Photo of Lesli Figlerski, Psychologist in 11747, NY
Lesli Figlerski
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Melville, NY 11747
Life transitions with family, relationships, careers, finances and health can be emotionally challenging and overwhelming. Congratulations for taking your first step to seek support. I have over thirty years of experience in providing psychological services for a variety of mental health issues, with in-depth experience in infertility counseling and third-party reproduction. Challenges to family building, as well as other life plans can result in increased anxiety and depression, and put significant strain on relationships with family and friends.
Life transitions with family, relationships, careers, finances and health can be emotionally challenging and overwhelming. Congratulations for taking your first step to seek support. I have over thirty years of experience in providing psychological services for a variety of mental health issues, with in-depth experience in infertility counseling and third-party reproduction. Challenges to family building, as well as other life plans can result in increased anxiety and depression, and put significant strain on relationships with family and friends.
(631) 337-8762 View (631) 337-8762
Photo of Lisa Labrusciano in 11747, NY
Lisa Labrusciano
MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Melville, NY 11747
Lisa'a specialty areas include anxiety, chronic illness, depression, family conflict, life transitions, and relationship concerns. She has experience working with couples, families, adults, and teens. She utilizes various therapeutic techniques to meet her clients where they are. She helps them identify their emotions and learn positive, healthy ways to express themselves. She has also worked with older populations providing support through the end-of-life phases. She works with stress management and emotional challenges throughout the life cycle.
Lisa'a specialty areas include anxiety, chronic illness, depression, family conflict, life transitions, and relationship concerns. She has experience working with couples, families, adults, and teens. She utilizes various therapeutic techniques to meet her clients where they are. She helps them identify their emotions and learn positive, healthy ways to express themselves. She has also worked with older populations providing support through the end-of-life phases. She works with stress management and emotional challenges throughout the life cycle.
(631) 201-5666 View (631) 201-5666
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WellQor New York
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Melville, NY 11747  (Online Only)
WellQor is a new model in online therapy marrying the best of traditional and innovative approaches. We’re a full service psychology practice accessible online with a uniquely collaborative approach to care. This means your personal therapist works with a PsyD Clinical Director to review your care plan and and adjust your treatment to ensure you’re on the fastest path to living your best life. Whether it’s anxiety, depression, burnout, major life changes, or just finding a sense of purpose, our diverse multi-specialty team of therapists is here to help.
WellQor is a new model in online therapy marrying the best of traditional and innovative approaches. We’re a full service psychology practice accessible online with a uniquely collaborative approach to care. This means your personal therapist works with a PsyD Clinical Director to review your care plan and and adjust your treatment to ensure you’re on the fastest path to living your best life. Whether it’s anxiety, depression, burnout, major life changes, or just finding a sense of purpose, our diverse multi-specialty team of therapists is here to help.
(631) 364-7888 View (631) 364-7888
Photo of Loretta Avallone-Goerke, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 11747, NY
Loretta Avallone-Goerke
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Melville, NY 11747
Loretta M. Avallone-Goerke, LCSW-R is a licensed, clinical, social worker in the State of NY who enjoys providing client's the opportunity to address their mental health concerns in a safe, compassionate, non judgmental environment using up to date, effective techniques such as DBT and CBT to promote healing and growth.
Loretta M. Avallone-Goerke, LCSW-R is a licensed, clinical, social worker in the State of NY who enjoys providing client's the opportunity to address their mental health concerns in a safe, compassionate, non judgmental environment using up to date, effective techniques such as DBT and CBT to promote healing and growth.
(631) 614-6218 View (631) 614-6218
Gail I Mandra Stallone
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
Melville, NY 11747
*****Long Island Press voted "Best on Long Island for Psychotherapist". ***** My practice offers a broad spectrum of services which includes providing in-office/home, long/short term: individual (children, adolescents, adults), marital, and family psychotherapy. I Collaborate with psychiatrists (medication), attorneys (divorce/estate plannng) and neurologists (ADHD), to ensure the client receives proper care . A treatment plan is formulated for symptom management and stress reduction. Additionally, a detailed Psychosocial history and Mental Health Assessment is completed, together resulting in a working diagnosis. The client may then remain in treatment with me or will be referred to the appropriate setting to fit their individual needs.
*****Long Island Press voted "Best on Long Island for Psychotherapist". ***** My practice offers a broad spectrum of services which includes providing in-office/home, long/short term: individual (children, adolescents, adults), marital, and family psychotherapy. I Collaborate with psychiatrists (medication), attorneys (divorce/estate plannng) and neurologists (ADHD), to ensure the client receives proper care . A treatment plan is formulated for symptom management and stress reduction. Additionally, a detailed Psychosocial history and Mental Health Assessment is completed, together resulting in a working diagnosis. The client may then remain in treatment with me or will be referred to the appropriate setting to fit their individual needs.
