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Photo of Sophia Berouka, Psychotherapist in London, England
Sophia Berouka
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified
London W1J
My approach to psychotherapy involves trying to understand and address difficulties by increasing awareness of the more underlying aspects that lead to the development of symptoms. I will start by being curious and listening carefully at what brought you to therapy: the moments that marked your life, your relationship to others and the issues that may be making life hard for you. The specific words you use to describe your problems and the thoughts, feelings and memories that may come up during sessions are all important as they can open the way to understanding the more underlying concerns that lie behind symptoms.
My approach to psychotherapy involves trying to understand and address difficulties by increasing awareness of the more underlying aspects that lead to the development of symptoms. I will start by being curious and listening carefully at what brought you to therapy: the moments that marked your life, your relationship to others and the issues that may be making life hard for you. The specific words you use to describe your problems and the thoughts, feelings and memories that may come up during sessions are all important as they can open the way to understanding the more underlying concerns that lie behind symptoms.
020 3973 9225 View 020 3973 9225
Photo of Helen Straupmanis, Psychotherapist in London, England
Helen Straupmanis
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified
London SW1E
I am an Attachment Psychotherapist which means that I help you explore your past and present experiences that may have affected you in some way. Sometimes our experiences can leave us feeling insecure or lacking in confidence, making it difficult to form or sustain healthy relationships or cope with everyday life. Talking this through with a psychotherapist can help you to understand and value yourself more. It is not the job of a psychotherapist to tell you what to do but to offer you different perspectives and a different experience of relating.
I am an Attachment Psychotherapist which means that I help you explore your past and present experiences that may have affected you in some way. Sometimes our experiences can leave us feeling insecure or lacking in confidence, making it difficult to form or sustain healthy relationships or cope with everyday life. Talking this through with a psychotherapist can help you to understand and value yourself more. It is not the job of a psychotherapist to tell you what to do but to offer you different perspectives and a different experience of relating.
020 3856 3547 View 020 3856 3547
Photo of Hannah Commodore, Counsellor in London, England
Hannah Commodore
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
London SE6  (Online Only)
Life is not easy, and if you are reading this you have probably figured out that you want to talk. Talking and being truly heard will increase your self-awareness and help you to understand what is going on for you. Experiencing trauma can leave you struggling with upsetting emotions, memories, and anxiety that will not go away. It can also leave you feeling numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people as yourself. So being able to find a way through the trauma can be the reward you achieve when allow yourself to explore and work with me to find true you.
Life is not easy, and if you are reading this you have probably figured out that you want to talk. Talking and being truly heard will increase your self-awareness and help you to understand what is going on for you. Experiencing trauma can leave you struggling with upsetting emotions, memories, and anxiety that will not go away. It can also leave you feeling numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people as yourself. So being able to find a way through the trauma can be the reward you achieve when allow yourself to explore and work with me to find true you.
020 8059 2176 View 020 8059 2176
Photo of Agnetha Kuruson, Psychotherapist in London, England
Agnetha Kuruson
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified
London E1  (Online Only)
How is it that you continue to experience the same problem repeatedly? What keeps it going? Are the coping strategies you have used in the past still working for you now? What would feeling better look like in practice?
How is it that you continue to experience the same problem repeatedly? What keeps it going? Are the coping strategies you have used in the past still working for you now? What would feeling better look like in practice?
01564 335033 View 01564 335033
Photo of Tammy Smith, Psychotherapist in London, England
Tammy Smith
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified
London E2
I am integrative trained Counsellor & Psychotherapist. I have thriving private practice with clinics in Shoreditch, Hackney, London, E2 and Harley Street, Marylebone, London, W1G. I am experienced 1:1 and group therapist, I specialise in treating Trauma and Addictive Disorders in the broadest sense. I work with a wide range of psychological issues, I use an integrative approach that draws from a wide range of therapeutic perspectives and theories. I have worked for over two decades with Neurodivergent, Autism, ADHA. I have worked within the Drugs and Alcohol Industry for over a decade. I have been in private practice since 2018.
