Therapists in Austin, TX

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Photo of Mariel Sahad in Austin, TX
Mariel Sahad
MA, LPC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78756
At the heart of my counseling approach is the conviction that everyone can heal and make changes they desire, by combining sincere intention with effective actions. When we are in session, you will have my undivided attention as I join you in clarifying and acting upon your core desires. I strive to create a space in which you feel completely safe and seen, so we may explore your unique life path together, and steer it in the most authentic and fulfilling direction. I work primarily from an existential theoretical framework, which views human suffering as deriving from experiences that cause us internal stress or confusion.
At the heart of my counseling approach is the conviction that everyone can heal and make changes they desire, by combining sincere intention with effective actions. When we are in session, you will have my undivided attention as I join you in clarifying and acting upon your core desires. I strive to create a space in which you feel completely safe and seen, so we may explore your unique life path together, and steer it in the most authentic and fulfilling direction. I work primarily from an existential theoretical framework, which views human suffering as deriving from experiences that cause us internal stress or confusion.
(737) 232-6165 View (737) 232-6165
Photo of Anna Francis, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Austin, TX
Anna Francis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78756
Are you feeling lost or alone? Perhaps you have tried to use food, sex, drugs to fill up something empty inside and found relief fleeting. But now you are ready to look inside, to do some deeper work. How brave you are and how scary this is, and that's where I can help. We will create a safe, judgement free space to explore and make sense of your experiences, feelings, relationships and behaviors. Together, we will make a path into the sacred place of healing.
Are you feeling lost or alone? Perhaps you have tried to use food, sex, drugs to fill up something empty inside and found relief fleeting. But now you are ready to look inside, to do some deeper work. How brave you are and how scary this is, and that's where I can help. We will create a safe, judgement free space to explore and make sense of your experiences, feelings, relationships and behaviors. Together, we will make a path into the sacred place of healing.
(512) 994-2493 View (512) 994-2493
Photo of Gabrielle Javier, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
Gabrielle Javier
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78703
As a counselor, my utmost priority is to be able to provide my clients with a space where they can feel safe to be who they are without judgment or expectation. I believe that everyone has the potential to be the best version of themselves. I am an avid lover of anime, video games, and K-pop which I include in my therapeutic practice. I love using examples from pop culture as a means to relate to my clients and/or provide them with a different perspective. I love to incorporate video games in session. The video game itself can either be a therapeutic tool that we can use to learn more about you or can be a means to break the ice.
As a counselor, my utmost priority is to be able to provide my clients with a space where they can feel safe to be who they are without judgment or expectation. I believe that everyone has the potential to be the best version of themselves. I am an avid lover of anime, video games, and K-pop which I include in my therapeutic practice. I love using examples from pop culture as a means to relate to my clients and/or provide them with a different perspective. I love to incorporate video games in session. The video game itself can either be a therapeutic tool that we can use to learn more about you or can be a means to break the ice.
(512) 714-3403 View (512) 714-3403
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Lisa Samuels
LPC Associate, LPC-A
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78756  (Online Only)
Lisa provides a warm, non-judgmental, and safe space for clients. She believes that all people have the power to grow and change and that making the choice to come to therapy is a brave one. Her goal is to be a partner in therapeutic relationships with her clients to support their process of development and exploration. Lisa works with various types of clients and presenting concerns. Some areas of interest include non-monogamy, desire discrepancy, and asexuality. She has experience using trauma-informed approaches with those who have experienced trauma through sexual harm from her time with the Respark Foundation.
Lisa provides a warm, non-judgmental, and safe space for clients. She believes that all people have the power to grow and change and that making the choice to come to therapy is a brave one. Her goal is to be a partner in therapeutic relationships with her clients to support their process of development and exploration. Lisa works with various types of clients and presenting concerns. Some areas of interest include non-monogamy, desire discrepancy, and asexuality. She has experience using trauma-informed approaches with those who have experienced trauma through sexual harm from her time with the Respark Foundation.
(512) 729-3586 View (512) 729-3586
Photo of Laura L. Ryan, Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX
Laura L. Ryan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CHT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78751
Do you find that your anxiety is leaving you feeling really overwhelmed and creating difficulty connecting emotionally with your partner?
Do you find that your anxiety is leaving you feeling really overwhelmed and creating difficulty connecting emotionally with your partner?
(512) 561-0019 View (512) 561-0019
Photo of Marc Olivares, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
Marc Olivares
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, MS, LPC-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78701  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
You don't need to be alone. Through therapy, I help people who seek connection. I help people identify connections between past and present relationships, their body, and brain. Understanding how these interact and influence one another helps empower people to take control of their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Working with a counselor who understands the anatomy and biology of the brain is critical during therapy. Identifying when and why specialized neural systems are activated helps people gain self-awareness, prepare for action, and implement change.
