Therapists in Long Beach, CA

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Photo of Megan Hartley, LCSW, PMH-C, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Megan Hartley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Long Beach, CA 90807
Do you feel pulled in a million directions? Like no matter how hard you try it's just never enough? Did the Barbie movie make you cry? If you answered yes to any of these questions, I may be the therapist for you.
Do you feel pulled in a million directions? Like no matter how hard you try it's just never enough? Did the Barbie movie make you cry? If you answered yes to any of these questions, I may be the therapist for you.
(562) 248-6293 View (562) 248-6293
Photo of Julia Sáenz, PsyD, KAP, Psychologist
Julia Sáenz
Psychologist, PsyD, KAP
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90815
Hey there! Congratulations on taking the first step to finding a therapist. It tends to be the hardest - acknowledging that things aren't going so well requires honesty, self-awareness, and humility. Or an "admittance of failure" as some might describe it. At least that's what it feels like. I assure you that you didn't fail and you're not a failure, no matter how strong those feelings might be. It's the system that's flawed; it drowns us in unrealistic expectations and superficial comparisons, causing us to feel overwhelmed, irritable, disconnected, lonely, and unfulfilled.
Hey there! Congratulations on taking the first step to finding a therapist. It tends to be the hardest - acknowledging that things aren't going so well requires honesty, self-awareness, and humility. Or an "admittance of failure" as some might describe it. At least that's what it feels like. I assure you that you didn't fail and you're not a failure, no matter how strong those feelings might be. It's the system that's flawed; it drowns us in unrealistic expectations and superficial comparisons, causing us to feel overwhelmed, irritable, disconnected, lonely, and unfulfilled.
(949) 284-2787 View (949) 284-2787
Photo of Irene Lara - Irene Lara - Integrative Therapy, PsyD, LCSW, MSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Irene Lara - Integrative Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PsyD, LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Long Beach, CA 90807
All is Possible, with Gentleness. -Todo es posible con paciencia.- I am so glad that you are making a big difference in your life. What a courageous and honorable decision. Would you like to call me? Let's have a conversation, & see if we are a good fit. Allow me to embark with you on this journey. Want better sleep? Oxygenate the body. Plus, Breath-Body-Mind meditation taught: Improve Creativity, have more internal Mental, Emotional, Financial Stability, increase Focus and concentration, eliminate trauma, improve Confidence and Relationships. Hope to speak soon. - - Favor de llamarme para tener una conversacion mas profunda.
All is Possible, with Gentleness. -Todo es posible con paciencia.- I am so glad that you are making a big difference in your life. What a courageous and honorable decision. Would you like to call me? Let's have a conversation, & see if we are a good fit. Allow me to embark with you on this journey. Want better sleep? Oxygenate the body. Plus, Breath-Body-Mind meditation taught: Improve Creativity, have more internal Mental, Emotional, Financial Stability, increase Focus and concentration, eliminate trauma, improve Confidence and Relationships. Hope to speak soon. - - Favor de llamarme para tener una conversacion mas profunda.
(323) 739-7975 View (323) 739-7975
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Adam Schilling
EdD, MS, CiPP
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90803
Happiness is a subjective experience. I have learned, and am continually in the process of learning more, about the field of positive psychology. Within this field, I will teach you tools to challenge negative thoughts, limiting beliefs, and addictive patterns. If you are struggling with any of these, you are not alone. If you are not necessarily struggling with these issues, but are seeking a different and more optimal path in life, I would also be very eager to assist you on your journey as well.
Happiness is a subjective experience. I have learned, and am continually in the process of learning more, about the field of positive psychology. Within this field, I will teach you tools to challenge negative thoughts, limiting beliefs, and addictive patterns. If you are struggling with any of these, you are not alone. If you are not necessarily struggling with these issues, but are seeking a different and more optimal path in life, I would also be very eager to assist you on your journey as well.
(562) 444-8905 View (562) 444-8905
Photo of Lauren Fournier, PsyD, Psychologist
Lauren Fournier
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Long Beach, CA 90805  (Online Only)
We all face obstacles in our lives that, at times, impact our ability to connect with others & attend to daily responsibilities. When we find ourselves in this place, it can be incredibly beneficial to engage in self-exploration with someone who can offer new perspectives & remind us of our greatest assets. I wholeheartedly believe in the power of change through connection. As such, I am invested in working collaboratively with you to create a strong therapeutic relationship that is rooted in transparency & mutual trust. I am a clinical psychologist and have been providing individual & group psychotherapy to adults for over 8 years.
