Therapists in Westchester, Los Angeles, CA

Photo of Benjamin Huang Nguyen, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Westchester, Los Angeles, CA
Benjamin Huang Nguyen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, CPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westchester, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Are you facing anxieties and depressions stemming from interpersonal challenges, historical/transgenerational trauma, urban stressors, toxic shame, or existential crises? Do you struggle with issues related to gender and sexuality, health conditions, cultural differences, or chronic loneliness? My therapeutic approach is tailored to help folks navigate dilemmas about identity, insecure attachment, acculturation, aging, adult development, and health/illness. Over time, people in therapy with me discover deeper meaning and clarity about their ideas, ways of being, and experiences for increased wholeness, purpose, and creativity.
Are you facing anxieties and depressions stemming from interpersonal challenges, historical/transgenerational trauma, urban stressors, toxic shame, or existential crises? Do you struggle with issues related to gender and sexuality, health conditions, cultural differences, or chronic loneliness? My therapeutic approach is tailored to help folks navigate dilemmas about identity, insecure attachment, acculturation, aging, adult development, and health/illness. Over time, people in therapy with me discover deeper meaning and clarity about their ideas, ways of being, and experiences for increased wholeness, purpose, and creativity.
(424) 622-4213 View (424) 622-4213
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Patricia R Curtis
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Westchester, Los Angeles, CA 90045
I am a mature therapist with much life experience to draw upon. This life experience, in addition to extensive educational preparation is the foundation of my work with individuals and couples who wish to experience a greater sense of aliveness and maintain a consistent sense of self in relationship with others.
I am a mature therapist with much life experience to draw upon. This life experience, in addition to extensive educational preparation is the foundation of my work with individuals and couples who wish to experience a greater sense of aliveness and maintain a consistent sense of self in relationship with others.
(424) 294-8287 View (424) 294-8287
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Pina Murcia
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, RYT 200
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westchester, Los Angeles, CA 90045
What I know more than anything else is that you are the expert of yourself and you have access to an unlimited source of wisdom within you. I am here to hold the lantern as you explore and (re)discover the resources that live within. Are you constantly overthinking, overanalyzing, anxious, or worried? Are you having a difficult time managing the many challenges that have come over the last few years? Do you find yourself falling back into the same patterns repeatedly, even after resolving to change? Do you want to change aspects of your life, but feel stuck and unsure how to get there? You are in the right place.
What I know more than anything else is that you are the expert of yourself and you have access to an unlimited source of wisdom within you. I am here to hold the lantern as you explore and (re)discover the resources that live within. Are you constantly overthinking, overanalyzing, anxious, or worried? Are you having a difficult time managing the many challenges that have come over the last few years? Do you find yourself falling back into the same patterns repeatedly, even after resolving to change? Do you want to change aspects of your life, but feel stuck and unsure how to get there? You are in the right place.
(310) 879-1159 View (310) 879-1159
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Joshua Johnson
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Westchester, Los Angeles, CA 90045  (Online Only)
I am an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist who values the relationship between culture and mental health. After earning my master’s degree from University of Southern California, I served the LA community as a mental health clinician working with very diverse populations. I have since expanded to see patients online throughout California, helping to make mental health care more accessible to all. I primarily work with adults of all ages yet have substantial experience working with youth and adolescence. I have extensive experience working with ADHD, anxiety, depression, trauma, thought obsessions and behavioral compulsions.
I am an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist who values the relationship between culture and mental health. After earning my master’s degree from University of Southern California, I served the LA community as a mental health clinician working with very diverse populations. I have since expanded to see patients online throughout California, helping to make mental health care more accessible to all. I primarily work with adults of all ages yet have substantial experience working with youth and adolescence. I have extensive experience working with ADHD, anxiety, depression, trauma, thought obsessions and behavioral compulsions.
(415) 969-2775 View (415) 969-2775
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Dominique Petrassi
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Westchester, Los Angeles, CA 90045  (Online Only)
I have experience working with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and trauma-related symptoms as well as people struggling with coming out, questioning their sexual or gender identity, and other issues connected to the unique experiences of being LGBTQIA+ in our society. My approach is collaborative. We will work together to identify your goals, develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs and experiences, explore what may be interfering with your ability to live a fulfilling life, increase healthy self-esteem and coping skills, and overcome the harmful effects of social oppression and discrimination.
