Photo of Lulu Halbe, Licensed Professional Counselor in 80012, CO
Lulu Halbe
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aurora, CO 80012  (Online Only)
Inner Compass Counseling provides a safe container for those who desire self-discovery and an enhanced sense of intuition (connection with inner self). The aim is to provide a variety of empowering explorations and reflections as each person travels their individual path toward wholeness and authenticity. Through conscious exploration that includes the four bodies: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual, we can explore ways to move through life deeply aligned with our own sense of purpose and find our True North.
Inner Compass Counseling provides a safe container for those who desire self-discovery and an enhanced sense of intuition (connection with inner self). The aim is to provide a variety of empowering explorations and reflections as each person travels their individual path toward wholeness and authenticity. Through conscious exploration that includes the four bodies: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual, we can explore ways to move through life deeply aligned with our own sense of purpose and find our True North.
(720) 807-3355 View (720) 807-3355
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Micaela Aviles
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Aurora, CO 80012
You have taken the first step in charting the journey you want to create in your life. Everyone has a journey, but sometimes it appears uncharted or unknown, and we need help charting a new path. I believe counseling is about connecting with someone who can help you explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that impact your daily life. I recognize it can be difficult to create change when life feels as if it is a whirlwind, but you do not have to create that change alone.
You have taken the first step in charting the journey you want to create in your life. Everyone has a journey, but sometimes it appears uncharted or unknown, and we need help charting a new path. I believe counseling is about connecting with someone who can help you explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that impact your daily life. I recognize it can be difficult to create change when life feels as if it is a whirlwind, but you do not have to create that change alone.
(720) 759-3473 View (720) 759-3473
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Jennifer Hassell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80012  (Online Only)
I grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. After moving to Colorado for college, I decided I wasn’t ready to leave and became a permanent Colorado transplant when I met my husband. I am a mom to one through IVF after a battle with infertility. I understand what it feels like to be diagnosed with infertility and navigate the complexities and hardships of receiving treatment. I also understand the anxiety that comes with pregnancy after infertility and can help you navigate that.
I grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. After moving to Colorado for college, I decided I wasn’t ready to leave and became a permanent Colorado transplant when I met my husband. I am a mom to one through IVF after a battle with infertility. I understand what it feels like to be diagnosed with infertility and navigate the complexities and hardships of receiving treatment. I also understand the anxiety that comes with pregnancy after infertility and can help you navigate that.
(720) 983-3285 View (720) 983-3285
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Andrea Mendes
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80012  (Online Only)
Andrea works collaboratively with clients to reach what they are looking for in their life and help them heal from past situations that have resulted in disruption in relationships and in other daily functions of living. Andrea is able to connect easily with clients and families of clients to improve relationships and reduce conflict by using solution focused communication.
Andrea works collaboratively with clients to reach what they are looking for in their life and help them heal from past situations that have resulted in disruption in relationships and in other daily functions of living. Andrea is able to connect easily with clients and families of clients to improve relationships and reduce conflict by using solution focused communication.
(720) 741-6158 View (720) 741-6158
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Nicholas W Tock
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80012  (Online Only)
What if you could learn to view difficult emotions as an opportunity for growth instead of a weakness? It’s true that suffering is universal, but with the right perspective you can learn to see that as a gift; a source of energy you can use to propel you towards your life’s goals and eventual contentment. Many seek to find happiness by changing their circumstances, but I hope to show you that accepting your current circumstances is the key to permanent change. My calling is to help you find peace and contentment, specializing in depression and anxiety, addiction, grief, existential concerns and parenting skills.
What if you could learn to view difficult emotions as an opportunity for growth instead of a weakness? It’s true that suffering is universal, but with the right perspective you can learn to see that as a gift; a source of energy you can use to propel you towards your life’s goals and eventual contentment. Many seek to find happiness by changing their circumstances, but I hope to show you that accepting your current circumstances is the key to permanent change. My calling is to help you find peace and contentment, specializing in depression and anxiety, addiction, grief, existential concerns and parenting skills.
(208) 607-3326 View (208) 607-3326
Photo of Jessica T Frazier, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 80012, CO
Jessica T Frazier
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aurora, CO 80012
