Therapists in Leschi, Seattle, WA

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Brien Wood
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMHC, LMFT
Verified Verified
Leschi, Seattle, WA 98144
I am an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist with 18 years of experience specializing in relationship counseling and trauma, i.e. helping individuals heal from the wounds of a difficult childhood.
I am an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist with 18 years of experience specializing in relationship counseling and trauma, i.e. helping individuals heal from the wounds of a difficult childhood.
(206) 237-6475 View (206) 237-6475
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Mirella Warren
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leschi, Seattle, WA 98122  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
If you're feeling stuck, anxious or overwhelmed, lonely or depressed, you may not realize that you already have what you need to endure what challenges you are facing and improve your sense of fulfillment in life. With the right guidance in therapy you can begin to generate insights that naturally broaden your perspective, that support you to reconcile rather than simply solve your problems with an unsustainable quick fix. With consistent practice, you can become more mindful and less prone to jumping to the same conclusions. Better yet, you'll get to decide how you want to live based on your own personal values and chosen identity.
If you're feeling stuck, anxious or overwhelmed, lonely or depressed, you may not realize that you already have what you need to endure what challenges you are facing and improve your sense of fulfillment in life. With the right guidance in therapy you can begin to generate insights that naturally broaden your perspective, that support you to reconcile rather than simply solve your problems with an unsustainable quick fix. With consistent practice, you can become more mindful and less prone to jumping to the same conclusions. Better yet, you'll get to decide how you want to live based on your own personal values and chosen identity.
(206) 494-4696 View (206) 494-4696
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Rikki Ricard Psychotherapy
Counselor, LMHC, FIPA
Verified Verified
Leschi, Seattle, WA 98144
Anxiety, depression, frustration and a basic sense of limitation or obstacle might be one of the reasons you are looking for a therapist. You may feel like you've tried so many things, or that you've been up against this so many times before and wonder if anything can truly make a difference. With over 35 years of experience I can bring my attention and care to you and to this sense of limitation you may be feeling. I am committed to helping you experience a new relationship to yourself and to those in your life.
Anxiety, depression, frustration and a basic sense of limitation or obstacle might be one of the reasons you are looking for a therapist. You may feel like you've tried so many things, or that you've been up against this so many times before and wonder if anything can truly make a difference. With over 35 years of experience I can bring my attention and care to you and to this sense of limitation you may be feeling. I am committed to helping you experience a new relationship to yourself and to those in your life.
(206) 899-0054 View (206) 899-0054
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Jane Palmer
Counselor, MA, LMHC, BCPC
Verified Verified
Leschi, Seattle, WA 98122
Not accepting new clients
Welcome to my profile. I specialize in treating trauma, anxiety, panic, acute and chronic stress. Symptoms of anxiety, depression, avoidance, intrusive thoughts, dissociation, chronic illness, substance abuse, and relationship difficulties may be due to unresolved trauma from earlier in life.I utilize newer psychological approaches, such as EMDR, Somatic Transformation, Lifespan Integration, which are designed to change the way your brain processes information. All will involve talking about your feelings, thoughts, images, body sensations and integating conceptual knowledge with emotional and body experience. We may often "target" memories from the past to heal the present and visualize a positive future.
Welcome to my profile. I specialize in treating trauma, anxiety, panic, acute and chronic stress. Symptoms of anxiety, depression, avoidance, intrusive thoughts, dissociation, chronic illness, substance abuse, and relationship difficulties may be due to unresolved trauma from earlier in life.I utilize newer psychological approaches, such as EMDR, Somatic Transformation, Lifespan Integration, which are designed to change the way your brain processes information. All will involve talking about your feelings, thoughts, images, body sensations and integating conceptual knowledge with emotional and body experience. We may often "target" memories from the past to heal the present and visualize a positive future.
(206) 316-9594 View (206) 316-9594
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Eila Strand
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Leschi, Seattle, WA 98144
Healing means growing our capacity to give and receive love. Therapy can help with unblocking the channels so that love can flow more freely. When you commit to your own healing work, it can have powerful ripple effects in your family and community. It can interrupt cycles of interpersonal and systemic violence, and soften the way for future generations. It can also grow your capacity to work toward systemic change. Racism, transphobia, ableism, and other forms of oppression take a toll on our minds, bodies, and spirits. By reconnecting to self-love in the face of oppression, you can become a more powerful agent of transformation.
Healing means growing our capacity to give and receive love. Therapy can help with unblocking the channels so that love can flow more freely. When you commit to your own healing work, it can have powerful ripple effects in your family and community. It can interrupt cycles of interpersonal and systemic violence, and soften the way for future generations. It can also grow your capacity to work toward systemic change. Racism, transphobia, ableism, and other forms of oppression take a toll on our minds, bodies, and spirits. By reconnecting to self-love in the face of oppression, you can become a more powerful agent of transformation.
(206) 823-1943 View (206) 823-1943
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Virginia Alcalde
Counselor, MA, LMHC, RDN, CD
Verified Verified
Leschi, Seattle, WA 98115  (Online Only)
Hello, I am Virginia (Gigi) a psychotherapist, registered dietitian, yoga and mindfulness teacher. I enjoy working with clients who are interested in deepening self-exploration, looking to improve their relationship with themselves and others, and navigate diverse mental health challenges such as developmental and adult trauma, post traumatic stress, depression, and anxiety. I also specialize and enjoy working with individuals that are challenged with disordered eating/eating disorders and who desire to improve and heal their relationship with food and body.
