Therapists in South Shore, Chicago, IL

Photo of Celeste Martinez, Pre-Licensed Professional in South Shore, Chicago, IL
Celeste Martinez
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
South Shore, Chicago, IL 60642
I help children and adolescents feel seen and understood while providing a safe space for them where we work together through obstacles in their life. My goal is to help them overcome different obstacles in their lives and help them develop skills to help them move forward. I want to provide for them a safe space in therapy where they can express themselves freely and grow. I believe every person is unique and should be treated as such, my therapeutic approach is more humanistic, seeing the person for who they are and working collaboratively to help meet their needs.
I help children and adolescents feel seen and understood while providing a safe space for them where we work together through obstacles in their life. My goal is to help them overcome different obstacles in their lives and help them develop skills to help them move forward. I want to provide for them a safe space in therapy where they can express themselves freely and grow. I believe every person is unique and should be treated as such, my therapeutic approach is more humanistic, seeing the person for who they are and working collaboratively to help meet their needs.
(708) 726-8111 View (708) 726-8111
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Danielle Webb
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CADC
Verified
South Shore, Chicago, IL 60649  (Online Only)
Danielle's overall work experience is in behavior medicine mainly addresses the health and mental health care needs of adults and children, often times involving substance abuse through a holistic approach, (or with the use of psychotropic medication when needed). I am also skilled in identifying maladaptive behaviors, which may inhibit a patient achieving optimal physical health, and implementing brief, focused interventions in decreasing or eradicating such behavior. In addition, I also use social and psychological evaluation techniques to promote physical health and wellness to underserved populations.
Danielle's overall work experience is in behavior medicine mainly addresses the health and mental health care needs of adults and children, often times involving substance abuse through a holistic approach, (or with the use of psychotropic medication when needed). I am also skilled in identifying maladaptive behaviors, which may inhibit a patient achieving optimal physical health, and implementing brief, focused interventions in decreasing or eradicating such behavior. In addition, I also use social and psychological evaluation techniques to promote physical health and wellness to underserved populations.
(708) 607-9159 View (708) 607-9159
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Kenji Kuramitsu
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MDiv
Verified
South Shore, Chicago, IL 60649  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Many of those looking for psychotherapy are responding to the feeling that things in life are breaking apart. Whether you are experiencing unwanted symptoms or seeking greater self-understanding about your interpersonal patterns, mental health treatment can be a powerful tool to help us learn how to live in ways that align with our deepest values. I have experiences working with those who are navigating significant life changes, those seeking healing from old and new wounds, and those working to integrate loss and pain including intergenerational trauma and spiritual concerns.
Many of those looking for psychotherapy are responding to the feeling that things in life are breaking apart. Whether you are experiencing unwanted symptoms or seeking greater self-understanding about your interpersonal patterns, mental health treatment can be a powerful tool to help us learn how to live in ways that align with our deepest values. I have experiences working with those who are navigating significant life changes, those seeking healing from old and new wounds, and those working to integrate loss and pain including intergenerational trauma and spiritual concerns.
(312) 728-7601 View (312) 728-7601
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Shannon McCray
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified
South Shore, Chicago, IL 60649  (Online Only)
I believe that all women can flourish and be their best selves with the right support. As a Therapist, I will walk alongside you to strengthen your mental well-being by addressing the challenges you’re experiencing. Whether it is healing from trauma, elevating your self-esteem, to overcoming depression that has you feeling stuck. I also help women dealing with complex family issues to find their voice and break generational patterns.
I believe that all women can flourish and be their best selves with the right support. As a Therapist, I will walk alongside you to strengthen your mental well-being by addressing the challenges you’re experiencing. Whether it is healing from trauma, elevating your self-esteem, to overcoming depression that has you feeling stuck. I also help women dealing with complex family issues to find their voice and break generational patterns.
(773) 974-6974 View (773) 974-6974
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Philip Darian Montgomery
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, MA, NCC, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
South Shore, Chicago, IL 60649  (Online Only)
I know there is a way to feel better. I hope clients will come to me for options. I look at each client with an open mind seeing possibilities. Together we can begin a journey that will lead to change. I work with individuals, families, and adolescents. I understand the difficulties facing those in law enforcement. I understand young men growing up trying to become men. I offer therapy to those with anxiety, trauma, anger-management issues, relationship matters, depression, bi-polar, and many other social emotional challenges. I hope I can be of service please reach out and lets work together towards tomorrow
I know there is a way to feel better. I hope clients will come to me for options. I look at each client with an open mind seeing possibilities. Together we can begin a journey that will lead to change. I work with individuals, families, and adolescents. I understand the difficulties facing those in law enforcement. I understand young men growing up trying to become men. I offer therapy to those with anxiety, trauma, anger-management issues, relationship matters, depression, bi-polar, and many other social emotional challenges. I hope I can be of service please reach out and lets work together towards tomorrow
