Therapists in Santa Maria, CA

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Vanessa Audelo
Pre-Licensed Professional, ASW
Verified Verified
Santa Maria, CA 93455  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Hello and welcome! Thank you for stopping by and taking the first step in wanting to seek therapy and space where you can share your struggles, highlights in life, and everything in between. We are constantly bombarded with chatter and pressures in our lives, sometimes it’s hard to know what voice to listen to. In this safe place, we can discuss your goals, wants, dreams, and worries. There are times we just need someone to reflect on our feelings and help us process our emotions, so we can get through daily life with more ease and feel more positive about where we are in our journey.
Hello and welcome! Thank you for stopping by and taking the first step in wanting to seek therapy and space where you can share your struggles, highlights in life, and everything in between. We are constantly bombarded with chatter and pressures in our lives, sometimes it’s hard to know what voice to listen to. In this safe place, we can discuss your goals, wants, dreams, and worries. There are times we just need someone to reflect on our feelings and help us process our emotions, so we can get through daily life with more ease and feel more positive about where we are in our journey.
(805) 749-5531 View (805) 749-5531
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Sandra Garcia
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Maria, CA 93454
I am a Bilingual-Bicultural therapist with over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. Although I am experienced in working with a myriad of treatment modalities and populations, my passion is working with trauma clients. I am passionate about what I do and my goal as a therapist is to provide my client's with compassionate quality care that will aide them through their healing journey.
I am a Bilingual-Bicultural therapist with over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. Although I am experienced in working with a myriad of treatment modalities and populations, my passion is working with trauma clients. I am passionate about what I do and my goal as a therapist is to provide my client's with compassionate quality care that will aide them through their healing journey.
(805) 954-9024 View (805) 954-9024
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Ashley K Moody
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
Santa Maria, CA 93454  (Online Only)
It takes courage to find out who we are, what we need, and be willing to look at the different parts of ourselves to process and heal. I have always been drawn to the psyche (soul) and transpersonal psychology to capture each person's unique human experience. I provide a supportive and safe space, especially when working through vulnerable and painful aspects of life.
It takes courage to find out who we are, what we need, and be willing to look at the different parts of ourselves to process and heal. I have always been drawn to the psyche (soul) and transpersonal psychology to capture each person's unique human experience. I provide a supportive and safe space, especially when working through vulnerable and painful aspects of life.
(805) 669-2589 View (805) 669-2589
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Inspiration Point Counseling, Inc.
Associate Clinical Social Worker, MSW, ACSW
Verified Verified
Santa Maria, CA 93454  (Online Only)
I think one of the most beautiful aspects about life is the human capacity to heal and grow from life’s challenges. I am passionate about working with individuals who have been disempowered by society, with an emphasis on life transitions, grief, childhood trauma, intergenerational trauma, family of origin issues, depression, anxiety, sexuality, gender, non-monogamy, body-image issues, oppression, and relational challenges. I offer an open-minded, easy-going, and supportive approach to help you navigate through life's stressors and find purpose in your life.
I think one of the most beautiful aspects about life is the human capacity to heal and grow from life’s challenges. I am passionate about working with individuals who have been disempowered by society, with an emphasis on life transitions, grief, childhood trauma, intergenerational trauma, family of origin issues, depression, anxiety, sexuality, gender, non-monogamy, body-image issues, oppression, and relational challenges. I offer an open-minded, easy-going, and supportive approach to help you navigate through life's stressors and find purpose in your life.
(805) 429-8732 View (805) 429-8732
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Celia Barry
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Maria, CA 93455
Hello, I'm Celia! My name is Celia Barry and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) based out of Waddell, Arizona, and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adolescents and adults and specialize in anxiety, depression, and stress to help my clients continue in their journey to feeling better. I have found that my style and approach are a good fit for young adults and adults who may be dealing with the challenges and stressors of life. This often takes the form of stress, anxiety, and depression.
Hello, I'm Celia! My name is Celia Barry and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) based out of Waddell, Arizona, and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adolescents and adults and specialize in anxiety, depression, and stress to help my clients continue in their journey to feeling better. I have found that my style and approach are a good fit for young adults and adults who may be dealing with the challenges and stressors of life. This often takes the form of stress, anxiety, and depression.
(805) 977-5505 View (805) 977-5505
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Chanel Taylor
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Santa Maria, CA 93458
