Therapists in San Mateo, CA

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Photo of Carol Jaron, MS, MFT, CHT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Carol Jaron
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT, CHT
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94401
Your mind and body make a powerful, interwoven pair. Is your body expressing what the thoughts are repressing? Easing and gently lifting your sense of heaviness from anxiety, depression, grief, isolation and emptiness of spirit can be closer than you ever believed! Let me guide you to the other side of "stuck" in your personal and professional relationships, emotions, body issues, and success. When we are in a session all the focus is on being fully present for,and deeply listening to you, offering a clear, kind and soothing direction, towards releasing unhealthy thought patterns by integrating with body feelings.
Your mind and body make a powerful, interwoven pair. Is your body expressing what the thoughts are repressing? Easing and gently lifting your sense of heaviness from anxiety, depression, grief, isolation and emptiness of spirit can be closer than you ever believed! Let me guide you to the other side of "stuck" in your personal and professional relationships, emotions, body issues, and success. When we are in a session all the focus is on being fully present for,and deeply listening to you, offering a clear, kind and soothing direction, towards releasing unhealthy thought patterns by integrating with body feelings.
(650) 684-1374 View (650) 684-1374
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Meru Health
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94401  (Online Only)
Meru Health is an app based program that has been clinically proven to deliver measurable results. This is effective mental health care for real-life schedules. Our holistic mind-body approach combines behavioral science, technology, and therapist support. Mental health isn’t just mental. That’s why we connect mind and body via continuous, personalized care from a dedicated therapist; self-paced lessons and activities; and a wearable HRVB device that shows the real-time interplay of emotional and physical responses. This is the next wave of mental health care.
Meru Health is an app based program that has been clinically proven to deliver measurable results. This is effective mental health care for real-life schedules. Our holistic mind-body approach combines behavioral science, technology, and therapist support. Mental health isn’t just mental. That’s why we connect mind and body via continuous, personalized care from a dedicated therapist; self-paced lessons and activities; and a wearable HRVB device that shows the real-time interplay of emotional and physical responses. This is the next wave of mental health care.
(650) 613-5018 View (650) 613-5018
Photo of Yael Gonicman, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Yael Gonicman
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Mateo, CA 94404  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Your therapeutic journey can be incredibly rewarding and difficult at the same time. Anxiety, trauma, and depression can make us feel lost and the road through is muddy and overwhelming. This is why having a guide that can understand you and meet you where you are, is incredibly important. It is my goal to help you navigate this voyage as well as hold and work through complex emotions as they fight with each other while at the same time cohabitating in the same space. I look forward to taking those first steps with you and take this journey together.
Your therapeutic journey can be incredibly rewarding and difficult at the same time. Anxiety, trauma, and depression can make us feel lost and the road through is muddy and overwhelming. This is why having a guide that can understand you and meet you where you are, is incredibly important. It is my goal to help you navigate this voyage as well as hold and work through complex emotions as they fight with each other while at the same time cohabitating in the same space. I look forward to taking those first steps with you and take this journey together.
(650) 729-9867 View (650) 729-9867
Photo of Amanda Nolan, AMFT, MA, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Amanda Nolan
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Mateo, CA 94403  (Online Only)
Have you ever experienced a sense of feeling trapped? At times, we may find ourselves trapped by negative thoughts and distressing emotions; struggling to break free from them on our own. Many of us have fallen into this cycle of irrational thoughts, painful feelings, and unwanted consequences. I'd like to help you think clearer, navigate emotions, and adapt during difficult situations.
Have you ever experienced a sense of feeling trapped? At times, we may find ourselves trapped by negative thoughts and distressing emotions; struggling to break free from them on our own. Many of us have fallen into this cycle of irrational thoughts, painful feelings, and unwanted consequences. I'd like to help you think clearer, navigate emotions, and adapt during difficult situations.
(650) 910-1845 View (650) 910-1845
Photo of Rebekah Kao, MA, LMFT, LPCC, Marriage & Family Therapist
Rebekah Kao
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LPCC
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94402
Are you struggling in a relationship? Do you feel stuck, alone or misunderstood? Change is possible! I believe that inherent in each of us, there is internal strength, wisdom and the capacity for growth. Through a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship, I’m here to help you heal, learn and connect. My approach is warm, non-judgmental and collaborative. I work in a holistic way that combines empathy and exploration to help you feel heard and foster self-awareness with more direct approaches to help you recognize unhealthy patterns, alleviate symptoms, and make lasting changes.
