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Laurie Pisciotta
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LCMFT, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kansas City, MO 64152
Life takes some twists and turns that we just aren't prepared for. From major life changes to struggling with that relentless fear that gets in the way of something you desire in your life. I am here to help you navigate through the confusion and overwhelm to find the answers you need. Together through enhancing awareness, curiosity, patience and self compassion, we will capitalize on your strengths and resources so you can heal and work towards the change you desire.
Life takes some twists and turns that we just aren't prepared for. From major life changes to struggling with that relentless fear that gets in the way of something you desire in your life. I am here to help you navigate through the confusion and overwhelm to find the answers you need. Together through enhancing awareness, curiosity, patience and self compassion, we will capitalize on your strengths and resources so you can heal and work towards the change you desire.
(816) 327-1356 View (816) 327-1356
Photo of Megan Palmer, Licensed Professional Counselor in 64152, MO
Megan Palmer
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kansas City, MO 64152
Seeking help from someone you have never met and discussing your most challenging life obstacles can be very uncomfortable and scary. However, at some point in our lives, searching for guidance and support outside of our friends and family may be needed in order to get you to your desired goal in life. Or maybe you are on the right path, but simply need validation and support. Whether your goals are decreasing anxiety, assisting with family conflict, or guidance with trauma, I can assist you with your desired outcome. I work with all ages from diverse backgrounds.
Seeking help from someone you have never met and discussing your most challenging life obstacles can be very uncomfortable and scary. However, at some point in our lives, searching for guidance and support outside of our friends and family may be needed in order to get you to your desired goal in life. Or maybe you are on the right path, but simply need validation and support. Whether your goals are decreasing anxiety, assisting with family conflict, or guidance with trauma, I can assist you with your desired outcome. I work with all ages from diverse backgrounds.
(816) 307-0529 View (816) 307-0529
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Stacey Chestnut-Watson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Kansas City, MO 64152
Life's changes and phases can become difficult to navigate sometimes. I work with the strength and resilience within you to overcome obstacles in your life. With patience and persistence, you will develop greater confidence, self-esteem, and emotional balance.
Life's changes and phases can become difficult to navigate sometimes. I work with the strength and resilience within you to overcome obstacles in your life. With patience and persistence, you will develop greater confidence, self-esteem, and emotional balance.
(816) 722-3256 View (816) 722-3256
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Darlene Weldon
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Parkville, MO 64152  (Online Only)
I specialize in helping people of all ages who have anxiety, OCD, and those who are on the Autism Spectrum. I'm based out of Parkville, Missouri but I help people residing anywhere in Missouri or Kansas. Issues include anxiety, panic, social and coping skills, intrusive thoughts, giftedness, and self-esteem. Parents of younger kids may benefit from learning effective behavior modification strategies and fine tuning their parenting style. Issues addressed can include toilet training, help with bedtime and morning routines, sibling conflict, school anxiety, perfectionism, self-esteem, and tantrums/meltdowns.
I specialize in helping people of all ages who have anxiety, OCD, and those who are on the Autism Spectrum. I'm based out of Parkville, Missouri but I help people residing anywhere in Missouri or Kansas. Issues include anxiety, panic, social and coping skills, intrusive thoughts, giftedness, and self-esteem. Parents of younger kids may benefit from learning effective behavior modification strategies and fine tuning their parenting style. Issues addressed can include toilet training, help with bedtime and morning routines, sibling conflict, school anxiety, perfectionism, self-esteem, and tantrums/meltdowns.
(816) 348-3258 View (816) 348-3258
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Dr. Luke Allen
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Kansas City, MO 64152  (Online Only)
My approach to therapy is based on Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). A core idea in ACT is that trying too hard to get rid of or control our emotions tends to backfire. Instead of trying to get rid of unwanted thoughts and feelings (e.g., anxiety & depression), I will help you learn to react differently to them so that you can keep your focus on living a meaningful and fulfilling life based on what’s important to you. We will work together to set meaningful goals to address your concerns–whether they relate to life transitions, depression, anxiety, body image, grief/loss, job or academic stress, or gender & sexuality.
