Therapists in James City County, VA

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Photo of Dr. Rip McAdams Is Not Accepting New Clients, Licensed Professional Counselor in James City County, VA
Dr. Rip McAdams Is Not Accepting New Clients
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, LPC, LMFT
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23185
We live in challenging times that can lead to a variety of individual and relational problems such as anxiety, depression, anger, and marital/family discord. Helping individuals, couples, and families to address and resolve such problems has been the focus of my clinical work and research over the years. Earlier in my career I specialized in work in the area of anger and aggression management, and I continue to have a strong interest in that work. As a Naval Special Warfare (UDT/SEAL) veteran, I am also interested in addressing the special needs of military service members, veterans, and their families.
We live in challenging times that can lead to a variety of individual and relational problems such as anxiety, depression, anger, and marital/family discord. Helping individuals, couples, and families to address and resolve such problems has been the focus of my clinical work and research over the years. Earlier in my career I specialized in work in the area of anger and aggression management, and I continue to have a strong interest in that work. As a Naval Special Warfare (UDT/SEAL) veteran, I am also interested in addressing the special needs of military service members, veterans, and their families.
(757) 210-6049 View (757) 210-6049
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Two Rivers Wellness Center, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Any person 2-10 years old and 13 and older may receive treatment for various mental health conditions. Our staff is able to address issues of self-esteem, anger management, substance abuse, depression or anxiety, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, neurodivergent childhood disorders and other mental disorders. Children, the elderly and anyone in between in search of validation, resources and adaptive tools will find a safe space based on mutual trust and authenticity.
Any person 2-10 years old and 13 and older may receive treatment for various mental health conditions. Our staff is able to address issues of self-esteem, anger management, substance abuse, depression or anxiety, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, neurodivergent childhood disorders and other mental disorders. Children, the elderly and anyone in between in search of validation, resources and adaptive tools will find a safe space based on mutual trust and authenticity.
(757) 260-4099 View (757) 260-4099
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Emily Jones
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23185  (Online Only)
Are you and your partner are having the same fight that you can’t seem to get past? Are you a single parent, juggling co-parenting and conflict with an ex? Has your partner been unfaithful, and you want to forgive but don’t know how? Is it hard to say no in moments when you are overwhelmed at work? It's common for people to struggle with their family communication and figure out how to have boundaries honored. What about conflict with your adult child, or that old friend whose friendship you cherish but seem to be losing? I can help with those things and in fact, those are the kinds of life issues people come to therapy for.
Are you and your partner are having the same fight that you can’t seem to get past? Are you a single parent, juggling co-parenting and conflict with an ex? Has your partner been unfaithful, and you want to forgive but don’t know how? Is it hard to say no in moments when you are overwhelmed at work? It's common for people to struggle with their family communication and figure out how to have boundaries honored. What about conflict with your adult child, or that old friend whose friendship you cherish but seem to be losing? I can help with those things and in fact, those are the kinds of life issues people come to therapy for.
(757) 992-9432 View (757) 992-9432
Photo of Caitlin Gendron Experienced Resident Accepting New Clients!, Pre-Licensed Professional in James City County, VA
Caitlin Gendron Experienced Resident Accepting New Clients!
Pre-Licensed Professional, NCC
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Hi! I work with adolescents and adults on matters that include but are not limited to anxiety, depression, self-esteem, life changes, and relationship concerns. My main goal is to create a relaxed environment that allows my clients to feel comfortable and safe. The therapeutic bond is very important as I strive to create a personable, casual, yet effective environment for change for each unique person and their needs. I aim to be the bridge for my clients as we work through change and growth goals together.
Hi! I work with adolescents and adults on matters that include but are not limited to anxiety, depression, self-esteem, life changes, and relationship concerns. My main goal is to create a relaxed environment that allows my clients to feel comfortable and safe. The therapeutic bond is very important as I strive to create a personable, casual, yet effective environment for change for each unique person and their needs. I aim to be the bridge for my clients as we work through change and growth goals together.
(757) 909-5292 View (757) 909-5292
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Lauren McKown
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Williamsburg, VA 23188
I approach every client as a unique individual with openness and empathy. I believe all struggles deserve to be seen and heard in a safe place. I pride myself on using a client-centered, strengths-based approach to help clients heal from a variety of stressors like as trauma, depression, grief, and relationship concerns. In addition to traditional therapeutic modalities, I have experience working with TF- CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and Brainspotting. I am open and willing to offer assistance and guidance on your healing journey. Please feel free to reach out to me if you feel we may be a good fit.
