Therapists in Hamilton Area, Baltimore, MD

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JEMS Counseling and Clinical Supervision Services
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MA, BS, LCADC
Verified
Hamilton Area, Baltimore, MD 21214
My qualifications include a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology, and a credential as a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC). I have over 20 years experience working in the substance abuse/addiction and mental health field. My therapeutic approach is integrative and individualized to meet the needs and goals of my clients. I believe that in order to effectively treat a client, you have to use techniques that would be specific and tailored to the individual I am helping. This will help you to successfully manage emotions and circumstances that feel overwhelming.
My qualifications include a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology, and a credential as a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC). I have over 20 years experience working in the substance abuse/addiction and mental health field. My therapeutic approach is integrative and individualized to meet the needs and goals of my clients. I believe that in order to effectively treat a client, you have to use techniques that would be specific and tailored to the individual I am helping. This will help you to successfully manage emotions and circumstances that feel overwhelming.
(443) 815-4421 View (443) 815-4421
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Nicholas A. L. Etheridge
Counselor, LCPC, NCC
Verified
7 Endorsed
Hamilton Area, Baltimore, MD 21214
Waitlist for new clients
I do therapy backwards. I help people first find acceptance of what's challenging them, and focus on making that feeling of discomfort feel safe. I believe that allowing the experience of the full range of human emotions is key to reclaiming and strengthening our emotional resiliency. We can accept the presence of discomfort and feel joy, while identifying and making changes based on who we want to be or know we are. My therapy practice is based in an understanding of the nervous system, mindfulness, and the ways we all experience and react to trauma and distress.
I do therapy backwards. I help people first find acceptance of what's challenging them, and focus on making that feeling of discomfort feel safe. I believe that allowing the experience of the full range of human emotions is key to reclaiming and strengthening our emotional resiliency. We can accept the presence of discomfort and feel joy, while identifying and making changes based on who we want to be or know we are. My therapy practice is based in an understanding of the nervous system, mindfulness, and the ways we all experience and react to trauma and distress.
(443) 665-0577 View (443) 665-0577
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Maryam Elbalghiti-Williams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW
Verified
9 Endorsed
Hamilton Area, Baltimore, MD 21214  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Fit in everywhere and nowhere at the same time? I get it. I help diverse women who juggle multiple cultural identities heal. Maybe you’re the child of immigrants, multiracial or a racially ambiguous chameleon, an expat, “third culture kid”, bilingual (or sad you lost your parent’s language), feel culturally displaced, part of a religious minority, or just don’t quite fit into any one box. You probably feel suffocated by the drive to overfunction, perform, and be what everyone else needs you to be. You might find it hard to get your own needs met and feel unsettled in yourself and your relationships.
Fit in everywhere and nowhere at the same time? I get it. I help diverse women who juggle multiple cultural identities heal. Maybe you’re the child of immigrants, multiracial or a racially ambiguous chameleon, an expat, “third culture kid”, bilingual (or sad you lost your parent’s language), feel culturally displaced, part of a religious minority, or just don’t quite fit into any one box. You probably feel suffocated by the drive to overfunction, perform, and be what everyone else needs you to be. You might find it hard to get your own needs met and feel unsettled in yourself and your relationships.
(240) 213-9274 View (240) 213-9274
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Helping Others Manage Emotions Therapeutic Service
Counselor, LCPC, LGPC, LMSW, LCSW
Verified
Hamilton Area, Baltimore, MD 21214
Outpatient programing seeks to help those with major mental health illness , chronic and acute medical illness, substance use disorders. The goal of Outpatient behavioral health treatment is restoration, enhancement and maintenance of clients level of functioning.
Outpatient programing seeks to help those with major mental health illness , chronic and acute medical illness, substance use disorders. The goal of Outpatient behavioral health treatment is restoration, enhancement and maintenance of clients level of functioning.
(410) 604-8352 View (410) 604-8352
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Dr. Scherell Bryan
Licensed Professional Counselor, DMin, LPC-S
Verified
Hamilton Area, Baltimore, MD 21214  (Online Only)
Together we will work towards healing the parts that feels broken, restoring the relationships that are damaged (with yourself, your self-esteem, your intuition, your family, and helping you fulfill your potential. Christian Counseling is also available as a solution for individuals seeking traditional mental health therapy who would prefer hearing from the prospective of a Christian.
Together we will work towards healing the parts that feels broken, restoring the relationships that are damaged (with yourself, your self-esteem, your intuition, your family, and helping you fulfill your potential. Christian Counseling is also available as a solution for individuals seeking traditional mental health therapy who would prefer hearing from the prospective of a Christian.
(860) 782-4960 View (860) 782-4960
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Anna Katrina Maith