Are you struggling in a relationship? Do you feel stuck, alone or misunderstood? Change is possible! I believe that inherent in each of us, there is internal strength, wisdom and the capacity for growth. Through a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship, I’m here to help you heal, learn and connect. My approach is warm, non-judgmental and collaborative. I work in a holistic way that combines empathy and exploration to help you feel heard and foster self-awareness with more direct approaches to help you recognize unhealthy patterns, alleviate symptoms, and make lasting changes.
(650) 376-8417 View (650) 376-8417
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Rachel Shalev
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94402
My practice provide a safe, comfortable environment, based on principles of acceptance, non-judgment, and compassion. I'm addressing a wide range of issues, such as depression, anxiety, self-image, eating disorders, complex trauma, grief and loss, and issues relating to adjusting to a new country. As an Expressive-Arts therapist, I offer my clients the option to use their creativity, their body, and music, as avenues to explore their feelings and express themselves.
My practice provide a safe, comfortable environment, based on principles of acceptance, non-judgment, and compassion. I'm addressing a wide range of issues, such as depression, anxiety, self-image, eating disorders, complex trauma, grief and loss, and issues relating to adjusting to a new country. As an Expressive-Arts therapist, I offer my clients the option to use their creativity, their body, and music, as avenues to explore their feelings and express themselves.
(650) 334-0401 View (650) 334-0401
Photo of Jacquelyn Mullis, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Jacquelyn Mullis
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94401  (Online Only)
As a licensed marriage and family therapist, I want to create a collaborative environment that supports your unique path towards personal well-being. I am experienced in a wide variety of therapy models including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), humanistic, strength-based, trauma-informed and solution-focused styles. It is important to me that you feel respected, heard and supported in your personal choices while in therapy. I want to provide an environment where you feel both respected and supported to honestly evaluate yourself without fear of judgment.
As a licensed marriage and family therapist, I want to create a collaborative environment that supports your unique path towards personal well-being. I am experienced in a wide variety of therapy models including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), humanistic, strength-based, trauma-informed and solution-focused styles. It is important to me that you feel respected, heard and supported in your personal choices while in therapy. I want to provide an environment where you feel both respected and supported to honestly evaluate yourself without fear of judgment.
(310) 861-7720 View (310) 861-7720
Photo of Moby R Coquillard, MA, Marriage & Family Therapist
Moby R Coquillard
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94402
I see a variety of individual adults and couples in my practice. I believe psychotherapy is an important tool in helping people discover their natural ability to heal, to love and to grow. I strive to help people develop awareness and trust in their instincts, coming to better know who they are. My focus with clients is to help them discover new ways of relating with themselves and others. I specialize in anxiety/trauma issues, depression, adolescence, couples and sexuality concerns. I use EMDR in my work and I teach Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy classes.
I see a variety of individual adults and couples in my practice. I believe psychotherapy is an important tool in helping people discover their natural ability to heal, to love and to grow. I strive to help people develop awareness and trust in their instincts, coming to better know who they are. My focus with clients is to help them discover new ways of relating with themselves and others. I specialize in anxiety/trauma issues, depression, adolescence, couples and sexuality concerns. I use EMDR in my work and I teach Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy classes.
(650) 200-3870 View (650) 200-3870
Photo of Michael Immerman, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Michael Immerman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94402
I bring 30 years of experience to think with and about you, so that together we can find a way. I listen carefully, and I also speak up. The power of therapy is in both the teaching and the relationship.
I bring 30 years of experience to think with and about you, so that together we can find a way. I listen carefully, and I also speak up. The power of therapy is in both the teaching and the relationship.
(650) 290-6857 View (650) 290-6857
Photo of Patrick Murphy, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Patrick Murphy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94401
Feeling stuck? Overwhelmed? Experiencing worry, anxiety or depression? Struggling with Imposture syndrome, perfectionism or procrastination at work or in your personal life? I know seeking therapy can be frustrating and anxiety provoking. Therapy can help you to get unstuck and gain clarity, confidence, reduce anxiety, feel happier, develop deeper connections with friends and family, gain perspective about life's problems and disappointments, heal past wounds, establish a healthy feeling of hope and "be yourself" again.
Feeling stuck? Overwhelmed? Experiencing worry, anxiety or depression? Struggling with Imposture syndrome, perfectionism or procrastination at work or in your personal life? I know seeking therapy can be frustrating and anxiety provoking. Therapy can help you to get unstuck and gain clarity, confidence, reduce anxiety, feel happier, develop deeper connections with friends and family, gain perspective about life's problems and disappointments, heal past wounds, establish a healthy feeling of hope and "be yourself" again.
(650) 374-0332 View (650) 374-0332
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'Mind Your Stories & Live Well'
PhD, MA
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94403
