Therapists in South Loop, Chicago, IL

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Stacy L. Clark, Ph.D., LLC
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
South Loop, Chicago, IL 60602
Taking the first step towards change can feel overwhelming and I recognize the courage it takes to start the journey towards healing. I believe the therapeutic relationship with my clients has an impact on facilitating growth so I strive to create a supportive environment that assists them in navigating decisions that can keep them feeling stuck. I listen intently and seek to understand my clients so they feel cared for. My strength based approach allows me to highlight the sense of resilience that each client brings and I collaborate with clients to set goals and solve problems that lead to a healthier life.
Taking the first step towards change can feel overwhelming and I recognize the courage it takes to start the journey towards healing. I believe the therapeutic relationship with my clients has an impact on facilitating growth so I strive to create a supportive environment that assists them in navigating decisions that can keep them feeling stuck. I listen intently and seek to understand my clients so they feel cared for. My strength based approach allows me to highlight the sense of resilience that each client brings and I collaborate with clients to set goals and solve problems that lead to a healthier life.
(773) 263-0003 View (773) 263-0003
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Tyler Goldsberry
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, ALMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
South Loop, Chicago, IL 60602
You feel stuck. You want aspects of your life to be different, but are unsure how to make that happen. A major life transition within your relationships, parenting, health, or career may have you feeling lost and overwhelmed. Maybe you're at a point where you don't know where to go from here. You’re questioning yourself or your purpose. You don’t have to navigate this time in your life alone. Therapy with me offers you a place of support and connection while you explore the challenges you’re facing and work toward your goals.
You feel stuck. You want aspects of your life to be different, but are unsure how to make that happen. A major life transition within your relationships, parenting, health, or career may have you feeling lost and overwhelmed. Maybe you're at a point where you don't know where to go from here. You’re questioning yourself or your purpose. You don’t have to navigate this time in your life alone. Therapy with me offers you a place of support and connection while you explore the challenges you’re facing and work toward your goals.
(312) 626-9851 View (312) 626-9851
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Maggie Brown
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South Loop, Chicago, IL 60602
I work with adults, couples, adolescents and families around issues such as anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief/loss, infertility and trauma. I have been trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). My clients describe my approach as warm and supportive yet straightforward. My goal is to help clients better understand their past so they can make positive changes for their future. I believe in empowering my clients to live their best lives and tailor my approach to each individual or family. I truly love the work that I do and I believe that comes through to my clients in the work that we do together.
I work with adults, couples, adolescents and families around issues such as anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief/loss, infertility and trauma. I have been trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). My clients describe my approach as warm and supportive yet straightforward. My goal is to help clients better understand their past so they can make positive changes for their future. I believe in empowering my clients to live their best lives and tailor my approach to each individual or family. I truly love the work that I do and I believe that comes through to my clients in the work that we do together.
(773) 570-6914 View (773) 570-6914
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Jeffrey Bailey
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
South Loop, Chicago, IL 60601  (Online Only)
Life is a beautiful, complicated journey. I enjoy walking with people through the difficulties this life brings: marriage, relationships, anxiety, depression, family issues, life transitions, and parenting. Sadly, life can also bring deep trauma our way. I have specialized in walking with people through the darkest of life's moments. Do you want to find your best self, your best path out of the place life has found you...let me walk this journey with you.
Life is a beautiful, complicated journey. I enjoy walking with people through the difficulties this life brings: marriage, relationships, anxiety, depression, family issues, life transitions, and parenting. Sadly, life can also bring deep trauma our way. I have specialized in walking with people through the darkest of life's moments. Do you want to find your best self, your best path out of the place life has found you...let me walk this journey with you.
(773) 649-9547 View (773) 649-9547
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Christine Mendenhall
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
South Loop, Chicago, IL 60606  (Online Only)
Hi, I’m Dr. Christine, Currently, I have been in the mental health profession for over 20 years working with clients in various capacities.
Hi, I’m Dr. Christine, Currently, I have been in the mental health profession for over 20 years working with clients in various capacities.
(224) 435-4745 View (224) 435-4745
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Rise Counseling
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
South Loop, Chicago, IL 60604  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Caitlin and I am an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trained Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Illinois. Maybe you have found yourself in the aftermath of a toxic or abusive relationship. You’re struggling to make sense of what has happened. You can’t shake the constant feeling of butterflies in your stomach. Most nights, you are awakened by nightmares related to your trauma or other stressful life experiences. The path to healing feels daunting, but the good news is you don’t have to go it alone.
