Therapists in Forest Hills, GA

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Abby Jones
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Forest Hills, GA 30909  (Online Only)
My name is Abby Jones. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and I currently practice in the state of Georgia. I am currently in my 6th year practicing counseling. I have previously worked for a community service board, accountability courts, and local school system.
My name is Abby Jones. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and I currently practice in the state of Georgia. I am currently in my 6th year practicing counseling. I have previously worked for a community service board, accountability courts, and local school system.
(404) 856-3570 View (404) 856-3570
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Lakeesha Harper
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Forest Hills, GA 30909  (Online Only)
Do you ever feel like anxiety is preventing you from living up to your full potential? I empower high-functioning clients such as yourself to reduce the sometimes debilitating effects of anxiety to help you live a more fulfilling life. I have a wealth of experience working with clients challenged with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and family and relationship issues; but I also have a great deal of experience in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which I use to help clients through emotional trauma. I am known as a good listener, compassionate and caring.
Do you ever feel like anxiety is preventing you from living up to your full potential? I empower high-functioning clients such as yourself to reduce the sometimes debilitating effects of anxiety to help you live a more fulfilling life. I have a wealth of experience working with clients challenged with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and family and relationship issues; but I also have a great deal of experience in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which I use to help clients through emotional trauma. I am known as a good listener, compassionate and caring.
(470) 524-9283 View (470) 524-9283
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Jill Locklear
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA , LPC
Verified Verified
Forest Hills, GA 30909  (Online Only)
Hope is the key to healing, emotional wellbeing, and the high-quality life that you desire. Whether you are a mom who needs support, are living with depression or anxiety, or someone who wants to work thru past trauma, I have hope for you! Hope that you will have healing, reach your goals and live a high-quality life. I have 19 years of experiencing empowering individuals to overcome their most challenging issues and I would be honored to walk with you on your path to healing!
Hope is the key to healing, emotional wellbeing, and the high-quality life that you desire. Whether you are a mom who needs support, are living with depression or anxiety, or someone who wants to work thru past trauma, I have hope for you! Hope that you will have healing, reach your goals and live a high-quality life. I have 19 years of experiencing empowering individuals to overcome their most challenging issues and I would be honored to walk with you on your path to healing!
(404) 574-1195 View (404) 574-1195

