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Marissa Velasco-Adania
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
I know how scary it can be to reach out for help and let someone in on your struggles. It can feel devestating when your life feels like it's not working. The guilt and overwhelm that comes when your attempts to make changes fall short. This is why I believe therapy can be so helpful. My role is to support you through the ebs and flows of life as well as provide you a trustworthy therapeutic relationship to work through past and present experiences or stuck points in relationships that are keeping you from feeling fulfilled.
I know how scary it can be to reach out for help and let someone in on your struggles. It can feel devestating when your life feels like it's not working. The guilt and overwhelm that comes when your attempts to make changes fall short. This is why I believe therapy can be so helpful. My role is to support you through the ebs and flows of life as well as provide you a trustworthy therapeutic relationship to work through past and present experiences or stuck points in relationships that are keeping you from feeling fulfilled.
(424) 484-7111 View (424) 484-7111
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Kate Mosier
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Does your child have frequent angry outbursts, problems getting along with peers, anxiety and worry, or difficulty focusing in school? Are you feeling overwhelmed with family problems and do not know how to fix what is wrong? Have you recently had baby and are struggling with depression, anxiety or just having difficulty adjusting to parenthood?
Does your child have frequent angry outbursts, problems getting along with peers, anxiety and worry, or difficulty focusing in school? Are you feeling overwhelmed with family problems and do not know how to fix what is wrong? Have you recently had baby and are struggling with depression, anxiety or just having difficulty adjusting to parenthood?
(310) 784-5566 View (310) 784-5566
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Monica Chernoff
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS , AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
My specialities as a therapist are 1) children, adolescents, & their families and 2) student athletes. Many individuals within this population suffer with mood disorders, anxiety, school & sport performance stress, identity crisis, family conflict, and low self-esteem due to familial/societal expectations and competitive culture. As a child, teenager, or parent, managing all these life stressors can take a toll on our mental health. My hope as a therapist is to make clients feel safe to process these struggles, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and improve their social/ family connections around them.
My specialities as a therapist are 1) children, adolescents, & their families and 2) student athletes. Many individuals within this population suffer with mood disorders, anxiety, school & sport performance stress, identity crisis, family conflict, and low self-esteem due to familial/societal expectations and competitive culture. As a child, teenager, or parent, managing all these life stressors can take a toll on our mental health. My hope as a therapist is to make clients feel safe to process these struggles, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and improve their social/ family connections around them.
(424) 340-5636 View (424) 340-5636
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Leah Niehaus
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Much of my professional experience has been working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. I enjoy helping each family member find their voice and improve their communication and functioning as a family. I aim to help them to lift their depression and anxiety, communicate better in their relationships, and figure out who they are and what they stand for. In addition to individual and family therapy, we also offer numerous group therapies. I also provide Clinical Supervision to pre-licensed therapists and Associate positions.
Much of my professional experience has been working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. I enjoy helping each family member find their voice and improve their communication and functioning as a family. I aim to help them to lift their depression and anxiety, communicate better in their relationships, and figure out who they are and what they stand for. In addition to individual and family therapy, we also offer numerous group therapies. I also provide Clinical Supervision to pre-licensed therapists and Associate positions.
(310) 997-4280 View (310) 997-4280
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Geraldine Medrano
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254  (Online Only)
Relationships can be difficult to navigate, whether it is with family, colleagues, or friends. I have experience helping adults navigate complex relationships, that can often leave you feeling anxious, depressed, or exhausted. I have helped adults who have experienced childhood trauma, depression, anxiety, emotional abuse, and other Mental health conditions, learn coping strategies as adults.
Relationships can be difficult to navigate, whether it is with family, colleagues, or friends. I have experience helping adults navigate complex relationships, that can often leave you feeling anxious, depressed, or exhausted. I have helped adults who have experienced childhood trauma, depression, anxiety, emotional abuse, and other Mental health conditions, learn coping strategies as adults.
(909) 310-8037 View (909) 310-8037
Photo of Michael Collins, Psychologist in 90254, CA
Michael Collins
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Waitlist for new clients
