Photo of Tara King, Drug & Alcohol Counselor in 08723, NJ
Tara King
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, EdD, MA, LPC, LCADC, SAC
Verified Verified
Brick, NJ 08723
I would like to commend you on your courage to seek professional help! How do I know it takes courage, because at 19, I entered counseling. I had such a positive experience I decided to become a therapist. I truly understand what you are going through and I KNOW how to help you! Please call so I may join you on your road to recovery.I return all calls promptly and personally. I allow you adequate time to express your concerns and answer any questions you may have. I make you feeling safe and secure my first priority. I am taking new clients. I offer face to face sessions. Please text 848-333-9330 for immediate response.
I would like to commend you on your courage to seek professional help! How do I know it takes courage, because at 19, I entered counseling. I had such a positive experience I decided to become a therapist. I truly understand what you are going through and I KNOW how to help you! Please call so I may join you on your road to recovery.I return all calls promptly and personally. I allow you adequate time to express your concerns and answer any questions you may have. I make you feeling safe and secure my first priority. I am taking new clients. I offer face to face sessions. Please text 848-333-9330 for immediate response.
(848) 333-9330 View (848) 333-9330
Self Elements Psychotherapy & Wellness
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brick, NJ 08723
I have been working in the Social Work field for over twenty years specializing in children, adolescents and adults. I have extensive experience in diverse issues such as trauma, anxiety, depression, PTSD, addictions and family dynamics. My approach is both traditional and non-traditional, which led to obtaining my certification in both EMDR and Brainspotting. These treatment modalities can greatly assist in the processing and healing from issues that are deeply-rooted and often not fully resolved with talk therapy alone. I have expanded to include highly-skilled therapists who share in my enthusiasm and love for this work.
I have been working in the Social Work field for over twenty years specializing in children, adolescents and adults. I have extensive experience in diverse issues such as trauma, anxiety, depression, PTSD, addictions and family dynamics. My approach is both traditional and non-traditional, which led to obtaining my certification in both EMDR and Brainspotting. These treatment modalities can greatly assist in the processing and healing from issues that are deeply-rooted and often not fully resolved with talk therapy alone. I have expanded to include highly-skilled therapists who share in my enthusiasm and love for this work.
(732) 823-4032 View (732) 823-4032
Photo of Micaela DeFelice, Counselor in 08723, NJ
Micaela DeFelice
Counselor, LAC
Verified Verified
Brick, NJ 08723
Micaela DeFelice is a Licensed Associate Counselor in New Jersey who joined the LifeStance team in 2024. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Georgian Court University. Micaela tailors her therapeutic approach to each client’s unique needs, drawing from a wide variety of techniques which she hopes will continually grow. Micaela creates a safe and supportive environment where clients feel empowered to explore their thoughts and emotions freely, while also emphasizing their autonomy as the experts of their own lives.
Micaela DeFelice is a Licensed Associate Counselor in New Jersey who joined the LifeStance team in 2024. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Georgian Court University. Micaela tailors her therapeutic approach to each client’s unique needs, drawing from a wide variety of techniques which she hopes will continually grow. Micaela creates a safe and supportive environment where clients feel empowered to explore their thoughts and emotions freely, while also emphasizing their autonomy as the experts of their own lives.
(732) 466-6575 View (732) 466-6575
Photo of Stephanie Szoke, Licensed Professional Counselor in 08723, NJ
Stephanie Szoke
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brick, NJ 08723
My slogan is The Courage to Change, The Strength to Heal. I believe that counseling is a journey of self-discovery in which the therapist and client work together to explore the client's current state of physical, mental, and emotional well being. Another important aspect of my work is the exploration of ineffective behaviors and patterns that are no longer useful to the client's well being. Many of these patterns are rooted in the person's past, and I believe that most people need to visit the past in order to fully understand why the things, feel, and behave the way they do.
My slogan is The Courage to Change, The Strength to Heal. I believe that counseling is a journey of self-discovery in which the therapist and client work together to explore the client's current state of physical, mental, and emotional well being. Another important aspect of my work is the exploration of ineffective behaviors and patterns that are no longer useful to the client's well being. Many of these patterns are rooted in the person's past, and I believe that most people need to visit the past in order to fully understand why the things, feel, and behave the way they do.
