Therapists in Southbury, CT

Photo of undefined - Hop Brook Counseling Center, LLC, MS, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Hop Brook Counseling Center, LLC
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Southbury, CT 06488
Taking the first step towards improving your mental health can be challenging, but finding the right provider doesn't need to be. At Hop Brook Counseling Center our providers are passionate about empowering you to learn strategies for growth and healing. Our team of fully licensed mental health professionals has a wide array of specialties and backgrounds, and we always work to match you with the therapist most equipped to support your personal goals. Hop Brook provides a supportive, safe, non judgmental environment with both in person and telehealth options for counseling and medication visits.
Taking the first step towards improving your mental health can be challenging, but finding the right provider doesn't need to be. At Hop Brook Counseling Center our providers are passionate about empowering you to learn strategies for growth and healing. Our team of fully licensed mental health professionals has a wide array of specialties and backgrounds, and we always work to match you with the therapist most equipped to support your personal goals. Hop Brook provides a supportive, safe, non judgmental environment with both in person and telehealth options for counseling and medication visits.
(203) 601-7798 View (203) 601-7798
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Western Connecticut Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Southbury, CT 06488
Accepting New Clients! I am a Master's Level Social Worker at Western Connecticut Counseling. I also have worked at Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital for the past 3 years. This experience has provided me with the clinical training to work with adults of all ages, in different stages of their lives and all gender, sexual orientation, identity, race, religion, and socioeconomic status. I can help you navigate life transitions, relationship struggles, childhood trauma, anxiety, depression, and any other challenge you are facing.
Accepting New Clients! I am a Master's Level Social Worker at Western Connecticut Counseling. I also have worked at Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital for the past 3 years. This experience has provided me with the clinical training to work with adults of all ages, in different stages of their lives and all gender, sexual orientation, identity, race, religion, and socioeconomic status. I can help you navigate life transitions, relationship struggles, childhood trauma, anxiety, depression, and any other challenge you are facing.
(475) 251-4060 View (475) 251-4060
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Western Connecticut Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Southbury, CT 06488  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients! Julie’s goal as a therapist at Western Connecticut Counseling is to provide a safe and supportive environment to promote healing and personal growth following a painful loss. Her expertise focuses on life adjustments and stressors, grief and loss experiences, and the emotional consequences of anxiety and depression. Julie has has experience working for Hospice for over eleven years providing bereavement and grief therapy to both individuals and in a group setting. For the past 3 years, she has provided individual and couples counseling, building strong therapeutic relationships based on compassion and empathy.
Accepting New Clients! Julie’s goal as a therapist at Western Connecticut Counseling is to provide a safe and supportive environment to promote healing and personal growth following a painful loss. Her expertise focuses on life adjustments and stressors, grief and loss experiences, and the emotional consequences of anxiety and depression. Julie has has experience working for Hospice for over eleven years providing bereavement and grief therapy to both individuals and in a group setting. For the past 3 years, she has provided individual and couples counseling, building strong therapeutic relationships based on compassion and empathy.
(475) 348-7051 View (475) 348-7051
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Andrew Fabian
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Southbury, CT 06488
My approach to therapy is holistic and integrative. I use both evidence-based therapies (e.g., CBT & DBT) and alternative practices to effect change. Sessions are collaborative in nature and tailored to your needs. Initial treatment will focus on addressing your immediate concerns. Later stages of treatment often include a deeper healing focus to improve the likelihood of sustained positive change.
My approach to therapy is holistic and integrative. I use both evidence-based therapies (e.g., CBT & DBT) and alternative practices to effect change. Sessions are collaborative in nature and tailored to your needs. Initial treatment will focus on addressing your immediate concerns. Later stages of treatment often include a deeper healing focus to improve the likelihood of sustained positive change.
(203) 408-6836 View (203) 408-6836
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Nicole Osborne
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Southbury, CT 06488
I believe in building strong relationships with my clients to empower them in navigating life's challenges and help them to build confidence, optimism and hope for the future. Together, we'll identify your needs and craft an action plan tailored just for you. Every behavior has meaning, and by raising awareness, we can unlock opportunities for growth and learning. I deeply care about my clients and understand that progress takes time. I'll support you at your own pace, guiding you through a collaborative journey towards a better quality of life.
I believe in building strong relationships with my clients to empower them in navigating life's challenges and help them to build confidence, optimism and hope for the future. Together, we'll identify your needs and craft an action plan tailored just for you. Every behavior has meaning, and by raising awareness, we can unlock opportunities for growth and learning. I deeply care about my clients and understand that progress takes time. I'll support you at your own pace, guiding you through a collaborative journey towards a better quality of life.
