Therapists in Downtown, Albuquerque, NM

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Jennifer Padilla
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Downtown, Albuquerque, NM 87102  (Online Only)
What if you could change your path and re-create yourself? The trauma experience isn’t a destination but a journey that can lead to amazing personal growth. When you reframe painful experiences from an optimistic perspective, they become opportunities for personal development and growth. Instead of feeling powerless or doomed, begin experiencing life in a new way – one that allows you to live up to your potential. Please contact me to begin your journey to personal growth.
What if you could change your path and re-create yourself? The trauma experience isn’t a destination but a journey that can lead to amazing personal growth. When you reframe painful experiences from an optimistic perspective, they become opportunities for personal development and growth. Instead of feeling powerless or doomed, begin experiencing life in a new way – one that allows you to live up to your potential. Please contact me to begin your journey to personal growth.
(505) 657-2346 View (505) 657-2346
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Brandi Brussel
Counselor, LPCC, ATR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Albuquerque, NM 87102
I enjoy working with substance abuse recovery and a co-occurring disorder, (including nicotine and process addiction), depression, anxiety, PTSD and trauma, TBI, intellectual and developmental disorders, and LGBTQI+.
I enjoy working with substance abuse recovery and a co-occurring disorder, (including nicotine and process addiction), depression, anxiety, PTSD and trauma, TBI, intellectual and developmental disorders, and LGBTQI+.
(505) 388-0340 View (505) 388-0340
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Ani Bisono
Counselor, MS, LPCC
Verified Verified
Downtown, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Waitlist for new clients
Are you stuck repeating the same behavioral patterns that cause distress and you want to change? Are you ready to stop feeling sad, irritable, anxious, or overwhelmed? Are you struggling with identity issues or existential questions? Every individual experiences serious and/or elevated negative emotions brought on by circumstances, family, friends, or others, at some point in their lives. Feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, worry, loneliness, etc., can hinder your ability to experience a successful life full of joy and tranquility. As your therapist, I can provide support in your journey towards personal growth and healing.
Are you stuck repeating the same behavioral patterns that cause distress and you want to change? Are you ready to stop feeling sad, irritable, anxious, or overwhelmed? Are you struggling with identity issues or existential questions? Every individual experiences serious and/or elevated negative emotions brought on by circumstances, family, friends, or others, at some point in their lives. Feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, worry, loneliness, etc., can hinder your ability to experience a successful life full of joy and tranquility. As your therapist, I can provide support in your journey towards personal growth and healing.
(505) 295-0492 View (505) 295-0492
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Fundamental Therapy Services LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Hola! My name is Vanessa Rodriguez, LCSW and my greatest hope for you is that therapy supports you with living a wholesome life with self-acceptance. Throughout my years of experience, I developed the ability to work with different patient populations. Combining my bilingual and bicultural abilities with my clinical background, I can deliver a full range of services to individuals and communities alike while treating them respectfully, and compassionately taking into account their circumstances. All of my therapy treatments include a trauma informed approach. My background includes working with children, adolescents, and adults.
Hola! My name is Vanessa Rodriguez, LCSW and my greatest hope for you is that therapy supports you with living a wholesome life with self-acceptance. Throughout my years of experience, I developed the ability to work with different patient populations. Combining my bilingual and bicultural abilities with my clinical background, I can deliver a full range of services to individuals and communities alike while treating them respectfully, and compassionately taking into account their circumstances. All of my therapy treatments include a trauma informed approach. My background includes working with children, adolescents, and adults.
(505) 591-6346 View (505) 591-6346
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Haamid A Hakam
Counselor, MA, MFT, LMHC, EMDR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Albuquerque, NM 87102
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I obtained my B.A. in psychology from Southern Illinois University. My interest in male/female relationships led me to pursue a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University. But I don’t only work with families. Families are comprised of two individuals who were reared in his/her family of origin from which they developed their worldview and values. Two unique individuals come together, bringing their experiences with them into the relationship. These differences can result in conflict. My job is to help them see how the conflict arose and constructive ways to resolve
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I obtained my B.A. in psychology from Southern Illinois University. My interest in male/female relationships led me to pursue a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University. But I don’t only work with families. Families are comprised of two individuals who were reared in his/her family of origin from which they developed their worldview and values. Two unique individuals come together, bringing their experiences with them into the relationship. These differences can result in conflict. My job is to help them see how the conflict arose and constructive ways to resolve
(505) 842-8435 View (505) 842-8435