We all face obstacles in our lives that, at times, impact our ability to connect with others & attend to daily responsibilities. When we find ourselves in this place, it can be incredibly beneficial to engage in self-exploration with someone who can offer new perspectives & remind us of our greatest assets. I wholeheartedly believe in the power of change through connection. As such, I am invested in working collaboratively with you to create a strong therapeutic relationship that is rooted in transparency & mutual trust. I am a clinical psychologist and have been providing individual & group psychotherapy to adults for over 8 years.
(424) 888-7469 View (424) 888-7469
Photo of Alisha Manning, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Alisha Manning
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Long Beach, CA 90802  (Online Only)
I received my Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California. I have 10 years of clinical social work experience and worked in community mental health, telehealth, and field-based services with some of the most vulnerable populations, assisting with issues that include trauma, personality disorders, chronic mental illness, and mood disorders.
I received my Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California. I have 10 years of clinical social work experience and worked in community mental health, telehealth, and field-based services with some of the most vulnerable populations, assisting with issues that include trauma, personality disorders, chronic mental illness, and mood disorders.
(510) 513-6603 View (510) 513-6603
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Christina Zavalza
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90802  (Online Only)
I’m Dr. Christina Zavalza, a licensed clinical psychologist. I believe we are in an era of empowering ourselves unlike any we have seen before. We are becoming more aware of personal, social and cultural issues that can make it difficult to become our best and most powerful selves. Some of the issues we deal with today include trying to overcome trauma, navigating social expectations, balancing needs in relationships with taking care of ourselves, and ultimately wanting to feel empowered and whole in our homes, educational settings, workplace, and communities.
I’m Dr. Christina Zavalza, a licensed clinical psychologist. I believe we are in an era of empowering ourselves unlike any we have seen before. We are becoming more aware of personal, social and cultural issues that can make it difficult to become our best and most powerful selves. Some of the issues we deal with today include trying to overcome trauma, navigating social expectations, balancing needs in relationships with taking care of ourselves, and ultimately wanting to feel empowered and whole in our homes, educational settings, workplace, and communities.
(562) 502-1449 View (562) 502-1449
Photo of Jessy Fijak, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Jessy Fijak
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90802  (Online Only)
Are you ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery, growth, and lasting change? I am here to support you every step of the way. With a unique blend of compassion and practicality, I create a safe and nurturing space for you to explore your inner world, set achievable goals, and harness your true potential. Guided by a holistic perspective, I recognize that your journey towards authenticity and empowerment encompasses every aspect of your being – mind, body, spirit, and environment.
Are you ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery, growth, and lasting change? I am here to support you every step of the way. With a unique blend of compassion and practicality, I create a safe and nurturing space for you to explore your inner world, set achievable goals, and harness your true potential. Guided by a holistic perspective, I recognize that your journey towards authenticity and empowerment encompasses every aspect of your being – mind, body, spirit, and environment.
(704) 318-2315 View (704) 318-2315
Photo of Jill Rubinelli, MS, AMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Jill Rubinelli
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, AMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Long Beach, CA 90807
I want to understand who you are, where you are, and how I can support your mental health journey. With a warm and welcoming approach to connection and collaboration, together, we will explore the many factors that may be contributing to your struggle and what tools we can identify to help you address them.
I want to understand who you are, where you are, and how I can support your mental health journey. With a warm and welcoming approach to connection and collaboration, together, we will explore the many factors that may be contributing to your struggle and what tools we can identify to help you address them.
(562) 545-3880 View (562) 545-3880
Photo of Terry Eagan - Terry Eagan - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry, CA
Terry Eagan - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
CA
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90802
If you are suffering from medication resistant depression, anxiety, OCD, or PTSD, a combination of talk therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may be the answer for you. For many people, antidepressants do not fully relieve the symptoms or cause too many side effects, and it can become very difficult going through multiple medications that do not seem to work. After failed medication attempts, you are eligible to be treated with TMS and therapy together. Call our Specialists to learn more about your options.
If you are suffering from medication resistant depression, anxiety, OCD, or PTSD, a combination of talk therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may be the answer for you. For many people, antidepressants do not fully relieve the symptoms or cause too many side effects, and it can become very difficult going through multiple medications that do not seem to work. After failed medication attempts, you are eligible to be treated with TMS and therapy together. Call our Specialists to learn more about your options.
