Therapists in 93924

Photo of Laura "Lucy" Moore, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist in 93924, CA
Laura "Lucy" Moore, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Not accepting new clients
When life begins to present its inevitable and unexpected crises and losses, you may find yourself in need of support during times of transition and change. Friends and family may not be safe to resource to help you "get over it". My job as your therapist is to support you on your unique journey through adversity toward opportunity. It's my privilege to accompany you on your journey as guide, facilitator and ally with compassion, respect, creativity, expertise and sometimes humor. I commend you on your courage to begin.
When life begins to present its inevitable and unexpected crises and losses, you may find yourself in need of support during times of transition and change. Friends and family may not be safe to resource to help you "get over it". My job as your therapist is to support you on your unique journey through adversity toward opportunity. It's my privilege to accompany you on your journey as guide, facilitator and ally with compassion, respect, creativity, expertise and sometimes humor. I commend you on your courage to begin.
(650) 399-9412 View (650) 399-9412
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Kate Newhouse
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
When people first present to my office, they have a range of significant concerns. It might be medical, school or work related or family dynamics, and, of course, life stressors. Through our work together you will build new awareness and tools. Human beings naturally trend toward health when they are able to build self inquiry, self awareness, and compassionate connection. The goal is to thrive.
When people first present to my office, they have a range of significant concerns. It might be medical, school or work related or family dynamics, and, of course, life stressors. Through our work together you will build new awareness and tools. Human beings naturally trend toward health when they are able to build self inquiry, self awareness, and compassionate connection. The goal is to thrive.
(831) 249-0820 View (831) 249-0820
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Jared Phillips
Counselor, LPCC, NCC
Verified
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
​As a Licensed and Board-Certified counselor, and, more aptly, as a human Being, I understand pain in life. I also know that we humans have an amazing capacity to tolerate and be at ease in the tensions in life, no matter what arises, by un-learning the habits that get in the way. Utilizing evidenced-based practices with timeless principles of mind/body/spirit, I support individuals and couples with a warm-hearted Presence into the extraordinary process of embracing and responding to life from the Wisdom within us all.
​As a Licensed and Board-Certified counselor, and, more aptly, as a human Being, I understand pain in life. I also know that we humans have an amazing capacity to tolerate and be at ease in the tensions in life, no matter what arises, by un-learning the habits that get in the way. Utilizing evidenced-based practices with timeless principles of mind/body/spirit, I support individuals and couples with a warm-hearted Presence into the extraordinary process of embracing and responding to life from the Wisdom within us all.
(831) 609-9083 View (831) 609-9083
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Elizabeth May
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
I am licensed in CA with 25 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with anxiety and depression, trauma, sexual abuse, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, domestic violence, substance abuse, women's issues, and codependency. I utilize a transpersonal, client centered approach and utilize gestalt and family systems work. I find DBT/CBT techniques very helpful. I believe that you have the strengths to overcome the challenges in your life so you can have a happy and fulfilling life and I will support you with this process.
I am licensed in CA with 25 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with anxiety and depression, trauma, sexual abuse, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, domestic violence, substance abuse, women's issues, and codependency. I utilize a transpersonal, client centered approach and utilize gestalt and family systems work. I find DBT/CBT techniques very helpful. I believe that you have the strengths to overcome the challenges in your life so you can have a happy and fulfilling life and I will support you with this process.
(831) 215-3019 View (831) 215-3019
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Amanda Cheyenne Weston
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Offering long-term therapy as well as intro 4-week Specialties Packages. Themes include: sex and relationship coaching, IFS parts work, ceremony and rites of passage design, mindfulness training, body image, nature connection, social navigation, rich relationships, and boundary strengthening. In person on Fridays in downtown Monterey. www.natureconnecttherapy.com
Offering long-term therapy as well as intro 4-week Specialties Packages. Themes include: sex and relationship coaching, IFS parts work, ceremony and rites of passage design, mindfulness training, body image, nature connection, social navigation, rich relationships, and boundary strengthening. In person on Fridays in downtown Monterey. www.natureconnecttherapy.com
(831) 298-8903 View (831) 298-8903
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Damon Wood, Ph.D.
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Carmel Valley, CA 93924  (Online Only)
Welcome! It takes a lot of courage to reach out for help, and it's crucial that you find a therapist you connect with-someone who can really see you so that you can begin to truly see yourself. (If you were w/Babylon, contact me!) I see part of my role as helping you bring light into your dark moments & to help you discover what keeps you stuck so that you can live a life of greater peace & freedom. In the last 15 years, I’ve been trained in a wide range of therapies, from IFS, somatic & mindfulness based approaches to CBT and DBT. I believe that good therapy is both science and art, and each session is its own unique encounter.
