Therapists in Woodstock, GA

Photo of Colleen P. Panunzio, Licensed Professional Counselor in Woodstock, GA
Colleen P. Panunzio
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Woodstock, GA 30188
Thank you for checking out my profile! I welcome any questions that you may have prior to scheduling. I'm accepting new patients and I have been in private practice for 24 years. I offer a direct and genuine approach in a supportive environment to help people identify their unhealthy patterns of behaviors that contribute to the difficulties in our lives. I believe in a person's ability to change. My goal is to provide the most effective therapeutic services in a safe, caring, and empathetic environment. I believe that while an understanding of the past is essential, positive change occurs in the present.
Thank you for checking out my profile! I welcome any questions that you may have prior to scheduling. I'm accepting new patients and I have been in private practice for 24 years. I offer a direct and genuine approach in a supportive environment to help people identify their unhealthy patterns of behaviors that contribute to the difficulties in our lives. I believe in a person's ability to change. My goal is to provide the most effective therapeutic services in a safe, caring, and empathetic environment. I believe that while an understanding of the past is essential, positive change occurs in the present.
(678) 735-5518 View (678) 735-5518
Photo of Ashley S. Lingerfelt, Counselor in Woodstock, GA
Ashley S. Lingerfelt
Counselor, MS, LPC, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Woodstock, GA 30188
*****Not Accepting New Clients | Self-Pay Only***** No matter what phase of parenting you are in, I can help prepare you for success on your parenting journey. I specialize in working with young children and new moms. If you are struggling with your young child’s behavior, with feeling connected with your child, or with the adjustment to motherhood, please reach out to me. Being a parent isn’t easy and is often isolating. COVID has made circumstances even harder for many families. It’s okay to ask for help!
*****Not Accepting New Clients | Self-Pay Only***** No matter what phase of parenting you are in, I can help prepare you for success on your parenting journey. I specialize in working with young children and new moms. If you are struggling with your young child’s behavior, with feeling connected with your child, or with the adjustment to motherhood, please reach out to me. Being a parent isn’t easy and is often isolating. COVID has made circumstances even harder for many families. It’s okay to ask for help!
(678) 919-2308 View (678) 919-2308
Photo of Dr. Sara R Rose, Psychologist in Woodstock, GA
Dr. Sara R Rose
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Woodstock, GA 30188
Not accepting new clients
Do you find yourself spending most of your time thinking about memories from your past or worrying about the future? Are your emotions causing problems for you with family, friends, work, or school? You may not even know exactly what is wrong, but feel like something has changed or is missing from your life. These are some of the many concerns that often bring my clients to therapy and can be successfully treated within the safe and nonjudgmental therapeutic setting I provide.
Do you find yourself spending most of your time thinking about memories from your past or worrying about the future? Are your emotions causing problems for you with family, friends, work, or school? You may not even know exactly what is wrong, but feel like something has changed or is missing from your life. These are some of the many concerns that often bring my clients to therapy and can be successfully treated within the safe and nonjudgmental therapeutic setting I provide.
(678) 831-5852 View (678) 831-5852
Photo of Elizabeth DeLuca, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Woodstock, GA
Elizabeth DeLuca
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Woodstock, GA 30188
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with twenty-five years of experience in the mental health field. My experience includes, but is not limited to, relationship issues, adjustment issues, grief/loss issues, stress management, communication issues, self-esteem issues, domestic violence issues, and mood disorders. I serve adults of all ages and couples at any stage of a relationship. I am sensitive and respectful of an individual’s lifestyle and cultural and ethnic background. I provide a comfortable environment within which you will not be judged and your thoughts and feelings are respected.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with twenty-five years of experience in the mental health field. My experience includes, but is not limited to, relationship issues, adjustment issues, grief/loss issues, stress management, communication issues, self-esteem issues, domestic violence issues, and mood disorders. I serve adults of all ages and couples at any stage of a relationship. I am sensitive and respectful of an individual’s lifestyle and cultural and ethnic background. I provide a comfortable environment within which you will not be judged and your thoughts and feelings are respected.
