Therapists in Mastic, NY

Photo of Dr. John G Woolley, DSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Dr. John G Woolley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Mastic, NY 11950  (Online Only)
Living with mental or emotional health issues can be overwhelming for anyone. For more than 20 years I have helped individuals from various backgrounds and cultures who have experienced life challenges. As a dedicated and motivated Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York State with experience helping older adults, the mentally ill, people with substance use disorders, the disabled, immigrants, the chronically ill, and hospice, I have utilized clinical and cross-cultural therapeutic modalities to empower and motivate positive change in people to live their best possible lives.
Living with mental or emotional health issues can be overwhelming for anyone. For more than 20 years I have helped individuals from various backgrounds and cultures who have experienced life challenges. As a dedicated and motivated Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York State with experience helping older adults, the mentally ill, people with substance use disorders, the disabled, immigrants, the chronically ill, and hospice, I have utilized clinical and cross-cultural therapeutic modalities to empower and motivate positive change in people to live their best possible lives.
(631) 529-1428 View (631) 529-1428
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Carol Pollock
Counselor, LMHC, CASAC, NCC, BC-TMH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mastic, NY 11950  (Online Only)
I am so excited that you are considering therapy, whether it is your first time or you are returning! It is such a strength to recognize when you may benefit from additional support and have the courage to ask for help. Many of the clients I work with sometimes struggle to see their own strengths and need help navigating personal challenges standing in the way of achieving their goals.
I am so excited that you are considering therapy, whether it is your first time or you are returning! It is such a strength to recognize when you may benefit from additional support and have the courage to ask for help. Many of the clients I work with sometimes struggle to see their own strengths and need help navigating personal challenges standing in the way of achieving their goals.
(631) 894-9901 View (631) 894-9901
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Tantenisha James
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Mastic, NY 11950
I graduated from Pace University with my Master's Degree as a Licensed Mental Health Therapist and Substance Abuse Counselor. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to therapy as each individual has specific treatment needs as each person's experiences and the emotional impact of those experiences are unique to that individual. This is why my theoretical approach is humanistic and client-centered. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Adler, and Gestalt.
I graduated from Pace University with my Master's Degree as a Licensed Mental Health Therapist and Substance Abuse Counselor. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to therapy as each individual has specific treatment needs as each person's experiences and the emotional impact of those experiences are unique to that individual. This is why my theoretical approach is humanistic and client-centered. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Adler, and Gestalt.
(585) 440-7934 View (585) 440-7934
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Janet E. Weisberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
Mastic, NY 11950  (Online Only)
Today's lifestyle is plagued with many stressors which often impinge on our ability to accomplish goals. I believe therapy should provide an environment where coping skills needed to handle those stressors can be learned. I encourage the ideas of self-empowerment and independence. I strive to create a safe and confidential atmosphere where clients learn the skills which will promote individual success. In my opinion, therapy should provide an opportunity for growth which results in a higher level of self-satisfaction.
Today's lifestyle is plagued with many stressors which often impinge on our ability to accomplish goals. I believe therapy should provide an environment where coping skills needed to handle those stressors can be learned. I encourage the ideas of self-empowerment and independence. I strive to create a safe and confidential atmosphere where clients learn the skills which will promote individual success. In my opinion, therapy should provide an opportunity for growth which results in a higher level of self-satisfaction.
(631) 494-3029 View (631) 494-3029
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Lois Anne Montecalvo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, ACHT, RMT
Verified Verified
Mastic, NY 11950
Not accepting new clients
Who I am is the "Possibility of Greatness" for all people! I am committed to you living a powerful life and one that you love... Together we can tackle any outside/inside force that keeps you playing small. Whether that may be food, alcohol, drugs an unhealthy relationship or anxiety; commit now figure it out later....NO MUD-NO LOTUS...
Who I am is the "Possibility of Greatness" for all people! I am committed to you living a powerful life and one that you love... Together we can tackle any outside/inside force that keeps you playing small. Whether that may be food, alcohol, drugs an unhealthy relationship or anxiety; commit now figure it out later....NO MUD-NO LOTUS...
(631) 240-4887 View (631) 240-4887
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Dr. Michelle D. Raysor
Counselor, EdD, LMHC, CRC, CASAC
Verified Verified
Mastic, NY 11950
