Therapists in California

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Photo of Joshua Zeier, Psychologist in California
Joshua Zeier
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94306
By nature, people thrive with a sense of meaning and purpose in their lives. Oftentimes, a lack of confidence, difficult circumstances, trauma, anxiety, depression, and substance use contribute to suffering and hold people back from living a life that feels fulfilling. I specialize in developing a strong therapeutic relationship with clients, exploring values, goals, and identity, and working collaboratively to develop an understanding of what the client wants their life to be about, the barriers that they are experiencing in getting there, and to provide tools and skills to move through these challenges.
By nature, people thrive with a sense of meaning and purpose in their lives. Oftentimes, a lack of confidence, difficult circumstances, trauma, anxiety, depression, and substance use contribute to suffering and hold people back from living a life that feels fulfilling. I specialize in developing a strong therapeutic relationship with clients, exploring values, goals, and identity, and working collaboratively to develop an understanding of what the client wants their life to be about, the barriers that they are experiencing in getting there, and to provide tools and skills to move through these challenges.
(650) 770-8533 View (650) 770-8533
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Megan Justice
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Hi there! I'm Megan. I am a licensed clinical social worker and it is my mission to support my clients through their challenges and struggles and to help them find healing.
Hi there! I'm Megan. I am a licensed clinical social worker and it is my mission to support my clients through their challenges and struggles and to help them find healing.
(424) 788-9166 View (424) 788-9166
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Lori A Futterman
Psychologist, RN, PhD
Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
Dr. Futterman takes a clinical psychologist with an integrated approach to care. She has a general practice and two subspecialties in women's health and sexual health. She is dedicated to helping all people, achieve their highest potential; and overcome difficulties in achieving inner balance. Dr. Futterman utilizes a wide range of techniques to customize the care she provides, including clinical hypnosis, eye-movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR), mindfulness training and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).
Dr. Futterman takes a clinical psychologist with an integrated approach to care. She has a general practice and two subspecialties in women's health and sexual health. She is dedicated to helping all people, achieve their highest potential; and overcome difficulties in achieving inner balance. Dr. Futterman utilizes a wide range of techniques to customize the care she provides, including clinical hypnosis, eye-movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR), mindfulness training and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).
(619) 775-1772 View (619) 775-1772
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Christina Mander
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92648  (Online Only)
I understand that choosing a therapist can be difficult. You want someone you can talk to and be completely open and honest with them, without any fear of judgment. Sometimes in life there are obstacles that may seem overwhelming, and I believe we all have the ability to change, to perceive these challenges as opportunities to grow, make healthier choices, build stronger relationships, and become your best possible self. Together, we can work through these challenges, begin the healing process, and move forward with a renewed sense of self, confidence, and hope for the future.
I understand that choosing a therapist can be difficult. You want someone you can talk to and be completely open and honest with them, without any fear of judgment. Sometimes in life there are obstacles that may seem overwhelming, and I believe we all have the ability to change, to perceive these challenges as opportunities to grow, make healthier choices, build stronger relationships, and become your best possible self. Together, we can work through these challenges, begin the healing process, and move forward with a renewed sense of self, confidence, and hope for the future.
(657) 220-7262 View (657) 220-7262
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Kevin Cram
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Newport Beach, CA 92660
So often we have a deep feeling that we're not enough and we expend so much energy trying to hide this fear from others. It makes us feel anxious and depressed. We might even start to isolate ourselves and our personal relationship begin to suffer and become less satisfying. We all have ways that we try to get out of it or have tried to "fix" it in the past...but they don't work or at least not for very long.
So often we have a deep feeling that we're not enough and we expend so much energy trying to hide this fear from others. It makes us feel anxious and depressed. We might even start to isolate ourselves and our personal relationship begin to suffer and become less satisfying. We all have ways that we try to get out of it or have tried to "fix" it in the past...but they don't work or at least not for very long.
(657) 425-0667 View (657) 425-0667
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Robert Bastanfar
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Carlsbad, CA 92010  (Online Only)
I am a licensed psychologist who wants to help you live a meaningful and valued life. I will help you devise a plan of action for personal change by working with you attentively, compassionately, and purposefully. Learn more effective methods for coping, gaining insight, taking committed action to end suffering, and living a more genuine life. Difficulties such as depression and anxiety are common and you are not alone; let me help you find a better way.
