Therapists in Coosa Pines, AL

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Caroline Aaron
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Coosa Pines, AL 35044
Waitlist for new clients
Having a good therapist can be an essential aid in negotiating life’s challenges. A compassionate therapist who listens without judgment is a valuable resource in not only getting you through trying times but also aiding you in developing strength and resiliency for future challenges. My goal as a therapist is to help you reach your goals. Whether it is a more peaceful life, a life with healthier relationships, or life with less stress and anxiety I will help you with achieving it. A good therapist helps you get stronger and provides you with skills to tackle life’s challenges. I work with adults, adolescents, and children.
Having a good therapist can be an essential aid in negotiating life’s challenges. A compassionate therapist who listens without judgment is a valuable resource in not only getting you through trying times but also aiding you in developing strength and resiliency for future challenges. My goal as a therapist is to help you reach your goals. Whether it is a more peaceful life, a life with healthier relationships, or life with less stress and anxiety I will help you with achieving it. A good therapist helps you get stronger and provides you with skills to tackle life’s challenges. I work with adults, adolescents, and children.
(256) 769-1043 View (256) 769-1043

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Tamara Blair
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sylacauga, AL 35150
I read this simple sentence several years ago: You have survived 100% of your worst days. It’s my go-to reminder we are all built for survival. I believe each individual holds within them a unique set of strengths and skills to help navigate life and all its challenges. During times of change, stress, or crisis, we often feel unable to access and use the skills and tools that could help us move forward. Issues like depression or anxiety can leave us feeling powerless. My passion is helping people of all ages and backgrounds discover and utilize the power and skills deep within them so they can achieve their goals.
I read this simple sentence several years ago: You have survived 100% of your worst days. It’s my go-to reminder we are all built for survival. I believe each individual holds within them a unique set of strengths and skills to help navigate life and all its challenges. During times of change, stress, or crisis, we often feel unable to access and use the skills and tools that could help us move forward. Issues like depression or anxiety can leave us feeling powerless. My passion is helping people of all ages and backgrounds discover and utilize the power and skills deep within them so they can achieve their goals.
(256) 988-7834 View (256) 988-7834
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Ashley Judkins
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, EdS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sylacauga, AL 35150
The challenges and difficulties of life can cause a person to feel defeated, hurt, and overwhelmed. Having no one to understand the heartache, frustration, and worries is tiring. Sometimes the only way to get through life is to hide away in a safe space while struggling to make it through another day. That safe space has caused you to feel trapped and miserable in a dark place, wondering what your purpose for living is. You are tired of feeling judged and not heard when you have taken the risk to share your story with others. Instead, you just wish someone would stop and listen without judgement to your story and offer some hope.
The challenges and difficulties of life can cause a person to feel defeated, hurt, and overwhelmed. Having no one to understand the heartache, frustration, and worries is tiring. Sometimes the only way to get through life is to hide away in a safe space while struggling to make it through another day. That safe space has caused you to feel trapped and miserable in a dark place, wondering what your purpose for living is. You are tired of feeling judged and not heard when you have taken the risk to share your story with others. Instead, you just wish someone would stop and listen without judgement to your story and offer some hope.
(256) 242-6313 View (256) 242-6313
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Terri Tucker Robinette
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CRC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sylacauga, AL 35150
Counseling has been defined as "helping others to help themselves". Our journey in life often takes unexpected and unwanted twists and turns. Sometimes a little help is all that's needed to navigate the obstacles and regain our path. It would be my honor to help you to live the life you desire. Help comes through an offer of a warm, inviting environment with a compassionate, nonjudgmental listener. My role is not to tell you what to do or what to think but to help and to guide. I would love the opportunity to talk with you to assist you on your personal journey.
