Therapists in Lake Forest, CA

Photo of Keira Merkovsky, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Lake Forest, CA
Keira Merkovsky
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Lake Forest, CA 92630
My commitment to my clients is to provide them with a welcoming place in which they can safely share their struggles and receive genuine support. People generally don't seek help from a therapist until they reach the point where their typical coping skills are no longer working. If you are at that point and need help discovering new methods to help you make it through life's challenges, I can help.
My commitment to my clients is to provide them with a welcoming place in which they can safely share their struggles and receive genuine support. People generally don't seek help from a therapist until they reach the point where their typical coping skills are no longer working. If you are at that point and need help discovering new methods to help you make it through life's challenges, I can help.
(949) 558-2541 View (949) 558-2541
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Susan J Novak
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Whether you are struggling with depression, suffering with anxiety or panic attacks, wrestling with your marriage, coping with divorce, dealing with an illness or death, feeling controlled or humiliated by your significant other, or living with a history of sexual abuse or assault, I can help you work on these issues. With over 22 years of clinical experience, I have helped many people improve their lives. Find your solutions and start feeling better today!
Whether you are struggling with depression, suffering with anxiety or panic attacks, wrestling with your marriage, coping with divorce, dealing with an illness or death, feeling controlled or humiliated by your significant other, or living with a history of sexual abuse or assault, I can help you work on these issues. With over 22 years of clinical experience, I have helped many people improve their lives. Find your solutions and start feeling better today!
(949) 245-6733 View (949) 245-6733
Photo of Nadia Teymoorian, Marriage & Family Therapist in Lake Forest, CA
Nadia Teymoorian
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PsyD
Verified
Lake Forest, CA 92630
There are circumstances in life that can prevent individuals to enjoy life to its fullest. Regardless of the reason, psychotherapy is a powerful and beneficial tool for healing and personal growth. I'm here to offer you support and guidance through the process. My approach is tailored to each individual based on each individual’s unique needs that sometimes involves identifying strengths, building self-confidence and self-acceptance as well as challenging unhealthy beliefs and coping strategies in a therapeutic, supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere.
There are circumstances in life that can prevent individuals to enjoy life to its fullest. Regardless of the reason, psychotherapy is a powerful and beneficial tool for healing and personal growth. I'm here to offer you support and guidance through the process. My approach is tailored to each individual based on each individual’s unique needs that sometimes involves identifying strengths, building self-confidence and self-acceptance as well as challenging unhealthy beliefs and coping strategies in a therapeutic, supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere.
(949) 238-1694 View (949) 238-1694
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Kenneth Woog
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Lake Forest, CA 92630
If you or a loved one is struggling with computer/video gaming/internet or other behavioral addictions let us help. While we can't reclaim the years lost to computer and other media excesses, we help clients bring their life back in balance. We work together in treatment to restore valued relationships, educational and career direction and to improve overall health and wellbeing. The Computer Addiction Treatment Program of Southern California includes outpatient, 3 day weekend intensive residential treatment and parent support groups. An initial 30 minute phone consultation is available for $75.
If you or a loved one is struggling with computer/video gaming/internet or other behavioral addictions let us help. While we can't reclaim the years lost to computer and other media excesses, we help clients bring their life back in balance. We work together in treatment to restore valued relationships, educational and career direction and to improve overall health and wellbeing. The Computer Addiction Treatment Program of Southern California includes outpatient, 3 day weekend intensive residential treatment and parent support groups. An initial 30 minute phone consultation is available for $75.
(949) 342-4821 View (949) 342-4821
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Ruby Nieto Padilla
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Hello, my name is Ruby Nieto Padilla. I am a Spanish-speaking, Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. I have over 10 years of experience with the Latino population and in, particular, in the San Gabriel Valley area. I specialize in working with children, adolescents, adults/parents, and families that have difficulty maintaining and balancing healthy, loving relationships. Using a positive problem-solving approach and client-centered techniques, I help clients identify the source of their difficulties and assist them in developing effective strategies for change.
Hello, my name is Ruby Nieto Padilla. I am a Spanish-speaking, Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. I have over 10 years of experience with the Latino population and in, particular, in the San Gabriel Valley area. I specialize in working with children, adolescents, adults/parents, and families that have difficulty maintaining and balancing healthy, loving relationships. Using a positive problem-solving approach and client-centered techniques, I help clients identify the source of their difficulties and assist them in developing effective strategies for change.
(949) 546-6673 View (949) 546-6673
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Kylene Kelly
