Therapists in Wood County, TX

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Brandi Cerda
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mineola, TX 75773
Brandi is a loving and charismatic counselor who uses her knowledge and experiences to help you identify the underlying emotion. This combined with her understanding of family systems and couple relationships allows her to walk with you step by step on the journey toward healing. Being understood is more than about being heard, its a way to dig deeper and explore the root causes of our pain. Brandi is passionate about helping you connect with the most valuable person in your life as well as yourself. Life is tricky and it's hard to see the beauty of it when you're drowning in pain.
Brandi is a loving and charismatic counselor who uses her knowledge and experiences to help you identify the underlying emotion. This combined with her understanding of family systems and couple relationships allows her to walk with you step by step on the journey toward healing. Being understood is more than about being heard, its a way to dig deeper and explore the root causes of our pain. Brandi is passionate about helping you connect with the most valuable person in your life as well as yourself. Life is tricky and it's hard to see the beauty of it when you're drowning in pain.
(903) 638-0071 View (903) 638-0071
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Callie Roberts
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, NCC
Verified Verified
Winnsboro, TX 75494
I specialize in working with children and adolescents who are struggling with anxiety, depression, anger, PTSD and ADHD. I also specialize in working with children who have been diagnosed with Autism. Children under the age of 18 often struggle in terms of building strong relationships with family members and peers of their age. Childhood through adolescence can be a challenging time, due to this, children often need additional guidance, as well as someone they can trust/ build rapport with.
I specialize in working with children and adolescents who are struggling with anxiety, depression, anger, PTSD and ADHD. I also specialize in working with children who have been diagnosed with Autism. Children under the age of 18 often struggle in terms of building strong relationships with family members and peers of their age. Childhood through adolescence can be a challenging time, due to this, children often need additional guidance, as well as someone they can trust/ build rapport with.
(430) 222-8290 View (430) 222-8290
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Mary Spurlin
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CAMS-I
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hawkins, TX 75765
Are you struggling with painful memories that keep you up at night? Are you wondering if life will ever be normal again? Do you feel like no one understands? You are not alone. Many adults wonder if life will ever get better, after experiencing trauma, grief or difficult relationships. Imagine if you didn’t have to feel this way. It can be a challenge, but people do experience joy again. I make it my goal to be a safe place for those who want to explore concerns, work through painful memories, increase insight and learn healthier ways of coping with life’s challenges.
Are you struggling with painful memories that keep you up at night? Are you wondering if life will ever be normal again? Do you feel like no one understands? You are not alone. Many adults wonder if life will ever get better, after experiencing trauma, grief or difficult relationships. Imagine if you didn’t have to feel this way. It can be a challenge, but people do experience joy again. I make it my goal to be a safe place for those who want to explore concerns, work through painful memories, increase insight and learn healthier ways of coping with life’s challenges.
(430) 243-5505 View (430) 243-5505
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Sandra Kelly
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MA, LPC-A
Verified Verified
Winnsboro, TX 75494
I love providing my clients with a welcoming and comfortable space where they can feel heard and accepted. A favorite aspect of my work is helping people better understand themselves and providing each client with practical tools that help guide them through a process of healing or a journey toward self-discovery. I specialize in working with children and adolescents, but also enjoy working with adults or couples. I assist individuals with a range of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, family, and related issues.
I love providing my clients with a welcoming and comfortable space where they can feel heard and accepted. A favorite aspect of my work is helping people better understand themselves and providing each client with practical tools that help guide them through a process of healing or a journey toward self-discovery. I specialize in working with children and adolescents, but also enjoy working with adults or couples. I assist individuals with a range of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, family, and related issues.
(903) 347-3118 View (903) 347-3118
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Sara R Hays
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMFT-S, LCSW-S
Verified Verified
Winnsboro, TX 75494
Hello, my name is Sara Hays. I have been in private practice as a marriage and family therapist for more than twenty years. My focus is on Family of Origin issues and talk therapy to help you improve relationships,change unhealthy behavior patterns, and relieve the pain that brought you to seek guidance in a therapeutic setting. I regularly treat issues related to abuse, trauma, incest, depression, anxiety, relationships, addictions, parenting and family concerns, giving you an opportunity to go back in history in a safe environment and resolve the past in order to heal in the present.
Hello, my name is Sara Hays. I have been in private practice as a marriage and family therapist for more than twenty years. My focus is on Family of Origin issues and talk therapy to help you improve relationships,change unhealthy behavior patterns, and relieve the pain that brought you to seek guidance in a therapeutic setting. I regularly treat issues related to abuse, trauma, incest, depression, anxiety, relationships, addictions, parenting and family concerns, giving you an opportunity to go back in history in a safe environment and resolve the past in order to heal in the present.