I am a licensed psychologist who wants to help you live a meaningful and valued life. I will help you devise a plan of action for personal change by working with you attentively, compassionately, and purposefully. Learn more effective methods for coping, gaining insight, taking committed action to end suffering, and living a more genuine life. Difficulties such as depression and anxiety are common and you are not alone; let me help you find a better way.
(517) 565-0184 View (517) 565-0184
Photo of Cait Glenn, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in California
Cait Glenn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Clemente, CA 92672  (Online Only)
Those in your life might think everything is fine, but inside you feel overwhelmed and stuck. Your anxiety is ramped up trying to control something that you cannot control. You find yourself not trusting yourself and seeking external validation frequently. Feelings of distraction are constant and worries take over your thoughts. You may even feel that your relationships have changed and that you need to protect the ones you love by hiding how you truly feel. Trying to stay "positive" just isn't working. If you are ready for change, you have come to the right place. I am not a smile and nod therapist and will partner with you.
Those in your life might think everything is fine, but inside you feel overwhelmed and stuck. Your anxiety is ramped up trying to control something that you cannot control. You find yourself not trusting yourself and seeking external validation frequently. Feelings of distraction are constant and worries take over your thoughts. You may even feel that your relationships have changed and that you need to protect the ones you love by hiding how you truly feel. Trying to stay "positive" just isn't working. If you are ready for change, you have come to the right place. I am not a smile and nod therapist and will partner with you.
(949) 702-9453 View (949) 702-9453
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Elana Rachel Guy
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Alameda, CA 94501
You always knew you wanted to be a parent. It was easy to imagine the experiences you'd have with your kids- dinners discussing your day, cheering them on from the soccer field, holidays building memories... What you didn't plan for was the weight of your responsibilities. It's so hard to be present and tuned in when your mind is racing from one to-do list to the next. When you're so exhausted that you want to just lay on the couch. When the demands placed upon you feel insurmountable. All you want is to respond with patience, but you are irritated, stressed, and have no idea how to begin getting your life back to balanced.
You always knew you wanted to be a parent. It was easy to imagine the experiences you'd have with your kids- dinners discussing your day, cheering them on from the soccer field, holidays building memories... What you didn't plan for was the weight of your responsibilities. It's so hard to be present and tuned in when your mind is racing from one to-do list to the next. When you're so exhausted that you want to just lay on the couch. When the demands placed upon you feel insurmountable. All you want is to respond with patience, but you are irritated, stressed, and have no idea how to begin getting your life back to balanced.
(510) 722-5963 View (510) 722-5963
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Julie Gerhardt
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Life presents us with many opportunities, moments of fulfillment, lack of fulfillment, trauma and/or terrible loss leading to difficulties in emotional intimacy, isolation, panic, resentment, depression - even despair. Our histories and fears mold our choices and can prevent us from achieving a more meaningful fulfilling life. Therapy involves, in part, a journey into the life of buried feelings/beliefs about self and others. Coaching involves emotionally intelligent problem solving. My clients typically consist of professional adults and couples who feel stuck in their lives/relationships. Some are in acute distress, others are unsure of the source/nature of their more chronic difficulties.
Life presents us with many opportunities, moments of fulfillment, lack of fulfillment, trauma and/or terrible loss leading to difficulties in emotional intimacy, isolation, panic, resentment, depression - even despair. Our histories and fears mold our choices and can prevent us from achieving a more meaningful fulfilling life. Therapy involves, in part, a journey into the life of buried feelings/beliefs about self and others. Coaching involves emotionally intelligent problem solving. My clients typically consist of professional adults and couples who feel stuck in their lives/relationships. Some are in acute distress, others are unsure of the source/nature of their more chronic difficulties.
(650) 262-4719 View (650) 262-4719
Photo of Adrian Antonia Eraslan, Marriage & Family Therapist in California
Adrian Antonia Eraslan
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LPCC
Verified
Oakland, CA 94618
Hi there, I'm Adrian. Kudos to you for taking this step and seeking support! It's my goal to provide a compassionate, creative space to work together on what may be holding you back or weighing you down. I see therapy as an opportunity to explore your story and the narratives we've been told, and get to a place where we feel like we're the authors of our own lives. Whether it involves laughing, crying, art-making, deconstructing, deep breathing, crystals, curse words...we get to figure out together what healing might look like for you. (Please note: I'm currently licensed under my legal name, Leyla Antonia Eraslan).
Hi there, I'm Adrian. Kudos to you for taking this step and seeking support! It's my goal to provide a compassionate, creative space to work together on what may be holding you back or weighing you down. I see therapy as an opportunity to explore your story and the narratives we've been told, and get to a place where we feel like we're the authors of our own lives. Whether it involves laughing, crying, art-making, deconstructing, deep breathing, crystals, curse words...we get to figure out together what healing might look like for you. (Please note: I'm currently licensed under my legal name, Leyla Antonia Eraslan).
(415) 862-1790 View (415) 862-1790
Photo of Helena Vissing, Psychologist in California
Helena Vissing
