Therapists in Midtown, New York, NY

Photo of Soo Jin Kim, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Midtown, New York, NY
Soo Jin Kim
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Midtown, New York, NY 10019
Book a session with me if you want to create a healthy and empowering narrative of your life that you can understand and reconcile with. Prior to working as a therapist, I studied comparative literature in college and worked as a copywriter in the advertising industry, discovering, creating, and sharing “stories”. I was drawn to therapy as an occupation, having learned that psychotherapy, essentially, is a process of storytelling. As a therapist, I strive to empower and support my clients in their journey of uncovering and re-arranging their thoughts and feelings to create a coherent and empowering narrative of their lives.
Book a session with me if you want to create a healthy and empowering narrative of your life that you can understand and reconcile with. Prior to working as a therapist, I studied comparative literature in college and worked as a copywriter in the advertising industry, discovering, creating, and sharing “stories”. I was drawn to therapy as an occupation, having learned that psychotherapy, essentially, is a process of storytelling. As a therapist, I strive to empower and support my clients in their journey of uncovering and re-arranging their thoughts and feelings to create a coherent and empowering narrative of their lives.
Photo of Donna Dyer, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Midtown, New York, NY
Donna Dyer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Midtown, New York, NY 10022
Have you wondered if Dialectical Behavioral Therapy can be helpful to your adolescent or young adult? I offer a complimentary consultation to answer any question you may have. I have extensive experience working with adolescents and adults to more effectively regulate emotions, reduce problematic behavior and enhance problem-solving skills. I provide a time-limited, goal directed, and structured treatment to help your child work through their challenges and learn to become their own therapist. I work well with parents and clients often see a reduction of symptoms early on in treatment.
Have you wondered if Dialectical Behavioral Therapy can be helpful to your adolescent or young adult? I offer a complimentary consultation to answer any question you may have. I have extensive experience working with adolescents and adults to more effectively regulate emotions, reduce problematic behavior and enhance problem-solving skills. I provide a time-limited, goal directed, and structured treatment to help your child work through their challenges and learn to become their own therapist. I work well with parents and clients often see a reduction of symptoms early on in treatment.
(475) 242-8430 View (475) 242-8430
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Svetlana Levak
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Midtown, New York, NY 10022  (Online Only)
Struggling to cope with intense worry, sadness, or anger can feel overwhelming and lonely. Reducing alcohol or other substance use can be similarly isolating and intertwined with negative emotions. Recognizing that there is a problem can be the largest hurdle, but finding a way to make those changes does not have to be. You may have already made attempts to change on your own and make things better, but it hasn’t quite worked out. Often, what to do and when to do it is not clear.
Struggling to cope with intense worry, sadness, or anger can feel overwhelming and lonely. Reducing alcohol or other substance use can be similarly isolating and intertwined with negative emotions. Recognizing that there is a problem can be the largest hurdle, but finding a way to make those changes does not have to be. You may have already made attempts to change on your own and make things better, but it hasn’t quite worked out. Often, what to do and when to do it is not clear.
(516) 550-5795 View (516) 550-5795
Photo of Sylvain Coulon Hypnosis in Midtown, New York, NY
Sylvain Coulon Hypnosis
CMS, CHT, FIBH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Midtown, New York, NY 10019
A board certified medical support hypnotherapist and International Board of Hypnotherapy fellow, Sylvain Coulon graduated from the Hypnotherapy Academy of America in Albuquerque, New Mexico. One of the most respected hypnotherapy academy in the world. Sylvain shares his expertise and speaks about hypnosis at symposiums, radio shows and conferences, including Harvard and received the award of the best hypnotherapy practice of New York in 2018 and 2019
A board certified medical support hypnotherapist and International Board of Hypnotherapy fellow, Sylvain Coulon graduated from the Hypnotherapy Academy of America in Albuquerque, New Mexico. One of the most respected hypnotherapy academy in the world. Sylvain shares his expertise and speaks about hypnosis at symposiums, radio shows and conferences, including Harvard and received the award of the best hypnotherapy practice of New York in 2018 and 2019
(415) 413-2458 View (415) 413-2458
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Brian Johnston
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Midtown, New York, NY 10019
Not accepting new clients
The approach I employ is informed by the view that psychoanalytic principles are radical in their nature, because part of the outcome aims at increasing one’s freedom from whatever constraining forces lead a person to embark on a therapeutic project. This is accomplished through a particular kind of listening to the patient's words and exploring the person’s history to locate previously unknown wishes one may then follow. Out of this can extend a life more creatively aligned with your singular vision.
The approach I employ is informed by the view that psychoanalytic principles are radical in their nature, because part of the outcome aims at increasing one’s freedom from whatever constraining forces lead a person to embark on a therapeutic project. This is accomplished through a particular kind of listening to the patient's words and exploring the person’s history to locate previously unknown wishes one may then follow. Out of this can extend a life more creatively aligned with your singular vision.
