Therapists in Beacon Falls, CT

Photo of Susan McDuffie, Marriage & Family Therapist in Beacon Falls, CT
Susan McDuffie
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Beacon Falls, CT 06403
I believe that we all have the potential for growth and have the right to live our lives to the fullest. Many of us only live at a fraction of our potential and sometimes never even get past surviving day to day. We all deserve to thrive in life, to wake up each day eager to experience what is in front of us. If you are living with anything less than that, then you owe it to yourself to utilize the resources available to you and begin your own journey of self-exploration and personal growth. My personal philosophy is that all of my clients are individuals who have the capacity to live the life that they want.
I believe that we all have the potential for growth and have the right to live our lives to the fullest. Many of us only live at a fraction of our potential and sometimes never even get past surviving day to day. We all deserve to thrive in life, to wake up each day eager to experience what is in front of us. If you are living with anything less than that, then you owe it to yourself to utilize the resources available to you and begin your own journey of self-exploration and personal growth. My personal philosophy is that all of my clients are individuals who have the capacity to live the life that they want.
(203) 424-2846 View (203) 424-2846
Photo of Janet Lanci, Licensed Professional Counselor in Beacon Falls, CT
Janet Lanci
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, MOT, LPC, BCETS
Verified Verified
Beacon Falls, CT 06403
I have worked in the Human Service field since 1983 and I became a licensed counselor in 2001. My goal is to provide an open, supportive, confidential environment so that my clients may address any issues that concern them and to help them take control of their destiny. I believe that as a therapist it is my job to help you discover your potential and the issues that are holding you back. I pride myself on having an old-fashioned, "homelike" atmosphere in my office. Life is stressful - your visit to your therapist shouldn't be.
I have worked in the Human Service field since 1983 and I became a licensed counselor in 2001. My goal is to provide an open, supportive, confidential environment so that my clients may address any issues that concern them and to help them take control of their destiny. I believe that as a therapist it is my job to help you discover your potential and the issues that are holding you back. I pride myself on having an old-fashioned, "homelike" atmosphere in my office. Life is stressful - your visit to your therapist shouldn't be.
(203) 916-6820 View (203) 916-6820
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Ellen Wright
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, RN
Verified Verified
Beacon Falls, CT 06403
As a social worker and registered nurse, I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, illness, trauma, life transitions, stress, and and more. I have experience in schools, outpatient, residential, and crisis settings over the past 8 years. I use a non-judgmental space; allowing you to share concerns, set goals, find solutions and create positive changes. I can use my animal partners in your therapy process. Substantial research has demonstrated the importance of the human-animal bond. My goal is to work with you to improve and enhance your life.
As a social worker and registered nurse, I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, illness, trauma, life transitions, stress, and and more. I have experience in schools, outpatient, residential, and crisis settings over the past 8 years. I use a non-judgmental space; allowing you to share concerns, set goals, find solutions and create positive changes. I can use my animal partners in your therapy process. Substantial research has demonstrated the importance of the human-animal bond. My goal is to work with you to improve and enhance your life.
(203) 487-5839 View (203) 487-5839
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Christi Ingram
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Beacon Falls, CT 06403  (Online Only)
Christi has experience working with various populations across many settings. However, children and adolescents have composed her caseload for the last decade. Although a majority of her career has taken place in a school environment, she also has experience counseling those suffering from chemical dependency as well as those in an outpatient mental health setting. Christi has a degree in social work with a concentration in children. She is also a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has facilitated a variety of groups, including Children of Alcoholics groups and groups within an intensive outpatient setting.
Christi has experience working with various populations across many settings. However, children and adolescents have composed her caseload for the last decade. Although a majority of her career has taken place in a school environment, she also has experience counseling those suffering from chemical dependency as well as those in an outpatient mental health setting. Christi has a degree in social work with a concentration in children. She is also a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has facilitated a variety of groups, including Children of Alcoholics groups and groups within an intensive outpatient setting.
(203) 693-8367 View (203) 693-8367
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Bernadette Hernandez
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Beacon Falls, CT 06403  (Online Only)
Bernadette Hernandez is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Connecticut with more than 7 years of experience. She works with children, adolescents, and individuals that are seeking help with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, peer relationship issues, mood disturbances, and stress management issues.
Bernadette Hernandez is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Connecticut with more than 7 years of experience. She works with children, adolescents, and individuals that are seeking help with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, peer relationship issues, mood disturbances, and stress management issues.
(203) 693-9561 View (203) 693-9561

