Counselling in Ardoyne, Belfast

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Seán Gallagher
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Ardoyne, Belfast BT15
My name is Seán, and I am qualified counsellor currently registered with BACP. As I currently work in the charity sector, I have extensive experience working with a very broad spectrum of clients, of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, sexualities, and gender expressions. As a result of this, I have sought additional training on many topics, such as domestic violence, trauma, and the LGBTQ+ experience in Northern Ireland. Additionally, in my recent education at Ulster University, I undertook some research into social anxiety, giving me a more specialist knowledge of that topic.
My name is Seán, and I am qualified counsellor currently registered with BACP. As I currently work in the charity sector, I have extensive experience working with a very broad spectrum of clients, of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, sexualities, and gender expressions. As a result of this, I have sought additional training on many topics, such as domestic violence, trauma, and the LGBTQ+ experience in Northern Ireland. Additionally, in my recent education at Ulster University, I undertook some research into social anxiety, giving me a more specialist knowledge of that topic.
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Paula Kane
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Ardoyne, Belfast BT15
Have you been in abusive relationship after abusive relationship and wonder why you can't seem to find a partner who will treat you well and respect you? Do you worry that you won't be able to have a healthy relationship? Perhaps you find yourself prioritising others needs over your own and feel that you come last in all your relationships throughout your life. Do you wish you could set boundaries with others, and have the ability to ask for what you want without feeling guilty?
Have you been in abusive relationship after abusive relationship and wonder why you can't seem to find a partner who will treat you well and respect you? Do you worry that you won't be able to have a healthy relationship? Perhaps you find yourself prioritising others needs over your own and feel that you come last in all your relationships throughout your life. Do you wish you could set boundaries with others, and have the ability to ask for what you want without feeling guilty?
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Seán McCann
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Ardoyne, Belfast BT15
Hi, my name is Seán and I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor and a registered member of the BACP. Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I believe that counselling can not only help us explore, understand and address difficult thoughts, feelings and behaviours, but can also support us in becoming the best version of ourselves possible. By helping us explore our relationships, embrace change and grow in self awareness, a positive therapeutic experience can ultimately help us feel more content with our lives and who we are as individuals.
Hi, my name is Seán and I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor and a registered member of the BACP. Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I believe that counselling can not only help us explore, understand and address difficult thoughts, feelings and behaviours, but can also support us in becoming the best version of ourselves possible. By helping us explore our relationships, embrace change and grow in self awareness, a positive therapeutic experience can ultimately help us feel more content with our lives and who we are as individuals.
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Heather Low
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Ardoyne, Belfast BT15
I am a qualified and accredited counsellor with over 20 years experience. I work with both individual clients and couples ( I am a Relate Qualified Relationship Therapist) While there are many themes in counselling for example loss, trauma, crisis, ongoing mental health difficulties, relationship issues, life events or changes, each client is unique when they come to therapy. The most important things I can bring is to support and respect the processing of each clients experience, listen, to understand without judgement and with compassion.
I am a qualified and accredited counsellor with over 20 years experience. I work with both individual clients and couples ( I am a Relate Qualified Relationship Therapist) While there are many themes in counselling for example loss, trauma, crisis, ongoing mental health difficulties, relationship issues, life events or changes, each client is unique when they come to therapy. The most important things I can bring is to support and respect the processing of each clients experience, listen, to understand without judgement and with compassion.
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Sheree Irwin
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Ardoyne, Belfast BT13
I am a qualified, experienced Supervisor & Therapist. Anxiety, relationship issues, depression, family issues, addictions, abuse, bereavement etc can have a huge negative impact on your overall health and well being, relationships and daily life. Have you been feeling angry, frustrated, worthless, sad, fearful, alone or stuck? Although you may not think it, but these feelings are normal. However, living with constant negative feelings can hold you back from developing healthy relationships and reaching your full potential. I can help you explore all of this and help you develop healthier coping skills.
I am a qualified, experienced Supervisor & Therapist. Anxiety, relationship issues, depression, family issues, addictions, abuse, bereavement etc can have a huge negative impact on your overall health and well being, relationships and daily life. Have you been feeling angry, frustrated, worthless, sad, fearful, alone or stuck? Although you may not think it, but these feelings are normal. However, living with constant negative feelings can hold you back from developing healthy relationships and reaching your full potential. I can help you explore all of this and help you develop healthier coping skills.