I am integrative trained Counsellor & Psychotherapist. I have thriving private practice with clinics in Shoreditch, Hackney, London, E2 and Harley Street, Marylebone, London, W1G. I am experienced 1:1 and group therapist, I specialise in treating Trauma and Addictive Disorders in the broadest sense. I work with a wide range of psychological issues, I use an integrative approach that draws from a wide range of therapeutic perspectives and theories. I have worked for over two decades with Neurodivergent, Autism, ADHA. I have worked within the Drugs and Alcohol Industry for over a decade. I have been in private practice since 2018.
020 3004 6138 View 020 3004 6138
Photo of Judith Ellenbogen, Psychotherapist in London, England
Judith Ellenbogen
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified
London N2
I am a highly experienced psychotherapist accredited with the BACP and can offer help to people who are dealing with a wide range of issues, such as relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression and bereavement. In addition, I have specialist expertise in working with women during pregnancy and postnatally, including pregnancy loss. My other specialist areas include working psychotherapeutically with haematology patients (blood cancers), women with gynaecological and psychosexual issues, and university students. I aim to help people understand themselves better, deal with conflicts and move on in their lives.
I am a highly experienced psychotherapist accredited with the BACP and can offer help to people who are dealing with a wide range of issues, such as relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression and bereavement. In addition, I have specialist expertise in working with women during pregnancy and postnatally, including pregnancy loss. My other specialist areas include working psychotherapeutically with haematology patients (blood cancers), women with gynaecological and psychosexual issues, and university students. I aim to help people understand themselves better, deal with conflicts and move on in their lives.
020 3816 3567 View 020 3816 3567
Photo of Stella Nwokolo, Counsellor in London, England
Stella Nwokolo
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
London SE13  (Online Only)
You have made a conscious effort and an important decision to seek counseling. You may be struggling to cope with life, or anxious about certain issues in your life which often leads to challenges with work, family, and relationships. Perhaps you need to reflect and work on yourself. I will work with you by telephone, from the comfort of your own home or wherever you consider a safe space. We will explore these issues with the aim of creating greater self-awareness and self-worth to help you understand and cope better.
You have made a conscious effort and an important decision to seek counseling. You may be struggling to cope with life, or anxious about certain issues in your life which often leads to challenges with work, family, and relationships. Perhaps you need to reflect and work on yourself. I will work with you by telephone, from the comfort of your own home or wherever you consider a safe space. We will explore these issues with the aim of creating greater self-awareness and self-worth to help you understand and cope better.
020 3856 3086 View 020 3856 3086
Photo of Dr Josephine Swede, Psychologist in London, England
Dr Josephine Swede
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified
London EC1V
As an integratively trained counselling psychologist I am trained in several different therapeutic approaches. While I predominantly offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, which are typically more skills-based and solution-focused, I also draw from other approaches where these feel helpful, depending on your individual needs. CBT can be helpful in addressing a number of different issues, and is often recommended for individuals suffering from anxiety, low-mood or other mood-related difficulties. CBT can be helpful for individuals suffering from anxiety, low-mood or other mood-related difficulties.
As an integratively trained counselling psychologist I am trained in several different therapeutic approaches. While I predominantly offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, which are typically more skills-based and solution-focused, I also draw from other approaches where these feel helpful, depending on your individual needs. CBT can be helpful in addressing a number of different issues, and is often recommended for individuals suffering from anxiety, low-mood or other mood-related difficulties. CBT can be helpful for individuals suffering from anxiety, low-mood or other mood-related difficulties.
020 3962 0785 View 020 3962 0785
Photo of Lanre Oduwole, Counsellor in London, England
Lanre Oduwole
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified
London E1