I believe the central purpose of counseling is to assist the clients I work with in identifying their own unique abilities and tools to cope with the hurdles and challenges that life brings. Each individual has the capacity to make change happen to support well being; heal from trauma and identify new coping skills. My goal is to provide a safe space for individuals to work through traumatic or difficult life experiences while helping to cultivate new avenues to overcome the things that can keep one feeling "stuck". My approach in counseling is collaborative, holistic, strength based and client centered.
I believe the central purpose of counseling is to assist the clients I work with in identifying their own unique abilities and tools to cope with the hurdles and challenges that life brings. Each individual has the capacity to make change happen to support well being; heal from trauma and identify new coping skills. My goal is to provide a safe space for individuals to work through traumatic or difficult life experiences while helping to cultivate new avenues to overcome the things that can keep one feeling "stuck". My approach in counseling is collaborative, holistic, strength based and client centered.
(720) 580-6437 View (720) 580-6437
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Dr. Carolyn Black
Psychologist, PsyD, LP, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Aurora, CO 80012  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Sometimes, we can feel totally overwhelmed by the world around us. Other times, we just feel stuck and unsure of the best next steps to take. As your therapist, I can assure you that I will be with you every step of the way as we navigate uncertainties, explore challenging circumstances, and discover what it means to live a fulfilling life - together.
Sometimes, we can feel totally overwhelmed by the world around us. Other times, we just feel stuck and unsure of the best next steps to take. As your therapist, I can assure you that I will be with you every step of the way as we navigate uncertainties, explore challenging circumstances, and discover what it means to live a fulfilling life - together.
(720) 740-6178 View (720) 740-6178
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Callie Gummow
Pre-Licensed Professional, LPC
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80012
Callie Gummow is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who has been practicing since 2017. She received her Bachelor of Art's degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. While pursuing her Master's degree, Callie worked in various roles with children, adolescents and families experiencing significant mental health symptoms for the Department of Human Services and in-patient residential facilities.
Callie Gummow is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who has been practicing since 2017. She received her Bachelor of Art's degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. While pursuing her Master's degree, Callie worked in various roles with children, adolescents and families experiencing significant mental health symptoms for the Department of Human Services and in-patient residential facilities.
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Sallie Harper
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80012  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years counseling experience. I have a statewide, online practice. I help clients' focus on their personal and professional development goals, including relationships, parenting, and career shifts. I utilize research-based frameworks such as Gottman, Montessori, and Firestone in my work with couples and families. For individuals, I uses writers useful for opening up creativity, such as Richo, Cameron, Lamott. ​
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years counseling experience. I have a statewide, online practice. I help clients' focus on their personal and professional development goals, including relationships, parenting, and career shifts. I utilize research-based frameworks such as Gottman, Montessori, and Firestone in my work with couples and families. For individuals, I uses writers useful for opening up creativity, such as Richo, Cameron, Lamott. ​
(719) 399-5055 View (719) 399-5055
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Rich Bastuck
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, BS, CAS
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80012  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I know all too well what it's like to be living half a life, with substance use, various co-occurring mental health disorders, and life circumstances getting in the way of having healthy relationships, a stable career, and developing a sense of fulfillment and confidence in yourself. My goal is to help you achieve your life goals by identifying, understanding, and accepting your major obstacles in new ways, and using your unique strengths to work with them instead of against them to make them less daunting. I believe that you can solve any problem you're facing and my job is to help you get to a place where you can believe it too!
I know all too well what it's like to be living half a life, with substance use, various co-occurring mental health disorders, and life circumstances getting in the way of having healthy relationships, a stable career, and developing a sense of fulfillment and confidence in yourself. My goal is to help you achieve your life goals by identifying, understanding, and accepting your major obstacles in new ways, and using your unique strengths to work with them instead of against them to make them less daunting. I believe that you can solve any problem you're facing and my job is to help you get to a place where you can believe it too!
(720) 807-1690 View (720) 807-1690
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Stephanie Skanes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80012
Stephanie is a licensed clinical social worker and has been working in the helping profession since 2003. Stephanie graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Psychology in 2009 and her masters in Social Work in 2012. Stephanie understands therapy can be scary especially for those who have experienced trauma. Stephanie takes great care to make her clients feel safe, understood, and validated. Stephanie enjoys a collaborative approach to care and believes her clients are the expert in their own life and need assistance identifying their own strengths they already possess.
