Therapists in Kenmore, WA

Photo of Hannah Carlsrud - Hannah Carlsrud - Perinatal Therapist, MACP, LMHCA, Counselor
Hannah Carlsrud - Perinatal Therapist
Counselor, MACP, LMHCA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Kenmore, WA 98028  (Online Only)
I work with individuals and couples specializing in the pregnancy and postpartum time. As a parent and therapist, I understand the messiness and wonder that is being a parent. I can help you process complications in pregnancy, fertility issues, birth trauma, NICU experiences, pregnancy loss, and more. Do you have scary thoughts? Or memories that keep you up at night? Are you having a hard time connecting with your newborn or feel guilty? Do you feel like there are so many new things in parenthood and it is overwhelming? I am here to support you through this time.
I work with individuals and couples specializing in the pregnancy and postpartum time. As a parent and therapist, I understand the messiness and wonder that is being a parent. I can help you process complications in pregnancy, fertility issues, birth trauma, NICU experiences, pregnancy loss, and more. Do you have scary thoughts? Or memories that keep you up at night? Are you having a hard time connecting with your newborn or feel guilty? Do you feel like there are so many new things in parenthood and it is overwhelming? I am here to support you through this time.
(425) 541-1711 View (425) 541-1711
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Anne Cahanin
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Kenmore, WA 98028
Not accepting new clients
Welcome to Collaborative Counseling! I help clients develop the skills and confidence to live their lives in healthy, meaningful ways. Every person’s path to their goals is different, thus we collaborate together to determine what you need to feel healthy and fulfilled in your life. First and foremost I make it a priority to create an environment in which my clients feel safe and respected when they share a space with me to heal, learn and grow. Your therapy is about you and for you; my role is to work in a collaborative relationship with you to help you achieve your goals.
Welcome to Collaborative Counseling! I help clients develop the skills and confidence to live their lives in healthy, meaningful ways. Every person’s path to their goals is different, thus we collaborate together to determine what you need to feel healthy and fulfilled in your life. First and foremost I make it a priority to create an environment in which my clients feel safe and respected when they share a space with me to heal, learn and grow. Your therapy is about you and for you; my role is to work in a collaborative relationship with you to help you achieve your goals.
(425) 434-5786 View (425) 434-5786
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Zachary G. Shaeffer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, MSW, MDiv
Verified Verified
Kenmore, WA 98028
Therapy can help you to cope with heightened anxiety, depression, loneliness, and lack of purpose. With online video conferencing, I provide regular therapy without you coming into the office, in addition to in-person availability. Therapy provides a safe place to ask the questions that scare us, to find connection and healing, to feel good and be authentic, and take charge of our lives. I support clients' efforts to gain insight into the sources of their challenges and pain, find connection, make positive changes in relationships, identify strengths and resources, cope with personal history, and take charge of their life.
Therapy can help you to cope with heightened anxiety, depression, loneliness, and lack of purpose. With online video conferencing, I provide regular therapy without you coming into the office, in addition to in-person availability. Therapy provides a safe place to ask the questions that scare us, to find connection and healing, to feel good and be authentic, and take charge of our lives. I support clients' efforts to gain insight into the sources of their challenges and pain, find connection, make positive changes in relationships, identify strengths and resources, cope with personal history, and take charge of their life.
(206) 558-9085 View (206) 558-9085
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Lighthouse Infusions & Seattle Ketamine
CRNA, ARNP
Verified Verified
Kenmore, WA 98028
We specialize in IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy for people experiencing treatment resistant depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, and other mood disorders. IV Ketamine Therapy has an extremely high efficacy rate of around 70%-80% for most of the mental health conditions we treat. For many people with life-altering conditions, ketamine allows them to resume normal activities and reclaim their lives.
We specialize in IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy for people experiencing treatment resistant depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, and other mood disorders. IV Ketamine Therapy has an extremely high efficacy rate of around 70%-80% for most of the mental health conditions we treat. For many people with life-altering conditions, ketamine allows them to resume normal activities and reclaim their lives.
(425) 835-2363 View (425) 835-2363
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Clare Isaacson
Counselor, MA, LMHC, PLLC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kenmore, WA 98028
Not accepting new clients
I provide patient, effective help addressing the problems you face in your daily life. You may be struggling with depression or anxiety, difficulties with relationships or with parenting, or conflicts at work or at school. You may be facing recent loss, the impact of a traumatic event, or a crisis of meaning in your life. With over 35 years in practice, I bring a wealth of experience and understanding to issues of concern to you. Together we can work through the problems that keep you feeling worried and stuck.
I provide patient, effective help addressing the problems you face in your daily life. You may be struggling with depression or anxiety, difficulties with relationships or with parenting, or conflicts at work or at school. You may be facing recent loss, the impact of a traumatic event, or a crisis of meaning in your life. With over 35 years in practice, I bring a wealth of experience and understanding to issues of concern to you. Together we can work through the problems that keep you feeling worried and stuck.