Life kicking your ass? Give me a call
Life kicking your ass? Give me a call
(310) 341-2543 View (310) 341-2543
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Courtney Caverly
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Struggling to manage a busy household, kids activities and have no time for yourself? Feeling overwhelmed with career and family responsibilities? Or wondering why you and your partner just can't seem to communicate? You don't have to go through this alone.
Struggling to manage a busy household, kids activities and have no time for yourself? Feeling overwhelmed with career and family responsibilities? Or wondering why you and your partner just can't seem to communicate? You don't have to go through this alone.
(310) 906-4385 View (310) 906-4385
Photo of Chloe Canton, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in 90254, CA
Chloe Canton
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, APCC, MA
Verified Verified
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Watching your child struggle is uniquely painful. Your family functions as a system, and as your child continues to face hardships, it impacts each member in different ways. While one child suffers, siblings feel overlooked, caregivers are consumed with worry, and the parental unit struggles to attend to one another. The good news is, you have every resource needed to bring the family system back into functionality. Here, the family is the solution. Our work will uncover the strengths that already exist within your child and family unit, while providing you with the tools and knowledge needed to capitalize on those strengths.
Watching your child struggle is uniquely painful. Your family functions as a system, and as your child continues to face hardships, it impacts each member in different ways. While one child suffers, siblings feel overlooked, caregivers are consumed with worry, and the parental unit struggles to attend to one another. The good news is, you have every resource needed to bring the family system back into functionality. Here, the family is the solution. Our work will uncover the strengths that already exist within your child and family unit, while providing you with the tools and knowledge needed to capitalize on those strengths.
(424) 417-2238 View (424) 417-2238
Photo of Kayleigh Soto, Marriage & Family Therapist in 90254, CA
Kayleigh Soto
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPCC
Verified Verified
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
NOT ACCEPTING CLIENTS At THIS TIME. We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be.
NOT ACCEPTING CLIENTS At THIS TIME. We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be.
(424) 622-9054 View (424) 622-9054
Photo of Kamala Horwitz, Marriage & Family Therapist in 90254, CA
Kamala Horwitz
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, EMDR
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Beginning therapy is a positive step towards changing the way life is experienced. Someone may have challenges in relationships, may have experienced trauma, may not feel a sense of purpose, may feel sadness or fear. It is healing to be seen, heard and accepted and this is what I offer. I strive to create a therapeutic relationship built on trust and safety. Working with clients to explore thoughts, feelings and life experiences paves the way for healing, growth and a chance to live life more authentically. Self-compassion and vulnerability can lead to more connection with oneself and others while feeling less alone in the world.
Beginning therapy is a positive step towards changing the way life is experienced. Someone may have challenges in relationships, may have experienced trauma, may not feel a sense of purpose, may feel sadness or fear. It is healing to be seen, heard and accepted and this is what I offer. I strive to create a therapeutic relationship built on trust and safety. Working with clients to explore thoughts, feelings and life experiences paves the way for healing, growth and a chance to live life more authentically. Self-compassion and vulnerability can lead to more connection with oneself and others while feeling less alone in the world.
(424) 383-5424 View (424) 383-5424
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Janine Olmos
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254  (Online Only)
Are the daily tasks becoming overwhelming? Are you struggling with handling conflicts that arise in relationships? Would adding new tools to manage your stress, anxiety, depression and relationship conflicts make a change in your life? I am a compassionate and dedicated associate marriage and family therapist (AMFT) with specialization in anxiety, depression, life transitions, and couples therapy. My approach is grounded in a holistic perspective, understanding that each individual's experiences are multifaceted and interconnected. I believe in addressing not just the symptoms but the underlying causes of distress.
Are the daily tasks becoming overwhelming? Are you struggling with handling conflicts that arise in relationships? Would adding new tools to manage your stress, anxiety, depression and relationship conflicts make a change in your life? I am a compassionate and dedicated associate marriage and family therapist (AMFT) with specialization in anxiety, depression, life transitions, and couples therapy. My approach is grounded in a holistic perspective, understanding that each individual's experiences are multifaceted and interconnected. I believe in addressing not just the symptoms but the underlying causes of distress.
(424) 667-6239 View (424) 667-6239
