Therapists in Newport News City County, VA

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Suzanne M Garber
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Newport News, VA 23602
As a clinician with over 25 years direct practice experience I offer clients the opportunity to learn how to live their best lives through the use of psychotherapy, counseling, and lifestyle coaching. I work with individuals, couples, and families who are experiencing difficulties and challenges in their life. I treat trauma, secondary effects of trauma, depression, anxiety, and a variety of other mental health related issues. body image issues, body dysmorphic disorder, sugar and food addiction, and personality disorders.
As a clinician with over 25 years direct practice experience I offer clients the opportunity to learn how to live their best lives through the use of psychotherapy, counseling, and lifestyle coaching. I work with individuals, couples, and families who are experiencing difficulties and challenges in their life. I treat trauma, secondary effects of trauma, depression, anxiety, and a variety of other mental health related issues. body image issues, body dysmorphic disorder, sugar and food addiction, and personality disorders.
(757) 847-5188 View (757) 847-5188
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Laura Padilla
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Newport News, VA 23606  (Online Only)
I believe therapy can be an extremely vulnerable experience. I take a holistic approach to therapy, recognizing and empowering the mind-body connection. I believe my clients are the expert of their life, and my role is to provide support and a safe environment to meet them where they are at. I work with individuals and couples who are dealing with anxiety, relationship issues, family dynamics, and trauma. My goal is to empower my clients to practice self-compassion, lean into vulnerability, strengthen resilience, and create a meaningful relationship with self and others.
I believe therapy can be an extremely vulnerable experience. I take a holistic approach to therapy, recognizing and empowering the mind-body connection. I believe my clients are the expert of their life, and my role is to provide support and a safe environment to meet them where they are at. I work with individuals and couples who are dealing with anxiety, relationship issues, family dynamics, and trauma. My goal is to empower my clients to practice self-compassion, lean into vulnerability, strengthen resilience, and create a meaningful relationship with self and others.
(757) 347-5744 View (757) 347-5744
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Juquala Dunlap
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdS , LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newport News, VA 23606
Oftentimes people are reluctant to seek mental health therapy because they have doubts regarding its effectiveness and they don't believe it will change anything. However, the truth is therapy will work for anyone if they work it. Juquala is a firm believer of that. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been working in the mental health field since 2006. Juquala has experience providing individual, group, and family therapy in all settings to include inpatient, outpatient, the school system, and the justice system. Juquala is dedicated to assisting you with accomplishing your therapy goals and reaching your potential.
Oftentimes people are reluctant to seek mental health therapy because they have doubts regarding its effectiveness and they don't believe it will change anything. However, the truth is therapy will work for anyone if they work it. Juquala is a firm believer of that. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been working in the mental health field since 2006. Juquala has experience providing individual, group, and family therapy in all settings to include inpatient, outpatient, the school system, and the justice system. Juquala is dedicated to assisting you with accomplishing your therapy goals and reaching your potential.
(757) 210-7946 View (757) 210-7946
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BraveWithin Counseling Anxiety Depression Trauma
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Newport News, VA 23606  (Online Only)
Have you been discouraged by your dire trying to stop something that stresses you out through the bombardment of non-stop racing thoughts, flashbacks, or even the act of overthinking situations? Consistently finding yourself trying to get out of a pool of depressive thoughts, anxiety, or anger that are chronically affecting you and your family to the point of feeling lost and hopeless. In spite of having the flood of helpful and educational information “out there”, here we are, still STUCK in pain and suffering. The scars of unbearable emotional pain portray themselves through our emotional, physical, and spiritual health.
Have you been discouraged by your dire trying to stop something that stresses you out through the bombardment of non-stop racing thoughts, flashbacks, or even the act of overthinking situations? Consistently finding yourself trying to get out of a pool of depressive thoughts, anxiety, or anger that are chronically affecting you and your family to the point of feeling lost and hopeless. In spite of having the flood of helpful and educational information “out there”, here we are, still STUCK in pain and suffering. The scars of unbearable emotional pain portray themselves through our emotional, physical, and spiritual health.
(844) 502-7283 View (844) 502-7283
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Michele Haynam
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CSAC, CSOTP, NCC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Newport News, VA 23606
Have you been concerned with your child or teen's behavior? Or have you wanted to talk to "someone" about your relationship(s) or disappointment(s) with not being where you thought you would be at this stage of life? It's time to stop thinking and make the call to start the conversation that can change your life. Working collaboratively with the right counselor can support you in living your best life. I look forward to hearing from you! "The mind is everything. What you think you become." Buddha
Have you been concerned with your child or teen's behavior? Or have you wanted to talk to "someone" about your relationship(s) or disappointment(s) with not being where you thought you would be at this stage of life? It's time to stop thinking and make the call to start the conversation that can change your life. Working collaboratively with the right counselor can support you in living your best life. I look forward to hearing from you! "The mind is everything. What you think you become." Buddha
