Therapists in Clay County, MO

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Photo of Sydney Lynn Stansbury, PhD, LPC, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Sydney Lynn Stansbury
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LPC, LMFT
Verified Verified
Liberty, MO 64068
If you desire an open and supportive relationship with people in your life...If sadness, anger, fear, or guilt make it hard for you to connect with others comfortably, please contact me. Whether we work on a one-to-one basis or with your significant other and family members, I can help identify and heal wounds that prevent you and your loved ones from thinking, feeling, and behaving in healthy ways. Together we can build more honest and effective patterns of relating to one another.
If you desire an open and supportive relationship with people in your life...If sadness, anger, fear, or guilt make it hard for you to connect with others comfortably, please contact me. Whether we work on a one-to-one basis or with your significant other and family members, I can help identify and heal wounds that prevent you and your loved ones from thinking, feeling, and behaving in healthy ways. Together we can build more honest and effective patterns of relating to one another.
(816) 659-2367 View (816) 659-2367
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Mary’s Foundation of Hope, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CGRS
Verified Verified
Kansas City, MO 64116
Together let’s take a slow deep breath. You are not alone on this journey called life! I’ve had the privilege to work with children, teens and adults, as they navigate many life’s challenges. I provide a strengths based, non-judgmental presence while utilizing proven, evidence based approaches, that fosters a sense of safety, autonomy and hope. My aim is to empower adults, children and groups to acquire the tools necessary to address symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. I present right action steps toward increased hope and healing for those dealing with grief and loss, trauma, life transitions, and relationship challenges.
Together let’s take a slow deep breath. You are not alone on this journey called life! I’ve had the privilege to work with children, teens and adults, as they navigate many life’s challenges. I provide a strengths based, non-judgmental presence while utilizing proven, evidence based approaches, that fosters a sense of safety, autonomy and hope. My aim is to empower adults, children and groups to acquire the tools necessary to address symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. I present right action steps toward increased hope and healing for those dealing with grief and loss, trauma, life transitions, and relationship challenges.
(816) 338-7309 View (816) 338-7309
Photo of undefined - Diakonos Counseling, PsyD, LCSW, LPC, PLPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Diakonos Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, PsyD, LCSW, LPC, PLPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Liberty, MO 64068
Diakonos is a private mental health counseling center in Independence, MO since 1981. We believe in a healthy approach to healing life's problems through integrating sound principles for the mind, body & spirit. We offer compassionate care for those struggling with painful emotions, distorted thinking, and troubling behavior, as well as those desiring personal growth and more satisfying relationships. We are comfortable and experienced at integrating clients' religious & spiritual beliefs with the therapy and healing process. Treatment is personalized to meet the individual needs of each participant. Therapists are available to lead conferences and speak on topics of interest to your church, business, or organization.
Diakonos is a private mental health counseling center in Independence, MO since 1981. We believe in a healthy approach to healing life's problems through integrating sound principles for the mind, body & spirit. We offer compassionate care for those struggling with painful emotions, distorted thinking, and troubling behavior, as well as those desiring personal growth and more satisfying relationships. We are comfortable and experienced at integrating clients' religious & spiritual beliefs with the therapy and healing process. Treatment is personalized to meet the individual needs of each participant. Therapists are available to lead conferences and speak on topics of interest to your church, business, or organization.
(816) 774-1923 View (816) 774-1923
Photo of Stephanie A Womack, MA, LPC, LCPC, NCC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Stephanie A Womack
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCPC, NCC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Kansas City, MO 64118  (Online Only)
Do you feel unheard? Do you need a non-judgmental ear when making life decisions? Do you wonder how did I get to this place in my life?
Do you feel unheard? Do you need a non-judgmental ear when making life decisions? Do you wonder how did I get to this place in my life?
(816) 448-8131 View (816) 448-8131
Photo of Andrea Pittman, LCSW, RPT, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Andrea Pittman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, RPT
Verified Verified
Gladstone, MO 64118
Hi, I’m Andrea, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist. Having worked in a variety of mental health settings and within the public school system, I have 20 years of experience supporting children & adolescents. My passion is helping children discover & build upon their strengths and abilities in order to overcome obstacles, learn new skills, and establish healthy relationships. I believe the therapy process should be engaging and collaborative in a safe and supportive environment.
Hi, I’m Andrea, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist. Having worked in a variety of mental health settings and within the public school system, I have 20 years of experience supporting children & adolescents. My passion is helping children discover & build upon their strengths and abilities in order to overcome obstacles, learn new skills, and establish healthy relationships. I believe the therapy process should be engaging and collaborative in a safe and supportive environment.
