November 22, 2022

How To Find A Local Online Therapist?

Is online therapy safe and reliable? How to find the most reliable online therapist? These are the most common questions asked about online treatment. Mental health services are unique from other forms of telemedicine in the way that you share deep and vulnerable things about yourself and your circumstances. You are entitled to know how your information is stored and what platform your provider uses to conduct the telehealth services.

With the rise of online platforms offering telehealth services, we are confronted with good news and bad news at the same time. While some platforms work extra to maintain strict data privacy, others have taken advantage of clients’ information for marketing and other purposes. 

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7 Things to Know About Online Therapy

The good news is the rise of Online Therapy platforms has helped destigmatize seeking mental health-related services. More celebrities and famous figures have stepped forward to share their journey with mental illness (a). This has encouraged the public to treat mental illness as a form of physical illness. 


Another benefit of online therapy is the flexibility and convenience it offers to clients who cannot make it to in-person therapy. Especially, clients in rural (b) areas or parents who cannot leave their children at home can now attend their therapy sessions remotely. 


However, the downside is that ulterior motives continue to guide many of these Silicon Valley companies to gather “vulnerable” data on its user who assumes the same level of privacy (c) they get from their local mental health therapist and psychologist. A recent investigation on one of the largest online therapy platforms has revealed that this company was sharing clients’ vulnerable data with Facebook (d). 


In June 2022, several senators confronted the two major online platforms to provide further information about their privacy policies and practices (e) (f). For this reason, consumers of telehealth services should consider the following issues before seeking telemedicine services. 

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  1. Platform Privacy: under the Health Protected Act, healthcare providers must be transparent in their privacy policy on how they store and use your information. For example, your local therapist providing telehealth services only gathers information pertaining to your treatment progress (treatment plan, case notes, and progress notes). This information is stored in a HIPAA-compliant platform whose sole purpose is safeguarding sensitive data. Such information is NEVER used for marketing purposes or studying consumer behavior without the client’s permission.

  2. Provider Licensure: each provider is licensed under their state jurisdiction, and it is crucial to check whether the online therapist is licensed in your State. Like a driver’s license, each State has laws and rules for the providers to follow (g). This is critical, especially when you need resources and local help in times of crisis. Also, you want your provider to follow the ethical and legal guidelines of your State.

  3. Office Location: does your provider have a physical location? What happens if you decide to see your therapist in person? A physical location is also important in showing your therapist’s legitimacy and reliability. What happens if you can’t reach your therapist? Is there a place that you can go to see them?

  4. Directory: Can you find your therapist in any directories (h) (i) to verify their information? These websites usually verify the provider’s information before listing them on their site. Another way to verify your provider is by checking their National Provider Information (NPI) available on this website. It will show you the State your therapist is licensed to practice.

  5. Payment: when it comes to collecting payment, each provider has their own method of fee collection. It is important to know how the fee is collected and who is collecting the payment. Larger telehealth platforms collect fees, but only a small portion of that fee is paid to the therapist delivering the services. Unfortunately, this arrangement does affect the quality of care you receive since your provider is encouraged to see more clients to make a reasonable salary. You may also inquire if you can use your health insurance, which can be cost-effective.

  6. Caseload: building on the last point, an overworked therapist is good for nobody. I remember the days of agency work when I was slammed with a large caseload of clients. Even in my A-game, I struggled to give my best to all my clients. Practices operating ethically have a better compensation package, allowing the therapist to see a reasonable caseload.

  7. What if..: what happens if your therapist leaves the platform? You have spent countless hours building rapport and trust, and what happens to the continuation of your treatment? Most large platforms do not allow therapists to take their clients with them. This, in turn, causes the client to experience disruption in their quality of care. What happens if you need to end therapy but want to resume it at some point? Can you find the same therapists on that platform? Often my clients wonder if they can come back to see me if any crisis arises. With so many online platforms, you may not find the same therapist upon returning. This is another reason to find a local therapist who is willing to see you for online therapy.  

Finding a Local Online Therapist.

There is a myth that your local therapists do not offer telehealth/online therapy. But in reality, almost all providers have the means to provide telemedicine services. I recommend seeking local services before jumping into a larger online platform with complex systems and practices that are hidden from its consumers. 

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How to look for a therapist in your area?

The easiest way to find your local therapist is using google search by typing, for example, “therapist in Wheaton, IL.” Skipping over the large platform ad can quickly reveal the local therapists in your area. On their website, you can easily see their location, the profile of their therapists, and the services they provide. Most practices also list online therapy on their website. Another tool you can use is searching for therapists in the local directories (j) (k). 