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Photo of Malina Choi, Licensed Professional Counselor in Beacon Falls, CT
Malina Choi
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Waterbury, CT 06701  (Online Only)
Using a trauma-informed, holistic, and supportive yet challenging approach. We offer a combination of direct, but compassionate style of therapy. The pain of emotional wounding can be difficult to navigate through, but with the power of listening, and useful therapeutic tools, your journey of healing can be achieved. Depression, anxiety, trauma, and low self-esteem can impact anyone's quality of life and take a toll on their relationships. We're here to promote the importance of safety & quality self-care; as well as rebuilding intimacy and passion in your relationships through healing communication and conflict resolution skills.
Using a trauma-informed, holistic, and supportive yet challenging approach. We offer a combination of direct, but compassionate style of therapy. The pain of emotional wounding can be difficult to navigate through, but with the power of listening, and useful therapeutic tools, your journey of healing can be achieved. Depression, anxiety, trauma, and low self-esteem can impact anyone's quality of life and take a toll on their relationships. We're here to promote the importance of safety & quality self-care; as well as rebuilding intimacy and passion in your relationships through healing communication and conflict resolution skills.
(475) 262-9314 View (475) 262-9314
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Michael Egan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cheshire, CT 06410  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I specialize in helping people restore health and balance back to their lives using a strength-based and solution focused approach. It’s my belief that everyone deserves to experience the best version of themselves no matter what conditions they may find themselves in. I’m offering video counseling at this time with a specific focus on assisting men with managing their stress, improving communication with their partners & families, expressing their needs and increasing their range of coping strategies.
I specialize in helping people restore health and balance back to their lives using a strength-based and solution focused approach. It’s my belief that everyone deserves to experience the best version of themselves no matter what conditions they may find themselves in. I’m offering video counseling at this time with a specific focus on assisting men with managing their stress, improving communication with their partners & families, expressing their needs and increasing their range of coping strategies.
(959) 265-2963 View (959) 265-2963
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SMPsychotherapy & Counseling Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CSSW
Verified Verified
Waterbury, CT 06704
SMPsychotherapy is a group private practice that provides ONLINE therapy to children, adolescents, adults, family and couples in the State of CT. We specialize in helping families improve their overall mental and emotional health in a non-judgmental environment that is culturally sensitive to help you navigate the challenges that life presents. Our services are strength oriented to help you identify coping mechanisms to manage symptoms related to depression, anxiety, high levels of stress that impact your everyday life. If you are struggling especially in these difficult times with COVID-19, you are in the right place.
SMPsychotherapy is a group private practice that provides ONLINE therapy to children, adolescents, adults, family and couples in the State of CT. We specialize in helping families improve their overall mental and emotional health in a non-judgmental environment that is culturally sensitive to help you navigate the challenges that life presents. Our services are strength oriented to help you identify coping mechanisms to manage symptoms related to depression, anxiety, high levels of stress that impact your everyday life. If you are struggling especially in these difficult times with COVID-19, you are in the right place.
(475) 242-0625 View (475) 242-0625
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Nicholas Lombardi
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06515  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Starting therapy can be a rewarding, enriching experience. I would like to help you have that experience while working towards positive changes in your life. I am a licensed clinical psychologist in Connecticut with extensive experience working with individuals with emotion regulation difficulties, mood disorders, and personality disorders. I want to help you recognize your strengths, as well as changes you can make in your life to make it more positive and fulfilling. I believe that when people understand how they feel and who they are, they can build a life worth living and manage any challenges that come their way.
Starting therapy can be a rewarding, enriching experience. I would like to help you have that experience while working towards positive changes in your life. I am a licensed clinical psychologist in Connecticut with extensive experience working with individuals with emotion regulation difficulties, mood disorders, and personality disorders. I want to help you recognize your strengths, as well as changes you can make in your life to make it more positive and fulfilling. I believe that when people understand how they feel and who they are, they can build a life worth living and manage any challenges that come their way.
(203) 457-6345 View (203) 457-6345
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Tylice C Macdonald
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Ansonia, CT 06401
My approach to therapy is to understand and create a strong therapeutic relationship that will support and strengthen my clients in every aspect of their life. I have experience working with children and families with complex concerns, in different areas of their lives. These concerns include trauma, depression, ADHD/ADD, martial/parent child relationship issues, grief/loss, substance use , and mood disorders as well as self harming behaviors.
My approach to therapy is to understand and create a strong therapeutic relationship that will support and strengthen my clients in every aspect of their life. I have experience working with children and families with complex concerns, in different areas of their lives. These concerns include trauma, depression, ADHD/ADD, martial/parent child relationship issues, grief/loss, substance use , and mood disorders as well as self harming behaviors.
