard to connect or trust others? Does every day seem like a fight just to achieve everyday tasks? Now is the time to stand up and break the chains of suffering. You have the capability to feel relief, peace, joy, and stability with evidenced-based treatment from a therapist that is dedicated to walk you from suffering into freedom.
Do you, your child or teen feel overly stressed, anxious, irritable, depressed, lonely, scared, misunderstood, unheard, guilty, or ashamed? Maybe you or your child are struggling with sleep, socializing, concentration, going to work or school, or painful memories coming up into mind or heart? Is it hard to connect or trust others? Does every day seem like a fight just to achieve everyday tasks? Now is the time to stand up and break the chains of suffering. You have the capability to feel relief, peace, joy, and stability with evidenced-based treatment from a therapist that is dedicated to walk you from suffering into freedom.
(865) 346-5246 View (865) 346-5246
Photo of Vickie Starkey, Marriage & Family Therapist in Blount County, TN
Vickie Starkey
Marriage & Family Therapist, MDiv, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Maryville, TN 37801
I love helping people heal from things they didn't even know were bothering them. Maybe you struggle with negative self talk, depression, anxiety, ADHD, the consequences of complex trauma and/or just negative events nagging at you. Maybe you don't even know what the problem is, you just know something needs to change. I have helped people recover from all of these things, the trauma from being labeled with dyslexia and so much more. I love working with all people regardless of their background or past behavior. I have worked with the sickest of the sick and the worst of the worst, I've helped them and I can help you.
I love helping people heal from things they didn't even know were bothering them. Maybe you struggle with negative self talk, depression, anxiety, ADHD, the consequences of complex trauma and/or just negative events nagging at you. Maybe you don't even know what the problem is, you just know something needs to change. I have helped people recover from all of these things, the trauma from being labeled with dyslexia and so much more. I love working with all people regardless of their background or past behavior. I have worked with the sickest of the sick and the worst of the worst, I've helped them and I can help you.
(865) 205-0513 View (865) 205-0513
Photo of Leanne Potts, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Blount County, TN
Leanne Potts
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Maryville, TN 37801
My passion is to offer individualized, compassionate client care using a variety of methods. I work with adults, teens, and children. My clients range in age from five years old through adulthood, and they are usually having issues with adjustments, transitions, family, and relationships. They also may struggle with anxiety, depression, OCD, or substance use issues. I offer a non-judgmental and safe, healing space. I want to help clients meet their goals and offer hope where it may be lacking.
My passion is to offer individualized, compassionate client care using a variety of methods. I work with adults, teens, and children. My clients range in age from five years old through adulthood, and they are usually having issues with adjustments, transitions, family, and relationships. They also may struggle with anxiety, depression, OCD, or substance use issues. I offer a non-judgmental and safe, healing space. I want to help clients meet their goals and offer hope where it may be lacking.
(865) 328-9479 View (865) 328-9479
Photo of Andrea Leigh Clapp, Licensed Professional Counselor in Blount County, TN
Andrea Leigh Clapp
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCMHSP
Verified Verified
Maryville, TN 37804
My goal is to provide my clients with a safe non-judgemental space to grow emotionally. Together we are able to create individual unique plans that allow individuals and families to function in their desired capacity.
My goal is to provide my clients with a safe non-judgemental space to grow emotionally. Together we are able to create individual unique plans that allow individuals and families to function in their desired capacity.
(865) 269-9288 View (865) 269-9288
Photo of Stacia Chaplin, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Blount County, TN
Stacia Chaplin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Maryville, TN 37801
Not accepting new clients
With years of experience serving both individuals and family systems, I have addressed a vast array of symptoms related to mental health concerns. Some of these have consisted of anxiety, depression, mood dysregulation, substance abuse, trauma, and family conflict. Laurell K. Hamilton states "There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds". These wounds can develop from both our environmental influences or even within our own minds. Sometimes these wounds can be ignored for weeks, months, years, and even between generations.
With years of experience serving both individuals and family systems, I have addressed a vast array of symptoms related to mental health concerns. Some of these have consisted of anxiety, depression, mood dysregulation, substance abuse, trauma, and family conflict. Laurell K. Hamilton states "There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds". These wounds can develop from both our environmental influences or even within our own minds. Sometimes these wounds can be ignored for weeks, months, years, and even between generations.
(865) 213-9492 View (865) 213-9492
Photo of Compassion Counseling, Counselor in Blount County, TN
Compassion Counseling
Counselor, MA, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Maryville, TN 37804
I am now accepting new clients! Life constantly changes and this can feel overwhelming for many and create feelings of stress, anger, and anxiety. I want to help you feel empowered to overcome feelings worry and self-doubt. I want to help you see your own worth, strengths, and resiliency in a safe and non-judgmental space. I want to help calm your fears and thrive in the life you choose and deserve.
I am now accepting new clients! Life constantly changes and this can feel overwhelming for many and create feelings of stress, anger, and anxiety. I want to help you feel empowered to overcome feelings worry and self-doubt. I want to help you see your own worth, strengths, and resiliency in a safe and non-judgmental space. I want to help calm your fears and thrive in the life you choose and deserve.
(865) 426-1769 x4 View (865) 426-1769 x4

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Number of Therapists in Blount County, TN

100+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in Blount County, TN who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
85% Depression
76% Relationship Issues
72% Self Esteem
72% Stress
71% Trauma and PTSD
68% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

79% Cigna and Evernorth
75% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
66% Optum

How Therapists in Blount County, TN see their clients

94% In Person and Online
6% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
27% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Blount 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.

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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.