I hold a Counselling and Psychotherapy Diploma qualification accredited by Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB). I work with everything my clients wish to bring to therapy, allowing our relationship to build, non-directive. Trusting and working with my clients to work through the changes they wish to make, whilst looking at their life circumstances head on. I also integrate other therapeutic methods where these might benefit the client e.g. breathing and relaxation techniques, gestalt, existential and psychodynamic therapy.
I hold a Counselling and Psychotherapy Diploma qualification accredited by Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB). I work with everything my clients wish to bring to therapy, allowing our relationship to build, non-directive. Trusting and working with my clients to work through the changes they wish to make, whilst looking at their life circumstances head on. I also integrate other therapeutic methods where these might benefit the client e.g. breathing and relaxation techniques, gestalt, existential and psychodynamic therapy.
020 4538 1839 View 020 4538 1839
Photo of Dave Pender Anxiety Counselling London, Psychotherapist in London, England
Dave Pender Anxiety Counselling London
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified
London E13
Have you felt stuck at any time in the past year, perhaps longer than this? The reason this happens and people stay “stuck” is that they never heal the root problem buried in the subconscious mind. They talk in circles but never go anywhere. Which led me to seek out a better way to treat my clients. To help someone heal within weeks, not (hopefully) 6 or 8 months from now. I treat trauma, chronic stress, social anxiety, panic attacks, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and addiction issues.
Have you felt stuck at any time in the past year, perhaps longer than this? The reason this happens and people stay “stuck” is that they never heal the root problem buried in the subconscious mind. They talk in circles but never go anywhere. Which led me to seek out a better way to treat my clients. To help someone heal within weeks, not (hopefully) 6 or 8 months from now. I treat trauma, chronic stress, social anxiety, panic attacks, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and addiction issues.
020 8138 0168 View 020 8138 0168
Photo of Antonella Tomasin, Psychologist in London, England
Antonella Tomasin
Psychologist, PsychD, CPsychol
Verified
London SE22  (Online Only)
I am a Clinical Psychologist and EMDR Consultant. My aim is to provide a confidential space where you can feel comfortable to talk about your difficulties. I offer therapy for different types of problems (low self esteem, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, OCD, trauma, Complex PTSD, social anxiety, worries, anger, sleep etc) to individuals and couples. I consider therapy as a journey that will help you to get to know yourself better with the aim to improve your quality of life. I like adapting my way of working according to each individual needs as I believe that everyone is unique.
I am a Clinical Psychologist and EMDR Consultant. My aim is to provide a confidential space where you can feel comfortable to talk about your difficulties. I offer therapy for different types of problems (low self esteem, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, OCD, trauma, Complex PTSD, social anxiety, worries, anger, sleep etc) to individuals and couples. I consider therapy as a journey that will help you to get to know yourself better with the aim to improve your quality of life. I like adapting my way of working according to each individual needs as I believe that everyone is unique.
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Photo of Daniel Smyth, Counsellor in London, England
Daniel Smyth
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified
London N3
I am a psychodynamic therapist based in inner London. My focus is on behaviour and the catalysts behind it.My objective is to make thinking and thinking about the self, more accessible to all and to remove what may be perceived to be the difficulty to this. One of the simplest ways I do this is by how I present, smart and professional but no formal attire. Presentation, alongside communication are key catalysts in creating a space in which young people feel safe to access and begin their journey towards positive internal and external progression.
I am a psychodynamic therapist based in inner London. My focus is on behaviour and the catalysts behind it.My objective is to make thinking and thinking about the self, more accessible to all and to remove what may be perceived to be the difficulty to this. One of the simplest ways I do this is by how I present, smart and professional but no formal attire. Presentation, alongside communication are key catalysts in creating a space in which young people feel safe to access and begin their journey towards positive internal and external progression.
020 4538 0346 View 020 4538 0346
Photo of Maja (Maya) Zivkovic, Counsellor in London, England
Maja (Maya) Zivkovic
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified
London W7