(757) 500-5170 View (757) 500-5170
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Mandy A Verastek
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Newport News, VA 23601  (Online Only)
Do you ever feel like the world is moving too fast for you to keep up? Does stress, sadness, loneliness or feelings of inadequacy seem to be a constant presence in your life? Are you longing to be understood and valued? You're not alone. Many people feel this way. But it doesn't have to be that way. As your therapist, I'm here to offer you support and guidance. Think of me as a partner who will sit in the passenger seat, as you navigate your way forward. I want to offer you a safe judgement-free space to explore your emotions, feelings and behaviors.
Do you ever feel like the world is moving too fast for you to keep up? Does stress, sadness, loneliness or feelings of inadequacy seem to be a constant presence in your life? Are you longing to be understood and valued? You're not alone. Many people feel this way. But it doesn't have to be that way. As your therapist, I'm here to offer you support and guidance. Think of me as a partner who will sit in the passenger seat, as you navigate your way forward. I want to offer you a safe judgement-free space to explore your emotions, feelings and behaviors.
(757) 347-5908 View (757) 347-5908
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Lary Segovia
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Newport News, VA 23606
Hi, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) based in Virginia. I have over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults.
Hi, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) based in Virginia. I have over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults.
(757) 731-6507 View (757) 731-6507
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Sherley Lee Jones Jr
Resident in Counseling, PLC, MA, CCSAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newport News, VA 23606
Waitlist for new clients
Hey there, looking for a counselor…well I am currently accepting new clients. Is life today providing you with challenges at home, at work, in relationships, or just within yourself? Maybe you are finding yourself frustrated at life, having difficulty getting on track, managing anger or emotions, or feeling abandoned or even experiencing bouts of depression or low self-esteem? You know there is more to life than being stuck. I would like the opportunity to assist you in exploring your "greater self" through counseling to bring peace, hope, joy, and even long-term positivity into your life.
Hey there, looking for a counselor…well I am currently accepting new clients. Is life today providing you with challenges at home, at work, in relationships, or just within yourself? Maybe you are finding yourself frustrated at life, having difficulty getting on track, managing anger or emotions, or feeling abandoned or even experiencing bouts of depression or low self-esteem? You know there is more to life than being stuck. I would like the opportunity to assist you in exploring your "greater self" through counseling to bring peace, hope, joy, and even long-term positivity into your life.
(757) 859-9704 View (757) 859-9704
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Vonetta C Thompson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PsyD, LCSW, BCD
Verified Verified
Newport News, VA 23606
I am a Clinical Psychologist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a very diverse professional background. I have worked in inpatient, outpatient, forensic, and military settings within private and government agencies. I have worked with high functioning adults and adolescents, the severely mentally ill, service members and their families and persons involved in domestic violence incidents. I am considered a specialist in conducting individual assessments as well as educational, group, and couple's therapy. Some of the treatment approaches I have used are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused therapy, Patient Center therapy, Integrative Behavioral Health, Motivational interviewing, Behavioral Modification and psychotherapeutic interventions.
I am a Clinical Psychologist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a very diverse professional background. I have worked in inpatient, outpatient, forensic, and military settings within private and government agencies. I have worked with high functioning adults and adolescents, the severely mentally ill, service members and their families and persons involved in domestic violence incidents. I am considered a specialist in conducting individual assessments as well as educational, group, and couple's therapy. Some of the treatment approaches I have used are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused therapy, Patient Center therapy, Integrative Behavioral Health, Motivational interviewing, Behavioral Modification and psychotherapeutic interventions.
(757) 600-0117 View (757) 600-0117
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Chewanda Moore
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdS, LPC,, LSATP
Verified Verified
Newport News, VA 23606
Behavioral Health Counseling and Substance Abuse Services (BHCSA) is dedicated to providing personal and confidential mental health services to individuals, families, veterans and communities. We are committed to improving lives and helping each individual create a path to a better you. In a safe and caring environment, we are devoted to helping those in need achieve their mental health and wellness goals while experiencing long lasting and meaningful results.
Behavioral Health Counseling and Substance Abuse Services (BHCSA) is dedicated to providing personal and confidential mental health services to individuals, families, veterans and communities. We are committed to improving lives and helping each individual create a path to a better you. In a safe and caring environment, we are devoted to helping those in need achieve their mental health and wellness goals while experiencing long lasting and meaningful results.
(757) 695-9173 View (757) 695-9173
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Jamie Brown
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newport News, VA 23606  (Online Only)