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Aoife McGlinchey
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Ardoyne, Belfast BT15
Not accepting new clients
Hello, Thank you for taking the time to connect with me. I am a fully qualified counsellor and registered member of the BACP. I understand that reaching out for support can be a significant step. Life can often be overwhelming and talking to someone outside of your circle can provide valuable support. My commitment is to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for you to explore your situation, gain better understanding of your feelings to make the best decisions for you.
Hello, Thank you for taking the time to connect with me. I am a fully qualified counsellor and registered member of the BACP. I understand that reaching out for support can be a significant step. Life can often be overwhelming and talking to someone outside of your circle can provide valuable support. My commitment is to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for you to explore your situation, gain better understanding of your feelings to make the best decisions for you.
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Creative Healing
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Ardoyne, Belfast BT14
My name is Michelle. I have over 8 years of experience working with young people & families who have been impacted by sexual trauma. I have worked in schools and the community as a counsellor supporting children with a wide range of issues. I have an MSc in Children & Adolescent Psychotherapy, BSc in SW, Certificate in sandplay, & EMDR. I am passionate about creating a safe and nurturing environment where individuals feel safe and comfortable enough to explore their thoughts and feelings through a trusted therapeutic relationship. I utilise different creative and therapeutic approaches alongside play and talk therapy & EMDR.
My name is Michelle. I have over 8 years of experience working with young people & families who have been impacted by sexual trauma. I have worked in schools and the community as a counsellor supporting children with a wide range of issues. I have an MSc in Children & Adolescent Psychotherapy, BSc in SW, Certificate in sandplay, & EMDR. I am passionate about creating a safe and nurturing environment where individuals feel safe and comfortable enough to explore their thoughts and feelings through a trusted therapeutic relationship. I utilise different creative and therapeutic approaches alongside play and talk therapy & EMDR.
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Anne O’Kelly
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Ardoyne, Belfast BT14
Are you worried for you and your family as a result of a breakdown in relationships. Are you fearful for the mental and emotional well being of all the family members especially children. Would you want to explore thoughts, feelings and behaviours in order to reach an understanding of how to cope with family change and transition? I am an experienced and skilled therapist. I provide a safe healing space for you to address your concerns and fears with a view to reaching a resolution and plan for the future.
Are you worried for you and your family as a result of a breakdown in relationships. Are you fearful for the mental and emotional well being of all the family members especially children. Would you want to explore thoughts, feelings and behaviours in order to reach an understanding of how to cope with family change and transition? I am an experienced and skilled therapist. I provide a safe healing space for you to address your concerns and fears with a view to reaching a resolution and plan for the future.
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Lesley Inglis Supervisor
Psychotherapist, COSRT Accred
Verified Verified
Ardoyne, Belfast BT1  (Online Only)
Hello, I am a widely experienced, Psychosexual Therapist/Supervisor. If you want to understand yourself better,/change unwanted behaviours to 'feel' better I would be delighted to receive an EMAIL from you. I work with common & also unusual Sex & Relationship difficulties & Mental health conditions . I assess you & help you identify your goals for Therapy. I review how you think our work together is progressing. I explain the rational for my exploration & focus of the tasks I ask you to practice. I work collaboratively with you-as a team to reach your goals. Clients say this is a good way to work. Please email re Supervision.
Hello, I am a widely experienced, Psychosexual Therapist/Supervisor. If you want to understand yourself better,/change unwanted behaviours to 'feel' better I would be delighted to receive an EMAIL from you. I work with common & also unusual Sex & Relationship difficulties & Mental health conditions . I assess you & help you identify your goals for Therapy. I review how you think our work together is progressing. I explain the rational for my exploration & focus of the tasks I ask you to practice. I work collaboratively with you-as a team to reach your goals. Clients say this is a good way to work. Please email re Supervision.
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Daniel Hutchinson
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ardoyne, Belfast BT15
Hello! First of all thank you for taking the time to read my profile for private practise. My name is Daniel & I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor & registered member of the BACP. If you think that we would be a good match for counselling or if you have a question or query please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I believe in talking therapy & the capacity for counselling to empower any individual to create positive change. Contemplating change can be daunting for anyone but together we will explore the negative feelings to enable you to regain deeper control & understanding of your self.
