Therapists in Ames, IA

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Ellyn Nitchals-Kellner
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Ames, IA 50010
Not accepting new clients
I am a licensed mental health counselor and a certified EMDR therapist. I believe that all people are capable of healing and growth, and am honored to work with you towards your goals. My clinical areas of interest include working with survivors of trauma including intergenerational trauma, violence and interpersonal trauma, and racial/ethnic trauma, as well as the treatment of mood disorders, anxiety, adjustment disorders, and personality disorders. I am experienced in helping clients work through sexuality and relationship issues, identity exploration, and chronic shame.
I am a licensed mental health counselor and a certified EMDR therapist. I believe that all people are capable of healing and growth, and am honored to work with you towards your goals. My clinical areas of interest include working with survivors of trauma including intergenerational trauma, violence and interpersonal trauma, and racial/ethnic trauma, as well as the treatment of mood disorders, anxiety, adjustment disorders, and personality disorders. I am experienced in helping clients work through sexuality and relationship issues, identity exploration, and chronic shame.
(515) 209-3806 View (515) 209-3806
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Tami Wirth Hunter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW, RPT-S
Verified
Ames, IA 50010
Are you seeking compassionate therapy for yourself or your child? Look no further! I'm a Registered Play Therapist passionate about helping young children and adults find healing and growth. My journey in social work has taken me through diverse and impactful experiences. With a background that includes domestic violence, sexual assault advocacy, and the child welfare system, I bring a deep understanding of the complex issues individuals and families may face. My commitment to helping others thrive and find healing drives my private practice in Ames.
Are you seeking compassionate therapy for yourself or your child? Look no further! I'm a Registered Play Therapist passionate about helping young children and adults find healing and growth. My journey in social work has taken me through diverse and impactful experiences. With a background that includes domestic violence, sexual assault advocacy, and the child welfare system, I bring a deep understanding of the complex issues individuals and families may face. My commitment to helping others thrive and find healing drives my private practice in Ames.
(515) 512-4493 View (515) 512-4493
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Shane Kavanaugh
Counselor, PhD, LMHC
Verified
Ames, IA 50010
Stress comes in many forms in our daily lives. When we get bogged down with memories from our past, or worries about our future, we become unable to fully participate in the present. My goal is to empower you to live as your most authentic self by creating a collaborative therapeutic atmosphere where you are the expert on your own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I utilize a cognitive-behavioral, strength-based, and solution-focused approach to help you explore and identify what's working, what you would like to change, and potential strategies to achieve your goals.
Stress comes in many forms in our daily lives. When we get bogged down with memories from our past, or worries about our future, we become unable to fully participate in the present. My goal is to empower you to live as your most authentic self by creating a collaborative therapeutic atmosphere where you are the expert on your own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I utilize a cognitive-behavioral, strength-based, and solution-focused approach to help you explore and identify what's working, what you would like to change, and potential strategies to achieve your goals.
(515) 585-1035 View (515) 585-1035
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Clear Brook Counseling Professionals
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CADC, CCH
Verified
3 Endorsed
Ames, IA 50010
NOW OFFERING MEDICATION MANAGEMENT IN ANKENY AND AMES. At Clear Brook Counseling Professionals, we work together to provide you the therapy - family, couples, or individual that will deliver the best results for your unique needs. We believe life has meaning, and every moment is worth living. That's the end goal. At Clear Brook you'll experience a team of counselors, proven treatment, and techniques that work. The process is about finding clarity in the situation, and seeing change. Clear Brook Counseling Professionals weave proven practices and life-exercises into your therapy to help foster results.
NOW OFFERING MEDICATION MANAGEMENT IN ANKENY AND AMES. At Clear Brook Counseling Professionals, we work together to provide you the therapy - family, couples, or individual that will deliver the best results for your unique needs. We believe life has meaning, and every moment is worth living. That's the end goal. At Clear Brook you'll experience a team of counselors, proven treatment, and techniques that work. The process is about finding clarity in the situation, and seeing change. Clear Brook Counseling Professionals weave proven practices and life-exercises into your therapy to help foster results.
(515) 200-7584 View (515) 200-7584
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Andrew Bradley
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Ames, IA 50010
As a retired Marine, a licensed pilot, a scuba diver, and a linguist, I have a varied and multicultural background and am able to connect well with people of different cultures. In addition to a Masters in Professional Counseling, I have a Seminary degree in Pastoral Counseling. After serving as an Arabic and Persian Farsi linguist in the Marine Corps, I decided to continue a life of service by helping people find healing and personal growth. As a Veteran who served in Iraq and in Combat, I have special insight to help fellow Service Members.
