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Jenny Riebesell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gastonia, NC 28056
As a therapist , I have passion and experience in serving patients struggling with disordered eating, body image concerns and anxiety. I offer evening and weekend appointments to make therapy available to everyone. Making the choice to engage in counseling is one of the most courageous and empowering decisions one can make to change their life. I am inspired by the bravery of my patients and motivated to provide support for patients who are dedicated to their own personal growth. I love to make connections with my patients, while creating a safe space for individuals to feel comfortable and welcomed to express themselves.
As a therapist , I have passion and experience in serving patients struggling with disordered eating, body image concerns and anxiety. I offer evening and weekend appointments to make therapy available to everyone. Making the choice to engage in counseling is one of the most courageous and empowering decisions one can make to change their life. I am inspired by the bravery of my patients and motivated to provide support for patients who are dedicated to their own personal growth. I love to make connections with my patients, while creating a safe space for individuals to feel comfortable and welcomed to express themselves.
(704) 326-7363 View (704) 326-7363
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Chad Mcghee
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFTA, MACC
Verified Verified
Gastonia, NC 28056
Not accepting new clients
As a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFTA) I enjoy working with individuals, couples and families. I have experience working with Anxiety, Depression, trauma, grief, marital and pre-marital to name a few.
As a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFTA) I enjoy working with individuals, couples and families. I have experience working with Anxiety, Depression, trauma, grief, marital and pre-marital to name a few.
(704) 440-4695 View (704) 440-4695
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Jessica Barnes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Gastonia, NC 28056
Would you like to release to become a better you? Here at Release Counseling center, PLLC we help client's release anything that is preventing them from living their healthiest lives. Jessica Barnes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), she works with children, young adults, individuals, and families using an approach tailored to the unique needs of each new client. She specialties in trauma-based therapy (TFCBT/ EMDR) and also have experience in marital crisis, child / family issues, anxiety, depression, anger, or even just day to day stress. Jessica will also incorporate Christian concepts at your request.
Would you like to release to become a better you? Here at Release Counseling center, PLLC we help client's release anything that is preventing them from living their healthiest lives. Jessica Barnes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), she works with children, young adults, individuals, and families using an approach tailored to the unique needs of each new client. She specialties in trauma-based therapy (TFCBT/ EMDR) and also have experience in marital crisis, child / family issues, anxiety, depression, anger, or even just day to day stress. Jessica will also incorporate Christian concepts at your request.
(980) 577-2035 View (980) 577-2035
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Mary Beth Stanford Picker
LCSW Associate , MSW, MSE
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gastonia, NC 28056
I am a trauma-informed therapist who helps clients understand themselves and their pain in order to experience wholeness and health. I utilize EMDR and Internal Family Systems along with other beneficial modalities to help clients reprocess their traumatic experiences and find greater connection within themselves. If you are struggling to make it through each day, or if your past keeps interfering with your present, I would love to provide a welcoming and compassionate space for you to find healing. Life can be really difficult. But no matter your situation, I have hope that you can feel better.
I am a trauma-informed therapist who helps clients understand themselves and their pain in order to experience wholeness and health. I utilize EMDR and Internal Family Systems along with other beneficial modalities to help clients reprocess their traumatic experiences and find greater connection within themselves. If you are struggling to make it through each day, or if your past keeps interfering with your present, I would love to provide a welcoming and compassionate space for you to find healing. Life can be really difficult. But no matter your situation, I have hope that you can feel better.
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Edward Blevins
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT , LCAS , CCS
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Gastonia, NC 28056  (Online Only)
Life can bring both positive and negative experiences as we navigate through time. The negative experiences can change the course of one’s life. Journey to Better Living Counseling and Consultation is here to help individuals readjust their life’s journey and become better at living. My name is Edward Blevins and I’m the owner and lead therapist of Journey to Better Living. I recognize the significant role the family system plays in the development of the individual and emphasize understanding clients through the lens of their family interactions. I help clients obtain greater awareness and develop skills to live life better. It
Life can bring both positive and negative experiences as we navigate through time. The negative experiences can change the course of one’s life. Journey to Better Living Counseling and Consultation is here to help individuals readjust their life’s journey and become better at living. My name is Edward Blevins and I’m the owner and lead therapist of Journey to Better Living. I recognize the significant role the family system plays in the development of the individual and emphasize understanding clients through the lens of their family interactions. I help clients obtain greater awareness and develop skills to live life better. It
(704) 800-0856 View (704) 800-0856
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Mary Jean Elder
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MA, Ed S, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Gastonia, NC 28056
Depression, anxiety, or trauma can stop you from enjoying your day-to-day life! It is not easy dealing with all the thoughts and emotions that are always stirred up. My hope is that together we can work to find balance and peace in your life. We cannot change the past but we can change how we think, cope and manage it today! Many struggle alone unable to truly move forward and find that freedom of internal happiness. Give me a call and together we can find your happy place!
