Therapists in Downtown, San Mateo, CA

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Emily Tara Weiner
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, ATR, CMI
Verified
Downtown, San Mateo, CA 94401
My therapeutic style is person-centered and collaborative, with specialties in mindfulness and mindfulness-based Art Therapy. I have been in the field of mental health for over a decade, working in non-profit and school settings as a counselor and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) facilitator. I love working especially with children and teens, from a strength-based and whole-child approach. My strengths include interpersonal communication skills, warmth, creativity, sense of humor, empathic listening, working collaboratively, and building authentic relationships with young people and the adults in their lives.
My therapeutic style is person-centered and collaborative, with specialties in mindfulness and mindfulness-based Art Therapy. I have been in the field of mental health for over a decade, working in non-profit and school settings as a counselor and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) facilitator. I love working especially with children and teens, from a strength-based and whole-child approach. My strengths include interpersonal communication skills, warmth, creativity, sense of humor, empathic listening, working collaboratively, and building authentic relationships with young people and the adults in their lives.
(650) 910-4259 View (650) 910-4259
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Krysta Banazek
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Downtown, San Mateo, CA 94401
I help clients define how they want their lives to be different and help them identify the steps they will need to take to reach their goals. I've built a practice with the goal of strengthening families by increasing communication between its members and helping them focus on problem solving versus placing blame. Adults going through a life transition is a specialty - relationship issues, birth of a baby, balancing work & family, divorce and blended families. I also have a passion for children/adolescents and their welfare. I can provide valuable support to help them work through the challenges they are facing.
I help clients define how they want their lives to be different and help them identify the steps they will need to take to reach their goals. I've built a practice with the goal of strengthening families by increasing communication between its members and helping them focus on problem solving versus placing blame. Adults going through a life transition is a specialty - relationship issues, birth of a baby, balancing work & family, divorce and blended families. I also have a passion for children/adolescents and their welfare. I can provide valuable support to help them work through the challenges they are facing.
(650) 200-3906 View (650) 200-3906
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Stacy Chiang
Psychologist, JD, PsyD
Verified
Downtown, San Mateo, CA 94401  (Online Only)
Are you or a loved one in a time of transition or uncertainty? Are you experiencing stress, anxiety or depression? Are you unsure about therapy, but nothing else has worked? I am committed to providing a safe and nonjudgmental space for you to give voice to yourself, and for us to collaborate on workable solutions to implement in your school life, work life, and/or relationship with others. My goal for you in therapy is to become your own therapist by gaining a deeper understanding of yourself and by learning what works for you in times of distress through leaning on your innate wisdom.
Are you or a loved one in a time of transition or uncertainty? Are you experiencing stress, anxiety or depression? Are you unsure about therapy, but nothing else has worked? I am committed to providing a safe and nonjudgmental space for you to give voice to yourself, and for us to collaborate on workable solutions to implement in your school life, work life, and/or relationship with others. My goal for you in therapy is to become your own therapist by gaining a deeper understanding of yourself and by learning what works for you in times of distress through leaning on your innate wisdom.
(650) 684-1398 View (650) 684-1398
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Lauren Cardoso
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Downtown, San Mateo, CA 94401  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with experience working in community-based and outpatient mental health settings. I have a passion for working with individuals, couples, and families to help them navigate life's transitions and develop skills to thrive. I specialize in depression, anxiety, panic, and relationships. I have past experience working with young children, teens, and adults utilizing an integrated approach to tailor therapy to each person's unique needs and preferences.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with experience working in community-based and outpatient mental health settings. I have a passion for working with individuals, couples, and families to help them navigate life's transitions and develop skills to thrive. I specialize in depression, anxiety, panic, and relationships. I have past experience working with young children, teens, and adults utilizing an integrated approach to tailor therapy to each person's unique needs and preferences.
(510) 906-8298 View (510) 906-8298
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Patrick Murphy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Downtown, 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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Kim Olson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Downtown, San Mateo, CA 94401  (Online Only)
