Therapists in Fort Worth, TX

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Photo of Robin Deisher, MA, MSW, LCSW-S, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Robin Deisher
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, MSW, LCSW-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76109  (Online Only)
Finding the right therapist can feel like an impossible task when you're struggling. I can help get you started quickly in the right direction. I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to help you determine whether my style is a good fit for you. You are not alone in this. Each of our paths may look different but change and growth is always possible. Let me help you get where you want to go. I will work with you to help you define your goals and take steps that allow for the health and well-being you deserve.
Finding the right therapist can feel like an impossible task when you're struggling. I can help get you started quickly in the right direction. I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to help you determine whether my style is a good fit for you. You are not alone in this. Each of our paths may look different but change and growth is always possible. Let me help you get where you want to go. I will work with you to help you define your goals and take steps that allow for the health and well-being you deserve.
(682) 310-6314 View (682) 310-6314
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Tim Harris
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Life can be so hard to maneuver sometimes. No one is immuned from difficulty, setbacks and hard times. Sometimes it's good to talk to someone that will listen and sit with you during such difficulties. I'd like to be that person. I've been married for 33 years. I have a 26 year old son and a 22 year old daughter. I'm a Desert Storm Vet. I also spent many years in the software sales industry before becoming a therapist. I feel this gives me some credibility in many situations so I'm not coming to the table with a lack of experience. In my spare time, I like to hunt, fish, golf, hike and most anything outdoors.
Life can be so hard to maneuver sometimes. No one is immuned from difficulty, setbacks and hard times. Sometimes it's good to talk to someone that will listen and sit with you during such difficulties. I'd like to be that person. I've been married for 33 years. I have a 26 year old son and a 22 year old daughter. I'm a Desert Storm Vet. I also spent many years in the software sales industry before becoming a therapist. I feel this gives me some credibility in many situations so I'm not coming to the table with a lack of experience. In my spare time, I like to hunt, fish, golf, hike and most anything outdoors.
(817) 904-3662 View (817) 904-3662
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Miguel Lopez
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76107  (Online Only)
I am a virtual Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas working with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, gender and sexual discovery/acceptance, grief and loss, life transitions, difficulties in regulating emotions, and much more. Additionally, I am Gottman Method Level 1 trained in Relationship Counseling. I work with my couples on strengthening communication and connection, enhancing sexual/romantic intimacy, manage conflict as well as assist couples who are exploring ethical non-monogamy and polyamory.
I am a virtual Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas working with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, gender and sexual discovery/acceptance, grief and loss, life transitions, difficulties in regulating emotions, and much more. Additionally, I am Gottman Method Level 1 trained in Relationship Counseling. I work with my couples on strengthening communication and connection, enhancing sexual/romantic intimacy, manage conflict as well as assist couples who are exploring ethical non-monogamy and polyamory.
(737) 232-6056 View (737) 232-6056
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Ellie Dierker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76109  (Online Only)
Life brings you many challenges. You may be dealing with a roadblock and the future you were planning is no longer possible. Maybe you’ve just experienced a loss, are worrying constantly, or feel like a burden. If you’ve been feeling some of these negative emotions but trying to avoid them, you’re not alone. We all struggle at different times and it can be scary to even start the search for help. Many people feel ashamed or weak for seeking therapy, but I’m here to tell you that you are stronger for it. It takes a lot more courage to start therapy than to continue living in pain.
Life brings you many challenges. You may be dealing with a roadblock and the future you were planning is no longer possible. Maybe you’ve just experienced a loss, are worrying constantly, or feel like a burden. If you’ve been feeling some of these negative emotions but trying to avoid them, you’re not alone. We all struggle at different times and it can be scary to even start the search for help. Many people feel ashamed or weak for seeking therapy, but I’m here to tell you that you are stronger for it. It takes a lot more courage to start therapy than to continue living in pain.
(512) 548-7915 View (512) 548-7915
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Madi Rodriguez
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, LPC-A, MEd, LCDC-I
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Are you ready to take that next step towards personal growth and emotional well-being? As a counselor specializing in supporting young children, teens, and young adults through challenges like substance use, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and life transitions, I understand the courage it takes to seek help. I am here to walk alongside you on your journey of self-discovery and healing. I deeply cherish working with individuals who are eager to enhance their mental health and embark on their path to healing.
Are you ready to take that next step towards personal growth and emotional well-being? As a counselor specializing in supporting young children, teens, and young adults through challenges like substance use, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and life transitions, I understand the courage it takes to seek help. I am here to walk alongside you on your journey of self-discovery and healing. I deeply cherish working with individuals who are eager to enhance their mental health and embark on their path to healing.
