Therapists in Slaton, TX

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Charles Lindsey Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC-S
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Slaton, TX 79364
I operate with the assumption that individual and couple’s counseling should be safe and helpful in practical ways. My bias is that it should be as brief as possible to meet a person's current need, while at the same time of sufficient duration to stabilize one’s walk into their days ahead. I believe it should provide real-world help for navigating the challenging transitions of life that often interfere with progress toward our desired objectives and God designed potential. I believe it is critical to cultivate the capacity to live fully and mindfully in the here-and-now to chart a sure and safe path to a satisfying future.
I operate with the assumption that individual and couple’s counseling should be safe and helpful in practical ways. My bias is that it should be as brief as possible to meet a person's current need, while at the same time of sufficient duration to stabilize one’s walk into their days ahead. I believe it should provide real-world help for navigating the challenging transitions of life that often interfere with progress toward our desired objectives and God designed potential. I believe it is critical to cultivate the capacity to live fully and mindfully in the here-and-now to chart a sure and safe path to a satisfying future.
(806) 579-2751 View (806) 579-2751
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Kristina Luera
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC , LSOTP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Slaton, TX 79364
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and SOTP Counselor. I have experience working with clients who have Relationship/sexual issues, Anxiety, Depression, Substance abuse, Grief, and trauma. I understand that life can feel overwhelming and emotionally challenging, especially when you feel like you're alone or your just too afraid. I would like to hear your story, understand your journey, and offer a trusting environment for you to find growth and transformation. I offer a free 30 min. consultation, book an appointment today. Now Accepting New Clients!
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and SOTP Counselor. I have experience working with clients who have Relationship/sexual issues, Anxiety, Depression, Substance abuse, Grief, and trauma. I understand that life can feel overwhelming and emotionally challenging, especially when you feel like you're alone or your just too afraid. I would like to hear your story, understand your journey, and offer a trusting environment for you to find growth and transformation. I offer a free 30 min. consultation, book an appointment today. Now Accepting New Clients!
(806) 809-4661 View (806) 809-4661
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Next Level Counseling PLLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Slaton, TX 79364
Happy New Year from Next Level Counseling! 2023 was a great year for us and we are looking forward to an even better 2024! We are currently accepting new clients and are accepting Traditional Medicaid, Superior, First Care as well as most private insurances! We currently have low to no wait times for new clients! We are also offering free 15 minute phone consultations to all new and prospective clients. Next Level Counseling provides a safe place to open up to discuss sensitive topics such as relationship issues, behavioral issues, and anxiety & depression. All ages welcome!
Happy New Year from Next Level Counseling! 2023 was a great year for us and we are looking forward to an even better 2024! We are currently accepting new clients and are accepting Traditional Medicaid, Superior, First Care as well as most private insurances! We currently have low to no wait times for new clients! We are also offering free 15 minute phone consultations to all new and prospective clients. Next Level Counseling provides a safe place to open up to discuss sensitive topics such as relationship issues, behavioral issues, and anxiety & depression. All ages welcome!
(806) 491-1581 View (806) 491-1581
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Taylor Davies
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Slaton, TX 79364
There are seasons in life that require a little extra work to get through in a healthy way. My goal is to assist you in these times, respecting the fact that God has placed you in charge of your own life. My goal is to make sure that counseling does not linger on. Instead, counseling should last only as long as you need.
There are seasons in life that require a little extra work to get through in a healthy way. My goal is to assist you in these times, respecting the fact that God has placed you in charge of your own life. My goal is to make sure that counseling does not linger on. Instead, counseling should last only as long as you need.
(806) 615-2616 View (806) 615-2616
Stace McEwin
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, MA, LPC, C-DBT, ASDCS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Slaton, TX 79364  (Online Only)
Teletherapy at its best! Welcome to my practice! I specialize in helping older children, adolescents, and adults with mental health concerns. This generation is facing so many challenges that weren't experienced by earlier generations. Anxiety, depression, self-harm, addiction, social media, school related incidents, pornography and isolation are just a few of the issues facing our young people today. Older generations are having to adjust to the new normal which can be extremely overwhelming at times. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I'm here to help my clients navigate their way through these difficult times.
Teletherapy at its best! Welcome to my practice! I specialize in helping older children, adolescents, and adults with mental health concerns. This generation is facing so many challenges that weren't experienced by earlier generations. Anxiety, depression, self-harm, addiction, social media, school related incidents, pornography and isolation are just a few of the issues facing our young people today. Older generations are having to adjust to the new normal which can be extremely overwhelming at times. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I'm here to help my clients navigate their way through these difficult times.
(806) 557-2020 View (806) 557-2020
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Greg Johnston
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Slaton, TX 79364
Connection, compassion, hope, and change are the guiding principles of Every Story Counseling, private practice of Dr. Greg Johnston housed within the Playroom Lubbock. Greg practices from the belief that importance should be given to the client's current story, but that most importantly hope exists for everyone to write new pages and chapters.
Connection, compassion, hope, and change are the guiding principles of Every Story Counseling, private practice of Dr. Greg Johnston housed within the Playroom Lubbock. Greg practices from the belief that importance should be given to the client's current story, but that most importantly hope exists for everyone to write new pages and chapters.
(806) 853-5716 View (806) 853-5716

