Therapists in Montgomery County, AL

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Photo of Sandra Segall, Licensed Professional Counselor in Montgomery County, AL
Sandra Segall
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Montgomery, AL 36106  (Online Only)
I have been in practice helping people for over 35 years and in all likelihood I can help you. I am sort of jack of all trades. I treat children and adults with depression and anxiety. I do much relationship and marriage counseling . Infidelity, anxiety and communication are some of my specialties. There isn't anything I haven't heard. I am non judgmental. . Depression and anxiety get worse with isolation. I know what you are going through. I would like to help you get to a better, special place.
I have been in practice helping people for over 35 years and in all likelihood I can help you. I am sort of jack of all trades. I treat children and adults with depression and anxiety. I do much relationship and marriage counseling . Infidelity, anxiety and communication are some of my specialties. There isn't anything I haven't heard. I am non judgmental. . Depression and anxiety get worse with isolation. I know what you are going through. I would like to help you get to a better, special place.
(334) 398-6375 View (334) 398-6375
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Stephan Idris Mambazo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD-, (ABD), MSW, LICSW-S, PIP
Verified Verified
Montgomery, AL 36106  (Online Only)
I am a licensed clinical social worker, a professionally certified specialist in The Grief Recovery Method®, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. I have been in the helping profession for over thirty years, with more than twenty-years a licensed clinician. I strive to apply authenticity professionally, as I strive to personally. I believe together we will unleash the power and insight already within you. I applaud your courage to travel beyond the familiar, entering this journey with me. I believe you will not regret the choice you have now made. We will develop a plan to meet your unique and specific needs.
I am a licensed clinical social worker, a professionally certified specialist in The Grief Recovery Method®, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. I have been in the helping profession for over thirty years, with more than twenty-years a licensed clinician. I strive to apply authenticity professionally, as I strive to personally. I believe together we will unleash the power and insight already within you. I applaud your courage to travel beyond the familiar, entering this journey with me. I believe you will not regret the choice you have now made. We will develop a plan to meet your unique and specific needs.
(334) 384-8058 View (334) 384-8058
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Affirming Care Counseling and Wellness, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LMHC, NCC, LPC-S, LCPC
Verified Verified
Montgomery, AL 36116  (Online Only)
Welcome to Affirming Care Counseling and Wellness, LLC. We are here to assist you will your counseling/therapy journey through unbiased listening and support. We are happy you took the first step to reaching your goals. Let's work together on your journey to happiness.
Welcome to Affirming Care Counseling and Wellness, LLC. We are here to assist you will your counseling/therapy journey through unbiased listening and support. We are happy you took the first step to reaching your goals. Let's work together on your journey to happiness.
(334) 946-4261 View (334) 946-4261
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Keeyana McLish
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Montgomery, AL 36117
My name is Keeyana McLish and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) based in Birmingham, Al. I work with children, adults, and adolescents specializing in trauma, depression, impulse control, anxiety, grief, and stress. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person-Centered Therapy to create treatment catered to each individual client’s needs. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. I cater my approach based on the age of the client. I work with clients to navigate whatever they may be experiencing in their life and provide a listening ear so that they feel validated and heard.
My name is Keeyana McLish and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) based in Birmingham, Al. I work with children, adults, and adolescents specializing in trauma, depression, impulse control, anxiety, grief, and stress. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person-Centered Therapy to create treatment catered to each individual client’s needs. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. I cater my approach based on the age of the client. I work with clients to navigate whatever they may be experiencing in their life and provide a listening ear so that they feel validated and heard.
(334) 367-5942 View (334) 367-5942
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Dr. Amber Sutton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW-S
Verified Verified
Montgomery, AL 36117
As a feminist therapist, mother, and advocate, I bring authenticity, vulnerability, and compassion to my practice. I am incredibly passionate about offering support to individuals as they work toward their desired goals and build healthier relationships with themselves and others. I firmly believe in self-determination and autonomy meaning that while I can help you to process and navigate experiences, you get to decide the next steps.
As a feminist therapist, mother, and advocate, I bring authenticity, vulnerability, and compassion to my practice. I am incredibly passionate about offering support to individuals as they work toward their desired goals and build healthier relationships with themselves and others. I firmly believe in self-determination and autonomy meaning that while I can help you to process and navigate experiences, you get to decide the next steps.
(334) 508-3823 View (334) 508-3823
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Works of Wonder Therapy
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD
Verified Verified
Montgomery, AL 36106
