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Bhawna Luthra
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
Bhawna has worked in various types of settings including hospital, school, college and private practice. These different settings have given her the opportunity to work with a diverse group of individuals of different age groups. She provides counseling to individuals who suffer from anxiety, depression, trauma and chronic pain. She also works with families who are struggling to manage daily stressors of raising children and finding work life balance. In addition, she provides marital therapy to couples and family therapy to families facing relationship issues and conflicts.
Bhawna has worked in various types of settings including hospital, school, college and private practice. These different settings have given her the opportunity to work with a diverse group of individuals of different age groups. She provides counseling to individuals who suffer from anxiety, depression, trauma and chronic pain. She also works with families who are struggling to manage daily stressors of raising children and finding work life balance. In addition, she provides marital therapy to couples and family therapy to families facing relationship issues and conflicts.
(512) 877-1997 View (512) 877-1997
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David Burks
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78705
We can’t get around suffering sometimes in this life, but we can learn to live with dignity and grace, and we can know joy. Whether you are having questions of a spiritual nature, feeling stuck in your life, or needing to be free of deep and abiding pain, I stand ready to walk with you on the path of healing. I can say this with confidence because I have made this journey myself. My own experience with therapy helped me to understand that human beings are not machines that break and need to be fixed. They are beings that course correct; they mold and are molded by their environment.
We can’t get around suffering sometimes in this life, but we can learn to live with dignity and grace, and we can know joy. Whether you are having questions of a spiritual nature, feeling stuck in your life, or needing to be free of deep and abiding pain, I stand ready to walk with you on the path of healing. I can say this with confidence because I have made this journey myself. My own experience with therapy helped me to understand that human beings are not machines that break and need to be fixed. They are beings that course correct; they mold and are molded by their environment.
(512) 812-8958 View (512) 812-8958
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Debra Stonewall
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705
My name is Debra Stonewall. I am a licensed Professional Counselor along with a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. I take a Person-Centered approach to therapy. I pride myself on helping my clients feel connected instead of evaluated. My specialties are anxiety, depression, mood disorders, personality disorders, marriage, and trauma. I also have extensive knowledge and understanding of the military community because my husband served 30 years in the military. I have been exposed to and lived through some of the unique problems military families and soldiers experience.
My name is Debra Stonewall. I am a licensed Professional Counselor along with a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. I take a Person-Centered approach to therapy. I pride myself on helping my clients feel connected instead of evaluated. My specialties are anxiety, depression, mood disorders, personality disorders, marriage, and trauma. I also have extensive knowledge and understanding of the military community because my husband served 30 years in the military. I have been exposed to and lived through some of the unique problems military families and soldiers experience.
(737) 258-9976 View (737) 258-9976
Photo of Kady Maxwell Wise, Licensed Professional Counselor in 78705, TX
Kady Maxwell Wise
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
I enjoy and have experience working with a variety of issues and populations. I specialize in working with emerging and young adults navigating through anxiety, depression, life transitions, family of origin issues, identity exploration, and healing from trauma. I am also passionate about working with clients experiencing issues in pregnancy, postpartum, and parenting. I am LGBTQIA affirming, trauma-informed, diversity aware, and inclusive. In our collaborative work together, you will find a compassionate, open-minded, honest and intentional therapist.
I enjoy and have experience working with a variety of issues and populations. I specialize in working with emerging and young adults navigating through anxiety, depression, life transitions, family of origin issues, identity exploration, and healing from trauma. I am also passionate about working with clients experiencing issues in pregnancy, postpartum, and parenting. I am LGBTQIA affirming, trauma-informed, diversity aware, and inclusive. In our collaborative work together, you will find a compassionate, open-minded, honest and intentional therapist.
(512) 572-9783 x57 View (512) 572-9783 x57
Photo of Megan Joiner, Licensed Master Social Worker in 78705, TX
Megan Joiner
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
I'm excited to help you embark on a powerful journey of healing and growth. As a Licensed Master Social Worker and therapist, I bring my genuine and thoughtful nature to every session, along with my dedication, reliability, and attention to detail. My clients often describe me as warm, empathetic, and honest, providing a safe space where they feel seen, heard, and understood.
I'm excited to help you embark on a powerful journey of healing and growth. As a Licensed Master Social Worker and therapist, I bring my genuine and thoughtful nature to every session, along with my dedication, reliability, and attention to detail. My clients often describe me as warm, empathetic, and honest, providing a safe space where they feel seen, heard, and understood.
(512) 598-4231 View (512) 598-4231
Photo of Caitlin Riojas, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 78705, TX
Caitlin Riojas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
