Counselling in Essex

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Photo of Jackie Morley, Counsellor in Essex, England
Jackie Morley
Counsellor, MA, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
I have a background in Social Care where I worked with complex family and relationship issues. Through my experience I have come to understand how instrumental caring, supportive relationships are to reducing stress and increasing emotional well-being. It has led to a passion for working as a therapist to help people improve relationships, to feel connected to, heard and valued by spouses, partners, friends and family. Through resolving conflict, repairing hurt, anger and where you are able to let go of resentments it can lead to a healthier sex-life and sexual functioning.
I have a background in Social Care where I worked with complex family and relationship issues. Through my experience I have come to understand how instrumental caring, supportive relationships are to reducing stress and increasing emotional well-being. It has led to a passion for working as a therapist to help people improve relationships, to feel connected to, heard and valued by spouses, partners, friends and family. Through resolving conflict, repairing hurt, anger and where you are able to let go of resentments it can lead to a healthier sex-life and sexual functioning.
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Photo of KJL Counselling, Counsellor in Essex, England
KJL Counselling
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Welcome to KJL Counselling. I am a Registered Counsellor, providing advice, support and signposting for issues relating to Mental Health and Child & Family Practice. I have over twenty years of experience working with adults, families and young people experiencing challenges regarding their mental health and emotional wellbeing, specialising in working with Individuals, women and young adults (17yrs +). My approach focuses on integrated styles of working which means I can provide therapy that is tailored to meet each individual’s needs.
Welcome to KJL Counselling. I am a Registered Counsellor, providing advice, support and signposting for issues relating to Mental Health and Child & Family Practice. I have over twenty years of experience working with adults, families and young people experiencing challenges regarding their mental health and emotional wellbeing, specialising in working with Individuals, women and young adults (17yrs +). My approach focuses on integrated styles of working which means I can provide therapy that is tailored to meet each individual’s needs.
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counselling with melissa
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Harlow CM17
I am able to offer a friendly, non judgemental space to allow us to work together to explore areas that you are finding challenging. I understand that taking the first step can be difficult but can also be the first step to making the changes you want to allow you to move forward.
I am able to offer a friendly, non judgemental space to allow us to work together to explore areas that you are finding challenging. I understand that taking the first step can be difficult but can also be the first step to making the changes you want to allow you to move forward.
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Photo of Katharina Lea Schmitt- Eschle, Counsellor in Essex, England
Katharina Lea Schmitt- Eschle
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
I offer integrative child and young people's counselling and therapeutic child and teenage support. All our children and young people sometimes go through phases where not everything is going to plan. There might have been a bereavement, exam stress, bullying or sudden life changes have had an impact on their self esteem. Your might be concerned because your child has recently become angry, anxious, withdrawn, a bit more challenging or has developed difficulties in school. Sometimes they also struggle to find good friends, put themselves at risk or their physical health becomes affected.
I offer integrative child and young people's counselling and therapeutic child and teenage support. All our children and young people sometimes go through phases where not everything is going to plan. There might have been a bereavement, exam stress, bullying or sudden life changes have had an impact on their self esteem. Your might be concerned because your child has recently become angry, anxious, withdrawn, a bit more challenging or has developed difficulties in school. Sometimes they also struggle to find good friends, put themselves at risk or their physical health becomes affected.
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Photo of Nicola Annette Perry, Counsellor in Essex, England
Nicola Annette Perry
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
As a counsellor, I provide a safe and confidential environment, where emotions, thoughts, and reactions can be explored. We look at the benefits of change and improved communication. I work with several presenting issues. I specialise in supporting those who wish to rebuild significant relationships. Our relationships are fundamental in how we see ourselves. My initial training was in psychodynamic counselling, working with young people and adults. In recognising how relationships impact on our thoughts, personality, and behaviour, led me to further my studies in Systemic Therapy, working with Relate and Tavistock Relationships.