My approach is goal-oriented and solution-focused, and I believe that a collaborative approach works best for those seeking guidance for a better balanced, more fulfilling life. My approach to therapy is a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which helps change negative thought patterns, and Interpersonal Therapy, which helps clients discover patterns in their life that have kept them from realizing their full potential.
My approach is goal-oriented and solution-focused, and I believe that a collaborative approach works best for those seeking guidance for a better balanced, more fulfilling life. My approach to therapy is a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which helps change negative thought patterns, and Interpersonal Therapy, which helps clients discover patterns in their life that have kept them from realizing their full potential.
(415) 969-7083 View (415) 969-7083
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Gina Mazzetti
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Downtown, San Mateo, CA 94401  (Online Only)
I have been in the helping professions for the past decade and specifically a therapist for the past four years. I use an integrative approach, where I assess the strengths and resources already available to you but potentially hidden in your blind spots. I'm happy to help you identify them and support you in taking advantage of them.
I have been in the helping professions for the past decade and specifically a therapist for the past four years. I use an integrative approach, where I assess the strengths and resources already available to you but potentially hidden in your blind spots. I'm happy to help you identify them and support you in taking advantage of them.
(650) 629-1076 View (650) 629-1076
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Kelley Clair Montes
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Downtown, San Mateo, CA 94402
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who is passionate about facilitating healing for people with mental health symptoms, through processing trauma and learning beneficial coping skills to optimally manage their lives. Although I am trained in many methods, my expertise lies in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who is passionate about facilitating healing for people with mental health symptoms, through processing trauma and learning beneficial coping skills to optimally manage their lives. Although I am trained in many methods, my expertise lies in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
(650) 334-1725 View (650) 334-1725
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Alexis Abbott
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW
Verified
Downtown, San Mateo, CA 94402  (Online Only)
I often work with mid to late teens and adults. I will bring a compassionate, nonjudgmental and empathetic energy into our sessions while understanding that we all may need encouragement sometimes. My hope is that together, we can create the change you wish to see in your life.
I often work with mid to late teens and adults. I will bring a compassionate, nonjudgmental and empathetic energy into our sessions while understanding that we all may need encouragement sometimes. My hope is that together, we can create the change you wish to see in your life.
(650) 414-4280 View (650) 414-4280
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Nicole Barksdale
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Downtown, San Mateo, CA 94401  (Online Only)
Choosing a therapist can feel like a difficult task, so I wanted to tell you a little about myself to help you decide if I would be a good fit for you. I have over 17 years of professional experience that include trauma, abuse, and the juvenile and adult justice systems. My goal in therapy is to create a safe space, free from judgment or rejection, for you to explore any challenges you may be facing and help you find new skills to deal with them. I know how hard it is to find a therapist that you feel comfortable with and I applaud you for taking the first step. I would be honored to work with you.
Choosing a therapist can feel like a difficult task, so I wanted to tell you a little about myself to help you decide if I would be a good fit for you. I have over 17 years of professional experience that include trauma, abuse, and the juvenile and adult justice systems. My goal in therapy is to create a safe space, free from judgment or rejection, for you to explore any challenges you may be facing and help you find new skills to deal with them. I know how hard it is to find a therapist that you feel comfortable with and I applaud you for taking the first step. I would be honored to work with you.
(415) 707-0226 View (415) 707-0226
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Barbara Lowenstein
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MBA, MA, AMFT
Verified
Downtown, San Mateo, CA 94401  (Online Only)
Road to motherhood can be exhausting, frustrating and challenging. Perhaps you are thinking about fertility treatments, IVF, IUI, or adoption. Maybe it has been a difficult road with miscarriages, unsuccessful egg retrievals or using a surrogate. It can be an overwhelming place to try to start a family, while encountering road bumps along the way. After the baby comes, we may experience exhaustion, sadness and even even a sense of isolation from our partner, friends and family. Growing a family takes a village.
