Therapists in Willow, AK

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Refocus Counseling Ministry, Inc.
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC-S
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Willow, AK 99688
There are times you may experience life controlled by intense emotions or paralyzing anxiety/fear, detached numbness takes over. Traumatic memories that are overwhelming, causing insomnia or night tears. Facing another day in Alaska with loneliness, regrets and even suicidal ideation is too much! Relationships suffer from conflict and lack of intimacy, distraction is inevitable.Teen conflict, locked in power struggles without solutions that result in endless frustration dominating your time. Emotional control, seems like only a vague dream, that is illusive and beyond you. You are on your way towards healing, We can show you with
There are times you may experience life controlled by intense emotions or paralyzing anxiety/fear, detached numbness takes over. Traumatic memories that are overwhelming, causing insomnia or night tears. Facing another day in Alaska with loneliness, regrets and even suicidal ideation is too much! Relationships suffer from conflict and lack of intimacy, distraction is inevitable.Teen conflict, locked in power struggles without solutions that result in endless frustration dominating your time. Emotional control, seems like only a vague dream, that is illusive and beyond you. You are on your way towards healing, We can show you with
(907) 521-8504 View (907) 521-8504
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Veronica Renee Maldonado
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Willow, AK 99688
Waitlist for new clients
Veronica Maldonado is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in Wasilla, Alaska, who offers non-traditional hours, works with individuals across the lifespan, with a focus on trauma and PTSD. Many of her clients struggle to feel connected in their relationships or at peace in their lives. Veronica is particularly sensitive to clients facing negative responses to traumatic life experiences, moments of transition, like combat, emergency responders chronic exposure, death, suicide, a move to the city, job loss, or breakup, when the delicate balance can seem to tremble, and symptoms of anxiety, depression, and self-doubt can emerge.
Veronica Maldonado is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in Wasilla, Alaska, who offers non-traditional hours, works with individuals across the lifespan, with a focus on trauma and PTSD. Many of her clients struggle to feel connected in their relationships or at peace in their lives. Veronica is particularly sensitive to clients facing negative responses to traumatic life experiences, moments of transition, like combat, emergency responders chronic exposure, death, suicide, a move to the city, job loss, or breakup, when the delicate balance can seem to tremble, and symptoms of anxiety, depression, and self-doubt can emerge.
(907) 376-3530 View (907) 376-3530
AK Marriage and Family Center, LLC
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Willow, AK 99688
(907) 341-4137 View (907) 341-4137

