Counselling in Sydney, NSW

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Photo of Shevera Gunasekera, Psychologist in Sydney, NSW
Shevera Gunasekera
Psychologist, Assoc MAPS
Verified Verified
Gordon, NSW 2072
I use interpersonal therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance commitment therapy, and mindfulness approach to help people.
I use interpersonal therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance commitment therapy, and mindfulness approach to help people.
(02) 8403 2796 x61 View (02) 8403 2796 x61
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Jo Knight Psychology
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Maroubra, NSW 2035
I provide a range of assessment services, including Autism, behaviour assessment (including ADHD), as well as intellectual and academic testing. My clients include; young people who are experiencing difficulties in the classroom, including learning difficulties, difficulty with sustaining attention or trouble interacting with peers; Young people who exhibit behaviours such as defiance, aggression, impulsivity, and who struggle with emotional regulation: Adults who want to understand themselves in a deeper way to build more effective coping strategies.
I provide a range of assessment services, including Autism, behaviour assessment (including ADHD), as well as intellectual and academic testing. My clients include; young people who are experiencing difficulties in the classroom, including learning difficulties, difficulty with sustaining attention or trouble interacting with peers; Young people who exhibit behaviours such as defiance, aggression, impulsivity, and who struggle with emotional regulation: Adults who want to understand themselves in a deeper way to build more effective coping strategies.
(02) 7201 5017 View (02) 7201 5017
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Key Space Therapy Holly Anderson
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
Newtown, NSW 2042
Affordable Therapy Online, face to face and after hours. Holly works with individuals and couples experiencing, relationship concerns, anxiety, PTSD, depression, narcissistic abuse, separation and more...
Affordable Therapy Online, face to face and after hours. Holly works with individuals and couples experiencing, relationship concerns, anxiety, PTSD, depression, narcissistic abuse, separation and more...
(02) 9100 0577 View (02) 9100 0577
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Sev Eminov
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Balmain, NSW 2041
Therapy is a process of regeneration. "If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one." — Dolly Parton. I want to help you pave a road in life that falls more in line with who you want to be and how you aspire to live. I see a range of adults (including neuro-diverse) with a variety of issues ranging from depression, anxiety and stress, a lack of purpose and drive, difficulties with work-life balance, trouble with routines, organisation and goal setting, conflicts in relationships, to a lack of self-confidence and assertiveness, challenges with body image and the many struggles of being human.
Therapy is a process of regeneration. "If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one." — Dolly Parton. I want to help you pave a road in life that falls more in line with who you want to be and how you aspire to live. I see a range of adults (including neuro-diverse) with a variety of issues ranging from depression, anxiety and stress, a lack of purpose and drive, difficulties with work-life balance, trouble with routines, organisation and goal setting, conflicts in relationships, to a lack of self-confidence and assertiveness, challenges with body image and the many struggles of being human.
(02) 9100 0353 View (02) 9100 0353
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Scott William Kelly
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Scott’s approach is warm and grounded in deep listening and genuine engagement with his client’s experience. He aims to provide a safe and supportive environment in which his client can become curious about their life experiences and how they show up in the present moment through both mind and body. Scott is passionate about fostering self-understanding, self-compassion and self-leadership, encouraging freedom and flourishing in all areas of life.
Scott’s approach is warm and grounded in deep listening and genuine engagement with his client’s experience. He aims to provide a safe and supportive environment in which his client can become curious about their life experiences and how they show up in the present moment through both mind and body. Scott is passionate about fostering self-understanding, self-compassion and self-leadership, encouraging freedom and flourishing in all areas of life.
(02) 9100 0746 View (02) 9100 0746
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Smita Saxena
Psychologist, PsyBA Prov
Verified Verified
Hornsby, NSW 2077
Life is filled with challenges and tribulations but a little guidance can help to point you in the right direction. Smita is a registered Provisional Psychologist with AHPRA and an associated member of the APS. Smita holds an M.Phil ( Master of Philosophy) degree in Medical and Social Psychology, a Master's Degree in Applied and Clinical Psychology and a Bachelor's in Psychology and Education. She also obtained a year of training in epidemiology and genetics from the University of Pittsburgh, USA. She has also completed Counselling children course from ACS Australia.
