Photo of Stanley Davis, Pre-Licensed Professional in 29572, SC
Stanley Davis
Pre-Licensed Professional, LPC-A
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Are you new to therapy and want to feel things out? Let's talk. Tried it before but couldn't find the best fit for you? Let's talk. Your struggle bus is on E and is about to break down? Let's talk. Yes fellas, y'all too! Let's talk! If you'd like therapy with someone who genuinely wants to see you gain peace and understanding, make an appointment with me! I was born in the rural parts of Charleston, SC before moving to Beaufort, SC for my teenage years. I went on to be a student-athlete for Coastal Carolina University, earning my Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Go Chants!
Are you new to therapy and want to feel things out? Let's talk. Tried it before but couldn't find the best fit for you? Let's talk. Your struggle bus is on E and is about to break down? Let's talk. Yes fellas, y'all too! Let's talk! If you'd like therapy with someone who genuinely wants to see you gain peace and understanding, make an appointment with me! I was born in the rural parts of Charleston, SC before moving to Beaufort, SC for my teenage years. I went on to be a student-athlete for Coastal Carolina University, earning my Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Go Chants!
(843) 874-8387 View (843) 874-8387
Photo of Michael R Stewart, Licensed Professional Counselor in 29572, SC
Michael R Stewart
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LAC
Verified Verified
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
I have been in the helping business for the last 25 years. My vast experiences in life have given me insights that enable me to help clients who suffer from relationship issues within their marriage, their families, their social environment and within their work place. I have also had great success working with clients who suffer from addictions (drugs, alcohol, sex, pornography, etc.) and co-dependency issues. My experiences as a teacher helps me work with adolescent issues related to anxiety, depression, behavior, self-esteem, sexuality, gender, etc.
I have been in the helping business for the last 25 years. My vast experiences in life have given me insights that enable me to help clients who suffer from relationship issues within their marriage, their families, their social environment and within their work place. I have also had great success working with clients who suffer from addictions (drugs, alcohol, sex, pornography, etc.) and co-dependency issues. My experiences as a teacher helps me work with adolescent issues related to anxiety, depression, behavior, self-esteem, sexuality, gender, etc.
(843) 410-4324 View (843) 410-4324
Photo of Angela Nordeen, Licensed Professional Counselor in 29572, SC
Angela Nordeen
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Life can be hard, full of changes, challenges, and transitions. Navigating the twists and turns can sometimes be too much on your own. Experiences shape our beliefs about who we are and our place in the world. I work with my clients to help them find their strengths and figure out what motivates them to become more personally effective in daily life. We will work together to find new perspectives and new possibilities for happiness. I have a passion for helping kids and teens create personal change and flourish.
Life can be hard, full of changes, challenges, and transitions. Navigating the twists and turns can sometimes be too much on your own. Experiences shape our beliefs about who we are and our place in the world. I work with my clients to help them find their strengths and figure out what motivates them to become more personally effective in daily life. We will work together to find new perspectives and new possibilities for happiness. I have a passion for helping kids and teens create personal change and flourish.
(843) 940-8073 View (843) 940-8073
Photo of Dr. Sheliza Thompson, LPC Intern in 29572, SC
Dr. Sheliza Thompson
LPC Intern, PhD, MA, MS, LPCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Hello! My name is Dr. Sheliza Thompson and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) committed to helping individuals and families overcome their unique challenges and improve their, overall, wellbeing. I work collaboratively with my clients to explore their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, identify patterns that may be hindering their growth, and develop effective coping strategies to manage stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.
Hello! My name is Dr. Sheliza Thompson and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) committed to helping individuals and families overcome their unique challenges and improve their, overall, wellbeing. I work collaboratively with my clients to explore their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, identify patterns that may be hindering their growth, and develop effective coping strategies to manage stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.
(843) 305-4116 View (843) 305-4116
Photo of Star Battista, LPC Intern in 29572, SC
Star Battista
LPC Intern, BS, MA, LPC/A
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Welcome! My name is Star Battista, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA). As a licensed professional counselor, I am committed to helping individuals navigate life's challenges with confidence and resilience.
Welcome! My name is Star Battista, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA). As a licensed professional counselor, I am committed to helping individuals navigate life's challenges with confidence and resilience.
(843) 890-3617 View (843) 890-3617
Photo of Laura L Crawford in 29572, SC
Laura L Crawford
LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
As a social worker, my passion lies in the empowerment and healing of individuals who are facing emotional and psychological challenges. I firmly believe that every individual has the capacity for growth and change, and I am dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment for clients to explore their difficulties and develop insight and resilience. My own journey with mental health challenges has granted me a unique perspective and deep empathy for others who are struggling. It is my goal to use my knowledge, skills, and personal lived experiences to inspire hope, foster growth, and promote holistic wellness.
