Therapists in Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA

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Neha Deshmukh
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
You might want to work with me if you have a hard time identifying your own needs, frequently over-give, easily absorb other people's emotions and energies, make yourself small, and struggle to assert yourself. Our work together can help you feel more grounded, whole, and in alignment with yourself, with better boundaries, more self-confidence, and healthier, more secure relationships. And as a queer, South Asian therapist, I have a nuanced understanding of identity and the impact of systems on our lived realities.
You might want to work with me if you have a hard time identifying your own needs, frequently over-give, easily absorb other people's emotions and energies, make yourself small, and struggle to assert yourself. Our work together can help you feel more grounded, whole, and in alignment with yourself, with better boundaries, more self-confidence, and healthier, more secure relationships. And as a queer, South Asian therapist, I have a nuanced understanding of identity and the impact of systems on our lived realities.
(510) 751-0448 View (510) 751-0448
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In.Sight Therapy Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
We bring the entirety of ourselves everyday into the world not in separate parts. Some of these parts may include our past: traumas, conditioning, modeling, grief, anxiety, and maladaptive coping. These parts can show up in our personal, professional and romantic spaces inhibiting us actualizing our most authentic self. We can feel arrested by cycles, patterns or reactions to our past which can continue to resurface and wonder, “Why does this continue to happen to me?” If this sounds familiar and you would like to begin shifting these parts of yourself towards a more whole and authentic self - In.Sight is here to partner with you.
We bring the entirety of ourselves everyday into the world not in separate parts. Some of these parts may include our past: traumas, conditioning, modeling, grief, anxiety, and maladaptive coping. These parts can show up in our personal, professional and romantic spaces inhibiting us actualizing our most authentic self. We can feel arrested by cycles, patterns or reactions to our past which can continue to resurface and wonder, “Why does this continue to happen to me?” If this sounds familiar and you would like to begin shifting these parts of yourself towards a more whole and authentic self - In.Sight is here to partner with you.
(510) 876-4629 View (510) 876-4629
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Allison Zamani
Counselor, JD, MACP, LPCC
Verified
Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
My style is compassionate yet direct, soft yet forceful. I combine traditional talk therapy with somatic therapy (i.e., therapy involving awareness and work with the body). I have a background working in the corporate world and understand the challenges unique to that space. I trained at the California Institute of Integral Studies and incorporate not only that training but my years of post-graduate education and time spent studying different energetic and intuitive healing techniques into the work I do with you. Visit my website at www.allisonzamani.com for more information.
My style is compassionate yet direct, soft yet forceful. I combine traditional talk therapy with somatic therapy (i.e., therapy involving awareness and work with the body). I have a background working in the corporate world and understand the challenges unique to that space. I trained at the California Institute of Integral Studies and incorporate not only that training but my years of post-graduate education and time spent studying different energetic and intuitive healing techniques into the work I do with you. Visit my website at www.allisonzamani.com for more information.
(415) 843-7416 View (415) 843-7416
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Kat Marie Yoas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
Have you been feeling stuck? Having difficulties making changes, or knowing what to do? Are you navigating a sense that something is off? I can help. My clients say I'm easy to talk with because I'm present, compassionate, and am real with them. I listen actively and reflect honestly, engaging in creative, authentic, and occasionally humorous ways. I share tools to help you change the patterns in your life that make you feel stuck. In my strengths-based, trauma-informed, creative and client-centered approach, you will find your way back to yourself: your unique voice, movement, vision, and your way of loving and being loved.
Have you been feeling stuck? Having difficulties making changes, or knowing what to do? Are you navigating a sense that something is off? I can help. My clients say I'm easy to talk with because I'm present, compassionate, and am real with them. I listen actively and reflect honestly, engaging in creative, authentic, and occasionally humorous ways. I share tools to help you change the patterns in your life that make you feel stuck. In my strengths-based, trauma-informed, creative and client-centered approach, you will find your way back to yourself: your unique voice, movement, vision, and your way of loving and being loved.
(510) 544-8098 View (510) 544-8098
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Sarah Brekke-Velázquez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
I believe in healing ourselves and each other as the first step toward healing our planet. My intention as a therapist is to guide people toward empowerment and healing in order to live their fullest and most joyful lives possible. I believe that we all have this capacity within us, and therapy can help us to move through our past trauma, oppressive social conditioning, anxieties and other stresses to be our best selves.