You don't need to be alone. Through therapy, I help people who seek connection. I help people identify connections between past and present relationships, their body, and brain. Understanding how these interact and influence one another helps empower people to take control of their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Working with a counselor who understands the anatomy and biology of the brain is critical during therapy. Identifying when and why specialized neural systems are activated helps people gain self-awareness, prepare for action, and implement change.
(512) 812-9616 View (512) 812-9616
Photo of Jessica Kilpatrick, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
Jessica Kilpatrick
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78701
Waitlist for new clients
Are you worried about your child's mental health or overall well-being? Has your child recently gone through something difficult and you feel they may need some extra support? I would love to help you navigate these challenges. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor who specializes in working with children, teens, and families. I believe that healthy connections and safe relationships can create healing opportunities. I would be honored to help your family understand anxiety, face relationship difficulties, or navigate uncertain and challenging situations.
Are you worried about your child's mental health or overall well-being? Has your child recently gone through something difficult and you feel they may need some extra support? I would love to help you navigate these challenges. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor who specializes in working with children, teens, and families. I believe that healthy connections and safe relationships can create healing opportunities. I would be honored to help your family understand anxiety, face relationship difficulties, or navigate uncertain and challenging situations.
(512) 980-9575 View (512) 980-9575
Photo of Cristina Hidrobo, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
Cristina Hidrobo
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CGP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78704
Feeling fatigued or overwhelmed by the demands of your life or your relationships? Therapy offers an environment that is both vitalizing and effective- where powerful and significant transformation can happen in a way that greatly improves your quality of life.
Feeling fatigued or overwhelmed by the demands of your life or your relationships? Therapy offers an environment that is both vitalizing and effective- where powerful and significant transformation can happen in a way that greatly improves your quality of life.
(512) 866-9759 View (512) 866-9759
Photo of Jennifer Gamewell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
Jennifer Gamewell
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC-S, CCST, CPDPE
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78736
Waitlist for new clients
I am highly experienced assisting children, teenagers, young adults, and families with a variety of behavioral, developmental, and social - emotional challenges. As a former school counselor, I can provide beneficial information regarding accommodations/modifications that are needed in the school setting. In a private counseling setting, I can help with behavioral and emotional challenges, including: anger, bullying, impulse control, depression, anxiety, peer relationships, and self-regulation techniques. I assists teens steer through difficult challenges and offer support for the young adult while they face many challenges as they navigate life and their many changing roles after high school.
I am highly experienced assisting children, teenagers, young adults, and families with a variety of behavioral, developmental, and social - emotional challenges. As a former school counselor, I can provide beneficial information regarding accommodations/modifications that are needed in the school setting. In a private counseling setting, I can help with behavioral and emotional challenges, including: anger, bullying, impulse control, depression, anxiety, peer relationships, and self-regulation techniques. I assists teens steer through difficult challenges and offer support for the young adult while they face many challenges as they navigate life and their many changing roles after high school.
(512) 675-1817 View (512) 675-1817
Photo of Jeremy Collins, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
Jeremy Collins
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, LCDC, BCN, CART
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78701
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified in EEG Biofeedback. I use cognitive behavioral and mindfulness approaches to help my clients have more control over their emotions and accomplish their therapeutic goals. However, you are the real expert on yourself and the most important part of the counseling process is that we establish a collaborative therapeutic relationship where you feel safe, not judged and truly understood. Research shows when this type of relationship is formed, therapy is more effective and you will feel more comfortable to engage in self reflection and more likely to experience positive change.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified in EEG Biofeedback. I use cognitive behavioral and mindfulness approaches to help my clients have more control over their emotions and accomplish their therapeutic goals. However, you are the real expert on yourself and the most important part of the counseling process is that we establish a collaborative therapeutic relationship where you feel safe, not judged and truly understood. Research shows when this type of relationship is formed, therapy is more effective and you will feel more comfortable to engage in self reflection and more likely to experience positive change.
(737) 530-9818 View (737) 530-9818
Photo of Ricky Waite, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Austin, TX
Ricky Waite
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78745  (Online Only)
As Dr. Irvin D. Yalom says, client and therapist are "fellow travelers" and I would love to travel with you on this journey. I believe you have the strength and power to change your life, but sometimes stuff gets in the way. I want to help you remove those blocks! I'm a relational therapist who uses attachment theory, some cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a dash of dialectic behavior therapy (DBT), and quite a bit of humor in the therapy room. How do we get started on this journey together?
As Dr. Irvin D. Yalom says, client and therapist are "fellow travelers" and I would love to travel with you on this journey. I believe you have the strength and power to change your life, but sometimes stuff gets in the way. I want to help you remove those blocks! I'm a relational therapist who uses attachment theory, some cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a dash of dialectic behavior therapy (DBT), and quite a bit of humor in the therapy room. How do we get started on this journey together?