Life is filled with challenges and tribulations but a little guidance can help to point you in the right direction. Smita is a registered Provisional Psychologist with AHPRA and an associated member of the APS. Smita holds an M.Phil ( Master of Philosophy) degree in Medical and Social Psychology, a Master's Degree in Applied and Clinical Psychology and a Bachelor's in Psychology and Education. She also obtained a year of training in epidemiology and genetics from the University of Pittsburgh, USA. She has also completed Counselling children course from ACS Australia.
(02) 8403 0760 View (02) 8403 0760
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Centred Stage
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
Grays Point, NSW 2232  (Online Only)
Centred Stage provides speciality counselling and coaching for those facing the unique challenges of the performing arts industry. Created for both performers and non-performers alike, Centred Stage can assist with performance anxiety, the challenges of touring, rejection and unemployment, and navigating the interpersonal relationships that come with working in intense and creative environments. Centred Stage also offers personal coaching to help those in the arts set personal and professional goals to unlock greater potential and achieve more in their creative pursuits.
Centred Stage provides speciality counselling and coaching for those facing the unique challenges of the performing arts industry. Created for both performers and non-performers alike, Centred Stage can assist with performance anxiety, the challenges of touring, rejection and unemployment, and navigating the interpersonal relationships that come with working in intense and creative environments. Centred Stage also offers personal coaching to help those in the arts set personal and professional goals to unlock greater potential and achieve more in their creative pursuits.
(02) 7501 1986 View (02) 7501 1986
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Thaisa (Thai) Costa
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Potts Point, NSW 2011
With expertise in supporting children and pre-adolescents, including those with ASD, ADHD, anxiety disorders, and depressive disorders, I prioritize building strong client/therapist relationships. I foster a non-judgmental environment, empowering clients and promoting their autonomy. Additionally, I believe in collaborating with parents/caregivers and healthcare professionals. Together, we develop, design, and implement joint strategies to facilitate the child's progress. Sessions can be held in Portuguese and English
With expertise in supporting children and pre-adolescents, including those with ASD, ADHD, anxiety disorders, and depressive disorders, I prioritize building strong client/therapist relationships. I foster a non-judgmental environment, empowering clients and promoting their autonomy. Additionally, I believe in collaborating with parents/caregivers and healthcare professionals. Together, we develop, design, and implement joint strategies to facilitate the child's progress. Sessions can be held in Portuguese and English
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Photo of Jocelyn Koukoumas, Counsellor in Sydney, NSW
Jocelyn Koukoumas
Counsellor, ACA-L3
Verified Verified
Sutherland, NSW 2232
I am an affordable Registered Counsellor/EAP Provider/I-Care and Victims Services Counsellor with experience spanning many years, I help clients manage Childhood & Adult Trauma, Anxiety throughout the lifespan, Stress, Grief/Loss, Depression, Self-Esteem, Impulse Control, Anger Management, Relationship Problems & Distorted Thinking. I work with empathy, respect and especially without judgment by providing a safe and warm environment in which to discuss what's causing the worry. I use a Person Centred, Strength Based and Trauma Informed Approach to tackle the current challenges and any distressing symptoms that is being experienced.
I am an affordable Registered Counsellor/EAP Provider/I-Care and Victims Services Counsellor with experience spanning many years, I help clients manage Childhood & Adult Trauma, Anxiety throughout the lifespan, Stress, Grief/Loss, Depression, Self-Esteem, Impulse Control, Anger Management, Relationship Problems & Distorted Thinking. I work with empathy, respect and especially without judgment by providing a safe and warm environment in which to discuss what's causing the worry. I use a Person Centred, Strength Based and Trauma Informed Approach to tackle the current challenges and any distressing symptoms that is being experienced.
(02) 8074 3566 View (02) 8074 3566
Photo of Grace Kouvelis, Psychologist in Sydney, NSW
Grace Kouvelis
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mascot, NSW 2020
I work with motivated adults with a range of presenting issues such as anxiety, depression, relationship issues (including LGBTQIA+ relationships), neurodiversity, grief and loss, adjustment to stressful life events, and identity exploration. I also have experience working within a psycho-oncology context (providing psychological support to cancer patients) in both NSW health and non-for-profit organisations. I am passionate about creating a safe space for individuals to explore and unpack presenting concerns and work toward meaningful goals.
I work with motivated adults with a range of presenting issues such as anxiety, depression, relationship issues (including LGBTQIA+ relationships), neurodiversity, grief and loss, adjustment to stressful life events, and identity exploration. I also have experience working within a psycho-oncology context (providing psychological support to cancer patients) in both NSW health and non-for-profit organisations. I am passionate about creating a safe space for individuals to explore and unpack presenting concerns and work toward meaningful goals.
(02) 9100 0272 View (02) 9100 0272
Photo of Stephen Moore, Psychotherapist in Sydney, NSW
Stephen Moore
Psychotherapist, PACFA
