Therapists in Freehold, NJ

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Moshe Bleich
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Freehold, NJ 07728
Life is full of challenges and has its share of ups and downs. Often, life takes us to unexpected places and we are challenged in figuring out what are our next steps should be. The unpredictability of life can leave us overwhelmed, anxious, trigger our obsessive thoughts and even lead us to question the meaning of life and what our role and purpose in life is.
Life is full of challenges and has its share of ups and downs. Often, life takes us to unexpected places and we are challenged in figuring out what are our next steps should be. The unpredictability of life can leave us overwhelmed, anxious, trigger our obsessive thoughts and even lead us to question the meaning of life and what our role and purpose in life is.
(732) 344-4576 View (732) 344-4576
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Ronni Garcia
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC, CASDCS
Verified Verified
Freehold, NJ 07728  (Online Only)
Please click the link to my website to learn more about my practice. My goal is to create a safe and welcoming environment where I will strive to help you reduce your struggles and meet your challenges, whatever they are. I will guide you and journey with you as you seek enduring happiness and greater satisfaction in your work, in your home, in your relationships, and in other areas of your life. Whatever you want to discuss is okay, I will not judge you. My intention is to help you lessen your suffering, improve your perspective, have more satisfying relationships, and feel less distress ... more joy.
Please click the link to my website to learn more about my practice. My goal is to create a safe and welcoming environment where I will strive to help you reduce your struggles and meet your challenges, whatever they are. I will guide you and journey with you as you seek enduring happiness and greater satisfaction in your work, in your home, in your relationships, and in other areas of your life. Whatever you want to discuss is okay, I will not judge you. My intention is to help you lessen your suffering, improve your perspective, have more satisfying relationships, and feel less distress ... more joy.
(732) 993-3418 View (732) 993-3418
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Amy Altenhaus
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Freehold, NJ 07728  (Online Only)
I work with people who are feeling stuck in life who want to feel more in control of their life, no matter what age they are, whether they are a young adult, in their mid life or deciding whether to retire or contintue to work in their later years.
I work with people who are feeling stuck in life who want to feel more in control of their life, no matter what age they are, whether they are a young adult, in their mid life or deciding whether to retire or contintue to work in their later years.
(848) 220-1626 View (848) 220-1626
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Anna M Hudak
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Freehold, NJ 07728
I am the Director at Monarch Wellness Center in Freehold and Spring Lake, NJ. Monarch Wellness Center is a place of healing and a place to focus on you. I specialize in treating young adults - adults struggling with anxiety, depression, addictions, and relationship issues. My emphasis focuses on supporting healthy communication in all relationships, adapting positive behavioral patterns, and addressing emotional struggles to alleviate chronic anxiety and depression.
I am the Director at Monarch Wellness Center in Freehold and Spring Lake, NJ. Monarch Wellness Center is a place of healing and a place to focus on you. I specialize in treating young adults - adults struggling with anxiety, depression, addictions, and relationship issues. My emphasis focuses on supporting healthy communication in all relationships, adapting positive behavioral patterns, and addressing emotional struggles to alleviate chronic anxiety and depression.
(908) 760-0584 View (908) 760-0584
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Kristen Alestra - Mind & Body CCS
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Freehold, NJ 07728
My goals as a clinician have been consistent in centering around the inherent worth of the individual; meeting each person where they are. My hope in working together is providing a supportive, empathetic, and encouraging space. I have a therapeutic approach that is intentional, validating, and compassion-focused. I approach situations with curiosity, finding the benefits in learning from myself and others. I value my clients feeling safe, seen, and heard; believing they deserve autonomy in their sessions, while balancing their personalized goals.
My goals as a clinician have been consistent in centering around the inherent worth of the individual; meeting each person where they are. My hope in working together is providing a supportive, empathetic, and encouraging space. I have a therapeutic approach that is intentional, validating, and compassion-focused. I approach situations with curiosity, finding the benefits in learning from myself and others. I value my clients feeling safe, seen, and heard; believing they deserve autonomy in their sessions, while balancing their personalized goals.
(732) 475-0043 View (732) 475-0043
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Institute for Personal Growth - Freehold Office
Psychologist, PhD, LCSW, LPC, LMFT
Verified Verified
Freehold, NJ 07728
Thinking of therapy? Ask for the first session free. IPG has around 30 therapists through 3 offices in Freehold, Highland Park, and Jersey City. Since 1983 we've combined compassionate care with high-level expertise. We provide individual, family, child, and relationship counseling for problems ranging from depression to life transitions to marital strife. We also have many trained sex therapists, a special focus on the LGBTQ community, transgender youth services, therapy for those involved in BDSM/kink, consensual non-monogamy, and other sexual minorities. The size and diversity of our staff means we can treat almost any client.