Sometimes the journey we take through life can be overwhelming. Events happen that can throw us into a tailspin and get us off track. At times, situations may feel discouraging, out of control and even hopeless. Often, we become our own worst critic and the negative self-talk becomes discouraging.
Sometimes the journey we take through life can be overwhelming. Events happen that can throw us into a tailspin and get us off track. At times, situations may feel discouraging, out of control and even hopeless. Often, we become our own worst critic and the negative self-talk becomes discouraging.
(757) 330-4371 View (757) 330-4371
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Anna Gonzalez
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LMHC, C-DBT
Verified Verified
Newport News, VA 23606
Waitlist for new clients
I enjoy working with Adolescents and Adults from a variety of cultures, religions and backgrounds that may be struggling with mental health symptoms, life transitions, personal/family conflicts and low self-esteem/self-worth. I have experience in working with individuals struggling with anxiety, mood and depressive disorders as well as individuals who have co-occurring (mental health and substance use) disorders who are working to maintain long-term sobriety. I provide a safe and judgment free space for my clients to truly express themselves. Life can be hard and uncertain, but I am here to help you on this rocky journey.
I enjoy working with Adolescents and Adults from a variety of cultures, religions and backgrounds that may be struggling with mental health symptoms, life transitions, personal/family conflicts and low self-esteem/self-worth. I have experience in working with individuals struggling with anxiety, mood and depressive disorders as well as individuals who have co-occurring (mental health and substance use) disorders who are working to maintain long-term sobriety. I provide a safe and judgment free space for my clients to truly express themselves. Life can be hard and uncertain, but I am here to help you on this rocky journey.
(757) 899-4697 View (757) 899-4697
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Tiera Williams
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified Verified
Newport News, VA 23607
Hello, I am Dr. Tiera Williams, a Licensed Professional Counselor with a doctorate degree in community and care counseling who has provided mental health services to individuals and families for over 13 years. I specialize in helping manage issues of depression, anxiety, women issues, anger management, self-esteem, behavior issues, ADHD, adjustment/military, and trauma through a safe and supportive environment. My therapy approach is individualized and consists of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy , Cognitive Processing Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing to address challenging issues.
Hello, I am Dr. Tiera Williams, a Licensed Professional Counselor with a doctorate degree in community and care counseling who has provided mental health services to individuals and families for over 13 years. I specialize in helping manage issues of depression, anxiety, women issues, anger management, self-esteem, behavior issues, ADHD, adjustment/military, and trauma through a safe and supportive environment. My therapy approach is individualized and consists of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy , Cognitive Processing Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing to address challenging issues.
(804) 597-6379 View (804) 597-6379
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Stefan Dabkowski
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCC, LMHC, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newport News, VA 23606
The process of therapy is all about change and fulfilling one’s ultimate potential and purpose. My role as a counselor is to assist in the process of self-change and personal growth. Change can be scary and uncomfortable but is a natural part of the human experience and something that I attempt to make more comfortable in my counseling practice. In my practice I utilize a wide-range of evidenced based practices to assist patients with multiple presenting problems relating to depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse and alcohol concerns and additional mood disorders.
The process of therapy is all about change and fulfilling one’s ultimate potential and purpose. My role as a counselor is to assist in the process of self-change and personal growth. Change can be scary and uncomfortable but is a natural part of the human experience and something that I attempt to make more comfortable in my counseling practice. In my practice I utilize a wide-range of evidenced based practices to assist patients with multiple presenting problems relating to depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse and alcohol concerns and additional mood disorders.
(757) 997-1624 View (757) 997-1624
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Brian Strode
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CIMHP
Verified Verified
Newport News, VA 23606
I like to work with people that are seeking to be their best self. My style fits well with people who have a desire to achieve overall professional and personal successes, improve lifestyle habits that affects the whole body (mind, body, and spirit), use emotions as the tool they were meant to be, and turn negative experiences into tools for success. My approach works well with people experiencing difficulty with traumas, stress, burnout, anxiety, depression, relationship problems, occupational problems, and/or compassion fatigue. I tend to work with a lot with professionals in high-stress, high-risk, and high-trauma careers.
I like to work with people that are seeking to be their best self. My style fits well with people who have a desire to achieve overall professional and personal successes, improve lifestyle habits that affects the whole body (mind, body, and spirit), use emotions as the tool they were meant to be, and turn negative experiences into tools for success. My approach works well with people experiencing difficulty with traumas, stress, burnout, anxiety, depression, relationship problems, occupational problems, and/or compassion fatigue. I tend to work with a lot with professionals in high-stress, high-risk, and high-trauma careers.
(757) 828-3213 View (757) 828-3213
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Elaine Whitaker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Newport News, VA 23606
