Therapists in Huntington Beach, CA

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Jamie Fister
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92647  (Online Only)
My therapeutic services specialize in anxiety, depression, codependency and work/life related stress. If you feel lonely, isolated, depressed, anxious or lost and struggling to set boundaries with others or feel like you have little control in your life, I can help you.
My therapeutic services specialize in anxiety, depression, codependency and work/life related stress. If you feel lonely, isolated, depressed, anxious or lost and struggling to set boundaries with others or feel like you have little control in your life, I can help you.
(714) 924-3010 View (714) 924-3010
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Christine Gonzalez
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, CDAAC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Online, phone, and office sessions. Fees are tax deductible donations. News causing stress? More conflict at home? Let me help you to navigate this difficult time, take care of yourself, find ways to meet your social needs, and restore some peace and joy in your home and family. You can have this. We can work together to find the relief and answers you need. If you want to reduce stress and worry, survive AND thrive, and find wholeness in the midst of uncertainty, CALL me. Life CAN be better. Don't spend another day suffering, or let anything stop you from getting the help you need. Other specialties: Trauma, Grief, Kids, Families.
Online, phone, and office sessions. Fees are tax deductible donations. News causing stress? More conflict at home? Let me help you to navigate this difficult time, take care of yourself, find ways to meet your social needs, and restore some peace and joy in your home and family. You can have this. We can work together to find the relief and answers you need. If you want to reduce stress and worry, survive AND thrive, and find wholeness in the midst of uncertainty, CALL me. Life CAN be better. Don't spend another day suffering, or let anything stop you from getting the help you need. Other specialties: Trauma, Grief, Kids, Families.
(949) 537-2252 View (949) 537-2252
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Katherine R van Heerden
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Clients seeking therapy are typically struggling to find strengths and solutions they already possess. I work with clients ages 18-65, assisting them in identifying underlying mental health issues affecting their functioning and overall emotional stability. Whether it's anxiety, depression, work stress, relationship issues, lack of support, or substance use, I assist clients by providing a safe, non-judgmental space. Goals identified will always start with the client, and I will help by breaking those down to achievable goals that can be obtained.
Clients seeking therapy are typically struggling to find strengths and solutions they already possess. I work with clients ages 18-65, assisting them in identifying underlying mental health issues affecting their functioning and overall emotional stability. Whether it's anxiety, depression, work stress, relationship issues, lack of support, or substance use, I assist clients by providing a safe, non-judgmental space. Goals identified will always start with the client, and I will help by breaking those down to achievable goals that can be obtained.
(714) 475-7403 View (714) 475-7403
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Dan Garcia
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92646  (Online Only)
I know what it is like to feel sad for no apparent reason. I bring my personal and professional experience to help my clients to live happy, productive, and purposeful lives. I begin treatment as a learner. I do not know which treatment approach is best until I learn about you. For this reason, not only is my work highly individualized, but I also strive to expand my knowledge in the most researched and effective treatment approaches to support my clients. My extensive experience helps me to assess and intervene quickly so that my clients
I know what it is like to feel sad for no apparent reason. I bring my personal and professional experience to help my clients to live happy, productive, and purposeful lives. I begin treatment as a learner. I do not know which treatment approach is best until I learn about you. For this reason, not only is my work highly individualized, but I also strive to expand my knowledge in the most researched and effective treatment approaches to support my clients. My extensive experience helps me to assess and intervene quickly so that my clients
(714) 694-7337 View (714) 694-7337
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Jillian Jeffries
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Whether you are a parent looking for a way to help your child grow or gain support during a transition, or a young adult asking important questions about your past or worried about your future, as a therapist at Insight, I provide the support you need. I have a passion for working with young adults and children, striving for a safe space to process difficult life circumstances. For my young adult clients, we can learn new ways of taking care of and showing up for yourself. For my child clients and parents, I provide a safe space for children to play and process stresses in their lives that is essential for holistic healing.
Whether you are a parent looking for a way to help your child grow or gain support during a transition, or a young adult asking important questions about your past or worried about your future, as a therapist at Insight, I provide the support you need. I have a passion for working with young adults and children, striving for a safe space to process difficult life circumstances. For my young adult clients, we can learn new ways of taking care of and showing up for yourself. For my child clients and parents, I provide a safe space for children to play and process stresses in their lives that is essential for holistic healing.
(714) 909-2071 View (714) 909-2071