I have experience working with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and trauma-related symptoms as well as people struggling with coming out, questioning their sexual or gender identity, and other issues connected to the unique experiences of being LGBTQIA+ in our society. My approach is collaborative. We will work together to identify your goals, develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs and experiences, explore what may be interfering with your ability to live a fulfilling life, increase healthy self-esteem and coping skills, and overcome the harmful effects of social oppression and discrimination.
(424) 370-2918 View (424) 370-2918
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DeYana M Blacksher
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Westchester, Los Angeles, CA 90045
As an experienced Christian Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist I am here to provide a safe place for you to process your healing. In person or by VIDEO or phone; individuals or couples. Experiencing relationship conflict; grief from a loss through death, divorce, health issues; depression and anxiety or just managing stress. With the tools to build emotional and spiritual health while improving your communication and coping skills; a better life is possible.
As an experienced Christian Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist I am here to provide a safe place for you to process your healing. In person or by VIDEO or phone; individuals or couples. Experiencing relationship conflict; grief from a loss through death, divorce, health issues; depression and anxiety or just managing stress. With the tools to build emotional and spiritual health while improving your communication and coping skills; a better life is possible.
(424) 377-4537 View (424) 377-4537
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Lori Baudino
Psychologist, PsyD, BC-DMT
Verified Verified
Westchester, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Please check out my website:drloribaudino.com. I focus on therapeutic support for children & parents. Utilizing a body centered movement approach that is playful, engaging and beneficial. I specialize with children from behavioral, attachment, learning challenges and developmental needs to those with severe medical and physical illness. I support parents on this journey to best communicate, support and find joy in their child/family! I fit approaches to your family needs and preferences. I believe that children are capable and competent and with this support they reach their potential!
Please check out my website:drloribaudino.com. I focus on therapeutic support for children & parents. Utilizing a body centered movement approach that is playful, engaging and beneficial. I specialize with children from behavioral, attachment, learning challenges and developmental needs to those with severe medical and physical illness. I support parents on this journey to best communicate, support and find joy in their child/family! I fit approaches to your family needs and preferences. I believe that children are capable and competent and with this support they reach their potential!
(310) 879-5028 View (310) 879-5028
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Estefania Orelo
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Westchester, Los Angeles, CA 90045
I have been working as a therapist for 5 years. I have worked with clients from the ages of 6 to young adults. I have experience working both in the clinical and school setting as well as through Telehealth. My specialties include working with clients experiencing anxiety, self-esteem issues, depression, and trauma. I like communicating with a calm demeanor and tone to make my patients comfortable. I also practice active listening to make my patients feel understood. Bringing some humor into sessions also helps patients feel comfortable and at ease.
I have been working as a therapist for 5 years. I have worked with clients from the ages of 6 to young adults. I have experience working both in the clinical and school setting as well as through Telehealth. My specialties include working with clients experiencing anxiety, self-esteem issues, depression, and trauma. I like communicating with a calm demeanor and tone to make my patients comfortable. I also practice active listening to make my patients feel understood. Bringing some humor into sessions also helps patients feel comfortable and at ease.
(310) 928-2413 View (310) 928-2413
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Natasha Clark
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Westchester, Los Angeles, CA 90045  (Online Only)
Do you feel overwhelmed by emotions and life stressors? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work and health? Is it hard to show up as your authentic self and be kind to yourself? I help people find their voice, identify their true emotions and learn to use positive coping mechanisms to manage life stressors. I also help high performers manage anxiety and avoid burnout. Together, we can identify what’s not working and get you back to balance. We’ll use a person-centered approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body, and spirit.
Do you feel overwhelmed by emotions and life stressors? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work and health? Is it hard to show up as your authentic self and be kind to yourself? I help people find their voice, identify their true emotions and learn to use positive coping mechanisms to manage life stressors. I also help high performers manage anxiety and avoid burnout. Together, we can identify what’s not working and get you back to balance. We’ll use a person-centered approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body, and spirit.
(424) 257-9895 View (424) 257-9895
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Maria Vogel