As a counsellor, I provide a safe and confidential environment, where emotions, thoughts, and reactions can be explored. We look at the benefits of change and improved communication. I work with several presenting issues. I specialise in supporting those who wish to rebuild significant relationships. Our relationships are fundamental in how we see ourselves. My initial training was in psychodynamic counselling, working with young people and adults. In recognising how relationships impact on our thoughts, personality, and behaviour, led me to further my studies in Systemic Therapy, working with Relate and Tavistock Relationships.
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Photo of Hiten Mistry, Counsellor in Essex, England
Hiten Mistry
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
I am a qualified counsellor. The focus of the training was person centred therapy with a focus on being integrative. Incorporating counselling models such as CBT, TA and Humanistic existential models. I have applied this integrative approach when working with a range of people bereavement, anxiety, depression and identity.
I am a qualified counsellor. The focus of the training was person centred therapy with a focus on being integrative. Incorporating counselling models such as CBT, TA and Humanistic existential models. I have applied this integrative approach when working with a range of people bereavement, anxiety, depression and identity.
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Sophie Atkinson
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
You may have some ideas as to why you are seeking counselling or you may simply feel the need to talk to someone. You might experienced a loss, bereavement, a change in family circumstances or a relationship. You might be suffering from an illness or health problems. Perhaps you have problems at work, with your employment or finances. You might have lost touch with yourself or feel uncertain about a life decision. You may be confused, unhappy, depressed, anxious, worried or sad. You may have concerns about your body, weight, appearance, sexuality, drugs or alcohol. You may experienced a trauma or an abusive relationship.
You may have some ideas as to why you are seeking counselling or you may simply feel the need to talk to someone. You might experienced a loss, bereavement, a change in family circumstances or a relationship. You might be suffering from an illness or health problems. Perhaps you have problems at work, with your employment or finances. You might have lost touch with yourself or feel uncertain about a life decision. You may be confused, unhappy, depressed, anxious, worried or sad. You may have concerns about your body, weight, appearance, sexuality, drugs or alcohol. You may experienced a trauma or an abusive relationship.
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Photo of humanskind - stuart dean, Psychotherapist in Essex, England
humanskind - stuart dean
Psychotherapist, UKCP Trainee
Verified Verified
I know how it feels. I’ve trawled these sites looking for something that stands out, someone a bit different. Someone real. Feeling lost, feeling alone, feeling so down. Wanting to find that person I could, just perhaps, take a leap of faith with. I won’t promise I’ve been exactly where you are or where you’ve been, because I can’t. Nobody can. As humans we are all unique; each of us is a special, individual creature.
I know how it feels. I’ve trawled these sites looking for something that stands out, someone a bit different. Someone real. Feeling lost, feeling alone, feeling so down. Wanting to find that person I could, just perhaps, take a leap of faith with. I won’t promise I’ve been exactly where you are or where you’ve been, because I can’t. Nobody can. As humans we are all unique; each of us is a special, individual creature.
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Photo of Nathalie Macleod, Counsellor in Essex, England
Nathalie Macleod
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Welcome. I am a BACP Accredited counsellor with experience working with adults, couples and young people. At times in our lives, events can swamp us and we can struggle to cope. I have experience working with clients with various backgrounds. I can help you with anxiety, stress, self esteem issues, low mood, depression, relationship issues, experiencing chronic illness, along with suicidal ideation. My approach can help you understand yourself better and explore ways to bring about positive change.
Welcome. I am a BACP Accredited counsellor with experience working with adults, couples and young people. At times in our lives, events can swamp us and we can struggle to cope. I have experience working with clients with various backgrounds. I can help you with anxiety, stress, self esteem issues, low mood, depression, relationship issues, experiencing chronic illness, along with suicidal ideation. My approach can help you understand yourself better and explore ways to bring about positive change.
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Photo of HEART Counselling, Counsellor in Essex, England
HEART Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Colchester CO7  (Online Only)
Life can be a struggle; the things other people seem able to deal with can leave us feeling exhausted, demoralised, and desperate. Finding someone to talk to can be difficult because friends and family always have an opinion and can often make us feel judged or inadequate. As a person-centred counsellor I know that you are the expert in your own life; only you know how you feel. Talking to someone who is actively listening to you, who makes no judgement, and accepts you for who you are, can be transformative. Not only does it make you feel heard and validated, it can help you to better emotional and physical health
