Therapists in Pearland, TX

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Marisol Nieves
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pearland, TX 77584  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with a life transition? Are you feeling overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, or confused about who you are, where you are, and where you want to go? Perhaps your mind gets clouded with self-doubt, fear, negativity, and self-defeating behaviors. Welcome! I applaud you for taking the first step in your journey to healing, self-discovery, and growth. Together we can work towards a life of growth and healing. I am a Latinx therapist, bilingual in Spanish and English. I have over 7 years of experience working with children, teens, adults, and families.
Are you struggling with a life transition? Are you feeling overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, or confused about who you are, where you are, and where you want to go? Perhaps your mind gets clouded with self-doubt, fear, negativity, and self-defeating behaviors. Welcome! I applaud you for taking the first step in your journey to healing, self-discovery, and growth. Together we can work towards a life of growth and healing. I am a Latinx therapist, bilingual in Spanish and English. I have over 7 years of experience working with children, teens, adults, and families.
(281) 957-6048 View (281) 957-6048
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Linda Varughese Lpc-Associate Supervised By Samiyyah Sabur Lpc-S
LPC Intern, MS, LPC-A
Verified
Pearland, TX 77584  (Online Only)
Hi, I’m Linda. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate. As a counselor, “I aspire to be the person I needed when I was younger.” My goal is to create a safe space for clients to express their true feelings without any judgment. My expectation in a therapeutic relationship is for the client and I to work together to create a compassionate, supportive, and respectful relationship in order to move forward towards goals that have been established.
Hi, I’m Linda. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate. As a counselor, “I aspire to be the person I needed when I was younger.” My goal is to create a safe space for clients to express their true feelings without any judgment. My expectation in a therapeutic relationship is for the client and I to work together to create a compassionate, supportive, and respectful relationship in order to move forward towards goals that have been established.
(972) 782-5963 View (972) 782-5963
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Jennie R. Johnson
Counselor, LPC, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pearland, TX 77584
Working closely with clients to help them achieve their goals is a passion for me. I challenge clients to overcome personal barriers and build on their strengths to create empowerment and confidence. I use evidence-based modalities to create a safe and encouraging environment, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy. Using a collaboratively developed treatment plan, I have a special interest in working with children (ages 6+), adolescents, and family units to build on strengths and overcome challenges.
Working closely with clients to help them achieve their goals is a passion for me. I challenge clients to overcome personal barriers and build on their strengths to create empowerment and confidence. I use evidence-based modalities to create a safe and encouraging environment, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy. Using a collaboratively developed treatment plan, I have a special interest in working with children (ages 6+), adolescents, and family units to build on strengths and overcome challenges.
(832) 720-7334 View (832) 720-7334
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Daisy Ruiz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Pearland, TX 77584  (Online Only)
As a therapist, I recognize the courage required to be truly open with another person and the extreme vulnerability it takes. My primary objective is to walk alongside you as you navigate your journey offering respect, empathy, and non-judgement. If you feel you have exhausted all options and may doubt your ability to resolve these challenges – I disagree! I strive to empower clients so that they can process and explore more effective resolutions to their problems. My holistic, empathetic, and authentic mission is to help you gain control of your life and envision a new future.
As a therapist, I recognize the courage required to be truly open with another person and the extreme vulnerability it takes. My primary objective is to walk alongside you as you navigate your journey offering respect, empathy, and non-judgement. If you feel you have exhausted all options and may doubt your ability to resolve these challenges – I disagree! I strive to empower clients so that they can process and explore more effective resolutions to their problems. My holistic, empathetic, and authentic mission is to help you gain control of your life and envision a new future.
(832) 240-7493 View (832) 240-7493
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Counseling Connections for Change, Inc.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified
Pearland, TX 77581
We believe everyone should experience hope and we believe mental health matters. Through our faith-based counseling, education and collaboration efforts, we are the bridge to life-changing solutions. Since 2007, our professional counseling team has helped thousands find hope and improved quality of life. Our agency is trauma-informed and uses evidence-based interventions. We are trained to meet the unique needs of individuals, couples, and whole families. Whether you’ve experienced a sudden loss, or struggle with an ongoing issue, our team is dedicated to supporting your needs.