(214) 761-8564 View (214) 761-8564
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Sarah Sarah Barnett
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mineola, TX 75773
Sarah is a compassionate counselor who puts her whole heart into everything she does. She specializes in working with children, teens, and young adults. Her experience has been not only within the educational system as an advocate for emotional needs within the classroom but as a provider of comfort and empathy. Sarah has an ability to see into her client’s hearts in a way where they feel truly seen. This sense of acceptance and belonging creates a safe place to explore and grow self-confidence.
Sarah is a compassionate counselor who puts her whole heart into everything she does. She specializes in working with children, teens, and young adults. Her experience has been not only within the educational system as an advocate for emotional needs within the classroom but as a provider of comfort and empathy. Sarah has an ability to see into her client’s hearts in a way where they feel truly seen. This sense of acceptance and belonging creates a safe place to explore and grow self-confidence.
(903) 638-0071 View (903) 638-0071
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A Sheltering Tree
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, LPC
Verified Verified
Hawkins, TX 75765
I admire the clients who take the initial step to reach out to A Sheltering Tree. It takes courage to begin a relationship with a stranger where you are asked to reveal areas of struggle and pain. I am honored to be given this opportunity, and my goal is to co-create a relationship built on trust so that we can work together to help you find the answers that you seek for the changes in you want in your life.
I admire the clients who take the initial step to reach out to A Sheltering Tree. It takes courage to begin a relationship with a stranger where you are asked to reveal areas of struggle and pain. I am honored to be given this opportunity, and my goal is to co-create a relationship built on trust so that we can work together to help you find the answers that you seek for the changes in you want in your life.
(903) 623-8591 View (903) 623-8591
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Lisa Toth
Counselor, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Winnsboro, TX 75494
Hello, my name is Lisa Toth. I am a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Indiana. I collaboratively work with clients to set and achieve their goals. I am passionate to help those who are hurting, those who seek healing, and those who desire to change. I typically work with adult individuals (ages 18 and older). The most common conditions that I see are those struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorders, and adjustment disorders/transition of life stages, etc. I also have a passion for faith/spirituality and welcome this if clients would like to incorporate this into counseling.
Hello, my name is Lisa Toth. I am a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Indiana. I collaboratively work with clients to set and achieve their goals. I am passionate to help those who are hurting, those who seek healing, and those who desire to change. I typically work with adult individuals (ages 18 and older). The most common conditions that I see are those struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorders, and adjustment disorders/transition of life stages, etc. I also have a passion for faith/spirituality and welcome this if clients would like to incorporate this into counseling.
(903) 403-2861 View (903) 403-2861
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Jo Beth Vannatta
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Winnsboro, TX 75494  (Online Only)
Are you feeling weighed down by depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and they are impacting your life, work and relationship? Do you need to have time for self care and nurturing? I specialize in helping people find their center, improve their daily lives, make better life decisions based on wellness and self empowerment by managing the symptoms of depression, anxiety and low self esteem. Dealing with feeling overwhelmed, managing work and home life, parenting and relationships, past trauma, we can find a comfortable, positive way to address these with compassion and evidence based theories.
Are you feeling weighed down by depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and they are impacting your life, work and relationship? Do you need to have time for self care and nurturing? I specialize in helping people find their center, improve their daily lives, make better life decisions based on wellness and self empowerment by managing the symptoms of depression, anxiety and low self esteem. Dealing with feeling overwhelmed, managing work and home life, parenting and relationships, past trauma, we can find a comfortable, positive way to address these with compassion and evidence based theories.
(903) 282-5842 View (903) 282-5842
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John Paden Overbey
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MS MFT, LCDC-I
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mineola, TX 75773
Paden has a passion working with trauma and addiction. He is no stranger to life's challenges and has worked hard to find his own path of recovery. Being down to earth he loves to meet clients where they are at. There is no judgment in his office. Therapy is about finding your voice at your pace. Paden is ready to help you work toward your personal goals.
Paden has a passion working with trauma and addiction. He is no stranger to life's challenges and has worked hard to find his own path of recovery. Being down to earth he loves to meet clients where they are at. There is no judgment in his office. Therapy is about finding your voice at your pace. Paden is ready to help you work toward your personal goals.
(903) 638-0071 View (903) 638-0071
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Talk & Play Counseling, LLC Nancy Renee' Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate , MS, NCC, TEA-CSC, LPCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mineola, TX 75773