As a retired Marine, a licensed pilot, a scuba diver, and a linguist, I have a varied and multicultural background and am able to connect well with people of different cultures. In addition to a Masters in Professional Counseling, I have a Seminary degree in Pastoral Counseling. After serving as an Arabic and Persian Farsi linguist in the Marine Corps, I decided to continue a life of service by helping people find healing and personal growth. As a Veteran who served in Iraq and in Combat, I have special insight to help fellow Service Members.
(515) 500-2151 View (515) 500-2151
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Courtney Clippert-Treadwell
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified
Ames, IA 50014
It's an honor and privilege to work with clients during, what might be, some of their most difficult moments in life. I find it rewarding to hear each client's story, help clients embrace their strengths, recognize personal resiliency factors, and feel more empowered. My approach is collaborative and integrative. I strive to create an affirming environment and atmosphere of safety, trust, and acceptance. Also, it's essential for me to understand client's worldview and cultural identities. I believe that a safe, supportive, and caring therapeutic relationship is an integral part of the change process.
It's an honor and privilege to work with clients during, what might be, some of their most difficult moments in life. I find it rewarding to hear each client's story, help clients embrace their strengths, recognize personal resiliency factors, and feel more empowered. My approach is collaborative and integrative. I strive to create an affirming environment and atmosphere of safety, trust, and acceptance. Also, it's essential for me to understand client's worldview and cultural identities. I believe that a safe, supportive, and caring therapeutic relationship is an integral part of the change process.
(515) 575-9482 View (515) 575-9482
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Lisa Witter
Counselor, LMHC, LPC
Verified
Ames, IA 50010
Waitlist for new clients
I am a therapist and licensed counselor in Ames, IA. My specialty is working with women ages 18 on up. We will work together to help you overcome anxiety, depression, achieve personal goals and explore identity questions. Learn effective strategies a stronger inner guidance. You'll be able to feel peaceful, creative and connected through challenges. Enjoy better relationships, confidence and overall vitality. I also offer parent coaching for families with children ages 2-25. Contact me, or sign up on my website, for your free initial consultation.
I am a therapist and licensed counselor in Ames, IA. My specialty is working with women ages 18 on up. We will work together to help you overcome anxiety, depression, achieve personal goals and explore identity questions. Learn effective strategies a stronger inner guidance. You'll be able to feel peaceful, creative and connected through challenges. Enjoy better relationships, confidence and overall vitality. I also offer parent coaching for families with children ages 2-25. Contact me, or sign up on my website, for your free initial consultation.
(515) 827-2593 View (515) 827-2593
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Nichole Olson
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Ames, IA 50014
I feel grateful for the opportunity to walk alongside others on their journeys towards healing and growth. I take a collaborative and empowering approach. I believe that the client is the expert in their life, and I view my role as being a guide as clients reflect on their experiences, identify patterns that are causing distress, connect with their emotions, and work towards meaningful changes. I believe that creating a therapeutic relationship that is safe, validating, and accepting is an essential component of the change process.
I feel grateful for the opportunity to walk alongside others on their journeys towards healing and growth. I take a collaborative and empowering approach. I believe that the client is the expert in their life, and I view my role as being a guide as clients reflect on their experiences, identify patterns that are causing distress, connect with their emotions, and work towards meaningful changes. I believe that creating a therapeutic relationship that is safe, validating, and accepting is an essential component of the change process.
(515) 505-1997 View (515) 505-1997
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Daniel Chavarria
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Ames, IA 50010
Building a strong therapist - client relationship is the basis of my therapeutic approach. I'm interested in working clients who are struggling in their current life stage or circumstances. Therapy is hard work, but through challenging dysfunctional thought processes and behaviors, change is possible.
Building a strong therapist - client relationship is the basis of my therapeutic approach. I'm interested in working clients who are struggling in their current life stage or circumstances. Therapy is hard work, but through challenging dysfunctional thought processes and behaviors, change is possible.
(515) 361-7921 View (515) 361-7921
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K.C. Moore
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW, MPH
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ames, IA 50014
Not accepting new clients
I work with individuals of all ages to expand internal strengths and resources, and overcome stressors and barriers to life satisfaction. I utilize a trauma sensitive approach in working with behavioral and emotional concerns. I strive to develop a positive and comfortable therapeutic relationship in a safe environment.
I work with individuals of all ages to expand internal strengths and resources, and overcome stressors and barriers to life satisfaction. I utilize a trauma sensitive approach in working with behavioral and emotional concerns. I strive to develop a positive and comfortable therapeutic relationship in a safe environment.
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Abundant Life Counseling
Counselor, IADC, LMHC
Verified
Ames, IA 50010
I enjoy working with families and children and have done so in one capacity or another for 25 years. It was while I was working in the field of addictions that I realized how the family system influences and shapes us. I joined the American Association of Christian Counselors in 1998 and like to incorporate my faith in the counseling process. I am a foster and adoptive parent, which lead to my interest in attachment and trauma issues. I provide therapy for anxiety, depression, co-dependency, sexual abuse and addictions, as well as play therapy for children with behavior problems.
