Therapists in Terrace Heights, WA

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Heart To Heart Depth Psychotherapy . . .
Counselor, MA, LMFTA, LMHCA
Verified Verified
Terrace Heights, WA 98901
I offer brief-solution and long-term insight-oriented depth psychotherapy for those feeling the angst of living in this complex 21st Century. I Utilize traditional/non-traditional therapies, providing a safe, stable and nurturing environment for my clients to explore the remotest areas of thought, emotion, memory, and dreams, toward a healthy relationship between the conscious and unconscious self. This relationship with the unconscious allows for healing, truth finding, meaning, balance, and joy in life. I embrace mind-body-spirit paradigm as a means to individuation and realized wholeness. My expertise/scope of practice
I offer brief-solution and long-term insight-oriented depth psychotherapy for those feeling the angst of living in this complex 21st Century. I Utilize traditional/non-traditional therapies, providing a safe, stable and nurturing environment for my clients to explore the remotest areas of thought, emotion, memory, and dreams, toward a healthy relationship between the conscious and unconscious self. This relationship with the unconscious allows for healing, truth finding, meaning, balance, and joy in life. I embrace mind-body-spirit paradigm as a means to individuation and realized wholeness. My expertise/scope of practice
(509) 563-7362 View (509) 563-7362
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Neupathway LLC (Maribel Aheran)
Counselor, EdD, LCP, LMHC
Verified Verified
Terrace Heights, WA 98901
Accepting New Patients, same week availability................................... Maribel Aheran Ed.D, LMHC-QS, NCC, MCAP is a bilingual (English & Spanish) licensed clinical mental health counselor with over 12 years of experience treating children, adolescents, college students, and adults. She completed a bachelor's degree in education from Caribbean University, a master's degree in English for speakers of other languages from Turabo University, a master's degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University, and a doctorate degree in education from Edgewood College.
Accepting New Patients, same week availability................................... Maribel Aheran Ed.D, LMHC-QS, NCC, MCAP is a bilingual (English & Spanish) licensed clinical mental health counselor with over 12 years of experience treating children, adolescents, college students, and adults. She completed a bachelor's degree in education from Caribbean University, a master's degree in English for speakers of other languages from Turabo University, a master's degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University, and a doctorate degree in education from Edgewood College.
(425) 310-4057 View (425) 310-4057
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Neupathway, LLC (Amber Ford)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, EdD, LCSW
Verified Verified
Terrace Heights, WA 98901  (Online Only)
We all need support throughout our lives, and you may be looking for an additional resource to help you process lived experiences, problem-solve, or understand yourself in a deeper way. You may be struggling with anxiety, the challenges of caregiving, work stress and burnout, relationship challenges, or working through grief, loss, or bereavement. You want to engage in healthy coping skills and develop self-care habits to better support the vision you have for your life.
We all need support throughout our lives, and you may be looking for an additional resource to help you process lived experiences, problem-solve, or understand yourself in a deeper way. You may be struggling with anxiety, the challenges of caregiving, work stress and burnout, relationship challenges, or working through grief, loss, or bereavement. You want to engage in healthy coping skills and develop self-care habits to better support the vision you have for your life.
(253) 465-7743 View (253) 465-7743
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Jessica Blair
Pre-Licensed Professional, Intern
Verified Verified
Terrace Heights, WA 98901
Engaging in counseling can be a scary first step. You may wonder if your symptoms are just in your head and if you really just need to "tough it out". I applaud the courage it takes to look for a counselor and entrust someone with the scariest or most difficult parts of your life. I am honored to be that person for my clients.
Engaging in counseling can be a scary first step. You may wonder if your symptoms are just in your head and if you really just need to "tough it out". I applaud the courage it takes to look for a counselor and entrust someone with the scariest or most difficult parts of your life. I am honored to be that person for my clients.
(509) 260-9082 View (509) 260-9082
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Mark Edward Heeringa
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Terrace Heights, WA 98901
Now accepting new clients! Having served in the Yakima Valley for over twenty five years, I am experienced working with people who are facing Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, ODD and many other diagnoses. You will not feel like a "diagnosis" in my office however, as I will work with you to develop a customized plan to address your needs and goals. You will be treated with respect and dignity which will allow you the freedom to examine yourself and consider new ways of dealing with problematic patterns and behaviors. Life can be complicated and having the curiosity and courage to try new things is a rewarding way to live.
Now accepting new clients! Having served in the Yakima Valley for over twenty five years, I am experienced working with people who are facing Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, ODD and many other diagnoses. You will not feel like a "diagnosis" in my office however, as I will work with you to develop a customized plan to address your needs and goals. You will be treated with respect and dignity which will allow you the freedom to examine yourself and consider new ways of dealing with problematic patterns and behaviors. Life can be complicated and having the curiosity and courage to try new things is a rewarding way to live.
(509) 424-5471 View (509) 424-5471

