Therapists in Pierce County, WA

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Photo of Anahita F Armin, LMHC, MA, Counselor
Anahita F Armin
Counselor, LMHC, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Puyallup, WA 98373
Life is hard; no one said it would be easy. Nothing that has value comes easily. It seems the things that can bring us lasting joy are the things we have to work to achieve. We are all unique in history. Where we come from, which family, which culture, impacted who we are and who we will or have become. Yet, all of us are the same in that we need human interaction. We come into this world seeking others, touch, interaction. We are neither meant to be or have to be completely alone. *(I am an approved WA State Supervisor and am currently taking on LMHCA supervisees).
Life is hard; no one said it would be easy. Nothing that has value comes easily. It seems the things that can bring us lasting joy are the things we have to work to achieve. We are all unique in history. Where we come from, which family, which culture, impacted who we are and who we will or have become. Yet, all of us are the same in that we need human interaction. We come into this world seeking others, touch, interaction. We are neither meant to be or have to be completely alone. *(I am an approved WA State Supervisor and am currently taking on LMHCA supervisees).
(253) 218-1731 View (253) 218-1731
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Julie Ann Youngblood
Counselor, MA, LMHC, CMHS, MHP
Verified Verified
Edgewood, WA 98371  (Online Only)
Ms. Youngblood is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a BS in Psychology and Sociology, with a minor in Music, as well as Pacific Lutheran University with a MA in Social Sciences in Organizational Systems and Counseling. She has over 40 years of experience working in behavioral health. This includes program management of community mental health services, case management, therapy and group therapy. She also has over a decade of managed care experience working for insurance companies, performing utilization management and supervision of therapists and case managers. Ms. Youngblood is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.
Ms. Youngblood is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a BS in Psychology and Sociology, with a minor in Music, as well as Pacific Lutheran University with a MA in Social Sciences in Organizational Systems and Counseling. She has over 40 years of experience working in behavioral health. This includes program management of community mental health services, case management, therapy and group therapy. She also has over a decade of managed care experience working for insurance companies, performing utilization management and supervision of therapists and case managers. Ms. Youngblood is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.
(253) 780-8102 x9162 View (253) 780-8102 x9162
Photo of Quyen B. Nguyen, PhD, MPH, Psychologist
Quyen B. Nguyen
Psychologist, PhD, MPH
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98409
Not accepting new clients
Does any of this sound / look / feel like you? Maybe you're feeling down, overwhelmed, anxious, panicky, or stressed. Or dealing with a chronic health condition like irritable bowel syndrome, other GI issues, or fibromyalgia. Or struggling to get rid of obsessions or compulsions. Or picking skin or pulling hair. Plus we live in tough, uncertain times with the (post-)pandemic, -isms, and so on. You want to be seen, to be heard, to be accepted, to be helped. We can talk story. We can build on your strengths.
Does any of this sound / look / feel like you? Maybe you're feeling down, overwhelmed, anxious, panicky, or stressed. Or dealing with a chronic health condition like irritable bowel syndrome, other GI issues, or fibromyalgia. Or struggling to get rid of obsessions or compulsions. Or picking skin or pulling hair. Plus we live in tough, uncertain times with the (post-)pandemic, -isms, and so on. You want to be seen, to be heard, to be accepted, to be helped. We can talk story. We can build on your strengths.
(253) 289-6067 View (253) 289-6067
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Jennifer Huntting
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98403
Do you find yourself gripped by anxiety and worries, unable to live the life you want? Perhaps you feel stuck in old, familiar patterns that are no longer working for you? Whether you are trapped in a cycle of rumination, rituals, and avoidance or fed up with low self-esteem and unfulfilling relationships, you're ready for a change. You're ready to live life based on your values instead of your fears. You're ready to let go of what has been holding you back and gain deeper insight into yourself and your past experiences. Most of all, you're ready to love yourself again and embrace life with a renewed sense of hope.
Do you find yourself gripped by anxiety and worries, unable to live the life you want? Perhaps you feel stuck in old, familiar patterns that are no longer working for you? Whether you are trapped in a cycle of rumination, rituals, and avoidance or fed up with low self-esteem and unfulfilling relationships, you're ready for a change. You're ready to live life based on your values instead of your fears. You're ready to let go of what has been holding you back and gain deeper insight into yourself and your past experiences. Most of all, you're ready to love yourself again and embrace life with a renewed sense of hope.
(253) 447-5315 View (253) 447-5315
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Léonie Edwards
LPC Intern, BS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98402
Making the decision to begin therapy is hard. Living with unresolved fear, doubt, anxiety, depression, or trauma is harder! You’re here because you know your life can be better & you’re brave enough to seek help. I’m here because I’ve been where you are, & I know the amazing, transformative power of therapy! My approach to therapy is warm, person-centered, inclusive, & non-judgmental. I believe YOU are the expert on your life. I believe you already have everything you need to live the happy, authentic life you dream of. Sometimes, we need help seeing things a new way. I would be honored to join you in your journey toward healing.