As a social worker, my passion lies in the empowerment and healing of individuals who are facing emotional and psychological challenges. I firmly believe that every individual has the capacity for growth and change, and I am dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment for clients to explore their difficulties and develop insight and resilience. My own journey with mental health challenges has granted me a unique perspective and deep empathy for others who are struggling. It is my goal to use my knowledge, skills, and personal lived experiences to inspire hope, foster growth, and promote holistic wellness.
(843) 825-1698 View (843) 825-1698
Photo of Leah Leuthauser, Licensed Professional Counselor in 29572, SC
Leah Leuthauser
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor providing mental health services for adults, children and families. Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, loss, relationship trials, or other obstacles in your life? I have been counseling with individuals, couples and families for over 15 years. I am dedicated to helping you overcome the struggles you face. I use an array of treatment strategies, including cognitive-behavioral techniques to assist you in overcoming the issues at hand. Most major insurance policies are accepted.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor providing mental health services for adults, children and families. Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, loss, relationship trials, or other obstacles in your life? I have been counseling with individuals, couples and families for over 15 years. I am dedicated to helping you overcome the struggles you face. I use an array of treatment strategies, including cognitive-behavioral techniques to assist you in overcoming the issues at hand. Most major insurance policies are accepted.
(843) 353-0458 View (843) 353-0458
Photo of Kathy L Fortner, Licensed Professional Counselor in 29572, SC
Kathy L Fortner
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdS, LPC, CCMHC, BCC
Verified Verified
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572  (Online Only)
Life, in today's world, presents so many challenges for individuals, families, couples. Tele-health provider in SC. Stresses and strains challenge families and couples trying to manage daily life in today's society. College students with various issues need guidance. Individuals trying to maintain work-life balance face the desire to manage their day to just "fit in everything". Those in mid-life or near retirement need guidance to find new meaning in their next phase of life. EAP services can help with those issues. Coaching provides non-counseling strategies meeting client's goals for their desired goals toward change.
Life, in today's world, presents so many challenges for individuals, families, couples. Tele-health provider in SC. Stresses and strains challenge families and couples trying to manage daily life in today's society. College students with various issues need guidance. Individuals trying to maintain work-life balance face the desire to manage their day to just "fit in everything". Those in mid-life or near retirement need guidance to find new meaning in their next phase of life. EAP services can help with those issues. Coaching provides non-counseling strategies meeting client's goals for their desired goals toward change.
(843) 627-2257 View (843) 627-2257
Photo of Carolyn M. Ball, Licensed Professional Counselor in 29572, SC
Carolyn M. Ball
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Welcome to Self-Actualization Therapy. There is a wise, happy, and successful person living inside of each of us, and my work is to help you access that. I offer skilled and insightful tools and processes for helping you discover your true magnificence and abilities, to cut through the challenges that life tends to bring, and to increase your confidence and happiness. I have spent a lifetime seeking out the most effective ways to help you create the life you want, so if you are serious about creating change, I can help you with that goal. My focus is to empower you and bring out your best!
Welcome to Self-Actualization Therapy. There is a wise, happy, and successful person living inside of each of us, and my work is to help you access that. I offer skilled and insightful tools and processes for helping you discover your true magnificence and abilities, to cut through the challenges that life tends to bring, and to increase your confidence and happiness. I have spent a lifetime seeking out the most effective ways to help you create the life you want, so if you are serious about creating change, I can help you with that goal. My focus is to empower you and bring out your best!
(843) 701-1398 View (843) 701-1398
Photo of Your Therapy Works, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 29572, SC
Your Therapy Works
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW-CP
Verified Verified
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Do you believe in the power of the mind-body connection and your own innate ability to overcome your health and emotional challenges? I am a Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Hypnotherapist. My approach to counseling is holistic; I believe in healing the whole person by tapping into the mind and body connection. I use an integrative approach to therapy, combining cognitive, behavioral, mindfulness strategies, and hypnotherapy. It is my intention to act as a guide on your journey of personal healing, to empower you on your mission of self-love, self-resilience, and self-discovery.
Do you believe in the power of the mind-body connection and your own innate ability to overcome your health and emotional challenges? I am a Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Hypnotherapist. My approach to counseling is holistic; I believe in healing the whole person by tapping into the mind and body connection. I use an integrative approach to therapy, combining cognitive, behavioral, mindfulness strategies, and hypnotherapy. It is my intention to act as a guide on your journey of personal healing, to empower you on your mission of self-love, self-resilience, and self-discovery.
