Therapists in Beverly Hills, CA

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Rachel Lipstone
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with specialized experience treating clients with eating disorders and disordered eating, as well as the LGBTQ+ community, relationship difficulties, and acute, complex, and intergenerational trauma. I am a firm believer that no mental health concern or symptom is illogical or unreasonable, and that all types of emotional pain can be understood by looking deeper at the greater context of life experiences. I will never pathologize your pain.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with specialized experience treating clients with eating disorders and disordered eating, as well as the LGBTQ+ community, relationship difficulties, and acute, complex, and intergenerational trauma. I am a firm believer that no mental health concern or symptom is illogical or unreasonable, and that all types of emotional pain can be understood by looking deeper at the greater context of life experiences. I will never pathologize your pain.
(310) 750-4860 View (310) 750-4860
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Dr. Isabelle Lanser
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
My approach to therapy starts with creating a safe and supportive environment that celebrates and respects all identities and backgrounds. While I have experience working with a broad range of mental health conditions, my specialties are anxiety and mood disorders, eating disorders, reproductive and perinatal mental health, cannabis use disorders, OCD, and trauma. I believe that through authenticity, openness, and compassion, we can work together to face life's challenges and embrace its endless possibilities.
My approach to therapy starts with creating a safe and supportive environment that celebrates and respects all identities and backgrounds. While I have experience working with a broad range of mental health conditions, my specialties are anxiety and mood disorders, eating disorders, reproductive and perinatal mental health, cannabis use disorders, OCD, and trauma. I believe that through authenticity, openness, and compassion, we can work together to face life's challenges and embrace its endless possibilities.
(310) 803-9498 View (310) 803-9498
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Dov Heller
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Your personal happiness is my top priority. I am committed to freeing you from what is holding you back from being your most joyous, creative, and empowered self. Besides being a psychotherapist, I am also a Rabbi who can integrate Jewish values into our work together. I also have over 35 years experience as a dating and relationship coach. I would like to invite you to have a free consult with me to see for yourself how I can help you. And please visit my website at www.claritytalk.com
Your personal happiness is my top priority. I am committed to freeing you from what is holding you back from being your most joyous, creative, and empowered self. Besides being a psychotherapist, I am also a Rabbi who can integrate Jewish values into our work together. I also have over 35 years experience as a dating and relationship coach. I would like to invite you to have a free consult with me to see for yourself how I can help you. And please visit my website at www.claritytalk.com
(310) 997-4984 View (310) 997-4984
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Kele Kirschenbaum
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
As a clinical/forensic psychologist, Dr. Kirschenbaum practices criminal and civil forensics. She provides expert opinion on federal and state criminal matters. Dr. Kirschenbaum specializes in trauma assessments for the purpose of sentencing mitigation, comprehensive psychological evaluations and competency evaluations. Dr. Kirschenbaum has been appointed to the Superior Court of California - Los Angeles County Panel of Psychiatrists and Psychologists and the Superior Court of California - San Diego County Expert Witness List.
As a clinical/forensic psychologist, Dr. Kirschenbaum practices criminal and civil forensics. She provides expert opinion on federal and state criminal matters. Dr. Kirschenbaum specializes in trauma assessments for the purpose of sentencing mitigation, comprehensive psychological evaluations and competency evaluations. Dr. Kirschenbaum has been appointed to the Superior Court of California - Los Angeles County Panel of Psychiatrists and Psychologists and the Superior Court of California - San Diego County Expert Witness List.
(424) 903-2274 View (424) 903-2274
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Jonathan Baker
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPCC
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
I am a dual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). I earned my Master's of Science in Counseling from California State University, Fullert in 2018. My specialties include working with client’s experiecing anxiety, depression, impaired self esteem, relational difficulties and those who have experienced trauma. In addition, I have extensive experiencing working with couples, students, and LGBTQ+ identifying individuals. Whoever you are and whatever you’re moving through, I am here to support and empower you.
I am a dual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). I earned my Master's of Science in Counseling from California State University, Fullert in 2018. My specialties include working with client’s experiecing anxiety, depression, impaired self esteem, relational difficulties and those who have experienced trauma. In addition, I have extensive experiencing working with couples, students, and LGBTQ+ identifying individuals. Whoever you are and whatever you’re moving through, I am here to support and empower you.
(323) 968-6249 View (323) 968-6249
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Gozde Gokozan