(816) 239-3816 View (816) 239-3816
Photo of Laura Tovar, LCSW, LSCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Laura Tovar
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LSCSW
Verified Verified
Kansas City, MO 64116
I would be honored to help you navigate current challenges in your life as well as past painful experiences. Current challenges might include life transitions, problem solving a difficult situation, or exploring new coping strategies. But sometimes, it is past painful memories that cause trouble in our lives. When difficult or traumatic experiences are left unaddressed our physical, emotional, spiritual, and relational health can be negatively affected. The extraordinarily good and hopeful news is that within each person is the ability for self-leadership and healing. Therapy just helps guide the journey.
I would be honored to help you navigate current challenges in your life as well as past painful experiences. Current challenges might include life transitions, problem solving a difficult situation, or exploring new coping strategies. But sometimes, it is past painful memories that cause trouble in our lives. When difficult or traumatic experiences are left unaddressed our physical, emotional, spiritual, and relational health can be negatively affected. The extraordinarily good and hopeful news is that within each person is the ability for self-leadership and healing. Therapy just helps guide the journey.
(816) 495-3659 View (816) 495-3659
Photo of Laci Nicole Roberts, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Laci Nicole Roberts
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Liberty, MO 64068
Let my office be a judgment-free, secure space to explore and get curious about what's happening for you and in your life. A place to ask and answer tough questions; like, how you got here, where you want to go, and what you need to get there. Let's work on coping skills, healing strategies, and building strong healthy connections with yourself and others. I invite you to listen to your inner guidance and give yourself permission to create the life you want to live. I'd love to walk along side you on this path.
Let my office be a judgment-free, secure space to explore and get curious about what's happening for you and in your life. A place to ask and answer tough questions; like, how you got here, where you want to go, and what you need to get there. Let's work on coping skills, healing strategies, and building strong healthy connections with yourself and others. I invite you to listen to your inner guidance and give yourself permission to create the life you want to live. I'd love to walk along side you on this path.
(816) 693-2659 View (816) 693-2659
Photo of Laurie Schulte, LCSW, LSCSW, SEP, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Laurie Schulte
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LSCSW, SEP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Liberty, MO 64068
Discover compassionate support on your journey through grief, loss, and trauma. My ideal client seeks a safe space to navigate emotions, find healing, and embrace self-discovery. With warmth and and over 20 years of mental health experience, I offer personalized tools to guide you towards resilience and growth. Let me be your companion on the path to renewed well-being.
Discover compassionate support on your journey through grief, loss, and trauma. My ideal client seeks a safe space to navigate emotions, find healing, and embrace self-discovery. With warmth and and over 20 years of mental health experience, I offer personalized tools to guide you towards resilience and growth. Let me be your companion on the path to renewed well-being.
(816) 209-1325 View (816) 209-1325
Photo of Kalyn Kastelic, PLPC, LPC
Kalyn Kastelic
PLPC, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Liberty, MO 64068
You are desperate to find the off-button for that critical voice inside your head. It tells you that you MUST get everything on that to-do list done.. You SHOULD feel a certain way.. You absolutely HAVE to get it all right. There's a constant reminder that rest is for everyone else but you. You're moving through life keeping a constant report card of your achievements because you can’t think of anything more terrifying than failure. You’re left feeling inadequate, drained, and completely defeated. If you’re wondering where to start, there’s no better place than here.
You are desperate to find the off-button for that critical voice inside your head. It tells you that you MUST get everything on that to-do list done.. You SHOULD feel a certain way.. You absolutely HAVE to get it all right. There's a constant reminder that rest is for everyone else but you. You're moving through life keeping a constant report card of your achievements because you can’t think of anything more terrifying than failure. You’re left feeling inadequate, drained, and completely defeated. If you’re wondering where to start, there’s no better place than here.
(816) 597-5156 View (816) 597-5156
Photo of Christina Blanton, LPC, RPT, Licensed Professional Counselor
Christina Blanton
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, RPT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kearney, MO 64060
Not accepting new clients
As a therapist specializing in helping women feel heard, my goal is to provide a safe and supportive space where my clients can explore their thoughts and emotions, develop coping strategies, and cultivate self-awareness and resilience. You will learn how to build healthy relationships, improve self-esteem and reduce anxiety. Through a compassionate and evidence-based approach, our therapist empowers you to reach your goals and process what you need. Navigating the complexities of relationships, whether they're personal, professional, or familial, can be challenging.
As a therapist specializing in helping women feel heard, my goal is to provide a safe and supportive space where my clients can explore their thoughts and emotions, develop coping strategies, and cultivate self-awareness and resilience. You will learn how to build healthy relationships, improve self-esteem and reduce anxiety. Through a compassionate and evidence-based approach, our therapist empowers you to reach your goals and process what you need. Navigating the complexities of relationships, whether they're personal, professional, or familial, can be challenging.