(843) 945-1452 View (843) 945-1452
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Rediscover Wellness, LLC
Counselor, LPC, BC-TMH, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572  (Online Only)
**ACCEPTING ON-LINE CLIENTS ONLY** Life can sometimes be emotionally painful, with unresolved "baggage" interrupting your life at the most inopportune times. Even still, the idea of counseling or therapy can seem stigmatizing and confusing. You might even feel like you "should" be able to handle it without professional help. Whether it's anxiety, distress, trauma, or feeling down, we will work together!
**ACCEPTING ON-LINE CLIENTS ONLY** Life can sometimes be emotionally painful, with unresolved "baggage" interrupting your life at the most inopportune times. Even still, the idea of counseling or therapy can seem stigmatizing and confusing. You might even feel like you "should" be able to handle it without professional help. Whether it's anxiety, distress, trauma, or feeling down, we will work together!
(843) 279-4881 View (843) 279-4881
Cara Nelsen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-CP
Verified Verified
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
In 1996 I graduated from Fordham University, Graduate School of Social Services, NY, NY, with a Masters of Arts Degree in Social Work. I am currently a Licensed Independent Social Worker, Clinical Practice in South Carolina, as well as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of North Carolina. I am able to serve a wide range of clients ranging in ages from 10 through and including the elderly. I believe that when treating minor children, the family be actively involved in the sessions. Individual, family, couples and group sessions are all areas in which I have experience.
In 1996 I graduated from Fordham University, Graduate School of Social Services, NY, NY, with a Masters of Arts Degree in Social Work. I am currently a Licensed Independent Social Worker, Clinical Practice in South Carolina, as well as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of North Carolina. I am able to serve a wide range of clients ranging in ages from 10 through and including the elderly. I believe that when treating minor children, the family be actively involved in the sessions. Individual, family, couples and group sessions are all areas in which I have experience.
(843) 476-4389 View (843) 476-4389
Photo of James Knotts, Pastoral Counselor in 29572, SC
James Knotts
Pastoral Counselor, MDiv
Verified Verified
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572  (Online Only)
Hi my name is Rev James Knotts I am a certified temperament counselor, and am a LCPC (Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor ) with the NCCA (National Christian Counselors Association) . I am accepting new patients virtually and will work with you no matter the finances on a sliding scale.
Hi my name is Rev James Knotts I am a certified temperament counselor, and am a LCPC (Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor ) with the NCCA (National Christian Counselors Association) . I am accepting new patients virtually and will work with you no matter the finances on a sliding scale.
(843) 603-8325 View (843) 603-8325
Photo of Kellie McDougall, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 29572, SC
Kellie McDougall
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-CP, CAC-AD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
As a Licensed Social Worker, my mission is to help you find a healthy direction in life. There is power and potential in all of us for healing and growth. I assist my clients in understanding the interplay of the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that contribute to the distress in their lives. Clients begin to find hope when recognizable patterns emerge. Hope grows when these patterns are understood and accepted in the context of their past experiences. Change occurs with ongoing feedback, practice and encouragement. Challenging times can offer opportunity for self discovery and enhancement.
As a Licensed Social Worker, my mission is to help you find a healthy direction in life. There is power and potential in all of us for healing and growth. I assist my clients in understanding the interplay of the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that contribute to the distress in their lives. Clients begin to find hope when recognizable patterns emerge. Hope grows when these patterns are understood and accepted in the context of their past experiences. Change occurs with ongoing feedback, practice and encouragement. Challenging times can offer opportunity for self discovery and enhancement.
(843) 353-6214 View (843) 353-6214
Photo of Bob Carter, Marriage & Family Therapist in 29572, SC
Bob Carter
Marriage & Family Therapist, MEd, MDiv, EdS, RPT/S, LMFT/S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Although many of us wish that we could go back and live our lives over we know that is impossible. However, anyone can change directions and make a brand new life. My mission is to assist clients of all ages to find these New Directions and to move forward to this new and better life.
Although many of us wish that we could go back and live our lives over we know that is impossible. However, anyone can change directions and make a brand new life. My mission is to assist clients of all ages to find these New Directions and to move forward to this new and better life.
(843) 314-4007 View (843) 314-4007
Photo of Erika Pomerantz, Licensed Professional Counselor in 29572, SC
Erika Pomerantz
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LAC, NCC
Verified Verified
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572  (Online Only)
I commonly work with individuals that are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, and family or relationship related difficulties. My experience is with adolescents and adults, also focusing on family dynamics as a whole. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is a treatment specifically for designed to alleviate distressing memories that may be related to trauma.
I commonly work with individuals that are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, and family or relationship related difficulties. My experience is with adolescents and adults, also focusing on family dynamics as a whole. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is a treatment specifically for designed to alleviate distressing memories that may be related to trauma.
