Therapists in Newton, NC

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2 Weird Souls Coaching & Counseling
Counselor, MA, LCMHC, LCAS, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Newton, NC 28658
If you are feeling lost or alone, hopeless or worthless, ashamed, weak, or unloved, asking for help can be the hardest thing you have ever done. Especially if you are reaching out to a stranger, who will ask you to discuss your deepest pain, guilt, and anxiety. I believe that anyone who is willing to push through the therapeutic process can achieve happiness. If due to depression, anxiety, grief, or a traumatic experience you are feeling lost, abandoned, or unsure of what to do next. If you’re afraid that you will never be able to feel happy or worthy ever again I’m here to listen and help you redefine your life through healing.
If you are feeling lost or alone, hopeless or worthless, ashamed, weak, or unloved, asking for help can be the hardest thing you have ever done. Especially if you are reaching out to a stranger, who will ask you to discuss your deepest pain, guilt, and anxiety. I believe that anyone who is willing to push through the therapeutic process can achieve happiness. If due to depression, anxiety, grief, or a traumatic experience you are feeling lost, abandoned, or unsure of what to do next. If you’re afraid that you will never be able to feel happy or worthy ever again I’m here to listen and help you redefine your life through healing.
(828) 414-2356 View (828) 414-2356
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Catherine Elizabeth Cochran
Counselor, LCMHC, NCC
Verified
Newton, NC 28658
Have you chosen to embrace your wellness, and explore and pursue your goals? Are you ready to address your challenges in a supportive, non-judgmental environment? Depression, anxiety, feeling overwhelmed and unsupported, struggling with anger and relationships can make you feel alone and afraid. You are not alone and you are brave. When you are ready to make a change in your life, counseling can help.
Have you chosen to embrace your wellness, and explore and pursue your goals? Are you ready to address your challenges in a supportive, non-judgmental environment? Depression, anxiety, feeling overwhelmed and unsupported, struggling with anger and relationships can make you feel alone and afraid. You are not alone and you are brave. When you are ready to make a change in your life, counseling can help.
(980) 858-5157 View (980) 858-5157
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Ase Healing Center, LLC (Delores Place)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW/A
Verified
Newton, NC 28658  (Online Only)
Are you feeling alone? Overwhelmed or Anxious? Are you having issues communicating with loved ones? Dealing with something from the past? You have come to the right person. Let’s work together in a positive and productive way to address the issues at hand.
Are you feeling alone? Overwhelmed or Anxious? Are you having issues communicating with loved ones? Dealing with something from the past? You have come to the right person. Let’s work together in a positive and productive way to address the issues at hand.
(828) 761-6873 View (828) 761-6873
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Ase Healing Center, LLC (Delores Place)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, DSW
Verified
Newton, NC 28658  (Online Only)
You’ve spent countless days, months, and years striving to get it right. To be seen and live beyond the constant and heavy feelings of hopelessness, fear, anger, and inadequacy. To move beyond shame and guilt. You may regret that you are here today—at this point in your life. But we want to assure you that reaching out for help today is a brave step. One that will lead to a new path in learning skills to help you live abundantly. And we want to assist you on this path. In our work together, we will assist you in learning the emotional skills necessary to relieve difficult emotions and conditions such as panic, anxiety, depression.
You’ve spent countless days, months, and years striving to get it right. To be seen and live beyond the constant and heavy feelings of hopelessness, fear, anger, and inadequacy. To move beyond shame and guilt. You may regret that you are here today—at this point in your life. But we want to assure you that reaching out for help today is a brave step. One that will lead to a new path in learning skills to help you live abundantly. And we want to assist you on this path. In our work together, we will assist you in learning the emotional skills necessary to relieve difficult emotions and conditions such as panic, anxiety, depression.
(828) 537-4649 View (828) 537-4649
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Karen D. Hernandez
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MA, LCMHC, LCAS, NCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Newton, NC 28658
Hi! Im Karen, and I am an LCMHC, LCAS, ( 8 years ) in providing therapy for clients. I graduated from Lenoir Rhyne University, Hickory, North Carolina. I currently serve clients from ages 10-99 years old. So just as my slogan says I want to help you recover, rejuvenate, and replenish. Together we can work to build your resilience so that whatever you may be dealing with in life you won't get down and stay down you will learn the skills in sessions and be able to rejuvenate (the act of energizing, revitalizing) yourself and get back up.
