Therapists in Brentwood, TN

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Linda A. Hazel
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT, EMDR-
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027
I work with individuals, couples and families. I have been an LMFT and an Addiction Specialist for over 35 years. I specialize in trauma using EMDR-2, all addictions, relationship issues, marriage and family therapy. I deeply care about helping clients work through and process trauma which improves their life. I have been an EMDR therapist for 25 years. I work from a family systems approach to help clients discover their own identity and be true to themselves. I am committed to helping clients discover how to have the best lives and relationships possible.
I work with individuals, couples and families. I have been an LMFT and an Addiction Specialist for over 35 years. I specialize in trauma using EMDR-2, all addictions, relationship issues, marriage and family therapy. I deeply care about helping clients work through and process trauma which improves their life. I have been an EMDR therapist for 25 years. I work from a family systems approach to help clients discover their own identity and be true to themselves. I am committed to helping clients discover how to have the best lives and relationships possible.
(629) 276-3851 View (629) 276-3851
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Emily Anderson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
Hello! For the past 20 years, I have had the pleasure of working with children, teens and adults in the areas of anxiety, trauma, PTSD, mood disorders, grief, attachment and behaviors issues. I am always seeking to observe and understand my clients’ needs through a trifocal lens of Attachment, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Trained in EMDR in 2007, I view EMDR as one of the most powerful tools in the therapeutic tool chest. I often use EMDR alongside a myriad of CBT, play/art therapy, “parts” work, mindfulness and relaxation, EFT tapping, sensory, and somatic healing strategies.
Hello! For the past 20 years, I have had the pleasure of working with children, teens and adults in the areas of anxiety, trauma, PTSD, mood disorders, grief, attachment and behaviors issues. I am always seeking to observe and understand my clients’ needs through a trifocal lens of Attachment, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Trained in EMDR in 2007, I view EMDR as one of the most powerful tools in the therapeutic tool chest. I often use EMDR alongside a myriad of CBT, play/art therapy, “parts” work, mindfulness and relaxation, EFT tapping, sensory, and somatic healing strategies.
(615) 703-8463 x5 View (615) 703-8463 x5
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LaSheryl Askew
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027  (Online Only)
Hi, I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Life Coach with over 20 years of experience in diverse community settings. I hold a master’s degree from Cambridge College in Massachusetts.
Hi, I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Life Coach with over 20 years of experience in diverse community settings. I hold a master’s degree from Cambridge College in Massachusetts.
(615) 461-4807 View (615) 461-4807
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Kayla Payne
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027
I can be a good therapist "fit" for you if you are a woman needing to address the parts of your life that have deeply wounded you (i.e., trauma, abuse, anxiety, etc.). If you are in need of "soul/spiritual" care due to church hurt/religious trauma/spiritual-related issues and/or abuse within the context of faith, please reach out! I also am passionate about and sensitive towards issues of race and culture.
I can be a good therapist "fit" for you if you are a woman needing to address the parts of your life that have deeply wounded you (i.e., trauma, abuse, anxiety, etc.). If you are in need of "soul/spiritual" care due to church hurt/religious trauma/spiritual-related issues and/or abuse within the context of faith, please reach out! I also am passionate about and sensitive towards issues of race and culture.
(629) 258-7769 View (629) 258-7769
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Blair Falconello Orcutt
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Tennessee. I am well versed in working with young adult females, couples, families, and parents. I am experienced in working with challenges ranging from self esteem, family of origin issues, anxiety, family, relationship conflicts, boundary setting, parenting, life stage transitioning, and communication. Therapy goals that I commonly work with include communication, increasing self esteem, effectively coping with anxiety, boundary setting, emotional expression and increasing couple/family connection for an overall better quality of life and relationships.
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Tennessee. I am well versed in working with young adult females, couples, families, and parents. I am experienced in working with challenges ranging from self esteem, family of origin issues, anxiety, family, relationship conflicts, boundary setting, parenting, life stage transitioning, and communication. Therapy goals that I commonly work with include communication, increasing self esteem, effectively coping with anxiety, boundary setting, emotional expression and increasing couple/family connection for an overall better quality of life and relationships.
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Barb Hill
Licensed Professional Counselor, NCC, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027
I'm passionate about partnering with and walking alongside others in their most difficult moments to offer a renewed sense of hope and healing. Research shows the value in a therapeutic relationship where clients feel safe and accepted. I see this relationship as the foundation my clients and I build upon to move towards progress and transformation. My clinical interests include depression, anxiety, grief, addiction, trauma, sexuality, boundaries, spirituality, and life-transitions.
