Therapists in Escambia County, FL

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Photo of Samuel D Mcgee, Pre-Licensed Professional in Escambia County, FL
Samuel D Mcgee
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pensacola, FL 32503
Are you looking for a counselor who is caring and has over 10 years in the mental health field? I know it is hard to find the right fit sometimes and it is very important that you connect with your clinician. I find it very important to understand my client as much as possible in our first session so I know exactly how to help them on their therapeutic journey. I help my clients by being compassionate, a good listener and giving them psychological techniques that rewire the brain in order for them to have healthier lives.
Are you looking for a counselor who is caring and has over 10 years in the mental health field? I know it is hard to find the right fit sometimes and it is very important that you connect with your clinician. I find it very important to understand my client as much as possible in our first session so I know exactly how to help them on their therapeutic journey. I help my clients by being compassionate, a good listener and giving them psychological techniques that rewire the brain in order for them to have healthier lives.
(850) 848-4021 View (850) 848-4021
Photo of Jacob R Price, Counselor in Escambia County, FL
Jacob R Price
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Pensacola, FL 32503  (Online Only)
To live a rich and meaningful life means to experience a wide variety of emotions, some of which are more desirable than others. Sometimes our life experiences can be so overwhelming that we find ourselves struggling just to get through the day. For some of us, mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, PTSD or substance abuse problems can make life difficult or even unmanageable. It is my belief that therapy is a place where people experiencing mental distress can process emotions, learn coping skills and work toward goals in a safe, non-judgmental and supportive environment.
To live a rich and meaningful life means to experience a wide variety of emotions, some of which are more desirable than others. Sometimes our life experiences can be so overwhelming that we find ourselves struggling just to get through the day. For some of us, mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, PTSD or substance abuse problems can make life difficult or even unmanageable. It is my belief that therapy is a place where people experiencing mental distress can process emotions, learn coping skills and work toward goals in a safe, non-judgmental and supportive environment.
(850) 378-4069 View (850) 378-4069
Photo of Marchella Carter, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Escambia County, FL
Marchella Carter
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Cantonment, FL 32533  (Online Only)
Hi my name is Marchella Carter a licensed mental health counselor in Florida with over 10 yrs of experience in the behavioral health field. I have experience treating co-occuring disorders, mood disorders, anger, anxiety, panic, adjustment disorder, unresolved family issues and trauma. Serving Florida counties outside of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton.
Hi my name is Marchella Carter a licensed mental health counselor in Florida with over 10 yrs of experience in the behavioral health field. I have experience treating co-occuring disorders, mood disorders, anger, anxiety, panic, adjustment disorder, unresolved family issues and trauma. Serving Florida counties outside of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton.
(850) 757-9171 View (850) 757-9171
Photo of Tree of Life Counseling, LLC in Escambia County, FL
Tree of Life Counseling, LLC
Verified
Pensacola, FL 32504
Tree of Life Counseling is a professional and collaborative counseling service that is passionate about facilitating growth in people and helping them experience the fullness of life. We want each person to experience the highest quality of affordable counseling, support services and resources. We utilize evidence-based psychotherapy approaches and sound psychological theory that promotes emotional health, improves quality of life, supports healthy goals & growth, and reconcile relationships. We offer services to all people regardless of age, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, national origin, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, or socioeconomic status. We respect the dignity and worth of all people, and your rights to privacy. Although our therapists have a Christian Foundation and Faith is the cornerstone of who we are, we highly respect your own beliefs. We will work with you from your own perspective because no client needs to hold to our beliefs to receive the best professional service we can provide.
Tree of Life Counseling is a professional and collaborative counseling service that is passionate about facilitating growth in people and helping them experience the fullness of life. We want each person to experience the highest quality of affordable counseling, support services and resources. We utilize evidence-based psychotherapy approaches and sound psychological theory that promotes emotional health, improves quality of life, supports healthy goals & growth, and reconcile relationships. We offer services to all people regardless of age, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, national origin, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, or socioeconomic status. We respect the dignity and worth of all people, and your rights to privacy. Although our therapists have a Christian Foundation and Faith is the cornerstone of who we are, we highly respect your own beliefs. We will work with you from your own perspective because no client needs to hold to our beliefs to receive the best professional service we can provide.
