Therapists in Danville, VA

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Vanessa Lowe
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LCAS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Danville, VA 24540
Psychology and the human mind have been of interest to me from a young age. Growing up in a multicultural household, as well as life experience makes it easy for me to relate to individuals and families from all walks of life. Therapy can help uncover the underlying causes of worries and fears, learn how to relax, look at situations in a new, less frightening way, and develop better coping mechanisms and problem-solving skills in an effort to elicit behavioral change. I utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral and Solution-Focused Therapy, to fit my client’s needs.
Psychology and the human mind have been of interest to me from a young age. Growing up in a multicultural household, as well as life experience makes it easy for me to relate to individuals and families from all walks of life. Therapy can help uncover the underlying causes of worries and fears, learn how to relax, look at situations in a new, less frightening way, and develop better coping mechanisms and problem-solving skills in an effort to elicit behavioral change. I utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral and Solution-Focused Therapy, to fit my client’s needs.
(434) 483-2546 View (434) 483-2546
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Tina Street
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Danville, VA 24540
If only life came with a manual, then we wouldn’t need “leaders” to guide us, educate us, motivate us, and encourage us. Life would be perfect with blue skies and no worries. Well unfortunately it doesn’t and sometimes our worlds get cloudy, and we need a extra level of support to guide us through this journey of life. Sometimes change can be uncomfortable especially when you are vulnerable, but knowing that you need help is the first step to the healing process (So great job and kudos to you).
If only life came with a manual, then we wouldn’t need “leaders” to guide us, educate us, motivate us, and encourage us. Life would be perfect with blue skies and no worries. Well unfortunately it doesn’t and sometimes our worlds get cloudy, and we need a extra level of support to guide us through this journey of life. Sometimes change can be uncomfortable especially when you are vulnerable, but knowing that you need help is the first step to the healing process (So great job and kudos to you).
(434) 277-2236 View (434) 277-2236
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Changing Lives Therapeutic Service
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Danville, VA 24540
CHANGING LIVES THERAPEUTIC SERVICE is dedicated to providing the highest quality clinical services to assist individuals with reaching their fullest potentials. We at Changing Lives provides service to the following individuals: child, adolescents, adults, geriatric and the LGBTQ populations. Our staff consist of highly qualified. experienced and knowledgeable Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (Associates)and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (Associates). Our licensed staff provide both community based and remote counseling.
CHANGING LIVES THERAPEUTIC SERVICE is dedicated to providing the highest quality clinical services to assist individuals with reaching their fullest potentials. We at Changing Lives provides service to the following individuals: child, adolescents, adults, geriatric and the LGBTQ populations. Our staff consist of highly qualified. experienced and knowledgeable Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (Associates)and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (Associates). Our licensed staff provide both community based and remote counseling.
(434) 201-4160 View (434) 201-4160
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Christyn Holley
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CSAC
Verified
Danville, VA 24541
Whether you are struggling with addiction or relapse, anxiety or depression, stress, self-image, family issues, past or present traumas, you are not alone. No one should suffer in silence. Acknowledging there is a problem and seeking help is half the battle.
Whether you are struggling with addiction or relapse, anxiety or depression, stress, self-image, family issues, past or present traumas, you are not alone. No one should suffer in silence. Acknowledging there is a problem and seeking help is half the battle.
(434) 595-3391 View (434) 595-3391
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Shaquana Mercer
Resident in Counseling, LMHP-R
Verified
Danville, VA 24540  (Online Only)
Congrats on taking the first step in your mental health journey! My name is Shaquana and I believe mental health is just as important as your regular doctor appointments. Bringing Mental Health Awareness to others is a passion of mine because I understand first-hand the therapy process can be scary. My ideal client is a person who is ready to embark on their wellness journey, someone who may be scared of the process, yet willing to begin. I am here to encourage individuals to open up to their truths, achieve happiness within themselves, and to feel and be great!
Congrats on taking the first step in your mental health journey! My name is Shaquana and I believe mental health is just as important as your regular doctor appointments. Bringing Mental Health Awareness to others is a passion of mine because I understand first-hand the therapy process can be scary. My ideal client is a person who is ready to embark on their wellness journey, someone who may be scared of the process, yet willing to begin. I am here to encourage individuals to open up to their truths, achieve happiness within themselves, and to feel and be great!
(434) 595-5405 View (434) 595-5405
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Karen Cotta
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MT-BC
Verified
Danville, VA 24541
Waitlist for new clients
I have a passion for working with children and families working through difficult circumstances including foster care, grief and loss, gender and sexual identity issues, past abuse, depression, and anxiety. I also have many years of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries and am able to adapt my approach to suit the needs of each individual.