(860) 453-9749 View (860) 453-9749
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Deborah Siegel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BCD
Verified Verified
Southbury, CT 06488
You have taken the first step to explore accepting therapy and you should feel proud that you have decided to get help. This has been a very challenging time for us all. The issues which were troubling you: stress in your relationships with family and friends or life changes/separation, divorce, retirement, illness or loss may have intensified during the pandemic. The stressful time we are living through may also contribute to your suffering. Please consider working with me to feel better. I offer daytime, evening and week-end hours in person in the office and telehealth.
You have taken the first step to explore accepting therapy and you should feel proud that you have decided to get help. This has been a very challenging time for us all. The issues which were troubling you: stress in your relationships with family and friends or life changes/separation, divorce, retirement, illness or loss may have intensified during the pandemic. The stressful time we are living through may also contribute to your suffering. Please consider working with me to feel better. I offer daytime, evening and week-end hours in person in the office and telehealth.
(203) 742-1633 View (203) 742-1633
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Christina Silvia
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Southbury, CT 06488
As a provider with 10 years of experience, I appreciate the importance of establishing a solid therapeutic relationship. My goal is to provide a space where a client feels safe, secure, and supported. Within my practice, I focus on empowering the client while they focus on improving their quality of life. Seeking therapeutic support is the first step in their journey to make change. I thrive on providing said support through engagement, skill development, and behavior modification.
As a provider with 10 years of experience, I appreciate the importance of establishing a solid therapeutic relationship. My goal is to provide a space where a client feels safe, secure, and supported. Within my practice, I focus on empowering the client while they focus on improving their quality of life. Seeking therapeutic support is the first step in their journey to make change. I thrive on providing said support through engagement, skill development, and behavior modification.
(203) 424-2975 View (203) 424-2975
Photo of undefined - Insights Wellness Center LLC, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Insights Wellness Center LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Southbury, CT 06488
Waitlist for new clients
Relieving symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other concerns is a primary focus of treatment. I strive to educate clients on these symptoms and work with them to minimize their effect on their lives, relationships and ability to reach goals. I'm able to evaluate a client's relationship with drugs and alcohol and uncover if their use of substances contributes to stress in their life and relationships. I find that an individualized plan is ideal and this may involve individual, group, family/couples care or a combination of options. I have 20+ years in practice and can offer that experience to you and your family.
Relieving symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other concerns is a primary focus of treatment. I strive to educate clients on these symptoms and work with them to minimize their effect on their lives, relationships and ability to reach goals. I'm able to evaluate a client's relationship with drugs and alcohol and uncover if their use of substances contributes to stress in their life and relationships. I find that an individualized plan is ideal and this may involve individual, group, family/couples care or a combination of options. I have 20+ years in practice and can offer that experience to you and your family.
(203) 745-2326 View (203) 745-2326
Photo of Kimberly Francis, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Kimberly Francis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Southbury, CT 06488
Waitlist for new clients
Our work together will be a combination of CBT, Psychodynamic Theory and Attachment Theory. Our sessions will be a balance of self-reflection, insight and support while also learning strategies to help cope with the distressing emotions, thoughts or memories you are experiencing. I offer psychoeducation surrounding the science behind why we think, feel and act the way we do, and how we can use this information as part of the treatment process together.
Our work together will be a combination of CBT, Psychodynamic Theory and Attachment Theory. Our sessions will be a balance of self-reflection, insight and support while also learning strategies to help cope with the distressing emotions, thoughts or memories you are experiencing. I offer psychoeducation surrounding the science behind why we think, feel and act the way we do, and how we can use this information as part of the treatment process together.
(860) 398-5317 View (860) 398-5317
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Joselyn Henry-Holzthum
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Southbury, CT 06488  (Online Only)
Would you like to free yourself the same old cycle that is holding you back? Are you tired of anxiety, depression, trauma, executive dysfunction or stress controlling your life? Would you like to uncover the great strength you have to break free from that cycle & take control of your life? Congratulations! You have taken the first step by seeking support to achieve that goal. Taking that first step to finding a therapist can be intimidating, let's take a deep breath together & explore how I can help.
Would you like to free yourself the same old cycle that is holding you back? Are you tired of anxiety, depression, trauma, executive dysfunction or stress controlling your life? Would you like to uncover the great strength you have to break free from that cycle & take control of your life? Congratulations! You have taken the first step by seeking support to achieve that goal. Taking that first step to finding a therapist can be intimidating, let's take a deep breath together & explore how I can help.