Depression, anxiety, or trauma can stop you from enjoying your day-to-day life! It is not easy dealing with all the thoughts and emotions that are always stirred up. My hope is that together we can work to find balance and peace in your life. We cannot change the past but we can change how we think, cope and manage it today! Many struggle alone unable to truly move forward and find that freedom of internal happiness. Give me a call and together we can find your happy place!
(704) 326-7636 View (704) 326-7636
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Hannah Sanii
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gastonia, NC 28056
Waitlist for new clients
Counseling is a voluntary and collaborative process. This requires that you be actively involved and willing to set and work toward specific goals. Counseling is a tool that individuals can use to deal with problems in a way that is best for that individual. Your counselor cannot “fix,” “cure,” or “heal” you in any way. However, unconditional acceptance, listening and understanding, professional expertise, and honest communication can help you reach your goals to achieving a happier, healthier life!
Counseling is a voluntary and collaborative process. This requires that you be actively involved and willing to set and work toward specific goals. Counseling is a tool that individuals can use to deal with problems in a way that is best for that individual. Your counselor cannot “fix,” “cure,” or “heal” you in any way. However, unconditional acceptance, listening and understanding, professional expertise, and honest communication can help you reach your goals to achieving a happier, healthier life!
(704) 286-9135 View (704) 286-9135
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Alisha Begrin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CFRC
Verified Verified
Gastonia, NC 28056  (Online Only)
I have been a part of the first responder community for several years now working alongside local law enforcement. I know that you are here with reservation. The first responder community is known for its resilience, but also its hesitation to reach out for help. I have sat next to officers, in their patrol vehicles, for years. I have stood next to them on calls. I have witnessed the steadfast dedication to their community, even when members of the community remain ungrateful.
I have been a part of the first responder community for several years now working alongside local law enforcement. I know that you are here with reservation. The first responder community is known for its resilience, but also its hesitation to reach out for help. I have sat next to officers, in their patrol vehicles, for years. I have stood next to them on calls. I have witnessed the steadfast dedication to their community, even when members of the community remain ungrateful.
(980) 577-6126 View (980) 577-6126
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Patricia Greer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LCAS
Verified Verified
Gastonia, NC 28056  (Online Only)
Feeling stressed, anxious, confused, bored, lonely, sad or down? Struggling with an addiction? I graduated with a MSW from UNC-Charlotte, and am a LCSW and LCAS. Since 2005 I have helped many clients work through these issues to empower them to improve and enjoy a better quality of life.
Feeling stressed, anxious, confused, bored, lonely, sad or down? Struggling with an addiction? I graduated with a MSW from UNC-Charlotte, and am a LCSW and LCAS. Since 2005 I have helped many clients work through these issues to empower them to improve and enjoy a better quality of life.
(980) 351-6701 View (980) 351-6701
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Steve D Wright
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA , LCMHCA
Verified Verified
Gastonia, NC 28056
Are you feeling stuck and in need of answers and support? I understand that reaching out for help can be intimidating, but as your counselor, my main objective is to meet you where you are. Through counseling, you can learn to cultivate hope and establish healthy thinking patterns. Do you often feel powerless, unable to take control of your life? Are negative thoughts blocking your path to happiness and joy? Are you tired of the irrational thinking patterns that affect your relationships?
Are you feeling stuck and in need of answers and support? I understand that reaching out for help can be intimidating, but as your counselor, my main objective is to meet you where you are. Through counseling, you can learn to cultivate hope and establish healthy thinking patterns. Do you often feel powerless, unable to take control of your life? Are negative thoughts blocking your path to happiness and joy? Are you tired of the irrational thinking patterns that affect your relationships?
(704) 751-1967 View (704) 751-1967
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Carla Gray
Counselor, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Gastonia, NC 28056  (Online Only)
About me I am licensed in North Carolina with 20 years of professional work experience in clinical counseling and am working on my doctoral research in psychology. I grew up in Waynesville, NC so I am a mountain girl. For now, I live near Charlotte, NC with my husband and 16-year-old son. We have a 7-acre working farm that we share with my retired showhorse, three rescue dogs, and a rescue cat.
