Therapists in Mukilteo, WA

Photo of Cynthia Jolly, Counselor in Mukilteo, WA
Cynthia Jolly
Counselor, MA, LMHC, AT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Mukilteo, WA 98275
Not accepting new clients
Working together to create a better now. I am your ally in helping to break behavior and thought patterns that do not serve you. I am non-judgmental, supportive and direct in my relationships with clients and strive to always be truly present as we work to together to navigate your life's challenges.
Working together to create a better now. I am your ally in helping to break behavior and thought patterns that do not serve you. I am non-judgmental, supportive and direct in my relationships with clients and strive to always be truly present as we work to together to navigate your life's challenges.
(425) 224-6873 View (425) 224-6873
Photo of Bohdan Hrynewych, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Mukilteo, WA
Bohdan Hrynewych
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mukilteo, WA 98275
LAUNCHING's mission is to assist young people transtion to successful adult independence. Our participants are "stuck", a.k.a. "failing to launch. They may not be in school, not have a job, be socially isolated, and almost always living with their parents, who are usually exhausted, overwhelmed and hopeless, and, therefore, also "stuck". Their specific issues may be ADHD/ADD, social and other anxiety, depression, high funtioning autism, gaming addiction, a significant physical illness, or any one of a myriad of other problems. They often do not know what they want, or if they do, don't know how to achieve their goals.
LAUNCHING's mission is to assist young people transtion to successful adult independence. Our participants are "stuck", a.k.a. "failing to launch. They may not be in school, not have a job, be socially isolated, and almost always living with their parents, who are usually exhausted, overwhelmed and hopeless, and, therefore, also "stuck". Their specific issues may be ADHD/ADD, social and other anxiety, depression, high funtioning autism, gaming addiction, a significant physical illness, or any one of a myriad of other problems. They often do not know what they want, or if they do, don't know how to achieve their goals.
(425) 399-7244 View (425) 399-7244
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Leila Hill Godfrey
Mental Health Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Mukilteo, WA 98275
I have been in the mental health field since 1995. Because of my many years working with people in crisis, I have become skilled in sifting through the confusion and disorder that is often present in difficult situations, to find out what the primary issues are.
I have been in the mental health field since 1995. Because of my many years working with people in crisis, I have become skilled in sifting through the confusion and disorder that is often present in difficult situations, to find out what the primary issues are.
(425) 329-7833 View (425) 329-7833
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Lucinda A Rowley
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, SUDP
Verified Verified
Mukilteo, WA 98275
Waitlist for new clients
I work with people coping with trauma and stress, especially stressors related to substance use, family of origin, parenting, relationship issues, and abuse. The cumulative worry, grief, exhaustion, and loss of hope that so often accompany these challenges can leave you feeling overwhelmed and alone. In our sessions, we will work together on short-term relief, along with deeper explorations oriented towards lasting change. New ways of relating to yourself and others bring about new experiences that reignite your sense of hope and nurture change. I offer calm, thoughtful, nonjudgmental support to you and your family on your journey.
I work with people coping with trauma and stress, especially stressors related to substance use, family of origin, parenting, relationship issues, and abuse. The cumulative worry, grief, exhaustion, and loss of hope that so often accompany these challenges can leave you feeling overwhelmed and alone. In our sessions, we will work together on short-term relief, along with deeper explorations oriented towards lasting change. New ways of relating to yourself and others bring about new experiences that reignite your sense of hope and nurture change. I offer calm, thoughtful, nonjudgmental support to you and your family on your journey.
(425) 842-1086 View (425) 842-1086
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Cultivating Changes Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mukilteo, WA 98275  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I will bring my experience, as we collaborate together on your goals while you set the pace. I'm a good fit for clients who are ready to explore their thoughts, feelings, & behaviors & seek to take personal responsibility for their needs & relate to themselves & others. I specialize in helping heal from trauma. I have experience working with PTSD, anxiety, depression, social anxiety, building of social/communication skills, building healthy & effective boundaries & rewarding relationships. Heal, move forward & grow to your full potential.
I will bring my experience, as we collaborate together on your goals while you set the pace. I'm a good fit for clients who are ready to explore their thoughts, feelings, & behaviors & seek to take personal responsibility for their needs & relate to themselves & others. I specialize in helping heal from trauma. I have experience working with PTSD, anxiety, depression, social anxiety, building of social/communication skills, building healthy & effective boundaries & rewarding relationships. Heal, move forward & grow to your full potential.
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Photo of Ryan Maher, Mental Health Counselor in Mukilteo, WA
Ryan Maher
Mental Health Counselor, MA, LMHC, LCPC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Mukilteo, WA 98275
Waitlist for new clients
I offer a compassionate and non-judging space for individuals to reflect on their experience and explore new ways of being in the world that bring deeper meaning and contentment. If you are feeling unfulfilled, anxious, depressed, or disconnected from the people in your life or your own inner self, therapy offers a meaningful path toward greater self-awareness, joy, and overall satisfaction with life.
