Therapists in Hodgenville, KY

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Melanie L Staderman
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hodgenville, KY 42748
My practice is open to individuals aged 5 and up or couples who are struggling with mental health disorders, marital discord, change of life transitions, or dealing with one of life's many struggles. I provide counseling from a systems approach meaning I believe that you have to look at many factors in addressing the problem. My skill and competence is well developed whether I am working with children, individual adults, couples, or families.
My practice is open to individuals aged 5 and up or couples who are struggling with mental health disorders, marital discord, change of life transitions, or dealing with one of life's many struggles. I provide counseling from a systems approach meaning I believe that you have to look at many factors in addressing the problem. My skill and competence is well developed whether I am working with children, individual adults, couples, or families.
(270) 854-0928 View (270) 854-0928
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Bobbe Gaye Renshaw
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hodgenville, KY 42748
I am excited to work with clients from all walks of life. I myself have walked quite an interesting life. I've experienced many ups and downs filled with self-growth, loss and healing, and many transitions and challenges along the way Assisting those dealing with Grief and Loss are perhaps one of the areas I am most passionate about and versed in, however, my primary goal is to help all who may seek guidance. I enjoy working with children on the Autism Spectrum, anyone who suffers from depression or anxiety, and anyone who feels hopeless and needs to believe again; including individuals, couples and families.
I am excited to work with clients from all walks of life. I myself have walked quite an interesting life. I've experienced many ups and downs filled with self-growth, loss and healing, and many transitions and challenges along the way Assisting those dealing with Grief and Loss are perhaps one of the areas I am most passionate about and versed in, however, my primary goal is to help all who may seek guidance. I enjoy working with children on the Autism Spectrum, anyone who suffers from depression or anxiety, and anyone who feels hopeless and needs to believe again; including individuals, couples and families.
(270) 201-5068 View (270) 201-5068
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Jessica Young
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Hodgenville, KY 42748  (Online Only)
Things in our world can change very rapidly, leaving us feeling lost and broken. Sometimes things pile up over time and become too heavy to carry. It can be difficult to manage all of this alone but also frightening to ask for help. I have approximately 18 years of experience working with those who struggle with long-term issues and those who have had a sudden life change and are experiencing new and unexpected stressors. I exclusively offer telehealth services to provide flexible scheduling and a feeling of security and safety as you walk your path to healing and change from the comfort of your own environment.
Things in our world can change very rapidly, leaving us feeling lost and broken. Sometimes things pile up over time and become too heavy to carry. It can be difficult to manage all of this alone but also frightening to ask for help. I have approximately 18 years of experience working with those who struggle with long-term issues and those who have had a sudden life change and are experiencing new and unexpected stressors. I exclusively offer telehealth services to provide flexible scheduling and a feeling of security and safety as you walk your path to healing and change from the comfort of your own environment.
(270) 401-8844 View (270) 401-8844
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Jennifer Lanham
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified Verified
Hodgenville, KY 42748
Healing work begins by providing a safe, non-judgmental space. As a collaborative relationship between client and therapist, effective treatment outcomes center on the client's sense of self-efficacy. My clinical approach and techniques include trauma-informed care, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused therapy. These methods and techniques provide a unique and innovative delivery for behavioral health care.
Healing work begins by providing a safe, non-judgmental space. As a collaborative relationship between client and therapist, effective treatment outcomes center on the client's sense of self-efficacy. My clinical approach and techniques include trauma-informed care, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused therapy. These methods and techniques provide a unique and innovative delivery for behavioral health care.
(502) 747-1693 View (502) 747-1693
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Nicholas Watters
Psychologist, MA, PsyD
Verified Verified
Hodgenville, KY 42748
I provide Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation Psychology services. My Internship at Lakeview Neurobehavioral Rehabilitation in Wisconsin included training in Neurocognitive assessment and interventions for adults and children in the Specialty Hospital and Child Residential units. The patients and residents were treated for Acquired Brain Injury, Autism, and other neurocognitive conditions. Since 2005, I have been living and working in Hardin County, initially in Community Mental Health. I began my own practice in 2012. Besides psychotherapy, I provide neurocognitive and psychological evaluations requested by local neurologists, behavioral health providers, and primary care phyicians..
I provide Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation Psychology services. My Internship at Lakeview Neurobehavioral Rehabilitation in Wisconsin included training in Neurocognitive assessment and interventions for adults and children in the Specialty Hospital and Child Residential units. The patients and residents were treated for Acquired Brain Injury, Autism, and other neurocognitive conditions. Since 2005, I have been living and working in Hardin County, initially in Community Mental Health. I began my own practice in 2012. Besides psychotherapy, I provide neurocognitive and psychological evaluations requested by local neurologists, behavioral health providers, and primary care phyicians..
(270) 972-4572 View (270) 972-4572
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Kelley Calhoun
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSW, CSW
Verified Verified
Hodgenville, KY 42748
Life can be difficult to navigate, but I believe that we all have the strength and resilience to grow and change, and live a more fulfilling life. Therapy is challenging, and it is important for me to create a space for you to feel comfortable, and open. My goals are to help you reach your goals in a supportive, empathetic, and compassionate space where you feel safe. Clinical Experience I have experience working with individuals of all ages in individual, group, and family therapy. My focus has been childhood trauma, sexual abuse, anxiety, and depressive disorders. I have worked in an agency setting and private practice setting whi
Life can be difficult to navigate, but I believe that we all have the strength and resilience to grow and change, and live a more fulfilling life. Therapy is challenging, and it is important for me to create a space for you to feel comfortable, and open. My goals are to help you reach your goals in a supportive, empathetic, and compassionate space where you feel safe. Clinical Experience I have experience working with individuals of all ages in individual, group, and family therapy. My focus has been childhood trauma, sexual abuse, anxiety, and depressive disorders. I have worked in an agency setting and private practice setting whi
(270) 883-5812 View (270) 883-5812