I'm passionate about partnering with and walking alongside others in their most difficult moments to offer a renewed sense of hope and healing. Research shows the value in a therapeutic relationship where clients feel safe and accepted. I see this relationship as the foundation my clients and I build upon to move towards progress and transformation. My clinical interests include depression, anxiety, grief, addiction, trauma, sexuality, boundaries, spirituality, and life-transitions.
(615) 282-5675 View (615) 282-5675
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Courtney S Peterson
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
Not one of us is immune to struggles in life. You may be experiencing stress or a life transition. Perhaps you struggle with anxiety or depression. Eating disorders or personality disorders. You may be having trouble communicating with your partner. Maybe you’ve experienced infidelity. It might be that your family needs therapy to heal. We could all use a little help from time to time. I’m here to support you no matter the issue. I specialize in depression, anxiety, bipolar, eating disorders, relationship struggles, and LGBTQ mental health.
Not one of us is immune to struggles in life. You may be experiencing stress or a life transition. Perhaps you struggle with anxiety or depression. Eating disorders or personality disorders. You may be having trouble communicating with your partner. Maybe you’ve experienced infidelity. It might be that your family needs therapy to heal. We could all use a little help from time to time. I’m here to support you no matter the issue. I specialize in depression, anxiety, bipolar, eating disorders, relationship struggles, and LGBTQ mental health.
(615) 265-1613 View (615) 265-1613
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Lisa Long
Pre-Licensed Professional, NCC, LPC, MHSP(t), CCATP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027
We all hope for the life we want to live-to engage our hearts more fully and feel connected. Yet, we don’t all get what we need along the way to promote that life. Instead, we feel anxious, overwhelmed, and disconnected from our true selves. Sometimes, despite our resilience, creativity, and grit, we continue to struggle. We may need help. Getting help is wildly brave! No matter how severe our experience has been or how suffering has marred our capacity to cope, healing is possible! Our brains can rewire and our bodies can access better ways of being. That process begins when we can explore our needs in the context of safety.
We all hope for the life we want to live-to engage our hearts more fully and feel connected. Yet, we don’t all get what we need along the way to promote that life. Instead, we feel anxious, overwhelmed, and disconnected from our true selves. Sometimes, despite our resilience, creativity, and grit, we continue to struggle. We may need help. Getting help is wildly brave! No matter how severe our experience has been or how suffering has marred our capacity to cope, healing is possible! Our brains can rewire and our bodies can access better ways of being. That process begins when we can explore our needs in the context of safety.
(629) 276-4248 View (629) 276-4248
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David Ball
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-, MHSP, MS, NCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027
My practice centers around helping people who are dealing with intense life challenges like anxiety, depression, self esteem issues or relational conflict etc. The typical clients I see are professional men or women, athletes or performers, and teenage boys. People coming to therapy want change in their lives and are struggling. I believe people will change or heal if they have someone in their corner who cares, understands, and compassionately redirects them toward their own internal resources each week. My main goal is to help you find your own inner resource of calm and confidence.
My practice centers around helping people who are dealing with intense life challenges like anxiety, depression, self esteem issues or relational conflict etc. The typical clients I see are professional men or women, athletes or performers, and teenage boys. People coming to therapy want change in their lives and are struggling. I believe people will change or heal if they have someone in their corner who cares, understands, and compassionately redirects them toward their own internal resources each week. My main goal is to help you find your own inner resource of calm and confidence.
(615) 488-4086 View (615) 488-4086
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Stephen Porter
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MA, MFA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027
You've lost someone, and it's affecting everything. The death of a loved one causes a part of us to just stop (even if the rest of us keeps going). Grief counseling is about finding and sitting with the stopped self and hearing its desires, its memories, and its hurts. With time and attention, we uncover our natural motivation to start again.
You've lost someone, and it's affecting everything. The death of a loved one causes a part of us to just stop (even if the rest of us keeps going). Grief counseling is about finding and sitting with the stopped self and hearing its desires, its memories, and its hurts. With time and attention, we uncover our natural motivation to start again.
(615) 235-5330 View (615) 235-5330
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Paul Case
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with twenty years of experience in helping parents navigate the tween, teen and young adult years with their children. Whether the presenting issue is teen substance abuse, school refusal, family conflict, self-harm, low self-esteem, overuse of technology, attention-deficit issues, anxiety or depression, failure to launch, or adjustment to circumstances such as divorce or loss, I'll help you help your child. I'll provide a clear and comprehensive assessment of the issue, and guidance for how you and your child can both grow through these challenges.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with twenty years of experience in helping parents navigate the tween, teen and young adult years with their children. Whether the presenting issue is teen substance abuse, school refusal, family conflict, self-harm, low self-esteem, overuse of technology, attention-deficit issues, anxiety or depression, failure to launch, or adjustment to circumstances such as divorce or loss, I'll help you help your child. I'll provide a clear and comprehensive assessment of the issue, and guidance for how you and your child can both grow through these challenges.