Psychologist, MA, EDDCP
Verified
Lake Forest, CA 92630  (Online Only)
Currently Accepting New Clients- I believe that everyone can benefit from therapy. It is a safe place where someone can come and talk about what has been going on for them without judgment or shame. I proved a space where you can feel safe, heard, and understood. As we explore your world we will be creating a style designed specifically to meet your needs and goals.
Currently Accepting New Clients- I believe that everyone can benefit from therapy. It is a safe place where someone can come and talk about what has been going on for them without judgment or shame. I proved a space where you can feel safe, heard, and understood. As we explore your world we will be creating a style designed specifically to meet your needs and goals.
(424) 401-2578 View (424) 401-2578
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Alexis Tsacoumangos
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lake Forest, CA 92630  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a licensed clinical psychologist in California providing individual psychotherapy for adults. My specialties include anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, boundary setting, women's issues, and more. I am in-network for the listed insurances below.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist in California providing individual psychotherapy for adults. My specialties include anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, boundary setting, women's issues, and more. I am in-network for the listed insurances below.
(714) 410-5834 View (714) 410-5834
Photo of Saimir Thano, Psychologist in Lake Forest, CA
Saimir Thano
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
4 Endorsed
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Do you desire a meaningful relationship with yourself and others? Are life challenges impacting your quality of life? If so, you are not alone and therapy can provide you with the guidance and support needed to move toward mental, physical, and emotional balance for a healthier more successful life. I believe creating a strong therapeutic relationship is of paramount importance in the process of change and a key ingredient towards your progress in therapy. While being supportive, I’ll also challenge you to acknowledge and confront unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviors that are interfering with your personal goals.
Do you desire a meaningful relationship with yourself and others? Are life challenges impacting your quality of life? If so, you are not alone and therapy can provide you with the guidance and support needed to move toward mental, physical, and emotional balance for a healthier more successful life. I believe creating a strong therapeutic relationship is of paramount importance in the process of change and a key ingredient towards your progress in therapy. While being supportive, I’ll also challenge you to acknowledge and confront unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviors that are interfering with your personal goals.
(949) 860-1436 View (949) 860-1436
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SM Interventions
MA, CIP
Lake Forest, CA 92630
CERTIFIED INTERVENTION PROFESSIONAL. An Intervention is the first step toward recovery. I specialize in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Interventions. I am a Master level Certified Intervention Professional with over 25 years experience conducting mental health, substance abuse, alcohol, and process addiction disorder interventions. When a loved one is suffering from depression, bipolar disorder or another mental health condition an intervention may be needed. I work with families getting their loved ones into treatment and provide services to help them restore their mental health. I travel nationally and internationally.
CERTIFIED INTERVENTION PROFESSIONAL. An Intervention is the first step toward recovery. I specialize in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Interventions. I am a Master level Certified Intervention Professional with over 25 years experience conducting mental health, substance abuse, alcohol, and process addiction disorder interventions. When a loved one is suffering from depression, bipolar disorder or another mental health condition an intervention may be needed. I work with families getting their loved ones into treatment and provide services to help them restore their mental health. I travel nationally and internationally.
(949) 656-4467 View (949) 656-4467
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Dan Lucey
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA , LPCC
Verified
Lake Forest, CA 92630  (Online Only)
You want a meaningful, happy life - but deep down, you know your anxiety and self-doubt hold you back. I bet you were told to ‘think positive!’ But when positive thinking didn’t work, you were told to just stay busy. When that didn't work, you started to avoid certain situations or the people that sparked the anxiety leaving you lonely. That MAY seem to have worked for a while but then what about the barrage of self-critical thoughts and fears in your mind? Maybe you’ve been struggling like this for months or years and after ALL these efforts this pain is still lurking beneath the surface holding you back from everything you want.
You want a meaningful, happy life - but deep down, you know your anxiety and self-doubt hold you back. I bet you were told to ‘think positive!’ But when positive thinking didn’t work, you were told to just stay busy. When that didn't work, you started to avoid certain situations or the people that sparked the anxiety leaving you lonely. That MAY seem to have worked for a while but then what about the barrage of self-critical thoughts and fears in your mind? Maybe you’ve been struggling like this for months or years and after ALL these efforts this pain is still lurking beneath the surface holding you back from everything you want.
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Photo of Kimberly Brassett, Marriage & Family Therapist in Lake Forest, CA
Kimberly Brassett