Hi! Im Karen, and I am an LCMHC, LCAS, ( 8 years ) in providing therapy for clients. I graduated from Lenoir Rhyne University, Hickory, North Carolina. I currently serve clients from ages 10-99 years old. So just as my slogan says I want to help you recover, rejuvenate, and replenish. Together we can work to build your resilience so that whatever you may be dealing with in life you won't get down and stay down you will learn the skills in sessions and be able to rejuvenate (the act of energizing, revitalizing) yourself and get back up.
(828) 382-8606 View (828) 382-8606
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Lane K Griffith
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MA, LCMHC, NCC
Verified
Newton, NC 28658
Not accepting new clients
Life can be joyous and full of possibilities, as well as confusing, and at times, devastating. My goal is to help adolescents and adults successfully navigate the challenges of life to find peace and healing. I welcome clients of all backgrounds, and provide a safe, non-judgmental place to help you find your light and strength.
Life can be joyous and full of possibilities, as well as confusing, and at times, devastating. My goal is to help adolescents and adults successfully navigate the challenges of life to find peace and healing. I welcome clients of all backgrounds, and provide a safe, non-judgmental place to help you find your light and strength.
(704) 207-0083 View (704) 207-0083
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Cathy C Pasour
Marriage & Family Therapist, MACC, LMFT, LCAS, CCS
Verified
Newton, NC 28658
My passion in life is to serve God through a ministry of counseling. I enjoy working with children (age 6 and up), adolescents, and adults of all ages. Therapy can be conducted with families, couples, individuals and groups. My special areas of competence include: parenting, complex trauma in children and adolescents, grief and loss, drug/alcohol addiction, domestic violence, marital/pre-marital counseling, anxiety, and depression. If you are are searching for a therapist today, feel free to send me an email or give me a call. I look forward to talking with you.
My passion in life is to serve God through a ministry of counseling. I enjoy working with children (age 6 and up), adolescents, and adults of all ages. Therapy can be conducted with families, couples, individuals and groups. My special areas of competence include: parenting, complex trauma in children and adolescents, grief and loss, drug/alcohol addiction, domestic violence, marital/pre-marital counseling, anxiety, and depression. If you are are searching for a therapist today, feel free to send me an email or give me a call. I look forward to talking with you.
(828) 357-4915 View (828) 357-4915
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Renovo Christian Counseling
Marriage & Family Therapist, MRE, MFS, LMFT
Verified
Newton, NC 28658
Mike Nichols, MRE, MFS, LMFT - The mission of Renovo Christian Counseling is to help bring renewal and restoration to your life and relationships. It is to partner with you to discover and apply practical and enduring solutions to the issues with which you struggle. Whatever the need that motivates you to seek counsel, I believe you can achieve healing, growth and change. It is my calling to help couples and individuals in that endeavor.
Mike Nichols, MRE, MFS, LMFT - The mission of Renovo Christian Counseling is to help bring renewal and restoration to your life and relationships. It is to partner with you to discover and apply practical and enduring solutions to the issues with which you struggle. Whatever the need that motivates you to seek counsel, I believe you can achieve healing, growth and change. It is my calling to help couples and individuals in that endeavor.
(828) 394-2759 View (828) 394-2759
Kitty Conley Benfield
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Newton, NC 28658
I counsel clients from ages 3-85 years of age. I work with clients that have ADD, ADHD, Compulsive and anxiety behaviors, Bi-Polar issues, Depression, Marital Therapy, Separation Anxiety disorders, Family Therapy, Divorce issues, PTSD. I am a RN for 43 years, A Licensed Professional Counselor for the past 15 years. I have worked in Mental Health for the past 23 years. I use the following modalities to treat my clients; Cognitive Behavorial Techniques, Experiential Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Strategic and Structural Therapies, Narrative Therapy, Object Relations Therapy,and Play Therapy for the age. I normally use a combined therapy techniques, according to the individual needs of the client.
I counsel clients from ages 3-85 years of age. I work with clients that have ADD, ADHD, Compulsive and anxiety behaviors, Bi-Polar issues, Depression, Marital Therapy, Separation Anxiety disorders, Family Therapy, Divorce issues, PTSD. I am a RN for 43 years, A Licensed Professional Counselor for the past 15 years. I have worked in Mental Health for the past 23 years. I use the following modalities to treat my clients; Cognitive Behavorial Techniques, Experiential Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Strategic and Structural Therapies, Narrative Therapy, Object Relations Therapy,and Play Therapy for the age. I normally use a combined therapy techniques, according to the individual needs of the client.