I approach every client as a unique individual with openness and empathy. I believe all struggles deserve to be seen and heard in a safe place. I pride myself on using a client-centered, strengths-based approach to help clients heal from a variety of stressors like as trauma, depression, grief, and relationship concerns. In addition to traditional therapeutic modalities, I have experience working with TF- CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and Brainspotting. I am open and willing to offer assistance and guidance on your healing journey. Please feel free to reach out to me if you feel we may be a good fit.
(757) 603-3774 View (757) 603-3774
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Marcia Grubbs-Weiss
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CAADC, NBCC
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Not accepting new clients
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor experienced in working with individuals dealing with issues of relationship, depression, trauma, anxiety, self-esteem, confusion, hurt and anger. Additionally, I am a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and am experienced in working with issues associated with alcohol and drug dependency, including co-dependency and adult children of alcoholics (ACOA). I have experience in working with many women's issues and issues dealing with changes in the stages of life. I am also trained to work with many of the concerns that members of the military and their families deal with.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor experienced in working with individuals dealing with issues of relationship, depression, trauma, anxiety, self-esteem, confusion, hurt and anger. Additionally, I am a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and am experienced in working with issues associated with alcohol and drug dependency, including co-dependency and adult children of alcoholics (ACOA). I have experience in working with many women's issues and issues dealing with changes in the stages of life. I am also trained to work with many of the concerns that members of the military and their families deal with.
(757) 561-2066 View (757) 561-2066
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Karli Covell
Resident in Counseling, MSEd
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Life can come with changes and some life circumstances can be challenging to our mental being. My goal as a counselor is to help others navigate their thoughts and feelings surrounding their concerns and help them develop self-constructive tools.
Life can come with changes and some life circumstances can be challenging to our mental being. My goal as a counselor is to help others navigate their thoughts and feelings surrounding their concerns and help them develop self-constructive tools.
(757) 993-4920 View (757) 993-4920
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Ie Wellness Center | Dr. Aimee Harris
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, RPT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Williamsburg, VA 23188
I help address the root causes of behavioral disorders and mental health issues, whether stress in the home, work related stressors, physical, relational, etc. I use an array of psychotherapy modalities including child centered play therapy (sand, art, dance, music), cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, family counseling as well as industrial organizational psychology modalities for work related stressors. The goal is to decrease the behavioral disorders and / or mental health symptoms to restore optimal functioning in the home and work environment.
I help address the root causes of behavioral disorders and mental health issues, whether stress in the home, work related stressors, physical, relational, etc. I use an array of psychotherapy modalities including child centered play therapy (sand, art, dance, music), cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, family counseling as well as industrial organizational psychology modalities for work related stressors. The goal is to decrease the behavioral disorders and / or mental health symptoms to restore optimal functioning in the home and work environment.
(757) 794-4893 View (757) 794-4893
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Lori M Lindsey White
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, MA
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Life can become complicated, overwhelming, and difficult. Counseling services create an important relationship in your life that allows for the framework to alleviate a number of struggles: anxiety, depression, grief, eating disorders, family conflict, adolescent struggles, and self exploration. Counseling provides a safe place to take risks, be vulnerable, gain support and become empowered to make changes in one’s life.
Life can become complicated, overwhelming, and difficult. Counseling services create an important relationship in your life that allows for the framework to alleviate a number of struggles: anxiety, depression, grief, eating disorders, family conflict, adolescent struggles, and self exploration. Counseling provides a safe place to take risks, be vulnerable, gain support and become empowered to make changes in one’s life.
(757) 663-5829 View (757) 663-5829
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Climbing Mountains Wellness, PLLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Please EMAIL. Now offering EMDR/Brainspotting/Parts work, IFS informed and biofield healing intensives. Experience rapid healing for personal and professional growth. Intensives allow you to work more intensely rather than using a week-to-week model. They are customized to meet your needs and can be anywhere from 3 to 6 hours. Intensives can be stand alone or adjunct to your weekly therapy. We also offer intensive retreats in Central and South America for healers. EMAIL only to inquire about our retreats.
Please EMAIL. Now offering EMDR/Brainspotting/Parts work, IFS informed and biofield healing intensives. Experience rapid healing for personal and professional growth. Intensives allow you to work more intensely rather than using a week-to-week model. They are customized to meet your needs and can be anywhere from 3 to 6 hours. Intensives can be stand alone or adjunct to your weekly therapy. We also offer intensive retreats in Central and South America for healers. EMAIL only to inquire about our retreats.
(757) 603-3642 View (757) 603-3642
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Kelli Jones Sanness
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23185
