Therapists in San Antonio, TX

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Photo of Amanda Sharp, Psychologist in San Antonio, TX
Amanda Sharp
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78258
Dr. Sharp conducts comprehensive psychological evaluations for all ages. Evaluation services include testing for learning disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), developmental evaluations, other psychological & cognitive (IQ) concerns; diagnostic clarification, adoption cases, foster care services, & more. We also offer psychological testing for independent educational evaluations (IEE), 2e, law enforcement, TPAPN, & related assessments. We assess for school readiness & entrance examinations. We offer CANS assessments. We work closely with families & the community to provide quality care & services to our clients.
Dr. Sharp conducts comprehensive psychological evaluations for all ages. Evaluation services include testing for learning disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), developmental evaluations, other psychological & cognitive (IQ) concerns; diagnostic clarification, adoption cases, foster care services, & more. We also offer psychological testing for independent educational evaluations (IEE), 2e, law enforcement, TPAPN, & related assessments. We assess for school readiness & entrance examinations. We offer CANS assessments. We work closely with families & the community to provide quality care & services to our clients.
(210) 941-2713 View (210) 941-2713
Photo of Toni Lynette Escamilla, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX
Toni Lynette Escamilla
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78254  (Online Only)
I am Bilingual in English and Spanish. I work with Individuals AND Couples. Are you experiencing a disruption in your life or difficulty with managing stress, anxiety or depression? Perhaps you initiated this search because you are seeking self-growth or fulfillment in your life. It has taken courage to take this step, and I am glad you're here. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas and a board approved supervisor. I started working in the mental health field in 2011 and became licensed in counseling in 2014.
I am Bilingual in English and Spanish. I work with Individuals AND Couples. Are you experiencing a disruption in your life or difficulty with managing stress, anxiety or depression? Perhaps you initiated this search because you are seeking self-growth or fulfillment in your life. It has taken courage to take this step, and I am glad you're here. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas and a board approved supervisor. I started working in the mental health field in 2011 and became licensed in counseling in 2014.
(210) 934-1808 View (210) 934-1808
Photo of Fay H Green, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX
Fay H Green
Licensed Professional Counselor, MAC, LPC, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258
Life is a journey comprised of various relationships which are often challenged by change. Changes in relationships are often overwhelming and cause stress, anxiety, quilt, grief, or trauma. The diagnosis of a life-limiting illness, a death, being the caregiver for someone with a chronic illness, dealing with end-of-life issues, or divorce at times is overwhelming and frustrating. During these experiences, it is important to have someone who will listen to understand your experience. I have training and experience in companioning those who are navigating a stressful time in a relationship changed by loss or illness.
Life is a journey comprised of various relationships which are often challenged by change. Changes in relationships are often overwhelming and cause stress, anxiety, quilt, grief, or trauma. The diagnosis of a life-limiting illness, a death, being the caregiver for someone with a chronic illness, dealing with end-of-life issues, or divorce at times is overwhelming and frustrating. During these experiences, it is important to have someone who will listen to understand your experience. I have training and experience in companioning those who are navigating a stressful time in a relationship changed by loss or illness.
(210) 468-1309 View (210) 468-1309
Photo of Kendel Cohen-Selig, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in San Antonio, TX
Kendel Cohen-Selig
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78230
I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in a variety of settings ranging from inpatient psychiatric hospitals to private practice. My well-rounded experience has taught me to effectively work with various populations and issues that may arise. I have extensive experience working with adults throughout the lifespan and I take on a collaborative approach with clients. I see my role as a facilitator in your journey to wellness and understand how difficult it can be to initiate therapy and to build a trusting relationship with a therapist. I look forward to hearing from you and to helping you on your journey to wellness.
I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in a variety of settings ranging from inpatient psychiatric hospitals to private practice. My well-rounded experience has taught me to effectively work with various populations and issues that may arise. I have extensive experience working with adults throughout the lifespan and I take on a collaborative approach with clients. I see my role as a facilitator in your journey to wellness and understand how difficult it can be to initiate therapy and to build a trusting relationship with a therapist. I look forward to hearing from you and to helping you on your journey to wellness.
(210) 796-7261 View (210) 796-7261
Photo of Zulema Magana, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX
Zulema Magana
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S, NCC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78232
Feeling STRESSED and OVERWHELMED? Feeling Lost and Confused? Are you tired of the lack of communication with your loved ones? Tired of feeling STUCK? I can HELP. I have spent the last 15 years helping adults and adolescents feel better. I have helped adults and adolescents with problems such as: anxiety/stress, depression, ADHD/mood disorders, self-esteem issues, social problems, communication problems, relationship issues and life transitions. I am dedicated to your sense of well being and I aim to provide a safe environment for you in the most practical and effective way to facilitate change.