I believe in healing ourselves and each other as the first step toward healing our planet. My intention as a therapist is to guide people toward empowerment and healing in order to live their fullest and most joyful lives possible. I believe that we all have this capacity within us, and therapy can help us to move through our past trauma, oppressive social conditioning, anxieties and other stresses to be our best selves.
(510) 564-7289 View (510) 564-7289
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Kathy Sinsheimer
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
Relationships are complicated! I've helped many couples who have been interested in becoming happier and more effective in their relationship. It's not unusual to reach bumps in the road as you progress in your lives together. When we are in session, I'll talk with each of you to find out about you as individuals including your history and emotional strengths as well as challenges. As well, I'll learn what is working and what is not working for both of you in your relationship.
Relationships are complicated! I've helped many couples who have been interested in becoming happier and more effective in their relationship. It's not unusual to reach bumps in the road as you progress in your lives together. When we are in session, I'll talk with each of you to find out about you as individuals including your history and emotional strengths as well as challenges. As well, I'll learn what is working and what is not working for both of you in your relationship.
(510) 768-8474 View (510) 768-8474
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Eva Healy
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, AMFT, MA
Verified
Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
Welcome! By landing here, you’ve taken a momentous first step towards loving and trusting yourself more fully. Whether you want to deepen your intimate relationships, express yourself more authentically, cultivate inner peace, heal from abuse or trauma, explore polyamory, address issues specific to your sexuality or gender identity, or so much more, I am here to help. With my collaborative approach, we will unlock your potential to set healthy boundaries, shift limiting beliefs, make peace with your body, navigate uncertainty, embrace paradox, transcend polarities, embrace “good enough,” and learn to dance in the rain so to speak.
Welcome! By landing here, you’ve taken a momentous first step towards loving and trusting yourself more fully. Whether you want to deepen your intimate relationships, express yourself more authentically, cultivate inner peace, heal from abuse or trauma, explore polyamory, address issues specific to your sexuality or gender identity, or so much more, I am here to help. With my collaborative approach, we will unlock your potential to set healthy boundaries, shift limiting beliefs, make peace with your body, navigate uncertainty, embrace paradox, transcend polarities, embrace “good enough,” and learn to dance in the rain so to speak.
(415) 993-8135 View (415) 993-8135
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David Shragai
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, MA
Verified
Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
Do you want to improve your emotional well being or to learn how to deal more effectively with stress, anxiety, depression or addiction? Do you want to improve your relationship and communication with your partner? For over 30 years I've provided psychotherapy in a supportive, caring and safe atmosphere helping individuals and couples to address emotional difficulties and achieve a better quality of life.
Do you want to improve your emotional well being or to learn how to deal more effectively with stress, anxiety, depression or addiction? Do you want to improve your relationship and communication with your partner? For over 30 years I've provided psychotherapy in a supportive, caring and safe atmosphere helping individuals and couples to address emotional difficulties and achieve a better quality of life.
(510) 746-8114 View (510) 746-8114
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James Wagner
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPCC
Verified
Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
Do you struggle with feeling like you belong? Are you carrying hurts and wounds from your family of origin or other close relationships? Do you wonder about your purpose and the meaning of your life? Or maybe you have worked hard on yourself throughout your life, but still struggle to connect with others or lead a life that has intention and meaning. I would be happy to meet with you and hear more about your situation and what you believe is blocking you. Together we can explore what holds you back and create a plan to engage your life in a way that feels more purpose driven and connected to your unique soul.
Do you struggle with feeling like you belong? Are you carrying hurts and wounds from your family of origin or other close relationships? Do you wonder about your purpose and the meaning of your life? Or maybe you have worked hard on yourself throughout your life, but still struggle to connect with others or lead a life that has intention and meaning. I would be happy to meet with you and hear more about your situation and what you believe is blocking you. Together we can explore what holds you back and create a plan to engage your life in a way that feels more purpose driven and connected to your unique soul.
(510) 930-3349 View (510) 930-3349
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Let's Talk! Jesse Westfall MFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MS
Verified
2 Endorsed
Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
I view my role to be that of a listener, supporter, encourager, and advocate. With me, you can expect to be heard and validated, while also challenged as we work to create new patterns and beliefs. ​
I view my role to be that of a listener, supporter, encourager, and advocate. With me, you can expect to be heard and validated, while also challenged as we work to create new patterns and beliefs. ​
(510) 330-2130 View (510) 330-2130
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Clara R. Brandt
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
5 Endorsed
Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