(475) 405-2463 View (475) 405-2463
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Jennifer Ralph
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Southbury, CT 06488
Hello, I am a Licensed Professional Therapist. I have worked with children of all ages, families, couples, adults and seniors. I have a BA and an MS from Western CT State University. I am here to help you learn, express and change in ways that you want to improve your life and well-being. I know change can be scary and hard, but I believe that you can make changes in your life with the right support, tools and encouragement. We will work together to move you forward and enjoy your future.
Hello, I am a Licensed Professional Therapist. I have worked with children of all ages, families, couples, adults and seniors. I have a BA and an MS from Western CT State University. I am here to help you learn, express and change in ways that you want to improve your life and well-being. I know change can be scary and hard, but I believe that you can make changes in your life with the right support, tools and encouragement. We will work together to move you forward and enjoy your future.
(860) 799-4080 View (860) 799-4080
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Dr. Robert Koenig Phd Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Hamden, CT 06518
I believe that change requires a willingness to understand oneself, a commitment to be mindful of therapy work (and homework) between sessions and an acceptance that you are the primary force in changing your problems.
I believe that change requires a willingness to understand oneself, a commitment to be mindful of therapy work (and homework) between sessions and an acceptance that you are the primary force in changing your problems.
(203) 692-4096 x212 View (203) 692-4096 x212
Photo of Kirsten Lesch, Marriage & Family Therapist in Beacon Falls, CT
Kirsten Lesch
Marriage & Family Therapist, MSW, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
New Haven, CT 06517
You deserve a life that feels good. We know that even good relationships can get stuck in unhealthy patterns. Do you find that when you are trying to connect with your partner you end up in a cycle of communication that's not helpful or productive? Do you retreat and silence it until next time? There is always next time… Maybe this time they will understand…we become louder in hopes they see how hurt we are. The more we aren't seen and heard the more resentful we become. The explosions become more significant and the intimacy ceases, now you are just resentful roommates.—It doesn’t have to be this way.
You deserve a life that feels good. We know that even good relationships can get stuck in unhealthy patterns. Do you find that when you are trying to connect with your partner you end up in a cycle of communication that's not helpful or productive? Do you retreat and silence it until next time? There is always next time… Maybe this time they will understand…we become louder in hopes they see how hurt we are. The more we aren't seen and heard the more resentful we become. The explosions become more significant and the intimacy ceases, now you are just resentful roommates.—It doesn’t have to be this way.
(475) 888-0184 View (475) 888-0184
Photo of Bryan Kelly, Marriage & Family Therapist in Beacon Falls, CT
Bryan Kelly
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MS
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Naugatuck, CT 06770
Whatever it is that you are struggling with, I am certain of one thing, it has been beating you up and convincing you that there is no hope. You’re tired of it, you’ve been fighting it tooth and nail and yet it still persists. You are surviving without any tools and my role to you is to give you a hammer. As someone who has ten years experience working with people who struggle with anger, anxiety, relationship issues, and who struggle with conventional therapy, I have found reliable methods to elevate people to where they want to be in life.
Whatever it is that you are struggling with, I am certain of one thing, it has been beating you up and convincing you that there is no hope. You’re tired of it, you’ve been fighting it tooth and nail and yet it still persists. You are surviving without any tools and my role to you is to give you a hammer. As someone who has ten years experience working with people who struggle with anger, anxiety, relationship issues, and who struggle with conventional therapy, I have found reliable methods to elevate people to where they want to be in life.
(203) 872-9355 View (203) 872-9355
Photo of Jordan Buell Hunt, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Beacon Falls, CT
Jordan Buell Hunt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hamden, CT 06514
We are often faced with circumstances which prevent us from experiencing the feelings of joy, peace, and hope which we long for. Managing day-to-day obligations and expectations can make us to feel out of balance and cause us to experience negative emotions. Meeting with a therapist who has a kind, thoughtful and objective eye can often assist in reclaiming the sense of balance, wholeness and positivity we've lost. If this sounds familiar, I would be happy to meet and discover if my training and 25+ years of experience can assist in restoring a sense wellness and satisfaction in your life and your relationships.
We are often faced with circumstances which prevent us from experiencing the feelings of joy, peace, and hope which we long for. Managing day-to-day obligations and expectations can make us to feel out of balance and cause us to experience negative emotions. Meeting with a therapist who has a kind, thoughtful and objective eye can often assist in reclaiming the sense of balance, wholeness and positivity we've lost. If this sounds familiar, I would be happy to meet and discover if my training and 25+ years of experience can assist in restoring a sense wellness and satisfaction in your life and your relationships.
(203) 408-1851 View (203) 408-1851
Photo of Felechia M Lewis, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Beacon Falls, CT
Felechia M Lewis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waterbury, CT 06701
I understand it takes a tremendous amount of courage to enter therapy. Let me be the support for you to be the best you, you can be. My goal in working with you is to provide you with a safe space where you can explore your emotional strengths and vulnerabilities. My style of therapy is client centered. I believe that therapy is a collaborative process and that everyone needs to be treated with dignity, compassion, and respect.
