Therapists in Santa Barbara, CA

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Photo of Kristine Schwarz, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara, CA
Kristine Schwarz
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LPCC
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
I enjoy working with clients struggling with the challenges of interpersonal relationships and the daily and often overwhelming realities of every day life. I typically provide the best support for clients who want to have a collaborative relationship with their therapist. I specialize in working with clients who struggle with emotional regulation, anxiety, anger, relational abuse, substance use, and life, relationship and career transitions. I provide a safe space for clients to heal and support them as needed through recognized therapeutic interventions and appropriate community and/or professional referrals.
I enjoy working with clients struggling with the challenges of interpersonal relationships and the daily and often overwhelming realities of every day life. I typically provide the best support for clients who want to have a collaborative relationship with their therapist. I specialize in working with clients who struggle with emotional regulation, anxiety, anger, relational abuse, substance use, and life, relationship and career transitions. I provide a safe space for clients to heal and support them as needed through recognized therapeutic interventions and appropriate community and/or professional referrals.
(805) 301-5113 x452 View (805) 301-5113 x452
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Miranda B. Field
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Therapy is an opportunity to move our lives toward the truest expression of our core selves. To live more fully and deeply, to have closer, more loving relationships, and to feel resilient in the face of challenge. My approach is individually tailored, drawing from a background in psychodynamic and attachment orientations, trauma-informed and somatic therapies, and mindfulness practices. Over more than 35 years in practice, I have worked particularly closely with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Therapy is an opportunity to move our lives toward the truest expression of our core selves. To live more fully and deeply, to have closer, more loving relationships, and to feel resilient in the face of challenge. My approach is individually tailored, drawing from a background in psychodynamic and attachment orientations, trauma-informed and somatic therapies, and mindfulness practices. Over more than 35 years in practice, I have worked particularly closely with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
(805) 500-7812 View (805) 500-7812
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Savanna Bomer
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
I am passionate about working with teens and young adults as they learn how to manage anxiety, depression and life's daily struggles. My practice focuses on a variety of relationship issues including intimate partner relationships, family dynamics, and friendships. My therapeutic approach is person centered and influenced by attachment theory.
I am passionate about working with teens and young adults as they learn how to manage anxiety, depression and life's daily struggles. My practice focuses on a variety of relationship issues including intimate partner relationships, family dynamics, and friendships. My therapeutic approach is person centered and influenced by attachment theory.
(805) 427-8528 View (805) 427-8528
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Joan Willicombe
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Change happens all the time, big and small. Sometimes it's unexpected , and sometimes you make it happen. It can be challenging, exciting, and worth living for; at the same time, it can be scary and upsetting. Losing everyday predictability can lead to uncomfortable feelings. And yet, we're always growing and moving from one set of challenges to another; from child to adult to parent; from family life to an empty nest or being alone; from one job to another, or from active career to retirement; from being single to being committed to another, or from commitment to independence.
Change happens all the time, big and small. Sometimes it's unexpected , and sometimes you make it happen. It can be challenging, exciting, and worth living for; at the same time, it can be scary and upsetting. Losing everyday predictability can lead to uncomfortable feelings. And yet, we're always growing and moving from one set of challenges to another; from child to adult to parent; from family life to an empty nest or being alone; from one job to another, or from active career to retirement; from being single to being committed to another, or from commitment to independence.
(805) 619-5684 View (805) 619-5684
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Vanessa Chin
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, AMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Let’s work together to move your life forward. There are things that get in the way of living a full and happy life. These obstacles often come from things in our past, current relationship challenges or other circumstances that seem to be out of our control. Therapy can help people deal with these issues and can be your first step towards a happier and more fulfilling life. I bring compassion, understanding and hope to my therapeutic work. I truly listen to your concerns and understand the issues that you are trying to resolve. I seek to develop a therapeutic approach that meets your unique needs.
Let’s work together to move your life forward. There are things that get in the way of living a full and happy life. These obstacles often come from things in our past, current relationship challenges or other circumstances that seem to be out of our control. Therapy can help people deal with these issues and can be your first step towards a happier and more fulfilling life. I bring compassion, understanding and hope to my therapeutic work. I truly listen to your concerns and understand the issues that you are trying to resolve. I seek to develop a therapeutic approach that meets your unique needs.