Verified Verified
Sydney, NSW 2000
Inner Strength Therapy offers counselling in Sydney for trauma and anxiety to individuals and couples who are finding life challenging and stressful due to adverse past trauma. We address and treat a wide range of mental health issues including mood and anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Counselling and Therapy are about healing and finding your way again towards a life of contentment and purpose. Sometimes this comes down to simply talking it out with an understanding and perceptive person trained in areas of counselling.
Inner Strength Therapy offers counselling in Sydney for trauma and anxiety to individuals and couples who are finding life challenging and stressful due to adverse past trauma. We address and treat a wide range of mental health issues including mood and anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Counselling and Therapy are about healing and finding your way again towards a life of contentment and purpose. Sometimes this comes down to simply talking it out with an understanding and perceptive person trained in areas of counselling.
(02) 8294 7054 View (02) 8294 7054
Photo of Hayley Sophia Coghlan, Counsellor in Sydney, NSW
Hayley Sophia Coghlan
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Granville, NSW 2142
Hayley Coghlan is a trained Art Therapist and Counsellor based in Parramatta on Darug land. She utilises art making processes with her clients to support mental health and wellbeing through creative reflection. She is currently seeing adults and children to assist in the following areas: trauma, neurodiversity, anxiety, depression, identity, social skills, sensory processing and fine motor skills. Availability: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays for individuals and groups.
Hayley Coghlan is a trained Art Therapist and Counsellor based in Parramatta on Darug land. She utilises art making processes with her clients to support mental health and wellbeing through creative reflection. She is currently seeing adults and children to assist in the following areas: trauma, neurodiversity, anxiety, depression, identity, social skills, sensory processing and fine motor skills. Availability: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays for individuals and groups.
(02) 7804 4029 View (02) 7804 4029
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Psyhi Psychology Services
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
At Psyhi Psychology Services we believe EVERYBODY deserves to live a happy, healthy and fulfilled life. That’s why we have created an inviting, safe and non-judgemental space where you will feel heard, valued and supported. We have a deep awareness and understanding of the different challenges that can lead people to seek out therapy, therefore we will always demonstrate empathy and compassion in our interactions with you.
At Psyhi Psychology Services we believe EVERYBODY deserves to live a happy, healthy and fulfilled life. That’s why we have created an inviting, safe and non-judgemental space where you will feel heard, valued and supported. We have a deep awareness and understanding of the different challenges that can lead people to seek out therapy, therefore we will always demonstrate empathy and compassion in our interactions with you.
(02) 8806 0356 View (02) 8806 0356
Photo of Steph Basia, Psychotherapist in Sydney, NSW
Steph Basia
Psychotherapist, MA, PACFA
Verified Verified
Woollahra, NSW 2025
Our behaviours and feelings (emotional or physical symptoms) can be indicative to our state of mind. I believe anything that presents itself is asking to be acknowledged that it is there. I'm client focused and work according to your pace. I facilitate space for the presented issues to be explored and work towards obtaining peace and healthy function. I have an eclectic approach, using interventions suitable to the individual client.
Our behaviours and feelings (emotional or physical symptoms) can be indicative to our state of mind. I believe anything that presents itself is asking to be acknowledged that it is there. I'm client focused and work according to your pace. I facilitate space for the presented issues to be explored and work towards obtaining peace and healthy function. I have an eclectic approach, using interventions suitable to the individual client.
(02) 9100 0197 View (02) 9100 0197
Photo of Olivia Garnett, Psychologist in Sydney, NSW
Olivia Garnett
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Surry Hills, NSW 2010
I am a friendly and dedicated Clinical Psychologist passionate about helping clients overcome and manage psychological distress and improve overall wellbeing.
I am a friendly and dedicated Clinical Psychologist passionate about helping clients overcome and manage psychological distress and improve overall wellbeing.
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Robyn Paula Adler
Psychotherapist, MA, PACFA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sydney, NSW 2000
Through understanding and engaging with difficult memories and experiences from the past, more space becomes possible for spontaneity, free from anxiety and self-denigration, a genuine ability to respond more fully, in the present, to those people close to you and in work situations. Rather than reacting in old and unhelpful ways, through a supportive therapeutic relationship where difficult issues can be thought about and talked through together, new conscious choices for your life are possible and energy and full potential realised.