Have you ever thought, "No one can help my child and family."? If so, we are here. We offer three therapeutic services: integrated testing, counseling, and ABA therapy. Unlike traditional clinics, we do not leave parents/guardians waiting months for answers and services. Our newly designed and unique program provides you with immediate expert advice. You will leave your appointment with evidence based techniques for handling challenging behaviors and helping your child overcome skill deficits. Our primary goal is to equip and empower parents!
Have you ever thought, "No one can help my child and family."? If so, we are here. We offer three therapeutic services: integrated testing, counseling, and ABA therapy. Unlike traditional clinics, we do not leave parents/guardians waiting months for answers and services. Our newly designed and unique program provides you with immediate expert advice. You will leave your appointment with evidence based techniques for handling challenging behaviors and helping your child overcome skill deficits. Our primary goal is to equip and empower parents!
(334) 310-5883 View (334) 310-5883
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Defib Clinical Counseling, LLC
Counselor, MS, ALC, | CEO
Verified Verified
Montgomery, AL 36117
At Defib, enjoying beach vibes while correcting your heart’s beaten path for life is tailored & essential. You will be accepted but dissected, heard but enlightened, & validated but challenged. Book An Appointment at www.DefibClinicalCoinseling.WordPress.Com under "Let's Connect" or "Therapeutic Services...
At Defib, enjoying beach vibes while correcting your heart’s beaten path for life is tailored & essential. You will be accepted but dissected, heard but enlightened, & validated but challenged. Book An Appointment at www.DefibClinicalCoinseling.WordPress.Com under "Let's Connect" or "Therapeutic Services...
(334) 423-4394 View (334) 423-4394
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Learning By Faith Counseling LLC
Counselor, ALC, ECMH-E , MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montgomery, AL 36117  (Online Only)
When you mention "Learning By Faith", it is a faith-based affiliate. We concentrate our focus on you harnessing the faith within yourself to achieve goals which include: cultivating prosperous relationships, financial stability, mental and physical stability, and leading a positive lifestyle that stimulates success. Faith is about belief. You learn to follow what feels right and connect that emotion with purpose. Believing in yourself will manifest into accomplishments that will nurture your life faith in what you do. Find healing within accepting who you are. LBFC is here for you. "It's Already Alright"
When you mention "Learning By Faith", it is a faith-based affiliate. We concentrate our focus on you harnessing the faith within yourself to achieve goals which include: cultivating prosperous relationships, financial stability, mental and physical stability, and leading a positive lifestyle that stimulates success. Faith is about belief. You learn to follow what feels right and connect that emotion with purpose. Believing in yourself will manifest into accomplishments that will nurture your life faith in what you do. Find healing within accepting who you are. LBFC is here for you. "It's Already Alright"
(334) 509-2129 View (334) 509-2129
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Healology LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Montgomery, AL 36106
I created Healology to offer a place of safety, support, care, respect and peace. As a client- centered therapist, I am committed to serving my client's mental health needs. I believe authenticity is best and fosters a natural connection between clinician and client and I am 100% myself and invite my clients to do the same. I have worked within numerous populations: children and adults with learning disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ+, couples,families, adolescents and many more. I pride myself in being multicultural, flexible, and willing to learn. Life brings many challenges, and I am ready to take this journey of healing with you.
I created Healology to offer a place of safety, support, care, respect and peace. As a client- centered therapist, I am committed to serving my client's mental health needs. I believe authenticity is best and fosters a natural connection between clinician and client and I am 100% myself and invite my clients to do the same. I have worked within numerous populations: children and adults with learning disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ+, couples,families, adolescents and many more. I pride myself in being multicultural, flexible, and willing to learn. Life brings many challenges, and I am ready to take this journey of healing with you.
(334) 276-8867 View (334) 276-8867
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As Planned Counseling & Consulting
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Montgomery, AL 36116  (Online Only)
I work with individuals, couples, and families using systems and solution-focused approaches to help cut through the "noise" and "clutter" of life. I assist clients who feel "stuck", overwhelmed, or disconnected from their vision for their life. My passion is to help clients identify healthy options for establishing clearer perspectives and healthier relationships so that they can live the life they envision for themselves as authentically as possible.
I work with individuals, couples, and families using systems and solution-focused approaches to help cut through the "noise" and "clutter" of life. I assist clients who feel "stuck", overwhelmed, or disconnected from their vision for their life. My passion is to help clients identify healthy options for establishing clearer perspectives and healthier relationships so that they can live the life they envision for themselves as authentically as possible.
(334) 259-3248 View (334) 259-3248
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Stephanie Ann Kraczkowski
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, LCMHC, BC-TMH, NCC
Verified Verified