Thinking of therapy? Ask for the first session free. IPG has around 30 therapists through 3 offices in Freehold, Highland Park, and Jersey City. Since 1983 we've combined compassionate care with high-level expertise. We provide individual, family, child, and relationship counseling for problems ranging from depression to life transitions to marital strife. We also have many trained sex therapists, a special focus on the LGBTQ community, transgender youth services, therapy for those involved in BDSM/kink, consensual non-monogamy, and other sexual minorities. The size and diversity of our staff means we can treat almost any client.
(732) 561-5586 View (732) 561-5586
Tree of Life Counseling Center, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCSW, LMHC, LPC, ACS, LSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Freehold, NJ 07728
Tree of Life Counseling Center is a mental health center dedicated to helping clients improve their quality of life. We are client-centered and strive to provide a comforting environment; this is evident in the tranquil environment as you walk through the door. We offer morning, afternoon, and evening appointments. We offer individual, couples, family, and group therapy. We treat children, teens, and adults. We are currently offering Telehealth and in person counseling
Tree of Life Counseling Center is a mental health center dedicated to helping clients improve their quality of life. We are client-centered and strive to provide a comforting environment; this is evident in the tranquil environment as you walk through the door. We offer morning, afternoon, and evening appointments. We offer individual, couples, family, and group therapy. We treat children, teens, and adults. We are currently offering Telehealth and in person counseling
(732) 393-8391 View (732) 393-8391
Donna H McGee
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Freehold, NJ 07728
Congratulations! You have taken the first step - often, the hardest step - toward building a better, more balanced life. I believe therapy can be a process where you learn to recognize, and to use, strengths that you already have - while building even more strengths and learning to be resilient. Therapy doesn't have to be a difficult, painful process; in fact, therapy that is focused on identifying practical solutions and options (rather than being focused on problems and past mistakes) often leads to real change within an atmosphere that is positive and encouraging. (Yes, you are actually allowed to laugh during sessions!)
Congratulations! You have taken the first step - often, the hardest step - toward building a better, more balanced life. I believe therapy can be a process where you learn to recognize, and to use, strengths that you already have - while building even more strengths and learning to be resilient. Therapy doesn't have to be a difficult, painful process; in fact, therapy that is focused on identifying practical solutions and options (rather than being focused on problems and past mistakes) often leads to real change within an atmosphere that is positive and encouraging. (Yes, you are actually allowed to laugh during sessions!)
(732) 333-8392 View (732) 333-8392
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José Desiderio
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LMHC, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Freehold, NJ 07728  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with accomplishing your day to day tasks? Do you find it hard to connect with a significant other? Has loneliness been increasing for you and social support seems to be out of reach? Taking on therapy can help you dig deep into the problems and issues that are currently holding you back. Creating a non-judgemental and safe space together can help you create substantial change focused on accomplishing the goals that will help you thrive.
Are you struggling with accomplishing your day to day tasks? Do you find it hard to connect with a significant other? Has loneliness been increasing for you and social support seems to be out of reach? Taking on therapy can help you dig deep into the problems and issues that are currently holding you back. Creating a non-judgemental and safe space together can help you create substantial change focused on accomplishing the goals that will help you thrive.
(732) 782-9681 View (732) 782-9681
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Jimmy Passe
Licensed Professional Counselor, MAEdS, LPC, LCADC, NCC, CCS
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Freehold, NJ 07728
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) in the state of New Jersey. I use evidence-based therapies and techniques in Motivational interviewing (MI) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I also incorporate client-centered and strength-based approaches to help and empower people, so that they can improve their quality of life. I have worked with a range of people from teenagers to adults/seniors with varying difficulties i.e. grief and loss, end of life issues, substance dependence/addiction, codependency, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, anger management, and self-esteem.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) in the state of New Jersey. I use evidence-based therapies and techniques in Motivational interviewing (MI) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I also incorporate client-centered and strength-based approaches to help and empower people, so that they can improve their quality of life. I have worked with a range of people from teenagers to adults/seniors with varying difficulties i.e. grief and loss, end of life issues, substance dependence/addiction, codependency, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, anger management, and self-esteem.
(908) 521-4847 View (908) 521-4847
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Jill Lavender
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Freehold, NJ 07728
Finding a trustworthy and compassionate individual with whom you can be vulnerable and share your most fragile moments, is necessary in order for healing to occur. My approach is collaborative in nature and tailored to fulfill each client’s needs. My goal is to help the individual, couple, or family explore, identify, and change cycles that maintain suffering in life.