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Photo of Jamie Elizabeth Lough, Licensed Professional Counselor in Forest Hills, GA
Jamie Elizabeth Lough
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909  (Online Only)
I find fulfillment in working with clients who have a history of trauma. Helping someone through the dark, painful, and broken parts of their life to assist them in finding their wholeness again, to have hope and confidence in themselves. Along with trauma I have been trained to work with clients who have depression, anxiety, and anger issues. I use an eclectic style of therapy and pull from several different modalities.
I find fulfillment in working with clients who have a history of trauma. Helping someone through the dark, painful, and broken parts of their life to assist them in finding their wholeness again, to have hope and confidence in themselves. Along with trauma I have been trained to work with clients who have depression, anxiety, and anger issues. I use an eclectic style of therapy and pull from several different modalities.
(706) 971-7042 View (706) 971-7042
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Sheree A Wyatt
MSW, LMSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909  (Online Only)
This a huge step for you, it is so easy to take care of others but we often forget to take care of ourselves. Sounds like many of us, right? Thanks for gracing me with your presence. Can we be genuinely honest with one another? There's a lot going on in the world today; enough to bring anyone to their “breaking point.” Are you faced with the demands from work, school, family relationships, or life? Have your emotions been “all over the place?” Are you ready to be a change agent over your life? Not sure where to start or what is next? If you answered yes to any of those questions, it’s time to talk. Let’s work together to learn how
This a huge step for you, it is so easy to take care of others but we often forget to take care of ourselves. Sounds like many of us, right? Thanks for gracing me with your presence. Can we be genuinely honest with one another? There's a lot going on in the world today; enough to bring anyone to their “breaking point.” Are you faced with the demands from work, school, family relationships, or life? Have your emotions been “all over the place?” Are you ready to be a change agent over your life? Not sure where to start or what is next? If you answered yes to any of those questions, it’s time to talk. Let’s work together to learn how
(678) 929-2547 View (678) 929-2547
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Blooming in Wellness LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MAC, NCC
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909
I’m so glad you are here and that you are taking the first step in putting your mental health, recovery & wellness first. I am Meghan L. Michalewicz, a, Licensed Profession counselor, and owner of Blooming in Wellness LLC. I have over 10 years of experience work In order to grow we must look at each dimension in our lives by taking the steps in order to grow. As a Licnesed Professional Counselor I treat your individual needs, feelings, and experiences — looking at how we construct our social health, relationships, and values.
I’m so glad you are here and that you are taking the first step in putting your mental health, recovery & wellness first. I am Meghan L. Michalewicz, a, Licensed Profession counselor, and owner of Blooming in Wellness LLC. I have over 10 years of experience work In order to grow we must look at each dimension in our lives by taking the steps in order to grow. As a Licnesed Professional Counselor I treat your individual needs, feelings, and experiences — looking at how we construct our social health, relationships, and values.
(678) 252-6040 View (678) 252-6040
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Xavier Smith
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909  (Online Only)
Have you ever asked yourself why am I always stressed? Or how about, why do I feel all over the place emotionally? Nobody understands what I am going through, not even my closet family and friends. Does this effect your relationships, work, health, or generally how you feel about yourself as an individual? Well be encouraged! I help everyday people manage their depression, anxiety, loneliness, feelings about themselves, and everyday stressors which occur from just living life. We'll use a holistic approach to addressing the challenges and needs in your life.
Have you ever asked yourself why am I always stressed? Or how about, why do I feel all over the place emotionally? Nobody understands what I am going through, not even my closet family and friends. Does this effect your relationships, work, health, or generally how you feel about yourself as an individual? Well be encouraged! I help everyday people manage their depression, anxiety, loneliness, feelings about themselves, and everyday stressors which occur from just living life. We'll use a holistic approach to addressing the challenges and needs in your life.
(470) 458-3420 View (470) 458-3420
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Marybeth Adams
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909
Mary Beth Adams is a Licensed Professional and Nationally Certified Counselor, who has been practicing since 2016. She graduated from Liberty University with Master Degrees in Professional Counseling and Marriage and Family Counseling and has a Bachelor's in Christian Counseling and Psychology. Mary Beth believes in holistic counseling that is supportive and accepting. Her main area of focus includes Christian Counseling, CBT, Trauma, and Women's Life Issues. Everyone is a unique masterpiece!.
Mary Beth Adams is a Licensed Professional and Nationally Certified Counselor, who has been practicing since 2016. She graduated from Liberty University with Master Degrees in Professional Counseling and Marriage and Family Counseling and has a Bachelor's in Christian Counseling and Psychology. Mary Beth believes in holistic counseling that is supportive and accepting. Her main area of focus includes Christian Counseling, CBT, Trauma, and Women's Life Issues. Everyone is a unique masterpiece!.
(706) 551-9516 View (706) 551-9516
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Kristi Meade
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909  (Online Only)
My name is Kristi Meade. I’m 37 year old straight married female with two wonderful son. I have been fully licensed as LPC for over 3 years now but have been working in the mental health/substance abuse field for over 6 years now. I recently become National Board Certified Counselor in 1/2024. I currently work full time as an inpatient assessor/therapist at a behavioral health crisis center for over 6 years now.
