Therapists in Ellaville, GA

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Teresa Carter
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Ellaville, GA 31806
Hello, my name is Teresa Carter and I go by Terri. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensed by the state of Georgia, where I live and provide therapy across the state via telehealth. I primarily work with adults 18 and older experiencing anxiety, depression, substance use, trauma, and relationship concerns. The modalities I most rely upon include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy-Mindfulness to help my clients progressively regain their life balance.
Hello, my name is Teresa Carter and I go by Terri. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensed by the state of Georgia, where I live and provide therapy across the state via telehealth. I primarily work with adults 18 and older experiencing anxiety, depression, substance use, trauma, and relationship concerns. The modalities I most rely upon include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy-Mindfulness to help my clients progressively regain their life balance.
(470) 693-7908 View (470) 693-7908
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Hope for the Future Counseling Services, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, CPCS, CAMS II
Verified Verified
Ellaville, GA 31806
Seeking therapy can be a scary experience, but I want you to know that you made the right decision. Therapy can provide a safe place for you to talk about things that will be kept confidential. I have experience helping individuals find effective coping strategies to help with their life challenges. I help individuals of all ages learn how to cope and manage their problems so they can live a glorious and prosperous life.
Seeking therapy can be a scary experience, but I want you to know that you made the right decision. Therapy can provide a safe place for you to talk about things that will be kept confidential. I have experience helping individuals find effective coping strategies to help with their life challenges. I help individuals of all ages learn how to cope and manage their problems so they can live a glorious and prosperous life.
(229) 213-9031 View (229) 213-9031
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Debby L Lazarine
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Ellaville, GA 31806
I am a licensed clinical social worker with direct experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, utilizing a wide range of modalities in order to maximize a person-centered approach. I received a Master’s degree in Social Work in December 2016 from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN. In 2018, my family and I relocated to South Georgia.Since then, I worked with adolescents at Donalsonville Hospital Behavioral Health Unit, and I completed the Georgia required hours to become an LCSW in September 2020.
I am a licensed clinical social worker with direct experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, utilizing a wide range of modalities in order to maximize a person-centered approach. I received a Master’s degree in Social Work in December 2016 from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN. In 2018, my family and I relocated to South Georgia.Since then, I worked with adolescents at Donalsonville Hospital Behavioral Health Unit, and I completed the Georgia required hours to become an LCSW in September 2020.
(470) 517-7002 View (470) 517-7002
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Brandon Santan
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Ellaville, GA 31806
Dr. Brandon Santan is a licensed professional counselor and Ph.D. level therapist who considers himself a general mental health and relationship therapist. Dr. Santan specializes in anxiety issues, such as generalized anxiety, OCD, and phobias. Dr. Santan also specializes in addictions and relationship distress. Dr. Santan has a holistic and person-centered approach to counseling that relies on the CBT family of therapeutic modalities during treatment.
Dr. Brandon Santan is a licensed professional counselor and Ph.D. level therapist who considers himself a general mental health and relationship therapist. Dr. Santan specializes in anxiety issues, such as generalized anxiety, OCD, and phobias. Dr. Santan also specializes in addictions and relationship distress. Dr. Santan has a holistic and person-centered approach to counseling that relies on the CBT family of therapeutic modalities during treatment.
(770) 562-7356 View (770) 562-7356

