Therapists in West Dover, VT

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Traci Bartlett
Counselor, MSM, MA, LCMHC
Verified Verified
West Dover, VT 05356  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Are you or someone you care about facing some unexpected challenges and are looking for support to manage them? Have you noticed that you or a loved one are worrying more than usual? Do you or a loved one need assistance to build communication skills to help express your thoughts and feelings to others? As a parent are you noticing a change in your child's behavior, related to changes at home or school?
Are you or someone you care about facing some unexpected challenges and are looking for support to manage them? Have you noticed that you or a loved one are worrying more than usual? Do you or a loved one need assistance to build communication skills to help express your thoughts and feelings to others? As a parent are you noticing a change in your child's behavior, related to changes at home or school?
(802) 499-2712 View (802) 499-2712
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Jennifer A Tattersall
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CCDP, CBIS
Verified Verified
West Dover, VT 05356
Not accepting new clients
Despite difficulties in life, I believe people have an amazing amount of resilience and strength. I work to enhance their strength that gets lost when overwhelmed by challenges. Using multiple modalities, individuals move beyond their old story and into the life they desire. I have heard from clients that "therapy has never helped me" and clients of mine have achieved their goals. I have specialty training with trauma which, by definition is "a deeply distressing or disturbing experience". I assist people in trusting their innate abilities to make decisions from a healthy perspective.
Despite difficulties in life, I believe people have an amazing amount of resilience and strength. I work to enhance their strength that gets lost when overwhelmed by challenges. Using multiple modalities, individuals move beyond their old story and into the life they desire. I have heard from clients that "therapy has never helped me" and clients of mine have achieved their goals. I have specialty training with trauma which, by definition is "a deeply distressing or disturbing experience". I assist people in trusting their innate abilities to make decisions from a healthy perspective.
(860) 946-4120 View (860) 946-4120
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Jacqueline Diaz Maldonado
Counselor, LMHC MA, LMHC CT, LMHC VT, LMHC NV, LPC/JD
Verified Verified
West Dover, VT 05356  (Online Only)
Telehealth sessions only. I use experiential techniques and integrative psychotherapy including Attachment Focus EMDR, Internal Family Systems, ACT, Schema Therapy, Child Work, Integral Deep Listening, Ego States, DBT. I offer dating, premarital, couples and Family Counseling. If you are looking understand and manage traumatic experiences, child wounds and to improve your relationships I am here to help you go deep into those problems. I offer supportive counseling using Christian concepts and ! accept clients of all religions and beliefs. Hypnosis services ( check your insurance and condition first)
Telehealth sessions only. I use experiential techniques and integrative psychotherapy including Attachment Focus EMDR, Internal Family Systems, ACT, Schema Therapy, Child Work, Integral Deep Listening, Ego States, DBT. I offer dating, premarital, couples and Family Counseling. If you are looking understand and manage traumatic experiences, child wounds and to improve your relationships I am here to help you go deep into those problems. I offer supportive counseling using Christian concepts and ! accept clients of all religions and beliefs. Hypnosis services ( check your insurance and condition first)
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Stefanie Rosso
Counselor, MA
Verified Verified
Wilmington, VT 05363
I believe in creating a warm, safe, and therapeutic environment where clients feel comfortable exploring challenges, emotions, and life’s difficulties. I aim to build a strong therapeutic rapport with clients which aids in finding the appropriate treatment approach. This can be helpful for individuals struggling with, but not limited to, anxiety, self esteem, and/or depression.
I believe in creating a warm, safe, and therapeutic environment where clients feel comfortable exploring challenges, emotions, and life’s difficulties. I aim to build a strong therapeutic rapport with clients which aids in finding the appropriate treatment approach. This can be helpful for individuals struggling with, but not limited to, anxiety, self esteem, and/or depression.
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Norm Skorstad
Counselor, MA, LCMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wilmington, VT 05363
Not accepting new clients
I work collaboratively with adults and children dealing with issues such as trauma and loss, ADHD, anxiety and depression, and chronic pain, utilizing a pragmatic strength-based approach. Certified in EMDR, I also draw upon other mind-body modalities, such as Mindfulness Meditation, DBT, and attachment theory. My approach is grounded in spirituality and informed by over 30 years of participating in and leading mens groups. And it is characterized by a compassionate problem-solving attitude, and fueled by dogged determination and persistant stick-to-it-iveness. I teach clients stress-reduction techniques they can practice at home.
I work collaboratively with adults and children dealing with issues such as trauma and loss, ADHD, anxiety and depression, and chronic pain, utilizing a pragmatic strength-based approach. Certified in EMDR, I also draw upon other mind-body modalities, such as Mindfulness Meditation, DBT, and attachment theory. My approach is grounded in spirituality and informed by over 30 years of participating in and leading mens groups. And it is characterized by a compassionate problem-solving attitude, and fueled by dogged determination and persistant stick-to-it-iveness. I teach clients stress-reduction techniques they can practice at home.
(802) 257-0700 View (802) 257-0700
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Melinda K Williams
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brattleboro, VT 05301  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I believe we are all on a journey to know ourselves. What do you care about in this life? Are you living in a way that is in harmony with your values? Are there areas of you life that feel out of balance? Do you respond thoughtfully to life's challenges or do you react impulsively? These are meaningful and growth inspiring questions. Let's get to work!
I believe we are all on a journey to know ourselves. What do you care about in this life? Are you living in a way that is in harmony with your values? Are there areas of you life that feel out of balance? Do you respond thoughtfully to life's challenges or do you react impulsively? These are meaningful and growth inspiring questions. Let's get to work!
(802) 449-0158 View (802) 449-0158
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Kristi Beck
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Newfane, VT 05345