I offer a compassionate and non-judging space for individuals to reflect on their experience and explore new ways of being in the world that bring deeper meaning and contentment. If you are feeling unfulfilled, anxious, depressed, or disconnected from the people in your life or your own inner self, therapy offers a meaningful path toward greater self-awareness, joy, and overall satisfaction with life.
(360) 218-0953 View (360) 218-0953
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Albert Casale
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, MSW, ACSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Mukilteo, WA 98275  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Are you feeling you'd like to talk with someone privately? Are you afraid no one could understand you? Are your feelings about yourself holding you back, and you feel stuck? This is a time when naturally one does not know what to do. And, the choice is often having to take a leap and do something about it. This a a natural fear for many people. Opening up can seem frightening. A good therapist knows that. Many who take the step for therapy find that is was the right move.
Are you feeling you'd like to talk with someone privately? Are you afraid no one could understand you? Are your feelings about yourself holding you back, and you feel stuck? This is a time when naturally one does not know what to do. And, the choice is often having to take a leap and do something about it. This a a natural fear for many people. Opening up can seem frightening. A good therapist knows that. Many who take the step for therapy find that is was the right move.
(425) 952-9488 View (425) 952-9488
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Javier Fregoso
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Mukilteo, WA 98275  (Online Only)
It is my belief that people are always in a state of becoming - changing and evolving. Along the way of life, challenges arise to help us learn and grow. I aim to utilize strengths and provide clarity to certain life challenges, past or present, in order for clients to heal and continue on their path of self discovery. I have over a decade of experience in various clinical and community settings that have helped me grow professionally and personally. I strive to co-create an authentic connection with my clients in order for them to feel at ease, to feel seen, and be able to explore areas in life they want to work on.
It is my belief that people are always in a state of becoming - changing and evolving. Along the way of life, challenges arise to help us learn and grow. I aim to utilize strengths and provide clarity to certain life challenges, past or present, in order for clients to heal and continue on their path of self discovery. I have over a decade of experience in various clinical and community settings that have helped me grow professionally and personally. I strive to co-create an authentic connection with my clients in order for them to feel at ease, to feel seen, and be able to explore areas in life they want to work on.
(425) 207-4735 View (425) 207-4735
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Kirsten Lynch - Healing With Heart
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, MHP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mukilteo, WA 98275  (Online Only)
Hi, thanks for being here! If you haven't been feeling like yourself & are in need of additional support, you're in the right place. I'm passionate about helping those struggling w/ anxiety, depression, high stress/overwhelm, & trauma. I am ADHD-affirming. I will work with you to help you regain a sense of balance, find peace and joy in your life again, while reducing shame/guilt & confusion surrounding your current life challenges. We will also work towards creating a growth mindset through self-compassion & the use of tangible coping skills.
Hi, thanks for being here! If you haven't been feeling like yourself & are in need of additional support, you're in the right place. I'm passionate about helping those struggling w/ anxiety, depression, high stress/overwhelm, & trauma. I am ADHD-affirming. I will work with you to help you regain a sense of balance, find peace and joy in your life again, while reducing shame/guilt & confusion surrounding your current life challenges. We will also work towards creating a growth mindset through self-compassion & the use of tangible coping skills.
(206) 207-6425 View (206) 207-6425
Photo of Online Therapy at Meadows Agency, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Mukilteo, WA
Online Therapy at Meadows Agency
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, MSW, LICSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Mukilteo, WA 98275  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
You are the authority on how you describe yourself and your experience; not me. Those who find the most success in our work together seek therapy that has a conversational tone rather than an evaluation. They are ready to address harmful experiences, establishing a path forward, while existing in a society that prioritizes individualism and profit. As a non-pathologizing provider, diagnoses will only be used when required and with your permission.
You are the authority on how you describe yourself and your experience; not me. Those who find the most success in our work together seek therapy that has a conversational tone rather than an evaluation. They are ready to address harmful experiences, establishing a path forward, while existing in a society that prioritizes individualism and profit. As a non-pathologizing provider, diagnoses will only be used when required and with your permission.
(360) 564-0930 View (360) 564-0930
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Jenna Abrams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Mukilteo, WA 98275  (Online Only)
Hi there! I am currently accepting new Telehealth clients in Washington and North Carolina. Learning to trust someone is hard, but having to face difficult experiences alone can be even harder. I am here to help you make that journey (feel) easier, and help you grow at the same time. Using a holistic, person-centered approach, I will learn what makes you who you are, and will develop a unique treatment plan tailored to your needs. I enjoy working with individuals and couples, people of all orientations, and with military members and their families. I value support and validation but encourage solutions and change.