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MEd, LCPC, C-DBT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Hamilton Area, Baltimore, MD 21214  (Online Only)
Life is challenging. Breathe. The challenges experienced can lead to anger, anxiety, worry, grief, and/or depression. When this occurs in your life, you need support with getting back to the best version of you. You want to talk to someone you can trust, be vulnerable with, and who will listen to you.
Life is challenging. Breathe. The challenges experienced can lead to anger, anxiety, worry, grief, and/or depression. When this occurs in your life, you need support with getting back to the best version of you. You want to talk to someone you can trust, be vulnerable with, and who will listen to you.
(443) 242-4098 View (443) 242-4098
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Chelsea Fox
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified
Hamilton Area, Baltimore, MD 21214
Caring for others while trying to care for yourself can be one of the toughest challenges. If you are caring for a parent, spouse, child, or other loved one with medical conditions and complex needs, you may feel isolated, exhausted, overwhelmed, and unappreciated. You may even have your own health issues to manage on top of it all. Finding time for yourself is essential, but often seems impossible. Others may have unrealistic expectations and judgments they put on you. Endless medical appointments and things to remember can leave you feeling depleted at the end of the day.
Caring for others while trying to care for yourself can be one of the toughest challenges. If you are caring for a parent, spouse, child, or other loved one with medical conditions and complex needs, you may feel isolated, exhausted, overwhelmed, and unappreciated. You may even have your own health issues to manage on top of it all. Finding time for yourself is essential, but often seems impossible. Others may have unrealistic expectations and judgments they put on you. Endless medical appointments and things to remember can leave you feeling depleted at the end of the day.
(850) 783-1231 View (850) 783-1231
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Tracy Hunt
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LCPC
Verified
Hamilton Area, Baltimore, MD 21214
The journey of life can lead us to challenging spaces and take unexpected turns. You may find yourself needing support, direction, or relief. Therapy maybe just the support you need to guide you through your experiences. It’s a safe space that promotes healing and growth.
The journey of life can lead us to challenging spaces and take unexpected turns. You may find yourself needing support, direction, or relief. Therapy maybe just the support you need to guide you through your experiences. It’s a safe space that promotes healing and growth.
(410) 941-3829 View (410) 941-3829
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Be Yourself Therapy Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified
Hamilton Area, Baltimore, MD 21206
Not accepting new clients
Do you want to feel seen, heard, respected, and not judged? Be Yourself Therapy Services allow you to “BE YOURSELF” in a non-judgmental space and provides you with the potential to open a world of incredible growth and healing.
Do you want to feel seen, heard, respected, and not judged? Be Yourself Therapy Services allow you to “BE YOURSELF” in a non-judgmental space and provides you with the potential to open a world of incredible growth and healing.
(443) 383-4958 View (443) 383-4958
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Jared Serrano Louie
Counselor, LGPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton Area, Baltimore, MD 21214  (Online Only)
As a queer clinician my practice is rooted in understanding, affirming, and supporting the LGBTQIA+ community. Creating a safe space for you to explore your needs and goals is my priority. I specialize in work with individuals and couples/relational units. My clients are often struggling with attachment or communication challenges; wanting to improve their relationships. They may have had a recent loss, or are suffering from nagging symptoms of anxiety or depression. My approach is engaging and collaborative, I enjoy truly understanding where you currently are, and where you see yourself in the future.
As a queer clinician my practice is rooted in understanding, affirming, and supporting the LGBTQIA+ community. Creating a safe space for you to explore your needs and goals is my priority. I specialize in work with individuals and couples/relational units. My clients are often struggling with attachment or communication challenges; wanting to improve their relationships. They may have had a recent loss, or are suffering from nagging symptoms of anxiety or depression. My approach is engaging and collaborative, I enjoy truly understanding where you currently are, and where you see yourself in the future.
(410) 888-0787 View (410) 888-0787
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Gillian Gregory
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C
Verified
Hamilton Area, Baltimore, MD 21214  (Online Only)
I am a therapist for the Gregory Center for Restoration (GCFR), a private mental health practice specializing in individual, family, group & couples counseling with a focus on teenagers, young adults & adults. Using a strength-based perspective & cognitive-behavioral therapy, we are committed to helping individuals explore & develop insight into their thoughts & behaviors, restore & improve relationships, enhance communication & develop coping strategies to move forward in their lives in a healthy manner. My goal is to use the innate strengths that clients possess to guide the therapeutic process to promote optimum mental health.
I am a therapist for the Gregory Center for Restoration (GCFR), a private mental health practice specializing in individual, family, group & couples counseling with a focus on teenagers, young adults & adults. Using a strength-based perspective & cognitive-behavioral therapy, we are committed to helping individuals explore & develop insight into their thoughts & behaviors, restore & improve relationships, enhance communication & develop coping strategies to move forward in their lives in a healthy manner. My goal is to use the innate strengths that clients possess to guide the therapeutic process to promote optimum mental health.
