Therapists in Baltimore County, MD

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Photo of E Noel Phoebus, Counselor in Baltimore County, MD
E Noel Phoebus
Counselor, LCPC, LGPAT, ATR-P
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21286
I am a queer, nonbinary transmasculine human that uses he/they pronouns. My practice is devoted to creative and collaborative work within a safe and non-threatening environment. I am a clinically trained art therapist and counselor who uses an individualized and trauma-informed approach. I specialize in navigating issues that impact children and adolescents, such as depression, anxiety, risky or self-harming behaviors, stress, ADHD, gender identity, and difficult life transitions. I have experience working in an intensive outpatient setting and now practice individual child and adolescent therapy in a general outpatient setting.
I am a queer, nonbinary transmasculine human that uses he/they pronouns. My practice is devoted to creative and collaborative work within a safe and non-threatening environment. I am a clinically trained art therapist and counselor who uses an individualized and trauma-informed approach. I specialize in navigating issues that impact children and adolescents, such as depression, anxiety, risky or self-harming behaviors, stress, ADHD, gender identity, and difficult life transitions. I have experience working in an intensive outpatient setting and now practice individual child and adolescent therapy in a general outpatient setting.
(410) 337-7772 x6406 View (410) 337-7772 x6406
Photo of JoLynn J Kernan, Psychologist in Baltimore County, MD
JoLynn J Kernan
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21286
Not accepting new clients
Specializing in child and adolescent difficulties and disorders. Provide goal oriented therapy to facilitate healing and improvement for your child or teen and your family. Utilize individualized care to decrease depression, anxiety, trauma, behavioral difficulties and life adjustments (divorce, adoption, living with extended family, chronic illness, issues with bullying/friendships). Combine cognitive behavioral, play therapy, sand tray, and family therapy methods. Complete ADHD assessments, make recommendations, and implement treatment plans. Most insurances accepted.
Specializing in child and adolescent difficulties and disorders. Provide goal oriented therapy to facilitate healing and improvement for your child or teen and your family. Utilize individualized care to decrease depression, anxiety, trauma, behavioral difficulties and life adjustments (divorce, adoption, living with extended family, chronic illness, issues with bullying/friendships). Combine cognitive behavioral, play therapy, sand tray, and family therapy methods. Complete ADHD assessments, make recommendations, and implement treatment plans. Most insurances accepted.
(410) 469-6259 View (410) 469-6259
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Nikki Smith
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Reisterstown, MD 21136
Hello! I’m Nikki, a licensed clinical professional counselor and Board Approved Supervisor located in DMV. I have been practicing in the counseling field for almost 15 years providing services to youth and adults who require additional support in the treatment of mental health and/or substance use concerns.
Hello! I’m Nikki, a licensed clinical professional counselor and Board Approved Supervisor located in DMV. I have been practicing in the counseling field for almost 15 years providing services to youth and adults who require additional support in the treatment of mental health and/or substance use concerns.
(410) 914-1261 View (410) 914-1261
Photo of Jody Grodnitzky, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Baltimore County, MD
Jody Grodnitzky
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21286
Do you want to be the best version of you? I believe everyone has the power to make that happen no matter what your situation is. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience. I ran an outpatient mental health clinic in Baltimore City for 5 years before joining my new office in Towson. I enjoy helping others and want to see you enjoying your life. I am comfortable treating all ages and diagnosis. I work with children, teens, adults, couples, and families. I accept most insurances and Medical Assistance. Please call the office to see if your insurance is on the list.
Do you want to be the best version of you? I believe everyone has the power to make that happen no matter what your situation is. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience. I ran an outpatient mental health clinic in Baltimore City for 5 years before joining my new office in Towson. I enjoy helping others and want to see you enjoying your life. I am comfortable treating all ages and diagnosis. I work with children, teens, adults, couples, and families. I accept most insurances and Medical Assistance. Please call the office to see if your insurance is on the list.