I understand it takes a tremendous amount of courage to enter therapy. Let me be the support for you to be the best you, you can be. My goal in working with you is to provide you with a safe space where you can explore your emotional strengths and vulnerabilities. My style of therapy is client centered. I believe that therapy is a collaborative process and that everyone needs to be treated with dignity, compassion, and respect.
(860) 362-2833 View (860) 362-2833
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Jessica Byers
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Cheshire, CT 06410
Not accepting new clients
You don't want to be in therapy forever, but something has to change. Maybe you want to get back to feeling like your old self, or you want people to see who you really are? Maybe you need to decide whether to stay or leave a relationship? When everything you're doing has led to the same results, when you feel like you’re communicating how you feel and asking for what you need but the situation does not seem to get better, it can feel frustrating and overwhelming. I can help you find ways to take control so that you can feel better, and improve your relationships with other people.
You don't want to be in therapy forever, but something has to change. Maybe you want to get back to feeling like your old self, or you want people to see who you really are? Maybe you need to decide whether to stay or leave a relationship? When everything you're doing has led to the same results, when you feel like you’re communicating how you feel and asking for what you need but the situation does not seem to get better, it can feel frustrating and overwhelming. I can help you find ways to take control so that you can feel better, and improve your relationships with other people.
(203) 806-9369 View (203) 806-9369
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Stephanie Simard
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410
Waitlist for new clients
Hello there! You’re here for a reason, and I’m glad that you are. Maybe you aren’t completely sure what that reason is. Maybe you’ve noticed that you’re more easily annoyed by those around you, or that the anxious or irritable parts of you have become more difficult to settle. Or perhaps your reason is more definable for you: maybe you’re considering making the brave move toward sobriety, or you’re ready to turn the page on some other chapter of your life. It can seem lately that we are living in a time full of uncertainty and constant change — changes in the world around us, our communities, our household and relationships.
Hello there! You’re here for a reason, and I’m glad that you are. Maybe you aren’t completely sure what that reason is. Maybe you’ve noticed that you’re more easily annoyed by those around you, or that the anxious or irritable parts of you have become more difficult to settle. Or perhaps your reason is more definable for you: maybe you’re considering making the brave move toward sobriety, or you’re ready to turn the page on some other chapter of your life. It can seem lately that we are living in a time full of uncertainty and constant change — changes in the world around us, our communities, our household and relationships.
(860) 499-3700 View (860) 499-3700
Photo of Jessica Lin, Professional Counselor Associate in Beacon Falls, CT
Jessica Lin
Professional Counselor Associate, Jessica, LPCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cheshire, CT 06410
Hello, I'm Jessica Lin, a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. I am passionate about working with individuals of all ages and backgrounds, helping them to find their own “best fit” when it comes to issues of self-care, struggles with mental health, and redefining themselves as they go through different stages of life. As a first-generation Asian-American, my mission is providing culturally competent care and helping diverse individuals to find their most sincere and genuine selves, and to put themselves as the main character of their own stories.
Hello, I'm Jessica Lin, a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. I am passionate about working with individuals of all ages and backgrounds, helping them to find their own “best fit” when it comes to issues of self-care, struggles with mental health, and redefining themselves as they go through different stages of life. As a first-generation Asian-American, my mission is providing culturally competent care and helping diverse individuals to find their most sincere and genuine selves, and to put themselves as the main character of their own stories.
(860) 854-1710 View (860) 854-1710
Photo of Debra Borzellino, Marriage & Family Therapist in Beacon Falls, CT
Debra Borzellino
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, AAMFTAS
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor with over 26 years of clinical experience. My mission is to assist individuals, couples, and families heal and grow. Using a strength- based, relational approach and tapping into the resilience already present, offers a unique experience for you, your marriage and/or family. Working in collaboration, we will identify areas you would like to be different and create a plan get there- compassionately. I provide comprehensive treatment in parenting and couples and family conflict.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor with over 26 years of clinical experience. My mission is to assist individuals, couples, and families heal and grow. Using a strength- based, relational approach and tapping into the resilience already present, offers a unique experience for you, your marriage and/or family. Working in collaboration, we will identify areas you would like to be different and create a plan get there- compassionately. I provide comprehensive treatment in parenting and couples and family conflict.
(203) 806-9303 View (203) 806-9303

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Number of Therapists in Beacon Falls, CT

< 10

Therapists in Beacon Falls, CT who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
80% Sexual Abuse
60% Relationship Issues
60% Child
60% ADHD
60% Grief
60% Parenting

Average years in practice

19 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Beacon Falls, CT see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Beacon Falls?

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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.