Life can be a struggle; the things other people seem able to deal with can leave us feeling exhausted, demoralised, and desperate. Finding someone to talk to can be difficult because friends and family always have an opinion and can often make us feel judged or inadequate. As a person-centred counsellor I know that you are the expert in your own life; only you know how you feel. Talking to someone who is actively listening to you, who makes no judgement, and accepts you for who you are, can be transformative. Not only does it make you feel heard and validated, it can help you to better emotional and physical health
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Photo of Musonda Mwila, Psychotherapist in Essex, England
Musonda Mwila
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
As a Counsellor, I primarily work in a relational/integrative way drawing on interventions underpinned by psychodynamic and Humanistic theories including mindfulness. I offer individual counselling to adults and young people from the age of 16. As a Psychosexual Therapist I work with individual adults and couples presenting with a range of psychosexual difficulties. These include but not limited to loss of desire, vaginismus, painful sex, erectile and ejaculation difficulties, aging, menopause and orgasm difficulties. I am a Professional Associate of COSRT (4296 ) - working towards Registration.
As a Counsellor, I primarily work in a relational/integrative way drawing on interventions underpinned by psychodynamic and Humanistic theories including mindfulness. I offer individual counselling to adults and young people from the age of 16. As a Psychosexual Therapist I work with individual adults and couples presenting with a range of psychosexual difficulties. These include but not limited to loss of desire, vaginismus, painful sex, erectile and ejaculation difficulties, aging, menopause and orgasm difficulties. I am a Professional Associate of COSRT (4296 ) - working towards Registration.
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Photo of Leanne Pitts, Counsellor in Essex, England
Leanne Pitts
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
As your counsellor, I'm here to give you the space and time to talk openly about your thoughts, feelings, history, and experiences. This can help us learn more about who you are and most importantly, how you can find more happiness and contentment in your life. I'll be by your side as we dig deeper into understanding yourself and figuring out what's getting in the way of your goals and dreams. I've helped many people dealing with prolonged anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, OCD, low self-esteem, disordered eating, feelings of self harm and suicide and with a focus on past trauma amongst other presentations.
As your counsellor, I'm here to give you the space and time to talk openly about your thoughts, feelings, history, and experiences. This can help us learn more about who you are and most importantly, how you can find more happiness and contentment in your life. I'll be by your side as we dig deeper into understanding yourself and figuring out what's getting in the way of your goals and dreams. I've helped many people dealing with prolonged anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, OCD, low self-esteem, disordered eating, feelings of self harm and suicide and with a focus on past trauma amongst other presentations.
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Photo of Abbie O'Toole- Claddagh Counselling &Psychotherapy, Counsellor in Essex, England
Abbie O'Toole- Claddagh Counselling &Psychotherapy
Counsellor, MSc, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Sudbury CO10  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Abbie. I am passionate about making therapy more accessible to all so you can better work through the challenges that life throws at you. I believe that everyone deserves the chance to be content & fulfilled in life, unhampered by issues, past or present. We all need support and a helping hand at times to make this happen. This is why I offer counselling and psychotherapy to adults who are struggling with the challenges that life has thrown at them. My service is a professional, impartial, and totally confidential space for you to heal by expressing & exploring your emotions & find a positive way to move forward in life.
Hi, I'm Abbie. I am passionate about making therapy more accessible to all so you can better work through the challenges that life throws at you. I believe that everyone deserves the chance to be content & fulfilled in life, unhampered by issues, past or present. We all need support and a helping hand at times to make this happen. This is why I offer counselling and psychotherapy to adults who are struggling with the challenges that life has thrown at them. My service is a professional, impartial, and totally confidential space for you to heal by expressing & exploring your emotions & find a positive way to move forward in life.
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Photo of Mandy Rose, Counsellor in Essex, England
Mandy Rose
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Life throws up things that we don’t expect, testing our resilience and ability to overcome situations that are often not of our own making. Talking can be key in understanding your predicament and help you move forward. That old saying "a problem shared is a problem halved" really is true. Talking about a problem makes it seem less daunting or troubling. As a counsellor I can offer you that safe, secure place to talk and help you find the right way for you.