(615) 281-5141 View (615) 281-5141
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Ashton Ross
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, LPC, MHSP(T)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027
Are you tired of feeling stuck, hopeless, and disconnected? I've been there too. I am passionate about helping individuals gain a greater sense of peace, inner freedom, and cultivating a deeper connection with self and others. My heart is to provide compassionate and holistic care to my clients throughout their healing journey. I work with individuals and couples with a variety of presenting issues including, C-PTSD/Trauma, Relational trauma & Narcissistic Abuse, Anxiety, Relationship Anxiety, Depression, Relationship challenges, Family Conflict, Attachment wounds, Codependency, Low self-esteem, Perfectionism, and life transitions.
Are you tired of feeling stuck, hopeless, and disconnected? I've been there too. I am passionate about helping individuals gain a greater sense of peace, inner freedom, and cultivating a deeper connection with self and others. My heart is to provide compassionate and holistic care to my clients throughout their healing journey. I work with individuals and couples with a variety of presenting issues including, C-PTSD/Trauma, Relational trauma & Narcissistic Abuse, Anxiety, Relationship Anxiety, Depression, Relationship challenges, Family Conflict, Attachment wounds, Codependency, Low self-esteem, Perfectionism, and life transitions.
(629) 276-4631 View (629) 276-4631
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Gabriela Barnett
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCMHSP
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
Do you find yourself exhausted as you try to navigate day to day life experiences perfectly? Or engaging in unhealthy coping skills to make it through the day? Or withdrawing from people you care about because you don’t feel connected? All the while trying to silence that inner voice that whispers-or yells-’not enough’? You may not know where these feelings come from or when you felt differently. You do know that you're ready for some relief. You're ready to gain a better understanding of yourself, be able to more skillfully engage in relationships, to practice healthy self-care, and ultimately interact kindly with yourself.
Do you find yourself exhausted as you try to navigate day to day life experiences perfectly? Or engaging in unhealthy coping skills to make it through the day? Or withdrawing from people you care about because you don’t feel connected? All the while trying to silence that inner voice that whispers-or yells-’not enough’? You may not know where these feelings come from or when you felt differently. You do know that you're ready for some relief. You're ready to gain a better understanding of yourself, be able to more skillfully engage in relationships, to practice healthy self-care, and ultimately interact kindly with yourself.
(615) 471-7757 View (615) 471-7757
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Music Therapy Nashville
MD, MT-BC, NMT
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
I offer clients wellness services, mental health therapy, and medical and neurological rehabilitation services that use traditional talk therapy as well as music and the creative arts as treatment tools. My goal is to help you, or your child, develop the skills and abilities to feel your best physically, mentally, and emotionally. Sessions may include education around the role of trauma, past experience, and neurochemistry in how we feel and act now, mindfulness exercises, relaxation practices, creativity-based activities, and the development of individualized plans to help practice healthier thought and behavior patterns.
I offer clients wellness services, mental health therapy, and medical and neurological rehabilitation services that use traditional talk therapy as well as music and the creative arts as treatment tools. My goal is to help you, or your child, develop the skills and abilities to feel your best physically, mentally, and emotionally. Sessions may include education around the role of trauma, past experience, and neurochemistry in how we feel and act now, mindfulness exercises, relaxation practices, creativity-based activities, and the development of individualized plans to help practice healthier thought and behavior patterns.
(629) 205-6433 View (629) 205-6433
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Angela Alexander
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
I desire to understand my clients' longings, while offering support and guidance on a wide range of issues commonly encountered, such as career transitions, relationship dynamics, parenting struggles, aging parents, self-esteem concerns, and navigating societal expectations.
I desire to understand my clients' longings, while offering support and guidance on a wide range of issues commonly encountered, such as career transitions, relationship dynamics, parenting struggles, aging parents, self-esteem concerns, and navigating societal expectations.
(629) 276-3611 View (629) 276-3611
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Dean Ross
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027
Does this sound familiar? "I will never be good enough." It’s easy to feel that way if you’ve been repeating the same unhelpful thoughts and behaviors for years. The good thing about thoughts and behaviors is that they can change if you let them. I do believe we’re all doing our best, but sometimes we don't know how to let go of judgement or regret, whether it’s in our relationships, jobs, or in our way of thinking about ourselves. We all want a full life—one not ruled by regret from the past or by fear of the future. We have to lay down the burden of the "what if’s" and "should I" so that we can move forward more freely.