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Ryan Porter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Downtown, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Now Accepting New Clients. Providing therapeutic services since late 2012 to a wide array of clients with different needs has taught me so much as a therapist and as a human being. I have learned that all people desire positive and safe connections with others. Working from the perspective of the interpersonal process approach, I seek to develop an affirming therapeutic alliance as the foundation for the work ahead. Once that foundation has been built, healing can begin to take place.
Now Accepting New Clients. Providing therapeutic services since late 2012 to a wide array of clients with different needs has taught me so much as a therapist and as a human being. I have learned that all people desire positive and safe connections with others. Working from the perspective of the interpersonal process approach, I seek to develop an affirming therapeutic alliance as the foundation for the work ahead. Once that foundation has been built, healing can begin to take place.
(505) 405-6182 View (505) 405-6182
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Michelle Nickerson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW
Verified Verified
Downtown, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Immediate Openings Available! I work with clients to create a safe place to process what is happening in your life, build a therapeutic relationship, and look at the whole self: spiritual, physical and emotional. Feeling safe enough to look at what's not working in your life right now, and having a therapist with the wide range of skills to help you shift in the areas you want to, can make all the difference. We can all often not feel assertive and or able to be connected in relationships, and I can help you connect to yourself and your intuition to shift patterns that aren't serving you.
Immediate Openings Available! I work with clients to create a safe place to process what is happening in your life, build a therapeutic relationship, and look at the whole self: spiritual, physical and emotional. Feeling safe enough to look at what's not working in your life right now, and having a therapist with the wide range of skills to help you shift in the areas you want to, can make all the difference. We can all often not feel assertive and or able to be connected in relationships, and I can help you connect to yourself and your intuition to shift patterns that aren't serving you.
(505) 666-4527 View (505) 666-4527
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Michelle A Tafoya
Counselor, LPCC, EMDR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Clients that have issues with trauma, coping with daily life and building skills to overwrite negative thinking/cognitive errors that lead to maladaptive behaviors. Clients who have experienced childhood abuse and/or trauma or have gone through trauma in relationships as adults. Clients that are or have experienced issues with domestic violence and sexual trauma in relationships. Chronic PTSD, chronic trauma, depression, anxiety, and bi-polar disorders. Clients in the LGBTQ+ Community.
Clients that have issues with trauma, coping with daily life and building skills to overwrite negative thinking/cognitive errors that lead to maladaptive behaviors. Clients who have experienced childhood abuse and/or trauma or have gone through trauma in relationships as adults. Clients that are or have experienced issues with domestic violence and sexual trauma in relationships. Chronic PTSD, chronic trauma, depression, anxiety, and bi-polar disorders. Clients in the LGBTQ+ Community.
(505) 842-8435 View (505) 842-8435
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Jodi Ahrend
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Downtown, Albuquerque, NM 87102
After years of helping people while working for various agencies, in 2022 I opened my own practice to work directly with adolescents, adults and seniors who want to better manage their lives, and to learn how to thrive and enjoy life. Often drawing on all of my prior experience working in the legal system, my own history of substance abuse and recovery, domestic violence and numerous major life changes and health issues as well as being a mom and grandmother. My practice focuses on recovery from substances, grief & loss therapy, parent coaching, guidance through the criminal justice system, and dealing with change at any life stage
After years of helping people while working for various agencies, in 2022 I opened my own practice to work directly with adolescents, adults and seniors who want to better manage their lives, and to learn how to thrive and enjoy life. Often drawing on all of my prior experience working in the legal system, my own history of substance abuse and recovery, domestic violence and numerous major life changes and health issues as well as being a mom and grandmother. My practice focuses on recovery from substances, grief & loss therapy, parent coaching, guidance through the criminal justice system, and dealing with change at any life stage
(505) 805-2737 View (505) 805-2737
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Lizz Egelhoff
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, L, M, H, C
Verified Verified
Downtown, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Just because you carry it well, does not mean it is not heavy. On the outside it seems you have it together. You have a life, a home, and obligations. People depend on and respect you. But on the inside, you fear it will all fall apart. No one knows how loud it is in your head: all the noise, worry, shame, insecurity, loneliness, negative self-evaluations. Substances, sex, cutting, or food used to help, but now they just make it worse. You want and crave connection while keeping everyone at a safe distance: If they knew the REAL you, it would be too much.
Just because you carry it well, does not mean it is not heavy. On the outside it seems you have it together. You have a life, a home, and obligations. People depend on and respect you. But on the inside, you fear it will all fall apart. No one knows how loud it is in your head: all the noise, worry, shame, insecurity, loneliness, negative self-evaluations. Substances, sex, cutting, or food used to help, but now they just make it worse. You want and crave connection while keeping everyone at a safe distance: If they knew the REAL you, it would be too much.
