Therapists in South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

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Victoria Andrews
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90047
Hi, I am Vicki Andrews, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. I look forward to working with you in those areas of discomfort. We can work at your pace using an eclectic approach that works best for you. Therapy takes courage & I am here to support you on your path to becoming the person you want to be. I enjoy working with all persons, but hold a special place for women’s issues, adolescent concern, depression, anxiety, & trauma. As an adult who grew up in a home with an alcoholic father, I also understand those issues & concerns.
Hi, I am Vicki Andrews, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. I look forward to working with you in those areas of discomfort. We can work at your pace using an eclectic approach that works best for you. Therapy takes courage & I am here to support you on your path to becoming the person you want to be. I enjoy working with all persons, but hold a special place for women’s issues, adolescent concern, depression, anxiety, & trauma. As an adult who grew up in a home with an alcoholic father, I also understand those issues & concerns.
(213) 642-2233 View (213) 642-2233
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Jessica Baity
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90062
Hello, My Name is Jessica Baity and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have a very peaceful approach to therapy and believe it is important to meet every client where they are at. I work a great deal with those who struggle with cultural adversities, Anxiety, and depression. My therapeutic approach is more of a narrative base approach. Therapy should be client lead and meeting clients where they are at. I have experience using Cognitive Behavioral Approach ( CBT) And Client Center.
Hello, My Name is Jessica Baity and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have a very peaceful approach to therapy and believe it is important to meet every client where they are at. I work a great deal with those who struggle with cultural adversities, Anxiety, and depression. My therapeutic approach is more of a narrative base approach. Therapy should be client lead and meeting clients where they are at. I have experience using Cognitive Behavioral Approach ( CBT) And Client Center.
(323) 870-9615 View (323) 870-9615
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Frederick MacHado
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90044
My experience includes couples therapy and treating individuals with anxiety, depression, obsession-compulsion, phobias, post-traumatic stress, eating disorders, and addictions, such as gambling and sex. Furthermore, because of my experience in the ministry field, I also do well in counseling on religious issues, grievances, loss crises, and other unresolved issues.
My experience includes couples therapy and treating individuals with anxiety, depression, obsession-compulsion, phobias, post-traumatic stress, eating disorders, and addictions, such as gambling and sex. Furthermore, because of my experience in the ministry field, I also do well in counseling on religious issues, grievances, loss crises, and other unresolved issues.
(213) 674-3595 View (213) 674-3595
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Elijah Chance
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90018
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California with over five years of experience. I have worked with clients with various concerns, including self-esteem, self-worth, depression, anxiety, family issues, relationship issues, career challenges, and grief & loss.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California with over five years of experience. I have worked with clients with various concerns, including self-esteem, self-worth, depression, anxiety, family issues, relationship issues, career challenges, and grief & loss.
(323) 312-3774 View (323) 312-3774
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USC Psychology Services Center
Pre-Licensed Professional, PhD
Verified
South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90089
At the USC Psychology Services Center, we currently offer both in-person and telehealth therapy and assessment supported by science. Our services are provided by doctoral students in the Department of Psychology at USC, and supervised by psychology faculty or community-based licensed psychologists. This allows us to offer you a unique, treatment team based approach. We offer services for individuals and families, across the age range from young children to older adults. We do not offer same-day or emergency/crisis services. Currently, we have immediate openings for adolescents ages 13-17 in need of assessment services.
At the USC Psychology Services Center, we currently offer both in-person and telehealth therapy and assessment supported by science. Our services are provided by doctoral students in the Department of Psychology at USC, and supervised by psychology faculty or community-based licensed psychologists. This allows us to offer you a unique, treatment team based approach. We offer services for individuals and families, across the age range from young children to older adults. We do not offer same-day or emergency/crisis services. Currently, we have immediate openings for adolescents ages 13-17 in need of assessment services.
(323) 693-8670 View (323) 693-8670
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Rosalie Bahena
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90007
I am a bilingual licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I began my career working at a non-profit organization where I gained most of my experience in working with various age groups, specializing in school-aged children, adolescents, and their families.
