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Joyce A Sauter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77025  (Online Only)
Real Talk for Real Change is my method. I’m a trauma-informed Clinical Social Worker committed to helping adults discover the joy in living authentically. My work focuses on empowering others to create and meet goals that are meaningful to them. I believe in the power of empathic and insightful collaboration to promote self-discovery and positive change.
Real Talk for Real Change is my method. I’m a trauma-informed Clinical Social Worker committed to helping adults discover the joy in living authentically. My work focuses on empowering others to create and meet goals that are meaningful to them. I believe in the power of empathic and insightful collaboration to promote self-discovery and positive change.
(281) 622-4525 View (281) 622-4525
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Christine A Jacobsen
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, TTS
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77025
LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) and TTS (Tobacco Treatment Specialist) with experience in clinical counseling services/therapeutic interventions (individual, family and group) in outpatient and inpatient settings, diagnostic psychological evaluations (including career-related assessments), and tobacco treatment counseling. Clinical areas of interest include, but are not exclusive to: PTSD, anxiety, suicide prevention, bipolar disorder, depression, nicotine addiction, and career counseling. Experience working with children, adolescents, adults, including U.S. veterans (mostly combat vets).
LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) and TTS (Tobacco Treatment Specialist) with experience in clinical counseling services/therapeutic interventions (individual, family and group) in outpatient and inpatient settings, diagnostic psychological evaluations (including career-related assessments), and tobacco treatment counseling. Clinical areas of interest include, but are not exclusive to: PTSD, anxiety, suicide prevention, bipolar disorder, depression, nicotine addiction, and career counseling. Experience working with children, adolescents, adults, including U.S. veterans (mostly combat vets).
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Victoria Strange
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77025  (Online Only)
Are you anxious, unfocused, struggling to keep up, and overwhelmed in your relationships at work, at school, at home, with friends, with family, and with yourself? Are you questioning your decisions every step of the way? We can sort through your struggles and gain insight into how to reconnect you with yourself and your own MIND.
Are you anxious, unfocused, struggling to keep up, and overwhelmed in your relationships at work, at school, at home, with friends, with family, and with yourself? Are you questioning your decisions every step of the way? We can sort through your struggles and gain insight into how to reconnect you with yourself and your own MIND.
(713) 234-6214 View (713) 234-6214
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Julia C Babcock
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77025
I specialize in working with couples and individuals with relationship problems. I also conduct forensic evaluations for cases involving intimate partner violence. As a relationship researcher for the past 25 years, I am applying research to help couples and individuals with communication, sexual, or other problems by offering couples' assessments, therapy, & forensic evaluations. Combining the work of my Ph.D. mentors, Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Neil Jacobson, my scientifically-based couples therapy combines Gottman Couples Therapy and Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy. My approach is direct, short-term and effective.
I specialize in working with couples and individuals with relationship problems. I also conduct forensic evaluations for cases involving intimate partner violence. As a relationship researcher for the past 25 years, I am applying research to help couples and individuals with communication, sexual, or other problems by offering couples' assessments, therapy, & forensic evaluations. Combining the work of my Ph.D. mentors, Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Neil Jacobson, my scientifically-based couples therapy combines Gottman Couples Therapy and Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy. My approach is direct, short-term and effective.
(281) 771-1761 View (281) 771-1761
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Shanell Bradley
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CSC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77025  (Online Only)
Hi! My name is Shanell. I'm a black neurodivergent therapist who loves helping my clients find balance and empowering them to take the necessary steps to reach their goals. First, I would like to congratulate you on taking this step toward your journey to a better you! I am aware of the stigmas that are tied to mental health and how they can sometimes deter someone from receiving therapy services. You are not here by accident; it takes courage to want to heal, and I am here to assist you in that process.
Hi! My name is Shanell. I'm a black neurodivergent therapist who loves helping my clients find balance and empowering them to take the necessary steps to reach their goals. First, I would like to congratulate you on taking this step toward your journey to a better you! I am aware of the stigmas that are tied to mental health and how they can sometimes deter someone from receiving therapy services. You are not here by accident; it takes courage to want to heal, and I am here to assist you in that process.
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Hayley Stulmaker
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, RPT-S, CCPT-ST
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77025
I am here to help you embrace the best version of yourself. The world is full of stressors that ultimately can leave you feeling anxious, not good enough, or as if there’s not enough space for you. I build deep connections with my clients to feel safe enough to explore these difficult experiences. I help introspective people learn even more about themselves, resulting in greater self-acceptance and more overall life satisfaction.
