Therapists in South Side, Corpus Christi, TX

Photo of Maria Lucente Smith, MA,  LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Maria Lucente Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
South Side, Corpus Christi, TX 78414  (Online Only)
I believe strongly in the growth and healing potential of people, no matter how long they have struggled. I enjoy working with children, teens, and adults struggling with a wide range of issues including, but not limited to anxiety, depression, stress, trauma and interpersonal issues. I provide a safe, empathic, and non-judgmental space for my clients where we can do healing and transformative work. We will uncover your strengths together and build upon them. Everyone is welcome; and I would be honored if you would ask me to help empower you to move forward.
I believe strongly in the growth and healing potential of people, no matter how long they have struggled. I enjoy working with children, teens, and adults struggling with a wide range of issues including, but not limited to anxiety, depression, stress, trauma and interpersonal issues. I provide a safe, empathic, and non-judgmental space for my clients where we can do healing and transformative work. We will uncover your strengths together and build upon them. Everyone is welcome; and I would be honored if you would ask me to help empower you to move forward.
(361) 271-1605 View (361) 271-1605
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Jennifer Charles
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South Side, Corpus Christi, TX 78414  (Online Only)
Infidelity shakes the very foundation of a relationship, leaving a trail of hurt, mistrust, and unanswered questions. You're seeking not just to heal, but to understand, reconnect, and build a future stronger than the past. This is where I step in. With telehealth, you'll find a flexible, accessible way to engage in therapy, no matter where you are. It offers the privacy and comfort needed during such a sensitive journey, ensuring every session contributes to your path of healing and growth, guided by expertise and empathy.
Infidelity shakes the very foundation of a relationship, leaving a trail of hurt, mistrust, and unanswered questions. You're seeking not just to heal, but to understand, reconnect, and build a future stronger than the past. This is where I step in. With telehealth, you'll find a flexible, accessible way to engage in therapy, no matter where you are. It offers the privacy and comfort needed during such a sensitive journey, ensuring every session contributes to your path of healing and growth, guided by expertise and empathy.
(361) 264-2858 View (361) 264-2858
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Christina Downing
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South Side, Corpus Christi, TX 78411
Christina is a Cognitive & Dialectical Behavior Therapist, Transformation Meditation Teacher, Intuitive Eating Counselor, and Interpersonal Neurobiology Practitioner. She is dedicated to helping people find peace with past hurts, joy and wisdom in current circumstances and gain tools to pursue their full potential. Christina understands each person is unique and therapy must be tailored around personality, temperament, environmental factors, the presenting problems, and therapeutic goals. She uses a holistic approach focusing on every aspect of life: emotional, physical, mental, spiritual, environmental, and relational components.
Christina is a Cognitive & Dialectical Behavior Therapist, Transformation Meditation Teacher, Intuitive Eating Counselor, and Interpersonal Neurobiology Practitioner. She is dedicated to helping people find peace with past hurts, joy and wisdom in current circumstances and gain tools to pursue their full potential. Christina understands each person is unique and therapy must be tailored around personality, temperament, environmental factors, the presenting problems, and therapeutic goals. She uses a holistic approach focusing on every aspect of life: emotional, physical, mental, spiritual, environmental, and relational components.
(361) 910-2095 View (361) 910-2095
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Bonnie Lilly
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, RPT, LPCS
Verified Verified
South Side, Corpus Christi, TX 78411
I believe we all need someone to talk with throughout our lives, a safe place and safe person that listens so we can process our life experiences, traumas, grief's and all happenstances. My passion is to provide a safe haven, with the utmost privacy and confidentiality and a true listening ear to help bring healing and restoration to hurting people and families. I am dedicated to work alongside you through your emotional, mental, and/or spiritual issues as well as promote life change and growth. I like to integrate different therapeutic theories to your unique self, set goals and help you find the answers that are best for you!
I believe we all need someone to talk with throughout our lives, a safe place and safe person that listens so we can process our life experiences, traumas, grief's and all happenstances. My passion is to provide a safe haven, with the utmost privacy and confidentiality and a true listening ear to help bring healing and restoration to hurting people and families. I am dedicated to work alongside you through your emotional, mental, and/or spiritual issues as well as promote life change and growth. I like to integrate different therapeutic theories to your unique self, set goals and help you find the answers that are best for you!
(361) 203-2322 View (361) 203-2322
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Claudia Ikonomopoulos
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC-S
Verified Verified
South Side, Corpus Christi, TX 78411
Dr. Claudia Ikonomopoulos is a Licensed Professional Counselor in South Texas. She is passionate about serving others and meeting the needs within her community. She has worked in private practice and various agencies providing individual counseling to children, adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, trauma, behavioral and emotional needs. Dr. Ikonomopoulos’ goal is to provide a safe, trauma-informed environment for anyone seeking therapy. If you are looking for a counselor whether in person or online consider Dr. Claudia Ikonomopoulos. She is accepting new clients and she is excited to walk with you on your journey.