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Pat Vulk
Counselor, LMHCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Yakima, WA 98902  (Online Only)
I know that finding a counselor can be difficult, so I want to give you a sense of who I am and how I approach therapy. This way, you can find out if we are a good fit. You can always call me too if you would like to know more. First of all, counseling is about you. I will do my best to create a safe, supportive, and caring space for us to work together to build the life you want. The primary focus of my therapy practice is teaching unconditional self-love, self-acceptance, and seeking joy in our lives.
I know that finding a counselor can be difficult, so I want to give you a sense of who I am and how I approach therapy. This way, you can find out if we are a good fit. You can always call me too if you would like to know more. First of all, counseling is about you. I will do my best to create a safe, supportive, and caring space for us to work together to build the life you want. The primary focus of my therapy practice is teaching unconditional self-love, self-acceptance, and seeking joy in our lives.
(360) 429-0671 View (360) 429-0671
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Annette Berlin
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Yakima, WA 98902
Do you feel isolated? Are you facing difficult situations and life decisions Alone and don't know where to turn? Are you getting sucked into negativity and drama around you? Do you need support navigating the new challenges that are happening in your life and everywhere around you? You deserve to get the support you need moving past your obstacles. Give yourself some breathing room, calm down, and let me help you help yourself. Reaching out is a healthy step in caring for yourself. It is time to get past your challenges in a better way to handle life.
Do you feel isolated? Are you facing difficult situations and life decisions Alone and don't know where to turn? Are you getting sucked into negativity and drama around you? Do you need support navigating the new challenges that are happening in your life and everywhere around you? You deserve to get the support you need moving past your obstacles. Give yourself some breathing room, calm down, and let me help you help yourself. Reaching out is a healthy step in caring for yourself. It is time to get past your challenges in a better way to handle life.
(360) 401-8777 View (360) 401-8777
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Lynnette Whitney
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Yakima, WA 98902
Many of us, at some point in our lives, will need to reach out for assistance. We will need someone to come alongside us and provide support and a new perspective as we navigate issues that arise in our lives. I consider it a privilege to be a part of that journey with you. My hope is that we can work together to discover your strengths and unique characteristics that you can use to overcome the obstacles you may face. I try to provide a safe space where you can come as yourself, understand yourself better, and learn to value yourself and what you bring into this world.
Many of us, at some point in our lives, will need to reach out for assistance. We will need someone to come alongside us and provide support and a new perspective as we navigate issues that arise in our lives. I consider it a privilege to be a part of that journey with you. My hope is that we can work together to discover your strengths and unique characteristics that you can use to overcome the obstacles you may face. I try to provide a safe space where you can come as yourself, understand yourself better, and learn to value yourself and what you bring into this world.
(509) 412-3530 View (509) 412-3530
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Julie Besel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Yakima, WA 98901  (Online Only)
Are you seeking a therapist to not only listen carefully and respectfully, but who will also offer active help including feedback? Are you going through a significant life change and do you need some support? We all feel stuck, confused, restless, unhappy or anxious at times. It can be helpful to have a safe space to reconnect to yourself and to find or rediscover your strengths.
Are you seeking a therapist to not only listen carefully and respectfully, but who will also offer active help including feedback? Are you going through a significant life change and do you need some support? We all feel stuck, confused, restless, unhappy or anxious at times. It can be helpful to have a safe space to reconnect to yourself and to find or rediscover your strengths.
(509) 571-2219 View (509) 571-2219
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Ellensburg Counseling
Counselor, MA, LMHC, CMHS, MHP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Yakima, WA 98901
Often times people come to counseling because of other people and relationships. Anxiety and depression usually are what is felt from destabilized relational circumstances. People come to counseling to process what has happened in their life or maybe what was done to them. People want emotional healing.
Often times people come to counseling because of other people and relationships. Anxiety and depression usually are what is felt from destabilized relational circumstances. People come to counseling to process what has happened in their life or maybe what was done to them. People want emotional healing.
(509) 519-2867 View (509) 519-2867
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Martha Burns
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Yakima, WA 98901
I have been a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist for 34 years and helping heal families in my private practice for 24. I specialize in many areas such as child abuse, domestic violence, adoption and infertility related issues, grief, anxiety, depression, addiction, communication training and fair fighting techniques. Many clients come for short, solution focused therapy. I welcome everyone, despite gender, age, ethnicity, religion or sexual preference. My goal is to make the client feel welcome from the moment they arrive, until the time they leave with information that can immediately make a difference in their life.