Welcome! It takes a lot of courage to reach out for help, and it's crucial that you find a therapist you connect with-someone who can really see you so that you can begin to truly see yourself. (If you were w/Babylon, contact me!) I see part of my role as helping you bring light into your dark moments & to help you discover what keeps you stuck so that you can live a life of greater peace & freedom. In the last 15 years, I’ve been trained in a wide range of therapies, from IFS, somatic & mindfulness based approaches to CBT and DBT. I believe that good therapy is both science and art, and each session is its own unique encounter.
(831) 208-5121 View (831) 208-5121
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Dr. Rebecca A Scott
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Carmel Valley, CA 93924  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients. When we feel stuck in our situation, it can create feelings of hopelessness. In addition to the many problems that complicate our daily lives such as anxiety, panic attacks, depression, patients come to me with complex relationship issues including marital distress, divorce recovery, verbal & emotional abuse, loss of child, parent, or spouse. I approach therapy from a holistic perspective, to address the root problem, not just the symptoms. Like physical therapy, the goal is to get well and end treatment. I offer perspective on your experience, and provide clear, concise directions on meeting your goals.
Accepting New Patients. When we feel stuck in our situation, it can create feelings of hopelessness. In addition to the many problems that complicate our daily lives such as anxiety, panic attacks, depression, patients come to me with complex relationship issues including marital distress, divorce recovery, verbal & emotional abuse, loss of child, parent, or spouse. I approach therapy from a holistic perspective, to address the root problem, not just the symptoms. Like physical therapy, the goal is to get well and end treatment. I offer perspective on your experience, and provide clear, concise directions on meeting your goals.
(831) 208-3701 View (831) 208-3701
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Jennifer S Sandoval
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
6 Endorsed
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
I'm an experienced Psychologist in private practice since 2002. I love working with couples, adults, children and families. I believe it takes strength and courage to seek therapy and I work hard to help my clients reach their goals. I highly respect my clients' willingness to share their lives with me and I think of it as a privilege to work with them. I want to connect with my clients and I strive to help them create lasting change in their lives. I also believe therapy can be short term and still be very effective. I believe therapy should be affordable for EVERYONE and will work with clients to find a fee that's comfortable.
I'm an experienced Psychologist in private practice since 2002. I love working with couples, adults, children and families. I believe it takes strength and courage to seek therapy and I work hard to help my clients reach their goals. I highly respect my clients' willingness to share their lives with me and I think of it as a privilege to work with them. I want to connect with my clients and I strive to help them create lasting change in their lives. I also believe therapy can be short term and still be very effective. I believe therapy should be affordable for EVERYONE and will work with clients to find a fee that's comfortable.
(424) 543-7988 View (424) 543-7988
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Aline Ungari Monzillo Bendeck
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Seeking support can be daunting, but it is also the first step to finding your path through self-inquiry, growth and integration. I would like to accompany you in this unfolding process of discovery. My clinical work began in 2002 when I became a Clinical Psychologist in my country of origin. During the past 19 years, I have been serving diverse populations from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, age groups, race, socio-economic status, and distinct spiritual paths. I also offer support and guidance for adoptive families, foster families and legal guardians going through adjustments with caregiving and parenting.
Seeking support can be daunting, but it is also the first step to finding your path through self-inquiry, growth and integration. I would like to accompany you in this unfolding process of discovery. My clinical work began in 2002 when I became a Clinical Psychologist in my country of origin. During the past 19 years, I have been serving diverse populations from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, age groups, race, socio-economic status, and distinct spiritual paths. I also offer support and guidance for adoptive families, foster families and legal guardians going through adjustments with caregiving and parenting.
(415) 943-3667 View (415) 943-3667
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Tamara Halperin
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Carmel Valley, CA 93924  (Online Only)
Life can be stressful for adults, and children too. I specialize in working with youth, families, and adults to process their past traumatic events and childhood abuse. I utilize a cognitive behavioral, integrative approach, with a trauma informed lens and an emphasis on evidence-based therapies. I know that it can be difficult to talk about these events. That is why in therapy we will work at your pace to identify the impact that your trauma has had on your daily functioning. You will learn skills that help you express and regulate your feelings, challenge negative thinking patterns, and build healthy relationships.