(410) 469-7505 View (410) 469-7505
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Hopefully Therapeutic Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
Hamilton Area, Baltimore, MD 21206
As a dedicated and compassionate therapist, I am driven by a profound belief in the transformative power of therapeutic relationships. My journey in this field began with a desire to provide a safe and nurturing space for individuals to explore their emotions, navigate challenges, and ultimately lead more fulfilling lives.
As a dedicated and compassionate therapist, I am driven by a profound belief in the transformative power of therapeutic relationships. My journey in this field began with a desire to provide a safe and nurturing space for individuals to explore their emotions, navigate challenges, and ultimately lead more fulfilling lives.
(410) 204-2455 View (410) 204-2455
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Jeff Brunell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified
Hamilton Area, Baltimore, MD 21214
Our work will focus on reclaiming your personal power, living as an expression of your values, and growing your capacity to create change in your life. Expect a process-oriented approach emphasizing your engagement and commitment; a holistic worldview that reflects the interdependency of ourselves in both the broader world and in the constituent parts of our lives which can invite distress when compartmentalized and fractured; and a gently challenging style that will hold you to your ideals, your utmost honesty, and your personal vision of a life well-lived.
Our work will focus on reclaiming your personal power, living as an expression of your values, and growing your capacity to create change in your life. Expect a process-oriented approach emphasizing your engagement and commitment; a holistic worldview that reflects the interdependency of ourselves in both the broader world and in the constituent parts of our lives which can invite distress when compartmentalized and fractured; and a gently challenging style that will hold you to your ideals, your utmost honesty, and your personal vision of a life well-lived.
(443) 331-5150 View (443) 331-5150
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Nikita Parson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified
Hamilton Area, Baltimore, MD 21214  (Online Only)
I believe everyone was chosen for purpose. My goal is to hold a space designed for self-exploration, empowerment, and wholeness. It is a team effort, so lets go on this therapy journey together as you seek to heal from past hurts, build healthy relationships, grow, and learn the tools needed to achieve your true purpose in life.
I believe everyone was chosen for purpose. My goal is to hold a space designed for self-exploration, empowerment, and wholeness. It is a team effort, so lets go on this therapy journey together as you seek to heal from past hurts, build healthy relationships, grow, and learn the tools needed to achieve your true purpose in life.
(410) 421-7962 View (410) 421-7962
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Elizabeth Harring
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW, LCSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Hamilton Area, Baltimore, MD 21214  (Online Only)
I believe in the power of showing up and providing genuine support in a positive, non-judgmental environment. Regardless of where you are in your journey, we can start the process of healing and problem solving. I am a member of and work with the LGBTQIA+ community and am passionately committed to providing affirmative care; guided by WPATH standards. I work with couples or relational units using an emotionally focused therapy approach to heal deep wounds and shift patterns of behavior and communication. I also work with those facing infertility, family planning, using IVF, or choosing a solo parenting journey.
I believe in the power of showing up and providing genuine support in a positive, non-judgmental environment. Regardless of where you are in your journey, we can start the process of healing and problem solving. I am a member of and work with the LGBTQIA+ community and am passionately committed to providing affirmative care; guided by WPATH standards. I work with couples or relational units using an emotionally focused therapy approach to heal deep wounds and shift patterns of behavior and communication. I also work with those facing infertility, family planning, using IVF, or choosing a solo parenting journey.
(443) 503-3454 View (443) 503-3454
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Dennis “Ausar” Winkler
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, PhD, LCPC, NCC
Verified
Hamilton Area, Baltimore, MD 21214
I am currently only accepting clients that are interested in the collective transformation power of group counseling. I understand that group work can be a bit intimidating but most of our group members have had that fear and once they’ve report that they prefer group over individual psychotherapy. Additionally, research supports that group is as effective if not more effective than individual psychotherapy. My ideal client are those who are seeking to grow through collective work. Individual sessions are made available for group participants as needed.
I am currently only accepting clients that are interested in the collective transformation power of group counseling. I understand that group work can be a bit intimidating but most of our group members have had that fear and once they’ve report that they prefer group over individual psychotherapy. Additionally, research supports that group is as effective if not more effective than individual psychotherapy. My ideal client are those who are seeking to grow through collective work. Individual sessions are made available for group participants as needed.
(443) 290-5872 View (443) 290-5872
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Colleen Gannon
Counselor, LGPC
Verified