My name is Caitlin Riojas, I have been a mental health provider since 2010. I hold a BSW from St. Edward's University and a MSW from Columbia University. I am an Austin, Texas native and believe that mental health is a crucial component to overall wellness. I strongly believe that every individual deserves the best care. My goal is to empathetic, responsive, and supportive in a counseling environment that is productive and conducive to your personal mental health goals.
My name is Caitlin Riojas, I have been a mental health provider since 2010. I hold a BSW from St. Edward's University and a MSW from Columbia University. I am an Austin, Texas native and believe that mental health is a crucial component to overall wellness. I strongly believe that every individual deserves the best care. My goal is to empathetic, responsive, and supportive in a counseling environment that is productive and conducive to your personal mental health goals.
(737) 758-2233 View (737) 758-2233
Photo of Hilary Neblett, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in 78705, TX
Hilary Neblett
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78705
Hi there, I'm Hilary - a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, supervised by M. Michelle Hawn, MA, LPC-S, and I help people reconnect to what matters most to them amidst the stressors, uncertainty, anxieties and unrealistic expectations of modern life. I enjoy working with young adults and men experiencing a variety of challenges, including anxiety, depression, eating/ body image concerns, self-esteem, life transitions/dissatisfaction, and trauma. A particular interest of mine is working with athletes, fitness enthusiasts and movement lovers of all kinds who are navigating their relationships to their bodies post-injury.
Hi there, I'm Hilary - a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, supervised by M. Michelle Hawn, MA, LPC-S, and I help people reconnect to what matters most to them amidst the stressors, uncertainty, anxieties and unrealistic expectations of modern life. I enjoy working with young adults and men experiencing a variety of challenges, including anxiety, depression, eating/ body image concerns, self-esteem, life transitions/dissatisfaction, and trauma. A particular interest of mine is working with athletes, fitness enthusiasts and movement lovers of all kinds who are navigating their relationships to their bodies post-injury.
(512) 456-9298 x82 View (512) 456-9298 x82
Photo of Kathleen Frank, Licensed Professional Counselor in 78705, TX
Kathleen Frank
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
Current availability includes: M-F, 9am-4pm CST Going to therapy is not easy and I understand talking to a stranger about your thoughts and feelings is difficult. So, congrats on taking this first step. My name is Kathleen and I am a licensed counselor in the states of Texas, Colorado, New York, and Pennsylvania. I approach each client based on their needs, situation, culture, lived experiences, and goals.
Current availability includes: M-F, 9am-4pm CST Going to therapy is not easy and I understand talking to a stranger about your thoughts and feelings is difficult. So, congrats on taking this first step. My name is Kathleen and I am a licensed counselor in the states of Texas, Colorado, New York, and Pennsylvania. I approach each client based on their needs, situation, culture, lived experiences, and goals.
(737) 214-4368 View (737) 214-4368
Photo of Sarah Barton, Licensed Professional Counselor in 78705, TX
Sarah Barton
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78705
Hello! I'm Sarah, a trauma informed EMDR therapist that works with individuals struggling with trust issues, feeling stuck in relationships, codependency, perfectionists, people pleasers, addiction recovery, family conflicts, complex trauma, and those ready to break free from numbing or avoidant behaviors. Therapy can feel daunting as it brings forth our deepest emotions and truths, but I am here to create a safe and curious space where you can explore and evolve. My approach is client centered, creative, and infused with humor, offering a laid back environment where there's no such thing as sharing too much.
Hello! I'm Sarah, a trauma informed EMDR therapist that works with individuals struggling with trust issues, feeling stuck in relationships, codependency, perfectionists, people pleasers, addiction recovery, family conflicts, complex trauma, and those ready to break free from numbing or avoidant behaviors. Therapy can feel daunting as it brings forth our deepest emotions and truths, but I am here to create a safe and curious space where you can explore and evolve. My approach is client centered, creative, and infused with humor, offering a laid back environment where there's no such thing as sharing too much.
(512) 980-9075 View (512) 980-9075
Photo of Tanya Ault-Hayslip, Licensed Professional Counselor in 78705, TX
Tanya Ault-Hayslip
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S, MA
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705
Hey, I’m Tanya (she/her/hers). I graduated from Texas A&M in 2004 with a BS in Psychology. After graduation, I moved to Fort Worth where I attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and received a MA in Family and Marriage Counseling and a MA in Christian Education. Following graduation in 2007 I have been doing therapy and case management. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor- Supervisor (LPC-S) and a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)-practitioner. I have a passion for helping individuals and walking alongside them so they can become the person they have always wanted to be.
Hey, I’m Tanya (she/her/hers). I graduated from Texas A&M in 2004 with a BS in Psychology. After graduation, I moved to Fort Worth where I attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and received a MA in Family and Marriage Counseling and a MA in Christian Education. Following graduation in 2007 I have been doing therapy and case management. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor- Supervisor (LPC-S) and a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)-practitioner. I have a passion for helping individuals and walking alongside them so they can become the person they have always wanted to be.
(512) 388-4660 View (512) 388-4660
Photo of Dena Burns, Counselor in 78705, TX
Dena Burns
Counselor, LPC, LCDC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705