Hello! My name is Caitlin and I am an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trained Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Illinois. Maybe you have found yourself in the aftermath of a toxic or abusive relationship. You’re struggling to make sense of what has happened. You can’t shake the constant feeling of butterflies in your stomach. Most nights, you are awakened by nightmares related to your trauma or other stressful life experiences. The path to healing feels daunting, but the good news is you don’t have to go it alone.
(708) 675-2538 View (708) 675-2538
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Dana Abbey
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South Loop, Chicago, IL 60606  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Dana Abbey and I have been a fully licensed psychotherapist established in the mental health field for 12 years. Over the course of these years I have worked in settings such as emergency rooms, residential treatment programs, partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient programs, schools, and outpatient clinics. This has afforded me a well rounded understanding of all aspects of mental healthcare. In the recent years I have incorporated telehealth into practice, allowing greater accessibility and convenience to more clients while providing the same results as in person therapy.
Hello! My name is Dana Abbey and I have been a fully licensed psychotherapist established in the mental health field for 12 years. Over the course of these years I have worked in settings such as emergency rooms, residential treatment programs, partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient programs, schools, and outpatient clinics. This has afforded me a well rounded understanding of all aspects of mental healthcare. In the recent years I have incorporated telehealth into practice, allowing greater accessibility and convenience to more clients while providing the same results as in person therapy.
(224) 225-0728 View (224) 225-0728
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Andrea Harris Alpert
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified Verified
South Loop, Chicago, IL 60602
Everyone feels anxiety, depression, or other difficult feelings at different points in their life. When painful feelings are persistent and life begins to feel difficult and unmanageable in a more ongoing way that is the time to consider going to therapy. For the last 20 years, I have helped adult men and women and teens and their parents improve their mood, reduce stress, increase self confidence, cultivate satisfying relationships, and make lasting changes in their lives. I work hard to provide a climate where you can feel safe and understood so you can begin to explore your thoughts and feelings.
Everyone feels anxiety, depression, or other difficult feelings at different points in their life. When painful feelings are persistent and life begins to feel difficult and unmanageable in a more ongoing way that is the time to consider going to therapy. For the last 20 years, I have helped adult men and women and teens and their parents improve their mood, reduce stress, increase self confidence, cultivate satisfying relationships, and make lasting changes in their lives. I work hard to provide a climate where you can feel safe and understood so you can begin to explore your thoughts and feelings.
(312) 548-9335 View (312) 548-9335
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Pat Bardenett
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CADC, ACH, RYT
Verified Verified
South Loop, Chicago, IL 60601
We often find ourselves unable to move forward due to the enormity of the situations that are presented to us. We may feel stuck, tired, and at times, hopeless. So we armour ourselves to face the world. This armouring occurs in the form of addictions such as overeating; using drugs and alcohol; isolating and repeating patterns of toxic relationships. As a result our hearts become numb. We move through life with an armored exterior, fearful of experiencing our feelings and emotions. By creating a safe environment, I help unlock and release pain.
We often find ourselves unable to move forward due to the enormity of the situations that are presented to us. We may feel stuck, tired, and at times, hopeless. So we armour ourselves to face the world. This armouring occurs in the form of addictions such as overeating; using drugs and alcohol; isolating and repeating patterns of toxic relationships. As a result our hearts become numb. We move through life with an armored exterior, fearful of experiencing our feelings and emotions. By creating a safe environment, I help unlock and release pain.
(312) 789-5428 View (312) 789-5428
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Tasleem K Pierce
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
South Loop, Chicago, IL 60606  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and I'm genuinely passionate about accompanying individuals like you on their profound journey toward personal growth and well-being. With a Master's degree from Austin Peay State University, I've spent years dedicated to providing empathetic and unwavering support. In my role as your therapist, I create a warm and non-judgmental space where you can feel completely at ease while exploring your needs and emotions. Picture it as a safe harbor where personal growth and healing take center stage. I work with a diverse clientele, including individuals, couples, families, and young adults.
Hello! I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and I'm genuinely passionate about accompanying individuals like you on their profound journey toward personal growth and well-being. With a Master's degree from Austin Peay State University, I've spent years dedicated to providing empathetic and unwavering support. In my role as your therapist, I create a warm and non-judgmental space where you can feel completely at ease while exploring your needs and emotions. Picture it as a safe harbor where personal growth and healing take center stage. I work with a diverse clientele, including individuals, couples, families, and young adults.
