Therapists in Santa Monica, CA

Linda Owen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401  (Online Only)
My goal is to help people find successful solutions to difficulties they are encountering. I believe that quality of life and relationships can be improved with intention, attention, and action.
My goal is to help people find successful solutions to difficulties they are encountering. I believe that quality of life and relationships can be improved with intention, attention, and action.
(424) 570-1145 View (424) 570-1145
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Ryan Scott Brewer
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90405
My clients are generally very smart and motivated people that are tired of being held back by their anxiety, depression, and past trauma. They are looking for immediate tools that can help them feel more empowered today, while also ready to do the work of healing these issues for good!
My clients are generally very smart and motivated people that are tired of being held back by their anxiety, depression, and past trauma. They are looking for immediate tools that can help them feel more empowered today, while also ready to do the work of healing these issues for good!
(323) 616-2236 View (323) 616-2236
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The Malone Collective
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90401
The Malone Collective is a high-end, concierge group practice. We specialize in personalized integrative care, working collaboratively with people struggling with a variety of concerns, including addiction, trauma, depression, anxiety, and dual-diagnosis. We believe people are unique, and therefore, require unique and innovate solutions to their problems. Our programs focus on developing an individually tailored and personalized set of services to meet your unique needs and achieve your goals, which may include individual therapy with a psychologist, acupuncture, family therapy, life coaching, chiropractics, personal training, and more.
The Malone Collective is a high-end, concierge group practice. We specialize in personalized integrative care, working collaboratively with people struggling with a variety of concerns, including addiction, trauma, depression, anxiety, and dual-diagnosis. We believe people are unique, and therefore, require unique and innovate solutions to their problems. Our programs focus on developing an individually tailored and personalized set of services to meet your unique needs and achieve your goals, which may include individual therapy with a psychologist, acupuncture, family therapy, life coaching, chiropractics, personal training, and more.
(424) 203-0140 View (424) 203-0140
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Brandon Gross
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” ― C.G. Jung. I specialize in helping creatives and high-performing individuals in their 20s and 30s navigate emotional challenges, major life changes, and live their most authentic lives. I address issues that include: Isolation and Loneliness, Grief and Loss, Existential Crises, Values Clarification (i.e. figuring out “what matters”), Navigating Life Transitions (e.g. College to Career, Parenting)l, Anxiety and Depression, Communication Breakdown, Creative Block, Career Gridlock and Relationship Challenges. I also specialize in Men's Issues.
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” ― C.G. Jung. I specialize in helping creatives and high-performing individuals in their 20s and 30s navigate emotional challenges, major life changes, and live their most authentic lives. I address issues that include: Isolation and Loneliness, Grief and Loss, Existential Crises, Values Clarification (i.e. figuring out “what matters”), Navigating Life Transitions (e.g. College to Career, Parenting)l, Anxiety and Depression, Communication Breakdown, Creative Block, Career Gridlock and Relationship Challenges. I also specialize in Men's Issues.
(424) 373-4939 View (424) 373-4939
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Sarah Segal
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Have you noticed that it's in the places you are supposed to be most relaxed (meditation, vacation, weekends, sleep) that your mind feels louder than ever? It might feel like the idea of letting your thoughts go is meant for “normal” people and that does not include you. Maybe you stand guard to keep yourself from your worst case, as if your attention to your thoughts keeps you from descending into unimaginable fear. All the advice you get from those closest to you feels so out of touch with the agony of daily doubts around the things that matter most. I can help you sift through the noise and regain your confidence in yourself.
Have you noticed that it's in the places you are supposed to be most relaxed (meditation, vacation, weekends, sleep) that your mind feels louder than ever? It might feel like the idea of letting your thoughts go is meant for “normal” people and that does not include you. Maybe you stand guard to keep yourself from your worst case, as if your attention to your thoughts keeps you from descending into unimaginable fear. All the advice you get from those closest to you feels so out of touch with the agony of daily doubts around the things that matter most. I can help you sift through the noise and regain your confidence in yourself.
(310) 564-6721 View (310) 564-6721
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John Drimmer
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403
I'm told I'm warm, smart and that I have a good sense of humor. I specialize in helping people to fulfill their potential. I focus on depression, anxiety, relationships -- and how to get the most out of life. My approach combines Positive Psychology and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) with Buddhism and a creative mix of the best approaches known to modern psychology.