One of the hardest things for many individuals is to make the decision to seek therapy. As a Licensed Mental Heath Counselor/Therapist it is a privilege to be afforded the opportunity to be a part of someone's process as he or she starts to break free from some of the limitations imposed on them by their own past, or the pain of their early relationships and experiences, to find their way, uncover their goals, and start to reveal who they really are. it is honestly one of the most rewarding reasons I am committed to the process of change produced through therapy.
One of the hardest things for many individuals is to make the decision to seek therapy. As a Licensed Mental Heath Counselor/Therapist it is a privilege to be afforded the opportunity to be a part of someone's process as he or she starts to break free from some of the limitations imposed on them by their own past, or the pain of their early relationships and experiences, to find their way, uncover their goals, and start to reveal who they really are. it is honestly one of the most rewarding reasons I am committed to the process of change produced through therapy.
(631) 496-4123 View (631) 496-4123
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Michael Ash
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R, CASAC-M, ACSW, PLLC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Mastic, NY 11950
You may be experiencing feelings and behaviors you cannot always explain, control, or understand. I am an experienced, dedicated, and caring therapist devoted to helping the individual and family through challenges. My passion and experience is extensive in the areas of addictions, co-dependency, family issues, trauma, criminal justice-involved persons; adolescent and childhood challenges. My approach encompasses the promotion of increased self-awareness and knowledge. I believe each of us has the ability to feel joy and to accept life's twists and turns with grace and serenity.
You may be experiencing feelings and behaviors you cannot always explain, control, or understand. I am an experienced, dedicated, and caring therapist devoted to helping the individual and family through challenges. My passion and experience is extensive in the areas of addictions, co-dependency, family issues, trauma, criminal justice-involved persons; adolescent and childhood challenges. My approach encompasses the promotion of increased self-awareness and knowledge. I believe each of us has the ability to feel joy and to accept life's twists and turns with grace and serenity.
(646) 480-6011 View (646) 480-6011
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Renee C Lee
Behavio, Analyst, BCBA, LBA
Verified Verified
Mastic, NY 11950
Illuminating Steps LLC serves individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities who present a variety of needs (intellectual disability, physical disability, challenging behavior, social deficits, communication deficits, etc.). We utilize the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ​ABA, at its core, involves an umbrella of teaching methodologies, including incidental teaching, discrete trial training, natural environment teaching, and verbal behavior. ​Illuminating Steps delivers success step by step.
Illuminating Steps LLC serves individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities who present a variety of needs (intellectual disability, physical disability, challenging behavior, social deficits, communication deficits, etc.). We utilize the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ​ABA, at its core, involves an umbrella of teaching methodologies, including incidental teaching, discrete trial training, natural environment teaching, and verbal behavior. ​Illuminating Steps delivers success step by step.
(631) 883-5574 View (631) 883-5574
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Wayne M Gurnick
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mastic, NY 11950
Life circumstances can often become overwhelming and feel unmanageable. Whether it be stress related to your child's emotional well-being or behavior, family communication or interactions, other relationship issues, or other personal struggles, you and those important to you deserve happiness. Although life can sometimes get in the way of making ourselves our number one priority - it is time! With over 24 years experience working with children, adolescents, and adults I have joined many in assisting them on their path back to hope, happiness, and personal fulfillment - I look forward to the opportunity to join you on your path.
Life circumstances can often become overwhelming and feel unmanageable. Whether it be stress related to your child's emotional well-being or behavior, family communication or interactions, other relationship issues, or other personal struggles, you and those important to you deserve happiness. Although life can sometimes get in the way of making ourselves our number one priority - it is time! With over 24 years experience working with children, adolescents, and adults I have joined many in assisting them on their path back to hope, happiness, and personal fulfillment - I look forward to the opportunity to join you on your path.
(631) 352-4298 View (631) 352-4298
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Lock and Key Therapy, LCSW, PLLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R, BCD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mastic, NY 11950
We are offering in person and online sessions. After having the courage to finally call a therapy practice are you tired of either not getting a response or put on a never ending waitlist? We dislike that very much too! You are in the right place if you are looking for some immediate help. Please text the clinic director, Maria, on her cellular at 917-403-3267. She will be in touch. We pride our practice in getting back in touch with everyone. We are here to help! You are not alone.