(731) 207-8319 View (731) 207-8319
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Sarah Tsung
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
South Loop, Chicago, IL 60604
I love working with college students, adults and couples on a wide variety of issues, but in particular I specialize in ADHD, dating and relationship concerns, family trauma, ethical non-monogomy, polycules and life transitions. My hope for you is straightforward: to embark on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment, where you'll gain the tools, insights, and courage to embrace your potential and live a life that's authentically yours.
I love working with college students, adults and couples on a wide variety of issues, but in particular I specialize in ADHD, dating and relationship concerns, family trauma, ethical non-monogomy, polycules and life transitions. My hope for you is straightforward: to embark on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment, where you'll gain the tools, insights, and courage to embrace your potential and live a life that's authentically yours.
(630) 796-7068 View (630) 796-7068
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Janet Choe-Steagall
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
South Loop, Chicago, IL 60606  (Online Only)
Hello - I'm glad you're here. My name is Janet, and I'm ready to support you through whatever might be bringing you here today. Whether you're going through a major life transition, struggling with identity challenges, or needing to sift through a general feeling of imbalance - we can work to get you to a place of fulfillment and ease.
Hello - I'm glad you're here. My name is Janet, and I'm ready to support you through whatever might be bringing you here today. Whether you're going through a major life transition, struggling with identity challenges, or needing to sift through a general feeling of imbalance - we can work to get you to a place of fulfillment and ease.
(224) 219-0099 View (224) 219-0099
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Salima Al-Alwi
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South Loop, Chicago, IL 60604
Are you going through a significant life transition? Whether it's a breakup, graduating from college, starting a new job, or adjusting to a new city, I can help. As a member of the BIPOC community, I understand the unique challenges and cultural expectations that you may be facing. I strongly believe that everyone has a story shaped by their experiences, and I am here to support you in creating the life and happiness you desire. We will work together to set goals and develop coping skills that will empower you to feel better and thrive. Let's increase your self-awareness and build the tools you need to navigate like with confidence.
Are you going through a significant life transition? Whether it's a breakup, graduating from college, starting a new job, or adjusting to a new city, I can help. As a member of the BIPOC community, I understand the unique challenges and cultural expectations that you may be facing. I strongly believe that everyone has a story shaped by their experiences, and I am here to support you in creating the life and happiness you desire. We will work together to set goals and develop coping skills that will empower you to feel better and thrive. Let's increase your self-awareness and build the tools you need to navigate like with confidence.
(630) 625-8308 View (630) 625-8308
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Margaret McGonegal
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
South Loop, Chicago, IL 60602
Life’s challenges happen suddenly. Without warning it feels like you can’t navigate through with confidence and calm. Instead, you are plagued with worry, hesitation, anxiety, and depression. At times, life feels like a ticking time bomb, and you are desperately searching for an effective means to diffuse it. But your coping skills aren’t working well enough, or maybe they weren’t that healthy in the first place. How are you supposed to get comfortable with the challenges you are experiencing, let alone feel you are responding in a healthy way, when everything around you – maybe even your person – can be so unpredictable?
Life’s challenges happen suddenly. Without warning it feels like you can’t navigate through with confidence and calm. Instead, you are plagued with worry, hesitation, anxiety, and depression. At times, life feels like a ticking time bomb, and you are desperately searching for an effective means to diffuse it. But your coping skills aren’t working well enough, or maybe they weren’t that healthy in the first place. How are you supposed to get comfortable with the challenges you are experiencing, let alone feel you are responding in a healthy way, when everything around you – maybe even your person – can be so unpredictable?
(312) 262-5173 View (312) 262-5173
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Madissyn Fredericks
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified Verified
South Loop, Chicago, IL 60606  (Online Only)
As a therapist at Symmetry Counseling, I aim to help my clients achieve and maintain the best version of themselves. My hope is that through the power of the therapeutic relationship, clients are able to be vulnerable, explore their authentic selves, and learn the tools necessary to help them cope with the struggles in their daily lives and relationships. Through the reflection of past experiences and the exploration of present thoughts, behaviors, and emotions, I work to help my clients gain insight and facilitate change in their lives.
As a therapist at Symmetry Counseling, I aim to help my clients achieve and maintain the best version of themselves. My hope is that through the power of the therapeutic relationship, clients are able to be vulnerable, explore their authentic selves, and learn the tools necessary to help them cope with the struggles in their daily lives and relationships. Through the reflection of past experiences and the exploration of present thoughts, behaviors, and emotions, I work to help my clients gain insight and facilitate change in their lives.
