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Stacy A Stinchcomb
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Annapolis, MD 21401  (Online Only)
Welcome! I understand that, since you are searching for a therapist, you are looking for answers and renewed hope in a difficult season of your life. I am here to help and look forward to meeting you. I have worked with clients experiencing a variety of issues and trauma including sexual abuse, domestic abuse, and grief and loss for about 20 years. I also value marriage and the family and want to help couples work through their issues and see them grow in their ability to communicate and resolve the conflicts that are bound to happen in relationships.
Welcome! I understand that, since you are searching for a therapist, you are looking for answers and renewed hope in a difficult season of your life. I am here to help and look forward to meeting you. I have worked with clients experiencing a variety of issues and trauma including sexual abuse, domestic abuse, and grief and loss for about 20 years. I also value marriage and the family and want to help couples work through their issues and see them grow in their ability to communicate and resolve the conflicts that are bound to happen in relationships.
(410) 695-6930 View (410) 695-6930
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Dr. Maureen Vernon
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Annapolis, MD 21401
Life can be challenging and at times we can all use a little extra help. If you are experiencing increased feelings of stress & anxiety, relationship problems with your spouse, child, other family members, friends, or coworkers I will listen and offer new coping tools. You will grow and develop the confidence to create the happy and healthy life you want and deserve.
Life can be challenging and at times we can all use a little extra help. If you are experiencing increased feelings of stress & anxiety, relationship problems with your spouse, child, other family members, friends, or coworkers I will listen and offer new coping tools. You will grow and develop the confidence to create the happy and healthy life you want and deserve.
(410) 376-8663 View (410) 376-8663
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Patrizia Pallaro
Marriage & Family Therapist, LCMFT, BC-DMT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Annapolis, MD 21401  (Online Only)
In today's world, there is little time for reflection, for nurturing relationships, mentoring our children, or caring for our elderly parents. We often need a refuge from the confusion we experience in our daily lives, a time to clarify what's important and what's not important, as well as a safe place to begin making changes. I offer psychotherapeutic services based on the interrelation of body, mind, and emotion. Together, we will endeavor to examine our feelings and link them to words, connecting personal history with current life events and relationships.
In today's world, there is little time for reflection, for nurturing relationships, mentoring our children, or caring for our elderly parents. We often need a refuge from the confusion we experience in our daily lives, a time to clarify what's important and what's not important, as well as a safe place to begin making changes. I offer psychotherapeutic services based on the interrelation of body, mind, and emotion. Together, we will endeavor to examine our feelings and link them to words, connecting personal history with current life events and relationships.
(301) 852-6655 View (301) 852-6655
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Fearlessly Inspired Therapeutic Solutions, LLC
Counselor, EdD, LCPC, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Annapolis, MD 21401
You are always so strong and support everyone you know. Sometimes, it is you that is needing support and a listening ear, but where are all the people for you? The aftermath of a traumatic experience can leave you feeling out of control, withdrawn, uncertain about the world and people around you. The depression may have you feeling as though you are not thinking straight or so down that you just can’t get dressed nor be productive. The anxiety may have you so overwhelmed that you feel stuck and unable to complete your daily tasks.
You are always so strong and support everyone you know. Sometimes, it is you that is needing support and a listening ear, but where are all the people for you? The aftermath of a traumatic experience can leave you feeling out of control, withdrawn, uncertain about the world and people around you. The depression may have you feeling as though you are not thinking straight or so down that you just can’t get dressed nor be productive. The anxiety may have you so overwhelmed that you feel stuck and unable to complete your daily tasks.
(301) 760-2245 View (301) 760-2245
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Nashota L. Jackson
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MS, LCPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Annapolis, MD 21401  (Online Only)
You're seeking someone to meet you where you are and help guide you on the path you wish to travel. You're looking for someone to sit in openness, without judgement, and assist you in achieving a more functional and fulfilling life. I am honored to serve as your professional connector of dots. Together, we can piece together your bigger picture, greater purpose, and ideal level of functioning. I look forward to collaborating with you!
You're seeking someone to meet you where you are and help guide you on the path you wish to travel. You're looking for someone to sit in openness, without judgement, and assist you in achieving a more functional and fulfilling life. I am honored to serve as your professional connector of dots. Together, we can piece together your bigger picture, greater purpose, and ideal level of functioning. I look forward to collaborating with you!
(443) 775-3551 View (443) 775-3551
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Jacqueline Myers
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Annapolis, MD 21401
Jacqueline is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC) with a dual Master's degree in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from West Virginia University. She has many years of experience as a vocational rehabilitation counselor. She assists individuals with psychological aspects of chronic illnesses and various disabilities, illicit backgrounds, co-occurring disorders, depression, anxiety, and complex needs in obtaining optimal mental health, economic self-sufficiency, and independence.