I'm told I'm warm, smart and that I have a good sense of humor. I specialize in helping people to fulfill their potential. I focus on depression, anxiety, relationships -- and how to get the most out of life. My approach combines Positive Psychology and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) with Buddhism and a creative mix of the best approaches known to modern psychology.
(310) 896-4310 View (310) 896-4310
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Kelly Schinnerer
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Hi, I'm glad you're here. Maybe you're feeling stuck, anxious, alone, in pain, or have the sense that something is missing. Many of my clients have childhood experiences of neglect or abuse, difficult attachment experiences, trauma, and other histories that continue to affect the present. Together we will collaborate to create a safe, compassionate space where all parts of you can be seen without judgement. We will explore the past, identify and transform old patterns, and develop a present that supports deeper connection to self and others. We'll even find moments of humor and joy.
Hi, I'm glad you're here. Maybe you're feeling stuck, anxious, alone, in pain, or have the sense that something is missing. Many of my clients have childhood experiences of neglect or abuse, difficult attachment experiences, trauma, and other histories that continue to affect the present. Together we will collaborate to create a safe, compassionate space where all parts of you can be seen without judgement. We will explore the past, identify and transform old patterns, and develop a present that supports deeper connection to self and others. We'll even find moments of humor and joy.
(310) 361-0548 View (310) 361-0548
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Lauren Martin Culp
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT, CD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90404  (Online Only)
People come in with a desire to feel better, less stressed; resulting in successfully and confidently improving personal and professional relationships. Customized sessions help individuals achieve their goals- like attracting healthier romantic relationships, making better career or life choices, affair repair, clarity in parenting challenges or managing ADHD. Practical tools all based on my extensive professional training in holistic health, natural nutrition, body-mind therapies, meditation, etc.-specifically to support individuals, couples, and families.
People come in with a desire to feel better, less stressed; resulting in successfully and confidently improving personal and professional relationships. Customized sessions help individuals achieve their goals- like attracting healthier romantic relationships, making better career or life choices, affair repair, clarity in parenting challenges or managing ADHD. Practical tools all based on my extensive professional training in holistic health, natural nutrition, body-mind therapies, meditation, etc.-specifically to support individuals, couples, and families.
(424) 704-8635 View (424) 704-8635
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Yoana Rivas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405  (Online Only)
Are you finding yourself navigating transitions as an adult or older adult? Perhaps you have family/friends but they are not supporting you in the way that you most need right now.
Are you finding yourself navigating transitions as an adult or older adult? Perhaps you have family/friends but they are not supporting you in the way that you most need right now.
(310) 953-8474 View (310) 953-8474
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Cari Ginger Smulyan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
“Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.” Brene Brown -Putting yourself first can be scary. Showing up in life can be overwhelming but I believe showing up is half the battle and from there we can create a collaborative therapeutic relationship to help you on your path of healing and self-discovery. I integrate principles of psychodynamic, attachment, mindfulness and humanistic theoretical approaches into my work. I believe that by looking at events and relationships in our past can help us understand patterns in our present that no longer serve us or have made us feel stuck.
“Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.” Brene Brown -Putting yourself first can be scary. Showing up in life can be overwhelming but I believe showing up is half the battle and from there we can create a collaborative therapeutic relationship to help you on your path of healing and self-discovery. I integrate principles of psychodynamic, attachment, mindfulness and humanistic theoretical approaches into my work. I believe that by looking at events and relationships in our past can help us understand patterns in our present that no longer serve us or have made us feel stuck.
(424) 317-7709 View (424) 317-7709
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Monisha Brewer: Healthy Eating - Body Image - Self Esteem
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90405
I believe that relationships are truly the foundation of our well-being, which means that improving the quality of our relationships is of the utmost importance. Whether you are a couple who want to improve your communication, or a parent and teenager who just can't seem to connect, I am here to help you achieve the type of relationship you have been desperate to build. We will work together to improve even the rockiest of relationships by deepening connections and building necessary skills.
I believe that relationships are truly the foundation of our well-being, which means that improving the quality of our relationships is of the utmost importance. Whether you are a couple who want to improve your communication, or a parent and teenager who just can't seem to connect, I am here to help you achieve the type of relationship you have been desperate to build. We will work together to improve even the rockiest of relationships by deepening connections and building necessary skills.
(424) 781-1401 View (424) 781-1401
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Joshua J. Ciszek