(312) 525-9941 View (312) 525-9941
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Peter Beer
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, ALMFT
Verified Verified
South Loop, Chicago, IL 60602
As a relational therapist, my aim is to support clients in striving for safety, security, and authenticity—whether individually, as a family, or in romantic relationships. I specialize in working with dyads, helping to dissolve distance or conflict while building a foundation of emotional closeness. Growing up as a “third culture kid,” I also have a particular interest in supporting first- or second-generation immigrants as they explore cultural attunement with themselves or their communities.
As a relational therapist, my aim is to support clients in striving for safety, security, and authenticity—whether individually, as a family, or in romantic relationships. I specialize in working with dyads, helping to dissolve distance or conflict while building a foundation of emotional closeness. Growing up as a “third culture kid,” I also have a particular interest in supporting first- or second-generation immigrants as they explore cultural attunement with themselves or their communities.
(217) 403-9988 x38 View (217) 403-9988 x38
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Dr. Wendy Goetz
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
34 Endorsed
South Loop, Chicago, IL 60601  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I believe at some point, everyone experiences difficulties they cannot resolve through their usual means of coping and problem-solving. I can help you move forward by understanding patterns in your relationships, past experiences, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and how they contribute to your current symptoms and concerns. With this insight, you can then take actions to produce the changes you seek. I'm passionate about helping clients find constructive and realistic solutions that reflect their individual personality and lifestyle.
I believe at some point, everyone experiences difficulties they cannot resolve through their usual means of coping and problem-solving. I can help you move forward by understanding patterns in your relationships, past experiences, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and how they contribute to your current symptoms and concerns. With this insight, you can then take actions to produce the changes you seek. I'm passionate about helping clients find constructive and realistic solutions that reflect their individual personality and lifestyle.
(773) 207-3595 View (773) 207-3595
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Rebecca Patterson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
South Loop, Chicago, IL 60602  (Online Only)
I am dedicated to helping clients of all identities and sexual preferences rewrite the relational narratives that are no longer in alignment with their values, life stage, or desires. I particularly enjoy working with clients who are healing from trauma, struggling with desire, or experiencing anxiety—helping to guide them in creating a more connected relationship with their full authentic selves. I also help couples mindfully navigate consensual non-monogamy, kink, BDSM, and other unique relational dynamics, and encourage clients to craft their own scripts that fit their unique relational landscape.
I am dedicated to helping clients of all identities and sexual preferences rewrite the relational narratives that are no longer in alignment with their values, life stage, or desires. I particularly enjoy working with clients who are healing from trauma, struggling with desire, or experiencing anxiety—helping to guide them in creating a more connected relationship with their full authentic selves. I also help couples mindfully navigate consensual non-monogamy, kink, BDSM, and other unique relational dynamics, and encourage clients to craft their own scripts that fit their unique relational landscape.
(872) 239-3347 View (872) 239-3347
Julia G. Hall
Pre-Licensed Professional, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South Loop, Chicago, IL 60606  (Online Only)
As a clinician, I believe that therapy should be a mutual process in which the client and therapist work together to address the concerns and needs of each unique individual client. I believe each person has a unique capacity for growth and drive for self-actualization. When done with empathy and acceptance for an individual, therapy can be a process by which the client achieves their perception of change, growth, and healing.
As a clinician, I believe that therapy should be a mutual process in which the client and therapist work together to address the concerns and needs of each unique individual client. I believe each person has a unique capacity for growth and drive for self-actualization. When done with empathy and acceptance for an individual, therapy can be a process by which the client achieves their perception of change, growth, and healing.
(312) 820-8328 View (312) 820-8328
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Matt Lawson
Counselor, MA, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
South Loop, Chicago, IL 60601
Are you ready to achieve optimal health? Over the past 20 years, I have helped hundreds of individuals improve their lifestyles through my work in health and fitness. Whether I was offering nutrition counseling, lifestyle coaching, or personal training, I have always appreciated the importance of helping clients develop wholeness between mind and body.
Are you ready to achieve optimal health? Over the past 20 years, I have helped hundreds of individuals improve their lifestyles through my work in health and fitness. Whether I was offering nutrition counseling, lifestyle coaching, or personal training, I have always appreciated the importance of helping clients develop wholeness between mind and body.
(312) 675-4922 x1 View (312) 675-4922 x1

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Number of Therapists in South Loop, Chicago, IL

2,000+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in South Loop, Chicago, IL who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
89% Depression
79% Self Esteem
78% Relationship Issues
72% Trauma and PTSD
66% Coping Skills
65% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% BlueCross and BlueShield
62% Aetna
54% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in South Loop, Chicago, IL see their clients

61% In Person and Online
39% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
19% Male
2% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in South Loop, Chicago?

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.