Photo of Jimmy Hill, Licensed Professional Counselor in 37919, TN
Jimmy Hill
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP, CSAT, cPA
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Knoxville, TN 37919
I am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and a trauma-informed IFS and EMDR therapist. I work with clients who are struggling with sexually compulsive and addictive behaviors including compulsive porn use, infidelity, sexual aversions, and other problematic behaviors. I do not discriminate against any person who comes seeking help with sexual problems. Rather, I offer a non-judgmental, empirically-based approach to help work through and resolve behaviors. If you have any questions about whether or not a compulsion or addiction is present, I would be happy to assess those behaviors and provide recommendations.
I am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and a trauma-informed IFS and EMDR therapist. I work with clients who are struggling with sexually compulsive and addictive behaviors including compulsive porn use, infidelity, sexual aversions, and other problematic behaviors. I do not discriminate against any person who comes seeking help with sexual problems. Rather, I offer a non-judgmental, empirically-based approach to help work through and resolve behaviors. If you have any questions about whether or not a compulsion or addiction is present, I would be happy to assess those behaviors and provide recommendations.
(865) 245-5011 View (865) 245-5011
Photo of Logan Mahan, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 37919, TN
Logan Mahan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Knoxville, TN 37919
Maybe you can’t do this anymore. You’re stronger than most have ever had to be, but inside you swing between anger and helpless shame, if you let yourself feel anything at all. You keep doing that same thing over and over again—maybe drinking, drugs, sex, rage, self-harm—and you hate it...but on the other hand, hasn't it been more reliable than anything or anyone else? You ask into that inner darkness questions like "Why am I like this?" and "What if they find out?" But all you get in reply is a desperation to leave it all behind, quickly countered by a familiar fear: maybe this is the best I deserve or am ever going to get.
Maybe you can’t do this anymore. You’re stronger than most have ever had to be, but inside you swing between anger and helpless shame, if you let yourself feel anything at all. You keep doing that same thing over and over again—maybe drinking, drugs, sex, rage, self-harm—and you hate it...but on the other hand, hasn't it been more reliable than anything or anyone else? You ask into that inner darkness questions like "Why am I like this?" and "What if they find out?" But all you get in reply is a desperation to leave it all behind, quickly countered by a familiar fear: maybe this is the best I deserve or am ever going to get.
(865) 337-8396 View (865) 337-8396
Photo of Chandler Elliott, Pre-Licensed Professional in 37919, TN
Chandler Elliott
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Knoxville, TN 37919  (Online Only)
If you have ever been asked, "Do you even have emotions?" or told, "You are not processing the way you probably should", it can be overwhelming and confusing. I may be of help if you process life a little different than the average person. I work primarily with teenagers, college students, and young adults. I specialize in helping those experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, family and relationship issues, and life transitions. I am passionate about meeting clients where they are working collaboratively towards their goals through a calm and genuine approach.
If you have ever been asked, "Do you even have emotions?" or told, "You are not processing the way you probably should", it can be overwhelming and confusing. I may be of help if you process life a little different than the average person. I work primarily with teenagers, college students, and young adults. I specialize in helping those experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, family and relationship issues, and life transitions. I am passionate about meeting clients where they are working collaboratively towards their goals through a calm and genuine approach.
(865) 302-3687 View (865) 302-3687
Photo of Lauren Taylor, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 37919, TN
Lauren Taylor
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37919
I am dedicated to providing compassionate, evidence-based care to those seeking support. From coping with everyday stressors to processing trauma, I am here to help you create achievable goals tailored to your individual needs. Authenticity is important to me, and I believe it helps create a positive space for change. You can expect me to be my authentic self during sessions.
I am dedicated to providing compassionate, evidence-based care to those seeking support. From coping with everyday stressors to processing trauma, I am here to help you create achievable goals tailored to your individual needs. Authenticity is important to me, and I believe it helps create a positive space for change. You can expect me to be my authentic self during sessions.
