Therapists in Sandia Park, NM

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Meghan Bass-Petti
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, C-IAYT, TIYT
Verified Verified
Sandia Park, NM 87047  (Online Only)
I know from personal experience what it feels like to have anxiety, depression, grief, fear, and/or trauma rule your life. To feel like nothing will ever get better and that there is no hope. But fortunately, I came through to the other side of this and am constantly studying the latest strategies and techniques to help you live your most inspired and peaceful life. Working in partnership, we will look at what's working and what's not to uncover the things that can help you make the most rapid and long-lasting changes to your body, mind, and relationships.
I know from personal experience what it feels like to have anxiety, depression, grief, fear, and/or trauma rule your life. To feel like nothing will ever get better and that there is no hope. But fortunately, I came through to the other side of this and am constantly studying the latest strategies and techniques to help you live your most inspired and peaceful life. Working in partnership, we will look at what's working and what's not to uncover the things that can help you make the most rapid and long-lasting changes to your body, mind, and relationships.
(505) 393-6489 View (505) 393-6489
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Jean V Holley
Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Sandia Park, NM 87047  (Online Only)
I enjoy assisting clients in finding meaning, joy and connection in their lives. All of us have had painful and traumatic experiences. Modern life is very stressful, and sometimes we need guidance and support in how to cope with difficult circumstances we might find ourselves facing. I can offer a variety of methods to let go of the past and find clarity and peace in the present, and hope for the future. Meditation, mindfulness, guided imagery, and EMDR are some of the techniques I utilize most. I look forward to meeting and working with you!
I enjoy assisting clients in finding meaning, joy and connection in their lives. All of us have had painful and traumatic experiences. Modern life is very stressful, and sometimes we need guidance and support in how to cope with difficult circumstances we might find ourselves facing. I can offer a variety of methods to let go of the past and find clarity and peace in the present, and hope for the future. Meditation, mindfulness, guided imagery, and EMDR are some of the techniques I utilize most. I look forward to meeting and working with you!
(505) 605-6881 View (505) 605-6881
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Christopher Blazina
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Sandia Park, NM 87047
Waitlist for new clients
I have been in practice as a psychologist for over 27 years. I work with a wide arrange of concerns including: depression, anxiety, life transitions, relationship problems, grief & loss, and pet bereavement. But I specialize in working with men's issues and the majority of my clients are male. Many of my clients had some difficulty growing up and still feel a lingering impact. I help clients find resolution with underlying issues and build new ways coping and relating within important relationships and to themselves. I create a space to do this important work that is safe, caring, and warm.
I have been in practice as a psychologist for over 27 years. I work with a wide arrange of concerns including: depression, anxiety, life transitions, relationship problems, grief & loss, and pet bereavement. But I specialize in working with men's issues and the majority of my clients are male. Many of my clients had some difficulty growing up and still feel a lingering impact. I help clients find resolution with underlying issues and build new ways coping and relating within important relationships and to themselves. I create a space to do this important work that is safe, caring, and warm.
(505) 975-7723 View (505) 975-7723
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Sherry Yingling
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
Sandia Park, NM 87047
Licensed in CO and NM; Welcome to a safe, non-judgmental space to explore and discover a deeper sense of self. I am an experienced and supportive therapist who will guide you to better self-understanding and empower you to identify and achieve desired change. I am experienced in helping people work through a variety of life challenges, including self-esteem issues, life transitions, depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and addiction. I specialize in relationships and practice a conversational, collaborative, person-centered approach. Whether your struggle is individual or relational, I am honored to help.
Licensed in CO and NM; Welcome to a safe, non-judgmental space to explore and discover a deeper sense of self. I am an experienced and supportive therapist who will guide you to better self-understanding and empower you to identify and achieve desired change. I am experienced in helping people work through a variety of life challenges, including self-esteem issues, life transitions, depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and addiction. I specialize in relationships and practice a conversational, collaborative, person-centered approach. Whether your struggle is individual or relational, I am honored to help.
(505) 587-8840 View (505) 587-8840
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Support is Apparent
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sandia Park, NM 87047  (Online Only)
If you are looking for a person centered experience this is where you will find it. Each client is an individual and should be treated as so. I am here to guide and support you through life's trials. I specialize in helping those suffering from depression, anxiety, self love, grief, loss, parenting issues and relationship issues. I look forward to working with you as I acknowledge you are the expert in your life and I am simply here to help you work through your hardest moments.
If you are looking for a person centered experience this is where you will find it. Each client is an individual and should be treated as so. I am here to guide and support you through life's trials. I specialize in helping those suffering from depression, anxiety, self love, grief, loss, parenting issues and relationship issues. I look forward to working with you as I acknowledge you are the expert in your life and I am simply here to help you work through your hardest moments.
(505) 207-4015 View (505) 207-4015
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Cathleen Wilde, MA LPCC
Counselor, MA, LPCC, NCC
Verified Verified
Sandia Park, NM 87047
Over 27 years I've had the privilege of helping children, teens, parents, co-parents, adults, and families; facing tough and painful circumstances. Family, Children's, Delinquency, and Criminal cases continues to lend support for those involved in legal matters. Parents are powerful influencers good & bad. I work to improve, empower and educate for more functional relationships. Children and teens often need an objective ear to help them with increasing pressures. Adults seeking support and problem-solving tools for relationships, career, and childhood-effects are also valued focus. This includes the effects of trauma and abuse.
Over 27 years I've had the privilege of helping children, teens, parents, co-parents, adults, and families; facing tough and painful circumstances. Family, Children's, Delinquency, and Criminal cases continues to lend support for those involved in legal matters. Parents are powerful influencers good & bad. I work to improve, empower and educate for more functional relationships. Children and teens often need an objective ear to help them with increasing pressures. Adults seeking support and problem-solving tools for relationships, career, and childhood-effects are also valued focus. This includes the effects of trauma and abuse.
(505) 715-4644 View (505) 715-4644
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Kasey Best
Marriage & Family Therapist, MC, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sandia Park, NM 87047
Do you sometimes or often find yourself feeling sad or overwhelmed by life's demands? You're certainly not alone. Life is unpredictable and occasionally difficult to handle. I can help you discover why you might be experiencing difficulty in finding joy and meaning in your life. I've helped many clients gain insight and make positive and lasting changes.My goal is to help clients find contentment and fulfilment through positive coping skills.
Do you sometimes or often find yourself feeling sad or overwhelmed by life's demands? You're certainly not alone. Life is unpredictable and occasionally difficult to handle. I can help you discover why you might be experiencing difficulty in finding joy and meaning in your life. I've helped many clients gain insight and make positive and lasting changes.My goal is to help clients find contentment and fulfilment through positive coping skills.
(505) 933-6245 View (505) 933-6245

