Therapists in 53227

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LIFE Wellness and Counseling Services
Licensed Professional Counselor, NCC, LPC, SAC-IT, ACT, CCTP
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53227
As a board certified trauma clinician, my primary goal is to help clients navigate their healing journey from anxiety, depression, trauma, and uncertainties in life. I provide a safe and supportive space where clients can express their thoughts and emotions without judgment. I work collaboratively with clients to develop personalized treatment plans that address their unique needs and goals. Using evidence-based therapies and techniques, I help clients explore the root causes of their challenges and develop effective coping strategies. I employ a person-centered approach and top priority is to ensure my clients feel safe and heard.
As a board certified trauma clinician, my primary goal is to help clients navigate their healing journey from anxiety, depression, trauma, and uncertainties in life. I provide a safe and supportive space where clients can express their thoughts and emotions without judgment. I work collaboratively with clients to develop personalized treatment plans that address their unique needs and goals. Using evidence-based therapies and techniques, I help clients explore the root causes of their challenges and develop effective coping strategies. I employ a person-centered approach and top priority is to ensure my clients feel safe and heard.
(414) 667-6029 View (414) 667-6029
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Lindsay Balfour
Counselor, MA, LPC-IT
Verified Verified
West Allis, WI 53227
I help clients who struggle with burnout, anxiety, depression, disordered eating, relationship challenges, parenting issues, and body image concerns. I am passionate about viewing my clients holistically, in the context of broader family and social systems, culture, and society.
I help clients who struggle with burnout, anxiety, depression, disordered eating, relationship challenges, parenting issues, and body image concerns. I am passionate about viewing my clients holistically, in the context of broader family and social systems, culture, and society.
(262) 245-3528 View (262) 245-3528
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Holy Mind N Body Experiential
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, LMFT-IT
Verified Verified
West Allis, WI 53227
The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit! Psalm 34:18 niv. Good News: there is peace in knowing someone cares about your emotional state of being.
The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit! Psalm 34:18 niv. Good News: there is peace in knowing someone cares about your emotional state of being.
(262) 435-3985 View (262) 435-3985
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Abbie Weber
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
West Allis, WI 53227  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Everyone’s journey to wellness and change is unique and meaningful. As a therapist, I empower my clients by helping them identify their strengths and points of weakness to create change to help them live a fulfilling life and create a treatment plan to help them achieve their individual goals. I work to create a warm and inviting environment where my clients feel comfortable talking with me. Taking the first step to get help is not always easy, and I feel that it is important to build a trusting relationship with my clients. I use an empathetic approach and work to identify manageable steps that can be taken to achieve these goals.
Everyone’s journey to wellness and change is unique and meaningful. As a therapist, I empower my clients by helping them identify their strengths and points of weakness to create change to help them live a fulfilling life and create a treatment plan to help them achieve their individual goals. I work to create a warm and inviting environment where my clients feel comfortable talking with me. Taking the first step to get help is not always easy, and I feel that it is important to build a trusting relationship with my clients. I use an empathetic approach and work to identify manageable steps that can be taken to achieve these goals.
(414) 310-6376 View (414) 310-6376
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Anna Godiali
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
West Allis, WI 53227
If you feel down, stuck, or don't know how to move forward, it can help to find professional support—someone in your corner, to help you get your bearings again and find your way through the tough times. As a solution-focused and strengths-based therapist, I work with clients to understand their past, clarify their present, and support their goals moving forward, even through life’s hardest situations. I work with clients experiencing the effects of trauma using EMDR and mindfulness, targeting and reworking core beliefs to move individuals and couples forward in their relationships with themselves and others.
If you feel down, stuck, or don't know how to move forward, it can help to find professional support—someone in your corner, to help you get your bearings again and find your way through the tough times. As a solution-focused and strengths-based therapist, I work with clients to understand their past, clarify their present, and support their goals moving forward, even through life’s hardest situations. I work with clients experiencing the effects of trauma using EMDR and mindfulness, targeting and reworking core beliefs to move individuals and couples forward in their relationships with themselves and others.
(262) 384-5849 View (262) 384-5849
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Pathways Counseling Center
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
West Allis, WI 53227
Pathways Counseling Center was established in 1985 as a state certified, outpatient mental health clinic. We have several therapists that provide a variety of services for various challenges. We offer services to individual clients, their families and significant others in treatment settings that include individual, couples, and group sessions. Our mental health professionals provide services to children, adolescents, adults, families and couples to help our clients achieve emotional health and well-being.
