Photo of Mayra Dorton, Pre-Licensed Professional
Mayra Dorton
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Everyone deserves a non-judgmental therapist, someone who sees the light in even the parts of ourselves we are still working on, healing, or hiding. I desire to guide others in their best and higher versions of themselves while appreciating the mechanisms used to cope thus far.
Everyone deserves a non-judgmental therapist, someone who sees the light in even the parts of ourselves we are still working on, healing, or hiding. I desire to guide others in their best and higher versions of themselves while appreciating the mechanisms used to cope thus far.
(910) 786-1982 View (910) 786-1982
Photo of Kayeloni Everhart, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Kayeloni Everhart
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Hello! Whether you are new to counseling, or returning, you may be experiencing many thoughts and feelings. You are not alone, and I am here to walk with you on your mental health journey. Counseling can be scary and at times, challenging. My goal is to provide a non-judgmental space for you to explore issues, learn healthy new ways of thinking, and practice new skills. Accepting clients with BCBS, Aetna, United Healthcare, Tricare, and self-pay. I am CPP in-network for BCBS State Plans.
Hello! Whether you are new to counseling, or returning, you may be experiencing many thoughts and feelings. You are not alone, and I am here to walk with you on your mental health journey. Counseling can be scary and at times, challenging. My goal is to provide a non-judgmental space for you to explore issues, learn healthy new ways of thinking, and practice new skills. Accepting clients with BCBS, Aetna, United Healthcare, Tricare, and self-pay. I am CPP in-network for BCBS State Plans.
(910) 348-7195 View (910) 348-7195
Photo of Ria Hunsinger, MS, LCMHCA, CRC
Ria Hunsinger
Lic Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, MS, LCMHCA, CRC
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Life can get overwhelming and stress can feel debilitating at times. Everyone goes through a period of time in their life where they may need support. I strive to provide a calm, comfortable atmosphere without any judgment and with unconditional positive regard. I'm a fan of a person-centered approach to therapy but I don't follow any one theory because every individual is different and therapy should be unique to you! I love working with people of every background and hope to create a strong therapeutic alliance by working as a team.
Life can get overwhelming and stress can feel debilitating at times. Everyone goes through a period of time in their life where they may need support. I strive to provide a calm, comfortable atmosphere without any judgment and with unconditional positive regard. I'm a fan of a person-centered approach to therapy but I don't follow any one theory because every individual is different and therapy should be unique to you! I love working with people of every background and hope to create a strong therapeutic alliance by working as a team.
(910) 613-9159 View (910) 613-9159
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Crystal Clarity Counseling Services
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, NC 28540
We offer an inviting environment to help you work through the discomforts of life. We take pride in our loyal relationships with our clients. Our counselors provide options to maintain continuity in scheduling and allow for your time to be utilized respectfully. Come on in, grab a cup of coffee, kick off your shoes, and we'll help you get to where you want to be.
We offer an inviting environment to help you work through the discomforts of life. We take pride in our loyal relationships with our clients. Our counselors provide options to maintain continuity in scheduling and allow for your time to be utilized respectfully. Come on in, grab a cup of coffee, kick off your shoes, and we'll help you get to where you want to be.
(910) 333-1031 View (910) 333-1031
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H. Dawn Moreland Trauma Treatment Specialist
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MA, LCMHC, CCMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Not accepting new clients
Dawn is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who specializes in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other trauma-related symptoms. Dawn graduated from Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of  Arts in Psychology. She graduated from Liberty University with a Master of  Arts in Professional Counseling and earned a graduate certification in substance abuse counseling from East Carolina University. Through her experience providing counseling for service members, veterans,  and their families in the Camp Lejeune, NC area, she has developed a passion for working with combat veterans.
Dawn is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who specializes in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other trauma-related symptoms. Dawn graduated from Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of  Arts in Psychology. She graduated from Liberty University with a Master of  Arts in Professional Counseling and earned a graduate certification in substance abuse counseling from East Carolina University. Through her experience providing counseling for service members, veterans,  and their families in the Camp Lejeune, NC area, she has developed a passion for working with combat veterans.
(336) 589-6734 View (336) 589-6734
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Lauren Dornell-Neal
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCPC, LCAS, MFLC, DOT-SAP, Hypnoth
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, NC 28540  (Online Only)
Perhaps you have an idea of what you are capable of, but have lacked the opportunity to refine those aspects of yourself. How do you get to where you'd prefer to be and enhance positive emotion along the way? Who will support your change? Allow me to join you on your journey of self-discovery. As a seasoned counselor, I would like to support you in exploring barriers that can get in the way of self-esteem, confidence, persistence and self-integrity. Let's find that solid foundation! I am a licensed mental health clinician in both NC and MD.