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Courtney Erickson
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
Edgewood, NM 87015
In my 15 years of practice, I have found, that at my core I am a client centered therapist. This means that I believe that the process of therapy is driven by the client and what their needs are in the present moment. That said, I have also discovered that using cognitive behavioral techniques to help sort through unhelpful thoughts that might be driving anxiety or depression is an important part of the process, as is teaching mindfulness techniques to help calm the body and the brain.
In my 15 years of practice, I have found, that at my core I am a client centered therapist. This means that I believe that the process of therapy is driven by the client and what their needs are in the present moment. That said, I have also discovered that using cognitive behavioral techniques to help sort through unhelpful thoughts that might be driving anxiety or depression is an important part of the process, as is teaching mindfulness techniques to help calm the body and the brain.
(505) 605-5604 View (505) 605-5604
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Lora Blazina
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albuquerque, NM 87112
I am trained and experienced using in using somatic mindfulness interventions, EMDR, and hypnotherapy. I specialize in working with adults who survived childhood abuse and neglect. The emotional aspects of childhood abuse and neglect show up in our most important relationships, creating frustrating blocks to healthy intimacy and resilient self-esteem. I can help you understand your symptoms, root causes, and learn the skills to dramatically improve your quality of life.
I am trained and experienced using in using somatic mindfulness interventions, EMDR, and hypnotherapy. I specialize in working with adults who survived childhood abuse and neglect. The emotional aspects of childhood abuse and neglect show up in our most important relationships, creating frustrating blocks to healthy intimacy and resilient self-esteem. I can help you understand your symptoms, root causes, and learn the skills to dramatically improve your quality of life.
(505) 985-7226 View (505) 985-7226
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John H Reiser
Counselor, MA
Verified Verified
Albuquerque, NM 87107
I am a dedicated clinician and I strive to create a strong, supportive space for clients who are interested in their inner work. I have worked with clients in severe emotional distress, and also with clients who just feel a need to "find a new path forward". Some of my clients come for brief intensive counseling during a crisis while others to do longer-term work on a quest for self-understanding and freedom from past painful experiences. Couples counseling is also part of my practice. I have extensive psychoanalytic training as well as experience in short-term modalities.
I am a dedicated clinician and I strive to create a strong, supportive space for clients who are interested in their inner work. I have worked with clients in severe emotional distress, and also with clients who just feel a need to "find a new path forward". Some of my clients come for brief intensive counseling during a crisis while others to do longer-term work on a quest for self-understanding and freedom from past painful experiences. Couples counseling is also part of my practice. I have extensive psychoanalytic training as well as experience in short-term modalities.
(505) 587-5752 View (505) 587-5752
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Ana Salvatierra
LCPC, LPCC
Verified Verified
Albuquerque, NM 87111  (Online Only)
I am a Bilingual Licensed Psychotherapist with 13 years of experience, working with individuals and families in areas of community mental health, the corporate sector, and private practice. Currently, I work with immigrant families, adults, and adolescents with a history of intergenerational trauma. I believe that what is helpful for the therapeutic process is providing undivided attention, empathic support, and addressing challenges along the way. The path to meaning and development is by coalescing all aspects of the self into this existence. We are not a separate entity, but united and connected with everything around us.
I am a Bilingual Licensed Psychotherapist with 13 years of experience, working with individuals and families in areas of community mental health, the corporate sector, and private practice. Currently, I work with immigrant families, adults, and adolescents with a history of intergenerational trauma. I believe that what is helpful for the therapeutic process is providing undivided attention, empathic support, and addressing challenges along the way. The path to meaning and development is by coalescing all aspects of the self into this existence. We are not a separate entity, but united and connected with everything around us.
(872) 246-9630 View (872) 246-9630
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Thomas Bien
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Edgewood, NM 87015