Road to motherhood can be exhausting, frustrating and challenging. Perhaps you are thinking about fertility treatments, IVF, IUI, or adoption. Maybe it has been a difficult road with miscarriages, unsuccessful egg retrievals or using a surrogate. It can be an overwhelming place to try to start a family, while encountering road bumps along the way. After the baby comes, we may experience exhaustion, sadness and even even a sense of isolation from our partner, friends and family. Growing a family takes a village.
(415) 915-0846 View (415) 915-0846
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Eddie(Edna) Arbetman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified
Downtown, San Mateo, CA 94401
I have had my MFT license for over twenty five years. I consider myself fortunate to be able to help my clients develop curiosity, and increase understanding of their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, and to enable them to move towards the kind of changes thay want in their lives. While i specialize in children and families i have worked with people on a variety of psychological concerns including family stress, relationship issues, trauma, parenting, adoption and anxiety and depression.
I have had my MFT license for over twenty five years. I consider myself fortunate to be able to help my clients develop curiosity, and increase understanding of their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, and to enable them to move towards the kind of changes thay want in their lives. While i specialize in children and families i have worked with people on a variety of psychological concerns including family stress, relationship issues, trauma, parenting, adoption and anxiety and depression.
(415) 689-9463 View (415) 689-9463
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Heather Rink-Rosas
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, San Mateo, CA 94401  (Online Only)
My theoretical orientation can be described as eclectic, using techniques from various models of therapy as deemed appropriate with the current treatment and client. I utilize most from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as I assist clients in exploring and expressing thoughts, feelings/emotions, and behaviors in an attempt to identify maladaptive patterns contributing to distress.
My theoretical orientation can be described as eclectic, using techniques from various models of therapy as deemed appropriate with the current treatment and client. I utilize most from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as I assist clients in exploring and expressing thoughts, feelings/emotions, and behaviors in an attempt to identify maladaptive patterns contributing to distress.
(408) 645-7351 View (408) 645-7351
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Debbie Diaz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
5 Endorsed
Downtown, San Mateo, CA 94401
Hello, and welcome! Are you wanting to pursue a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life? You may be personally encountering challenges and transitions that are stressful, even overwhelming. Or perhaps you are struggling like the rest of humanity with uncertainity about the state of the world. These unprecedented times are creating both practical and existential crises for many. It is not uncommon to feel increased symptoms of stress, burn-out, anxiety, and depression. Yet ironically, it is often these trying periods that are rife with opportunity for exploration and change.
Hello, and welcome! Are you wanting to pursue a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life? You may be personally encountering challenges and transitions that are stressful, even overwhelming. Or perhaps you are struggling like the rest of humanity with uncertainity about the state of the world. These unprecedented times are creating both practical and existential crises for many. It is not uncommon to feel increased symptoms of stress, burn-out, anxiety, and depression. Yet ironically, it is often these trying periods that are rife with opportunity for exploration and change.
(650) 645-9200 View (650) 645-9200
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Bob Livingstone
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Downtown, San Mateo, CA 94401
I work with children, adolescents, and adults. I have been in private practice for twenty-eight years and I believe therapy issues are all related to loss. I specialize in working with children of divorce, those who have lost a loved one, men with anger issues, and the problems of teenagers. I am the author of five self-help books. My new book is titled Letting go of Grief: Move your Body to Rock and Soul. You can check it out here: http://tinyurl.com/k8kggrv
I work with children, adolescents, and adults. I have been in private practice for twenty-eight years and I believe therapy issues are all related to loss. I specialize in working with children of divorce, those who have lost a loved one, men with anger issues, and the problems of teenagers. I am the author of five self-help books. My new book is titled Letting go of Grief: Move your Body to Rock and Soul. You can check it out here: http://tinyurl.com/k8kggrv
(650) 741-1534 View (650) 741-1534
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Carol Jaron
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT, CHT
Verified
Downtown, 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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Beginner's Mind Psychotherapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Downtown, San Mateo, CA 94402