Finding a trustworthy and compassionate individual with whom you can be vulnerable and share your most fragile moments, is necessary in order for healing to occur. My approach is collaborative in nature and tailored to fulfill each client’s needs. My goal is to help the individual, couple, or family explore, identify, and change cycles that maintain suffering in life.
(848) 246-1893 View (848) 246-1893
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Jennifer Moss
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Freehold, NJ 07728  (Online Only)
In life, we are often confronted with numerous challenges such as the struggle to find balance in one’s life, the death or illness of a loved one or how to manage a major life transition. And current stressors could include the way to navigate the environment that the pandemic has created as well as the racial and political climate. As a clinical psychologist, I strive to assist you in working through the concerns that you present by building a strong rapport and working collaboratively. Essentially, my role is to help you define your goals and provide a supportive environment where you can achieve them!
In life, we are often confronted with numerous challenges such as the struggle to find balance in one’s life, the death or illness of a loved one or how to manage a major life transition. And current stressors could include the way to navigate the environment that the pandemic has created as well as the racial and political climate. As a clinical psychologist, I strive to assist you in working through the concerns that you present by building a strong rapport and working collaboratively. Essentially, my role is to help you define your goals and provide a supportive environment where you can achieve them!
(732) 863-2542 View (732) 863-2542
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Christopher Vallecillo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCADC
Verified Verified
Freehold, NJ 07728
My ideal client is someone facing issues like anxiety, depression, trauma, or relationship problems. They need support, validation, and practical tools to cope. Their goal is to improve overall well-being, develop coping strategies, enhance communication skills, and build resilience. They want to feel understood, empowered, and validated in their journey towards healing and growth.
My ideal client is someone facing issues like anxiety, depression, trauma, or relationship problems. They need support, validation, and practical tools to cope. Their goal is to improve overall well-being, develop coping strategies, enhance communication skills, and build resilience. They want to feel understood, empowered, and validated in their journey towards healing and growth.
(848) 266-5450 View (848) 266-5450
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The Therapy Lounge LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Freehold, NJ 07728
What is therapy? Can that answer be the same for every person? My belief is that therapy is not a one size fits all process. It’s a journey that has many twists and turns, and can vary from person to situation. It is my honor as a psychotherapist to be on that journey with my clients, to help guide them towards their goals and most importantly uncovering their purpose for it. Seeing personal growth and therapeutic success for a client makes it all worth it and reminds me of my purpose in the mental health field.
What is therapy? Can that answer be the same for every person? My belief is that therapy is not a one size fits all process. It’s a journey that has many twists and turns, and can vary from person to situation. It is my honor as a psychotherapist to be on that journey with my clients, to help guide them towards their goals and most importantly uncovering their purpose for it. Seeing personal growth and therapeutic success for a client makes it all worth it and reminds me of my purpose in the mental health field.
(929) 688-2548 View (929) 688-2548
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Michael P Heptig
Psychologist, Psy, D
Verified Verified
Freehold, NJ 07728
I am a licensed clinical neuropsychologist and completed my Master's and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. My dissertation focused on elucidating factors that contribute to the underreporting of mTBIs in high school sports. With completion of my post-doctoral residency, I continued my career at Bancroft NeuroRehab in Central Jersey where I treated individuals with a history of TBI and other neurological conditions. Prior to joining Neuropsychology and Counseling Associates LLC I completed a two-year AABN post-doctoral residency in neuropsychology at a private practice.
I am a licensed clinical neuropsychologist and completed my Master's and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. My dissertation focused on elucidating factors that contribute to the underreporting of mTBIs in high school sports. With completion of my post-doctoral residency, I continued my career at Bancroft NeuroRehab in Central Jersey where I treated individuals with a history of TBI and other neurological conditions. Prior to joining Neuropsychology and Counseling Associates LLC I completed a two-year AABN post-doctoral residency in neuropsychology at a private practice.
(732) 401-9531 View (732) 401-9531
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Shari J Carpman
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, RPT
Verified Verified
Freehold, NJ 07728
Are you frustrated by your child or teen's behaviors? Do you struggle with a child who acts out when he/she has a problem? Do you or your child have difficulty managing emotions such as anger, anxiety or sadness? I can help you understand the root of these problems, as well develop the tools to resolve them. I am a licensed professional counselor and a registered play therapist who utilizes evidenced based, creative, assessment and treatment approaches in working with adults, and children. My specialties include anxiety and mood disorders, acting out & self injurious behavior, parent/child relationships and adjustment to divorce and bereavement.
