Therapists in Washington County, UT

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Photo of Glen Porter, Counselor in Washington County, UT
Glen Porter
Counselor, CMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint George, UT 84770
Not accepting new clients
Do you feel alone in a world that seems to be falling apart and wake up every morning looking for the peace that has eluded you? Are you living a life of quiet desperation and looking for relief from hopelessness? Do you find yourself disconnected from others? We all have stories we tell ourselves that hold us back from finding true meaning in our lives. I believe the answers are already within you and I can help navigate this unfamiliar road to healing. Therapy can help us take the moment to reflect on what drives us, moves us, and gives us joy.
Do you feel alone in a world that seems to be falling apart and wake up every morning looking for the peace that has eluded you? Are you living a life of quiet desperation and looking for relief from hopelessness? Do you find yourself disconnected from others? We all have stories we tell ourselves that hold us back from finding true meaning in our lives. I believe the answers are already within you and I can help navigate this unfamiliar road to healing. Therapy can help us take the moment to reflect on what drives us, moves us, and gives us joy.
(385) 279-5493 View (385) 279-5493
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Darren Dautel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Saint George, UT 84790
Counseling is a process where you and I as a therapist co-operate to discover the things that have kept you from living, and being the person you want to be. In order to help, I need to know about your situation and life in general. It is important that you be willing to talk frankly about your thoughts and feelings etc. This takes tremendous courage. As we discuss your needs, my job is to help you find the patterns, themes, contradictions, or things that are undiscovered within you and discover ways to increase your growth and happiness.
Counseling is a process where you and I as a therapist co-operate to discover the things that have kept you from living, and being the person you want to be. In order to help, I need to know about your situation and life in general. It is important that you be willing to talk frankly about your thoughts and feelings etc. This takes tremendous courage. As we discuss your needs, my job is to help you find the patterns, themes, contradictions, or things that are undiscovered within you and discover ways to increase your growth and happiness.
(435) 572-7838 View (435) 572-7838
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Timandra Fawson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Saint George, UT 84770
Are you struggling in your current relationship? Do you sometimes feel frustrated with you spouse and helpless to change negative relationship patterns? Do you wonder at times if things can ever get back to the way they used to be? I can help. Call me to set up an appointment. I will listen carefully to your situation and together we will create goals for your relationship that will bring more happiness and peace into your life. I can offer proven solutions and sound advice to help you create the marriage you always wanted. Call me to schedule a consultation today.
Are you struggling in your current relationship? Do you sometimes feel frustrated with you spouse and helpless to change negative relationship patterns? Do you wonder at times if things can ever get back to the way they used to be? I can help. Call me to set up an appointment. I will listen carefully to your situation and together we will create goals for your relationship that will bring more happiness and peace into your life. I can offer proven solutions and sound advice to help you create the marriage you always wanted. Call me to schedule a consultation today.
(435) 201-8035 View (435) 201-8035
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Todd Graves
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, EMDR
Verified Verified
Saint George, UT 84790
I have worked as a therapist in a variety of settings since 2002. I have experience working with a wide spectrum of problems including those related to trauma (PTSD), depression, anxiety, marital issues, anger management, addictions, and parenting. For seven years I worked in a residential treatment program where clients were between the ages of 13 and 17, with presenting problems that ranged from Asperger's Disorder to ADHD to Substance Use Disorders. After leaving residential treatment I joined with LifeSTAR of St George and began working with individuals and couples plagued by pornography and sexual compulsion/addiction.
I have worked as a therapist in a variety of settings since 2002. I have experience working with a wide spectrum of problems including those related to trauma (PTSD), depression, anxiety, marital issues, anger management, addictions, and parenting. For seven years I worked in a residential treatment program where clients were between the ages of 13 and 17, with presenting problems that ranged from Asperger's Disorder to ADHD to Substance Use Disorders. After leaving residential treatment I joined with LifeSTAR of St George and began working with individuals and couples plagued by pornography and sexual compulsion/addiction.
(435) 660-4870 View (435) 660-4870
Ashley Pace
Counselor, CMHC
Verified Verified
Saint George, UT 84790
All humans need connection, love, support, and a safe place to be their authentic self. My value and understanding of this need is shown in my approach in everyday life along with my approach with all clients. I believe in meeting the client where they are and allowing each person to be their genuine authentic self in their journey of healing. I value every person’s perspective and meet them where they are. I value the nature of inner wounds and create a mutual plan for healing tailored to each client.
All humans need connection, love, support, and a safe place to be their authentic self. My value and understanding of this need is shown in my approach in everyday life along with my approach with all clients. I believe in meeting the client where they are and allowing each person to be their genuine authentic self in their journey of healing. I value every person’s perspective and meet them where they are. I value the nature of inner wounds and create a mutual plan for healing tailored to each client.
(435) 334-4417 View (435) 334-4417
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David Allred
Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Saint George, UT 84770