In times of crisis, we struggle with depression, anxiety, relationships, life transitions, divorce, stress, past trauma, grief and loss. Fortunately, there are well-established ways to deal with such difficulties. Dr. Bien is a kind, non-judgmental, skillful, and insightful guide through these problems. Through mindfulness, he helps you find your capacity to respond to life issues with self-acceptance, confidence, courage, and creativity. You learn to relate to your inner life in a different way so emotions don't overwhelm you, and so you can speak and act from strength and clarity.
In times of crisis, we struggle with depression, anxiety, relationships, life transitions, divorce, stress, past trauma, grief and loss. Fortunately, there are well-established ways to deal with such difficulties. Dr. Bien is a kind, non-judgmental, skillful, and insightful guide through these problems. Through mindfulness, he helps you find your capacity to respond to life issues with self-acceptance, confidence, courage, and creativity. You learn to relate to your inner life in a different way so emotions don't overwhelm you, and so you can speak and act from strength and clarity.
(505) 819-3751 View (505) 819-3751
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Outside the Box Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Edgewood, NM 87015
•Accepting clients in the East Mountains area only • Life's obstacles have a funny way of making us feel alone, and unsure of where to go next; with the dynamics of the world right now, there are so many more questions than there are answers, but you are the expert in your own life, and you hold the power and the key to unlock those answers. Allow me, to help you move through the obstacles that make you feel stuck; I am here to guide and support you. I specialize in helping those suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, Trauma, Interpersonal violence, co-dependency, coping skills, and many more.
•Accepting clients in the East Mountains area only • Life's obstacles have a funny way of making us feel alone, and unsure of where to go next; with the dynamics of the world right now, there are so many more questions than there are answers, but you are the expert in your own life, and you hold the power and the key to unlock those answers. Allow me, to help you move through the obstacles that make you feel stuck; I am here to guide and support you. I specialize in helping those suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, Trauma, Interpersonal violence, co-dependency, coping skills, and many more.
(505) 464-7213 View (505) 464-7213
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Katie Croft
Pre-Licensed Professional, MPS, LMHC, ATR-P
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Cedar Crest, NM 87008  (Online Only)
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. I currently have a waitlist for new clients.
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. I currently have a waitlist for new clients.
(505) 391-3675 View (505) 391-3675
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The Lighted Path, LLC. Counseling Services
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
Edgewood, NM 87015
Not accepting new clients
Greetings. My name is Mandi. I am the Clinical Director-Mental Health Therapy Services for The Lighted Path LLC. Do you struggle with life's stressors? We can help! I have been a therapist for over 10 years. We use present, strength, and faith based focused modalities, such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Trauma Psychoeducation, and Christian Counseling (when requested), in this practice. In your first session, we will discover what brought you to therapy, the most appropriate and helpful ways to assist you in making healthier changes, and a prolonged well-being.
Greetings. My name is Mandi. I am the Clinical Director-Mental Health Therapy Services for The Lighted Path LLC. Do you struggle with life's stressors? We can help! I have been a therapist for over 10 years. We use present, strength, and faith based focused modalities, such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Trauma Psychoeducation, and Christian Counseling (when requested), in this practice. In your first session, we will discover what brought you to therapy, the most appropriate and helpful ways to assist you in making healthier changes, and a prolonged well-being.
(505) 516-0803 View (505) 516-0803
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Lauren Turner Dolan
Counselor, MEd, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Placitas, NM 87043  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I offer IFS Informed Therapy for women who want greater calm, clarity, and balance in their lives. I specialize in 1) Early Motherhood: pregnancy + postpartum, birth trauma, and babies with colic, reflux, and allergies 2) Anxiety: work anxiety, boundaries, caretaking, and perfectionism 3) Women's Health: pelvic floor dysfunction, medical trauma, and chronic pain.