Making the decision to begin therapy is hard. Living with unresolved fear, doubt, anxiety, depression, or trauma is harder! You’re here because you know your life can be better & you’re brave enough to seek help. I’m here because I’ve been where you are, & I know the amazing, transformative power of therapy! My approach to therapy is warm, person-centered, inclusive, & non-judgmental. I believe YOU are the expert on your life. I believe you already have everything you need to live the happy, authentic life you dream of. Sometimes, we need help seeing things a new way. I would be honored to join you in your journey toward healing.
(253) 553-3178 View (253) 553-3178
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Whole Person Counseling PLLC
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
I help people struggling in their intimate relationships - to move from feeling isolated and alone, to finding the deep satisfaction of being known by the ones they love. If you feel trapped in a life that lacks connection to others, I can help you create relationships you want for yourself.
I help people struggling in their intimate relationships - to move from feeling isolated and alone, to finding the deep satisfaction of being known by the ones they love. If you feel trapped in a life that lacks connection to others, I can help you create relationships you want for yourself.
(253) 263-1094 View (253) 263-1094
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Andrea Tuliao
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Puyallup, WA 98372
Andrea is experienced working with individuals (adolescents and adults), couples, groups, and families who are navigating: adjustment issues, low self-esteem, family relationships, compassion fatigue, work stressors, relationship conflicts, trauma (sexual, physical, and emotional), suicidal thoughts, grief and loss, substance use stressors, medical diagnoses/health concerns impacting mental health & well-being, and feeling anxious/down/unsure of how you are feeling. As a clinical social worker, she has 13 years of experience in community mental health, primary care settings, teletherapy, and management clinical social worker.
Andrea is experienced working with individuals (adolescents and adults), couples, groups, and families who are navigating: adjustment issues, low self-esteem, family relationships, compassion fatigue, work stressors, relationship conflicts, trauma (sexual, physical, and emotional), suicidal thoughts, grief and loss, substance use stressors, medical diagnoses/health concerns impacting mental health & well-being, and feeling anxious/down/unsure of how you are feeling. As a clinical social worker, she has 13 years of experience in community mental health, primary care settings, teletherapy, and management clinical social worker.
(253) 465-4502 View (253) 465-4502
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Amee Respicio
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Edgewood, WA 98371
Whether through art, play, or talk, I utilize a blend of cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and trauma-informed mental health interventions for children and adolescents (ages 3+) who need support with: anxiety, ADHD, executive functioning support needs, depression, trauma/PTSD, and behavioral problems at home/school. I am also certified in providing Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), an evidence-based practice for children who are experiencing emotional and behavioral problems.
Whether through art, play, or talk, I utilize a blend of cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and trauma-informed mental health interventions for children and adolescents (ages 3+) who need support with: anxiety, ADHD, executive functioning support needs, depression, trauma/PTSD, and behavioral problems at home/school. I am also certified in providing Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), an evidence-based practice for children who are experiencing emotional and behavioral problems.
(253) 352-3847 View (253) 352-3847
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The Joy and Wellness Center
Psychologist
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Puyallup, WA 98372
Even with the current situation, we are still accepting new clients. However, please email us rather than call. Our goal is to focus on mental wellness. We do this through a variety of treatment methods tailored for your specific needs. Our providers will work with you to determine whether CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, Art therapy, or other treatment methods are best in helping you overcome your current challenges. We’ll work together to develop an action plan to gain the skills and insight that help you get back on track to happiness and success.
Even with the current situation, we are still accepting new clients. However, please email us rather than call. Our goal is to focus on mental wellness. We do this through a variety of treatment methods tailored for your specific needs. Our providers will work with you to determine whether CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, Art therapy, or other treatment methods are best in helping you overcome your current challenges. We’ll work together to develop an action plan to gain the skills and insight that help you get back on track to happiness and success.
(253) 329-5745 View (253) 329-5745
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Courtney Tallman, LMHC, PLLC
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Wauna, WA 98395  (Online Only)
Life is full of challenges. Let’s see if we can work together to find ways for you to cope with the stress of life, emotional pain, and relationship difficulties. I am very passionate about helping people make the changes desired to live happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. I also believe that the client brings with them many unique experiences, strengths, and resources that are valuable to the therapy. Every person deserves compassion, respect, understanding, and acceptance. I tailor my counseling approach to the needs of the client, however through a telehealth platform only.
Life is full of challenges. Let’s see if we can work together to find ways for you to cope with the stress of life, emotional pain, and relationship difficulties. I am very passionate about helping people make the changes desired to live happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. I also believe that the client brings with them many unique experiences, strengths, and resources that are valuable to the therapy. Every person deserves compassion, respect, understanding, and acceptance. I tailor my counseling approach to the needs of the client, however through a telehealth platform only.
(425) 395-8635 View (425) 395-8635
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Dr. Kathleen King