(805) 420-1668 View (805) 420-1668
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Adina L McGarr-Knabke
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Welcome to my practice!  I am a licensed clinical psychologist and consultant.  I specialize in using science based information and strategies to help my clients change their mindsets, increase self-worth, and overcome negative coping mechanisms.  Areas of specialty include anxiety, eating disorders, addiction, and empowering clients on how to use their mind to change their brain, so that they may reach their potential. My approach is strongly influence by Interpersonal Neurobiology, Psychodynamic Theory, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I also offer EMDR, an evidence based therapy for trauma.
Welcome to my practice!  I am a licensed clinical psychologist and consultant.  I specialize in using science based information and strategies to help my clients change their mindsets, increase self-worth, and overcome negative coping mechanisms.  Areas of specialty include anxiety, eating disorders, addiction, and empowering clients on how to use their mind to change their brain, so that they may reach their potential. My approach is strongly influence by Interpersonal Neurobiology, Psychodynamic Theory, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I also offer EMDR, an evidence based therapy for trauma.
(818) 921-6950 View (818) 921-6950
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Janus Community Counseling Services
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
If you are looking for help with your own stressors and challenges or in your relationships, our team of skilled and thoughtful practicum psychotherapists are available to meet with patients looking to meet virtually or in-person for exemplary therapeutic support.
If you are looking for help with your own stressors and challenges or in your relationships, our team of skilled and thoughtful practicum psychotherapists are available to meet with patients looking to meet virtually or in-person for exemplary therapeutic support.
(805) 500-2829 View (805) 500-2829
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Robert Shafer
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Insightful, caring psychotherapy for couples and individuals Working with clients from Montecito, Santa Barbara and surrounding communities, Dr Shafer, PhD brings sensitivity and humor to his psychodyamic work with individuals and couples. Dr Shafer (Bob) has been in practice for more than 40 Years. Nonjudgmental, open to a variety of perspectives and personalities, he specializes in providing compassionate support to those trying to make better sense of life's challenges.
Insightful, caring psychotherapy for couples and individuals Working with clients from Montecito, Santa Barbara and surrounding communities, Dr Shafer, PhD brings sensitivity and humor to his psychodyamic work with individuals and couples. Dr Shafer (Bob) has been in practice for more than 40 Years. Nonjudgmental, open to a variety of perspectives and personalities, he specializes in providing compassionate support to those trying to make better sense of life's challenges.
(805) 793-0500 View (805) 793-0500
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Santa Barbara Music Therapy
Board Certified Music Therapist, MT-BC
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Music therapy is an excellent complementary therapy for a wide range of needs. It is important that music therapy clients are open to new experiences and exploring ways to accomplish their therapeutic goals through different active and passive music exercises designed to encourage emotional expression, communication, and regulation. You do not need to be able to play instruments, sing, or write music to participate in music therapy sessions.
Music therapy is an excellent complementary therapy for a wide range of needs. It is important that music therapy clients are open to new experiences and exploring ways to accomplish their therapeutic goals through different active and passive music exercises designed to encourage emotional expression, communication, and regulation. You do not need to be able to play instruments, sing, or write music to participate in music therapy sessions.
(805) 500-7796 View (805) 500-7796
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Katrina Johnson
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
It is easy to feel overwhelmed when we are trying to navigate stress, transition, trauma, loss, or conflict. Through compassionate inquiry into our hearts, minds, and souls we can better understand the path forward to the life we want and the person we want to be. I am a warm, collaborative, and person-centered therapist who believes in the innate capacity of humans to heal, grow, and thrive. I will join you and help guide you to connect to your authentic self, inner wisdom, strengths, and compassion. I work with adults, teens, children, couples and families to find balance and a greater sense of well-being.
It is easy to feel overwhelmed when we are trying to navigate stress, transition, trauma, loss, or conflict. Through compassionate inquiry into our hearts, minds, and souls we can better understand the path forward to the life we want and the person we want to be. I am a warm, collaborative, and person-centered therapist who believes in the innate capacity of humans to heal, grow, and thrive. I will join you and help guide you to connect to your authentic self, inner wisdom, strengths, and compassion. I work with adults, teens, children, couples and families to find balance and a greater sense of well-being.
(805) 590-9341 View (805) 590-9341
Photo of Anne Fisher, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara, CA
Anne Fisher
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