Montgomery, AL 36106  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Do you feel like you are just staying above water? I can help! Counseling is appropriate for everyone at one time or another. Life throws us all curveballs. It's how we deal with them that makes the difference in our abilities to maintain a balance of wellness. No one gets out of this life unscathed. Sometimes we get stuck and need a little guidance to get back to our lives. It's vital that we resolve trauma because mental and emotional challenges can affect our physical and spiritual health and vice versa. There is no reason to ever feel shame for seeking solutions.
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Do you feel like you are just staying above water? I can help! Counseling is appropriate for everyone at one time or another. Life throws us all curveballs. It's how we deal with them that makes the difference in our abilities to maintain a balance of wellness. No one gets out of this life unscathed. Sometimes we get stuck and need a little guidance to get back to our lives. It's vital that we resolve trauma because mental and emotional challenges can affect our physical and spiritual health and vice versa. There is no reason to ever feel shame for seeking solutions.
(334) 781-5385 View (334) 781-5385
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Huntsville Professional Counseling
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Montgomery, AL 36116  (Online Only)
Hey! My name is Sam and I am an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist with HPC. I graduated from Harding University in 2016 with a Bachelor's in Bible & Family Ministry and in 2018 with my Master's in Marriage & Family Therapy. I am currently pursuing my doctorate in Marriage & Family Therapy with Amridge University where I teach as well. I have extensive experience working with children and families from my time working in a daycare setting, in children's ministry, and most recently as a children's therapist for a sexual assault, human trafficking, and domestic violence agency. Please find our website online and email me!
Hey! My name is Sam and I am an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist with HPC. I graduated from Harding University in 2016 with a Bachelor's in Bible & Family Ministry and in 2018 with my Master's in Marriage & Family Therapy. I am currently pursuing my doctorate in Marriage & Family Therapy with Amridge University where I teach as well. I have extensive experience working with children and families from my time working in a daycare setting, in children's ministry, and most recently as a children's therapist for a sexual assault, human trafficking, and domestic violence agency. Please find our website online and email me!
(334) 471-4211 View (334) 471-4211
Photo of Rebecca Cohen, Licensed Professional Counselor in Montgomery County, AL
Rebecca Cohen
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, LPC
Verified Verified
Montgomery, AL 36117
I have a great love of learning and helping others learn and grow in their own lives. I work with adults, teens, preteens, couples, and families dealing with abuse and neglect, teens, foster care, depression, anxiety issues, LGBTQ+ community, substance abuse treatment, and trauma.
I have a great love of learning and helping others learn and grow in their own lives. I work with adults, teens, preteens, couples, and families dealing with abuse and neglect, teens, foster care, depression, anxiety issues, LGBTQ+ community, substance abuse treatment, and trauma.
(334) 490-3706 View (334) 490-3706
Photo of Dr. Carrie J. Nelson, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Montgomery County, AL
Dr. Carrie J. Nelson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, ACSW, LICSW, SAP, CFMHE
Verified Verified
Montgomery, AL 36106
HAVEN provides an alternative that considers both the challenges that an individual is currently facing as well as the circumstances that may be contributing to these challenges. Providing a more confidential services, HAVEN takes an integrated approach to health, wellness, and healing of the mind, body, and spirit.
HAVEN provides an alternative that considers both the challenges that an individual is currently facing as well as the circumstances that may be contributing to these challenges. Providing a more confidential services, HAVEN takes an integrated approach to health, wellness, and healing of the mind, body, and spirit.
(334) 398-6127 View (334) 398-6127
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LaQuanda J Wiggins
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Montgomery, AL 36117
Not accepting new clients
There are many things that affect everyday living. My mission is to serve individuals by providing personalized mental health care in a safe and confidential environment. I have the desire to help others gain insight, focus on change, and strive to provide therapy that embarks on others meeting their full potential.
There are many things that affect everyday living. My mission is to serve individuals by providing personalized mental health care in a safe and confidential environment. I have the desire to help others gain insight, focus on change, and strive to provide therapy that embarks on others meeting their full potential.
(334) 721-1781 View (334) 721-1781
Photo of Tela Sanders, Licensed Professional Counselor in Montgomery County, AL
Tela Sanders
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Montgomery, AL 36108  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I have worked primarily with adults and children who have survived trauma, including but not limited to sexual assault, family abuse, domestic violence, and human trafficking. I use various methods of self-expression, including play, art, creative writing, etc., to aid each client in therapeutic processing. I encourage clients to create goals that are specific to their concerns/needs. I utilize a holistic counseling approach that emphasizes the mind, body, and spirit. It is my objective to motivate the client to look beyond mental/emotional angst and explore the needs of their entire being.
I have worked primarily with adults and children who have survived trauma, including but not limited to sexual assault, family abuse, domestic violence, and human trafficking. I use various methods of self-expression, including play, art, creative writing, etc., to aid each client in therapeutic processing. I encourage clients to create goals that are specific to their concerns/needs. I utilize a holistic counseling approach that emphasizes the mind, body, and spirit. It is my objective to motivate the client to look beyond mental/emotional angst and explore the needs of their entire being.
