Therapists in Bastrop County, TX

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Photo of Kimberly Dragon-Flournoy, LCDC, CEFI, Drug & Alcohol Counselor
Kimberly Dragon-Flournoy
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LCDC, CEFI
Verified Verified
Bastrop, TX 78602
I bring over a decade of active recovery and professional experience in the addictions field which led me to discover my love of helping others recover and heal from unresolved trauma. Through the understanding of negative messages given to us in childhood that keep us stuck, I focus on inner child work. Reparenting ourselves is a journey of returning to who we were meant to be, before the pain, hurt, anger, and fear took over.
I bring over a decade of active recovery and professional experience in the addictions field which led me to discover my love of helping others recover and heal from unresolved trauma. Through the understanding of negative messages given to us in childhood that keep us stuck, I focus on inner child work. Reparenting ourselves is a journey of returning to who we were meant to be, before the pain, hurt, anger, and fear took over.
(737) 227-0748 View (737) 227-0748
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Edwin Ancarana
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Paige, TX 78659  (Online Only)
My ideal clients are working professionals that struggle to build their ideal lives. They struggle with anxiety, depression, and trauma, which manifests in poor communication, troubled relationships, overwhelming addictions, and/or PTSD. They have busy schedules and are open to or looking for telehealth or online therapy.
My ideal clients are working professionals that struggle to build their ideal lives. They struggle with anxiety, depression, and trauma, which manifests in poor communication, troubled relationships, overwhelming addictions, and/or PTSD. They have busy schedules and are open to or looking for telehealth or online therapy.
(737) 204-6953 View (737) 204-6953
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Kelly Manuel Bastrop Counseling, PLLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCDC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bastrop, TX 78602
There are times in everyone's life where issues seem overwhelming. Sometimes what we need during these times is an environment where they feel complete acceptance and insight. I provide a safe space to explore those feelings and help set and maintain goals to make positive changes in your life. If you are struggling with life transitions and stress, hopelessness, confusion, sadness, or depression, anxiety, social functioning, behavioral changes, low self-worth, lack of confidence, trauma, grief and loss, if you or a loved one struggles with addiction, these are a few of the circumstances of which I have worked alongside.
There are times in everyone's life where issues seem overwhelming. Sometimes what we need during these times is an environment where they feel complete acceptance and insight. I provide a safe space to explore those feelings and help set and maintain goals to make positive changes in your life. If you are struggling with life transitions and stress, hopelessness, confusion, sadness, or depression, anxiety, social functioning, behavioral changes, low self-worth, lack of confidence, trauma, grief and loss, if you or a loved one struggles with addiction, these are a few of the circumstances of which I have worked alongside.
(512) 890-2763 View (512) 890-2763
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Troy Alonzo Enis Jr
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Bastrop, TX 78602
I have worked with people 10 to 83 years of age to address issues related to anger, anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, ADHD, or the issue that negatively impacts their life. My therapy approach is client centered. It always starts with the person sitting in my office; we develop strategies and skills that can be applied to daily life. The strategies are brain and neuroscience based with the goal to assist the person to be the best version of yourself.
I have worked with people 10 to 83 years of age to address issues related to anger, anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, ADHD, or the issue that negatively impacts their life. My therapy approach is client centered. It always starts with the person sitting in my office; we develop strategies and skills that can be applied to daily life. The strategies are brain and neuroscience based with the goal to assist the person to be the best version of yourself.
(737) 325-3407 View (737) 325-3407
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Gina Carlino
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Bastrop, TX 78602
Gina Carlino is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who works with clients who need support while they or their family member has either a dual diagnosis, or is struggling with an addiction such as drug or alcohol abuse. Gina is passionate about working with families and helping to rebuild trust in relationships. She has specialized training in working with couples to enhance their communications.
Gina Carlino is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who works with clients who need support while they or their family member has either a dual diagnosis, or is struggling with an addiction such as drug or alcohol abuse. Gina is passionate about working with families and helping to rebuild trust in relationships. She has specialized training in working with couples to enhance their communications.
(512) 859-5283 View (512) 859-5283
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Kim Watts Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bastrop, TX 78602  (Online Only)
My passion lies in assisting adults from diverse backgrounds and experiences. I take pride in helping individuals overcome life's hurdles, whether it's coping with anxiety, depression, PTSD, or dealing with the complexities of divorce, separation, grief and loss. My unwavering commitment is to create a warm and supportive space where clients feel at ease to discuss their concerns.