(443) 917-3316 View (443) 917-3316
Photo of B'well Counseling Services, Counselor in Baltimore County, MD
B'well Counseling Services
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
17 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21204
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*Psychology Today uses a non-secure form for email. To securely contact us, please visit our website.* You've landed here because you're searching for something: a lost spark of creativity, help navigating a difficult relationship, a safe place to process what's happening in the world, a deeper relationship with your true self, a way to move through hurt and pain. Therapy that works goes beyond talking. Therapy that leads to change helps us learn to be in our emotions so that we can move through them. Therapy that heals often shifts something inside of us, whether or not the situation changes too.
(410) 670-4684 View (410) 670-4684
Photo of Iah Noceja, Pre-Licensed Professional in Baltimore County, MD
Iah Noceja
Pre-Licensed Professional, LPC , Intern
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Catonsville, MD 21228  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
In my practice, I provide a safe therapeutic environment for my clients to work through their issues as they grow and heal. I believe that it is necessary to have a non-judgmental attitude to build a therapeutic relationship for clients to share and process their life experiences. I am a Master’s level counseling Intern with over three years’ experience working in the field of mental health. I have interest in many areas which include but limited to depression, anxiety, interpersonal conflict, and coping with everyday stress. Being an immigrant, I believe cultural sensitivity Is important to understand one’s values and beliefs.
In my practice, I provide a safe therapeutic environment for my clients to work through their issues as they grow and heal. I believe that it is necessary to have a non-judgmental attitude to build a therapeutic relationship for clients to share and process their life experiences. I am a Master’s level counseling Intern with over three years’ experience working in the field of mental health. I have interest in many areas which include but limited to depression, anxiety, interpersonal conflict, and coping with everyday stress. Being an immigrant, I believe cultural sensitivity Is important to understand one’s values and beliefs.
(240) 219-7668 View (240) 219-7668
Photo of Yisroel Tenenbaum, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Baltimore County, MD
Yisroel Tenenbaum
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, CTP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Timonium, MD 21093
Life gets rough sometimes. Whether it's a major challenge or simply an interest in going from good to great, having someone in your corner can make a big difference. My clinical social work experience includes working with children, teens, and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, trauma, and grief. I also have experience working with sleep difficulties, ADHD, and chronic pain.
Life gets rough sometimes. Whether it's a major challenge or simply an interest in going from good to great, having someone in your corner can make a big difference. My clinical social work experience includes working with children, teens, and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, trauma, and grief. I also have experience working with sleep difficulties, ADHD, and chronic pain.
(410) 498-7814 x5 View (410) 498-7814 x5
Photo of Christine Lanzi, Counselor in Baltimore County, MD
Christine Lanzi
Counselor, MS, LCPC, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Phoenix, MD 21131
I believe in being genuine and supportive with all of my clients so as to create a safe, empathic, and accepting therapeutic environment. I strive to build a strong, nonjudgemental, and respectful therapeutic relationship to encourage progress. I work with children, adolescents, and adults and specializing in working with eating disorders, perinatal and maternal mental health, anxiety, depression, self esteem, peer/family conflicts, relational difficulties, ADHD and behavioral issues. I am certified in Perinatal Mental Health, Level 2 certified in the Gottman Couples Therapy, and Level 1 certified in Advanced Trauma Treatment.
I believe in being genuine and supportive with all of my clients so as to create a safe, empathic, and accepting therapeutic environment. I strive to build a strong, nonjudgemental, and respectful therapeutic relationship to encourage progress. I work with children, adolescents, and adults and specializing in working with eating disorders, perinatal and maternal mental health, anxiety, depression, self esteem, peer/family conflicts, relational difficulties, ADHD and behavioral issues. I am certified in Perinatal Mental Health, Level 2 certified in the Gottman Couples Therapy, and Level 1 certified in Advanced Trauma Treatment.