(657) 888-0108 View (657) 888-0108
Photo of Kevin O'Bryan, MMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Kevin O'Bryan
Marriage & Family Therapist, MMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Long Beach, CA 90853  (Online Only)
I wholeheartedly believe that you are your own expert on your life. Through therapy, my goal is to help you identify and work through the challenges and obstacles that may be standing in the way of gratifying relationships, a satisfying work life, and living the life you wish to lead. Your problems are not what define you as a person. I am interested in helping you clearly express your strengths, hopes, and values, which may have become lost amidst life's struggles. I do my best to create a safe and supportive environment with warmth, respect, kindness, curiosity, and a little humor.
I wholeheartedly believe that you are your own expert on your life. Through therapy, my goal is to help you identify and work through the challenges and obstacles that may be standing in the way of gratifying relationships, a satisfying work life, and living the life you wish to lead. Your problems are not what define you as a person. I am interested in helping you clearly express your strengths, hopes, and values, which may have become lost amidst life's struggles. I do my best to create a safe and supportive environment with warmth, respect, kindness, curiosity, and a little humor.
(310) 499-2237 View (310) 499-2237
Photo of Macala A Lacy, MS, LMFT, CYT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Macala A Lacy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, CYT
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90804  (Online Only)
Hey there! My name is Macala ("muh-kae-luh"; pronouns: she/they) and I strive to make therapy accessible and relevant for Black and queer communities of color. As an EMDR trained yoga psychotherapist, I integrate mindfulness and neuroscience to support your mental health. My practice is rooted in considering you as a whole person - mind, body, spirit, culture, and in relationship to community. Together we will collaborate on a goal, learn practical techniques to improve your wellbeing, and progress at your pace towards growth.
Hey there! My name is Macala ("muh-kae-luh"; pronouns: she/they) and I strive to make therapy accessible and relevant for Black and queer communities of color. As an EMDR trained yoga psychotherapist, I integrate mindfulness and neuroscience to support your mental health. My practice is rooted in considering you as a whole person - mind, body, spirit, culture, and in relationship to community. Together we will collaborate on a goal, learn practical techniques to improve your wellbeing, and progress at your pace towards growth.
(562) 573-8986 View (562) 573-8986
Photo of Beth Staehling, PsyD, MS, Psychologist
Beth Staehling
Psychologist, PsyD, MS
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Long Beach, CA 90803
Do you find yourself experiencing doubt, sadness, worry, grief, confusion and hopelessness? It could be that your relationship is causing confusion and you are losing your sense of stability in the world or maybe you are struggling to make career or family decisions. Depression or anxiety may be getting in your way of finding the happiness/success you know you are capable of having. These concerns take courage to face and therapy provides a safe place to discuss alternative ways of looking at your concerns. I can help you gain some insight into your struggles while providing emotional support.
Do you find yourself experiencing doubt, sadness, worry, grief, confusion and hopelessness? It could be that your relationship is causing confusion and you are losing your sense of stability in the world or maybe you are struggling to make career or family decisions. Depression or anxiety may be getting in your way of finding the happiness/success you know you are capable of having. These concerns take courage to face and therapy provides a safe place to discuss alternative ways of looking at your concerns. I can help you gain some insight into your struggles while providing emotional support.
(626) 377-4654 View (626) 377-4654
Photo of Tina Webb - Dr. Tina Webb, DSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Dr. Tina Webb
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90815
Not accepting new clients
As humans, we are all dealing with something, especially during this time of Coronavirus, social injustice, economic uncertainty, grief and loss, and so many more difficulties. Life has a unique way of getting our attention. Whether good or bad, we all go through stressful times. Maybe, you have been finding yourself thinking a lot about the past…past trauma, past unresolved issues, past dreams deferred, past hurt, and you’ve been feeling anxious, depressed, lonely, hopeless, worried, guilty, overwhelmed, emotionally drained, or disconnected. Imagine no longer having to hold it in, or hide how you feel?
As humans, we are all dealing with something, especially during this time of Coronavirus, social injustice, economic uncertainty, grief and loss, and so many more difficulties. Life has a unique way of getting our attention. Whether good or bad, we all go through stressful times. Maybe, you have been finding yourself thinking a lot about the past…past trauma, past unresolved issues, past dreams deferred, past hurt, and you’ve been feeling anxious, depressed, lonely, hopeless, worried, guilty, overwhelmed, emotionally drained, or disconnected. Imagine no longer having to hold it in, or hide how you feel?
(562) 265-3884 View (562) 265-3884
Photo of Jiyoung Kim, ASW, EMDR
Jiyoung Kim
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW, EMDR
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90814
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.
