Therapists in Lumpkin County, GA

Photo of undefined - SkyeHelps Counseling & Wellness - Bryce, MS, LAPC, EMDR, IFS, Counselor
SkyeHelps Counseling & Wellness - Bryce
Counselor, MS, LAPC, EMDR, IFS
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Dahlonega, GA 30533
I am a holistic and integrative counselor who is passionate about healing from the inside out. I believe when we can turn towards our inner experience, we find there the capacity, courage, and wisdom to deeply heal. When we can heal the parts of us carrying burdens, limiting beliefs, and trauma energy, it gives us the ability to fully step into our authentic selves and who we are meant to be. Sometimes we can't do this on our own and need someone to guide us and be a witness to our experience. My goal is to come alongside others as they do the hard work of healing and being in this world.
I am a holistic and integrative counselor who is passionate about healing from the inside out. I believe when we can turn towards our inner experience, we find there the capacity, courage, and wisdom to deeply heal. When we can heal the parts of us carrying burdens, limiting beliefs, and trauma energy, it gives us the ability to fully step into our authentic selves and who we are meant to be. Sometimes we can't do this on our own and need someone to guide us and be a witness to our experience. My goal is to come alongside others as they do the hard work of healing and being in this world.
(706) 707-5325 View (706) 707-5325
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Collin J Vander Pol
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dahlonega, GA 30533
Waitlist for new clients
I consider it a privilege to walk beside my clients as we explore options and find solutions to life's challenges. Whether individuals, couples, or families, many people appreciate my positive, strength-based approach.
I consider it a privilege to walk beside my clients as we explore options and find solutions to life's challenges. Whether individuals, couples, or families, many people appreciate my positive, strength-based approach.
(706) 550-6791 View (706) 550-6791
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Davis Palmour
Pastoral Counselor, DD, NCC, CHT
Verified Verified
Dahlonega, GA 30533
They tell us we need to stay at home. it's an unprecedented time of confusion, fear, disappointment and a myriad of other emotions. I want to help you weather this interruption of your life while following recommended guidelines for personal safety by offering video/phone consultations. I can help you in your search for success, balance and emotional stability. I am offering special pricing during this season and session cost is sliding scale if applicable. Help for yourself and those you love is but a phone call away.
They tell us we need to stay at home. it's an unprecedented time of confusion, fear, disappointment and a myriad of other emotions. I want to help you weather this interruption of your life while following recommended guidelines for personal safety by offering video/phone consultations. I can help you in your search for success, balance and emotional stability. I am offering special pricing during this season and session cost is sliding scale if applicable. Help for yourself and those you love is but a phone call away.
(706) 403-0724 View (706) 403-0724
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SkyeHelps Counseling & Wellness - Ashlynn
Counselor, MS, APC, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dahlonega, GA 30533
I believe there is power in connection and freedom in processing our hurt. Having someone sit with you as you untangle your thoughts, experiences, beliefs, and feelings can be so healing. My personal story of childhood trauma and addiction led me to pursue professional counseling for myself personally and eventually as a career. I work with people who are struggling to find steadiness in their lives. Wherever you are in life, I would love to meet with you exactly there: in the chaos, the calm, and anywhere in between. I would love to join with you in understanding where you've been, where you are now, and where you’d like to be.
I believe there is power in connection and freedom in processing our hurt. Having someone sit with you as you untangle your thoughts, experiences, beliefs, and feelings can be so healing. My personal story of childhood trauma and addiction led me to pursue professional counseling for myself personally and eventually as a career. I work with people who are struggling to find steadiness in their lives. Wherever you are in life, I would love to meet with you exactly there: in the chaos, the calm, and anywhere in between. I would love to join with you in understanding where you've been, where you are now, and where you’d like to be.
(706) 707-5242 View (706) 707-5242
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Ashley Robinson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dahlonega, GA 30533
Let go of who you think you're supposed to be and embrace who you are - Brene Brown. I understand that finding someone to share in your pain, sorrow, hopelessness and all the feelings you may feel can sometimes be difficult and terrifying. That initial step of acknowledging that you want to speak to someone can be difficult in itself, lets make that next step together. Allow me to meet you where you're at in life, after all it's about you and your journey.
Let go of who you think you're supposed to be and embrace who you are - Brene Brown. I understand that finding someone to share in your pain, sorrow, hopelessness and all the feelings you may feel can sometimes be difficult and terrifying. That initial step of acknowledging that you want to speak to someone can be difficult in itself, lets make that next step together. Allow me to meet you where you're at in life, after all it's about you and your journey.
(706) 932-5765 View (706) 932-5765
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SkyeHelps Counseling & Wellness - Skye
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC, CPCS, EMDR
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Dahlonega, GA 30533
