Therapists in Vashon, WA

Photo of Laurel Durrett, Licensed Professional Counselor in Vashon, WA
Laurel Durrett
Licensed Professional Counselor, MFA, MSEd, LPC, LMHC, NARM
Verified
1 Endorsed
Vashon, WA 98070  (Online Only)
When you listen to your mind and body about what you really want, you are aware that -above all else- you want freedom: freedom to be spontaneous, to fear less, to love yourself and others without hesitation, to be present to yourself rather than being caught in the past or the future...You struggle and you sense that others may not struggle as much as you do. You want closeness but you feel cut off from yourself; it doesn't feel possible to be close to others (not in the way you would like.) You want inner freedom and have no idea how to get from where you are now to that kind of experience. What would freedom even feel like?...
When you listen to your mind and body about what you really want, you are aware that -above all else- you want freedom: freedom to be spontaneous, to fear less, to love yourself and others without hesitation, to be present to yourself rather than being caught in the past or the future...You struggle and you sense that others may not struggle as much as you do. You want closeness but you feel cut off from yourself; it doesn't feel possible to be close to others (not in the way you would like.) You want inner freedom and have no idea how to get from where you are now to that kind of experience. What would freedom even feel like?...
(206) 210-1349 View (206) 210-1349
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Kim Newall
Counselor, MA, LMHC, ATR
Verified
Vashon, WA 98070  (Online Only)
My practice is focused on the resolution of trauma using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which effectively and efficiently treats trauma. Trauma can be a single event such as a car accident or sexual assault, or could be more complicated, involving childhood trauma. Memories of these events can cause big feelings to erupt, avoidance of similar situations, nightmares, and even flashbacks that make it feel like the event is still happening to you. Below is a simple, animated description of how EMDR works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKrfH43srg8
My practice is focused on the resolution of trauma using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which effectively and efficiently treats trauma. Trauma can be a single event such as a car accident or sexual assault, or could be more complicated, involving childhood trauma. Memories of these events can cause big feelings to erupt, avoidance of similar situations, nightmares, and even flashbacks that make it feel like the event is still happening to you. Below is a simple, animated description of how EMDR works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKrfH43srg8
(206) 429-6243 View (206) 429-6243
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Holly Taylor
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Vashon, WA 98070
Integration of traumatic memories will elicit profound change, and enable us to feel and act from the love that is inherent in all people. I believe we are best able to become more aware of ourselves through studying our relationships. I will work with you to discover how you relate to others; we will study how your brain functions to bring past experiences into the present moment, distorting your sense of self and creating conflict. Clearing trauma can enable you to differentiate between then and now, so you are more free to make conscious choices about how you relate today.
Integration of traumatic memories will elicit profound change, and enable us to feel and act from the love that is inherent in all people. I believe we are best able to become more aware of ourselves through studying our relationships. I will work with you to discover how you relate to others; we will study how your brain functions to bring past experiences into the present moment, distorting your sense of self and creating conflict. Clearing trauma can enable you to differentiate between then and now, so you are more free to make conscious choices about how you relate today.
(206) 504-2246 View (206) 504-2246
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Mark P Timken
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Vashon, WA 98070  (Online Only)
Welcome! This is a critical time for you, and finding the right therapist is fundamental as you learn to cultivate your wholeness and acquire self-healing skills. Maybe you have tried therapy before and been disappointed. Ultimately, my task as a soulcentric psychotherapist is to accompany you as you discover who you REALLY are and help uncover your deepest gifts for this world. I feel honored to be a part of this journey and am inspired by your courage to reach out for support. Contact me, and let's see if soulcentric therapy is right for you.
Welcome! This is a critical time for you, and finding the right therapist is fundamental as you learn to cultivate your wholeness and acquire self-healing skills. Maybe you have tried therapy before and been disappointed. Ultimately, my task as a soulcentric psychotherapist is to accompany you as you discover who you REALLY are and help uncover your deepest gifts for this world. I feel honored to be a part of this journey and am inspired by your courage to reach out for support. Contact me, and let's see if soulcentric therapy is right for you.