Online Therapists

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Lindsey Russell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Anchorage, AK 99507  (Online Only)
Lindsey is a graduate form UTK College of Social Work and has a varied background including working for community mental health, residential facilities and private practice. Lindsey works with her clients using a strengths-based approach and uses humor and empathy in sessions to improve comfort and instill trust in building a collaborative relationship together. Lindsey enjoys working with a variety of populations including couples, individuals and families and specializes in parenting, life adjustments, mood disorders, anxiety/panic and relational stressors.
Lindsey is a graduate form UTK College of Social Work and has a varied background including working for community mental health, residential facilities and private practice. Lindsey works with her clients using a strengths-based approach and uses humor and empathy in sessions to improve comfort and instill trust in building a collaborative relationship together. Lindsey enjoys working with a variety of populations including couples, individuals and families and specializes in parenting, life adjustments, mood disorders, anxiety/panic and relational stressors.
(833) 592-3108 View (833) 592-3108
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Brittany Oaks
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S
Verified Verified
Wasilla, AK 99654
Waitlist for new clients
I am accepting new clients. I offer a free 30 minute consultation and currently offer telehealth and in person sessions. I am in network with TriCare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Moda, and Aetna. Maybe you are feeling stressed, anxious, lonely, sad, you are struggling in your relationships with your partner or child(ren) or are confused about how you got to this place in your life. Your life isn’t going the way that you had hoped, and you just aren’t happy. You need some relief, someone to talk to, and some skills to help you feel better. Therapy is a great way to get relief. Today is the day to reach out.
I am accepting new clients. I offer a free 30 minute consultation and currently offer telehealth and in person sessions. I am in network with TriCare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Moda, and Aetna. Maybe you are feeling stressed, anxious, lonely, sad, you are struggling in your relationships with your partner or child(ren) or are confused about how you got to this place in your life. Your life isn’t going the way that you had hoped, and you just aren’t happy. You need some relief, someone to talk to, and some skills to help you feel better. Therapy is a great way to get relief. Today is the day to reach out.
(907) 318-8562 View (907) 318-8562
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Root Issues
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Anchorage, AK 99522  (Online Only)
Health, is about establishing and maintaining connections to self, community, our spirituality and those we love. When these connections are damaged by trauma, pain, fear, or other trials of life, we sometimes need help to rebuild, reconnect, and strengthen our current connections. My name is David Root. I am a licensed professional counselor and I would be honored to help with this journey.
Health, is about establishing and maintaining connections to self, community, our spirituality and those we love. When these connections are damaged by trauma, pain, fear, or other trials of life, we sometimes need help to rebuild, reconnect, and strengthen our current connections. My name is David Root. I am a licensed professional counselor and I would be honored to help with this journey.
(907) 891-8183 View (907) 891-8183
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Danielle Dittmer, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Anchorage, AK 99517
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have experience working in the mental health and human services field for over 20 years. I support individuals through life's challenges by helping them in accessing their personal strengths and cultivating the skills needed to navigate toward a balanced and healthy life. I enjoy working with older teens and adults experiencing a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, bereavement, complex medical conditions, adjustment and life transitions, and issues related to sexual identity and orientation.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have experience working in the mental health and human services field for over 20 years. I support individuals through life's challenges by helping them in accessing their personal strengths and cultivating the skills needed to navigate toward a balanced and healthy life. I enjoy working with older teens and adults experiencing a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, bereavement, complex medical conditions, adjustment and life transitions, and issues related to sexual identity and orientation.
(907) 891-1013 View (907) 891-1013
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Jeff Brakhage
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Soldotna, AK 99669
Jeff works with clients who are beginning with counseling for their emotional, relational, life transition, mental health, medical, end-of-life, grief/loss, and/or addiction issues, as well as those who have been to counseling and are looking for new, more effective approaches and treatments for their concerns. Not only does Jeff have training for the issues above, he also continued to study, receiving certifications in the specialization of treating PTSD, C-PTSD, Developmental Trauma, 'Little t' trauma, abuse, and deprivation.
Jeff works with clients who are beginning with counseling for their emotional, relational, life transition, mental health, medical, end-of-life, grief/loss, and/or addiction issues, as well as those who have been to counseling and are looking for new, more effective approaches and treatments for their concerns. Not only does Jeff have training for the issues above, he also continued to study, receiving certifications in the specialization of treating PTSD, C-PTSD, Developmental Trauma, 'Little t' trauma, abuse, and deprivation.
(907) 917-4381 View (907) 917-4381
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James (Daniel) McHarge
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Anchorage, AK 99501  (Online Only)
Ready to turn a new page in the chapter of your life? Take a deep breath, envision the new you without judgement. Self-assertive, healthy boundaries, free of anxiety, renewed understanding of the strengths and weakness within you, improved communication in your relationships: this can be you. My work focuses on providing quality mental health services to individuals suffering with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, and mood disorders. In addition, I assist individuals currently experiencing significant stressors from work, life transitions, poor communication in marriage, relationships conflict, or grief.
Ready to turn a new page in the chapter of your life? Take a deep breath, envision the new you without judgement. Self-assertive, healthy boundaries, free of anxiety, renewed understanding of the strengths and weakness within you, improved communication in your relationships: this can be you. My work focuses on providing quality mental health services to individuals suffering with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, and mood disorders. In addition, I assist individuals currently experiencing significant stressors from work, life transitions, poor communication in marriage, relationships conflict, or grief.