Hello, my name is Chanel Taylor. I am an LCSW (99228). As a therapist, I work from a relational, strengths based, empowerment model as I draw from an attachment theory lens. For me it is important to draw on your strengths as we begin to do the work together. My areas of focus are healing inner child, self-esteem, generational trauma, relationship issues, stress management and navigating significant life changes.
Hello, my name is Chanel Taylor. I am an LCSW (99228). As a therapist, I work from a relational, strengths based, empowerment model as I draw from an attachment theory lens. For me it is important to draw on your strengths as we begin to do the work together. My areas of focus are healing inner child, self-esteem, generational trauma, relationship issues, stress management and navigating significant life changes.
(805) 590-9219 View (805) 590-9219
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Sugey Sanchez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Maria, CA 93455  (Online Only)
Managing life stressors can be very difficult and affect our day-to-day life. Living with unhealed traumas and reminders of our most difficult times in our lives, can impact how we view this world. Are you struggling with being a first-generation immigrant? Are you a young adult navigating being out of high school, college, and finding a career? Therapy is a great start to begin healing and looking at life from a more hopeful perspective. With experience in anxiety, depression, trauma, and cultural struggles; I can provide you a safe and non-judgmental space to begin that healing journey.
Managing life stressors can be very difficult and affect our day-to-day life. Living with unhealed traumas and reminders of our most difficult times in our lives, can impact how we view this world. Are you struggling with being a first-generation immigrant? Are you a young adult navigating being out of high school, college, and finding a career? Therapy is a great start to begin healing and looking at life from a more hopeful perspective. With experience in anxiety, depression, trauma, and cultural struggles; I can provide you a safe and non-judgmental space to begin that healing journey.
(805) 864-5419 View (805) 864-5419
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Heather Pina
MA, CMPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Santa Maria, CA 93455  (Online Only)
As an athlete, your performance isn't just about physical prowess—it's also about mental resilience and confidence. That's where I come in. I'm Heather, and I specialize in helping elite athletes like you overcome mental barriers, develop unwavering confidence, and consistently perform at your best. Imagine being able to effortlessly shake off mistakes during a game, manage game day anxiety with calm assurance, and approach challenges with a mindset geared for success. Picture stepping onto the field feeling confident in your abilities every single time, free from the burden of worrying about others' perceptions.
As an athlete, your performance isn't just about physical prowess—it's also about mental resilience and confidence. That's where I come in. I'm Heather, and I specialize in helping elite athletes like you overcome mental barriers, develop unwavering confidence, and consistently perform at your best. Imagine being able to effortlessly shake off mistakes during a game, manage game day anxiety with calm assurance, and approach challenges with a mindset geared for success. Picture stepping onto the field feeling confident in your abilities every single time, free from the burden of worrying about others' perceptions.
(805) 243-3654 View (805) 243-3654
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Carissa Melena
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Carissa is a dedicated Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with years of experience providing compassionate counseling for adults, incorporating warmth, empathy, and cultural sensitivity into her practice. She employs evidence-based techniques and mindfulness to address a diverse array of challenges, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance use disorders.
Carissa is a dedicated Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with years of experience providing compassionate counseling for adults, incorporating warmth, empathy, and cultural sensitivity into her practice. She employs evidence-based techniques and mindfulness to address a diverse array of challenges, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance use disorders.
(805) 978-4415 View (805) 978-4415
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Allegra Jaros
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Maria, CA 93458
I see the adversities of individuals through a systems lens and strive to empower children, teens, and adults to have healthy relationships with themselves, family, and others in order to live their best lives. I earned a BA in psychology with an emphasis on child development and Autism treatment from UCSD, and later an MA in Marital and Family Therapy from Alliant International University, San Diego.
I see the adversities of individuals through a systems lens and strive to empower children, teens, and adults to have healthy relationships with themselves, family, and others in order to live their best lives. I earned a BA in psychology with an emphasis on child development and Autism treatment from UCSD, and later an MA in Marital and Family Therapy from Alliant International University, San Diego.
(805) 576-7793 View (805) 576-7793
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Janel Medina
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Santa Maria, CA 93458
I'm Janel Medina. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I've had the opportunity to work in the field of mental health for over 20 years. I'm a virtual clinician that is based out of San Diego, CA, and am able to work with clients within the state of California. I hope to be able to provide a safe, supportive space to help you take steps to have a better life. I want to meet you where you are at. Even if you're not ready to make a major change, I'm here to help you throw it all out on the table without fear of judgment. You know yourself best.