We are offering in person and online sessions. After having the courage to finally call a therapy practice are you tired of either not getting a response or put on a never ending waitlist? We dislike that very much too! You are in the right place if you are looking for some immediate help. Please text the clinic director, Maria, on her cellular at 917-403-3267. She will be in touch. We pride our practice in getting back in touch with everyone. We are here to help! You are not alone.
(917) 403-3267 View (917) 403-3267
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Aiyana Smith
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Mastic, NY 11950  (Online Only)
Do any of the following resonate with you? You feel lost in life. You feel unable to do your day-to-day tasks. You've lost the happy moments you used to have in your life. You're struggling to motivate yourself to do anything. You wish you could just switch it all off and unplug from what's happening. If so, I'm here to help. Being in a state of mental pain and fustration can feel like you are getting ready to lose it. And sometimes you do. It can feel exhausting and emotionally draining. Mental Health Counseling can help you to regain a sense of mental peace and calm, helping you to get your life back to normal.
Do any of the following resonate with you? You feel lost in life. You feel unable to do your day-to-day tasks. You've lost the happy moments you used to have in your life. You're struggling to motivate yourself to do anything. You wish you could just switch it all off and unplug from what's happening. If so, I'm here to help. Being in a state of mental pain and fustration can feel like you are getting ready to lose it. And sometimes you do. It can feel exhausting and emotionally draining. Mental Health Counseling can help you to regain a sense of mental peace and calm, helping you to get your life back to normal.
(631) 706-9829 View (631) 706-9829
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Alora Kelley
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Mastic, NY 11950  (Online Only)
I see therapy as a journey that you have control over. My goal as your therapist is to provide guidance and support across this journey in a collaborative and open way. My training is primarily in behavior based therapies, which is psychobabble for helping you build skills and awareness to create meaningful change in your life. I approach my sessions with clients following your lead first and meeting you where you are along your journey. While therapy can be challenging and taking the first step is never easy, I hope to provide a safe, warm and sometimes fun environment for you to meet your goals. You can create the change you want.
I see therapy as a journey that you have control over. My goal as your therapist is to provide guidance and support across this journey in a collaborative and open way. My training is primarily in behavior based therapies, which is psychobabble for helping you build skills and awareness to create meaningful change in your life. I approach my sessions with clients following your lead first and meeting you where you are along your journey. While therapy can be challenging and taking the first step is never easy, I hope to provide a safe, warm and sometimes fun environment for you to meet your goals. You can create the change you want.
(347) 492-1417 View (347) 492-1417
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Daisha Nesbitt
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mastic, NY 11950  (Online Only)
Email to work with our interns 10 sessions/ $10 per session! For you, your child, or family-What would you like to overcome? Let’s collaborate to facilitate transformation by helping you understand emotions, learn coping skills, increase confidence, heal from trauma, relieve anxiety, reduce depressive cycles, find balance in new life dynamics and feel empowered. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, adventurer and corny joke lover I enjoy working with children, adolescents, adults and families who are ready to make changes in their lives. I am person centered, direct, strength based, and encourage my clients to be themselves.
Email to work with our interns 10 sessions/ $10 per session! For you, your child, or family-What would you like to overcome? Let’s collaborate to facilitate transformation by helping you understand emotions, learn coping skills, increase confidence, heal from trauma, relieve anxiety, reduce depressive cycles, find balance in new life dynamics and feel empowered. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, adventurer and corny joke lover I enjoy working with children, adolescents, adults and families who are ready to make changes in their lives. I am person centered, direct, strength based, and encourage my clients to be themselves.
(845) 237-5270 View (845) 237-5270
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Nicole Mayer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mastic, NY 11950  (Online Only)
Are you ready to take back control of your life by making positive adjustments? Maybe you are experiencing a change in mood and don't know why. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and therapist providing a welcoming, safe, supportive and accepting environment for individuals of all ages and families impacted by Autism, developmental disabilities, ADHD, anxiety, OCD and depression. I am here to help individuals process any challenges that they are facing, and help them develop solutions for coping and managing their challenges and needs in a healthy and safe manner.
Are you ready to take back control of your life by making positive adjustments? Maybe you are experiencing a change in mood and don't know why. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and therapist providing a welcoming, safe, supportive and accepting environment for individuals of all ages and families impacted by Autism, developmental disabilities, ADHD, anxiety, OCD and depression. I am here to help individuals process any challenges that they are facing, and help them develop solutions for coping and managing their challenges and needs in a healthy and safe manner.
(631) 503-0899 View (631) 503-0899