Long time psychotherapist having worked extensively with sexually, physically, and emotionally abused children. Work has also included families, individuals, groups, personality disorders as well as the chronically mentally ill. Additionally, extensive court testimony in both military and civilian courts. I have also worked with couples/marital therapy.
Long time psychotherapist having worked extensively with sexually, physically, and emotionally abused children. Work has also included families, individuals, groups, personality disorders as well as the chronically mentally ill. Additionally, extensive court testimony in both military and civilian courts. I have also worked with couples/marital therapy.
(757) 551-9765 View (757) 551-9765
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Milov Sonnier
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Newport News, VA 23606
I am Milov Sonnier a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in Virginia. I work with clients statewide via telehealth. I specialize in women's issues, trauma, PTSD, thought disorders, stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues and more. I use integrative approaches to help my clients make progress and to begin to feel better. I have found that my style and approach is a good fit for adults who are experiencing transition periods in their lives, and have traumatic memories that surface due to a current life stressor's.
I am Milov Sonnier a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in Virginia. I work with clients statewide via telehealth. I specialize in women's issues, trauma, PTSD, thought disorders, stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues and more. I use integrative approaches to help my clients make progress and to begin to feel better. I have found that my style and approach is a good fit for adults who are experiencing transition periods in their lives, and have traumatic memories that surface due to a current life stressor's.
(757) 801-5421 View (757) 801-5421
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James A Johnson
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, MDiv
Verified Verified
Newport News, VA 23606
Not accepting new clients
When all is going well, life and relationships are wonderful. You feel great even in the thunderstorms of life. You trust that the color gray is nature's canvas for creating something beautiful. There are times for all of us when things go wrong. Stress, anxiety, anger, and depression visit our lives. When such times occur, one would do well to know that person-centered, evidence based, assessment infused, sound assistance and support is available.
When all is going well, life and relationships are wonderful. You feel great even in the thunderstorms of life. You trust that the color gray is nature's canvas for creating something beautiful. There are times for all of us when things go wrong. Stress, anxiety, anger, and depression visit our lives. When such times occur, one would do well to know that person-centered, evidence based, assessment infused, sound assistance and support is available.
(757) 210-7671 View (757) 210-7671
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Teshera Cooper
Resident in Counseling, MA, LMHP-R
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newport News, VA 23607
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Overcoming takes time, possessing inner strength may have its hurdles, and transitioning into the very best version of oneself while living instead of just existing is sometimes a lifelong journey, but these things are all in your reach and can be done! In recognizing myself as an advocate for change, my hope is to lead with light while fostering an environment that is conducive to spiritual healing and growth.
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Overcoming takes time, possessing inner strength may have its hurdles, and transitioning into the very best version of oneself while living instead of just existing is sometimes a lifelong journey, but these things are all in your reach and can be done! In recognizing myself as an advocate for change, my hope is to lead with light while fostering an environment that is conducive to spiritual healing and growth.
(757) 720-2268 View (757) 720-2268
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Christopher Elswick
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Newport News, VA 23602  (Online Only)
I wanted to work in the mental health field to provide needed help to others. I am a father, husband, and son that understands the rigors of life. I am offering appointments after hours to provide support to those that want it but feel they don’t have the time. I am very eclectic in my therapeutic techniques which allows me to be more fluid to the presenting situation.
I wanted to work in the mental health field to provide needed help to others. I am a father, husband, and son that understands the rigors of life. I am offering appointments after hours to provide support to those that want it but feel they don’t have the time. I am very eclectic in my therapeutic techniques which allows me to be more fluid to the presenting situation.
(844) 990-2480 View (844) 990-2480

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Number of Therapists in Newport News City County, VA

300+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in Newport News City County, VA who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
89% Depression
75% Coping Skills
73% Self Esteem
70% Trauma and PTSD
68% Relationship Issues
68% Stress

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% Anthem | Elevance
76% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
74% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Therapists in Newport News City County, VA see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
15% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Newport News City County?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What type of therapy is right for me?

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

How much does therapy cost?

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

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

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

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

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

Is online therapy a good option?

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

Are therapy sessions confidential?

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