(843) 396-8747 View (843) 396-8747
Photo of Kathleen Mary Gomes, Lic Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in 29572, SC
Kathleen Mary Gomes
Lic Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor, LMFT, LCAS, LCMHCS, CCS
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572  (Online Only)
Accepting Clients (telehealth only). Life circumstances and self-injurious habits interfere with balance and happiness. Trauma and loss create changes you do not choose. Counseling can help you bear the weight of life. I believe in the inherent ability of a person to heal and make the changes that will help establish a full and meaningful life. As part of the therapeutic relationship, I will provide a supportive space to explore the conflicts that keep you locked into unfulfilling patterns and relationships today, and develop trauma healing, and life style changes to create a bright tomorrow.
Accepting Clients (telehealth only). Life circumstances and self-injurious habits interfere with balance and happiness. Trauma and loss create changes you do not choose. Counseling can help you bear the weight of life. I believe in the inherent ability of a person to heal and make the changes that will help establish a full and meaningful life. As part of the therapeutic relationship, I will provide a supportive space to explore the conflicts that keep you locked into unfulfilling patterns and relationships today, and develop trauma healing, and life style changes to create a bright tomorrow.
(910) 406-6367 View (910) 406-6367
Photo of Windy Ezzell, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in 29572, SC
Windy Ezzell
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MA, LCMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Welcome! I'm licensed in the state of N.C. as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor with 20 years experience working with children, adults, couples and families. I'm excited you're taking the steps for your wellness and self care! My training, experience, and general counseling practice include working with folks on trauma, depression, anxiety and other life changes, so they may live healthy and productive lives. My practice also includes, grief, all aspects of building your family, TFMR, miscarriage, reproductive health across the lifespan (birth to 100!) pregnancy loss, (In)fertility, and the impact on all parts of SELF.
Welcome! I'm licensed in the state of N.C. as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor with 20 years experience working with children, adults, couples and families. I'm excited you're taking the steps for your wellness and self care! My training, experience, and general counseling practice include working with folks on trauma, depression, anxiety and other life changes, so they may live healthy and productive lives. My practice also includes, grief, all aspects of building your family, TFMR, miscarriage, reproductive health across the lifespan (birth to 100!) pregnancy loss, (In)fertility, and the impact on all parts of SELF.
(910) 631-6826 View (910) 631-6826
Photo of Ellen C King, Counselor in 29572, SC
Ellen C King
Counselor, MEd, LPC, RPT, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
I enjoy working with children, teenagers, families and adults and have been providing individual and family counseling for 22 years. I am a Registered Play Therapist, National Board Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor and I have received extensive training in Filial Play Therapy, Parenting Education, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Post-Adoption Issues.
I enjoy working with children, teenagers, families and adults and have been providing individual and family counseling for 22 years. I am a Registered Play Therapist, National Board Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor and I have received extensive training in Filial Play Therapy, Parenting Education, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Post-Adoption Issues.
(843) 940-7920 View (843) 940-7920
Photo of Kim Witkowski, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in 29572, SC
Kim Witkowski
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, PhD, MA, MEd, LCPC, LPC
Verified Verified
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572  (Online Only)
Dr. Kim Witkowski, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor providing services for clients in Maryland ,South Carolina and New Jersey. With 30 years of clinical experience. Dr. Witkowski is working with clients to resolve; Trauma, Anxiety and Depression. Additionally specialties include Bipolar Disorders, PTSD, Perfectionism ,OCD and Work-Life Balance. Relationship counseling is offered to include: Effective Communication for Marriage and long- term partnerships, ending codependency and ACOA issues, trauma bonding , learning the characteristics of healthy relationships and attachment styles.
Dr. Kim Witkowski, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor providing services for clients in Maryland ,South Carolina and New Jersey. With 30 years of clinical experience. Dr. Witkowski is working with clients to resolve; Trauma, Anxiety and Depression. Additionally specialties include Bipolar Disorders, PTSD, Perfectionism ,OCD and Work-Life Balance. Relationship counseling is offered to include: Effective Communication for Marriage and long- term partnerships, ending codependency and ACOA issues, trauma bonding , learning the characteristics of healthy relationships and attachment styles.
(410) 346-5978 View (410) 346-5978

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 29572

40+

Average cost per session

$122

Therapists in 29572 who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Anxiety
80% Relationship Issues
73% Trauma and PTSD
69% Grief
67% Self Esteem
65% Family Conflict

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% BlueCross and BlueShield
76% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
74% Aetna

How Therapists in 29572 see their clients

68% In Person and Online
32% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 29572?

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.