Yuanxia Zhang
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11355
I use energy psychology to help people resolve the problems related to insomnia, low energy, phobia, OCD, PTSD, ADHD. As for the bad mood resulted from physical disorders, I use special energy power from Chinese Qi Gong, Kung Fu, and Zen meditation to help people recover mind-body well-being.
I use energy psychology to help people resolve the problems related to insomnia, low energy, phobia, OCD, PTSD, ADHD. As for the bad mood resulted from physical disorders, I use special energy power from Chinese Qi Gong, Kung Fu, and Zen meditation to help people recover mind-body well-being.
(347) 609-7874 View (347) 609-7874
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Diane Kim
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11355  (Online Only)
I have worked primarily within the Asian community with those who have been impacted by intimate partner/gender-based violence. Doing so taught me the importance of supporting self-determination, grounded/safe relationships, & honoring body ques. I am passionate about walking alongside clients while they work to dismantle the impact of harmful power structures in their lives. My hope is that through identity exploration, difficult life transitions, traumatic experiences, & all that life has in store that I may work collaboratively with clients to access their truest voice & experience wholeness personally and interpersonally.
I have worked primarily within the Asian community with those who have been impacted by intimate partner/gender-based violence. Doing so taught me the importance of supporting self-determination, grounded/safe relationships, & honoring body ques. I am passionate about walking alongside clients while they work to dismantle the impact of harmful power structures in their lives. My hope is that through identity exploration, difficult life transitions, traumatic experiences, & all that life has in store that I may work collaboratively with clients to access their truest voice & experience wholeness personally and interpersonally.
(929) 209-6214 View (929) 209-6214
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Tracy L. Liang
Counselor, MS, LMHC, NCC, C-DBT, CTMH
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11355  (Online Only)
I am a Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider and a Certified Personality Treatment Provider. I work full-time as a Psychotherapist at a non-profit community mental health clinic. I am experienced working with Mood Disorders, Trauma & PTSD, Behavioral Disorders, Personality Disorders, Substance Abuse, and the LGBTQ community. I am competent in working with multiple cultural backgrounds. I have a Certification in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Prior to my current experience, I worked as a Bilingual Psychotherapist at a Chinese Psychiatry practice. I have many years of research experience in mental health.
I am a Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider and a Certified Personality Treatment Provider. I work full-time as a Psychotherapist at a non-profit community mental health clinic. I am experienced working with Mood Disorders, Trauma & PTSD, Behavioral Disorders, Personality Disorders, Substance Abuse, and the LGBTQ community. I am competent in working with multiple cultural backgrounds. I have a Certification in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Prior to my current experience, I worked as a Bilingual Psychotherapist at a Chinese Psychiatry practice. I have many years of research experience in mental health.
(646) 920-0993 View (646) 920-0993
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Manru Zhang
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11355  (Online Only)
People are brought up by people. I work in a collaborative relationship to re-examine the history of relationships. My focus is on expanding the awareness of needs, and unblocking the limitations you have placed on satisfying them in living. I have completed clinical training at HHC/Bellevue Hospital inpatient psychiatric unit. I also have years of experience working at community mental health clinics.
People are brought up by people. I work in a collaborative relationship to re-examine the history of relationships. My focus is on expanding the awareness of needs, and unblocking the limitations you have placed on satisfying them in living. I have completed clinical training at HHC/Bellevue Hospital inpatient psychiatric unit. I also have years of experience working at community mental health clinics.
(929) 383-7466 View (929) 383-7466
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Dr. Stephen Kong
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11355
MARRIAGE CRISIS?? DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO?? FEELING LOST? You do not have to feel alone • There is HOPE • I will MEDIATE and provide STRATEGIES: • for YOU to resolve your inner conflicts • for YOU and YOUR SPOUSE to find the better of each other • for your FAMILY to resolve the hurts and heal relationship among each other. The goal of receiving counseling is to empower yourself to have strategies for “CHANGE” so that you can “GROW” in your emotional and spiritual states. As a result, you can “MOVE FORWARD” to live a happy, satisfied, fulfilled life and relationship.
MARRIAGE CRISIS?? DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO?? FEELING LOST? You do not have to feel alone • There is HOPE • I will MEDIATE and provide STRATEGIES: • for YOU to resolve your inner conflicts • for YOU and YOUR SPOUSE to find the better of each other • for your FAMILY to resolve the hurts and heal relationship among each other. The goal of receiving counseling is to empower yourself to have strategies for “CHANGE” so that you can “GROW” in your emotional and spiritual states. As a result, you can “MOVE FORWARD” to live a happy, satisfied, fulfilled life and relationship.