Online Therapists

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Beverly Brown
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Peachtree City, GA 30269  (Online Only)
Dr. Beverly Watts Brown is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She specializes in relationship dysfunction, ADHD, behavioral issues, poor coping skills, divorce, family conflict, grief, life transitions, parenting, school-related issues, low self-esteem, chronic stress, and more. Beverly earned her Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Georgia, her Master’s in counseling from Columbus State University, and her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University-Sarasota.
Dr. Beverly Watts Brown is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She specializes in relationship dysfunction, ADHD, behavioral issues, poor coping skills, divorce, family conflict, grief, life transitions, parenting, school-related issues, low self-esteem, chronic stress, and more. Beverly earned her Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Georgia, her Master’s in counseling from Columbus State University, and her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University-Sarasota.
(404) 738-6291 View (404) 738-6291
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Tracy Carmichael
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Peachtree City, GA 30269
Tracy works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Tracy believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
Tracy works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Tracy believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
(678) 944-9863 View (678) 944-9863
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Davida McGee
Counselor, APC
Verified Verified
Conyers, GA 30013
Davida McGee is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor in Georgia who has been practicing since 2021. She completed her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling. Davida believes that people's thoughts affect their feelings and behaviors and if they become aware of their thoughts and feeling and gain an understanding of them, they will be able to change them into more positive ones which helps them to engage in more positive behaviors.
Davida McGee is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor in Georgia who has been practicing since 2021. She completed her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling. Davida believes that people's thoughts affect their feelings and behaviors and if they become aware of their thoughts and feeling and gain an understanding of them, they will be able to change them into more positive ones which helps them to engage in more positive behaviors.
(470) 206-4555 View (470) 206-4555
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Desmond Orville Maul
Marriage & Family Therapist, DMFT, LMFT
Verified Verified
Conyers, GA 30013
Rev. Dr. Desmond Maul is the CEO of Family360, Inc., and Hosanna Ministries, Inc., Outpatient Mental Health Counseling Center in Rockdale County, Georgia. Dr. Maul is a retired Philadelphia Police Officer and former Pennsylvania State Certified Instructor of Police at the Philadelphia Police Academy. During his tenure with the City of Philadelphia Police Department, he maintained positions as a Therapist, Stress Management Trainer, and Critical Incident and Crisis Responder. Today, Dr. Maul is an ordained Minister, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Dr. Maul is licensed and ordained with the Church of God, Anderson, Indiana
Rev. Dr. Desmond Maul is the CEO of Family360, Inc., and Hosanna Ministries, Inc., Outpatient Mental Health Counseling Center in Rockdale County, Georgia. Dr. Maul is a retired Philadelphia Police Officer and former Pennsylvania State Certified Instructor of Police at the Philadelphia Police Academy. During his tenure with the City of Philadelphia Police Department, he maintained positions as a Therapist, Stress Management Trainer, and Critical Incident and Crisis Responder. Today, Dr. Maul is an ordained Minister, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Dr. Maul is licensed and ordained with the Church of God, Anderson, Indiana
(678) 562-6423 View (678) 562-6423
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Vanessa Stapleton
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC , NCC, MAC, CADCII, SAP
Verified Verified
Jonesboro, GA 30236
License Professional Counselor (LPC), Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), dedicated to providing exceptional counseling services to assist individuals in overcoming their struggles with anger, anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD and or alcohol/ drug addictions. Counseling services are provided in a nonjudgmental environment that allow for the freedom of expressions, feelings and concerns while working together toward a mutually agreed upon goals that will lead to an alternative way to think about problems and situations.
License Professional Counselor (LPC), Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), dedicated to providing exceptional counseling services to assist individuals in overcoming their struggles with anger, anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD and or alcohol/ drug addictions. Counseling services are provided in a nonjudgmental environment that allow for the freedom of expressions, feelings and concerns while working together toward a mutually agreed upon goals that will lead to an alternative way to think about problems and situations.
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Nannette M Brannon
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Warner Robins, GA 31088  (Online Only)
I am licensed in Georgia with 18 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, intimacy related issues, & motivation, self- esteem, and confidence. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.