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Healing happens when the therapeutic relationship is collaborative, honest, compassionate, respectful and caring. I come from a place of personal experience and a genuine desire to help make a significant improvement in the lives of the people with whom I work. I provide a unique therapeutic approach to treat a wide variety of conditions including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, sexual abuse, addiction, and trauma. I have had the pleasure of working with clients from various cultures and backgrounds as well as all ages. I strive to create a supportive, safe environment where you can share your experiences, emotions, challenges
Healing happens when the therapeutic relationship is collaborative, honest, compassionate, respectful and caring. I come from a place of personal experience and a genuine desire to help make a significant improvement in the lives of the people with whom I work. I provide a unique therapeutic approach to treat a wide variety of conditions including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, sexual abuse, addiction, and trauma. I have had the pleasure of working with clients from various cultures and backgrounds as well as all ages. I strive to create a supportive, safe environment where you can share your experiences, emotions, challenges
(949) 359-8371 View (949) 359-8371
Photo of Rana Choi-Yamamura, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Lake Forest, CA
Rana Choi-Yamamura
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Lake Forest, CA 92630
My name is Rana Choi Yamamura and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am looking forward to partnering with and supporting you if you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed with life's changes and transitions. I specialize in the areas of stress; anxiety; life transitions; chronic illness; caregiver stress; grief/loss; and women's issues including perinatal and postpartum. My approach is to meet you where you are and create a compassionate and caring space that is comfortable and non-judgmental. I look forward to accompanying you on this path of change and growth.
My name is Rana Choi Yamamura and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am looking forward to partnering with and supporting you if you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed with life's changes and transitions. I specialize in the areas of stress; anxiety; life transitions; chronic illness; caregiver stress; grief/loss; and women's issues including perinatal and postpartum. My approach is to meet you where you are and create a compassionate and caring space that is comfortable and non-judgmental. I look forward to accompanying you on this path of change and growth.
(949) 203-7341 View (949) 203-7341
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Paulette Clark
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MPC, LMFT
Verified
Lake Forest, CA 92630
YOU have a unique ability and drive towards health and wholeness mentally, physically, and spiritually, and to relate to others in meaningful ways. Due to various experiences or traumas, that natural process can become blocked causing depression, anxiety, and disconnection from others. I enjoy working toward establishing safe, fun ways to find FREEDOM to bring joy and fulfillment! I welcome the opportunity to help you in your journey!
YOU have a unique ability and drive towards health and wholeness mentally, physically, and spiritually, and to relate to others in meaningful ways. Due to various experiences or traumas, that natural process can become blocked causing depression, anxiety, and disconnection from others. I enjoy working toward establishing safe, fun ways to find FREEDOM to bring joy and fulfillment! I welcome the opportunity to help you in your journey!
(949) 529-5598 View (949) 529-5598
Photo of Alejandra Leal, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Lake Forest, CA
Alejandra Leal
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Lake Forest, CA 92630  (Online Only)
Hi there, welcome to my page. I'm glad you have found yourself here. As we navigate through life, we face challenges that can leave us feeling isolated, overwhelmed, and contemplating, "what is wrong with me?." I acknowledge the bravery that prompted you to seek therapy, I want to help. I would love to collaborate with you and encourage you to contact me to schedule a free phone consultation. Trabajo con niños, adolescentes y familias. Me encantaría ayudarte, llámame para una consulta gratis.
Hi there, welcome to my page. I'm glad you have found yourself here. As we navigate through life, we face challenges that can leave us feeling isolated, overwhelmed, and contemplating, "what is wrong with me?." I acknowledge the bravery that prompted you to seek therapy, I want to help. I would love to collaborate with you and encourage you to contact me to schedule a free phone consultation. Trabajo con niños, adolescentes y familias. Me encantaría ayudarte, llámame para una consulta gratis.
(949) 763-3917 View (949) 763-3917
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Dr. Joe DeBruin
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Lake Forest, CA 92630  (Online Only)
It is important that my patients feel respected and encouraged. My job is to really listen and help you feel understood. I also think my role is to give you lots of feedback and not just be a passive listener saying, "uh, uh, hmm, I see, hmm". I am a coach, cheerleader, teacher, confidante, and accountability partner. The biggest complaint I have heard over the years about any past therapists whom patients felt were not helpful was the complaint that the past therapist was way too passive. I work best with those that want a therapist high in empathy but is not passive.
It is important that my patients feel respected and encouraged. My job is to really listen and help you feel understood. I also think my role is to give you lots of feedback and not just be a passive listener saying, "uh, uh, hmm, I see, hmm". I am a coach, cheerleader, teacher, confidante, and accountability partner. The biggest complaint I have heard over the years about any past therapists whom patients felt were not helpful was the complaint that the past therapist was way too passive. I work best with those that want a therapist high in empathy but is not passive.