We believe everyone should experience hope and we believe mental health matters. Through our faith-based counseling, education and collaboration efforts, we are the bridge to life-changing solutions. Since 2007, our professional counseling team has helped thousands find hope and improved quality of life. Our agency is trauma-informed and uses evidence-based interventions. We are trained to meet the unique needs of individuals, couples, and whole families. Whether you’ve experienced a sudden loss, or struggle with an ongoing issue, our team is dedicated to supporting your needs.
(281) 724-3128 View (281) 724-3128
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Yvonne Frias
MS, LPC, NCC
Verified
Pearland, TX 77581
For me, the opportunity to help others has always been a personal passion and I believe that every person deserves to be heard and seen. As a Licensed Professional Counselor in enjoy working with individuals dealing with chronic pain/illness, adjustment issues, and caregiver burnout. My approach is tailored to each individual's needs and experiences, regardless of their age or background. I use a combination of Person-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Expressive Arts to help my clients achieve their goals, among a variety of other therapeutic evidence based techniques.
For me, the opportunity to help others has always been a personal passion and I believe that every person deserves to be heard and seen. As a Licensed Professional Counselor in enjoy working with individuals dealing with chronic pain/illness, adjustment issues, and caregiver burnout. My approach is tailored to each individual's needs and experiences, regardless of their age or background. I use a combination of Person-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Expressive Arts to help my clients achieve their goals, among a variety of other therapeutic evidence based techniques.
(346) 275-3145 View (346) 275-3145
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Dr. Dymisha Richardson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DSW, LCSW-S
Verified
Pearland, TX 77584  (Online Only)
Accepting VIRTUAL clients in Texas and Colorado: Deciding to engage in therapy takes courage and connecting with the right therapist can be overwhelming and challenging. Kudos to you for taking the first step in investing in your mental health! It is my belief that finding the right therapeutic fit for you is essential in your journey to being the best version of yourself. I am a skilled and insightful clinical licensed professional with over 15 years of experience in providing treatment to individuals, couples, and families.
Accepting VIRTUAL clients in Texas and Colorado: Deciding to engage in therapy takes courage and connecting with the right therapist can be overwhelming and challenging. Kudos to you for taking the first step in investing in your mental health! It is my belief that finding the right therapeutic fit for you is essential in your journey to being the best version of yourself. I am a skilled and insightful clinical licensed professional with over 15 years of experience in providing treatment to individuals, couples, and families.
(713) 874-9304 View (713) 874-9304
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Creative Counseling Services
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pearland, TX 77581
I believe self-awareness is the cornerstone of personal growth and emotional development. I have worked with adults, children, adolescents, teens, couples, and families to help create positive change through effective communication. I want to help you build a strong sense of self through positive communication and emotional sharing.
I believe self-awareness is the cornerstone of personal growth and emotional development. I have worked with adults, children, adolescents, teens, couples, and families to help create positive change through effective communication. I want to help you build a strong sense of self through positive communication and emotional sharing.
(346) 423-2356 View (346) 423-2356
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Carolyn Marie Durham
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC , LBSW
Verified
Pearland, TX 77584  (Online Only)
I have worked with a variety of clients over my career who have included individuals and families coping with change, anxiety, and depression. I have worked in the medical field for over 10 of those years and have counseled people struggling with acute and chronic medical conditions such as pain, cancer, stroke, transplant, and more. Most recently, I have been working remotely as an on-line therapist providing counseling to teens, adults, and couples. I also have experience teaching in the public schools and college level. I understand how challenging these environments can be for both students and parents.
I have worked with a variety of clients over my career who have included individuals and families coping with change, anxiety, and depression. I have worked in the medical field for over 10 of those years and have counseled people struggling with acute and chronic medical conditions such as pain, cancer, stroke, transplant, and more. Most recently, I have been working remotely as an on-line therapist providing counseling to teens, adults, and couples. I also have experience teaching in the public schools and college level. I understand how challenging these environments can be for both students and parents.
(281) 336-1761 View (281) 336-1761
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Kamilah Thomas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S
Verified
10 Endorsed
Pearland, TX 77584
Are you considered a "strong" and resilint person, who has experienced trauma in your life? Do you find yourself carrying the weight of these experiences, struggling to navigate your emotions and be vulnerable? I'm here to offer you a safe space for healing and growth to overcome trauma and reclaim your power. With over 15 years of experience in the mental health field, I understand the unique challenges you may face and the strength that lies within you.