Counseling has been defined as "helping others to help themselves". Our journey in life often takes unexpected and unwanted twists and turns. Sometimes a little help is all that's needed to navigate the obstacles and regain our path. It would be my honor to help you to live the life you desire. Help comes through an offer of a warm, inviting environment with a compassionate, nonjudgmental listener. My role is not to tell you what to do or what to think but to help and to guide. I would love the opportunity to talk with you to assist you on your personal journey.
(256) 626-8095 View (256) 626-8095
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Jefkida Johnson
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, PhD, MA, LMFTA, LMHCS
Verified Verified
Sylacauga, AL 35150
Compassion and comfort during our most difficult times offer us healing and peace when our world is turned upside down. Here is a gentle reminder that having someone to express yourself and to voice your frustrations can transform a crisis into a calming and beautiful day. Your presence and peace of mind is the most important gift you can offer yourself weekly, biweekly, or monthly. Therapy sessions are affordable for you when using insurance, EAP coverage, or need self pay options. You can book appointments at your convenience to get started or send an email to schedule an appointment. I accept clients of all ages and ethnicities.
Compassion and comfort during our most difficult times offer us healing and peace when our world is turned upside down. Here is a gentle reminder that having someone to express yourself and to voice your frustrations can transform a crisis into a calming and beautiful day. Your presence and peace of mind is the most important gift you can offer yourself weekly, biweekly, or monthly. Therapy sessions are affordable for you when using insurance, EAP coverage, or need self pay options. You can book appointments at your convenience to get started or send an email to schedule an appointment. I accept clients of all ages and ethnicities.
(334) 459-9084 View (334) 459-9084
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Ashlynn Vickers
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, EMDR
Verified Verified
Sylacauga, AL 35150
Not accepting new clients
The idea of counseling may seem threatening, but my purpose is to make counseling safe & worthwhile as I am invited into each client's life. I specialize in children, adolescents, and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, attachment disorders, high functioning autism, and behavioral problems. I like to offer understanding & knowledge to clients' psychological needs while additionally teaching life-long skills to strengthen mental health with a goal of alleviation or eradication of symptoms.
The idea of counseling may seem threatening, but my purpose is to make counseling safe & worthwhile as I am invited into each client's life. I specialize in children, adolescents, and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, attachment disorders, high functioning autism, and behavioral problems. I like to offer understanding & knowledge to clients' psychological needs while additionally teaching life-long skills to strengthen mental health with a goal of alleviation or eradication of symptoms.
(938) 766-1033 View (938) 766-1033
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Morgan Sutton-Cavender
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, NCC, EMDR
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Sylacauga, AL 35150
My goal is to walk beside you along your journey to healing and living your life to the fullest. I am passionate about helping you achieve authenticity, rewire maladaptive thought patterns and heal from trauma in a supportive and compassionate environment.
My goal is to walk beside you along your journey to healing and living your life to the fullest. I am passionate about helping you achieve authenticity, rewire maladaptive thought patterns and heal from trauma in a supportive and compassionate environment.
(334) 234-7057 View (334) 234-7057
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A Better You Counseling Service, LLC
Counselor, MS, ALC
Verified Verified
Wilsonville, AL 35186
For 15+ years, I've passionately supported individuals, groups, and families as a counselor, fostering a secure environment for them to address life's challenges. I integrate various therapies like CBT, Person-Centered, Solution-Focused, Psychoanalytic, and Gestalt, tailoring sessions to client needs, lasting 30 minutes to an hour, at $75.00 or $150.00, respectively.
For 15+ years, I've passionately supported individuals, groups, and families as a counselor, fostering a secure environment for them to address life's challenges. I integrate various therapies like CBT, Person-Centered, Solution-Focused, Psychoanalytic, and Gestalt, tailoring sessions to client needs, lasting 30 minutes to an hour, at $75.00 or $150.00, respectively.
(205) 858-9818 View (205) 858-9818

