Counselling in Leeds

Photo of Cat Bailey, Counsellor in Leeds, England
Cat Bailey
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS13
When it’s not always possible to chat to a friend or loved one about personal issues counselling can be really helpful. Using a warm and down to earth style my sessions will use techniques to help discover the underlying symptoms, using a non direct approach. This will allow us to explore any issues you have, develop ways to overcome them, and move forward positively at a pace that feels right for you. As a fully qualified counsellor I offer help if you suffer emotional from problems with low self esteem, relationships, work related stress, abuse, child related issues, abandonment, drug abuse and addiction, amongst many others.
When it’s not always possible to chat to a friend or loved one about personal issues counselling can be really helpful. Using a warm and down to earth style my sessions will use techniques to help discover the underlying symptoms, using a non direct approach. This will allow us to explore any issues you have, develop ways to overcome them, and move forward positively at a pace that feels right for you. As a fully qualified counsellor I offer help if you suffer emotional from problems with low self esteem, relationships, work related stress, abuse, child related issues, abandonment, drug abuse and addiction, amongst many others.
0113 487 2776 View 0113 487 2776
Photo of Kirsty Woodhead, Counsellor in Leeds, England
Kirsty Woodhead
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS11  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Whether you grew up knowing you were autistic/ADHD or realised later in adulthood, it can have an influence on your ability to connect, express emotions & to let go of neurotypical (NT) standards & thrive as a neurodivergent (ND) adult. Navigating these difficulties can lead to feeling disconnected & split from oneself, burnt-out, & being confused about the future. Counselling is a great place to build a secure sense of self that helps you feel calm & centred even through the most difficult times. Together we can heal the disconnection, build coping strategies to recover from burn-out & develop strength from the challenges you face.
Whether you grew up knowing you were autistic/ADHD or realised later in adulthood, it can have an influence on your ability to connect, express emotions & to let go of neurotypical (NT) standards & thrive as a neurodivergent (ND) adult. Navigating these difficulties can lead to feeling disconnected & split from oneself, burnt-out, & being confused about the future. Counselling is a great place to build a secure sense of self that helps you feel calm & centred even through the most difficult times. Together we can heal the disconnection, build coping strategies to recover from burn-out & develop strength from the challenges you face.
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Tim Arnott
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS1
Hi there and thank you for viewing my profile. I am a Masters Qualified BACP Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist working in Leeds city centre (LS1) and York (YO41). As a therapist I help individuals talk about their feelings, think about their choices and help them to achieve positive changes in their lives through the counselling process. I use an integrative model of counselling & psychotherapy which involves a wide range of counselling theories such as psychodynamic and person-centred therapy.
Hi there and thank you for viewing my profile. I am a Masters Qualified BACP Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist working in Leeds city centre (LS1) and York (YO41). As a therapist I help individuals talk about their feelings, think about their choices and help them to achieve positive changes in their lives through the counselling process. I use an integrative model of counselling & psychotherapy which involves a wide range of counselling theories such as psychodynamic and person-centred therapy.
0113 467 6816 View 0113 467 6816
Photo of Fiona Wilby, Psychotherapist in Leeds, England
Fiona Wilby
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS19
Are you feeling fed up and are ready to make a change in your life, or with the way you feel? I can help with anxiety, stress, low mood and depression by working on emotional regulation through both talking to work out why you are feeling the way you are and through practical techniques. We can work together through any areas of your life, from childhood through to the present day. I can also help with support for grief, loss or bereavement, or relationship issues, decision making and planning skills.
Are you feeling fed up and are ready to make a change in your life, or with the way you feel? I can help with anxiety, stress, low mood and depression by working on emotional regulation through both talking to work out why you are feeling the way you are and through practical techniques. We can work together through any areas of your life, from childhood through to the present day. I can also help with support for grief, loss or bereavement, or relationship issues, decision making and planning skills.
0113 467 8526 View 0113 467 8526
Photo of Rachael Elliott, Counsellor in Leeds, England
Rachael Elliott
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS26
Life can be tough at times. Whether it's issues at work, with family and relationships, illness, loss, abuse, sexuality, phobias, anxiety, addiction or just general confidence, we all need help from time to time. For years I thought that the best way to deal with the feelings brought about by life's challenges was to 'bottle them up' and not talk about them, hoping they would go away. The reality was that this led to issues with anxiety, low mood and in extreme cases, panic attacks. Sound familiar? Just as it did for me, counselling could help you unlock the root cause of your issues and deal with them once and for all.
Life can be tough at times. Whether it's issues at work, with family and relationships, illness, loss, abuse, sexuality, phobias, anxiety, addiction or just general confidence, we all need help from time to time. For years I thought that the best way to deal with the feelings brought about by life's challenges was to 'bottle them up' and not talk about them, hoping they would go away. The reality was that this led to issues with anxiety, low mood and in extreme cases, panic attacks. Sound familiar? Just as it did for me, counselling could help you unlock the root cause of your issues and deal with them once and for all.