Stephanie is a licensed clinical social worker and has been working in the helping profession since 2003. Stephanie graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Psychology in 2009 and her masters in Social Work in 2012. Stephanie understands therapy can be scary especially for those who have experienced trauma. Stephanie takes great care to make her clients feel safe, understood, and validated. Stephanie enjoys a collaborative approach to care and believes her clients are the expert in their own life and need assistance identifying their own strengths they already possess.
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Kimberly Coon
Counselor, LPCC, MFTC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aurora, CO 80012  (Online Only)
Relationships are healing, but what if relationships are what you need to heal from? You've experienced toxic relationship after toxic relationship starting in your own family and extending into your adult life. And you are DONE with it. You're ready to deal with the mindfuck that is your life. It's time for change.
Relationships are healing, but what if relationships are what you need to heal from? You've experienced toxic relationship after toxic relationship starting in your own family and extending into your adult life. And you are DONE with it. You're ready to deal with the mindfuck that is your life. It's time for change.
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Adam Marquez
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80012  (Online Only)
I maintain a full caseload at the Denver Vet Center (a subdivision of the VA) where I focus on combat related PTSD and military sexual trauma. I see individuals and couples. In my private practice, I specialize in personality disorders, particularly borderline personality disorder. I have a master's degree from Denver Seminary in clinical mental health counseling, where I also earned a certificate in theology. My undergrad degree is in philosophy. My unique background as a Mexican American Army veteran schooled in philosophy, theology, and psychology, sets me apart as a therapist.
I maintain a full caseload at the Denver Vet Center (a subdivision of the VA) where I focus on combat related PTSD and military sexual trauma. I see individuals and couples. In my private practice, I specialize in personality disorders, particularly borderline personality disorder. I have a master's degree from Denver Seminary in clinical mental health counseling, where I also earned a certificate in theology. My undergrad degree is in philosophy. My unique background as a Mexican American Army veteran schooled in philosophy, theology, and psychology, sets me apart as a therapist.
(720) 799-2898 View (720) 799-2898
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UnCharted Traveler Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aurora, CO 80012
Here at Uncharted Traveler Counseling (UTC) we understand that life has a way of making it difficult for us to see a way forward. These are the moments when we want there to be a charted path, and that is what UTC is here for. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, life transitions, trauma, or any other life experiences, we are here to create a safe space for you to explore all the thoughts, behaviors, and emotions you are experiencing. We pride ourselves on our ability to work with you in a collaborative, supportive, and encouraging way.
Here at Uncharted Traveler Counseling (UTC) we understand that life has a way of making it difficult for us to see a way forward. These are the moments when we want there to be a charted path, and that is what UTC is here for. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, life transitions, trauma, or any other life experiences, we are here to create a safe space for you to explore all the thoughts, behaviors, and emotions you are experiencing. We pride ourselves on our ability to work with you in a collaborative, supportive, and encouraging way.
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Photo of Axis Integrated Mental Health -Courtney Deyo-Bundy, Licensed Professional Counselor in 80012, CO
Axis Integrated Mental Health -Courtney Deyo-Bundy
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LAC
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80012
New Patients: I'm available! I believe in a holistic approach to mental health and can support you either as a standalone talk therapist or with ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. I work with our in-house psychiatrists to get you the results you want with your mental health with or without meds. Ask me about TMS! Wherever you are on your journey, I am ready to help you overcome the roadblocks of depression, anxiety, grief/loss, trauma, low self-esteem/self-worth, identity exploration, substance use, or whatever else has been holding you back from living the life you want to live. "Little by little, one travels far." - Unknown
New Patients: I'm available! I believe in a holistic approach to mental health and can support you either as a standalone talk therapist or with ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. I work with our in-house psychiatrists to get you the results you want with your mental health with or without meds. Ask me about TMS! Wherever you are on your journey, I am ready to help you overcome the roadblocks of depression, anxiety, grief/loss, trauma, low self-esteem/self-worth, identity exploration, substance use, or whatever else has been holding you back from living the life you want to live. "Little by little, one travels far." - Unknown
(720) 806-5538 View (720) 806-5538
Photo of Melissa Teasdale, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in 80012, CO
Melissa Teasdale
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80012
Melissa Teasdale is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado who has been practicing since 2014. Melissa has been practicing in multiple environments for the past ten years including schools, communities, and hospitals. She is rooted in trauma informed care and motivational interviewing. Melissa has been trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Trust Based Relational Intervention which is an attachment based and trauma informed. She uses CBT and DBT techniques to help her clients make empowering decisions for themselves.