(865) 315-8816 View (865) 315-8816
Photo of Diana Brown Taylor, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 37919, TN
Diana Brown Taylor
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Knoxville, TN 37919
Please note, you will receive a faster response if you uses email! I enjoy working with a diverse group of clients who want to live healthier and more fulfilling lives. When entering into a relationship with a therapist, it is important to bring an attitude of change and we will build trust as we go. I see the therapeutic process as a partnership. My therapeutic approach comes from a love of education and I hope to teach my clients skills they can use to navigate through life. I use workbooks and homework to help my clients fully engage in the changes they want to see in themselves.
Please note, you will receive a faster response if you uses email! I enjoy working with a diverse group of clients who want to live healthier and more fulfilling lives. When entering into a relationship with a therapist, it is important to bring an attitude of change and we will build trust as we go. I see the therapeutic process as a partnership. My therapeutic approach comes from a love of education and I hope to teach my clients skills they can use to navigate through life. I use workbooks and homework to help my clients fully engage in the changes they want to see in themselves.
(865) 999-0425 View (865) 999-0425
Photo of Lawrence E Dunn, Marriage & Family Therapist in 37919, TN
Lawrence E Dunn
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MS, MEd
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37919
Everyone struggles with life at times. Everyone. Sometimes we reach a point that we need some help to see a different perspective...to see our perspective in a different light. It is during these times we can choose to make positive changes in our thinking and behaviors. We do this in order to have positive changes in our emotional responses and the relationships we have with others. Our struggles with life are real. Sometimes though, these struggles can be tied to previous unresolved issues and events. The good news is, with courage, we can address both our current and any past issues, now, to help lessen life's struggles.
Everyone struggles with life at times. Everyone. Sometimes we reach a point that we need some help to see a different perspective...to see our perspective in a different light. It is during these times we can choose to make positive changes in our thinking and behaviors. We do this in order to have positive changes in our emotional responses and the relationships we have with others. Our struggles with life are real. Sometimes though, these struggles can be tied to previous unresolved issues and events. The good news is, with courage, we can address both our current and any past issues, now, to help lessen life's struggles.
(865) 582-1627 View (865) 582-1627
Photo of Laura Catherine Eddlemon, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 37919, TN
Laura Catherine Eddlemon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Knoxville, TN 37919
Waitlist for new clients
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience in the field I strive to provide informed and evidence based treatment to clients of diverse backgrounds in a safe, supportive, and accepting environment. Therapy is a unique experience in which we can create the space that we don't often make for ourselves otherwise to stay with and explore our thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I recognize that seeking support can be difficult and I truly value the positive feedback my clients have provided regarding their feelings of comfort and safety in their work with me.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience in the field I strive to provide informed and evidence based treatment to clients of diverse backgrounds in a safe, supportive, and accepting environment. Therapy is a unique experience in which we can create the space that we don't often make for ourselves otherwise to stay with and explore our thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I recognize that seeking support can be difficult and I truly value the positive feedback my clients have provided regarding their feelings of comfort and safety in their work with me.
(865) 761-3319 View (865) 761-3319
Photo of Matalyn Olvera, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 37919, TN
Matalyn Olvera
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LISW-S
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Knoxville, TN 37919  (Online Only)
I work with individuals who are on a journey toward self-compassion and living more fully as their authentic selves. Many individuals I work with have experienced early life trauma, religious trauma, social anxiety, overwhelm, or are in the middle of a life transition. We can work together to find helpful ways to gain more balance in your life.
I work with individuals who are on a journey toward self-compassion and living more fully as their authentic selves. Many individuals I work with have experienced early life trauma, religious trauma, social anxiety, overwhelm, or are in the middle of a life transition. We can work together to find helpful ways to gain more balance in your life.