My expertise include anxiety disorders, depression, trauma, substance use, and other co-occurring disorders. I am especially passionate about working with mothers, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and individuals challenged by substance use. I foster a collaborative environment and believe we are all inherently good people who want to make healthier choices in life. I would love to help you manage your mental health by offering support and assisting you in adopting stronger coping skills.
My expertise include anxiety disorders, depression, trauma, substance use, and other co-occurring disorders. I am especially passionate about working with mothers, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and individuals challenged by substance use. I foster a collaborative environment and believe we are all inherently good people who want to make healthier choices in life. I would love to help you manage your mental health by offering support and assisting you in adopting stronger coping skills.
(512) 886-7859 View (512) 886-7859
Photo of Carissa Hernandez, Licensed Professional Counselor in 78705, TX
Carissa Hernandez
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
My name is Carissa Hernandez, a licensed therapist in the state of Texas. I have a strong passion for helping people navigate through tough times in their life. My experience includes working with clients who are suffering with depression, self-confidence struggles, anxiety, relationship issues and more. I have been counseling for 11 years including 3 years in the clinical/private setting. When working with my clients, I use CBT, DBT, ACT and occasionally give homework so that clients are able to meet their desired goals.
My name is Carissa Hernandez, a licensed therapist in the state of Texas. I have a strong passion for helping people navigate through tough times in their life. My experience includes working with clients who are suffering with depression, self-confidence struggles, anxiety, relationship issues and more. I have been counseling for 11 years including 3 years in the clinical/private setting. When working with my clients, I use CBT, DBT, ACT and occasionally give homework so that clients are able to meet their desired goals.
(737) 727-4329 View (737) 727-4329
Photo of Madeleine Widolff, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 78705, TX
Madeleine Widolff
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
To me, therapy is about meeting you where you are at. We can sit in the suck for a while together but from there we will build up. This is a collaborative relationship, and we are collogues working towards the same goal.
To me, therapy is about meeting you where you are at. We can sit in the suck for a while together but from there we will build up. This is a collaborative relationship, and we are collogues working towards the same goal.
(512) 355-0530 View (512) 355-0530
Photo of Lauren David, Psychologist in 78705, TX
Lauren David
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78705
Waitlist for new clients
I strive to create a warm and trusting relationship with my clients as a base from which to explore their emotions, thought processes, and relationships that are contributing to their current distress. I then act as a guide in helping clients move toward the change they want to see in their lives. My approach to therapy is relational, integrative, and collaborative. I weave mindfulness and self-compassion into explorations of past and current relationships and the building of new coping skills to help clients better manage their current difficulties and change underlying patterns.
I strive to create a warm and trusting relationship with my clients as a base from which to explore their emotions, thought processes, and relationships that are contributing to their current distress. I then act as a guide in helping clients move toward the change they want to see in their lives. My approach to therapy is relational, integrative, and collaborative. I weave mindfulness and self-compassion into explorations of past and current relationships and the building of new coping skills to help clients better manage their current difficulties and change underlying patterns.
(737) 210-3080 View (737) 210-3080
Photo of Rachelle Adams Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor in 78705, TX
Rachelle Adams Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S, LMFT-S, ADS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to find healthier ways to cope with the challenges life has presented? Perhaps you have a history of relapse or worry that therapy won't help you. You do not have to do it alone; seeking counseling is a courageous first step. My counseling style is warm, empathetic, integrative, pragmatic and person-centered. I believe that a therapeutic relationship should be a collaborative one in which you and I work together to discover creative strategies, solutions and, at times, even humorous insights to help you practice new ways to thrive. I am here to guide and support you on your journey.
Are you struggling to find healthier ways to cope with the challenges life has presented? Perhaps you have a history of relapse or worry that therapy won't help you. You do not have to do it alone; seeking counseling is a courageous first step. My counseling style is warm, empathetic, integrative, pragmatic and person-centered. I believe that a therapeutic relationship should be a collaborative one in which you and I work together to discover creative strategies, solutions and, at times, even humorous insights to help you practice new ways to thrive. I am here to guide and support you on your journey.
(737) 204-8311 View (737) 204-8311
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Sally Evans
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
Is anyone ANXIOUS out there?! I think I heard a resounding "YES!" What a stressful, uncertain time we are in now...COVID, global warming, conflicts everywhere - between politicians, neighbors, countries, etc. I specialize in anxiety management, but I find that it is a big umbrella issue that includes many other things, so I talk to my clients about the circumstances, relationships, ways of thinking that contribute to their stress. Each person is unique, and I try to match my approach to their needs. I also like to have fun with my clients. Therapy with me isn't all about gloom and doom. It's about positive change!