My approach to therapy is based on Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). A core idea in ACT is that trying too hard to get rid of or control our emotions tends to backfire. Instead of trying to get rid of unwanted thoughts and feelings (e.g., anxiety & depression), I will help you learn to react differently to them so that you can keep your focus on living a meaningful and fulfilling life based on what’s important to you. We will work together to set meaningful goals to address your concerns–whether they relate to life transitions, depression, anxiety, body image, grief/loss, job or academic stress, or gender & sexuality.
(314) 668-1760 View (314) 668-1760
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Carolyn D Grace
Counselor, LCP
Verified Verified
Kansas City, MO 64152  (Online Only)
Therapy can truly be life changing! I believe that a warm, accepting, non-judgemental, safe place to express one's true self is invaluable. That is my approach as a therapist. I have found that each session may be a bit different. We may focus on current life circumstances, process childhood trauma, or make goals for the future. What you can expect from each therapy session is to be heard, seen, validated and sometimes gently challenged.
Therapy can truly be life changing! I believe that a warm, accepting, non-judgemental, safe place to express one's true self is invaluable. That is my approach as a therapist. I have found that each session may be a bit different. We may focus on current life circumstances, process childhood trauma, or make goals for the future. What you can expect from each therapy session is to be heard, seen, validated and sometimes gently challenged.
(816) 296-9049 View (816) 296-9049
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Mark Martinez
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Kansas City, MO 64152
Not accepting new clients
I am a survivor of severe depression and anxiety and a highly sensitive person, both of which provide me with an ability to practice empathy as well as laugh and cry with clients in therapy.  I work with individuals who are ready to engage all parts of their stories (past, present and future) to move beyond their trauma, addictions, anxiety and depression in order to live lives of fullness and abundance. I draw on my experience raising four young children and being a husband of 10+ years to help others navigate their relationships. 
I am a survivor of severe depression and anxiety and a highly sensitive person, both of which provide me with an ability to practice empathy as well as laugh and cry with clients in therapy.  I work with individuals who are ready to engage all parts of their stories (past, present and future) to move beyond their trauma, addictions, anxiety and depression in order to live lives of fullness and abundance. I draw on my experience raising four young children and being a husband of 10+ years to help others navigate their relationships. 
(816) 239-3821 View (816) 239-3821
Photo of Olivia Booher, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 64152, MO
Olivia Booher
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LSCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Parkville, MO 64152
Not accepting new clients
I know it can be challenging and overwhelming to seek therapy, but you deserve to explore healing, self-compassion and hope. I believe in the potential for all humans to grow and change and would like to embark on a journey with you to ease the suffering in your life. Many circumstances and events from our past or in our present can create obstacles to our sense of peace with ourselves. You may be feeling alone, stuck, unworthy, scared or angry. I can offer an integrative approach that is not a "one-size-fits all", but rather one based on your unique needs and history.
I know it can be challenging and overwhelming to seek therapy, but you deserve to explore healing, self-compassion and hope. I believe in the potential for all humans to grow and change and would like to embark on a journey with you to ease the suffering in your life. Many circumstances and events from our past or in our present can create obstacles to our sense of peace with ourselves. You may be feeling alone, stuck, unworthy, scared or angry. I can offer an integrative approach that is not a "one-size-fits all", but rather one based on your unique needs and history.
(816) 327-2494 View (816) 327-2494
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Peck Counseling, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LSCSW, RPT
Verified Verified
Kansas City, MO 64152
Not accepting new clients
Most of the kids, teens, families and adults I have helped over the years have felt stuck, unsure, lost, angry, anxious and pained by what has happened to them in their life. I have helped people that have experienced intimate partner violence, family violence, sexual abuse, neglect, and many other experiences in early childhood/adulthood. I can help you or your child find relief in current symptoms, understanding the many layers of hard experiences, making those feelings and experiences smaller, find peace, and feel safe and okay in life again. We all need a space to feel heard, seen, and noticed.