Life can be stressful for adults, and children too. I specialize in working with youth, families, and adults to process their past traumatic events and childhood abuse. I utilize a cognitive behavioral, integrative approach, with a trauma informed lens and an emphasis on evidence-based therapies. I know that it can be difficult to talk about these events. That is why in therapy we will work at your pace to identify the impact that your trauma has had on your daily functioning. You will learn skills that help you express and regulate your feelings, challenge negative thinking patterns, and build healthy relationships.
(858) 203-9019 View (858) 203-9019
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Katie White
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Carmel Valley, CA 93924  (Online Only)
Trauma is something we all have in common. That statement will either completely resonate with you, or you’ll think it’s ridiculous with the belief, “well, I’ve never experienced trauma”. I would challenge the latter with your definition of trauma. There are what we call "big T" traumas, which are the catastrophic happenings in life. And "little t" traumas, which are the less significant but still impactful happenings; things like not getting the promotion you've been working towards, family tension, financial stressors, or even indirect exposure to something disturbing.
Trauma is something we all have in common. That statement will either completely resonate with you, or you’ll think it’s ridiculous with the belief, “well, I’ve never experienced trauma”. I would challenge the latter with your definition of trauma. There are what we call "big T" traumas, which are the catastrophic happenings in life. And "little t" traumas, which are the less significant but still impactful happenings; things like not getting the promotion you've been working towards, family tension, financial stressors, or even indirect exposure to something disturbing.
(858) 391-4880 View (858) 391-4880
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Danielle Williamson Lcsw
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Carmel Valley, CA 93924  (Online Only)
Are you ready for deeper healing than talk therapy? I am currently practicing Brainspotting/EMDR treatment to provide the deepest brain-based healing which goes much further than plain talk therapies. I specialize in trauma, first responders, depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder and other diagnosis which inhibit you from living you best life.
Are you ready for deeper healing than talk therapy? I am currently practicing Brainspotting/EMDR treatment to provide the deepest brain-based healing which goes much further than plain talk therapies. I specialize in trauma, first responders, depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder and other diagnosis which inhibit you from living you best life.
(619) 776-3371 View (619) 776-3371
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Dan Loney
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Hi, I’m Dan. I’m a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist practicing in San Diego, with in-person locations in Banker's Hill and Carlsbad. Through therapy, I'll give you the tools to move from a state of stuckness to a state of hope, health, and freedom. Through therapy, we’ll bring awareness to stuck patterns, so you will become more empowered in your relationship with yourself, others, and every area of your life.
Hi, I’m Dan. I’m a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist practicing in San Diego, with in-person locations in Banker's Hill and Carlsbad. Through therapy, I'll give you the tools to move from a state of stuckness to a state of hope, health, and freedom. Through therapy, we’ll bring awareness to stuck patterns, so you will become more empowered in your relationship with yourself, others, and every area of your life.
(619) 914-6970 View (619) 914-6970
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Amanda Lance-Sexton
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, ATR-BC
Verified
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Waitlist for new clients
I offer an attachment-based, family systems, whole person approach to wellness that embraces individuals across the lifespan. From children to tweens, adults, couples, and families, my goal is to create a warm and inviting space where healing and growth can flourish. Drawing from attachment theory, my therapeutic approach includes exploring the importance of early relationships and how they shape our well-being. I specialize in working with life transitions, anxiety, depression, relationships, and parenting.
I offer an attachment-based, family systems, whole person approach to wellness that embraces individuals across the lifespan. From children to tweens, adults, couples, and families, my goal is to create a warm and inviting space where healing and growth can flourish. Drawing from attachment theory, my therapeutic approach includes exploring the importance of early relationships and how they shape our well-being. I specialize in working with life transitions, anxiety, depression, relationships, and parenting.
(619) 344-8532 View (619) 344-8532
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Kelsey Lynn Paulson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Kelsey Paulson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She received her Bachelor’s of Science at Iowa State University, and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at AIU with an emphasis in Forensics Studies. Over the past 17 years, Kelsey has received training and experience in working with children, adolescents, adults, older adults, families, couples, active duty service members, and Veterans. She has extensive experience working with severe mental illness, mood/anxiety disorders, co-occurring substance use disorders, trauma, and chronic pain.
Dr. Kelsey Paulson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She received her Bachelor’s of Science at Iowa State University, and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at AIU with an emphasis in Forensics Studies. Over the past 17 years, Kelsey has received training and experience in working with children, adolescents, adults, older adults, families, couples, active duty service members, and Veterans. She has extensive experience working with severe mental illness, mood/anxiety disorders, co-occurring substance use disorders, trauma, and chronic pain.
(858) 943-6379 View (858) 943-6379