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Dr Hayley Scanlon
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
1 Endorsed
Leeds LS8  (Online Only)
A nurturing space for you to create a life worth living
A nurturing space for you to create a life worth living
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Photo of David Clancy, Psychotherapist in Leeds, England
David Clancy
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Leeds LS1
People who embark on a psychoanalytically informed therapy attend for a variety of reasons. Depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, stress, shame or low self esteem, what is important is that the problems have been around for some time and despite our best efforts do not improve by trying to address them on our own. This leaves us feeling stuck and alone, with increasing symptoms and frustrations. The aim of this type of therapy is to not only to help with the conscious symptoms, but to help develop understanding and awareness of what lies beneath the symptoms, enriching our lives and relationships, enabling change.
People who embark on a psychoanalytically informed therapy attend for a variety of reasons. Depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, stress, shame or low self esteem, what is important is that the problems have been around for some time and despite our best efforts do not improve by trying to address them on our own. This leaves us feeling stuck and alone, with increasing symptoms and frustrations. The aim of this type of therapy is to not only to help with the conscious symptoms, but to help develop understanding and awareness of what lies beneath the symptoms, enriching our lives and relationships, enabling change.
0113 487 2717 View 0113 487 2717
Photo of Jen Woodward, Psychotherapist in Leeds, England
Jen Woodward
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS6
As a therapist, I have been described as calm, patient and intuitive. I have worked in a variety of mental health settings for a total of 11 years including the NHS and The Place 2 Be. Today I work in a private practice setting in Leeds. I draw techniques from the psychodynamic modality - exploring your past experiences and consciousness in a curious and objective way. Psychodynamic therapy, based on a trusting relationship, involves a deeper exploration of your unique process - including repeated patterns and unconscious thoughts.
As a therapist, I have been described as calm, patient and intuitive. I have worked in a variety of mental health settings for a total of 11 years including the NHS and The Place 2 Be. Today I work in a private practice setting in Leeds. I draw techniques from the psychodynamic modality - exploring your past experiences and consciousness in a curious and objective way. Psychodynamic therapy, based on a trusting relationship, involves a deeper exploration of your unique process - including repeated patterns and unconscious thoughts.
023 8214 6643 View 023 8214 6643
Photo of CBT Leeds & Beyond, Psychotherapist in Leeds, England
CBT Leeds & Beyond
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified
Leeds LS16
My name is Michelle and I am a fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist available to help you to understand and work through life's difficulties. CBT has a sound evidence base in treating problems such as low confidence, panic, stress, obsessional problems, phobias, PTSD, health anxieties and excessive worry. My aim is to help you to understand your problems better and to assist you to learn and practice using proven techniques which reduce distress so that you can lead a life with a greater sense of enjoyment and fulfilment.
My name is Michelle and I am a fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist available to help you to understand and work through life's difficulties. CBT has a sound evidence base in treating problems such as low confidence, panic, stress, obsessional problems, phobias, PTSD, health anxieties and excessive worry. My aim is to help you to understand your problems better and to assist you to learn and practice using proven techniques which reduce distress so that you can lead a life with a greater sense of enjoyment and fulfilment.
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Photo of A. J. Farrell Counselling, Counsellor in Leeds, England
A. J. Farrell Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS16
I'm Andy and as a qualified person-centred counsellor, I strongly believe we all have the ability to navigate life's challenges by drawing on our own experience and capabilities. My role is to enable clients to explore whatever they choose in order to gain a deeper understanding of how it's impacting them, enabling them to create positive change. I do this through actively listening and offering useful reflections of themes I may notice, including any changes over time. I ask clients questions that encourage them to think about their experiences in new ways and never judge or lead anyone into talking about something uncomfortable.
I'm Andy and as a qualified person-centred counsellor, I strongly believe we all have the ability to navigate life's challenges by drawing on our own experience and capabilities. My role is to enable clients to explore whatever they choose in order to gain a deeper understanding of how it's impacting them, enabling them to create positive change. I do this through actively listening and offering useful reflections of themes I may notice, including any changes over time. I ask clients questions that encourage them to think about their experiences in new ways and never judge or lead anyone into talking about something uncomfortable.
0113 512 7087 View 0113 512 7087
Photo of Saorsia Jefferson, Counsellor in Leeds, England
Saorsia Jefferson
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS19
