Therapists in Downtown, Des Moines, IA

Photo of Tammera Bibbins, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Downtown, Des Moines, IA
Tammera Bibbins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Downtown, Des Moines, IA 50309
For the past 20 years I have worked with children and families who have been faced with traumas in their lives. I am passionate about helping people move past the difficulties that life has thrown in their paths and move toward living the fullest that life has to offer.
For the past 20 years I have worked with children and families who have been faced with traumas in their lives. I am passionate about helping people move past the difficulties that life has thrown in their paths and move toward living the fullest that life has to offer.
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Emilie Ruehs
Counselor, MS, tLMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Des Moines, IA 50309
Waitlist for new clients
I work together with each individual to identify strengths, inter-relational patterns, and motivation for change. I see clients 14 and older with a particular focus on teens and young adults. I specialize in working with individuals experiencing suicidal ideation and self-harm/non-suicidal self-injury, with additional experience in depression, anxiety, body image, life transitions, and identity.
I work together with each individual to identify strengths, inter-relational patterns, and motivation for change. I see clients 14 and older with a particular focus on teens and young adults. I specialize in working with individuals experiencing suicidal ideation and self-harm/non-suicidal self-injury, with additional experience in depression, anxiety, body image, life transitions, and identity.
(515) 493-3961 View (515) 493-3961
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Lauren Martin
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Des Moines, IA 50309
Not accepting new clients
I believe people heal through healthy connections and relationships, whether these relationships be parent-child, family systems, romantic connection, supportive friendship or a healthy relationship with yourself. As a clinician, developing a trusting, supportive relationship with my clients is vital to provide a comfortable, non-judgmental, and compassionate space to work through life's challenges. I am experienced with individuals, couples, and families experiencing complex trauma and mental health difficulties. I enjoy working with clients ages 3 through the lifespan emphasizing work with children, teens, and young adults.
I believe people heal through healthy connections and relationships, whether these relationships be parent-child, family systems, romantic connection, supportive friendship or a healthy relationship with yourself. As a clinician, developing a trusting, supportive relationship with my clients is vital to provide a comfortable, non-judgmental, and compassionate space to work through life's challenges. I am experienced with individuals, couples, and families experiencing complex trauma and mental health difficulties. I enjoy working with clients ages 3 through the lifespan emphasizing work with children, teens, and young adults.
(515) 375-7437 View (515) 375-7437
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Rena Olsen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT-S
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Downtown, Des Moines, IA 50309
Not accepting new clients
I am passionate about coming alongside individuals, families, and couples from all walks of life to work through difficult feelings and life situations. I believe that clients are the experts on themselves, and approaches therapy as a learner and a partner. I strive to work with clients to help them gain new insights and skills to resolve concerns and instill hope for the future. I am willing to work as hard as my clients to help them achieve whatever goals they set for themselves and believe that a positive relationship between therapist and client is key to reaching those goals successfully.
I am passionate about coming alongside individuals, families, and couples from all walks of life to work through difficult feelings and life situations. I believe that clients are the experts on themselves, and approaches therapy as a learner and a partner. I strive to work with clients to help them gain new insights and skills to resolve concerns and instill hope for the future. I am willing to work as hard as my clients to help them achieve whatever goals they set for themselves and believe that a positive relationship between therapist and client is key to reaching those goals successfully.
(515) 454-1319 View (515) 454-1319
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Brett Vitzthum
Licensed Professional Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Downtown, Des Moines, IA 50309
Not accepting new clients
Brett provides in-office therapy services to individuals and families looking for a strength-based approach to address counterproductive behavioral functioning. He strives to develop healthy interpersonal dynamics and the skills necessary for optimal family, community and societal integration. Brett assists clients to identify their desired change goals such as communication, conflict resolution and social and emotional coping. He holds an awareness of cross cultural ethnicities and is versatile in providing services based on multicultural aspects.
Brett provides in-office therapy services to individuals and families looking for a strength-based approach to address counterproductive behavioral functioning. He strives to develop healthy interpersonal dynamics and the skills necessary for optimal family, community and societal integration. Brett assists clients to identify their desired change goals such as communication, conflict resolution and social and emotional coping. He holds an awareness of cross cultural ethnicities and is versatile in providing services based on multicultural aspects.
(515) 209-3184 View (515) 209-3184
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Colyn Burbank
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, CADC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Des Moines, IA 50309