Inevitably, there are periods in life when we find ourselves untethered, at a loss for something to grab onto. Even coveted transitions - becoming a parent, or achieving a goal, for instance - can lead to a sense of disturbance or unfamiliarity, and can bring old wounds to the surface. Suffering can be mysterious and confusing, and most of all, very difficult to face alone.
Inevitably, there are periods in life when we find ourselves untethered, at a loss for something to grab onto. Even coveted transitions - becoming a parent, or achieving a goal, for instance - can lead to a sense of disturbance or unfamiliarity, and can bring old wounds to the surface. Suffering can be mysterious and confusing, and most of all, very difficult to face alone.
(510) 529-7744 View (510) 529-7744
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Judy Noddin
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
I work with people who are experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship stressors, and life transitions, as well as those who want to heal from childhood trauma and emotional neglect. I specialize in trauma focused therapy using Internal Family Systems (IFS), Somatic Attachment Therapy, and Expressive Arts Therapy. During individual sessions we will work together to identify and change the thought, behavior patterns, and beliefs that are keeping you stuck and suffering; help you gain greater access to your innate healing capacities and resilience; and grow your capacity for self-compassion, joy, creativity and connection.
I work with people who are experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship stressors, and life transitions, as well as those who want to heal from childhood trauma and emotional neglect. I specialize in trauma focused therapy using Internal Family Systems (IFS), Somatic Attachment Therapy, and Expressive Arts Therapy. During individual sessions we will work together to identify and change the thought, behavior patterns, and beliefs that are keeping you stuck and suffering; help you gain greater access to your innate healing capacities and resilience; and grow your capacity for self-compassion, joy, creativity and connection.
(510) 254-3198 View (510) 254-3198
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Lisa Horowitz
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
I’m an interactive and solution-focused therapist seeing individual adult clients only. It is important to me that you feel heard and understood. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, and questions about your identity or place in the world, therapy can help. I will work with you to determine what your needs and goals are and do my best to support you in a meaningful and expeditious way.
I’m an interactive and solution-focused therapist seeing individual adult clients only. It is important to me that you feel heard and understood. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, and questions about your identity or place in the world, therapy can help. I will work with you to determine what your needs and goals are and do my best to support you in a meaningful and expeditious way.
(510) 330-2470 View (510) 330-2470
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Valentyna Stusenko
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, APCC
Verified
Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
As a therapist and personally, I truly believe that all people are born equally good. Each and every one of us has had a variety of experiences throughout our lives that have shaped our personalities, our relationships with people and our view of ourselves. Throughout the course of our work together, in a safe atmosphere of trust and empathy, we will be able to give you the opportunity to relive your previous experiences and learn new lessons from old memories.
As a therapist and personally, I truly believe that all people are born equally good. Each and every one of us has had a variety of experiences throughout our lives that have shaped our personalities, our relationships with people and our view of ourselves. Throughout the course of our work together, in a safe atmosphere of trust and empathy, we will be able to give you the opportunity to relive your previous experiences and learn new lessons from old memories.
(925) 267-6831 View (925) 267-6831
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Liz M Fitzgerald
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PPS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
Not accepting new clients
I create a trusting and safe space for your child to express their thoughts and feelings, without judgment, and I will normalize their experiences and help you have a deeper understanding of what your child is going through. We will work together collaboratively. You as parents are the expert on your child and family. I am there as a support and facilitator- making the first step in asking for help is the most crucial step in the journey of repairing.
I create a trusting and safe space for your child to express their thoughts and feelings, without judgment, and I will normalize their experiences and help you have a deeper understanding of what your child is going through. We will work together collaboratively. You as parents are the expert on your child and family. I am there as a support and facilitator- making the first step in asking for help is the most crucial step in the journey of repairing.
(510) 930-1771 View (510) 930-1771
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Randall Wyatt
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
6 Endorsed
Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Often clients come into therapy with me when they are stuck in life, in a crisis, or in transition in a relationship or job or when emotions are just becoming too much to cope with. They want a change but are not always sure how to go about it. Taking the step to begin therapy is not easy for most people, but starting therapy often leads to a real opportunity to change, in ways that are not always expected. My style is warm, inviting and engaging, and I seek to connect to each person where they are at in life.