Online Therapists

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Jayan Thomas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40243
Have you been told that it is all in your head, or that there are no medical explanations for your symptoms? Or maybe you have received a chronic illness diagnosis and aren't quite sure how to cope. You might be at a place in your life when you feel ready to tackle past hurt and grief and find a sense of peace. My practice focuses exclusively on individuals and family members coping with the diagnosis of a medical illness.
Have you been told that it is all in your head, or that there are no medical explanations for your symptoms? Or maybe you have received a chronic illness diagnosis and aren't quite sure how to cope. You might be at a place in your life when you feel ready to tackle past hurt and grief and find a sense of peace. My practice focuses exclusively on individuals and family members coping with the diagnosis of a medical illness.
(502) 547-9204 View (502) 547-9204
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Andrea Williams
Counselor, MEd, LPCC, LCADC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40222
Do you feel like your partner is more like a roommate? Has your partner had an emotional/ physical affair? Are addictive behaviors ruining your relationships (alcohol, drugs, porn, sex)? If you said yes to any of these, please schedule an appointment at https://andrea-williams5206. clientsecure.me
Do you feel like your partner is more like a roommate? Has your partner had an emotional/ physical affair? Are addictive behaviors ruining your relationships (alcohol, drugs, porn, sex)? If you said yes to any of these, please schedule an appointment at https://andrea-williams5206. clientsecure.me
(502) 873-3190 View (502) 873-3190
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Susan Parker Jones
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, LPCC, NCC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Shelbyville, KY 40065  (Online Only)
Do you want to live with more joy and confidence? Have you experienced childhood chaos that seems to be repeating in your adult decisions? Are you a parent that wants help in breaking patterns of anxiety and fear in your child? I'm Susan and I help others grow in self-awareness and confidence so they can overcome stress and anxiety.
Do you want to live with more joy and confidence? Have you experienced childhood chaos that seems to be repeating in your adult decisions? Are you a parent that wants help in breaking patterns of anxiety and fear in your child? I'm Susan and I help others grow in self-awareness and confidence so they can overcome stress and anxiety.
(502) 273-0320 View (502) 273-0320
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Therapy With Alix
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCADC
Verified Verified
Berea, KY 40403
Hello, I'm Naomi "Alix" Burke. I welcome clients of various identities and do not discriminate based upon gender or sexual identity, race, ethnicity, religion or non-religion, class, political affiliation, monogamous/polyamorous status, substance use or sobriety/recovery status, or level of education. I primarily see adult and teen (13+) clients for individual therapy and provide couples/relationship therapy on a limited basis. I love helping clients explore and better understand the nuances of their own diagnoses and identities, develop and reinforce self-worth and self-acceptance, and improve coping and executive functioning.
Hello, I'm Naomi "Alix" Burke. I welcome clients of various identities and do not discriminate based upon gender or sexual identity, race, ethnicity, religion or non-religion, class, political affiliation, monogamous/polyamorous status, substance use or sobriety/recovery status, or level of education. I primarily see adult and teen (13+) clients for individual therapy and provide couples/relationship therapy on a limited basis. I love helping clients explore and better understand the nuances of their own diagnoses and identities, develop and reinforce self-worth and self-acceptance, and improve coping and executive functioning.
(859) 251-7332 View (859) 251-7332
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Warren Lambert
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40207  (Online Only)
I work primarily with adolescents and adults. I believe people, at different points in their lives, may need support overcoming hurdles or may just be feeling "stuck." I enjoy working with clients who have concerns in many areas, including depression, relationships, identity, adjustment, anxiety and worry, stress and life management, or family concerns. I value my work as a psychologist and approach each client with respect for their own unique identity and the concerns they seek therapy for.
I work primarily with adolescents and adults. I believe people, at different points in their lives, may need support overcoming hurdles or may just be feeling "stuck." I enjoy working with clients who have concerns in many areas, including depression, relationships, identity, adjustment, anxiety and worry, stress and life management, or family concerns. I value my work as a psychologist and approach each client with respect for their own unique identity and the concerns they seek therapy for.
(502) 947-3837 View (502) 947-3837
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Dr. Ford McCurry
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40222