You are worthy of love and belonging! I help individuals and families gain insight in order to live fuller, happier, more connected lives. Anxiety, depression, conflict, and major life changes affect how we think and feel. I help you work through the beliefs that create the feelings and behaviors that are holding you back from getting what you want out of life and reconnect with your body to feel congruent, calm, happy, and confident. I particularly working with people and couples who have communication problems and/or trauma histories. I'm here to help, and you can be assured of complete confidentiality.
You are worthy of love and belonging! I help individuals and families gain insight in order to live fuller, happier, more connected lives. Anxiety, depression, conflict, and major life changes affect how we think and feel. I help you work through the beliefs that create the feelings and behaviors that are holding you back from getting what you want out of life and reconnect with your body to feel congruent, calm, happy, and confident. I particularly working with people and couples who have communication problems and/or trauma histories. I'm here to help, and you can be assured of complete confidentiality.
(706) 979-2344 View (706) 979-2344
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SkyeHelps Counseling & Wellness - Ben
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, Intern
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dahlonega, GA 30533
Your story matters! I look forward to helping adolescents, adults, couples, and those looking to integrate their spirituality with their mental health. I aspire to listen to all the anxiety, traumas, and pain transpiring in your life and develop practices to better understand emotions surrounding these challenges.
Your story matters! I look forward to helping adolescents, adults, couples, and those looking to integrate their spirituality with their mental health. I aspire to listen to all the anxiety, traumas, and pain transpiring in your life and develop practices to better understand emotions surrounding these challenges.
(706) 397-5576 View (706) 397-5576
Photo of Kelly Crisson, MA, LPC, CPCS, Licensed Professional Counselor
Kelly Crisson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CPCS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dahlonega, GA 30533
My approach to therapy is meeting clients where they are while helping them to identify specific goals for treatment. Throughout sessions, clients learn to recognize and use their own individual strengths in order to positively transform their lives. This is accomplished by using a variety of counseling modalities in a nonjudgmental approach.
My approach to therapy is meeting clients where they are while helping them to identify specific goals for treatment. Throughout sessions, clients learn to recognize and use their own individual strengths in order to positively transform their lives. This is accomplished by using a variety of counseling modalities in a nonjudgmental approach.
(706) 786-4552 View (706) 786-4552
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LifeWorks Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, CHT
Verified Verified
Dahlonega, GA 30533
We started LifeWorks in 1995 & serve North Georgia with three locations - Gainesville, Dahlonega, and Clarkesville. We each have over thirty years of experience working with individuals, couples, families, groups, and facilitating workshops and retreats. We are also trained hypnotherapists. We work with many issues including anxiety & depression, relationships, substance abuse, anger, self-esteem, stress, & abuse issues. Our approach is to view individuals holistically - mind, body, & spirit.
We started LifeWorks in 1995 & serve North Georgia with three locations - Gainesville, Dahlonega, and Clarkesville. We each have over thirty years of experience working with individuals, couples, families, groups, and facilitating workshops and retreats. We are also trained hypnotherapists. We work with many issues including anxiety & depression, relationships, substance abuse, anger, self-esteem, stress, & abuse issues. Our approach is to view individuals holistically - mind, body, & spirit.
(706) 225-7069 View (706) 225-7069
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Amy D Young
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CPCS, CSAT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dahlonega, GA 30533
** Are You looking for a SIGN to tell you it's time to START therapy? Well Here's Your Sign! ** I have the compassion to see people’s lives changed through counseling as well as personal inner healing. I provide video counseling and in person/face to face therapy in Dahlonega, Georgia as well as video counseling for those who live in South Carolina and Georgia. I specialize in substance abuse, trauma, sex, love, and relationship issues. Contact me today to start on your journey to personal recovery.
** Are You looking for a SIGN to tell you it's time to START therapy? Well Here's Your Sign! ** I have the compassion to see people’s lives changed through counseling as well as personal inner healing. I provide video counseling and in person/face to face therapy in Dahlonega, Georgia as well as video counseling for those who live in South Carolina and Georgia. I specialize in substance abuse, trauma, sex, love, and relationship issues. Contact me today to start on your journey to personal recovery.
(706) 701-2570 View (706) 701-2570
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Giovanni Holguin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dahlonega, GA 30533
Hi there! My name is Giovanni, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing psychotherapy services at River Shoals counseling in Dahlonega and Gainesville, as well as tele-health sessions . My approach is client-centered and trauma-informed, utilizing an eclectic array of interventions dependent on the individual client's needs. I have experience working with folks from all walks of life and consider the client the expert of their truth.
