Counselling in Colchester

Photo of Sally Jervis - The Listening Room, MBACP, Counsellor
Sally Jervis - The Listening Room
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Colchester CO3
When people ask (if they do ask) "How are you?" Do you reply "Oh I'm fine, all good" or "Yeah, not too great actually" But what your voice inside actually wants to say is "If only they knew!", "Did they even hear what I just said" or "I don't know how to admit that I'm not ok, I have to keep it together!" Life can be beautiful and amazing and at other times it can pull the rug right from under your feet, with completely no warning. Presenting us with situations that trigger overwhelming anxiety, sadness, anger and sometimes a feeling of pure desperation. Where you've never felt more disconnected with yourself and others.
When people ask (if they do ask) "How are you?" Do you reply "Oh I'm fine, all good" or "Yeah, not too great actually" But what your voice inside actually wants to say is "If only they knew!", "Did they even hear what I just said" or "I don't know how to admit that I'm not ok, I have to keep it together!" Life can be beautiful and amazing and at other times it can pull the rug right from under your feet, with completely no warning. Presenting us with situations that trigger overwhelming anxiety, sadness, anger and sometimes a feeling of pure desperation. Where you've never felt more disconnected with yourself and others.
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Photo of Dr Birgit Vote Cpsychol, DCounsPsych, CPsychol, Psychologist
Dr Birgit Vote Cpsychol
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, CPsychol
Verified Verified
Colchester CO3
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and have over 10 years experience offering psychological therapy services. I have worked with a wide variety of people, from all walks of life and ages and backgrounds in different therapeutic settings including private practice, within the NHS and the not-for-profit sector. I offer evidence-based therapy tailored to each individual’s needs for a range of difficulties, for example, anxiety, depression, excessive worry, trauma, anger, stress management, work issues, grief/loss or relationship problems.
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and have over 10 years experience offering psychological therapy services. I have worked with a wide variety of people, from all walks of life and ages and backgrounds in different therapeutic settings including private practice, within the NHS and the not-for-profit sector. I offer evidence-based therapy tailored to each individual’s needs for a range of difficulties, for example, anxiety, depression, excessive worry, trauma, anger, stress management, work issues, grief/loss or relationship problems.
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Jacquie Clark
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Colchester CO6
Hallo I’m Jacquie, If you are feeling a bit ‘stuck’ or struggling to see a way forward, why not come and talk to me? I offer a safe, non judgemental, supportive and effective service where we can work Collaboratively to achieve the best outcome for you. The way I work can best be described by using a driving metaphor; I am the Sat Nav - I can help and advise you on the best route to take, help you negotiate problems and be with you throughout your journey, eventually arriving at where you wish to be. You, however, are the one doing the driving. We can work brilliantly together to make change a reality.
Hallo I’m Jacquie, If you are feeling a bit ‘stuck’ or struggling to see a way forward, why not come and talk to me? I offer a safe, non judgemental, supportive and effective service where we can work Collaboratively to achieve the best outcome for you. The way I work can best be described by using a driving metaphor; I am the Sat Nav - I can help and advise you on the best route to take, help you negotiate problems and be with you throughout your journey, eventually arriving at where you wish to be. You, however, are the one doing the driving. We can work brilliantly together to make change a reality.
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Castle Counselling Service
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Colchester CO6
As a MBACP counsellor, I specialise in helping children, teenager, young adults and also support older adults too. Individuals seek counselling for various reasons, all of which are valid. Together we can explore your presenting difficulties, in a safe confidential space to reframe and make new meaning.
As a MBACP counsellor, I specialise in helping children, teenager, young adults and also support older adults too. Individuals seek counselling for various reasons, all of which are valid. Together we can explore your presenting difficulties, in a safe confidential space to reframe and make new meaning.
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Lyndise Tarbuck
Psychotherapist, MBACP Snr. Accred
Verified Verified
Colchester CO3
I specialise in working with adults who are struggling with anxiety and depression, issues such as identity, life-crisis, bereavement, diagnosis, problems in relationships or working through unresolved past issues.
I specialise in working with adults who are struggling with anxiety and depression, issues such as identity, life-crisis, bereavement, diagnosis, problems in relationships or working through unresolved past issues.
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Photo of Beth Rogan, MA, MUKCP, Psychotherapist
Beth Rogan
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Colchester CO1
A warm, relational approach is the foundation of my work with children, young people and their parents. As an Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, I aim to enable each person to communicate and feel understood from the depth of their experience. This means finding each person's unique ways of expressing themselves, and tailoring my technique to meet them "where they're at". I create a safe space so that children and young people are able to bring their most painful feelings and thoughts out into the room with me. At the same time, humour and fun are important elements of my work.