(206) 948-5619 View (206) 948-5619
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Marc McKinney
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Kenmore, WA 98028
At some point, we all find ourselves needing healing from the brokenness of our lives. Counseling offers a safe and supportive space for clients to explore their emotions, confront their struggles, and work toward a path of healing. By embracing our individual stories of brokenness and struggle, therapy can help us navigate through challenges and experience wholeness, transformation and the fulfilling life we were created for.
At some point, we all find ourselves needing healing from the brokenness of our lives. Counseling offers a safe and supportive space for clients to explore their emotions, confront their struggles, and work toward a path of healing. By embracing our individual stories of brokenness and struggle, therapy can help us navigate through challenges and experience wholeness, transformation and the fulfilling life we were created for.
(425) 842-3196 View (425) 842-3196
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Gloriana Campbell
LPC Intern
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kenmore, WA 98028
I believe that empathy and human connection are key to finding mental wellness. Whether you are experiencing challenges in life, stress, or mental illness, counseling can help you find wholeness again. As a counselor, I let your values and needs guide our work together. In addition, I enjoy incorporating Christian faith at the discretion of the client.
I believe that empathy and human connection are key to finding mental wellness. Whether you are experiencing challenges in life, stress, or mental illness, counseling can help you find wholeness again. As a counselor, I let your values and needs guide our work together. In addition, I enjoy incorporating Christian faith at the discretion of the client.
(425) 310-4386 View (425) 310-4386
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Victoria Rotton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Kenmore, WA 98028
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy is a research validated method in which partners learn to identify harmful and entrenched patterns within their marriage and develop the skills to engage in a new way. Your relationship may be highly reactive and conflictual or feel like an emotional desert where closeness disappeared long ago. In either case, EFT can help you create a partnership that is nourishing and a haven for personal growth. I am an advanced practitioner of EFT. I work with both heterosexual and same sex couples.
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy is a research validated method in which partners learn to identify harmful and entrenched patterns within their marriage and develop the skills to engage in a new way. Your relationship may be highly reactive and conflictual or feel like an emotional desert where closeness disappeared long ago. In either case, EFT can help you create a partnership that is nourishing and a haven for personal growth. I am an advanced practitioner of EFT. I work with both heterosexual and same sex couples.
(425) 318-7321 View (425) 318-7321
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Anne-Marie Flathers
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kenmore, WA 98028  (Online Only)
As you seek therapy, you may have been feeling stuck, dissatisfied, and unhappy for a while. Sometimes it's hard to put your finger on why. Maybe you're ready to dig a little deeper into the journey that has led you here. I love walking with clients toward a greater self-understanding and compassion toward themselves. Together we can listen to the stories you carry with you, and respond with care to what they have to tell us. This work creates the opportunity for a new clarity, and new opportunities for healing and change.
As you seek therapy, you may have been feeling stuck, dissatisfied, and unhappy for a while. Sometimes it's hard to put your finger on why. Maybe you're ready to dig a little deeper into the journey that has led you here. I love walking with clients toward a greater self-understanding and compassion toward themselves. Together we can listen to the stories you carry with you, and respond with care to what they have to tell us. This work creates the opportunity for a new clarity, and new opportunities for healing and change.
(425) 529-5873 View (425) 529-5873
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Jonathan C. Schildbach
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Kenmore, WA 98028  (Online Only)
Anxiety and depression are fast becoming common elements of modern life. But they don't have to be chronic or permanent. Achieving my Masters in Counseling Psychology in 2009, I've spent my therapy career working with people in the juvenile and adult justice systems, doing crisis intervention work, and supervising other therapists working with military members and their families. There's not going to be some magic movie-style moment where I deliver the perfect phrase that's going to open up everything in your world, but we will explore what's going to work for you to move toward a more fulfilling, less stressful life.
Anxiety and depression are fast becoming common elements of modern life. But they don't have to be chronic or permanent. Achieving my Masters in Counseling Psychology in 2009, I've spent my therapy career working with people in the juvenile and adult justice systems, doing crisis intervention work, and supervising other therapists working with military members and their families. There's not going to be some magic movie-style moment where I deliver the perfect phrase that's going to open up everything in your world, but we will explore what's going to work for you to move toward a more fulfilling, less stressful life.
(425) 298-5817 View (425) 298-5817
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Anne K Luopa
Counselor, MTS, LMHC
Verified Verified
Kenmore, WA 98028  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Toward well-being... Life presents challenges that often feel overwhelming and burdensome. If you are struggling to cope with anxiety, panic, or depression, adjusting to a health crisis, or recovering from some loss or trauma, I may be able to help. I work with your unique situation in order to develop new coping strategies that may incorporate strengths you already possess. I work with you to discover and make healthy choices that blend with your values and overall well-being.