My name is Kristi Meade. I’m 37 year old straight married female with two wonderful son. I have been fully licensed as LPC for over 3 years now but have been working in the mental health/substance abuse field for over 6 years now. I recently become National Board Certified Counselor in 1/2024. I currently work full time as an inpatient assessor/therapist at a behavioral health crisis center for over 6 years now.
(229) 210-8792 View (229) 210-8792
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Sylina Holmes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MAC
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909  (Online Only)
Our first visit is spent getting to know each other and identifying goals for therapy. It is important to me that we work together as a team. I believe in the use of evidence-based treatment in collaboration with holistic approaches as well.
Our first visit is spent getting to know each other and identifying goals for therapy. It is important to me that we work together as a team. I believe in the use of evidence-based treatment in collaboration with holistic approaches as well.
(706) 365-0686 View (706) 365-0686
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Center 4 Play Therapy and Counseling, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909
Has your child been through the unimaginable? Are you tired of tantrum meltdowns over small deals? Are you frustrated that your child wont listen? Do you worry about your child being successful at school? Parenting is a TOUGH job and I am here to help support you and your family while navigating life's challenges! I will provide your child with a safe space to work through their feelings and create positive change.
Has your child been through the unimaginable? Are you tired of tantrum meltdowns over small deals? Are you frustrated that your child wont listen? Do you worry about your child being successful at school? Parenting is a TOUGH job and I am here to help support you and your family while navigating life's challenges! I will provide your child with a safe space to work through their feelings and create positive change.
(803) 310-2745 View (803) 310-2745
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Alexis Nicole Hill
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30907
It is my honor to just simply be a small part of my client’s journey of growth and healing. My goal is to help empower my clients and to help them to see that they are not helpless, and that peace and hope can be replenished in their lives. I am driven to help my clients uproot disabling beliefs, dismantle intrusive negative thoughts, and to help my clients became overall mentally and emotionally hydrated. I want my clients to know that I see them, I hear them, and they are worthy of peace, hope, and clarity in their lives.
It is my honor to just simply be a small part of my client’s journey of growth and healing. My goal is to help empower my clients and to help them to see that they are not helpless, and that peace and hope can be replenished in their lives. I am driven to help my clients uproot disabling beliefs, dismantle intrusive negative thoughts, and to help my clients became overall mentally and emotionally hydrated. I want my clients to know that I see them, I hear them, and they are worthy of peace, hope, and clarity in their lives.
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Photo of Grace Knox, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Forest Hills, GA
Grace Knox
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909  (Online Only)
I believe that sometimes life will knock you down so you can learn how to fight. I am here to support and empower you in that process. I work with clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts, feelings, and topics of faith can be shared without fear of judgement. I believe that you are the expert of your story and have strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps toward change. I am here to partner with you along this journey.
I believe that sometimes life will knock you down so you can learn how to fight. I am here to support and empower you in that process. I work with clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts, feelings, and topics of faith can be shared without fear of judgement. I believe that you are the expert of your story and have strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps toward change. I am here to partner with you along this journey.
(470) 517-6621 View (470) 517-6621
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Karen Shaw Burch
Marriage & Family Therapist, MEd, LMFT, LLC
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909
I have been practicing as a marriage and family therapist for over 35 years. I work with couples to restore their relationships, families with adolescent issues, divorce, blended families and infertility issues; Also individuals who want to heal family of origin and abuse issues, depression, and confusion regarding life's direction and circumstances. I respect each individual's journey, am honored to be trusted with the pain and complexity of life and hope to support them along the way. I attempt to be a guiding counselor while sometimes playing the role of "rent-a-grandmother" to provide guidance and support.
I have been practicing as a marriage and family therapist for over 35 years. I work with couples to restore their relationships, families with adolescent issues, divorce, blended families and infertility issues; Also individuals who want to heal family of origin and abuse issues, depression, and confusion regarding life's direction and circumstances. I respect each individual's journey, am honored to be trusted with the pain and complexity of life and hope to support them along the way. I attempt to be a guiding counselor while sometimes playing the role of "rent-a-grandmother" to provide guidance and support.
(762) 220-2618 View (762) 220-2618
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Christopher Carkhum Lpc
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, MEd, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Augusta, GA 30909
It is a smart, courageous, move to reach out for help. Whether you've a dependence on alcohol, an over reliance on pain pills, or using porn excessively, I am certified to help. I have worked in the mental health/addictions field for the past 40 years. During this time I've earned three Masters Degrees: M.S in Clinical-Administrative Specialist; M.Ed. Counselor Education and School/Community Counseling and M.A. Forensic Psychology. I'm a Certified US DOT SAP and a Certified Advanced Alcohol/Drug Counselor. I worked as the Employee Assistance Professional at AU for 8 years, and am well-versed and experienced with employment issues.
It is a smart, courageous, move to reach out for help. Whether you've a dependence on alcohol, an over reliance on pain pills, or using porn excessively, I am certified to help. I have worked in the mental health/addictions field for the past 40 years. During this time I've earned three Masters Degrees: M.S in Clinical-Administrative Specialist; M.Ed. Counselor Education and School/Community Counseling and M.A. Forensic Psychology. I'm a Certified US DOT SAP and a Certified Advanced Alcohol/Drug Counselor. I worked as the Employee Assistance Professional at AU for 8 years, and am well-versed and experienced with employment issues.