(631) 706-4494 View (631) 706-4494
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Gina Tedesco
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Melville, NY 11747
Gina Tedesco is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a trained psychotherapist, accredited and registered in the State of New York and Florida. She has over 20 years of clinical experience practicing psychotherapy. Gina loves working with people of all ages, backgrounds, race and ethnicity to find their passion for life and remove negative self-talk and other disruptions that block peace of mind and personal fulfillment. Reality is most of us have felt crippled by anxiety and fear at some point in our lives.
Gina Tedesco is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a trained psychotherapist, accredited and registered in the State of New York and Florida. She has over 20 years of clinical experience practicing psychotherapy. Gina loves working with people of all ages, backgrounds, race and ethnicity to find their passion for life and remove negative self-talk and other disruptions that block peace of mind and personal fulfillment. Reality is most of us have felt crippled by anxiety and fear at some point in our lives.
(631) 253-8929 View (631) 253-8929
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Jennifer Nussbaum
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Melville, NY 11747
When your child/teen is hurting as a parent you hurt. Is your child lonely, sad, anxious and/or angry? Have tears, yelling and slamming doors become all too common in your house? I can help. With compassion, humor and strategic therapeutic interventions I can help you or your child/teen/young adult find happiness, direction and balance in your life.
When your child/teen is hurting as a parent you hurt. Is your child lonely, sad, anxious and/or angry? Have tears, yelling and slamming doors become all too common in your house? I can help. With compassion, humor and strategic therapeutic interventions I can help you or your child/teen/young adult find happiness, direction and balance in your life.
(631) 250-4398 View (631) 250-4398
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Ania Bianca Wasowicz
Creative Arts Therapist, MA, LCAT, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
Melville, NY 11747
I utilize art therapy as a method to offer expression for emotions that are not able to be expressed through words. Connecting my educational background in fine arts as well as psychology I was able to complete my masters in Clinical art therapy and counseling. Professionally and in my personal life I have found that the ability to express ourselves in different ways can bring levity and peace throughout our daily interactions. I also work alongside individuals to manage stress and anxiety.
I utilize art therapy as a method to offer expression for emotions that are not able to be expressed through words. Connecting my educational background in fine arts as well as psychology I was able to complete my masters in Clinical art therapy and counseling. Professionally and in my personal life I have found that the ability to express ourselves in different ways can bring levity and peace throughout our daily interactions. I also work alongside individuals to manage stress and anxiety.
(516) 271-4211 View (516) 271-4211
Photo of Palesa Ramohlouoane, Counselor in 11747, NY
Palesa Ramohlouoane
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Melville, NY 11747
Palesa Ramohlouane is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York with three years of experience. She has a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling. Palesa is passionate about looking at human suffering collectively and helping people make sense of their experiences. Her approach is to work with clients to looking at past trauma, identify core values and move towards acceptance of experience. Palesa brings her clients through process-based therapy to develop the new behavior patterns that move them close to happiness. In her spare time, Palesa enjoys hiking, reading, traveling, nature walks, and art.
Palesa Ramohlouane is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York with three years of experience. She has a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling. Palesa is passionate about looking at human suffering collectively and helping people make sense of their experiences. Her approach is to work with clients to looking at past trauma, identify core values and move towards acceptance of experience. Palesa brings her clients through process-based therapy to develop the new behavior patterns that move them close to happiness. In her spare time, Palesa enjoys hiking, reading, traveling, nature walks, and art.
(631) 898-5991 View (631) 898-5991
Photo of Fran B Nachtigall, Counselor in 11747, NY
Fran B Nachtigall
Counselor, MS, LMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Melville, NY 11747
It's as if you don't know how to live; as if others got the instruction book on how to live life but not you. You're searching for what you really want and need, self-understanding, for what makes you feel like something is wrong or missing, but you're not sure what. Maybe you have been searching for a while, read tons of self help books, have tried different ways to figure things out, but nothing seems to stick. You're not sure if anyone or anything can help, but you want to be at ease with yourself and live!
It's as if you don't know how to live; as if others got the instruction book on how to live life but not you. You're searching for what you really want and need, self-understanding, for what makes you feel like something is wrong or missing, but you're not sure what. Maybe you have been searching for a while, read tons of self help books, have tried different ways to figure things out, but nothing seems to stick. You're not sure if anyone or anything can help, but you want to be at ease with yourself and live!