(865) 234-4318 View (865) 234-4318
Photo of Joel Bain, Licensed Professional Counselor in 37919, TN
Joel Bain
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LMFT, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Knoxville, TN 37919
Many individuals are confronted at certain times in their life with a set of challenges and difficulties that seem insurmountable or overwhelming. Others are seeking guidance or insight in how to rediscover a sense of direction or purpose in their lives. Seeking out help is an act of courage and self-validation. Stop putting it off.
Many individuals are confronted at certain times in their life with a set of challenges and difficulties that seem insurmountable or overwhelming. Others are seeking guidance or insight in how to rediscover a sense of direction or purpose in their lives. Seeking out help is an act of courage and self-validation. Stop putting it off.
(865) 205-6067 View (865) 205-6067
Photo of Michael R Nash, Psychologist in 37919, TN
Michael R Nash
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37919
I received my PhD in clinical psychology at Ohio University. I then completed a clinical psychology internship at Yale University Medical School. I have 25+ years in teaching and supervising doctoral students in UT's APA approved clinical psychology program. During that time, I have published over 100 professional books and articles on psychology and treatment.
I received my PhD in clinical psychology at Ohio University. I then completed a clinical psychology internship at Yale University Medical School. I have 25+ years in teaching and supervising doctoral students in UT's APA approved clinical psychology program. During that time, I have published over 100 professional books and articles on psychology and treatment.
(865) 375-0722 View (865) 375-0722
Photo of Dr. Laura S Wheat, Licensed Professional Counselor in 37919, TN
Dr. Laura S Wheat
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCMHSP, NCC
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37919
Hello! I’m Laura. Being human is so complicated, isn't it? Such an intensely personal and sometimes isolating experience, and often so very messy. And just when you think you've figured it out - the universe laughs. Every human needs a little help sometimes (even if we hate admitting it). As a therapist, I am privileged to sit with you in the eye of whatever storm you're navigating and helping you get through it stronger.
Hello! I’m Laura. Being human is so complicated, isn't it? Such an intensely personal and sometimes isolating experience, and often so very messy. And just when you think you've figured it out - the universe laughs. Every human needs a little help sometimes (even if we hate admitting it). As a therapist, I am privileged to sit with you in the eye of whatever storm you're navigating and helping you get through it stronger.
(865) 345-4178 View (865) 345-4178
Photo of Dr. Amy L. Skinner, Licensed Professional Counselor in 37919, TN
Dr. Amy L. Skinner
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPCMHSP, NCC, ACS, ACS-TN
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Knoxville, TN 37919
Now offering adult (18 and over) ADHD testing and Cranial Electrical Stimulation (CES) in-office. My helping philosophy is that everyone has within themselves the capacity for growth and healing, but they may need a skilled guide to access and improve those inner resources. I provide a safe place to help you navigate concerns from mental health and wellness management to life challenges and transitions. I've had success in anxiety and depression management; mental health/wellness management; issues specific to women in transition; disability adjustment; and college student transition.
Now offering adult (18 and over) ADHD testing and Cranial Electrical Stimulation (CES) in-office. My helping philosophy is that everyone has within themselves the capacity for growth and healing, but they may need a skilled guide to access and improve those inner resources. I provide a safe place to help you navigate concerns from mental health and wellness management to life challenges and transitions. I've had success in anxiety and depression management; mental health/wellness management; issues specific to women in transition; disability adjustment; and college student transition.
(865) 258-8297 View (865) 258-8297
Photo of Nicole A Perez, Psychologist in 37919, TN
Nicole A Perez
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Knoxville, TN 37919
My ideal client is one who is curious about his/her emotional life. My treatment philosophy is to engage a person in an exploration of their problems in ways that can lead to better relationships, feelings about themselves, and overall day-to-day functioning. My patients should find relief from their symptoms - whatever they may be - while making changes that will help them stay emotionally healthy and symptom-free in the long-term. It is my belief that therapy is a growth process that can only happen by collaboration and genuine trust between patient and therapist.