Making the decision to start counselling and talk about the things that are troubling can be scary, however having a space to talk openly without judgement can be the beginning of your journey. I offer the opportunity and support for individuals from all walks of life to explore their struggles with the aim to develop an understanding of themselves and build confidence in their abilities and in who they are. Over 10 years I have supported men, women and children of different ages, cultural and social backgrounds through their own journey.
Making the decision to start counselling and talk about the things that are troubling can be scary, however having a space to talk openly without judgement can be the beginning of your journey. I offer the opportunity and support for individuals from all walks of life to explore their struggles with the aim to develop an understanding of themselves and build confidence in their abilities and in who they are. Over 10 years I have supported men, women and children of different ages, cultural and social backgrounds through their own journey.
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Photo of Daryl Pickthall, Counsellor in Leeds, England
Daryl Pickthall
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Leeds LS17
Are you overwhelmed with events, feelings or relationships? Have you reached the point where you just need some support? You might be struggling with your past, with relationships, a bereavement or feeling a pressure to be something you're not. Many of my clients have had early life experiences that are really difficult to bear, contributing to anxiety, depression or both. They are coping, and surviving, but maybe in ways that they don't want to do any more.
Are you overwhelmed with events, feelings or relationships? Have you reached the point where you just need some support? You might be struggling with your past, with relationships, a bereavement or feeling a pressure to be something you're not. Many of my clients have had early life experiences that are really difficult to bear, contributing to anxiety, depression or both. They are coping, and surviving, but maybe in ways that they don't want to do any more.
0113 519 7114 View 0113 519 7114
Photo of Denise Lynn Mendes, Counsellor in Leeds, England
Denise Lynn Mendes
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified
Leeds LS27
Not accepting new clients
Hello and thank you for visiting my profile. I have considerable experience of providing support and therapy for many different issues to a diverse range of people. Accessing help and support can feel daunting, but well done in taking the first step. Working as an humanistic/integrative counsellor, I provide a safe professional space for us to work together to address your issues, needs and goals.
Hello and thank you for visiting my profile. I have considerable experience of providing support and therapy for many different issues to a diverse range of people. Accessing help and support can feel daunting, but well done in taking the first step. Working as an humanistic/integrative counsellor, I provide a safe professional space for us to work together to address your issues, needs and goals.
0113 859 0626 View 0113 859 0626
Photo of Natalie Marsh, Psychotherapist in Leeds, England
Natalie Marsh
Psychotherapist, MSc
Leeds LS7
I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT) offering a professional, collaborative and confidential service to Children, Young People, Families and Adults. ​ I have worked across a variety of services over the last 15 years, such as Local Authority, Children’s Services, Schools, Charities, Adult Services (LMWS) and Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Services (CYPMHS), with children, young people, families and adults. ​
I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT) offering a professional, collaborative and confidential service to Children, Young People, Families and Adults. ​ I have worked across a variety of services over the last 15 years, such as Local Authority, Children’s Services, Schools, Charities, Adult Services (LMWS) and Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Services (CYPMHS), with children, young people, families and adults. ​
0113 519 9993 View 0113 519 9993
Isabell Thomas
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified
Leeds LS1
Hello and welcome to my profile. I am an Integrative counsellor/psychotherapist and EMDR Therapist. (Please note EMDR Is £100PH/Psychotherapy £65PH). I combine different modalities of explicit therapies to cater to each person holistically as an individual with your unique needs and circumstances. Sometimes we need a place where we can be heard, validated, and understood. I have a non-judgemental attitude and offer empathy, unconditional positive regard, and a place to feel safe as we work through your difficulties. Specialist areas My specialist area is to work with you in a person-centred and psychodynamic/psychoanalytic way.
Hello and welcome to my profile. I am an Integrative counsellor/psychotherapist and EMDR Therapist. (Please note EMDR Is £100PH/Psychotherapy £65PH). I combine different modalities of explicit therapies to cater to each person holistically as an individual with your unique needs and circumstances. Sometimes we need a place where we can be heard, validated, and understood. I have a non-judgemental attitude and offer empathy, unconditional positive regard, and a place to feel safe as we work through your difficulties. Specialist areas My specialist area is to work with you in a person-centred and psychodynamic/psychoanalytic way.
0113 519 4265 View 0113 519 4265
Photo of Millie McLean, Psychotherapist in Leeds, England
Millie McLean
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS19
I understand that the decision to start therapy is rarely made lightly, and taking that first step can feel overwhelming. You may be feeling apprehensive, anxious, and sceptical about sharing your innermost thoughts and emotions with a stranger. It takes immense courage to be vulnerable and talk about the difficulties you are experiencing, and I want you to know that I fully appreciate and respect your decision to seek help. You might be facing a specific problem that you want to address, such as relationship issues, anxiety. Alternatively, you may have a sense that something in your life is not quite right, but cannot identify it.