You are here because some part of you knows that you can live with more balance, confidence, and joy. Perhaps you have been feeling disconnected from your life or from others in general. You might be feeling frustrated with inflexible patterns of thinking or behaviors that are no longer serving you. Maybe you’re struggling with important decisions or you find yourself feeling less tolerant of stressful situations. Anxiety, self-esteem, identity exploration, and managing life transitions are some topics that might come up during our work. You deserve to have your own space and time to heal – I am here to support you in this process.
You are here because some part of you knows that you can live with more balance, confidence, and joy. Perhaps you have been feeling disconnected from your life or from others in general. You might be feeling frustrated with inflexible patterns of thinking or behaviors that are no longer serving you. Maybe you’re struggling with important decisions or you find yourself feeling less tolerant of stressful situations. Anxiety, self-esteem, identity exploration, and managing life transitions are some topics that might come up during our work. You deserve to have your own space and time to heal – I am here to support you in this process.
(802) 348-2500 View (802) 348-2500
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Linda D. Anderberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISCW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Newfane, VT 05345  (Online Only)
Life is messy, beautiful, heartbreaking, and hopeful. So is the process of change. To be honest about this takes courage and vulnerability. It is also the first step in the process of personal transformation. By working with me, you do me the honor of sharing these experiences for the purpose of healing and personal growth. I believe in a collaborative model of therapy that is centered on your experiences and relational. By sharing together from a place of authenticity my goal is to listen, support, and challenge you in order to face and overcome obstacles standing between you and the fullness of the life you were meant to live.
Life is messy, beautiful, heartbreaking, and hopeful. So is the process of change. To be honest about this takes courage and vulnerability. It is also the first step in the process of personal transformation. By working with me, you do me the honor of sharing these experiences for the purpose of healing and personal growth. I believe in a collaborative model of therapy that is centered on your experiences and relational. By sharing together from a place of authenticity my goal is to listen, support, and challenge you in order to face and overcome obstacles standing between you and the fullness of the life you were meant to live.
(860) 269-9405 View (860) 269-9405
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Christopher M Wesolowski
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, LADC
Verified Verified
Brattleboro, VT 05301
I have had the privilege of over 25 years of working with people providing psychotherapy and addiction and substance abuse treatment. My approach to assisting people having a fuller life and gain mastery over their obstacles is a blend of dynamic/insight and cognitive behavioral approaches.
I have had the privilege of over 25 years of working with people providing psychotherapy and addiction and substance abuse treatment. My approach to assisting people having a fuller life and gain mastery over their obstacles is a blend of dynamic/insight and cognitive behavioral approaches.
(802) 779-9106 View (802) 779-9106
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Mark Joseph Kilgallon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Wilmington, VT 05363
I have have been a Clinical Social Worker for 23 years in addition to being a Drug and Alcohol Counselor for 6 years. I believe in harm reduction as well as 12 Step Programs. l have been working with at risk populations and oppositional teens for 35 years and have a broad spectrum of clients. I work with Depression, PTSD, Anxiety and Anger. I believe we all have a story to tell and I try to help my clients separate fact from fiction. My goal is to help clients feel authentic and live comfortably in their own skin.
I have have been a Clinical Social Worker for 23 years in addition to being a Drug and Alcohol Counselor for 6 years. I believe in harm reduction as well as 12 Step Programs. l have been working with at risk populations and oppositional teens for 35 years and have a broad spectrum of clients. I work with Depression, PTSD, Anxiety and Anger. I believe we all have a story to tell and I try to help my clients separate fact from fiction. My goal is to help clients feel authentic and live comfortably in their own skin.
(802) 465-3781 View (802) 465-3781
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Ruth Kenrick, M.A., L.I.C.S.W., B.C.D.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LICSW, BCD
Verified Verified
Brattleboro, VT 05301  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
An effective, compassionate therapist helps you connect to your own wisdom and harness the energy to thrive. Though life can be hard sometimes, extreme suffering need not persist. I will help you escape stuck patterns or traumas that stop you from enjoying life and doing what matters most to you. It's common to have to rediscover, or even learn for the first time, how to live well. During difficult times, we may just need a little assistance. I have twenty-five years of experience supporting clients as they eliminate obstacles, reach cherished goals & attain enduring satisfaction.
An effective, compassionate therapist helps you connect to your own wisdom and harness the energy to thrive. Though life can be hard sometimes, extreme suffering need not persist. I will help you escape stuck patterns or traumas that stop you from enjoying life and doing what matters most to you. It's common to have to rediscover, or even learn for the first time, how to live well. During difficult times, we may just need a little assistance. I have twenty-five years of experience supporting clients as they eliminate obstacles, reach cherished goals & attain enduring satisfaction.
(802) 466-4198 View (802) 466-4198
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Gail Peach
Counselor, LCMHC, RNBC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newfane, VT 05345  (Online Only)
Welcome into my virtual office! We can talk together in confidence, discovering new approaches to whatever challenge brings you to therapy now. My focus is to mindfully assist you towards well being including, but not limited to, freedom from anxiety, depression, addiction symptoms, trauma, physical pain, impulsivity and the resolution of grief. Self confidence, self knowledge, skillfulness and the personal freedom that comes from letting go of the past and moving forward in your life is the reward you can look forward to by engaging in therapy. I am queer welcoming and enjoy helping trans folk.
Welcome into my virtual office! We can talk together in confidence, discovering new approaches to whatever challenge brings you to therapy now. My focus is to mindfully assist you towards well being including, but not limited to, freedom from anxiety, depression, addiction symptoms, trauma, physical pain, impulsivity and the resolution of grief. Self confidence, self knowledge, skillfulness and the personal freedom that comes from letting go of the past and moving forward in your life is the reward you can look forward to by engaging in therapy. I am queer welcoming and enjoy helping trans folk.
(802) 459-1270 View (802) 459-1270