My passion lies in assisting adults from diverse backgrounds and experiences. I take pride in helping individuals overcome life's hurdles, whether it's coping with anxiety, depression, PTSD, or dealing with the complexities of divorce, separation, grief and loss. My unwavering commitment is to create a warm and supportive space where clients feel at ease to discuss their concerns.
(737) 200-9432 View (737) 200-9432
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Tammy Johnson Finn
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MEd, LPC-A
Verified Verified
Bastrop, TX 78602
Supervised by Sidney Starling, M.Ed., LPC-S, LMFT-S. I use an eclectic approach when working with clients because no two people are alike, so no two approaches should be alike in counseling. I use a variety of approaches to counseling, including cognitive-behavioral, family systems, Rational Emotive Behavioral Theory, family of origin approaches, solution-oriented, and short-term counseling. I employ a variety of techniques to assist you in clarifying your goals for change and taking steps in the desired direction. If desired, we will discuss the problems you are having from a spiritual perspective.
Supervised by Sidney Starling, M.Ed., LPC-S, LMFT-S. I use an eclectic approach when working with clients because no two people are alike, so no two approaches should be alike in counseling. I use a variety of approaches to counseling, including cognitive-behavioral, family systems, Rational Emotive Behavioral Theory, family of origin approaches, solution-oriented, and short-term counseling. I employ a variety of techniques to assist you in clarifying your goals for change and taking steps in the desired direction. If desired, we will discuss the problems you are having from a spiritual perspective.
(737) 345-3938 View (737) 345-3938
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Charity Rogers
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCDC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Paige, TX 78659  (Online Only)
The clients I work best with are looking to make lasting adjustments in their life. They know that they are being called to a more peaceful way of living. Maybe you have made a habit that you just can't seem to stop, a memory or situation that you just can't move forward from, or you are in a relationship that is struggling. Let's work together to figure out what needs to change and how to make those changes in the healthiest way possible. If you are open to it, we will explore how practicing your faith can allow you to strengthen the adjustment you are making.
The clients I work best with are looking to make lasting adjustments in their life. They know that they are being called to a more peaceful way of living. Maybe you have made a habit that you just can't seem to stop, a memory or situation that you just can't move forward from, or you are in a relationship that is struggling. Let's work together to figure out what needs to change and how to make those changes in the healthiest way possible. If you are open to it, we will explore how practicing your faith can allow you to strengthen the adjustment you are making.
(512) 856-6601 View (512) 856-6601
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Katherine Hyer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Bastrop, TX 78602
Katherine Hyer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 6 years of experience working with individuals in the mental health field. Katherine has particular expertise working with all types of individuals 15 years old and older who have multiple mental health concerns or substance use. Katherine has had the privilege of working with diverse individuals from all walks of life. Regardless of what you are facing, Katherine believes that therapy can support healing as well as positive and healthy change. Katherine’s counseling experience has been centered around teenagers and adults surviving trauma, PTSD, depression, and anxiety.
Katherine Hyer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 6 years of experience working with individuals in the mental health field. Katherine has particular expertise working with all types of individuals 15 years old and older who have multiple mental health concerns or substance use. Katherine has had the privilege of working with diverse individuals from all walks of life. Regardless of what you are facing, Katherine believes that therapy can support healing as well as positive and healthy change. Katherine’s counseling experience has been centered around teenagers and adults surviving trauma, PTSD, depression, and anxiety.
(512) 601-5893 View (512) 601-5893
Linda Seale, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Bastrop, TX 78602
I work with adults to address issues related to anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, chronic pain, illness and grief. I am also trained in Gottman relationship therapy. My patients learn the brain science behind the skills they are given to improve their health and quality of life. My approach is collaborative-- therapy is a journey into health and wholeness on which my patient and I travel together. I strive to provide a safe, relaxing environment in which one can move into self reflection and awareness and learn the skills to improve. i have been in private practice since 1993.
I work with adults to address issues related to anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, chronic pain, illness and grief. I am also trained in Gottman relationship therapy. My patients learn the brain science behind the skills they are given to improve their health and quality of life. My approach is collaborative-- therapy is a journey into health and wholeness on which my patient and I travel together. I strive to provide a safe, relaxing environment in which one can move into self reflection and awareness and learn the skills to improve. i have been in private practice since 1993.
(512) 380-1435 View (512) 380-1435
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Lisa R Willmon M. Ed. Lpc-S Pllc
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bastrop, TX 78602  (Online Only)
I enjoy helping people navigate life. Extensive experience with children and adults, ie. adolescents, intellectual disabilities, autism, anxiety, depression grief, divorce, parenting skills, relationships. I have experience working with adults as well. I have 15+ years experience in counseling and have over 25 years experience working with children. I am not credentialed with medicare or medicaid. I am an on-line only therapist local to Bastrop. If you would like schedule therapy you can contact me with your name, phone , dob, and email address so that I can send you an invite to the HIPAA compliant platform I use.