(678) 250-8952 View (678) 250-8952
Photo of Andrea A King, Licensed Professional Counselor in Woodstock, GA
Andrea A King
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSA, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Woodstock, GA 30188
Andrea has over 40 years of professional counseling experience in Clinical Psychology & other disciplines. She served as an elected Board of Education member in the 1980's. She served to bring the State of Georgia into the international arena to certify Addiction Counseling as a recognized profession. Andrea provides individual therapy with adults of all ages. Her specialties include helping clients establish healthy relationships, address issues of codependency, the work of overcoming grief, family-of-origin issues, navigating mid & late life transitions, crisis counseling, PTSD & transgenerational trauma, depression, and anxiety.
Andrea has over 40 years of professional counseling experience in Clinical Psychology & other disciplines. She served as an elected Board of Education member in the 1980's. She served to bring the State of Georgia into the international arena to certify Addiction Counseling as a recognized profession. Andrea provides individual therapy with adults of all ages. Her specialties include helping clients establish healthy relationships, address issues of codependency, the work of overcoming grief, family-of-origin issues, navigating mid & late life transitions, crisis counseling, PTSD & transgenerational trauma, depression, and anxiety.
(470) 740-6750 View (470) 740-6750
Photo of Mimi McDonald, Licensed Professional Counselor in Woodstock, GA
Mimi McDonald
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Woodstock, GA 30188
You keep telling yourself things will get better soon, but deep down you feel so exhausted from trying to make things work that you aren’t sure you can muster up the energy to get through the day. Talking to friends leaves you feeling lonely and inadequate; it seems they have it all together. How could they understand? The negative thoughts about not being good enough prevent you from truly enjoying your life, friends, and family. You keep hoping for a deeper connection-to be understood, and to feel like yourself again, but you just don’t know where to begin.
You keep telling yourself things will get better soon, but deep down you feel so exhausted from trying to make things work that you aren’t sure you can muster up the energy to get through the day. Talking to friends leaves you feeling lonely and inadequate; it seems they have it all together. How could they understand? The negative thoughts about not being good enough prevent you from truly enjoying your life, friends, and family. You keep hoping for a deeper connection-to be understood, and to feel like yourself again, but you just don’t know where to begin.
(404) 977-4117 View (404) 977-4117
Photo of Sarah Schneeberg, LPC Intern in Woodstock, GA
Sarah Schneeberg
LPC Intern
Verified Verified
Woodstock, GA 30188
Not accepting new clients
Hi! I am a graduate student intern working towards my masters in counseling at Richmont Graduate University. I believe we all make sense in the context of our stories. When we look back into the past, we can bring new understanding to who we are. With this understanding comes healing and hope for the future. I hope to provide a safe place where you can process and explore your own story and begin heal from the different traumas and life hurts that you have experienced. I am passionate about walking alongside people of all ages as they discover who they are, and who they want to be, in the story of their life.
Hi! I am a graduate student intern working towards my masters in counseling at Richmont Graduate University. I believe we all make sense in the context of our stories. When we look back into the past, we can bring new understanding to who we are. With this understanding comes healing and hope for the future. I hope to provide a safe place where you can process and explore your own story and begin heal from the different traumas and life hurts that you have experienced. I am passionate about walking alongside people of all ages as they discover who they are, and who they want to be, in the story of their life.
(678) 892-7187 View (678) 892-7187
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Thriveworks@Woodstock
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Woodstock, GA 30188  (Online Only)
Hello, are you ready to go on a journey and feel the clean, crisp air and not all of the bumps in the road??? Many will say "easier said than done." Peace of mind and sanity are priceless. So if you are willing to make the effort, I will be here to assist with the adventure that awaits positive outcomes.
Hello, are you ready to go on a journey and feel the clean, crisp air and not all of the bumps in the road??? Many will say "easier said than done." Peace of mind and sanity are priceless. So if you are willing to make the effort, I will be here to assist with the adventure that awaits positive outcomes.