Do you feel stuck in patterns that affect your daily functioning, relationship and marital satisfaction, or not reaching your full potential of who you want to become as a man, husband, or father? Are you experiencing frustration, stagnation, and avoidance? Do you struggle maintaining motivation and momentum that lead to unhealthy habits? Does your marriage continue to have the same pattern of arguments and conflict? This cycle can result in low self-confidence, depression, anxiety, strained relationships and marriages, as well as impact your physical health.
Do you feel stuck in patterns that affect your daily functioning, relationship and marital satisfaction, or not reaching your full potential of who you want to become as a man, husband, or father? Are you experiencing frustration, stagnation, and avoidance? Do you struggle maintaining motivation and momentum that lead to unhealthy habits? Does your marriage continue to have the same pattern of arguments and conflict? This cycle can result in low self-confidence, depression, anxiety, strained relationships and marriages, as well as impact your physical health.
(502) 586-3262 View (502) 586-3262
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Tynese Eunee Vinson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW , LCSW , LPN, CHT
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40291
As a clinical therapist licensed in both Michigan and Kentucky. I have undergone extensive training and education to develop a deep understanding of human behavior, mental health, and social systems. This Knowledge allows me to approach therapy from a holistic perspective, considering the various factors that may be impacting your well-being.
As a clinical therapist licensed in both Michigan and Kentucky. I have undergone extensive training and education to develop a deep understanding of human behavior, mental health, and social systems. This Knowledge allows me to approach therapy from a holistic perspective, considering the various factors that may be impacting your well-being.
(502) 289-5856 View (502) 289-5856
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Lea Ann Lafave
Counselor, LPCC-S, RPT, ICST, NCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Waitlist for new clients
Do you feel overwhelmed and stressed with life? Are your problems more than you can handle on your own? Are suffering from Anxiety, Depression, Anger, or other irritable moods? Do you feel stuck? Have you experienced a traumatic incident? Have you had any major life changes? Have you recently lost a loved one, friend, or relationship? Whatever your concerns are, you are not alone. I am committed to creating a safe and nonjudgmental atmosphere in which you can be supported in your efforts to change and heal.
Do you feel overwhelmed and stressed with life? Are your problems more than you can handle on your own? Are suffering from Anxiety, Depression, Anger, or other irritable moods? Do you feel stuck? Have you experienced a traumatic incident? Have you had any major life changes? Have you recently lost a loved one, friend, or relationship? Whatever your concerns are, you are not alone. I am committed to creating a safe and nonjudgmental atmosphere in which you can be supported in your efforts to change and heal.
(270) 975-3313 View (270) 975-3313
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Emily Dean
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40214
Waitlist for new clients
I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who enjoys working with couples, adolescents, and adults of all ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and eclectic relationship dynamics. I strive to create a therapeutic atmosphere that allows you to feel safe to come as you are and leave one step closer to who you want to be.
I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who enjoys working with couples, adolescents, and adults of all ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and eclectic relationship dynamics. I strive to create a therapeutic atmosphere that allows you to feel safe to come as you are and leave one step closer to who you want to be.
(502) 743-4308 View (502) 743-4308
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Jessica Massey
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40504  (Online Only)
Do you want to create a more positive world for yourself? You are not alone. Together we can explore how to do just that. Hello! I'm Jessica Massey, LPCC with New Perceptions Counseling. I have 8 years of experience in the community mental health setting working with various populations. Together, we can explore how our life makes sense. When you give yourself permission to explore your true self, changes begin. You may be experiencing low self-esteem, anger, sadness, stress, depression, anxiety or just a lack of feeling contentment in life. I'm here to help support you through your journey.
Do you want to create a more positive world for yourself? You are not alone. Together we can explore how to do just that. Hello! I'm Jessica Massey, LPCC with New Perceptions Counseling. I have 8 years of experience in the community mental health setting working with various populations. Together, we can explore how our life makes sense. When you give yourself permission to explore your true self, changes begin. You may be experiencing low self-esteem, anger, sadness, stress, depression, anxiety or just a lack of feeling contentment in life. I'm here to help support you through your journey.
(859) 724-5564 View (859) 724-5564
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Joe C Nelson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DSW, LCSW, CSAT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Georgetown, KY 40324