I enjoy helping people navigate life. Extensive experience with children and adults, ie. adolescents, intellectual disabilities, autism, anxiety, depression grief, divorce, parenting skills, relationships. I have experience working with adults as well. I have 15+ years experience in counseling and have over 25 years experience working with children. I am not credentialed with medicare or medicaid. I am an on-line only therapist local to Bastrop. If you would like schedule therapy you can contact me with your name, phone , dob, and email address so that I can send you an invite to the HIPAA compliant platform I use.
(512) 309-7179 View (512) 309-7179
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Michele Brower
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S, CCTP-II
Verified Verified
Bastrop, TX 78602  (Online Only)
Have you experienced trauma or attachment wounding? Are you in a constant state of fight or flight or dissociation and shut down? Does your nervous system feel like your enemy? Traumatic events affect people in very different ways. One thing is certain though; trauma is stored in your body and affects your mind, body, memory, mood, spirit, and relationships with yourself and with others. There is a way to befriend your nervous system, effectively heal your past wounds, cope with your current triggers, and discover your own personal post-traumatic growth and resiliency for the future.
Have you experienced trauma or attachment wounding? Are you in a constant state of fight or flight or dissociation and shut down? Does your nervous system feel like your enemy? Traumatic events affect people in very different ways. One thing is certain though; trauma is stored in your body and affects your mind, body, memory, mood, spirit, and relationships with yourself and with others. There is a way to befriend your nervous system, effectively heal your past wounds, cope with your current triggers, and discover your own personal post-traumatic growth and resiliency for the future.
(737) 530-7903 View (737) 530-7903
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Lisa Davis
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Smithville, TX 78957
Congratulations and Welcome. You've taken an important step. It takes strength and courage to consider therapy. I am constantly in awe of what we're made of-and it's good stuff, no matter what we are struggling with or what we've been thru. Therapy can help with your relationships, it can help to find more balance in your life, it can help remove some roadblocks so you can feel less stuck and more healthy, and it can help you get to know yourself better, which, then, helps in your relationships. It's a nice circle.
Congratulations and Welcome. You've taken an important step. It takes strength and courage to consider therapy. I am constantly in awe of what we're made of-and it's good stuff, no matter what we are struggling with or what we've been thru. Therapy can help with your relationships, it can help to find more balance in your life, it can help remove some roadblocks so you can feel less stuck and more healthy, and it can help you get to know yourself better, which, then, helps in your relationships. It's a nice circle.
(512) 746-1075 View (512) 746-1075
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Leah Stephens
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LCDC
Verified Verified
Elgin, TX 78621
In my confidential private practice counseling, I focus on solution based modules in hopes that you will become emotionally connected to yourself. I understand what anxiety and depression is. I offer a place of safety, absolute respect, and no judgement. In this safe, relaxed space you can let go of fears, resistance, become motivated and hopeful about your life & future with yourself and those that you love. The possibilities are endless and true happiness can happen when you are able to live at peace with yourself. My hope is to always hear someone smile.
In my confidential private practice counseling, I focus on solution based modules in hopes that you will become emotionally connected to yourself. I understand what anxiety and depression is. I offer a place of safety, absolute respect, and no judgement. In this safe, relaxed space you can let go of fears, resistance, become motivated and hopeful about your life & future with yourself and those that you love. The possibilities are endless and true happiness can happen when you are able to live at peace with yourself. My hope is to always hear someone smile.
(737) 348-0305 View (737) 348-0305
Photo of Kimber Dillon, MA, LPC-S, Licensed Professional Counselor
Kimber Dillon
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S
Verified Verified
Bastrop, TX 78602
Hi there, I’m proud of you for looking into taking care of yourself and your health through a therapeutic relationship. It can be so intimidating to start therapy! Rest assured, you will set the pace in a very comfortable, safe place. You can know you’re working with a counselor with over 20 years experience working with clients overcoming trauma, including domestic violence and sexual, emotional, and physical abuse, as well as neglect. If you want to explore issues with your ADHD/ADD, your relationship, your polyamory family, your LGBTQIA+ identity and relationships, your law enforcement career, depression or anxiety, let’s chat.
Hi there, I’m proud of you for looking into taking care of yourself and your health through a therapeutic relationship. It can be so intimidating to start therapy! Rest assured, you will set the pace in a very comfortable, safe place. You can know you’re working with a counselor with over 20 years experience working with clients overcoming trauma, including domestic violence and sexual, emotional, and physical abuse, as well as neglect. If you want to explore issues with your ADHD/ADD, your relationship, your polyamory family, your LGBTQIA+ identity and relationships, your law enforcement career, depression or anxiety, let’s chat.
(830) 240-9824 View (830) 240-9824