Short and long term trauma-informed counselling and EMDR for individuals. Couples counselling. Supervision for counsellors. I provide a non-judgemental, safe and holding space where you can get an insight into your problems and symptoms. Trauma-informed counselling is not about finding what's "wrong" with you; it is about helping you to understand how your past experiences are contributing to your current problems and supporting you to find your own way in moving forward in life. I am a qualified EMDR practitioner and have an extensive experience in working with trauma survivors in private practice and larger organisations.
Short and long term trauma-informed counselling and EMDR for individuals. Couples counselling. Supervision for counsellors. I provide a non-judgemental, safe and holding space where you can get an insight into your problems and symptoms. Trauma-informed counselling is not about finding what's "wrong" with you; it is about helping you to understand how your past experiences are contributing to your current problems and supporting you to find your own way in moving forward in life. I am a qualified EMDR practitioner and have an extensive experience in working with trauma survivors in private practice and larger organisations.
020 3816 1586 View 020 3816 1586
Photo of Francesca Sciandra, Psychotherapist in London, England
Francesca Sciandra
Psychotherapist, UKCP Trainee
Verified
London WC1A  (Online Only)
My areas of expertise are anxiety, depression, low confidence, and relationship difficulties. I help my clients explore and resolve a range of issues, including loneliness, anger, grief, attachment issues, substance abuse, and sleep problems. I also support my clients with healing after complex life experiences, processing trauma, and treating post-traumatic stress responses. I offer support in processing and integrating psychedelic experiences and non-ordinary states of consciousness.
My areas of expertise are anxiety, depression, low confidence, and relationship difficulties. I help my clients explore and resolve a range of issues, including loneliness, anger, grief, attachment issues, substance abuse, and sleep problems. I also support my clients with healing after complex life experiences, processing trauma, and treating post-traumatic stress responses. I offer support in processing and integrating psychedelic experiences and non-ordinary states of consciousness.
020 3838 0861 View 020 3838 0861
Photo of Sally Bild, Psychotherapist in London, England
Sally Bild
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified
London N1
Life can be challenging and there are times when we may need help to navigate our way through it. Often our early experiences in our families don't equip us to manage life as well as we would like. This can cause difficulties in our relationships, both with ourselves and others and can lead us to repeat patterns that are unhelpful and leave us feeling depressed and anxious or stuck and unfulfilled. Therapy can help us to understand ourselves and our experiences and to give us the resources to cope with difficult feelings and circumstances. It can help us to improve our lives and relationships and make better decisions.
Life can be challenging and there are times when we may need help to navigate our way through it. Often our early experiences in our families don't equip us to manage life as well as we would like. This can cause difficulties in our relationships, both with ourselves and others and can lead us to repeat patterns that are unhelpful and leave us feeling depressed and anxious or stuck and unfulfilled. Therapy can help us to understand ourselves and our experiences and to give us the resources to cope with difficult feelings and circumstances. It can help us to improve our lives and relationships and make better decisions.
020 4538 3497 View 020 4538 3497
Photo of Natalie Hylton, Counsellor in London, England
Natalie Hylton
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
London SE4
Not accepting new clients
Thank you for taking the time to view my profile. Perhaps there has been a recent event that has caused you to look for some additional support or maybe unresolved past experiences affect you now and you feel ready to address this. Maybe you have been affected by loss, traumatic events, anxiety, stress, anger, relationship issues, identity, addictive behaviour, or would like to live a more satisfying and meaningful life? Whatever your reason for seeking support at this time, I would be honoured to be part of your journey.
Thank you for taking the time to view my profile. Perhaps there has been a recent event that has caused you to look for some additional support or maybe unresolved past experiences affect you now and you feel ready to address this. Maybe you have been affected by loss, traumatic events, anxiety, stress, anger, relationship issues, identity, addictive behaviour, or would like to live a more satisfying and meaningful life? Whatever your reason for seeking support at this time, I would be honoured to be part of your journey.
020 3962 2495 View 020 3962 2495
Photo of Craig Ryan, Counsellor in London, England
Craig Ryan
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