I'm Janel Medina. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I've had the opportunity to work in the field of mental health for over 20 years. I'm a virtual clinician that is based out of San Diego, CA, and am able to work with clients within the state of California. I hope to be able to provide a safe, supportive space to help you take steps to have a better life. I want to meet you where you are at. Even if you're not ready to make a major change, I'm here to help you throw it all out on the table without fear of judgment. You know yourself best.
(805) 590-9425 View (805) 590-9425
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Denys Medel
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Throughout life we face various challenges, difficulties, trauma or have to make life changing decisions. There are times where the struggles we have faced and gone through continue to affect us in our present life, making us feel overwhelmed, alone, anxious or triggered. It's time to prioritize your healing and find relief. I can provide you with a safe and encouraging space to help you do the work you need to heal.
Throughout life we face various challenges, difficulties, trauma or have to make life changing decisions. There are times where the struggles we have faced and gone through continue to affect us in our present life, making us feel overwhelmed, alone, anxious or triggered. It's time to prioritize your healing and find relief. I can provide you with a safe and encouraging space to help you do the work you need to heal.
(805) 261-2384 View (805) 261-2384
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Thomas Steffora
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Waitlist for new clients
Rather than feel like the future is known and already laid out with predictable patterns of suffering, I'd like to suggest that perhaps this thought/feeling is an understandable predicament but one that is inherently false. The future is uncertain. It is a road not yet traveled. Working with someone who approaches life and relationships with this perspective may be an important piece of seeing what possibilities are present.
Rather than feel like the future is known and already laid out with predictable patterns of suffering, I'd like to suggest that perhaps this thought/feeling is an understandable predicament but one that is inherently false. The future is uncertain. It is a road not yet traveled. Working with someone who approaches life and relationships with this perspective may be an important piece of seeing what possibilities are present.
(805) 288-7787 View (805) 288-7787
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David Delos Reyes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Santa Maria, CA 93454
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about working with individuals to help overcome life's challenges especially with depression, anxiety and difficult life transitions. I look forward to working with you to reawaken resilience from within and for you to tap into your most authentic self. I am currently providing individual therapy for adults via telehealth. I most commonly treat depression and anxiety disorders. I have experience working with Veterans and also specialize in working with court mandated individuals as a certified Anger Management Specialist-II.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about working with individuals to help overcome life's challenges especially with depression, anxiety and difficult life transitions. I look forward to working with you to reawaken resilience from within and for you to tap into your most authentic self. I am currently providing individual therapy for adults via telehealth. I most commonly treat depression and anxiety disorders. I have experience working with Veterans and also specialize in working with court mandated individuals as a certified Anger Management Specialist-II.
(805) 856-6322 View (805) 856-6322
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Leslie R Anderson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA LMFT, RPT
Verified Verified
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Therapy is a process of healing, growth and change. The aim is to achieve lasting growth by helping you find ways of seeing, thinking and feeling that leave you more capable and prosperous. My passion is to help children, teens, couples and adults build on their strengths to reach their full potential. My style is compassionate, nonjudgmental and interactive.
Therapy is a process of healing, growth and change. The aim is to achieve lasting growth by helping you find ways of seeing, thinking and feeling that leave you more capable and prosperous. My passion is to help children, teens, couples and adults build on their strengths to reach their full potential. My style is compassionate, nonjudgmental and interactive.
(805) 307-7971 View (805) 307-7971
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Amanda Corcoran
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Santa Maria, CA 93456  (Online Only)
Life can become very complicated and overwhelming, but through therapy things can improve. I work with people at all different stages of life, from late-adolescents to seniors. Helping people work through struggles in their lives. My hope is to help you identify your goals, be it concrete plans or changing your outlook on your situation, and gaining control of your emotions. Through our work I hope to help you increase your awareness of who you are and how you can live a more intentional and higher quality life.
Life can become very complicated and overwhelming, but through therapy things can improve. I work with people at all different stages of life, from late-adolescents to seniors. Helping people work through struggles in their lives. My hope is to help you identify your goals, be it concrete plans or changing your outlook on your situation, and gaining control of your emotions. Through our work I hope to help you increase your awareness of who you are and how you can live a more intentional and higher quality life.