(475) 265-5769 View (475) 265-5769
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May You Find Peace LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southbury, CT 06488
If you or your child are experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, chronic illness, self -esteem concerns, trauma, or are going through a big life or career change, you should know that there is hope for a better tomorrow. You might feel hesitant to seek out help and support for what you are experiencing, but when you do, know that you are taking a courageous first step towards getting to a better place and creating a more peaceful life. You might have been feeling symptoms for such a length of time, that you are unsure if things can get better. They can. You deserve to live the life you imagine for yourself or your child.
If you or your child are experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, chronic illness, self -esteem concerns, trauma, or are going through a big life or career change, you should know that there is hope for a better tomorrow. You might feel hesitant to seek out help and support for what you are experiencing, but when you do, know that you are taking a courageous first step towards getting to a better place and creating a more peaceful life. You might have been feeling symptoms for such a length of time, that you are unsure if things can get better. They can. You deserve to live the life you imagine for yourself or your child.
(860) 631-4411 View (860) 631-4411
Photo of Diane E Smith, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Diane E Smith
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Southbury, CT 06488
I work with couples, groups and individuals. My experience with interpersonal relationship difficulties is substantial along with depression, anxiety, anger management, parenting issues, traumas and eating disorders.
I work with couples, groups and individuals. My experience with interpersonal relationship difficulties is substantial along with depression, anxiety, anger management, parenting issues, traumas and eating disorders.
(203) 528-0984 View (203) 528-0984
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Krista Maturo
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LADC
Verified Verified
Southbury, CT 06488
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor with experience providing mental health and substance abuse services to adolescents and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings and through individual, couples, and group therapy. I also have experience working with adults involved with the Criminal Justice System, DCF, Probation and Parole. I utilize a variety of therapeutic techniques from psychodynamic with an eclectic approach to cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor with experience providing mental health and substance abuse services to adolescents and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings and through individual, couples, and group therapy. I also have experience working with adults involved with the Criminal Justice System, DCF, Probation and Parole. I utilize a variety of therapeutic techniques from psychodynamic with an eclectic approach to cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing.
(203) 779-6180 View (203) 779-6180
Photo of Lisa Krauss, MA, LPC, NCC, CMC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Lisa Krauss
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC, CMC
Verified Verified
Southbury, CT 06488
Specializing in Life Interruptions: A life interruption is an event, diagnosis, or interaction that creates an unexpected change in your life. When you need help processing and working through a life interruption, I am there for you. My particular skillset is working with aging persons and their families to work through care challenges. I can work with anyone in a family who is struggling with life interruptions due to aging, chronic illness, physical disability, cognitive decline, mental health concerns, aging alone, caring for another, as well as aging parents of adult children with special needs.
Specializing in Life Interruptions: A life interruption is an event, diagnosis, or interaction that creates an unexpected change in your life. When you need help processing and working through a life interruption, I am there for you. My particular skillset is working with aging persons and their families to work through care challenges. I can work with anyone in a family who is struggling with life interruptions due to aging, chronic illness, physical disability, cognitive decline, mental health concerns, aging alone, caring for another, as well as aging parents of adult children with special needs.
(203) 409-8903 View (203) 409-8903
Photo of Jeanne Rice, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Jeanne Rice
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Southbury, CT 06488
Are you experiencing distressing symptoms that are making it hard to get through the day? I want to assist you in creating peace in your life. I would love to assist you in achieving your goals, and exploring skills that can help you cope with symptoms that may be effecting your daily life. It's possible to feel relief from these symptoms- including worry, anxiety, depression, grief, and ADHD, and I am here to help. I specialize in treating individuals experiencing extreme stress, mood disorders, BPD, chronic illness and chronic pain, and a variety of conditions and situations that can be difficult to manage.
Are you experiencing distressing symptoms that are making it hard to get through the day? I want to assist you in creating peace in your life. I would love to assist you in achieving your goals, and exploring skills that can help you cope with symptoms that may be effecting your daily life. It's possible to feel relief from these symptoms- including worry, anxiety, depression, grief, and ADHD, and I am here to help. I specialize in treating individuals experiencing extreme stress, mood disorders, BPD, chronic illness and chronic pain, and a variety of conditions and situations that can be difficult to manage.
(203) 654-3532 View (203) 654-3532
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Rae Reardon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Southbury, CT 06488
My approach to counseling is to create a safe space for people to discuss their challenges and move toward a brighter future. I practice from the perspective of recognizing each person’s individual strengths and unique gifts as I assist them with processing feelings and recognizing thought patterns which may be hindering their ability to live their best life.