Online Therapists

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Britni Huntley
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, LPC-A
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lubbock, TX 79414
As a person who has had experience sitting in the client’s chair, I understand how hard it can be to reach out for help sometimes. I approach clients by meeting them where they are with genuine acceptance. I encourage clients to develop greater self-awareness and mental health through processing their experiences and learning new ways to approach and process life’s challenges. I understand each person's situation is unique and requires unique solutions. I provide support as we address a variety of issues and identify effective ways to cope and achieve goals.
As a person who has had experience sitting in the client’s chair, I understand how hard it can be to reach out for help sometimes. I approach clients by meeting them where they are with genuine acceptance. I encourage clients to develop greater self-awareness and mental health through processing their experiences and learning new ways to approach and process life’s challenges. I understand each person's situation is unique and requires unique solutions. I provide support as we address a variety of issues and identify effective ways to cope and achieve goals.
(806) 835-5853 View (806) 835-5853
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Jon Sebastian Martinez
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lubbock, TX 79414
Welcome! My name is Jon Martinez. I am a board certified Licensed Professional Counselor, from Lubbock, TX, who works with gamers, adults and adolescents, and provides care for patients who struggle with anxiety, depression, or feel that they are stuck in life. Sometimes in life, we grow complacent and begin to feel lost in our journey of life. We lose sight of what brings us joy. Therefore, let’s take that first step and forge together the path towards your self-discovery expedition!
Welcome! My name is Jon Martinez. I am a board certified Licensed Professional Counselor, from Lubbock, TX, who works with gamers, adults and adolescents, and provides care for patients who struggle with anxiety, depression, or feel that they are stuck in life. Sometimes in life, we grow complacent and begin to feel lost in our journey of life. We lose sight of what brings us joy. Therefore, let’s take that first step and forge together the path towards your self-discovery expedition!
(806) 605-0051 View (806) 605-0051
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Laura Leedy
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, LPC-A
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Snyder, TX 79549
Do you struggle with "What if" and other scary thoughts? Do you feel like you're not enough, unlovable, unworthy, broken, overwhelmed, or unable to handle life's challenges? Do you ever feel like you should have done something differently? Do you feel alone in your struggles, like no one understands or supports you? Do you feel like you’ll never be free from the distress of your past trauma? You're in the right place, and there is hope. Reach out today and see how Life's Healing Journey, PLLC can help.
Do you struggle with "What if" and other scary thoughts? Do you feel like you're not enough, unlovable, unworthy, broken, overwhelmed, or unable to handle life's challenges? Do you ever feel like you should have done something differently? Do you feel alone in your struggles, like no one understands or supports you? Do you feel like you’ll never be free from the distress of your past trauma? You're in the right place, and there is hope. Reach out today and see how Life's Healing Journey, PLLC can help.
(325) 240-3433 View (325) 240-3433
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Tammy Edmonson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Lubbock, TX 79424
We all experience difficulties, set-backs and struggles from time to time and may need a safe place with someone who can help us navigate through challenging times. My desire is to work with adolescents and adults in a comfortable relaxing setting to equip them with the strategies, life skills and tools needed to work through rough times. Also, helping them to manage healthier and more satisfying relationships.
We all experience difficulties, set-backs and struggles from time to time and may need a safe place with someone who can help us navigate through challenging times. My desire is to work with adolescents and adults in a comfortable relaxing setting to equip them with the strategies, life skills and tools needed to work through rough times. Also, helping them to manage healthier and more satisfying relationships.
(806) 404-1790 View (806) 404-1790
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John R Thomas
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, EMDR
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lubbock, TX 79423
I seek to walk alongside individuals & couples who may be experiencing a valley of difficulty or pain; or those who may be on the mountain exploring new growth & opportunities. I am particularly interested in working with men and boys who may be struggling with sexual concerns; or couples affected by sexual issues such as pornography, infidelity, or sexual addiction. I also believe that we are a product of our experiences, and that they affect the lens by which we do life, until we are able to process through those "traumas." I am also a Veteran, retiring after 20 years of military service. I enjoy spending time with my wife!
I seek to walk alongside individuals & couples who may be experiencing a valley of difficulty or pain; or those who may be on the mountain exploring new growth & opportunities. I am particularly interested in working with men and boys who may be struggling with sexual concerns; or couples affected by sexual issues such as pornography, infidelity, or sexual addiction. I also believe that we are a product of our experiences, and that they affect the lens by which we do life, until we are able to process through those "traumas." I am also a Veteran, retiring after 20 years of military service. I enjoy spending time with my wife!