Hello! First of all thank you for taking the time to read my profile for private practise. My name is Daniel & I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor & registered member of the BACP. If you think that we would be a good match for counselling or if you have a question or query please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I believe in talking therapy & the capacity for counselling to empower any individual to create positive change. Contemplating change can be daunting for anyone but together we will explore the negative feelings to enable you to regain deeper control & understanding of your self.
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Kevin McFaul
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Ardoyne, Belfast BT15
I am a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist trained in providing psychological assessments and tailored interventions for children, adolescents and adults. CBT helps to provide clients with a deeper understanding of difficult emotions which can be overwhelming and impact on day to day life. This is achieved by collaboratively exploring life events, patterns of thinking and examining behaviours which may intensify unwanted feelings. By learning to challenge unhelpful thinking and behaving, clients can begin to achieve their therapeutic goals and develop an understanding of how to address future difficulties.
I am a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist trained in providing psychological assessments and tailored interventions for children, adolescents and adults. CBT helps to provide clients with a deeper understanding of difficult emotions which can be overwhelming and impact on day to day life. This is achieved by collaboratively exploring life events, patterns of thinking and examining behaviours which may intensify unwanted feelings. By learning to challenge unhelpful thinking and behaving, clients can begin to achieve their therapeutic goals and develop an understanding of how to address future difficulties.
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Judith C George
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Ardoyne, Belfast BT15  (Online Only)
Are you feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Are you feeling like life is throwing everything at you all at once and you need to talk with someone to help you through it? Therapy can offer you someone to talk to and give you space to reflect and gather yourself as you move forward. As a Pluralistic counsellor, I offer support on a wide range of issues using a variety of approaches.
Are you feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Are you feeling like life is throwing everything at you all at once and you need to talk with someone to help you through it? Therapy can offer you someone to talk to and give you space to reflect and gather yourself as you move forward. As a Pluralistic counsellor, I offer support on a wide range of issues using a variety of approaches.
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Lea Braithwaite
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ardoyne, Belfast BT15
People usually come to therapy because they are in distress, grieving or dissatisfied with certain aspects of their lives and want to address this. Facing change or loss and allowing yourself to be vulnerable can be daunting. I am committed to supporting you through your journey, providing safety, warmth, empathy and consistent reliable support.
People usually come to therapy because they are in distress, grieving or dissatisfied with certain aspects of their lives and want to address this. Facing change or loss and allowing yourself to be vulnerable can be daunting. I am committed to supporting you through your journey, providing safety, warmth, empathy and consistent reliable support.
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SPACE
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Ardoyne, Belfast BT13
I am an accredited member of BACP and NCS. I have substantial experience working with both children and adults. I work in primary schools and also in the local community to provide quality counselling to help people be the best they can be. I am also CEO of a mental health charity and offer consultancy work as well as supervision. My approach is integrative so that I can tailor the service specifically for individual clients and longer term work. I also offer personal therapy for students training to be counsellors.
I am an accredited member of BACP and NCS. I have substantial experience working with both children and adults. I work in primary schools and also in the local community to provide quality counselling to help people be the best they can be. I am also CEO of a mental health charity and offer consultancy work as well as supervision. My approach is integrative so that I can tailor the service specifically for individual clients and longer term work. I also offer personal therapy for students training to be counsellors.
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Sinead Corey Play Therapy
Counsellor, MA, PTUK Accred
Verified Verified
Ardoyne, Belfast BT15
Hello my name is Sinead and I am an Accredited Play Therapist and Registered SandStory Therapist. I have twenty-six years’ experience in a mainstream primary school where I have specialised as a Nurture Room Teacher. I am experienced in supporting children with Attachment Type Difficulties, Selective Mutism, and children diagnosed with with ASD and ADHD. I have supported children experiencing isolation and bullying and have empowered children to build resilience and develop social skills with their peers. I have extensive knowledge of working with individuals and with small groups of children/young people and their parents.
Hello my name is Sinead and I am an Accredited Play Therapist and Registered SandStory Therapist. I have twenty-six years’ experience in a mainstream primary school where I have specialised as a Nurture Room Teacher. I am experienced in supporting children with Attachment Type Difficulties, Selective Mutism, and children diagnosed with with ASD and ADHD. I have supported children experiencing isolation and bullying and have empowered children to build resilience and develop social skills with their peers. I have extensive knowledge of working with individuals and with small groups of children/young people and their parents.