(678) 658-2547 View (678) 658-2547
Photo of Robin Reeves-Oppenheim, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Woodstock, GA
Robin Reeves-Oppenheim
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, ThD, LCSW, DCSW, CHT, BC-TMH
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Woodstock, GA 30188
I provide a unique and innovative therapeutic approach to holistic wellness with individuals, adolescents, couples, and families. I provide a wide range of behavioral health, mental health, and substance abuse services: family & relationship issues, anxiety, stress, depression, inner child, mental disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse & chemical dependency, trauma, neuroscience, transformational psychology, biofield science, Reiki, hypnotherapy, spirituality, energy healing, and mind-body approaches. My licensed professional staff and I are committed to providing the best quality services and cutting edge" best practices".
I provide a unique and innovative therapeutic approach to holistic wellness with individuals, adolescents, couples, and families. I provide a wide range of behavioral health, mental health, and substance abuse services: family & relationship issues, anxiety, stress, depression, inner child, mental disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse & chemical dependency, trauma, neuroscience, transformational psychology, biofield science, Reiki, hypnotherapy, spirituality, energy healing, and mind-body approaches. My licensed professional staff and I are committed to providing the best quality services and cutting edge" best practices".
(678) 929-5207 View (678) 929-5207
Photo of Travis Granville, Pre-Licensed Professional in Woodstock, GA
Travis Granville
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Woodstock, GA 30188
Finding a therapist that you connect well with is a daunting task. It is my goal to ensure that you feel supported and equipped to meet your counseling goals, whatever they may be. I typically partner with children, teens, and adults to assist them with anxiety, depression, behavioral needs, trauma, and solution-focused care. Care can range from empirically supported play therapy interventions for kids to experiential and awareness-building talk therapy for teens and adults. Ultimately, we will work together to find a treatment path that fits your unique needs and preferences.
Finding a therapist that you connect well with is a daunting task. It is my goal to ensure that you feel supported and equipped to meet your counseling goals, whatever they may be. I typically partner with children, teens, and adults to assist them with anxiety, depression, behavioral needs, trauma, and solution-focused care. Care can range from empirically supported play therapy interventions for kids to experiential and awareness-building talk therapy for teens and adults. Ultimately, we will work together to find a treatment path that fits your unique needs and preferences.
(678) 737-3784 x4 View (678) 737-3784 x4
Photo of David B. Hopkins, Licensed Professional Counselor in Woodstock, GA
David B. Hopkins
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Woodstock, GA 30188
Are you feeling overwhelmed and unprepared to cope with personal or family challenges in your life? Do you find yourself experiencing feelings of frustration, worry, anxiety or depression? Perhaps you are overwhelmed with fear, self -doubt or even feeling powerless by your experiences or circumstances. Life experiences can be challenging. Having a safe place to work through your thoughts and feelings can help. I will assist you to process your experiences, improve personal insight, and develop skills that increase your capacity to push through, and regain focus, and create more hope and purpose in your life.
Are you feeling overwhelmed and unprepared to cope with personal or family challenges in your life? Do you find yourself experiencing feelings of frustration, worry, anxiety or depression? Perhaps you are overwhelmed with fear, self -doubt or even feeling powerless by your experiences or circumstances. Life experiences can be challenging. Having a safe place to work through your thoughts and feelings can help. I will assist you to process your experiences, improve personal insight, and develop skills that increase your capacity to push through, and regain focus, and create more hope and purpose in your life.
(678) 990-3947 View (678) 990-3947
Photo of Kathleen Omahony, Licensed Professional Counselor in Woodstock, GA
Kathleen Omahony
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Woodstock, GA 30189
I am accepting new patients in office or video. I offer a direct and genuine approach in a supportive environment to help people identify their dysfunctional patterns of behaviors that contribute to the difficulties in our lives. I am dedicated to providing the most effective therapeutic services in a safe, caring and empathetic environment. I believe that while an understanding of the past is essential, positive change occurs in the present.