(850) 605-2318 View (850) 605-2318
Photo of Simply Unwind, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Escambia County, FL
Simply Unwind
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, RYT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pensacola, FL 32502  (Online Only)
Holistic trauma informed care offered for the individual. Patients receive treatment tailored to their specific needs and goals. At Simply Unwind you will receive a variety of therapeutic options, including Remote EMDR. We believe that you have the power to heal. We are here to help you reconnect with hope and empower you to make the changes you desire.
Holistic trauma informed care offered for the individual. Patients receive treatment tailored to their specific needs and goals. At Simply Unwind you will receive a variety of therapeutic options, including Remote EMDR. We believe that you have the power to heal. We are here to help you reconnect with hope and empower you to make the changes you desire.
(850) 760-0252 View (850) 760-0252
Photo of Jennifer Miller, Counselor in Escambia County, FL
Jennifer Miller
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Pensacola, FL 32514  (Online Only)
I enjoy working with individuals who identify within the LGBTQ+, poly, and kink communities, each with their unique perspectives, strengths, and needs. I identify with that spectrum of communities, as well, and am familiar with many of the internal and societal challenges that come along with it.
I enjoy working with individuals who identify within the LGBTQ+, poly, and kink communities, each with their unique perspectives, strengths, and needs. I identify with that spectrum of communities, as well, and am familiar with many of the internal and societal challenges that come along with it.
(850) 723-8756 View (850) 723-8756
Photo of Teri T Perkins, LCSW, LLC, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Escambia County, FL
Teri T Perkins, LCSW, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, Teri, Perkins, LCSW, CAP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pensacola, FL 32503
Life can become very challenging at any given point and time in our lives. Depression, anxiety, anger/irritability, mood/behavioral changes, abuse of substances and exposure to trauma create fallacies that life will remain unmanageable for children and adults. In my 10+ years of experience, I recognize the strength in talking to someone about your challenges in order to begin the healing process. Are you struggling to manage your child's behavior? Are you struggling to manage your own emotions as an adult? Together we can identify solutions for overcoming trauma, hurts and disappointments which prevents us from moving forward.
Life can become very challenging at any given point and time in our lives. Depression, anxiety, anger/irritability, mood/behavioral changes, abuse of substances and exposure to trauma create fallacies that life will remain unmanageable for children and adults. In my 10+ years of experience, I recognize the strength in talking to someone about your challenges in order to begin the healing process. Are you struggling to manage your child's behavior? Are you struggling to manage your own emotions as an adult? Together we can identify solutions for overcoming trauma, hurts and disappointments which prevents us from moving forward.
(850) 360-3920 View (850) 360-3920
Photo of Kerri Anne Riggs, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Escambia County, FL
Kerri Anne Riggs
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Pensacola, FL 32504
Not accepting new clients
My heart is to serve those struggling with depression and anxiety. Having a desire to address these issues head on takes a lot of courage; researching a therapist already speaks volumes of your resolve. My goal is to highlight strengths already present and work with clients to access these more readily. If your goal is to live a more fully engaging life-despite it's challenges and curveballs- I'm the therapist for you.
My heart is to serve those struggling with depression and anxiety. Having a desire to address these issues head on takes a lot of courage; researching a therapist already speaks volumes of your resolve. My goal is to highlight strengths already present and work with clients to access these more readily. If your goal is to live a more fully engaging life-despite it's challenges and curveballs- I'm the therapist for you.
(850) 493-6761 View (850) 493-6761
Photo of Andrea Russo, Licensed Professional Counselor in Escambia County, FL
Andrea Russo
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pensacola, FL 32504  (Online Only)
From those who are struggling with transitioning into adulthood, to those managing the stressors of a "quarter-life crisis,” working with young adults is my specialty. One of the most important skills my clients leave with is the ability to see themselves with more loving kindness and acceptance. My clients gain the knowledge of how to adapt to change, as well as communicate their needs and feelings effectively. I'm here to offer a space that is free from judgment, and a space where you can truly feel accepted.