I am here to help you embrace the best version of yourself. The world is full of stressors that ultimately can leave you feeling anxious, not good enough, or as if there’s not enough space for you. I build deep connections with my clients to feel safe enough to explore these difficult experiences. I help introspective people learn even more about themselves, resulting in greater self-acceptance and more overall life satisfaction.
(713) 391-8318 View (713) 391-8318
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Marilyn Denham
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77025
There are times when we know that we need to make a change in our life. You might be noticing a quiet unrest, a consistent dissatisfaction, or the call to change may come through a life transition---a death, a loss, job or relationship stress, illness suddenly needing to care for elders or children moving home. The circumstances can vary, but the knowledge that change is needed is clear. My goal is to help you discover your true potential while we sort out what needs to be different, and lead you into a life that is worth celebrating.
There are times when we know that we need to make a change in our life. You might be noticing a quiet unrest, a consistent dissatisfaction, or the call to change may come through a life transition---a death, a loss, job or relationship stress, illness suddenly needing to care for elders or children moving home. The circumstances can vary, but the knowledge that change is needed is clear. My goal is to help you discover your true potential while we sort out what needs to be different, and lead you into a life that is worth celebrating.
(713) 487-8908 View (713) 487-8908
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InnerWisdom, Inc.
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW, PMHNP, RN
Not Verified Not Verified
Houston, TX 77025
InnerWisdom is one of the few Community Mental Health Center in Texas that offers Partial Hospital Program (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), Supportive Outpatient Program (SOP), Telehealth, Medication Management, and Individual Therapy. We have a team of dedicated counselors, psychiatrist, psychologist, Nurses, and practitioners who work together to create a road map to recovery beyond the traditional inpatient/outpatient program. For more information about our program, to schedule an appointment, and to verify your insurance, please visit our website, innerwisdom.com.
InnerWisdom is one of the few Community Mental Health Center in Texas that offers Partial Hospital Program (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), Supportive Outpatient Program (SOP), Telehealth, Medication Management, and Individual Therapy. We have a team of dedicated counselors, psychiatrist, psychologist, Nurses, and practitioners who work together to create a road map to recovery beyond the traditional inpatient/outpatient program. For more information about our program, to schedule an appointment, and to verify your insurance, please visit our website, innerwisdom.com.
(281) 801-1071 View (281) 801-1071
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Djuana King
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77025  (Online Only)
My focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. Also to guide individuals to change patterns and routines, discover positive and productive communication techniques, and strengthen relationships. Therefore, increasing success at home, school, work, and in their community. I achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan. My ultimate goal in counseling is to give my clients hope and the tools to work towards healing what has been negatively affecting their lives.
My focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. Also to guide individuals to change patterns and routines, discover positive and productive communication techniques, and strengthen relationships. Therefore, increasing success at home, school, work, and in their community. I achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan. My ultimate goal in counseling is to give my clients hope and the tools to work towards healing what has been negatively affecting their lives.
(281) 916-2742 View (281) 916-2742
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Belinda Lopez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S, ACSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77025  (Online Only)
I enjoy working with individuals, couples and families and specialize in women's issues/health and wellness, depression, anxiety, major life transitions, stress management, relationship issues, as well as grief and loss. I also have extensive experience working in the medical community. I am bilingual in English and Spanish, and am passionate about working with the Latino/Hispanic community. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor. In addition, I am also a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Academy of Certified Social Workers.
I enjoy working with individuals, couples and families and specialize in women's issues/health and wellness, depression, anxiety, major life transitions, stress management, relationship issues, as well as grief and loss. I also have extensive experience working in the medical community. I am bilingual in English and Spanish, and am passionate about working with the Latino/Hispanic community. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor. In addition, I am also a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Academy of Certified Social Workers.
(832) 501-9182 View (832) 501-9182
Photo of Joanna Thielmann Reflecting Light Counseling, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 77025, TX
Joanna Thielmann Reflecting Light Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77025  (Online Only)
You’ve decided to make a change, and you’re seeking an empathetic, empowering professional to validate your experience and walk along side you. I’ve worked with children and families my entire career; in medical facilities, schools, and in home. I’ve been honored to build coping skills, cultivate resilience, and deepen the insight of others for over 15 years. “Life’s a journey, not a destination”; therapy is an investment in that journey and can take you from surviving to thriving. You and your family deserve to thrive.
