Therapists in Chesapeake, VA

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Photo of Taylor Perryman | Riverbank Counseling And Play Therapy, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chesapeake, VA
Taylor Perryman | Riverbank Counseling And Play Therapy
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, RPT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Being a kid is HARD, I get it. Being a parent is no easy task either. As a parent, you want the very best for your child/teen. Maybe you feel at the end of your rope, not sure what else you can possibly do. You have tried everything, but nothing seems to work. Whether the problem is big emotions that spiral out of control, trouble making friends, constant worries, daily fights with parents, military life stress, or low self-worth, I can help you and your child/teen navigate life's issues.
Being a kid is HARD, I get it. Being a parent is no easy task either. As a parent, you want the very best for your child/teen. Maybe you feel at the end of your rope, not sure what else you can possibly do. You have tried everything, but nothing seems to work. Whether the problem is big emotions that spiral out of control, trouble making friends, constant worries, daily fights with parents, military life stress, or low self-worth, I can help you and your child/teen navigate life's issues.
(757) 551-9502 View (757) 551-9502
Photo of Ja'lesa Pierce, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chesapeake, VA
Ja'lesa Pierce
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Chesapeake, VA 23321  (Online Only)
Ja'Lesa Pierce is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience. She has provided mental health support, counseling, and therapy in a variety of settings including residential, classroom, community, & office.J a'Lesa completed her Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling from Norfolk State University in 2013. After working in the mental health field for a few years, she realized her desire to help others on a deeper level and went back to school at Virginia Commonwealth University. There she obtained a Post-Master's Certificate in Professional Counseling in pursuit of LPC licensure.
Ja'Lesa Pierce is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience. She has provided mental health support, counseling, and therapy in a variety of settings including residential, classroom, community, & office.J a'Lesa completed her Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling from Norfolk State University in 2013. After working in the mental health field for a few years, she realized her desire to help others on a deeper level and went back to school at Virginia Commonwealth University. There she obtained a Post-Master's Certificate in Professional Counseling in pursuit of LPC licensure.
(757) 571-8379 View (757) 571-8379
Photo of Tamara Tatum, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Chesapeake, VA
Tamara Tatum
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chesapeake, VA 23323  (Online Only)
I believe that we can all have the life we dream of. Stop coming up with reasons why you cannot do things and begin to think "why not." I live an unconventional life and love every minute of it. I enjoy working with individuals and families working on bettering their lives, increasing communication, achieving their goals and dreams, reducing anxiety/depression, prior abuse/trauma history. I have worked with individuals in the LBGTQIA communities, victims of abuse/trauma from teenagers to adults.
I believe that we can all have the life we dream of. Stop coming up with reasons why you cannot do things and begin to think "why not." I live an unconventional life and love every minute of it. I enjoy working with individuals and families working on bettering their lives, increasing communication, achieving their goals and dreams, reducing anxiety/depression, prior abuse/trauma history. I have worked with individuals in the LBGTQIA communities, victims of abuse/trauma from teenagers to adults.
(757) 979-2787 View (757) 979-2787
Photo of Kyra Watkins, Pre-Licensed Professional in Chesapeake, VA
Kyra Watkins
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSEd
Verified Verified
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Hi there, I am a Resident in Counseling M.S.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Old Dominion University and look forward to serving you! Congratulations on taking the first step to find support for you or your loved one. I have clinical experience working with clients from all ages and backgrounds and have a passion for helping individuals see their worth and potential when it may be difficult to see it for themselves. I enjoy working with diverse populations, including but not limited to, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and the Latinx community.
Hi there, I am a Resident in Counseling M.S.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Old Dominion University and look forward to serving you! Congratulations on taking the first step to find support for you or your loved one. I have clinical experience working with clients from all ages and backgrounds and have a passion for helping individuals see their worth and potential when it may be difficult to see it for themselves. I enjoy working with diverse populations, including but not limited to, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and the Latinx community.
(757) 551-9556 View (757) 551-9556
Photo of Haley Schultz, Pre-Licensed Professional in Chesapeake, VA
Haley Schultz
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, QMHP-T
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Are you experiencing anxiety, intrusive thoughts, or feelings of impulsivity? Have you been through a difficult situation? I am here and ready to help. I aim to provide a safe space where you feel heard and respected. Therapy is guided to fit the client and their needs. We will work together to build a therapeutic relationship that revolves around your goals. I believe that individuals possess the strength to grow and heal from what they have been through.
Are you experiencing anxiety, intrusive thoughts, or feelings of impulsivity? Have you been through a difficult situation? I am here and ready to help. I aim to provide a safe space where you feel heard and respected. Therapy is guided to fit the client and their needs. We will work together to build a therapeutic relationship that revolves around your goals. I believe that individuals possess the strength to grow and heal from what they have been through.