I have a passion for working with children and families working through difficult circumstances including foster care, grief and loss, gender and sexual identity issues, past abuse, depression, and anxiety. I also have many years of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries and am able to adapt my approach to suit the needs of each individual.
(434) 205-6170 View (434) 205-6170
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Julie Bivins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Danville, VA 24540
It's a privilege to work with others on the challenges that life can bring, and my hope is to create a safe space for you to talk open and honestly. I see individuals who are experiencing difficulties related to chronic pain/illness, trauma, anxiety, depression, interpersonal conflicts, life transitions, self worth issues or having trouble adjusting to change. I hope to collaborate with you using an integrative approach to gain insight, build resiliency, increase self compassion, and help you find meaning in your life.
It's a privilege to work with others on the challenges that life can bring, and my hope is to create a safe space for you to talk open and honestly. I see individuals who are experiencing difficulties related to chronic pain/illness, trauma, anxiety, depression, interpersonal conflicts, life transitions, self worth issues or having trouble adjusting to change. I hope to collaborate with you using an integrative approach to gain insight, build resiliency, increase self compassion, and help you find meaning in your life.
(434) 542-6825 View (434) 542-6825
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Family Health SolutionsLLC
Counselor, LCSW, (DSW), CHT, LCAS-A, MM
Danville, VA 24541
Covid 19 has made it clear that many people are experiencing issues with depression,loneliness, and anxiety. Family Health Solutions LLC (FHS) offers an easy strategy to tackle the tough emotions and feelings. FHS offer's therapies that may not require pharmaceuticals are easy to access and are designed not take forever to learn to manage
Covid 19 has made it clear that many people are experiencing issues with depression,loneliness, and anxiety. Family Health Solutions LLC (FHS) offers an easy strategy to tackle the tough emotions and feelings. FHS offer's therapies that may not require pharmaceuticals are easy to access and are designed not take forever to learn to manage
(434) 732-2695 View (434) 732-2695
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Alafia Behavioral Support Services, LLC
PhD
1 Endorsed
Danville, VA 24540
We are mental health rehabilitation clinic and offer services to children and adolescents at risk of out of home placement. We offer intensive in-home services to children and adolescents at risk of out of home placement, case management, as well as behavioral/emotional skills training to children and adults. Counselors and other mental health professionals meet with children and adults to assist them in developing adaptive behavioral and coping skills. Some of the issues we address are Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, school suspensions, and anger management.
We are mental health rehabilitation clinic and offer services to children and adolescents at risk of out of home placement. We offer intensive in-home services to children and adolescents at risk of out of home placement, case management, as well as behavioral/emotional skills training to children and adults. Counselors and other mental health professionals meet with children and adults to assist them in developing adaptive behavioral and coping skills. Some of the issues we address are Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, school suspensions, and anger management.
(434) 483-2566 x24540 View (434) 483-2566 x24540
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Tina Bethel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, EdD, MSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Danville, VA 24540
Have you been looking for a non-judgmental space to clear your head? Therapy can help you to get that reset you need to begin enjoying life again! Whether you have had therapy in the past, or if this is your first time, we can build on where are you are and create a stronger foundation. I affirm you for taking the first step, and I am happy to go on this journey with you, and look forward to seeing the outcome!
Have you been looking for a non-judgmental space to clear your head? Therapy can help you to get that reset you need to begin enjoying life again! Whether you have had therapy in the past, or if this is your first time, we can build on where are you are and create a stronger foundation. I affirm you for taking the first step, and I am happy to go on this journey with you, and look forward to seeing the outcome!
(434) 201-4354 View (434) 201-4354
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1 Journey Counseling Services, PLLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Danville, VA 24540  (Online Only)
Currently offering Telehealth services only! Everyone has a necessary journey throughout life and sometimes additional support is needed along the way. My interactions with clients are grounded in compassion, respect, empathy, and an understanding of cultural impacts. I consider the role of a therapist as helping to educate and empower clients so that they develop the insight and skills necessary to overcome their own personal and situational challenges. I collaborate with my clients to reduce stress and improve their well-being.
Currently offering Telehealth services only! Everyone has a necessary journey throughout life and sometimes additional support is needed along the way. My interactions with clients are grounded in compassion, respect, empathy, and an understanding of cultural impacts. I consider the role of a therapist as helping to educate and empower clients so that they develop the insight and skills necessary to overcome their own personal and situational challenges. I collaborate with my clients to reduce stress and improve their well-being.