My ideal client is one who is curious about his/her emotional life. My treatment philosophy is to engage a person in an exploration of their problems in ways that can lead to better relationships, feelings about themselves, and overall day-to-day functioning. My patients should find relief from their symptoms - whatever they may be - while making changes that will help them stay emotionally healthy and symptom-free in the long-term. It is my belief that therapy is a growth process that can only happen by collaboration and genuine trust between patient and therapist.
(865) 325-9986 View (865) 325-9986
Photo of Meirav Matityahou, Licensed Professional Counselor in 37919, TN
Meirav Matityahou
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37919
We all differ in meaningful ways, and therefore, therapy is different with each person. With careful, non-judgmental, and respectful listening, I hope you will feel deeply understood and hopeful, and we will be able to work together in a genuine, collaborative way. I work with adults with different difficulties and emotional struggles like depression, anxiety, trauma, identity, relationship issues, LGBT, cancer, life transitions and losses. Being of an international background and past military service, I value diversity and am deeply attuned to your unique background (cultural, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation) and its effect on your individuality.
We all differ in meaningful ways, and therefore, therapy is different with each person. With careful, non-judgmental, and respectful listening, I hope you will feel deeply understood and hopeful, and we will be able to work together in a genuine, collaborative way. I work with adults with different difficulties and emotional struggles like depression, anxiety, trauma, identity, relationship issues, LGBT, cancer, life transitions and losses. Being of an international background and past military service, I value diversity and am deeply attuned to your unique background (cultural, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation) and its effect on your individuality.
(865) 622-9450 View (865) 622-9450
Photo of Cody Barnhill, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 37919, TN
Cody Barnhill
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Knoxville, TN 37919
Do you find it impossible to escape the patterns of thinking and behavior that have come to govern your life? Are you struggling to fulfill the expectations and needs of those around you as you fight to subdue, ignore, or avoid the oppressive memories, thoughts, or emotions that haunt you and refuse to relent? Maybe you’ve thrown yourself into your work, tried disappearing into hobbies, or sought the oblivion of substances to try and find relief, only to discover that your short-lived escape has compounded your problems and amplified your shame. If so, I get it.
Do you find it impossible to escape the patterns of thinking and behavior that have come to govern your life? Are you struggling to fulfill the expectations and needs of those around you as you fight to subdue, ignore, or avoid the oppressive memories, thoughts, or emotions that haunt you and refuse to relent? Maybe you’ve thrown yourself into your work, tried disappearing into hobbies, or sought the oblivion of substances to try and find relief, only to discover that your short-lived escape has compounded your problems and amplified your shame. If so, I get it.
(865) 503-4791 View (865) 503-4791
Photo of Stephanie Edwards, Licensed Professional Counselor in 37919, TN
Stephanie Edwards
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Knoxville, TN 37919
Are you feeling stuck in cycles of hopelessness, pain, despair, or trauma? Are you in a relationship marked by cycles of conflict, mistrust, and brokenness yet desiring a deeper, fulfilling connection? If this sounds like you, I can help. With over 15 years of working with individuals, couples, and families, I have had the honor of witnessing many move from hopelessness to hope, pain to healing, and despair to freedom. You do not have to walk this journey alone.
Are you feeling stuck in cycles of hopelessness, pain, despair, or trauma? Are you in a relationship marked by cycles of conflict, mistrust, and brokenness yet desiring a deeper, fulfilling connection? If this sounds like you, I can help. With over 15 years of working with individuals, couples, and families, I have had the honor of witnessing many move from hopelessness to hope, pain to healing, and despair to freedom. You do not have to walk this journey alone.
(865) 412-8595 View (865) 412-8595
Photo of Micah Riley, Pre-Licensed Professional in 37919, TN
Micah Riley
Pre-Licensed Professional, MDiv, MA
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37919
I love counseling work with adults, adolescents, children (5 y/o+), and couples. Walking along with those experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship issues, low self-esteem, unwanted pornography habits, and spiritual concerns. I believe clients are unique in what they need from therapy. I tailor my work to the individual and integrate different approaches as they are helpful, including cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, attachment theory, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness.