From those who are struggling with transitioning into adulthood, to those managing the stressors of a "quarter-life crisis,” working with young adults is my specialty. One of the most important skills my clients leave with is the ability to see themselves with more loving kindness and acceptance. My clients gain the knowledge of how to adapt to change, as well as communicate their needs and feelings effectively. I'm here to offer a space that is free from judgment, and a space where you can truly feel accepted.
(678) 270-2972 View (678) 270-2972
Photo of Sarah Zhukov, Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern in Escambia County, FL
Sarah Zhukov
Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern, RCSWI
Verified
5 Endorsed
Pensacola, FL 32501  (Online Only)
As a TBRI Practitioner and Social Worker, I have a background in working with a variety of diagnoses and in a variety of environments. Some of these diagnoses include ODD, PTSD, ADHD, Depression, and Anxiety. My current practice focuses on helping adolescents and adults make sense of their past, successfully navigate their present and find hope for their future. I believe your presence is evidence of immeasurable strength. I want you to become the best version of yourself! Over time, you will find I see myself as a member of your team to help you achieve each of your goals.
As a TBRI Practitioner and Social Worker, I have a background in working with a variety of diagnoses and in a variety of environments. Some of these diagnoses include ODD, PTSD, ADHD, Depression, and Anxiety. My current practice focuses on helping adolescents and adults make sense of their past, successfully navigate their present and find hope for their future. I believe your presence is evidence of immeasurable strength. I want you to become the best version of yourself! Over time, you will find I see myself as a member of your team to help you achieve each of your goals.
(850) 789-3693 View (850) 789-3693
Photo of Kristen L Hartford, Counselor in Escambia County, FL
Kristen L Hartford
Counselor, LMHC, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pensacola, FL 32501
Helping you find new directions for your life. If you find yourself stuck in a spiral process of repeated behaviors or ways of thinking that ultimately lead you away from the successful life you want to choose, then perhaps it is time to reach out and consult with a professional that can help you learn strategies to become the best version of yourself.
Helping you find new directions for your life. If you find yourself stuck in a spiral process of repeated behaviors or ways of thinking that ultimately lead you away from the successful life you want to choose, then perhaps it is time to reach out and consult with a professional that can help you learn strategies to become the best version of yourself.
(850) 808-7540 View (850) 808-7540
Photo of Brandy Rae Queijsen, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Escambia County, FL
Brandy Rae Queijsen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Pensacola, FL 32504  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Brandy, and I want to thank you for taking the time to invest in you. For making you and/or your family health a priority. You may or may not know exactly what you're looking for, but you're on the right track. Something innate led you to this spot in life, and I'd love for you to go with it. Following your unique path sometimes means sharing the burden and asking for a little help. I'm already proud of you for taking this first step. Whatever your needs are, I'm confident I can help. Let's see.
Hi, I'm Brandy, and I want to thank you for taking the time to invest in you. For making you and/or your family health a priority. You may or may not know exactly what you're looking for, but you're on the right track. Something innate led you to this spot in life, and I'd love for you to go with it. Following your unique path sometimes means sharing the burden and asking for a little help. I'm already proud of you for taking this first step. Whatever your needs are, I'm confident I can help. Let's see.
(850) 616-2211 View (850) 616-2211
Photo of Pamela Downey, Counselor in Escambia County, FL
Pamela Downey
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified
5 Endorsed
Pensacola, FL 32502
Some people have waited a long time and have dealt with something difficult, even becoming accustomed to discomfort or a painful experience before seeking help. Others may desire increased satisfaction in life and are seeking understanding and a greater sense of wellbeing. Whether you have a clear need in seeking counseling, such as a crisis, traumatic experience, or significant life change or a more subtle sense of wanting greater fulfillment and life satisfaction, the counseling process can be helpful in personal understanding, healing and change, creating the potential for improving how we relate to life, ourselves and others.