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Westchester, Los Angeles, CA 90045  (Online Only)
Relationships are either the most fulfilling or the most challenging part of our lives (or both!) - whether with our partner, kids, friends, or family. I'm certain you value your relationships, but maybe you're struggling to feel connected, appreciated, or to stay calm when conflict arises. I promise there’s a reason you’re feeling the way you do, and the reason is more understandable than you think. When we’re at odds with a person we love, it's easy to get stuck in "me vs. them" thinking instead of tackling issues like a team. These last few years have been hard on everyone - if you're struggling right now, you're not alone.
Relationships are either the most fulfilling or the most challenging part of our lives (or both!) - whether with our partner, kids, friends, or family. I'm certain you value your relationships, but maybe you're struggling to feel connected, appreciated, or to stay calm when conflict arises. I promise there’s a reason you’re feeling the way you do, and the reason is more understandable than you think. When we’re at odds with a person we love, it's easy to get stuck in "me vs. them" thinking instead of tackling issues like a team. These last few years have been hard on everyone - if you're struggling right now, you're not alone.
(323) 310-1153 View (323) 310-1153
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Dulce Ruatti
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Westchester, Los Angeles, CA 90045  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California.
Hello, I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California.
(424) 401-7617 View (424) 401-7617
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Bradlisia Dixon
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Westchester, Los Angeles, CA 90045  (Online Only)
Are you a black woman who's checked many of the boxes of societal standards of success, but have found yourself in a less than ideal relationship? One day it’s all good, and for the next week it's all bad. You feel alone, isolated…like you can’t talk to anyone about what’s going on. You might feel embarrassed or what’s happening might just feel indescribable? You wish you could talk to your partner about it, but his mood is so unpredictable, you’re not sure if that’s even safe. Not to mention, sharing your experience with family or friends could mean having to face their judgment and receive unhelpful advice to "just leave."
Are you a black woman who's checked many of the boxes of societal standards of success, but have found yourself in a less than ideal relationship? One day it’s all good, and for the next week it's all bad. You feel alone, isolated…like you can’t talk to anyone about what’s going on. You might feel embarrassed or what’s happening might just feel indescribable? You wish you could talk to your partner about it, but his mood is so unpredictable, you’re not sure if that’s even safe. Not to mention, sharing your experience with family or friends could mean having to face their judgment and receive unhelpful advice to "just leave."
(424) 414-0292 View (424) 414-0292
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Dr. Mimi Hoang
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Westchester, Los Angeles, CA 90045
I believe that it takes great courage to take that first step in reaching out for help, whether you are coming from a place of sadness, anxiety, loneliness, grief, or confusion. It can also feel scary to look inward and honor your truth and to let your "true colors" shine. Together, we can process and sort through the pain and help you find meaning, clarity, healing, joy, and connection.
I believe that it takes great courage to take that first step in reaching out for help, whether you are coming from a place of sadness, anxiety, loneliness, grief, or confusion. It can also feel scary to look inward and honor your truth and to let your "true colors" shine. Together, we can process and sort through the pain and help you find meaning, clarity, healing, joy, and connection.
(424) 484-5273 View (424) 484-5273
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Devoney Kodad
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Westchester, Los Angeles, CA 90045  (Online Only)
Do you feel anxious, stressed & overwhelmed? Do you constantly doubt yourself & feel like you're your own worst critic? Do you find yourself over-analyzing conversations & questioning yourself? Are you struggling with big life changes, not sure where you want to go or how to get there? Hey friend, I'm so glad you're here. My name is Devoney.
Do you feel anxious, stressed & overwhelmed? Do you constantly doubt yourself & feel like you're your own worst critic? Do you find yourself over-analyzing conversations & questioning yourself? Are you struggling with big life changes, not sure where you want to go or how to get there? Hey friend, I'm so glad you're here. My name is Devoney.
(424) 955-3184 View (424) 955-3184
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Daniela Girbal - DG Counseling
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Westchester, Los Angeles, CA 90045  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Daniela - nice to meet you! Starting therapy is an important step in becoming and feeling your best self. We all struggle in life, but we are not meant to do it alone. That is where I come in - I offer a safe space to work through whatever you are dealing with. A place where you can feel heard and understood. We will together work to gain a better understanding of yourself and your relationships. Most importantly, we will build on your strengths so you can learn to apply them towards healing, growth, and change. I am so glad that you are here - let's connect and begin this journey together!