(410) 567-0594 View (410) 567-0594
Photo of Tina Maczis, Counselor in Baltimore County, MD
Tina Maczis
Counselor, LCPC, LCPAT, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Hello! I am so glad you are here. Anything new can evoke an array of feelings, and therapy is no different. Therapy is a space for individuals to understand themselves, their needs, and any current distress in their life, while exploring avenues for change, hope, and healing. In our work, I would value you to feel informed, empowered, seen, and supported. My approach is collaborative, curious, direct but gentle, compassionate, and trauma-informed. I provide a space where we can explore what is important to you through traditional talk therapy, art therapy, or any combination thereof, as I am independently licensed in both.
Hello! I am so glad you are here. Anything new can evoke an array of feelings, and therapy is no different. Therapy is a space for individuals to understand themselves, their needs, and any current distress in their life, while exploring avenues for change, hope, and healing. In our work, I would value you to feel informed, empowered, seen, and supported. My approach is collaborative, curious, direct but gentle, compassionate, and trauma-informed. I provide a space where we can explore what is important to you through traditional talk therapy, art therapy, or any combination thereof, as I am independently licensed in both.
(443) 214-3507 View (443) 214-3507
Photo of Carmen Danielle Peak, Pre-Licensed Professional in Baltimore County, MD
Carmen Danielle Peak
Pre-Licensed Professional, BS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Congratulations on seeking support! Searching for a therapist is often the first and most brave step you can take. Therapy and counseling with me is your space to heal, become resilient, and create empathy for yourself. I would be honored to contribute to your journey to explore your unique human experience. Professional help can mean coming into therapy for an urgent problem; it can also look like building healthy relationships, forming compensatory strategies, setting boundaries and so much more. Whoever you are, wherever you are in life, your stressors are valid and you deserve a space committed to your mental wellbeing.
Congratulations on seeking support! Searching for a therapist is often the first and most brave step you can take. Therapy and counseling with me is your space to heal, become resilient, and create empathy for yourself. I would be honored to contribute to your journey to explore your unique human experience. Professional help can mean coming into therapy for an urgent problem; it can also look like building healthy relationships, forming compensatory strategies, setting boundaries and so much more. Whoever you are, wherever you are in life, your stressors are valid and you deserve a space committed to your mental wellbeing.
(443) 501-2129 View (443) 501-2129
Photo of Deana D. Johnson, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Baltimore County, MD
Deana D. Johnson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21204
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety or weighed down by persistent sadness? Do struggles with self-esteem or dissatisfaction with your body image seem like constant companions? Perhaps you are considering life-changing steps like weight loss surgery. If these challenges resonate with you, I want you to know that I am here to help. I understand that these issues are not just symptoms but deeply personal experiences that affect your daily life, relationships, and sense of self. I specialize in navigating these complex emotions and situations.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety or weighed down by persistent sadness? Do struggles with self-esteem or dissatisfaction with your body image seem like constant companions? Perhaps you are considering life-changing steps like weight loss surgery. If these challenges resonate with you, I want you to know that I am here to help. I understand that these issues are not just symptoms but deeply personal experiences that affect your daily life, relationships, and sense of self. I specialize in navigating these complex emotions and situations.
(443) 991-8461 View (443) 991-8461
Photo of Caitlin Hill in Baltimore County, MD
Caitlin Hill
MA
Verified Verified
Pikesville, MD 21208
Is your anger causing problems in your relationships? Or at work? Do you feel like you go from 0 to 100 in seconds? Out of control anger can get you in a lot of trouble. No doubt you’ve already experienced some of that in your life and you’d like to get a handle on it. You want to stop hurting the people you love, the people you’re friends with, the people you have to work with, but when something happens to set you off, you just can’t help blowing up. You may worry about whether one day you’re going to use up your last chance and lose your significant other, your family, your job. You need some help getting unstuck from this.
Is your anger causing problems in your relationships? Or at work? Do you feel like you go from 0 to 100 in seconds? Out of control anger can get you in a lot of trouble. No doubt you’ve already experienced some of that in your life and you’d like to get a handle on it. You want to stop hurting the people you love, the people you’re friends with, the people you have to work with, but when something happens to set you off, you just can’t help blowing up. You may worry about whether one day you’re going to use up your last chance and lose your significant other, your family, your job. You need some help getting unstuck from this.