(206) 488-1597 View (206) 488-1597
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Kari Hilwig
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Vashon, WA 98070  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Have you or someone you love received a recent diagnosis of a serious or terminal illness such as cancer? Has coping with a chronic illness left you feeling isolated and struggling to make sense of yourself and the world around you? Has someone you loved died and you need extra support as you grieve? Do you experience disenfranchised grief, such as divorce, facing an empty nest as children enter adulthood, aging childless when having a child is something you wanted, or any other life transition that shakes our sense of meaning and identity?
Have you or someone you love received a recent diagnosis of a serious or terminal illness such as cancer? Has coping with a chronic illness left you feeling isolated and struggling to make sense of yourself and the world around you? Has someone you loved died and you need extra support as you grieve? Do you experience disenfranchised grief, such as divorce, facing an empty nest as children enter adulthood, aging childless when having a child is something you wanted, or any other life transition that shakes our sense of meaning and identity?
(206) 984-3430 View (206) 984-3430
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Susa Holt
Counselor, ND(ret), MA, LMHC, SEP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Vashon, WA 98070
Not accepting new clients
As humans, we are hardwired for connection, love and a felt sense of belonging. I can help you to create deeper connections in relationships that matter, with partners, friends, family, and most importantly, with yourself. Together we can create a space, for you to design what you want for your life. I offer compassionate guidance assisting individuals and couples, who have arrived at some sort of impasse in their lives. It takes courage to begin to examine one's life and relationships. Mary Oliver wrote in The Journey, "One day you finally knew what you had to do...and began."
As humans, we are hardwired for connection, love and a felt sense of belonging. I can help you to create deeper connections in relationships that matter, with partners, friends, family, and most importantly, with yourself. Together we can create a space, for you to design what you want for your life. I offer compassionate guidance assisting individuals and couples, who have arrived at some sort of impasse in their lives. It takes courage to begin to examine one's life and relationships. Mary Oliver wrote in The Journey, "One day you finally knew what you had to do...and began."
(206) 451-7925 View (206) 451-7925
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Daniel Franklin Cummings PS
Counselor, MA, LMHC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Vashon, WA 98070  (Online Only)
I work with my clients to make sense and meaning out of their life experiences. The search for meaning is a powerful tool for dealing with trauma, loss, pain, anxiety and depression. My goal as a therapist is to help my clients make meaning of the moments in life in order to live a reach and meaningful life.
I work with my clients to make sense and meaning out of their life experiences. The search for meaning is a powerful tool for dealing with trauma, loss, pain, anxiety and depression. My goal as a therapist is to help my clients make meaning of the moments in life in order to live a reach and meaningful life.
(206) 504-2824 View (206) 504-2824
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Gretchen Burkholder
Counselor, MA, LMHC, ATR
Verified
Vashon, WA 98070
I believe everyone has the ability to transform and grow into their fullest potential. I bring compassion and intuitive wisdom to help you find the courage and healing to fully become your true authentic and thriving self. I create a compassionate and empathetic space in which you can feel safe to explore whatever brings you into therapy. I enjoy working with adults, with a special interest in individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, grief, and shame, or are adjusting to change.
I believe everyone has the ability to transform and grow into their fullest potential. I bring compassion and intuitive wisdom to help you find the courage and healing to fully become your true authentic and thriving self. I create a compassionate and empathetic space in which you can feel safe to explore whatever brings you into therapy. I enjoy working with adults, with a special interest in individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, grief, and shame, or are adjusting to change.
(206) 735-4867 View (206) 735-4867
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Kathleen Chandler
Social Worker Associate, LSWIAC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Vashon, WA 98070
You want to improve your relationships and learn how to regulate so you can respond in ways that drive connection, instead of reacting poorly when you're triggered. You have negative beliefs and self doubt that get in the way of the life you want to be living. You constantly strive for success but feel exhausted and question when you’ll finally feel fulfilled. You’re tired of the same patterns repeating and just want things to be different. You want to learn how to prioritize yourself, set boundaries and hold them, and stop people pleasing. Hi, I’m Kathleen. I’m a passionate therapist here to support you on your journey.