Dr. Claudia Ikonomopoulos is a Licensed Professional Counselor in South Texas. She is passionate about serving others and meeting the needs within her community. She has worked in private practice and various agencies providing individual counseling to children, adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, trauma, behavioral and emotional needs. Dr. Ikonomopoulos’ goal is to provide a safe, trauma-informed environment for anyone seeking therapy. If you are looking for a counselor whether in person or online consider Dr. Claudia Ikonomopoulos. She is accepting new clients and she is excited to walk with you on your journey.
(361) 273-1823 View (361) 273-1823
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Empowerher Holistic Wellness Counseling for Women
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS,LPCS, RN, CIMHP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
South Side, Corpus Christi, TX 78413
Hi, I’m Cathy Armstrong, an LPC supervisor, Interfaith Minister, RN, Nutritionist and Empowerment Specialist supporting Women on their journey to optimal living. I see many women struggling with eating disorders, infertility, substance abuse, codependency and imposter’s syndrome. Most of the women have untreated traumas at the root of their anxiety, depression and chronic health issues. I offer a comprehensive mind-body spirit program incorporating research based therapies individually chosen to meet your specific needs.
Hi, I’m Cathy Armstrong, an LPC supervisor, Interfaith Minister, RN, Nutritionist and Empowerment Specialist supporting Women on their journey to optimal living. I see many women struggling with eating disorders, infertility, substance abuse, codependency and imposter’s syndrome. Most of the women have untreated traumas at the root of their anxiety, depression and chronic health issues. I offer a comprehensive mind-body spirit program incorporating research based therapies individually chosen to meet your specific needs.
(361) 306-3437 View (361) 306-3437
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Kathryn W Soward
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South Side, Corpus Christi, TX 78412
Deciding to begin working on your struggles can be a tough decision and also exciting. First, I help clients become aware of their strengths and weaknesses, create a plan of action, and navigate healing and positive change together. We work through processing the past, rewiring thought patterns, and rising up to find more meaning and fulfillment. I typically see achievement-oriented individuals who struggle with perfectionism and overwhelm. Yes, you can be successful in both your professional life AND your personal life!
Deciding to begin working on your struggles can be a tough decision and also exciting. First, I help clients become aware of their strengths and weaknesses, create a plan of action, and navigate healing and positive change together. We work through processing the past, rewiring thought patterns, and rising up to find more meaning and fulfillment. I typically see achievement-oriented individuals who struggle with perfectionism and overwhelm. Yes, you can be successful in both your professional life AND your personal life!
(361) 494-5960 View (361) 494-5960
Janice H Matosky
Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
South Side, Corpus Christi, TX 78411
I work with adolescents and adults dealing with anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues, and trauma, either recent or remote. If you would like a person who is not related in any way to your situation and can offer an objective view of the situation without judgement then seek me out. If you have an adolescent who is struggling with these issues and needs an unbiased and nonjudgmental person then feel free to contact me.
I work with adolescents and adults dealing with anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues, and trauma, either recent or remote. If you would like a person who is not related in any way to your situation and can offer an objective view of the situation without judgement then seek me out. If you have an adolescent who is struggling with these issues and needs an unbiased and nonjudgmental person then feel free to contact me.
(361) 266-3461 View (361) 266-3461
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Catherine Cueva
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South Side, Corpus Christi, TX 78411
I believe that the more we know and understand about ourselves, the better decisions we make for ourselves. If there are aspects of your life that you are struggling with, or that are keeping you from living the life that you envision for yourself, therapy can help you gain insight and learn the skills necessary to achieve your goals.
I believe that the more we know and understand about ourselves, the better decisions we make for ourselves. If there are aspects of your life that you are struggling with, or that are keeping you from living the life that you envision for yourself, therapy can help you gain insight and learn the skills necessary to achieve your goals.
(361) 717-7046 View (361) 717-7046
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Angelina M. Ortiz
LPC Associate, MS, NCC, LPCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South Side, Corpus Christi, TX 78411
My name is Angelina Ortiz, I am here to assist you in reaching your personal goals whether they are working through grief, anxiety, depression or just seeking personal growth. As a therapist I choose to walk through this journey of healing and self-discovery with you to create a better and brighter tomorrow. My counseling philosophy is eclectic, utilizing approaches from Client Centered/Child-Centered, CBT, Trauma Informed, MindfuIness and Solution Focused. I believe each and every person is unique and so I tailor my practices to what works best for you.