(806) 203-6064 View (806) 203-6064
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Marisa Valdez-Stalvey
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Lubbock, TX 79424
I’m a Bilingual Counselor, fully proficient in English and Spanish. I have worked with people with a wide range of concerns including ADHD (having been diagnosed myself), burnout, grief, depression, anxiety, stress management, emotional regulation, identity issues, search for meaning, and culture shock. I also work with Highly Sensitive People and empaths.
I’m a Bilingual Counselor, fully proficient in English and Spanish. I have worked with people with a wide range of concerns including ADHD (having been diagnosed myself), burnout, grief, depression, anxiety, stress management, emotional regulation, identity issues, search for meaning, and culture shock. I also work with Highly Sensitive People and empaths.
(806) 304-5900 View (806) 304-5900
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Dr. Neetu Arora Smith
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lubbock, TX 79423
My approach to psychotherapy has been shaped by my own life experiences as well as professional training. I utilize a mind-body approach and specialize in mindfulness, focused attention techniques, and creative imagery which are known to be very effective for stress-management, sleep difficulties and emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression. I have special interest in working with individuals dealing with codependency and relationship issues. I believe that learning to cope with our inner turmoil is one of the cornerstones of being able to live a purposeful and meaningful life.
My approach to psychotherapy has been shaped by my own life experiences as well as professional training. I utilize a mind-body approach and specialize in mindfulness, focused attention techniques, and creative imagery which are known to be very effective for stress-management, sleep difficulties and emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression. I have special interest in working with individuals dealing with codependency and relationship issues. I believe that learning to cope with our inner turmoil is one of the cornerstones of being able to live a purposeful and meaningful life.
(806) 589-6474 View (806) 589-6474
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Bethany McKinney
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Lubbock, TX 79414  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I have a passion for people who have experienced trauma. I believe in looking beyond symptoms to find the root cause of an issue and strive to make sure clients are not only heard but understood. There are reasons behind the behaviors and feelings that mark our lives, and I want to help people discover what those reasons are and how to address them. I have experience counseling folks (including seniors and their caregivers) dealing with grief, loss, and life transitions. I have clinical experience with clients who have anxiety, depression, PTSD, and dissociative disorders.
I have a passion for people who have experienced trauma. I believe in looking beyond symptoms to find the root cause of an issue and strive to make sure clients are not only heard but understood. There are reasons behind the behaviors and feelings that mark our lives, and I want to help people discover what those reasons are and how to address them. I have experience counseling folks (including seniors and their caregivers) dealing with grief, loss, and life transitions. I have clinical experience with clients who have anxiety, depression, PTSD, and dissociative disorders.
(806) 451-3680 View (806) 451-3680
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Sarah Fuhrmeister Lpc Associate -Supervised By Dr. Katye Galloway Lpc-S
LPC Intern, MEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lubbock, TX 79423
Another day underway... Went to bed exhausted, woke up the same way. Spent an hour last night staring at the ceiling…drift off and bam, time to wake up. Living the dream...not. More like another frickin' long day...spent 20 minutes (you didn't have) searching for your keys. Driving to work, everyone's out to piss you off with their driving. Cut off twice, honked at, and the person tapping their brakes 100 times pushed you over the edge. 15-hour work shifts draining what little energy you have. Mind's all over the place. Overwhelmed and stuck. On your 4th argument of the week with your partner, it’s only Wednesday.
Another day underway... Went to bed exhausted, woke up the same way. Spent an hour last night staring at the ceiling…drift off and bam, time to wake up. Living the dream...not. More like another frickin' long day...spent 20 minutes (you didn't have) searching for your keys. Driving to work, everyone's out to piss you off with their driving. Cut off twice, honked at, and the person tapping their brakes 100 times pushed you over the edge. 15-hour work shifts draining what little energy you have. Mind's all over the place. Overwhelmed and stuck. On your 4th argument of the week with your partner, it’s only Wednesday.
(806) 615-2962 View (806) 615-2962
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Jennah Hanson-Daley
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lubbock, TX 79414
As a relationally trained therapist, I work with individuals, couples, and families by focusing on the full context of their lives. I especially enjoy working with teenagers and their families and have a passion for helping clients heal from trauma. I approach therapy with empathy and believe in the transformative power of building strong therapeutic connections based on trust and compassion. As a therapist, I advocate for social justice by dismantling oppressive structures and amplifying marginalized voices. I welcome clients of all backgrounds and identities!