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Natasha Jackson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Carmel Valley, CA 93924  (Online Only)
Have you always been complimented on your strength? Or even your courage? During times when you've felt like crumbling? Do you put on a happy face just trying to make it through the day? Do you not allow yourself to sit with the emotion? Trouble communicating your wants and needs to your partner? Are you carrying the weight of things beyond your control? Has there been a shift in your family? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, I would love to offer you a space to be heard, be seen, gain insight, and develop strategies that put you into the driver's seat of your life journey.
Have you always been complimented on your strength? Or even your courage? During times when you've felt like crumbling? Do you put on a happy face just trying to make it through the day? Do you not allow yourself to sit with the emotion? Trouble communicating your wants and needs to your partner? Are you carrying the weight of things beyond your control? Has there been a shift in your family? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, I would love to offer you a space to be heard, be seen, gain insight, and develop strategies that put you into the driver's seat of your life journey.
(619) 329-8275 View (619) 329-8275
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Yachuan Alice Chien
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Having communication and relationship issues? Experience thought and emotion disturbance? Stuck in the past, not live well in the present, or worry about future? Can't get work done at home/school/work and enjoy life alone or with family & friends? Feel like no one understands what you are experiencing? It's time to talk about the issues and I can help! 
Having communication and relationship issues? Experience thought and emotion disturbance? Stuck in the past, not live well in the present, or worry about future? Can't get work done at home/school/work and enjoy life alone or with family & friends? Feel like no one understands what you are experiencing? It's time to talk about the issues and I can help! 
(619) 430-4970 View (619) 430-4970
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The Equine Healing Collaborative
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
The Equine Healing Collaborative was created to provide a path to recovery, self-discovery, personal growth, a re-connection with the natural world, and/or emotional insight and health. The Equine Healing Collaborative offers more than just traditional talk therapy and utilizes interventions such as equine assisted therapy, mindfulness, and mindful equine massage to promote health and quality of life for individuals seeking change.
The Equine Healing Collaborative was created to provide a path to recovery, self-discovery, personal growth, a re-connection with the natural world, and/or emotional insight and health. The Equine Healing Collaborative offers more than just traditional talk therapy and utilizes interventions such as equine assisted therapy, mindfulness, and mindful equine massage to promote health and quality of life for individuals seeking change.
(831) 750-1526 View (831) 750-1526
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Saralinda Subbiondo
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Carmel Valley, CA 93924  (Online Only)
My approach is generally solution-focused, and based on the premise that it's easier to make changes based on our strengths than our deficits. My style is down-to-earth, friendly, and collaborative. There is no problem too big that we can’t resolve together in a collaborative style. I build a therapeutic relationship on mutual respect and support people in using their strengths to overcome challenges. I very much enjoy my work and consider it an honor to be invited into the lives of the people with whom I work.
My approach is generally solution-focused, and based on the premise that it's easier to make changes based on our strengths than our deficits. My style is down-to-earth, friendly, and collaborative. There is no problem too big that we can’t resolve together in a collaborative style. I build a therapeutic relationship on mutual respect and support people in using their strengths to overcome challenges. I very much enjoy my work and consider it an honor to be invited into the lives of the people with whom I work.
(424) 404-8749 View (424) 404-8749
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Hillary Phoenix-Beck
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, ATR-BC
Verified
Carmel Valley, CA 93924  (Online Only)
Do negative thoughts about yourself or your body take up space in your mind? Do you have an inner critic that impacts how you think and feel? Do you long to build a stronger relationship with yourself or your body?  Self-criticism, spiraling thoughts, and negative self-talk about appearance can be exhausting and harmful to self-esteem and well-being. The way we treat ourselves and our bodies becomes tied to our identities, it shapes our perception and is eventually embedded in the values we hold and assign to ourselves.
Do negative thoughts about yourself or your body take up space in your mind? Do you have an inner critic that impacts how you think and feel? Do you long to build a stronger relationship with yourself or your body?  Self-criticism, spiraling thoughts, and negative self-talk about appearance can be exhausting and harmful to self-esteem and well-being. The way we treat ourselves and our bodies becomes tied to our identities, it shapes our perception and is eventually embedded in the values we hold and assign to ourselves.
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Number of Therapists in 93924

20+

Average cost per session

$180

Therapists in 93924 who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
91% Self Esteem
86% Relationship Issues
86% Stress
82% Depression
82% Trauma and PTSD
77% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

44% Other
33% Aetna
22% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in 93924 see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

86% Female
14% Male

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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.