Therapists in Decatur, GA

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Briana Farlow
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Decatur, GA 30030  (Online Only)
My goal as your therapist is to help you develop new skills to live a more fulfilling and present life. I help young women who struggle with anxiety, have difficulty with setting and maintaining boundaries, desire to build healthy relationships, and strive to break patterns of generational trauma.
My goal as your therapist is to help you develop new skills to live a more fulfilling and present life. I help young women who struggle with anxiety, have difficulty with setting and maintaining boundaries, desire to build healthy relationships, and strive to break patterns of generational trauma.
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David Terraso
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Decatur, GA 30030
Are you seeking to improve your relationships with your significant other, your family, or yourself? Do you yearn for a life where you have control over your own emotions and reactions, can make better decisions, and handle self-defeating behaviors? Whether you're seeking help for yourself, as a couple, or for your family, let's work together to calm and release your body, mind, and spirit from the past, so you can live a full and bountiful life today.
Are you seeking to improve your relationships with your significant other, your family, or yourself? Do you yearn for a life where you have control over your own emotions and reactions, can make better decisions, and handle self-defeating behaviors? Whether you're seeking help for yourself, as a couple, or for your family, let's work together to calm and release your body, mind, and spirit from the past, so you can live a full and bountiful life today.
(404) 491-7751 x5 View (404) 491-7751 x5
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Jacklyn Joy Byrd
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
Do you feel like you are on auto-pilot? Are you constantly disconnected from your body? My job is to hear you and witness your story. Know that you are not alone. Together we can support you in reconnecting to your body and feeling more safe in the world. We will embark on this journey together to get you from surviving to thriving.
Do you feel like you are on auto-pilot? Are you constantly disconnected from your body? My job is to hear you and witness your story. Know that you are not alone. Together we can support you in reconnecting to your body and feeling more safe in the world. We will embark on this journey together to get you from surviving to thriving.
(678) 539-6191 View (678) 539-6191
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Antionette 'tonie' Tate
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, ST, CAMSI
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Decatur, GA 30030
With a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling, I have embarked on a journey fueled by compassion, empathy, and a fervent dedication to supporting individuals in their pursuit of psychological well-being. Central to my professional ethos is the belief in the transformative power of education, particularly through psychoeducational groups. Throughout my career, I have found immense fulfillment in facilitating psychoeducational groups, focusing on topics such as anger management and parenting. These groups serve as platforms for fostering resilience, enhancing coping skills, and nurturing healthy relationships.
With a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling, I have embarked on a journey fueled by compassion, empathy, and a fervent dedication to supporting individuals in their pursuit of psychological well-being. Central to my professional ethos is the belief in the transformative power of education, particularly through psychoeducational groups. Throughout my career, I have found immense fulfillment in facilitating psychoeducational groups, focusing on topics such as anger management and parenting. These groups serve as platforms for fostering resilience, enhancing coping skills, and nurturing healthy relationships.
(470) 517-8024 View (470) 517-8024
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Zenitra Williams
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030  (Online Only)
I am originally from Delaware, I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Wilmington University. I went on to receive my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health from Mercer University, in Atlanta, GA. My background includes working at Emory Wesley Woods inpatient psychiatric hospital, Transitions Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP), was well as Twin Lakes Drug Rehabilitation center.
I am originally from Delaware, I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Wilmington University. I went on to receive my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health from Mercer University, in Atlanta, GA. My background includes working at Emory Wesley Woods inpatient psychiatric hospital, Transitions Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP), was well as Twin Lakes Drug Rehabilitation center.
(470) 664-4364 View (470) 664-4364
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Emily Cade
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, CRC, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Decatur, GA 30030
I am a therapist in Decatur, Georgia who provides services to adolescents & adults. Having spent the past 20+ years working with individuals and families who have experienced life-changing events, I hold a deep understanding of the emotional and psychological impact the twists and turns life can throw your way. Believing that therapy can be a catalyst for lasting change, I strive to provide a safe, welcoming, relaxed environment for clients to share their struggles, their pain, as well as their wins in life.
I am a therapist in Decatur, Georgia who provides services to adolescents & adults. Having spent the past 20+ years working with individuals and families who have experienced life-changing events, I hold a deep understanding of the emotional and psychological impact the twists and turns life can throw your way. Believing that therapy can be a catalyst for lasting change, I strive to provide a safe, welcoming, relaxed environment for clients to share their struggles, their pain, as well as their wins in life.