I am accepting new patients in office or video. I offer a direct and genuine approach in a supportive environment to help people identify their dysfunctional patterns of behaviors that contribute to the difficulties in our lives. I am dedicated to providing the most effective therapeutic services in a safe, caring and empathetic environment. I believe that while an understanding of the past is essential, positive change occurs in the present.
(678) 487-5044 View (678) 487-5044
Photo of Dr. Jack Kariuki Edwards, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Woodstock, GA
Dr. Jack Kariuki Edwards
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DMin, LCSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Woodstock, GA 30188
I am dedicated to the process of transforming your challenging life issues into meaningful ways of living. Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed, alone, or dejected? My practice will provide you with a safe, respectful, and supportive environment. I will guide you in the process of identifying, evaluating, and challenging the feelings behind your repetitive patterns of behavior. Since my goal is a treatment that lasts, a major focus of my practice is to assist you in breaking the grip of helplessness and hopelessness. Through collaborative effort, we can work on developing new and more adaptive responses to the challenges in your life.
I am dedicated to the process of transforming your challenging life issues into meaningful ways of living. Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed, alone, or dejected? My practice will provide you with a safe, respectful, and supportive environment. I will guide you in the process of identifying, evaluating, and challenging the feelings behind your repetitive patterns of behavior. Since my goal is a treatment that lasts, a major focus of my practice is to assist you in breaking the grip of helplessness and hopelessness. Through collaborative effort, we can work on developing new and more adaptive responses to the challenges in your life.
(404) 334-5859 View (404) 334-5859
Photo of Lisa Cleary, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Woodstock, GA
Lisa Cleary
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Woodstock, GA 30189
Do you struggle with making real changes in your relationships? Are you easily triggered into emotional distress due to past events? Have you repeatedly “tried harder” to change yourself? Do you wish that you could stop being so hard on yourself and others? Do you struggle with addiction or a loved one's addiction? Do you have symptoms of PTSD? After trying so hard to make changes, we may begin to doubt if change is possible. Reaching out for help can be hard and takes tremendous courage. But making lasting changes is not easy, and few people can do it alone.
Do you struggle with making real changes in your relationships? Are you easily triggered into emotional distress due to past events? Have you repeatedly “tried harder” to change yourself? Do you wish that you could stop being so hard on yourself and others? Do you struggle with addiction or a loved one's addiction? Do you have symptoms of PTSD? After trying so hard to make changes, we may begin to doubt if change is possible. Reaching out for help can be hard and takes tremendous courage. But making lasting changes is not easy, and few people can do it alone.
(678) 672-4642 View (678) 672-4642
Photo of Connie Branom, Licensed Professional Counselor in Woodstock, GA
Connie Branom
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, MFT, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Woodstock, GA 30188
Connie has a passion for helping struggling marriages who desire better communication and true intimacy. She and her husband Danny have been married 40 years. She has experienced the highs and lows of a relationship and knows life can be difficult at times. Dont wait until one or the other wants to leave, get help for your relationship now. There is hope and healing but you have to make the phone call. We are here to help so that you can find true happiness and joy in all your relationships.
Connie has a passion for helping struggling marriages who desire better communication and true intimacy. She and her husband Danny have been married 40 years. She has experienced the highs and lows of a relationship and knows life can be difficult at times. Dont wait until one or the other wants to leave, get help for your relationship now. There is hope and healing but you have to make the phone call. We are here to help so that you can find true happiness and joy in all your relationships.
(678) 374-9996 View (678) 374-9996
Photo of Magen Lewis, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Woodstock, GA
Magen Lewis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Woodstock, GA 30188
I am a licensed clinical social worker practicing in Ohio with 10 years of experience in the mental health field. I have experience helping individuals, children, and families find success in working towards their treatment goals. I have expertise in the areas of ADHD, anger, anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, stress, and more. I would describe my treatment style as caring, collaborative, and culturally competent. I truly believe in meeting clients where they are! I primarily use evidence-based modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, and Mindfulness components.