Does this sound familiar? "I will never be good enough." It’s easy to feel that way if you’ve been repeating the same unhelpful thoughts and behaviors for years. The good thing about thoughts and behaviors is that they can change if you let them. I do believe we’re all doing our best, but sometimes we don't know how to let go of judgement or regret, whether it’s in our relationships, jobs, or in our way of thinking about ourselves. We all want a full life—one not ruled by regret from the past or by fear of the future. We have to lay down the burden of the "what if’s" and "should I" so that we can move forward more freely.
(615) 235-6923 View (615) 235-6923
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Jeanine C Miller
PhD, SPE-HSP
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
So often we get caught up in survival mode and coping with the day to day. Everyone deserves to thrive. My ideal client may be wrestling with any number of life challenges such as anxiety, depression, family/ relationship conflicts, and chronic stress leading to emotional and physical exhaustion.
So often we get caught up in survival mode and coping with the day to day. Everyone deserves to thrive. My ideal client may be wrestling with any number of life challenges such as anxiety, depression, family/ relationship conflicts, and chronic stress leading to emotional and physical exhaustion.
(629) 205-0602 View (629) 205-0602
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Kristen P Blackshear
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
We all experience struggles and challenges as we move through life. Through therapy, my hope is to help people create more fulfilling and satisfying lives. I believe that the relationship between therapist and client is crucial to the success of therapy. Therefore, I work to create a safe and welcoming environment. My therapeutic style balances direct feedback with active, empathic listening. I treat each client according to their individual needs and unique presentation. My approach is flexible and based on what is best for each client. I am passionate about helping individuals learn and understand more about themselves and their relationships in order to live fuller, healthier lives.
We all experience struggles and challenges as we move through life. Through therapy, my hope is to help people create more fulfilling and satisfying lives. I believe that the relationship between therapist and client is crucial to the success of therapy. Therefore, I work to create a safe and welcoming environment. My therapeutic style balances direct feedback with active, empathic listening. I treat each client according to their individual needs and unique presentation. My approach is flexible and based on what is best for each client. I am passionate about helping individuals learn and understand more about themselves and their relationships in order to live fuller, healthier lives.
(615) 285-3120 View (615) 285-3120
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Emily West
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
Welcome, I'm so glad you're here! My name is Emily, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have been working as a therapist since 2019, and my experience includes working with children, teens, and adults who struggle with anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, foster care/adoption issues, life transitions, low self-esteem, stress, women’s issues, and many other mental health issues. I am most passionate about assisting clients in finding deeper healing rather than a temporary fix. I always consider it an honor and a privilege to walk alongside individuals in this journey!
Welcome, I'm so glad you're here! My name is Emily, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have been working as a therapist since 2019, and my experience includes working with children, teens, and adults who struggle with anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, foster care/adoption issues, life transitions, low self-esteem, stress, women’s issues, and many other mental health issues. I am most passionate about assisting clients in finding deeper healing rather than a temporary fix. I always consider it an honor and a privilege to walk alongside individuals in this journey!
(629) 468-3440 View (629) 468-3440
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Logan Klein
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027
One of the most radical things we can do in this life is to take care of ourselves. Which is not something we are necessarily taught to do, and well, when we start to do it there can be some resistance. It’s taken a lot for you to get to this point, and I am so glad you found your way here. Whether this is the first time you are seeking therapy or if you have been around the block a time or two, there is a place for you here. One thing is for certain, things are not quite how you would like for them to be, and that is where therapy comes in.
One of the most radical things we can do in this life is to take care of ourselves. Which is not something we are necessarily taught to do, and well, when we start to do it there can be some resistance. It’s taken a lot for you to get to this point, and I am so glad you found your way here. Whether this is the first time you are seeking therapy or if you have been around the block a time or two, there is a place for you here. One thing is for certain, things are not quite how you would like for them to be, and that is where therapy comes in.
(615) 258-6723 View (615) 258-6723

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Brentwood, TN

700+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Brentwood, TN who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
84% Depression
76% Relationship Issues
73% Self Esteem
69% Trauma and PTSD
65% Coping Skills
64% Grief

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

74% Cigna and Evernorth
71% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
69% Aetna

How Therapists in Brentwood, TN see their clients

81% In Person and Online
19% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Brentwood?

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.