You’ve decided to make a change, and you’re seeking an empathetic, empowering professional to validate your experience and walk along side you. I’ve worked with children and families my entire career; in medical facilities, schools, and in home. I’ve been honored to build coping skills, cultivate resilience, and deepen the insight of others for over 15 years. “Life’s a journey, not a destination”; therapy is an investment in that journey and can take you from surviving to thriving. You and your family deserve to thrive.
(346) 988-2670 View (346) 988-2670
Photo of Stace D Farrow, Licensed Professional Counselor in 77025, TX
Stace D Farrow
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77025  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed in the state of Texas with over 18 years of experience. I utilize a Biblically based approach focused on life changes by placing the Lord's will and the guidance of the Holy Spirit at the center of the sessions. I believe the Bible is the authoritative and infallible Word of God to man. As such, it may be understood as the "how to" manual for the human mind. I have been a dedicated and compassionate advocate for clients with moderate to advanced therapy needs for several years and try to approach each client with compassion and respect.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed in the state of Texas with over 18 years of experience. I utilize a Biblically based approach focused on life changes by placing the Lord's will and the guidance of the Holy Spirit at the center of the sessions. I believe the Bible is the authoritative and infallible Word of God to man. As such, it may be understood as the "how to" manual for the human mind. I have been a dedicated and compassionate advocate for clients with moderate to advanced therapy needs for several years and try to approach each client with compassion and respect.
(409) 359-8464 View (409) 359-8464
Photo of Dr. Lauren Slatko, Psychologist in 77025, TX
Dr. Lauren Slatko
Psychologist, PsyD, MSSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77025  (Online Only)
Are you ready to begin? Have you started and stopped your journey because of obstacles too hard to handle? I want to help you challenge yourself past these obstacles in order to live the life you want. When we face our challenges and unpack what is getting in the way, we gain a better and deeper understanding of ourselves.
Are you ready to begin? Have you started and stopped your journey because of obstacles too hard to handle? I want to help you challenge yourself past these obstacles in order to live the life you want. When we face our challenges and unpack what is getting in the way, we gain a better and deeper understanding of ourselves.
(832) 615-2654 View (832) 615-2654
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Dwight Wolf
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LPC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77025
With twenty-five years of therapy experience, there are fundamental elements to my practice. These are respect for your life and choices and a deep belief that regardless of the circumstances you face, there are solutions that will support and enhance your life. My role is to create a space in which those choices and solutions will unfold. Whether your goals are to heal old wounds, develop stronger relationships, or discover and fulfill your essential dreams, I will support you on your journey. I utilize a narrative and emotionally focused therapeutic approach.
With twenty-five years of therapy experience, there are fundamental elements to my practice. These are respect for your life and choices and a deep belief that regardless of the circumstances you face, there are solutions that will support and enhance your life. My role is to create a space in which those choices and solutions will unfold. Whether your goals are to heal old wounds, develop stronger relationships, or discover and fulfill your essential dreams, I will support you on your journey. I utilize a narrative and emotionally focused therapeutic approach.
(713) 597-3159 View (713) 597-3159
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Kristine Habibi
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77025
Every person can use guidance at some point in their life. Seeking therapy is not a sign of weakness but of self-awareness. As a therapist, I treat each of my clients with the utmost level of respect and dignity. It is my goal to create an environment in which each client feels unconditionally heard. I uphold an ethical and confidential practice that revolves around improving the quality of the life of each client. I aim to help you grow in confidence, self-awareness, and balance and to help you in developing healthy coping skills, self-exploration, re-orienting the way you think, and setting healthy boundaries.
Every person can use guidance at some point in their life. Seeking therapy is not a sign of weakness but of self-awareness. As a therapist, I treat each of my clients with the utmost level of respect and dignity. It is my goal to create an environment in which each client feels unconditionally heard. I uphold an ethical and confidential practice that revolves around improving the quality of the life of each client. I aim to help you grow in confidence, self-awareness, and balance and to help you in developing healthy coping skills, self-exploration, re-orienting the way you think, and setting healthy boundaries.
(346) 202-2143 View (346) 202-2143
Photo of Ashlynn Langston, Licensed Professional Counselor in 77025, TX
Ashlynn Langston
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77025  (Online Only)
If you or your child are struggling with the effects of sexual violence, physical violence, or other forms of abuse or neglect, you do not have to do it alone. I am here to offer a compassionate and nonjudgmental space for you or your child to explore your experiences and move towards a life of healing and fulfillment. We can work together to overcome your traumatic experiences, create the safety you deserve, and enhance your resiliency.