(410) 457-9662 View (410) 457-9662
Photo of Irene Burks, Counselor in Baltimore County, MD
Irene Burks
Counselor, LGPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Monkton, MD 21111  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients! Sometimes it is outside influences or people who affect your well-being. Sometimes we get in our own way. Whatever the issues may be, we can work together to address them and create a plan for continued wellness. If you find it difficult to work through some of life’s challenges, come talk to me. Together, we will work on strategies that allow you to address the root causes of your difficulties and work towards a happier and healthier you.
Accepting new clients! Sometimes it is outside influences or people who affect your well-being. Sometimes we get in our own way. Whatever the issues may be, we can work together to address them and create a plan for continued wellness. If you find it difficult to work through some of life’s challenges, come talk to me. Together, we will work on strategies that allow you to address the root causes of your difficulties and work towards a happier and healthier you.
(443) 331-9577 View (443) 331-9577
Photo of Melissa Wesner, Counselor in Baltimore County, MD
Melissa Wesner
Counselor, LCPC, LCMHC
Verified Verified
15 Endorsed
Monkton, MD 21111
Are you a perfectionistic, high-achiever who is stressed & overwhelmed? If so, I've got you! I'm sure you’ve been working really hard (as always), & now you’re feeling exhausted & burned out. Imposter syndrome, self-doubt, & negative self-talk can sometimes show up during these times! Perhaps you've been focused on taking care of everyone else, & you feel a little (ok, a lot!) guilty for even considering the idea of taking time out for yourself. But deep inside, you know that it's really, really necessary! You need someone to support you, so you can let it all out and gain perspective.
Are you a perfectionistic, high-achiever who is stressed & overwhelmed? If so, I've got you! I'm sure you’ve been working really hard (as always), & now you’re feeling exhausted & burned out. Imposter syndrome, self-doubt, & negative self-talk can sometimes show up during these times! Perhaps you've been focused on taking care of everyone else, & you feel a little (ok, a lot!) guilty for even considering the idea of taking time out for yourself. But deep inside, you know that it's really, really necessary! You need someone to support you, so you can let it all out and gain perspective.
(410) 941-2059 View (410) 941-2059
Photo of Jessica Daniel, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Baltimore County, MD
Jessica Daniel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Sparks, MD 21152  (Online Only)
Are you feeling overwhelmed by life's challenges, struggling to overcome persistent obstacles, or finding it difficult to implement and maintain healthy boundaries? Perhaps you're facing hurdles in your partnerships, unable to communicate effectively or establish the harmony you desire. If these resonate with you, therapy could be the transformative journey you need. With a gentle yet firm approach, I specialize in guiding clients through these complexities, offering evidence-based strategies to bolster confidence in decision-making and intuition.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by life's challenges, struggling to overcome persistent obstacles, or finding it difficult to implement and maintain healthy boundaries? Perhaps you're facing hurdles in your partnerships, unable to communicate effectively or establish the harmony you desire. If these resonate with you, therapy could be the transformative journey you need. With a gentle yet firm approach, I specialize in guiding clients through these complexities, offering evidence-based strategies to bolster confidence in decision-making and intuition.
(301) 264-5070 View (301) 264-5070
Photo of Dan Blumenthal, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Baltimore County, MD
Dan Blumenthal
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Timonium, MD 21093  (Online Only)
I am a strong believer that you must treat the individual sitting across from you. This inspires my value of collaboration with clients to create a therapeutic environment that is tailored to their unique needs. I believe that healing needs to occur in a space which is nonjudgmental and supportive while providing warmth and hope, allowing clients to grow and thrive.
I am a strong believer that you must treat the individual sitting across from you. This inspires my value of collaboration with clients to create a therapeutic environment that is tailored to their unique needs. I believe that healing needs to occur in a space which is nonjudgmental and supportive while providing warmth and hope, allowing clients to grow and thrive.