My approach to counseling is to create a safe space for people to discuss their challenges and move toward a brighter future. I practice from the perspective of recognizing each person’s individual strengths and unique gifts as I assist them with processing feelings and recognizing thought patterns which may be hindering their ability to live their best life.
(203) 884-0585 View (203) 884-0585
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Rosemary Nordone Holt
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Southbury, CT 06488  (Online Only)
When we feel safe enough to be seen and understood without judgement, change can happen. I provide a warm, thoughtful and nonjudgmental presence to help you clarify what you want from life and begin making changes to get there. Many people I work with address issues such as stress and anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, and recovering from trauma.
When we feel safe enough to be seen and understood without judgement, change can happen. I provide a warm, thoughtful and nonjudgmental presence to help you clarify what you want from life and begin making changes to get there. Many people I work with address issues such as stress and anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, and recovering from trauma.
(203) 428-4067 View (203) 428-4067
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Joanne Beck
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LMHC
Verified Verified
Southbury, CT 06488  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with not feeling grounded in life and unsure which direction to take? Do you often feel depressed or anxious and need insight as to how to manage these symptoms? Have you suffered a traumatic event in life and are finding it difficult to overcome trauma memories or residual stress that has resulted from this trauma? I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor and have worked in the mental health field for over 16 years. I have extensive experience working with adults, adolescents, and children who suffer from a wide array of mental health issues, such as PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, and other psychosocial issues.
Are you struggling with not feeling grounded in life and unsure which direction to take? Do you often feel depressed or anxious and need insight as to how to manage these symptoms? Have you suffered a traumatic event in life and are finding it difficult to overcome trauma memories or residual stress that has resulted from this trauma? I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor and have worked in the mental health field for over 16 years. I have extensive experience working with adults, adolescents, and children who suffer from a wide array of mental health issues, such as PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, and other psychosocial issues.
(475) 472-9771 View (475) 472-9771
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Dr. Sharon Goldblum, LLC Ph.D
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PhD
Verified Verified
Southbury, CT 06488
My eclectic form of Psychotherapy focuses on unresolved issues. to allow you to create an enriched life. I specialize in helping my clients work with their core shame and resulting issues such problems at work and relationships I am trained in EMDR which is recommended for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as well being trained to do inner child work. All these issues have unfortunately has probably given you a general feeling of anxiety, depression, and loss of zest in living. My own history has helped me discover the most effective techniques as well as compassion for your current struggle.
My eclectic form of Psychotherapy focuses on unresolved issues. to allow you to create an enriched life. I specialize in helping my clients work with their core shame and resulting issues such problems at work and relationships I am trained in EMDR which is recommended for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as well being trained to do inner child work. All these issues have unfortunately has probably given you a general feeling of anxiety, depression, and loss of zest in living. My own history has helped me discover the most effective techniques as well as compassion for your current struggle.
(631) 619-7819 View (631) 619-7819
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Dr. Lenore Millian
Psychologist, PhD, LCSW, Author
Verified Verified
Southbury, CT 06488  (Online Only)
For over 28 years, I’ve had the privilege of helping individuals and couples get back to the reasons they became a couple in the first place: someone to love; someone who makes you feel special. I will help you learn skills so that you can once again feel the trust, the connection and the rekindled passion that was once part of your relationship. I use the acronym “LOVERS” from my book, "The Second Wives Club," as the foundation to restore and nurture your relationship. LOVERS stands for Loyalty, Openness, Validity of trust, Empathy, Respect, and Stability of commitment. It works every time!
For over 28 years, I’ve had the privilege of helping individuals and couples get back to the reasons they became a couple in the first place: someone to love; someone who makes you feel special. I will help you learn skills so that you can once again feel the trust, the connection and the rekindled passion that was once part of your relationship. I use the acronym “LOVERS” from my book, "The Second Wives Club," as the foundation to restore and nurture your relationship. LOVERS stands for Loyalty, Openness, Validity of trust, Empathy, Respect, and Stability of commitment. It works every time!
(201) 582-2261 View (201) 582-2261

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Southbury, CT

100+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Southbury, CT who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
92% Depression
81% Relationship Issues
80% Self Esteem
79% Coping Skills
75% Trauma and PTSD
74% Stress

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% Aetna
82% Husky | CT BHP
77% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Southbury, CT see their clients

86% In Person and Online
14% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Southbury?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.