(562) 667-0993 View (562) 667-0993
Photo of Terrie L Pittman, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Terrie L Pittman
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90805  (Online Only)
I believe in holistic healing that encompasses the mind, body, and spirit. Incorporating all elements can enhance the overall quality of life. Learning to love yourself first, accepting the past, and embracing the pain life can often bring can open up the opportunity to live a full and abundant life. I also assist with anger management, parenting training, and domestic violence issues for all genders, and sexual identities. All services rendered are provided with the intention of helping with legal issues, personal desire for change, and maintaining the new healthy you.
I believe in holistic healing that encompasses the mind, body, and spirit. Incorporating all elements can enhance the overall quality of life. Learning to love yourself first, accepting the past, and embracing the pain life can often bring can open up the opportunity to live a full and abundant life. I also assist with anger management, parenting training, and domestic violence issues for all genders, and sexual identities. All services rendered are provided with the intention of helping with legal issues, personal desire for change, and maintaining the new healthy you.
(213) 340-2260 View (213) 340-2260
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Barbara Christian
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT, CSAT, EMDR
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Long Beach, CA 90803
I use a variety of therapy modalities to address client needs, helping them to efficiently navigate their life challenges. I provide individual, couples, and family therapy.
I use a variety of therapy modalities to address client needs, helping them to efficiently navigate their life challenges. I provide individual, couples, and family therapy.
(562) 382-8186 View (562) 382-8186
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Kathy Tanner
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90804
Congratulations on taking steps toward creating the life and the relationships you desire. My name is Kathy Tanner, and I have been a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California since 2002. I am passionate about working with people who want to heal, grow, and live their best life. Throughout my career, I have specialized in working with children, teenagers, and adults with anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship issues. I understand and appreciate the complexities of relationships, marriage, parenting, co-parenting, and life transitions.
Congratulations on taking steps toward creating the life and the relationships you desire. My name is Kathy Tanner, and I have been a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California since 2002. I am passionate about working with people who want to heal, grow, and live their best life. Throughout my career, I have specialized in working with children, teenagers, and adults with anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship issues. I understand and appreciate the complexities of relationships, marriage, parenting, co-parenting, and life transitions.
(562) 655-7596 View (562) 655-7596
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Veronica Ghabour
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90814
Mental health challenges are due to the aftereffects of traumatic experiences. Trauma can place a strain on your family, work, relationships, and even cause issues with self-worth. I specialize in trauma therapy along with treating personality disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and addiction. All these disorders can look different from person to person, and that is where our therapeutic journey of empowerment and self-exploration begins. I concentrate on creating a safe space of growth and self-discovery through unconditional positive regard, emotional regulation, and guided activities.
Mental health challenges are due to the aftereffects of traumatic experiences. Trauma can place a strain on your family, work, relationships, and even cause issues with self-worth. I specialize in trauma therapy along with treating personality disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and addiction. All these disorders can look different from person to person, and that is where our therapeutic journey of empowerment and self-exploration begins. I concentrate on creating a safe space of growth and self-discovery through unconditional positive regard, emotional regulation, and guided activities.
(562) 372-8767 View (562) 372-8767
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Dr. Madoka Urhausen
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MA, LMFT, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Long Beach, CA 90806
Not accepting new clients
Looking into a mirror you wonder who that person is. You look tired, sad, or devoid of emotions. What happened to that person who was full of life and expectations? How did this happen? When will things get better again? ...but you fear that this is not something you can overcome alone. At Clear Mirror Guidance Center, this is a place where you will reclaim yourself. I am the sole proprietor of CMGC. My intention is to support you to experience better quality of life by fully appreciating your challenges and potential so that you could move toward your goal. Please contact me with any questions.
Looking into a mirror you wonder who that person is. You look tired, sad, or devoid of emotions. What happened to that person who was full of life and expectations? How did this happen? When will things get better again? ...but you fear that this is not something you can overcome alone. At Clear Mirror Guidance Center, this is a place where you will reclaim yourself. I am the sole proprietor of CMGC. My intention is to support you to experience better quality of life by fully appreciating your challenges and potential so that you could move toward your goal. Please contact me with any questions.
(562) 521-8426 View (562) 521-8426
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Number of Therapists in Long Beach, CA

1,000+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Long Beach, CA who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
88% Depression
76% Self Esteem
70% Relationship Issues
69% Trauma and PTSD
69% Coping Skills
64% Stress

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

72% Aetna
71% Cigna and Evernorth
67% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Long Beach, CA see their clients

56% In Person and Online
44% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a therapist in Long 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.

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.