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98402  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I specialize in working with adults, who struggle with building and maintaining healthy/happy relationships. Many of my clients feel a lot of pain in their romantic and/or familial relationships. Some clients feel unsupported, unappreciated, or invalidated and struggle with communicating with their loved ones. Others feel unsafe with their partner because of their own past trauma, anxiety, or depression. Some of the individuals I work with have been diagnosed with ADHD or have a partner with that diagnosis. They may have a difficult time connecting with one another and understanding each other's experiences.
I specialize in working with adults, who struggle with building and maintaining healthy/happy relationships. Many of my clients feel a lot of pain in their romantic and/or familial relationships. Some clients feel unsupported, unappreciated, or invalidated and struggle with communicating with their loved ones. Others feel unsafe with their partner because of their own past trauma, anxiety, or depression. Some of the individuals I work with have been diagnosed with ADHD or have a partner with that diagnosis. They may have a difficult time connecting with one another and understanding each other's experiences.
(425) 364-6604 View (425) 364-6604
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Taelor Poncin Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, MHP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Gig Harbor, WA 98335  (Online Only)
Through the process of psychotherapy individuals can explore where personal and relationship change may be needed and where old painful patterns may be released. I work to assist my clients with navigating life's challenges, strengthening their relationship to themselves/others, focusing on symptom management/alleviation, along with compassionate and creative exploration into the past to understand current impact.
Through the process of psychotherapy individuals can explore where personal and relationship change may be needed and where old painful patterns may be released. I work to assist my clients with navigating life's challenges, strengthening their relationship to themselves/others, focusing on symptom management/alleviation, along with compassionate and creative exploration into the past to understand current impact.
(253) 338-8667 View (253) 338-8667
Jubilee Therapy PLLC
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MSEsq
Verified Verified
Lakewood, WA 98496
Contact us to start your new Journey today . We would love to work with you !
Contact us to start your new Journey today . We would love to work with you !
(253) 893-4762 View (253) 893-4762
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Lou Hallie
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CHT
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98403
Life is worth living well. Our biggest obstacle to living a life we love is the constant and habitual ramblings of our minds: the judgments, the doubt, the dwelling in past suffering and the negative predictions of what the future will bring. True freedom comes when we break free from the thoughts that create pain, dissatisfaction and frustration. There are also situations where we have negative feelings that seem to "come out of nowhere". This is due to unconscious processes that trigger painful emotions. I provide tools that effectively work with the unconscious and direct it toward healthy outcomes.
Life is worth living well. Our biggest obstacle to living a life we love is the constant and habitual ramblings of our minds: the judgments, the doubt, the dwelling in past suffering and the negative predictions of what the future will bring. True freedom comes when we break free from the thoughts that create pain, dissatisfaction and frustration. There are also situations where we have negative feelings that seem to "come out of nowhere". This is due to unconscious processes that trigger painful emotions. I provide tools that effectively work with the unconscious and direct it toward healthy outcomes.
(253) 498-7654 View (253) 498-7654
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Andrew Rogers
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98403
Waitlist for new clients
Are you struggling with changes in your life and looking for a better way to cope? Are you trying to find direction and meaning? Perhaps you're wondering why life doesn't feel more rewarding or you can't seem to find happiness or peace. You may be feeling lonely and struggling to find relationships and friendships to help you during hard times. It can be really challenging living in the Pacific Northwest and finding friendship or relationships.
Are you struggling with changes in your life and looking for a better way to cope? Are you trying to find direction and meaning? Perhaps you're wondering why life doesn't feel more rewarding or you can't seem to find happiness or peace. You may be feeling lonely and struggling to find relationships and friendships to help you during hard times. It can be really challenging living in the Pacific Northwest and finding friendship or relationships.
(206) 350-1584 View (206) 350-1584
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Dawn Breikss
Counselor, PhD, LMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
University Place, WA 98466  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am committed to helping individuals reach whatever goals they have coming into therapy. I believe in working with my client to develop a plan for reaching these goals. I look forward to having a collaborative relationship with my clients and helping them on their journey through counseling. I have experience working with youth, particularly those who have been through severe sexual and physical abuse, and also those living in foster care. I also have worked with individual adults and couples. I enjoy working with a range of individuals and helping everyone to reach whatever goals they may have.
I am committed to helping individuals reach whatever goals they have coming into therapy. I believe in working with my client to develop a plan for reaching these goals. I look forward to having a collaborative relationship with my clients and helping them on their journey through counseling. I have experience working with youth, particularly those who have been through severe sexual and physical abuse, and also those living in foster care. I also have worked with individual adults and couples. I enjoy working with a range of individuals and helping everyone to reach whatever goals they may have.