Most of the kids, teens, families and adults I have helped over the years have felt stuck, unsure, lost, angry, anxious and pained by what has happened to them in their life. I have helped people that have experienced intimate partner violence, family violence, sexual abuse, neglect, and many other experiences in early childhood/adulthood. I can help you or your child find relief in current symptoms, understanding the many layers of hard experiences, making those feelings and experiences smaller, find peace, and feel safe and okay in life again. We all need a space to feel heard, seen, and noticed.
(816) 677-6446 View (816) 677-6446
Photo of Tim Mathia, Licensed Professional Counselor in 64152, MO
Tim Mathia
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Kansas City, MO 64152
Tim Mathia, a mental health professional with 33 years of experience, guides individuals and families towards purpose. Recognizing the courage in seeking help, I support your path to holistic wellness. Change is within reach, and I facilitate a reduction in anxiety and stress, and promote harmonious relationships. As a supervisor to PLPCs, I specialize in anxiety and trauma-based disorders, with training in Play Therapy, EMDR, CBT, and Family Systems. Connect today for a transformative journey.
Tim Mathia, a mental health professional with 33 years of experience, guides individuals and families towards purpose. Recognizing the courage in seeking help, I support your path to holistic wellness. Change is within reach, and I facilitate a reduction in anxiety and stress, and promote harmonious relationships. As a supervisor to PLPCs, I specialize in anxiety and trauma-based disorders, with training in Play Therapy, EMDR, CBT, and Family Systems. Connect today for a transformative journey.
(816) 290-6196 View (816) 290-6196
Photo of Julia Vulic, Licensed Professional Counselor in 64152, MO
Julia Vulic
Licensed Professional Counselor, CRC, LPC, CPT
Verified Verified
Kansas City, MO 64152
Are you concerned about your child's behavior? Have you noticed a change in their mood that is distressing? Despite your efforts to help, do you feel that things just aren't improving? I believe that you, as your child's anchor, are the biggest change agent in their lives. However, sometimes an objective stance is needed. I would be honored to partner with you and your family to work through such issues and develop long-term solutions. I am truly passionate about what I do and will provide you with a safe, trusting, and non-judgmental environment.
Are you concerned about your child's behavior? Have you noticed a change in their mood that is distressing? Despite your efforts to help, do you feel that things just aren't improving? I believe that you, as your child's anchor, are the biggest change agent in their lives. However, sometimes an objective stance is needed. I would be honored to partner with you and your family to work through such issues and develop long-term solutions. I am truly passionate about what I do and will provide you with a safe, trusting, and non-judgmental environment.
(816) 720-5727 x7 View (816) 720-5727 x7
Photo of Elana Jedlicka, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 64152, MO
Elana Jedlicka
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Kansas City, MO 64152
I dedicate my time to finding ways to help individuals, couples, and families grow. Through my non-confrontational, straight-forward approach I seek to help you and your loved ones identify personal strengths, achieve goals, have improved relationships and effective communication patterns. With all clients I strive to help you have "ah-ha" moments of clarity while dealing with current feelings of frustration in life. Within couples and families I aim to help you understand each other's needs; emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It is my goal to work with you and your loved ones to find solutions that fit your needs.
I dedicate my time to finding ways to help individuals, couples, and families grow. Through my non-confrontational, straight-forward approach I seek to help you and your loved ones identify personal strengths, achieve goals, have improved relationships and effective communication patterns. With all clients I strive to help you have "ah-ha" moments of clarity while dealing with current feelings of frustration in life. Within couples and families I aim to help you understand each other's needs; emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It is my goal to work with you and your loved ones to find solutions that fit your needs.
