Therapists in San Anselmo, CA

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Paul R Puccinelli
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified
San Anselmo, CA 94960
I am a dedicated and compassionate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). My therapeutic approach is grounded in evidence-based methods that have been proven effective in promoting mental and emotional well-being. I have developed a deep understanding of and specialize in working with individuals living with Parkinson's Disease, as well as their dedicated caregivers. In addition, I work with couples to rebuild trust, improve communications, and strengthen their connection. I offer guidance and support for young individuals, who need help developing coping strategies to address issues such as anxiety or depression.
I am a dedicated and compassionate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). My therapeutic approach is grounded in evidence-based methods that have been proven effective in promoting mental and emotional well-being. I have developed a deep understanding of and specialize in working with individuals living with Parkinson's Disease, as well as their dedicated caregivers. In addition, I work with couples to rebuild trust, improve communications, and strengthen their connection. I offer guidance and support for young individuals, who need help developing coping strategies to address issues such as anxiety or depression.
(415) 326-1384 View (415) 326-1384
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Amanda Coleman
Psychologist, MA, PsyD
Verified
San Anselmo, CA 94960
There is a solution to the suffering! I am directional and empathic in my approach to working with clients. People come to me because they are wanting to make some personal changes in their lives and I facilitate this process. A safe and trusting environment is vital for this work and I create this early on with warmth and unconditional acceptance of all that is arising.
There is a solution to the suffering! I am directional and empathic in my approach to working with clients. People come to me because they are wanting to make some personal changes in their lives and I facilitate this process. A safe and trusting environment is vital for this work and I create this early on with warmth and unconditional acceptance of all that is arising.
(415) 366-8058 View (415) 366-8058
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Grace Fisher
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, SEP
Verified
San Anselmo, CA 94960  (Online Only)
Each of us has the innate wisdom to guide us towards well-being, yet sometimes, we need help accessing that inner voice. Whether you are seeking short-term, issue specific solutions to your relationship, family or work challenges, or wanting to delve more deeply into freeing yourself from patterns that keep you stuck, I offer a compassionate style, rich in understanding and humor. I have taught mindfulness to teens and adults at Spirit Rock since 2002. And in our work together, I can offer tools to help you learn how to pause and skillfully listen to the wisdom within.
Each of us has the innate wisdom to guide us towards well-being, yet sometimes, we need help accessing that inner voice. Whether you are seeking short-term, issue specific solutions to your relationship, family or work challenges, or wanting to delve more deeply into freeing yourself from patterns that keep you stuck, I offer a compassionate style, rich in understanding and humor. I have taught mindfulness to teens and adults at Spirit Rock since 2002. And in our work together, I can offer tools to help you learn how to pause and skillfully listen to the wisdom within.
(415) 691-2785 View (415) 691-2785
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Holly S Andrew
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
San Anselmo, CA 94960  (Online Only)
I received my PsyD in Clinical Child and Family Psychology and have worked in outpatient settings treating individuals of all ages struggling to navigate difficult transitions, complex trauma, anxiety, depression, behavioral difficulties, and relationship struggles. In practice, I have found it critical to be able to draw upon multiple theoretical frameworks to inform treatment that is a good fit for each individual. I use narrative and attachment theories as the basis for treatment conceptualization and work to help patients to identify internal strengths that lead to lasting change.
I received my PsyD in Clinical Child and Family Psychology and have worked in outpatient settings treating individuals of all ages struggling to navigate difficult transitions, complex trauma, anxiety, depression, behavioral difficulties, and relationship struggles. In practice, I have found it critical to be able to draw upon multiple theoretical frameworks to inform treatment that is a good fit for each individual. I use narrative and attachment theories as the basis for treatment conceptualization and work to help patients to identify internal strengths that lead to lasting change.
(415) 680-9448 View (415) 680-9448
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Dr. Denise Renye
Psychologist, MEd, MA, PsyD
Verified
38 Endorsed
San Anselmo, CA 94960
Welcome! I am a certified sexologist, licensed psychologist, certified yoga therapist, and certified psychedelic integrationist invested in creating a safe space for you to explore your life, relationships, intimacy (with yourself and others), sensuality and sexuality in depth. Working together, we will build upon your strengths and expand your life's potential by tapping into your undiscovered aspects, creativity and intuition. My approach is direct, open and collaborative. We will work together so that your time and resources are respected.
Welcome! I am a certified sexologist, licensed psychologist, certified yoga therapist, and certified psychedelic integrationist invested in creating a safe space for you to explore your life, relationships, intimacy (with yourself and others), sensuality and sexuality in depth. Working together, we will build upon your strengths and expand your life's potential by tapping into your undiscovered aspects, creativity and intuition. My approach is direct, open and collaborative. We will work together so that your time and resources are respected.
(628) 600-1755 View (628) 600-1755