Pathways Counseling Center was established in 1985 as a state certified, outpatient mental health clinic. We have several therapists that provide a variety of services for various challenges. We offer services to individual clients, their families and significant others in treatment settings that include individual, couples, and group sessions. Our mental health professionals provide services to children, adolescents, adults, families and couples to help our clients achieve emotional health and well-being.
(262) 946-5153 View (262) 946-5153
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Allison Stephans
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53227
Life can be challenging. When life gets tough, it is likely to influence how you feel and how you react. You may feel overwhelmed in a way that makes it difficult to make decisions, take action, or feel motivated. Or you may be overwhelmed with emotions you don't know what to do with. Talking with a therapist you can connect with can help you look at your challenges in a new way and help you move forward to overcome life's difficulties.
Life can be challenging. When life gets tough, it is likely to influence how you feel and how you react. You may feel overwhelmed in a way that makes it difficult to make decisions, take action, or feel motivated. Or you may be overwhelmed with emotions you don't know what to do with. Talking with a therapist you can connect with can help you look at your challenges in a new way and help you move forward to overcome life's difficulties.
(262) 946-5135 View (262) 946-5135
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Bob Rockey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ACSW
Verified Verified
West Allis, WI 53227  (Online Only)
Since 1980 I have served those struggling with mental illness and personal problems in greater Milwaukee. I mainly help adults and older adults individually. Common topics I treat include depression, bipolar disorder, codependency, abuse, worry, grieving, chronic pain and health issues, and generally dealing with changes. Many I see experienced a long slow decline over time when that, "Straw that Broke the Camel's Back," landed. It became clear that things were just not working, and they need to try something different. That's when many of my people called me.
Since 1980 I have served those struggling with mental illness and personal problems in greater Milwaukee. I mainly help adults and older adults individually. Common topics I treat include depression, bipolar disorder, codependency, abuse, worry, grieving, chronic pain and health issues, and generally dealing with changes. Many I see experienced a long slow decline over time when that, "Straw that Broke the Camel's Back," landed. It became clear that things were just not working, and they need to try something different. That's when many of my people called me.
(414) 312-5531 View (414) 312-5531
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Melissa Nelson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SAC, CSAC
Verified Verified
West Allis, WI 53227
Waitlist for new clients
You’re the one people go to for support because you seem like you have it all together. Underneath, however, is a different story. You’re barely hanging on. Everyday stressors are overwhelming you. Feeling depressed, hopeless, and anxious are your new norms. You may feel uncomfortable in your own skin and use substances or restrictions as a way to cope. You may feel fearful and stuck because of a traumatic experience. Humans are naturally resilient, but in an attempt to adapt we can fall into unhealthy cycles that keep us from realizing our potential.
You’re the one people go to for support because you seem like you have it all together. Underneath, however, is a different story. You’re barely hanging on. Everyday stressors are overwhelming you. Feeling depressed, hopeless, and anxious are your new norms. You may feel uncomfortable in your own skin and use substances or restrictions as a way to cope. You may feel fearful and stuck because of a traumatic experience. Humans are naturally resilient, but in an attempt to adapt we can fall into unhealthy cycles that keep us from realizing our potential.
(262) 419-3216 View (262) 419-3216
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Amy Lynn Kerznar
Counselor, MS, LPC, SACIT, CCTP
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53227  (Online Only)
Many people with trauma or PTSD also suffer from substance use issues . Feelings of anxiety, fear, anger, grief, depression, loneliness, feeling judged, and misunderstood are very normal. You may not trust the world around you and may not know how to cope with symptoms of trauma alone and will instead seek to numb your emotional turmoil. Both are lonely and isolating issues. Substance use is an outward manifestation of your pain and with supportive trauma and substance use counseling combined, your addiction can be treated as well as the underline symptoms that cause the need to numb your emotions and avoid your reality.
Many people with trauma or PTSD also suffer from substance use issues . Feelings of anxiety, fear, anger, grief, depression, loneliness, feeling judged, and misunderstood are very normal. You may not trust the world around you and may not know how to cope with symptoms of trauma alone and will instead seek to numb your emotional turmoil. Both are lonely and isolating issues. Substance use is an outward manifestation of your pain and with supportive trauma and substance use counseling combined, your addiction can be treated as well as the underline symptoms that cause the need to numb your emotions and avoid your reality.
(262) 383-4468 View (262) 383-4468
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Dr. Joanne L. Barian Psy.D.HP. (Dr. Jo)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PsyDHP, MSW, LCSW, NCCAP, AAMFT
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53227  (Online Only)