Feeling STRESSED and OVERWHELMED? Feeling Lost and Confused? Are you tired of the lack of communication with your loved ones? Tired of feeling STUCK? I can HELP. I have spent the last 15 years helping adults and adolescents feel better. I have helped adults and adolescents with problems such as: anxiety/stress, depression, ADHD/mood disorders, self-esteem issues, social problems, communication problems, relationship issues and life transitions. I am dedicated to your sense of well being and I aim to provide a safe environment for you in the most practical and effective way to facilitate change.
(210) 343-5011 View (210) 343-5011
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Angela Farmer
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78245
I am Angela Farmer, a licensed psychologist with five years of clinical experience. I enjoy working with adolescents and young adults going into adulthood or early into adulthood. My therapeutic goals focus on people who are facing Anger Management, Coping Skills, Codependency, Depression, and Anxiety. The modalities I enjoy using are Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Solution Focused Brief (SFBT), Rational Emotive Behavior (REBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Reality Therapy. My life has not been the easiest, and I feel that helps me to help my clients where they are at that moment.
I am Angela Farmer, a licensed psychologist with five years of clinical experience. I enjoy working with adolescents and young adults going into adulthood or early into adulthood. My therapeutic goals focus on people who are facing Anger Management, Coping Skills, Codependency, Depression, and Anxiety. The modalities I enjoy using are Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Solution Focused Brief (SFBT), Rational Emotive Behavior (REBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Reality Therapy. My life has not been the easiest, and I feel that helps me to help my clients where they are at that moment.
(254) 503-5249 View (254) 503-5249
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Kaye Thomas
Marriage & Family Therapist, MMFT, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78258
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS. The focus of my practice centers around couples, families, and children. However, I also work with individuals from a systemic perspective, which simply means that our interactions with each other have a ripple effect. I welcome anyone struggling with communication and relationship issues, anxiety, depression, parenting concerns, issues of abuse or behavioral problems, even those simply wanting to find new perspective.
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS. The focus of my practice centers around couples, families, and children. However, I also work with individuals from a systemic perspective, which simply means that our interactions with each other have a ripple effect. I welcome anyone struggling with communication and relationship issues, anxiety, depression, parenting concerns, issues of abuse or behavioral problems, even those simply wanting to find new perspective.
(210) 791-6965 View (210) 791-6965
Photo of Cheryl Camarillo, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in San Antonio, TX
Cheryl Camarillo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CST, AASECT, CSAT, BCIA
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78213
Certified Sex Therapist and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist: Trained professional in sex therapy, infidelity, sex and porn addiction, betrayal trauma, relationship recovery, sexual trauma, erectile difficulties, or other difficult sex issues. Are you seeking a non-judgement zone? No need to be embarrassed or shy. Learn to stop the shame, blame, guilt and anger. Have a clear understanding of the problem and the best options for moving forward. End confusion over what to do and start working on a plan.
Certified Sex Therapist and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist: Trained professional in sex therapy, infidelity, sex and porn addiction, betrayal trauma, relationship recovery, sexual trauma, erectile difficulties, or other difficult sex issues. Are you seeking a non-judgement zone? No need to be embarrassed or shy. Learn to stop the shame, blame, guilt and anger. Have a clear understanding of the problem and the best options for moving forward. End confusion over what to do and start working on a plan.
(210) 625-7873 View (210) 625-7873
Photo of Ross Garcia, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX
Ross Garcia
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC-S
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78240
I believe all human beings strive to create fulfilling lives with meaningful connections to others. Having a greater understanding of our strengths and weaknesses enables us to make better decisions that lead to living the life we imagine for ourselves. Through therapy, I assist clients in gaining insight into themselves through increasing coping and self-awareness. We will examine and identify values/strengths in order to make realistic goals and movement towards the life you want.
I believe all human beings strive to create fulfilling lives with meaningful connections to others. Having a greater understanding of our strengths and weaknesses enables us to make better decisions that lead to living the life we imagine for ourselves. Through therapy, I assist clients in gaining insight into themselves through increasing coping and self-awareness. We will examine and identify values/strengths in order to make realistic goals and movement towards the life you want.
(210) 981-4812 View (210) 981-4812
Photo of Sarah E Fawcett, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX
Sarah E Fawcett
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78213
When I was a young woman, I chose to try counseling as a way of dealing with my problems. I was stuck and didn't know what else to do. Counseling changed my life. As a result, I became a counselor years later. I especially enjoy walking with clients through whatever life issues and challenges they have, whether it's a loss of joy, grief over the death of a loved one, a divorce or simply feeling overwhelmed with daily life. I'm a good listener. Hope you will contact me for an appointment.