Some people have waited a long time and have dealt with something difficult, even becoming accustomed to discomfort or a painful experience before seeking help. Others may desire increased satisfaction in life and are seeking understanding and a greater sense of wellbeing. Whether you have a clear need in seeking counseling, such as a crisis, traumatic experience, or significant life change or a more subtle sense of wanting greater fulfillment and life satisfaction, the counseling process can be helpful in personal understanding, healing and change, creating the potential for improving how we relate to life, ourselves and others.
(850) 417-7643 View (850) 417-7643
Photo of Laynie Gibson, Counselor in Escambia County, FL
Laynie Gibson
Counselor, LMHC, CGP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Pensacola, FL 32501
I believe therapy is about active collaboration and discovery. Together we will explore how your current patterns either support your happiness or contribute to your struggle. Areas of distress are commonly patterns that repeat over and over----in how we cope, our self-esteem, and our relationships. Common psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression can often be linked back to the way we relate to the world, ourselves, and others. You're the expert on you. Once we've identified the underlying patterns, we can work together to develop a new way of interacting with the world around you and the people in it.
I believe therapy is about active collaboration and discovery. Together we will explore how your current patterns either support your happiness or contribute to your struggle. Areas of distress are commonly patterns that repeat over and over----in how we cope, our self-esteem, and our relationships. Common psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression can often be linked back to the way we relate to the world, ourselves, and others. You're the expert on you. Once we've identified the underlying patterns, we can work together to develop a new way of interacting with the world around you and the people in it.
(850) 290-0752 View (850) 290-0752
Photo of Nicole Cumpton, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Escambia County, FL
Nicole Cumpton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pensacola, FL 32504  (Online Only)
It takes courage to acknowledge that we may need support, to confront the patterns that may be holding us back, and to embark on a journey of self-exploration. Whether you are looking to heal from unresolved trauma or seeking space to re-prioritize your life and goals, I will meet you where you are and help guide you to where you desire to be. I am passionate about partnering with and empowering clients to gain insight, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and foster personal growth. I offer a compassionate environment for individuals seeking to reclaim their lives, build resilience, and achieve overall well-being.
It takes courage to acknowledge that we may need support, to confront the patterns that may be holding us back, and to embark on a journey of self-exploration. Whether you are looking to heal from unresolved trauma or seeking space to re-prioritize your life and goals, I will meet you where you are and help guide you to where you desire to be. I am passionate about partnering with and empowering clients to gain insight, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and foster personal growth. I offer a compassionate environment for individuals seeking to reclaim their lives, build resilience, and achieve overall well-being.
(850) 972-8504 View (850) 972-8504
Photo of Sharon R Thompson, Counselor in Escambia County, FL
Sharon R Thompson
Counselor, PhD, NCC, LMHC,
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pensacola, FL 32514
Life is tough...and getting tougher. Sometimes, it can be hard to cope. Sometimes, things can feel overwhelming. Sometimes, you feel like you are just barely hanging on. Maybe you have had a lifetime of trauma that has finally caught up with you. Maybe you are a parent whose child is on your very last nerve. Maybe you are struggling in your relationships. Maybe, in the midst of all this, you have lost hope. Maybe, you have even lost you. Wherever you are today, I would like to help. I bring 25 years of counseling experience into each session and I am still learning. I can't wait to help you on your journey!
Life is tough...and getting tougher. Sometimes, it can be hard to cope. Sometimes, things can feel overwhelming. Sometimes, you feel like you are just barely hanging on. Maybe you have had a lifetime of trauma that has finally caught up with you. Maybe you are a parent whose child is on your very last nerve. Maybe you are struggling in your relationships. Maybe, in the midst of all this, you have lost hope. Maybe, you have even lost you. Wherever you are today, I would like to help. I bring 25 years of counseling experience into each session and I am still learning. I can't wait to help you on your journey!