Hello, I am Virginia (Gigi) a psychotherapist, registered dietitian, yoga and mindfulness teacher. I enjoy working with clients who are interested in deepening self-exploration, looking to improve their relationship with themselves and others, and navigate diverse mental health challenges such as developmental and adult trauma, post traumatic stress, depression, and anxiety. I also specialize and enjoy working with individuals that are challenged with disordered eating/eating disorders and who desire to improve and heal their relationship with food and body.
(206) 590-6266 View (206) 590-6266
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Dr Jeff Gold, Psychotherapy and Video Counseling
MSW, PhD
Verified Verified
Leschi, Seattle, WA 98122
My work with clients focuses on relationships. I have over 40 years of experience with couples, individuals and families. I specialize in couple therapy but work well with individuals and families.I am active as a therapist, and will be direct and clear about the patterns I see. I will come right to the point, but with care and compassion. I will meet with you in my office or by video. I work with with a range of clients, including straight, gay and lesbians. They may be married, co-habitating or single. Issues include attachment, commitment, betrayal or "heating-up" a partnership gone cold.
My work with clients focuses on relationships. I have over 40 years of experience with couples, individuals and families. I specialize in couple therapy but work well with individuals and families.I am active as a therapist, and will be direct and clear about the patterns I see. I will come right to the point, but with care and compassion. I will meet with you in my office or by video. I work with with a range of clients, including straight, gay and lesbians. They may be married, co-habitating or single. Issues include attachment, commitment, betrayal or "heating-up" a partnership gone cold.
(206) 222-7285 View (206) 222-7285
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Brian J Jaeger
Counselor, MA, LMHCA, CRC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leschi, Seattle, WA 98122  (Online Only)
You have many questions and may seek therapy for understanding, making decisions, or to again feel. Are you wanting to feel relief from grief, the loss from an impactful life change? Do you feel stuck in a relationship? Have you wondered if a fulfilling life is possible? You are not alone in your feelings and wondering about how to adjust to these changes.
You have many questions and may seek therapy for understanding, making decisions, or to again feel. Are you wanting to feel relief from grief, the loss from an impactful life change? Do you feel stuck in a relationship? Have you wondered if a fulfilling life is possible? You are not alone in your feelings and wondering about how to adjust to these changes.
(206) 759-5987 View (206) 759-5987
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Roger W Libby
Counselor, PhD, LMHC, CST
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leschi, Seattle, WA 98122
I comprehensively treat individuals and couples with sexual/relationship issues. I address communication/intimacy problems and all sexual concerns, including inhibited or low sexual desire, male erection and female arousal problems, premature ejaculation, painful intercourse, vaginismus, lack of orgasm, sexual and emotional skills, sexual "addiction," and sexual trauma. I also fine-tune sex lives. I am a cognitive (CBT) therapist. AASECT and five other national boards certify me as a sex therapist and a sexologist. I help clients get rid of distorted and negative thinking, which has a positive effect on emotions, behaviors and relationships. I assign homework/home-play!
I comprehensively treat individuals and couples with sexual/relationship issues. I address communication/intimacy problems and all sexual concerns, including inhibited or low sexual desire, male erection and female arousal problems, premature ejaculation, painful intercourse, vaginismus, lack of orgasm, sexual and emotional skills, sexual "addiction," and sexual trauma. I also fine-tune sex lives. I am a cognitive (CBT) therapist. AASECT and five other national boards certify me as a sex therapist and a sexologist. I help clients get rid of distorted and negative thinking, which has a positive effect on emotions, behaviors and relationships. I assign homework/home-play!
(206) 926-9823 View (206) 926-9823
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Susan A Hawkins
Psychologist, JD, PsyD
Verified Verified
Leschi, Seattle, WA 98122
Not accepting new clients
I am a licensed psychologist with 20 years experience providing psychotherapy and consultation. My approach is gentle, respectful and compassionate, including challenge and encouragement as appropriate. I offer short-term and long-term psychotherapy, emphasizing the development of a warm, empathic therapeutic relationship. My treatment approach is integrative and most influenced by psychoanalytic, humanistic and developmental theories. Psychotherapy involves verbalizing your thoughts and feelings, exploring relational and behavioral patterns, and understanding how past experiences may impact you now. The needs and goals of the individual guide my therapeutic approach. My personal style is down-to-earth and interactive, with an occasional dash of humor.
I am a licensed psychologist with 20 years experience providing psychotherapy and consultation. My approach is gentle, respectful and compassionate, including challenge and encouragement as appropriate. I offer short-term and long-term psychotherapy, emphasizing the development of a warm, empathic therapeutic relationship. My treatment approach is integrative and most influenced by psychoanalytic, humanistic and developmental theories. Psychotherapy involves verbalizing your thoughts and feelings, exploring relational and behavioral patterns, and understanding how past experiences may impact you now. The needs and goals of the individual guide my therapeutic approach. My personal style is down-to-earth and interactive, with an occasional dash of humor.
(206) 455-8972 View (206) 455-8972
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Lisa T. Reinbold
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, MSW, MHP
Verified Verified
Leschi, Seattle, WA 98144
I have spent my career treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, and life transition/relationship challenges. Aside from counseling, I give community lectures on mental health and relationships and provide supervision to aspiring social workers.
I have spent my career treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, and life transition/relationship challenges. Aside from counseling, I give community lectures on mental health and relationships and provide supervision to aspiring social workers.
(206) 495-0973 View (206) 495-0973