(805) 242-8147 View (805) 242-8147
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Jane Akponye
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Maria, CA 93458
Hello, my name is Dr. Jane Akponye! I hold a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 129857), a certified Anger Management provider, an EQi-2.0 certified practitioner, and the author of “Children of Divorced Parents”. As a passionate person, I decided to help people find their passions and celebrate life through counseling. Due to perceived stigma, it’s often tough to decide whether to see a therapist when we are worried, stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed with life experiences. I ask you not to struggle through it alone but embrace help.
Hello, my name is Dr. Jane Akponye! I hold a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 129857), a certified Anger Management provider, an EQi-2.0 certified practitioner, and the author of “Children of Divorced Parents”. As a passionate person, I decided to help people find their passions and celebrate life through counseling. Due to perceived stigma, it’s often tough to decide whether to see a therapist when we are worried, stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed with life experiences. I ask you not to struggle through it alone but embrace help.
(805) 429-8698 View (805) 429-8698
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Augusto Huerta-Minakata
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Augusto Huerta Minakata, LMFT Augusto is a Bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in individual, couples, and family therapy. With over 10 years of experience as a marriage and family therapist, and as a graduate of the University of Phoenix specializing in Solution-Focused therapy, he is currently serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among his areas of expertise are the treatment of maternal mental health, trauma, depression, anxiety, survivors of domestic violence, physical abuse, sexual abuse, community violence, and adult children of alcoholic.
Augusto Huerta Minakata, LMFT Augusto is a Bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in individual, couples, and family therapy. With over 10 years of experience as a marriage and family therapist, and as a graduate of the University of Phoenix specializing in Solution-Focused therapy, he is currently serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among his areas of expertise are the treatment of maternal mental health, trauma, depression, anxiety, survivors of domestic violence, physical abuse, sexual abuse, community violence, and adult children of alcoholic.
(805) 567-2971 View (805) 567-2971
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Jaime Lee Fossen
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, APCC
Verified Verified
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Hi there and welcome! I am Jaime, an associate professional clinical counselor who is passionate about the healing arts. My practices can be described as an evidence-based clinical approach with a holistic twist. I am not afraid to break the mold when it comes to assisting others in experiencing self-discovery, yet I am very grounded in evidence-based models and symptom management approaches. I have various clinical experiences I draw from including grief therapy, clinical crisis assessment, treatment of substance abuse disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma related disorders.
Hi there and welcome! I am Jaime, an associate professional clinical counselor who is passionate about the healing arts. My practices can be described as an evidence-based clinical approach with a holistic twist. I am not afraid to break the mold when it comes to assisting others in experiencing self-discovery, yet I am very grounded in evidence-based models and symptom management approaches. I have various clinical experiences I draw from including grief therapy, clinical crisis assessment, treatment of substance abuse disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma related disorders.
(805) 420-7483 View (805) 420-7483
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Jenna M Mortensen
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, APCC
Verified Verified
Santa Maria, CA 93454  (Online Only)
Do you feel disconnected from life, from yourself and possibly from others? Is there panic, anxiety, depression, confusion, loss, overwhelm, numbness, these can feel like powerful forces separating you from the vibrant and productive life you imagine is possible. I can help! My goal is to create a safe and supportive environment where my clients can work through challenges and gain a deeper understanding of themselves. In therapy, I utilize a variety of evidence-based techniques, including cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions.
Do you feel disconnected from life, from yourself and possibly from others? Is there panic, anxiety, depression, confusion, loss, overwhelm, numbness, these can feel like powerful forces separating you from the vibrant and productive life you imagine is possible. I can help! My goal is to create a safe and supportive environment where my clients can work through challenges and gain a deeper understanding of themselves. In therapy, I utilize a variety of evidence-based techniques, including cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions.
(805) 429-4786 View (805) 429-4786

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Santa Maria, CA

100+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Santa Maria, CA who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
89% Depression
76% Coping Skills
73% Self Esteem
72% Relationship Issues
63% Stress
62% Grief

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

74% Cigna and Evernorth
70% Aetna
70% Blue Cross

How Therapists in Santa Maria, CA see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
15% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Santa Maria?

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.