Jacqueline is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC) with a dual Master's degree in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from West Virginia University. She has many years of experience as a vocational rehabilitation counselor. She assists individuals with psychological aspects of chronic illnesses and various disabilities, illicit backgrounds, co-occurring disorders, depression, anxiety, and complex needs in obtaining optimal mental health, economic self-sufficiency, and independence.
(410) 883-8657 View (410) 883-8657
Photo of Deborah Harris Reeves, Psychologist in 21401, MD
Deborah Harris Reeves
Psychologist, PhD, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Annapolis, MD 21401
My goal at New Directions, a Clinical Psychology practice, is to assist individuals, couples, families and other groups. Issues may result from many situations, including the challenges of marriage, parenting, friendships, the workplace and others. Or, the challenge may be from being alone. The common thread for many individuals is a wish for "new directions" in life. I make every effort to work towards finding solutions. As a Clinical Psychologist in practice for over 40 years, my belief is that the decision made by individuals to seek psychological treatment is an important step in moving forward towards new directions in life.
My goal at New Directions, a Clinical Psychology practice, is to assist individuals, couples, families and other groups. Issues may result from many situations, including the challenges of marriage, parenting, friendships, the workplace and others. Or, the challenge may be from being alone. The common thread for many individuals is a wish for "new directions" in life. I make every effort to work towards finding solutions. As a Clinical Psychologist in practice for over 40 years, my belief is that the decision made by individuals to seek psychological treatment is an important step in moving forward towards new directions in life.
(410) 941-2603 View (410) 941-2603
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Derek Sabedra
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Annapolis, MD 21401
Derek "Doc" Sabedra is a Licensed Clinical Profession Counselor (LCPC) with over 23 years of experience in the mental health field. He is passionate about helping children, adolescents, and adults address their daily challenges and live more productive lives. Dr. Sabedra specializes in depression, anxiety, anger management, school issues, and ADHD. Dr. Sabedra completed his Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University.
Derek "Doc" Sabedra is a Licensed Clinical Profession Counselor (LCPC) with over 23 years of experience in the mental health field. He is passionate about helping children, adolescents, and adults address their daily challenges and live more productive lives. Dr. Sabedra specializes in depression, anxiety, anger management, school issues, and ADHD. Dr. Sabedra completed his Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University.
(410) 881-8533 View (410) 881-8533
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Susan Goldberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Annapolis, MD 21401
My approach as a clinician is working with my clients from a strengths-based and empowerment perspective. I have many years of experience working with teens and adults on a wide range of mental health issues and specialize in trauma, sexual assault/abuse, anxiety and depression. I work with both individuals and families. I enjoy providing my clients with a safe space to process emotions and feelings, explore the impact of life experiences, learn distress tolerance and coping skills and to set meaningful goals so that they can navigate life with success
My approach as a clinician is working with my clients from a strengths-based and empowerment perspective. I have many years of experience working with teens and adults on a wide range of mental health issues and specialize in trauma, sexual assault/abuse, anxiety and depression. I work with both individuals and families. I enjoy providing my clients with a safe space to process emotions and feelings, explore the impact of life experiences, learn distress tolerance and coping skills and to set meaningful goals so that they can navigate life with success
(410) 705-2643 View (410) 705-2643
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Sheri Gruner
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MS, LCPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Annapolis, MD 21401
My ideal client is anyone that may be desiring support with anxiety, depression, stress, and difficulty adjusting to major life changes. I have worked in various settings including an inpatient hospital, outpatient clinics, and mobile crisis. My primary clients are adolescent, young adult, & adult clients.
My ideal client is anyone that may be desiring support with anxiety, depression, stress, and difficulty adjusting to major life changes. I have worked in various settings including an inpatient hospital, outpatient clinics, and mobile crisis. My primary clients are adolescent, young adult, & adult clients.
(410) 397-7210 View (410) 397-7210
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Dawn K. Morgan, LCSW-C, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Annapolis, MD 21401  (Online Only)
Depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, loneliness, life changes, indecision, performance issues, impulsivity . . . we all struggle with something; it is part of the human condition. And at times, it is more than we can manage on our own. Let's collaborate on a mission to understand what is troubling you and identify the steps you may take toward realizing the life you envision. As your therapist, I will listen, but also will actively participate in a conversation about you and what matters most to you. Acceptance and empathy, along with the encouragement and guidance to grow, are the cornerstones of my practice.
Depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, loneliness, life changes, indecision, performance issues, impulsivity . . . we all struggle with something; it is part of the human condition. And at times, it is more than we can manage on our own. Let's collaborate on a mission to understand what is troubling you and identify the steps you may take toward realizing the life you envision. As your therapist, I will listen, but also will actively participate in a conversation about you and what matters most to you. Acceptance and empathy, along with the encouragement and guidance to grow, are the cornerstones of my practice.
(410) 941-0858 View (410) 941-0858
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Daniel Holler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Annapolis, MD 21401  (Online Only)
No one gets through life without collecting emotional cuts and scars. Some cuts seem too small to matter much, but continue to be triggers for anger, depression and anxiety. I have been using Emotional Freedom Techniques (also known as Tapping) to promote healing of the triggers. As the triggers heal anger, anxiety and depression lose their grip on life. Special notice for VETS: TheTapping method is the most effective treatment for battlefield traumas I have found. While working with IBM I acquired a Masters Degree in Counseling from Loyola of Baltimore and later I earned a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work.
No one gets through life without collecting emotional cuts and scars. Some cuts seem too small to matter much, but continue to be triggers for anger, depression and anxiety. I have been using Emotional Freedom Techniques (also known as Tapping) to promote healing of the triggers. As the triggers heal anger, anxiety and depression lose their grip on life. Special notice for VETS: TheTapping method is the most effective treatment for battlefield traumas I have found. While working with IBM I acquired a Masters Degree in Counseling from Loyola of Baltimore and later I earned a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work.
(410) 584-3970 View (410) 584-3970
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Jeanne Garrett
Counselor, NCC, LGPC
Verified Verified
Annapolis, MD 21401
Do you grapple with an unshakeable sense of discontentment, feeling that something vital is missing in life? Do you recognize a void within yourself despite your achievements that is driving you to seek therapy? Do you seek to unravel the complexities of your identity, motivations, and desires, hoping to uncover the root cause of your dissatisfaction? You may want to address surface-level issues and embark on a journey of self-exploration and understanding. I specialize in anxiety, depression, college mental health, ADHD, and life transitions, making me equipped to address a wide range of concerns.
Do you grapple with an unshakeable sense of discontentment, feeling that something vital is missing in life? Do you recognize a void within yourself despite your achievements that is driving you to seek therapy? Do you seek to unravel the complexities of your identity, motivations, and desires, hoping to uncover the root cause of your dissatisfaction? You may want to address surface-level issues and embark on a journey of self-exploration and understanding. I specialize in anxiety, depression, college mental health, ADHD, and life transitions, making me equipped to address a wide range of concerns.
(667) 222-3321 View (667) 222-3321
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Emily Feeley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Annapolis, MD 21401
Has your teenager been struggling with anxiety, depression, a negative past experience or stress related to school? Have you felt overwhelmed, discouraged or frustrated while trying to cope with the demands of raising a teenager? Has it seemed as though you've tried all you can and you still don't have the answers? Do you feel out of options or as though you don't know what to do anymore?
Has your teenager been struggling with anxiety, depression, a negative past experience or stress related to school? Have you felt overwhelmed, discouraged or frustrated while trying to cope with the demands of raising a teenager? Has it seemed as though you've tried all you can and you still don't have the answers? Do you feel out of options or as though you don't know what to do anymore?
(410) 934-0883 View (410) 934-0883
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Sarah Anderson
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Annapolis, MD 21401  (Online Only)
I view therapy as a collaboration between therapist and client. I strive to make clients feel at ease and work best with clients seeking aid in managing anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, perinatal/postpartum concerns, peer relationship problems, ADHD, and parenting concerns. In counseling, being open and honest is one of the most important aspects of the process. As it can be very difficult to be vulnerable, I strive to create a welcoming atmosphere and will always be honest in return to my clients.
I view therapy as a collaboration between therapist and client. I strive to make clients feel at ease and work best with clients seeking aid in managing anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, perinatal/postpartum concerns, peer relationship problems, ADHD, and parenting concerns. In counseling, being open and honest is one of the most important aspects of the process. As it can be very difficult to be vulnerable, I strive to create a welcoming atmosphere and will always be honest in return to my clients.
(410) 514-3127 View (410) 514-3127
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Maryland Mediation (dot) Services
MSW, CAC-AD-, CTS, CCMC, Mediato
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Annapolis, MD 21401  (Online Only)
Susan Saunders, MSW,Mediator/ Parenting Corridinator, envisions her ideal client as someone struggling with divorce, child custody and visitation with complex emotional turmoil, perhaps stemming from interpersonal conflicts, traumatic experiences, or challenging life transitions. These individuals seek resolution, understanding, in the process of divorce their issues may include unresolved trauma, communication breakdowns, or navigating difficult relationships. Their needs revolve around finding a safe space to express themselves, gain perspective, and work towards solutions that honor their well-being and dignity.