(907) 444-5641 View (907) 444-5641
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Experiential Play Therapy @Refocus Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, S-LPC, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Wasilla, AK 99654
Experiential Play Therapy is a model of play therapy with a strong belief in the child’s quest for health. Only the child knows their particular perceptions of their life’s dilemmas. Therefore, in Experiential Play Therapy, the child is allowed to be the director of the play. In that process, they will utilize toys and their own creativity to recreate their experience in an environment that enables them to approach their struggles so that they are able to regain the power that has been lost in the actual event or environment. The therapist becomes a partner in the child’s quest, assuming whatever role the child requests.
Experiential Play Therapy is a model of play therapy with a strong belief in the child’s quest for health. Only the child knows their particular perceptions of their life’s dilemmas. Therefore, in Experiential Play Therapy, the child is allowed to be the director of the play. In that process, they will utilize toys and their own creativity to recreate their experience in an environment that enables them to approach their struggles so that they are able to regain the power that has been lost in the actual event or environment. The therapist becomes a partner in the child’s quest, assuming whatever role the child requests.
(907) 521-8504 View (907) 521-8504
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Caroline Blair
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Anchorage, AK 99503
I am a Psychologist and lifelong Alaskan, growing up and working in Anchorage. My clinical focus and expertise, whether as a therapist or when conducting evaluations, is to work with individuals to develop a sense of personal strength and capacity, and to identify and achieve their goals. I work with them and their family/support system to understand the basis of their current challenge(s), and collaborate to develop resources and skills that are developmentally appropriate for a successful resolution. My practice is split between providing therapeutic services and conducting neuropsychological evaluations.
I am a Psychologist and lifelong Alaskan, growing up and working in Anchorage. My clinical focus and expertise, whether as a therapist or when conducting evaluations, is to work with individuals to develop a sense of personal strength and capacity, and to identify and achieve their goals. I work with them and their family/support system to understand the basis of their current challenge(s), and collaborate to develop resources and skills that are developmentally appropriate for a successful resolution. My practice is split between providing therapeutic services and conducting neuropsychological evaluations.
(844) 407-2123 View (844) 407-2123
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Family Mental Health & Wellness
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Not Verified Not Verified
Eagle River, AK 99577
Are you creative and intelligent, but organizationally challenged, sitting at Procrastination Station, tired of losing things, forgetting appointments and deadlines, a little bit like Dory in Finding Nemo with the short term memory loss? Do you struggle with self confidence, depression and anxiety when you don’t quite fit in with neurotypical linear thought patterns? Do you feel isolated, judged, and very misunderstood by family members, coworkers, and well meaning friends who offer you advice and simple solutions that just don’t work? Maybe it’s someone in your family facing these struggles. You are not alone.
Are you creative and intelligent, but organizationally challenged, sitting at Procrastination Station, tired of losing things, forgetting appointments and deadlines, a little bit like Dory in Finding Nemo with the short term memory loss? Do you struggle with self confidence, depression and anxiety when you don’t quite fit in with neurotypical linear thought patterns? Do you feel isolated, judged, and very misunderstood by family members, coworkers, and well meaning friends who offer you advice and simple solutions that just don’t work? Maybe it’s someone in your family facing these struggles. You are not alone.
(833) 313-0580 View (833) 313-0580
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Brandi Askeland
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Anchorage, AK 99503
Hello! I am currently accepting new clients! Parenting is hard. When your child experiences behavioral health difficulties, this can feel confusing, frustrating, as well as exhausting. Keep hold of your hope, there are clinically proven strategies out there. I utilize an integrative and cooperative approach to support both you and your child in treatment. My passion is helping parents be the best parents they believed they could be, supporting connections within the family unit and helping youth heal. It takes courage, work, and intention to reach your full potential.
Hello! I am currently accepting new clients! Parenting is hard. When your child experiences behavioral health difficulties, this can feel confusing, frustrating, as well as exhausting. Keep hold of your hope, there are clinically proven strategies out there. I utilize an integrative and cooperative approach to support both you and your child in treatment. My passion is helping parents be the best parents they believed they could be, supporting connections within the family unit and helping youth heal. It takes courage, work, and intention to reach your full potential.
(907) 759-3720 View (907) 759-3720
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Angela Wyne
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Anchorage, AK 99518
Working through change and finding the path towards happiness and wellness is unique to the individual and can often be a challenging task. I approach each client as a whole person, taking into consideration biology, culture, spiritual connections, supports, thoughts, feelings and behaviors. I work to create a space that is compassionate and safe, and we move at a pace that is comfortable to you. My approach is strength-based and looks to help you build confidence and resilience. I have over 12 years of experience working with clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, grief/loss, trauma, and other difficult life situations.
Working through change and finding the path towards happiness and wellness is unique to the individual and can often be a challenging task. I approach each client as a whole person, taking into consideration biology, culture, spiritual connections, supports, thoughts, feelings and behaviors. I work to create a space that is compassionate and safe, and we move at a pace that is comfortable to you. My approach is strength-based and looks to help you build confidence and resilience. I have over 12 years of experience working with clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, grief/loss, trauma, and other difficult life situations.
(907) 312-0113 View (907) 312-0113
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Karuna Counseling, LLC Leslee Rogers