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Isabel Mary Stewart
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Ardoyne, Belfast BT13
I provide a safe, supportive, empathic and therapeutic space and service for those who wish to explore and address any issues and concerns.
I provide a safe, supportive, empathic and therapeutic space and service for those who wish to explore and address any issues and concerns.
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Deirdre Martin
Psychotherapist, SNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ardoyne, Belfast BT15
Not accepting new clients
Hello, I'm Deirdre, a professional, experienced, friendly and down-to-earth therapist in Newtownabbey Belfast. I help people to manage difficulties they are experiencing and to bring about change in a warm, compassionate and safe way without judgement. Do you need help with very treatable issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, trauma/PTSD, bereavement or loss, emotional or sexual abuse, childhood or workplace bullying, childhood/family issues or anger? Perhaps you want to stop people pleasing or to understand the causes of your unhappiness? Do you want more time to yourself but never seem to manage to get it?
Hello, I'm Deirdre, a professional, experienced, friendly and down-to-earth therapist in Newtownabbey Belfast. I help people to manage difficulties they are experiencing and to bring about change in a warm, compassionate and safe way without judgement. Do you need help with very treatable issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, trauma/PTSD, bereavement or loss, emotional or sexual abuse, childhood or workplace bullying, childhood/family issues or anger? Perhaps you want to stop people pleasing or to understand the causes of your unhappiness? Do you want more time to yourself but never seem to manage to get it?
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Stuart Kirk McGeagh
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Ardoyne, Belfast BT15
I’m an integrative Counsellor with 13 years experience of working with a wide range of issues and people. Regardless of why you might be considering counselling, a common factor is a degree of emotional pain that's having an impact on relationships and life in general. It maybe an emotional response to situations happening in life, like a relationship breakdown or other loss, or, you’ve experienced events in the past that feel current. Perhaps you’re struggling with a problem behaviour, like alcohol, drugs, gambling, pornography or sex?
I’m an integrative Counsellor with 13 years experience of working with a wide range of issues and people. Regardless of why you might be considering counselling, a common factor is a degree of emotional pain that's having an impact on relationships and life in general. It maybe an emotional response to situations happening in life, like a relationship breakdown or other loss, or, you’ve experienced events in the past that feel current. Perhaps you’re struggling with a problem behaviour, like alcohol, drugs, gambling, pornography or sex?
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Breakthrough Counselling NI
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Ardoyne, Belfast BT15
I am an accredited integrative counsellor, IFS & Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Practitioner. I offer a confidential and understanding service for children, young people and adults who are facing a range of emotional difficulties. There are many reasons why an individual seeks counselling, and I understand that it can feel like a big decision where you may feel nervous, uncertain or vulnerable. My first step is to offer you a safe, non-judgemental space, where you feel able to explore your own thoughts and feelings. This offers you space to understand the underlying feelings that can make you feel low, stuck, empty or overwhelmed.
I am an accredited integrative counsellor, IFS & Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Practitioner. I offer a confidential and understanding service for children, young people and adults who are facing a range of emotional difficulties. There are many reasons why an individual seeks counselling, and I understand that it can feel like a big decision where you may feel nervous, uncertain or vulnerable. My first step is to offer you a safe, non-judgemental space, where you feel able to explore your own thoughts and feelings. This offers you space to understand the underlying feelings that can make you feel low, stuck, empty or overwhelmed.
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Emma Therese Bourquin
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Ardoyne, Belfast BT14  (Online Only)
Life can be challenging and at times we can all feel in need of support. Counselling gives you the space to explore feelings and reflect upon your life in a safe, confidential and non judgemental environment. I have 10 years experience working in mental health and wellbeing. I have experience of working with a range of presenting issues including anxiety, stress, depression, relationships, family, life transitions, bereavement, post natal depression, work/career stress, learning disability, young people, children (school age-primary and secondary). I have also worked with adults and young people with autism and their families.
Life can be challenging and at times we can all feel in need of support. Counselling gives you the space to explore feelings and reflect upon your life in a safe, confidential and non judgemental environment. I have 10 years experience working in mental health and wellbeing. I have experience of working with a range of presenting issues including anxiety, stress, depression, relationships, family, life transitions, bereavement, post natal depression, work/career stress, learning disability, young people, children (school age-primary and secondary). I have also worked with adults and young people with autism and their families.
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How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Ardoyne, Belfast