Online Therapists

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Clay Coppage
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Huntsville, AL 35802
Waitlist for new clients
We all face difficulties in our lives. Negative emotions and thoughts are inevitable but they have the power to stop us dead in our tracks. Fortunately, we can take our power back using research based strategies. It takes a lot of courage to take the first step towards breaking cycles. I have worked with many clients who have either not had a good impression of therapy or who had a bad experience with it. My hope is that your experience with me will be a positive one and that you will walk away with noticeable change and real strategies to help you.
We all face difficulties in our lives. Negative emotions and thoughts are inevitable but they have the power to stop us dead in our tracks. Fortunately, we can take our power back using research based strategies. It takes a lot of courage to take the first step towards breaking cycles. I have worked with many clients who have either not had a good impression of therapy or who had a bad experience with it. My hope is that your experience with me will be a positive one and that you will walk away with noticeable change and real strategies to help you.
(256) 980-0546 x700 View (256) 980-0546 x700
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Dragonfly Counseling LLC
Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
Dragonfly Counseling's goal is to help you facilitate the transformation you wish to see within yourself through affordable and accessible mental health therapy. We believe in walking alongside you while you are on this journey of self-exploration. Change is not a linear process, it is evolving and dynamic, and we wish to assist through this process. It is never too late to begin your expedition towards transformation and change, the right time to start is NOW!
Dragonfly Counseling's goal is to help you facilitate the transformation you wish to see within yourself through affordable and accessible mental health therapy. We believe in walking alongside you while you are on this journey of self-exploration. Change is not a linear process, it is evolving and dynamic, and we wish to assist through this process. It is never too late to begin your expedition towards transformation and change, the right time to start is NOW!
(205) 654-8782 View (205) 654-8782
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Jeannie Lynch, LPC-S, NCC, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S, NCC
Verified Verified
Decatur, AL 35601
Because I am passionate about seeing you improve the quality of your life, I offer therapy with a faith-based perspective that will help you deal with your past, embrace your present, and look ahead to a brighter future filled with healing! I will help you break the chains of addiction, past trauma or abuse, anxiety, depression, and/or mental illness. My greatest asset is creating a counseling environment free from judgment so we can work on your primary concerns and problems, meeting you exactly where you are. We will enjoy a collaborative experience of give and take with the belief that you are the best expert about yourself.
Because I am passionate about seeing you improve the quality of your life, I offer therapy with a faith-based perspective that will help you deal with your past, embrace your present, and look ahead to a brighter future filled with healing! I will help you break the chains of addiction, past trauma or abuse, anxiety, depression, and/or mental illness. My greatest asset is creating a counseling environment free from judgment so we can work on your primary concerns and problems, meeting you exactly where you are. We will enjoy a collaborative experience of give and take with the belief that you are the best expert about yourself.
(855) 929-0738 View (855) 929-0738
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Storeyhouse Counseling (Johnetta Samuels)
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, ALC
Verified Verified
Birmingham, AL 35206  (Online Only)
Welcome to the first step in your journey to a healthier you. My name Is Johnetta. I am an Associate Licensed Counselor with a Masters in Community Counseling from the University of South Alabama. I also received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology while studying abroad in Europe. I am passionate about making a difference in people’s lives. I work with both individuals and families who may be struggling through difficult periods in their lives or have been setback by problems that are beyond their ability to control.
Welcome to the first step in your journey to a healthier you. My name Is Johnetta. I am an Associate Licensed Counselor with a Masters in Community Counseling from the University of South Alabama. I also received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology while studying abroad in Europe. I am passionate about making a difference in people’s lives. I work with both individuals and families who may be struggling through difficult periods in their lives or have been setback by problems that are beyond their ability to control.
(205) 782-8440 View (205) 782-8440
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Andrea Jaquis Paige
Licensed Professional Counselor, AOT, BS, MS, LPC, CSOTP
Verified Verified
Hoover, AL 35216
At various times life can become very challenging. You may be unsure of the next steps or even your purpose in life. As a Licensed Therapist at A Shooting Star Therapy and Wellness I will work to learn about you and your individual needs in order to formulate an integrated plan. Whether it be past trauma, unresolved child/parental issues, grief & loss, mental health symptoms, substance abuse, and/ or related interpersonal issues; I am available to assist you.
At various times life can become very challenging. You may be unsure of the next steps or even your purpose in life. As a Licensed Therapist at A Shooting Star Therapy and Wellness I will work to learn about you and your individual needs in order to formulate an integrated plan. Whether it be past trauma, unresolved child/parental issues, grief & loss, mental health symptoms, substance abuse, and/ or related interpersonal issues; I am available to assist you.
(659) 336-3208 View (659) 336-3208
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Rev. Dr. Tommie Watkins Jr
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LMSW, MDiv
Verified Verified
Birmingham, AL 35209
My ideal client is one that perhaps is dealing with feelings of fear, anger, envy, uncertainty, depression, perhaps amplified by strong religious convictions and spiritual uncertainty. They are particularly uncomfortable with being vulnerable often negligent in discussing feelings and issues of religion and spirituality, but will allow a few conversations to explore what their particular and specific issues and beliefs may be, including past traumas and sexual abuse issues. This client would be open to exploring their spirituality (not religion) as a means of developing and improving coping skills and spiritual strategies.
My ideal client is one that perhaps is dealing with feelings of fear, anger, envy, uncertainty, depression, perhaps amplified by strong religious convictions and spiritual uncertainty. They are particularly uncomfortable with being vulnerable often negligent in discussing feelings and issues of religion and spirituality, but will allow a few conversations to explore what their particular and specific issues and beliefs may be, including past traumas and sexual abuse issues. This client would be open to exploring their spirituality (not religion) as a means of developing and improving coping skills and spiritual strategies.