I understand that the decision to start therapy is rarely made lightly, and taking that first step can feel overwhelming. You may be feeling apprehensive, anxious, and sceptical about sharing your innermost thoughts and emotions with a stranger. It takes immense courage to be vulnerable and talk about the difficulties you are experiencing, and I want you to know that I fully appreciate and respect your decision to seek help. You might be facing a specific problem that you want to address, such as relationship issues, anxiety. Alternatively, you may have a sense that something in your life is not quite right, but cannot identify it.
01943 661329 View 01943 661329
Photo of Allan Clayton, Counsellor in Leeds, England
Allan Clayton
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS9
If you are on this page, it probably means you are a feeling a little stuck and could do with someone to trust, not judge you and listen to you. I can do that. What makes me different, I’ve been there. I’m not going to write paragraphs about me because this is about you. If you’d like to know more about me, please visit my site ww.allanclayton.co.uk “When I stand at the foot of a mountain, I can very rarely see the summit. I put one foot in front of the other and take a step at a time. Before I know it, I’ve conquered that mountain.”
If you are on this page, it probably means you are a feeling a little stuck and could do with someone to trust, not judge you and listen to you. I can do that. What makes me different, I’ve been there. I’m not going to write paragraphs about me because this is about you. If you’d like to know more about me, please visit my site ww.allanclayton.co.uk “When I stand at the foot of a mountain, I can very rarely see the summit. I put one foot in front of the other and take a step at a time. Before I know it, I’ve conquered that mountain.”
0113 519 0323 View 0113 519 0323
Photo of Will Jones, Counsellor in Leeds, England
Will Jones
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS1
Are you feeling anxious, stressed, depressed, numb, unhappy or overwhelmed? Are you struggling in your relationship, at work, after a bereavement or in another part of your life? Through counselling, change can occur, and you can get to the life that you want to lead. I offer a welcoming space where you can talk about your thoughts, feelings, and difficulties without judgement and feel heard.  Together we can explore your issues so that you develop greater awareness and understanding of your situation, options and yourself, and as a result feel more in control, able to make new choices and live a more satisfying life.
Are you feeling anxious, stressed, depressed, numb, unhappy or overwhelmed? Are you struggling in your relationship, at work, after a bereavement or in another part of your life? Through counselling, change can occur, and you can get to the life that you want to lead. I offer a welcoming space where you can talk about your thoughts, feelings, and difficulties without judgement and feel heard.  Together we can explore your issues so that you develop greater awareness and understanding of your situation, options and yourself, and as a result feel more in control, able to make new choices and live a more satisfying life.
0113 518 8481 View 0113 518 8481
Photo of Ruth Frances Hannant, Counsellor in Leeds, England
Ruth Frances Hannant
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS18
Life can be tricky! It can feel like you are wading through mud, it can feel completely overwhelming and sometimes it can just feel off balance. Life makes many demands on us including relationships, work, responsibilities, unexpected life events, grief and unresolved feelings from experiences in your past. Sometimes we all need a bit of extra emotional support and I'm here to help you with that. I can offer you a safe and compassionate space to explore your situation, feelings and thoughts, where you will be fully heard, without judgment or rejection. We will work together to focus on your wellbeing.
Life can be tricky! It can feel like you are wading through mud, it can feel completely overwhelming and sometimes it can just feel off balance. Life makes many demands on us including relationships, work, responsibilities, unexpected life events, grief and unresolved feelings from experiences in your past. Sometimes we all need a bit of extra emotional support and I'm here to help you with that. I can offer you a safe and compassionate space to explore your situation, feelings and thoughts, where you will be fully heard, without judgment or rejection. We will work together to focus on your wellbeing.
01274 085173 View 01274 085173
Photo of Justyna Muller, Counsellor in Leeds, England
Justyna Muller
Counsellor, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified
Leeds LS4  (Online Only)
There are many different reasons why someone is looking for therapy, and whatever the reasons are, it takes courage. It takes courage because when we fully open up to our experience and listen to our voice, we might start noticing wonderful things about our self. Not being able to ignore these quiet voices, we might then have to make a difficult choice: to change or to stay the same. I am a Humanistic Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer. I work on many different levels, combining traditional and modern schools of Psychotherapy and research.
There are many different reasons why someone is looking for therapy, and whatever the reasons are, it takes courage. It takes courage because when we fully open up to our experience and listen to our voice, we might start noticing wonderful things about our self. Not being able to ignore these quiet voices, we might then have to make a difficult choice: to change or to stay the same. I am a Humanistic Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer. I work on many different levels, combining traditional and modern schools of Psychotherapy and research.
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Number of Counsellors in Leeds

400+

Average cost per session

£55

Counsellors in Leeds who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
87% Depression
83% Self Esteem
82% Stress
78% Relationship Issues
71% Bereavement
68% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

65% Aviva
63% AXA PPP
44% Bupa

How Counsellors in Leeds see their clients

73% In Person and Online
27% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
22% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Leeds?

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.