Are you considered a "strong" and resilint person, who has experienced trauma in your life? Do you find yourself carrying the weight of these experiences, struggling to navigate your emotions and be vulnerable? I'm here to offer you a safe space for healing and growth to overcome trauma and reclaim your power. With over 15 years of experience in the mental health field, I understand the unique challenges you may face and the strength that lies within you.
(713) 352-0304 View (713) 352-0304
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Carmela James
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, LPC, CSC
Verified
Pearland, TX 77584
Sometimes we just need to hit the 'Reset' button and reboot our lives. I am here to help guide you back to YOU! Most of us are scared, sad, anxious, lonely, depressed and hiding it from everyone else; but you don't have to be. You can choose to live your life differently full of joy, glee and gladness. Let's explore how through unique mindfulness techniques.
Sometimes we just need to hit the 'Reset' button and reboot our lives. I am here to help guide you back to YOU! Most of us are scared, sad, anxious, lonely, depressed and hiding it from everyone else; but you don't have to be. You can choose to live your life differently full of joy, glee and gladness. Let's explore how through unique mindfulness techniques.
(346) 660-2356 View (346) 660-2356
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Sharonda Ruffin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Pearland, TX 77584  (Online Only)
Welcome to your new way of managing life with A.Y.O. Conversations, PLLC (Are You Okay). Often times we feel helpless and hopeless and need a safe partner to find our way through it all. I am Sharonda Ruffin MSW, LCSW. An original native of Chicago, IL, I am a graduate of The Grambling State University.
Welcome to your new way of managing life with A.Y.O. Conversations, PLLC (Are You Okay). Often times we feel helpless and hopeless and need a safe partner to find our way through it all. I am Sharonda Ruffin MSW, LCSW. An original native of Chicago, IL, I am a graduate of The Grambling State University.
(281) 214-6721 View (281) 214-6721
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David A. Lee
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pearland, TX 77584
I believe that individuals and families are the sum of their past, present, and future life experiences. Positive or negative, these experiences help to shape how you think, feel, and ultimately respond to this world’s expected and unexpected challenges. Life is a journey, and there are times we need to reach-out to each other along the way. My goal is to create a psychologically safe environment to communicate and establish a professional, compassionate, and healthy therapeutic alliance. Utilizing a strengths-based approach, I work to create a team environment in which you can uncover your own unique strengths.
I believe that individuals and families are the sum of their past, present, and future life experiences. Positive or negative, these experiences help to shape how you think, feel, and ultimately respond to this world’s expected and unexpected challenges. Life is a journey, and there are times we need to reach-out to each other along the way. My goal is to create a psychologically safe environment to communicate and establish a professional, compassionate, and healthy therapeutic alliance. Utilizing a strengths-based approach, I work to create a team environment in which you can uncover your own unique strengths.
(346) 206-3992 View (346) 206-3992
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SOL Counseling
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFTS
Verified
5 Endorsed
Pearland, TX 77581  (Online Only)
Are you struggling in your marriage or intimate relationship? Perhaps you are facing infidelity or a betrayal of trust and wondering how you can overcome it. You are feeling hurt, angry, confused or frustrated and are wondering how to work it out and save your relationship. Maybe you feel trapped and are wondering how it got this bad? Do you want to learn ways to communicate where you feel hear and understood by your partner. Let me help you reconnect with your partner and have a happier life.
Are you struggling in your marriage or intimate relationship? Perhaps you are facing infidelity or a betrayal of trust and wondering how you can overcome it. You are feeling hurt, angry, confused or frustrated and are wondering how to work it out and save your relationship. Maybe you feel trapped and are wondering how it got this bad? Do you want to learn ways to communicate where you feel hear and understood by your partner. Let me help you reconnect with your partner and have a happier life.
(713) 766-4675 View (713) 766-4675
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Vanessa Vigers Austin
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S
Verified
Pearland, TX 77584
Some wise person has said, "We all are as sick as our secrets.” Healing and freedom comes when we can be transparent about what ails us. Hence, my professional goal is to develop a therapeutic relationship of trust at your comfort level. In this relationship, you will be offered healthy coping skills and a safe place to heal while experiencing the transformation you desire. Together, we will work to help you reach your desired goals with you in the driver’s seat!
Some wise person has said, "We all are as sick as our secrets.” Healing and freedom comes when we can be transparent about what ails us. Hence, my professional goal is to develop a therapeutic relationship of trust at your comfort level. In this relationship, you will be offered healthy coping skills and a safe place to heal while experiencing the transformation you desire. Together, we will work to help you reach your desired goals with you in the driver’s seat!
(281) 984-4887 View (281) 984-4887
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Ashlie Llorens
Psychologist, PhD, LSSP
Verified
Pearland, TX 77584
Dr. Llorens provides evidence-based care, emphasizing a direct, caring style. She is genuine, honest, and approachable. Dr. Llorens uses relatable and practical approaches based in the principles of cognitive behavior therapy, behavior modification, mindfulness, and acceptance commitment therapy. In addition to in-person care, Dr. Llorens practices Telepsychology in 22 U.S. states as a PSYPACT approved psychologist; E. Passport mobility #7452. Renewal Date: 7/6/2022
