Therapists in Burbank, CA

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Shannon M Ho
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Burbank, CA 91502  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Psychotherapist and have been working in mental health since 2017. If you are looking for a Therapist who is Compassionate and Knowledgeable, please keep reading. Many Therapists feel the need to curate their ideal client, but I am confident I can help you regardless of your background. My extensive experience has introduced me to clients with wonderfully diverse backgrounds, who have trusted me with their most vulnerable moments in life. When you work with me, you can rest assured that you are in the hands of an Experienced and Capable Therapist.
I am a Licensed Psychotherapist and have been working in mental health since 2017. If you are looking for a Therapist who is Compassionate and Knowledgeable, please keep reading. Many Therapists feel the need to curate their ideal client, but I am confident I can help you regardless of your background. My extensive experience has introduced me to clients with wonderfully diverse backgrounds, who have trusted me with their most vulnerable moments in life. When you work with me, you can rest assured that you are in the hands of an Experienced and Capable Therapist.
(747) 319-4705 View (747) 319-4705
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Stephanie Prince-Ling
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Burbank, CA 91510  (Online Only)
I am glad you are here. It's not easy for someone to reach out for support. It takes a lot of courage and strength to be vulnerable with someone you barely know. My goal in the first couple of sessions is to build rapport, establish a sense of emotional safety and provide a confidential, nonjudgmental space to process whatever is getting in the way of you feeling more alive and connected. I want you to be able to sleep better; manage your mood more effectively; name and tame the stressors that show up for you and/or simply find more ways to feel joy. I am here for it, but more so, I am here for you.
I am glad you are here. It's not easy for someone to reach out for support. It takes a lot of courage and strength to be vulnerable with someone you barely know. My goal in the first couple of sessions is to build rapport, establish a sense of emotional safety and provide a confidential, nonjudgmental space to process whatever is getting in the way of you feeling more alive and connected. I want you to be able to sleep better; manage your mood more effectively; name and tame the stressors that show up for you and/or simply find more ways to feel joy. I am here for it, but more so, I am here for you.
(747) 232-5155 View (747) 232-5155
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Devan Haddad
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, APCC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Burbank, CA 91504  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am a queer psychotherapist working from a social justice and anti-oppression framework. This means that we will work together to understand how the systems of the world and your environment contribute to your life. I strongly believe in the ability we each have to better understand ourselves and heal with the support we need - I am here to guide you in that process.
Welcome! I am a queer psychotherapist working from a social justice and anti-oppression framework. This means that we will work together to understand how the systems of the world and your environment contribute to your life. I strongly believe in the ability we each have to better understand ourselves and heal with the support we need - I am here to guide you in that process.
(818) 797-7271 View (818) 797-7271
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Kim Appel
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Burbank, CA 91505
Not accepting new clients
Are you dealing with a major life transition, feeling lost or just need someone to help you navigate through day to day difficulties? Do you need assistance in accessing your strengths?
Are you dealing with a major life transition, feeling lost or just need someone to help you navigate through day to day difficulties? Do you need assistance in accessing your strengths?
(818) 276-9389 View (818) 276-9389
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Carol A Williams
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LPCC, EMDR
Verified Verified
25 Endorsed
Burbank, CA 91505  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing severe anxiety, feeling overwhelmed by fear, struggling to sleep or confused by your loss of interest in things that used to bring you joy? Do you feel emotionally unstable in an intimate relationship, but stable in all your others? Do you say to yourself, 'something is not right', but can't pinpoint what is wrong? You may have been targeted or raised by a narcissistic. I believe you and I am here to help. Ours will be a collaborative journey with goals you set that will help reorient, re-empower and provide you a renewed sense of autonomy over your choices and your life.
Are you experiencing severe anxiety, feeling overwhelmed by fear, struggling to sleep or confused by your loss of interest in things that used to bring you joy? Do you feel emotionally unstable in an intimate relationship, but stable in all your others? Do you say to yourself, 'something is not right', but can't pinpoint what is wrong? You may have been targeted or raised by a narcissistic. I believe you and I am here to help. Ours will be a collaborative journey with goals you set that will help reorient, re-empower and provide you a renewed sense of autonomy over your choices and your life.
(818) 423-4677 View (818) 423-4677
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John Rosania
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Burbank, CA 91505
I help individuals, couples, and partnerships develop greater awareness and compassion towards themselves and the stuck places in their lives. Then we consider ways to take action to reduce suffering and create a life worth living.