A warm, relational approach is the foundation of my work with children, young people and their parents. As an Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, I aim to enable each person to communicate and feel understood from the depth of their experience. This means finding each person's unique ways of expressing themselves, and tailoring my technique to meet them "where they're at". I create a safe space so that children and young people are able to bring their most painful feelings and thoughts out into the room with me. At the same time, humour and fun are important elements of my work.
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Taner Paul Hassan
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Colchester CO4
Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist. I work with Couples, Adults, Teenagers, Professional Athletes & People in the public eye. Assisting in many presenting issues. Specialist Area of Expertise: Sex & Porn Addiction, Substance Misuse & Alcohol, Addiction. It is important that whoever you seek help from you give yourself the chance to work through your issues and become your own scientist. I will never tell you what to do but help guide you and explore your issues together to help you achieve your goals.
Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist. I work with Couples, Adults, Teenagers, Professional Athletes & People in the public eye. Assisting in many presenting issues. Specialist Area of Expertise: Sex & Porn Addiction, Substance Misuse & Alcohol, Addiction. It is important that whoever you seek help from you give yourself the chance to work through your issues and become your own scientist. I will never tell you what to do but help guide you and explore your issues together to help you achieve your goals.
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Ian West (Accred) Counsellor and Supervisor
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Colchester CO1
I am an Accredited MBACP Registered Humanistic Integrative Counsellor & Counselling Supervisor with over 10 years of experience in working with individuals, and groups of all ages, sexual orientations and cultural backgrounds. I am based both at London Liverpool Street EC2 and Colchester CO1. Dependent on your presenting issues/needs I will draw on cognitive, psychodynamic, attachment, and relational theories and concepts, to provide either short-term-focused counselling/therapy or longer-term in-depth psychotherapy.
I am an Accredited MBACP Registered Humanistic Integrative Counsellor & Counselling Supervisor with over 10 years of experience in working with individuals, and groups of all ages, sexual orientations and cultural backgrounds. I am based both at London Liverpool Street EC2 and Colchester CO1. Dependent on your presenting issues/needs I will draw on cognitive, psychodynamic, attachment, and relational theories and concepts, to provide either short-term-focused counselling/therapy or longer-term in-depth psychotherapy.
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Anxiety & Phobia Therapist, Lyanne Pudney.
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Colchester CO6
If your anxiety levels are very high, we'll usually work to bring it down first, then, once you're less stressed out, we'll work on achieving your goals. If you want to take back control and work in a tailored way to suit your personality, you are welcome to a free 30 minute consultation so we can discuss your needs & how I work. I use Counselling, Psychotherapy, EMDR, NLP, ERP, CBT and Hypnotherapy approaches to suit you. Some clients only need 6 sessions, to learn techniques to control anxiety or panic attacks, while others may stay on to resolve the underlying cause/s once they're feeling better.
If your anxiety levels are very high, we'll usually work to bring it down first, then, once you're less stressed out, we'll work on achieving your goals. If you want to take back control and work in a tailored way to suit your personality, you are welcome to a free 30 minute consultation so we can discuss your needs & how I work. I use Counselling, Psychotherapy, EMDR, NLP, ERP, CBT and Hypnotherapy approaches to suit you. Some clients only need 6 sessions, to learn techniques to control anxiety or panic attacks, while others may stay on to resolve the underlying cause/s once they're feeling better.
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Dr Kwun Fu Chan
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Colchester CO1
Life can be difficult to understand. It can be overwhelming. Sometimes, we end up going around in circles. All of us will experience at least some challenging situations at some point in our lives. Psychological therapy is a safe space to understand and overcome these difficulties. I am a Counselling Psychologist, and we can work together and find ways to improve your wellbeing and alleviate your struggles.
Life can be difficult to understand. It can be overwhelming. Sometimes, we end up going around in circles. All of us will experience at least some challenging situations at some point in our lives. Psychological therapy is a safe space to understand and overcome these difficulties. I am a Counselling Psychologist, and we can work together and find ways to improve your wellbeing and alleviate your struggles.
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Sue Barber
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Colchester CO7
Clients describe the space I create as an 'anchor', a caring environment and place of safety. I bring commitment and a positive approach to our work. Together, we will find hope and courage so you can move forward. I am known for being calming, gentle and resilient, creating a safe space for you to explore whatever you may choose to bring. I have an ability to reach out and connect at depth with people who are finding life a struggle, suffering and experiencing sadness. I consider it a privilege to work alongside my clients at these times, providing support and enabling insight, whilst they work through whatever is hurting them.