(917) 905-7893 View (917) 905-7893
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Rebeca Chavarria
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11355  (Online Only)
Welcome to my profile. As a licensed mental health counselor with over a decade of experience in the field, I am dedicated to providing compassionate and effective counseling services. With seven years of direct counseling experience, I have had the privilege of supporting individuals from all walks of life on their journey to mental wellness. My experience includes working with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, self-esteem difficulties, substance use disorders, grief, trauma, PTSD, and difficult life transitions.
Welcome to my profile. As a licensed mental health counselor with over a decade of experience in the field, I am dedicated to providing compassionate and effective counseling services. With seven years of direct counseling experience, I have had the privilege of supporting individuals from all walks of life on their journey to mental wellness. My experience includes working with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, self-esteem difficulties, substance use disorders, grief, trauma, PTSD, and difficult life transitions.
(929) 930-4977 View (929) 930-4977
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Tori Chen
Counselor, LMHC, CASAC
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11355  (Online Only)
I enjoy working with women from diverse backgrounds in a supportive and nonjudgmental manner. I believe that client is an expert of their own life, and of most importance to me is working with the client to achieve their goals - goals that we set together as we begin our work. I strive to meet the client "where they are" and move them forward to heal, change and grow in positive ways.
I enjoy working with women from diverse backgrounds in a supportive and nonjudgmental manner. I believe that client is an expert of their own life, and of most importance to me is working with the client to achieve their goals - goals that we set together as we begin our work. I strive to meet the client "where they are" and move them forward to heal, change and grow in positive ways.
(347) 697-4134 View (347) 697-4134
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Xing Liu
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11355  (Online Only)
I believe that everyone deserves to be heard, regardless of their background or circumstances. Whether you are struggling with excessive worry or negative thoughts, overwhelmed by schoolwork as a student, supporting a family member with autism or developmental disability, or facing challenges as a member of a marginalized group in society, it is common to feel hopeless and worthless at times. However, you do not have to give in to these feelings. Together, we will overcome obstacles by empowering you, developing strategies for managing negative feelings, improving your self-identity, and gaining a deeper understanding of yourself.
I believe that everyone deserves to be heard, regardless of their background or circumstances. Whether you are struggling with excessive worry or negative thoughts, overwhelmed by schoolwork as a student, supporting a family member with autism or developmental disability, or facing challenges as a member of a marginalized group in society, it is common to feel hopeless and worthless at times. However, you do not have to give in to these feelings. Together, we will overcome obstacles by empowering you, developing strategies for managing negative feelings, improving your self-identity, and gaining a deeper understanding of yourself.
(332) 244-1780 View (332) 244-1780
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Chantal Sepulveda
MHC-LP
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11355  (Online Only)
I use a trauma-informed, person-centered, and mindfulness based approach to therapy, creating an empathic space for you to feel safe to explore your thoughts and feelings at your own pace. I work with adults and teens around self-discovery, self-expression, and life adjustments. I believe that therapy works when there is a collaborative and trusting relationship that helps to empower to help you in your areas of need, while empowering you to use your strengths and learn tools to overcome difficulties. My practice is rooted in approaches that are compassionate and non-judgmental.
I use a trauma-informed, person-centered, and mindfulness based approach to therapy, creating an empathic space for you to feel safe to explore your thoughts and feelings at your own pace. I work with adults and teens around self-discovery, self-expression, and life adjustments. I believe that therapy works when there is a collaborative and trusting relationship that helps to empower to help you in your areas of need, while empowering you to use your strengths and learn tools to overcome difficulties. My practice is rooted in approaches that are compassionate and non-judgmental.
(347) 970-8945 View (347) 970-8945
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Janelle Perry
Counselor, Janelle Perry, LMHC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11355  (Online Only)
Are you a person who wants to live more of an authentic life, but are struggling with issues that keep you stuck and repeating old patterns? Do you feel sadness, lack of motivation, anger, or worry? Do you experience feeling trapped, weighed down by life, uneasy, or have difficulty making decisions? Are your relationships troubled or unsatisfying? Well, answer me this...do you WANT to feel aligned with who you truly are, experiencing more joy, relatedness, and flow? Or what about improve your overall well-being where you can achieve connectedness in your social, professional, and day to day life?
