Therapists in Los Angeles, CA

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Kristi Abbott
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90071  (Online Only)
Hi! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from California who has been practicing for 16 years. I received my BA in Psychology from UC Davis and my Master of Social Work from San Diego State University. I treat adults with a variety of issues including: depression, anxiety, bipolar, trauma, grief & loss, life transitions & changes, and stress. I am also trained in providing psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and can provide therapy that focuses on processing and integrating those experience for long-lasting healing.
Hi! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from California who has been practicing for 16 years. I received my BA in Psychology from UC Davis and my Master of Social Work from San Diego State University. I treat adults with a variety of issues including: depression, anxiety, bipolar, trauma, grief & loss, life transitions & changes, and stress. I am also trained in providing psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and can provide therapy that focuses on processing and integrating those experience for long-lasting healing.
(562) 561-2903 View (562) 561-2903
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Melissa Simpson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Missy Simpson is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California who has been practicing since 2002. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and English from Westmont College and her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. Missy uses an eclectic, holistic approach to therapy, tailoring each client's treatment according to their individual needs and supporting them in their healing process.
Missy Simpson is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California who has been practicing since 2002. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and English from Westmont College and her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. Missy uses an eclectic, holistic approach to therapy, tailoring each client's treatment according to their individual needs and supporting them in their healing process.
(323) 615-3205 View (323) 615-3205
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Jamila M Dawson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Choosing new possibilities is a courageous act. If you’ve found your way here, you may be feeling deep sadness, loneliness, anxiety, a sense of frustration or just simply exhausted. Perhaps you're curious to discover and create a new relationship with yourself, your partner(s), or the work that you do in the world. When it comes to sexuality, love, or our work, many of us are carrying around old stories, misinformation, and the pain of difficult experiences that we want to be free of. If you are wrestling with love/sexuality or feeling drained by work that once felt exciting and no longer does, I can help.
Choosing new possibilities is a courageous act. If you’ve found your way here, you may be feeling deep sadness, loneliness, anxiety, a sense of frustration or just simply exhausted. Perhaps you're curious to discover and create a new relationship with yourself, your partner(s), or the work that you do in the world. When it comes to sexuality, love, or our work, many of us are carrying around old stories, misinformation, and the pain of difficult experiences that we want to be free of. If you are wrestling with love/sexuality or feeling drained by work that once felt exciting and no longer does, I can help.
(310) 996-8916 View (310) 996-8916
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Nicole Minor - Expansive Therapy
Counselor, AMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90004  (Online Only)
I value helping to foster a secure space and use an integrative approach to help clients feel empowered to reach their personal goals. Intersectionality has been paramount on my own personal healing journey and I have had the opportunity to work with clients who benefit from the same lens.
I value helping to foster a secure space and use an integrative approach to help clients feel empowered to reach their personal goals. Intersectionality has been paramount on my own personal healing journey and I have had the opportunity to work with clients who benefit from the same lens.
(929) 264-5180 View (929) 264-5180
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Dr. Christine Powell: Education Therapist Adhd Coach
EdD, MEd
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Seeing my son struggle with ADHD was difficult. As an Education Therapist and Special Educator, I wanted to have alternatives to prescription medication for his lack of focus and attention. I developed an interactive, research-based approach that focuses on the individualized needs of each human I see. My best-fit clients (& most successful) are individuals with ADHD, diagnosed or undiagnosed, dealing with Executive Functioning challenges. Executive Dysfunction can hinder academic and life success. Reach out for a free 15 min. Discovery session.
Seeing my son struggle with ADHD was difficult. As an Education Therapist and Special Educator, I wanted to have alternatives to prescription medication for his lack of focus and attention. I developed an interactive, research-based approach that focuses on the individualized needs of each human I see. My best-fit clients (& most successful) are individuals with ADHD, diagnosed or undiagnosed, dealing with Executive Functioning challenges. Executive Dysfunction can hinder academic and life success. Reach out for a free 15 min. Discovery session.
(757) 798-7965 View (757) 798-7965
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Loesha Zeviar-Vega
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CATC-IV