When I was a young woman, I chose to try counseling as a way of dealing with my problems. I was stuck and didn't know what else to do. Counseling changed my life. As a result, I became a counselor years later. I especially enjoy walking with clients through whatever life issues and challenges they have, whether it's a loss of joy, grief over the death of a loved one, a divorce or simply feeling overwhelmed with daily life. I'm a good listener. Hope you will contact me for an appointment.
(830) 261-4691 View (830) 261-4691
Photo of Alyssa Kulka, Counselor in San Antonio, TX
Alyssa Kulka
Counselor, MS, LPC, CEDS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78209
If you feel like life is overwhelming and you don't know how to cope, it's okay to ask for help. It could be that school, work, family life, parenting (or doing all of them at the same time) are creating immense stressors. Or maybe events from your past are making it difficult to do what matters to you. Know that you are not alone and you don't have to walk through this by yourself.
If you feel like life is overwhelming and you don't know how to cope, it's okay to ask for help. It could be that school, work, family life, parenting (or doing all of them at the same time) are creating immense stressors. Or maybe events from your past are making it difficult to do what matters to you. Know that you are not alone and you don't have to walk through this by yourself.
(210) 934-5726 View (210) 934-5726
Photo of Marti Stany, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in San Antonio, TX
Marti Stany
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78213  (Online Only)
If you're reading this, you're likely feeling overwhelmed, shame, or alone due to trauma or problems in your sex life or relationship. Perhaps you feel confused about your sexual identity or aren’t accepted and celebrated for who you are. Maybe you are stuck in a negative loop of excessive porn use or a compulsive desire for sex that is ruining your relationships and your life. Together, we'll navigate the parts of your life you've buried deep out of shame and pain. I know it can be terrifying to plunge into these depths alone. I'll be by your side every step of the way, offering a loving and non-judgmental space.
If you're reading this, you're likely feeling overwhelmed, shame, or alone due to trauma or problems in your sex life or relationship. Perhaps you feel confused about your sexual identity or aren’t accepted and celebrated for who you are. Maybe you are stuck in a negative loop of excessive porn use or a compulsive desire for sex that is ruining your relationships and your life. Together, we'll navigate the parts of your life you've buried deep out of shame and pain. I know it can be terrifying to plunge into these depths alone. I'll be by your side every step of the way, offering a loving and non-judgmental space.
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Photo of Sandra Simmons, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in San Antonio, TX
Sandra Simmons
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78230  (Online Only)
Choosing a therapist you feel you can work well with is critical to successful treatment. I offer a safe, collaborative, empathic & trusting relational space in which you can explore your issues and concerns without fear of judgment. We will work together to help you develop greater self-understanding, foster close, connected relationships, uncover thought & behavioral patterns that interfere with happiness, master coping skills and achieve the emotional vitality necessary to a healthy, productive and satisfying life.
Choosing a therapist you feel you can work well with is critical to successful treatment. I offer a safe, collaborative, empathic & trusting relational space in which you can explore your issues and concerns without fear of judgment. We will work together to help you develop greater self-understanding, foster close, connected relationships, uncover thought & behavioral patterns that interfere with happiness, master coping skills and achieve the emotional vitality necessary to a healthy, productive and satisfying life.
(210) 880-9104 View (210) 880-9104
Photo of Aimee M Rhodes, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX
Aimee M Rhodes
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC-S
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78230
Like many people. you are facing anxiety, depression, grief, or having difficulty with life transitions. You have some unresolved traumas that are holding you back from living your life to the fullest. You may even have developed a auto-immune issue or a chronic illness as a result of your high stress and traumas. My aim is to help you to overcome and work through your issues so you can get back to living and loving life.
Like many people. you are facing anxiety, depression, grief, or having difficulty with life transitions. You have some unresolved traumas that are holding you back from living your life to the fullest. You may even have developed a auto-immune issue or a chronic illness as a result of your high stress and traumas. My aim is to help you to overcome and work through your issues so you can get back to living and loving life.
(210) 966-9513 View (210) 966-9513
Photo of Yvonne Thomas, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX
Yvonne Thomas
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78261  (Online Only)
Hi there, I'm Yvonne. I am an empathetic therapist who has military experience. I devoted over 22 years to empowering and guiding others to be successful in becoming the person they wanted to be while serving their country. Are you struggling to be authentic in your relationships, work and with your self? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back to where you want to be in life. We'll use a whole self approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body and spirit.
Hi there, I'm Yvonne. I am an empathetic therapist who has military experience. I devoted over 22 years to empowering and guiding others to be successful in becoming the person they wanted to be while serving their country. Are you struggling to be authentic in your relationships, work and with your self? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back to where you want to be in life. We'll use a whole self approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body and spirit.
(410) 755-5381 View (410) 755-5381
Photo of Dr. Margo DelaGarza, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX
Dr. Margo DelaGarza
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78232