(949) 989-6163 View (949) 989-6163
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Kristine Villanueva
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Lake Forest, CA 92630
My name is Kristine Villanueva, and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFT 91314) providing therapy to adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. I value a person-centered approach and provide a non-judgmental and supportive environment for growth and healing. I typically work with individuals with anxiety, depression, survivors of trauma, or individuals diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders.
My name is Kristine Villanueva, and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFT 91314) providing therapy to adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. I value a person-centered approach and provide a non-judgmental and supportive environment for growth and healing. I typically work with individuals with anxiety, depression, survivors of trauma, or individuals diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders.
(949) 806-5160 View (949) 806-5160
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Max Gezerseh
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Based on personal belief and experience and coming from a Humanistic Existential theoretical perspective I believe in the great innate potential every individual has and the helper's role as a facilitator or coach to assist the individual to discover and to utilize such strength to live up to one's highest potential. My practice areas include: Substance Abuse (adults & adolescents), Grief Counseling, Marital & Premarital Counseling, Adolescent Misbehavior, Anger-Management, Domestic Violence, Depression, Anxiety, and Stage of Life. I am experienced to work with challenging behavioral problems like borderline personality disorder and adolescents' substance abuse or misbehavior.
Based on personal belief and experience and coming from a Humanistic Existential theoretical perspective I believe in the great innate potential every individual has and the helper's role as a facilitator or coach to assist the individual to discover and to utilize such strength to live up to one's highest potential. My practice areas include: Substance Abuse (adults & adolescents), Grief Counseling, Marital & Premarital Counseling, Adolescent Misbehavior, Anger-Management, Domestic Violence, Depression, Anxiety, and Stage of Life. I am experienced to work with challenging behavioral problems like borderline personality disorder and adolescents' substance abuse or misbehavior.
(949) 531-7104 View (949) 531-7104
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Tatiana Caoagdan
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified
Lake Forest, CA 92630  (Online Only)
Hi there, are you new to therapy? Welcome! It can be tedious to find a new therapist when you are already in the middle of a struggle. I'm here to help so reach out to get connected. I help men and women find balance, personal purpose, identity & power in the midst of life's storms and challenges. When we go through personal challenges, some experiences can leave us feeling lost and vulnerable leaving us disconnected from the life we once knew.
Hi there, are you new to therapy? Welcome! It can be tedious to find a new therapist when you are already in the middle of a struggle. I'm here to help so reach out to get connected. I help men and women find balance, personal purpose, identity & power in the midst of life's storms and challenges. When we go through personal challenges, some experiences can leave us feeling lost and vulnerable leaving us disconnected from the life we once knew.
(916) 252-5029 View (916) 252-5029
Photo of Kelley Escamilla, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Lake Forest, CA
Kelley Escamilla
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Lake Forest, CA 92630  (Online Only)
It can be difficult to get started in talking with someone about the struggles you are facing. Therapy can be a space for you to tell your life story that deserves to be heard.
It can be difficult to get started in talking with someone about the struggles you are facing. Therapy can be a space for you to tell your life story that deserves to be heard.
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Photo of Katlyn Williams, Marriage & Family Therapist in Lake Forest, CA
Katlyn Williams
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Lake Forest, CA 92630  (Online Only)
All of my sessions are being conducted virtually at this time... Life is challenging and it can be difficult trying to navigate the ups and downs of life without support. It can feel overwhelming and hopeless especially when you, your child and/or family is struggling. You are not alone. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist I provide a safe place for teens, families, and individuals to work through all of the emotions experienced through out life's challenges.
All of my sessions are being conducted virtually at this time... Life is challenging and it can be difficult trying to navigate the ups and downs of life without support. It can feel overwhelming and hopeless especially when you, your child and/or family is struggling. You are not alone. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist I provide a safe place for teens, families, and individuals to work through all of the emotions experienced through out life's challenges.
(949) 284-0824 View (949) 284-0824

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Number of Therapists in Lake Forest, CA

100+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Lake Forest, CA who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
94% Depression
84% Relationship Issues
80% Self Esteem
75% Coping Skills
72% Grief
71% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

74% Cigna and Evernorth
67% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
64% Optum

How Therapists in Lake Forest, CA see their clients

77% In Person and Online
23% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
23% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Lake Forest?

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.