(757) 996-4439 View (757) 996-4439
Photo of André Allen, Pre-Licensed Professional in Chesapeake, VA
André Allen
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW, QMHP-C
Verified Verified
Chesapeake, VA 23323  (Online Only)
As an African American male mental health professional, my passion lies in providing culturally sensitive and affirming care to disadvantaged-minority-adolescent populations struggling with mental health issues. I firmly believe that every individual deserves access to quality mental health services, regardless of background or socioeconomic status. Having grown up in a community that faced many mental health challenges, I understand firsthand the unique struggles that individuals from minority communities face when seeking mental health support. I strive to create a safe and supportive environment for disadvantaged households!
As an African American male mental health professional, my passion lies in providing culturally sensitive and affirming care to disadvantaged-minority-adolescent populations struggling with mental health issues. I firmly believe that every individual deserves access to quality mental health services, regardless of background or socioeconomic status. Having grown up in a community that faced many mental health challenges, I understand firsthand the unique struggles that individuals from minority communities face when seeking mental health support. I strive to create a safe and supportive environment for disadvantaged households!
(757) 571-8621 View (757) 571-8621
Photo of Rachel Micheletti, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chesapeake, VA
Rachel Micheletti
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Waitlist for new clients
Have you been searching for a change, a way to feel and give love authentically, or a path to your most favorite self? Maybe you have not been sure where to look or who to ask. But here you are! As a clinician, my passion and purpose is to incorporate dance, performance, beauty, and counseling into a holistic experience for reclamation of my clients’ bodies and spirits.
Have you been searching for a change, a way to feel and give love authentically, or a path to your most favorite self? Maybe you have not been sure where to look or who to ask. But here you are! As a clinician, my passion and purpose is to incorporate dance, performance, beauty, and counseling into a holistic experience for reclamation of my clients’ bodies and spirits.
(757) 704-5405 View (757) 704-5405
Photo of Sharon Walker, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chesapeake, VA
Sharon Walker
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Facing life's challenges can be overwhelming! I am the therapist that will provide a confidential environment where sessions are a collaborative process. My goal is to help my clients gain the necessary tools to aid in wellness and a positive mindset. Mental health and physical health work together with both being extremely important. Let's help free your mind of repetitive/negative thoughts. I'll teach you how to spot negative patterns and give you tools and skills to create a new path forward with yourself and love ones. Improvement may not happen overnight, but you should see changes, even if it’s just a better understanding.
Facing life's challenges can be overwhelming! I am the therapist that will provide a confidential environment where sessions are a collaborative process. My goal is to help my clients gain the necessary tools to aid in wellness and a positive mindset. Mental health and physical health work together with both being extremely important. Let's help free your mind of repetitive/negative thoughts. I'll teach you how to spot negative patterns and give you tools and skills to create a new path forward with yourself and love ones. Improvement may not happen overnight, but you should see changes, even if it’s just a better understanding.
(757) 699-5417 View (757) 699-5417
Photo of Ashley Brown, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chesapeake, VA
Ashley Brown
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S, RPT, CATP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chesapeake, VA 23321
I have been privileged to a job I love and where I can use the resources I have gained. I have the tools to provide a safe place for children to explore and learn about their emotions using their language of play. In my office your child can begin to learn healthy coping skills for managing their feelings and positive communication skills. I will work with parents to provide the support, encouragement, and resources needed during this challenging time. We all deserve a safe place to learn about ourselves and have the opportunity to grow in a positive direction. As a parent this can be the first step. We can achieve this together.
I have been privileged to a job I love and where I can use the resources I have gained. I have the tools to provide a safe place for children to explore and learn about their emotions using their language of play. In my office your child can begin to learn healthy coping skills for managing their feelings and positive communication skills. I will work with parents to provide the support, encouragement, and resources needed during this challenging time. We all deserve a safe place to learn about ourselves and have the opportunity to grow in a positive direction. As a parent this can be the first step. We can achieve this together.
(757) 367-8263 View (757) 367-8263
Photo of Jessica Cooper, Resident in Marriage and Family Therapy in Chesapeake, VA
Jessica Cooper
Resident in Marriage and Family Therapy, MA
Verified Verified
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Jessica Cooper is a resident in marriage and family therapy. She currently operates under the supervision of Lindsey Wright, LPC, CSAC. She graduated from Regent University with her Master of Arts in marriage, couple, and family counseling. Jessica believes in a person-centered approach and wants others to thrive in life through healthy relationships. Her main areas of focus include couple and family counseling. However, she enjoys working with individuals and will counsel clients 16+ years old. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys camping with her family and growing spiritually with nature.