Hi there! My name is Giovanni, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing psychotherapy services at River Shoals counseling in Dahlonega and Gainesville, as well as tele-health sessions . My approach is client-centered and trauma-informed, utilizing an eclectic array of interventions dependent on the individual client's needs. I have experience working with folks from all walks of life and consider the client the expert of their truth.
(706) 707-5749 View (706) 707-5749
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SkyeHelps Counseling & Wellness - Emily
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dahlonega, GA 30533
My approach to counseling is inspired by a Pema Chödrön, “Only to the degree that we’ve gotten to know our personal pain, only to the degree that we’ve related with pain at all, will we be fearless enough, brave enough, and enough of a warrior to be willing to feel the pain of others.” My therapeutic approach is determined by your unique needs. You determine how you spend your time in counseling. I pull from various theories and modalities including Person-Centered, IFS, Feminist, Existential and Multicultural therapies. Together we will examine your strengths, values, relationships, patterns, and goals.
My approach to counseling is inspired by a Pema Chödrön, “Only to the degree that we’ve gotten to know our personal pain, only to the degree that we’ve related with pain at all, will we be fearless enough, brave enough, and enough of a warrior to be willing to feel the pain of others.” My therapeutic approach is determined by your unique needs. You determine how you spend your time in counseling. I pull from various theories and modalities including Person-Centered, IFS, Feminist, Existential and Multicultural therapies. Together we will examine your strengths, values, relationships, patterns, and goals.
(706) 702-2717 View (706) 702-2717
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Laurie Costello
Pre-Licensed Professional, MFT, LAPC
Verified Verified
Dahlonega, GA 30533
There are times in our lives when we get stuck - in relationships or with feelings of anxiety, fear, depression, anger, low self esteem, stress or loss. These thoughts and feelings get in the way of our happiness and our ability to function optimally. Old coping skills, which once worked for us, we still use because they are familiar and comfortable but are no longer helpful and often become part of the problem. I consider my ability to connect with you, to "be real", to be trustworthy, mindfully present and to provide a safe space by being nonjudgmental & empathetic to be the foundation for your positive change.
There are times in our lives when we get stuck - in relationships or with feelings of anxiety, fear, depression, anger, low self esteem, stress or loss. These thoughts and feelings get in the way of our happiness and our ability to function optimally. Old coping skills, which once worked for us, we still use because they are familiar and comfortable but are no longer helpful and often become part of the problem. I consider my ability to connect with you, to "be real", to be trustworthy, mindfully present and to provide a safe space by being nonjudgmental & empathetic to be the foundation for your positive change.
(678) 252-6944 View (678) 252-6944
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Stacey J Hoffman
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dahlonega, GA 30533
You have taken an important step to explore the possibility of therapy to help you address your life circumstances. I will provide an atmosphere of safety and comfort for you to explore areas of your life for which you are seeking better outcomes. I work with children, adolescents, adults, and families with a variety of concerns. Parenting is one of my passions both personally and professionally. I have trained in Parent Child Interaction Therapy, a proven intervention for children with challenging behaviors that promotes positive parent-child relationships and interactions while teaching parents effective child management skills.
You have taken an important step to explore the possibility of therapy to help you address your life circumstances. I will provide an atmosphere of safety and comfort for you to explore areas of your life for which you are seeking better outcomes. I work with children, adolescents, adults, and families with a variety of concerns. Parenting is one of my passions both personally and professionally. I have trained in Parent Child Interaction Therapy, a proven intervention for children with challenging behaviors that promotes positive parent-child relationships and interactions while teaching parents effective child management skills.
(470) 260-1303 View (470) 260-1303
Photo of Joe Stapp, MA, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Joe Stapp
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Dahlonega, GA 30533
Are you at a point where you or a loved one has lost hope? With over 27 years of experience helping children, adolescents, adults, marriages, and families, I've seen many find hope that was previously absent by using a short-term, targeted, and effective approach to counseling. Each therapist has unique strengths. Mine is working through tough problems other therapists don't prefer to treat by seeing clients in their homes rather than in an office. Most people are able to see a significant change within 6 months. Counseling should not last forever and neither should your struggles
Are you at a point where you or a loved one has lost hope? With over 27 years of experience helping children, adolescents, adults, marriages, and families, I've seen many find hope that was previously absent by using a short-term, targeted, and effective approach to counseling. Each therapist has unique strengths. Mine is working through tough problems other therapists don't prefer to treat by seeing clients in their homes rather than in an office. Most people are able to see a significant change within 6 months. Counseling should not last forever and neither should your struggles
(706) 408-0692 View (706) 408-0692
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Jennifer Hosea
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, RPT-S, CPCS
Verified Verified
Dahlonega, GA 30533