Waitlist for new clients
I am an approachable therapist with a down to earth style. My goal is to provide a setting that is welcoming and safe for clients to explore their thoughts and feelings. I strive to help my clients overcome difficulties they are working through using an empathetic and compassionate approach.
I am an approachable therapist with a down to earth style. My goal is to provide a setting that is welcoming and safe for clients to explore their thoughts and feelings. I strive to help my clients overcome difficulties they are working through using an empathetic and compassionate approach.
(515) 715-4332 View (515) 715-4332
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Heather Monaghan
Counselor, MS, tLMHC
Verified Verified
Downtown, Des Moines, IA 50309
Waitlist for new clients
Mental health problems don't define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but, importantly, you are not the rain. - Matt Haig. As a clinician, I aim to promote the overall being of my clients by establishing a therapeutic environment that is free from judgment. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in addition to other mindfulness practices. I also incorporate other approaches and techniques to tailor the therapeutic experience to the individual needs of those I work with.
Mental health problems don't define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but, importantly, you are not the rain. - Matt Haig. As a clinician, I aim to promote the overall being of my clients by establishing a therapeutic environment that is free from judgment. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in addition to other mindfulness practices. I also incorporate other approaches and techniques to tailor the therapeutic experience to the individual needs of those I work with.
(515) 523-6413 View (515) 523-6413
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Angela Brannian
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Des Moines, IA 50309
Waitlist for new clients
Life can be tough. Dreams die. Grief crushes us. Divorce, loss, trauma, abuse, depression, and anxiety happen to the best of us. Life has taught me how important it is to have a safe place to be heard, seen, and sometimes to receive a warm and well-timed wake up call. Email me if you'd like to read my welcome letter where I spell out my philosophy of practice, especially how I understand the balance of kindness and honesty to factor into successful therapy. If you want someone who goes beyond reflective listening, I might be your person.
Life can be tough. Dreams die. Grief crushes us. Divorce, loss, trauma, abuse, depression, and anxiety happen to the best of us. Life has taught me how important it is to have a safe place to be heard, seen, and sometimes to receive a warm and well-timed wake up call. Email me if you'd like to read my welcome letter where I spell out my philosophy of practice, especially how I understand the balance of kindness and honesty to factor into successful therapy. If you want someone who goes beyond reflective listening, I might be your person.
(515) 303-2681 View (515) 303-2681
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MacKenzie Gibbons
MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Des Moines, IA 50309
Not accepting new clients
After undergrad I moved to North Carolina where I received my M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a certificate in Marriage and Family Counseling. I was licensed in NC for two years prior to making the decision to move back to Iowa. I work with all ages, but primarily focus on ages 10 years or older, and I am comfortable with working with most diagnoses. I am a CBT therapist that will also at times use a Solution-Focused and DBT approach. I remind clients who are searching for a therapist, “Therapist are like shoes. We do not fit you all. You need to make sure you find your right fit”.
After undergrad I moved to North Carolina where I received my M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a certificate in Marriage and Family Counseling. I was licensed in NC for two years prior to making the decision to move back to Iowa. I work with all ages, but primarily focus on ages 10 years or older, and I am comfortable with working with most diagnoses. I am a CBT therapist that will also at times use a Solution-Focused and DBT approach. I remind clients who are searching for a therapist, “Therapist are like shoes. We do not fit you all. You need to make sure you find your right fit”.
(515) 500-2619 View (515) 500-2619
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Jill Niswander
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, tLMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Des Moines, IA 50309
Not accepting new clients
My name is Jill Niswander (she, her), and I am a temporary licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. My approach to therapy is strength based and client focused. I consider myself an ally to marginalized members of our community and seek to remain culturally humble when working with clients who live, work, speak, love, and worship differently than I do. I believe that clients have within them the resources and skills they need to create the change they seek. I utilize a systemic, narrative model of therapy to help clients achieve their goals.
My name is Jill Niswander (she, her), and I am a temporary licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. My approach to therapy is strength based and client focused. I consider myself an ally to marginalized members of our community and seek to remain culturally humble when working with clients who live, work, speak, love, and worship differently than I do. I believe that clients have within them the resources and skills they need to create the change they seek. I utilize a systemic, narrative model of therapy to help clients achieve their goals.
(515) 500-5687 View (515) 500-5687
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Nina Pressman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Des Moines, IA 50309
Waitlist for new clients