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Kendall Schwartz
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
San Anselmo, CA 94960
As a bilingual (Eng/Span) licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I have vast experience treating diverse populations of all ages struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and personality disorders. With a background in Gestalt, trauma-informed care, and prenatal counseling, I treat individuals and couples in a private practice setting where I incorporate and integrate various modalities, along with somatic techniques, parts work, resourcing, mindfulness, and transpersonal psychology. “With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.” - Max Ehrmann
As a bilingual (Eng/Span) licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I have vast experience treating diverse populations of all ages struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and personality disorders. With a background in Gestalt, trauma-informed care, and prenatal counseling, I treat individuals and couples in a private practice setting where I incorporate and integrate various modalities, along with somatic techniques, parts work, resourcing, mindfulness, and transpersonal psychology. “With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.” - Max Ehrmann
(415) 853-5165 View (415) 853-5165
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Jennifer Hase Rice
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
San Anselmo, CA 94960
I currently work adults in individual therapy. My objective in psychotherapy is to help individuals make positive changes in their relationships and their lives. My initial meeting with you will include a thorough evaluation of your history and concerns in order to establish treatment goals.
I currently work adults in individual therapy. My objective in psychotherapy is to help individuals make positive changes in their relationships and their lives. My initial meeting with you will include a thorough evaluation of your history and concerns in order to establish treatment goals.
(415) 320-7162 View (415) 320-7162
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John Coyne
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Anselmo, CA 94960
Are you dealing with a major life transition, relationship problem, caregiver stress, illness or recent loss? Feeling overwhelmed, stressed out or depressed? I'm here to help! With 20 years experience as a therapist I offer a warm, compassionate and non-judgemental setting to discuss what's going on in your life and re-orient towards what is most important for you. I offer in-person appointments in San Anselmo or video appointments online.
Are you dealing with a major life transition, relationship problem, caregiver stress, illness or recent loss? Feeling overwhelmed, stressed out or depressed? I'm here to help! With 20 years experience as a therapist I offer a warm, compassionate and non-judgemental setting to discuss what's going on in your life and re-orient towards what is most important for you. I offer in-person appointments in San Anselmo or video appointments online.
(415) 799-4547 View (415) 799-4547
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Maureen Young Smith
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
San Anselmo, CA 94960
I have a special interest working with people who are faced with the unexpected. My approach is rooted in humanistic and positive psychology. I feel that there is tremendous value in meeting a person with unconditional positive regard. In working with children, I have experience with individuals who are struggling with ADHD and other learning differences; who are having social difficulties at school; or, who have developmental challenges as a result of trauma. When working with adolescents and young adults, I help to support them through the anxieties of taking the next step in one's personal development.
I have a special interest working with people who are faced with the unexpected. My approach is rooted in humanistic and positive psychology. I feel that there is tremendous value in meeting a person with unconditional positive regard. In working with children, I have experience with individuals who are struggling with ADHD and other learning differences; who are having social difficulties at school; or, who have developmental challenges as a result of trauma. When working with adolescents and young adults, I help to support them through the anxieties of taking the next step in one's personal development.
(415) 449-8308 View (415) 449-8308
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Kate Brennan
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, PsyD, SEP
Verified
San Anselmo, CA 94960  (Online Only)
If you overwhelmed, run down, irritable, sad or depressed, you are not alone. At times we find ourselves worn down by the weight of everything. Somatic Experiencing and EMDR, when used in combination with psychotherapy can help you to restore your resiliency and capacity and support you to feel like your self once again.
If you overwhelmed, run down, irritable, sad or depressed, you are not alone. At times we find ourselves worn down by the weight of everything. Somatic Experiencing and EMDR, when used in combination with psychotherapy can help you to restore your resiliency and capacity and support you to feel like your self once again.
(415) 723-4252 View (415) 723-4252
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Gigi Gruenke
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C, LCSW
Verified
San Anselmo, CA 94960
I am licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in California & Maryland . During the pandemic all my sessions are tele/video. My clients may feel overwhelmed by past events or current challenges; be seeking to reduce stress / anxiety in their lives, often manifested by depression, anger or control issues; wish to address trauma experiences; to complete Immigrant Psychological Evaluations ; or seek help coping with the range of challenges and stresses they experience in the United States. People come hoping to resolve obstacles to growth and to experience greater satisfaction.