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Margaret Mae Chen South Bay Child & Family Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, JD, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Do anxiety, fear, guilt, shame, or anger limit you from relating and living fully? Are you facing adversity, at a crossroads, or worried about yourself or a loved one? Are you feeling disconnected, dissatisfied, and stuck? Do you need individual, couples, or family therapy? If you answered yes to any of these questions, know that you are not alone. With courage, compassion, and curiosity, you can adapt, transform, and overcome the circumstances that prevent you from living your best life.
Do anxiety, fear, guilt, shame, or anger limit you from relating and living fully? Are you facing adversity, at a crossroads, or worried about yourself or a loved one? Are you feeling disconnected, dissatisfied, and stuck? Do you need individual, couples, or family therapy? If you answered yes to any of these questions, know that you are not alone. With courage, compassion, and curiosity, you can adapt, transform, and overcome the circumstances that prevent you from living your best life.
(424) 233-1711 View (424) 233-1711
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O Sun Yoo
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254  (Online Only)
I believe that you are the expert on yourself, and together, we can work on reconnecting with that "you" at your best. At times, we lose sight of ourselves; we take on too much, we skip meals, sacrifice sleep, and simply don't take care of ourselves. We lose our connection to our innate "superpowers" and we need to reset, reboot and restart. We will address self-care, sleep hygiene, mindfulness, boundary setting, and exploring and increasing wellness in your life.
I believe that you are the expert on yourself, and together, we can work on reconnecting with that "you" at your best. At times, we lose sight of ourselves; we take on too much, we skip meals, sacrifice sleep, and simply don't take care of ourselves. We lose our connection to our innate "superpowers" and we need to reset, reboot and restart. We will address self-care, sleep hygiene, mindfulness, boundary setting, and exploring and increasing wellness in your life.
(408) 440-5403 View (408) 440-5403
Photo of Erica Gierman, Marriage & Family Therapist in 90254, CA
Erica Gierman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Most of my clients are seeking to feel better, to accept themselves, to feel empowered, and to truly enjoy their lives. I am licensed in OR and CA. I utilize a holistic approach to healing that addresses people on all levels (body, mind and soul). I offer a safe, non-judgmental environment for you to explore your feelings and develop a stronger relationship with yourself. I have clients ranging from age 12 to 81 including men and women. I invite you to visit my website to find out more about me and my approach to therapy. If you think we might be a good fit I would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have.
Most of my clients are seeking to feel better, to accept themselves, to feel empowered, and to truly enjoy their lives. I am licensed in OR and CA. I utilize a holistic approach to healing that addresses people on all levels (body, mind and soul). I offer a safe, non-judgmental environment for you to explore your feelings and develop a stronger relationship with yourself. I have clients ranging from age 12 to 81 including men and women. I invite you to visit my website to find out more about me and my approach to therapy. If you think we might be a good fit I would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have.
(310) 692-9361 View (310) 692-9361
Photo of Gina Rossi Clinical Psychotherapist, Marriage & Family Therapist in 90254, CA
Gina Rossi Clinical Psychotherapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
We have all experienced a shift in our "normal" lives; our usual way of being during the past few years. We are looking at our world, our society, our friends, family and ourselves and nothing is as it once was. During these extraordinary times, you may be questioning what life is about; the meaning of it all. You are not alone, my friends. Many of us are experiencing anxiety, as our once familiar "normal" has shifted to a new "normal". I understand this and you. We can work through this together.
We have all experienced a shift in our "normal" lives; our usual way of being during the past few years. We are looking at our world, our society, our friends, family and ourselves and nothing is as it once was. During these extraordinary times, you may be questioning what life is about; the meaning of it all. You are not alone, my friends. Many of us are experiencing anxiety, as our once familiar "normal" has shifted to a new "normal". I understand this and you. We can work through this together.
(424) 370-0596 View (424) 370-0596
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Samantha Calvillo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
I welcome women who are ready to reclaim control over their lives and actively engage in the process of unlearning obstacles that may hinder their happiness. My ideal client is someone who is ready to embrace change and embark on a journey of healing. Typically, she may be grappling with challenges related to trauma, anxiety, stress, navigating her Latina identity, or navigating stressful life transitions. Together, we can navigate these complexities and work towards a path of empowerment and growth.
I welcome women who are ready to reclaim control over their lives and actively engage in the process of unlearning obstacles that may hinder their happiness. My ideal client is someone who is ready to embrace change and embark on a journey of healing. Typically, she may be grappling with challenges related to trauma, anxiety, stress, navigating her Latina identity, or navigating stressful life transitions. Together, we can navigate these complexities and work towards a path of empowerment and growth.
(310) 455-8094 View (310) 455-8094
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Laura Markgraf