Life can be hard. From daily stressors to past trauma to life changes and more, I know that you are dealing with a lot! I am here to partner with you to help you get through the hard things in life and help you find joy.
Life can be hard. From daily stressors to past trauma to life changes and more, I know that you are dealing with a lot! I am here to partner with you to help you get through the hard things in life and help you find joy.
(515) 854-3390 View (515) 854-3390
Photo of Hayden Finch, Psychologist in Downtown, Des Moines, IA
Hayden Finch
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Downtown, Des Moines, IA 50309  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
*ONLINE THERAPIST* Like you, I’ve felt like I was working really hard to keep it all balanced but was somehow only treading water. Now, I use my personal and professional experience and all the knowledge I got earning my doctorate in psychology to help you find meaningful balance. My focus is on helping you escape life’s overwhelm by teaching you step-by-step, actionable strategies proven to help you feel more relaxed and more empowered so you can thrive in your life. No crystals, no horoscopes, just proven techniques. If you feel like no matter what you do, you're never good enough, I've got your back.
*ONLINE THERAPIST* Like you, I’ve felt like I was working really hard to keep it all balanced but was somehow only treading water. Now, I use my personal and professional experience and all the knowledge I got earning my doctorate in psychology to help you find meaningful balance. My focus is on helping you escape life’s overwhelm by teaching you step-by-step, actionable strategies proven to help you feel more relaxed and more empowered so you can thrive in your life. No crystals, no horoscopes, just proven techniques. If you feel like no matter what you do, you're never good enough, I've got your back.
(515) 444-5813 View (515) 444-5813
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Antonia L Valadez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Des Moines, IA 50309
Sometimes we know that certain things in our lives need to change and we may not know where to start or how to make progress toward our goals. Therapy can help individuals examine where they are, what they are struggling with, and help them create a plan to begin making changes in their lives and/or in their relationships. Trauma, anxiety, or stressful life events can make things feel overwhelming but finding a therapist you can connect with is the first step. Petunia, my 20 lb. mixed breed dog (DOB 7/4/21) is training to be a therapy dog. She is present during sessions but I can put her in her kennel if you prefer.
Sometimes we know that certain things in our lives need to change and we may not know where to start or how to make progress toward our goals. Therapy can help individuals examine where they are, what they are struggling with, and help them create a plan to begin making changes in their lives and/or in their relationships. Trauma, anxiety, or stressful life events can make things feel overwhelming but finding a therapist you can connect with is the first step. Petunia, my 20 lb. mixed breed dog (DOB 7/4/21) is training to be a therapy dog. She is present during sessions but I can put her in her kennel if you prefer.
(515) 220-2729 View (515) 220-2729
Photo of Tanner Jay Whipple, Counselor in Downtown, Des Moines, IA
Tanner Jay Whipple
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Des Moines, IA 50309
Tanner strongly feels that everyone has the ability to make positive change through personal growth. He finds fulfillment in seeing healthy changes in attitudes and behaviors among his clients. He feels blessed that his clients are open to allowing him into their lives and walk with them through their personal life journey while assisting with challenges as they arise. Tanner has a background in working with individuals with ADHD, ODD, DMDD, anxiety and depression disorders, as well as individuals on the autism spectrum or with past traumas. Tanner has over ten years of experience working in the mental health field.
Tanner strongly feels that everyone has the ability to make positive change through personal growth. He finds fulfillment in seeing healthy changes in attitudes and behaviors among his clients. He feels blessed that his clients are open to allowing him into their lives and walk with them through their personal life journey while assisting with challenges as they arise. Tanner has a background in working with individuals with ADHD, ODD, DMDD, anxiety and depression disorders, as well as individuals on the autism spectrum or with past traumas. Tanner has over ten years of experience working in the mental health field.
(515) 203-8314 View (515) 203-8314
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Elizabeth B Schroeder
MA, TLMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
Downtown, Des Moines, IA 50309
Serving individuals of all backgrounds, faiths and walks of life. I specialize in working with teenagers and adults of all ages. I look forward to working with you and helping you address the challenges you may be facing with anxiety, depression, and other unresolved stresses and struggles of life. As your therapist, I will work to create a space for you to feel free to express yourself without judgment, in a safe protective environment. You will set the pace as we journey together to a deeper understanding of yourself and in the pursuit of living in the moment as your true self.
Serving individuals of all backgrounds, faiths and walks of life. I specialize in working with teenagers and adults of all ages. I look forward to working with you and helping you address the challenges you may be facing with anxiety, depression, and other unresolved stresses and struggles of life. As your therapist, I will work to create a space for you to feel free to express yourself without judgment, in a safe protective environment. You will set the pace as we journey together to a deeper understanding of yourself and in the pursuit of living in the moment as your true self.
(515) 303-4903 View (515) 303-4903
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Wendy Tillgren