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Loesha is a LMFT with decades of direct hands-on experience working in the fields of substance abuse and mental health, both as a clinician providing one on one therapy and facilitating groups, as a program manager, director and administrator. Loesha takes pride in providing excellent care for her clients by being supportive, proactive, caring and honest.
Loesha is a LMFT with decades of direct hands-on experience working in the fields of substance abuse and mental health, both as a clinician providing one on one therapy and facilitating groups, as a program manager, director and administrator. Loesha takes pride in providing excellent care for her clients by being supportive, proactive, caring and honest.
(213) 568-0501 View (213) 568-0501
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Amy Penner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90064  (Online Only)
Feeling stuck, misunderstood, alone, or confused happens to most everyone at different points in life. It is normal to feel overwhelmed by challenging and painful emotions such as anger, fear, sadness, anxiety, shame, or feeling numb. Many turn to unhealthy coping methods such as abuse of alcohol or drugs, isolating from family or friends, lashing out at loved ones, avoiding our responsibilities, or acting out in self-destructive ways. Often, these feelings and behaviors worsen when one lacks a safe space to share and process through these issues and emotions. My intention is to hold a safe space for you to process your experiences.
Feeling stuck, misunderstood, alone, or confused happens to most everyone at different points in life. It is normal to feel overwhelmed by challenging and painful emotions such as anger, fear, sadness, anxiety, shame, or feeling numb. Many turn to unhealthy coping methods such as abuse of alcohol or drugs, isolating from family or friends, lashing out at loved ones, avoiding our responsibilities, or acting out in self-destructive ways. Often, these feelings and behaviors worsen when one lacks a safe space to share and process through these issues and emotions. My intention is to hold a safe space for you to process your experiences.
(310) 878-0945 View (310) 878-0945
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Preyanka Gulati
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90010
It would be an honor to support you in your healing journey. I am a South Asian therapist offering therapeutic support that is rooted in multicultural counseling, compassion, and honoring each client's unique needs. My approach is insight-oriented, collaborative, and empowering. I offer you a trauma-informed, empathetic, and nurturing space to explore insights, feelings, and the layers of your experiences. I work together with clients to support them with cultivating more self-compassion, clarity, grounding, and joy in their lives. I believe that therapy can be a transformative pathway to expansive healing and growth.
It would be an honor to support you in your healing journey. I am a South Asian therapist offering therapeutic support that is rooted in multicultural counseling, compassion, and honoring each client's unique needs. My approach is insight-oriented, collaborative, and empowering. I offer you a trauma-informed, empathetic, and nurturing space to explore insights, feelings, and the layers of your experiences. I work together with clients to support them with cultivating more self-compassion, clarity, grounding, and joy in their lives. I believe that therapy can be a transformative pathway to expansive healing and growth.
(424) 329-8681 View (424) 329-8681
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Kristen Wallis
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, a life transition, family/parenting concerns, or other mental health issues, we are all trying to better understand ourselves and break free of our limiting patterns and beliefs. My approach to therapy involves a strong foundation in formal therapeutic modalities, including CBT, DBT, family systems, and others, while at the same time recognizing that you are the expert of your own life, and it is through the therapeutic process that you will come to gain valuable insights, recognize your potential, and enhance your capacity for self-love.
Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, a life transition, family/parenting concerns, or other mental health issues, we are all trying to better understand ourselves and break free of our limiting patterns and beliefs. My approach to therapy involves a strong foundation in formal therapeutic modalities, including CBT, DBT, family systems, and others, while at the same time recognizing that you are the expert of your own life, and it is through the therapeutic process that you will come to gain valuable insights, recognize your potential, and enhance your capacity for self-love.
(424) 433-4256 View (424) 433-4256
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Margaret Lamb
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90045  (Online Only)
I believe that we as humans can turn pain into power (I have experienced this myself)! I also believe that when you feel seen, understood, and safe, healing happens. There are not many places where we can come to be, breathe, and experience unconditional acceptance. Therapy is a place where you can show up as yourself, keep it real, cry, laugh, and do everything in between without feeling judged. It also provides an experience of safety, calm, openness, and engagement.
I believe that we as humans can turn pain into power (I have experienced this myself)! I also believe that when you feel seen, understood, and safe, healing happens. There are not many places where we can come to be, breathe, and experience unconditional acceptance. Therapy is a place where you can show up as yourself, keep it real, cry, laugh, and do everything in between without feeling judged. It also provides an experience of safety, calm, openness, and engagement.
(408) 606-9546 View (408) 606-9546
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Kristine Emiko Takeshita-Doty
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90003