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Working with both Couples and Executives, Josh Ciszek works exclusively with those who are truly ready to make changes, manage emotions, learn about themselves and evolve as people. Whether you and your partner are struggling with expectations, day-to-day stressors, infidelity or on the brink of parting ways, you will be guided to achieve your relationship goals. Additionally, Josh works with Executives who face unique stressors related to the weight of their roles in the workplace and their personal lives. "Lonely at the top" comes with feelings of despair, imposter syndrome, fear of failure, anxiety and so much more.
Working with both Couples and Executives, Josh Ciszek works exclusively with those who are truly ready to make changes, manage emotions, learn about themselves and evolve as people. Whether you and your partner are struggling with expectations, day-to-day stressors, infidelity or on the brink of parting ways, you will be guided to achieve your relationship goals. Additionally, Josh works with Executives who face unique stressors related to the weight of their roles in the workplace and their personal lives. "Lonely at the top" comes with feelings of despair, imposter syndrome, fear of failure, anxiety and so much more.
(310) 807-2901 View (310) 807-2901
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Barbara Dreyfus
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90404
I work with individuals and couples on a variety of relationship and interpersonal issues. I believe that each of has the innate desire and ability to lead satisfying and fulfilling lives. We are often stuck in old patterns of behavior and relating. Working together we can explore those patterns and how to move beyond them. There are times in our lives when feelings of isolation, depression, loneliness pervade. It is helpful to have a trained professional to discuss these feelings with.
I work with individuals and couples on a variety of relationship and interpersonal issues. I believe that each of has the innate desire and ability to lead satisfying and fulfilling lives. We are often stuck in old patterns of behavior and relating. Working together we can explore those patterns and how to move beyond them. There are times in our lives when feelings of isolation, depression, loneliness pervade. It is helpful to have a trained professional to discuss these feelings with.
(310) 452-2260 View (310) 452-2260
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Bruce A Howard
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
I focus on three dimensions in my psychotherapeutic work. The first is awareness and insight into our development as individuals and how this development has shaped our current functioning. There are no perfect parents nor perfect family experience without unmet needs and injuries (purposeful or unintentional). In understanding what we had to do to maintain critical attachments and equally critical separation and autonomy growing up, we discover that who we are is not fixed and irrevocable. We begin to see that we now have a choice to see ourselves and the world in new healthier ways and function differently in our current life.
I focus on three dimensions in my psychotherapeutic work. The first is awareness and insight into our development as individuals and how this development has shaped our current functioning. There are no perfect parents nor perfect family experience without unmet needs and injuries (purposeful or unintentional). In understanding what we had to do to maintain critical attachments and equally critical separation and autonomy growing up, we discover that who we are is not fixed and irrevocable. We begin to see that we now have a choice to see ourselves and the world in new healthier ways and function differently in our current life.
(310) 395-8802 View (310) 395-8802
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Cadisha Gravesande
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm glad you're here. I wonder if you ever feel like you’re not good enough? Maybe it feels like there’s something wrong with you that other people don’t seem to struggle with. I wonder if relationships feel hard for you and if doing things like asking someone out on a date, applying for a job, asking for help when you need it or setting boundaries with people feel really scary or impossible to do? Maybe you’re looking to better understand these parts of yourself and to find ways to make changes to these areas of your life. If so, I might be able to help.
Hi, I'm glad you're here. I wonder if you ever feel like you’re not good enough? Maybe it feels like there’s something wrong with you that other people don’t seem to struggle with. I wonder if relationships feel hard for you and if doing things like asking someone out on a date, applying for a job, asking for help when you need it or setting boundaries with people feel really scary or impossible to do? Maybe you’re looking to better understand these parts of yourself and to find ways to make changes to these areas of your life. If so, I might be able to help.
(909) 302-0820 View (909) 302-0820
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Claire Hughes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
I am passionate about the work that I do and truly believe in the benefits of utilizing DBT skills with my clients in the outpatient setting. I want to help my clients move away from all-or-nothing thinking, find relief from emotional suffering, regain control over powerful emotions, and eventually, not need me anymore.
I am passionate about the work that I do and truly believe in the benefits of utilizing DBT skills with my clients in the outpatient setting. I want to help my clients move away from all-or-nothing thinking, find relief from emotional suffering, regain control over powerful emotions, and eventually, not need me anymore.
(424) 581-0767 View (424) 581-0767
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Shaina McPhetridge
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, RYT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90405  (Online Only)