I enjoy working with families and children and have done so in one capacity or another for 25 years. It was while I was working in the field of addictions that I realized how the family system influences and shapes us. I joined the American Association of Christian Counselors in 1998 and like to incorporate my faith in the counseling process. I am a foster and adoptive parent, which lead to my interest in attachment and trauma issues. I provide therapy for anxiety, depression, co-dependency, sexual abuse and addictions, as well as play therapy for children with behavior problems.
(515) 599-3179 View (515) 599-3179
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Melinda Ann Wadsley
Counselor, MS, NCC, LMHC
Verified
Ames, IA 50010
Hello, I am a person-centered and strengths-based counselor. I am trained in Solution Focused Brief Therapy (which is a type of CBT) and hypnosis. I specialize in young adults, career counseling, couples counseling, and women's issues. I also work with children of all ages and their parents. I have been practicing in the field of mental health since 2009. If you are looking for a warm, positive, and experienced counselor, give me a call. :) I also have a team of counselors who work with me and I would be happy to introduce you to any of them.
Hello, I am a person-centered and strengths-based counselor. I am trained in Solution Focused Brief Therapy (which is a type of CBT) and hypnosis. I specialize in young adults, career counseling, couples counseling, and women's issues. I also work with children of all ages and their parents. I have been practicing in the field of mental health since 2009. If you are looking for a warm, positive, and experienced counselor, give me a call. :) I also have a team of counselors who work with me and I would be happy to introduce you to any of them.
(515) 859-8973 View (515) 859-8973
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Ames Therapy & Consulting, PC
Counselor, PhD, MD, LMHCs, NCC, ACS
Verified
Ames, IA 50010
Welcome to Ames Therapy where your mental well-being is our utmost priority. We understand that life's journey can be challenging, and at times, we all need a helping hand to navigate the ups and downs. Our dedicated team of compassionate professionals is here to provide you with the support and guidance you need to achieve mental and emotional wellness. You are not alone on this path, and we are here to walk it with you. We bring a wealth of experience and expertise to help you on your journey . Our team of highly qualified and compassionate counselors has collectively spent decades working in the field of mental health.
Welcome to Ames Therapy where your mental well-being is our utmost priority. We understand that life's journey can be challenging, and at times, we all need a helping hand to navigate the ups and downs. Our dedicated team of compassionate professionals is here to provide you with the support and guidance you need to achieve mental and emotional wellness. You are not alone on this path, and we are here to walk it with you. We bring a wealth of experience and expertise to help you on your journey . Our team of highly qualified and compassionate counselors has collectively spent decades working in the field of mental health.
(515) 393-4982 View (515) 393-4982
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April L Falzone
Counselor, MA, LMHC, NCC
Verified
Ames, IA 50014
I believe that creating a safe environment for my client and developing a caring relationship is critical to successful therapy. I work adults who have experienced abuse and trauma to expand internal resources, heal from past experiences, and explore new directions. I work with an emphasis on using Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I work with individuals on problems related to relationship issues, family communication, anxiety, eating disorders, depression, and other life transitions.
I believe that creating a safe environment for my client and developing a caring relationship is critical to successful therapy. I work adults who have experienced abuse and trauma to expand internal resources, heal from past experiences, and explore new directions. I work with an emphasis on using Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I work with individuals on problems related to relationship issues, family communication, anxiety, eating disorders, depression, and other life transitions.
(515) 512-5312 View (515) 512-5312
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Mary Nii Munteh
Psychologist, PsyD, LP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ames, IA 50014
I believe that childhood interactions play a huge part in the development of psychological pain, wounds, and hurts. I am sensitive to the process of therapy and work hard to make it a safe and trusting space for you and myself to work together. The here and now interactions in the room are important and I intentionally use them to foster the healing process. Your strengths and goals are important to the way I work because my aim is to free up the energy that has been suppressed by pain so that you can focus on the things that are important to you.
I believe that childhood interactions play a huge part in the development of psychological pain, wounds, and hurts. I am sensitive to the process of therapy and work hard to make it a safe and trusting space for you and myself to work together. The here and now interactions in the room are important and I intentionally use them to foster the healing process. Your strengths and goals are important to the way I work because my aim is to free up the energy that has been suppressed by pain so that you can focus on the things that are important to you.
(515) 585-1248 View (515) 585-1248
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Jess Ward
Pre-Licensed Professional, t-LMHC
Verified
Ames, IA 50010
I am a compassionate and collaborative mental health counselor who will help you focus on your experience to formulate and achieve your individual or family goals. I believe you are the expert in your life and should be in the driver’s seat of your therapy experience. I am dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment and committed to helping you build the skill and insight you need to heal. I am skilled in helping you identify your strengths and work through your challenges to achieve your goals.