Are you a person who wants to live more of an authentic life, but are struggling with issues that keep you stuck and repeating old patterns? Do you feel sadness, lack of motivation, anger, or worry? Do you experience feeling trapped, weighed down by life, uneasy, or have difficulty making decisions? Are your relationships troubled or unsatisfying? Well, answer me this...do you WANT to feel aligned with who you truly are, experiencing more joy, relatedness, and flow? Or what about improve your overall well-being where you can achieve connectedness in your social, professional, and day to day life?
(917) 580-6543 View (917) 580-6543
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Anthony Wu
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, MHC-LP
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11355  (Online Only)
Life gets rough – it can be overwhelming and difficult to manage at times. It may feel like no one is listening or understands the struggles you’re going through. My goal is to provide a safe and affirming space for you. You’ll have a voice to tell your story, express your emotions, and not feel judged. Everyone has their own unique experiences and although I may not have experienced your situation and circumstances, I'm willing to do the work and listen to everything you have to say. As a 1.5 gen Chinese-American, I also understand the difficulties of navigating through racism, family dynamics, clashing values, and identity.
Life gets rough – it can be overwhelming and difficult to manage at times. It may feel like no one is listening or understands the struggles you’re going through. My goal is to provide a safe and affirming space for you. You’ll have a voice to tell your story, express your emotions, and not feel judged. Everyone has their own unique experiences and although I may not have experienced your situation and circumstances, I'm willing to do the work and listen to everything you have to say. As a 1.5 gen Chinese-American, I also understand the difficulties of navigating through racism, family dynamics, clashing values, and identity.
(347) 826-6380 View (347) 826-6380
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Bokyung Kim
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11355  (Online Only)
I want to help you feel more okay and be more equipped to navigate current challenges and stay in connection by tending to the source of your triggers, symptoms, and emotional pain that makes reality harder for you. Our subconscious inner world organizes itself around pain, and it will get creative to keep us away from overwhelming, scary, and alone experiences we have lived through. I’ll make invitations that could expand your capacity to be with hard things while feeling rooted in curiosity and compassion. When our wounds feel deeply understood by us, they transform into inner wisdom and we feel true belonging within ourselves.
I want to help you feel more okay and be more equipped to navigate current challenges and stay in connection by tending to the source of your triggers, symptoms, and emotional pain that makes reality harder for you. Our subconscious inner world organizes itself around pain, and it will get creative to keep us away from overwhelming, scary, and alone experiences we have lived through. I’ll make invitations that could expand your capacity to be with hard things while feeling rooted in curiosity and compassion. When our wounds feel deeply understood by us, they transform into inner wisdom and we feel true belonging within ourselves.
(929) 389-0992 View (929) 389-0992
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Rachel Rothman Borrero
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11355
Are you worried about your child's behavior or emotional well-being? Feeling overwhelmed or frustrated with events or people in your life? Do you feel unsure of how to improve or change things with your partner, child or job? I have over fifteen years of experience helping adults, children and families manage life's challenges. I believe that all people, regardless of age, sometimes need help and extra support. I believe change is possible and powerful and that it has a significant impact on you and those in your life.
Are you worried about your child's behavior or emotional well-being? Feeling overwhelmed or frustrated with events or people in your life? Do you feel unsure of how to improve or change things with your partner, child or job? I have over fifteen years of experience helping adults, children and families manage life's challenges. I believe that all people, regardless of age, sometimes need help and extra support. I believe change is possible and powerful and that it has a significant impact on you and those in your life.
(646) 846-4562 View (646) 846-4562
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Mary Cho
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11355  (Online Only)
In this journey of life, as we go through the seasons, we all need someone to walk with. Whether young or old, at the core of our being, we want to be heard in the midst of all of life's "noises". My desire is to walk with you and hear you.
In this journey of life, as we go through the seasons, we all need someone to walk with. Whether young or old, at the core of our being, we want to be heard in the midst of all of life's "noises". My desire is to walk with you and hear you.
(516) 774-1925 View (516) 774-1925
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Yiwen Fan
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11355
Are you feeling uncertain whether or not your issues deserve to be shared, or if you want to share them at all? Starting therapy can be scary and exciting at the same time. I will gently guide you to ease into this journey. Gradually, we will together build a warm space for you to relax, express, struggle and grow.
Are you feeling uncertain whether or not your issues deserve to be shared, or if you want to share them at all? Starting therapy can be scary and exciting at the same time. I will gently guide you to ease into this journey. Gradually, we will together build a warm space for you to relax, express, struggle and grow.
(860) 469-5963 View (860) 469-5963
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Zoe C Liang
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11355  (Online Only)
Welcome to view my profile. I believe that our moments of great struggle can also hold the most powerful potential for growth. The pain we face is an invitation for ourselves to deepen and expand. My lifelong curiosity with resilience and transformation has led me down a path where I support my clients in their journey. My consistent learning and self-reflection have allowed me to be clients' anchor and their holding environment. Together we work to bring changes and heal what has been getting in the way of the life you would like lead.
