Therapists in Galveston County, TX

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Photo of Dr. Cynthia Lee Coronado, Licensed Professional Counselor in Galveston County, TX
Dr. Cynthia Lee Coronado
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, LPC-S, CAS, CCTP, EMDR
Verified
6 Endorsed
Friendswood, TX 77546
Dr. Cynthia Lee Coronado: As a proven psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience, I have worked to build, enhance, and sustain the social and emotional well-being of children, adolescents, and adults by providing them the skills necessary to be successful in their life endeavors. I learned very quickly that my passion lies in wanting to help others achieve a better future for themselves through counseling and mentoring with an emphasis on individual, couples, and family therapy.
Dr. Cynthia Lee Coronado: As a proven psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience, I have worked to build, enhance, and sustain the social and emotional well-being of children, adolescents, and adults by providing them the skills necessary to be successful in their life endeavors. I learned very quickly that my passion lies in wanting to help others achieve a better future for themselves through counseling and mentoring with an emphasis on individual, couples, and family therapy.
(281) 317-6447 View (281) 317-6447
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Mary Grace Downs
LPC Intern, LPC-A
Verified
1 Endorsed
Friendswood, TX 77546
Are you struggling with intrusive thoughts or worry? Are you feeling lost and wish you could feel more like yourself? Are you overwhelmed with the circumstances life has thrown at you? Do you feel stuck? If so, Mary Grace is here to listen and help. Mary Grace works primarily with adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety and depression. She believes that a personal encounter can be genuinely transformative. There is so much power in the capability of an open and honest conversation.
Are you struggling with intrusive thoughts or worry? Are you feeling lost and wish you could feel more like yourself? Are you overwhelmed with the circumstances life has thrown at you? Do you feel stuck? If so, Mary Grace is here to listen and help. Mary Grace works primarily with adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety and depression. She believes that a personal encounter can be genuinely transformative. There is so much power in the capability of an open and honest conversation.
(214) 997-6905 View (214) 997-6905
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Carolyn Clontz
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
League City, TX 77573
I am a Marriage and Family Therapist and Chemical Dependency Counselor with six years of experience. I spent more than ten years working with veterans and their families, coping with deployment, PTSD, and family disruption throughout their military careers. I utilize a wide range of modalities such as Client-Centered Therapy, Couples Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Family Systems, Family Therapy, and Structural Family Therapy. I firmly believe that people are people regardless of their chosen labels or the ones society puts on them.
I am a Marriage and Family Therapist and Chemical Dependency Counselor with six years of experience. I spent more than ten years working with veterans and their families, coping with deployment, PTSD, and family disruption throughout their military careers. I utilize a wide range of modalities such as Client-Centered Therapy, Couples Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Family Systems, Family Therapy, and Structural Family Therapy. I firmly believe that people are people regardless of their chosen labels or the ones society puts on them.
(832) 346-8325 View (832) 346-8325
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Tami Dinh
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MA, NCC
Verified
7 Endorsed
Friendswood, TX 77546
I love to work with queer, neurodivergent people of color and otherwise marginalized adolescents and adults, because of my interest in our collective liberation. I believe therapy is a collaborative effort and that clients are the experts in their own lives. They have the ability to choose how to resolve their problems. Of course, many issues are systemic, but what choices can we make of the things within our control? I use experiential awareness and expressive arts to create a space to develop insight in order to grow and heal.
I love to work with queer, neurodivergent people of color and otherwise marginalized adolescents and adults, because of my interest in our collective liberation. I believe therapy is a collaborative effort and that clients are the experts in their own lives. They have the ability to choose how to resolve their problems. Of course, many issues are systemic, but what choices can we make of the things within our control? I use experiential awareness and expressive arts to create a space to develop insight in order to grow and heal.