Since 1999, I've worked with children from ages 4 through 19 and parents. Kids, teens and families are engulfed with various problems and often find themselves struggling to keep "it altogether". These problems affect everyone's emotions and behaviors. Young people often don't understand their feelings, so don't express them appropriately and/or feel as if no one is listening. It's not long before negative behaviors surface, which negatively impacts all involved. Talking with a nonbiased counselor who listens and helps you to communicate effectively leads you to discovering solutions now and throughout life.
Since 1999, I've worked with children from ages 4 through 19 and parents. Kids, teens and families are engulfed with various problems and often find themselves struggling to keep "it altogether". These problems affect everyone's emotions and behaviors. Young people often don't understand their feelings, so don't express them appropriately and/or feel as if no one is listening. It's not long before negative behaviors surface, which negatively impacts all involved. Talking with a nonbiased counselor who listens and helps you to communicate effectively leads you to discovering solutions now and throughout life.
(903) 320-5824 View (903) 320-5824
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Jodi Bane
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, EMDR-Tr
Verified Verified
Mineola, TX 75773
In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to dismiss the importance of mental health. It’s easy to think of all the reasons not to make yourself a priority. Trying to do all the things without investing in yourself, takes a toll on your body and your mind. If you find yourself tired, numb, irritable, anxious, lacking motivation, or burned out, therapy can be a great place to start. What if you tried investing in yourself for a change?
In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to dismiss the importance of mental health. It’s easy to think of all the reasons not to make yourself a priority. Trying to do all the things without investing in yourself, takes a toll on your body and your mind. If you find yourself tired, numb, irritable, anxious, lacking motivation, or burned out, therapy can be a great place to start. What if you tried investing in yourself for a change?
(430) 234-0640 View (430) 234-0640
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Therapy with Autumn, LLC
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT-S, LPC, LCDC, EMDR, Trained
Verified Verified
Mineola, TX 75773
Do you want a therapist or supervisor that thinks outside of the box but stays with you each step of the way? Autumn’s childlike heart allows her to see others in a way where they feel deeply understood and leave her presence knowing they too matter. In therapy, we want to feel heard and understood but we need a game plan of how to move forward. She is gifted in the art of helping her clients discover clarity in areas that once seemed obscure. This clarity provides vision that allows them to understand their world in a deeply profound way while giving them the confidence to make changes in their lives. This is empowerment!
Do you want a therapist or supervisor that thinks outside of the box but stays with you each step of the way? Autumn’s childlike heart allows her to see others in a way where they feel deeply understood and leave her presence knowing they too matter. In therapy, we want to feel heard and understood but we need a game plan of how to move forward. She is gifted in the art of helping her clients discover clarity in areas that once seemed obscure. This clarity provides vision that allows them to understand their world in a deeply profound way while giving them the confidence to make changes in their lives. This is empowerment!
(903) 638-0071 View (903) 638-0071
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Lisa Loper
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, NCC, RPT
Verified Verified
Winnsboro, TX 75494
Are you a woman feeling anxious? depressed? unsure? disappointed? That is a hard place to be, and you're not alone. You’ve been hurting for long enough, and I’m proud of you for looking for help! I understand how you're feeling because I've been there before. As a counselor, I work with women of all ages who are stressed, sad, burdened, and disappointed in the way life has turned out. I walk alongside adolescents, teens and adult women to find hope, peace and confidence. We work together to find solutions that make life more manageable.
Are you a woman feeling anxious? depressed? unsure? disappointed? That is a hard place to be, and you're not alone. You’ve been hurting for long enough, and I’m proud of you for looking for help! I understand how you're feeling because I've been there before. As a counselor, I work with women of all ages who are stressed, sad, burdened, and disappointed in the way life has turned out. I walk alongside adolescents, teens and adult women to find hope, peace and confidence. We work together to find solutions that make life more manageable.
(817) 242-9236 View (817) 242-9236
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Denise Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Alba, TX 75410
I am an experienced therapist who has worked with those struggling with addiction, mood disorders (including bipolar disorder), personality disorders, and trauma. I enjoy working with adults, adolescents, and families/couples. I primarily use CBT/DBT modalities but can adjust to the needs of the client.
I am an experienced therapist who has worked with those struggling with addiction, mood disorders (including bipolar disorder), personality disorders, and trauma. I enjoy working with adults, adolescents, and families/couples. I primarily use CBT/DBT modalities but can adjust to the needs of the client.
(430) 213-4499 View (430) 213-4499
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Carma Walker
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC-S
Verified Verified
Mineola, TX 75773
Counseling is about working together in a nonjudgmental and caring environment to meet your goals, bring balance back into your life, and help you harness your own abilities in the healing process. I believe in empowering you to lead and guide your own personal growth within an accepting and trusting counseling relationship. I understand that every person is an individual, with specific emotional issues, life views and wants. I focus on how you are experiencing life in the present moment and what we can do together to provide self exploration, self understanding, and an avenue of balance along your life path.