Jessica Cooper is a resident in marriage and family therapy. She currently operates under the supervision of Lindsey Wright, LPC, CSAC. She graduated from Regent University with her Master of Arts in marriage, couple, and family counseling. Jessica believes in a person-centered approach and wants others to thrive in life through healthy relationships. Her main areas of focus include couple and family counseling. However, she enjoys working with individuals and will counsel clients 16+ years old. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys camping with her family and growing spiritually with nature.
(757) 654-5321 View (757) 654-5321
Photo of Dr. Robin Shaw, Psychologist in Chesapeake, VA
Dr. Robin Shaw
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Chesapeake, VA 23322  (Online Only)
Greetings. Are you feeling overwhelmed by life’s challenges? Feeling like there must be more? Be encouraged because change is possible. All of us have the potential to live healthy and whole lives, despite the challenges we face. Sometimes we just need a little help getting there. It is my mission, as the owner of Three Dimension Wellness, LLC, to help you embrace your authentic self, and to encourage and equip you to live well.
Greetings. Are you feeling overwhelmed by life’s challenges? Feeling like there must be more? Be encouraged because change is possible. All of us have the potential to live healthy and whole lives, despite the challenges we face. Sometimes we just need a little help getting there. It is my mission, as the owner of Three Dimension Wellness, LLC, to help you embrace your authentic self, and to encourage and equip you to live well.
(757) 780-8474 View (757) 780-8474
Photo of Hailey Knowlton, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chesapeake, VA
Hailey Knowlton
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Chesapeake, VA 23320  (Online Only)
Are you looking for support but nervous about taking that next step and starting therapy? It is my priority to provide a safe, validating and nonjudgemental space for all individuals to be able to share and grow. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who has significant experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. I have had the privilege of witnessing and holding space for many individuals identifying their true selves. I am passionate about and experienced in providing care related to anxiety, adjustments, self-esteem, and parenting just to name a few.
Are you looking for support but nervous about taking that next step and starting therapy? It is my priority to provide a safe, validating and nonjudgemental space for all individuals to be able to share and grow. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who has significant experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. I have had the privilege of witnessing and holding space for many individuals identifying their true selves. I am passionate about and experienced in providing care related to anxiety, adjustments, self-esteem, and parenting just to name a few.
(757) 500-8889 View (757) 500-8889
Photo of Anam Therapy Counseling Inc. Group Practice- Heather Whitney, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chesapeake, VA
Anam Therapy Counseling Inc. Group Practice- Heather Whitney
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chesapeake, VA 23321  (Online Only)
Anam Therapy Counseling, Inc is newly formed group practice. I have expanded my business in response to the growing need in our field. Please note, we are a TeleMH practice (online). I have spent the past 26+ years helping clients to lead happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. My goal is to provide a stress free, nonjudgmental environment where you can feel supported, comfortable, and free to express yourself.
Anam Therapy Counseling, Inc is newly formed group practice. I have expanded my business in response to the growing need in our field. Please note, we are a TeleMH practice (online). I have spent the past 26+ years helping clients to lead happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. My goal is to provide a stress free, nonjudgmental environment where you can feel supported, comfortable, and free to express yourself.
(434) 226-5893 View (434) 226-5893
Photo of Sarah Spruiell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chesapeake, VA
Sarah Spruiell
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, C-DBT
Verified Verified
Chesapeake, VA 23322  (Online Only)
Our practice is accepting new clients! Dragonfly Counseling and Consulting is a highly adaptable, integrative therapy practice that provides a safe space to discover the healthiest version of you. Through a variety of approaches, our goal is to empower you to write your own story. Our clinicians have been serving the Hampton Roads community for over 15 years in a variety of mental health settings, now focusing on outpatient services for children, adults and families. Our clinicians have over 5 years of experience providing supervision and can offer LPC supervision and professional consultation.
Our practice is accepting new clients! Dragonfly Counseling and Consulting is a highly adaptable, integrative therapy practice that provides a safe space to discover the healthiest version of you. Through a variety of approaches, our goal is to empower you to write your own story. Our clinicians have been serving the Hampton Roads community for over 15 years in a variety of mental health settings, now focusing on outpatient services for children, adults and families. Our clinicians have over 5 years of experience providing supervision and can offer LPC supervision and professional consultation.
(757) 960-7651 View (757) 960-7651
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Mind Heart Connection LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CSOTP
Verified Verified
Chesapeake, VA 23322
I believe that the foundation of therapy is the collaborative relationship between client and therapist exploring possibilities and solutions to transcend suffering, face reality and remove barriers to wellbeing. Mark Twain was quoted as saying “Life is one damn thing after the next”. Many times it is the perspective we take on life’s experiences and our focus of attention that determine our emotional and physical wellbeing. I believe that it is my job to help you identify and yes, remember the strengths and resources you have accumulated throughout a lifetime of experience that can have a profoundly positive effect on your life.