You want to improve your relationships and learn how to regulate so you can respond in ways that drive connection, instead of reacting poorly when you're triggered. You have negative beliefs and self doubt that get in the way of the life you want to be living. You constantly strive for success but feel exhausted and question when you’ll finally feel fulfilled. You’re tired of the same patterns repeating and just want things to be different. You want to learn how to prioritize yourself, set boundaries and hold them, and stop people pleasing. Hi, I’m Kathleen. I’m a passionate therapist here to support you on your journey.
(206) 672-7212 View (206) 672-7212
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Susan Baum
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Vashon, WA 98070
Psychological patterns that constrict or inhibit us also live inside our bodies, in the ways we breathe, hold tension, or respond to stress. Working therapeutically with both the body and mind offers a profound potential for changing deeply held ways of thinking, feeling, and being in the world. Therapy with me is not just talk, but truly holistic in exploring the deeper layers of experience through attention to the body, sensation, impulse, imagery, and emotion. This process helps to get you out of your head and into your body, and generates lasting changes in how you feel and experience yourself.
Psychological patterns that constrict or inhibit us also live inside our bodies, in the ways we breathe, hold tension, or respond to stress. Working therapeutically with both the body and mind offers a profound potential for changing deeply held ways of thinking, feeling, and being in the world. Therapy with me is not just talk, but truly holistic in exploring the deeper layers of experience through attention to the body, sensation, impulse, imagery, and emotion. This process helps to get you out of your head and into your body, and generates lasting changes in how you feel and experience yourself.
(206) 681-1397 View (206) 681-1397
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Michael Susanne Butler
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Vashon, WA 98070
You might be feeling stuck in your life, or perhaps struggling to be happy, to be connected with others, to be free of anxiety. I am experienced in treating anxiety, depression and life transitions, in addition to identifying ways of being that keep you from moving forward in life. Your commitment to the difficult and sometimes painful work of looking honestly at your issues is made easier in the safe accepting environment I provide. We might even find ourselves celebrating your increased freedom to be yourself with joy and ease!
You might be feeling stuck in your life, or perhaps struggling to be happy, to be connected with others, to be free of anxiety. I am experienced in treating anxiety, depression and life transitions, in addition to identifying ways of being that keep you from moving forward in life. Your commitment to the difficult and sometimes painful work of looking honestly at your issues is made easier in the safe accepting environment I provide. We might even find ourselves celebrating your increased freedom to be yourself with joy and ease!
(206) 496-0849 View (206) 496-0849
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Amy Maez
Counselor, CL
Verified
Vashon, WA 98070
My counseling philosophy diverges from traditional approaches by rejecting notions of brokenness in clients. Instead, I believe in innate wholeness and wisdom within each person. Within the therapeutic space, you are invited on a collaborative journey of self-discovery and growth. At the heart of my counseling philosophy lies the conviction that clients need a nurturing environment to explore their inner landscape. Together, we delve into thoughts, beliefs, and patterns to uncover skills and healing knowledge already within. This process is about honoring the strength and resilience that have sustained you through life's challenges.
My counseling philosophy diverges from traditional approaches by rejecting notions of brokenness in clients. Instead, I believe in innate wholeness and wisdom within each person. Within the therapeutic space, you are invited on a collaborative journey of self-discovery and growth. At the heart of my counseling philosophy lies the conviction that clients need a nurturing environment to explore their inner landscape. Together, we delve into thoughts, beliefs, and patterns to uncover skills and healing knowledge already within. This process is about honoring the strength and resilience that have sustained you through life's challenges.