About me I am licensed in North Carolina with 20 years of professional work experience in clinical counseling and am working on my doctoral research in psychology. I grew up in Waynesville, NC so I am a mountain girl. For now, I live near Charlotte, NC with my husband and 16-year-old son. We have a 7-acre working farm that we share with my retired showhorse, three rescue dogs, and a rescue cat.
(704) 850-6930 View (704) 850-6930
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Veronda Bellamy Supervisor
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHCS, NCC, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Gastonia, NC 28056
I am honored to be of service to you. I know that trauma and substance abuse and addiction can wreak havoc in one's life. Many of client's find themselves faced with challenges of having to restart their lives during mental challenges and addiction; some may have to fight to regain custody of their children; many of them have co-occurring mental illness that has lead to substance abuse and/or addiction. For some, addiction comes by way of biological, environmental, and social influences, but from my experience, I have learned that mental illness was present before addiction became a factor. Take Control Today!
I am honored to be of service to you. I know that trauma and substance abuse and addiction can wreak havoc in one's life. Many of client's find themselves faced with challenges of having to restart their lives during mental challenges and addiction; some may have to fight to regain custody of their children; many of them have co-occurring mental illness that has lead to substance abuse and/or addiction. For some, addiction comes by way of biological, environmental, and social influences, but from my experience, I have learned that mental illness was present before addiction became a factor. Take Control Today!
(704) 243-9316 View (704) 243-9316
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Jasmine C Colegrove
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LISW-CP
Verified Verified
Gastonia, NC 28056  (Online Only)
Reach out today for a free consultation. Note for new clients I currently accept BCBS NC commercial/ state health plan, Aetna & United Healthcare. Are you new to therapy or maybe returning to therapy due to recent changes or events? Then Journey Counseling PLLC is where you begin working through your mental and emotional life experiences. Outpatient treatment is seen as the lowest level of care, meaning that support is provided on a weekly basis with time to allow you to practice the things that happen in session.
Reach out today for a free consultation. Note for new clients I currently accept BCBS NC commercial/ state health plan, Aetna & United Healthcare. Are you new to therapy or maybe returning to therapy due to recent changes or events? Then Journey Counseling PLLC is where you begin working through your mental and emotional life experiences. Outpatient treatment is seen as the lowest level of care, meaning that support is provided on a weekly basis with time to allow you to practice the things that happen in session.
(704) 665-0768 View (704) 665-0768
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Kim Antoinette Gray
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MS, LCMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gastonia, NC 28056  (Online Only)
As a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Therapist, I enjoy working with individuals, ages 3 and up, couples and families. I have a master's degree in Conflict Studies and Dispute Resolution and am also a trained mediator, which aids in my passion for helping others reach their goals. Are you struggling to set and consistently meet your goals? Are you re-entering society, from the military or prison? Do you have periods of anxiety or sadness? Are you frustrated with your mate, family or other relationships? Let's chat about your specific needs and see how we can work together.
As a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Therapist, I enjoy working with individuals, ages 3 and up, couples and families. I have a master's degree in Conflict Studies and Dispute Resolution and am also a trained mediator, which aids in my passion for helping others reach their goals. Are you struggling to set and consistently meet your goals? Are you re-entering society, from the military or prison? Do you have periods of anxiety or sadness? Are you frustrated with your mate, family or other relationships? Let's chat about your specific needs and see how we can work together.
(704) 610-7236 View (704) 610-7236
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Bit of Hope Ranch Equine Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Gastonia, NC 28056
Tired of talking? Bit of Hope Ranch offers a unique approach to counseling using traditional office therapy as well as Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Outdoor Nature Therapy. Our therapy teams use a variety of approaches to address: depression/anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, sexual abuse, ADHA/ADD, autism, behavioral modification, anger management, etc. The therapy teams also specialize in helping people who are stuck in life, adjusting to change or just needing some coaching. We also offer Christian counseling for those wanting to integrate faith in their healing.
Tired of talking? Bit of Hope Ranch offers a unique approach to counseling using traditional office therapy as well as Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Outdoor Nature Therapy. Our therapy teams use a variety of approaches to address: depression/anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, sexual abuse, ADHA/ADD, autism, behavioral modification, anger management, etc. The therapy teams also specialize in helping people who are stuck in life, adjusting to change or just needing some coaching. We also offer Christian counseling for those wanting to integrate faith in their healing.