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MA, LMFT, LPCC, EMDR
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
My approach to psychotherapy is empathic, collaborative and unique to each individual's own needs. I believe the most important component of therapy is establishing a genuine relational connection. I strive to create a therapeutic environment in which clients feel comfortable, respectful, supportive and understood in order to actively explore deep personal issues and experiment with new ways of thinking. I provide a unique psychotherapy to treat a wide variety of conditions including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, ADHD, LGBT issues, attachment issues, OCD, kleptomania and grief.
My approach to psychotherapy is empathic, collaborative and unique to each individual's own needs. I believe the most important component of therapy is establishing a genuine relational connection. I strive to create a therapeutic environment in which clients feel comfortable, respectful, supportive and understood in order to actively explore deep personal issues and experiment with new ways of thinking. I provide a unique psychotherapy to treat a wide variety of conditions including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, ADHD, LGBT issues, attachment issues, OCD, kleptomania and grief.
(424) 321-6283 View (424) 321-6283
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Matthew Simino
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
I believe that all people want to be the best version of themselves, and my goal is to help them achieve that. With compassion and empathy, I work with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and other mental health challenges. My goal is to empower my clients, enabling them to embrace their full potential and bring out the best version of themselves. With a supportive and nonjudgmental approach, I am committed to guiding you through self-discovery, personal growth, and positive change.
I believe that all people want to be the best version of themselves, and my goal is to help them achieve that. With compassion and empathy, I work with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and other mental health challenges. My goal is to empower my clients, enabling them to embrace their full potential and bring out the best version of themselves. With a supportive and nonjudgmental approach, I am committed to guiding you through self-discovery, personal growth, and positive change.
(424) 699-2715 View (424) 699-2715
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Dr. Haleh Stahl
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
I’ve been a licensed clinical psychologist for over 20 years. I work with individuals, couples, and children, and supervise other clinicians. I’m a former faculty of USC and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. My treatment model has been recognized as a “Best Practices Model” by the California Institute of Mental Health. You can count on me for expert help.
I’ve been a licensed clinical psychologist for over 20 years. I work with individuals, couples, and children, and supervise other clinicians. I’m a former faculty of USC and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. My treatment model has been recognized as a “Best Practices Model” by the California Institute of Mental Health. You can count on me for expert help.
(310) 347-4959 View (310) 347-4959
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David McKnight
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Beverly Hills, CA 90212  (Online Only)
VIDEO/PHONE, Saturday and Evening Sessions available- Having anxiety, stress, depression, work/career issues? Major life changes, relationship or family issues? Addiction (drugs, alcohol, codependency, electronics, sex and/or love addiction, etc.), ADHD, chronic pain or health issues, or feeling overwhelmed by life? I can help. I have been doing counseling professionally for over 20 years and have seen my clients make significant and consistent progress no matter how difficult the challenges are that they face. I offer support, compassion, valuable experience and a healthy relationship where a person can heal and grow.
VIDEO/PHONE, Saturday and Evening Sessions available- Having anxiety, stress, depression, work/career issues? Major life changes, relationship or family issues? Addiction (drugs, alcohol, codependency, electronics, sex and/or love addiction, etc.), ADHD, chronic pain or health issues, or feeling overwhelmed by life? I can help. I have been doing counseling professionally for over 20 years and have seen my clients make significant and consistent progress no matter how difficult the challenges are that they face. I offer support, compassion, valuable experience and a healthy relationship where a person can heal and grow.
(562) 383-2519 View (562) 383-2519
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Dr. Amanda Gorlick
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Dr. Amanda Gorlick is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides individual and group empirically supported therapy for adults ages 18 and older in California. The therapy journey can allow for healing, processing, and the acquisition of skills that pave the way toward a valuable and meaningful life.
Dr. Amanda Gorlick is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides individual and group empirically supported therapy for adults ages 18 and older in California. The therapy journey can allow for healing, processing, and the acquisition of skills that pave the way toward a valuable and meaningful life.
(747) 271-2049 View (747) 271-2049
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Richard Achiro
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