(816) 208-8385 View (816) 208-8385
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Journeys Regina Martin LLC/Life Coaching
MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gladstone, MO 64118
I have a very direct yet gentle approach to getting to know who you are and how best to help you break through barriers and other debilitating problems you may be facing. Sometimes, these problems may be a result of lifelong issues; other times, it may be a result of a temporary change in your life such as divorce, loss, or a recent trauma. I work with you to discover new approaches and solutions for the task at hand. I am not traditional, sometimes mouthy, and a bit wacky at times, but I will walk with you through the process until you can walk alone. My heart does get involved at times because being human is all I know.
I have a very direct yet gentle approach to getting to know who you are and how best to help you break through barriers and other debilitating problems you may be facing. Sometimes, these problems may be a result of lifelong issues; other times, it may be a result of a temporary change in your life such as divorce, loss, or a recent trauma. I work with you to discover new approaches and solutions for the task at hand. I am not traditional, sometimes mouthy, and a bit wacky at times, but I will walk with you through the process until you can walk alone. My heart does get involved at times because being human is all I know.
(816) 338-7848 View (816) 338-7848
Photo of Adam Lynch, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Adam Lynch
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Kansas City, MO 64116
We are not meant to live life alone, but rather deeply involved in relationships. Some of these relationships are highly successful, while others have come with great loss, significant struggle or just the every day difficulty of learning to live and enjoy life with another person. I believe in the value of working through personal problems in the context of building stronger relationships. I will help you work through this on a personal level or with whomever you are needing to have a restored relationship with.
We are not meant to live life alone, but rather deeply involved in relationships. Some of these relationships are highly successful, while others have come with great loss, significant struggle or just the every day difficulty of learning to live and enjoy life with another person. I believe in the value of working through personal problems in the context of building stronger relationships. I will help you work through this on a personal level or with whomever you are needing to have a restored relationship with.
(816) 327-7967 View (816) 327-7967
Photo of Carmen McHenry, MA, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Carmen McHenry
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Liberty, MO 64068
HAPPY 2024! A few NEW client spots have OPENED up! It's your time to get healthy. I have worked with clients in the Northland for the past 23 years. If you have considered therapy - trust your intuition! You don't have to struggle silently with the lows any longer. If you feel stuck - take the next step. Don't wait until relationships worsen, you lose hope, or shame takes over. The time is now. You deserve it. I offer therapy intensives as well (see my website for details).
HAPPY 2024! A few NEW client spots have OPENED up! It's your time to get healthy. I have worked with clients in the Northland for the past 23 years. If you have considered therapy - trust your intuition! You don't have to struggle silently with the lows any longer. If you feel stuck - take the next step. Don't wait until relationships worsen, you lose hope, or shame takes over. The time is now. You deserve it. I offer therapy intensives as well (see my website for details).
(816) 533-3676 View (816) 533-3676
Photo of Cali Donegan, MA, PLPC, Pre-Licensed Professional
Cali Donegan
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, PLPC
Verified Verified
Gladstone, MO 64118
Sometimes you just need someone to talk to. Someone to listen and try to understand rather than “fix.” My goal is to provide a safe, nonjudgmental atmosphere for you to process thoughts and emotions, heal from trauma, learn to cope with life’s challenges, and hopefully even share some laughs. Understanding that you are the unique product of your life experiences, I utilize a holistic approach to treatment, ensuring individualized care.
Sometimes you just need someone to talk to. Someone to listen and try to understand rather than “fix.” My goal is to provide a safe, nonjudgmental atmosphere for you to process thoughts and emotions, heal from trauma, learn to cope with life’s challenges, and hopefully even share some laughs. Understanding that you are the unique product of your life experiences, I utilize a holistic approach to treatment, ensuring individualized care.
(816) 688-3336 View (816) 688-3336
Photo of Miranda Reeves, LMSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Miranda Reeves
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kearney, MO 64060
I specialize in working with school-age children and teens who are dealing with anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, foster care/ adoption, LGBTQ+ identity, and trauma.
I specialize in working with school-age children and teens who are dealing with anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, foster care/ adoption, LGBTQ+ identity, and trauma.
(816) 339-5939 View (816) 339-5939
Photo of J. Joseph Fanska, MA, LPC, LCPC, C-DBT, CYMHS, Licensed Professional Counselor
J. Joseph Fanska
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCPC, C-DBT, CYMHS
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Liberty, MO 64068
Greetings! I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Missouri and certified in DBT. I have diverse experience in working with teens and young adults in various settings, such as private practice, inpatient psychiatry, youth case management, outpatient substance abuse for teens, and adolescent intensive outpatient programming (IOP). I have also volunteered at a crisis hotline and a child development IRB research lab. I’m a proud Eagle Scout and a Big Brothers Big Sisters of KC mentor. My specialty and passion is helping teens and young adults. I provide in-office services.
