Therapists in San Diego, CA

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Photo of Michelle Smith, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Michelle Smith
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
I'm a versatile therapist focused on creating a supportive environment and providing compassionate and helpful feedback. I began my career more than 15 years ago working with adults and children who've experienced trauma. I specialize in treating individuals with depression, stress and anxiety and provide couple and family counseling to improve relationships and parenting. I have two primary goals as a therapist - create a therapeutic relationship that feels safe and supportive to clients and provide therapy that's effective in relieving suffering and improving people's lives. I'm here to help you reach your goals.
I'm a versatile therapist focused on creating a supportive environment and providing compassionate and helpful feedback. I began my career more than 15 years ago working with adults and children who've experienced trauma. I specialize in treating individuals with depression, stress and anxiety and provide couple and family counseling to improve relationships and parenting. I have two primary goals as a therapist - create a therapeutic relationship that feels safe and supportive to clients and provide therapy that's effective in relieving suffering and improving people's lives. I'm here to help you reach your goals.
(619) 612-5304 View (619) 612-5304
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Julia Mendoza
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92110  (Online Only)
Hello I'm Julia Mendoza, a therapist providing therapy throughout the state of California. I have experience working with children and adults, in the areas of depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, LGBT+ issues, OCD, personality disorders, family problems, relationship and partner conflict, and traumas. I truly enjoy helping others and I have been told that I am funny, genuine, open-minded, and a good listener. Se habla Español!
Hello I'm Julia Mendoza, a therapist providing therapy throughout the state of California. I have experience working with children and adults, in the areas of depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, LGBT+ issues, OCD, personality disorders, family problems, relationship and partner conflict, and traumas. I truly enjoy helping others and I have been told that I am funny, genuine, open-minded, and a good listener. Se habla Español!
(951) 438-7873 View (951) 438-7873
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Christin Laufik
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92130
Therapy is an opportunity for healing and transformation. You begin to feel better in your body and improve the quality of your life. Maybe you struggle with a painful loss, are overwhelmed by excessive worry, depression, trauma, or social anxiety. Maybe you are feeling stuck. Maybe you want a better marriage and more confidence in your parenting. You may feel shame and find that your ways of coping with avoidance, procrastination, or negative self-talk adds to your distress. I am passionate about helping you find a greater sense of connection, health, and meaning in your life. I know how to get you there!
Therapy is an opportunity for healing and transformation. You begin to feel better in your body and improve the quality of your life. Maybe you struggle with a painful loss, are overwhelmed by excessive worry, depression, trauma, or social anxiety. Maybe you are feeling stuck. Maybe you want a better marriage and more confidence in your parenting. You may feel shame and find that your ways of coping with avoidance, procrastination, or negative self-talk adds to your distress. I am passionate about helping you find a greater sense of connection, health, and meaning in your life. I know how to get you there!
(858) 290-2684 View (858) 290-2684
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Rachel Rabinor
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, LCSW, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92106
You imagined the path to parenthood to look a lot different. Pregnancy, trying to conceive, coping with losses and becoming a parent for the first (or umpteenth time) can be quite different than expected. It's important to get help if you're feeling overwhelmed, depressed, or anxious as you anticipate and cope with these transitions.
You imagined the path to parenthood to look a lot different. Pregnancy, trying to conceive, coping with losses and becoming a parent for the first (or umpteenth time) can be quite different than expected. It's important to get help if you're feeling overwhelmed, depressed, or anxious as you anticipate and cope with these transitions.
(619) 568-2172 View (619) 568-2172
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Amber McKinney-Morgan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92124  (Online Only)
We’re all doing the best we can with what we have to work with. Sometimes we can use some extra tools in our toolbox to support us in managing when life occurrences seem to pile up and we just need a break. Amber has experience in treating a range of symptoms, including those related to PTSD, anxiety and depression.
We’re all doing the best we can with what we have to work with. Sometimes we can use some extra tools in our toolbox to support us in managing when life occurrences seem to pile up and we just need a break. Amber has experience in treating a range of symptoms, including those related to PTSD, anxiety and depression.
(619) 724-4706 View (619) 724-4706
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Brittany Eason
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PPSC
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92122
Hi, I’m happy you’re here. I am honored that you are interested to learn a bit more about what I can offer you and your family.
Hi, I’m happy you’re here. I am honored that you are interested to learn a bit more about what I can offer you and your family.
(858) 258-5328 View (858) 258-5328
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Dani Schaer