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Finding the right therapist is hard, but it is worth the time searching.

With the rise of immediate gratification through overnight delivery by Amazon and convenient ride shares by Uber and Lyft, we are tempted to create similar experiences in mental health services. However, we must consider the difference between buying a “product/service” and “working on ourselves.” Finding a good therapist is hard, but it is worth it. After all, you will spend hours exploring deep and vulnerable topics. You want to ensure that your therapist is reliable and credible and can create a safe environment for you. 


In conclusion, online therapy is a powerful tool and effective when treating various issues. However, consider the above concerns related to privacy and ethical issues when looking for a therapist. For severe cases of mental illness, online therapy may not be as effective as in-person therapy. When speaking to your local therapist, consider asking their opinion on this. 


In Summary, the goal of this article is not to discourage you from finding an online therapist but to help you become an informed consumer of online therapists. We hope this information helps you start your journey to mental well-being. 

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Common Questions

Therapy is an opportunity to discuss/talk about issues that are important to the client, while having a trained objective person (Therapist) help work through not only the current situation but in dealing with similar situations in the future. Therapy can be about one specific problem, or it can be about multiple. Something to mention, is that therapy is a collaborative event, it requires an active role from both the client at the therapist for change to occur.

Seeking mental health counseling isn’t just for those suffering from severe mental Illnesses, but for anyone going through hardships and life transition. Whether you have stress in your life, problems with a relationship, or anything else that weighs on your mind, you can benefit from therapy.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Getting help with your mental health concerns is not a weakness. Reaching out in the first place takes a lot of strength and willpower on your part. It is natural when seeking help for mental health issues to worry about what others may think of you.

People seeking therapy need to feel safe and comfortable talking about their lives and feelings without worrying information will be shared with others. Mental health professionals understand this and highly value the need for client confidentiality. In fact, they are bound to adhere to it by a code of ethics.

Therapy space is meant to be safe and judgment-free zone. We never force my clients to talk about a topic they don’t feel comfortable processing. You can just tell me, “I am not ready to discuss it at the moment”.

We understand that finding a therapist can be a difficult process. For this reason we have made reaching out easy. Simply fill up the Contact Form providing your basic information for me to reach out. If you prefer to call, Call (630) 447-8818, If you prefer to Email: ( We respond to all inquiries within 24 hours.

Presently we are in network with Aetna, Blue Cross Blues Shield (PPO), and Cigna Behavioral Health. Clients also use their HSA Card or pay out-of-pocket for their session. See full description about insurance by clicking on the question.

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Fee: $175 for initial session and $150 the following sessions. Read more about the fees here.

Therapy sessions are typically 50 minutes.  Clients typically meet on a weekly or biweekly basis depending on the client’s needs. 

Life is full of surprises and unforeseen changes that can cause us emotional pain beyond our control. Working with a professional counselor can improve our ability to regain balance, receive un-bias input, and gain new perspective to overcome your challenges.

Typically, counseling starts with the weekly meetings until your therapist get to know you and formulate solid therapy goals together. We usually tell my clients, “this is your therapy and you get to choose how often we should meet”. If a client is in crisis, then we suggest meeting weekly until things become stable. Once the crisis is resolved, we move to bi-weekly or even once a month. Therapy is not forever and we all need moments of help and reflection.

In the initial session the main focus of the therapy is building trust, safety, and helping your therapist with some basic information about what brings you to therapy. This process will help the therapist come up with a collaborative therapy goal for future sessions. The following sessions will start with the client sharing about what has been happening since the last session and issues needing further discussion. We typically start the session by asking my clients if there is anything they would like to talk about. How are they doing with their therapy goals?

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Adult counseling can address and aid people through a plethora of challenges and changes. To name a few scenarios, adult counseling is beneficial to those experiencing shifts in genre and sexual identity, life transitions, parenthood struggles, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic illness. Counseling is open to anyone who is ready to take a step toward the direction of healing and self-improvement.


Counseling provides a safe, confidential environment for you to discuss doubts, concerns. and fears without judgment. Regardless of what you are going through, counseling is a secure place for you to come and be open, to ask pressing questions and be curious about events either recent or from the past, and to just be yourself. From counseling, you can expect to learn strategies to improve self-thoughts, reduce anxiety and depression, and to effectively learn to cope with your experiences, thoughts, and issues. Contact me today to learn more and to see if adult counseling is for you.

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