Is anyone ANXIOUS out there?! I think I heard a resounding "YES!" What a stressful, uncertain time we are in now...COVID, global warming, conflicts everywhere - between politicians, neighbors, countries, etc. I specialize in anxiety management, but I find that it is a big umbrella issue that includes many other things, so I talk to my clients about the circumstances, relationships, ways of thinking that contribute to their stress. Each person is unique, and I try to match my approach to their needs. I also like to have fun with my clients. Therapy with me isn't all about gloom and doom. It's about positive change!
(737) 259-4955 View (737) 259-4955
Photo of Katie Ray, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 78705, TX
Katie Ray
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705
Is it difficult to remember the last time you felt truly happy? Do you feel overwhelmed by catering to the emotional needs of others while having no time to discover and address your own needs? Have previous traumatic experiences made interpersonal relationships and the world in general feel consistently unsafe for you? Katie can normalize and validate these struggles while helping you to build a life worth living where you can acknowledge and experience your emotions without fear of being overwhelmed by them.
Is it difficult to remember the last time you felt truly happy? Do you feel overwhelmed by catering to the emotional needs of others while having no time to discover and address your own needs? Have previous traumatic experiences made interpersonal relationships and the world in general feel consistently unsafe for you? Katie can normalize and validate these struggles while helping you to build a life worth living where you can acknowledge and experience your emotions without fear of being overwhelmed by them.
(512) 995-7962 View (512) 995-7962
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Christi Goll
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705
I work with teens and young adults who are struggling with substance use, mental health symptoms, relationship issues, and other life stressors. Clients and I will work to set goals towards recovery, managing mental health symptoms, improving effective healthy coping skills, and navigating educational/professional success. I have worked in various social service settings, from acute psychiatric stabilization and addiction recovery to unhoused youth. Working in various roles within the field of social services has given me a unique advantage in providing you with the best possible care as I am able to see the bigger picture.
I work with teens and young adults who are struggling with substance use, mental health symptoms, relationship issues, and other life stressors. Clients and I will work to set goals towards recovery, managing mental health symptoms, improving effective healthy coping skills, and navigating educational/professional success. I have worked in various social service settings, from acute psychiatric stabilization and addiction recovery to unhoused youth. Working in various roles within the field of social services has given me a unique advantage in providing you with the best possible care as I am able to see the bigger picture.
(737) 302-4970 View (737) 302-4970
Photo of Candiss Williams, Licensed Professional Counselor in 78705, TX
Candiss Williams
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
I am a mulit-specialty provider seeing clients of all ages, with all types of concerns and problems. As a leading provider of counseling services, I take pride in offering the best therapeutic techniques and a comforting environment that allows you to express yourself. I am dedicated to serving the needs of my clients each and every day. I am dedicated to helping individuals achieve the growth they long for. I have extensive experience working as a school counselor, domestic abuse, substance abuse, and juvenile/adult criminal justice system with crisis intervention.
I am a mulit-specialty provider seeing clients of all ages, with all types of concerns and problems. As a leading provider of counseling services, I take pride in offering the best therapeutic techniques and a comforting environment that allows you to express yourself. I am dedicated to serving the needs of my clients each and every day. I am dedicated to helping individuals achieve the growth they long for. I have extensive experience working as a school counselor, domestic abuse, substance abuse, and juvenile/adult criminal justice system with crisis intervention.
(512) 883-6808 View (512) 883-6808
Photo of Carri Wilson, Licensed Professional Counselor in 78705, TX
Carri Wilson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
Hello, I would like to take a few moments of your time to tell you a little bit about myself so you can decide if we will be a good match. Being matched with a therapist that will understand your point of view and genuinely listen to what you have to say is very important. In fact, it is the number one predictor of success in therapy. It really doesn’t matter the “reason” you are seeking help; the bottom line is you want someone that will not judge you, yet help give you clarity on what you are going through.
Hello, I would like to take a few moments of your time to tell you a little bit about myself so you can decide if we will be a good match. Being matched with a therapist that will understand your point of view and genuinely listen to what you have to say is very important. In fact, it is the number one predictor of success in therapy. It really doesn’t matter the “reason” you are seeking help; the bottom line is you want someone that will not judge you, yet help give you clarity on what you are going through.
(512) 866-2603 View (512) 866-2603

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 78705

300+

Average cost per session

$140

Therapists in 78705 who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
89% Depression
74% Stress
70% Trauma and PTSD
68% Relationship Issues
68% Self Esteem
68% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

79% Aetna
77% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
75% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in 78705 see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
19% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 78705?

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.