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92130
I have a passion for helping teens, young adults, and families, grapple with challenges such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and life transitions. Their needs include holistic support, coping skills, and improved family dynamics. Clients that want to build autonomy, confidence, and healthier relationships are ideal. They seek understanding, coping strategies, and a collaborative approach to navigate and thrive through their unique journeys.
I have a passion for helping teens, young adults, and families, grapple with challenges such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and life transitions. Their needs include holistic support, coping skills, and improved family dynamics. Clients that want to build autonomy, confidence, and healthier relationships are ideal. They seek understanding, coping strategies, and a collaborative approach to navigate and thrive through their unique journeys.
(760) 334-5132 x103 View (760) 334-5132 x103
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Samuel A. Newman
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92101
Are you struggling with relationships? Do you need help recovering from a traumatic event? Do you often feel sad and low on energy? Are you searching for ways to be more emotionally stable and less shut down? For over 25 years I have worked with individuals, couples, and families on a range of issues including substance abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, codependency, couples counseling, pre-martial counseling and more. In a highly personalized and collaborative treatment style, I help people understand the deeper reasons for why difficulties keep repeating over and over.
Are you struggling with relationships? Do you need help recovering from a traumatic event? Do you often feel sad and low on energy? Are you searching for ways to be more emotionally stable and less shut down? For over 25 years I have worked with individuals, couples, and families on a range of issues including substance abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, codependency, couples counseling, pre-martial counseling and more. In a highly personalized and collaborative treatment style, I help people understand the deeper reasons for why difficulties keep repeating over and over.
(619) 320-4249 View (619) 320-4249
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Gina Biagini-French
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92120
Gina Biagini-French treats patients starting at 5 year old. Gina Biagini-French completed her graduate degree in Marriage and Family Counseling in 1996 and was licensed in 2000. She has been working in the field of Social Work and Counseling since 1990. Gina treats clients from all backgrounds with a variety of clinical concerns, and has worked in various nonprofit, university and elementary school settings. Gina has two children and has been married for over 25 years.
Gina Biagini-French treats patients starting at 5 year old. Gina Biagini-French completed her graduate degree in Marriage and Family Counseling in 1996 and was licensed in 2000. She has been working in the field of Social Work and Counseling since 1990. Gina treats clients from all backgrounds with a variety of clinical concerns, and has worked in various nonprofit, university and elementary school settings. Gina has two children and has been married for over 25 years.
(858) 758-3660 View (858) 758-3660
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Lori A Futterman
Psychologist, RN, PhD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
Dr. Futterman takes a clinical psychologist with an integrated approach to care. She has a general practice and two subspecialties in women's health and sexual health. She is dedicated to helping all people, achieve their highest potential; and overcome difficulties in achieving inner balance. Dr. Futterman utilizes a wide range of techniques to customize the care she provides, including clinical hypnosis, eye-movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR), mindfulness training and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).
Dr. Futterman takes a clinical psychologist with an integrated approach to care. She has a general practice and two subspecialties in women's health and sexual health. She is dedicated to helping all people, achieve their highest potential; and overcome difficulties in achieving inner balance. Dr. Futterman utilizes a wide range of techniques to customize the care she provides, including clinical hypnosis, eye-movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR), mindfulness training and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).
(619) 775-1772 View (619) 775-1772
Photo of Esther Krohner, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Esther Krohner
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92130
Life is already so complicated. My hope is to empower you to make yours more fulfilling. Our work will take action and help you become your own best ally. I'm a therapist for people who want to gain a clear focus and feel good enough. My strength is in relationships, whether those are with ourselves, our children, or our partners. I offer couples counseling, parent guidance and coaching, and family and individual therapy. My style is warm, client centered, holistic and down to earth. I can help when anxiety, depression, ADHD, addiction, trauma, high-conflict and big decisions are interfering with life and relationships.
Life is already so complicated. My hope is to empower you to make yours more fulfilling. Our work will take action and help you become your own best ally. I'm a therapist for people who want to gain a clear focus and feel good enough. My strength is in relationships, whether those are with ourselves, our children, or our partners. I offer couples counseling, parent guidance and coaching, and family and individual therapy. My style is warm, client centered, holistic and down to earth. I can help when anxiety, depression, ADHD, addiction, trauma, high-conflict and big decisions are interfering with life and relationships.
(650) 300-3891 View (650) 300-3891