(253) 843-6676 View (253) 843-6676
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Olivia White
Counselor, LMHC, CCTP-II, CCATP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98402  (Online Only)
Have major parts of you been overshadowed by the stress of just trying to survive and get by? Have the expectations and demands from others to be a certain way left no room for self-discovery, acceptance and expansion? Painful past experiences, childhood trauma, and oppressive environments have taught many of us to silence our needs, prioritize others, not trust ourselves, and bury our true feelings. You are on the path to the next phase in your journey, and you don't have to navigate it alone. I know that even in light of the inner drive to reclaim authenticity, experiences from our past can linger and get in the way.
Have major parts of you been overshadowed by the stress of just trying to survive and get by? Have the expectations and demands from others to be a certain way left no room for self-discovery, acceptance and expansion? Painful past experiences, childhood trauma, and oppressive environments have taught many of us to silence our needs, prioritize others, not trust ourselves, and bury our true feelings. You are on the path to the next phase in your journey, and you don't have to navigate it alone. I know that even in light of the inner drive to reclaim authenticity, experiences from our past can linger and get in the way.
(509) 253-1455 View (509) 253-1455
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Kristina Rundell
Mental Health Counselor, LMHC, SUDP
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98445  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am a personable person, compassionate, empathetic, and understanding. I am authentic and down to earth. I have experience working in community mental health, and private practice working with clients of all ages and demographics. I assist couples and individuals work through past, current, and future stressors. My goal is to help others find their way in life, as well as overcome obstacles which keep them stuck in a cycle that continues to hinder them from living their lives to the fullest.
I am a personable person, compassionate, empathetic, and understanding. I am authentic and down to earth. I have experience working in community mental health, and private practice working with clients of all ages and demographics. I assist couples and individuals work through past, current, and future stressors. My goal is to help others find their way in life, as well as overcome obstacles which keep them stuck in a cycle that continues to hinder them from living their lives to the fullest.
(253) 242-2467 View (253) 242-2467
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David Kraljevich
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98402
"You do not have to be good You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles repenting you only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves..." -Mary Oliver. Oliver suggests that liberation is always-already present. How do we contact this natural brilliance? How do we walk that liminal space between will and surrender, acceptance and change? Being incarnated in a human body means facing ordeals but how much we suffer becomes a choice. We refine our ability to choose through deep engagement with various inner practices and orientations.
"You do not have to be good You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles repenting you only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves..." -Mary Oliver. Oliver suggests that liberation is always-already present. How do we contact this natural brilliance? How do we walk that liminal space between will and surrender, acceptance and change? Being incarnated in a human body means facing ordeals but how much we suffer becomes a choice. We refine our ability to choose through deep engagement with various inner practices and orientations.
(253) 342-4645 View (253) 342-4645
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Amy E Pruitt
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Puyallup, WA 98373
Would it surprise you to know that nearly every client I have ever worked with has asked me the same question? It's true. "Am I crazy?" I tell them all the same thing: "No. Crazy is a feeling--not a diagnosis. You can feel crazy, act crazy, look crazy, do something crazy--but you cannot BE crazy. Maybe you have been wondering if you are crazy? Or if perhaps you are "losing your mind"? I would like to be the therapist who gets to know you, and helps reassure you that you are not crazy or losing your mind, and to help you feel better in general.
Would it surprise you to know that nearly every client I have ever worked with has asked me the same question? It's true. "Am I crazy?" I tell them all the same thing: "No. Crazy is a feeling--not a diagnosis. You can feel crazy, act crazy, look crazy, do something crazy--but you cannot BE crazy. Maybe you have been wondering if you are crazy? Or if perhaps you are "losing your mind"? I would like to be the therapist who gets to know you, and helps reassure you that you are not crazy or losing your mind, and to help you feel better in general.
(253) 262-0423 View (253) 262-0423
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Number of Therapists in Pierce County, WA

1,000+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Pierce County, WA who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
87% Depression
76% Trauma and PTSD
75% Self Esteem
73% Relationship Issues
70% Stress
67% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

78% Premera
67% Regence
63% Aetna

How Therapists in Pierce County, WA see their clients

53% In Person and Online
47% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
19% Male
3% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Pierce County?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What type of therapy is right for me?

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

How much does therapy cost?

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

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

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

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

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

Is online therapy a good option?

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

Are therapy sessions confidential?

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