(505) 405-8182 View (505) 405-8182
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Stephanie Smith
Counselor, LPCC, MS
Verified Verified
Downtown, Albuquerque, NM 87102  (Online Only)
I am licensed by the state of New Mexico as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPCC) and I hold an Master of Science in Counseling. My ideal clients wants help and is ready to be vulnerable about the thought, emotional, and behavioral patterns they want to change. This is about you feeling better, thinking more clearly, and living your life with goal of self trust and ease. I take Medicaid. BCBS, Presbyterian, United Healthcare, Molina, Cigna, and Western Skies Insurance.
I am licensed by the state of New Mexico as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPCC) and I hold an Master of Science in Counseling. My ideal clients wants help and is ready to be vulnerable about the thought, emotional, and behavioral patterns they want to change. This is about you feeling better, thinking more clearly, and living your life with goal of self trust and ease. I take Medicaid. BCBS, Presbyterian, United Healthcare, Molina, Cigna, and Western Skies Insurance.
(505) 405-8041 View (505) 405-8041
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Discovering Greatness, LLC
Counselor, MA, LPCC, EMDR
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Downtown, Albuquerque, NM 87102
*****Taking NEW clients**** ****Albuquerque and Rio Rancho***** EMDR,Gottman, CBT and more! Time is of the essence, as you have probably struggled long enough to solve the issues in your life. We work to actively recognize those issues and repetitive patterns so that you can start to be aware of them and change them. Though you can't change the past, we can work together to better understand it and its impact on your present and future.
*****Taking NEW clients**** ****Albuquerque and Rio Rancho***** EMDR,Gottman, CBT and more! Time is of the essence, as you have probably struggled long enough to solve the issues in your life. We work to actively recognize those issues and repetitive patterns so that you can start to be aware of them and change them. Though you can't change the past, we can work together to better understand it and its impact on your present and future.
(505) 842-8435 View (505) 842-8435
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Blanca Montes
Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Albuquerque, NM 87102
I provide services in both English and Spanish. As a clinical mental health counselor, I believe the relationship between client and therapist is the most important part of the process. It is imperative that client(s) can trust me, and I provide a safe place for my clients to let themselves be vulnerable. I offer a judgement free atmosphere where my clients can grow and learn how to be the best version of themselves, to recognize their strengths and enhance coping skill using various modalities.
I provide services in both English and Spanish. As a clinical mental health counselor, I believe the relationship between client and therapist is the most important part of the process. It is imperative that client(s) can trust me, and I provide a safe place for my clients to let themselves be vulnerable. I offer a judgement free atmosphere where my clients can grow and learn how to be the best version of themselves, to recognize their strengths and enhance coping skill using various modalities.
(505) 551-3923 View (505) 551-3923
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Katie Croft
Pre-Licensed Professional, MPS, LMHC, ATR-P
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Downtown, Albuquerque, NM 87102  (Online Only)
Immediate Openings Available! I am here to support you on your journey to a more authentic version of yourself. Through art and somatic interventions you can find a place of peace and understanding for yourself and others. These practices help you to discover the power within yourself to move your life in the direction that you choose and heal the wounds that trauma has left behind. I want to support you, celebrate you, challenge you, and truly understand you.
Immediate Openings Available! I am here to support you on your journey to a more authentic version of yourself. Through art and somatic interventions you can find a place of peace and understanding for yourself and others. These practices help you to discover the power within yourself to move your life in the direction that you choose and heal the wounds that trauma has left behind. I want to support you, celebrate you, challenge you, and truly understand you.
(505) 391-3675 View (505) 391-3675
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Life Re-Created: Psychotherapy & Health Promotion
Counselor, MPH, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
Downtown, Albuquerque, NM 87198  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Are you a person who is experiencing a disability or chronic illness and feel your needs are not met in most care settings? Are you pregnant or just had a baby and need extra support? Are you the parent of a disabled child and the child, a sibling or you need extra support for the child to grow and reach her or his full potential? Are you a creative type and need help to focus and be productive in your creative work? Are you the parent of a gifted child and need extra help raising this child or is the child in need of services due to trouble at home or school?Are you a spiritual seeker and need to talk about unusual experiences?
Are you a person who is experiencing a disability or chronic illness and feel your needs are not met in most care settings? Are you pregnant or just had a baby and need extra support? Are you the parent of a disabled child and the child, a sibling or you need extra support for the child to grow and reach her or his full potential? Are you a creative type and need help to focus and be productive in your creative work? Are you the parent of a gifted child and need extra help raising this child or is the child in need of services due to trouble at home or school?Are you a spiritual seeker and need to talk about unusual experiences?
