Therapists in Chester County, TN

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Cravens Behavioral Health
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Henderson, TN 38340
After years of providing behavioral health services, I am honored to say that my clients have taught me as much as I hopefully have helped them. Through my education and learning from my clients, I have become better equipped to help adults needing and wanting to grow in a number of arenas. I am a LPC/MHSP, LMFT, National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Approved Counseling Supervisor in the state of Tennessee. I have worked with adults struggling with a wide range of concerns, including anxiety disorders, behavioral disorders, chronic illness, depression, grief, infidelity, and sexual concerns.
After years of providing behavioral health services, I am honored to say that my clients have taught me as much as I hopefully have helped them. Through my education and learning from my clients, I have become better equipped to help adults needing and wanting to grow in a number of arenas. I am a LPC/MHSP, LMFT, National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Approved Counseling Supervisor in the state of Tennessee. I have worked with adults struggling with a wide range of concerns, including anxiety disorders, behavioral disorders, chronic illness, depression, grief, infidelity, and sexual concerns.
(731) 251-3935 View (731) 251-3935
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Taylor Bell
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC-MHS
Verified Verified
Henderson, TN 38340
Hello! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Mental Health Service Provider designation (LPC-MHSP) based in the state of Tennessee. I received my Masters from Freed-Hardeman University five years ago and have been working with people struggling with trauma, grief, anxiety, and depression since that time. I am passionate about helping my clients reclaim purpose and joy in their lives.
Hello! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Mental Health Service Provider designation (LPC-MHSP) based in the state of Tennessee. I received my Masters from Freed-Hardeman University five years ago and have been working with people struggling with trauma, grief, anxiety, and depression since that time. I am passionate about helping my clients reclaim purpose and joy in their lives.
(731) 318-0499 View (731) 318-0499
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Nicole Breeding
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP, NCC
Verified Verified
Henderson, TN 38340
Women and men who have experienced trauma in any way are the clients I work with most and enjoy helping. I want to help them release some of the pain and tension their bodies hold. I would like to honor where they have been and where they would like to be. I know that living with pain and grief is difficult and I would like to help people heal from things without losing the most precious parts of themselves.
Women and men who have experienced trauma in any way are the clients I work with most and enjoy helping. I want to help them release some of the pain and tension their bodies hold. I would like to honor where they have been and where they would like to be. I know that living with pain and grief is difficult and I would like to help people heal from things without losing the most precious parts of themselves.
(731) 327-6047 View (731) 327-6047
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Stephannie Williams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Henderson, TN 38340
I have worked with children & families for over 20 years. Some of the areas I worked were in-home services, therapeutics foster care, crisis nursery, adoption, hospital setting & outpatient psychotherapy in the local mental health facility. I really enjoy helping my clients & I like to see them progress through the issues & symptoms they start off with. I see adults too for life issues, anxiety & loss but I specialize with children. I use play therapy to help client find fun while they are working on hard issues & building skills. I love to think outside the box & help clients move forward.
I have worked with children & families for over 20 years. Some of the areas I worked were in-home services, therapeutics foster care, crisis nursery, adoption, hospital setting & outpatient psychotherapy in the local mental health facility. I really enjoy helping my clients & I like to see them progress through the issues & symptoms they start off with. I see adults too for life issues, anxiety & loss but I specialize with children. I use play therapy to help client find fun while they are working on hard issues & building skills. I love to think outside the box & help clients move forward.
(731) 207-7749 View (731) 207-7749
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Greg Perry at LifeWorks Resources
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Henderson, TN 38340
My dedication lies in supporting you to triumph over emotional and mental challenges, employing proven therapeutic methods. With a wealth of experience, I specialize in assisting adolescents, teens, and adults grappling with various mental health issues like depression, anxiety, stress-related disorders, and substance abuse. Additionally, I'm equipped to address trauma and grief, drawing from a diverse toolkit that includes Family Systems Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness techniques.
My dedication lies in supporting you to triumph over emotional and mental challenges, employing proven therapeutic methods. With a wealth of experience, I specialize in assisting adolescents, teens, and adults grappling with various mental health issues like depression, anxiety, stress-related disorders, and substance abuse. Additionally, I'm equipped to address trauma and grief, drawing from a diverse toolkit that includes Family Systems Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness techniques.
(731) 503-3898 View (731) 503-3898
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Julia L Mobiglia
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
Henderson, TN 38340
It takes a lot of courage to take the first step in asking for help. I am committed to helping my clients address their needs and I like to meet them where they are. It is important to get to know my clients in order to help them work toward a healthier and more productive lifestyle. I am a licensed practical counselor and mental health specialist and have been in the field for over 6 years.