(816) 865-5936 View (816) 865-5936
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Jacqueline Keitel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PsyD, LCSW, LSCSW
Verified Verified
Kansas City, MO 64152
Have you experienced a trauma such as sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, a shooting, car accident, or combat/military trauma? Did you survive a traumatic/dysfunctional childhood? Do you have a relationship in your life that you want to be healthier? Does perfectionism consume you? Do you feel controlled by anxiety or depression? Some people think seeking help is a sign of weakness. I completely disagree. I believe it takes an inordinate amount of strength to reach out for help and to become your healthiest authentic self. I would be honored to have the opportunity to walk alongside you on your healing journey.
Have you experienced a trauma such as sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bullying, a shooting, car accident, or combat/military trauma? Did you survive a traumatic/dysfunctional childhood? Do you have a relationship in your life that you want to be healthier? Does perfectionism consume you? Do you feel controlled by anxiety or depression? Some people think seeking help is a sign of weakness. I completely disagree. I believe it takes an inordinate amount of strength to reach out for help and to become your healthiest authentic self. I would be honored to have the opportunity to walk alongside you on your healing journey.
(816) 925-9628 View (816) 925-9628
Photo of Abigail Toy, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 64152, MO
Abigail Toy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LSCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Kansas City, MO 64152
Not accepting new clients
Are you having sex or sexuality concerns? Exploring your gender? Or dealing with depression, anxiety, or trauma symptoms? If so we may be the perfect fit! As a member of queer community myself, I love the opportunity to work with individuals from the community.
Are you having sex or sexuality concerns? Exploring your gender? Or dealing with depression, anxiety, or trauma symptoms? If so we may be the perfect fit! As a member of queer community myself, I love the opportunity to work with individuals from the community.
(816) 439-7557 View (816) 439-7557
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LifeArchitect Coaching
Licensed Professional Counselor, MAMFC, LPC, MBA
Verified Verified
Kansas City, MO 64152
The world has only one YOU, and you were made to SHINE! Like an athletic coach, I apply my considerable training, experience, and creativity to help you carve out the steps to get from where you are to where you want to be, providing you support, accountability, and structure along the way. My ideal client is someone willing to do whatever it takes to become everything you are created to be. I provide life coaching to individuals, families, and organizations facing a variety of challenges both in the US and around the world via telephonic and web coaching.
The world has only one YOU, and you were made to SHINE! Like an athletic coach, I apply my considerable training, experience, and creativity to help you carve out the steps to get from where you are to where you want to be, providing you support, accountability, and structure along the way. My ideal client is someone willing to do whatever it takes to become everything you are created to be. I provide life coaching to individuals, families, and organizations facing a variety of challenges both in the US and around the world via telephonic and web coaching.
(816) 759-8210 View (816) 759-8210
Photo of Carmen McHenry, Licensed Professional Counselor in 64152, MO
Carmen McHenry
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kansas City, MO 64152
HAPPY 2024! A few NEW client spots have OPENED up! It's your time to get healthy. I have worked with clients in the Northland for the past 23 years. If you have considered therapy - trust your intuition! You don't have to struggle silently with the lows any longer. If you feel stuck - take the next step. Don't wait until relationships worsen, you lose hope, or shame takes over. The time is now. You deserve it. I offer therapy intensives as well (see my website for details).
HAPPY 2024! A few NEW client spots have OPENED up! It's your time to get healthy. I have worked with clients in the Northland for the past 23 years. If you have considered therapy - trust your intuition! You don't have to struggle silently with the lows any longer. If you feel stuck - take the next step. Don't wait until relationships worsen, you lose hope, or shame takes over. The time is now. You deserve it. I offer therapy intensives as well (see my website for details).
(816) 533-3676 View (816) 533-3676
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Dr. Laura N. Theno
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, LCPC, NCC, CST
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Kansas City, MO 64152
** Immediate Availability Within My Office ** If you’re looking for a therapy experience with complete acceptance and freedom to own your story and find your voice, we should meet. My style is really about meeting you where you’re at, so my therapeutic approach can vary - and is truly designed around you. I have years of experience in different applications of therapy, and still find myself feeling so honored and humbled by the experience of walking your journey with you: teaching skills and offering encouragement along the way. Reaching out for help takes courage, and I want to meet that courage with compassion.