Psychologist, MS, PsyD, PMH-C, SEP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Are you struggling in the areas of body image, maternal issues, or trauma? I work with "all things maternal", meaning I work with women at all life-stages; maybe contemplating motherhood or feeling ambivalent, struggling with fertility, experiencing pregnancy loss/miscarriage, expecting or new mothers with depression, anxiety, or birth trauma, women who decided not to have children, women with or without children who want to process body image issues or anxieties, women who want to process their relationship to their own mother, any parent struggling with postpartum mental health issues, anyone wanting to heal from trauma.
Are you struggling in the areas of body image, maternal issues, or trauma? I work with "all things maternal", meaning I work with women at all life-stages; maybe contemplating motherhood or feeling ambivalent, struggling with fertility, experiencing pregnancy loss/miscarriage, expecting or new mothers with depression, anxiety, or birth trauma, women who decided not to have children, women with or without children who want to process body image issues or anxieties, women who want to process their relationship to their own mother, any parent struggling with postpartum mental health issues, anyone wanting to heal from trauma.
(424) 387-3516 View (424) 387-3516
Photo of Dr. Dana Kline, Psychological Assistant in California
Dr. Dana Kline
Psychological Assistant, PhD, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025
I am enthusiastic to work with individuals and couples who are curious about themselves, want to cultivate insight, and are motivated to make changes. Through listening and tending to neuroses, compulsions and addictions, mood issues, interpersonal problems, creative blocks, dreams, spiritual experiences and synchronicities, disruptive psychological symptoms can not only be reduced, but understood for a more meaningful, tolerant, and enriching life.
I am enthusiastic to work with individuals and couples who are curious about themselves, want to cultivate insight, and are motivated to make changes. Through listening and tending to neuroses, compulsions and addictions, mood issues, interpersonal problems, creative blocks, dreams, spiritual experiences and synchronicities, disruptive psychological symptoms can not only be reduced, but understood for a more meaningful, tolerant, and enriching life.
(424) 342-5699 View (424) 342-5699
Photo of Noa Mandel, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in California
Noa Mandel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PPSC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94619  (Online Only)
I welcome adolescents and adults to my therapy practice and interns/ASWs/PPSC for clinical supervision. A trusting relationship is the base of the therapeutic process and it is important to me to create a supportive and collaborative environment. Together, we can explore your goals and your self-discovery. As a social worker, I approach my practice through a holistic and strength based lens with a focus on the impact of your relationships and personal experiences on your life. I look forward to supporting you on your journey!
I welcome adolescents and adults to my therapy practice and interns/ASWs/PPSC for clinical supervision. A trusting relationship is the base of the therapeutic process and it is important to me to create a supportive and collaborative environment. Together, we can explore your goals and your self-discovery. As a social worker, I approach my practice through a holistic and strength based lens with a focus on the impact of your relationships and personal experiences on your life. I look forward to supporting you on your journey!
(510) 281-3906 View (510) 281-3906
Photo of LA Teen Whisperer - Emerging Adulthood Specialist, Marriage & Family Therapist in California
LA Teen Whisperer - Emerging Adulthood Specialist
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
I assist teens who are lagging in their developmental skills to boost their self-esteem, perform better in school, and prepare for college environments. I help parents to identify and support their teen’s needs, so they can better reach their maximum potential.
I assist teens who are lagging in their developmental skills to boost their self-esteem, perform better in school, and prepare for college environments. I help parents to identify and support their teen’s needs, so they can better reach their maximum potential.
(424) 581-0115 View (424) 581-0115
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Linda Johnson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, LAADC, NPT-C
Verified
2 Endorsed
San Mateo, CA 94401  (Online Only)
I'm an interactive therapist with over 20 years experience based in the SF Bay Area who provides telehealth services to residents of the State of California. I'm a dually licensed LMFT and LAADC and Certified Neuropsychotherapist. My approach is developmentally- and trauma-informed with an attachment focus. I am trained in evidence-based interventions including EMDR, Polyvagal Theory, EFT, CBT, psychodynamic theory, family systems, mindfulness techniques, and others. I am honored to work with adults and couples seeking to improve their well-being and increase their life satisfaction.
I'm an interactive therapist with over 20 years experience based in the SF Bay Area who provides telehealth services to residents of the State of California. I'm a dually licensed LMFT and LAADC and Certified Neuropsychotherapist. My approach is developmentally- and trauma-informed with an attachment focus. I am trained in evidence-based interventions including EMDR, Polyvagal Theory, EFT, CBT, psychodynamic theory, family systems, mindfulness techniques, and others. I am honored to work with adults and couples seeking to improve their well-being and increase their life satisfaction.
(650) 735-3965 View (650) 735-3965
Photo of Diane R Isaacs, Marriage & Family Therapist in California
Diane R Isaacs
Marriage & Family Therapist, AA, BA, MA, MFT, PhD
Verified
"If you are interested in changing and enhancing your life, then I am happy to work with your problems, even if it be a personal issue, family, marriage, handling the pressures of what is going on in our lives today. I work with professional relationships, who are attempting coping with the major" stressors of anxiety and feelings of being unsettled, and living under very different conditions than a few years ago. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we can unearth longstanding patterns; help change behavior patterns that may holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