(732) 538-8386 View (732) 538-8386
Photo of Marc Wax, Counselor in 08723, NJ
Marc Wax
Counselor, LAC
Verified Verified
Brick, NJ 08723
Education: I earned my B.A. from the Talmudic University of Florida with a major in Talmudic Law. I went on to pursue my Master's Degree at Bellevue University, Bellevue Nebraska, in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, where I earned my Master's in Clinical Counseling. I am a Licensed Associate Counselor, as well as a National Certified Counselor.
Education: I earned my B.A. from the Talmudic University of Florida with a major in Talmudic Law. I went on to pursue my Master's Degree at Bellevue University, Bellevue Nebraska, in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, where I earned my Master's in Clinical Counseling. I am a Licensed Associate Counselor, as well as a National Certified Counselor.
(908) 747-1497 View (908) 747-1497
Cara F. Paolillo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brick, NJ 08723
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has experience working with a wide variety of ages and populations. I have training from the Albert Ellis Institute in New York for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, which is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is an evidenced based model, meaning that their is research showing it really does work!
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has experience working with a wide variety of ages and populations. I have training from the Albert Ellis Institute in New York for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, which is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is an evidenced based model, meaning that their is research showing it really does work!
(848) 235-7535 View (848) 235-7535
Photo of Kristen Veith, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 08723, NJ
Kristen Veith
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brick, NJ 08723
Being positive does not mean you have to be happy all the time and ignore reality, it means trusting that even on the hard days, you know that better ones are coming. Having hope is such an important part of getting through the hard times. I offer a safe space for you to come and take some time to take care of yourself. I think we can all benefit from a neutral support and perspective, so we can continue to grow into who we desire to be, no matter how old we are.
Being positive does not mean you have to be happy all the time and ignore reality, it means trusting that even on the hard days, you know that better ones are coming. Having hope is such an important part of getting through the hard times. I offer a safe space for you to come and take some time to take care of yourself. I think we can all benefit from a neutral support and perspective, so we can continue to grow into who we desire to be, no matter how old we are.
(732) 838-9438 View (732) 838-9438
Photo of Free To Be Me, Creative Counseling Center LLC, Licensed Professional Counselor in 08723, NJ
Free To Be Me, Creative Counseling Center LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdS, LPC, RPT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brick, NJ 08723
I'm a strengths based play therapist who believes that EVERYONE has GREATNESS inside of them! My goal when working with children and families is to focus on their strengths to build positive self esteem and to help restore peace and balance to the family unit. I specifically work with children who are trying to process change, divorce/separation, bullying, social rejection, grief, and school anxiety, just to name a few. I help children to recognize their own greatness, develop coping and problem solving skills, process trauma, and provide parents with the tools to help manage behaviors and emotionally support their kids at home.
I'm a strengths based play therapist who believes that EVERYONE has GREATNESS inside of them! My goal when working with children and families is to focus on their strengths to build positive self esteem and to help restore peace and balance to the family unit. I specifically work with children who are trying to process change, divorce/separation, bullying, social rejection, grief, and school anxiety, just to name a few. I help children to recognize their own greatness, develop coping and problem solving skills, process trauma, and provide parents with the tools to help manage behaviors and emotionally support their kids at home.
(732) 203-5376 View (732) 203-5376
Photo of Leisha Thompson, Licensed Professional Counselor in 08723, NJ
Leisha Thompson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCADC, CJC
Verified Verified
Brick, NJ 08723
Leisha Thompson is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing individual and group therapy Some of the groups are Co-Parenting, Anger Management, Domestic Violence/Batterer's Intervention and Substance Abuse.She has recently expanded her private practice, Thompson Therapy Group in Brick, NJ, which is now offering a multitude of modalities addressing depression, trauma, anxiety, PTS, ADHD, ASD, and auditory processing issues such as the revolutionary psych-sensory therapy called Havening along with Unyte's integrated listening therapies based on Dr Porges' Polyvagal Theory called Safe and Sound Protocol and the Focus system.