Through understanding and engaging with difficult memories and experiences from the past, more space becomes possible for spontaneity, free from anxiety and self-denigration, a genuine ability to respond more fully, in the present, to those people close to you and in work situations. Rather than reacting in old and unhelpful ways, through a supportive therapeutic relationship where difficult issues can be thought about and talked through together, new conscious choices for your life are possible and energy and full potential realised.
(02) 9100 0087 View (02) 9100 0087
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The Climbing Fish
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Marrickville, NSW 2204
Alison Lucas offers psychology services for adults presenting with intrusive, unwanted thoughts as experienced with anxiety disorders, addictions, trauma, mood disorders, OCD and PTSD. Therapy approaches include acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy and EMDR therapy. Alison offers psychology services tailored to meet your individual needs and services are provided in Marrickville, Sydney. Please reach out to make an appointment. Referrals from your GP accepted, and private sessions are available.
Alison Lucas offers psychology services for adults presenting with intrusive, unwanted thoughts as experienced with anxiety disorders, addictions, trauma, mood disorders, OCD and PTSD. Therapy approaches include acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy and EMDR therapy. Alison offers psychology services tailored to meet your individual needs and services are provided in Marrickville, Sydney. Please reach out to make an appointment. Referrals from your GP accepted, and private sessions are available.
(02) 4210 9093 View (02) 4210 9093
Photo of Cherie Marriott - Couple and family counsellor, Psychotherapist in Sydney, NSW
Cherie Marriott - Couple and family counsellor
Psychotherapist, MA, PACFA
Verified Verified
Cherie brings a mix of warmth and expert training to help couples and families navigate difficult patches in their relationships. She specialises in communication problems, escalating conflict, low intimacy, affairs, parenting struggles, ADHD, teen mental health, family blending, step-parenting, and complex childhood trauma. She has a particular interest in working with adult families around grief & loss, disagreements and cut-offs, money issues and narcissistic dynamics. She also has extensive experience in post-separation counselling, Family Court matters and shared parenting arrangements.
Cherie brings a mix of warmth and expert training to help couples and families navigate difficult patches in their relationships. She specialises in communication problems, escalating conflict, low intimacy, affairs, parenting struggles, ADHD, teen mental health, family blending, step-parenting, and complex childhood trauma. She has a particular interest in working with adult families around grief & loss, disagreements and cut-offs, money issues and narcissistic dynamics. She also has extensive experience in post-separation counselling, Family Court matters and shared parenting arrangements.
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Jania Nouri
Counsellor, MA, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Camperdown, NSW 2050  (Online Only)
At the heart of my counselling practice is my capacity for deep listening, compassion, empathy, and developing a trusting therapeutic relationship with clients. My approach is humanistic, person-centred, strengths-based, culturally sensitive, and trauma informed. I work with people from all walks of life with diverse cultures, genders, and sexual orientations. People seek my counselling support when their emotional, psychological, or behavioural functioning is being significantly impacted by life transitions, increasing anxiety, relationship difficulties, parenting challenges, and the trauma of domestic abuse.
At the heart of my counselling practice is my capacity for deep listening, compassion, empathy, and developing a trusting therapeutic relationship with clients. My approach is humanistic, person-centred, strengths-based, culturally sensitive, and trauma informed. I work with people from all walks of life with diverse cultures, genders, and sexual orientations. People seek my counselling support when their emotional, psychological, or behavioural functioning is being significantly impacted by life transitions, increasing anxiety, relationship difficulties, parenting challenges, and the trauma of domestic abuse.
(02) 9100 0578 View (02) 9100 0578
Photo of Esperanza Counselling Service, Counsellor in Sydney, NSW
Esperanza Counselling Service
Counsellor
Verified Verified
While the challenges of modern life affect everyone in different ways, most life challenges are universal: balancing work and home life, changing jobs, starting a new life with a partner, parenting, dealing with loss, maintaining satisfactory and harmonious relationships with colleagues, friends, family... the list goes on. The aim of counselling sessions is to provide a space where clients experiencing difficulties in any aspect of their life can unburden themselves, discuss and explore issues of concern, and gain the skills to live a better, happier life, feeling better about themselves and the world around them.
While the challenges of modern life affect everyone in different ways, most life challenges are universal: balancing work and home life, changing jobs, starting a new life with a partner, parenting, dealing with loss, maintaining satisfactory and harmonious relationships with colleagues, friends, family... the list goes on. The aim of counselling sessions is to provide a space where clients experiencing difficulties in any aspect of their life can unburden themselves, discuss and explore issues of concern, and gain the skills to live a better, happier life, feeling better about themselves and the world around them.
(02) 8609 3992 View (02) 8609 3992