(281) 868-5037 View (281) 868-5037
Photo of E'shereca Mills, Licensed Professional Counselor in Galveston County, TX
E'shereca Mills
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd
Verified
1 Endorsed
Texas City, TX 77590
The twists and turns of life, full of unpredictability, present unforeseen challenges that can disrupt relationships, hinder progress, and lead to the accumulation of emotional baggage. Carrying this load for an extended period adversely affects ones well-being, shaping our worldview, beliefs, and connections while triggering emotions like anger, pain, anxiety, and fear. In my therapeutic approach, we work together at acquiring coping skills, exploring different perspectives, and reclaiming control. It involves embracing new approaches, shifting perspectives, and determining what's best for your life.
The twists and turns of life, full of unpredictability, present unforeseen challenges that can disrupt relationships, hinder progress, and lead to the accumulation of emotional baggage. Carrying this load for an extended period adversely affects ones well-being, shaping our worldview, beliefs, and connections while triggering emotions like anger, pain, anxiety, and fear. In my therapeutic approach, we work together at acquiring coping skills, exploring different perspectives, and reclaiming control. It involves embracing new approaches, shifting perspectives, and determining what's best for your life.
(409) 207-9913 View (409) 207-9913
Photo of Sandy Crisp, Licensed Professional Counselor in Galveston County, TX
Sandy Crisp
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, CRC, LCDC
Verified
Galveston, TX 77550  (Online Only)
Welcome, I’m glad you’re here. Exploring options for counseling is a major step toward positive change in your life. Be encouraged that your journey to healing has begun, and you can finally work on the hurtful issues that are causing you pain. Life is hard, but it doesn’t have to be a constant state of pain and chaos. Counseling provides you with a safe place to explore your feelings and move on from past challenges and develop the life you truly want and deserve. A life worth celebrating!
Welcome, I’m glad you’re here. Exploring options for counseling is a major step toward positive change in your life. Be encouraged that your journey to healing has begun, and you can finally work on the hurtful issues that are causing you pain. Life is hard, but it doesn’t have to be a constant state of pain and chaos. Counseling provides you with a safe place to explore your feelings and move on from past challenges and develop the life you truly want and deserve. A life worth celebrating!
(409) 215-3127 View (409) 215-3127
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Dr. Lisa Bowles, Ph.D., PLLC
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
League City, TX 77573  (Online Only)
No one gets through life without some sort of difficulty, set-back, or tragedy. What becomes important is how to get to the other side triumphantly. Therapy provides the support and techniques to assist clients in developing strategies and coping skills to reduce symptoms and to heal from difficult life circumstances. What would it be like to have a supportive guide leading you through the healing process and assisting you in developing goals for a better life?
No one gets through life without some sort of difficulty, set-back, or tragedy. What becomes important is how to get to the other side triumphantly. Therapy provides the support and techniques to assist clients in developing strategies and coping skills to reduce symptoms and to heal from difficult life circumstances. What would it be like to have a supportive guide leading you through the healing process and assisting you in developing goals for a better life?
(832) 471-8688 View (832) 471-8688
Photo of Kali Scheschuk, Licensed Professional Counselor in Galveston County, TX
Kali Scheschuk
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S
Verified
4 Endorsed
Friendswood, TX 77546
**ADOLESCENT, ADULT, INDIVIDUAL, COUPLES & FAMILY** I am committed to providing my clients with the resources necessary for fundamental changes in their lives to occur. Through guidance, education, goal-setting and teamwork, I believe that each individual has the capacity to enhance his/her life in a positive manner. I am dedicated to providing support, encouragement and accountability for my clients. I also believe in creating an environment where my clients feel safe, which is crucial for resolution and change. Patience and empathy are my strongest qualities.
**ADOLESCENT, ADULT, INDIVIDUAL, COUPLES & FAMILY** I am committed to providing my clients with the resources necessary for fundamental changes in their lives to occur. Through guidance, education, goal-setting and teamwork, I believe that each individual has the capacity to enhance his/her life in a positive manner. I am dedicated to providing support, encouragement and accountability for my clients. I also believe in creating an environment where my clients feel safe, which is crucial for resolution and change. Patience and empathy are my strongest qualities.