I truly enjoy working with people to help them build a strong sense of self, to encourage their confidence in relationships, and to help foster a sense of calm and security in their everyday life. People seek therapy for many reasons: adjustment to a new city or life situation, feeling overwhelmed or stuck, or problems with relationships. Some struggle with emotional turmoil and anguish from experiences survived in childhood or as an adult. Whatever your unique personal circumstance, I believe it is my duty to serve each client with respect and care. I provide clients with evidence-based treatment, tailored to the individual person.
I truly enjoy working with people to help them build a strong sense of self, to encourage their confidence in relationships, and to help foster a sense of calm and security in their everyday life. People seek therapy for many reasons: adjustment to a new city or life situation, feeling overwhelmed or stuck, or problems with relationships. Some struggle with emotional turmoil and anguish from experiences survived in childhood or as an adult. Whatever your unique personal circumstance, I believe it is my duty to serve each client with respect and care. I provide clients with evidence-based treatment, tailored to the individual person.
(757) 378-0332 View (757) 378-0332
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Jana Brultz
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23185
I work with adolescents, adults and families who have diagnosable conditions such as ADHD, Anxiety, Depression or other mood disorders, and substance abuse as well as people struggling with everyday problems that cause anxiety, self esteem/identity issues, coping difficulties, stress management, relationship difficulties, and other issues that may be effecting your well being. I believe that when you are looking for help, talking with someone really can make a difference. Let me help you work through the issues that are important to you!
I work with adolescents, adults and families who have diagnosable conditions such as ADHD, Anxiety, Depression or other mood disorders, and substance abuse as well as people struggling with everyday problems that cause anxiety, self esteem/identity issues, coping difficulties, stress management, relationship difficulties, and other issues that may be effecting your well being. I believe that when you are looking for help, talking with someone really can make a difference. Let me help you work through the issues that are important to you!
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Oceanside Evaluations
Psychologist, PsyD, NCSP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Williamsburg, VA 23188
At Oceanside Evaluations, we are committed to providing timely, ethical, client-centered evaluations for children and for adults that truly answer not only the "What's wrong" but the "What do we do now?" We strive to ensure that we use the evaluation process to learn about our clients' diagnoses, learning styles, cognitive abilities, or legal or educational needs while still ensuring that we provide comprehensive, understandable interventions and recommendations for home and school. We hope to be part of the solution for whatever brings you into our office!
At Oceanside Evaluations, we are committed to providing timely, ethical, client-centered evaluations for children and for adults that truly answer not only the "What's wrong" but the "What do we do now?" We strive to ensure that we use the evaluation process to learn about our clients' diagnoses, learning styles, cognitive abilities, or legal or educational needs while still ensuring that we provide comprehensive, understandable interventions and recommendations for home and school. We hope to be part of the solution for whatever brings you into our office!
(757) 771-0269 View (757) 771-0269
Photo of Rachael Scroggin in James City County, VA
Rachael Scroggin
LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Therapy is one accessible avenue of healing and growth in our mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical lives. You don’t have to be going through a crisis or challenging time to benefit from all therapy has to offer. In a space that offers objectivity, authenticity, non-judgement, along with knowledge, therapy is an opportunity to examine oneself and cultivate new skills, leading to greater personal responsibility, and healthier relationships with self and others. Relationships are central to humanity; we flourish when we are living in authentic, deep, life-giving relationships and community with self and others.
Therapy is one accessible avenue of healing and growth in our mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical lives. You don’t have to be going through a crisis or challenging time to benefit from all therapy has to offer. In a space that offers objectivity, authenticity, non-judgement, along with knowledge, therapy is an opportunity to examine oneself and cultivate new skills, leading to greater personal responsibility, and healthier relationships with self and others. Relationships are central to humanity; we flourish when we are living in authentic, deep, life-giving relationships and community with self and others.
(757) 997-6822 x721 View (757) 997-6822 x721
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Tami Hale
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, BC-TMH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Waitlist for new clients
Trying to juggle the stressors of work, family, that dreaded daily "to do" list and fit in a social or personal life can be overwhelming. If you, like many others in the world have a history of trauma, whether it be due to occupation, childhood or situations that occurred in your adult years, managing daily life can be that much more difficult.
Trying to juggle the stressors of work, family, that dreaded daily "to do" list and fit in a social or personal life can be overwhelming. If you, like many others in the world have a history of trauma, whether it be due to occupation, childhood or situations that occurred in your adult years, managing daily life can be that much more difficult.
(757) 695-9225 View (757) 695-9225
Photo of Christine Ferguson, Licensed Professional Counselor in James City County, VA