(773) 692-0461 View (773) 692-0461
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Ngozi Williams
Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified
South Shore, Chicago, IL 60649
I view therapy as a safe and sacred space for processing life experiences, emotions, thoughts, and trauma in order to support clients who struggle finding balance and belonging. It is important to me that you feel seen, validated, and supported as you embark on this healing journey. Together we will work to reinvigorate, revitalize, empower you so that you may create the best version of yourself. I also understand that healing is a nonlinear process and sometimes we are faced with resistance and fear. Clients are the experts of their own lives: however, sometimes we need an outside perspective to help us re-frame & learn new skills.
I view therapy as a safe and sacred space for processing life experiences, emotions, thoughts, and trauma in order to support clients who struggle finding balance and belonging. It is important to me that you feel seen, validated, and supported as you embark on this healing journey. Together we will work to reinvigorate, revitalize, empower you so that you may create the best version of yourself. I also understand that healing is a nonlinear process and sometimes we are faced with resistance and fear. Clients are the experts of their own lives: however, sometimes we need an outside perspective to help us re-frame & learn new skills.
(773) 900-8025 View (773) 900-8025
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Sista Afya Community Mental Wellness
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified
South Shore, Chicago, IL 60649  (Online Only)
Are you a woman looking for therapy to overcome depression, anxiety or trauma? You have come to the right place. Our Therapists provide compassionate therapy to address a variety of mental health concerns while centering your unique experience as a woman.
Are you a woman looking for therapy to overcome depression, anxiety or trauma? You have come to the right place. Our Therapists provide compassionate therapy to address a variety of mental health concerns while centering your unique experience as a woman.
(773) 830-6598 View (773) 830-6598
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Golden Life Wellness Center
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified
South Shore, Chicago, IL 60649
*ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS FOR PHONE, VIDEO AND IN-PERSON SESSIONS" Hi, I am Nancy Griffin, Integrative Life Coach! Using my own life experiences combined with a diverse range of healing techniques in the areas of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wellness, I have a passion for helping you achieve positive changes in all areas of life! Therapy is a great way to improve the quality of relationships, learn coping skills, overcome obstacles and to focus on better understanding yourself and the intricate layers within your life's purpose.
*ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS FOR PHONE, VIDEO AND IN-PERSON SESSIONS" Hi, I am Nancy Griffin, Integrative Life Coach! Using my own life experiences combined with a diverse range of healing techniques in the areas of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wellness, I have a passion for helping you achieve positive changes in all areas of life! Therapy is a great way to improve the quality of relationships, learn coping skills, overcome obstacles and to focus on better understanding yourself and the intricate layers within your life's purpose.
(773) 232-5002 View (773) 232-5002
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Doreen Green
Counselor
Verified
South Shore, Chicago, IL 60649  (Online Only)
My name is Doreen and I welcome the opportunity to work with you and support you in attaining your goals. I am a licensed clinical professional counselor in Illinois. My professional background includes a Master's degree in counseling psychology and business administration. I also have over 10 years of experience in social services and mental health. My clinical focus is working with adults who have mood disorders, anxiety, or serious mental illnesses. I am very passionate about mental healthcare and entered into this profession because I value supporting others in their efforts to be the best and healthiest version of themselves.
My name is Doreen and I welcome the opportunity to work with you and support you in attaining your goals. I am a licensed clinical professional counselor in Illinois. My professional background includes a Master's degree in counseling psychology and business administration. I also have over 10 years of experience in social services and mental health. My clinical focus is working with adults who have mood disorders, anxiety, or serious mental illnesses. I am very passionate about mental healthcare and entered into this profession because I value supporting others in their efforts to be the best and healthiest version of themselves.
(773) 389-1484 View (773) 389-1484
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Tiana D Hill
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LSW
Verified
South Shore, Chicago, IL 60619  (Online Only)
Special shoutout to you for taking your first step on your healing journey. Therapy can feel scary and foreign. These are normal feelings for your first time or even 10th time around. Whether you are navigating life's challenges, seeking personal growth/discovery, or striving for balance, I am hear to provide support. Your empowerment and self healing journey begins here.
Special shoutout to you for taking your first step on your healing journey. Therapy can feel scary and foreign. These are normal feelings for your first time or even 10th time around. Whether you are navigating life's challenges, seeking personal growth/discovery, or striving for balance, I am hear to provide support. Your empowerment and self healing journey begins here.
(773) 985-1219 View (773) 985-1219
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Melanie Clavelle
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified
South Shore, Chicago, IL 60649  (Online Only)