I am a bilingual licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I began my career working at a non-profit organization where I gained most of my experience in working with various age groups, specializing in school-aged children, adolescents, and their families.
(323) 775-9314 View (323) 775-9314
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Beth Bobbitt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90018
Hello and welcome! I'm Beth A. Bobbitt, a compassionate Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and I'm thrilled to join you on a journey toward healing and growth. With over 12 years of experience, I'm here to create a safe space where we can work together to uncover your strengths, explore your emotions, and navigate life's challenges. My practice places a special emphasis on adults seeking therapy to overcome challenges such as trauma, mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, loss, and adjusting to life situations. Dealing with a new diagnosis, new baby, or a divorce. Going to College can be a very impactful change.
Hello and welcome! I'm Beth A. Bobbitt, a compassionate Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and I'm thrilled to join you on a journey toward healing and growth. With over 12 years of experience, I'm here to create a safe space where we can work together to uncover your strengths, explore your emotions, and navigate life's challenges. My practice places a special emphasis on adults seeking therapy to overcome challenges such as trauma, mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, loss, and adjusting to life situations. Dealing with a new diagnosis, new baby, or a divorce. Going to College can be a very impactful change.
(323) 968-7469 View (323) 968-7469
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Jalee Carder
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90044
Jalee Carder is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with years of experience in different therapeutic settings. With specialties in Addiction, Grief-Recovery, Domestic Violence, Family Systems, Coupe's Therapy, Trauma, and Acute Psych, Jalee is able to work with a diverse population of clients to better understand themselves and have the knowledge to move forward in a positive direction in their lives. Jalee uses a variety of clinical techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Focused Therapy, Solution Focused, Psychodynamics, and Healthy Communication Skills.
Jalee Carder is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with years of experience in different therapeutic settings. With specialties in Addiction, Grief-Recovery, Domestic Violence, Family Systems, Coupe's Therapy, Trauma, and Acute Psych, Jalee is able to work with a diverse population of clients to better understand themselves and have the knowledge to move forward in a positive direction in their lives. Jalee uses a variety of clinical techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Focused Therapy, Solution Focused, Psychodynamics, and Healthy Communication Skills.
(213) 322-0700 View (213) 322-0700
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Pearl (Lupita) Colbert
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90044
My name is Lupita Pearl Colbert. However, I go by my middle name, "Pearl." I attended California State University, Dominguez Hills, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in psychology. I then pursued a Master's Degree with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. While I was attending graduate school, I took a position with a company providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), working as a behavioral therapist with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It was here that I found my passion for working with children and families.
My name is Lupita Pearl Colbert. However, I go by my middle name, "Pearl." I attended California State University, Dominguez Hills, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in psychology. I then pursued a Master's Degree with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. While I was attending graduate school, I took a position with a company providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), working as a behavioral therapist with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It was here that I found my passion for working with children and families.
(213) 263-6467 View (213) 263-6467
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Cara Stearns Entz
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90007
My name is Cara Stearns Entz. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) based in Los Angeles. In my 29 years as a Marriage and Family Therapist, I have worked with individuals, couples, families, and children dealing with struggles impacting their lives. Typically, I provide therapy via telehealth for individuals, families, couples, and teens. In-person sessions are best for children dealing with anxiety, depression, and behavior concerns. My therapeutic approach is based on the client I am working with at the time.
My name is Cara Stearns Entz. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) based in Los Angeles. In my 29 years as a Marriage and Family Therapist, I have worked with individuals, couples, families, and children dealing with struggles impacting their lives. Typically, I provide therapy via telehealth for individuals, families, couples, and teens. In-person sessions are best for children dealing with anxiety, depression, and behavior concerns. My therapeutic approach is based on the client I am working with at the time.
(951) 783-3447 View (951) 783-3447
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Jacinta Brown-Wade
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90018
I believe it takes a strong person to seek out counseling and support to initiate the change you are looking for. I would love to help you get there. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I am committed to working with you to create change by developing goals, identifying and increasing strengths, processing experiences, empowering, nurturing, and providing psychoeducation to enable change.