I am licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in California & Maryland . During the pandemic all my sessions are tele/video. My clients may feel overwhelmed by past events or current challenges; be seeking to reduce stress / anxiety in their lives, often manifested by depression, anger or control issues; wish to address trauma experiences; to complete Immigrant Psychological Evaluations ; or seek help coping with the range of challenges and stresses they experience in the United States. People come hoping to resolve obstacles to growth and to experience greater satisfaction.
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Kelly Jeanne Zehr
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
4 Endorsed
San Anselmo, CA 94960  (Online Only)
I offer coaching and psychotherapy to support women who wish to connect with and express their most authentic Self, and live a life aligned with their soul's purpose. I help you to move beyond fear, doubt and shame inflicted by culture and life experience, so that you may love yourself more fully and offer your gifts freely to the world. To support you in this deep healing process, we may incorporate various somatic and spiritual practices into our work together, based on your unique needs and values.
I offer coaching and psychotherapy to support women who wish to connect with and express their most authentic Self, and live a life aligned with their soul's purpose. I help you to move beyond fear, doubt and shame inflicted by culture and life experience, so that you may love yourself more fully and offer your gifts freely to the world. To support you in this deep healing process, we may incorporate various somatic and spiritual practices into our work together, based on your unique needs and values.
(415) 702-1669 View (415) 702-1669
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Caley Keene
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, PPSC
Verified
San Anselmo, CA 94960
“We are seeking for life ourselves with our feet. Life is what we ask for that is why the dancers are told: ‘Dance, dance hard.’” - Sauk Fox, White Buffalo Dancer. We all seek to travel the roads of life with light feet and levity, but we don’t all wake up with the tools we need to dance our way through the day. Sometimes we find ourselves living far outside the present moment, lost in thoughts of our childhoods or conversations we had with loved ones months ago. There are mornings when the gravity of bed keeps us stuck under the covers like a funeral shroud and sunshine is an insult.
“We are seeking for life ourselves with our feet. Life is what we ask for that is why the dancers are told: ‘Dance, dance hard.’” - Sauk Fox, White Buffalo Dancer. We all seek to travel the roads of life with light feet and levity, but we don’t all wake up with the tools we need to dance our way through the day. Sometimes we find ourselves living far outside the present moment, lost in thoughts of our childhoods or conversations we had with loved ones months ago. There are mornings when the gravity of bed keeps us stuck under the covers like a funeral shroud and sunshine is an insult.
(415) 360-7471 View (415) 360-7471
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Mosaic Psychotherapy Center
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
San Anselmo, CA 94960  (Online Only)
Currently, no waitlist. Scheduling Wed-Thurs. "Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it" (Helen Keller). My work aims to reduce suffering through evidence-based techniques, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness. I have extensive experience treating trauma survivors and with the refugee, asylum-seeker, and immigrant communities. My practice has focused on people of color; clients with serious mental illness; and individuals with justice system-involvement, neurodivergence (esp. autism), and HIV.
Currently, no waitlist. Scheduling Wed-Thurs. "Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it" (Helen Keller). My work aims to reduce suffering through evidence-based techniques, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness. I have extensive experience treating trauma survivors and with the refugee, asylum-seeker, and immigrant communities. My practice has focused on people of color; clients with serious mental illness; and individuals with justice system-involvement, neurodivergence (esp. autism), and HIV.
(415) 917-2991 View (415) 917-2991
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Nancy Ilene Gump
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
San Anselmo, CA 94960
The roadblocks and challenges we all long to avoid often contain hidden gold. We can find this valuable treasure when we learn to relate to our pain differently. In my work I help my clients learn to release unnecessary suffering and meet the difficulties they cannot change. This brings an increased capacity for happiness. I help my clients release the need for perfection and move instead towards wholeness and completeness - holding both the joy and sorrow of life. When we learn to hold our 'broken' places with compassion, we feel more whole.
The roadblocks and challenges we all long to avoid often contain hidden gold. We can find this valuable treasure when we learn to relate to our pain differently. In my work I help my clients learn to release unnecessary suffering and meet the difficulties they cannot change. This brings an increased capacity for happiness. I help my clients release the need for perfection and move instead towards wholeness and completeness - holding both the joy and sorrow of life. When we learn to hold our 'broken' places with compassion, we feel more whole.
(628) 244-3255 View (628) 244-3255
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Michael Skrodzki
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
San Anselmo, CA 94960
I believe human beings change and develop throughout their life span. In some 30 years of practicing psychotherapy I have come to view most emotional symptoms and all relationship crises as opportunities for re-engaging and supporting aspects of self development. I was educated in Germany and the US: my professional experience ranges from work in very traditional clinical settings to being a therapist and group facilitator for staff at the Esalen Institute.
I believe human beings change and develop throughout their life span. In some 30 years of practicing psychotherapy I have come to view most emotional symptoms and all relationship crises as opportunities for re-engaging and supporting aspects of self development. I was educated in Germany and the US: my professional experience ranges from work in very traditional clinical settings to being a therapist and group facilitator for staff at the Esalen Institute.