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Stephanie Columbia
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, EdD, LCSW-R, BCBA
Verified Verified
Brookhaven, NY 11719
Hello! My practice is located in Bellport Village on the east end of Long Island. I am available for in-person and telehealth appointments. I have worked with children and families for over 20 years with a specialization in behavior, behavior management plans, anxiety, cognitive behavioral therapy and family therapy. Additionally, working with adults and couples dealing with depression, anxiety and fertility issues. I live by the motto that the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step......
Hello! My practice is located in Bellport Village on the east end of Long Island. I am available for in-person and telehealth appointments. I have worked with children and families for over 20 years with a specialization in behavior, behavior management plans, anxiety, cognitive behavioral therapy and family therapy. Additionally, working with adults and couples dealing with depression, anxiety and fertility issues. I live by the motto that the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step......
(631) 503-9339 View (631) 503-9339
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Lauren Scupp, Mental Health Counselor, PLLC
Mental Health Counselor, LMHC, CRC
Verified Verified
Moriches, NY 11955  (Online Only)
As a therapist, I aim to create a space where clients have the opportunity to be vulnerable, grow, and feel empowered while working toward their life goals and developing new skill sets. Thoughts and emotions can be so powerful, but they can lead us to feeling stuck, lost, confused, dread, or even exhausted. We isolate, panic, feel unseen, and feel unheard, and become irritated because we don’t have the words. If this is something you can relate to, my name is Lauren and welcome to my page. I am so excited you have decided to invest in yourself!
As a therapist, I aim to create a space where clients have the opportunity to be vulnerable, grow, and feel empowered while working toward their life goals and developing new skill sets. Thoughts and emotions can be so powerful, but they can lead us to feeling stuck, lost, confused, dread, or even exhausted. We isolate, panic, feel unseen, and feel unheard, and become irritated because we don’t have the words. If this is something you can relate to, my name is Lauren and welcome to my page. I am so excited you have decided to invest in yourself!
(516) 908-9311 View (516) 908-9311
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Heather M Ortiz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Shirley, NY 11967  (Online Only)
With the many ups and downs of life, we can all benefit from some additional support. My goal as a therapist is to help you identify your core values and create the positive change you desire.
With the many ups and downs of life, we can all benefit from some additional support. My goal as a therapist is to help you identify your core values and create the positive change you desire.
(631) 800-7687 View (631) 800-7687
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Melissa Cohen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brookhaven, NY 11719
I welcome all clients who feel ready to grow and improve their lives or need some support in challenging times. We are all deserving of kindness and empathy to ease life stressors and challenges.
I welcome all clients who feel ready to grow and improve their lives or need some support in challenging times. We are all deserving of kindness and empathy to ease life stressors and challenges.
(934) 222-7745 View (934) 222-7745
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Tegan Hulse
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Manorville, NY 11949  (Online Only)
Welcome! My clinical experience is in providing individual therapy through telehealth to work through issues of grief, trauma, addiction and life changes. I create a safe, trusting space- utilizing a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach to ensure clients feel understood as they build clarity, confidence, motivation, and direction. I have certifications in Advanced Grief Counseling, Anger Managment, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) as well as being a Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapy Professional (C-DBT)
Welcome! My clinical experience is in providing individual therapy through telehealth to work through issues of grief, trauma, addiction and life changes. I create a safe, trusting space- utilizing a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach to ensure clients feel understood as they build clarity, confidence, motivation, and direction. I have certifications in Advanced Grief Counseling, Anger Managment, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) as well as being a Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapy Professional (C-DBT)
(631) 825-9620 View (631) 825-9620
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Ashley Arnold
Counselor, LMHC, MT-BC
Verified Verified
Shirley, NY 11967
Human connection encourages healing, change, overall wellness and gives individuals the opportunity to grow. I work to create a non/judge mental and safe space for my clients. I am not the expert on your life- you are! I am simply here to provide support and to help you sort through whatever sticky situations and feelings you may experience along the way. Strength comes from within and I have made it my mission to help my clients find that inner strength!
Human connection encourages healing, change, overall wellness and gives individuals the opportunity to grow. I work to create a non/judge mental and safe space for my clients. I am not the expert on your life- you are! I am simply here to provide support and to help you sort through whatever sticky situations and feelings you may experience along the way. Strength comes from within and I have made it my mission to help my clients find that inner strength!
(631) 202-0954 View (631) 202-0954

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How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Mastic, NY

10+

Average cost per session

$100

Therapists in Mastic, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
79% Depression
71% Relationship Issues
71% Child
71% Parenting
71% Self Esteem
64% Family Conflict

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Mastic, NY see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Mastic?

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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.