I believe it takes a strong person to seek out counseling and support to initiate the change you are looking for. I would love to help you get there. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I am committed to working with you to create change by developing goals, identifying and increasing strengths, processing experiences, empowering, nurturing, and providing psychoeducation to enable change.
(323) 593-2834 View (323) 593-2834
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Victoria Venter
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Hi, my name is Vicky Venter, and I am a Marriage and Family Therapist working in California. I work in a way that is client centered and eclectic depending on your needs. I have a strong inclination toward relational work because I understand we are hurt in relationships, and we HEAL in relationship. I am certified in Imago Couples Therapy as well as EFT and am currently training in Bioenergetics Analysis, a Somatic Psychotherapy. I work using an integrated approach. What that means is taking what you experience in the world and understanding exactly how it impacts you, then helping you decide what to do with that experience.
Hi, my name is Vicky Venter, and I am a Marriage and Family Therapist working in California. I work in a way that is client centered and eclectic depending on your needs. I have a strong inclination toward relational work because I understand we are hurt in relationships, and we HEAL in relationship. I am certified in Imago Couples Therapy as well as EFT and am currently training in Bioenergetics Analysis, a Somatic Psychotherapy. I work using an integrated approach. What that means is taking what you experience in the world and understanding exactly how it impacts you, then helping you decide what to do with that experience.
(323) 538-6988 View (323) 538-6988
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Jennifer Salcido
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90044
Hi there! My name is Jennifer, and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in Fresno, California. I work with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adults and specialize in depression, anxiety, and adjustment disorders. I find that I typically use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solutions Focused techniques to help my clients address their concerns and explore possible options to improve their overall well-being with a combined 19 years of experience in county services, healthcare, and mental health.
Hi there! My name is Jennifer, and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in Fresno, California. I work with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adults and specialize in depression, anxiety, and adjustment disorders. I find that I typically use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solutions Focused techniques to help my clients address their concerns and explore possible options to improve their overall well-being with a combined 19 years of experience in county services, healthcare, and mental health.
(213) 536-0013 View (213) 536-0013
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Christina Rheingold
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90007  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Do you experience stress related to your home or work environment? Do you often feel emotional or anxious, and struggle to manage those feelings? I have helped many individuals ages 18+ struggling with depression, anxiety, and high stress, or who have served in the military and having difficulty adjusting. My primary goal is to help you learn how to effectively manage stress, interpersonal difficulties, and troubling situations, to help increase your quality of life.
Do you experience stress related to your home or work environment? Do you often feel emotional or anxious, and struggle to manage those feelings? I have helped many individuals ages 18+ struggling with depression, anxiety, and high stress, or who have served in the military and having difficulty adjusting. My primary goal is to help you learn how to effectively manage stress, interpersonal difficulties, and troubling situations, to help increase your quality of life.
(323) 991-7613 View (323) 991-7613
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Diane Ross
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90044
Hi there, my name is Diane. I am an LMFT who is committed to helping people through difficult life challenges, and skilled at helping people navigate and manage symptoms of depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, and PTSD. I also have a background working with women who have experienced sexual abuse as children.
Hi there, my name is Diane. I am an LMFT who is committed to helping people through difficult life challenges, and skilled at helping people navigate and manage symptoms of depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, and PTSD. I also have a background working with women who have experienced sexual abuse as children.
(213) 523-7673 View (213) 523-7673
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Keri Anderson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90047  (Online Only)
Do you feel misunderstood, isolated, and distressed? Have you experienced trauma, discrimination, or have chronic illness and pain? These common experiences are frequently ignored, but I am here to support you. Often times, our life experiences contribute to how we react and relate in the world, which can be isolating and invalidating causing mental, physical, and emotional pain. Whether your issues present internally or externally, I am happy to work with you to unpack and restore your whole self that creates resilience, empowerment, and self-care to HEAL, GROW, & THRIVE together!