(631) 238-3013 View (631) 238-3013
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Visiting Counselors of NY - Neurodiversity Program
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Melville, NY 11747
VCNY Neurodiversity Program offers in-home and telehealth counseling for adults (21+) with Neurodevelopmental disorders: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Developmental Disability Disorders, ADHD, Epilepsy, seizure disorders, learning disabilities, and Traumatic Brain Injury. Our Licensed Clinical Social Workers use person-first approaches and evidence-based interventions to address co-occurring mental health symptoms like depression, anxiety, mood impairments, trauma, and life stressors such as grief, loss, job, and relationship issues. Quality care tailored to your needs.
VCNY Neurodiversity Program offers in-home and telehealth counseling for adults (21+) with Neurodevelopmental disorders: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Developmental Disability Disorders, ADHD, Epilepsy, seizure disorders, learning disabilities, and Traumatic Brain Injury. Our Licensed Clinical Social Workers use person-first approaches and evidence-based interventions to address co-occurring mental health symptoms like depression, anxiety, mood impairments, trauma, and life stressors such as grief, loss, job, and relationship issues. Quality care tailored to your needs.
(631) 919-4987 x2 View (631) 919-4987 x2
Photo of Lisa Ray, Psychologist in 11747, NY
Lisa Ray
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Melville, NY 11747
Lisa Ray is a Psychologist in New York who has been practicing since 2016. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from SUNY Binghamton and also holds Master's and Doctorate Degrees in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University. She has been practicing since 2016 working with the full age spectrum, from children to geriatrics. Lisa has experience working in schools, residential treatment facilities, diagnostic centers, mental health clinics, group homes, private practice, and nursing homes.
Lisa Ray is a Psychologist in New York who has been practicing since 2016. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from SUNY Binghamton and also holds Master's and Doctorate Degrees in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University. She has been practicing since 2016 working with the full age spectrum, from children to geriatrics. Lisa has experience working in schools, residential treatment facilities, diagnostic centers, mental health clinics, group homes, private practice, and nursing homes.
(631) 856-5962 View (631) 856-5962
Photo of Beth S Diamond, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 11747, NY
Beth S Diamond
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Melville, NY 11747  (Online Only)
“What lies before us, and what lies behind us, is not nearly as important as what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson. As a psychotherapist, I work with individuals and with couples, guiding their healing by bringing out the best of what lies within them. I believe therapy is a journey that I share with my patients, I view them as a ‘whole,’ encompassing their physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional aspects into one being, while creating a safe and emphatic therapeutic environment for their process.
“What lies before us, and what lies behind us, is not nearly as important as what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson. As a psychotherapist, I work with individuals and with couples, guiding their healing by bringing out the best of what lies within them. I believe therapy is a journey that I share with my patients, I view them as a ‘whole,’ encompassing their physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional aspects into one being, while creating a safe and emphatic therapeutic environment for their process.
(631) 250-8027 View (631) 250-8027
Photo of Jodi Kerwin, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 11747, NY
Jodi Kerwin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Melville, NY 11747  (Online Only)
As a seasoned psychotherapist, I provide my clients with confidential therapy to assist them with managing the challenges they are facing. Whether you have been in therapy before or are new to the process, I can provide a safe and supportive setting for you to work towards deepening your understanding of your current situation and dealing with obstacles to change. My advanced clinical training at NYC's Ackerman Institute for the Family has shaped my treatment approach. While I work extensively with individuals, I have an expertise in working with couples and families as well.
As a seasoned psychotherapist, I provide my clients with confidential therapy to assist them with managing the challenges they are facing. Whether you have been in therapy before or are new to the process, I can provide a safe and supportive setting for you to work towards deepening your understanding of your current situation and dealing with obstacles to change. My advanced clinical training at NYC's Ackerman Institute for the Family has shaped my treatment approach. While I work extensively with individuals, I have an expertise in working with couples and families as well.
(516) 219-9432 View (516) 219-9432
Photo of Donna Demenus Dholakia, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 11747, NY
Donna Demenus Dholakia
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, MALD
Verified Verified
Melville, NY 11747
Do you feel unsatisfied with the direction of your life and the quality of your relationships? Do you feel stuck or lonely? Perhaps your persistent worries are narrowing your life? My goal is to empower adolescents, adults and couples to heal and grow into the people they would like to become, and to thrive in their lives and relationships. I work with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, school-related difficulties, parenting issues, trauma, grief, and marriage/relationship issues. We will work collaboratively to identify your goals and create a plan to develop new strategies to manage life challenges.
Do you feel unsatisfied with the direction of your life and the quality of your relationships? Do you feel stuck or lonely? Perhaps your persistent worries are narrowing your life? My goal is to empower adolescents, adults and couples to heal and grow into the people they would like to become, and to thrive in their lives and relationships. I work with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, school-related difficulties, parenting issues, trauma, grief, and marriage/relationship issues. We will work collaboratively to identify your goals and create a plan to develop new strategies to manage life challenges.