(713) 678-0403 View (713) 678-0403
Photo of Kate Akers, Licensed Professional Counselor in Galveston County, TX
Kate Akers
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, LCDC
Verified
1 Endorsed
League City, TX 77573
Everyone goes through difficult times in their lives where they feel unsettled and unsure of their direction. Maybe you're right at the edge of what you can handle or you may feel completely underwater. Whether you are struggling with your marriage, family relations or seeking individual help Kate is passionate about helping clients become the healthiest versions of themselves. She has a background in providing group, family and individual therapy to children, adolescents and adults suffering from depression, anxiety and substance abuse in a mental health facility.
Everyone goes through difficult times in their lives where they feel unsettled and unsure of their direction. Maybe you're right at the edge of what you can handle or you may feel completely underwater. Whether you are struggling with your marriage, family relations or seeking individual help Kate is passionate about helping clients become the healthiest versions of themselves. She has a background in providing group, family and individual therapy to children, adolescents and adults suffering from depression, anxiety and substance abuse in a mental health facility.
(281) 941-6572 View (281) 941-6572
Photo of Dedra Etzel, Licensed Professional Counselor in Galveston County, TX
Dedra Etzel
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, CCPT
Verified
Friendswood, TX 77546
Adolescence is a fascinating and complex time of rapid growth and change. During this transition, life can sometimes be overwhelming and present new challenges. For over 17 years I have been a counselor in the mental health field working with young children and adolescents with a variety of issues. My person-centered approach to counseling integrates a variety of counseling modalities and techniques. Working in a collaborative partnership with parents, my goal is to empower youth and children to discover their inner strengths, build on personal successes and utilize healthy decision-making skills to navigate their life path.
Adolescence is a fascinating and complex time of rapid growth and change. During this transition, life can sometimes be overwhelming and present new challenges. For over 17 years I have been a counselor in the mental health field working with young children and adolescents with a variety of issues. My person-centered approach to counseling integrates a variety of counseling modalities and techniques. Working in a collaborative partnership with parents, my goal is to empower youth and children to discover their inner strengths, build on personal successes and utilize healthy decision-making skills to navigate their life path.
(832) 241-8290 View (832) 241-8290
Photo of Joanna Eckley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Galveston County, TX
Joanna Eckley
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Friendswood, TX 77546
Call (713) 678-0403 ext. 0 to schedule an appointment! Immediate openings available for in-person or virtual sessions.
Call (713) 678-0403 ext. 0 to schedule an appointment! Immediate openings available for in-person or virtual sessions.
(832) 653-9654 View (832) 653-9654
Photo of Verdale Goins, Licensed Professional Counselor in Galveston County, TX
Verdale Goins
Licensed Professional Counselor, Ph, D, LPC, CAC, III
Verified
1 Endorsed
Texas City, TX 77590
Utilizing Cognitive Solution Focused Therapy, insight and Wisdom. Providing 32 years of experience. Services include Individual, Marriage, Premarital, Couples, Child, Teens, Family, Substance Abuse, Group, Supervision. Relocated to Texas in Oct. 2017 after 28 years in Denver Colorado. Moved office to Texas City Dec. 2021. Plays guitar & 8th Degree Black belt taught Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do and Hapkido. Experience: working with anxiety, depression, previous trauma issues or concerns, phases of life, career changes, low self esteem, Identity, abuse, relationships, blended families, irritable mood, Spirituality, anger, grief and loss.
Utilizing Cognitive Solution Focused Therapy, insight and Wisdom. Providing 32 years of experience. Services include Individual, Marriage, Premarital, Couples, Child, Teens, Family, Substance Abuse, Group, Supervision. Relocated to Texas in Oct. 2017 after 28 years in Denver Colorado. Moved office to Texas City Dec. 2021. Plays guitar & 8th Degree Black belt taught Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do and Hapkido. Experience: working with anxiety, depression, previous trauma issues or concerns, phases of life, career changes, low self esteem, Identity, abuse, relationships, blended families, irritable mood, Spirituality, anger, grief and loss.