As your therapist: I am curious, even intrigued, by your life. I am invested in your maintaining emotional stability and finding success in relationships and work. I support you as you make better choices – the most challenging phase of therapy. I offer true confidentiality and keep all records private. As my client: YOU bring to the session the concerns we discuss each week. We talk about tough issues when YOU are ready. YOU help me understand what old patterns brought you to therapy. YOU decide what changes you are willing to make. In essence, your commitment guarantees a great outcome.
As your therapist: I am curious, even intrigued, by your life. I am invested in your maintaining emotional stability and finding success in relationships and work. I support you as you make better choices – the most challenging phase of therapy. I offer true confidentiality and keep all records private. As my client: YOU bring to the session the concerns we discuss each week. We talk about tough issues when YOU are ready. YOU help me understand what old patterns brought you to therapy. YOU decide what changes you are willing to make. In essence, your commitment guarantees a great outcome.
(805) 332-4707 View (805) 332-4707
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Dr. Elaine Mosher
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
When you feel it's time for a change,you're coping with fear and uncertainty, I will get to the Heart of the matter. When your relationship feels In jeopardy and unspoken issues stand in the way, I can pave a way.We'll take down the wall of oppositional stance. When you are at the crisis point, we can meet the challenge. It's what I do. Warmth and humor help make my office a safe place to explore creative solutions to dilemmas. Changing old patterns that don't work help us get to a change of Heart.
When you feel it's time for a change,you're coping with fear and uncertainty, I will get to the Heart of the matter. When your relationship feels In jeopardy and unspoken issues stand in the way, I can pave a way.We'll take down the wall of oppositional stance. When you are at the crisis point, we can meet the challenge. It's what I do. Warmth and humor help make my office a safe place to explore creative solutions to dilemmas. Changing old patterns that don't work help us get to a change of Heart.
(805) 944-1262 View (805) 944-1262
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Jennifer Miners
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
I help my clients with anxiety management, life transitions, and making mind-body connections to support them in their healing journey. I provide my clients with practical and extremely effective tools to use in everyday life to overcome worry, panic attacks, and phobias. Ketamine Assisted Therapy (KAP) coming May 1st- 2-3 sessions before KAP are ideal so let's get started!
I help my clients with anxiety management, life transitions, and making mind-body connections to support them in their healing journey. I provide my clients with practical and extremely effective tools to use in everyday life to overcome worry, panic attacks, and phobias. Ketamine Assisted Therapy (KAP) coming May 1st- 2-3 sessions before KAP are ideal so let's get started!
(805) 335-6949 View (805) 335-6949
Photo of Litsa Bradford, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara, CA
Litsa Bradford, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Do you see your own issues, but can't seem to think or "will" yourself into more productive behavior? Perhaps you have a wonderful mate and family, but you are stuck in the same old arguments and frustrations, and you know your family's communication could be better. Maybe you feel angry, or sad, and you just don't know why. Perhaps you are hoping to come to terms with something very unfortunate that has happened to you, either recently or long ago. If you want to feel better about yourself and others, you have come to the right place.
Do you see your own issues, but can't seem to think or "will" yourself into more productive behavior? Perhaps you have a wonderful mate and family, but you are stuck in the same old arguments and frustrations, and you know your family's communication could be better. Maybe you feel angry, or sad, and you just don't know why. Perhaps you are hoping to come to terms with something very unfortunate that has happened to you, either recently or long ago. If you want to feel better about yourself and others, you have come to the right place.
(626) 709-3064 View (626) 709-3064
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Liz LaCasto
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Thank you for taking this time to see if I might be a good match for you. I believe strongly that the match, the relationship, the energy between us is of vital importance in the work. I strive to be your companion on a journey of discovery, reconciling, and healing. In as much as I am your mirror, I am your compassionate facilitator to enable your inner guide to emerge and shine through. My approach is supportive, direct, and rooted in a firm belief that every journey is unique and special.
Thank you for taking this time to see if I might be a good match for you. I believe strongly that the match, the relationship, the energy between us is of vital importance in the work. I strive to be your companion on a journey of discovery, reconciling, and healing. In as much as I am your mirror, I am your compassionate facilitator to enable your inner guide to emerge and shine through. My approach is supportive, direct, and rooted in a firm belief that every journey is unique and special.
(805) 954-9299 View (805) 954-9299
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Allison Lorraine Brevier
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93102
I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for anxiety and eating concerns to parenting support, couples counseling and beyond. In a comfortable, collaborative and supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my clients individual needs to help guide them towards a life aligned with their authentic self and fundamental core values.