Clients describe the space I create as an 'anchor', a caring environment and place of safety. I bring commitment and a positive approach to our work. Together, we will find hope and courage so you can move forward. I am known for being calming, gentle and resilient, creating a safe space for you to explore whatever you may choose to bring. I have an ability to reach out and connect at depth with people who are finding life a struggle, suffering and experiencing sadness. I consider it a privilege to work alongside my clients at these times, providing support and enabling insight, whilst they work through whatever is hurting them.
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Photo of Marion Preston At Unique To You Counselling Services, DCounsPsych, MNCPS Acc., Counsellor
Marion Preston At Unique To You Counselling Services
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Colchester CO3  (Online Only)
Hello, if you are struggling with your mental health, I want to help YOU with whatever is bothering you. I would like to work with you as your ‘wing woman’, helping you to 'unravel' your thoughts and feelings. I can help you achieve an understanding of what is going on for you whether at the present moment or, due to trauma or situations from the past. To me how we relate to each other and work together is paramount. I want you to feel safe and able to share your story with me. I work instinctively with assessing your needs. I am very much a “what you see is what you get” counsellor and human being!
Hello, if you are struggling with your mental health, I want to help YOU with whatever is bothering you. I would like to work with you as your ‘wing woman’, helping you to 'unravel' your thoughts and feelings. I can help you achieve an understanding of what is going on for you whether at the present moment or, due to trauma or situations from the past. To me how we relate to each other and work together is paramount. I want you to feel safe and able to share your story with me. I work instinctively with assessing your needs. I am very much a “what you see is what you get” counsellor and human being!
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Light Bubble Counselling
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Colchester CO3
Specialist in Trauma, PTSD, Burnout, Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Low self-esteem and abuse to name few. I have a variety of trainings and experiences included CBT, Gestalt, Attachment therapy, Child Gigogne theory in therapeutic process. This means, I am able to tailor your session, finding the right way of working for you. I have good knowledge and understanding of ethnic backgrounds and faiths, and also an interest in working with members of the sexual minority. I am working both face to face and online. In addition to my one to one session, I also work with groups, both individuals and couple counselling in a groups setting.
Specialist in Trauma, PTSD, Burnout, Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Low self-esteem and abuse to name few. I have a variety of trainings and experiences included CBT, Gestalt, Attachment therapy, Child Gigogne theory in therapeutic process. This means, I am able to tailor your session, finding the right way of working for you. I have good knowledge and understanding of ethnic backgrounds and faiths, and also an interest in working with members of the sexual minority. I am working both face to face and online. In addition to my one to one session, I also work with groups, both individuals and couple counselling in a groups setting.
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Leonie Holmes
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Colchester CO7
Have you reached a point where you sense you just can’t carry on feeling this way? Maybe it’s a recent breakup, or a build up of feelings that’s just all become too much to cope with on your own. Perhaps you are carrying a silent pain that you wish the people around you could see. Maybe you are tired of not feeling understood by those closest to you. I wonder if you have lost your trust in others, and reaching out for help often feels impossible. I specialize in working with people to make sense of their past and how it is affecting the present. You are really not alone, and I would like to help, your feelings do matter.
Have you reached a point where you sense you just can’t carry on feeling this way? Maybe it’s a recent breakup, or a build up of feelings that’s just all become too much to cope with on your own. Perhaps you are carrying a silent pain that you wish the people around you could see. Maybe you are tired of not feeling understood by those closest to you. I wonder if you have lost your trust in others, and reaching out for help often feels impossible. I specialize in working with people to make sense of their past and how it is affecting the present. You are really not alone, and I would like to help, your feelings do matter.
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Secure Base Therapy
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Colchester CO1
To see more please visit my website at- www.securebasetherapy.com
To see more please visit my website at- www.securebasetherapy.com
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Photo of Paula Jane Isgrove, DCounsPsych, MBACP Accred, Psychotherapist
Paula Jane Isgrove
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Colchester CO2