(346) 214-4712 View (346) 214-4712
Photo of Cynthia Sierra, Counselor in Galveston County, TX
Cynthia Sierra
Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
League City, TX 77573
Waitlist for new clients
My philosophy of helping is one of partnership. Looking beyond diagnosis, you are the expert in your life, and I will work to understand your lifestyle, delve deep into issues, and set therapeutic goals accordingly. The probing may be hard, but my hope is that you will find the understanding that will lead to inner peace.
My philosophy of helping is one of partnership. Looking beyond diagnosis, you are the expert in your life, and I will work to understand your lifestyle, delve deep into issues, and set therapeutic goals accordingly. The probing may be hard, but my hope is that you will find the understanding that will lead to inner peace.
(832) 979-8948 View (832) 979-8948
Photo of MaDonna Land, Licensed Professional Counselor in Galveston County, TX
MaDonna Land
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, LCDC
Verified
1 Endorsed
League City, TX 77573  (Online Only)
The first step toward change is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are. I applaud you for taking that step! I would be honored to create a collaborative space to explore the barriers that may be keeping you from where and who you want to be.
The first step toward change is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are. I applaud you for taking that step! I would be honored to create a collaborative space to explore the barriers that may be keeping you from where and who you want to be.
(713) 843-7115 View (713) 843-7115
Photo of Alyssa Hanzon, Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Galveston County, TX
Alyssa Hanzon
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, MFT-I
Verified
Kemah, TX 77565
You're exhausted from constant feelings of failure or inadequacy. The negative self-talk is becoming hard to ignore. You're ashamed at what a mess you feel you've become. You're certain others are judging, comparing, and harshly labeling you. You wish you had more confidence in yourself and hope for your future. You realize life cannot be completely free of some worry or concern, but you are frustrated that you feel anxious about everything. The increased disappointment, anger, fear, and sadness are driving you to disconnect or isolate from those you love in order to shield them from what you are going through. You feel alone.
You're exhausted from constant feelings of failure or inadequacy. The negative self-talk is becoming hard to ignore. You're ashamed at what a mess you feel you've become. You're certain others are judging, comparing, and harshly labeling you. You wish you had more confidence in yourself and hope for your future. You realize life cannot be completely free of some worry or concern, but you are frustrated that you feel anxious about everything. The increased disappointment, anger, fear, and sadness are driving you to disconnect or isolate from those you love in order to shield them from what you are going through. You feel alone.
(832) 934-9470 View (832) 934-9470
Photo of Melaney Bright, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Galveston County, TX
Melaney Bright
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Kemah, TX 77565  (Online Only)
Yep, life sure can feel heavy sometimes! Does it seem as though you are in a constant wrestling- match with your feelings, or battling an emotional tug-of-war? Are the daily pressures weighing you down, leaving you discouraged, exhausted or hopeless? Maybe you are fighting to control your racing thoughts & restless energy. Struggling to contain or manage your frustration, disappointment, anger, fear or sadness can feel impossible, even pointless, at times. The stress of it all might even be causing you to disconnect or isolate from those you love in order to shield them from what you are going through.
Yep, life sure can feel heavy sometimes! Does it seem as though you are in a constant wrestling- match with your feelings, or battling an emotional tug-of-war? Are the daily pressures weighing you down, leaving you discouraged, exhausted or hopeless? Maybe you are fighting to control your racing thoughts & restless energy. Struggling to contain or manage your frustration, disappointment, anger, fear or sadness can feel impossible, even pointless, at times. The stress of it all might even be causing you to disconnect or isolate from those you love in order to shield them from what you are going through.
(832) 536-9346 View (832) 536-9346
Photo of Jordan Green, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Galveston County, TX
Jordan Green
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Friendswood, TX 77546
Do you struggle with feeling like no one understands? Do you put your needs at the bottom of the to-do list? Do you wonder how you could feel different and see the world in a better light? Happier? You are not alone. You are worthy and deserve the chance to unwind from your problems. Pushing away your needs and not taking time for yourself can lead to long-term issues for your mind and body. You are already tackling so much, give me an opportunity to show you what a difference therapy can do for you.