Surrender to what is, let go of what was, have faith in what will be. Creating profound Peace, Love, Deep Fulfillment, & Spiritual Transformation and tapping into one's natural born potential. It Is Never Too Late To Be What You Were Meant To Become. BE – The best version of your Highest Self DO – The next “right thing” in becoming your “Authentic Self." HAVE – A new found freedom within yourself, to create the peace, love, happiness & fulfillment.
Surrender to what is, let go of what was, have faith in what will be. Creating profound Peace, Love, Deep Fulfillment, & Spiritual Transformation and tapping into one's natural born potential. It Is Never Too Late To Be What You Were Meant To Become. BE – The best version of your Highest Self DO – The next “right thing” in becoming your “Authentic Self." HAVE – A new found freedom within yourself, to create the peace, love, happiness & fulfillment.
(414) 501-2759 View (414) 501-2759
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Tammy J King
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
West Allis, WI 53227
Hi, my name is Tammy and I'm dedicated to helping people develop healthy relationships & live productive & satisfying lives. If you're experiencing depression, anxiety, a difficult situation or past experiences that keeps you stuck; it would be my pleasure to work with you. I have training in Imago therapy and EMDR therapy along with 20 years of counseling experience. Based on my experience, I know we all have the ability to make big changes in our lives & feel happy & fulfilled. If you are ready to get started, give me a call!
Hi, my name is Tammy and I'm dedicated to helping people develop healthy relationships & live productive & satisfying lives. If you're experiencing depression, anxiety, a difficult situation or past experiences that keeps you stuck; it would be my pleasure to work with you. I have training in Imago therapy and EMDR therapy along with 20 years of counseling experience. Based on my experience, I know we all have the ability to make big changes in our lives & feel happy & fulfilled. If you are ready to get started, give me a call!
(920) 473-4109 View (920) 473-4109
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Looking Forward Counseling, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
West Allis, WI 53227
My name is Autumn Walker and I am an LPC. I recognize the need to meet individuals where they are at. I have a direct, yet interactive approach to working with individuals.
My name is Autumn Walker and I am an LPC. I recognize the need to meet individuals where they are at. I have a direct, yet interactive approach to working with individuals.
(262) 379-8543 View (262) 379-8543
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Carol Seydewitz
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, ATR
Verified Verified
West Allis, WI 53227
I believe everyone has all that is needed to feel better, inside of the them. I help my clients make these discoveries. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Art Therapist and have been helping my clients restore hope and momentum in their lives for more than sixteen years. I address issues of trauma, anxiety and mood in adults and first responders. I have completed training with the NVFC National Volunteer Fire Council (Fire . EMS. Rescue). See new directory June 2020 at www.nvfc.org.
I believe everyone has all that is needed to feel better, inside of the them. I help my clients make these discoveries. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Art Therapist and have been helping my clients restore hope and momentum in their lives for more than sixteen years. I address issues of trauma, anxiety and mood in adults and first responders. I have completed training with the NVFC National Volunteer Fire Council (Fire . EMS. Rescue). See new directory June 2020 at www.nvfc.org.
(262) 671-3120 View (262) 671-3120
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Taña Rodriguez-Buck
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
West Allis, WI 53227
In life we are faced with many challenges. Sometimes this happens when it is least expected. This can lead to hopelessness, doubt, worry, sadness, anger, and many other unwanted feelings and emotions. The good news is, despite the challenges you may be experiencing, you have the ability to make a change. It can be difficult to navigate life situations. Finding the right support through these difficult times is an important first step. I specialize in working with clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, stress management, anger management, and relationship and family issues.
In life we are faced with many challenges. Sometimes this happens when it is least expected. This can lead to hopelessness, doubt, worry, sadness, anger, and many other unwanted feelings and emotions. The good news is, despite the challenges you may be experiencing, you have the ability to make a change. It can be difficult to navigate life situations. Finding the right support through these difficult times is an important first step. I specialize in working with clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, stress management, anger management, and relationship and family issues.
(414) 301-6544 View (414) 301-6544
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Carmelita Aufdemberge
Counselor, LPC-IT
Verified Verified
West Allis, WI 53227
Trusting people again after a traumatic relationship may seem impossible. Asking for help with stress may seem daunting. Traumatic stress may be making it difficult for you to function in daily tasks and to enjoy life the way you used to. Life changes may be making it hard for you to navigate your relationships and career. You may feel on-edge and may tend to doubt your feelings and thoughts, wondering if they’re valid. Getting help with life after a traumatic relationship doesn’t have to be scary. I am trained to move forward in a healthy way.
Trusting people again after a traumatic relationship may seem impossible. Asking for help with stress may seem daunting. Traumatic stress may be making it difficult for you to function in daily tasks and to enjoy life the way you used to. Life changes may be making it hard for you to navigate your relationships and career. You may feel on-edge and may tend to doubt your feelings and thoughts, wondering if they’re valid. Getting help with life after a traumatic relationship doesn’t have to be scary. I am trained to move forward in a healthy way.