I offer IFS Informed Therapy for women who want greater calm, clarity, and balance in their lives. I specialize in 1) Early Motherhood: pregnancy + postpartum, birth trauma, and babies with colic, reflux, and allergies 2) Anxiety: work anxiety, boundaries, caretaking, and perfectionism 3) Women's Health: pelvic floor dysfunction, medical trauma, and chronic pain.
(505) 392-3895 View (505) 392-3895
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Molly McEachen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edgewood, NM 87015  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Life can be a joyful experience, yet it presents us with difficulties such as a loss, trauma, relationship challenges and general emotional pain. These events can lead us to feeling overwhelmed, anxious and depressed impacting our ability to reach our full potential. I focus on creating a positive and supportive environment for my clients, so that individuals have a safe place to grow and change. If you are considering asking for help at this point in your personal journey, congratulations, as it truly takes courage to face our own unique challenges.
Life can be a joyful experience, yet it presents us with difficulties such as a loss, trauma, relationship challenges and general emotional pain. These events can lead us to feeling overwhelmed, anxious and depressed impacting our ability to reach our full potential. I focus on creating a positive and supportive environment for my clients, so that individuals have a safe place to grow and change. If you are considering asking for help at this point in your personal journey, congratulations, as it truly takes courage to face our own unique challenges.
(505) 502-5306 View (505) 502-5306
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Lorri Knight
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Tijeras, NM 87059
I enjoy working with adolescents, adults and seniors who are feeling troubled about conflicts, life changes/transitions, anxiety, childhood trauma, PTSD, grief and loss, and depression. I collaborate with you to establish a relationship in which all of your emotions are welcomed expressions of self. I provide a safe and nonjudgmental environment in which to explore your struggles and to find a path to a happier and healthier you.
I enjoy working with adolescents, adults and seniors who are feeling troubled about conflicts, life changes/transitions, anxiety, childhood trauma, PTSD, grief and loss, and depression. I collaborate with you to establish a relationship in which all of your emotions are welcomed expressions of self. I provide a safe and nonjudgmental environment in which to explore your struggles and to find a path to a happier and healthier you.
(505) 614-8772 View (505) 614-8772
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Counseling ABQ
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Edgewood, NM 87015
Welcome to Counseling ABQ. We concentrate on understanding the needs of each person, engaging in a trusting professional relationship, administering advanced therapy techniques, and empowering each individual to reach their goals. We specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, anger management, life stressors, co-parenting and domestic violence. Currently, we have telehealth sessions available in the daytime and evening for individual counseling sessions. We also have individual 12-week anger management and 8-week co-parenting program sessions available through teletherapy.
Welcome to Counseling ABQ. We concentrate on understanding the needs of each person, engaging in a trusting professional relationship, administering advanced therapy techniques, and empowering each individual to reach their goals. We specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, anger management, life stressors, co-parenting and domestic violence. Currently, we have telehealth sessions available in the daytime and evening for individual counseling sessions. We also have individual 12-week anger management and 8-week co-parenting program sessions available through teletherapy.
(505) 278-7440 View (505) 278-7440
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Susan Buechele
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Cedar Crest, NM 87008
Not accepting new clients
NEW: Susan is no longer able to schedule new clients. Established and former clients are encouraged to contact me as needed (PRN).
NEW: Susan is no longer able to schedule new clients. Established and former clients are encouraged to contact me as needed (PRN).
(505) 557-1337 View (505) 557-1337

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Number of Therapists in Sandia Park, NM

< 10

Therapists in Sandia Park, NM who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Self Esteem
86% Relationship Issues
86% Grief
86% Trauma and PTSD
86% Family Conflict

Average years in practice

20 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% Presbyterian
60% Aetna
60% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Therapists in Sandia Park, NM see their clients

58% In Person and Online
42% Online Only

Gender breakdown

86% Female
14% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Sandia Park?

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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.