(470) 748-6566 View (470) 748-6566
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Greater Atlanta Family Counseling, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
Greater Atlanta Family Counseling is a generalist mental health practice that works with a broad range of behavioral health issues, including depression, anxiety, marriage and family issues, stress management, diagnostic evaluations, PTSD, forensic services, and mediation. We begin seeing clients for therapy at four years old. We do offer psychiatric services for adults, and as of July 2023, have extended our practice to include ABA services for behavior modification therapy. We consider it a privilege to serve our communities, and we would be honored to discuss your case with you.
Greater Atlanta Family Counseling is a generalist mental health practice that works with a broad range of behavioral health issues, including depression, anxiety, marriage and family issues, stress management, diagnostic evaluations, PTSD, forensic services, and mediation. We begin seeing clients for therapy at four years old. We do offer psychiatric services for adults, and as of July 2023, have extended our practice to include ABA services for behavior modification therapy. We consider it a privilege to serve our communities, and we would be honored to discuss your case with you.
(678) 335-6082 View (678) 335-6082
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Dr. Beverly L. Boyd
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Psychotherapist and Life Coach with over 30 years of experience, compassionate about helping others to rise above and better deal with their life challenges, both past and present. I had the pleasure of being licensed as a psychologist in Beijing, China and worked with expats from around the globe during my years as an Expat. I have successfully treated PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Relationship Issues, Family Issues, Eating Disorders, Career-related, and Expat Issues. I've also helped those who have experienced emotional trauma/other abuse. I invite you to not just work on "getting better" instead work on "getting well
I am a Licensed Psychotherapist and Life Coach with over 30 years of experience, compassionate about helping others to rise above and better deal with their life challenges, both past and present. I had the pleasure of being licensed as a psychologist in Beijing, China and worked with expats from around the globe during my years as an Expat. I have successfully treated PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Relationship Issues, Family Issues, Eating Disorders, Career-related, and Expat Issues. I've also helped those who have experienced emotional trauma/other abuse. I invite you to not just work on "getting better" instead work on "getting well
(404) 982-4692 View (404) 982-4692
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Kelley Delchamps
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Decatur, GA 30030
Are you looking for a place to work through trauma's impact, heal amidst anxiety, and find peace as your authentic self? I would be honored to cultivate space for you to share your story and be met with compassion. Seeking out therapy is courageous and rewarding. I believe everyone can benefit from therapy, as we all face challenges in this life. My vision is to journey with clients as we lean into the truths that our stories and experiences are valid, and finding compassion for our imperfections is often where we find our greatest strength.
Are you looking for a place to work through trauma's impact, heal amidst anxiety, and find peace as your authentic self? I would be honored to cultivate space for you to share your story and be met with compassion. Seeking out therapy is courageous and rewarding. I believe everyone can benefit from therapy, as we all face challenges in this life. My vision is to journey with clients as we lean into the truths that our stories and experiences are valid, and finding compassion for our imperfections is often where we find our greatest strength.
(404) 974-3676 View (404) 974-3676
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Worth St. George
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Decatur, GA 30030
If you feel you are struggling with drugs and/or alcohol and experiencing issues in your life, I'm here to help. Whether you have anxiety, depression or are going through a difficult life transition, you can get through this and you could use a safe space to process this and find direction.
If you feel you are struggling with drugs and/or alcohol and experiencing issues in your life, I'm here to help. Whether you have anxiety, depression or are going through a difficult life transition, you can get through this and you could use a safe space to process this and find direction.
(404) 574-4449 x4 View (404) 574-4449 x4
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Crystal C Watkins
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, NCC, LMHC, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Decatur, GA 30030
Not accepting new clients
If you're reading this, SOMETHING is not working in your life. Therapy can help! We-you and I-- work to help you identify the motivations, feelings and behaviors that might be undermining your efforts to have a satisfying life. Your past can offer context/insight for the present, but we will mainly focus on the "now" with an eye towards the future. I use psycho-dynamic, CBT and the Couple's Developmental Model to help individuals and couples develop more agency and self-awareness to bring about the changes that they want in their lives.
If you're reading this, SOMETHING is not working in your life. Therapy can help! We-you and I-- work to help you identify the motivations, feelings and behaviors that might be undermining your efforts to have a satisfying life. Your past can offer context/insight for the present, but we will mainly focus on the "now" with an eye towards the future. I use psycho-dynamic, CBT and the Couple's Developmental Model to help individuals and couples develop more agency and self-awareness to bring about the changes that they want in their lives.