As a relationally trained therapist, I work with individuals, couples, and families by focusing on the full context of their lives. I especially enjoy working with teenagers and their families and have a passion for helping clients heal from trauma. I approach therapy with empathy and believe in the transformative power of building strong therapeutic connections based on trust and compassion. As a therapist, I advocate for social justice by dismantling oppressive structures and amplifying marginalized voices. I welcome clients of all backgrounds and identities!
(806) 230-6730 View (806) 230-6730
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Kaymi Franco
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lubbock, TX 79414
In person only offered in Lubbock, TX - If you grew up with a lot of familial conflict, had mental health or behavioral issues, experienced poverty, abuse, or neglect, and continue to see generational patterns show up in your everyday life, we might be a good fit for each other. If you’re a parent seeking help for your out of control child or teen and you can’t seem to figure out what to do with them, I might be a good fit for them. If you or a family member has been impacted by the criminal justice system or had negative experiences in the education system, I may be able to help you process those complex experiences.
In person only offered in Lubbock, TX - If you grew up with a lot of familial conflict, had mental health or behavioral issues, experienced poverty, abuse, or neglect, and continue to see generational patterns show up in your everyday life, we might be a good fit for each other. If you’re a parent seeking help for your out of control child or teen and you can’t seem to figure out what to do with them, I might be a good fit for them. If you or a family member has been impacted by the criminal justice system or had negative experiences in the education system, I may be able to help you process those complex experiences.
(806) 591-4270 View (806) 591-4270
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Leigh Green
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC-S
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lubbock, TX 79413
We all want to be the best versions of ourselves but sometimes encounter challenges in life. Whether it be a life transition, a relationship issue, a brief or ongoing issue, the counseling process can provide you tools and strategies to be your best self. I believe that everyone has it within themselves to find solutions to their challenges. We will work together in a supportive, nonjudgmental space to transform your life to meet your goals and dreams.
We all want to be the best versions of ourselves but sometimes encounter challenges in life. Whether it be a life transition, a relationship issue, a brief or ongoing issue, the counseling process can provide you tools and strategies to be your best self. I believe that everyone has it within themselves to find solutions to their challenges. We will work together in a supportive, nonjudgmental space to transform your life to meet your goals and dreams.
(806) 310-5189 x445 View (806) 310-5189 x445
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Trista O'Quinn
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, LMFT-A, LCDC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lubbock, TX 79424
Hi! My name is Trista. Whatever journey has brought you to my page, I am so proud of you for being here. A little bit about me: I am married, I have two fur babies who are very spoiled, and I have a slight obsession for plants. Most importantly, I am blessed and honored with the privilege to sit with people in the most vulnerable times in their lives.
Hi! My name is Trista. Whatever journey has brought you to my page, I am so proud of you for being here. A little bit about me: I am married, I have two fur babies who are very spoiled, and I have a slight obsession for plants. Most importantly, I am blessed and honored with the privilege to sit with people in the most vulnerable times in their lives.
(806) 256-6905 View (806) 256-6905
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Claire Arnold
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Lubbock, TX 79413
Thank you for browsing my profile! My goal is to support my clients with warmth, humor, and compassion as they navigate life’s changes and aspire to improve their mental health and wellness. I believe healing takes place within the context of a close, trusted relationship between therapist and client. I create an environment where you can show up, be seen, and feel free to be your authentic self. I view my work through a holistic lens and consider the biological, psychological, and social factors that are contributing to your symptoms. I love to help clients identify their strengths and empower them to achieve their goals.
Thank you for browsing my profile! My goal is to support my clients with warmth, humor, and compassion as they navigate life’s changes and aspire to improve their mental health and wellness. I believe healing takes place within the context of a close, trusted relationship between therapist and client. I create an environment where you can show up, be seen, and feel free to be your authentic self. I view my work through a holistic lens and consider the biological, psychological, and social factors that are contributing to your symptoms. I love to help clients identify their strengths and empower them to achieve their goals.
(806) 230-5486 View (806) 230-5486

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Number of Therapists in Slaton, TX

< 10

Therapists in Slaton, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
83% Men's Issues
67% Relationship Issues
67% Addiction
67% Grief
67% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
67% Aetna

How Therapists in Slaton, TX see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Male
20% Female

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Slaton?

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.