Beginner's Mind Psychotherapy is a group practice offering a variety of mental health services, both in person and virtually. We aim to support clients seeking to address issues with mood, relationships, self esteem, substance use issues, or thought and behavior patterns that are no longer working for you. We welcome clients accessing care as individuals, as couples or families, or wishing to participate in group therapy.
Beginner's Mind Psychotherapy is a group practice offering a variety of mental health services, both in person and virtually. We aim to support clients seeking to address issues with mood, relationships, self esteem, substance use issues, or thought and behavior patterns that are no longer working for you. We welcome clients accessing care as individuals, as couples or families, or wishing to participate in group therapy.
(650) 613-4834 View (650) 613-4834
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Kristin Holbrook Donato
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Downtown, San Mateo, CA 94401
Feel empowered to transform your relationships and become the person you want to be at work, at home, and in your social life. Build extraordinary relationships, recover from toxic ones, navigate difficult life transitions, and learn how to change the reactions and thoughts that are preventing you from getting what you want. I actively participate in your growth process and ensure you feel compassionately held accountable for your goals. Experiences include: former marketing professional, mother, and partner in cultivating a hard-earned, great marriage. As a counselor and coach, I work with couples, individuals, and families.
Feel empowered to transform your relationships and become the person you want to be at work, at home, and in your social life. Build extraordinary relationships, recover from toxic ones, navigate difficult life transitions, and learn how to change the reactions and thoughts that are preventing you from getting what you want. I actively participate in your growth process and ensure you feel compassionately held accountable for your goals. Experiences include: former marketing professional, mother, and partner in cultivating a hard-earned, great marriage. As a counselor and coach, I work with couples, individuals, and families.
(650) 517-7362 View (650) 517-7362
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Suzy Dito
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, RYT
Verified
Downtown, San Mateo, CA 94401  (Online Only)
Blending my Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies with certifications in Yoga, Interactive Guided Imagery, Qi Gong, and meditation, I meld a variety of proven techniques to individualize your therapy based on focused objectives. I empower women, couples and families with the tools they need to face the challenges in their lives that arise authentically and self-sufficiently. I specialize in grief/loss, parenting issues and anxiety. My free time is spent with friends, watching movies or hiking in nature as well as exploring the Bay Area. I am supervised by Tara Cronin, LMFT.
Blending my Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies with certifications in Yoga, Interactive Guided Imagery, Qi Gong, and meditation, I meld a variety of proven techniques to individualize your therapy based on focused objectives. I empower women, couples and families with the tools they need to face the challenges in their lives that arise authentically and self-sufficiently. I specialize in grief/loss, parenting issues and anxiety. My free time is spent with friends, watching movies or hiking in nature as well as exploring the Bay Area. I am supervised by Tara Cronin, LMFT.
(650) 910-2893 View (650) 910-2893
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DBT Skills Group
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Downtown, San Mateo, CA 94402
This is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group for Adults. Our group follows the traditional DBT format and provides skills training for each of the four core DBT modules; mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Implementing DBT skills into daily life can greatly enhance your quality of life by improving relationships with others and providing a better understanding of your emotions and how to manage them. If this sounds appealing to you, please reach out to schedule an initial consultation.
This is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group for Adults. Our group follows the traditional DBT format and provides skills training for each of the four core DBT modules; mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Implementing DBT skills into daily life can greatly enhance your quality of life by improving relationships with others and providing a better understanding of your emotions and how to manage them. If this sounds appealing to you, please reach out to schedule an initial consultation.
(650) 436-4792 View (650) 436-4792

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Number of Therapists in Downtown, San Mateo, CA

70+

Average cost per session

$180

Therapists in Downtown, San Mateo, CA who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
86% Depression
75% Self Esteem
72% Relationship Issues
67% Stress
61% Grief
59% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

49% Aetna
41% Anthem | Elevance
38% Other

How Therapists in Downtown, San Mateo, CA see their clients

53% In Person and Online
47% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
17% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Downtown, 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.

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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.