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Andrew Wakefield
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
Greetings, my name is Andrew Wakefield and I am a Marriage and Family Therapist 90767, who specializes in solution-focused therapy to get you fast results. I work with all individuals seeking help with anxiety, depression, relationship stressors, and work stress.
Greetings, my name is Andrew Wakefield and I am a Marriage and Family Therapist 90767, who specializes in solution-focused therapy to get you fast results. I work with all individuals seeking help with anxiety, depression, relationship stressors, and work stress.
(714) 410-5367 View (714) 410-5367
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Jenny Raz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
Hello, I'm Jenny Raz, a licensed clinical social worker. I work with adults and teens struggling with a range of mental health topics from relationship issues, aging & end of life, grief, suicidal ideations, veteran issues, LGBTQ+ issues, and more. I am effective in utilizing CBT, psychodynamic approach, and person-centered therapeutic modalities. Therapy is a safe place to share, problem-solve and/or accept the present moment for what it is.
Hello, I'm Jenny Raz, a licensed clinical social worker. I work with adults and teens struggling with a range of mental health topics from relationship issues, aging & end of life, grief, suicidal ideations, veteran issues, LGBTQ+ issues, and more. I am effective in utilizing CBT, psychodynamic approach, and person-centered therapeutic modalities. Therapy is a safe place to share, problem-solve and/or accept the present moment for what it is.
(714) 617-7416 View (714) 617-7416
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Maryam Ashraf
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, EMDR
Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Do you find yourself struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, self-esteem, identity, and difficult life transitions? Do you find yourself feeling stuck and can’t seem to focus or move forward? There are many ways to get unstuck, and this is the work I love to do to help you heal, grow and live a more fulfilling life. I use an integrative approach including attachment-based work, DBT, CBT, IFS, and mindfulness, bringing in each as needed. Above all, I strive to hold space and empathy for your life experience.
Do you find yourself struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, self-esteem, identity, and difficult life transitions? Do you find yourself feeling stuck and can’t seem to focus or move forward? There are many ways to get unstuck, and this is the work I love to do to help you heal, grow and live a more fulfilling life. I use an integrative approach including attachment-based work, DBT, CBT, IFS, and mindfulness, bringing in each as needed. Above all, I strive to hold space and empathy for your life experience.
(714) 410-0657 View (714) 410-0657
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Jasmine Cotta
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Not accepting new clients
My name is Jasmine Cotta. I have a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. My training involved providing case management and clinical therapy services to at-risk youth enrolled in alternative education. As a therapist, my goal is to provide a compassionate, non-judgmental space where clients can identify and work through various challenges that may be getting in the way of them living the life they envision.
My name is Jasmine Cotta. I have a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. My training involved providing case management and clinical therapy services to at-risk youth enrolled in alternative education. As a therapist, my goal is to provide a compassionate, non-judgmental space where clients can identify and work through various challenges that may be getting in the way of them living the life they envision.
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Kelly Barclay
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Are you ready to make changes in your life and relationships? Are you a teenager who is struggling with distressing feelings,or an adult feeling challenged by the demands of parenting or your desire to improve your significant relationships? Whether you are ready for the next big step in your life or feeling completely stuck, I will help you discover the path that is right for you. I have 26 years of experience collaborating with clients to achieve relief from distressing symptoms, improve and rebuild damaged relationships, achieve personal goals, and create a calmer, more peaceful and fulfilling life.
Are you ready to make changes in your life and relationships? Are you a teenager who is struggling with distressing feelings,or an adult feeling challenged by the demands of parenting or your desire to improve your significant relationships? Whether you are ready for the next big step in your life or feeling completely stuck, I will help you discover the path that is right for you. I have 26 years of experience collaborating with clients to achieve relief from distressing symptoms, improve and rebuild damaged relationships, achieve personal goals, and create a calmer, more peaceful and fulfilling life.
(714) 582-5113 View (714) 582-5113
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Liana Huang
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, EMDR
Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
When we are exposed to trauma at an early age, it can seriously impact how we feel about ourselves and our relationships with others. Trauma can also profoundly affect whether we feel this is a safe world and can contribute to depression, anxiety, and relational/familial issues. My practice is from a strengths-based, trauma-informed perspective with a non-judgmental framework. I aim to understand clients’ internal responses and to provide more options for emotional regulation and problem-solving.