(704) 870-0501 View (704) 870-0501
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Melanie L Edwards
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, MIA, LCSWA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gastonia, NC 28056
Not accepting new clients
I believe that we have the capacity to grow, to heal, and to experience joy. I work with clients facing depression, anxiety, grief, and life stressors such as parenting, life transitions, and career changes. I also work with clients who need someone to listen and offer insights as they grapple with existential life questions. I support those living with ADHD and the people who love them. Working with a therapist can help. I am here to listen. I use person-centered, collaborative, and strengths-based approaches to help you achieve your wellness goals.
I believe that we have the capacity to grow, to heal, and to experience joy. I work with clients facing depression, anxiety, grief, and life stressors such as parenting, life transitions, and career changes. I also work with clients who need someone to listen and offer insights as they grapple with existential life questions. I support those living with ADHD and the people who love them. Working with a therapist can help. I am here to listen. I use person-centered, collaborative, and strengths-based approaches to help you achieve your wellness goals.
(704) 870-3758 View (704) 870-3758
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Gillian Squillacioti
LPC, MS, LCMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Gastonia, NC 28056
Waitlist for new clients
As a licensed therapist my goal is to make the counseling process one of comfort and growth. I understand that it isn't easy to make change, and it can be both difficult and painful to address an issue that is truly weighing you down. I believe in a holistic approach to counseling and am also trained in many evidence based techniques. At this time I am unable to accept new clients who require weekend or evening hours.
As a licensed therapist my goal is to make the counseling process one of comfort and growth. I understand that it isn't easy to make change, and it can be both difficult and painful to address an issue that is truly weighing you down. I believe in a holistic approach to counseling and am also trained in many evidence based techniques. At this time I am unable to accept new clients who require weekend or evening hours.
(704) 680-6065 View (704) 680-6065
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Dr. Susan Wilkie McHale
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT, LCMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gastonia, NC 28056
Dr. Susan B. Wilkie (PhD, LCMHC, LMFT) is an experienced, licensed clinical mental health counselor (LCMHC) and licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) in private practice. Dr. Wilkie earned her doctoral degree in Mental Health Counseling at the University of New Orleans in 1994. Her post doctoral work was committed to Couple and Family Therapy for (16) years where she recently served as the Founding Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Pfeiffer University's Graduate School in Charlotte. She is now committed to her private practice full-time in the Belmont/Cramerton/Gastonia area.
Dr. Susan B. Wilkie (PhD, LCMHC, LMFT) is an experienced, licensed clinical mental health counselor (LCMHC) and licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) in private practice. Dr. Wilkie earned her doctoral degree in Mental Health Counseling at the University of New Orleans in 1994. Her post doctoral work was committed to Couple and Family Therapy for (16) years where she recently served as the Founding Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Pfeiffer University's Graduate School in Charlotte. She is now committed to her private practice full-time in the Belmont/Cramerton/Gastonia area.
(704) 327-6674 View (704) 327-6674
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Amia C. Briscoe
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPCS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gastonia, NC 28056
Treatment efforts are designed in a manner to provide a safe environment for individuals to heal, be restored, and to grow. I believe in offering an individualized approach to assist in the process of working towards the achievement of wholeness. Obstacles are merely opportunities for you to enhance, evolve, and excel into a place of purpose. The greatest gifts can be wrapped in challenge. It takes courage to embrace the process of receiving the healing of hope and restoration.
Treatment efforts are designed in a manner to provide a safe environment for individuals to heal, be restored, and to grow. I believe in offering an individualized approach to assist in the process of working towards the achievement of wholeness. Obstacles are merely opportunities for you to enhance, evolve, and excel into a place of purpose. The greatest gifts can be wrapped in challenge. It takes courage to embrace the process of receiving the healing of hope and restoration.
(704) 504-7734 View (704) 504-7734
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Emily Lundy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSA, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Gastonia, NC 28056
Waitlist for new clients
Hey there. If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you are currently in a season of life that has you reaching for some direction. If that’s the case, I want you to know that I admire the steps you’re taking. With that being said, please feel free to continue reading to see if I may be the right fit for you when considering your next steps.
Hey there. If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you are currently in a season of life that has you reaching for some direction. If that’s the case, I want you to know that I admire the steps you’re taking. With that being said, please feel free to continue reading to see if I may be the right fit for you when considering your next steps.
(704) 327-0320 View (704) 327-0320

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How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 28056

30+

Average cost per session

$127

Therapists in 28056 who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
88% Coping Skills
84% Depression
84% Stress
81% Self Esteem
78% Relationship Issues
78% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% BlueCross and BlueShield
86% Aetna
61% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in 28056 see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 28056?

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.