I have been a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist for 34 years and helping heal families in my private practice for 24. I specialize in many areas such as child abuse, domestic violence, adoption and infertility related issues, grief, anxiety, depression, addiction, communication training and fair fighting techniques. Many clients come for short, solution focused therapy. I welcome everyone, despite gender, age, ethnicity, religion or sexual preference. My goal is to make the client feel welcome from the moment they arrive, until the time they leave with information that can immediately make a difference in their life.
(509) 761-3723 View (509) 761-3723
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Dr. Noelle Turner
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Yakima, WA 98901  (Online Only)
Maybe you've received diagnoses that don't make sense to you, or you've been told your struggles are "all in our head" and you just need to "try harder." Many adults with signs and symptoms of ADHD & Autism share this experience. They are folx who find themselves burnt out and stretched thin after decades of wearing a mask of inauthenticity, trying to fit themselves into the mold that neurotypical society says is the "right" way to be. But what if I told you that's not true? That there is no wrong or right way to be your authentic self in the world, regardless of what you may have been told throughout your life.
Maybe you've received diagnoses that don't make sense to you, or you've been told your struggles are "all in our head" and you just need to "try harder." Many adults with signs and symptoms of ADHD & Autism share this experience. They are folx who find themselves burnt out and stretched thin after decades of wearing a mask of inauthenticity, trying to fit themselves into the mold that neurotypical society says is the "right" way to be. But what if I told you that's not true? That there is no wrong or right way to be your authentic self in the world, regardless of what you may have been told throughout your life.
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Chelsea Buffum, MS, LMHC
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
Yakima, WA 98901
Not accepting new clients
Your life deserves attention, compassion, and understanding. Choosing the right therapist is an important decision. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and provide individual therapy to adults and adolescents ages 17 and older. Although I am trained to work with a variety of concerns, I specialize in eating disorders, disordered eating, and negative body image. I honor each client's individuality when it comes to treatment needs. Your relationship with food and body, as well as your relationship with mental health, is nuanced, historical, and contextual.
Your life deserves attention, compassion, and understanding. Choosing the right therapist is an important decision. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and provide individual therapy to adults and adolescents ages 17 and older. Although I am trained to work with a variety of concerns, I specialize in eating disorders, disordered eating, and negative body image. I honor each client's individuality when it comes to treatment needs. Your relationship with food and body, as well as your relationship with mental health, is nuanced, historical, and contextual.
(509) 260-9259 View (509) 260-9259
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Tami Morgan
ARNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Yakima, WA 98901
Anxiety and depression have become epidemic in today's society, only made worse by the Covid-19 pandemic. In a world of constant motion, various forces competing for your time and energy, and ever-increasing professional demands, it is no wonder we end up ill. But you don't have to succumb to a state of illness! I offer medication management and lifestyle coaching. Diagnoses I treat include depression, anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD, OCD and ADHD.
Anxiety and depression have become epidemic in today's society, only made worse by the Covid-19 pandemic. In a world of constant motion, various forces competing for your time and energy, and ever-increasing professional demands, it is no wonder we end up ill. But you don't have to succumb to a state of illness! I offer medication management and lifestyle coaching. Diagnoses I treat include depression, anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD, OCD and ADHD.
(206) 258-6057 View (206) 258-6057
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Diana Tellez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Yakima, WA 98901
Life can often feel stressful, overwhelming, and even hopeless at times. Perhaps you are going through a difficult life transition. If so, it would be an honor to be able to work alongside with you on this. I believe that having a safe and nonjudgmental space to process these stressors can be a truly transformative experience. My goal is to form a therapeutic alliance that could help you develop healthy coping mechanisms that could help you overcome these stressors as well as help you reduce barriers and find tools to enjoy a happier and healthier life.
Life can often feel stressful, overwhelming, and even hopeless at times. Perhaps you are going through a difficult life transition. If so, it would be an honor to be able to work alongside with you on this. I believe that having a safe and nonjudgmental space to process these stressors can be a truly transformative experience. My goal is to form a therapeutic alliance that could help you develop healthy coping mechanisms that could help you overcome these stressors as well as help you reduce barriers and find tools to enjoy a happier and healthier life.
(509) 299-8049 View (509) 299-8049
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Serena S Perry
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Yakima, WA 98907  (Online Only)
Therapy is an incredible tool for healing, exploration, and liberation. I am specially trained in lending a neutral ear as you navigate new truths and find growth in old wounds. As a relationship therapy specialist, I know that enriching connections to Self, Partners, Family, and Community are key to achieving the high quality of life that you deserve. My role is to help you gain confidence, truth, and a chance to re-author your life’s narrative. I work with individuals, people in relationships (couples, spouses, polycules, etc.), and families of all kinds. I draw from a strengths-based narrative approach that is client-centered.