Life can lead us down some pretty confusing paths sometimes, leaving us feeling crazy, unsettled, and totally lost. You don't have to feel like this forever. I work with individuals, couples, and teens who are really going through it - anxiety, panic and stress, relationship issues, PTSD, and unresolved issues that continue to impact current life. Many of my clients are insightful, curious, growth-oriented people who are seeking something beyond traditional therapy. My focus is on helping you to UN-learn all the crap you've taken on over the years that is weighing you down and freeing up whatever it is that seems to be stuck.
Life can lead us down some pretty confusing paths sometimes, leaving us feeling crazy, unsettled, and totally lost. You don't have to feel like this forever. I work with individuals, couples, and teens who are really going through it - anxiety, panic and stress, relationship issues, PTSD, and unresolved issues that continue to impact current life. Many of my clients are insightful, curious, growth-oriented people who are seeking something beyond traditional therapy. My focus is on helping you to UN-learn all the crap you've taken on over the years that is weighing you down and freeing up whatever it is that seems to be stuck.
(310) 935-3665 View (310) 935-3665
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Dr. Sarika Seth
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403  (Online Only)
Challenging life circumstances, traumatic experiences, unanticipated changes, opposing messages, and /or oppressive forces can knock us off our course. We may find ourselves having difficulty navigating through heightened states of anxiety and the depths of depression. Or, we just need to be seen and heard. In this instance, therapy can be a refuge- a place to explore, observe, make sense of, find meaning in, and heal from pain we have long been carrying. We may experience a newfound state of peace as we gradually sit with, accept, let go, move forward, and reconnect with the sweetness of life.
Challenging life circumstances, traumatic experiences, unanticipated changes, opposing messages, and /or oppressive forces can knock us off our course. We may find ourselves having difficulty navigating through heightened states of anxiety and the depths of depression. Or, we just need to be seen and heard. In this instance, therapy can be a refuge- a place to explore, observe, make sense of, find meaning in, and heal from pain we have long been carrying. We may experience a newfound state of peace as we gradually sit with, accept, let go, move forward, and reconnect with the sweetness of life.
(310) 947-8614 View (310) 947-8614
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Dr. Margie Mirell
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT, AASECT, Imago
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Struggling with conflicts within yourself and with others? To help you recover and gain a sense of healthy self-esteem, I have specialized techniques for dealing with complex trauma, PTSD, sexual issues, addiction, relationship issues, disordered eating, and grief. Sometimes we need to talk it out. Not for sympathy, but to find truth that guides us to our purpose and peace within ourselves. Discover satisfaction in every aspect of your life. I can teach you to avoid pain, change behavior patterns, and dialogue for more creative, productive, and healing solutions.
Struggling with conflicts within yourself and with others? To help you recover and gain a sense of healthy self-esteem, I have specialized techniques for dealing with complex trauma, PTSD, sexual issues, addiction, relationship issues, disordered eating, and grief. Sometimes we need to talk it out. Not for sympathy, but to find truth that guides us to our purpose and peace within ourselves. Discover satisfaction in every aspect of your life. I can teach you to avoid pain, change behavior patterns, and dialogue for more creative, productive, and healing solutions.
(310) 773-0391 View (310) 773-0391
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Maria Nazarian, Ph.D., Beach Therapy
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
You can walk on the beach while you talk with your therapist! I specialize in anxiety and related conditions, including panic attacks, worry, depression, social anxiety, PTSD, and phobias. Feelings of loneliness are often associated with anxiety and depression. As we walk side-by-side on the beach, you may feel that you are, in fact, not alone. Walking in nature can enhance your feelings of joy and connectedness, and together with effective coping skills, can help you develop more resilience toward life’s challenges. Imagine doing all of this work while breathing in fresh air, listening to crashing waves, and walking in the sand!
You can walk on the beach while you talk with your therapist! I specialize in anxiety and related conditions, including panic attacks, worry, depression, social anxiety, PTSD, and phobias. Feelings of loneliness are often associated with anxiety and depression. As we walk side-by-side on the beach, you may feel that you are, in fact, not alone. Walking in nature can enhance your feelings of joy and connectedness, and together with effective coping skills, can help you develop more resilience toward life’s challenges. Imagine doing all of this work while breathing in fresh air, listening to crashing waves, and walking in the sand!
(310) 508-3523 View (310) 508-3523

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Number of Therapists in Santa Monica, CA

1,000+

Average cost per session

$200

Therapists in Santa Monica, CA who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
88% Depression
85% Relationship Issues
76% Self Esteem
73% Trauma and PTSD
66% Grief
65% Stress

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

57% Aetna
48% Cigna and Evernorth
42% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Santa Monica, CA see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
20% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Santa Monica?

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.