Hi there! I am currently accepting new Telehealth clients in Washington and North Carolina. Learning to trust someone is hard, but having to face difficult experiences alone can be even harder. I am here to help you make that journey (feel) easier, and help you grow at the same time. Using a holistic, person-centered approach, I will learn what makes you who you are, and will develop a unique treatment plan tailored to your needs. I enjoy working with individuals and couples, people of all orientations, and with military members and their families. I value support and validation but encourage solutions and change.
(425) 610-8484 View (425) 610-8484
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Sound Soul Counseling
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mukilteo, WA 98275
Not accepting new clients
Struggling with confusion and anger? Family, friends, co-workers taking you for granted, or don't listen? That's frustrating, and I'd love to help! Can't sleep, work, or focus on important matters because of ongoing arguments in your head, or an urge to find someone to blame? Maybe you feel trapped, and no matter what you do, that feeling of not getting anywhere makes it worse. It's so upsetting that slowly you are losing confidence in your sanity. Everybody experiences something like this occasionally. But your life doesn't have to constantly be this way.
Struggling with confusion and anger? Family, friends, co-workers taking you for granted, or don't listen? That's frustrating, and I'd love to help! Can't sleep, work, or focus on important matters because of ongoing arguments in your head, or an urge to find someone to blame? Maybe you feel trapped, and no matter what you do, that feeling of not getting anywhere makes it worse. It's so upsetting that slowly you are losing confidence in your sanity. Everybody experiences something like this occasionally. But your life doesn't have to constantly be this way.
(425) 224-5703 View (425) 224-5703
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Marsha Ecker
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mukilteo, WA 98275  (Online Only)
I have a particular expertise in working with individuals within the LGBTQIA2S+ community, and I am deeply committed to providing affirming and respectful care to people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and relationship dynamics. I understand the importance of cultural competence and sensitivity when working with diverse populations, including those who engage in kink and alternative lifestyles. Whether you are exploring your identity, navigating relationship dynamics, or seeking support for mental health concerns, I offer a non-judgmental and affirming space where you can feel understood and accepted.
I have a particular expertise in working with individuals within the LGBTQIA2S+ community, and I am deeply committed to providing affirming and respectful care to people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and relationship dynamics. I understand the importance of cultural competence and sensitivity when working with diverse populations, including those who engage in kink and alternative lifestyles. Whether you are exploring your identity, navigating relationship dynamics, or seeking support for mental health concerns, I offer a non-judgmental and affirming space where you can feel understood and accepted.
(360) 531-7573 View (360) 531-7573
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Audrey Comber
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSWAIC, PPSC
Verified Verified
Mukilteo, WA 98275  (Online Only)
If you have struggled with trauma related to childhood abuse, dysfunction, attachment issues; and/or interpersonal violence (domestic abuse, sexual abuse) I can help! I also specialize in helping clients diagnosed with BPD unpack and heal their underlying trauma. In working with me, you will learn how to HEAL your trauma without constant use of coping skills to dull the pain. First session is free.
If you have struggled with trauma related to childhood abuse, dysfunction, attachment issues; and/or interpersonal violence (domestic abuse, sexual abuse) I can help! I also specialize in helping clients diagnosed with BPD unpack and heal their underlying trauma. In working with me, you will learn how to HEAL your trauma without constant use of coping skills to dull the pain. First session is free.
(425) 470-5882 View (425) 470-5882
Photo of Geraldine Helwing, Counselor in Mukilteo, WA
Geraldine Helwing
Counselor, MS, LMHC, BCPC, BC, PTSD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mukilteo, WA 98275
My passion is holistic and transformational psychology: unite mind, body, emotions and spirit. Although classically trained, I now live my clinical truth: transformational psychology and spirituality, intuition, mind body healing, energy, newer trauma treatment methods, reworking core-beliefs, and potent interactive guided imagery I've developed my entire career. My intention is: heal core issues; shed limiting negative thoughts and emotions; live personal truth, the calling in one's heart, and assist the Grand Transformation on our planet. This combines with newer views of science and psychology, consciousness, quantum physics, energy, ancient wisdom, spirituality, trusting inner knowing and direct experience.
My passion is holistic and transformational psychology: unite mind, body, emotions and spirit. Although classically trained, I now live my clinical truth: transformational psychology and spirituality, intuition, mind body healing, energy, newer trauma treatment methods, reworking core-beliefs, and potent interactive guided imagery I've developed my entire career. My intention is: heal core issues; shed limiting negative thoughts and emotions; live personal truth, the calling in one's heart, and assist the Grand Transformation on our planet. This combines with newer views of science and psychology, consciousness, quantum physics, energy, ancient wisdom, spirituality, trusting inner knowing and direct experience.
(425) 329-4750 View (425) 329-4750
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Monique Maio
Counselor, MA, LMHC, MHP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mukilteo, WA 98275