I am a licensed clinical social worker practicing in Ohio with 10 years of experience in the mental health field. I have experience helping individuals, children, and families find success in working towards their treatment goals. I have expertise in the areas of ADHD, anger, anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, stress, and more. I would describe my treatment style as caring, collaborative, and culturally competent. I truly believe in meeting clients where they are! I primarily use evidence-based modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, and Mindfulness components.
(678) 679-5962 View (678) 679-5962
Photo of Mary Teresa Freeman-Walters, Counselor in Woodstock, GA
Mary Teresa Freeman-Walters
Counselor, MS, MAC, LPC, CPCS
Verified Verified
Woodstock, GA 30188
For as long as I can remember, I've had a heart for encouraging people. I consider it a blessing to be able to do what gives me great joy - watching lives become transformed through the healing experience of counseling. I am looking forward to meeting you and having the privilege to be a part of your journey of renewal.
For as long as I can remember, I've had a heart for encouraging people. I consider it a blessing to be able to do what gives me great joy - watching lives become transformed through the healing experience of counseling. I am looking forward to meeting you and having the privilege to be a part of your journey of renewal.
(678) 820-4781 View (678) 820-4781
Photo of Robin Hovanec, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Woodstock, GA
Robin Hovanec
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Woodstock, GA 30189
The most important thing I offer each of my clients is HOPE. I believe change is constant and things can get better each day. I strive to teach my clients how to cope during stressful times and be more mindful of the positive things in their lives. I believe in a person's ability to change and can offer skills to help with this process. I have more than 10 years experience working with adults, teens, and families. I also offer group counseling for those who would benefit from meeting other people with similar struggles.
The most important thing I offer each of my clients is HOPE. I believe change is constant and things can get better each day. I strive to teach my clients how to cope during stressful times and be more mindful of the positive things in their lives. I believe in a person's ability to change and can offer skills to help with this process. I have more than 10 years experience working with adults, teens, and families. I also offer group counseling for those who would benefit from meeting other people with similar struggles.
(678) 918-4094 View (678) 918-4094
Photo of Dr. Kristi Cronan, Licensed Professional Counselor in Woodstock, GA
Dr. Kristi Cronan
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, ACS, RPT
Verified Verified
Woodstock, GA 30188
I specialize with LGBTQIA+ populations of all ages as well as anyone who has experienced religious trauma, codependency issues, attachment wounds, and shame-based living. My clients are often looking for a transformative therapy experience that provides deep insights into who they are, how they got here, and where they go from here to be healthy, authentic, and confident. Sessions are supportive, non-judgmental, and individualized for your needs and comfort level. We frequently use interventions like role plays, mindfulness exercises, and creative expressive directives to explore the connections between your mind, body, & emotions.
I specialize with LGBTQIA+ populations of all ages as well as anyone who has experienced religious trauma, codependency issues, attachment wounds, and shame-based living. My clients are often looking for a transformative therapy experience that provides deep insights into who they are, how they got here, and where they go from here to be healthy, authentic, and confident. Sessions are supportive, non-judgmental, and individualized for your needs and comfort level. We frequently use interventions like role plays, mindfulness exercises, and creative expressive directives to explore the connections between your mind, body, & emotions.
(678) 616-8121 x2 View (678) 616-8121 x2
Photo of Karalee Glore, Pre-Licensed Professional in Woodstock, GA
Karalee Glore
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
Woodstock, GA 30189
I love helping couples who are struggling in their relationships to come together and love their partners more adaptively. I also enjoy helping parents and children to have a healthier understanding of each other and work on effective communication. Lastly, I work with individual clients navigating difficult times in their lives.
I love helping couples who are struggling in their relationships to come together and love their partners more adaptively. I also enjoy helping parents and children to have a healthier understanding of each other and work on effective communication. Lastly, I work with individual clients navigating difficult times in their lives.
(770) 343-7303 View (770) 343-7303

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Woodstock, GA

200+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in Woodstock, GA who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
88% Depression
76% Self Esteem
73% Coping Skills
64% Relationship Issues
63% Grief
62% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% Aetna
76% BlueCross and BlueShield
76% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Woodstock, GA see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
17% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Woodstock?

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.