(512) 601-6362 View (512) 601-6362
Photo of Andrea Butler, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
Andrea Butler
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78705
I am interested in getting to know each of my clients and forming a close, collaborative relationship that affords them the freedom to learn more about themselves. Creating this type of unique relationship is invaluable to the therapeutic process. The opportunity to grow in self awareness can be a powerful way to learn about what motivates us and how our histories affect us throughout our lives. I have both personal and professional experience with individuals in the LBGTQ community, and extensive work helping people with disabilities entering the workforce.
I am interested in getting to know each of my clients and forming a close, collaborative relationship that affords them the freedom to learn more about themselves. Creating this type of unique relationship is invaluable to the therapeutic process. The opportunity to grow in self awareness can be a powerful way to learn about what motivates us and how our histories affect us throughout our lives. I have both personal and professional experience with individuals in the LBGTQ community, and extensive work helping people with disabilities entering the workforce.
(737) 210-3872 View (737) 210-3872
Photo of Christy E Tappe, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
Christy E Tappe
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
NOTE: I do not have any current availability. I'm only accepting telehealth clients. I work with people struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, addiction and other life challenges. The time you take, as well as, the effort you invest in and outside of therapy may help you realize central themes in your life and what you can to do to create a positive change. As you share with me your personal story/situation, I will help you gain skills and "tools" intended to move you closer towards reaching your personal value based goals.
NOTE: I do not have any current availability. I'm only accepting telehealth clients. I work with people struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, addiction and other life challenges. The time you take, as well as, the effort you invest in and outside of therapy may help you realize central themes in your life and what you can to do to create a positive change. As you share with me your personal story/situation, I will help you gain skills and "tools" intended to move you closer towards reaching your personal value based goals.
(512) 402-8652 View (512) 402-8652
Photo of Leila Anderson, Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX
Leila Anderson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT-S, LCDC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78754  (Online Only)
My ideal client is thoughtful, driven, and ready to push through discomfort if it means they'll see the progress they want to see. They may be dealing with trauma, life stressors, grief, relationship issues, or tendency to self-sabotage out of shame. They value open-mindedness, honesty, and growth. They are open to understanding mental health symptoms as, in part, a function of the sick society in which we live and willing to make changes beyond "thinking differently" to get some relief.
My ideal client is thoughtful, driven, and ready to push through discomfort if it means they'll see the progress they want to see. They may be dealing with trauma, life stressors, grief, relationship issues, or tendency to self-sabotage out of shame. They value open-mindedness, honesty, and growth. They are open to understanding mental health symptoms as, in part, a function of the sick society in which we live and willing to make changes beyond "thinking differently" to get some relief.
(512) 798-4529 View (512) 798-4529
Photo of Debbie Webb, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Austin, TX
Debbie Webb
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW, LPC, LCDC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78704  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Greetings! In over 40 years of practice, I've found people feel better with proper therapy and support. Whether you are working through a tough situation like a chronic illness, depression, anxiety, addiction, a possible divorce, or cancer, the caregiver of a person with one or multiple illnesses, or simply wanting to improve your life and enhance your happiness, send me a text to (512) 799-9358. I'm creative and resourceful, often "thinking outside the proverbial box." So, if you want help and need to make changes while receiving caring, non-judgmental support, I'm ready to meet with you virtually via smart phone or computer.
Greetings! In over 40 years of practice, I've found people feel better with proper therapy and support. Whether you are working through a tough situation like a chronic illness, depression, anxiety, addiction, a possible divorce, or cancer, the caregiver of a person with one or multiple illnesses, or simply wanting to improve your life and enhance your happiness, send me a text to (512) 799-9358. I'm creative and resourceful, often "thinking outside the proverbial box." So, if you want help and need to make changes while receiving caring, non-judgmental support, I'm ready to meet with you virtually via smart phone or computer.
(512) 201-2840 View (512) 201-2840
Photo of Anusree Gupta, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
Anusree Gupta
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, LMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78750  (Online Only)
Do you prioritize other people's needs over your own? Do you avoid expressing your needs and feelings, have self-doubt, imposter syndrome, have difficulty setting boundaries, find yourself in toxic relationships and very easily slip into a caretaker's role? You might have had difficult experiences growing up that shaped your understanding of people and relationships. Childhood trauma can affect the choices we make as adults resulting in loneliness, anxiety and depression. If you are tired of these patterns, want to take charge of your life and are ready to form healthy reciprocal relationships then you have come to the right place.