Greetings! I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Missouri and certified in DBT. I have diverse experience in working with teens and young adults in various settings, such as private practice, inpatient psychiatry, youth case management, outpatient substance abuse for teens, and adolescent intensive outpatient programming (IOP). I have also volunteered at a crisis hotline and a child development IRB research lab. I’m a proud Eagle Scout and a Big Brothers Big Sisters of KC mentor. My specialty and passion is helping teens and young adults. I provide in-office services.
(816) 239-3418 View (816) 239-3418
Photo of Casey Britt, LCSW, LSCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Casey Britt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LSCSW
Verified Verified
Gladstone, MO 64118
Life’s challenges can often leave us feeling overwhelmed, alone, or stuck. If you are experiencing these struggles, know that you’re not alone. I’m here to offer support and guidance to help navigate these difficult times together. Seeking help can be daunting, but I am so glad you are here to take the first steps toward progress and healing. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing in both Missouri and Kansas, bringing over a decade of experience working with diverse adult populations.
Life’s challenges can often leave us feeling overwhelmed, alone, or stuck. If you are experiencing these struggles, know that you’re not alone. I’m here to offer support and guidance to help navigate these difficult times together. Seeking help can be daunting, but I am so glad you are here to take the first steps toward progress and healing. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing in both Missouri and Kansas, bringing over a decade of experience working with diverse adult populations.
(816) 624-2491 x100 View (816) 624-2491 x100
Photo of Connie Clark, PhD, CCBT, Pastoral Counselor
Connie Clark
Pastoral Counselor, PhD, CCBT
Verified Verified
Liberty, MO 64068
Hello and welcome to my counseling page. My primary focus is to provide counseling, hope and healing in our sessions. You are wanted and welcomed here. I want to know you and will listen carefully while giving guidance to help you enjoy the life God created you to have. My education includes a BS, MA and PhD in Psychology and I have been a Psychotherapist in private practice for over 25 years which includes counseling several years at Texas Children's Hospital downtown in Houston's Medical Center and a psychology professor for 8 years.
Hello and welcome to my counseling page. My primary focus is to provide counseling, hope and healing in our sessions. You are wanted and welcomed here. I want to know you and will listen carefully while giving guidance to help you enjoy the life God created you to have. My education includes a BS, MA and PhD in Psychology and I have been a Psychotherapist in private practice for over 25 years which includes counseling several years at Texas Children's Hospital downtown in Houston's Medical Center and a psychology professor for 8 years.
(816) 366-7486 View (816) 366-7486
Photo of Rosalie Branchick, MS, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Rosalie Branchick
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Kansas City, MO 64116
I am heartened by people's willingness to reach out and courageously rediscover hope. The journey of life can be challenging and overwhelming. There are times when we are left standing at crossroads feeling disconnected or unappreciated. You may be experiencing loneliness, shame or guilt. Or may have reached a point of sheer frustration. I walk along side my clients as they revitalize relationships, empower their authentic self, and realize inherent potential. I provide therapy for couples, families and individuals, and welcome those of any age, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
I am heartened by people's willingness to reach out and courageously rediscover hope. The journey of life can be challenging and overwhelming. There are times when we are left standing at crossroads feeling disconnected or unappreciated. You may be experiencing loneliness, shame or guilt. Or may have reached a point of sheer frustration. I walk along side my clients as they revitalize relationships, empower their authentic self, and realize inherent potential. I provide therapy for couples, families and individuals, and welcome those of any age, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
(816) 839-9269 View (816) 839-9269
Photo of Caitlin Jordan, MA, LPC, CYT200, Licensed Professional Counselor
Caitlin Jordan
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CYT200
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Liberty, MO 64068
Waitlist for new clients
I provide effective therapy in a warm and radically accepting environment for those seeking growth and insight. I enjoy working with adults and adolescents (ages 13 and older) who are interested in adopting regular therapy as an ongoing part of their self-care routine. I especially enjoy working with adolescents and creating a space where they feel accepted and understood. Whether you are confronting past or recent trauma, coping with chronic mental illness, or just looking for a safe space to process life’s ups and downs and gain a deeper understanding of who you are, I would be honored to be a part of your journey.
I provide effective therapy in a warm and radically accepting environment for those seeking growth and insight. I enjoy working with adults and adolescents (ages 13 and older) who are interested in adopting regular therapy as an ongoing part of their self-care routine. I especially enjoy working with adolescents and creating a space where they feel accepted and understood. Whether you are confronting past or recent trauma, coping with chronic mental illness, or just looking for a safe space to process life’s ups and downs and gain a deeper understanding of who you are, I would be honored to be a part of your journey.
(816) 290-7401 View (816) 290-7401

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Clay County, MO

200+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in Clay County, MO who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
84% Depression
77% Relationship Issues
72% Trauma and PTSD
72% Coping Skills
72% Self Esteem
68% Stress

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

67% Aetna
67% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
61% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Clay County, MO see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
22% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Clay 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.