(828) 738-1167 View (828) 738-1167
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Jessica Spears
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Newton, NC 28658
My journey of helping individuals and families began as a hospice social worker. I worked closely with individuals and families to provide a "total care" approach while offering guidance through the emotional process of death. Now in private practice, I have worked with many cases and continue to use the "total care" approach with each client. I welcome all individuals and find incorporating your values/beliefs in therapy is supportive of the healing process. As I share with clients, we have to embrace our past, present and future to begin the healing process.
My journey of helping individuals and families began as a hospice social worker. I worked closely with individuals and families to provide a "total care" approach while offering guidance through the emotional process of death. Now in private practice, I have worked with many cases and continue to use the "total care" approach with each client. I welcome all individuals and find incorporating your values/beliefs in therapy is supportive of the healing process. As I share with clients, we have to embrace our past, present and future to begin the healing process.
(828) 705-3431 View (828) 705-3431
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Miranda Halberg
Counselor, MA, MS, LCMHCA
Verified
Newton, NC 28658
Wake up. Go to work/school. Come home. Go to sleep. And Repeat. Do you feel like you're just going through the motions of life, just trying to make it through another day. Pretending not to be anxious or depressed, to be happy, or that the burden you carry isn't heavy. Are you so busy pretending that you are letting you emotions build up? Do you experience moments of debilitating anxiety, depression, or stress, unable to cope ending up feeling irritable, explosive, or unable to function? Or does this describe your child? Are they struggling? Emotionally reactive? Unable to find joy? Whether it's you or your child, I am here to help.
Wake up. Go to work/school. Come home. Go to sleep. And Repeat. Do you feel like you're just going through the motions of life, just trying to make it through another day. Pretending not to be anxious or depressed, to be happy, or that the burden you carry isn't heavy. Are you so busy pretending that you are letting you emotions build up? Do you experience moments of debilitating anxiety, depression, or stress, unable to cope ending up feeling irritable, explosive, or unable to function? Or does this describe your child? Are they struggling? Emotionally reactive? Unable to find joy? Whether it's you or your child, I am here to help.
(828) 827-5631 View (828) 827-5631
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Sylvia Vang
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Newton, NC 28658  (Online Only)
You just want to feel better but there are parts of you that keep you in this vicious cycle of negative beliefs, self-doubt, unproductive patterns, and overthinking. You may feel ashamed and alone as you’re faced with challenges and uncertainties at home, work, or in your relationships. Perhaps you’re trying to make sense of your emotional pain from an unhappy childhood, stressful life experience, distressing memories, and/or unresolved issues. You are tired of living this way and you are ready to develop more compassion and empowerment to support yourself so that you can start feeling better, lighter, and more free.
You just want to feel better but there are parts of you that keep you in this vicious cycle of negative beliefs, self-doubt, unproductive patterns, and overthinking. You may feel ashamed and alone as you’re faced with challenges and uncertainties at home, work, or in your relationships. Perhaps you’re trying to make sense of your emotional pain from an unhappy childhood, stressful life experience, distressing memories, and/or unresolved issues. You are tired of living this way and you are ready to develop more compassion and empowerment to support yourself so that you can start feeling better, lighter, and more free.
(828) 330-9398 View (828) 330-9398
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Janice M. Blocker
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MA, LCMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Newton, NC 28658  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Janice Blocker. Are you or someone you love struggling with mental health challenges? I may be able to help. What are your goals? Do you need a little motivation to reach the next level? Sometimes, you just need an active listener. I can help guide you to a better understanding of yourself, I can be a coach or your biggest cheerleader. Therapy is about you, your needs and what you want to achieve with therapy. I hope I can get a chance to meet you!
Hello, my name is Janice Blocker. Are you or someone you love struggling with mental health challenges? I may be able to help. What are your goals? Do you need a little motivation to reach the next level? Sometimes, you just need an active listener. I can help guide you to a better understanding of yourself, I can be a coach or your biggest cheerleader. Therapy is about you, your needs and what you want to achieve with therapy. I hope I can get a chance to meet you!
(828) 373-2732 View (828) 373-2732