Hamilton Area, Baltimore, MD 21214  (Online Only)
In today’s world it is easy to feel disconnected and overstimulated. Whether it be from work, school, kids, friends, family, or romantic partners. You might often feel the overwhelming pressure to “have it all.” My goal as a therapist is to help you navigate and process your unique experiences free from judgement and centered around trust. I use a trauma informed, strengths-based approach tailored to your individual needs. I value helping you find meaningful connection within the world around you- and more importantly within yourself.
In today’s world it is easy to feel disconnected and overstimulated. Whether it be from work, school, kids, friends, family, or romantic partners. You might often feel the overwhelming pressure to “have it all.” My goal as a therapist is to help you navigate and process your unique experiences free from judgement and centered around trust. I use a trauma informed, strengths-based approach tailored to your individual needs. I value helping you find meaningful connection within the world around you- and more importantly within yourself.
(410) 881-8189 View (410) 881-8189
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Darlena Austin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified
14 Endorsed
Hamilton Area, Baltimore, MD 21214  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Is the life you're living not the life you imagined? Do you feel like you have given the best of yourself to others and wonder what's left for you? Does it feel like you are running out of time and you have yet to discover your purpose? Have you mastered the art of looking "all together" but inwardly it's taking everything you have to keep yourself together? Do you become angry, frustrated, sad, irritated when you think about your future? Are you feeling life has left you without options forcing you to settle for whatever comes your way? Have you stopped dreaming, imagining, and pursuing the once fiery passions of your heart?
Is the life you're living not the life you imagined? Do you feel like you have given the best of yourself to others and wonder what's left for you? Does it feel like you are running out of time and you have yet to discover your purpose? Have you mastered the art of looking "all together" but inwardly it's taking everything you have to keep yourself together? Do you become angry, frustrated, sad, irritated when you think about your future? Are you feeling life has left you without options forcing you to settle for whatever comes your way? Have you stopped dreaming, imagining, and pursuing the once fiery passions of your heart?
(301) 844-6112 View (301) 844-6112
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Keisha S Bryan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, BCD
Verified
Hamilton Area, Baltimore, MD 21206  (Online Only)
Welcome! Are you ready to transcend and elevate beyond your present circumstances? At times we are faced with barriers and challenges that leave us feeling stressed, anxious, hopeless, overwhelmed, and "stuck." No need to stay there, I am here to journey through the healing process and transitional phase with you. I strive to empower individuals to live a life filled with joy and peace through the development of skills to manage daily life stressors. I am extremely passionate about helping individuals to become the best version of themselves. I pride myself on providing a safe, non-judgement space for individuals to feel supported.
Welcome! Are you ready to transcend and elevate beyond your present circumstances? At times we are faced with barriers and challenges that leave us feeling stressed, anxious, hopeless, overwhelmed, and "stuck." No need to stay there, I am here to journey through the healing process and transitional phase with you. I strive to empower individuals to live a life filled with joy and peace through the development of skills to manage daily life stressors. I am extremely passionate about helping individuals to become the best version of themselves. I pride myself on providing a safe, non-judgement space for individuals to feel supported.
(410) 618-0978 View (410) 618-0978
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Jillian Ginsberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
Hamilton Area, Baltimore, MD 21214  (Online Only)
My work focuses on clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, OCD, disability/chronic illness, life transitions, or who are seeking self-exploration and growth. Together we can find ways to cope with life’s uncertainties and live a life aligned with your values. It is important to have a space where you can feel seen and affirmed, and where you can show up as your authentic self. As a therapist, I aim to create a collaborative and supportive relationship, where we can identify and work towards your goals.
My work focuses on clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, OCD, disability/chronic illness, life transitions, or who are seeking self-exploration and growth. Together we can find ways to cope with life’s uncertainties and live a life aligned with your values. It is important to have a space where you can feel seen and affirmed, and where you can show up as your authentic self. As a therapist, I aim to create a collaborative and supportive relationship, where we can identify and work towards your goals.
(410) 618-0580 View (410) 618-0580

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Number of Therapists in Hamilton Area, Baltimore, MD

70+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Hamilton Area, Baltimore, MD who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
93% Anxiety
82% Self Esteem
79% Relationship Issues
77% Coping Skills
73% Life Transitions
70% Stress

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

68% BlueCross and BlueShield
67% CareFirst
65% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Hamilton Area, Baltimore, MD see their clients

53% Online Only
47% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

79% Female
15% Male
6% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Hamilton Area, Baltimore?

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.