I help individuals, couples, and partnerships develop greater awareness and compassion towards themselves and the stuck places in their lives. Then we consider ways to take action to reduce suffering and create a life worth living.
(818) 369-3248 View (818) 369-3248
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Dr. Carlos Vidales
Psychological Associate, PhD
Verified Verified
Burbank, CA 91501
Currently accepting new clients. If you're looking for a space intended for yourself to unpack emotions, make sense of troubling situations, and show up for yourself, then I'll co-create one with you. I know that initiating therapy can be a scary or difficult thing, and I appreciate your commitment to finding the best provider for yourself. Just know that I offer you absolute acceptance of your identities, flaws, goals, and growth.
Currently accepting new clients. If you're looking for a space intended for yourself to unpack emotions, make sense of troubling situations, and show up for yourself, then I'll co-create one with you. I know that initiating therapy can be a scary or difficult thing, and I appreciate your commitment to finding the best provider for yourself. Just know that I offer you absolute acceptance of your identities, flaws, goals, and growth.
(747) 326-5577 x1002 View (747) 326-5577 x1002
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Lilit Melik-Bakhshyan
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Burbank, CA 91502  (Online Only)
Self-love and acceptance is essential to live a healthy fulfilling life. Often times people shut their inner voice due to their experiences and life circumstances, which can cause a negative impact. I help my clients reconnect with their inner self and be in tune with their gut feeling with mindfulness practice approach. It is my goal as a therapist to provide a safe and welcoming environment where we can collaborate together to make the changes and develop new patterns to help you feel better and live a compassionate life. I believe that each individual has the strength and knowledge to reach their full potential.
Self-love and acceptance is essential to live a healthy fulfilling life. Often times people shut their inner voice due to their experiences and life circumstances, which can cause a negative impact. I help my clients reconnect with their inner self and be in tune with their gut feeling with mindfulness practice approach. It is my goal as a therapist to provide a safe and welcoming environment where we can collaborate together to make the changes and develop new patterns to help you feel better and live a compassionate life. I believe that each individual has the strength and knowledge to reach their full potential.
(747) 400-2487 View (747) 400-2487
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Maria Fuenzalida
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Burbank, CA 91505
Are you a new parent experiencing an overwhelming range of emotions, where joy and happiness have become clouded by persistent feelings of sadness, worry, and fear? Are uncontrollable racing thoughts making it hard to quiet your mind and enjoy parenthood? It’s not uncommon to experience guilt, self-doubt, and have thoughts that you’re failing as a parent. In the midst of all this, seeking help can be a difficult step, but it's a crucial one on the path to healing and regaining a sense of self and well-being.
Are you a new parent experiencing an overwhelming range of emotions, where joy and happiness have become clouded by persistent feelings of sadness, worry, and fear? Are uncontrollable racing thoughts making it hard to quiet your mind and enjoy parenthood? It’s not uncommon to experience guilt, self-doubt, and have thoughts that you’re failing as a parent. In the midst of all this, seeking help can be a difficult step, but it's a crucial one on the path to healing and regaining a sense of self and well-being.
(818) 456-1828 View (818) 456-1828
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Gina Wilson, MS Counseling
Pre-Licensed Professional, AMFT, EMDR, Cert
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burbank, CA 91505
Hi! Welcome, my life purpose is to work with Individuals to achieve their goals. I have 10 years experience with children, teens, adults, and groups. I will take the time to establish a meaningful relationship with you and collaborate with you to establish your goals of treatment. Together, we will engage in experiential exercises to help you create more awareness of your challenges and behaviors. With targeted interventions together we can reach your goals and find solutions, improve your life, and help you to feel good about yourself.
Hi! Welcome, my life purpose is to work with Individuals to achieve their goals. I have 10 years experience with children, teens, adults, and groups. I will take the time to establish a meaningful relationship with you and collaborate with you to establish your goals of treatment. Together, we will engage in experiential exercises to help you create more awareness of your challenges and behaviors. With targeted interventions together we can reach your goals and find solutions, improve your life, and help you to feel good about yourself.
(213) 894-9629 View (213) 894-9629
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Kylie Moore
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burbank, CA 91502
I understand that each individual's path to wellness is distinct. I am dedicated to tailoring our sessions to meet your needs and goals. Together, we can work towards uncovering your inner strengths, healing from past wounds, and building a fulfilling life filled with authentic connections. If you're ready to take the first step towards healing and growth, I look forward to hearing from you. My approach to therapy is rooted in emphasizing a strengths-based perspective that honors your unique journey and inherent resilience. By integrating evidence-based interventions, I aim to facilitate meaningful transformation.