Hi, my name is Daniela - nice to meet you! Starting therapy is an important step in becoming and feeling your best self. We all struggle in life, but we are not meant to do it alone. That is where I come in - I offer a safe space to work through whatever you are dealing with. A place where you can feel heard and understood. We will together work to gain a better understanding of yourself and your relationships. Most importantly, we will build on your strengths so you can learn to apply them towards healing, growth, and change. I am so glad that you are here - let's connect and begin this journey together!
(310) 455-8241 View (310) 455-8241
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Ann J (T'ang) Gilbert
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Westchester, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Life can be challenging, difficult, disappointing and painful at times. Are you overwhelmed by your relational or personal problems? Do you feel discouraged, trapped, confused, depressed, anxious and hopeless? Would you like to find a way out? It takes courage to ask for help. I'd like to offer my service to help you finding the hope and a new way of being which will allow you to find the wisdom, strength, power and joy for a fuller and happier life that you deserve. Please feel free to call and come in for a 30 minutes free consultation.
Life can be challenging, difficult, disappointing and painful at times. Are you overwhelmed by your relational or personal problems? Do you feel discouraged, trapped, confused, depressed, anxious and hopeless? Would you like to find a way out? It takes courage to ask for help. I'd like to offer my service to help you finding the hope and a new way of being which will allow you to find the wisdom, strength, power and joy for a fuller and happier life that you deserve. Please feel free to call and come in for a 30 minutes free consultation.
(310) 933-3409 View (310) 933-3409
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Kathleen King
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Westchester, Los Angeles, CA 90045  (Online Only)
Early in my career, I was fortunate enough to work with a psychiatrist who believed there was more to treating mental health than medication. I participated in a training with him and I was transformed as a therapist. I was trained in the relaxation response and mindfulness meditation and using the body to help heal people who have had significant trauma and mental health challenges.
Early in my career, I was fortunate enough to work with a psychiatrist who believed there was more to treating mental health than medication. I participated in a training with him and I was transformed as a therapist. I was trained in the relaxation response and mindfulness meditation and using the body to help heal people who have had significant trauma and mental health challenges.
(424) 728-5549 View (424) 728-5549
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Margaret Lamb
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Westchester, 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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Airport Marina Counseling Service
Verified Verified
Westchester, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Low cost, quality mental health services are available now! Our psychotherapy program is dedicated to help people of all ages resolve issues that interfere with living a fulfilling life. AMCS provides group therapy as well as counseling for individuals, couples and families. Our therapists also provide services to youth and children at local schools and after school programs. AMCS offers both short-term and long-term therapy to meet the needs of those seeking support. Psychiatric services (diagnosing, treatment planning and medication monitoring) are available to clients in ongoing therapy at AMCS.
Low cost, quality mental health services are available now! Our psychotherapy program is dedicated to help people of all ages resolve issues that interfere with living a fulfilling life. AMCS provides group therapy as well as counseling for individuals, couples and families. Our therapists also provide services to youth and children at local schools and after school programs. AMCS offers both short-term and long-term therapy to meet the needs of those seeking support. Psychiatric services (diagnosing, treatment planning and medication monitoring) are available to clients in ongoing therapy at AMCS.
(424) 372-4238 View (424) 372-4238
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Jaclyn Epstein
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westchester, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Why therapy for a child? We know that the world can be a challenging and overwhelming place, and it is no different for a child. I can support you and your child to navigate feelings of sadness, anger, fear, and frustration. You may or may not know why your child is having a hard time and certain feelings may be masquerading as challenging behaviors. I can help uncover what may be causing discomfort, fear, anxiety or sadness.
Why therapy for a child? We know that the world can be a challenging and overwhelming place, and it is no different for a child. I can support you and your child to navigate feelings of sadness, anger, fear, and frustration. You may or may not know why your child is having a hard time and certain feelings may be masquerading as challenging behaviors. I can help uncover what may be causing discomfort, fear, anxiety or sadness.
(323) 991-7406 View (323) 991-7406

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Number of Therapists in Westchester, Los Angeles, CA

300+

Average cost per session

$150

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

92% Anxiety
86% Depression
64% Trauma and PTSD
63% Self Esteem
60% Coping Skills
58% Grief
54% Family Conflict

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

84% Aetna
74% Cigna and Evernorth
69% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

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

74% Online Only
26% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

87% Female
12% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Westchester, 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.