I am licensed in Georgia with 18 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, intimacy related issues, & motivation, self- esteem, and confidence. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.
(470) 516-7117 View (470) 516-7117
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LaShanna S Stephens
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC, ACS, CCMHC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Macon, GA 31201
Are you feeling like your world is crumbling? Having trouble making it day to day? Do you feel stuck? Have you decided that enough is enough? Today is a great day for change!
Are you feeling like your world is crumbling? Having trouble making it day to day? Do you feel stuck? Have you decided that enough is enough? Today is a great day for change!
(478) 569-2013 View (478) 569-2013
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LaShell Pope
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Morrow, GA 30260
Hi, my name is LaShell Pope. I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist who loves working with adolescents and adults in diverse populations of different races, cultures, and ethnicities. My approach is to journey with individuals who have experienced depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and different mood disorders. I am also passionate about relationship management, offering pre-marital and marriage counseling, couples counseling, family therapy, and spiritual therapy as a certified Trainer/Facilitator with Prepare-Enrich and Level 1 Gottman certified therapist.
Hi, my name is LaShell Pope. I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist who loves working with adolescents and adults in diverse populations of different races, cultures, and ethnicities. My approach is to journey with individuals who have experienced depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and different mood disorders. I am also passionate about relationship management, offering pre-marital and marriage counseling, couples counseling, family therapy, and spiritual therapy as a certified Trainer/Facilitator with Prepare-Enrich and Level 1 Gottman certified therapist.
(678) 786-2760 View (678) 786-2760
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William Oliphant
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R, MSW, SAP, DWI-Eva
Verified Verified
Fayetteville, GA 30214
COUPLES or MARITAL COUNSELING thru telemental sessions provided. "Just knowing that someone understands cares, begins the healing process". I provide individual and family needs assessment & evaluations, develop treatment plans for families individuals and groups, and support you by utilizing carefully tuned listening skills. I work closely with Adults or Children apply methodology to reduce stress. I use EFT, CBT, DBT and proven clinical technique to relieve suffering caused by social and experiential, trauma.
COUPLES or MARITAL COUNSELING thru telemental sessions provided. "Just knowing that someone understands cares, begins the healing process". I provide individual and family needs assessment & evaluations, develop treatment plans for families individuals and groups, and support you by utilizing carefully tuned listening skills. I work closely with Adults or Children apply methodology to reduce stress. I use EFT, CBT, DBT and proven clinical technique to relieve suffering caused by social and experiential, trauma.
(845) 393-0696 View (845) 393-0696
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Shaquenna Baker
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Hello, I am Shaqueena. Are you tired of being tired? Do you feel that no one understands your situation or that no one can relate? Are you unsure if therapy is right for you? If you are here, then that means that you are ready and motivated to make some changes in your life. Seeking help can sometimes be tough, which is why I believe that we all experience things in our life that goes beyond our ability to cope and when that happens we need a little more assistance.
Hello, I am Shaqueena. Are you tired of being tired? Do you feel that no one understands your situation or that no one can relate? Are you unsure if therapy is right for you? If you are here, then that means that you are ready and motivated to make some changes in your life. Seeking help can sometimes be tough, which is why I believe that we all experience things in our life that goes beyond our ability to cope and when that happens we need a little more assistance.
(470) 748-2181 View (470) 748-2181
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Hope Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, GA 31901
ONLINE COUNSELING AVAILABLE NOW! Our desire is to put hope within reach. To us, putting hope within reach is much more than a vision – it’s a reminder that what we’re doing has an eternal impact. It emphasizes that one size solution does not fit every need. It’s the motivation behind the work that we do.
ONLINE COUNSELING AVAILABLE NOW! Our desire is to put hope within reach. To us, putting hope within reach is much more than a vision – it’s a reminder that what we’re doing has an eternal impact. It emphasizes that one size solution does not fit every need. It’s the motivation behind the work that we do.
(762) 583-8999 View (762) 583-8999
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Forward Steps Counseling, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Peachtree City, GA 30269
Tired of being stressed and pretending all is good. Do you dream of being satisfied with your life? Do you dream of being satisfied with your relationships? Contact me now to see how therapy can help rebuild your marriage or relationships. I work with couples, women, and teenagers. Life is filled with many responsibilties and it can be overwhelming and it can be difficult to find support. It is time to feel good about your self and your relationships. CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT TODAY!