If you or your loved one are struggling with anxiety, depression, anger, and/or grief, it may be time to seek support from a licensed counselor. My goal is to provide a safe, non-judgmental space to explore feelings and experiences while promoting personal growth. Since I am extensively trained and experienced in play therapy, I am most known for working with children and teens. However, I do provide counseling for all ages.
If you or your loved one are struggling with anxiety, depression, anger, and/or grief, it may be time to seek support from a licensed counselor. My goal is to provide a safe, non-judgmental space to explore feelings and experiences while promoting personal growth. Since I am extensively trained and experienced in play therapy, I am most known for working with children and teens. However, I do provide counseling for all ages.
(706) 740-3660 View (706) 740-3660
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Christine M Shaheen-Ball
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, CPCS
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Dahlonega, GA 30533
Coming to a therapist is an enlightening experience, it can make a once chaotic and out of control life become peaceful and have meaning. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy as my main methods for therapy; however, I draw from other therapy types to give my clients the best therapeutic experience. I love working with children, adolescents and adults. My experience lies in behavior management, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, life changes, adjustment issues and addiction issues as it related to the addict and to the family. I see a lot children from blended and divorced families.
Coming to a therapist is an enlightening experience, it can make a once chaotic and out of control life become peaceful and have meaning. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy as my main methods for therapy; however, I draw from other therapy types to give my clients the best therapeutic experience. I love working with children, adolescents and adults. My experience lies in behavior management, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, life changes, adjustment issues and addiction issues as it related to the addict and to the family. I see a lot children from blended and divorced families.
(678) 582-1274 View (678) 582-1274
living to help dui ddc counseling
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, ncacii
Verified Verified
Dahlonega, GA 30533
Evaluation: Alcohol and Drug, Anger Management, Domestic Violence, Cognitive Skills/Impulse Control, Mental Health. Alcohol and Drug Education,Certified Clinical Evaluations and Treatment Providers: State certified Clinical Evaluations and ASAM Level I treatment provider for the DUI Intervention Program of Georgia. Cognitive Skills CounselingThe focus is on developing right thought and right action, reprogramming and restructuring patterns. Shoplifting Diversion Program: This is a 6 week, "offense-specific" program for those charged with/convicted of shoplifting. Life Skills class , Anger Management ,Alcohol Awareness: A 4 hour educational class or Victim Impact Panel. Marijuana Education and Treatment
Evaluation: Alcohol and Drug, Anger Management, Domestic Violence, Cognitive Skills/Impulse Control, Mental Health. Alcohol and Drug Education,Certified Clinical Evaluations and Treatment Providers: State certified Clinical Evaluations and ASAM Level I treatment provider for the DUI Intervention Program of Georgia. Cognitive Skills CounselingThe focus is on developing right thought and right action, reprogramming and restructuring patterns. Shoplifting Diversion Program: This is a 6 week, "offense-specific" program for those charged with/convicted of shoplifting. Life Skills class , Anger Management ,Alcohol Awareness: A 4 hour educational class or Victim Impact Panel. Marijuana Education and Treatment
(678) 932-0391 View (678) 932-0391
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Michelle A. Matthews
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Dahlonega, GA 30533
Hello! My name is Michelle Matthews and I have been a therapist for 21 years. My specialties include, trauma (EMDR certified, trained for 13 years), relationship issues, blended families and anxiety. I am an LGBTQ+ ally.
Hello! My name is Michelle Matthews and I have been a therapist for 21 years. My specialties include, trauma (EMDR certified, trained for 13 years), relationship issues, blended families and anxiety. I am an LGBTQ+ ally.
(404) 476-6797 View (404) 476-6797
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Tina M Wallis
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Dahlonega, GA 30533
Would you like to improve the quality of your relationships and be more fulfilled both personally and professionally? Therapy can help! Does it feel like you keep repeating the same mistakes and you can't figure out why? Are you struggling to heal from loss or past trauma? Have you tried to solve the problems in your life on your own and realized you need help from someone else? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you have made the right choice by being here.
Would you like to improve the quality of your relationships and be more fulfilled both personally and professionally? Therapy can help! Does it feel like you keep repeating the same mistakes and you can't figure out why? Are you struggling to heal from loss or past trauma? Have you tried to solve the problems in your life on your own and realized you need help from someone else? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you have made the right choice by being here.
(706) 503-7142 View (706) 503-7142

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Number of Therapists in Lumpkin County, GA

30+

Average cost per session

$110

Therapists in Lumpkin County, GA who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Anxiety
81% Coping Skills
77% Relationship Issues
71% Self Esteem
68% Trauma and PTSD
65% Grief

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
88% Cigna and Evernorth
88% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Lumpkin County, GA see their clients

88% In Person and Online
12% Online Only

Gender breakdown

76% Female
21% Male
3% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Lumpkin 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.