(817) 775-3357 x407 View (817) 775-3357 x407
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Bessie Ann Christenson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MAMFC, LPC-S
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76116
Waitlist for new clients
With offices in Fort Worth and Willow Park, I am a counselor who is passionate about walking alongside people during times of overwhelming and challenging situations and emotions. Whether this is the first time you have considered counseling or have put it off many times before, felt something is just not quite right or just not sure what to do; you are not here by accident. I believe that a healthy functioning family and harmonious supportive relationships are keys to overall well-being. I will work with you to set goals and assist you with recognizing your strengths.
With offices in Fort Worth and Willow Park, I am a counselor who is passionate about walking alongside people during times of overwhelming and challenging situations and emotions. Whether this is the first time you have considered counseling or have put it off many times before, felt something is just not quite right or just not sure what to do; you are not here by accident. I believe that a healthy functioning family and harmonious supportive relationships are keys to overall well-being. I will work with you to set goals and assist you with recognizing your strengths.
(817) 767-4106 View (817) 767-4106
Photo of Abbie Ibitoye, MA, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Abbie Ibitoye
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76161  (Online Only)
Whether you are trying to find answers to things that happened in the past that is causing some difficulty in moving forward, or you just need a listening ear to process some issues, I believe I will be a great fit for you. I specialize in counseling teenagers and adults dealing with life issues to gain balance and live a productive life.
Whether you are trying to find answers to things that happened in the past that is causing some difficulty in moving forward, or you just need a listening ear to process some issues, I believe I will be a great fit for you. I specialize in counseling teenagers and adults dealing with life issues to gain balance and live a productive life.
(682) 243-5330 View (682) 243-5330
Photo of Dr. Renee Lexow, PsyD, LP, Psychologist
Dr. Renee Lexow
Psychologist, PsyD, LP
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76116
My passion comes from the desire to help people better their lives and relationships with family and friends. Although I am grounded in a Cognitive Behavioral framework, it is my belief that therapy is for the client; therefore, I am eclectic in my interventions. I believe in meeting my client where he or she may be within the experienced problem and the importance of truly understanding how I can best help. I have enjoyed working with children, adolescents, adults, and families by providing individual, couples, and family therapy, as well as parent coaching.
My passion comes from the desire to help people better their lives and relationships with family and friends. Although I am grounded in a Cognitive Behavioral framework, it is my belief that therapy is for the client; therefore, I am eclectic in my interventions. I believe in meeting my client where he or she may be within the experienced problem and the importance of truly understanding how I can best help. I have enjoyed working with children, adolescents, adults, and families by providing individual, couples, and family therapy, as well as parent coaching.
(682) 297-2744 View (682) 297-2744
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Richard J Babin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76107  (Online Only)
You wake up worried about the day ahead before you even get out of bed. At work, you're scared of making mistakes, it feels like everyone's waiting for you to mess up. When friends invite you out, you say “yes” but inside, you're nervous about going. At home, instead of relaxing, you keep thinking about awkward things you said or did, wondering what kind of impression you left on everyone. It feels like your brain won't turn off these thoughts that make you feel not good enough, and it's exhausting. These anxious thoughts are undercutting your confidence and affecting both your professional and personal relationships.
You wake up worried about the day ahead before you even get out of bed. At work, you're scared of making mistakes, it feels like everyone's waiting for you to mess up. When friends invite you out, you say “yes” but inside, you're nervous about going. At home, instead of relaxing, you keep thinking about awkward things you said or did, wondering what kind of impression you left on everyone. It feels like your brain won't turn off these thoughts that make you feel not good enough, and it's exhausting. These anxious thoughts are undercutting your confidence and affecting both your professional and personal relationships.
(817) 242-9639 View (817) 242-9639
Photo of Melissa Marks, LPC, ATR-BC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Melissa Marks
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76102  (Online Only)
You are unique, and I am here to hold a space for you to have the healing journey you need to have. You are in charge. We go as deeply as you need to go. Your ultimate happiness is what I am here to support. I offer a wide range of proven tools and have worked successfully with a very diverse group of clients over my 25 years' experience in the mental health field. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Certified Art Therapist, Certified Yoga and Meditation teacher and coach.