(410) 709-3569 View (410) 709-3569
Photo of Arianne Jennings, Counselor in Baltimore County, MD
Arianne Jennings
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Parkville, MD 21234  (Online Only)
My virtual doors are open to helping those who want to help themselves. I’d like to consider my approach as eclectic mixed with a good dose of reality therapy. My specialties include but are not limited to: Anxiety, Adjustment, Depression, Relationship stressors and Women Issues.
My virtual doors are open to helping those who want to help themselves. I’d like to consider my approach as eclectic mixed with a good dose of reality therapy. My specialties include but are not limited to: Anxiety, Adjustment, Depression, Relationship stressors and Women Issues.
(410) 927-1218 View (410) 927-1218
Photo of Christy Green, Counselor in Baltimore County, MD
Christy Green
Counselor, LGPC
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21204  (Online Only)
Navigating life stressors, transitions and relationships can be challenging. I assist individuals and couples in a non-judgmental, compassionate manner, using a strengths-based approach to address a variety of mental health, relationship, communication and career issues. During our sessions, I will support you in identifying emotional triggers, learning coping techniques, healthier communication strategies, and conflict resolution skills, while developing self-care practices, that promote psychological wellness and stability. Start living your best life today!
Navigating life stressors, transitions and relationships can be challenging. I assist individuals and couples in a non-judgmental, compassionate manner, using a strengths-based approach to address a variety of mental health, relationship, communication and career issues. During our sessions, I will support you in identifying emotional triggers, learning coping techniques, healthier communication strategies, and conflict resolution skills, while developing self-care practices, that promote psychological wellness and stability. Start living your best life today!
(410) 936-7200 View (410) 936-7200
Photo of Gary Green, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Baltimore County, MD
Gary Green
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21208
For over 20 years I've helped individuals, couples and families discover new pathways forward. We all experience times when we're feeling life is getting away from us. We feel as though we're missing the opportunity to maximize our potential. As a result, we feel sad, a little upset, and at times a bit disappointed in ourselves. Sometimes this is due to a lack of confidence or belief in our potential. Other times we simply find ourselves having to manage unexpected and unfortunate circumstances out of our control. If you've been experiencing increased anger, stress, anxiety, or fear of the unknown, know that things CAN get better.
For over 20 years I've helped individuals, couples and families discover new pathways forward. We all experience times when we're feeling life is getting away from us. We feel as though we're missing the opportunity to maximize our potential. As a result, we feel sad, a little upset, and at times a bit disappointed in ourselves. Sometimes this is due to a lack of confidence or belief in our potential. Other times we simply find ourselves having to manage unexpected and unfortunate circumstances out of our control. If you've been experiencing increased anger, stress, anxiety, or fear of the unknown, know that things CAN get better.
(443) 201-2470 View (443) 201-2470
Photo of Molly Halleron, Counselor in Baltimore County, MD
Molly Halleron
Counselor, MS, LGPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21204
I am a licensed counselor and it is my privilege to work with individuals ages 18 and older in a compassionate, safe, nonjudgmental setting. It is my hope that, through the counseling process, the client will feel welcomed and comfortable and be able to achieve a greater sense of peace and well being in their lives.
I am a licensed counselor and it is my privilege to work with individuals ages 18 and older in a compassionate, safe, nonjudgmental setting. It is my hope that, through the counseling process, the client will feel welcomed and comfortable and be able to achieve a greater sense of peace and well being in their lives.
(443) 378-3477 View (443) 378-3477

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Number of Therapists in Baltimore County, MD

1,000+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Baltimore County, MD who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
87% Depression
75% Self Esteem
73% Relationship Issues
69% Coping Skills
68% Stress
63% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

74% BlueCross and BlueShield
74% Cigna and Evernorth
72% CareFirst

How Therapists in Baltimore County, MD see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
17% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Baltimore County?

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.