I am a Trans-personal Psychologist, a Clinical Hypnotherapist, and a life Coach. My approach to healing is very eclectic. In a nutshell, if necessary, I combine all my skills to help my clients move forward with their lives. The basic need of all individual is to feel well, to love and be loved, to succeed and be fulfilled in life. I have a variety of skills to fill up these needs.
I am a Trans-personal Psychologist, a Clinical Hypnotherapist, and a life Coach. My approach to healing is very eclectic. In a nutshell, if necessary, I combine all my skills to help my clients move forward with their lives. The basic need of all individual is to feel well, to love and be loved, to succeed and be fulfilled in life. I have a variety of skills to fill up these needs.
(650) 618-2204 View (650) 618-2204
Photo of Miriam Lima, MS, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Miriam Lima
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Mateo, CA 94404
Are you feeling overwhelmed, depressed, or anxious? Feeling lonely, lost, or stuck? Are you experiencing trauma/PTSD symptoms? Or having interpersonal relationship difficulties? There is hope for you!
Are you feeling overwhelmed, depressed, or anxious? Feeling lonely, lost, or stuck? Are you experiencing trauma/PTSD symptoms? Or having interpersonal relationship difficulties? There is hope for you!
(650) 525-2397 x008 View (650) 525-2397 x008
Photo of Alexi Arvanitidis, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Alexi Arvanitidis
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
San Mateo, CA 94402
Life is filled with challenging transitions, relationships, and experiences. One of my favorite sayings is – nothing in this life worth having comes easy. I use it, myself, as a reminder and motivator when things get hard. Because they do, and that’s okay! It is okay to be stressed, frustrated, sad, angry, excited, and any other emotion you feel. The challenge comes when those emotions lead to unfortunate circumstances. I believe the things we want will test us before conceding and opening the door to success and personal fulfillment. Resilience is a core trait to develop and can provide everyone with the opportunity for happiness.
Life is filled with challenging transitions, relationships, and experiences. One of my favorite sayings is – nothing in this life worth having comes easy. I use it, myself, as a reminder and motivator when things get hard. Because they do, and that’s okay! It is okay to be stressed, frustrated, sad, angry, excited, and any other emotion you feel. The challenge comes when those emotions lead to unfortunate circumstances. I believe the things we want will test us before conceding and opening the door to success and personal fulfillment. Resilience is a core trait to develop and can provide everyone with the opportunity for happiness.
(650) 525-2799 View (650) 525-2799
Photo of Annette Angulo - Annette Angulo Psychotherapy, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Annette Angulo Psychotherapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
San Mateo, CA 94402  (Online Only)
Choosing the right therapist is very important. The decision to start therapy is a courageous first step towards your journey of understanding and healing. I aim to provide support to anyone that chooses to take that journey in an empathic, reflective and non-judgmental approach. I have worked with people struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, and life's transitions. I am also bilingual and have many years of experience providing services in Spanish. I mostly have experience in existential-humanistic psychology, psychodynamic, relational/attachment based psychotherapy and somatic psychotherapy.
Choosing the right therapist is very important. The decision to start therapy is a courageous first step towards your journey of understanding and healing. I aim to provide support to anyone that chooses to take that journey in an empathic, reflective and non-judgmental approach. I have worked with people struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, and life's transitions. I am also bilingual and have many years of experience providing services in Spanish. I mostly have experience in existential-humanistic psychology, psychodynamic, relational/attachment based psychotherapy and somatic psychotherapy.
(650) 667-7656 View (650) 667-7656
Photo of Dr. Janna Fond, PsyD, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Dr. Janna Fond
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Mateo, CA 94402
I'm an active, involved therapist, and no BS. If you are ready to feel good again, I'm ready to help you. Anxiety can be lonely, uncomfortable and scary. It seems like everyone else handles life's bumps perfectly, but for some reason, despite how intelligent you are, you can't get it together. I get it. Anxiety makes us play small. You don't have to give it that power any more. Let's find the place where the anxiety stops and you come through: Strong. Clear. Happy. Confident. Yourself. Because the life you were meant for is on the other side of this anxiety.
I'm an active, involved therapist, and no BS. If you are ready to feel good again, I'm ready to help you. Anxiety can be lonely, uncomfortable and scary. It seems like everyone else handles life's bumps perfectly, but for some reason, despite how intelligent you are, you can't get it together. I get it. Anxiety makes us play small. You don't have to give it that power any more. Let's find the place where the anxiety stops and you come through: Strong. Clear. Happy. Confident. Yourself. Because the life you were meant for is on the other side of this anxiety.
(650) 400-3214 View (650) 400-3214
Photo of Lori Levitt - Lori R. Levitt, MFT #43329, MFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Lori R. Levitt, MFT #43329
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Mateo, CA 94402
Are you or your teenager in need of support, understanding and new tools to facilitate life's demands and stress? My approach is to provide a supportive, encouraging and positive environment to offer alternative ways of coping. I work with clients using CBT and problem-solving techniques to reduce depression, anxiety, and relationship issues in a supportive and positive environment. My goal is to encourage personal growth by strengthening ones' ability to resolve problems, increase communication, manage mood and anxiety as well as increase self-esteem. My style is active, supportive, collaborative and compassionate.