Accepting new clients. Do you struggle with your mood, a life transition, addressing addiction, managing a chronic illness, or recovering from trauma? Or do you feel overwhelmed, unable to help a loved one in the midst of significant problems? The good news is you are not alone. Deciding to reach out and get help is an important first step to changing patterns, healing wounds, and restoring relationships.
Accepting new clients. Do you struggle with your mood, a life transition, addressing addiction, managing a chronic illness, or recovering from trauma? Or do you feel overwhelmed, unable to help a loved one in the midst of significant problems? The good news is you are not alone. Deciding to reach out and get help is an important first step to changing patterns, healing wounds, and restoring relationships.
(425) 484-9832 View (425) 484-9832
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Holly Brewer Counseling
Counselor, MA, LMHC, RDT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mukilteo, WA 98275
My approach to therapy is informed primarily by Dialectical Behavior Therapy, EMDR, and trauma informed care. Stemming from the knowledge that you are the expert on you and provide a mirror for you to gain more self-awareness, and skills in which to grow and change. Being a trained Drama Therapist I will offer drama, art, and movement therapies in our work together if it will help you with your goals.
My approach to therapy is informed primarily by Dialectical Behavior Therapy, EMDR, and trauma informed care. Stemming from the knowledge that you are the expert on you and provide a mirror for you to gain more self-awareness, and skills in which to grow and change. Being a trained Drama Therapist I will offer drama, art, and movement therapies in our work together if it will help you with your goals.
(206) 693-4640 View (206) 693-4640
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Sound Psychotherapy & Counseling Services PLLC
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mukilteo, WA 98275
We are a group of therapists that believe therapy is an important life choice that people make when things get tough. This courageous decision must be honored with compassion, empathy, and sincerity. We are passionate about helping and sharing in the journey towards greater health and happiness. It is important to feel safe in therapy, and thus feel free to say what is on one's mind and in one's hearts while always being met with compassionate understanding. We believe that every person deserves safety, dignity, and peace of mind. We love working with people who are seeking to live their best life
We are a group of therapists that believe therapy is an important life choice that people make when things get tough. This courageous decision must be honored with compassion, empathy, and sincerity. We are passionate about helping and sharing in the journey towards greater health and happiness. It is important to feel safe in therapy, and thus feel free to say what is on one's mind and in one's hearts while always being met with compassionate understanding. We believe that every person deserves safety, dignity, and peace of mind. We love working with people who are seeking to live their best life
(425) 214-4940 View (425) 214-4940
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Geoffrey M. Simkins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Mukilteo, WA 98275  (Online Only)
My focus is on helping people improve themselves and help them enjoy their lives. I think sometimes to get better outcomes, if we might want to change our behaviors/thoughts/feelings. Typically I use DBT, CBT and behavioral techniques that might help us make some changes. An engaged client that puts in some effort during session and/or towards their treatment plan that usually does best. Only sees adults, over +18.
My focus is on helping people improve themselves and help them enjoy their lives. I think sometimes to get better outcomes, if we might want to change our behaviors/thoughts/feelings. Typically I use DBT, CBT and behavioral techniques that might help us make some changes. An engaged client that puts in some effort during session and/or towards their treatment plan that usually does best. Only sees adults, over +18.
(425) 903-8857 View (425) 903-8857
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Yuxi Pan
Counselor, MSW, LMHC
Verified Verified
Mukilteo, WA 98275  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
What makes us unhappy? From years' of clinical experience, I summed up three main factors that contribute to our mood issues: unhealthy relationships, unhealed trauma, and unmet inner needs. Hi, I'm Yuxi, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington state. I work primarily with couples and individuals wanting help with stress, anxiety, trauma healing and relationship issues. I strive to provide person-centered care with every aspect of the counseling experience. My vision is to journey through therapy with my clients toward a greater sense of synergy, self-worth, inspiration, learning, and a true authentic life.
What makes us unhappy? From years' of clinical experience, I summed up three main factors that contribute to our mood issues: unhealthy relationships, unhealed trauma, and unmet inner needs. Hi, I'm Yuxi, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington state. I work primarily with couples and individuals wanting help with stress, anxiety, trauma healing and relationship issues. I strive to provide person-centered care with every aspect of the counseling experience. My vision is to journey through therapy with my clients toward a greater sense of synergy, self-worth, inspiration, learning, and a true authentic life.
(425) 657-3713 View (425) 657-3713

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Mukilteo, WA

50+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Mukilteo, WA who prioritize treating:

98% Anxiety
93% Depression
93% Self Esteem
79% Grief
77% Trauma and PTSD
72% Relationship Issues
70% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% Premera
74% Regence
69% First Choice Health | FCH

How Therapists in Mukilteo, WA see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

83% Female
16% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Mukilteo?

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.