Life is demanding, we all have trials we are facing and responsibilities to maintain. I am EMDR trained and have a great deal of experience to support you in your journey. If you have struggles with depression, anxiety, ADHD, self worth, substance use, or relationships please reach out and set an appointment. Trauma is real, relationships are hard, life is demanding. We are not defined by our mistakes, but by the lessons we learn and the progress we make. Take the time and effort to be your best self! Trust me it's worth it.
Life is demanding, we all have trials we are facing and responsibilities to maintain. I am EMDR trained and have a great deal of experience to support you in your journey. If you have struggles with depression, anxiety, ADHD, self worth, substance use, or relationships please reach out and set an appointment. Trauma is real, relationships are hard, life is demanding. We are not defined by our mistakes, but by the lessons we learn and the progress we make. Take the time and effort to be your best self! Trust me it's worth it.
(435) 233-9178 View (435) 233-9178
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Amy Robinson
MSW, CSW
Verified Verified
Saint George, UT 84770
Let me help you explore and heal experiences that are disrupting functioning in your daily life now. Working with kids in the foster care system I saw a continual theme. Their symptoms were about what had happened to them verses their diagnosis. This drove me to explore trauma informed modalities and provide treatment for all ages who have experienced trauma. Exploring what happened as a reason behind actions and responses. I treat all ages but I have a dedicated play therapy. Play is how kids communicate. I use an attachment focused lens. Clients most often have the solution that works for them but just need guidance to access it.
Let me help you explore and heal experiences that are disrupting functioning in your daily life now. Working with kids in the foster care system I saw a continual theme. Their symptoms were about what had happened to them verses their diagnosis. This drove me to explore trauma informed modalities and provide treatment for all ages who have experienced trauma. Exploring what happened as a reason behind actions and responses. I treat all ages but I have a dedicated play therapy. Play is how kids communicate. I use an attachment focused lens. Clients most often have the solution that works for them but just need guidance to access it.
(435) 412-8207 View (435) 412-8207
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Michelle Kent
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint George, UT 84770
Do you feel stuck? You’ve tried everything but nothing seems to help? Therapy can bring clarity and an expanded view of what’s possible. The more you understand yourself and your experiences, the more control you have over a life that is congruent with who you are. I can assist you with the right tools and you can emerge from fear and pain to build a life with purpose and meaning. Although seeking help can be uncomfortable, I prioritize your safety, comfort, and confidentiality. I support you in navigating difficult emotions, better understanding yourself, and accessing your strengths so you can feel like yourself again.
Do you feel stuck? You’ve tried everything but nothing seems to help? Therapy can bring clarity and an expanded view of what’s possible. The more you understand yourself and your experiences, the more control you have over a life that is congruent with who you are. I can assist you with the right tools and you can emerge from fear and pain to build a life with purpose and meaning. Although seeking help can be uncomfortable, I prioritize your safety, comfort, and confidentiality. I support you in navigating difficult emotions, better understanding yourself, and accessing your strengths so you can feel like yourself again.
(435) 767-1054 View (435) 767-1054
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Diane VanWagoner
Counselor, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Saint George, UT 84790
Do you find yourself at a crossroads in life where you feel anxious, depressed, frustrated or lacking in some way? If you are coping in ineffective ways, or are feeling stretched too thin, I am here to help you. I know how to get through the layers of pain or numbing to get to that underneath layer where healing can take place. I will guide you through this healing process at a safe and comfortable pace while supporting you where you are today. You will learn tools to overcome anxiety, and manage your emotional reaction from trauma and abuse. At times the trauma can hold you back from living authentically and accepting yourself now.
Do you find yourself at a crossroads in life where you feel anxious, depressed, frustrated or lacking in some way? If you are coping in ineffective ways, or are feeling stretched too thin, I am here to help you. I know how to get through the layers of pain or numbing to get to that underneath layer where healing can take place. I will guide you through this healing process at a safe and comfortable pace while supporting you where you are today. You will learn tools to overcome anxiety, and manage your emotional reaction from trauma and abuse. At times the trauma can hold you back from living authentically and accepting yourself now.
(435) 919-5177 View (435) 919-5177
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Saskia Stallings
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, EMDR, CCTP, CCTP-II
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Saint George, UT 84790
The most important thing to me as your therapist is to offer you a safe place, where you can express yourself and be heard in a judgement free zone. I believe in being curious in therapy, and taking a client centered approach. You are your own authority. I am a trauma informed therapist and immerse myself in studying and learning the dance of trauma healing. I am a body based trauma therapist. We don't think ourselves out of trauma, we move through it with the wisdom of our body. I take a unique, gentle approach to processing the different aspects of trauma. I am intuitive and very open. Truly this work is my passion.
The most important thing to me as your therapist is to offer you a safe place, where you can express yourself and be heard in a judgement free zone. I believe in being curious in therapy, and taking a client centered approach. You are your own authority. I am a trauma informed therapist and immerse myself in studying and learning the dance of trauma healing. I am a body based trauma therapist. We don't think ourselves out of trauma, we move through it with the wisdom of our body. I take a unique, gentle approach to processing the different aspects of trauma. I am intuitive and very open. Truly this work is my passion.