Do you feel misunderstood, isolated, and distressed? Have you experienced trauma, discrimination, or have chronic illness and pain? These common experiences are frequently ignored, but I am here to support you. Often times, our life experiences contribute to how we react and relate in the world, which can be isolating and invalidating causing mental, physical, and emotional pain. Whether your issues present internally or externally, I am happy to work with you to unpack and restore your whole self that creates resilience, empowerment, and self-care to HEAL, GROW, & THRIVE together!
(310) 943-1383 View (310) 943-1383
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Suzy (Suanne) Kain
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90044
Hello. I come to this work with a passion for working with adults experiencing overwhelming feelings brought on by life transitions. You may face debilitating emotions of depression, anxiety, dread, and lack of self-confidence. When present, such feelings can upset your emotional equilibrium. Our focus will be to restore this equilibrium. My therapeutic orientation incorporates a diverse approach looking at the systems that inform your emotional makeup, your patterns of response to strong emotions, and the ways your life experiences can impact the present.
Hello. I come to this work with a passion for working with adults experiencing overwhelming feelings brought on by life transitions. You may face debilitating emotions of depression, anxiety, dread, and lack of self-confidence. When present, such feelings can upset your emotional equilibrium. Our focus will be to restore this equilibrium. My therapeutic orientation incorporates a diverse approach looking at the systems that inform your emotional makeup, your patterns of response to strong emotions, and the ways your life experiences can impact the present.
(213) 632-5927 View (213) 632-5927
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Barbara Bachmeier
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90044
Hi, my name is Barbara Bachmeier-Levy and I am a seasoned licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience in the field of mental health across all levels of care. My areas of focus include anxiety, chronic pain, grief, stress, and life-coaching for individuals. My clients have more often than not been motivated to engage in self-discovery, and often have some specific ideas about what they want to change, accomplish, or process. They enjoy a two-way engagement and quickly learn that I am a person that they can trust to share their personal journey with.
Hi, my name is Barbara Bachmeier-Levy and I am a seasoned licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience in the field of mental health across all levels of care. My areas of focus include anxiety, chronic pain, grief, stress, and life-coaching for individuals. My clients have more often than not been motivated to engage in self-discovery, and often have some specific ideas about what they want to change, accomplish, or process. They enjoy a two-way engagement and quickly learn that I am a person that they can trust to share their personal journey with.
(213) 772-3938 View (213) 772-3938
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April L McClellan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90037  (Online Only)
My name is April McClellan, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. I completed her master’s degree in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy at the University of Phoenix in 2010, and I have over 13 years of clinical experience across a variety of settings (outpatient substance abuse treatment, community mental health, nonprofit, and private practice).
My name is April McClellan, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. I completed her master’s degree in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy at the University of Phoenix in 2010, and I have over 13 years of clinical experience across a variety of settings (outpatient substance abuse treatment, community mental health, nonprofit, and private practice).
(213) 583-4913 View (213) 583-4913
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Ebony Harris
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90007  (Online Only)
Welcome! My name is Ebony Harris, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. As a therapist, it is a privilege to walk alongside my clients on their unique journey to overcome barriers that are preventing them from living their full potential. I am passionate about empowering my clients to heal and live authentically. "One chapter doesn't tell the full story." Let's continue writing your story!
Welcome! My name is Ebony Harris, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. As a therapist, it is a privilege to walk alongside my clients on their unique journey to overcome barriers that are preventing them from living their full potential. I am passionate about empowering my clients to heal and live authentically. "One chapter doesn't tell the full story." Let's continue writing your story!
(510) 298-3782 View (510) 298-3782

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Number of Therapists in South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

200+

Average cost per session

$155

Therapists in South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA who prioritize treating:

90% Anxiety
88% Depression
73% Self Esteem
70% Relationship Issues
69% Coping Skills
65% Stress
57% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% Aetna
88% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
86% Optum

How Therapists in South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA see their clients

76% In Person and Online
24% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
20% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in South Los Angeles, 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.

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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.