Leisha Thompson is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing individual and group therapy Some of the groups are Co-Parenting, Anger Management, Domestic Violence/Batterer's Intervention and Substance Abuse.She has recently expanded her private practice, Thompson Therapy Group in Brick, NJ, which is now offering a multitude of modalities addressing depression, trauma, anxiety, PTS, ADHD, ASD, and auditory processing issues such as the revolutionary psych-sensory therapy called Havening along with Unyte's integrated listening therapies based on Dr Porges' Polyvagal Theory called Safe and Sound Protocol and the Focus system.
(732) 355-8085 View (732) 355-8085
Photo of Maria Pipitone, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 08723, NJ
Maria Pipitone
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCADC, CCS
Verified Verified
Brick, NJ 08723
Post COVID we have been faced with a new normal and there are still hurdles for us to navigate. Life can be difficult. Perhaps you just need a caring person to listen and help you navigate the hills and find refuge in the valleys of everyday life. I welcome the opportunity to help you obtain your goals. At Pipitone Counseling Service you will not just be listened to, you will be heard. I have several therapist who work with me, and each was selected carefully. I commend you for taking the first step and searching for a therapist. I hope you continue to move forward and select a therapist so you can improve the quality of your life.
Post COVID we have been faced with a new normal and there are still hurdles for us to navigate. Life can be difficult. Perhaps you just need a caring person to listen and help you navigate the hills and find refuge in the valleys of everyday life. I welcome the opportunity to help you obtain your goals. At Pipitone Counseling Service you will not just be listened to, you will be heard. I have several therapist who work with me, and each was selected carefully. I commend you for taking the first step and searching for a therapist. I hope you continue to move forward and select a therapist so you can improve the quality of your life.
(732) 217-7346 View (732) 217-7346
Photo of Tracy Wrocklage, Licensed Professional Counselor in 08723, NJ
Tracy Wrocklage
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCADC
Verified Verified
Brick, NJ 08723
Is this how you envisioned your life? Do you feel like life threw you a curve ball and you are not sure how to handle it? Do you feel stuck? Self doubt and fear can make you feel as though you are living your life on the sidelines, watching without really engaging in it. This can make you feel as though you are unable to move forward and achieve your goals.
Is this how you envisioned your life? Do you feel like life threw you a curve ball and you are not sure how to handle it? Do you feel stuck? Self doubt and fear can make you feel as though you are living your life on the sidelines, watching without really engaging in it. This can make you feel as though you are unable to move forward and achieve your goals.
(732) 800-5862 View (732) 800-5862
Photo of Jessica Llamas, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 08723, NJ
Jessica Llamas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brick, NJ 08723
Jessica Llamas Zielenski is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who holds a master degree from Rutgers University. She has been in practice for more than 25+ years. She is passionate about working together with her clients. She believes that everyone works hard in finding who they truly need to be. Her goal is simply: Help bring change to Live Life to the fullest while working through personal obstacles, managing day to day stressors that may hinder the ability to function. Jessica works with children as young as 3, their families as well as working with individual adults and couples.
Jessica Llamas Zielenski is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who holds a master degree from Rutgers University. She has been in practice for more than 25+ years. She is passionate about working together with her clients. She believes that everyone works hard in finding who they truly need to be. Her goal is simply: Help bring change to Live Life to the fullest while working through personal obstacles, managing day to day stressors that may hinder the ability to function. Jessica works with children as young as 3, their families as well as working with individual adults and couples.
(732) 641-6276 View (732) 641-6276
Photo of Van Venokur, Licensed Professional Counselor in 08723, NJ
Van Venokur
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Brick, NJ 08723
Van Venokur is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey who has been practicing since 2018. Life has recently shown Van that curveballs are bound to happen with no warning whatsoever. COVID-19 was a clear example of that. These past years have shown Van just how quickly life can be derailed and how pivotal it is for mental health professionals like him to exist. Van has spent the last year working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, biomedical issues, their various relationships, traumas from the past and present, family matters, asexuality, sex addiction, and substance use.