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Congratulations on deciding to seek support. What a great step toward meeting your health and relationship goals! Psychotherapy can help you feel more calm, joyful and connected to others, while gaining greater understanding of your inner self and healing psychic wounds.  You deserve to be heard, encouraged to express yourself, connect, grow and self actualize. Therapy can be difficult work; however, you will quickly see that relief and clarity are within your reach. With my guidance, you will make your own discoveries and decisions and maintain control over your process, keeping it exciting, safe and appropriate for you.
Congratulations on deciding to seek support. What a great step toward meeting your health and relationship goals! Psychotherapy can help you feel more calm, joyful and connected to others, while gaining greater understanding of your inner self and healing psychic wounds.  You deserve to be heard, encouraged to express yourself, connect, grow and self actualize. Therapy can be difficult work; however, you will quickly see that relief and clarity are within your reach. With my guidance, you will make your own discoveries and decisions and maintain control over your process, keeping it exciting, safe and appropriate for you.
(310) 935-4709 View (310) 935-4709
Photo of Danielle Golan, Marriage & Family Therapist in 90254, CA
Danielle Golan
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254  (Online Only)
As a culture, we are taught to suppress our emotions. We would do anything and everything to distract ourselves as opposed to diving in. I’m a firm believer that our bodies hold our emotions, experiences and traumas. If we turn within, we can find the resources to deal with any problem and we can create a life of satisfaction, love and joy. I am a Licensed psychotherapist that sees individuals and couples via telehealth in California, New Jersey and Florida. I am the founder of a CA based Group Psychotherapy Practice called The Feeling Space (www.thefeelingspace.me / 424 274 0518). Check out some of my colleagues below:
As a culture, we are taught to suppress our emotions. We would do anything and everything to distract ourselves as opposed to diving in. I’m a firm believer that our bodies hold our emotions, experiences and traumas. If we turn within, we can find the resources to deal with any problem and we can create a life of satisfaction, love and joy. I am a Licensed psychotherapist that sees individuals and couples via telehealth in California, New Jersey and Florida. I am the founder of a CA based Group Psychotherapy Practice called The Feeling Space (www.thefeelingspace.me / 424 274 0518). Check out some of my colleagues below:
(310) 919-0848 View (310) 919-0848
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Kayla Ribeiro
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I have helped many individuals and families by using a collaborative and holistic approach to therapy in order to create an environment that feels safe, nurturing, and supportive. We will work together to identify patterns and behaviors that no longer serve a purpose in your life and replace them with new ways of coping. I practice from a strengths-based approach in order to empower you to make the changes necessary to feel more fulfilled and at peace with your life. Through our work together my hope is you will find more joy, purpose, and clarity in your life.
I have helped many individuals and families by using a collaborative and holistic approach to therapy in order to create an environment that feels safe, nurturing, and supportive. We will work together to identify patterns and behaviors that no longer serve a purpose in your life and replace them with new ways of coping. I practice from a strengths-based approach in order to empower you to make the changes necessary to feel more fulfilled and at peace with your life. Through our work together my hope is you will find more joy, purpose, and clarity in your life.
(310) 943-1079 View (310) 943-1079
Photo of Kelly Anderson-Bohlinger, Marriage & Family Therapist in 90254, CA
Kelly Anderson-Bohlinger
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CSAT, CCPS, EMDR, PhD Stu
Verified Verified
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
I maintain a private practice in Hermosa Beach, CA. As an interactive, solution-focused therapist my therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client with compassion and understanding. I specialize in marital and partner relationships. Pre-marital, Sex Addiction and Partners of SA's, Betrayal Trauma, Infidelity, Gottman's Couples & Discernment and Individual therapy with a focus on relationships. Groups for Divorce Betrayal Trauma.
I maintain a private practice in Hermosa Beach, CA. As an interactive, solution-focused therapist my therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client with compassion and understanding. I specialize in marital and partner relationships. Pre-marital, Sex Addiction and Partners of SA's, Betrayal Trauma, Infidelity, Gottman's Couples & Discernment and Individual therapy with a focus on relationships. Groups for Divorce Betrayal Trauma.
(424) 371-8306 View (424) 371-8306

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in 90254

200+

Average cost per session

$200

Therapists in 90254 who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
90% Depression
77% Relationship Issues
75% Self Esteem
70% Coping Skills
66% Trauma and PTSD
65% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

52% Aetna
46% Cigna and Evernorth
46% Other

How Therapists in 90254 see their clients

82% In Person and Online
18% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
20% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in 90254?

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.