Christine Ferguson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Choosing a therapist can be difficult. Do you ever sense that your full story goes unnoticed? I'm Christine Ferguson, a seasoned Licensed Professional Counselor with over 15 years experience specializing in ADHD and its accompanying traumas. Amidst ADHD, anxiety, depression, and societal pressures, we often grapple with feeling unseen and invalidated. But what if we reframed our narrative? What if we recognized our strengths, our innate 'superpowers'? Let's shift the perspective and embrace your unique gifts. With a focus on supporting late diagnosis ADHD I offer tailored guidance as we navigate your personal journey.
Choosing a therapist can be difficult. Do you ever sense that your full story goes unnoticed? I'm Christine Ferguson, a seasoned Licensed Professional Counselor with over 15 years experience specializing in ADHD and its accompanying traumas. Amidst ADHD, anxiety, depression, and societal pressures, we often grapple with feeling unseen and invalidated. But what if we reframed our narrative? What if we recognized our strengths, our innate 'superpowers'? Let's shift the perspective and embrace your unique gifts. With a focus on supporting late diagnosis ADHD I offer tailored guidance as we navigate your personal journey.
(757) 919-3071 View (757) 919-3071
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Laura Horton-Ludwig
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Williamsburg, VA 23188  (Online Only)
Hi there! I’d love to help you partner with your wise, tender soul to build a life that feels more joyful, meaningful, and authentic. A life that really feels like you–like the home you always longed for. If this sounds impossible, I get it. You’re so used to living with a big gap between who you are on the inside and the way you’re living your outer life. It’s just the way it is, right? But that way leaves you feeling chronically misunderstood, resentful, sad, and exhausted. Still… you haven’t given up hope that maybe it could be different. Maybe you could finally come into your own and live the life you’ve been longing for.
Hi there! I’d love to help you partner with your wise, tender soul to build a life that feels more joyful, meaningful, and authentic. A life that really feels like you–like the home you always longed for. If this sounds impossible, I get it. You’re so used to living with a big gap between who you are on the inside and the way you’re living your outer life. It’s just the way it is, right? But that way leaves you feeling chronically misunderstood, resentful, sad, and exhausted. Still… you haven’t given up hope that maybe it could be different. Maybe you could finally come into your own and live the life you’ve been longing for.
(757) 330-8643 View (757) 330-8643
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Iron Vines Counseling Accepting New Clients!
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, PhD, LSATP, ACS, NCC
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Iron Vines Counseling, LLC is now and shall remain a safe space for all marginalized persons to receive care. We provide therapeutic services for adolescents and adults, as well as couples/partnerships in both in-person and telehealth format. We treat mood disorders, trauma, betrayal/ forgiveness, and those impacted by another's addiction. Please visit our website for more information about our supervised clinicians! www.ironvinescounseling.com
Iron Vines Counseling, LLC is now and shall remain a safe space for all marginalized persons to receive care. We provide therapeutic services for adolescents and adults, as well as couples/partnerships in both in-person and telehealth format. We treat mood disorders, trauma, betrayal/ forgiveness, and those impacted by another's addiction. Please visit our website for more information about our supervised clinicians! www.ironvinescounseling.com
(757) 792-8244 View (757) 792-8244
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OCD Associates
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Williamsburg, VA 23185  (Online Only)
We specialize in Rumination-Focused ERP for OCD and anxiety disorders. This approach focuses on treating compulsive rumination, and provides a highly systematic yet gentler approach to exposure therapy. RF-ERP can be helpful to patients who have not made significant progress in other types of treatment, including individuals with Pure O or Sensorimotor OCD.
We specialize in Rumination-Focused ERP for OCD and anxiety disorders. This approach focuses on treating compulsive rumination, and provides a highly systematic yet gentler approach to exposure therapy. RF-ERP can be helpful to patients who have not made significant progress in other types of treatment, including individuals with Pure O or Sensorimotor OCD.
(757) 529-8305 View (757) 529-8305
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Anna Potter
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Williamsburg, VA 23188
I have spent several years working with children and teens in various capacities in community health and child welfare. I have a unique ability to connect with youth and families that enable them to harness their strengths in order to heal and achieve therapeutic goals. I utilize evidence-based trauma-informed treatments in conjunction with creative activities and somatic exercises to engage my clients in therapy. I work with clients of any age but specialize in children, teens, and families.
I have spent several years working with children and teens in various capacities in community health and child welfare. I have a unique ability to connect with youth and families that enable them to harness their strengths in order to heal and achieve therapeutic goals. I utilize evidence-based trauma-informed treatments in conjunction with creative activities and somatic exercises to engage my clients in therapy. I work with clients of any age but specialize in children, teens, and families.
(757) 866-5203 View (757) 866-5203

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Number of Therapists in James City County, VA

200+

Average cost per session

$135

Therapists in James City County, VA who prioritize treating:

90% Anxiety
83% Depression
73% Coping Skills
73% Self Esteem
69% Relationship Issues
68% Trauma and PTSD
64% Stress

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

72% Anthem | Elevance
67% Aetna
67% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Therapists in James City County, VA see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
18% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in James City County?

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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.