There is no such thing as an ideal client. That is too boring. The way I do therapy is relaxed. I am not your average therapist, and I am not going to be like, "How does that make you feel?" but I am going to say, "What up! How are we doing today?" I never stop learning, and when you have me as a therapist, you will see that you will fall back in love with learning. Overall, I am just honored you allowed me to help you! Also, the best way to reach me is to Email over calling due to normally being in session, and I want to respond to you as quickly as possible!
There is no such thing as an ideal client. That is too boring. The way I do therapy is relaxed. I am not your average therapist, and I am not going to be like, "How does that make you feel?" but I am going to say, "What up! How are we doing today?" I never stop learning, and when you have me as a therapist, you will see that you will fall back in love with learning. Overall, I am just honored you allowed me to help you! Also, the best way to reach me is to Email over calling due to normally being in session, and I want to respond to you as quickly as possible!
(502) 427-7937 View (502) 427-7937
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Carolyn (Cece) Lindsey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCADC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40222
Life is a series of transitions - some peaks and some valleys. I find these valleys often are a result of internal conflict and external events or pressure. I believe that we all have an authentic self and much of the internal conflict comes from living inauthentically, which develops into maladaptive behaviors. There’s “the way it seems” and “the way it is,” and sometimes we all need someone to remind us of “the way it is.” That’s where I come in - my goals are to work TOGETHER with you to navigate a new path toward living your most authentic life and finding inner peace and confidence to be that person.
Life is a series of transitions - some peaks and some valleys. I find these valleys often are a result of internal conflict and external events or pressure. I believe that we all have an authentic self and much of the internal conflict comes from living inauthentically, which develops into maladaptive behaviors. There’s “the way it seems” and “the way it is,” and sometimes we all need someone to remind us of “the way it is.” That’s where I come in - my goals are to work TOGETHER with you to navigate a new path toward living your most authentic life and finding inner peace and confidence to be that person.
(502) 236-9338 View (502) 236-9338
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Dr. Ashley Belcher
Psychologist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40243
Dr. Ashley works with patients across the life-span experiencing a variety of problems including but not limited to: academic struggles (ADHD, learning disorders, behavioral health in school) adjustment issues (school, work, family transitions, relocation, etc.) anxiety/worry attachment challenges behavioral problems bereavement/loss coping with chronic or acute health related conditions (pain, headaches, stomachaches, toileting challenges, cardiovascular diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, adjustment to diagnosis and treatment adherence, etc.) depression/sadness health behavior change
Dr. Ashley works with patients across the life-span experiencing a variety of problems including but not limited to: academic struggles (ADHD, learning disorders, behavioral health in school) adjustment issues (school, work, family transitions, relocation, etc.) anxiety/worry attachment challenges behavioral problems bereavement/loss coping with chronic or acute health related conditions (pain, headaches, stomachaches, toileting challenges, cardiovascular diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, adjustment to diagnosis and treatment adherence, etc.) depression/sadness health behavior change
(502) 427-6841 View (502) 427-6841
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Maggie Sweeney
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Elizabethtown, KY 42701  (Online Only)
I am Maggie Sweeney. I grew up poor in Brooklyn, I spent 23 years in the Navy, I have lived all over the world and retired in 2014. I earned my bachelor’s degree in liberal arts in science in 2009 and my MS in Mental Health Counseling in March 2017. My ex was active-duty Army and in July 2017 we got stationed at Fort Knox, KY. I earned my PhD in May 2022 and today I live Elizabethtown, KY.
I am Maggie Sweeney. I grew up poor in Brooklyn, I spent 23 years in the Navy, I have lived all over the world and retired in 2014. I earned my bachelor’s degree in liberal arts in science in 2009 and my MS in Mental Health Counseling in March 2017. My ex was active-duty Army and in July 2017 we got stationed at Fort Knox, KY. I earned my PhD in May 2022 and today I live Elizabethtown, KY.
(270) 606-7829 View (270) 606-7829

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Number of Therapists in Hodgenville, KY

< 10

Therapists in Hodgenville, KY who prioritize treating:

33% Relationship Issues
33% Depression
33% Anxiety
33% Child
33% ADHD
33% Geriatric and Seniors
33% Grief

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Medicaid

How Therapists in Hodgenville, KY see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Hodgenville?

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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.