"If you are interested in changing and enhancing your life, then I am happy to work with your problems, even if it be a personal issue, family, marriage, handling the pressures of what is going on in our lives today. I work with professional relationships, who are attempting coping with the major" stressors of anxiety and feelings of being unsettled, and living under very different conditions than a few years ago. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we can unearth longstanding patterns; help change behavior patterns that may holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
(747) 271-5025 View (747) 271-5025
Photo of Sarah Chik, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in California
Sarah Chik
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Clemente, CA 92672
Do you feel overwhelmed with the never-ending stressors that life keeps throwing at you? Are you struggling to feel happy and live authentically in your everyday life? Is it hard for you to have healthy relationships with friends and family because you feel stuck and exhausted? Are you wanting to make a career change, but have no idea where to start? That's why I'm here! It is so scary even thinking about where to start and taking the leap to reach out for help is the first step. I am here to guide you!
Do you feel overwhelmed with the never-ending stressors that life keeps throwing at you? Are you struggling to feel happy and live authentically in your everyday life? Is it hard for you to have healthy relationships with friends and family because you feel stuck and exhausted? Are you wanting to make a career change, but have no idea where to start? That's why I'm here! It is so scary even thinking about where to start and taking the leap to reach out for help is the first step. I am here to guide you!
(949) 519-4380 View (949) 519-4380
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Dr Birman
Psychologist
Verified
Whittier, CA 90601  (Online Only)
Life stressors are very high for many people these days. If you are seeking emotional support and help with processing your thoughts and feelings, feel free to reach out to me. I will focus on building a connection with you to understand the reasons for your suffering and work together to help you feel better. The majority of my 25 years of clinical experience has been in the correctional setting treating both adults and teenagers.
Life stressors are very high for many people these days. If you are seeking emotional support and help with processing your thoughts and feelings, feel free to reach out to me. I will focus on building a connection with you to understand the reasons for your suffering and work together to help you feel better. The majority of my 25 years of clinical experience has been in the correctional setting treating both adults and teenagers.
(562) 561-2357 View (562) 561-2357
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Aimée V Sanchez
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Fresno, CA 93711
Dr. Sanchez is an experienced Neuropsychologist who provides evaluation for children and adults. Her expertise is also in evaluating TBI, forensic, psychiatric, and pediatric neuropsychological evaluations. We provide comprehensive assessment services to help you achieve peace of mind, enhance brain-behavior functioning, and live a fulfilling life! We treat clients remotely via telehealth/teleneuropsychology. If you’re concerned about you or, a loved one's learning, attention or, behavior, we can help verify diagnosis to ensure you get the best results possible. Contact our office for a no-cost consult today!
Dr. Sanchez is an experienced Neuropsychologist who provides evaluation for children and adults. Her expertise is also in evaluating TBI, forensic, psychiatric, and pediatric neuropsychological evaluations. We provide comprehensive assessment services to help you achieve peace of mind, enhance brain-behavior functioning, and live a fulfilling life! We treat clients remotely via telehealth/teleneuropsychology. If you’re concerned about you or, a loved one's learning, attention or, behavior, we can help verify diagnosis to ensure you get the best results possible. Contact our office for a no-cost consult today!
(559) 234-4377 View (559) 234-4377
Photo of Dena Nelson O'Connor, Marriage & Family Therapist in California
Dena Nelson O'Connor
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, EMDR
Verified
La Mesa, CA 91942
Hello, My name is Dena and I am a Certified EMDR therapist with over 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. I am trauma informed and use an eclectic approach utilizing Person Centered, Mindfulness, Strength Based, EMDR (rapid eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) and Flash to help with processing trauma. I specialize in working with issues to include: trauma, family of origin issues, early childhood physical/sexual abuse and neglect, PTSD, anxiety, life transitions and relationship issues.
Hello, My name is Dena and I am a Certified EMDR therapist with over 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. I am trauma informed and use an eclectic approach utilizing Person Centered, Mindfulness, Strength Based, EMDR (rapid eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) and Flash to help with processing trauma. I specialize in working with issues to include: trauma, family of origin issues, early childhood physical/sexual abuse and neglect, PTSD, anxiety, life transitions and relationship issues.
(619) 514-1501 View (619) 514-1501

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How does your Therapist compare?

Average cost per session

$174

Therapists in California who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
87% Depression
77% Relationship Issues
73% Self Esteem
68% Trauma and PTSD
65% Coping Skills
64% Grief

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

63% Aetna
57% Cigna and Evernorth
55% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in California see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
19% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in California?

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.