Online Therapists

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Lori Mudge
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103
My philosophy toward helping people is one of collaboration and respect for your innate ability to heal and become whole. I create a warm, supportive, and challenging environment to help you explore your feelings and recognize that which may be getting in the way of living an authentic and fulfilling life. Together we will work to uncover your healthiest, fullest self.
My philosophy toward helping people is one of collaboration and respect for your innate ability to heal and become whole. I create a warm, supportive, and challenging environment to help you explore your feelings and recognize that which may be getting in the way of living an authentic and fulfilling life. Together we will work to uncover your healthiest, fullest self.
(206) 537-0568 View (206) 537-0568
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Nikki Caldwell
Counselor, MA, LMCHA, NCC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98188  (Online Only)
I work with, adults & young professionals who often feel stuck and acknowledge that some areas of their life could benefit from proactive and intentional work. Together, we’ll work through your difficult experiences, life transitions, depression and anxiety, perfectionism, self-defeating negative thoughts, and boundary issues in your relationships. I am passionate about assisting clients by shining a light on the patterns I see that contribute to your unwanted habits, thoughts, emotions, behaviors, or outcomes. Together we’ll hone your existing strengths, while we address the areas where you’re struggling.
I work with, adults & young professionals who often feel stuck and acknowledge that some areas of their life could benefit from proactive and intentional work. Together, we’ll work through your difficult experiences, life transitions, depression and anxiety, perfectionism, self-defeating negative thoughts, and boundary issues in your relationships. I am passionate about assisting clients by shining a light on the patterns I see that contribute to your unwanted habits, thoughts, emotions, behaviors, or outcomes. Together we’ll hone your existing strengths, while we address the areas where you’re struggling.
(509) 749-3850 View (509) 749-3850
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Heather Reid
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSWA
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98109
Many of our wounds may have been formed in the absence of a witness or lack of connection. You may be struggling with an eating disorder, body image concerns, low self-worth, anxiety, or relationship challenges. Often, these wounds are formed in the absence of validation and support, or a lack of connection. Because wounds are often started in relationships, it makes sense for healing to happen in a relational way. I believe in the transformational and impactful work that happens within relationships both in and outside of the therapy space.
Many of our wounds may have been formed in the absence of a witness or lack of connection. You may be struggling with an eating disorder, body image concerns, low self-worth, anxiety, or relationship challenges. Often, these wounds are formed in the absence of validation and support, or a lack of connection. Because wounds are often started in relationships, it makes sense for healing to happen in a relational way. I believe in the transformational and impactful work that happens within relationships both in and outside of the therapy space.
(206) 202-4906 View (206) 202-4906
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Meredith Sjoberg
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98125  (Online Only)
Now accepting new clients! I work with teens as well as parents who are wanting support in navigating the pre-teen and teen years. Whether that's a one-time consultation to make sure you're headed in the right direction or ongoing coaching, I'd love to be helpful to you. I've worked with teens and their parents for over 20 years and know how to break down complicated issues into the next right steps.
Now accepting new clients! I work with teens as well as parents who are wanting support in navigating the pre-teen and teen years. Whether that's a one-time consultation to make sure you're headed in the right direction or ongoing coaching, I'd love to be helpful to you. I've worked with teens and their parents for over 20 years and know how to break down complicated issues into the next right steps.
(425) 842-7211 View (425) 842-7211
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Matthew Monroe
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98109  (Online Only)
I specialize in helping individuals and couples with ADHD, high-functioning autism, Nice Guy & Nice Gal Syndrome, codependency, addiction, complex post-traumatic stress disorder, and grief. If you feel stuck and want to create new patterns in your life, let's talk. We can schedule a free 15-minute consult video call to chat about what you're looking for in therapy and to see if we'd be a good fit.
I specialize in helping individuals and couples with ADHD, high-functioning autism, Nice Guy & Nice Gal Syndrome, codependency, addiction, complex post-traumatic stress disorder, and grief. If you feel stuck and want to create new patterns in your life, let's talk. We can schedule a free 15-minute consult video call to chat about what you're looking for in therapy and to see if we'd be a good fit.
(509) 571-2790 View (509) 571-2790