Working with couples and individuals. I appreciate the connection between physical health and psychological well being. I work with a variety of issues including anxiety disorders and trauma especially relating to relationship issues and sexual assault/abuse, sex problems and sex addiction. OCD and hoarding as well as panic disorders are also areas of interest. I have extensive experience of discussing sensitive and intimate topics with people, including issues relating to sexual identity and sexual assault/abuse.
Working with couples and individuals. I appreciate the connection between physical health and psychological well being. I work with a variety of issues including anxiety disorders and trauma especially relating to relationship issues and sexual assault/abuse, sex problems and sex addiction. OCD and hoarding as well as panic disorders are also areas of interest. I have extensive experience of discussing sensitive and intimate topics with people, including issues relating to sexual identity and sexual assault/abuse.
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Jane Susan Smith
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Colchester CO6
Deciding to contact a counsellor can feel overwhelming but as a fully qualified counsellor and member of the BACP (British association for psychotherapy) I work to a professional standard and ethic, supporting you on every step of your journey. I work from my private practice which sits on the Essex and Suffolk border, nestled in the Colne valley offering comfortable confidential consulting rooms with discreet parking . My practice is based on person -centred values offering empathic in-depth support which allows you to explore your feelings, beliefs and emotions in a safe confidential space. Weekly, monthly or ad hoc sessions
Deciding to contact a counsellor can feel overwhelming but as a fully qualified counsellor and member of the BACP (British association for psychotherapy) I work to a professional standard and ethic, supporting you on every step of your journey. I work from my private practice which sits on the Essex and Suffolk border, nestled in the Colne valley offering comfortable confidential consulting rooms with discreet parking . My practice is based on person -centred values offering empathic in-depth support which allows you to explore your feelings, beliefs and emotions in a safe confidential space. Weekly, monthly or ad hoc sessions
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Coping With Anxiety Depression And Healing Trauma Tisha Kachhapati
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Colchester CO1
Are you feeling bogged down by the world? Are things are getting worse and you know you need help? Maybe you’re trying to find an outlet for the things you’re experiencing. Either way, something is bringing you toward counselling, which has led you here to me. I use the psychodynamic approach in therapy to make sense of your world. I help you connect unconscious behaviours that are unpleasantly shaping or sabotaging your life. By bringing awareness to it, you can make sense of it to create real changes. Some of these unpleasant things can show up in the form of explosive anger, panic attacks, or even avoidant behaviours.
Are you feeling bogged down by the world? Are things are getting worse and you know you need help? Maybe you’re trying to find an outlet for the things you’re experiencing. Either way, something is bringing you toward counselling, which has led you here to me. I use the psychodynamic approach in therapy to make sense of your world. I help you connect unconscious behaviours that are unpleasantly shaping or sabotaging your life. By bringing awareness to it, you can make sense of it to create real changes. Some of these unpleasant things can show up in the form of explosive anger, panic attacks, or even avoidant behaviours.
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Photo of Mark John Penfold, DCounsPsych, MBACP, Counsellor
Mark John Penfold
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Colchester CO3
Hi, I'm Mark a counsellor who specialises in working with couples who have disconnected and wish to rediscover their emotional bond through better forms of empathic communication and achieve healthy confrontation to help de-escalate cycles of conflict where they are blaming, attacking and withdrawing from one another. My aim is work with them to reach a place where they once again feel like a team who can resolve things in a healthy way. Other issues covered include discovering each other's love language and rebuilding trust. I provide online counselling using Zoom, Skype or WhatsApp and phone counselling.
Hi, I'm Mark a counsellor who specialises in working with couples who have disconnected and wish to rediscover their emotional bond through better forms of empathic communication and achieve healthy confrontation to help de-escalate cycles of conflict where they are blaming, attacking and withdrawing from one another. My aim is work with them to reach a place where they once again feel like a team who can resolve things in a healthy way. Other issues covered include discovering each other's love language and rebuilding trust. I provide online counselling using Zoom, Skype or WhatsApp and phone counselling.
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Merril Matthews
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Colchester CO2
I am a BACP Registered / Snr Accredited therapist with over 20 years experience of being with persons who have chosen to seek Counselling / therapeutic support. I consider it a privilege to be alongside a person who could be experiencing grief, loss, depression, anxiety, low self esteem or other feelings that can be felt as overwhelming and unmanageable.
I am a BACP Registered / Snr Accredited therapist with over 20 years experience of being with persons who have chosen to seek Counselling / therapeutic support. I consider it a privilege to be alongside a person who could be experiencing grief, loss, depression, anxiety, low self esteem or other feelings that can be felt as overwhelming and unmanageable.
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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Colchester