You are unique, and I am here to hold a space for you to have the healing journey you need to have. You are in charge. We go as deeply as you need to go. Your ultimate happiness is what I am here to support. I offer a wide range of proven tools and have worked successfully with a very diverse group of clients over my 25 years' experience in the mental health field. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Certified Art Therapist, Certified Yoga and Meditation teacher and coach.
(817) 725-7722 View (817) 725-7722
Photo of Karishma Ishaq, MS, LPC, CEO, Licensed Professional Counselor
Karishma Ishaq
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, CEO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76107  (Online Only)
Our team at Charisma Counseling have worked in diverse settings and countless categories of focus. Primarily, we specialize in working with adult individuals, family and couples in addition to resolving depression, anxiety, PTSD, adjustment disorders, stress management, and identity development to name a few. We are a 100% Telehealth private practice, meaning all sessions are conducted via virtual call.
Our team at Charisma Counseling have worked in diverse settings and countless categories of focus. Primarily, we specialize in working with adult individuals, family and couples in addition to resolving depression, anxiety, PTSD, adjustment disorders, stress management, and identity development to name a few. We are a 100% Telehealth private practice, meaning all sessions are conducted via virtual call.
(832) 479-4964 View (832) 479-4964
Photo of Christina Jones, MEd, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Christina Jones
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76244  (Online Only)
I am so happy you are here! I am Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. I have a Master's Degree from the University of North Texas, and work with adolescents, families, men and women who are seeking change, skills, and tools to be the best version of themselves.
I am so happy you are here! I am Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. I have a Master's Degree from the University of North Texas, and work with adolescents, families, men and women who are seeking change, skills, and tools to be the best version of themselves.
(817) 587-3898 View (817) 587-3898
Photo of Jennifer Pearson, LMSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Jennifer Pearson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76133  (Online Only)
Though we may know that healing is nonlinear, we often feel pressured to hide our messy reality beneath a socially acceptable mask. We may internalize the “should”s and “shouldn’t”s and find ourselves lost in a sea of well-intentioned platitudes, unsure how to navigate life’s twists and turns. My approach is to meet you where you are and walk with you so that you don’t have to do it alone.
Though we may know that healing is nonlinear, we often feel pressured to hide our messy reality beneath a socially acceptable mask. We may internalize the “should”s and “shouldn’t”s and find ourselves lost in a sea of well-intentioned platitudes, unsure how to navigate life’s twists and turns. My approach is to meet you where you are and walk with you so that you don’t have to do it alone.
(817) 623-4742 View (817) 623-4742
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Mitch J Gray - LifeSquared Counseling & Consulting
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCDC, MS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76111
ACCEPTING REFERRALS AND CLIENTS.Today's pressures are different than they used to be. Technology, social media, employment demands, corporate climbing, home, lifestyles & substances present new and different challenges. If you're struggling or stuck in some of these, let's work together to get you unstuck! Life comes at us fast, and we often find ourselves as passengers instead of drivers. I believe that successfully navigating life's challenges is driven by the choices you make and the perspectives you have.
ACCEPTING REFERRALS AND CLIENTS.Today's pressures are different than they used to be. Technology, social media, employment demands, corporate climbing, home, lifestyles & substances present new and different challenges. If you're struggling or stuck in some of these, let's work together to get you unstuck! Life comes at us fast, and we often find ourselves as passengers instead of drivers. I believe that successfully navigating life's challenges is driven by the choices you make and the perspectives you have.
(682) 301-4126 View (682) 301-4126
Photo of Dr. Edna Chism Nicholas, LCSW-S, LCDC, CPC, PhD, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Dr. Edna Chism Nicholas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S, LCDC, CPC, PhD
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Congratulations!! You have reached the next step on your new journey in life! We know it is difficult to come to counseling and even harder to choose a counselor that works for you. We are in such difficult times and our ACCC family wants to work with you!! Working with ACCC means that we believe that every individual has the key to successful outcomes within themselves. Ultimately we believe that you are the expert in your life. Our motto is "Authentically Inspiring Real Hope to Real People". This motto is representative of what restoration of hope can mean in healing everyday relationships among everyday people.
Congratulations!! You have reached the next step on your new journey in life! We know it is difficult to come to counseling and even harder to choose a counselor that works for you. We are in such difficult times and our ACCC family wants to work with you!! Working with ACCC means that we believe that every individual has the key to successful outcomes within themselves. Ultimately we believe that you are the expert in your life. Our motto is "Authentically Inspiring Real Hope to Real People". This motto is representative of what restoration of hope can mean in healing everyday relationships among everyday people.