(435) 414-6227 View (435) 414-6227
Photo of McKell L Bledsoe, Counselor in Washington County, UT
McKell L Bledsoe
Counselor, ACMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint George, UT 84790
I love working with clients who are going through change. Change can be tough and it's often hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but that's where I come in. As your therapist, I will help you navigate through these changes, set goals and achieve them. I work with teens, young adults, and couples to help them find their path to a more fulfilling life.
I love working with clients who are going through change. Change can be tough and it's often hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but that's where I come in. As your therapist, I will help you navigate through these changes, set goals and achieve them. I work with teens, young adults, and couples to help them find their path to a more fulfilling life.
(435) 244-6860 View (435) 244-6860
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Alicia Johnson
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Saint George, UT 84790
Most of us just want to be have a sense of being valued, heard, and cared about, especially from our partners. When this is not the case, distress in the relationship sets in, which can take a toll on one’s emotional, mental, and physical health. Negative interactional cycles lead to conflict and result in attachment injuries, lack of connection, decreased intimacy, mistrust, sexual dysfunction, and a breakdown in the entire family system. Changing a couple's communication patterns, repairing injuries, and placing attention on the friendship leads to emotional connection and increased relational and sexual satisfaction.
Most of us just want to be have a sense of being valued, heard, and cared about, especially from our partners. When this is not the case, distress in the relationship sets in, which can take a toll on one’s emotional, mental, and physical health. Negative interactional cycles lead to conflict and result in attachment injuries, lack of connection, decreased intimacy, mistrust, sexual dysfunction, and a breakdown in the entire family system. Changing a couple's communication patterns, repairing injuries, and placing attention on the friendship leads to emotional connection and increased relational and sexual satisfaction.
(435) 419-4275 View (435) 419-4275
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Cassie Robinson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Saint George, UT 84790
Reaching out for help can be a difficult decision. I believe making a connection with a therapist, you trust, is a crucial part of success in the therapeutic process. Feeling safe enough to share your life story, feelings, and challenges without being judged will start the therapeutic relationship and allows healing to begin. In therapy you can discover ways to heal and achieve greater satisfaction with yourself, your relationships, and your life. As a Marriage and Family Therapist I have experience with addressing current situational stressors as well as more serious, longstanding difficulties.
Reaching out for help can be a difficult decision. I believe making a connection with a therapist, you trust, is a crucial part of success in the therapeutic process. Feeling safe enough to share your life story, feelings, and challenges without being judged will start the therapeutic relationship and allows healing to begin. In therapy you can discover ways to heal and achieve greater satisfaction with yourself, your relationships, and your life. As a Marriage and Family Therapist I have experience with addressing current situational stressors as well as more serious, longstanding difficulties.
(435) 246-4902 View (435) 246-4902
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Bracken Jay Lovell
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint George, UT 84770
I specialize in helping couples and families improve relationships by improving communication skills, building connections, clarifying boundaries, and working through conflict. Individuals in these relationships often feel alone and seek connection and support. I also work with individuals struggling with anxiety, ADHD, depression, suicidal ideation, and those simply seeking to improve their lives.
I specialize in helping couples and families improve relationships by improving communication skills, building connections, clarifying boundaries, and working through conflict. Individuals in these relationships often feel alone and seek connection and support. I also work with individuals struggling with anxiety, ADHD, depression, suicidal ideation, and those simply seeking to improve their lives.
(435) 228-7997 View (435) 228-7997
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Rebecca Powell- Mend Counseling Center
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint George, UT 84790
If you are being completely honest with yourself, are you happy with your life? That question can bring up a lot of thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. Life can be very challenging, and many people struggle to cope. The good news is you do not have to do it alone. I can help you process what you are experiencing and develop healthier, more effective coping and communication skills. For in-person clients, I offer hiking sessions and rock-climbing sessions. Vibroacoustic therapy and somatic processing are also available to in-person clients and help release stress and trauma from the body.
If you are being completely honest with yourself, are you happy with your life? That question can bring up a lot of thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. Life can be very challenging, and many people struggle to cope. The good news is you do not have to do it alone. I can help you process what you are experiencing and develop healthier, more effective coping and communication skills. For in-person clients, I offer hiking sessions and rock-climbing sessions. Vibroacoustic therapy and somatic processing are also available to in-person clients and help release stress and trauma from the body.
(385) 236-0498 View (385) 236-0498
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Regan Mitton
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Saint George, UT 84770