(650) 262-3430 View (650) 262-3430
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Maureen Young Smith
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
San Anselmo, CA 94960
Before opening a private practice in San Anselmo, I worked as a primary therapist with the Child Therapy Institute of Marin working with children and adults. I have also worked as a school counselor in Marin elementary, middle and high schools; and at a local university. I have clinical experience working in an eating recovery center helping clients and their families recover from eating disorders. I received a bachelor’s in arts from Scripps College in Claremont, California and a master’s in counseling psychology from Dominican University in San Rafael, California. I am a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology.
Before opening a private practice in San Anselmo, I worked as a primary therapist with the Child Therapy Institute of Marin working with children and adults. I have also worked as a school counselor in Marin elementary, middle and high schools; and at a local university. I have clinical experience working in an eating recovery center helping clients and their families recover from eating disorders. I received a bachelor’s in arts from Scripps College in Claremont, California and a master’s in counseling psychology from Dominican University in San Rafael, California. I am a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology.
(415) 903-7190 View (415) 903-7190
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Hollis (Holly) A. Byers
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, LPCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Anselmo, CA 94960
Are you or your family under stress, or does personal tension or relational conflict rule the day? Are you experiencing a transition, a divorce, a loss, or have new partners entered the family picture? Do you worry that your child is depressed or anxious? Do you worry that you are not a good parent? For over 25 years, I have been helping people like you successfully resolve these issues. I help adults navigate individual and marital challenges and parents master the skills that parenting requires. I help teens make better choices as they come to know themselves.
Are you or your family under stress, or does personal tension or relational conflict rule the day? Are you experiencing a transition, a divorce, a loss, or have new partners entered the family picture? Do you worry that your child is depressed or anxious? Do you worry that you are not a good parent? For over 25 years, I have been helping people like you successfully resolve these issues. I help adults navigate individual and marital challenges and parents master the skills that parenting requires. I help teens make better choices as they come to know themselves.
(415) 455-5884 View (415) 455-5884
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Sandra Hirschfield
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, ATR-BC
Verified
San Anselmo, CA 94960
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California with extensive experience over the past twenty years to provide comprehensive clinical support including assessment and therapeutic strategies to reduce symptoms related to environmental stress and mental health issues. Children, adolescents and adults who struggle with emotional regulation learn to develop coping strategies when experiencing distressing situations that impacts their quality of life.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California with extensive experience over the past twenty years to provide comprehensive clinical support including assessment and therapeutic strategies to reduce symptoms related to environmental stress and mental health issues. Children, adolescents and adults who struggle with emotional regulation learn to develop coping strategies when experiencing distressing situations that impacts their quality of life.
(415) 534-4184 View (415) 534-4184
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Natalie Harvey
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified
San Anselmo, CA 94960
Not accepting new clients
Welcome. If you have found yourself here you are probably looking for relief. My passion and experience focuses around helping others find clarity and balance. We each have different histories, needs, patterns of thinking, and struggles. All of us develop strategies of protecting ourselves that have been useful in the past but have become outdated. It's important that we move toward ways that currently work; that help guide us toward the most peace and happiness possible. Guiding individuals toward getting to know, accept, and thrive in one's own self and in relationship is something I am dedicated to.
Welcome. If you have found yourself here you are probably looking for relief. My passion and experience focuses around helping others find clarity and balance. We each have different histories, needs, patterns of thinking, and struggles. All of us develop strategies of protecting ourselves that have been useful in the past but have become outdated. It's important that we move toward ways that currently work; that help guide us toward the most peace and happiness possible. Guiding individuals toward getting to know, accept, and thrive in one's own self and in relationship is something I am dedicated to.
(415) 747-5182 View (415) 747-5182

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Number of Therapists in San Anselmo, CA

100+

Average cost per session

$195

Therapists in San Anselmo, CA who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
84% Relationship Issues
84% Depression
73% Trauma and PTSD
73% Self Esteem
72% Grief
62% Family Conflict

Average years in practice

18 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

50% Aetna
39% MHN | Health Net
36% Anthem | Elevance

How Therapists in San Anselmo, CA see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
14% Male
2% Non-Binary

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How can I find a therapist in San Anselmo?

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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.