Photo of Mary L Obata, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Mary L Obata
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92116  (Online Only)
I believe the most important element in the therapeutic relationship is the connection between therapist and client -- person to person. What I bring to the relationship is warmth, caring, and a gentle and compassionate presence. I have a deep faith in your ability to transform your life, empowering you to discover what works and change what doesn't, helping you find your own truth and path. My approach is gentle, yet potent. Using EMDR (www.emdr.com) and EFT (www.emofree.com) as highly effective tools, I help you to release negative patterns and beliefs and build upon your positive resources and strengths.
I believe the most important element in the therapeutic relationship is the connection between therapist and client -- person to person. What I bring to the relationship is warmth, caring, and a gentle and compassionate presence. I have a deep faith in your ability to transform your life, empowering you to discover what works and change what doesn't, helping you find your own truth and path. My approach is gentle, yet potent. Using EMDR (www.emdr.com) and EFT (www.emofree.com) as highly effective tools, I help you to release negative patterns and beliefs and build upon your positive resources and strengths.
(619) 377-8886 View (619) 377-8886
Photo of Kristen Ackerman, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Kristen Ackerman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92109  (Online Only)
In today's fast-paced world, life can often resemble a whirlwind of changes, challenges, and opportunities, impacting our mental health & well-being. Navigating through this can be daunting and we may find ourselves in need of support. My specialization lies in helping individuals facing chronic health conditions, particularly those dealing with inflammatory bowel disease, anxiety, highly sensitive traits, and addressing the unique issues faced by teens & young adults. I’m committed to cultivating a trusting and supportive environment where meaningful and lasting change can take root, enabling you to not just survive, but thrive.
In today's fast-paced world, life can often resemble a whirlwind of changes, challenges, and opportunities, impacting our mental health & well-being. Navigating through this can be daunting and we may find ourselves in need of support. My specialization lies in helping individuals facing chronic health conditions, particularly those dealing with inflammatory bowel disease, anxiety, highly sensitive traits, and addressing the unique issues faced by teens & young adults. I’m committed to cultivating a trusting and supportive environment where meaningful and lasting change can take root, enabling you to not just survive, but thrive.
(619) 567-1487 View (619) 567-1487
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Amy Anderson, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108
We all can feel overwhelmed when dealing with life's obstacles & hurdles. At times, having a safe person to talk things out confidentially - promotes self-reflection, self-worth and compassion, improves personal and relationship outcomes, and emotional depth to overcome and evolve throughout life. Life can feel amplified when we harness our authentic values, trust our intuition, embrace emotional regulation & effective communication skills that allows us to connect deeply to self & others. I love working with ambitious professionals & parents who have been impacted by trauma & attachment disruptions, ADHD, CPTSD, & substance use.
We all can feel overwhelmed when dealing with life's obstacles & hurdles. At times, having a safe person to talk things out confidentially - promotes self-reflection, self-worth and compassion, improves personal and relationship outcomes, and emotional depth to overcome and evolve throughout life. Life can feel amplified when we harness our authentic values, trust our intuition, embrace emotional regulation & effective communication skills that allows us to connect deeply to self & others. I love working with ambitious professionals & parents who have been impacted by trauma & attachment disruptions, ADHD, CPTSD, & substance use.
(619) 597-1505 View (619) 597-1505
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Dr. Karin Kristensen
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. I obtained my doctorate in clinical psychology in 2000 from the California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego (CSPP). I received my Bachelor of Arts in 1992 from the University of Southern California (USC). My clinical experience includes 6 years working at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic. I specialize in working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues and career-related problems.
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. I obtained my doctorate in clinical psychology in 2000 from the California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego (CSPP). I received my Bachelor of Arts in 1992 from the University of Southern California (USC). My clinical experience includes 6 years working at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic. I specialize in working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues and career-related problems.
(619) 281-9552 View (619) 281-9552
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Cedric Staton
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108
Waitlist for new clients
At a time when life should be full of possibilities, do you find yourself grappling with stress, anxiety, or the heavy cloak of depression? You're not alone. Many young people just like you are searching for a way to peel back the layers of overwhelming emotions to find their true selves again. It's a journey that can feel isolating, but it doesn't have to be. My practice is a sanctuary for teens and young adults, ages 13 and up, who are ready to step into their power and reclaim the joy that life has to offer. The the path to mental well-being is not a straight line—it's a personal adventure that's as unique as you are.