Welcome to view my profile. I believe that our moments of great struggle can also hold the most powerful potential for growth. The pain we face is an invitation for ourselves to deepen and expand. My lifelong curiosity with resilience and transformation has led me down a path where I support my clients in their journey. My consistent learning and self-reflection have allowed me to be clients' anchor and their holding environment. Together we work to bring changes and heal what has been getting in the way of the life you would like lead.
(718) 395-5482 View (718) 395-5482
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Tammy St Clair
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11355
Life before and after weight loss can be difficult. No matter how you've lost a significant amount of weight, your life changes. Most of my clients have had, or are thinking about having, Lap-Band, Bypass, Sleeve, or Balloon weight loss procedures. I also counsel those who don't qualify, or do not desire surgery. In order to maintain the weight loss, one's behavior must change. Our thinking must change. How we see ourselves must change. I should know - I am a product of all these lifestyle changes myself.
Life before and after weight loss can be difficult. No matter how you've lost a significant amount of weight, your life changes. Most of my clients have had, or are thinking about having, Lap-Band, Bypass, Sleeve, or Balloon weight loss procedures. I also counsel those who don't qualify, or do not desire surgery. In order to maintain the weight loss, one's behavior must change. Our thinking must change. How we see ourselves must change. I should know - I am a product of all these lifestyle changes myself.
(914) 368-2231 View (914) 368-2231
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Latino Support LCSW P.C.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R, DSW, LCSW, LMSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11355
Latino Support is a well established private practice, delighted to provide mental health services to adults, couples and families in English and Spanish in a holistic and safe environment. Our main goal is to promote social justice, empower and support clients from all diverse populations through individual and family sessions. Together, you could learn to restructure and improve the relationships in your life.
Latino Support is a well established private practice, delighted to provide mental health services to adults, couples and families in English and Spanish in a holistic and safe environment. Our main goal is to promote social justice, empower and support clients from all diverse populations through individual and family sessions. Together, you could learn to restructure and improve the relationships in your life.
(718) 395-4711 View (718) 395-4711
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Elaine Abramovich
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11355
As a psychotherapist and healer for many years it has been my privilege to offer and provide help and comfort to people in distress. Experience has taught me that we all struggle to recover from the pains of the past, deal with the challenges of the present and the insecurities of the future, in our efforts to live the best lives that we can. This often seems very difficult if not impossible to accomplish alone. A strong and nurturing therapeutic relationship is a powerful and stable foundation for dealing with these challenges to our well-being, especially in these very troubling and uncertain times.
As a psychotherapist and healer for many years it has been my privilege to offer and provide help and comfort to people in distress. Experience has taught me that we all struggle to recover from the pains of the past, deal with the challenges of the present and the insecurities of the future, in our efforts to live the best lives that we can. This often seems very difficult if not impossible to accomplish alone. A strong and nurturing therapeutic relationship is a powerful and stable foundation for dealing with these challenges to our well-being, especially in these very troubling and uncertain times.
(516) 701-3271 View (516) 701-3271
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Debra Linch
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11355  (Online Only)
I believe the fit between a patient and therapist plays an important role in healing and growth. My approach to therapy begins with respect and validation for your feelings and experiences. I strive to create a safe and comfortable environment where dialogue can flow without fear of judgment. I specialize in treating people struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction and women's issues such as perinatal and postpartum depression. I will work with you to restructure your unhelpful beliefs that cause distress, develop new and healthier coping skills and improve your communication skills, confidence and self-esteem.
I believe the fit between a patient and therapist plays an important role in healing and growth. My approach to therapy begins with respect and validation for your feelings and experiences. I strive to create a safe and comfortable environment where dialogue can flow without fear of judgment. I specialize in treating people struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction and women's issues such as perinatal and postpartum depression. I will work with you to restructure your unhelpful beliefs that cause distress, develop new and healthier coping skills and improve your communication skills, confidence and self-esteem.
(347) 433-8730 View (347) 433-8730

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 11355

30+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in 11355 who prioritize treating:

87% Relationship Issues
87% Depression
87% Anxiety
77% Self Esteem
74% Stress
64% Family Conflict
64% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Aetna
76% Cigna and Evernorth
76% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in 11355 see their clients

64% Online Only
36% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

75% Female
17% Male
8% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 11355?

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.