My name is Emi Takeshita-Doty and I am an LMFT based out of California. As a therapist, I view authenticity and rapport as vital ingredients of the therapeutic process. My goal during treatment is to give clients the opportunity to feel heard and collaboratively work together towards the client's vision of wellness. During my previous clinical experiences, I have worked with adults, adolescents, and children. Clinically, I am most familiar with treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, and adjustment disorders.
My name is Emi Takeshita-Doty and I am an LMFT based out of California. As a therapist, I view authenticity and rapport as vital ingredients of the therapeutic process. My goal during treatment is to give clients the opportunity to feel heard and collaboratively work together towards the client's vision of wellness. During my previous clinical experiences, I have worked with adults, adolescents, and children. Clinically, I am most familiar with treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, and adjustment disorders.
(323) 417-5398 View (323) 417-5398
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Sabrina Viramontes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025  (Online Only)
Are you feeling worried, stressed or overwhelmed? Do you often put other people's wants and needs before your own? Do you experience self-doubt or struggle with low self-esteem that leads you to feel like your thoughts, feelings and opinions are not important? If this sounds like you, you're probably also experiencing burn-out, imposter syndrome, disconnection with your body/emotions, and/or significant life-changes. Are you ready to get back into the driver's seat and take charge of your life? I would be honored to walk this journey alongside you, to hold space and provide support.
Are you feeling worried, stressed or overwhelmed? Do you often put other people's wants and needs before your own? Do you experience self-doubt or struggle with low self-esteem that leads you to feel like your thoughts, feelings and opinions are not important? If this sounds like you, you're probably also experiencing burn-out, imposter syndrome, disconnection with your body/emotions, and/or significant life-changes. Are you ready to get back into the driver's seat and take charge of your life? I would be honored to walk this journey alongside you, to hold space and provide support.
(424) 404-5412 View (424) 404-5412
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California Holistic Psychotherapy with Rachel
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90026  (Online Only)
People often seek therapy because something in their life is causing them pain and discomfort. I often work with individuals who "from the outside" look like they "have it all together", but on the inside, feel like they are falling apart. When you give yourself permission to ask for help to explore your feelings, thoughts and behaviors, you create more room for yourself. You don't have to hold everything so tightly. I specialize in working with grief and loss, anxiety, the inner critic, relationship issues, and parenting challenges.
People often seek therapy because something in their life is causing them pain and discomfort. I often work with individuals who "from the outside" look like they "have it all together", but on the inside, feel like they are falling apart. When you give yourself permission to ask for help to explore your feelings, thoughts and behaviors, you create more room for yourself. You don't have to hold everything so tightly. I specialize in working with grief and loss, anxiety, the inner critic, relationship issues, and parenting challenges.
(818) 740-4337 View (818) 740-4337
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Tiease Lee
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90028  (Online Only)
*Hi! I'm Accepting new clients online*. I specialize in treating people from underrepresented communities. This includes women, LGBTQI, People of Color, and more.
*Hi! I'm Accepting new clients online*. I specialize in treating people from underrepresented communities. This includes women, LGBTQI, People of Color, and more.
(213) 523-7619 View (213) 523-7619
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Noel Ochoa
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90071  (Online Only)
The focus of my service has been to youth and their families. I’m looking to provide support to adolescents (6th grade) up to young adults with challenges of anxiety, depression, OCD, neurodivergent and life transitions. The world has been a challenging place and the last 3 years have really impacted that, I hear it all the time. Know that you are not alone.
The focus of my service has been to youth and their families. I’m looking to provide support to adolescents (6th grade) up to young adults with challenges of anxiety, depression, OCD, neurodivergent and life transitions. The world has been a challenging place and the last 3 years have really impacted that, I hear it all the time. Know that you are not alone.
(562) 662-7291 View (562) 662-7291
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Dr. Derek Novacek
Psychological Associate, PhD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Accepting new clients for therapy in-person (California) and telehealth (California, Michigan)! Dr. Novacek offers expertise in evidence-based treatments for anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties. He uses a collaborative and strengths-based approach that integrates sociocultural factors as appropriate. He earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Emory University. Dr. Novacek completed his APA-accredited internship at UCLA and his postdoctoral fellowship at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center.
Accepting new clients for therapy in-person (California) and telehealth (California, Michigan)! Dr. Novacek offers expertise in evidence-based treatments for anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties. He uses a collaborative and strengths-based approach that integrates sociocultural factors as appropriate. He earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Emory University. Dr. Novacek completed his APA-accredited internship at UCLA and his postdoctoral fellowship at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center.