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Lina Vang
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSSW, LCSWA
Verified
Hickory, NC 28602
You are struggling to find enjoyment in the things that mean the most to you. You don't know what to do or where to start. You feel alone, lost, and scared. You wonder if things will ever improve, and who can help? I am glad you're here. I will work with you to identify and address the barriers that are causing your struggles. I am committed to helping you achieve a sense of purpose and discover tools to help empower you to overcome life's challenges. Come as you are, I want to help!
You are struggling to find enjoyment in the things that mean the most to you. You don't know what to do or where to start. You feel alone, lost, and scared. You wonder if things will ever improve, and who can help? I am glad you're here. I will work with you to identify and address the barriers that are causing your struggles. I am committed to helping you achieve a sense of purpose and discover tools to help empower you to overcome life's challenges. Come as you are, I want to help!
(980) 372-6724 View (980) 372-6724
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Teen Health Connection
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCSW
Verified
Hickory, NC 28601
At Teen Health Connection, we empower every adolescent to be healthy, safe, and successful. Our team of 12 therapists specialize in working with adolescents and their families and use evidence-based practices to treat a variety of mental health disorders. Some of our specialties include anxiety, depression, trauma, LGBTQ+, and disordered eating. For more information about our therapists, please visit our website at TeenHealthConnection.org/Behavioral-Health/.
At Teen Health Connection, we empower every adolescent to be healthy, safe, and successful. Our team of 12 therapists specialize in working with adolescents and their families and use evidence-based practices to treat a variety of mental health disorders. Some of our specialties include anxiety, depression, trauma, LGBTQ+, and disordered eating. For more information about our therapists, please visit our website at TeenHealthConnection.org/Behavioral-Health/.
(704) 288-0165 View (704) 288-0165
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Magnolia Counseling, PLLC
Counselor, PhD, LCMHCA
Verified
Hickory, NC 28601  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Patty Hickham Tousey, PhD, LCMHCA. Life experiences, particularly traumatic events and relationships, impact all facets of life (all the way down to the nervous system), but we continue to move naturally towards healing and growth. I want to work with you to help facilitate that process! Self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-compassion are some of the essential foundations of wellness. I'm devoted to helping clients navigate their healing journey to cultivate a deep sense of self-love and understanding.
Patty Hickham Tousey, PhD, LCMHCA. Life experiences, particularly traumatic events and relationships, impact all facets of life (all the way down to the nervous system), but we continue to move naturally towards healing and growth. I want to work with you to help facilitate that process! Self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-compassion are some of the essential foundations of wellness. I'm devoted to helping clients navigate their healing journey to cultivate a deep sense of self-love and understanding.
(336) 664-8187 View (336) 664-8187
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Attuned Counseling PLLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Hickory, NC 28603
Are you still figuring it all out? We all should be! Life is a journey full of personal growth, discovery, and healing. I have witnessed the powerful transformations and healing that occurs when the right therapeutic connection can happen. I am passionate about helping others engage more meaningfully in their lives. While working with me, you will have the space to explore how to change old patterns in your life, gain an understanding of why these patterns exist, and discover new ways of being in the world that fits in with your values.
Are you still figuring it all out? We all should be! Life is a journey full of personal growth, discovery, and healing. I have witnessed the powerful transformations and healing that occurs when the right therapeutic connection can happen. I am passionate about helping others engage more meaningfully in their lives. While working with me, you will have the space to explore how to change old patterns in your life, gain an understanding of why these patterns exist, and discover new ways of being in the world that fits in with your values.
(828) 360-9421 View (828) 360-9421
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Elena 'ele’ Naranjo
Counselor, LMHC, LCMHC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Hickory, NC 28601  (Online Only)
Self-exploration is both, the scariest, and most rewarding journey you can embark upon. My studies in mind, body, spirit and nature have prepared me to provide counseling to those who seek to find their authentic selves. My 15+ years of experience have led me to work with a very wide range of clients in all age groups, and with all kinds of needs. I'd be happy to help you on your journey.
Self-exploration is both, the scariest, and most rewarding journey you can embark upon. My studies in mind, body, spirit and nature have prepared me to provide counseling to those who seek to find their authentic selves. My 15+ years of experience have led me to work with a very wide range of clients in all age groups, and with all kinds of needs. I'd be happy to help you on your journey.
(954) 266-0475 View (954) 266-0475
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Sophie Reaves
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCMHC, NCC
Verified
Conover, NC 28613
You deserve to feel seen, heard and understood, to be your best self and live your best life! My goal is to create an empowering space to draw from your strengths in overcoming current challenges. I work collaboratively with clients to establish ongoing, flexible goals for therapy to make our sessions most effective. I am particularly interested in the stories we tell about our lives and the meaning we make of them.
You deserve to feel seen, heard and understood, to be your best self and live your best life! My goal is to create an empowering space to draw from your strengths in overcoming current challenges. I work collaboratively with clients to establish ongoing, flexible goals for therapy to make our sessions most effective. I am particularly interested in the stories we tell about our lives and the meaning we make of them.
(828) 373-3145 View (828) 373-3145
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Katrina Belmont
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC, LCAS
Verified
5 Endorsed
Hickory, NC 28602
I want to help create a foundation for your life in which you can grow, prosper, and live the most fulfilling life possible. We often underestimate the amount of resilience and ability we have to overcome obstacles in our lives. Therapy can help you cultivate that resilience.
I want to help create a foundation for your life in which you can grow, prosper, and live the most fulfilling life possible. We often underestimate the amount of resilience and ability we have to overcome obstacles in our lives. Therapy can help you cultivate that resilience.
(828) 414-2864 View (828) 414-2864

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How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Newton, NC

10+

Average cost per session

$110

Therapists in Newton, NC who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
77% Trauma and PTSD
77% Self Esteem
69% Anxiety
69% Coping Skills
69% Stress
62% Grief

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
71% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
57% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Newton, NC see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

93% Female
7% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Newton?

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.