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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Sydney, NSW

1,000+

Average cost per session

$170

Counsellors in Sydney, NSW who prioritize treating:

86% Anxiety
80% Depression
74% Self Esteem
74% Stress
72% Relationship Issues
64% Trauma and PTSD
61% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

65% Medicare Rebates
54% Bupa
47% Medibank Private

How Counsellors in Sydney, NSW see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
20% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Sydney?

Search for nearby psychologists or counsellors by inputting your city, suburb, postcode, 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 postcode into the search bar.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

Counsellors and Psychotherapists listed in the directory are members of the main professional associations, mainly the Australian Counselling Association and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. Psychologists must be registered in the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Most Social Workers listed in the directory are members of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

Providers whose professional membership or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Given that professional memberships are not a statutory requirement for social workers, psychotherapists and counsellors in Australia, certain qualified professionals or organisations may choose not to maintain such memberships despite possessing the necessary qualifications. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counsellor?

Counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists can all provide counselling or talking therapy and have credentials and experience that enable them to do so in Australia.

Psychologists have earned a 4 year undergraduate degree in psychology and have completed a postgraduate internship or postgraduate degree. Psychotherapists generally have an undergraduate degree in a health related field in addition to 3-4 years of specialist training in psychotherapy and a period of personal psychotherapy. In order to belong to a professional organisation such as the ACA or PACFA, counsellors and psychotherapists are required to have completed a certain level of AQF qualifications and/ or an approved training course as well as clinical and supervision hours. Social Workers registered with the AASW are required to have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Social Work from an accredited institution.

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, the cost of a therapy session in Australia could be between $100 and $250. If you have private insurance, your plan may cover some if not all of your sessions. You should contact your insurance provider to determine if they provide coverage for therapy sessions and to determine what, if any, requirements they might have in order for your sessions to be covered, such as a referral from your GP or medical specialist.

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.

If you are struggling to access therapy due to budget constraints, you could also consider public funded mental health services. The Better Access Scheme is a government program offering Medicare rebates for mental health care. To access the program you will need to be assessed and diagnosed by your GP and get a Mental Health Plan. This will allow you to receive up to 10 individual sessions and 10 group sessions a year with practitioners who accept bulk billing, with no out of pocket costs for you.

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 postcode.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Therapists who are part of a professional organisation such as the ACA, PACFA, or the APS are bound by an ethical framework that requires them to uphold a confidentiality agreement. Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship and only under specific circumstances, such as when there is the potential or known harm to the client or others or when a minor is in danger, will a therapist be obligated to break the agreement. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed during the initial consultation.