It takes a lot of courage to take the first step in asking for help. I am committed to helping my clients address their needs and I like to meet them where they are. It is important to get to know my clients in order to help them work toward a healthier and more productive lifestyle. I am a licensed practical counselor and mental health specialist and have been in the field for over 6 years.
(901) 295-6060 View (901) 295-6060
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Kimberly Beare
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
Henderson, TN 38340
Not accepting new clients
"You Matter!" Life is a journey, and at times, due to any number of reasons we can lose track of what is truly important and find ourselves lost or derailed. Do you feel like your journey has stalled or has taken a wrong turn? Maybe life is moving too fast and you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed out? While not everyone has been diagnosed with or has a mental illness, many struggle to maintain balance and to take the steps needed to remain mentally healthy. Recognize that by starting here and reading this, you have taken an important step.
"You Matter!" Life is a journey, and at times, due to any number of reasons we can lose track of what is truly important and find ourselves lost or derailed. Do you feel like your journey has stalled or has taken a wrong turn? Maybe life is moving too fast and you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed out? While not everyone has been diagnosed with or has a mental illness, many struggle to maintain balance and to take the steps needed to remain mentally healthy. Recognize that by starting here and reading this, you have taken an important step.
(731) 224-4690 View (731) 224-4690
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Jenny L. French - BetterMinds
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
Henderson, TN 38340
Current wait time only 3-5 days! I enjoy working with adolescents and adults in individual therapy who struggle to understand and overcome mental health issues. I am passionate about helping people find healing to reach their full potential. Clients often come feeling shame and guilt. My goal is to educate clients so they can better understand themselves and collaboratively establish goals to work toward healing. Ethics and transparency are important to me, as such, you can verify my license/credentials as an LPC/MHSP through apps.health.tn.gov/Licensure/.
Current wait time only 3-5 days! I enjoy working with adolescents and adults in individual therapy who struggle to understand and overcome mental health issues. I am passionate about helping people find healing to reach their full potential. Clients often come feeling shame and guilt. My goal is to educate clients so they can better understand themselves and collaboratively establish goals to work toward healing. Ethics and transparency are important to me, as such, you can verify my license/credentials as an LPC/MHSP through apps.health.tn.gov/Licensure/.
(901) 446-2427 View (901) 446-2427
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Cinda Gee
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC/, MHSP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Henderson, TN 38340
I am a licensed therapist with 16-years’ experience and a passion for working with individuals who have experienced trauma and crisis, including adult survivors of childhood trauma and individuals traumatized as adults by dangerous or life-threatening situations such as natural disasters, accidents, injuries, illness, abuse or violence including professionals that deal with such trauma (veterans, law enforce, fire and rescue, and medical personnel). I am also experienced working with adults who are struggling with other challenges including dissociation, profound grief, divorce, adjustment, depression, anxiety, job issues.
I am a licensed therapist with 16-years’ experience and a passion for working with individuals who have experienced trauma and crisis, including adult survivors of childhood trauma and individuals traumatized as adults by dangerous or life-threatening situations such as natural disasters, accidents, injuries, illness, abuse or violence including professionals that deal with such trauma (veterans, law enforce, fire and rescue, and medical personnel). I am also experienced working with adults who are struggling with other challenges including dissociation, profound grief, divorce, adjustment, depression, anxiety, job issues.
(731) 236-3623 View (731) 236-3623

Online Therapists

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Jennifer Rundberg
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, NCC, LPCMHSP, (temp), ATR-P
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37221
I think most of us would say it’s hard work being a child, adolescent, or parent today. Does it often feel like that the frustration levels at your home some times push higher and higher? Kids refusing to go to bed, teens unable to speak, chores or school work not completed, or worse—feelings of hopelessness with your child who is not able to enjoy life as usual? Has it become more difficult for your child or yourself to manage through another day due to grief, anxiety, or events? It can be hard working through these large feelings, and I would like to work with you to help navigate through whatever is happening.
I think most of us would say it’s hard work being a child, adolescent, or parent today. Does it often feel like that the frustration levels at your home some times push higher and higher? Kids refusing to go to bed, teens unable to speak, chores or school work not completed, or worse—feelings of hopelessness with your child who is not able to enjoy life as usual? Has it become more difficult for your child or yourself to manage through another day due to grief, anxiety, or events? It can be hard working through these large feelings, and I would like to work with you to help navigate through whatever is happening.