(206) 944-5811 View (206) 944-5811
Sonja Sackman
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Vashon, WA 98070  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I believe good therapy is a bit like alchemy. As in alchemy we work to turn lead into gold: the heaviness of a weary psyche into the brightness of the luminescent soul. And like alchemy, even the most thorough rational or scientific understanding of the process is insufficient to account for psychological metamorphosis. I work with people who would like to use their capacity for memory and imagination as a force for change in themselves and their circumstances and I help people manifest their vision within the context of everyday life.
I believe good therapy is a bit like alchemy. As in alchemy we work to turn lead into gold: the heaviness of a weary psyche into the brightness of the luminescent soul. And like alchemy, even the most thorough rational or scientific understanding of the process is insufficient to account for psychological metamorphosis. I work with people who would like to use their capacity for memory and imagination as a force for change in themselves and their circumstances and I help people manifest their vision within the context of everyday life.
(206) 855-5933 View (206) 855-5933
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Liz Brenneman
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Vashon, WA 98070
I work with individuals, couples, and families. Counseling is an art form.... the art of listening, the ability to create visual understanding of deeply embedded meaning regarded as truth vs. constructions. Healing begins when a client feels safe enough to deconstruct and replace maladaptive beliefs and behaviors. Integrating new perspectives and a fresh understanding of old stories is a means to sustainable change - a gift of self acceptance. As a therapeutic guide, I believe that each of us is the best source of our own healing....I am there to facilitate what is already true and wise in each client.
I work with individuals, couples, and families. Counseling is an art form.... the art of listening, the ability to create visual understanding of deeply embedded meaning regarded as truth vs. constructions. Healing begins when a client feels safe enough to deconstruct and replace maladaptive beliefs and behaviors. Integrating new perspectives and a fresh understanding of old stories is a means to sustainable change - a gift of self acceptance. As a therapeutic guide, I believe that each of us is the best source of our own healing....I am there to facilitate what is already true and wise in each client.
(206) 866-6321 View (206) 866-6321
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Loren Cline
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Vashon, WA 98070
I am a Licensed Mental Health Therapist based in the greater Seattle area. I’ve been in practice for over 25 years providing individual psychotherapy for adolescents and adults ages 16 and up. My particular focus is on women ready to address unwanted patterns in their lives including but not limited to relationships with their bodies, partners, friendships, alcohol, marijuana, food, family, career and their inner navigation and intuition. With adolescents the focus often is on social anxiety, time management, and substance abuse including eating disorders, social media use and impact, and nervous system regulation skills.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Therapist based in the greater Seattle area. I’ve been in practice for over 25 years providing individual psychotherapy for adolescents and adults ages 16 and up. My particular focus is on women ready to address unwanted patterns in their lives including but not limited to relationships with their bodies, partners, friendships, alcohol, marijuana, food, family, career and their inner navigation and intuition. With adolescents the focus often is on social anxiety, time management, and substance abuse including eating disorders, social media use and impact, and nervous system regulation skills.
(206) 785-3934 View (206) 785-3934
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Susan Ross & Associates
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Vashon, WA 98070
Maybe you’ve ’just read “The Body Keeps the Score,” and are curious about trauma treatment. Possibly you feel overwhelmed. Addictions may have added to the mix. Shame, guilt, and suffering interfere with the life you imagine. I get it. My treatment approach is designed to help you release your restrictive heaviness and wounds in a timely manner. I offer neurofeedback and EMDR as well as talk therapy. When clients are offered these methods together, breakthroughs happen. We use cutting edge neuroscience with heart-centered therapy to help your brain and body align. Our treatment effectively works with all of you.
Maybe you’ve ’just read “The Body Keeps the Score,” and are curious about trauma treatment. Possibly you feel overwhelmed. Addictions may have added to the mix. Shame, guilt, and suffering interfere with the life you imagine. I get it. My treatment approach is designed to help you release your restrictive heaviness and wounds in a timely manner. I offer neurofeedback and EMDR as well as talk therapy. When clients are offered these methods together, breakthroughs happen. We use cutting edge neuroscience with heart-centered therapy to help your brain and body align. Our treatment effectively works with all of you.