Perhaps you have an idea of what you are capable of, but have lacked the opportunity to refine those aspects of yourself. How do you get to where you'd prefer to be and enhance positive emotion along the way? Who will support your change? Allow me to join you on your journey of self-discovery. As a seasoned counselor, I would like to support you in exploring barriers that can get in the way of self-esteem, confidence, persistence and self-integrity. Let's find that solid foundation! I am a licensed mental health clinician in both NC and MD.
(980) 404-2341 View (980) 404-2341
Photo of Amanda Brescia, Pre-Licensed Professional
Amanda Brescia
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Waitlist for new clients
Starting your therapeutic journey can feel overwhelming, and I'd be honored to accompany you on your path toward well-being. Whether you are struggling with life transitions, depression, or processing trauma, I'm passionate about fostering space for folks to heal. While I specialize in women’s issues, I enjoy working with people from an array of backgrounds. My therapeutic approach is non-judgmental, strengths-based, and rooted in unconditional positive regard. Our sessions will be an hour dedicated to you and your needs.
Starting your therapeutic journey can feel overwhelming, and I'd be honored to accompany you on your path toward well-being. Whether you are struggling with life transitions, depression, or processing trauma, I'm passionate about fostering space for folks to heal. While I specialize in women’s issues, I enjoy working with people from an array of backgrounds. My therapeutic approach is non-judgmental, strengths-based, and rooted in unconditional positive regard. Our sessions will be an hour dedicated to you and your needs.
(910) 504-9281 View (910) 504-9281
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Karen K. Esala (Open Water Wellness Pllc)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Do you ever feel a disconnect and you do not understand why? Perhaps, you play scenarios internally time and time again with little to no resolution. Maybe things from your past have never fully been resolved making it hard to streamline your thoughts. If you are seeking to find resolution, apply self-care, and enjoy the moment, I welcome you to contact me today. Together, we can determine goals applicable to your desired outcome, and strive to increase your overall level of wellness.
Do you ever feel a disconnect and you do not understand why? Perhaps, you play scenarios internally time and time again with little to no resolution. Maybe things from your past have never fully been resolved making it hard to streamline your thoughts. If you are seeking to find resolution, apply self-care, and enjoy the moment, I welcome you to contact me today. Together, we can determine goals applicable to your desired outcome, and strive to increase your overall level of wellness.
(910) 548-7851 View (910) 548-7851
Photo of Lisa Fitzpatrick, LCSWA, Pre-Licensed Professional
Lisa Fitzpatrick
Pre-Licensed Professional, LCSWA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Hello! I'm thrilled to have you here. When you're grappling with relationship woes, career changes, or the tumultuous shifts of life, remember, you're not alone. I recognize that seeking support can seem daunting, especially if you're uncertain about therapy's suitability for you. Doubts and uncertainties are common. You might value your self-sufficiency and independence, yet find yourself overwhelmed by emotions or the demands of life. You might be someone who prides themselves on being self-sufficient and independent, yet finds themselves struggling to manage everything. Despite doubts, you crave relief and healthier coping.
Hello! I'm thrilled to have you here. When you're grappling with relationship woes, career changes, or the tumultuous shifts of life, remember, you're not alone. I recognize that seeking support can seem daunting, especially if you're uncertain about therapy's suitability for you. Doubts and uncertainties are common. You might value your self-sufficiency and independence, yet find yourself overwhelmed by emotions or the demands of life. You might be someone who prides themselves on being self-sufficient and independent, yet finds themselves struggling to manage everything. Despite doubts, you crave relief and healthier coping.
(910) 901-2913 View (910) 901-2913
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Jenna Rankin
Counselor, MAEd, LCMHC, LCAS-A, NCC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Not accepting new clients
You find yourself relating a little “too” much to the new Taylor Swift album. You have always considered yourself the awkward friend. That is, if you even believe you have “true” friends. You have BIG feelings and have been reminded that you’re too emotional, too dramatic, or too much your entire life. You question everything you say to someone the second you leave the conversation. You find yourself overthinking even the smallest action, like how you greeted the individual in the drive-thru at Starbucks. You think to yourself, “oh my gosh, I can’t believe I said that, they probably think I’m SO weird.”