Counseling is about working together in a nonjudgmental and caring environment to meet your goals, bring balance back into your life, and help you harness your own abilities in the healing process. I believe in empowering you to lead and guide your own personal growth within an accepting and trusting counseling relationship. I understand that every person is an individual, with specific emotional issues, life views and wants. I focus on how you are experiencing life in the present moment and what we can do together to provide self exploration, self understanding, and an avenue of balance along your life path.
(972) 200-4798 View (972) 200-4798
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Jennifer McDaniel
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Winnsboro, TX 75494
Jennifer McDaniel works with clients experiencing trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, substance use disorders, gerontology, change of life, domestic violence, as well as children who have experienced trauma and other challenges with behaviors. I will help provide insight and strategies to aid in positive and motivational change to reach a desired outcome. Modalities are evidence-based and work toward healing. I will provide tools when needed that can be utilized to aid in the process when clients are away from sessions and will support and challenge clients along the path to healing and growth.
Jennifer McDaniel works with clients experiencing trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, substance use disorders, gerontology, change of life, domestic violence, as well as children who have experienced trauma and other challenges with behaviors. I will help provide insight and strategies to aid in positive and motivational change to reach a desired outcome. Modalities are evidence-based and work toward healing. I will provide tools when needed that can be utilized to aid in the process when clients are away from sessions and will support and challenge clients along the path to healing and growth.
(903) 225-8739 View (903) 225-8739
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Nancy Mayer
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, NCC, LPC-S
Verified Verified
Mineola, TX 75773
Today our complicated and fast-paced lives are full of pressures that challenge us in countless ways. "How can I find happiness in my marriage?", "How do I cope with...?", and "Why do I feel so out of control?" are some of the questions I hear from clients seeking to understand their life journey and questioning what they can do to reach their true potential - individually, as a couple, or as a family. Soul searching is rarely an easy path to take, yet wanting to achieve an emotionally healthy life is usually the motivator which begins the process.
Today our complicated and fast-paced lives are full of pressures that challenge us in countless ways. "How can I find happiness in my marriage?", "How do I cope with...?", and "Why do I feel so out of control?" are some of the questions I hear from clients seeking to understand their life journey and questioning what they can do to reach their true potential - individually, as a couple, or as a family. Soul searching is rarely an easy path to take, yet wanting to achieve an emotionally healthy life is usually the motivator which begins the process.
(903) 347-0518 View (903) 347-0518
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Prof. Ericka Green Freeman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S
Verified Verified
Mineola, TX 75773
Everyone enters and exits this precious world in the same way; however, our journeys are very different! Life happens at all the wrong and right times, yes? Relationships, finances, illnesses, parenting, education, careers, aging parents . . . we have so much going on and often what we NEED is a safe space to sort out priorities, find balance, and process our past and present. If your goal is to enhance or restore your functioning, therapy is a great tool!
Everyone enters and exits this precious world in the same way; however, our journeys are very different! Life happens at all the wrong and right times, yes? Relationships, finances, illnesses, parenting, education, careers, aging parents . . . we have so much going on and often what we NEED is a safe space to sort out priorities, find balance, and process our past and present. If your goal is to enhance or restore your functioning, therapy is a great tool!
(903) 582-5355 View (903) 582-5355
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Brittany Bryant
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS , LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mineola, TX 75773  (Online Only)
Do you oftentimes feel like you’re on autopilot? Maybe you wake up and go through the day only to get home but feel like there’s GOT to be something more in life. Have you lost sight of your purpose? You may wonder how you even got to this point. You’ve lost your WHY. You may feel overwhelmed with the hustle and bustle of everyday life and don’t know how to slow down. You feel guilty when you think about doing things for yourself and even if you wanted to, you don’t know where to start. I too know what it’s like to feel like you are playing tug-of-war with yourself; fighting your own battle within and doing what you can to survive.
Do you oftentimes feel like you’re on autopilot? Maybe you wake up and go through the day only to get home but feel like there’s GOT to be something more in life. Have you lost sight of your purpose? You may wonder how you even got to this point. You’ve lost your WHY. You may feel overwhelmed with the hustle and bustle of everyday life and don’t know how to slow down. You feel guilty when you think about doing things for yourself and even if you wanted to, you don’t know where to start. I too know what it’s like to feel like you are playing tug-of-war with yourself; fighting your own battle within and doing what you can to survive.
(903) 605-1129 View (903) 605-1129

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Number of Therapists in Wood County, TX

20+

Average cost per session

$122

Therapists in Wood County, TX who prioritize treating:

86% Anxiety
82% Depression
77% Trauma and PTSD
73% Grief
73% Coping Skills
68% Relationship Issues
59% Family Conflict

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Cigna and Evernorth
93% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
86% Aetna

How Therapists in Wood County, TX see their clients

87% In Person and Online
13% Online Only

Gender breakdown

95% Female
5% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Wood 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.