This stuckness…dread…panic…numbness…confusion... Whatever it is you’re experiencing, there may be a sense that the problem is unrelenting. Perhaps your old ways of resolving the pain or filling the emptiness aren’t doing the trick anymore. There is a reckoning brewing inside of you and the more you try to side-step it, the more your symptoms rage. This reckoning is troublesome, no doubt, but it’s also a profound opportunity…an opportunity to respond to a voice deep down inside of you that somehow knows something better is possible…
This stuckness…dread…panic…numbness…confusion... Whatever it is you’re experiencing, there may be a sense that the problem is unrelenting. Perhaps your old ways of resolving the pain or filling the emptiness aren’t doing the trick anymore. There is a reckoning brewing inside of you and the more you try to side-step it, the more your symptoms rage. This reckoning is troublesome, no doubt, but it’s also a profound opportunity…an opportunity to respond to a voice deep down inside of you that somehow knows something better is possible…
(424) 395-2844 View (424) 395-2844
Photo of Savannah Hoffman, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA
Savannah Hoffman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90210  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new clients: adults ages 18+. Psychotherapy is an endeavor that can feel uncomfortable at times, but together we can work to troubleshoot your "hang-ups" and insecurities to smooth out your path ahead. I want to work with you on your gravitational pull towards relationships that end up causing you pain; on your grief and anxiety over feeling like you've dug yourself into an insurmountable hole; on your feelings of frustration with life and self-sabotage. Bring it to me and let's talk about it.
Currently accepting new clients: adults ages 18+. Psychotherapy is an endeavor that can feel uncomfortable at times, but together we can work to troubleshoot your "hang-ups" and insecurities to smooth out your path ahead. I want to work with you on your gravitational pull towards relationships that end up causing you pain; on your grief and anxiety over feeling like you've dug yourself into an insurmountable hole; on your feelings of frustration with life and self-sabotage. Bring it to me and let's talk about it.
(323) 443-3877 View (323) 443-3877
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Joel Robert Polachek
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
In my private practice, I counsel individuals, adolescents, adults and couples, focused on anxiety, depression and relationship issues. One of my areas of focus is baby boomers contemplating retirement, transitioning into retirement and/or second careers. This population is often managing the needs of an elderly parent(s) and simultaneously, their own adult children. These challenges converge with our own issues of aging, such as mid-life crisis, changes in our health and viability and our mortality. I'm currently counseling several couples.
In my private practice, I counsel individuals, adolescents, adults and couples, focused on anxiety, depression and relationship issues. One of my areas of focus is baby boomers contemplating retirement, transitioning into retirement and/or second careers. This population is often managing the needs of an elderly parent(s) and simultaneously, their own adult children. These challenges converge with our own issues of aging, such as mid-life crisis, changes in our health and viability and our mortality. I'm currently counseling several couples.
(310) 736-4802 View (310) 736-4802
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Danielle Missler
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Beverly Hills, CA 90211  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
The people I see face a range of challenges including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief, and trauma.
The people I see face a range of challenges including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief, and trauma.
(424) 287-1606 View (424) 287-1606
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Dr. Wendy Eifert
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Beverly Hills, CA 90211  (Online Only)
Life’s journey can be overwhelming, laden with worries, stress, and self-doubt. Navigating the complexities of life’s transitions may leave us feeling exhausted, confused, and disconnected. I am dedicated to supporting you during both times of change and times of stagnation. Together we will explore your emotions, embrace your strengths and values, cultivate healthier relationships and connections, and empower you to excel in life.
Life’s journey can be overwhelming, laden with worries, stress, and self-doubt. Navigating the complexities of life’s transitions may leave us feeling exhausted, confused, and disconnected. I am dedicated to supporting you during both times of change and times of stagnation. Together we will explore your emotions, embrace your strengths and values, cultivate healthier relationships and connections, and empower you to excel in life.
(310) 299-8298 View (310) 299-8298
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Lori Yve Sunkin
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
I've been in private practice for over thirty years. I believe therapy is mostly about the relationship between the therapist and client. I feel change happens when a person finally feels safe enough to express their deepest fears and dreams, their childhood experiences and current struggles. I try to provide a comfortable environment for my clients so that they can be free to be authentic.
I've been in private practice for over thirty years. I believe therapy is mostly about the relationship between the therapist and client. I feel change happens when a person finally feels safe enough to express their deepest fears and dreams, their childhood experiences and current struggles. I try to provide a comfortable environment for my clients so that they can be free to be authentic.
(424) 329-6527 View (424) 329-6527
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Eroica L René
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