When we are exposed to trauma at an early age, it can seriously impact how we feel about ourselves and our relationships with others. Trauma can also profoundly affect whether we feel this is a safe world and can contribute to depression, anxiety, and relational/familial issues. My practice is from a strengths-based, trauma-informed perspective with a non-judgmental framework. I aim to understand clients’ internal responses and to provide more options for emotional regulation and problem-solving.
(714) 361-0969 View (714) 361-0969
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Fereshte Mirzad
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Currently taking new clients; option for in-person or tele-therapy. I work with individuals seeking help to alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, adjusting to life circumstances, coping with broken relationships and traumatic experiences. Whether you feel irritable, stuck, fatigued, anxious, disinterested, or vulnerable, there is capacity for healing and renewal. The process of healing involves understanding how our past interactions and environments have shaped our perception of self, others, and the world we live in; in addition to developing skills to cope with negative thoughts and emotions that lead to feeling overwhelmed.
Currently taking new clients; option for in-person or tele-therapy. I work with individuals seeking help to alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, adjusting to life circumstances, coping with broken relationships and traumatic experiences. Whether you feel irritable, stuck, fatigued, anxious, disinterested, or vulnerable, there is capacity for healing and renewal. The process of healing involves understanding how our past interactions and environments have shaped our perception of self, others, and the world we live in; in addition to developing skills to cope with negative thoughts and emotions that lead to feeling overwhelmed.
(714) 909-1959 View (714) 909-1959
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Matt McKeithan
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92648  (Online Only)
I specialize in treating those with various mental disorders and behavioral issues to include: ADHD, PTSD, Anxiety, and Personality Disorders. I utilize detailed Psychological Assessment, and empirically supported treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness. I am certified as a DBT practitioner and a life coach. Lastly, I integrate a holistic mindset into my practice, where emphasis is placed on gut/brain health, sleep quality, lifestyle, and diet.
I specialize in treating those with various mental disorders and behavioral issues to include: ADHD, PTSD, Anxiety, and Personality Disorders. I utilize detailed Psychological Assessment, and empirically supported treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness. I am certified as a DBT practitioner and a life coach. Lastly, I integrate a holistic mindset into my practice, where emphasis is placed on gut/brain health, sleep quality, lifestyle, and diet.
(714) 597-6872 View (714) 597-6872
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Cindy Diferdinand
MS, ACC
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Welcome to my page! My name is Cindy Di Ferdinand. As a certified professional life coach, I can help you identify your life and professional goals, explore options, and set up a vision plan and necessary action steps to move your life beyond your current expectations. As a business and start-up coach, I partner with you to drive your business into a successful launch as well as coach you to take your business to the next level. As a clinical nutritionist, I will do an individual nutrition exam and consultation, access your nutrition and health status, and investigate your motivation and drive to change.
Welcome to my page! My name is Cindy Di Ferdinand. As a certified professional life coach, I can help you identify your life and professional goals, explore options, and set up a vision plan and necessary action steps to move your life beyond your current expectations. As a business and start-up coach, I partner with you to drive your business into a successful launch as well as coach you to take your business to the next level. As a clinical nutritionist, I will do an individual nutrition exam and consultation, access your nutrition and health status, and investigate your motivation and drive to change.
(714) 710-1903 View (714) 710-1903
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Jiyoung Kim
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW, EMDR
Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Do you find difficulties with feelings of depression, anxiety, relationship/family problems, and trauma? These emotional disruptions can have a significant impact on our lives. Coping with these events requires various approaches, and I can assist you in recognizing your emotions and identifying possible patterns in your relationships. I can also help you develop resilience and acceptance towards challenging emotions, and support you in setting meaningful goals. I utilize EMDR, CBT, trauma-informed care, mindfulness, & person-centered therapy to reduce anxiety and trauma symptoms, foster resilience, and enhance the quality of life.
Do you find difficulties with feelings of depression, anxiety, relationship/family problems, and trauma? These emotional disruptions can have a significant impact on our lives. Coping with these events requires various approaches, and I can assist you in recognizing your emotions and identifying possible patterns in your relationships. I can also help you develop resilience and acceptance towards challenging emotions, and support you in setting meaningful goals. I utilize EMDR, CBT, trauma-informed care, mindfulness, & person-centered therapy to reduce anxiety and trauma symptoms, foster resilience, and enhance the quality of life.
(714) 497-2319 View (714) 497-2319
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Alina Johnson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Huntington Beach, CA 92648  (Online Only)