20+

Average cost per session

£50

Counsellors in Ardoyne, Belfast who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
92% Depression
92% Self Esteem
88% Stress
75% Coping Skills
71% Relationship Issues
71% Bereavement

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

43% Aviva
43% AXA PPP
29% Bupa

How Counsellors in Ardoyne, Belfast see their clients

88% In Person and Online
12% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Ardoyne, Belfast?

Search for nearby therapists or counsellors by inputting your city, postcode, or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or postcode into the search bar.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

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

Counsellors and Psychotherapists listed in the directory are members of the main professional associations, mainly the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Most Psychologists in the directory are accredited members of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and/or are registered in the Health and Care Professions Council (HPCP).

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

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

Counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists can all provide counselling or talking therapy and have credentials and experience that enable them to do so in the UK. Psychologists have earned a degree in psychology and many are members of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and have completed a postgraduate qualification in a specialism. Counsellors and Psychotherapists are not required to have a psychology degree, but to belong to a professional organisation such as the BACP or UKCP, they are required to have completed a training course as well as clinical and supervision hours.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the UK could be between £30 - £60 when seeing a counsellor and £60 - £150 and up when seeing a clinical psychologist. If you have private insurance, your plan may cover some if not all of your sessions. You should contact your insurance provider to determine if they provide coverage for therapy sessions and to determine what, if any, requirements they might have in order for your sessions to be covered, such as a referral from your GP or medical specialist.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

If you are struggling to access therapy due to budget constraints, you could also consider public funded mental health services. The NHS Talking therapies programme offers free of charge counselling for common mental health problems like anxiety and depression. The service is available to anyone registered with a GP, though you do not necessarily need to be referred by your GP and can refer yourself directly to a Talking therapies service. The service will provide different solutions, including group and individual therapy, for a limited number of sessions which are generally up to six.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your postcode.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Therapists who are part of a professional organisation such as the BACP, the UKCP, or BPS are bound by an ethical framework that requires them to uphold a confidentiality agreement. Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship and only under specific circumstances, such as when there has been participation in a criminal act or act of terror, or if there is potential or known harm to the client or others, will a therapist be obligated to break the agreement. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed during the initial consultation.