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Major Life Changes Anxiety Therapist - Ashley Brancato Lpc-Associate
LPC Intern, LPC-A
Verified Verified
Bastrop, TX 78602  (Online Only)
Together we can overcome self-doubt, anxiety and stress when it comes to major life transitions. Whether that is healing past trauma, entering into a new phase of life (motherhood, graduating college, new career, new relationship) or even feel stuck. We work together in developing resiliency, growth, self-esteem and healing to improve life.
Together we can overcome self-doubt, anxiety and stress when it comes to major life transitions. Whether that is healing past trauma, entering into a new phase of life (motherhood, graduating college, new career, new relationship) or even feel stuck. We work together in developing resiliency, growth, self-esteem and healing to improve life.
(512) 782-2983 View (512) 782-2983
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Yaneli Gonzalez
LPC-Associate, MS, LPC- A
Verified Verified
Bastrop, TX 78602
Supervised by Sidney Starling M.Ed., LPC-S, LMFT-S. You are taking the first step to your healing process, Congratulations! Thank you for taking the time to focus on your mental health by wanting to explore those areas in your life that have resulted in any kind of emotional distress. I am passionate about supporting clients in overcoming challenging situations by helping them find their own skills and strengths that can facilitate their growth and well-being.
Supervised by Sidney Starling M.Ed., LPC-S, LMFT-S. You are taking the first step to your healing process, Congratulations! Thank you for taking the time to focus on your mental health by wanting to explore those areas in your life that have resulted in any kind of emotional distress. I am passionate about supporting clients in overcoming challenging situations by helping them find their own skills and strengths that can facilitate their growth and well-being.
(737) 250-7245 View (737) 250-7245
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David Gwin Rivertree
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Bastrop, TX 78602
Waitlist for new clients
I am privileged to serve individuals, groups and couples with mindfulness-based psychotherapy from a strengths perspective. I have worked with adolescents, men’s issues, depression, trauma, assertiveness, anxiety and interpersonal wellness. It is a daily gift for me to share the deeply connected practice of working with clients in a combined effort to discover their answers to life’s challenges and to embrace an understanding of their unique experience.
I am privileged to serve individuals, groups and couples with mindfulness-based psychotherapy from a strengths perspective. I have worked with adolescents, men’s issues, depression, trauma, assertiveness, anxiety and interpersonal wellness. It is a daily gift for me to share the deeply connected practice of working with clients in a combined effort to discover their answers to life’s challenges and to embrace an understanding of their unique experience.
(512) 337-4130 View (512) 337-4130
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Debra Hutchins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Elgin, TX 78621  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing anxiety, depression, the impact of trauma, or relationship challenges? I believe that we are resilient, ever-evolving, and open to growth. I can help you identify and utilize your cognitive and emotional strengths and resources to develop new insights, solve problems, learn skills, increase joy, and live more authentically. I believe we manage the best we can with the resources available to us and that we seek therapy when we desire more for ourselves, believe it is possible to attain, and want guidance to help access what is already within us to go even further and deeper.
Are you experiencing anxiety, depression, the impact of trauma, or relationship challenges? I believe that we are resilient, ever-evolving, and open to growth. I can help you identify and utilize your cognitive and emotional strengths and resources to develop new insights, solve problems, learn skills, increase joy, and live more authentically. I believe we manage the best we can with the resources available to us and that we seek therapy when we desire more for ourselves, believe it is possible to attain, and want guidance to help access what is already within us to go even further and deeper.
(512) 293-1486 View (512) 293-1486
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Sheena Hann
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Bastrop, TX 78602
Sheena Hann is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LPC, LCDC) with over 3 years of experience in the mental health field. She is passionate about helping teens and adults address the self-identified challenges in their lives. Sheena specializes in trauma, anxiety, grief/loss, and depression. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Human Services and Child and Family Services at the University of Phoenix, and her Master's degree in Professional Counseling at Liberty University. She is a mother of 9 children.
Sheena Hann is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LPC, LCDC) with over 3 years of experience in the mental health field. She is passionate about helping teens and adults address the self-identified challenges in their lives. Sheena specializes in trauma, anxiety, grief/loss, and depression. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Human Services and Child and Family Services at the University of Phoenix, and her Master's degree in Professional Counseling at Liberty University. She is a mother of 9 children.
(512) 265-8951 View (512) 265-8951

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Number of Therapists in Bastrop County, TX

70+

Average cost per session

$120

Therapists in Bastrop County, TX who prioritize treating:

90% Anxiety
87% Depression
74% Trauma and PTSD
69% Stress
68% Coping Skills
64% Grief
64% Self Esteem

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% BlueCross and BlueShield
79% Aetna
68% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Bastrop County, TX see their clients

52% In Person and Online
48% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Bastrop 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.