Van Venokur is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey who has been practicing since 2018. Life has recently shown Van that curveballs are bound to happen with no warning whatsoever. COVID-19 was a clear example of that. These past years have shown Van just how quickly life can be derailed and how pivotal it is for mental health professionals like him to exist. Van has spent the last year working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, biomedical issues, their various relationships, traumas from the past and present, family matters, asexuality, sex addiction, and substance use.
(732) 242-3400 View (732) 242-3400
Photo of Samantha Faul, Counselor in 08723, NJ
Samantha Faul
Counselor, LAC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brick, NJ 08723
In my journey becoming a counselor I have gained skill with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Some topics I am able to work on with clients are trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, identity issues, LGBTQAI, difficult transitions, and family issues. Along with talk therapy, I provide art therapy and will provide some play therapy techniques when appropriate. Clients can look forward to learning new skills and strategies, processing issues, and making changes when ready. I always make this a collaborative process with my clients and look forward to creating a plan and setting healthy goals with you.
In my journey becoming a counselor I have gained skill with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Some topics I am able to work on with clients are trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, identity issues, LGBTQAI, difficult transitions, and family issues. Along with talk therapy, I provide art therapy and will provide some play therapy techniques when appropriate. Clients can look forward to learning new skills and strategies, processing issues, and making changes when ready. I always make this a collaborative process with my clients and look forward to creating a plan and setting healthy goals with you.
(732) 808-2916 View (732) 808-2916
Photo of Kelly Rafter, Licensed Professional Counselor in 08723, NJ
Kelly Rafter
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MA
Verified Verified
Brick, NJ 08723
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who believes therapy is a collaborative approach and we will work together to achieve your goals. At your initial appointment, we will spend time exploring the issues you'd like to address and begin to identify some of your goals that you look forward to achieving. Our collaborative approach will help to build a therapeutic relationship based on trust and confidence so that you feel safe and open to work through challenges using different skills, tools and techniques. I practice cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and incorporate solution-focused and existential models into treatment.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who believes therapy is a collaborative approach and we will work together to achieve your goals. At your initial appointment, we will spend time exploring the issues you'd like to address and begin to identify some of your goals that you look forward to achieving. Our collaborative approach will help to build a therapeutic relationship based on trust and confidence so that you feel safe and open to work through challenges using different skills, tools and techniques. I practice cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and incorporate solution-focused and existential models into treatment.
(732) 391-6795 View (732) 391-6795
Photo of Dr. Justine Fulton, Psychologist in 08723, NJ
Dr. Justine Fulton
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Brick, NJ 08723
I'm a licensed clinical psychologist & certified school psychologist. My training includes work at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Kean Psychological Services, private practice, & several school districts. When you sit with me, we'll focus on what's going on, create a timeline of your symptoms, and discuss your thoughts, behaviors, & feelings. We'll also discuss their functions, any reinforcing variables, & the interaction between these different elements. Overall, I tend to understand behavior in terms of experiential avoidance and escape behavior. I emphasize a data driven approach and will track your progress in therapy.
I'm a licensed clinical psychologist & certified school psychologist. My training includes work at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Kean Psychological Services, private practice, & several school districts. When you sit with me, we'll focus on what's going on, create a timeline of your symptoms, and discuss your thoughts, behaviors, & feelings. We'll also discuss their functions, any reinforcing variables, & the interaction between these different elements. Overall, I tend to understand behavior in terms of experiential avoidance and escape behavior. I emphasize a data driven approach and will track your progress in therapy.
(848) 220-1645 View (848) 220-1645
Photo of Frank J Resola, Counselor in 08723, NJ
Frank J Resola
Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brick, NJ 08723