Melissa Teasdale is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado who has been practicing since 2014. Melissa has been practicing in multiple environments for the past ten years including schools, communities, and hospitals. She is rooted in trauma informed care and motivational interviewing. Melissa has been trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Trust Based Relational Intervention which is an attachment based and trauma informed. She uses CBT and DBT techniques to help her clients make empowering decisions for themselves.
(720) 740-8751 View (720) 740-8751
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Jade Huggins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80012  (Online Only)
Society constantly tells queer and neurodivergent folks they are the problem, when the truth is that crafting identity and authenticity for ourselves can be the greatest source of joy and strength. For so many of us it is a major accomplishment simply to be surviving, but you deserve to be thriving.
Society constantly tells queer and neurodivergent folks they are the problem, when the truth is that crafting identity and authenticity for ourselves can be the greatest source of joy and strength. For so many of us it is a major accomplishment simply to be surviving, but you deserve to be thriving.
(720) 784-5278 View (720) 784-5278
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Michelle Burney
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80012  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Michelle Burney, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado. Are you feeling sad, concerned, anxious or worried? or just needing someone to talk to? My focus is to help promote self-awareness and relieve emotional distress. I have over nine years of experience helping clients in the mental health field. My specialty is working with adults dealing with anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship problems, women’s issues, academic-based issues and low self-esteem. I am an adaptable individual, always eager to learn and have successfully worked with individuals from various backgrounds.
Hello! My name is Michelle Burney, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado. Are you feeling sad, concerned, anxious or worried? or just needing someone to talk to? My focus is to help promote self-awareness and relieve emotional distress. I have over nine years of experience helping clients in the mental health field. My specialty is working with adults dealing with anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship problems, women’s issues, academic-based issues and low self-esteem. I am an adaptable individual, always eager to learn and have successfully worked with individuals from various backgrounds.
(720) 507-4623 View (720) 507-4623
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Lea Mousso
Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate , MS, LPCC, NCC
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80012  (Online Only)
I am a pre-licensed therapist primarily interested in working with adults in a counseling setting. I enjoy working with clients pursuing mental health and substance abuse treatment—both concurrently and separately. I take an integrative approach to counseling, operating through a relational, person-centered lens. I believe my clients are the writers of their own life story, and the experts of themselves. Everyone deserves the opportunity to feel truly seen and heard, and my over-arching goal is to provide that feeling to all of my clients.
I am a pre-licensed therapist primarily interested in working with adults in a counseling setting. I enjoy working with clients pursuing mental health and substance abuse treatment—both concurrently and separately. I take an integrative approach to counseling, operating through a relational, person-centered lens. I believe my clients are the writers of their own life story, and the experts of themselves. Everyone deserves the opportunity to feel truly seen and heard, and my over-arching goal is to provide that feeling to all of my clients.
(720) 580-6277 View (720) 580-6277
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Westside Behavioral Care
Psychologist, PsyD, LPC, LCSW
Verified Verified
Aurora, CO 80012
Westside Behavioral Care can help you find a therapist who is just right for you or your family. Our qualified and compassionate counselors provide outstanding mental health services in-person and online across the entire Greater Denver Area. For an appointment, please call 303-986-4197 to speak with our receptionist M-F 8:30am-5pm. Alternatively, our website allows you to self-schedule with one of our multi-award-winning therapists 24/7. Our network includes licensed psychologists, clinical social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, couples counselors, and certified alcohol and drug counselors.
Westside Behavioral Care can help you find a therapist who is just right for you or your family. Our qualified and compassionate counselors provide outstanding mental health services in-person and online across the entire Greater Denver Area. For an appointment, please call 303-986-4197 to speak with our receptionist M-F 8:30am-5pm. Alternatively, our website allows you to self-schedule with one of our multi-award-winning therapists 24/7. Our network includes licensed psychologists, clinical social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, couples counselors, and certified alcohol and drug counselors.
(720) 513-3141 View (720) 513-3141

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 80012

100+

Average cost per session

$135

Therapists in 80012 who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
88% Depression
80% Relationship Issues
80% Trauma and PTSD
73% Self Esteem
71% Stress
69% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

76% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
75% Cigna and Evernorth
74% Aetna

How Therapists in 80012 see their clients

58% In Person and Online
42% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
22% Male
3% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 80012?

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.