(434) 204-4268 View (434) 204-4268
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Charlotte B. Miller Counseling Services LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCMHC
Verified
Danville, VA 24541
Emotional distress often surfaces in many different life situations including grief, loss of a job, infidelity, relationship issues, parenting concerns, constant worry, anxiety and depression and is often triggered by everyday life situations. I empathize with your need to get past your distressing thoughts and memories, and I will diligently and caringly work side-by- side with you to feel calm and safe again.
Emotional distress often surfaces in many different life situations including grief, loss of a job, infidelity, relationship issues, parenting concerns, constant worry, anxiety and depression and is often triggered by everyday life situations. I empathize with your need to get past your distressing thoughts and memories, and I will diligently and caringly work side-by- side with you to feel calm and safe again.
(434) 329-7081 View (434) 329-7081
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Breaking Through: A Clinical & Consulting Firm
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Danville, VA 24541
Navigating the world right now can be extremely challenging especially if you are a woman. Are you the "dependable" friend or family member that is "always there"? Do you have difficulty saying no due to feelings of guilt or fear of acceptance? Have you worked your entire life to do everything just right and now you’re finding difficulty achieving happiness and fulfillment due to excessive worrying and preoccupation with perfectionism? Would you describe yourself as someone who goes after their goals and beats the odds despite life's curved balls? If any of this sounds familiar, then you’ve stumbled on the right profile.
Navigating the world right now can be extremely challenging especially if you are a woman. Are you the "dependable" friend or family member that is "always there"? Do you have difficulty saying no due to feelings of guilt or fear of acceptance? Have you worked your entire life to do everything just right and now you’re finding difficulty achieving happiness and fulfillment due to excessive worrying and preoccupation with perfectionism? Would you describe yourself as someone who goes after their goals and beats the odds despite life's curved balls? If any of this sounds familiar, then you’ve stumbled on the right profile.
(434) 216-0758 View (434) 216-0758
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Leon Sankofa
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW, ABSDip
Verified
Danville, VA 24540
Greetings! I'm Leon Sankofa, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist, and Hypnotherapist. My mission is to help you feel better and live a more fulfilling life. With a diverse range of therapeutic techniques at my disposal, I'm here to guide you on your journey towards emotional well-being. Are you currently wrestling with the weight of depression or anxiety? Struggling with internal conflicts or decision-making? Dealing with relationship issues or grief? Perhaps you simply wish to enhance your focus and overall quality of life. Whatever your goals may be, I'm dedicated to supporting you every step of the way.
Greetings! I'm Leon Sankofa, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist, and Hypnotherapist. My mission is to help you feel better and live a more fulfilling life. With a diverse range of therapeutic techniques at my disposal, I'm here to guide you on your journey towards emotional well-being. Are you currently wrestling with the weight of depression or anxiety? Struggling with internal conflicts or decision-making? Dealing with relationship issues or grief? Perhaps you simply wish to enhance your focus and overall quality of life. Whatever your goals may be, I'm dedicated to supporting you every step of the way.
(757) 380-0385 x1 View (757) 380-0385 x1
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Beverly Loftin Cobbs
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, SUPLCSW, MSW, MTS, QHMP AC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Danville, VA 24541
I am currently a Supervisee of Social Work with over 21 years of experience working with adults, children and couples. I have a vast knowledge of mental health as it relates to individuals, disadvantaged populations, groups and couples. My specialty also surrounds social work, child protective services, Foster care juvenile justice systems and special education. My Job is My Passion, My Ministry. I too have experienced difficult life situations, trauma and grief. I didn’t start my life with all of these titles. I had to work hard for each one of them. Through every challenge, every struggle, every stumbling block, and every failure.
I am currently a Supervisee of Social Work with over 21 years of experience working with adults, children and couples. I have a vast knowledge of mental health as it relates to individuals, disadvantaged populations, groups and couples. My specialty also surrounds social work, child protective services, Foster care juvenile justice systems and special education. My Job is My Passion, My Ministry. I too have experienced difficult life situations, trauma and grief. I didn’t start my life with all of these titles. I had to work hard for each one of them. Through every challenge, every struggle, every stumbling block, and every failure.
(434) 722-3315 View (434) 722-3315
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Jane Cole Rose
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Danville, VA 24540  (Online Only)
Our goal in therapy is to help you improve coping skills. We will help you identify current and past stressors. We will learn to talk about feelings rather than internalizing feelings, thereby, decreasing your risk of becoming sick. Verbalizing your goals can prevent you from “acting out” our feelings; “What We Say & What We Do Will Match Up.” We live in a stressful, fast paced, changing world with constant losses daily; no wonder we all feel anxious. Psychotherapy can lead to a deeper understanding of ourselves & others. Being conscious of patterns in our lives can be one of the first steps towards change.