Life can be difficult, confusing, full of changes and challenges at times. We can feel empty, scared, hurt and lost. In my practice, as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT142790), I will create a safe space for you to heal, explore yourself today and explore your past, create a new path for your future. I strive to provide a space that offers compassion and honest reflection, facilitates exploration of your story, promotes natural self-awareness and personal growth. I will be mindful of how your unique story affects your presenting issues and will provide culturally informed services.
Life can be difficult, confusing, full of changes and challenges at times. We can feel empty, scared, hurt and lost. In my practice, as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT142790), I will create a safe space for you to heal, explore yourself today and explore your past, create a new path for your future. I strive to provide a space that offers compassion and honest reflection, facilitates exploration of your story, promotes natural self-awareness and personal growth. I will be mindful of how your unique story affects your presenting issues and will provide culturally informed services.
(714) 215-9787 View (714) 215-9787
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Jill Gravois
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Jill Gravois is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 18 years of experience in the social work and mental health fields. She is passionate about helping individuals meet their personal goals and create a life for themselves that is motivated by self-love and total well-being.
Jill Gravois is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 18 years of experience in the social work and mental health fields. She is passionate about helping individuals meet their personal goals and create a life for themselves that is motivated by self-love and total well-being.
(714) 361-0833 View (714) 361-0833
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Psychological Testing & Evaluations - Dr. Dean
Psychologist, PsyD, QME, Author
Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
I'm Dr. Dean Leav, licensed psychologist and qualified medical evaluator (QME). I've been featured on ABC, NBC, KCAL, and other programs as an expert psychologist. I provide Evaluation Services, including (and not limited to): diagnostics (ADHD, Autism, Learning Dis.), cognitive/neuropsychological evaluations, workers' compensation (QME/AME), immigration-related evaluations, pre-adoption psychological evaluations, parenting/bonding assessments, drug & alcohol evaluations, pre-employment evaluations, and legal/forensics/criminal evaluations. These evaluations may be used to meet eligibility for certain services or accommodations.
I'm Dr. Dean Leav, licensed psychologist and qualified medical evaluator (QME). I've been featured on ABC, NBC, KCAL, and other programs as an expert psychologist. I provide Evaluation Services, including (and not limited to): diagnostics (ADHD, Autism, Learning Dis.), cognitive/neuropsychological evaluations, workers' compensation (QME/AME), immigration-related evaluations, pre-adoption psychological evaluations, parenting/bonding assessments, drug & alcohol evaluations, pre-employment evaluations, and legal/forensics/criminal evaluations. These evaluations may be used to meet eligibility for certain services or accommodations.
(424) 397-2573 View (424) 397-2573
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Jorrie Stuart MacKenzie
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Life can sometimes seem a painful and distressing journey. We may struggle with feelings and thoughts and may come to believe people around us do not understand us or appreciate the situation in which we find ourselves. When this happens, it can feel like our goals and and dreams are quickly receding out of reach. We search not only for the reasons for our distress but importantly relief and resolution to bring us back to the calm and safe harbor of our previous state of mind and daily routines. You have tried several approaches and strategies and yet here you are. Nevertheless, each step brings hope and resolution.
Life can sometimes seem a painful and distressing journey. We may struggle with feelings and thoughts and may come to believe people around us do not understand us or appreciate the situation in which we find ourselves. When this happens, it can feel like our goals and and dreams are quickly receding out of reach. We search not only for the reasons for our distress but importantly relief and resolution to bring us back to the calm and safe harbor of our previous state of mind and daily routines. You have tried several approaches and strategies and yet here you are. Nevertheless, each step brings hope and resolution.
(424) 238-6606 View (424) 238-6606
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Farbod Khalafi
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92647  (Online Only)
My goal as a therapist is to create a supportive space where my clients can be brave with their feelings and be the best version of themselves. I approach therapy compassionately and collaboratively to guide my clients through the challenges they face. Whether you want to heal from your past, support for your present, or hope for the future I can gladly help!
My goal as a therapist is to create a supportive space where my clients can be brave with their feelings and be the best version of themselves. I approach therapy compassionately and collaboratively to guide my clients through the challenges they face. Whether you want to heal from your past, support for your present, or hope for the future I can gladly help!
(657) 301-3398 View (657) 301-3398

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Number of Therapists in Huntington Beach, CA

600+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Huntington Beach, CA who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
88% Depression
79% Relationship Issues
74% Self Esteem
71% Coping Skills
70% Trauma and PTSD
67% Stress

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

71% Cigna and Evernorth
68% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
64% Optum

How Therapists in Huntington Beach, CA see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
21% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Huntington Beach?

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.