Regan Mitton has her bachelor’s degree in Family Life Studies and her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her interest in therapy started in 2016 when she began working at a treatment center for teens. She quickly came to realize the power of therapy and the importance of mental health. She changed her major and pursued schooling to become a therapist. Regan loves working with individuals, couples, and families. She can help you become emotionally resilient and encourage you to feel empowered to handle life’s difficulties.
Regan Mitton has her bachelor’s degree in Family Life Studies and her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her interest in therapy started in 2016 when she began working at a treatment center for teens. She quickly came to realize the power of therapy and the importance of mental health. She changed her major and pursued schooling to become a therapist. Regan loves working with individuals, couples, and families. She can help you become emotionally resilient and encourage you to feel empowered to handle life’s difficulties.
(435) 412-3108 View (435) 412-3108
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Cecilie Ott
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Saint George, UT 84790
You are worth the investment! Some studies suggest that over 80% of all physical symptoms may have emotional or psychological roots. Sometimes anxiety and depression are just our body's way of letting us know a change is needed. If your relationships or life situations are causing you more distress than joy, therapy can help. We all experience pain, loss, and feelings of rejection. Although these feelings are normal, if neglected they can quickly become barriers to happiness and growth.
You are worth the investment! Some studies suggest that over 80% of all physical symptoms may have emotional or psychological roots. Sometimes anxiety and depression are just our body's way of letting us know a change is needed. If your relationships or life situations are causing you more distress than joy, therapy can help. We all experience pain, loss, and feelings of rejection. Although these feelings are normal, if neglected they can quickly become barriers to happiness and growth.
(435) 494-0906 View (435) 494-0906
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Dorann C Mitchell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Saint George, UT 84790  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Dorann C Mitchell, LCSW and have 35+ years experience as a therapist, university professor, and director. I have worked with clients and developed mental health programs around the globe. You'll find my approach is BOTH validating AND challenging while being rooted in three highly researched treatment models. I hold a Certification in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, am intensively trained in and developed 3 DBT programs, am a Certified EMDR therapist, EMDR Consultant and Facilitator for the EMDR Institute. Years of results and experience and have shown that healing and flourishing can be your experience too! LGBTQ+ Affirming
Hi, I'm Dorann C Mitchell, LCSW and have 35+ years experience as a therapist, university professor, and director. I have worked with clients and developed mental health programs around the globe. You'll find my approach is BOTH validating AND challenging while being rooted in three highly researched treatment models. I hold a Certification in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, am intensively trained in and developed 3 DBT programs, am a Certified EMDR therapist, EMDR Consultant and Facilitator for the EMDR Institute. Years of results and experience and have shown that healing and flourishing can be your experience too! LGBTQ+ Affirming
(801) 821-4041 View (801) 821-4041
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Morgan L Miner
Pre-Licensed Professional, MFT-I
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint George, UT 84790
We all have a need to be seen, heard, & understood by others. Strengthening our relationships can help create connections where we feel safe to be our authentic selves. I believe that everyone who experiences physical, mental, emotional, & relational issues has unique strengths & abilities that should be recognized as important factors in creating change. Identifying & communicating your unique needs with others can create a deeper understanding to help achieve a greater sense of peace, comfort, & relief. I am formally trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy, the most heavily researched & effective couples therapy model out there.
We all have a need to be seen, heard, & understood by others. Strengthening our relationships can help create connections where we feel safe to be our authentic selves. I believe that everyone who experiences physical, mental, emotional, & relational issues has unique strengths & abilities that should be recognized as important factors in creating change. Identifying & communicating your unique needs with others can create a deeper understanding to help achieve a greater sense of peace, comfort, & relief. I am formally trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy, the most heavily researched & effective couples therapy model out there.
(435) 260-5676 View (435) 260-5676
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Thurmon E Thomas
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Hurricane, UT 84737
I specialize in helping couples and families improve their relationships through improved communication, building family traditions, establishing healthy boundaries, and building unity. I also specialize in treating adolescent anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidal ideation, mission preparation, and post-mission treatment.
I specialize in helping couples and families improve their relationships through improved communication, building family traditions, establishing healthy boundaries, and building unity. I also specialize in treating adolescent anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidal ideation, mission preparation, and post-mission treatment.
(435) 414-6772 View (435) 414-6772

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Number of Therapists in Washington County, UT

300+

Average cost per session

$130

Therapists in Washington County, UT who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
88% Depression
76% Relationship Issues
75% Trauma and PTSD
70% Self Esteem
66% Coping Skills
62% Stress

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% SelectHealth
65% EMI Health
62% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Therapists in Washington County, UT see their clients

81% In Person and Online
19% Online Only

Gender breakdown

64% Female
35% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Washington 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.