(205) 772-8080 View (205) 772-8080
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Rhonda S. Smith
Counselor, MA, ALC
Verified Verified
Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
I believe in honesty, positive self-regard, and above all, genuineness The counseling room is a safe space to process your emotions and experiences. Life can be challenging as we adapt to the negative experiences beyond our control. Children are confronted with new obstacles hindering their personal growth and wellbeing. Parents relate to their child's experience and may feel helpless with the new dynamic they find themselves in. As a counselor, I would like to work with your child towards increasing self-awareness, coping skills and instilling hope as they navigate through life.
I believe in honesty, positive self-regard, and above all, genuineness The counseling room is a safe space to process your emotions and experiences. Life can be challenging as we adapt to the negative experiences beyond our control. Children are confronted with new obstacles hindering their personal growth and wellbeing. Parents relate to their child's experience and may feel helpless with the new dynamic they find themselves in. As a counselor, I would like to work with your child towards increasing self-awareness, coping skills and instilling hope as they navigate through life.
(205) 890-4191 View (205) 890-4191
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Jarvis T Cleveland
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Birmingham, AL 35233
I have spent the last three years working with various individuals who presented with primarily substance abuse issues. However, issues of depression, anxiety, sexuality, communication, and family dynamics were underneath the presenting problem as well. My clients all sought one thing: a different story than the one they had been currently starring in. Together we laid the groundwork to start changing that story. And together you and I can do the same.
I have spent the last three years working with various individuals who presented with primarily substance abuse issues. However, issues of depression, anxiety, sexuality, communication, and family dynamics were underneath the presenting problem as well. My clients all sought one thing: a different story than the one they had been currently starring in. Together we laid the groundwork to start changing that story. And together you and I can do the same.
(205) 649-3183 View (205) 649-3183
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Dottie Dickson Skipper
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Montgomery, AL 36106
If you want to live more "on purpose", we will work together to facilitate just that. Few people can avoid struggles in life and sometimes these struggles are overwhelming, especially when faced alone. In therapy, solutions to your problems become obvious and you will be supported professionally to make them happen. Your relationships will improve and successful coping skills will be taught. How you feel is important and what you do in your personal life with regard to those feelings even more so.
If you want to live more "on purpose", we will work together to facilitate just that. Few people can avoid struggles in life and sometimes these struggles are overwhelming, especially when faced alone. In therapy, solutions to your problems become obvious and you will be supported professionally to make them happen. Your relationships will improve and successful coping skills will be taught. How you feel is important and what you do in your personal life with regard to those feelings even more so.
(334) 309-8334 View (334) 309-8334
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Heather MacLeod
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, PIP, CEAP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Waitlist for new clients
My goal is to provide caring, affirming support to my clients as they navigate life stressors. These may include work-related issues; stress management; anger management; communication skills; issues with family dynamics; loss, grief, and mourning; depression; anxiety; post-traumatic stress; and other concerns. In addition, I have extensive experience with elder care management and supporting families as they adjust to the changing needs of aging family members.
My goal is to provide caring, affirming support to my clients as they navigate life stressors. These may include work-related issues; stress management; anger management; communication skills; issues with family dynamics; loss, grief, and mourning; depression; anxiety; post-traumatic stress; and other concerns. In addition, I have extensive experience with elder care management and supporting families as they adjust to the changing needs of aging family members.
(205) 301-5379 View (205) 301-5379
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Deirdre Crochen Rose
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, EdS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Birmingham, AL 35226
Daily changes can make the journey through life transitions difficult at times. The pathway can be impeded with barriers and obstacles that create a sense of helplessness and hopelessness. I allow the client to freely acknowledge their need for help and allow the patient to accept the responsibility to take charge and conquer their circumstances. I will enable the client to develop the tools needed to make positive life adjustments.
Daily changes can make the journey through life transitions difficult at times. The pathway can be impeded with barriers and obstacles that create a sense of helplessness and hopelessness. I allow the client to freely acknowledge their need for help and allow the patient to accept the responsibility to take charge and conquer their circumstances. I will enable the client to develop the tools needed to make positive life adjustments.
(205) 984-1945 View (205) 984-1945
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F. Palmer Holliday
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Birmingham, AL 35205  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) providing psychotherapy to adolescents, adults, and seniors. My goal is to appropriately assess each clients' needs, assist them in identifying their own goals for treatment, and provide evidence-based treatments, education, and encouragement enabling them to achieve their identified goals and experience a happier, more purposeful life. I provide mental health counseling on an individual and family basis.
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) providing psychotherapy to adolescents, adults, and seniors. My goal is to appropriately assess each clients' needs, assist them in identifying their own goals for treatment, and provide evidence-based treatments, education, and encouragement enabling them to achieve their identified goals and experience a happier, more purposeful life. I provide mental health counseling on an individual and family basis.
(772) 209-3734 View (772) 209-3734

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Coosa Pines, AL

< 10

Therapists in Coosa Pines, AL who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Eating Disorders
100% Geriatric and Seniors

Average years in practice

23 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Blue Cross
100% Blue Shield

How Therapists in Coosa Pines, AL see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Coosa Pines?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

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Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.