I am a Therapist that believes that it is essential to honor your experiences and work collaboratively with you to improve your mental wellbeing. I believe each individual has their own unique story and is worthy of positive change. I specialize in supporting women who are struggling with self-esteem and depression. I want to work with you to enhance your life by finding your true self through exploration and compassionate care. I have additional experience working with those living with complex trauma, depression, anxiety, and managing life transitions.
I am a Therapist that believes that it is essential to honor your experiences and work collaboratively with you to improve your mental wellbeing. I believe each individual has their own unique story and is worthy of positive change. I specialize in supporting women who are struggling with self-esteem and depression. I want to work with you to enhance your life by finding your true self through exploration and compassionate care. I have additional experience working with those living with complex trauma, depression, anxiety, and managing life transitions.
(773) 985-5994 View (773) 985-5994
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Jewel Spencer
LMFT
South Shore, Chicago, IL 60601  (Online Only)
My ideal client is you. I enjoy supporting clients as they work to overcome a variety of presenting issues, steering away from pathology, and meeting them where they are in their process for change. My approach is person-centered, collaborative, and goal-oriented. My clinical interests include communication issues with couples and families, infidelity, substance use, and adults in transition. I am passionate about working with women of color, Black women in particular. My practice is sex-positive, LGTBQ+ and kink-affirming.
My ideal client is you. I enjoy supporting clients as they work to overcome a variety of presenting issues, steering away from pathology, and meeting them where they are in their process for change. My approach is person-centered, collaborative, and goal-oriented. My clinical interests include communication issues with couples and families, infidelity, substance use, and adults in transition. I am passionate about working with women of color, Black women in particular. My practice is sex-positive, LGTBQ+ and kink-affirming.
(773) 923-2060 View (773) 923-2060
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Amber D Kelley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified
South Shore, Chicago, IL 60649  (Online Only)
I enjoy serving Black women and girls who are seeking therapy to heal from trauma and other interpersonal difficulties. I work with people to overcome barriers that have them stuck to move to a place of growth, healing, and self-actualization.
I enjoy serving Black women and girls who are seeking therapy to heal from trauma and other interpersonal difficulties. I work with people to overcome barriers that have them stuck to move to a place of growth, healing, and self-actualization.
(773) 378-9472 View (773) 378-9472
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Kelly Chaney
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
South Shore, Chicago, IL 60649
Hello, I am Dr. Kelly Chaney! I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who is passionate about helping clients find their passion in life and supporting them in removing blocks that are keeping them from living their best life. My client experience is currently working with the BIPOC community along with children, adolescents and families. My approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I focus on helping my clients identify and challenge unhelpful thoughts and to learn practical self-help strategies.
Hello, I am Dr. Kelly Chaney! I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who is passionate about helping clients find their passion in life and supporting them in removing blocks that are keeping them from living their best life. My client experience is currently working with the BIPOC community along with children, adolescents and families. My approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I focus on helping my clients identify and challenge unhelpful thoughts and to learn practical self-help strategies.
(773) 840-0901 View (773) 840-0901
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Lisa Allison
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
South Shore, Chicago, IL 60649
Hi, I am Lisa Allison- a Licensed Independent Social Worker and Educational Specialist in School Psychology. I have over 20 years of experience as a Licensed Therapist. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a master's in social work and National Louis in Chicago with an Ed.S in School Psychology. I am board-certified in Ohio, Illinois, and Nevada. I access several different approaches to treatment based on what works best for each individual. Creating a therapeutic relationship and establishing trust are the foundation for effective therapy.
Hi, I am Lisa Allison- a Licensed Independent Social Worker and Educational Specialist in School Psychology. I have over 20 years of experience as a Licensed Therapist. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a master's in social work and National Louis in Chicago with an Ed.S in School Psychology. I am board-certified in Ohio, Illinois, and Nevada. I access several different approaches to treatment based on what works best for each individual. Creating a therapeutic relationship and establishing trust are the foundation for effective therapy.
(773) 305-6893 View (773) 305-6893
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Peter Agostino
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
South Shore, Chicago, IL 60649
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who is passionate about supporting my clients as they each walk through their individual journeys. Above all else, I believe in empowerment of my clients to be the best, most self-aware, versions of themselves. I am particularly skilled in bringing a warm and comforting approach as we dive into difficult topics. I have also done extensive work with domestic violence.
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who is passionate about supporting my clients as they each walk through their individual journeys. Above all else, I believe in empowerment of my clients to be the best, most self-aware, versions of themselves. I am particularly skilled in bringing a warm and comforting approach as we dive into difficult topics. I have also done extensive work with domestic violence.