My name is Angelina Ortiz, I am here to assist you in reaching your personal goals whether they are working through grief, anxiety, depression or just seeking personal growth. As a therapist I choose to walk through this journey of healing and self-discovery with you to create a better and brighter tomorrow. My counseling philosophy is eclectic, utilizing approaches from Client Centered/Child-Centered, CBT, Trauma Informed, MindfuIness and Solution Focused. I believe each and every person is unique and so I tailor my practices to what works best for you.
(361) 524-1049 View (361) 524-1049
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Pablo (Paul) Martinez
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, EMDR, Trained
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South Side, Corpus Christi, TX 78411
I am currently accepting new clients and I am able to provide telehealth and in person counseling. I am dually licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). I have recently gained EMDR therapy training and I invite you to take your next step towards healing.
I am currently accepting new clients and I am able to provide telehealth and in person counseling. I am dually licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). I have recently gained EMDR therapy training and I invite you to take your next step towards healing.
(361) 203-2612 View (361) 203-2612
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Maritza Linebaugh
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA
Verified Verified
South Side, Corpus Christi, TX 78413  (Online Only)
Hi and welcome to my page, I'm so glad you are here! My name Maritza Linebaugh and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in trauma, depression, anxiety, life transition, attachment and grief. I began working as a counselor because of my own past traumas and hardships. Through my darkest days of depression and suicide ideations, I found Jesus. With God's grace, and other professional support, I learned the tools and skills to walk a life of freedom. That is the hope to desire for everyone I work with.
Hi and welcome to my page, I'm so glad you are here! My name Maritza Linebaugh and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in trauma, depression, anxiety, life transition, attachment and grief. I began working as a counselor because of my own past traumas and hardships. Through my darkest days of depression and suicide ideations, I found Jesus. With God's grace, and other professional support, I learned the tools and skills to walk a life of freedom. That is the hope to desire for everyone I work with.
(361) 266-0872 View (361) 266-0872
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Theresa Montoya
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
South Side, Corpus Christi, TX 78414
Have you felt alone, unheard, or misunderstood due to trauma or addiction? I offer a safe space where you can be truly seen and heard. Let's shift focus from "what's wrong with me" to "what's right with me" as we move towards stability and healing together.
Have you felt alone, unheard, or misunderstood due to trauma or addiction? I offer a safe space where you can be truly seen and heard. Let's shift focus from "what's wrong with me" to "what's right with me" as we move towards stability and healing together.
(361) 605-9073 View (361) 605-9073
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Dr. Alison Marks
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
South Side, Corpus Christi, TX 78414  (Online Only)
I am passionate about empowering clients to explore the interactions between their thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and life circumstances as an avenue for making small-yet-powerful changes in their lives.
I am passionate about empowering clients to explore the interactions between their thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and life circumstances as an avenue for making small-yet-powerful changes in their lives.
(210) 742-5069 View (210) 742-5069
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Ann Marie Godines
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
South Side, Corpus Christi, TX 78413
I am committed to helping teens, young adults, individuals, couples, marriages and families to reach their fullest potential, by providing the tools necessary to survive and thrive in life's struggles and challenges. I believe that everyone is worthy and capable, of living a life that they love, so I focus on moving away from self-defeating ways, gaining perspective, and increasing insight. As therapist and client, we can work together to see these changes impact your life in a way that produces resolution and restoration. My goal is to reach marriages, and to restore families. My mission is to build bridges one family at a time.
I am committed to helping teens, young adults, individuals, couples, marriages and families to reach their fullest potential, by providing the tools necessary to survive and thrive in life's struggles and challenges. I believe that everyone is worthy and capable, of living a life that they love, so I focus on moving away from self-defeating ways, gaining perspective, and increasing insight. As therapist and client, we can work together to see these changes impact your life in a way that produces resolution and restoration. My goal is to reach marriages, and to restore families. My mission is to build bridges one family at a time.
(361) 226-1932 View (361) 226-1932
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Mary C Ehrmin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
South Side, Corpus Christi, TX 78413  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am licensed in Washington State and Texas and can work with you online if you reside in either state. If aspects of life have been feeling too difficult for too long, help is available. Coming to counseling takes courage. It's important to find a therapist who is a good fit for you. My goal is to establish a safe haven where you can increase your comfort and satisfaction with yourself and your life. I work with adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, life changes, work and relationship stress, aging, traumatic experiences (recent and childhood), mood disorders, and loss. Together we can craft a pathway to positive change.