You find yourself relating a little “too” much to the new Taylor Swift album. You have always considered yourself the awkward friend. That is, if you even believe you have “true” friends. You have BIG feelings and have been reminded that you’re too emotional, too dramatic, or too much your entire life. You question everything you say to someone the second you leave the conversation. You find yourself overthinking even the smallest action, like how you greeted the individual in the drive-thru at Starbucks. You think to yourself, “oh my gosh, I can’t believe I said that, they probably think I’m SO weird.”
(910) 541-9641 View (910) 541-9641
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LaKeesa S. Butler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSWA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Although a fairly new clinician, I have experience working with a variety of clients affected by poverty, intimate partner violence, and mental illness. Individual and group counseling are areas of familiarity, but my recent certification as a Prepare & Enrich facilitator has positioned my for an expanded audience.
Although a fairly new clinician, I have experience working with a variety of clients affected by poverty, intimate partner violence, and mental illness. Individual and group counseling are areas of familiarity, but my recent certification as a Prepare & Enrich facilitator has positioned my for an expanded audience.
(910) 601-8879 View (910) 601-8879
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Vanessa Nieves
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, LMFTA
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Putting your mental health as a priority can be a challenge. We all have many responsibilities that take up our time and attention. Maybe you’re a parent dealing with the daily tasks and grind of your family. Or perhaps you’re someone who has been feeling anxious and triggered by your partner because of the stressors of your job. If you have ever felt like life is a slippery slope and you’re losing your grip, you are not alone! I specialize in relationships. It can be the relationship you have with your family, or the one you have with yourself. Maybe it’s even the relationship you have with work.
Putting your mental health as a priority can be a challenge. We all have many responsibilities that take up our time and attention. Maybe you’re a parent dealing with the daily tasks and grind of your family. Or perhaps you’re someone who has been feeling anxious and triggered by your partner because of the stressors of your job. If you have ever felt like life is a slippery slope and you’re losing your grip, you are not alone! I specialize in relationships. It can be the relationship you have with your family, or the one you have with yourself. Maybe it’s even the relationship you have with work.
(910) 939-8582 View (910) 939-8582
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Mary A Caldwell Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, NC 28540  (Online Only)
I have over 25 years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My aim is for you to feel better. I focus on your goals and partner with you to achieve them.
I have over 25 years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My aim is for you to feel better. I focus on your goals and partner with you to achieve them.
(910) 725-5421 View (910) 725-5421
Photo of Alison McAllister, LCMHC, NCC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Alison McAllister
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Not accepting new clients
I enjoy helping people overcome difficulties. Our lives are shaped by the passage of time, our experiences, and the choices we make or have made for us. Our backgrounds influence how we make decisions, feel, and experience emotions. Seeking therapy is a valuable tool, and my main goal is to support healing and empower my clients to lead fulfilling lives.
I enjoy helping people overcome difficulties. Our lives are shaped by the passage of time, our experiences, and the choices we make or have made for us. Our backgrounds influence how we make decisions, feel, and experience emotions. Seeking therapy is a valuable tool, and my main goal is to support healing and empower my clients to lead fulfilling lives.
(910) 541-9166 View (910) 541-9166
Photo of Mary F Summerlin - Brighter Life Counseling, PLLC, NCC, LPC, LCAS, CCMC, DBTC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Brighter Life Counseling, PLLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, NCC, LPC, LCAS, CCMC, DBTC
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Life can be very difficult at times, and I want to help. I have had the opportunity to train in a variety of therapeutic modalities, making me uniquely qualified to utilize the interventions that are most appropriate for each of my clients. In order to determine the most appropriate form of treatment, I collaborate with each of my clients to determine the issues they would like to address and the goals they would like to achieve. We are then in a better position to determine the most efficacious treatment modality.
Life can be very difficult at times, and I want to help. I have had the opportunity to train in a variety of therapeutic modalities, making me uniquely qualified to utilize the interventions that are most appropriate for each of my clients. In order to determine the most appropriate form of treatment, I collaborate with each of my clients to determine the issues they would like to address and the goals they would like to achieve. We are then in a better position to determine the most efficacious treatment modality.