(615) 471-7252 View (615) 471-7252
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Clear Path Counseling, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dickson, TN 37055
You're not exactly sure when it happened, but all of a sudden you realize that you are not dealing with life as well as you use to. Maybe you are easily overwhelmed or others are telling you that you seem "irritable" or "distant". Maybe something is going on, or has happened in the past, and it's unclear how to move forward. Either way, you are sick of feeling this way and want to get back to being yourself and feel peace. You may have realized that it's time to work though the things in your life that can't be ignored any longer.
You're not exactly sure when it happened, but all of a sudden you realize that you are not dealing with life as well as you use to. Maybe you are easily overwhelmed or others are telling you that you seem "irritable" or "distant". Maybe something is going on, or has happened in the past, and it's unclear how to move forward. Either way, you are sick of feeling this way and want to get back to being yourself and feel peace. You may have realized that it's time to work though the things in your life that can't be ignored any longer.
(615) 455-2646 View (615) 455-2646
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Kesha Smotherman
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP, NCC
Verified Verified
Pulaski, TN 38478
I am licensed in the state of Tennessee and Alabama and currently accepting new clients. I have two office spaces available for in person meetings and the ability to meet virtually. I work well with children, teens, and adults. I have extensive history and training to work with individuals who have sexual behavioral problems, trauma histories, depression, anxiety, adhd, anger, addiction and relationship issues. I am trained to treat using EMDR, CBT, DBT, MRT, and TF-CBT. I believe that everyone has the capacity and ability to change and I look forward to speaking with you about how I may be able to assist you and your loved ones.
I am licensed in the state of Tennessee and Alabama and currently accepting new clients. I have two office spaces available for in person meetings and the ability to meet virtually. I work well with children, teens, and adults. I have extensive history and training to work with individuals who have sexual behavioral problems, trauma histories, depression, anxiety, adhd, anger, addiction and relationship issues. I am trained to treat using EMDR, CBT, DBT, MRT, and TF-CBT. I believe that everyone has the capacity and ability to change and I look forward to speaking with you about how I may be able to assist you and your loved ones.
(931) 400-8486 View (931) 400-8486
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Logan Golden- Golden Elevation Counseling
LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38104
Greetings! My name is Logan, and it is a pleasure for me to assist you along your therapeutic journey. I provide psychotherapy to all ages and specialize in addressing and providing assistance to minority populations. I believe every individual is born with a set of cards reflective of their personal experiences. It is my job to assist you in playing your hand in the best way possible. Therapy in and of itself can come across as daunting and, at times, a little bit uncomfortable. However, I take great pride in fostering a healthy and calming therapeutic alliance with my clients and I hope I can do the same for you!
Greetings! My name is Logan, and it is a pleasure for me to assist you along your therapeutic journey. I provide psychotherapy to all ages and specialize in addressing and providing assistance to minority populations. I believe every individual is born with a set of cards reflective of their personal experiences. It is my job to assist you in playing your hand in the best way possible. Therapy in and of itself can come across as daunting and, at times, a little bit uncomfortable. However, I take great pride in fostering a healthy and calming therapeutic alliance with my clients and I hope I can do the same for you!
(901) 460-3577 View (901) 460-3577
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Therapy for Anxiety & Inner Child - FL, SC, & TN
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, RYT-200, EMDR
Verified Verified
14 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38104  (Online Only)
Imagine this: You wake up feeling lighter, free from worries that used to consume you. You prioritize your own needs and stop putting everyone else's first. You trust your intuition to guide you through any emotional wave. Healthy boundaries become effortless and you confidently express your truth. Anxious attachments that once drained your energy transform into secure relationships that nourish your soul. You break free from generational patterns and claim your gifts. What if this didn't need to take years of therapy? It's time to embody the joy you long for and release blocks through mind, body, and spirit connection.
Imagine this: You wake up feeling lighter, free from worries that used to consume you. You prioritize your own needs and stop putting everyone else's first. You trust your intuition to guide you through any emotional wave. Healthy boundaries become effortless and you confidently express your truth. Anxious attachments that once drained your energy transform into secure relationships that nourish your soul. You break free from generational patterns and claim your gifts. What if this didn't need to take years of therapy? It's time to embody the joy you long for and release blocks through mind, body, and spirit connection.