At a time when life should be full of possibilities, do you find yourself grappling with stress, anxiety, or the heavy cloak of depression? You're not alone. Many young people just like you are searching for a way to peel back the layers of overwhelming emotions to find their true selves again. It's a journey that can feel isolating, but it doesn't have to be. My practice is a sanctuary for teens and young adults, ages 13 and up, who are ready to step into their power and reclaim the joy that life has to offer. The the path to mental well-being is not a straight line—it's a personal adventure that's as unique as you are.
(619) 374-9794 View (619) 374-9794
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Natalia Addona
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92104  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Natalia and I specialize in working with adults dealing with anxiety, life transitions, and relationship issues. I have a speciality in working with those who struggle with substance use, those who are sober curious, and partners of those struggling with substance abuse. I come from the perspective that through life's challenges (challenging relationships, grief, trauma, etc.), we start to second guess ourselves. In my work with client's, we begin by building a strong relationship and developing a space for you to explore those intrusive thoughts, anxious worries, and internal dialogue.
Hi, I'm Natalia and I specialize in working with adults dealing with anxiety, life transitions, and relationship issues. I have a speciality in working with those who struggle with substance use, those who are sober curious, and partners of those struggling with substance abuse. I come from the perspective that through life's challenges (challenging relationships, grief, trauma, etc.), we start to second guess ourselves. In my work with client's, we begin by building a strong relationship and developing a space for you to explore those intrusive thoughts, anxious worries, and internal dialogue.
(619) 558-0835 View (619) 558-0835
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Jordy Travis
MA, ACC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92130
I provide coaching services to teens, young adults and their families who struggle with ADHD and executive function skills. Challenges include, but are not limited to organization, time-management, prioritization, study skills, social skills and planning. During the coaching process, we pinpoint goals and dreams and uncover underlying issues that are holding them back. Together, we work on developing tools, skills and strategies in order for clients to reach their goals and lead a more fulfilling life.
I provide coaching services to teens, young adults and their families who struggle with ADHD and executive function skills. Challenges include, but are not limited to organization, time-management, prioritization, study skills, social skills and planning. During the coaching process, we pinpoint goals and dreams and uncover underlying issues that are holding them back. Together, we work on developing tools, skills and strategies in order for clients to reach their goals and lead a more fulfilling life.
(858) 264-0725 View (858) 264-0725
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Karissa Lentz-Klepacki
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92115
Hello! My name is Dr. Lentz and I have been practicing in the field of psychology for over 10 years. I have assisted those in need from young children to the elderly ranging in wide variety of challenges including but not limited to anxiety, depression, academic, behavioral, career, marital and other mental health conditions.
Hello! My name is Dr. Lentz and I have been practicing in the field of psychology for over 10 years. I have assisted those in need from young children to the elderly ranging in wide variety of challenges including but not limited to anxiety, depression, academic, behavioral, career, marital and other mental health conditions.
(858) 879-3114 View (858) 879-3114
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Jennifer Zwolinski
Psychologist, PhD, MS
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92131  (Online Only)
Whether you are looking for guidance on navigating relationships, managing a difficult transition, or seeking effective treatment for a more enduring psychological problem, I want to help you to set and accomplish your goals. I support adults in individual and couples therapy with a variety of needs, whether it’s structured treatment for psychological disorders (e.g., depression and anxiety), action towards personal/professional goals or concerns (e.g., career development, burnout), or relationship support and enhancement (e.g., pre-marital, affairs, dissolution). I am passionate about working with college and graduate students.
Whether you are looking for guidance on navigating relationships, managing a difficult transition, or seeking effective treatment for a more enduring psychological problem, I want to help you to set and accomplish your goals. I support adults in individual and couples therapy with a variety of needs, whether it’s structured treatment for psychological disorders (e.g., depression and anxiety), action towards personal/professional goals or concerns (e.g., career development, burnout), or relationship support and enhancement (e.g., pre-marital, affairs, dissolution). I am passionate about working with college and graduate students.
(858) 758-2821 View (858) 758-2821

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in San Diego, CA

3,000+

Average cost per session

$160

Therapists in San Diego, CA who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
87% Depression
70% Self Esteem
66% Coping Skills
65% Relationship Issues
64% Trauma and PTSD
62% Stress

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

79% Aetna
74% Cigna and Evernorth
68% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in San Diego, CA see their clients

55% In Person and Online
45% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
19% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in San Diego?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.