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Lisa Kothari
Counselor, MA, LMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98108  (Online Only)
My clients explore many facets of their lives with me, including their feelings of anxiety and depression. I also walk alongside people who are navigating their racial identity. Others are in a space of transition in their career paths and personal relationships. Finally, I specialize in working with people grieving a loss in their lives. No matter what your struggles are, my capacity to sit in difficult spaces with myself is the cornerstone of the work I do with those who engage with me in therapy.
My clients explore many facets of their lives with me, including their feelings of anxiety and depression. I also walk alongside people who are navigating their racial identity. Others are in a space of transition in their career paths and personal relationships. Finally, I specialize in working with people grieving a loss in their lives. No matter what your struggles are, my capacity to sit in difficult spaces with myself is the cornerstone of the work I do with those who engage with me in therapy.
(206) 202-5595 View (206) 202-5595
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Katherine Afuola
Counselor, MS, LMHC, SUDP, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98110  (Online Only)
I am an open minded trauma informed and compassionate licensed mental health professional and substance use counselor who is able, and ready, to assist in best practices towards the goals and needs of your current situation. I utilize EFT/Tapping, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brief Solution Focused, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy techniques. I also work from a multicultural point of view and understand that culture is what defines us and our values.
I am an open minded trauma informed and compassionate licensed mental health professional and substance use counselor who is able, and ready, to assist in best practices towards the goals and needs of your current situation. I utilize EFT/Tapping, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brief Solution Focused, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy techniques. I also work from a multicultural point of view and understand that culture is what defines us and our values.
(206) 589-5679 View (206) 589-5679
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Heather N Gaines
Counselor, MA, LMHC, CMHS
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98101  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am a Licensed Mental Health Therapist (LMHC), as well as being credentialed as a Child Mental Health Specialist, in Washington State. I work with both adults and adolescents, primarily specializing in patients who struggle with anxiety and mood disorders. My approach to counseling is one of collaboration. I use a wholistic approach to my clients; encouraging them to take the lead in their therapy wants, needs, concerns, etc. and maintain their personal autonomy.
Welcome! I am a Licensed Mental Health Therapist (LMHC), as well as being credentialed as a Child Mental Health Specialist, in Washington State. I work with both adults and adolescents, primarily specializing in patients who struggle with anxiety and mood disorders. My approach to counseling is one of collaboration. I use a wholistic approach to my clients; encouraging them to take the lead in their therapy wants, needs, concerns, etc. and maintain their personal autonomy.
(360) 996-6397 View (360) 996-6397
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Mindful Sessions
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98117  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
We seek help when an issue arises that we can’t seem to get through. In relationships, we might find ourselves having the same argument with our partner, family member or loved one over and over again. Maybe there’s an internal struggle we’ve tried to solve by reading self-help books or talking to our closest friends, only to find the problem is still a problem. That’s where I can help. Together we’ll identify goals and collaborate on a treatment plan. The beginning of any journey or change begins with acceptance, the proper treatment, and a healthier connection with ourselves and the world around us.
We seek help when an issue arises that we can’t seem to get through. In relationships, we might find ourselves having the same argument with our partner, family member or loved one over and over again. Maybe there’s an internal struggle we’ve tried to solve by reading self-help books or talking to our closest friends, only to find the problem is still a problem. That’s where I can help. Together we’ll identify goals and collaborate on a treatment plan. The beginning of any journey or change begins with acceptance, the proper treatment, and a healthier connection with ourselves and the world around us.
(509) 204-5994 View (509) 204-5994

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Leschi, Seattle, WA

10+

Average cost per session

$180

Therapists in Leschi, Seattle, WA who prioritize treating:

82% Depression
82% Anxiety
73% Relationship Issues
64% Grief
64% Life Transitions
55% Spirituality
55% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Kaiser (Out-of-Network)
75% LifeWise
75% Premera

How Therapists in Leschi, Seattle, WA see their clients

73% In Person and Online
27% Online Only

Gender breakdown

64% Female
36% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Leschi, Seattle?

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.