(305) 928-8528 View (305) 928-8528
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Amber Heggie
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Clarksville, TN 37043
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the challenges of life? Taking the first step toward seeking support can be daunting, but I'm here to offer you a compassionate and non-judgmental space to explore your thoughts, feelings, and concerns. Navigating life's ups and downs can be a complex journey, and it's common to feel uncertain or overwhelmed at times. As a therapist with a passion for helping individuals like you, I'm committed to providing personalized support that meets you where you are. Whether you're facing difficulties related to relationships, trauma, stress, or anything else, I'm here to listen, understand, and support you.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the challenges of life? Taking the first step toward seeking support can be daunting, but I'm here to offer you a compassionate and non-judgmental space to explore your thoughts, feelings, and concerns. Navigating life's ups and downs can be a complex journey, and it's common to feel uncertain or overwhelmed at times. As a therapist with a passion for helping individuals like you, I'm committed to providing personalized support that meets you where you are. Whether you're facing difficulties related to relationships, trauma, stress, or anything else, I'm here to listen, understand, and support you.
(931) 295-6234 View (931) 295-6234
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Natasha H Harris
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Collierville, TN 38017
"I believe in treating every individual as a unique person with dreams, ambitions, and desires that should be encouraged, pursued, and always regarded with respect."
"I believe in treating every individual as a unique person with dreams, ambitions, and desires that should be encouraged, pursued, and always regarded with respect."
(901) 270-7361 View (901) 270-7361
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Kellita Thompson
Pre-Licensed Professional, MMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Franklin, TN 37069
You’re probably here because you’ve reached your breaking point. Maybe you’re ready to give up. You’ve realized that this is bigger than you can handle, and you need help. My goal is to help you on your journey of self-discovery, to uncover your strengths, values, and goals, enabling personal growth and development. I foster a supportive and non-judgmental environment, encouraging open communication and reflection. You will gain insight and change patterns that no longer serve you.
You’re probably here because you’ve reached your breaking point. Maybe you’re ready to give up. You’ve realized that this is bigger than you can handle, and you need help. My goal is to help you on your journey of self-discovery, to uncover your strengths, values, and goals, enabling personal growth and development. I foster a supportive and non-judgmental environment, encouraging open communication and reflection. You will gain insight and change patterns that no longer serve you.
(615) 965-4205 View (615) 965-4205
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Samara Center
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38119
At Samara, we meet each person where they are to identify tailored goals and move toward an improved quality of life. Support is provided within a safe, highly confidential, & creative space. We offer decades of experience providing therapeutic services within the entertainment industry. When needed, we help our clients explore their needs and life experiences through the lens of trauma-informed and trauma-focused care. Individual, family, and group therapy options are available. Connect with us to talk through next steps.
At Samara, we meet each person where they are to identify tailored goals and move toward an improved quality of life. Support is provided within a safe, highly confidential, & creative space. We offer decades of experience providing therapeutic services within the entertainment industry. When needed, we help our clients explore their needs and life experiences through the lens of trauma-informed and trauma-focused care. Individual, family, and group therapy options are available. Connect with us to talk through next steps.
(310) 879-5554 View (310) 879-5554
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Caitlin Foote
Pre-Licensed Professional, MMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37221
As a therapist, I believe that growth happens in relationship. Therapy is a collaborative process, and my goal is to provide a safe environment where curiosity, compassion, and connection can forge a path to healing. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist working from an attachment lens and a person-centered approach with a background in trauma and relational issues. I work with individuals and couples and have a particular interest in women's health and maternal mental health including infertility, loss, and navigating the pregnancy and postpartum period, as well as the changing relationship between partners during this time.
As a therapist, I believe that growth happens in relationship. Therapy is a collaborative process, and my goal is to provide a safe environment where curiosity, compassion, and connection can forge a path to healing. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist working from an attachment lens and a person-centered approach with a background in trauma and relational issues. I work with individuals and couples and have a particular interest in women's health and maternal mental health including infertility, loss, and navigating the pregnancy and postpartum period, as well as the changing relationship between partners during this time.
(615) 696-6341 View (615) 696-6341
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Jana L Chatham
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, TN 38401  (Online Only)
Do you need wisdom, inspiration, and a strategy that can move you from feeling "stuck" to "empowered"? I specialize in trauma, marriage and parenting issues, sexual betrayal, depression and overcoming grief. Guided by the power of the Holy Spirit, and using my skills in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and EMDR, we will work together to move you towards holistic healing.
Do you need wisdom, inspiration, and a strategy that can move you from feeling "stuck" to "empowered"? I specialize in trauma, marriage and parenting issues, sexual betrayal, depression and overcoming grief. Guided by the power of the Holy Spirit, and using my skills in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and EMDR, we will work together to move you towards holistic healing.
(909) 366-5137 View (909) 366-5137

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Number of Therapists in Chester County, TN

< 10

Therapists in Chester County, TN who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
89% Grief
89% Self Esteem
78% Coping Skills
67% Dual Diagnosis
67% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Chester County, TN see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Chester 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.