(213) 397-0514 View (213) 397-0514
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Heaven Lee Cisse
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90062  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Hello! My name is Heaven Cisse and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. I have provided therapy for 9 years. My approach to therapy is client centered- and trauma informed. I see my clients has whole people and help them consider how trauma might influence their current challenges, mood, behaviors as well as coping mechanisms From there we work together towards repair and creating new narrative that better serve individual's mental and emotional well- being. This understanding guides therapeutic interventions with a focus on safety, trust and empowerment.
Hello! My name is Heaven Cisse and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. I have provided therapy for 9 years. My approach to therapy is client centered- and trauma informed. I see my clients has whole people and help them consider how trauma might influence their current challenges, mood, behaviors as well as coping mechanisms From there we work together towards repair and creating new narrative that better serve individual's mental and emotional well- being. This understanding guides therapeutic interventions with a focus on safety, trust and empowerment.
(213) 642-2993 View (213) 642-2993
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Naomi Buckley
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025
You had imagined your life unfolding in this uniquely wonderful way; having a career that fulfilled you and you were excited about, a strong and committed relationship and a great group of friends who supported you and you share exciting experiences with. Now it feels like some areas are just ok and other seem to not be working at all. It also seems like others lives are going great when you look at social media. You feel stuck. Uncertain of the next move or even how to get back to a place of feeling confident and empowered.
You had imagined your life unfolding in this uniquely wonderful way; having a career that fulfilled you and you were excited about, a strong and committed relationship and a great group of friends who supported you and you share exciting experiences with. Now it feels like some areas are just ok and other seem to not be working at all. It also seems like others lives are going great when you look at social media. You feel stuck. Uncertain of the next move or even how to get back to a place of feeling confident and empowered.
(323) 472-4998 View (323) 472-4998
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Marisa Moosekian
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90041  (Online Only)
Making meaningful changes in life can be challenging. We tend to stick to what’s familiar, sometimes leaving us stuck in places we no longer want to be. The path towards healing and growth can sometimes be overwhelming and confusing. I believe that often, the answer is already within us, but we may need guidance to view life through a new lens. I’d like to walk with you on your journey of expansion. I am here to help you access your potential and develop the tools you need to have more fulfilling relationships with yourself and others.
Making meaningful changes in life can be challenging. We tend to stick to what’s familiar, sometimes leaving us stuck in places we no longer want to be. The path towards healing and growth can sometimes be overwhelming and confusing. I believe that often, the answer is already within us, but we may need guidance to view life through a new lens. I’d like to walk with you on your journey of expansion. I am here to help you access your potential and develop the tools you need to have more fulfilling relationships with yourself and others.
(323) 709-0678 View (323) 709-0678
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Ann LeFevre
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90071  (Online Only)
After experiencing a tragedy, trauma, or abuse, you may have intense emotions, nightmares, and disturbing images in your mind. Perhaps you isolate or disconnect, or you keep thinking about what you should’ve done, and question why it happened. Using substances, and having increased depression, anxiety, and anger are all normal responses. Whether you've been struggling for decades, or if this is a new experience, you can regain control over your life, reconnect with others, and rebuild emotional and physical intimacy that may have been lost.
After experiencing a tragedy, trauma, or abuse, you may have intense emotions, nightmares, and disturbing images in your mind. Perhaps you isolate or disconnect, or you keep thinking about what you should’ve done, and question why it happened. Using substances, and having increased depression, anxiety, and anger are all normal responses. Whether you've been struggling for decades, or if this is a new experience, you can regain control over your life, reconnect with others, and rebuild emotional and physical intimacy that may have been lost.
(562) 573-8287 View (562) 573-8287

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Los Angeles, CA

3,000+

Average cost per session

$175

Therapists in Los Angeles, CA who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
88% Depression
74% Self Esteem
73% Relationship Issues
68% Trauma and PTSD
65% Coping Skills
63% Stress

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

76% Aetna
69% Cigna and Evernorth
68% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Los Angeles, CA see their clients

56% In Person and Online
44% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
21% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Los Angeles?

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.