Tired of being stressed and pretending all is good. Do you dream of being satisfied with your life? Do you dream of being satisfied with your relationships? Contact me now to see how therapy can help rebuild your marriage or relationships. I work with couples, women, and teenagers. Life is filled with many responsibilties and it can be overwhelming and it can be difficult to find support. It is time to feel good about your self and your relationships. CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT TODAY!
(404) 996-1829 View (404) 996-1829
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Shereka S Shaw
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31210  (Online Only)
I am Shereka S. Shaw, a License Professional Counselor for the state of Georgia. Are you an African American Woman, often misunderstood, while struggling with managing being an employee, being a wife and being a mother? Are you a person who is often overwhelmed with various feelings related to stress, frustration and aggravation? I have over 10 years of experience working with those who struggle with managing their emotions due to depression, anxiety, or past traumatic events.
I am Shereka S. Shaw, a License Professional Counselor for the state of Georgia. Are you an African American Woman, often misunderstood, while struggling with managing being an employee, being a wife and being a mother? Are you a person who is often overwhelmed with various feelings related to stress, frustration and aggravation? I have over 10 years of experience working with those who struggle with managing their emotions due to depression, anxiety, or past traumatic events.
(678) 972-1452 View (678) 972-1452
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SAP Evaluations, LLC
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MEd, CADC-II, CAMS-II, CEAP, SAP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Jonesboro, GA 30236
We provide court approved substance use, anger management and psychological testing and evaluation services. We are a trusted provider offering a comprehensive range of court mandated and employer mandated services. These services include alcohol and drug evaluations, anger management, shoplifting classes, family violence intervention program, MRT, mental health evaluations, and SAP Evaluations. We provide virtual services and you can complete your requirement from home on your cell phone or laptop. Call us today at 404-503-8069.
We provide court approved substance use, anger management and psychological testing and evaluation services. We are a trusted provider offering a comprehensive range of court mandated and employer mandated services. These services include alcohol and drug evaluations, anger management, shoplifting classes, family violence intervention program, MRT, mental health evaluations, and SAP Evaluations. We provide virtual services and you can complete your requirement from home on your cell phone or laptop. Call us today at 404-503-8069.
(404) 996-1055 View (404) 996-1055
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Lakieshia S. Jones
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MS, CADC, ICADC, SAP, CAMS II
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Peachtree City, GA 30269
Are you struggling with drugs and/or alcohol, or maybe with managing your anger? Have there been severe consequences due to your drug and alcohol use or how you manage your anger? Are you seeking a court approved alcohol and/or drug evaluation, or anger management evaluation, or classes? Are you in need of a SAP to return to duty? If you answer yes to any of these questions, continue reading to learn how to schedule a session today, and we can work together to work through your concerns and challenges.
Are you struggling with drugs and/or alcohol, or maybe with managing your anger? Have there been severe consequences due to your drug and alcohol use or how you manage your anger? Are you seeking a court approved alcohol and/or drug evaluation, or anger management evaluation, or classes? Are you in need of a SAP to return to duty? If you answer yes to any of these questions, continue reading to learn how to schedule a session today, and we can work together to work through your concerns and challenges.
(770) 758-8234 View (770) 758-8234
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Shanera Brown-Brooks
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CCTP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30331  (Online Only)
I create a warm, inviting and non judgmental space for individuals and couples to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences without fear of criticism or shame. My goal is to foster a sense of safety and trust so that clients feel comfortable sharing their innermost struggles and working towards personal growth and healing. Whether you're seeking support for personal growth, navigating life transitions, or looking to improve your relationship, you deserve a space where you can be your authentic self and feel supported in your journey towards self-discovery and emotional well-being.
I create a warm, inviting and non judgmental space for individuals and couples to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences without fear of criticism or shame. My goal is to foster a sense of safety and trust so that clients feel comfortable sharing their innermost struggles and working towards personal growth and healing. Whether you're seeking support for personal growth, navigating life transitions, or looking to improve your relationship, you deserve a space where you can be your authentic self and feel supported in your journey towards self-discovery and emotional well-being.
(470) 835-4171 View (470) 835-4171

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Ellaville, GA

< 10

Therapists in Ellaville, GA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Anger Management
100% Coping Skills
75% Addiction
75% Divorce
75% Stress

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Ellaville, GA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Ellaville?

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.