(817) 203-2991 View (817) 203-2991
Photo of Courtney Moltzer, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Courtney Moltzer
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76164  (Online Only)
I received my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. I received my Master's Degree in School Counseling and LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor). I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC).
I received my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. I received my Master's Degree in School Counseling and LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor). I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC).
(737) 265-8249 View (737) 265-8249
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Eureka N Williams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S, BACS
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76177  (Online Only)
Congratulate yourself for this WIN! You’ve made an important step in your wellness journey. You are strong, resilient, and resourceful, and I would be honored to work alongside you during this time in your life. Let’s face it, some periods in our lives can be more challenging than others. I have worked with a diverse group of clients including those struggling to connect with peers, having difficulty managing their anxiety, experiencing overwhelming disappointment and those adjusting to a significant life change.
Congratulate yourself for this WIN! You’ve made an important step in your wellness journey. You are strong, resilient, and resourceful, and I would be honored to work alongside you during this time in your life. Let’s face it, some periods in our lives can be more challenging than others. I have worked with a diverse group of clients including those struggling to connect with peers, having difficulty managing their anxiety, experiencing overwhelming disappointment and those adjusting to a significant life change.
(817) 873-0754 View (817) 873-0754
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Brighter Future for Children and Families
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76101  (Online Only)
Led by Mariana Marquez Vega, Brighter Future for Children and Families PLLC is a Fort Worth, Texas-based practice providing virtual therapy to individuals of all ages. The practice specializes in helping those diagnosed with PTSD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, anger, borderline personality disorder or chronic illness gain the tools and guidance needed to effectively manage their mental health.
Led by Mariana Marquez Vega, Brighter Future for Children and Families PLLC is a Fort Worth, Texas-based practice providing virtual therapy to individuals of all ages. The practice specializes in helping those diagnosed with PTSD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, anger, borderline personality disorder or chronic illness gain the tools and guidance needed to effectively manage their mental health.
(817) 646-0483 View (817) 646-0483
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Surnedra (Nedra) Simmons
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76123  (Online Only)
Greetings! Sometimes life's challenges will prompt us to seek support and you've come to the right place. Kudos to you for taking the first step in getting the support you are seeking. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas. As a School Counselor and Professional Counselor, I have refined my skills in working with adolescents and adults from diverse backgrounds. I have over seventeen years working with high school students and adults. I have worked with individuals with anxiety, grief, depression, suicidal thoughts, low self-esteem, lack of motivation, and trauma
Greetings! Sometimes life's challenges will prompt us to seek support and you've come to the right place. Kudos to you for taking the first step in getting the support you are seeking. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas. As a School Counselor and Professional Counselor, I have refined my skills in working with adolescents and adults from diverse backgrounds. I have over seventeen years working with high school students and adults. I have worked with individuals with anxiety, grief, depression, suicidal thoughts, low self-esteem, lack of motivation, and trauma
(817) 242-5822 View (817) 242-5822
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Ease of Mind Wellness, LLC
Psychologist, PsyD, MA, MS
Verified Verified
Fort Worth, TX 76177
On this journey call life, there are many ups and downs, twists and turns. Everyone needs someone to talk to in a comfortable non-judgmental safe atmosphere, a place providing warmth, compassion, and respect. As a licensed clinical psychologist, I have learned to ask amazing questions and then listen. My primary focus is helping women who are working through issues of depression, anxiety, grief/bereavement, obesity/weight loss, chronic pain, relationship matters, everyday stressors, or work-life balance issues. A holistic comprehensive approach is tailored to consider the whole person, while exploring the interactions between the mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects of life.
On this journey call life, there are many ups and downs, twists and turns. Everyone needs someone to talk to in a comfortable non-judgmental safe atmosphere, a place providing warmth, compassion, and respect. As a licensed clinical psychologist, I have learned to ask amazing questions and then listen. My primary focus is helping women who are working through issues of depression, anxiety, grief/bereavement, obesity/weight loss, chronic pain, relationship matters, everyday stressors, or work-life balance issues. A holistic comprehensive approach is tailored to consider the whole person, while exploring the interactions between the mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects of life.
(817) 406-3978 x1852 View (817) 406-3978 x1852

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Fort Worth, TX

1,000+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in Fort Worth, TX who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
87% Depression
76% Self Esteem
74% Coping Skills
68% Relationship Issues
67% Trauma and PTSD
66% Stress

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Aetna
83% Cigna and Evernorth
82% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Fort Worth, TX see their clients

58% In Person and Online
42% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
17% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Fort Worth?

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.