I believe that the foundation of therapy is the collaborative relationship between client and therapist exploring possibilities and solutions to transcend suffering, face reality and remove barriers to wellbeing. Mark Twain was quoted as saying “Life is one damn thing after the next”. Many times it is the perspective we take on life’s experiences and our focus of attention that determine our emotional and physical wellbeing. I believe that it is my job to help you identify and yes, remember the strengths and resources you have accumulated throughout a lifetime of experience that can have a profoundly positive effect on your life.
(757) 695-9083 View (757) 695-9083
Photo of Maggie Mahloy, LPC Intern in Chesapeake, VA
Maggie Mahloy
LPC Intern, BS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Hello! My name is Maggie, a Professional Counseling Student with Compassion & Healing Counseling, LLC under the supervision of Dr. Alicea Jenkins. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Services from Old Dominion University. I am currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and bring several years of experience working in the mental health field.
Hello! My name is Maggie, a Professional Counseling Student with Compassion & Healing Counseling, LLC under the supervision of Dr. Alicea Jenkins. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Services from Old Dominion University. I am currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and bring several years of experience working in the mental health field.
(757) 979-6828 View (757) 979-6828
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Sheree Reed
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CCTP
Verified Verified
Chesapeake, VA 23321  (Online Only)
Sheree Reed is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been providing mental health services since 2010. Sheree began her career providing mental health services to children and families through community base services. She later transitioned to providing mental health services to children as a therapeutic foster care social worker. Sheree has a passion for helping individuals who have experienced trauma and a desire to help individuals navigate through life stressors. Sheree has experience with teaching individuals how to apply coping skills to manage their life stressors, mood, and changes in behavior.
Sheree Reed is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been providing mental health services since 2010. Sheree began her career providing mental health services to children and families through community base services. She later transitioned to providing mental health services to children as a therapeutic foster care social worker. Sheree has a passion for helping individuals who have experienced trauma and a desire to help individuals navigate through life stressors. Sheree has experience with teaching individuals how to apply coping skills to manage their life stressors, mood, and changes in behavior.
(757) 760-3731 View (757) 760-3731
Photo of Matthew Wade, Resident in Counseling in Chesapeake, VA
Matthew Wade
Resident in Counseling, LRIC
Verified Verified
Chesapeake, VA 23321
Hi. I'm a resident in counseling with a passion for working with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. I have experience working with a wide variety of clients in a variety of settings, including inpatient hospitals and outpatient college campuses. I use person-centered and CBT approaches to counseling to provide a warm, empathic, accepting environment for clients to voice and work on their concerns and goals. I am currently accepting new clients both in-person and through telehealth and work with ages 6 and up.
Hi. I'm a resident in counseling with a passion for working with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. I have experience working with a wide variety of clients in a variety of settings, including inpatient hospitals and outpatient college campuses. I use person-centered and CBT approaches to counseling to provide a warm, empathic, accepting environment for clients to voice and work on their concerns and goals. I am currently accepting new clients both in-person and through telehealth and work with ages 6 and up.
(757) 654-1641 View (757) 654-1641
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Ditesha McNeil - EMDR Therapist
LPC
Verified Verified
Chesapeake, VA 23321  (Online Only)
I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor of Virginia. I have over 8 years of experience and my passion entails helping adolescents, and adults in need of support adjusting through life adversities. My therapeutic approach includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Psychoeducational Approach, and Solution Focused Therapy.
I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor of Virginia. I have over 8 years of experience and my passion entails helping adolescents, and adults in need of support adjusting through life adversities. My therapeutic approach includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Psychoeducational Approach, and Solution Focused Therapy.
(757) 992-9893 View (757) 992-9893
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Malka Rudin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Chesapeake, VA 23321  (Online Only)
I work with adults who are looking to engage in talk therapy via telehealth. Some of my clients may be struggling with day to day challenges, some may be trying to cope with overwhelming emotions, and others may be trying to come to terms with their past. My clients are looking for validation and support of their experiences, while simultaneously seeking guidance and direction to shift to a better place.
I work with adults who are looking to engage in talk therapy via telehealth. Some of my clients may be struggling with day to day challenges, some may be trying to cope with overwhelming emotions, and others may be trying to come to terms with their past. My clients are looking for validation and support of their experiences, while simultaneously seeking guidance and direction to shift to a better place.
(757) 829-7154 View (757) 829-7154

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Chesapeake, VA

500+

Average cost per session

$130

Therapists in Chesapeake, VA who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
88% Depression
72% Self Esteem
70% Relationship Issues
70% Trauma and PTSD
70% Stress
69% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

78% Anthem | Elevance
76% Aetna
73% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Therapists in Chesapeake, VA see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

85% Female
14% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Chesapeake?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.