I am a dedicated Licensed Professional Counselor who has over 25 years of counseling experience. I have provided counseling for adolescences and adults from many different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. I am very sensitive to individual differences and will provide an atmosphere of trust, safety, and protect the confidentiality of my clients. It is my goal to assist individuals, couples, and families in identifying the issues and develop strategies for positive solutions.
I am a dedicated Licensed Professional Counselor who has over 25 years of counseling experience. I have provided counseling for adolescences and adults from many different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. I am very sensitive to individual differences and will provide an atmosphere of trust, safety, and protect the confidentiality of my clients. It is my goal to assist individuals, couples, and families in identifying the issues and develop strategies for positive solutions.
(732) 831-7343 View (732) 831-7343
Photo of Christina Duggan, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 08723, NJ
Christina Duggan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ACSW
Verified Verified
Brick, NJ 08723
This is my 24th year as a private psychotherapist. I specialize in the treatment of emotional/behavioral issues. I treat children, adolescents, and adults. I am an individual, couples, and family therapist. I am also a divorce mediator. I can also provide evaluations for hormone therapy, gender reassignment surgery, and medical marijuana. Give me a call and we can discuss your situation. I hope my positive energy can help you!
This is my 24th year as a private psychotherapist. I specialize in the treatment of emotional/behavioral issues. I treat children, adolescents, and adults. I am an individual, couples, and family therapist. I am also a divorce mediator. I can also provide evaluations for hormone therapy, gender reassignment surgery, and medical marijuana. Give me a call and we can discuss your situation. I hope my positive energy can help you!
(732) 930-1957 View (732) 930-1957
Photo of Tony Vega, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 08723, NJ
Tony Vega
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
Brick, NJ 08723
Are you struggling with issues related to trauma, grief, addiction, depression, divorce, anxiety, or major life changes? There comes a time when we need help from a professional to learn how to cope with many of life’s challenges. I would love to help you on your journey toward healing and self-discovery.
Are you struggling with issues related to trauma, grief, addiction, depression, divorce, anxiety, or major life changes? There comes a time when we need help from a professional to learn how to cope with many of life’s challenges. I would love to help you on your journey toward healing and self-discovery.
(848) 233-3897 View (848) 233-3897
Photo of Denise F DePalma-Karpf, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 08723, NJ
Denise F DePalma-Karpf
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brick, NJ 08723
Are you in a place in life where you feel "stuck" but recognize positive changes need to occur? Do you experience emotional pain and/or fear? Is your mood so unpredictable it impacts your mental health? Is past trauma still affecting your well-being? You may be dealing with something really difficult, but you don't have to do it alone. I realize it takes courage and strength to reach out for help. However, you've already taken the first step! Whether you are looking for short term therapy or more long term to process and heal from deeper issues, I would like to help you. A session with me is just a phone call away!
Are you in a place in life where you feel "stuck" but recognize positive changes need to occur? Do you experience emotional pain and/or fear? Is your mood so unpredictable it impacts your mental health? Is past trauma still affecting your well-being? You may be dealing with something really difficult, but you don't have to do it alone. I realize it takes courage and strength to reach out for help. However, you've already taken the first step! Whether you are looking for short term therapy or more long term to process and heal from deeper issues, I would like to help you. A session with me is just a phone call away!
(732) 344-4635 View (732) 344-4635

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 08723

100+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in 08723 who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
92% Depression
75% Self Esteem
74% Relationship Issues
69% Coping Skills
66% Stress
61% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% Aetna
80% Cigna and Evernorth
74% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Therapists in 08723 see their clients

81% In Person and Online
19% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
19% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 08723?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; 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 zip code into the search bar.

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

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

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

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

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 United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

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.

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 zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.