100+

Average cost per session

£50

Counsellors in Colchester who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
90% Self Esteem
89% Depression
82% Stress
81% Relationship Issues
67% Bereavement
66% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

73% Aviva
68% AXA PPP
68% Bupa

How Counsellors in Colchester see their clients

86% In Person and Online
14% Online Only

Gender breakdown

76% Female
23% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Colchester?

Search for nearby therapists or counsellors by inputting your city, 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 British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Most Psychologists in the directory are accredited members of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and/or are registered in the Health and Care Professions Council (HPCP).

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 psychotherapists and counsellors in the UK, 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 the UK. Psychologists have earned a degree in psychology and many are members of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and have completed a postgraduate qualification in a specialism. Counsellors and Psychotherapists are not required to have a psychology degree, but to belong to a professional organisation such as the BACP or UKCP, they are required to have completed a training course as well as clinical and supervision hours.

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 UK could be between £30 - £60 when seeing a counsellor and £60 - £150 and up when seeing a clinical psychologist. 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 NHS Talking therapies programme offers free of charge counselling for common mental health problems like anxiety and depression. The service is available to anyone registered with a GP, though you do not necessarily need to be referred by your GP and can refer yourself directly to a Talking therapies service. The service will provide different solutions, including group and individual therapy, for a limited number of sessions which are generally up to six.

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 BACP, the UKCP, or BPS 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 has been participation in a criminal act or act of terror, or if there is potential or known harm to the client or others, will a therapist be obligated to break the agreement. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed during the initial consultation.