Life throws up things that we don’t expect, testing our resilience and ability to overcome situations that are often not of our own making. Talking can be key in understanding your predicament and help you move forward. That old saying "a problem shared is a problem halved" really is true. Talking about a problem makes it seem less daunting or troubling. As a counsellor I can offer you that safe, secure place to talk and help you find the right way for you.
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Photo of Lyndise Tarbuck, Psychotherapist in Essex, England
Lyndise Tarbuck
Psychotherapist, MBACP Snr. Accred
Verified Verified
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 Tisha Kachhapati, Psychotherapist in Essex, England
Tisha Kachhapati
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
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 Merril Matthews, Counsellor in Essex, England
Merril Matthews
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
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.
01206 239173 View 01206 239173
Photo of Lynton Patrick Forde, Counsellor in Essex, England
Lynton Patrick Forde
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Colchester CO2  (Online Only)
I began my journey of becoming a counsellor just after i had finished caring for my partner. I had always had a caring nature being a nursery nurse and support worker in my previous roles and wanted to support others, I had difficult times in the past with reaching out for help. My aim now is to offer that for my clients, a safe space to explore there feeling and emotions.
I began my journey of becoming a counsellor just after i had finished caring for my partner. I had always had a caring nature being a nursery nurse and support worker in my previous roles and wanted to support others, I had difficult times in the past with reaching out for help. My aim now is to offer that for my clients, a safe space to explore there feeling and emotions.
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Photo of Maria Lawrence, Psychotherapist in Essex, England
Maria Lawrence
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Life can present us with many challenges. Sometimes, the thought of facing our difficulties alone can be overwhelming, but it may be hard to know where to turn for support. My aim as an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist is to work collaboratively with you, drawing from a wide range of resources and therapeutic disciplines, to find the approach that feels right for you. Working together in this tailored way, we will be able to recognise your issues, identify your goals, and explore ways in which you may start moving towards a happier, peaceful and more fulfilled way of living.
Life can present us with many challenges. Sometimes, the thought of facing our difficulties alone can be overwhelming, but it may be hard to know where to turn for support. My aim as an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist is to work collaboratively with you, drawing from a wide range of resources and therapeutic disciplines, to find the approach that feels right for you. Working together in this tailored way, we will be able to recognise your issues, identify your goals, and explore ways in which you may start moving towards a happier, peaceful and more fulfilled way of living.
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Photo of Herts and Essex Psychotherapy and Counselling, Psychotherapist in Essex, England
Herts and Essex Psychotherapy and Counselling
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Harlow CM17
Trauma and related issues are at the heart of a lot of the work I do with most clients. Whether that be Racial Trauma, or the impacts of living in our patriarchal, capitalist, oppressive, ableist, queerphobic society on other marginalised communities. It might be related to a client's experience of abuse (recent or historical), loss, or attachment issues. Or it could show up as the manifestation of unprocessed trauma by way of addiction, or family, parenting or interpersonal relationship issues, for example. Whatever you're holding, my aim is to provide a safe and healing space to help you both unburden and process.
Trauma and related issues are at the heart of a lot of the work I do with most clients. Whether that be Racial Trauma, or the impacts of living in our patriarchal, capitalist, oppressive, ableist, queerphobic society on other marginalised communities. It might be related to a client's experience of abuse (recent or historical), loss, or attachment issues. Or it could show up as the manifestation of unprocessed trauma by way of addiction, or family, parenting or interpersonal relationship issues, for example. Whatever you're holding, my aim is to provide a safe and healing space to help you both unburden and process.
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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Essex

700+

Average cost per session

£55

Counsellors in Essex who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
86% Depression
86% Self Esteem
82% Stress
78% Relationship Issues
69% Bereavement
64% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

61% Aviva
61% AXA PPP
50% Bupa

How Counsellors in Essex see their clients

87% In Person and Online
13% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
19% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Essex?

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.

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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.