If you or your child are struggling with the effects of sexual violence, physical violence, or other forms of abuse or neglect, you do not have to do it alone. I am here to offer a compassionate and nonjudgmental space for you or your child to explore your experiences and move towards a life of healing and fulfillment. We can work together to overcome your traumatic experiences, create the safety you deserve, and enhance your resiliency.
(832) 669-6336 View (832) 669-6336
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Kathy P Wu
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77025  (Online Only)
My clients often share that they feel heard, seen, and celebrated as individuals throughout therapy. I apply research-backed, trauma-informed, multi-culturally competent individual therapy to instill hope, self-compassion, and empowerment in young people. Through gentle guidance, developmentally appropriate psychoeducation, and empathic listening, my clients are able to tap into their inner strengths and vulnerabilities, and learn to tolerate discomforts and-- once and for all-- conquer their fears and insecurities.
My clients often share that they feel heard, seen, and celebrated as individuals throughout therapy. I apply research-backed, trauma-informed, multi-culturally competent individual therapy to instill hope, self-compassion, and empowerment in young people. Through gentle guidance, developmentally appropriate psychoeducation, and empathic listening, my clients are able to tap into their inner strengths and vulnerabilities, and learn to tolerate discomforts and-- once and for all-- conquer their fears and insecurities.
(215) 515-8355 View (215) 515-8355
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Lucero Gonzalez Franco Haghenbeck
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PMH-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77025  (Online Only)
Women's Reproductive Mental Health deserves special care. There is more to it than just conception and pregnancy. We also face other challenges during our reproductive lifespan that may affect our mental health. If you are struggling with: Hormonal imbalances, Infertility , Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders "PMADs" (previously called Postpartum Depression), Birth trauma, Pregnancy loss, Infant loss, adjusting to motherhood, NICU stay, Peri-menopause , or Menopause . You don't need to go through this alone. You deserve special care!
Women's Reproductive Mental Health deserves special care. There is more to it than just conception and pregnancy. We also face other challenges during our reproductive lifespan that may affect our mental health. If you are struggling with: Hormonal imbalances, Infertility , Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders "PMADs" (previously called Postpartum Depression), Birth trauma, Pregnancy loss, Infant loss, adjusting to motherhood, NICU stay, Peri-menopause , or Menopause . You don't need to go through this alone. You deserve special care!
(832) 346-9511 View (832) 346-9511
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Jeffrey Selman
Psychologist, PsyD, BCBA-D
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77025
My name is Dr. Jeff Selman and I am a licensed psychologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and a certified school psychologist. I offer evidence-based telepsychology services to individuals across the lifespan and their families. These services include autism screening and assessment, individual and family therapy, parent behavior management training and coaching, and consultation and training for schools and community agencies. My approach is grounded in cognitive behavior therapy and behavior therapy. My sessions tend to be active, goal-oriented, and engaging. I love the work and welcomes complex and challenging cases.
My name is Dr. Jeff Selman and I am a licensed psychologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and a certified school psychologist. I offer evidence-based telepsychology services to individuals across the lifespan and their families. These services include autism screening and assessment, individual and family therapy, parent behavior management training and coaching, and consultation and training for schools and community agencies. My approach is grounded in cognitive behavior therapy and behavior therapy. My sessions tend to be active, goal-oriented, and engaging. I love the work and welcomes complex and challenging cases.
(713) 352-7571 View (713) 352-7571
Photo of Tami Vienn Allen Lpc, Licensed Professional Counselor in 77025, TX
Tami Vienn Allen Lpc
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77025  (Online Only)
You are looking for a therapist who is down to earth, understands your needs, will be an accountability partner, but most of all, a you want a therapist you can connect with through this tough time, that is me. Like any other relationship, it's all about chemistry. I will teach you how to communicate so that others will hear you, help you solve problems collaboratively and respectfully, and learn to forgive and trust again. I will also help you to develop and grow as individual by helping you to look at common destructive patterns in your life and work with you to create a plan for change.
You are looking for a therapist who is down to earth, understands your needs, will be an accountability partner, but most of all, a you want a therapist you can connect with through this tough time, that is me. Like any other relationship, it's all about chemistry. I will teach you how to communicate so that others will hear you, help you solve problems collaboratively and respectfully, and learn to forgive and trust again. I will also help you to develop and grow as individual by helping you to look at common destructive patterns in your life and work with you to create a plan for change.
(713) 766-5615 View (713) 766-5615

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 77025

80+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in 77025 who prioritize treating:

91% Depression
90% Anxiety
73% Relationship Issues
66% Self Esteem
64% Coping Skills
62% Grief
57% Family Conflict

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

78% Aetna
74% BlueCross and BlueShield
72% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in 77025 see their clients

76% In Person and Online
24% Online Only

Gender breakdown

83% Female
17% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 77025?

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.