(850) 601-8971 View (850) 601-8971
Photo of Marci B Shemaria, Counselor in Escambia County, FL
Marci B Shemaria
Counselor, LMHC, NCC, CAP, SAP
Verified
Pensacola, FL 32504
I believe everyone is an individual and special in their own way. Sometimes we lose our way and need help getting back on course. This is what I love about what I do. I am here to help each individual find their way back on course. I feel so fortunate and lucky to be doing the work I do. I love being there and helping people. I genuinely care about every individual person who walks through my door. I am here to help and hold your hand while you take your journey of self discovery, happiness and self love.
I believe everyone is an individual and special in their own way. Sometimes we lose our way and need help getting back on course. This is what I love about what I do. I am here to help each individual find their way back on course. I feel so fortunate and lucky to be doing the work I do. I love being there and helping people. I genuinely care about every individual person who walks through my door. I am here to help and hold your hand while you take your journey of self discovery, happiness and self love.
(850) 318-8898 View (850) 318-8898
Photo of Brandon Argent, Counselor in Escambia County, FL
Brandon Argent
Counselor, MS, LMHC, LCPC
Verified
Pensacola, FL 32504  (Online Only)
My goal is to develop a collaborative partnership where I can work with you to better understand your experiences. Using a warm yet direct approach to counseling. I strive to create a non-judgmental environment where your concerns can be explored and processed. I want to help you create insight, identify strengths, and develop effective practical skills to overcome the challenges that you face.
My goal is to develop a collaborative partnership where I can work with you to better understand your experiences. Using a warm yet direct approach to counseling. I strive to create a non-judgmental environment where your concerns can be explored and processed. I want to help you create insight, identify strengths, and develop effective practical skills to overcome the challenges that you face.
(850) 679-8916 View (850) 679-8916
Photo of Terri L Marshall, Counselor in Escambia County, FL
Terri L Marshall
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pensacola, FL 32514
Life can be difficult. The experiences we encounter can shape and mold us unto someone we may no longer recognize, understand misplaced feelings or have an impact on our daily functioning, but we continue to press... We have people relying on us, responsibilities waiting on us while fears and pain hunt us....but we continue to press....We think the feelings, flashbacks, nightmares, anger, hurt or pain will go away not realizing it is trauma. Trauma is simply an event which causes extreme distress and can manifest in different ways for different people. Lets work together to live a healthy life healed from the effects of trauma.
Life can be difficult. The experiences we encounter can shape and mold us unto someone we may no longer recognize, understand misplaced feelings or have an impact on our daily functioning, but we continue to press... We have people relying on us, responsibilities waiting on us while fears and pain hunt us....but we continue to press....We think the feelings, flashbacks, nightmares, anger, hurt or pain will go away not realizing it is trauma. Trauma is simply an event which causes extreme distress and can manifest in different ways for different people. Lets work together to live a healthy life healed from the effects of trauma.
(850) 846-1753 View (850) 846-1753
Photo of John August Moser, Counselor in Escambia County, FL
John August Moser
Counselor, PhD, LMHC
Verified
Pensacola, FL 32503
An interesting client for me is the middle-aged male who has climbed the ladder of success only to find there is nothing there but "stuff". They are extremely depressed realizing that they are unsatisfied with their lives. So they come into therapy to start "The Male Journey". If they become humble and honest, there is a chance that they can transform their lives for the better. Often, this approach is successful with couples who are in need of relationship counseling.
An interesting client for me is the middle-aged male who has climbed the ladder of success only to find there is nothing there but "stuff". They are extremely depressed realizing that they are unsatisfied with their lives. So they come into therapy to start "The Male Journey". If they become humble and honest, there is a chance that they can transform their lives for the better. Often, this approach is successful with couples who are in need of relationship counseling.
(850) 724-4466 View (850) 724-4466

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Number of Therapists in Escambia County, FL

300+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in Escambia County, FL who prioritize treating:

90% Anxiety
87% Depression
77% Self Esteem
74% Coping Skills
70% Relationship Issues
70% Trauma and PTSD
68% Stress

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

81% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
80% Cigna and Evernorth
79% Aetna

How Therapists in Escambia County, FL see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
15% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Escambia County?

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.