I understand that each individual's path to wellness is distinct. I am dedicated to tailoring our sessions to meet your needs and goals. Together, we can work towards uncovering your inner strengths, healing from past wounds, and building a fulfilling life filled with authentic connections. If you're ready to take the first step towards healing and growth, I look forward to hearing from you. My approach to therapy is rooted in emphasizing a strengths-based perspective that honors your unique journey and inherent resilience. By integrating evidence-based interventions, I aim to facilitate meaningful transformation.
(818) 463-2257 View (818) 463-2257
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Deborah Lakeman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burbank, CA 91502  (Online Only)
We all live in a world of stories...The meaning we attach to these stories become a template of how we feel about ourselves. The emotional outcome of this thinking can be depression, anxiety and at other times, happiness. What is the meaning of these stories? I believe facts bring us to knowledge, but stories lead us to wisdom. Therapy is a creative and supportive process of getting to know your true self, of re-authoring the old story and writing a new one. Discover who you are... apart from the problem, and find an unexpected path to build inner strength and resources.
We all live in a world of stories...The meaning we attach to these stories become a template of how we feel about ourselves. The emotional outcome of this thinking can be depression, anxiety and at other times, happiness. What is the meaning of these stories? I believe facts bring us to knowledge, but stories lead us to wisdom. Therapy is a creative and supportive process of getting to know your true self, of re-authoring the old story and writing a new one. Discover who you are... apart from the problem, and find an unexpected path to build inner strength and resources.
(818) 850-6474 View (818) 850-6474
Royce Goldman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, Ed, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Burbank, CA 91502
Waitlist for new clients
I work with school age children to adolescents who have special behavioral or learning needs. I focus on providing support to the entire family encompassing the child, parents and siblings. I provide family counseling, parenting skills coaching, and social skills training within the context of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Polyvagal Theory. I help with the initial trauma of a child's diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder or a Specific Learning Disability. I support a family on their journey from initial diagnosis to accessing resources and programs for their child.
I work with school age children to adolescents who have special behavioral or learning needs. I focus on providing support to the entire family encompassing the child, parents and siblings. I provide family counseling, parenting skills coaching, and social skills training within the context of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Polyvagal Theory. I help with the initial trauma of a child's diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder or a Specific Learning Disability. I support a family on their journey from initial diagnosis to accessing resources and programs for their child.
(818) 465-5968 View (818) 465-5968
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Camille Raquel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Burbank, CA 91506  (Online Only)
Navigating the expectations and demands of today's world may leave you feeling depleted, irritable, and disconnected. Maybe you're feeling overwhelmed, overworked or are struggling in your relationships. If you’re looking for a sense of belonging, to be understood, or personal growth, therapy can help. Together we will explore patterns of thoughts and behaviors that no longer serve you, develop techniques to ease distress, and create a healthier way of being in the world.
Navigating the expectations and demands of today's world may leave you feeling depleted, irritable, and disconnected. Maybe you're feeling overwhelmed, overworked or are struggling in your relationships. If you’re looking for a sense of belonging, to be understood, or personal growth, therapy can help. Together we will explore patterns of thoughts and behaviors that no longer serve you, develop techniques to ease distress, and create a healthier way of being in the world.
(310) 340-7480 View (310) 340-7480
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Judi Brooks
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, BICM
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burbank, CA 91505
I work in private practice, school settings, ​and non-traditional environments so that the relationship in therapy thrives; giving the individuals involved the best opportunity for growth using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). With 25+ years specializing in family needs and individuals experiencing grief, anxiety, depression or relationship difficulties, I serve as a guide in developing​ the skills & knowledge to better navigate the daily challenges of life and the unusual circumstances that arise. Building Mental Health and maintaining it is a very high priority in developing​ long term satisfaction.
I work in private practice, school settings, ​and non-traditional environments so that the relationship in therapy thrives; giving the individuals involved the best opportunity for growth using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). With 25+ years specializing in family needs and individuals experiencing grief, anxiety, depression or relationship difficulties, I serve as a guide in developing​ the skills & knowledge to better navigate the daily challenges of life and the unusual circumstances that arise. Building Mental Health and maintaining it is a very high priority in developing​ long term satisfaction.
(818) 446-1941 View (818) 446-1941
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Leila Alton
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Burbank, CA 91505