(262) 300-5832 View (262) 300-5832
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Mirta Lilian Cabrera
Counselor, MS, LPC, CRC, PsyD
Verified Verified
West Allis, WI 53227
I graduated from Concordia University, WI. There, I obtained a master's degree in Professional Counseling. I have a special interest in couple's therapy, healthy relationship training, and youth issues. I am a member of the National Anger Management Association, Anger Management certification, a certified relationship coach, and has been trained in multiple curriculum to help families achieve healthy relationship. Bilingual Spanish/English. I believe in the holistic approach to therapy, (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social and economical well-being). Friendly, culturally sensitive, solution focus, brief therapy, behavioral, and cognitive therapy approach. 414-405-1682 or miraclecounselingcoaching@gmail.com.
I graduated from Concordia University, WI. There, I obtained a master's degree in Professional Counseling. I have a special interest in couple's therapy, healthy relationship training, and youth issues. I am a member of the National Anger Management Association, Anger Management certification, a certified relationship coach, and has been trained in multiple curriculum to help families achieve healthy relationship. Bilingual Spanish/English. I believe in the holistic approach to therapy, (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social and economical well-being). Friendly, culturally sensitive, solution focus, brief therapy, behavioral, and cognitive therapy approach. 414-405-1682 or miraclecounselingcoaching@gmail.com.
(414) 246-8678 View (414) 246-8678
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John Weaver
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
West Allis, WI 53227
Are you worried that depression is becoming a chronic problem? Are you interested in addressing your issues without medication or with the least amount of medication possible? Do you want to learn healthy thinking skills, to be in better control of your emotions, and to align your actions with your deepest values? Mindfulness skills are simple to learn and helpful to use. Research has shown that up to 40% of those who apply mindfulness practices to manage the symptoms of depression have been able to successfully eliminate anti-depressant medication without relapsing for more than 5 years.
Are you worried that depression is becoming a chronic problem? Are you interested in addressing your issues without medication or with the least amount of medication possible? Do you want to learn healthy thinking skills, to be in better control of your emotions, and to align your actions with your deepest values? Mindfulness skills are simple to learn and helpful to use. Research has shown that up to 40% of those who apply mindfulness practices to manage the symptoms of depression have been able to successfully eliminate anti-depressant medication without relapsing for more than 5 years.
(262) 293-6943 View (262) 293-6943
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Carrie Banaszak
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
West Allis, WI 53227
As an LPC, I value the healing potential of human connection and believe that sharing moments of loss, shame, joy, & disappointment can lead to stronger self-acceptance and connection with others. My priority is to provide a comfortable and safe space for you to talk about your personal issues and concerns. I am non-judgmental, patient, and understanding. I have 9+ years of experience working with neurodivergent individuals, those who experience ADHD, attachment wounds, anxiety disorders, depression, mood disorders, personality disorders, trauma, grief and loss, suicidal ideation and self-harming behaviors.
As an LPC, I value the healing potential of human connection and believe that sharing moments of loss, shame, joy, & disappointment can lead to stronger self-acceptance and connection with others. My priority is to provide a comfortable and safe space for you to talk about your personal issues and concerns. I am non-judgmental, patient, and understanding. I have 9+ years of experience working with neurodivergent individuals, those who experience ADHD, attachment wounds, anxiety disorders, depression, mood disorders, personality disorders, trauma, grief and loss, suicidal ideation and self-harming behaviors.
(262) 346-9146 View (262) 346-9146
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Sarah Nevinski
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-IT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Allis, WI 53227
Life is constantly changing, but not everyone adjusts to it in the same way. This unpredictability can lead to feelings of overwhelm, unpreparedness, powerlessness and insecurity. Sometimes, it's challenging to manage our own response to change or let alone the reactions of those close to us. What worked for others may not work for us, but that doesn't mean we should give up on our potential.
Life is constantly changing, but not everyone adjusts to it in the same way. This unpredictability can lead to feelings of overwhelm, unpreparedness, powerlessness and insecurity. Sometimes, it's challenging to manage our own response to change or let alone the reactions of those close to us. What worked for others may not work for us, but that doesn't mean we should give up on our potential.
(414) 246-5372 View (414) 246-5372

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 53227

60+

Average cost per session

$135

Therapists in 53227 who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
86% Depression
65% Trauma and PTSD
62% Relationship Issues
59% Grief
54% Self Esteem
51% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Aetna
79% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
68% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Therapists in 53227 see their clients

86% In Person and Online
14% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 53227?

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.