I am a compassionate and collaborative mental health counselor who will help you focus on your experience to formulate and achieve your individual or family goals. I believe you are the expert in your life and should be in the driver’s seat of your therapy experience. I am dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment and committed to helping you build the skill and insight you need to heal. I am skilled in helping you identify your strengths and work through your challenges to achieve your goals.
(515) 981-7892 View (515) 981-7892
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Kelsi Macek
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ames, IA 50010
Not accepting new clients
Each person, couple, and family comes to therapy with a unique story and need. Yours is important and worthy of being understood and cared for. Whether you are looking for a listening ear, are considering a new way to overcome an issue, or are hoping for guidance toward a specific goal, you are welcomed. I guide individuals, couples, and families in working through and beyond anxiety, depression, trauma, relational distress, and other difficulties. I believe in the importance of identifying change that positively impacts both the present and the future, encouraging long-lasting fulfillment.
Each person, couple, and family comes to therapy with a unique story and need. Yours is important and worthy of being understood and cared for. Whether you are looking for a listening ear, are considering a new way to overcome an issue, or are hoping for guidance toward a specific goal, you are welcomed. I guide individuals, couples, and families in working through and beyond anxiety, depression, trauma, relational distress, and other difficulties. I believe in the importance of identifying change that positively impacts both the present and the future, encouraging long-lasting fulfillment.
(515) 375-0807 View (515) 375-0807
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Samantha R Snovelle
Counselor, MA, LMHC, EMDR
Verified
Ames, IA 50010  (Online Only)
My approach to therapy is a collaboration with clients. Each client is an equal and valuable participant in the therapy relationship. It is in this relationship where growth and healing take place. I attempt to meet new clients where they are by providing acceptance, kindness and support, while challenging ideas, thoughts, behaviors or actions that have not been working in the client's life. I also strive to offer a fair bit of humor and grace in my sessions because we are all human and life can be hard.
My approach to therapy is a collaboration with clients. Each client is an equal and valuable participant in the therapy relationship. It is in this relationship where growth and healing take place. I attempt to meet new clients where they are by providing acceptance, kindness and support, while challenging ideas, thoughts, behaviors or actions that have not been working in the client's life. I also strive to offer a fair bit of humor and grace in my sessions because we are all human and life can be hard.
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Brooks Witter
Counselor, MA, LPC, LMHC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Ames, IA 50010
"If you don't know where you're going, you may never get there." My work supports clients in getting clear with where they want to be going in life, and in learning and applying skills to take meaningful steps aligned with guiding values. I offer clients practical tools and techniques to create more flow and vitality in life. Come away from therapy with more flexibility, humor and confidence to meet life's challenges and see them as opportunities.
"If you don't know where you're going, you may never get there." My work supports clients in getting clear with where they want to be going in life, and in learning and applying skills to take meaningful steps aligned with guiding values. I offer clients practical tools and techniques to create more flow and vitality in life. Come away from therapy with more flexibility, humor and confidence to meet life's challenges and see them as opportunities.
(720) 548-1798 View (720) 548-1798
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Morgan Fielder
Counselor, MS, NCC, tLMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ames, IA 50014
Making the decision to reach out to a counselor for the first time is a challenging step to take. I provide a safe environment for my clients to explore their reasoning for seeking mental health counseling services by actively listening to their concerns and needs in order to assist them in the process of sorting through various life challenges. I enjoy listening to each individual's story and encourage them to use their strengths as a tool for overcoming these life challenges and building a safe environment for client's to meet their goals and to make a treatment plan tailored specifically to them.
Making the decision to reach out to a counselor for the first time is a challenging step to take. I provide a safe environment for my clients to explore their reasoning for seeking mental health counseling services by actively listening to their concerns and needs in order to assist them in the process of sorting through various life challenges. I enjoy listening to each individual's story and encourage them to use their strengths as a tool for overcoming these life challenges and building a safe environment for client's to meet their goals and to make a treatment plan tailored specifically to them.
(800) 531-4236 View (800) 531-4236

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Number of Therapists in Ames, IA

90+

Average cost per session

$155

Therapists in Ames, IA who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
87% Depression
76% Trauma and PTSD
75% Self Esteem
74% Relationship Issues
73% Stress
62% Grief

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% BlueCross and BlueShield
65% Wellmark BCBS
48% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Ames, IA see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

83% Female
16% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Ames?

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.