(917) 789-1265 View (917) 789-1265
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Lynn Adler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
Melville, NY 11747  (Online Only)
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” (Henry Stanley Haskins). Your inner strengths can be fostered and expanded by working together in a supportive environment, so you'll feel a greater sense of control over your concerns rather than a sense that your concerns control you.
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” (Henry Stanley Haskins). Your inner strengths can be fostered and expanded by working together in a supportive environment, so you'll feel a greater sense of control over your concerns rather than a sense that your concerns control you.
(631) 201-4616 View (631) 201-4616
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Alaa M. Shareef
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, EdM
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Melville, NY 11747
I believe that every individual has great potential and deserves to live a fulfilling life; I also recognize that difficulties and obstacles are inevitable. My goal for therapy is to create a safe space for my clients to explore how those difficulties and obstacles may affect them — physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually — and to use the therapeutic space to practice bringing forward their strengths so that they can see themselves beyond their problems. When you come to me, you’re not just my client. You’re a fellow human with hopes, dreams, vulnerabilities, strengths, weaknesses and ultimately potential.
I believe that every individual has great potential and deserves to live a fulfilling life; I also recognize that difficulties and obstacles are inevitable. My goal for therapy is to create a safe space for my clients to explore how those difficulties and obstacles may affect them — physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually — and to use the therapeutic space to practice bringing forward their strengths so that they can see themselves beyond their problems. When you come to me, you’re not just my client. You’re a fellow human with hopes, dreams, vulnerabilities, strengths, weaknesses and ultimately potential.
(516) 788-6170 View (516) 788-6170
Photo of Stacy Pellettieri, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 11747, NY
Stacy Pellettieri
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Melville, NY 11747
Sometimes all that stands in the way of your happiness and peace of mind is your own thoughts. It's remarkable how our thoughts work against us creating anxiety, depression, and an overall feeling of being trapped or stuck. The good news is that having the happiness you want and deserve is actually within your control. Whether it is getting rid of your fear, understanding why you are so sad, dreaming of a healthier relationship, or just trying to figure out what will actually make you happy, I am here to help you learn how to take control of your life.
Sometimes all that stands in the way of your happiness and peace of mind is your own thoughts. It's remarkable how our thoughts work against us creating anxiety, depression, and an overall feeling of being trapped or stuck. The good news is that having the happiness you want and deserve is actually within your control. Whether it is getting rid of your fear, understanding why you are so sad, dreaming of a healthier relationship, or just trying to figure out what will actually make you happy, I am here to help you learn how to take control of your life.
(516) 714-5386 View (516) 714-5386
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Jeremy C Melnick
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Melville, NY 11747
Waitlist for new clients
Life is stressful enough, finding a supportive therapist shouldn’t be!  I specialize in working with children, adolescents and young adults who are struggling with Anxiety, Depression, behavioral and learning difficulties, self-esteem, body image, coping skills, social skills as well as issues with day to day transitions. I have worked in a range of settings including preschool, middle school, high school, summer camps, inpatient psychiatric settings, and outpatient clinics. I currently work as a school social worker during the day as well as a camp administrator over the summer.
Life is stressful enough, finding a supportive therapist shouldn’t be!  I specialize in working with children, adolescents and young adults who are struggling with Anxiety, Depression, behavioral and learning difficulties, self-esteem, body image, coping skills, social skills as well as issues with day to day transitions. I have worked in a range of settings including preschool, middle school, high school, summer camps, inpatient psychiatric settings, and outpatient clinics. I currently work as a school social worker during the day as well as a camp administrator over the summer.
(516) 271-1153 View (516) 271-1153
Photo of Akili Carter, Counselor in 11747, NY
Akili Carter
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
Melville, NY 11747
I have been in the field since 2002 working with many people. I have experience with depression, self-esteem challenges, behavioral issues, issues within the relationship and family bond, and bipolar disorder. These are a only handful of the client's I have worked with. I have experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger's ; however, I've worked with all types of Intellectually Capable individuals. I've also done a lot of work with parents both in the home and on the residential level. And I love working with couples.
I have been in the field since 2002 working with many people. I have experience with depression, self-esteem challenges, behavioral issues, issues within the relationship and family bond, and bipolar disorder. These are a only handful of the client's I have worked with. I have experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger's ; however, I've worked with all types of Intellectually Capable individuals. I've also done a lot of work with parents both in the home and on the residential level. And I love working with couples.
(631) 202-0976 View (631) 202-0976

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 11747

100+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in 11747 who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
90% Depression
75% Relationship Issues
75% Self Esteem
73% Coping Skills
60% Family Conflict
60% Stress

Average years in practice

20 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

70% Aetna
68% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
63% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in 11747 see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 11747?

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.