Susan Saunders, MSW,Mediator/ Parenting Corridinator, envisions her ideal client as someone struggling with divorce, child custody and visitation with complex emotional turmoil, perhaps stemming from interpersonal conflicts, traumatic experiences, or challenging life transitions. These individuals seek resolution, understanding, in the process of divorce their issues may include unresolved trauma, communication breakdowns, or navigating difficult relationships. Their needs revolve around finding a safe space to express themselves, gain perspective, and work towards solutions that honor their well-being and dignity.
(240) 209-9110 View (240) 209-9110
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Tim L Mewmaw
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Annapolis, MD 21401
Exhausted, sad, angry or overwhelmed? When in the throes of negative feelings, it’s often easy to forget that they serve as signposts for boundary violations or unmet needs. Just as hunger, cold and other uncomfortable sensations shift to a sense of comfort or satisfaction when the need is met, emotional distress likewise transitions to a sense of fullness, wholeness or connectedness whenever the needs which underlie it are met.
Exhausted, sad, angry or overwhelmed? When in the throes of negative feelings, it’s often easy to forget that they serve as signposts for boundary violations or unmet needs. Just as hunger, cold and other uncomfortable sensations shift to a sense of comfort or satisfaction when the need is met, emotional distress likewise transitions to a sense of fullness, wholeness or connectedness whenever the needs which underlie it are met.
(410) 267-4324 View (410) 267-4324
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Maryann Boyle
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, CCTP
Verified Verified
Annapolis, MD 21401
It's not easy to take these first steps in your healing journey (or to start again if this isn't the first time you've done this). I look forward to helping you discover your own strength and inner resources as we work together toward your healing and overall wellness.
It's not easy to take these first steps in your healing journey (or to start again if this isn't the first time you've done this). I look forward to helping you discover your own strength and inner resources as we work together toward your healing and overall wellness.
(410) 873-7838 View (410) 873-7838
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Jolene Farmer
Counselor, MA, LCPC, NCSP
Verified Verified
Annapolis, MD 21401
My work is focused on helping people find and develop their intrinsic resiliency as they move through the many challenges in life. Reaching out for help is not easy and taking that first courageous step is worth celebrating. I would describe my style as warm, supportive, and hopeful. I have experience working with people who are dealing with anxiety, depression, life transitions, parenting challenges, self-harming behaviors, and trauma. I have training in positive psychology, mindfulness-based therapy, CBT, and DBT. I am offering virtual supervision for LGPCs in Maryland who are pursuing their LCPC, as well as direct therapy.
My work is focused on helping people find and develop their intrinsic resiliency as they move through the many challenges in life. Reaching out for help is not easy and taking that first courageous step is worth celebrating. I would describe my style as warm, supportive, and hopeful. I have experience working with people who are dealing with anxiety, depression, life transitions, parenting challenges, self-harming behaviors, and trauma. I have training in positive psychology, mindfulness-based therapy, CBT, and DBT. I am offering virtual supervision for LGPCs in Maryland who are pursuing their LCPC, as well as direct therapy.
(443) 733-6552 View (443) 733-6552
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Patricia A Grodin, APRN, PMH,BC,LLC
APRN, PMH, BC
Verified Verified
Annapolis, MD 21401
Not accepting new clients
I am a board certified psychotherapist/psychiatric clinical nurse specialist with over 30 years providing individual psychotherapy to adults.I believe in a collaborative approach in which client and therapist identify stressors and explore alternative approaches to enhance coping skills and achieve emotional well being. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the foundation of my practice-however an eclectic approach is often indicated and is dependent upon the needs of the individual and the treatment goals identified at the onset of therapy
I am a board certified psychotherapist/psychiatric clinical nurse specialist with over 30 years providing individual psychotherapy to adults.I believe in a collaborative approach in which client and therapist identify stressors and explore alternative approaches to enhance coping skills and achieve emotional well being. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the foundation of my practice-however an eclectic approach is often indicated and is dependent upon the needs of the individual and the treatment goals identified at the onset of therapy
(410) 514-6122 View (410) 514-6122

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 21401

400+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in 21401 who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
88% Depression
78% Relationship Issues
77% Self Esteem
70% Trauma and PTSD
70% Coping Skills
67% Stress

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

76% BlueCross and BlueShield
74% CareFirst
65% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in 21401 see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

86% Female
13% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 21401?

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.