(773) 974-6896 View (773) 974-6896
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Devin Teicher
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
South Shore, Chicago, IL 60649
Hello to all! My name is Devin Teicher and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Illinois and Colorado. I believe that building a trusting relationship and safe environment is the centerpiece of all therapeutic collaboration. My background is primarily in behavioral health, specifically outpatient therapy, crisis counseling, and substance use disorder treatment. I have worked with clients who experience a range of behavioral health concerns, to include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, adjustment disorders, personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance use disorders.
Hello to all! My name is Devin Teicher and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Illinois and Colorado. I believe that building a trusting relationship and safe environment is the centerpiece of all therapeutic collaboration. My background is primarily in behavioral health, specifically outpatient therapy, crisis counseling, and substance use disorder treatment. I have worked with clients who experience a range of behavioral health concerns, to include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, adjustment disorders, personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance use disorders.
(773) 557-7202 View (773) 557-7202
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Sara Bennett
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
South Shore, Chicago, IL 60649
Welcome! My name is Sara and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have been in the field for more than a decade; licensed since 2020. I specialize in teens and young adults, but love working with adults of all ages. I work primarily with people who are struggling through adjustment to different phases of life and/or are experiencing anxiety and depression. I believe in person centered care where you are the expert in your own life, but firmly believe everyone could use a good support team. I feel fortunate to be part of that team.
Welcome! My name is Sara and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have been in the field for more than a decade; licensed since 2020. I specialize in teens and young adults, but love working with adults of all ages. I work primarily with people who are struggling through adjustment to different phases of life and/or are experiencing anxiety and depression. I believe in person centered care where you are the expert in your own life, but firmly believe everyone could use a good support team. I feel fortunate to be part of that team.
(217) 364-8236 View (217) 364-8236
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Carolyn Franklin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
South Shore, Chicago, IL 60649
I am Carolyn Franklin, a licensed clinical social worker. I am a skilled therapist with over 30 years in the profession, working with children, adolescents, and adults. I have conducted individual, group, couples, and family therapies. I have worked with clients challenged with anxiety, depression, relationship/family issue, and many other concerns. I welcome the opportunity to work with you. I truly enjoy my work, and my clients have been successful. I worked with clients challenged with anxiety, depression, relationship/family adjustments, and even individuals having difficulty making decisions.
I am Carolyn Franklin, a licensed clinical social worker. I am a skilled therapist with over 30 years in the profession, working with children, adolescents, and adults. I have conducted individual, group, couples, and family therapies. I have worked with clients challenged with anxiety, depression, relationship/family issue, and many other concerns. I welcome the opportunity to work with you. I truly enjoy my work, and my clients have been successful. I worked with clients challenged with anxiety, depression, relationship/family adjustments, and even individuals having difficulty making decisions.
(773) 985-7436 View (773) 985-7436
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Tina Lott
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
South Shore, Chicago, IL 60649
Hi, my name is Dr. Tina Lott. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor as well as a Certified Alcohol & other Drug Counselor. I hold a BC-TMH certification and can provide quality services via Telehealth. My focus area is working with those with persistent mental health conditions who desire to learn how to cope with symptoms to live their best lives. I also specialize in working with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, identity issues, and self-esteem. My primary theoretical approach is Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT). I am passionate about working with clients to help them reach their most optimal selves.
Hi, my name is Dr. Tina Lott. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor as well as a Certified Alcohol & other Drug Counselor. I hold a BC-TMH certification and can provide quality services via Telehealth. My focus area is working with those with persistent mental health conditions who desire to learn how to cope with symptoms to live their best lives. I also specialize in working with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, identity issues, and self-esteem. My primary theoretical approach is Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT). I am passionate about working with clients to help them reach their most optimal selves.
(815) 587-7406 View (815) 587-7406

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Number of Therapists in South Shore, Chicago, IL

40+

Average cost per session

$150

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

89% Anxiety
87% Depression
77% Coping Skills
66% Relationship Issues
66% Stress
66% Life Transitions
60% Self Esteem

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
68% Cigna and Evernorth
66% Aetna

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

56% In Person and Online
44% Online Only

Gender breakdown

83% Female
17% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in South Shore, 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.

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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.