Toward well-being... Life presents challenges that often feel overwhelming and burdensome. If you are struggling to cope with anxiety, panic, or depression, adjusting to a health crisis, or recovering from some loss or trauma, I may be able to help. I work with your unique situation in order to develop new coping strategies that may incorporate strengths you already possess. I work with you to discover and make healthy choices that blend with your values and overall well-being.
(206) 557-3942 View (206) 557-3942
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Sharon Saul
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Kenmore, WA 98028  (Online Only)
You’ve had ups & downs, successes & failures, you’ve kept getting up when you’ve fallen down & you’ve carried on. But now, you’ve hit the point where you don’t want to keep reaching for the next thing, keep pushing those recurring thoughts & feelings away. You want to transform parts of yourself & experience something different, to find a sense of wholeness. Maybe it’s stuff from childhood that won’t leave you alone, the racing thoughts, the self-criticism, the anxious feelings, the broken relationships with others or with yourself, the anger, the stress, the sadness…Whatever it is, there’s hope for something more, something better.
You’ve had ups & downs, successes & failures, you’ve kept getting up when you’ve fallen down & you’ve carried on. But now, you’ve hit the point where you don’t want to keep reaching for the next thing, keep pushing those recurring thoughts & feelings away. You want to transform parts of yourself & experience something different, to find a sense of wholeness. Maybe it’s stuff from childhood that won’t leave you alone, the racing thoughts, the self-criticism, the anxious feelings, the broken relationships with others or with yourself, the anger, the stress, the sadness…Whatever it is, there’s hope for something more, something better.
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Matthew Burhan Ozgercin
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kenmore, WA 98028
In my approach to counseling, I listen attentively and non-judgmentally. I focus on people’s stories and the stories the world tells about them. I value these narratives, and hold them during our work together so that we may reference them in the process of creating a story that feels more in line with my clients goals and purpose. I also work with clients in exploring ways to alleviate suffering, reduce stress and increase self empowerment and enjoyment of one's life. My approach is strengths based and I believe we each have all the answers we need within us, sometimes we just need help teasing them out or trusting them.
In my approach to counseling, I listen attentively and non-judgmentally. I focus on people’s stories and the stories the world tells about them. I value these narratives, and hold them during our work together so that we may reference them in the process of creating a story that feels more in line with my clients goals and purpose. I also work with clients in exploring ways to alleviate suffering, reduce stress and increase self empowerment and enjoyment of one's life. My approach is strengths based and I believe we each have all the answers we need within us, sometimes we just need help teasing them out or trusting them.
(425) 786-2953 View (425) 786-2953
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Jordan Anderson PLLC
Counselor, MA, LMHC, CHT, BSP II
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Kenmore, WA 98028
Not accepting new clients
Hello! I have over twenty-five years of experience working with people with a variety of issues and concerns including anxiety, social anxiety, PTSD and Complex PTSD, depression, physical pain, marital and family conflict, parenting topics, adolescent development, midlife phase, and grief and loss. I am also a Clinical Supervisor. My Practice is Currently Full.
Hello! I have over twenty-five years of experience working with people with a variety of issues and concerns including anxiety, social anxiety, PTSD and Complex PTSD, depression, physical pain, marital and family conflict, parenting topics, adolescent development, midlife phase, and grief and loss. I am also a Clinical Supervisor. My Practice is Currently Full.
(206) 535-1637 View (206) 535-1637
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Kellie A Preston
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, CMHS, RPT-S
Verified Verified
Kenmore, WA 98028
I believe everyone has innate wisdom within themselves to overcome whatever obstacles are in front of them. I specialize in treating children, adolescents, and families that have experienced trauma and consequently suffering from anxiety, depression, attentional difficulties, sleep issues, developmental obstacles. Expressive therapies offers a unique way to language those issues using art, painting, clay work, journal writing, sand tray play and canine therapy, and they begin to externalize worries and concerns, crisis and trauma through symbols and mastery is gained. When families in pain begin to play together, perceptions of each other are changed, communication is accomplished and individuals experience their true potential.
I believe everyone has innate wisdom within themselves to overcome whatever obstacles are in front of them. I specialize in treating children, adolescents, and families that have experienced trauma and consequently suffering from anxiety, depression, attentional difficulties, sleep issues, developmental obstacles. Expressive therapies offers a unique way to language those issues using art, painting, clay work, journal writing, sand tray play and canine therapy, and they begin to externalize worries and concerns, crisis and trauma through symbols and mastery is gained. When families in pain begin to play together, perceptions of each other are changed, communication is accomplished and individuals experience their true potential.