I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for anxiety and eating concerns to parenting support, couples counseling and beyond. In a comfortable, collaborative and supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my clients individual needs to help guide them towards a life aligned with their authentic self and fundamental core values.
(805) 303-5051 View (805) 303-5051
Photo of Madelyn Swed, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara, CA
Madelyn Swed
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Do you feel distant and disconnected from your partner? Have you been fighting more? Is your relationship missing warmth, trust, compassion, and intimacy? Are you getting stuck in the same frustrating pattern? Do you long to find and establish a loving relationship and secure connection? Have you been anxious, sad, and overwhelmed a lot lately? If you answered yes to these questions it's time to get help. Life brings us many challenges that are sometimes too much to handle alone. You don't have to struggle on your own. Get the help you need to overcome these difficulties and turn them into opportunities for healing and happiness.
Do you feel distant and disconnected from your partner? Have you been fighting more? Is your relationship missing warmth, trust, compassion, and intimacy? Are you getting stuck in the same frustrating pattern? Do you long to find and establish a loving relationship and secure connection? Have you been anxious, sad, and overwhelmed a lot lately? If you answered yes to these questions it's time to get help. Life brings us many challenges that are sometimes too much to handle alone. You don't have to struggle on your own. Get the help you need to overcome these difficulties and turn them into opportunities for healing and happiness.
(805) 364-4364 View (805) 364-4364
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Anahita Navab Holden
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
It is a courageous act to take the first step in pursuing therapy, and I feel honored to assist those beginning this process. My goal in working with people is to help cultivate the balance between finding grace in being present with life experiences, and the motivation to create meaningful changes in one’s life. If you are looking to begin the work of introspection and crafting the story of your life that you want to live, whether it may be in the areas of developing emotional coping skills or improving your relationships, I am here to help.
It is a courageous act to take the first step in pursuing therapy, and I feel honored to assist those beginning this process. My goal in working with people is to help cultivate the balance between finding grace in being present with life experiences, and the motivation to create meaningful changes in one’s life. If you are looking to begin the work of introspection and crafting the story of your life that you want to live, whether it may be in the areas of developing emotional coping skills or improving your relationships, I am here to help.
(805) 259-3987 View (805) 259-3987
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Dr. Nikki Truscelli
PhD, MC, MA, RYT 200
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
We are wired for connection. Clients that seek my services may feel disconnected, unfulfilled, stuck, or are desiring more from their relational experiences. They are seeking greater understanding, depth, and fulfillment from their close relationships and/or are currently navigating a challenging season. I work with both individuals and partners who are seeking a new depth in their close connections. While specializing in the romantic relationship, my expertise and training includes all close relationships.
We are wired for connection. Clients that seek my services may feel disconnected, unfulfilled, stuck, or are desiring more from their relational experiences. They are seeking greater understanding, depth, and fulfillment from their close relationships and/or are currently navigating a challenging season. I work with both individuals and partners who are seeking a new depth in their close connections. While specializing in the romantic relationship, my expertise and training includes all close relationships.
(530) 457-7616 View (530) 457-7616
Photo of Tracy Hill, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara, CA
Tracy Hill
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93109  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I work from a perspective that communication and understanding have immense impact on our personal wellbeing. Whether your experiences are personal or interpersonal, a therapeutic space can help you to build tools and gain perspectives to improve your life satisfaction. I work with a variety of life challenges and specifically people experiencing relationship distress, feelings of helplessness, worthlessness, unlovability, feeling overwhelmed or worried about the future.
I work from a perspective that communication and understanding have immense impact on our personal wellbeing. Whether your experiences are personal or interpersonal, a therapeutic space can help you to build tools and gain perspectives to improve your life satisfaction. I work with a variety of life challenges and specifically people experiencing relationship distress, feelings of helplessness, worthlessness, unlovability, feeling overwhelmed or worried about the future.
(805) 719-7139 View (805) 719-7139

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Number of Therapists in Santa Barbara, CA

900+

Average cost per session

$175

Therapists in Santa Barbara, CA who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
85% Depression
75% Relationship Issues
75% Self Esteem
69% Trauma and PTSD
66% Coping Skills
62% Stress

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

63% Aetna
53% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
52% Other

How Therapists in Santa Barbara, CA see their clients

68% In Person and Online
32% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
18% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Santa Barbara?

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.