Are you frustrated by your child or teen's behaviors? Do you struggle with a child who acts out when he/she has a problem? Do you or your child have difficulty managing emotions such as anger, anxiety or sadness? I can help you understand the root of these problems, as well develop the tools to resolve them. I am a licensed professional counselor and a registered play therapist who utilizes evidenced based, creative, assessment and treatment approaches in working with adults, and children. My specialties include anxiety and mood disorders, acting out & self injurious behavior, parent/child relationships and adjustment to divorce and bereavement.
(732) 820-3293 View (732) 820-3293
Nicole Davis
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Freehold, NJ 07728
My experience includes working with children, adolescents and adults. I am committed to fostering a relationship based on mutual respect while providing a safe and nurturing environment where the client can develop coping skills and emotional resilience to overcome life's challenges. As a parent/caregiver, one of the most difficult experiences is watching your child struggle socially, emotionally and/or behaviorally. I believe in the importance of giving children a voice and the ability to to express themselves. My approach is a client and family centered approach utilizing evidence based strategies and techniques.
My experience includes working with children, adolescents and adults. I am committed to fostering a relationship based on mutual respect while providing a safe and nurturing environment where the client can develop coping skills and emotional resilience to overcome life's challenges. As a parent/caregiver, one of the most difficult experiences is watching your child struggle socially, emotionally and/or behaviorally. I believe in the importance of giving children a voice and the ability to to express themselves. My approach is a client and family centered approach utilizing evidence based strategies and techniques.
(732) 655-2437 View (732) 655-2437
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Pathways Neuropsychology Associates
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Freehold, NJ 07728  (Online Only)
Dr. Vierbuchen specializes in child, adult, and family therapy. She believes therapy is an opportunity for people to understand their problems in new ways and learn skills that allow them to lead healthier and more fulfilling lives. Her approach is compassionate and competence-based and utilizes cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and systemic strategies to promote change.
Dr. Vierbuchen specializes in child, adult, and family therapy. She believes therapy is an opportunity for people to understand their problems in new ways and learn skills that allow them to lead healthier and more fulfilling lives. Her approach is compassionate and competence-based and utilizes cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and systemic strategies to promote change.
(848) 246-2188 x3 View (848) 246-2188 x3
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Danielle Difilippo
Licensed Professional Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Freehold, NJ 07728  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
We all experience difficult life moments. However, those moments do not have to define us. I believe counseling is a powerful tool that can allow for the opportunity for growth and change. I have been practicing in the field of psychology for 12 years; working with a variety of life issues and mental health symptoms. Further, it is important to acknowledge that therapy is multifaceted. Engaging in therapy does not always have to be related to problems/mental health. It can also be a way of learning more about oneself and gaining tools for preventative measures. My objective is always about enhancing ones quality of life.
We all experience difficult life moments. However, those moments do not have to define us. I believe counseling is a powerful tool that can allow for the opportunity for growth and change. I have been practicing in the field of psychology for 12 years; working with a variety of life issues and mental health symptoms. Further, it is important to acknowledge that therapy is multifaceted. Engaging in therapy does not always have to be related to problems/mental health. It can also be a way of learning more about oneself and gaining tools for preventative measures. My objective is always about enhancing ones quality of life.
(732) 217-7351 View (732) 217-7351
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Leigh Goldman, LCSW, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Freehold, NJ 07728
I am a LCSW with 20+ years of experience, which has allowed me the privilege of providing services to adolescents and adults. I specialize in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and coping skills. I strongly believe in finding the strengths within you, as to help in the process of change. My goal is to develop a therapeutic relationship in which you can have a safe place to work through meaningful solution oriented changes. My clients have benefited from various treatment approaches that are individualized to your needs. I look forward to the opportunity to help through your personal journey of change.
I am a LCSW with 20+ years of experience, which has allowed me the privilege of providing services to adolescents and adults. I specialize in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and coping skills. I strongly believe in finding the strengths within you, as to help in the process of change. My goal is to develop a therapeutic relationship in which you can have a safe place to work through meaningful solution oriented changes. My clients have benefited from various treatment approaches that are individualized to your needs. I look forward to the opportunity to help through your personal journey of change.
(609) 303-5031 View (609) 303-5031

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Freehold, NJ

200+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Freehold, NJ who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
90% Depression
79% Self Esteem
76% Coping Skills
75% Relationship Issues
69% Stress
64% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

79% Aetna
70% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
66% Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield

How Therapists in Freehold, NJ see their clients

78% In Person and Online
22% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
19% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Freehold?

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.