You are suffering in some way, be it an obvious trauma or grievous loss, or a more amorphous sense of ambivalence, restlessness, or confusion. You've reached a moment in life when your existing strategies, defenses, coping mechanisms, even personality organization don't feel like they're getting you where you need to be, internally and/or externally. In some, this manifests as anxiety, in others as depression. Our inner emotional turmoil can show up in all manner of symptoms but more important than symptoms and diagnoses are who you are as a whole person, your core values, and who you want to be, who you are becoming.
You are suffering in some way, be it an obvious trauma or grievous loss, or a more amorphous sense of ambivalence, restlessness, or confusion. You've reached a moment in life when your existing strategies, defenses, coping mechanisms, even personality organization don't feel like they're getting you where you need to be, internally and/or externally. In some, this manifests as anxiety, in others as depression. Our inner emotional turmoil can show up in all manner of symptoms but more important than symptoms and diagnoses are who you are as a whole person, your core values, and who you want to be, who you are becoming.
(310) 299-8725 View (310) 299-8725
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Esther Olajide
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
"When we close ourselves off, we're not just closing ourselves off to other people, we're closing ourselves off from ourselves and impeding ourselves. When we open up, you allow yourselves to be who you are" - Amy Cuddy. My goal is to provide a supportive environment for individuals on their journey of self-discovery and help facilitate change through restoring hope for children, young adults, and couples struggling with depression, anxiety, personal relationships, grief, and loss. I work on helping individuals access their inner world and assist them in self-awareness.
"When we close ourselves off, we're not just closing ourselves off to other people, we're closing ourselves off from ourselves and impeding ourselves. When we open up, you allow yourselves to be who you are" - Amy Cuddy. My goal is to provide a supportive environment for individuals on their journey of self-discovery and help facilitate change through restoring hope for children, young adults, and couples struggling with depression, anxiety, personal relationships, grief, and loss. I work on helping individuals access their inner world and assist them in self-awareness.
(323) 366-3792 View (323) 366-3792
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Men's Issues - Dr. Dean
Psychologist, PsyD, QME, Author
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Welcome to my practice. I have been in practice since 2007 and have been featured on ABC, NBC, and KCAL as an expert psychologist. I work primarily with men who have hit “rock bottom” and would like help getting up. These men are often in crisis when we first meet. The issues I address are typically related to unhealthy sexual behaviors, infidelity, financial recklessness, gambling, drugs/alcohol, dishonesty/lying, and relational conflicts. My therapy approach is a combination of psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral, and the 12-Step recovery model. I also share insight from my own painful but redemptive recovery journey.
Welcome to my practice. I have been in practice since 2007 and have been featured on ABC, NBC, and KCAL as an expert psychologist. I work primarily with men who have hit “rock bottom” and would like help getting up. These men are often in crisis when we first meet. The issues I address are typically related to unhealthy sexual behaviors, infidelity, financial recklessness, gambling, drugs/alcohol, dishonesty/lying, and relational conflicts. My therapy approach is a combination of psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral, and the 12-Step recovery model. I also share insight from my own painful but redemptive recovery journey.
(310) 742-9232 View (310) 742-9232
Pine Psychological Services, Inc.
Psychologist, PhD, MFT
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Given that I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst, one might deduce that I am very intelligent and really good at what I do. Of course, there are other possibilities like I'm a glutton for punishment or just another ordinary obsessive over-achiever. The point is that credentials and education are but one important factor that go into making a good psychotherapist. I strive to NOT make assumtions, but to listen, understand, respect, be sensitive yet objective and flexible, tailoring the treatment to the needs of my patient instead of the other way around.
Given that I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst, one might deduce that I am very intelligent and really good at what I do. Of course, there are other possibilities like I'm a glutton for punishment or just another ordinary obsessive over-achiever. The point is that credentials and education are but one important factor that go into making a good psychotherapist. I strive to NOT make assumtions, but to listen, understand, respect, be sensitive yet objective and flexible, tailoring the treatment to the needs of my patient instead of the other way around.
(310) 275-1867 View (310) 275-1867

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Number of Therapists in Beverly Hills, CA

1,000+

Average cost per session

$200

Therapists in Beverly Hills, CA who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
88% Depression
86% Relationship Issues
76% Self Esteem
68% Trauma and PTSD
65% Grief
64% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

59% Aetna
49% Cigna and Evernorth
46% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Beverly Hills, CA see their clients

65% In Person and Online
35% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
26% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Beverly Hills?

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.