(505) 796-6710 View (505) 796-6710
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Kathryn Fehr
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CCE Sup, CTRS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Albuquerque, NM 87102  (Online Only)
Over my years of experience, I have learned the importance of incorporating emotional healing with body healing. Both are critical to healing the whole self. I will help you learn to start putting yourself first, which leads to improving your relationship both with yourself and those you care about in your life. I believe that self-care is critical on this path. We will work together to figure out your “why”, the reason you are showing up for yourself and reliance in the promises you are making.
Over my years of experience, I have learned the importance of incorporating emotional healing with body healing. Both are critical to healing the whole self. I will help you learn to start putting yourself first, which leads to improving your relationship both with yourself and those you care about in your life. I believe that self-care is critical on this path. We will work together to figure out your “why”, the reason you are showing up for yourself and reliance in the promises you are making.
(505) 393-2385 View (505) 393-2385
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Rickie D Palmer
Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Downtown, Albuquerque, NM 87102  (Online Only)
Years ago, when I began the journey to become a therapist, I found a letter written by my younger (8y/o) self. The letter said, "when I grow up I want to be a person that helps others, like a psychiatrist, a teacher or run a daycare." This letter is now on my wall in a frame to remind me everyday of the innocence of our youth. My drive rises from a place where we all have insecurities and we rise above and beat them. If it is from our trials that we learn how strong we can truly be.
Years ago, when I began the journey to become a therapist, I found a letter written by my younger (8y/o) self. The letter said, "when I grow up I want to be a person that helps others, like a psychiatrist, a teacher or run a daycare." This letter is now on my wall in a frame to remind me everyday of the innocence of our youth. My drive rises from a place where we all have insecurities and we rise above and beat them. If it is from our trials that we learn how strong we can truly be.
(505) 404-0457 View (505) 404-0457
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Paula A Solfest
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Every person is truly their own best expert. It's my job is to encourage, support and bring insight to what already lies within each and every one of us.
Every person is truly their own best expert. It's my job is to encourage, support and bring insight to what already lies within each and every one of us.
(505) 842-8435 View (505) 842-8435
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Ione Hepburn
Counselor, MA, LMHC, CLC, C-MI
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Everyone has vulnerabilities, but imagine a life where your vulnerabilities have become your strengths. Although it may seem overwhelming now, with the right support, your pain can be transformed into an incredible source of personal growth. From my own experiences and those I have supported on their unique journeys, I have seen the true potential of transformation. For this reason, I offer more than just therapy - together, we will create a safe and compassionate space where you can confront your challenges, empower yourself, and transform your life.
Everyone has vulnerabilities, but imagine a life where your vulnerabilities have become your strengths. Although it may seem overwhelming now, with the right support, your pain can be transformed into an incredible source of personal growth. From my own experiences and those I have supported on their unique journeys, I have seen the true potential of transformation. For this reason, I offer more than just therapy - together, we will create a safe and compassionate space where you can confront your challenges, empower yourself, and transform your life.
(505) 257-4573 View (505) 257-4573
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Thomas Clark
Counselor, MS, LPCC, CCMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Not accepting new clients
Your mental health shouldn’t deplete your quality of life, or keep you from experiencing the abundance you deserve. Is there something that’s been weighing on your heart, or new emotions that have recently surfaced? You don’t have to live with a weight on your shoulders forever. Sometimes taking the first step toward healing is the hardest milestone. Psychotherapy can treat symptoms of low self-esteem, constant worry, difficulty with social interactions, or feelings of sadness. I encourage clients to enter with an open heart, a desire for change, and a willingness to discuss their experiences.
Your mental health shouldn’t deplete your quality of life, or keep you from experiencing the abundance you deserve. Is there something that’s been weighing on your heart, or new emotions that have recently surfaced? You don’t have to live with a weight on your shoulders forever. Sometimes taking the first step toward healing is the hardest milestone. Psychotherapy can treat symptoms of low self-esteem, constant worry, difficulty with social interactions, or feelings of sadness. I encourage clients to enter with an open heart, a desire for change, and a willingness to discuss their experiences.
(505) 295-0543 View (505) 295-0543

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Number of Therapists in Downtown, Albuquerque, NM

40+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in Downtown, Albuquerque, NM who prioritize treating:

90% Anxiety
88% Depression
85% Trauma and PTSD
76% Stress
73% Coping Skills
71% Self Esteem
68% Relationship Issues

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% Presbyterian
76% Medicaid
71% Magellan

How Therapists in Downtown, Albuquerque, NM see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

88% Female
12% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Downtown, Albuquerque?

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.