I love counseling work with adults, adolescents, children (5 y/o+), and couples. Walking along with those experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship issues, low self-esteem, unwanted pornography habits, and spiritual concerns. I believe clients are unique in what they need from therapy. I tailor my work to the individual and integrate different approaches as they are helpful, including cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, attachment theory, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness.
(865) 234-3392 x809 View (865) 234-3392 x809
Photo of Carrie Fair, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 37919, TN
Carrie Fair
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37919
Many of us are private people, who could use a little extra support and direction to overcome life's challenges. Acceptance and Confidentiality are two important aspects of Fairhaven Counseling & Consulting. Throughout my career I have learned that clients progress most effectively with an honest, non-judgmental, compassionate, but direct approach. I love watching clients rediscover their inner strength and begin to experience the joys life has to offer. I offer both personal & professional perspectives to overcoming trauma and rebuilding a life worth living.
Many of us are private people, who could use a little extra support and direction to overcome life's challenges. Acceptance and Confidentiality are two important aspects of Fairhaven Counseling & Consulting. Throughout my career I have learned that clients progress most effectively with an honest, non-judgmental, compassionate, but direct approach. I love watching clients rediscover their inner strength and begin to experience the joys life has to offer. I offer both personal & professional perspectives to overcoming trauma and rebuilding a life worth living.
(865) 408-7198 View (865) 408-7198
Photo of Jenni Freemyer, Marriage & Family Therapist in 37919, TN
Jenni Freemyer
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37919
Jenni loves working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She sees clients dealing with anxiety, depression, grief/loss, relational-stress, and other mental health issues. Jenni has extensive experience working with clients affected by emotional trauma. She is trained in EMDR-Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing and Brainspotting, which she uses to help clients process through trauma. She has a certificate in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. She also has advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples.
Jenni loves working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She sees clients dealing with anxiety, depression, grief/loss, relational-stress, and other mental health issues. Jenni has extensive experience working with clients affected by emotional trauma. She is trained in EMDR-Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing and Brainspotting, which she uses to help clients process through trauma. She has a certificate in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. She also has advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples.
(865) 217-2792 View (865) 217-2792
Photo of Joyce M Cartor, Psychologist in 37919, TN
Joyce M Cartor
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37919
Psychotherapy is a collaborative process; the therapist must be serious and respectful and possess a solid reservoir of knowledge about the human condition. The therapy-seeker must, in addition to wanting symptom relief, bring to the process his or her curiosity and some desire for increased self awareness. People come to psychotherapy in emotional turmoil and/or pain. While this is usually the first focus, quickly it will become important to try to understand one's personality style, one's relationship patterns and the roots of these patterns, one's thinking style and the characteristic way one goes about managing, deflecting or enacting emotional storms.
Psychotherapy is a collaborative process; the therapist must be serious and respectful and possess a solid reservoir of knowledge about the human condition. The therapy-seeker must, in addition to wanting symptom relief, bring to the process his or her curiosity and some desire for increased self awareness. People come to psychotherapy in emotional turmoil and/or pain. While this is usually the first focus, quickly it will become important to try to understand one's personality style, one's relationship patterns and the roots of these patterns, one's thinking style and the characteristic way one goes about managing, deflecting or enacting emotional storms.
(865) 584-7470 View (865) 584-7470

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 37919

200+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in 37919 who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
89% Depression
73% Grief
72% Relationship Issues
68% Trauma and PTSD
67% Life Transitions
64% Self Esteem

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

81% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
78% Optum
73% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in 37919 see their clients

89% In Person and Online
11% Online Only

Gender breakdown

76% Female
23% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 37919?

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.