Often clients come into therapy with me when they are stuck in life, in a crisis, or in transition in a relationship or job or when emotions are just becoming too much to cope with. They want a change but are not always sure how to go about it. Taking the step to begin therapy is not easy for most people, but starting therapy often leads to a real opportunity to change, in ways that are not always expected. My style is warm, inviting and engaging, and I seek to connect to each person where they are at in life.
(510) 972-1731 View (510) 972-1731
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Zehara Jambalos Levin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
The decision to begin therapy is not simple and often comes at a particularly challenging time in your life. I know how difficult it can be to reach out during these times and my goal is to respond with curiosity, open-mindedness, and empathy. I believe that lasting change can come from exploring and ultimately freeing ourselves from the underlying causes of current symptoms. I want to work together with you to find ways to gain insight and relief. I work in an open and transparent manner, to help answer any questions or concerns you have along the way.
The decision to begin therapy is not simple and often comes at a particularly challenging time in your life. I know how difficult it can be to reach out during these times and my goal is to respond with curiosity, open-mindedness, and empathy. I believe that lasting change can come from exploring and ultimately freeing ourselves from the underlying causes of current symptoms. I want to work together with you to find ways to gain insight and relief. I work in an open and transparent manner, to help answer any questions or concerns you have along the way.
(415) 549-0285 View (415) 549-0285
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LaToya Braxton
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MEd, EdS
Verified
Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
What would it be like to be understood? No really?! The journey truly starts when we first seek to understand ourselves. Through personalized, identity affirming intervention and an unconditional judge-free zone, I implement healthy relationship building with each one of my clients first. As a result, trust can be established and influences you to be empowered yet vulnerable, ultimately leading to healthy behavior modification and a deeper awareness of how to thrive even through adversity.
What would it be like to be understood? No really?! The journey truly starts when we first seek to understand ourselves. Through personalized, identity affirming intervention and an unconditional judge-free zone, I implement healthy relationship building with each one of my clients first. As a result, trust can be established and influences you to be empowered yet vulnerable, ultimately leading to healthy behavior modification and a deeper awareness of how to thrive even through adversity.
(510) 380-7541 View (510) 380-7541
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Cecilia S. Kardel
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
The therapeutic encounter is a unique collaborative journey. We cannot control what crosses our path, but we can see ourselves as brave enough to face it. People come to me when they are in distress, hurting or stuck and want to improve their life and relationships. I provide a safe space to explore issues with food, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, self-worth, and life changes. Do you seek support and guidance before marriage, to grieve a loss, work through betrayal, gain insight, change patterns, deepen connection, repair hurt, or renew dreams? I can hold your story. I am trauma-informed. I won't shy away from the hard stuff.
The therapeutic encounter is a unique collaborative journey. We cannot control what crosses our path, but we can see ourselves as brave enough to face it. People come to me when they are in distress, hurting or stuck and want to improve their life and relationships. I provide a safe space to explore issues with food, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, self-worth, and life changes. Do you seek support and guidance before marriage, to grieve a loss, work through betrayal, gain insight, change patterns, deepen connection, repair hurt, or renew dreams? I can hold your story. I am trauma-informed. I won't shy away from the hard stuff.
(415) 480-5319 View (415) 480-5319
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Shanna Sea Dew
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, 500-RYT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
As a complex trauma therapist, I specialize in a variety of modalities including: brainspotting, mindfulness meditation, and expressive arts. I work with teens and adults how have experienced childhood trauma, including but not limited to: neglect, abuse, sexual assault, divorce, and bullying. When we have had these kinds of traumatic experiences they often lead to challenges with attachment and trust in relationships.
As a complex trauma therapist, I specialize in a variety of modalities including: brainspotting, mindfulness meditation, and expressive arts. I work with teens and adults how have experienced childhood trauma, including but not limited to: neglect, abuse, sexual assault, divorce, and bullying. When we have had these kinds of traumatic experiences they often lead to challenges with attachment and trust in relationships.
(510) 288-5035 View (510) 288-5035

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Number of Therapists in Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA

100+

Average cost per session

$200

Therapists in Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
90% Depression
86% Relationship Issues
77% Trauma and PTSD
73% Self Esteem
69% Grief
69% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

46% Aetna
46% Other
24% Optum

How Therapists in Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
17% Male
3% Non-Binary

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How can I find a therapist in Piedmont Ave, Oakland?

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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.