Online Therapists

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Ric Wolak
Psychologist, MA
Verified Verified
Bristol, VT 05443  (Online Only)
Are you finding that as life gets busier and more complicated, you've lost connection with your family? Does it seem that your children have become more complex and harder to understand as they grow older? These are challenges that many families face, challenges that are magnified when factors such as trauma, depression, anxiety, attachment and family dynamics issues are present. We all want to feel a sense of peace, happiness and connection with those we care about. With greater understanding and support, comes greater harmony.
Are you finding that as life gets busier and more complicated, you've lost connection with your family? Does it seem that your children have become more complex and harder to understand as they grow older? These are challenges that many families face, challenges that are magnified when factors such as trauma, depression, anxiety, attachment and family dynamics issues are present. We all want to feel a sense of peace, happiness and connection with those we care about. With greater understanding and support, comes greater harmony.
(802) 242-8470 View (802) 242-8470
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Drew Totten Coaching, LLC
MS, BSc, RN, CPC
Verified Verified
Bennington, VT 05201
Do you feel alone and stressed when facing today’s life challenges? Are you experiencing conflict with a boss or coworker? Are you a healthcare professional that questions whether you’ll continue working in this high-acuity and demanding care environment? Did you recently graduate college only to experience that your clinical rotations at school in no way match the fast-paced real world? As you’ve learned, entering the workforce and finding a place of balance is not taught in school. Are you seeking that balance in your life but struggling with how to get there?
Do you feel alone and stressed when facing today’s life challenges? Are you experiencing conflict with a boss or coworker? Are you a healthcare professional that questions whether you’ll continue working in this high-acuity and demanding care environment? Did you recently graduate college only to experience that your clinical rotations at school in no way match the fast-paced real world? As you’ve learned, entering the workforce and finding a place of balance is not taught in school. Are you seeking that balance in your life but struggling with how to get there?
(802) 230-1182 View (802) 230-1182
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Heather Lander
Pre-Licensed Professional, M, S
Verified Verified
Brattleboro, VT 05301
I believe that everyone has the ability to heal and find their happiness in life. At times, we experience an event or events that may impact us in a way that we are unsure how to deal with and this can manifest in many ways. Whether you are a child coping with anxiety, trauma, or big emotions, or an adult struggling with a life change or mental health concerns, we all deserve empathy and support when tackling those difficult and often uncomfortable topics. It is my goal to create an environment where I am able to support and guide clients in being the best versions of themselves.
I believe that everyone has the ability to heal and find their happiness in life. At times, we experience an event or events that may impact us in a way that we are unsure how to deal with and this can manifest in many ways. Whether you are a child coping with anxiety, trauma, or big emotions, or an adult struggling with a life change or mental health concerns, we all deserve empathy and support when tackling those difficult and often uncomfortable topics. It is my goal to create an environment where I am able to support and guide clients in being the best versions of themselves.
(802) 521-2161 View (802) 521-2161
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Maura Nydegger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Middlebury, VT 05753
How often do we take time to reflect on who we truly are? I firmly believe that a positive sense of self begins with an inner belief that "I MATTER"! I also believe one's mental health is affected by the ability to be honest and hold oneself accountable. As people become more accepting and clearer about who they are and how they want to be in the world, they are more capable of finding contentment and joy in their lives. We do the very best we can in any given moment; being kind and gentle with yourself is key when looking within.
How often do we take time to reflect on who we truly are? I firmly believe that a positive sense of self begins with an inner belief that "I MATTER"! I also believe one's mental health is affected by the ability to be honest and hold oneself accountable. As people become more accepting and clearer about who they are and how they want to be in the world, they are more capable of finding contentment and joy in their lives. We do the very best we can in any given moment; being kind and gentle with yourself is key when looking within.
(802) 659-3293 View (802) 659-3293
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Per Engstrom
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barre, VT 05641