Do you struggle with feeling like no one understands? Do you put your needs at the bottom of the to-do list? Do you wonder how you could feel different and see the world in a better light? Happier? You are not alone. You are worthy and deserve the chance to unwind from your problems. Pushing away your needs and not taking time for yourself can lead to long-term issues for your mind and body. You are already tackling so much, give me an opportunity to show you what a difference therapy can do for you.
(832) 702-7323 View (832) 702-7323
Photo of Allison Jeanette Briggs, Licensed Professional Counselor in Galveston County, TX
Allison Jeanette Briggs
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MEd
Verified
5 Endorsed
Friendswood, TX 77546
Do you notice yourself trying to please others or find yourself in unhealthy and destructive relationships and/or work patterns? Do you depend on your partner's happiness to feel ok? Do you think your childhood is impacting the way you relate to others today? Do you notice toxic people showing up in your life and an inability to say no when your boundaries are violated? The good news is that you are noticing these things. That awareness is the stepping off point towards evolving and shedding the layers of who you are NOT, in order to return home to the essence of who you truly are.
Do you notice yourself trying to please others or find yourself in unhealthy and destructive relationships and/or work patterns? Do you depend on your partner's happiness to feel ok? Do you think your childhood is impacting the way you relate to others today? Do you notice toxic people showing up in your life and an inability to say no when your boundaries are violated? The good news is that you are noticing these things. That awareness is the stepping off point towards evolving and shedding the layers of who you are NOT, in order to return home to the essence of who you truly are.
(832) 956-1508 View (832) 956-1508
Photo of Julia Ortiz, Licensed Professional Counselor in Galveston County, TX
Julia Ortiz
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Friendswood, TX 77546  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
On the outside, you’re doing all the things that you’re supposed to. You’re nailing it at your job, you’re doing some fun things in life, and you’ve got some relationships filling your bucket. But on the inside, you feel like your childhood and the past is following you around like your shadow. It feels like it all happened so long ago, but it’s affecting and tainting the NOW. You feel so unsettled, anxious, and on edge most of the time…and it’s exhausting. You just want to feel like your childhood, and what you’ve been through in the past, is finally put to rest. Put to rest in a way where you feel 10x lighter and carefree.
On the outside, you’re doing all the things that you’re supposed to. You’re nailing it at your job, you’re doing some fun things in life, and you’ve got some relationships filling your bucket. But on the inside, you feel like your childhood and the past is following you around like your shadow. It feels like it all happened so long ago, but it’s affecting and tainting the NOW. You feel so unsettled, anxious, and on edge most of the time…and it’s exhausting. You just want to feel like your childhood, and what you’ve been through in the past, is finally put to rest. Put to rest in a way where you feel 10x lighter and carefree.
(281) 603-2768 View (281) 603-2768
Photo of Elizabeth W Roehl, Counselor in Galveston County, TX
Elizabeth W Roehl
Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
Friendswood, TX 77546
Are you looking to become the best version of yourself? I am here to help. My passion is partnering together with clients to develop a healthy sense of self. A native Houstonian, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with children, teenagers, and adults. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Houston, and a Master of Science in Counseling from University of Houston - Clear Lake. Please let me know how I can assist you!
Are you looking to become the best version of yourself? I am here to help. My passion is partnering together with clients to develop a healthy sense of self. A native Houstonian, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with children, teenagers, and adults. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Houston, and a Master of Science in Counseling from University of Houston - Clear Lake. Please let me know how I can assist you!
(281) 789-6842 View (281) 789-6842

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Number of Therapists in Galveston County, TX

400+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in Galveston County, TX who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
85% Depression
74% Self Esteem
73% Coping Skills
66% Trauma and PTSD
65% Grief
62% Relationship Issues

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% Cigna and Evernorth
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
81% Aetna

How Therapists in Galveston County, TX see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

85% Female
15% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Galveston 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.