Dr. Llorens provides evidence-based care, emphasizing a direct, caring style. She is genuine, honest, and approachable. Dr. Llorens uses relatable and practical approaches based in the principles of cognitive behavior therapy, behavior modification, mindfulness, and acceptance commitment therapy. In addition to in-person care, Dr. Llorens practices Telepsychology in 22 U.S. states as a PSYPACT approved psychologist; E. Passport mobility #7452. Renewal Date: 7/6/2022
(713) 804-7639 View (713) 804-7639
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Aysha Hussaini
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pearland, TX 77584
Whatever your reasons for finding a therapist, I am glad that you have taken this step. As a client-centered therapist, I believe that you are a unique individual, and will make it my goal to help you live your best life. It is not my job to tell you what to do but to provide a safe, comfortable space in which we will work together to navigate your journey. We will use evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution-focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Strengths-based techniques to work on your goals.
Whatever your reasons for finding a therapist, I am glad that you have taken this step. As a client-centered therapist, I believe that you are a unique individual, and will make it my goal to help you live your best life. It is not my job to tell you what to do but to provide a safe, comfortable space in which we will work together to navigate your journey. We will use evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution-focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Strengths-based techniques to work on your goals.
(281) 559-7264 View (281) 559-7264
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Sharon Alexander, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Pearland, TX 77581
Evening hours and Saturday appointments available!!! Is this thing called -"life" making you feel defeated? Are you looking for someone to talk to confidentially, about issues that may be causing you undue stress or anxiety. Call me, lets work it out, together.
Evening hours and Saturday appointments available!!! Is this thing called -"life" making you feel defeated? Are you looking for someone to talk to confidentially, about issues that may be causing you undue stress or anxiety. Call me, lets work it out, together.
(832) 304-2247 View (832) 304-2247
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Chinwe Nzerue Obi
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Pearland, TX 77584  (Online Only)
Chinwe Nzerue-Obi is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who has 4 years of experience in the mental health field. Chinwe has worked with and helped people of all ages overcome anger, anxiety, depression, grief, substance use/abuse, parenting and relationship issues, and much more. She has been privileged to help near-school drop-outs get back into school and graduate. Chinwe is a Certified Christian Counselor for the benefit of clients who draw strength from their faith. She also holds a Multicultural Counseling Certification, enhancing her ability to work across ages, cultures, and countries.
Chinwe Nzerue-Obi is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who has 4 years of experience in the mental health field. Chinwe has worked with and helped people of all ages overcome anger, anxiety, depression, grief, substance use/abuse, parenting and relationship issues, and much more. She has been privileged to help near-school drop-outs get back into school and graduate. Chinwe is a Certified Christian Counselor for the benefit of clients who draw strength from their faith. She also holds a Multicultural Counseling Certification, enhancing her ability to work across ages, cultures, and countries.
(281) 916-2538 View (281) 916-2538
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Cristian Amador
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate
Verified
Pearland, TX 77584  (Online Only)
Cris Amador is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC-A) who specializes in providing therapy and counseling services to children, teenagers, and adults who are dealing with issues related to mood, anxiety, trauma, stress, life changes, and personality disorders. Cris is an active LGBTQIA+ ally who has helped clients deal with issues related to sexuality, gender identity, and coming out. Cris completed his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology at Rice University and his Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Psychology at the University of Houston–Clear Lake.
Cris Amador is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC-A) who specializes in providing therapy and counseling services to children, teenagers, and adults who are dealing with issues related to mood, anxiety, trauma, stress, life changes, and personality disorders. Cris is an active LGBTQIA+ ally who has helped clients deal with issues related to sexuality, gender identity, and coming out. Cris completed his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology at Rice University and his Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Psychology at the University of Houston–Clear Lake.
(713) 588-6166 View (713) 588-6166

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Number of Therapists in Pearland, TX

300+

Average cost per session

$130

Therapists in Pearland, TX who prioritize treating:

88% Anxiety
87% Depression
77% Relationship Issues
77% Self Esteem
75% Stress
70% Coping Skills
61% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

82% Aetna
78% Cigna and Evernorth
76% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Pearland, TX see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
15% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Pearland?

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.