I am currently accepting new clients in Barre, VT, St. Johnsbury VT and virtually. We all have times where we need help and we all deserve a judgement free place to explore our current directions. Exploring core values and behavior patterns and then reframing our struggles in life can help us to find the direction we want to move towards in our future. Often we can find ways to improve upon our current situations by examining the perspectives and behaviors that we have and then deciding if they still serve us and our current goals. By using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), we can work together to identify your wants and needs.
I am currently accepting new clients in Barre, VT, St. Johnsbury VT and virtually. We all have times where we need help and we all deserve a judgement free place to explore our current directions. Exploring core values and behavior patterns and then reframing our struggles in life can help us to find the direction we want to move towards in our future. Often we can find ways to improve upon our current situations by examining the perspectives and behaviors that we have and then deciding if they still serve us and our current goals. By using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), we can work together to identify your wants and needs.
(802) 676-7141 View (802) 676-7141
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Rebecca Santamore
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
West Topsham, VT 05086  (Online Only)
As a clinical social worker, I believe that you are the expert of your story and have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage, and I am proud of you for getting started! I work with my clients through a person-centered approach, where I walk with them through their therapy journey while also assisting them in finding solutions and plans for personal growth. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, depression, relationship stressors, and coping with life changes.
As a clinical social worker, I believe that you are the expert of your story and have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage, and I am proud of you for getting started! I work with my clients through a person-centered approach, where I walk with them through their therapy journey while also assisting them in finding solutions and plans for personal growth. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, depression, relationship stressors, and coping with life changes.
(802) 736-6079 View (802) 736-6079
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Robin Fletcher
Unlicensed Psychotherapist, MA, CMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brattleboro, VT 05301  (Online Only)
There comes a time in everyone’s life when extra support is necessary to move through hardship. If you have found yourself feeling stuck or afraid, struggling with relationships or your relationship to yourself, I can help.
There comes a time in everyone’s life when extra support is necessary to move through hardship. If you have found yourself feeling stuck or afraid, struggling with relationships or your relationship to yourself, I can help.
(802) 441-6592 View (802) 441-6592
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Sada Dumont
Counselor, MS, LCMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond, VT 05477
Waitlist for new clients
If you're looking to achieve personal growth, connection, and wellness, and overcome the challenges holding you back, I can help. As a compassionate and curious therapist, I specialize in guiding adults who seek change, growth, insight, and joy in their lives. If you feel stuck, particularly with anxiety and depression, or if you've experienced trauma and find yourself overwhelmed by its effects, I am here to help you transform your experiences. Drawing upon my skills in neurofeedback, I employ brain training techniques to optimize cognitive function and dissolve stubborn symptoms that may have resisted previous approaches.
If you're looking to achieve personal growth, connection, and wellness, and overcome the challenges holding you back, I can help. As a compassionate and curious therapist, I specialize in guiding adults who seek change, growth, insight, and joy in their lives. If you feel stuck, particularly with anxiety and depression, or if you've experienced trauma and find yourself overwhelmed by its effects, I am here to help you transform your experiences. Drawing upon my skills in neurofeedback, I employ brain training techniques to optimize cognitive function and dissolve stubborn symptoms that may have resisted previous approaches.
(802) 465-5069 View (802) 465-5069

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in West Dover, VT

< 10

Therapists in West Dover, VT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Addiction
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Coping Skills
67% Relationship Issues
67% Parenting
67% Spirituality

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

67% Aetna
67% BlueCross and BlueShield
67% Medicaid

How Therapists in West Dover, VT see their clients

66% Online Only
34% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in West Dover?

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.