(706) 584-2141 View (706) 584-2141
Photo of Dr. Tamara A. Noel, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Forest Hills, GA
Dr. Tamara A. Noel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DSW, LCSW, LISW-CP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Augusta, GA 30904  (Online Only)
I have practiced in the behavioral health field since 1999, and I've been licensed to work independently since 2011. I easily engage Individuals, Couples, and Families of different cultural backgrounds and have worked in in-patient, out-patient, and community-based settings assisting Individuals, couples, and Families facing challenges that seek to devastate and/or tear them apart. I use a variety of treatment modalities including faith-based interventions to meet clients at their point of need. My approach to psychotherapy stemmed from the trauma-informed care (TIC) principles.
I have practiced in the behavioral health field since 1999, and I've been licensed to work independently since 2011. I easily engage Individuals, Couples, and Families of different cultural backgrounds and have worked in in-patient, out-patient, and community-based settings assisting Individuals, couples, and Families facing challenges that seek to devastate and/or tear them apart. I use a variety of treatment modalities including faith-based interventions to meet clients at their point of need. My approach to psychotherapy stemmed from the trauma-informed care (TIC) principles.
(706) 916-6570 View (706) 916-6570
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Dr. Vernon T. Scott
Pre-Licensed Professional, EdD
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909
Are you having issues communicating with your partner and expressing your wants and needs? Are you experiencing a decline or issues with sexual satisfaction or pleasure? Are you a survivor of sexual violence or an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse? Are you a Black male at the beginning stages of your therapeutic journey? I work with clients that are over the age of 18, all orientations/identities, and all relationship structures.
Are you having issues communicating with your partner and expressing your wants and needs? Are you experiencing a decline or issues with sexual satisfaction or pleasure? Are you a survivor of sexual violence or an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse? Are you a Black male at the beginning stages of your therapeutic journey? I work with clients that are over the age of 18, all orientations/identities, and all relationship structures.
(470) 441-8427 View (470) 441-8427
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Dr. Danielle R Veney
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, PhD, LAMFT
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909
Dr. Danielle Veney is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in Georgia specializing in treating children, families, and couples. She provides individual, family, and couple sessions through various treatment techniques such as Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Veney specializes in treating children, families, and couples experiencing depression, anxiety, ADHD, behavioral issues, anger management, marital and premarital, and family conflict.
Dr. Danielle Veney is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in Georgia specializing in treating children, families, and couples. She provides individual, family, and couple sessions through various treatment techniques such as Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Veney specializes in treating children, families, and couples experiencing depression, anxiety, ADHD, behavioral issues, anger management, marital and premarital, and family conflict.
(706) 621-5470 View (706) 621-5470
Christy McWaters
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LPC, CMAC
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909
Christy McWaters is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia who has been practicing since 2014. Christy has experience in many different areas in helping clients, but just to name a few areas are stress, anxiety, coping with addictions, trauma and abuse, and anger management. She believes in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and Christy is proud of you for getting started! She will tailor your dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.
Christy McWaters is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia who has been practicing since 2014. Christy has experience in many different areas in helping clients, but just to name a few areas are stress, anxiety, coping with addictions, trauma and abuse, and anger management. She believes in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and Christy is proud of you for getting started! She will tailor your dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.
(706) 383-0756 View (706) 383-0756
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Tamika Jones
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909  (Online Only)
Welcome! I’m Tamika of Life in Bloom. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and I’m here to help you navigate life's stressful relationships. In our talks, I refer to those stressors as “thorns.” Why thorns, you ask? Great question! Because even the most beautiful roses have some uncomfortable pieces. That doesn’t make them any less beautiful, valuable, or appreciated. I have been commissioned to help couples, families, friends, and any other relationship dynamic find their communication style, boundaries, and build trust. It is truly my joy and my personal life’s work.
Welcome! I’m Tamika of Life in Bloom. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and I’m here to help you navigate life's stressful relationships. In our talks, I refer to those stressors as “thorns.” Why thorns, you ask? Great question! Because even the most beautiful roses have some uncomfortable pieces. That doesn’t make them any less beautiful, valuable, or appreciated. I have been commissioned to help couples, families, friends, and any other relationship dynamic find their communication style, boundaries, and build trust. It is truly my joy and my personal life’s work.
(706) 607-6132 View (706) 607-6132

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Forest Hills, GA

< 10

Therapists in Forest Hills, GA who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
67% Depression
67% Grief
67% Parenting
67% Spirituality
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Other

Average years in practice

19 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Therapists in Forest Hills, GA see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Forest Hills?

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.