Our goal in therapy is to help you improve coping skills. We will help you identify current and past stressors. We will learn to talk about feelings rather than internalizing feelings, thereby, decreasing your risk of becoming sick. Verbalizing your goals can prevent you from “acting out” our feelings; “What We Say & What We Do Will Match Up.” We live in a stressful, fast paced, changing world with constant losses daily; no wonder we all feel anxious. Psychotherapy can lead to a deeper understanding of ourselves & others. Being conscious of patterns in our lives can be one of the first steps towards change.
(434) 216-2935 View (434) 216-2935
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Faith Tunstall
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Danville, VA 24541  (Online Only)
We all hope for what is best for ourselves, but uncontrolled events will happen and when it does it may seem like a setback. Some circumstances can be overcome in solidarity, but others may hinder the way we view ourselves, those around us, and our overall outlook on life. I am optimistic that life’s challenges can be overcome, but an important question to ask oneself, “Can I do it alone?” I strongly believe that therapy can help bring awareness to and help conquer the mental strain such events may bring. With the use of a evidence-based treatment modalities, therapy can assist in unlocking mental clarity to handle what lies ahead.
We all hope for what is best for ourselves, but uncontrolled events will happen and when it does it may seem like a setback. Some circumstances can be overcome in solidarity, but others may hinder the way we view ourselves, those around us, and our overall outlook on life. I am optimistic that life’s challenges can be overcome, but an important question to ask oneself, “Can I do it alone?” I strongly believe that therapy can help bring awareness to and help conquer the mental strain such events may bring. With the use of a evidence-based treatment modalities, therapy can assist in unlocking mental clarity to handle what lies ahead.
(571) 556-1939 View (571) 556-1939
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Jon Winder
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LSATP
Verified
Danville, VA 24541
The two most important factors in effective psychotherapy are finding the right person with whom you can connect and knowing that the therapy is geared to your unique needs. My 45 years of counseling have taught me therapy is most effective when we work together. Therapy is a cooperative effort. I want to identify your strengths and apply them to your problems. If you have a history of trauma, I have found that EMDR therapy is the most effective way to treat trauma and am excited to offer this therapy.
The two most important factors in effective psychotherapy are finding the right person with whom you can connect and knowing that the therapy is geared to your unique needs. My 45 years of counseling have taught me therapy is most effective when we work together. Therapy is a cooperative effort. I want to identify your strengths and apply them to your problems. If you have a history of trauma, I have found that EMDR therapy is the most effective way to treat trauma and am excited to offer this therapy.
(434) 201-4388 View (434) 201-4388
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Braund Services, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCAC, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Danville, VA 24541
I am a licensed therapist / clinical social worker who has worked with a large number of individuals in a variety of settings for almost 40 years. I believe therapy is a collaborative process and would be happy to help you find another, better way forward. I have expertise in working with adolescents, adults, parents, families and couples. I work well with members of the LGBTQ community and have been an HIV+ partner notification counselor in the past. I combine compassionate listening, humor and expertise with a no nonsense approach. Together, we will resolve your concerns, free you up to find emotional balance and your own path.
I am a licensed therapist / clinical social worker who has worked with a large number of individuals in a variety of settings for almost 40 years. I believe therapy is a collaborative process and would be happy to help you find another, better way forward. I have expertise in working with adolescents, adults, parents, families and couples. I work well with members of the LGBTQ community and have been an HIV+ partner notification counselor in the past. I combine compassionate listening, humor and expertise with a no nonsense approach. Together, we will resolve your concerns, free you up to find emotional balance and your own path.
(434) 446-1554 View (434) 446-1554
Restoration is a Journey
Verified
Danville, VA 24541
Our practice offers multiple services as a General Practice and Addiction Specialty Treatment Center. We focus on client-centered treatment, where our team looks at treatment as a metamorphosis process; as each phase is extremely important and personalized to the client's wants and needs according to where you are in your journey to restoration. The caterpillar can not become a butterfly in its entirety without going through each phase of the process that the team, as well as, the client create during the treatment team process.
Our practice offers multiple services as a General Practice and Addiction Specialty Treatment Center. We focus on client-centered treatment, where our team looks at treatment as a metamorphosis process; as each phase is extremely important and personalized to the client's wants and needs according to where you are in your journey to restoration. The caterpillar can not become a butterfly in its entirety without going through each phase of the process that the team, as well as, the client create during the treatment team process.
(336) 489-8319 View (336) 489-8319

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Number of Therapists in Danville, VA

30+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in Danville, VA who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
91% Anxiety
88% Stress
84% Coping Skills
81% Self Esteem
72% Trauma and PTSD
72% Anger Management

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

84% Aetna
77% Anthem | Elevance
74% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Therapists in Danville, VA see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Danville?

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.