(334) 454-2114 View (334) 454-2114
Photo of Serenity Psychotherapy (Chandra Zeigler), Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Montgomery County, AL
Serenity Psychotherapy (Chandra Zeigler)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Montgomery, AL 36111
I am a Licensed Social Worker in Alabama with 24 years of experience providing mental health and behavioral counseling in various settings and various aspects of counseling. My client populations includes, but is not limited to working with adolescents, adults, geriatrics with a variety of mental health/behavioral presenting issues . As a skilled therapist and coach, my goal is to work with clients in providing strategies to overcome emotional, behavioral, and mental health barriers to well-being. My goal is to meet clients where they are and develop strategies that empower them to walk in wholeness and live the life they desire
I am a Licensed Social Worker in Alabama with 24 years of experience providing mental health and behavioral counseling in various settings and various aspects of counseling. My client populations includes, but is not limited to working with adolescents, adults, geriatrics with a variety of mental health/behavioral presenting issues . As a skilled therapist and coach, my goal is to work with clients in providing strategies to overcome emotional, behavioral, and mental health barriers to well-being. My goal is to meet clients where they are and develop strategies that empower them to walk in wholeness and live the life they desire
(334) 605-9078 View (334) 605-9078
Photo of Stephanie Brown, Licensed Professional Counselor in Montgomery County, AL
Stephanie Brown
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Montgomery, AL 36117  (Online Only)
Stephanie Brown is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with 11 years of experience in the mental health field and one year in the public school setting as a mental health specialist. She is excited about helping others and appreciates everyone's life experience. Stephanie specializes in relationship issues, depression, family conflict, anxiety, life stressors, and parenting skills. She is a single mom who has been divorced twice with two children. She utilizes multiple treatment approaches including person-centered therapy, solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and acceptance and commitment therapy.
Stephanie Brown is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with 11 years of experience in the mental health field and one year in the public school setting as a mental health specialist. She is excited about helping others and appreciates everyone's life experience. Stephanie specializes in relationship issues, depression, family conflict, anxiety, life stressors, and parenting skills. She is a single mom who has been divorced twice with two children. She utilizes multiple treatment approaches including person-centered therapy, solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and acceptance and commitment therapy.
(334) 458-8132 View (334) 458-8132
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Mary R Graydon
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Montgomery, AL 36104
Not accepting new clients
I'm NOT accepting new clients currently. I echo these words from Dr. Brené Brown: "When we deny the story, it defines us. When we own the story, we can write a brave new ending." I enjoy working as a team with my clients to create new endings through understanding personal narratives, pin-pointing sources blocking growth, and identifying steps towards achieving desired outcomes. I provide a relatable, empathic, creative, and professional environment. Because each person holds unique qualities and circumstances, I work to holistically understand clients and tailor the counseling experience around clients' specific needs and desires.
I'm NOT accepting new clients currently. I echo these words from Dr. Brené Brown: "When we deny the story, it defines us. When we own the story, we can write a brave new ending." I enjoy working as a team with my clients to create new endings through understanding personal narratives, pin-pointing sources blocking growth, and identifying steps towards achieving desired outcomes. I provide a relatable, empathic, creative, and professional environment. Because each person holds unique qualities and circumstances, I work to holistically understand clients and tailor the counseling experience around clients' specific needs and desires.
(334) 468-6413 View (334) 468-6413
Photo of Laurie Mattson Shoemaker, M.S., LPC-S, Licensed Professional Counselor in Montgomery County, AL
Laurie Mattson Shoemaker, M.S., LPC-S
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, RPT-S, LPC-S
Verified Verified
Montgomery, AL 36106
Not accepting new clients
I have worked with children and their families who are going through the divorce process for over twenty years. I have worked with families who are in extreme conflict and counsel the children, provided co-parenting to the parents and parental coordination post-divorce to the families.
I have worked with children and their families who are going through the divorce process for over twenty years. I have worked with families who are in extreme conflict and counsel the children, provided co-parenting to the parents and parental coordination post-divorce to the families.
(334) 581-9410 View (334) 581-9410

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Number of Therapists in Montgomery County, AL

100+

Average cost per session

$136

Therapists in Montgomery County, AL who prioritize treating:

91% Depression
91% Anxiety
80% Coping Skills
80% Self Esteem
75% Relationship Issues
73% Stress
68% Grief

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

77% BlueCross and BlueShield
60% Cigna and Evernorth
51% Aetna

How Therapists in Montgomery County, AL see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
19% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Montgomery County?

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.