Do you prioritize other people's needs over your own? Do you avoid expressing your needs and feelings, have self-doubt, imposter syndrome, have difficulty setting boundaries, find yourself in toxic relationships and very easily slip into a caretaker's role? You might have had difficult experiences growing up that shaped your understanding of people and relationships. Childhood trauma can affect the choices we make as adults resulting in loneliness, anxiety and depression. If you are tired of these patterns, want to take charge of your life and are ready to form healthy reciprocal relationships then you have come to the right place.
(512) 960-1961 View (512) 960-1961
Photo of Madeleine Bradshaw, Licensed Master Social Worker in Austin, TX
Madeleine Bradshaw
Licensed Master Social Worker, MSSW, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
Anxiety leaves us feeling on edge, over-controlled, and disconnected from our true selves. You’re someone who tries every stress relief technique in the book but still finds yourself worried, exhausted and feeling empty at the end of each day. Constantly filling up other people’s cups– at work, in relationships, with family and friends, but who is filling up your cup? You’re ready to make a change. You’re ready to lessen the emotional burden. You’re ready to set boundaries and keep them. Most of all, you’re ready to break the patterns that leave you feeling stuck. I want to help you get there.
Anxiety leaves us feeling on edge, over-controlled, and disconnected from our true selves. You’re someone who tries every stress relief technique in the book but still finds yourself worried, exhausted and feeling empty at the end of each day. Constantly filling up other people’s cups– at work, in relationships, with family and friends, but who is filling up your cup? You’re ready to make a change. You’re ready to lessen the emotional burden. You’re ready to set boundaries and keep them. Most of all, you’re ready to break the patterns that leave you feeling stuck. I want to help you get there.
(512) 883-3677 View (512) 883-3677
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Katharine Barnhill
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S, CGP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
Not accepting new clients
**Only accepting group therapy clients at this time** I am an individual, couple and group therapist with over 20 years of experience. Most of my clients are interested in psychodynamically oriented therapy with the goal of healing attachment wounds, trauma, and improving their relationships with themselves and others. I particularly enjoying supporting other therapists and helpers. I lead 6 weekly process groups (2 are for therapists only). I prioritize authenticity and collaboration in the therapeutic relationship.
**Only accepting group therapy clients at this time** I am an individual, couple and group therapist with over 20 years of experience. Most of my clients are interested in psychodynamically oriented therapy with the goal of healing attachment wounds, trauma, and improving their relationships with themselves and others. I particularly enjoying supporting other therapists and helpers. I lead 6 weekly process groups (2 are for therapists only). I prioritize authenticity and collaboration in the therapeutic relationship.
(512) 271-4832 View (512) 271-4832
Photo of Beena Benny, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
Beena Benny
Licensed Professional Counselor, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78759  (Online Only)
Therapy is a sacred space and who you choose to allow in that space with you is the most important part of your counseling experience. I firmly believe that you possess the key and solution to your challenges, even if you're not aware of it. My role is to assist you in uncovering the inherent key within yourself. I use questions as a tool to help you discover the solution to your problem. Life is meant to be a shared journey, not something to face alone. Allow me to be a part of your journey and lead you to pathways of life. We are better together.
Therapy is a sacred space and who you choose to allow in that space with you is the most important part of your counseling experience. I firmly believe that you possess the key and solution to your challenges, even if you're not aware of it. My role is to assist you in uncovering the inherent key within yourself. I use questions as a tool to help you discover the solution to your problem. Life is meant to be a shared journey, not something to face alone. Allow me to be a part of your journey and lead you to pathways of life. We are better together.
(512) 580-5911 View (512) 580-5911
Photo of Michael Kelley, Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX
Michael Kelley
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
My practice is dedicated to growth-oriented couples and individuals seeking to improve relational intimacy, communication, and emotional resilience in compassionate, non-pathologizing approach to better mental health and well-being. With nearly 20 years experience as a therapist and mentor, I work with 1) Adults to find balance, realize goals, and increase S/self awareness and 2) Couples wanting to stop negative patterns, increase emotional intimacy, and build a secure-functioning relationship based on shared purpose, agreements, repairs, and personal development.
My practice is dedicated to growth-oriented couples and individuals seeking to improve relational intimacy, communication, and emotional resilience in compassionate, non-pathologizing approach to better mental health and well-being. With nearly 20 years experience as a therapist and mentor, I work with 1) Adults to find balance, realize goals, and increase S/self awareness and 2) Couples wanting to stop negative patterns, increase emotional intimacy, and build a secure-functioning relationship based on shared purpose, agreements, repairs, and personal development.
(512) 764-5432 View (512) 764-5432

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Austin, TX

3,000+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Austin, TX who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
88% Depression
75% Relationship Issues
74% Self Esteem
70% Stress
69% Trauma and PTSD
67% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% Aetna
74% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
65% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Therapists in Austin, TX see their clients

54% In Person and Online
46% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
18% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Austin?

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.