I am licensed in Washington State and Texas and can work with you online if you reside in either state. If aspects of life have been feeling too difficult for too long, help is available. Coming to counseling takes courage. It's important to find a therapist who is a good fit for you. My goal is to establish a safe haven where you can increase your comfort and satisfaction with yourself and your life. I work with adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, life changes, work and relationship stress, aging, traumatic experiences (recent and childhood), mood disorders, and loss. Together we can craft a pathway to positive change.
(361) 806-6658 View (361) 806-6658
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Brian Pebbles
LPC Associate, LPC-A
Verified Verified
South Side, Corpus Christi, TX 78413
Working with adolescents, adults, and couples of all backgrounds is my focus. Employing various approaches in consultation with the individual client is important in meeting your needs. Various methods such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and solution focused brief therapy are primarily used. Christian based therapy is available upon request.
Working with adolescents, adults, and couples of all backgrounds is my focus. Employing various approaches in consultation with the individual client is important in meeting your needs. Various methods such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and solution focused brief therapy are primarily used. Christian based therapy is available upon request.
(361) 266-2548 View (361) 266-2548
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Dr. Mary Linda Diaz
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, NCC, LPC-S, CCMHC, EMDR
Verified Verified
South Side, Corpus Christi, TX 78413
I often hear clients say “who can I trust with my most personal and private feelings and thoughts?", "Who will understand what I am going through?", or "I feel so alone." The decision to seek counseling is personal. You can trust that counseling is safe and non-judgmental. Therapist-client relationship is built on trust allowing the counseling process to be less intrusive. With that said, many everyday life events are solvable using 1 to 12 counseling sessions or as needed. Mental Health Disorders are treatable and manageable. Let me help you develop a healthier approach to life as it presents itself.
I often hear clients say “who can I trust with my most personal and private feelings and thoughts?", "Who will understand what I am going through?", or "I feel so alone." The decision to seek counseling is personal. You can trust that counseling is safe and non-judgmental. Therapist-client relationship is built on trust allowing the counseling process to be less intrusive. With that said, many everyday life events are solvable using 1 to 12 counseling sessions or as needed. Mental Health Disorders are treatable and manageable. Let me help you develop a healthier approach to life as it presents itself.
(361) 717-7068 View (361) 717-7068
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C. Travis Meyer
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South Side, Corpus Christi, TX 78411
Struggling with intrusive, and depressing thoughts? Is life and/or relationship stress overwhelming and impossible to manage? Recently lost a loved one; and just can't seem to find joy or meaning in anything anymore? Or, maybe you've experienced some traumatic event in life that continues to debilitate and devastate your day to day. I've helped numerous others under similar circumstances. There are countless reasons we may seek professional help, and it's often as a last resort. It takes real strength and courage to seek help and I'd like to empower you towards taking action for a better tomorrow.
Struggling with intrusive, and depressing thoughts? Is life and/or relationship stress overwhelming and impossible to manage? Recently lost a loved one; and just can't seem to find joy or meaning in anything anymore? Or, maybe you've experienced some traumatic event in life that continues to debilitate and devastate your day to day. I've helped numerous others under similar circumstances. There are countless reasons we may seek professional help, and it's often as a last resort. It takes real strength and courage to seek help and I'd like to empower you towards taking action for a better tomorrow.
(361) 264-4054 View (361) 264-4054
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Richard Pino
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
South Side, Corpus Christi, TX 78414
I know how hard it can be finding a therapist you connect with. I want to make it easy for you. Read more about me... What's bugging you? Is it a bad experience or a memory of that bad experience? Maybe it's a combination of those. I can help you feel better fast. I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My approach focuses on identifying physical cues, recognizing thoughts, considering consequences, implementing solutions, choosing behaviors, and promoting progress and resolution.
I know how hard it can be finding a therapist you connect with. I want to make it easy for you. Read more about me... What's bugging you? Is it a bad experience or a memory of that bad experience? Maybe it's a combination of those. I can help you feel better fast. I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My approach focuses on identifying physical cues, recognizing thoughts, considering consequences, implementing solutions, choosing behaviors, and promoting progress and resolution.
(469) 824-9769 View (469) 824-9769

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Number of Therapists in South Side, Corpus Christi, TX

100+

Average cost per session

$115

Therapists in South Side, Corpus Christi, TX who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
93% Anxiety
76% Relationship Issues
74% Coping Skills
73% Trauma and PTSD
72% Stress
69% Self Esteem

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% BlueCross and BlueShield
86% Aetna
85% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in South Side, Corpus Christi, TX see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

83% Female
17% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in South Side, Corpus Christi?

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.