(425) 786-9544 View (425) 786-9544
Envision Counseling
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Kenmore, WA 98028
Envision Counseling offers unparalleled therapeutic services provided by mental health counselors, couple therapists, and social workers residing in Washington State. Our dedicated team delivers personalized care of the highest quality in a supportive, respectful, and culturally responsive environment. Recognizing the importance of balancing personal and family responsibilities with the demands of modern life, Envision Counseling clinicians offer evening and weekend appointments for pre-teens, adolescents, and adults.
Envision Counseling offers unparalleled therapeutic services provided by mental health counselors, couple therapists, and social workers residing in Washington State. Our dedicated team delivers personalized care of the highest quality in a supportive, respectful, and culturally responsive environment. Recognizing the importance of balancing personal and family responsibilities with the demands of modern life, Envision Counseling clinicians offer evening and weekend appointments for pre-teens, adolescents, and adults.
(206) 858-1177 View (206) 858-1177
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Emily Sinclair
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Kenmore, WA 98028
Waitlist for new clients
Without judgment or pathologizing, I will help you accept "what is" so you can create "what can be." People naturally move toward healthier lives and choices with the right support: empathy, authentic compassion, sincere curiosity, and validation. Together we will establish a comfort zone in therapy. In the safe haven of my office, you can explore your inner world, discover your voice, put words to your story, and move through and beyond your suffering - to find healing, peace, and joy. My clients report increased self-awareness and personal growth, more meaningful insights, stronger connections, and greater satisfaction in life.
Without judgment or pathologizing, I will help you accept "what is" so you can create "what can be." People naturally move toward healthier lives and choices with the right support: empathy, authentic compassion, sincere curiosity, and validation. Together we will establish a comfort zone in therapy. In the safe haven of my office, you can explore your inner world, discover your voice, put words to your story, and move through and beyond your suffering - to find healing, peace, and joy. My clients report increased self-awareness and personal growth, more meaningful insights, stronger connections, and greater satisfaction in life.
(206) 735-4876 View (206) 735-4876
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Barbara Ann Barnes
Counselor, MA, RN, LMHC, CHT
Verified Verified
Kenmore, WA 98028
Waitlist for new clients
Hello. If you are looking for a therapist, the most important thing is for you to work with someone who will relate specifically to you and can help you heal. I work with each client as a unique individual with a goal to heal the whole person. Real and lasting change comes not only from an understanding of your issues and concerns, but from creating corrective emotional experiences that allow you to release old and unproductive patterns of thinking and behaving.
Hello. If you are looking for a therapist, the most important thing is for you to work with someone who will relate specifically to you and can help you heal. I work with each client as a unique individual with a goal to heal the whole person. Real and lasting change comes not only from an understanding of your issues and concerns, but from creating corrective emotional experiences that allow you to release old and unproductive patterns of thinking and behaving.
(425) 224-6699 View (425) 224-6699
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Matt Chamberlain
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Kenmore, WA 98028  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Seattle, WA. Psychotherapy is a trusting collaboration between therapist and client. In a safe and supportive environment we work together to identify problem areas, determine strategies and options that make sense to you and work toward real, immediate and long-term solutions. My goal is to provide immediate relief from a stressful situation while understanding the problem in the larger context of your life. I want to help you discover a process of working through issues that leads to a real, long-term solution--to really correct the problem!
Hello! I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Seattle, WA. Psychotherapy is a trusting collaboration between therapist and client. In a safe and supportive environment we work together to identify problem areas, determine strategies and options that make sense to you and work toward real, immediate and long-term solutions. My goal is to provide immediate relief from a stressful situation while understanding the problem in the larger context of your life. I want to help you discover a process of working through issues that leads to a real, long-term solution--to really correct the problem!
(253) 271-4133 View (253) 271-4133
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Chris Wilcynski
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CMHS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kenmore, WA 98028
Therapy to me is a process of discovery and rediscovery, reworking patterns of behavior, or beginning to change thoughts or beliefs that are no longer relevant or useful for our current self and life. It's engaging thoughtfully in your life, taking an active role in your relationship with yourself and others, and fostering the type of self and change that you desire. My role in your process lies around engaging in thoughtful discovery, working through challenges and resistance that comes inherently with the onset of change.
Therapy to me is a process of discovery and rediscovery, reworking patterns of behavior, or beginning to change thoughts or beliefs that are no longer relevant or useful for our current self and life. It's engaging thoughtfully in your life, taking an active role in your relationship with yourself and others, and fostering the type of self and change that you desire. My role in your process lies around engaging in thoughtful discovery, working through challenges and resistance that comes inherently with the onset of change.
(206) 594-4327 View (206) 594-4327
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Number of Therapists in Kenmore, WA

30+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Kenmore, WA who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
89% Depression
80% Grief
74% Relationship Issues
74% Self Esteem
63% Trauma and PTSD
60% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Premera
75% Regence
70% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Therapists in Kenmore, WA see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
21% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Kenmore?

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.