London SW11
I trained at Bristol University and the London Metropolitan University and am an Individual member registered with the BACP. Along side working within the NHS, I carry out work with a charity supporting single parents. I provide a non judgemental safe protected space. I am an integrative counsellor, which means I am able to draw upon different resources to meet your individual needs and requirements. Some areas of work I work with are; stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, men's health, bereavement and loss, physical and domestic violence, low confidence and self-esteem issues, substance misuse disorders and many more.
I trained at Bristol University and the London Metropolitan University and am an Individual member registered with the BACP. Along side working within the NHS, I carry out work with a charity supporting single parents. I provide a non judgemental safe protected space. I am an integrative counsellor, which means I am able to draw upon different resources to meet your individual needs and requirements. Some areas of work I work with are; stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, men's health, bereavement and loss, physical and domestic violence, low confidence and self-esteem issues, substance misuse disorders and many more.
020 3949 6868 View 020 3949 6868
Photo of Nikolaos Tzikas, Psychotherapist in London, England
Nikolaos Tzikas
Psychotherapist, PhD, ACP
Verified
London E8
Hello, I am Nikolaos Tzikas, specialising in working with children, teenagers, young adults (between the ages of 0 to 25) and parents of children and adolescents. I am a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist registered with the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP). I work both privately and in an NHS (CAMHS) adolescent team in North London. Please see more on my website; nikolaostzikas.com
Hello, I am Nikolaos Tzikas, specialising in working with children, teenagers, young adults (between the ages of 0 to 25) and parents of children and adolescents. I am a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist registered with the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP). I work both privately and in an NHS (CAMHS) adolescent team in North London. Please see more on my website; nikolaostzikas.com
020 3866 9519 View 020 3866 9519
Photo of Phillippa Chinery, Counsellor in London, England
Phillippa Chinery
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
London N16  (Online Only)
Do you struggle with self-acceptance? Do you hide parts of yourself that you’re scared may be rejected by loved ones? Is it hard to share your vulnerability with those closest to you? We can all feel like this at times and it can be challenging to sort through these feelings alone. Deciding to seek help is a courageous choice to take and is an important first step in improving your relationship with yourself and others.
Do you struggle with self-acceptance? Do you hide parts of yourself that you’re scared may be rejected by loved ones? Is it hard to share your vulnerability with those closest to you? We can all feel like this at times and it can be challenging to sort through these feelings alone. Deciding to seek help is a courageous choice to take and is an important first step in improving your relationship with yourself and others.
020 8106 8244 View 020 8106 8244
Photo of Eilis Quinlan, Psychologist in London, England
Eilis Quinlan
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
London N10
I am a BPS-Chartered Clinical Psychologist working in private practice and the NHS. I also hold an Honorary Teaching Fellow at University College London and contribute to the teaching and training of psychologists. I am passionate about providing effective psychological therapy for each and every client that I work with. My approach is honest and open and I treat all clients with warmth and compassion. I stay up to date with the most recent psychological research and ensure that the services I offer are evidence based.
I am a BPS-Chartered Clinical Psychologist working in private practice and the NHS. I also hold an Honorary Teaching Fellow at University College London and contribute to the teaching and training of psychologists. I am passionate about providing effective psychological therapy for each and every client that I work with. My approach is honest and open and I treat all clients with warmth and compassion. I stay up to date with the most recent psychological research and ensure that the services I offer are evidence based.
020 3872 2029 View 020 3872 2029

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Number of Counsellors in London

3,000+

Average cost per session

£70

Counsellors in London who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
86% Depression
84% Self Esteem
81% Relationship Issues
80% Stress
66% Trauma and PTSD
63% Bereavement

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

71% Aviva
67% AXA PPP
59% Vitality

How Counsellors in London see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
24% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in London?

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.