Therapy is an incredible tool for healing, exploration, and liberation. I am specially trained in lending a neutral ear as you navigate new truths and find growth in old wounds. As a relationship therapy specialist, I know that enriching connections to Self, Partners, Family, and Community are key to achieving the high quality of life that you deserve. My role is to help you gain confidence, truth, and a chance to re-author your life’s narrative. I work with individuals, people in relationships (couples, spouses, polycules, etc.), and families of all kinds. I draw from a strengths-based narrative approach that is client-centered.
(206) 672-2289 View (206) 672-2289
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Will Rogers
LPC Intern
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Yakima, WA 98902  (Online Only)
My ideal client wants to experience more connection in their lives. They want to feel more deeply connected to themselves as well as to the people they care about. However, this can feel really challenging at times, if not most of the time. We may feel overwhelmed often. We may struggle to relate with people in the way that we most want to. And we may be really hard on ourselves for it all. My ideal client wants to feel more possibility in their lives and to experience more capacity to navigate life's challenges. They want to experience more compassion for themselves. Ultimately, they want to feel more ease in being who they are.
My ideal client wants to experience more connection in their lives. They want to feel more deeply connected to themselves as well as to the people they care about. However, this can feel really challenging at times, if not most of the time. We may feel overwhelmed often. We may struggle to relate with people in the way that we most want to. And we may be really hard on ourselves for it all. My ideal client wants to feel more possibility in their lives and to experience more capacity to navigate life's challenges. They want to experience more compassion for themselves. Ultimately, they want to feel more ease in being who they are.
(360) 800-2509 View (360) 800-2509
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Jessica Valdez
Pre-Licensed Professional, LSWAIC
Verified Verified
Yakima, WA 98907  (Online Only)
When our mind, body, and soul are aligned, we experience balance, which has a positive impact on our emotional and psychological well-being. I will support you in navigating thoughts and feelings that have harmed your personal life. My goal is to guide you in reaching your fullest potential and discovering the best version of yourself. Utilizing mindful techniques, I will assist you in shifting your thoughts from the past and future, and into the present moment. Working together, you will learn how to experience life in the here and now, and you will begin taking control of what matters the most, your life.
When our mind, body, and soul are aligned, we experience balance, which has a positive impact on our emotional and psychological well-being. I will support you in navigating thoughts and feelings that have harmed your personal life. My goal is to guide you in reaching your fullest potential and discovering the best version of yourself. Utilizing mindful techniques, I will assist you in shifting your thoughts from the past and future, and into the present moment. Working together, you will learn how to experience life in the here and now, and you will begin taking control of what matters the most, your life.
(509) 834-7939 View (509) 834-7939
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Jennifer Wolman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CMHS
Verified Verified
Yakima, WA 98901
Day, Evening and Weekend hours. I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist, with over 13 years of experience. I assist individuals, couples and families with challenges in their life; to find their strengths, solve problems and overcome obstacles. I address depression, anxiety, behaviors, trauma from sexual emotional or physical abuse, divorce, co-parenting and blended families. I have experience working with children and their families with behavior modification and parenting. I also have an expertise and enjoy working with couples in conflict and distress within their relationship.Call to schedule an appointment, 509-406-3170
Day, Evening and Weekend hours. I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist, with over 13 years of experience. I assist individuals, couples and families with challenges in their life; to find their strengths, solve problems and overcome obstacles. I address depression, anxiety, behaviors, trauma from sexual emotional or physical abuse, divorce, co-parenting and blended families. I have experience working with children and their families with behavior modification and parenting. I also have an expertise and enjoy working with couples in conflict and distress within their relationship.Call to schedule an appointment, 509-406-3170
(509) 406-3170 View (509) 406-3170
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Leo Lowe
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Yakima, WA 98901
Waitlist for new clients
You've felt different your entire life. You've never felt like you fit in with what was expected of you. Because of this you never really got to learn who you really are. You never had a chance to create meaning, joy, and grow into your potential. You're exhausted and it feels like you have to fight every day just for others to see and recognize you for the person you are. You feel responsible for the demands of others. You feel like you're the only one in this world who feels the way you do. You want to be able to see yourself as who you truly are.
You've felt different your entire life. You've never felt like you fit in with what was expected of you. Because of this you never really got to learn who you really are. You never had a chance to create meaning, joy, and grow into your potential. You're exhausted and it feels like you have to fight every day just for others to see and recognize you for the person you are. You feel responsible for the demands of others. You feel like you're the only one in this world who feels the way you do. You want to be able to see yourself as who you truly are.
(509) 204-8516 View (509) 204-8516

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Number of Therapists in Terrace Heights, WA

< 10

Therapists in Terrace Heights, WA who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% Grief
100% Coping Skills
100% Stress
100% Life Transitions
80% Relationship Issues
80% Depression

Average years in practice

19 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Premera

How Therapists in Terrace Heights, WA see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Terrace Heights?

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.