(206) 489-3508 View (206) 489-3508
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Jeffrey Tipp
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
Vashon, WA 98070
My therapy practice is client centered, so I place full attention on precisely what you hope for , what you dream of, and what gets in the way. I tailor our work to achieve meaningful change that will endure, regardless of outer circumstances.I combine Zen awareness training and cutting edge modalities that are innovative yet accessible and invite the inner courage of my clients.I recognize and honor the native wisdom of clients regarding their own lives. Clients report they experience the beginnings of change almost immediately. Over half of my clients work with me via Skype video conferencing.
My therapy practice is client centered, so I place full attention on precisely what you hope for , what you dream of, and what gets in the way. I tailor our work to achieve meaningful change that will endure, regardless of outer circumstances.I combine Zen awareness training and cutting edge modalities that are innovative yet accessible and invite the inner courage of my clients.I recognize and honor the native wisdom of clients regarding their own lives. Clients report they experience the beginnings of change almost immediately. Over half of my clients work with me via Skype video conferencing.
(206) 651-4972 View (206) 651-4972
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Susan James
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified
Vashon, WA 98070  (Online Only)
You're dealing with a lot of anxiety and/or depression and find it hard to function well in many areas of your life. You experienced a traumatic event, or several traumas and the after-effects continue to trouble you. Maybe you've tried a lot of ways to feel better but still feel stuck.
You're dealing with a lot of anxiety and/or depression and find it hard to function well in many areas of your life. You experienced a traumatic event, or several traumas and the after-effects continue to trouble you. Maybe you've tried a lot of ways to feel better but still feel stuck.
(253) 398-8097 View (253) 398-8097
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Halee Dams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Vashon, WA 98070  (Online Only)
The pressures of modern life can be all consuming. When you’re experiencing additional stress in life- especially the stress of grief- it can feel draining, exhausting, and paralyzing. I help people restore balance and regain control of their lives. If you have been carrying too much or if you're finding yourself stuck, let’s explore what’s burdening you and holding you in one place. Whether it's the death of a loved one, a big life transition, or the anxiety and grief of the last few years, I provide a safe place where you can process what you’ve been through, and together we can find a path forward.
The pressures of modern life can be all consuming. When you’re experiencing additional stress in life- especially the stress of grief- it can feel draining, exhausting, and paralyzing. I help people restore balance and regain control of their lives. If you have been carrying too much or if you're finding yourself stuck, let’s explore what’s burdening you and holding you in one place. Whether it's the death of a loved one, a big life transition, or the anxiety and grief of the last few years, I provide a safe place where you can process what you’ve been through, and together we can find a path forward.
(206) 210-3618 View (206) 210-3618
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Rachel Lordkenaga
Counselor, MA, LMHC, ATR-BC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Vashon, WA 98070
Not accepting new clients
I am passionate about the therapeutic relationship. This work entails identifying issues and concerns and processing them in a constructive way. I am interested in holding hope for you on this journey, even when you are feeling hopeless. I think it is important to understand the connection between the mind and the body as well as the past and the present as challenges are confronted. I find the use of creativity, both in art making and perspective changing, very healing. It is an honor to guide you in the process of creating the life you desire.
I am passionate about the therapeutic relationship. This work entails identifying issues and concerns and processing them in a constructive way. I am interested in holding hope for you on this journey, even when you are feeling hopeless. I think it is important to understand the connection between the mind and the body as well as the past and the present as challenges are confronted. I find the use of creativity, both in art making and perspective changing, very healing. It is an honor to guide you in the process of creating the life you desire.
(206) 203-4254 View (206) 203-4254

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Number of Therapists in Vashon, WA

30+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Vashon, WA who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
94% Depression
85% Trauma and PTSD
82% Self Esteem
79% Grief
74% Relationship Issues
71% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Premera
69% First Choice Health | FCH
63% Regence

How Therapists in Vashon, WA see their clients

59% In Person and Online
41% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
18% Male
3% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Vashon?

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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.