(910) 378-3685 View (910) 378-3685
Photo of Priscila Norris - Thrivemind Counseling & Wellness, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Thrivemind Counseling & Wellness
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, NC 28540
We're so glad you're here! Our team, at Thrivemind, are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment where you can be your authentic self, and invest in your own growth.​ Our amazing team of therapists offers individual therapy, couple's and family counseling, Art Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, Life and Wellness Coaching, and more! Thrivemind takes a holistic, or "whole-person," approach to mental health by integrating mindfulness, yoga, and art in psychotherapy. We believe that the best way to live is not just to reduce the struggle or eliminate symptoms, but instead that you deserve a life where you thrive.​
We're so glad you're here! Our team, at Thrivemind, are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment where you can be your authentic self, and invest in your own growth.​ Our amazing team of therapists offers individual therapy, couple's and family counseling, Art Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, Life and Wellness Coaching, and more! Thrivemind takes a holistic, or "whole-person," approach to mental health by integrating mindfulness, yoga, and art in psychotherapy. We believe that the best way to live is not just to reduce the struggle or eliminate symptoms, but instead that you deserve a life where you thrive.​
(910) 939-0836 View (910) 939-0836
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C. Anne Whitfield
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MA, LCMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Anne treats a variety of clinical disorders, including mood disorders, attention and focus issues, stress management, relationship/martial issues, domestic violence and child abuse, grief and loss, women’s issues, and cultural lifestyle issues. Anne has been active in providing services to active-duty service members and their families coping with domestic violence. Additionally, she has a passion for working with teachers that teach exceptional children or children with challenging behavioral issues in the classroom. As well as individuals coping with chronic health conditions to cope and process their illness.
Anne treats a variety of clinical disorders, including mood disorders, attention and focus issues, stress management, relationship/martial issues, domestic violence and child abuse, grief and loss, women’s issues, and cultural lifestyle issues. Anne has been active in providing services to active-duty service members and their families coping with domestic violence. Additionally, she has a passion for working with teachers that teach exceptional children or children with challenging behavioral issues in the classroom. As well as individuals coping with chronic health conditions to cope and process their illness.
(910) 335-4253 View (910) 335-4253
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Sara M Gant
Pre-Licensed Professional, MAEd, NBCT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Therapy doesn't have to be a formal or daunting experience! My goal is to create a warm, compassionate, authentic and therapeutic safe space for you, so that you feel comfortable and safe sharing your concerns with me. We will team up and work together to set goals and coping skills, and then we will work hard to achieve those goals. I have experience using trauma-informed expressive arts therapy to work with clients, and would be happy to meet with you for a consultation.
Therapy doesn't have to be a formal or daunting experience! My goal is to create a warm, compassionate, authentic and therapeutic safe space for you, so that you feel comfortable and safe sharing your concerns with me. We will team up and work together to set goals and coping skills, and then we will work hard to achieve those goals. I have experience using trauma-informed expressive arts therapy to work with clients, and would be happy to meet with you for a consultation.
(910) 348-7146 View (910) 348-7146
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LaKenya Conner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LCAS-A
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, NC 28540  (Online Only)
I have a passion for helping others, advocating and being a resource to those in my community. Therapy is not just my job but my way of giving back to my community. During covid, we endured a very traumatic experience together. I want to do my part in aiding the healing and growth of my community and surrounding areas. Let's go on a journey of healing together. Let's unlock, unearth and heal together!
I have a passion for helping others, advocating and being a resource to those in my community. Therapy is not just my job but my way of giving back to my community. During covid, we endured a very traumatic experience together. I want to do my part in aiding the healing and growth of my community and surrounding areas. Let's go on a journey of healing together. Let's unlock, unearth and heal together!
(910) 463-9426 View (910) 463-9426
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Estrella Rogers-Without Limits Counseling Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW , RPT-S, CCC
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Ever since I was young, my passion for making a difference in people's lives drove me toward Social Work. It's an honor to be entrusted with the opportunity to help you find balance and peace in your life. Your trust in me is paramount, and I'm fully committed to utilizing all my knowledge, skills, and personal attributes to support you. As we embark on this journey together, I understand the significance of the personal information you'll share." "My primary dedication lies in nurturing relationships, assisting couples facing communication challenges and simultaneously, aiding children in their emotional growth.
Ever since I was young, my passion for making a difference in people's lives drove me toward Social Work. It's an honor to be entrusted with the opportunity to help you find balance and peace in your life. Your trust in me is paramount, and I'm fully committed to utilizing all my knowledge, skills, and personal attributes to support you. As we embark on this journey together, I understand the significance of the personal information you'll share." "My primary dedication lies in nurturing relationships, assisting couples facing communication challenges and simultaneously, aiding children in their emotional growth.
(910) 507-7485 View (910) 507-7485

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 28540

100+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in 28540 who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
84% Depression
81% Stress
78% Relationship Issues
73% Self Esteem
70% Trauma and PTSD
69% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% BlueCross and BlueShield
74% Aetna
69% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in 28540 see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

85% Female
14% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 28540?

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.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

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.