(404) 574-5245 View (404) 574-5245
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Jacinta Wills
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CGS, CAMSII, CCTP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Decatur, GA 30033
Are you looking to enhance your emotional well-being and embark on a journey of personal growth, even when the challenges of everyday life seem overwhelming? Life can be demanding and at times can feel like you are on a massive roller coaster. However, within these challenges lies the potential for growth and transformation. Whether you are dealing with grief and loss, managing anger, or navigating the aftermath of trauma, Support is available. Grief, anger, and trauma are experiences that can profoundly impact our lives.
Are you looking to enhance your emotional well-being and embark on a journey of personal growth, even when the challenges of everyday life seem overwhelming? Life can be demanding and at times can feel like you are on a massive roller coaster. However, within these challenges lies the potential for growth and transformation. Whether you are dealing with grief and loss, managing anger, or navigating the aftermath of trauma, Support is available. Grief, anger, and trauma are experiences that can profoundly impact our lives.
(470) 348-1760 View (470) 348-1760
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Robyn Kelly
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S, LCSW
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
I whole-heartedly believe that the answers we are looking for are deep within. I believe we sometimes struggle to figure things out/follow through with our decision to change due to both internal/external barriers. My role as a therapist is to support others by listening and helping them problem-solve in an empathetic and non-judgmental manner. We will work collaboratively to identify/utilize effective skills to break through the barriers in order to bring about lasting change. As a solution-focused therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating.
I whole-heartedly believe that the answers we are looking for are deep within. I believe we sometimes struggle to figure things out/follow through with our decision to change due to both internal/external barriers. My role as a therapist is to support others by listening and helping them problem-solve in an empathetic and non-judgmental manner. We will work collaboratively to identify/utilize effective skills to break through the barriers in order to bring about lasting change. As a solution-focused therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating.
(470) 594-4337 View (470) 594-4337
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Corey A Marshall
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
Everyone has bad days. Even the most fortunate and well-adjusted of us struggle with feeling overwhelmed, lost, or anxious from time to time. But your dark days shouldn’t outweigh your bright ones. Maybe you find yourself lacking motivation. Or perhaps worrying has become a norm for you. Maybe you realize you have an unhealthy relationship with food or other substances—or even a person. No matter your challenge, it may be time to talk with someone. I'm here for you. Together, we can work to understand and address what’s holding you back from being the person you know you can be.
Everyone has bad days. Even the most fortunate and well-adjusted of us struggle with feeling overwhelmed, lost, or anxious from time to time. But your dark days shouldn’t outweigh your bright ones. Maybe you find yourself lacking motivation. Or perhaps worrying has become a norm for you. Maybe you realize you have an unhealthy relationship with food or other substances—or even a person. No matter your challenge, it may be time to talk with someone. I'm here for you. Together, we can work to understand and address what’s holding you back from being the person you know you can be.
(678) 931-8343 View (678) 931-8343
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Alex Middleton
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, LAMFT, LAPC
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
Hello! I am glad you have found your way here. I am Alex, and I am a complex trauma therapist and a Marriage and Family psychotherapist. I find myself drawn to working at this intersection of the mind-body connection and applying this with trauma-informed parts work to help clients suffering with complex trauma, including sexual trauma and emotional abuse, as well as divorce, LGBTQ+ issues, gender identity, eating disorders, anxiety and depression, self-harm, and relational problems.
Hello! I am glad you have found your way here. I am Alex, and I am a complex trauma therapist and a Marriage and Family psychotherapist. I find myself drawn to working at this intersection of the mind-body connection and applying this with trauma-informed parts work to help clients suffering with complex trauma, including sexual trauma and emotional abuse, as well as divorce, LGBTQ+ issues, gender identity, eating disorders, anxiety and depression, self-harm, and relational problems.
(404) 620-2687 View (404) 620-2687
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Mikyta D Daugherty
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030  (Online Only)
Do you find yourself making time for everything and everyone, but find it challenging to take the time to focus on your own compassionate care? So many of us prioritize the loving care of our family and friends while neglecting to tend to ourselves - as though we are our own most treasured other. Too often we allow our overly harsh inner voice of self-judgment to serve as our most oppressive critic, draining us of the momentum needed to manifest our fullest potential and the life we truly desire. Unleash the potential of your best self and stop settling for the comforts of habit or the stagnation of fear. You are worth it!