Hello and warm welcome to you! I'm Leila, LMFT, and I believe that people are naturally resilient with the right support. I provide trauma-informed therapy with a focus on childhood attachment wound theory, using a compassionate, client-centered/humanistic approach. I specialize in EMDR, chronic depression, anxiety, life-changes, stress, self-esteem issues, and inner-child/shadow work; utilizing somatic and eclectic methods. My clients walk away from therapy with me feeling a transformed sense of inner peace and self-worth, a regaining of control over their lives and decisions, and the empowerment to awaken their full potential.
Hello and warm welcome to you! I'm Leila, LMFT, and I believe that people are naturally resilient with the right support. I provide trauma-informed therapy with a focus on childhood attachment wound theory, using a compassionate, client-centered/humanistic approach. I specialize in EMDR, chronic depression, anxiety, life-changes, stress, self-esteem issues, and inner-child/shadow work; utilizing somatic and eclectic methods. My clients walk away from therapy with me feeling a transformed sense of inner peace and self-worth, a regaining of control over their lives and decisions, and the empowerment to awaken their full potential.
(818) 740-3705 View (818) 740-3705
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Marta Bringas
Counselor, QMHP, MA, LPC, LPCC
Verified Verified
Burbank, CA 91502  (Online Only)
If your constant worry, perfectionism, negative self-talk, or frequent self-doubt is affecting your career, relationships or your happiness, keeping you from fully enjoying life, let's talk; if you feel lost, overwhelmed or being pulled in different directions, let's get you back on track; if you are in the Arts & Entertainment Business and/or have a demanding job with specific challenges that interfere with achieving creative success and a sense of fulfillment, I would love to help you thrive and reach your full potential.
If your constant worry, perfectionism, negative self-talk, or frequent self-doubt is affecting your career, relationships or your happiness, keeping you from fully enjoying life, let's talk; if you feel lost, overwhelmed or being pulled in different directions, let's get you back on track; if you are in the Arts & Entertainment Business and/or have a demanding job with specific challenges that interfere with achieving creative success and a sense of fulfillment, I would love to help you thrive and reach your full potential.
(323) 452-2629 View (323) 452-2629
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Rosa C. Shetty
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, RYT
Verified Verified
Burbank, CA 91505  (Online Only)
I have been in the field of trauma healing and recovery since 2007. I specialize in helping women of color (BIPOC) heal from complex childhood trauma and dissociative disorders stemming from sexual abuse. I have advanced training in research-based trauma recovery models: EMDR, Havening, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems, and Trauma-Focused Yoga Therapy.
I have been in the field of trauma healing and recovery since 2007. I specialize in helping women of color (BIPOC) heal from complex childhood trauma and dissociative disorders stemming from sexual abuse. I have advanced training in research-based trauma recovery models: EMDR, Havening, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems, and Trauma-Focused Yoga Therapy.
(818) 210-4536 View (818) 210-4536
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Haya Avetisyan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Burbank, CA 91505
I have been in the mental health field for 10 years providing assessment and treatment to people with histories of trauma, adjustment challenges to medical diagnosis and major life changes, relationship distress with partners, parenting difficulties, mood disorders, anxiety, panic disorders, and emotion "“ dysregulation. Currently I work with adult individuals and couples. I believe that pain is often the keyhole to the most vulnerable yet the most beautiful parts of human existence and I am passionate about guiding people in becoming their own locksmiths.
I have been in the mental health field for 10 years providing assessment and treatment to people with histories of trauma, adjustment challenges to medical diagnosis and major life changes, relationship distress with partners, parenting difficulties, mood disorders, anxiety, panic disorders, and emotion "“ dysregulation. Currently I work with adult individuals and couples. I believe that pain is often the keyhole to the most vulnerable yet the most beautiful parts of human existence and I am passionate about guiding people in becoming their own locksmiths.
(747) 269-1612 View (747) 269-1612
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Recovering From Trauma And Anxiety Maral Malekian Lmft
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Burbank, CA 91502  (Online Only)
You want to feel heard but deep down you are struggling and it feels as if something is missing. Using a holistic, mindful approach to alleviate pain and unwanted symptoms, I can help guide you to build on self compassion and self-care. Working together we work toward improving anxiety, depressive symptoms, self-empowerment, self-esteem.
You want to feel heard but deep down you are struggling and it feels as if something is missing. Using a holistic, mindful approach to alleviate pain and unwanted symptoms, I can help guide you to build on self compassion and self-care. Working together we work toward improving anxiety, depressive symptoms, self-empowerment, self-esteem.
(818) 572-9616 View (818) 572-9616
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Number of Therapists in Burbank, CA

500+

Average cost per session

$175

Therapists in Burbank, CA who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
90% Depression
83% Relationship Issues
78% Self Esteem
70% Trauma and PTSD
68% Coping Skills
67% Grief

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

65% Aetna
64% Cigna and Evernorth
59% Optum

How Therapists in Burbank, CA see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
20% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Burbank?

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.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

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.