I am an experienced clinician who offers exceptional care to people of all ages. I work with Adults, Couples, Public Figures and Adolescents. Services available in Spanish. My fee is $180 per session and I do not accept insurance.
I am an experienced clinician who offers exceptional care to people of all ages. I work with Adults, Couples, Public Figures and Adolescents. Services available in Spanish. My fee is $180 per session and I do not accept insurance.
(210) 774-6789 View (210) 774-6789
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Dorothy 'dory' Warren
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78216
The connection between client and therapist is the main factor necessary for successful therapeutic change. I will help you clarify essential goals, that once achieved will lead to you firing me. By being "client-centered", our sessions will be led by you and I will walk with you during your journey, adding evidence-based information, posing insight-oriented questions and helping present relative information in a novel context (due to my being unbiased). "Firing" your therapist means you feel confident to utilize new skills to better manage life:)
The connection between client and therapist is the main factor necessary for successful therapeutic change. I will help you clarify essential goals, that once achieved will lead to you firing me. By being "client-centered", our sessions will be led by you and I will walk with you during your journey, adding evidence-based information, posing insight-oriented questions and helping present relative information in a novel context (due to my being unbiased). "Firing" your therapist means you feel confident to utilize new skills to better manage life:)
(210) 794-8171 View (210) 794-8171
Photo of Andrew Reding, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in San Antonio, TX
Andrew Reding
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78250  (Online Only)
Thank you for taking the first step in confronting your challenges and finding a therapist that is right for you. I provide a non-judgemental and collabrative space for us to understand yourself better and work towards establishing new patterns in life that move you towards your goals. I ask clients to work on acceptance of themselves and build an awareness of their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
Thank you for taking the first step in confronting your challenges and finding a therapist that is right for you. I provide a non-judgemental and collabrative space for us to understand yourself better and work towards establishing new patterns in life that move you towards your goals. I ask clients to work on acceptance of themselves and build an awareness of their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
(726) 227-1253 View (726) 227-1253
Photo of Sammie Wade, Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in San Antonio, TX
Sammie Wade
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, Intern
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78229
Waitlist for new clients
Passionate about helping individuals through life transitions, achieve personal goals, and thrive in healthy relationships. As a therapist and a mother of two, I have an affinity for helping women with identity struggles and coping with stress and anxiety as they navigate motherhood. Specific areas of interest include working with couples and individuals through relationship issues, anxiety, depression and trauma recovery. My therapeutic stye is encouraging, collaborative and positive as I utilize Emotionally Focused Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy in session.
Passionate about helping individuals through life transitions, achieve personal goals, and thrive in healthy relationships. As a therapist and a mother of two, I have an affinity for helping women with identity struggles and coping with stress and anxiety as they navigate motherhood. Specific areas of interest include working with couples and individuals through relationship issues, anxiety, depression and trauma recovery. My therapeutic stye is encouraging, collaborative and positive as I utilize Emotionally Focused Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy in session.
(210) 864-6248 View (210) 864-6248
Photo of Michelle Mullin, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX
Michelle Mullin
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S, LCDC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78232
I have enthusiastically worked with individuals experiencing a variety of life struggles and mental health challenges such as domestic violence, grief and loss, addiction, depression, and anxiety throughout my career. I also have experience working with couples struggling with communication difficulties, infidelity, and emotional distance. Early on I chose to focus on trauma when I noticed both the prevalence of traumatic experiences in the lives of my clients, and the profound effects of untreated trauma. I am certified in EMDR to promote healing and and help clients build lives full of authenticity, purpose, and meaning.
I have enthusiastically worked with individuals experiencing a variety of life struggles and mental health challenges such as domestic violence, grief and loss, addiction, depression, and anxiety throughout my career. I also have experience working with couples struggling with communication difficulties, infidelity, and emotional distance. Early on I chose to focus on trauma when I noticed both the prevalence of traumatic experiences in the lives of my clients, and the profound effects of untreated trauma. I am certified in EMDR to promote healing and and help clients build lives full of authenticity, purpose, and meaning.
(210) 361-6336 View (210) 361-6336

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in San Antonio, TX

2,000+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in San Antonio, TX who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
87% Depression
73% Self Esteem
72% Coping Skills
71% Relationship Issues
69% Trauma and PTSD
69% Stress

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

84% Aetna
77% BlueCross and BlueShield
77% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in San Antonio, TX see their clients

54% In Person and Online
46% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
18% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in San Antonio?

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.