Do you find yourself making time for everything and everyone, but find it challenging to take the time to focus on your own compassionate care? So many of us prioritize the loving care of our family and friends while neglecting to tend to ourselves - as though we are our own most treasured other. Too often we allow our overly harsh inner voice of self-judgment to serve as our most oppressive critic, draining us of the momentum needed to manifest our fullest potential and the life we truly desire. Unleash the potential of your best self and stop settling for the comforts of habit or the stagnation of fear. You are worth it!
(470) 517-8859 View (470) 517-8859
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Carla McManus Dixon
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030  (Online Only)
Sometimes life gets hard and you need clarity to "recharge". I work with families and individuals to provide them with the necessary tools to create an open environment of understanding. Through individual & family therapy and life coaching, I assist clients in working through issues such as anxiety, self-esteem, anger management, educational goals, and self-image. I provide a variety of techniques (emotional regulation, coping skills, and thought-stopping techniques) to allow you to be a better advocate for yourself and to let others know how you want to be treated.
Sometimes life gets hard and you need clarity to "recharge". I work with families and individuals to provide them with the necessary tools to create an open environment of understanding. Through individual & family therapy and life coaching, I assist clients in working through issues such as anxiety, self-esteem, anger management, educational goals, and self-image. I provide a variety of techniques (emotional regulation, coping skills, and thought-stopping techniques) to allow you to be a better advocate for yourself and to let others know how you want to be treated.
(404) 848-1922 View (404) 848-1922
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Allison Wallace
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LISW
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30033  (Online Only)
Individuals that seek my services for a variety of reasons that may involve issues such as grief and loss, depression, anxiety, illness of a family member, enmeshment and boundary issues, trauma, family secrets, sibling conflicts, blended and/or non-traditional families, divorce and parenting concerns, and adult children and parent conflicts. People also seek my services for issues surrounding infidelity, separation, issues with communication, racial and cultural differences, and non-traditional relationship dynamics.
Individuals that seek my services for a variety of reasons that may involve issues such as grief and loss, depression, anxiety, illness of a family member, enmeshment and boundary issues, trauma, family secrets, sibling conflicts, blended and/or non-traditional families, divorce and parenting concerns, and adult children and parent conflicts. People also seek my services for issues surrounding infidelity, separation, issues with communication, racial and cultural differences, and non-traditional relationship dynamics.
(404) 996-1013 View (404) 996-1013
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Adriel D. Johnson Jr.
Licensed Professional Counselor, DBH, LPC, NCC, CCMHC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Decatur, GA 30030
Dr. Johnson guides his clients down a path of self-discovery, helping them to identify and discover tools to navigate some of the more challenging aspects of life's journey. Through a process of building a safe, accepting, affirming and non-judgemental environment, he works with you by collaborating to help you achieve personal growth and set life-changing goals. He believes in the capacity for YOU to live YOUR best life.
Dr. Johnson guides his clients down a path of self-discovery, helping them to identify and discover tools to navigate some of the more challenging aspects of life's journey. Through a process of building a safe, accepting, affirming and non-judgemental environment, he works with you by collaborating to help you achieve personal growth and set life-changing goals. He believes in the capacity for YOU to live YOUR best life.
(404) 531-2181 View (404) 531-2181
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Chris Dorsey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MBA
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Decatur, GA 30030
Feeling overwhelmed and tired of situations/outcomes not meeting your expectations? Burdened with emotions that are difficult to manage? Are you now questioning decisions about work, family and love? You no longer have to manage this on your own. Finding a professional who can provide safety around the expression of emotions, feelings and thoughts is the key to a therapeutic relationship. I take great pride in providing that environment. Someone did that for me and it transformed my life. It would be a privilege to do the same for you.
Feeling overwhelmed and tired of situations/outcomes not meeting your expectations? Burdened with emotions that are difficult to manage? Are you now questioning decisions about work, family and love? You no longer have to manage this on your own. Finding a professional who can provide safety around the expression of emotions, feelings and thoughts is the key to a therapeutic relationship. I take great pride in providing that environment. Someone did that for me and it transformed my life. It would be a privilege to do the same for you.
(404) 309-5789 View (404) 309-5789

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Decatur, GA

700+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Decatur, GA who prioritize treating:

90% Anxiety
85% Depression
78% Self Esteem
77% Relationship Issues
68% Coping Skills
67% Stress
64% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

82% Aetna
63% Cigna and Evernorth
60% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Therapists in Decatur, GA see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
16% Male
2% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Decatur?

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.