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Anchorage, AK 99501  (Online Only)
Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or worn out? Navigating a significant life change or chronic illness? Desiring a sense of peace in your life or in search of purpose and self-discovery? Whether you're contending with life challenges or want to grow towards a more authentic life, my goal is to help you on your unique journey.
Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or worn out? Navigating a significant life change or chronic illness? Desiring a sense of peace in your life or in search of purpose and self-discovery? Whether you're contending with life challenges or want to grow towards a more authentic life, my goal is to help you on your unique journey.
(844) 909-1099 View (844) 909-1099
Lighted Path Therapy Services
Counselor, LPC, LMFT, LP, LCSW
Verified Verified
Eagle River, AK 99577
Have you been socially isolated and overwhelmed with life? Do you feel run down, worried, and depleted? Are you hoping for wholeness, happiness, and freedom? These kinds of experiences are painful and exhausting. And without effective care, they can reduce the quality of your life and contribute to long-term health problems. This painful pattern often becomes a downward spiral, which can habitually undermine your joy, intimacy, and hope. You do not have to face this journey alone; choose the professional care you need and deserve. Our talented clinicians at Lighted Path Therapy Services are here to help.
Have you been socially isolated and overwhelmed with life? Do you feel run down, worried, and depleted? Are you hoping for wholeness, happiness, and freedom? These kinds of experiences are painful and exhausting. And without effective care, they can reduce the quality of your life and contribute to long-term health problems. This painful pattern often becomes a downward spiral, which can habitually undermine your joy, intimacy, and hope. You do not have to face this journey alone; choose the professional care you need and deserve. Our talented clinicians at Lighted Path Therapy Services are here to help.
(907) 312-2307 View (907) 312-2307
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Amelia Elkins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CAS
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Anchorage, AK 99501
Do you feel frustrated in your relationships? Is anxiety preventing you from feeling like your most confident self? Are you relying on substances or addictive behaviors to cope? Relationships are challenging, anxiety is draining and using substances may feel like the only way out. The folks I work with are looking for a therapist to accept their situation, create a space of emotional safety and provide tools for healing, growth, and strength.
Do you feel frustrated in your relationships? Is anxiety preventing you from feeling like your most confident self? Are you relying on substances or addictive behaviors to cope? Relationships are challenging, anxiety is draining and using substances may feel like the only way out. The folks I work with are looking for a therapist to accept their situation, create a space of emotional safety and provide tools for healing, growth, and strength.
(720) 799-0038 View (720) 799-0038
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Jana Zeedyk
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Anchorage, AK 99508
Hello Worried One. Nice to meet you here at Psychology Today. Let me ask you, did you wake up this morning feeling exhausted? Was your mind racing round and round the anxiety track- that track that seems to have no exit ramp, only danger signals flashing at every turn? Did you approach today feeling tense or on edge? If so, I understand! How about this instead: waking up in the morning feeling refreshed and relaxed, knowing you are going to walk today's open road with steady feet and a sense of well being. Thinking, as you stand up to meet the day, "my life is good. "
Hello Worried One. Nice to meet you here at Psychology Today. Let me ask you, did you wake up this morning feeling exhausted? Was your mind racing round and round the anxiety track- that track that seems to have no exit ramp, only danger signals flashing at every turn? Did you approach today feeling tense or on edge? If so, I understand! How about this instead: waking up in the morning feeling refreshed and relaxed, knowing you are going to walk today's open road with steady feet and a sense of well being. Thinking, as you stand up to meet the day, "my life is good. "
(907) 222-2670 View (907) 222-2670
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Inner Strength Counseling, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CDC I
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kenai, AK 99611  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Shera and I specialize in working with adults who may have experienced trauma or other adverse life events who struggle with not knowing who they are or what they want out of life. Many times PTSD, stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues get in the way of living life on your terms. Many people struggle with advocating for themselves or living a balanced life.
Hello, I'm Shera and I specialize in working with adults who may have experienced trauma or other adverse life events who struggle with not knowing who they are or what they want out of life. Many times PTSD, stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues get in the way of living life on your terms. Many people struggle with advocating for themselves or living a balanced life.
(844) 708-3504 View (844) 708-3504
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Lighted Path Therapy Services, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Anchorage, AK 99503
Life is so dynamic and our mental health is just one part. To acknowledge that, I like to start with a holistic approach by creating a foundation built with nutrition, sleep, and exercise. Once this is established, we will work on the root of your struggles in mental health whether its depression, anxiety or relationships and anything in between. We will create unique goals specific to your needs that will empower you to feel happier and healthier...ultimately leading you towards living your most authentic life. I primarily work with adults 18 and over. In network with most major insurances.
Life is so dynamic and our mental health is just one part. To acknowledge that, I like to start with a holistic approach by creating a foundation built with nutrition, sleep, and exercise. Once this is established, we will work on the root of your struggles in mental health whether its depression, anxiety or relationships and anything in between. We will create unique goals specific to your needs that will empower you to feel happier and healthier...ultimately leading you towards living your most authentic life. I primarily work with adults 18 and over. In network with most major insurances.
(907) 631-9365 View (907) 631-9365

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Willow, AK

< 10

Therapists in Willow, AK who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Coping Skills
100% Sexual Abuse
100% Self Esteem

Average years in practice

21 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Willow, AK see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Willow?

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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.