Are you or your teenager in need of support, understanding and new tools to facilitate life's demands and stress? My approach is to provide a supportive, encouraging and positive environment to offer alternative ways of coping. I work with clients using CBT and problem-solving techniques to reduce depression, anxiety, and relationship issues in a supportive and positive environment. My goal is to encourage personal growth by strengthening ones' ability to resolve problems, increase communication, manage mood and anxiety as well as increase self-esteem. My style is active, supportive, collaborative and compassionate.
(650) 794-4828 View (650) 794-4828
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Alexis Abbott
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94402  (Online Only)
Life can feel overwhelming sometimes. We may find ourselves following an unexpected path, unsure how to discover our place in the world. It is difficult to navigate life’s challenges and I want you to know that you don’t have to do this all on your own. I will bring a compassionate, nonjudgmental and empathetic energy to our sessions, while understanding that we all may need some encouragement at times. Together, we can work on issues related to trauma, relationships with others and ourselves, life transitions and changes, depression, anxiety and many other aspects of life that may be impacting you.
Life can feel overwhelming sometimes. We may find ourselves following an unexpected path, unsure how to discover our place in the world. It is difficult to navigate life’s challenges and I want you to know that you don’t have to do this all on your own. I will bring a compassionate, nonjudgmental and empathetic energy to our sessions, while understanding that we all may need some encouragement at times. Together, we can work on issues related to trauma, relationships with others and ourselves, life transitions and changes, depression, anxiety and many other aspects of life that may be impacting you.
(650) 414-4280 View (650) 414-4280
Photo of Alice Tong, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Alice Tong
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94403  (Online Only)
No one is immune to life challenges (e.g. life transitions, relationship issues, school, and work-related stress). These challenges can be overwhelming and painful. I specialize in helping children and adults with various mental health issues, including but not limited to: anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and stress-related conditions. My extensive clinical experiences and knowledge lay a solid foundation for providing effective, compassionate care, and guidance to clients who are interested in personal development and growth.
No one is immune to life challenges (e.g. life transitions, relationship issues, school, and work-related stress). These challenges can be overwhelming and painful. I specialize in helping children and adults with various mental health issues, including but not limited to: anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and stress-related conditions. My extensive clinical experiences and knowledge lay a solid foundation for providing effective, compassionate care, and guidance to clients who are interested in personal development and growth.
(650) 719-4303 View (650) 719-4303
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Dawn Zierman-Hernandez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94403
Ready to take charge of your life and start breaking unhealthy patterns? I am honored to work alongside you to help you react to life more authentically and genuinely, true to who you would like to be. Let’s support freeing yourself from negativity and barriers by looking at self-talk, relationships, boundaries and gaining insight along the way. I focus on tools and techniques that bring empowerment and awareness to help you learn about yourself and your relationships.
Ready to take charge of your life and start breaking unhealthy patterns? I am honored to work alongside you to help you react to life more authentically and genuinely, true to who you would like to be. Let’s support freeing yourself from negativity and barriers by looking at self-talk, relationships, boundaries and gaining insight along the way. I focus on tools and techniques that bring empowerment and awareness to help you learn about yourself and your relationships.
(650) 398-1822 View (650) 398-1822
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Aimee G Jordan
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Mateo, CA 94402
Do you want to learn to live in the present with a sense of peace? I want to support you in developing more balance and insight in your life. My holistic approach to therapy will strive to bring you closer to the person you want to be. My mission is to support the well-being of the whole person, thoughts, feelings, behavior, body and spirit. My practice is created out of the desire to provide the highest quality behavioral health care, which promotes wellness and prevention along with treatment.
Do you want to learn to live in the present with a sense of peace? I want to support you in developing more balance and insight in your life. My holistic approach to therapy will strive to bring you closer to the person you want to be. My mission is to support the well-being of the whole person, thoughts, feelings, behavior, body and spirit. My practice is created out of the desire to provide the highest quality behavioral health care, which promotes wellness and prevention along with treatment.
(650) 529-4977 View (650) 529-4977

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in San Mateo, CA

500+

Average cost per session

$195

Therapists in San Mateo, CA who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
88% Depression
78% Relationship Issues
74% Self Esteem
66% Trauma and PTSD
65% Stress
64% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

61% Aetna
53% Cigna and Evernorth
45% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in San Mateo, CA see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a therapist in San Mateo?

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.