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Downtown, Des Moines, IA 50309
I see primarily adolescents and adults to help work through most things life throws our way. I use a combination of evidence based treatments, compassion and humor to help find your best self. I have been in the field for over 15 years across various settings working with people who have experienced trauma, mood disorders, foster care/adoption concerns and general life stress.
I see primarily adolescents and adults to help work through most things life throws our way. I use a combination of evidence based treatments, compassion and humor to help find your best self. I have been in the field for over 15 years across various settings working with people who have experienced trauma, mood disorders, foster care/adoption concerns and general life stress.
(515) 346-6870 View (515) 346-6870
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Madelyn Colby
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Downtown, Des Moines, IA 50309
My mission in counseling is to create a healing environment for individuals that encourages growth and empowerment through different forms of talk therapy. I like using a strengths-based approach with my clients by emphasizing their inner strengths and focusing on positivity
My mission in counseling is to create a healing environment for individuals that encourages growth and empowerment through different forms of talk therapy. I like using a strengths-based approach with my clients by emphasizing their inner strengths and focusing on positivity
(515) 639-0627 View (515) 639-0627
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Elisa McAfee
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Des Moines, IA 50309
Not accepting new clients
I became a therapist to be a professional “feelings friend” – a person whom others can approach with anything and everything in their times of need. No matter the situation, I strive to offer a warm, authentic, and supportive environment to help my clients pursue lasting change in their lives. In my office, you’ll get an advocate, a cheerleader, a teammate, a challenger, and a coach. Progress may look different for you depending on the day - however it does, I am honored to be a part of your healing.
I became a therapist to be a professional “feelings friend” – a person whom others can approach with anything and everything in their times of need. No matter the situation, I strive to offer a warm, authentic, and supportive environment to help my clients pursue lasting change in their lives. In my office, you’ll get an advocate, a cheerleader, a teammate, a challenger, and a coach. Progress may look different for you depending on the day - however it does, I am honored to be a part of your healing.
(515) 298-8904 View (515) 298-8904
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Madisen Smith
Counselor, LMHC, MA, BS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Des Moines, IA 50309
Not accepting new clients
Are you struggling with heavy feelings, difficulties regulating your emotions, or just worrying a lot? Do you find yourself unable to feel or find happiness in your life? Are you grieving a loss, or having trouble adapting to a new normal? As a temporary licensed mental health counselor my goal is to meet you where you are and help guide you to a healthier life, or at least give you some relief. I work collaboratively with my clients and am attentive to their individuality and the uniqueness they each bring to the therapy process. Therapy is your journey, and I'm honored to cheer you on and challenge you to reach your goals.
Are you struggling with heavy feelings, difficulties regulating your emotions, or just worrying a lot? Do you find yourself unable to feel or find happiness in your life? Are you grieving a loss, or having trouble adapting to a new normal? As a temporary licensed mental health counselor my goal is to meet you where you are and help guide you to a healthier life, or at least give you some relief. I work collaboratively with my clients and am attentive to their individuality and the uniqueness they each bring to the therapy process. Therapy is your journey, and I'm honored to cheer you on and challenge you to reach your goals.
(515) 901-7916 View (515) 901-7916
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Ellie McCarthy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Des Moines, IA 50309
Not accepting new clients
My name is Ellie McCarthy (she, her), and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). My therapeutic approach is client-centered, and I work from a systemic, narrative perspective. I appreciate hearing stories about your life and how you got to where you are today. It’s my goal to listen to these stories and find patterns, examine different dynamics, explore past and current challenges, and use those to encourage positive, healthy change.
My name is Ellie McCarthy (she, her), and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). My therapeutic approach is client-centered, and I work from a systemic, narrative perspective. I appreciate hearing stories about your life and how you got to where you are today. It’s my goal to listen to these stories and find patterns, examine different dynamics, explore past and current challenges, and use those to encourage positive, healthy change.
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Number of Therapists in Downtown, Des Moines, IA

30+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Downtown, Des Moines, IA who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
89% Depression
83% Trauma and PTSD
81% Self Esteem
78% Stress
69% Relationship Issues
67% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

3 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% BlueCross and BlueShield
84% Wellmark BCBS
71% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Downtown, Des Moines, IA see their clients

89% In Person and Online
11% Online Only

Gender breakdown

85% Female
12% Male
3% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Downtown, Des Moines?

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.