** Immediate Availability Within My Office ** If you’re looking for a therapy experience with complete acceptance and freedom to own your story and find your voice, we should meet. My style is really about meeting you where you’re at, so my therapeutic approach can vary - and is truly designed around you. I have years of experience in different applications of therapy, and still find myself feeling so honored and humbled by the experience of walking your journey with you: teaching skills and offering encouragement along the way. Reaching out for help takes courage, and I want to meet that courage with compassion.
(816) 399-2286 View (816) 399-2286
Photo of Lucy Roldán Smith, Marriage & Family Therapist in 64152, MO
Lucy Roldán Smith
Marriage & Family Therapist, LCMFT, LPC
Verified Verified
Kansas City, MO 64152
Not accepting new clients
Trained in Somatic Experiencing, EMDR (met certification requirements), Clinical Ericksonian Hypnosis. I customize my treatment plan to your needs. Immigration Cases Taken - Evaluations for immigration hardship letters provided (cartas de sufrimiento para inmigración).
Trained in Somatic Experiencing, EMDR (met certification requirements), Clinical Ericksonian Hypnosis. I customize my treatment plan to your needs. Immigration Cases Taken - Evaluations for immigration hardship letters provided (cartas de sufrimiento para inmigración).
(816) 479-5749 View (816) 479-5749
Photo of Cheryl A Pendell, Licensed Professional Counselor in 64152, MO
Cheryl A Pendell
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S, NCC, CPT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Kansas City, MO 64152
There are many presenting issues that might bring you to counseling. Finding a therapist that you can connect with and build an alliance with is important to your success in therapy. I work very hard to create a relationship that will provide you the safety and warmth that you need to explore your experiences; I am very comfortable earning your trust. I use different treatment modalities, depending upon which is appropriate for you personally. Empathy is the primary tool used to give you the safety you need to explore your inner world while we begin to understand your experiences together.
There are many presenting issues that might bring you to counseling. Finding a therapist that you can connect with and build an alliance with is important to your success in therapy. I work very hard to create a relationship that will provide you the safety and warmth that you need to explore your experiences; I am very comfortable earning your trust. I use different treatment modalities, depending upon which is appropriate for you personally. Empathy is the primary tool used to give you the safety you need to explore your inner world while we begin to understand your experiences together.
(816) 987-7956 View (816) 987-7956
Photo of Sherry L. Strahan, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist in 64152, MO
Sherry L. Strahan, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MSFT, LMFT
Verified Verified
Kansas City, MO 64152
I have been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1997 and can help you with reducing your stress and improving your life. I work with young children(age 3 and up), teens, and adults. I specialize in couple/family therapy, as well as in play therapy. Are you asking yourself questions like "Will I ever feel happy again?" or "Can my spouse/significant other and I really work through our problems?" or "Will my child ever follow the rules without a hassle?". If you are, I can tell you change is possible and I can help you with that change.
I have been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1997 and can help you with reducing your stress and improving your life. I work with young children(age 3 and up), teens, and adults. I specialize in couple/family therapy, as well as in play therapy. Are you asking yourself questions like "Will I ever feel happy again?" or "Can my spouse/significant other and I really work through our problems?" or "Will my child ever follow the rules without a hassle?". If you are, I can tell you change is possible and I can help you with that change.
(816) 533-7837 View (816) 533-7837

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 64152

70+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in 64152 who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
90% Depression
85% Coping Skills
81% Relationship Issues
79% Self Esteem
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Stress

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

70% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
68% Aetna
62% Optum

How Therapists in 64152 see their clients

82% In Person and Online
18% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
17% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 64152?

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.