(646) 832-4578 View (646) 832-4578
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Jaime McCaw
Pre-Licensed Professional, PhD
Verified Verified
Midtown, New York, NY 10019
Do you find yourself lacking motivation, satisfaction, or direction? Perhaps you feel anxious, lost, or down? So often, despite appearances or what we strive to become, we are struggling on the inside and do not know how to make sense of it on our own. In our work together, we build an understanding of issues coming up in the present, as we connect the dots to the past, and create goals for the future.
Do you find yourself lacking motivation, satisfaction, or direction? Perhaps you feel anxious, lost, or down? So often, despite appearances or what we strive to become, we are struggling on the inside and do not know how to make sense of it on our own. In our work together, we build an understanding of issues coming up in the present, as we connect the dots to the past, and create goals for the future.
(646) 971-8273 View (646) 971-8273
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Emma Routhier
PhD
Verified Verified
Midtown, New York, NY 10019
I believe strongly in therapy's capacity to help us experience a wider range of feelings and situations more flexibly, and to help us experience a greater sense of vitality. You may have specific issues that are troubling you with relationships, work, or your identity, for example. You may have a potentially harder-to-name sense of dissatisfaction or emptiness. Any of these are good reasons to seek therapy.
I believe strongly in therapy's capacity to help us experience a wider range of feelings and situations more flexibly, and to help us experience a greater sense of vitality. You may have specific issues that are troubling you with relationships, work, or your identity, for example. You may have a potentially harder-to-name sense of dissatisfaction or emptiness. Any of these are good reasons to seek therapy.
(347) 434-8454 View (347) 434-8454
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John Krachenfels
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified Verified
Midtown, New York, NY 10022
Have you wondered whether you would benefit from in-person therapy? I offer a phone consultation to answer any questions you may have. I can assist you in resolving challenges and becoming your own therapist by teaching you how to overcome obstacles to succeed. I am skilled at helping high-functioning adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, career issues, addiction issues, academic issues, and goal attainment. My approach is solution-focused. Sessions are tailored to your specific needs. I am approachable and genuine. My clients usually see reduced symptoms and improved well-being early on in treatment.
Have you wondered whether you would benefit from in-person therapy? I offer a phone consultation to answer any questions you may have. I can assist you in resolving challenges and becoming your own therapist by teaching you how to overcome obstacles to succeed. I am skilled at helping high-functioning adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, career issues, addiction issues, academic issues, and goal attainment. My approach is solution-focused. Sessions are tailored to your specific needs. I am approachable and genuine. My clients usually see reduced symptoms and improved well-being early on in treatment.
(646) 921-3517 View (646) 921-3517
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Rachel Boelter Psychotherapist
Art Therapist, MA, LCAT, RDT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Midtown, New York, NY 10019  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I’m a licensed psychotherapist currently working with adults and teens who are experiencing anxiety, disconnection, and depression as a result of trauma, family of origin wounds, or other life stressors. As a creative arts therapist with a background in theatre and the arts; I offer creative solutions to each individual’s specific needs. I meet each client where they are and will utilize as much or as little expressive arts based work as each client wants or needs. The tools and techniques chosen for each client will be different and unique, as each individual is unique. I’m also known to use humor and playfulness when appropriate.
I’m a licensed psychotherapist currently working with adults and teens who are experiencing anxiety, disconnection, and depression as a result of trauma, family of origin wounds, or other life stressors. As a creative arts therapist with a background in theatre and the arts; I offer creative solutions to each individual’s specific needs. I meet each client where they are and will utilize as much or as little expressive arts based work as each client wants or needs. The tools and techniques chosen for each client will be different and unique, as each individual is unique. I’m also known to use humor and playfulness when appropriate.
(929) 224-7864 View (929) 224-7864
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Janet C Waterhouse
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Midtown, New York, NY 10019
I am a warm and engaged psychologist. My collaborative work is grounded in an understanding of the shaping forces of relationships, affect, and experience. I offer a safe space, where we will understand and explore your challenges – discovering ways to enhance your life.
I am a warm and engaged psychologist. My collaborative work is grounded in an understanding of the shaping forces of relationships, affect, and experience. I offer a safe space, where we will understand and explore your challenges – discovering ways to enhance your life.
(917) 239-7792 View (917) 239-7792
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Daniel DiTieri
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Midtown, New York, NY 10001
Are you a high-achieving Type A who has accomplished professional success but is struggling in your relationships? You may feel emotionally disengaged and lonely, tired of the vicious circles of broken promises, negative assumptions, and reactions, and beginning to dislike the person you are becoming in your marriage. Relationships can go through various stages and challenges that may create distance between partners. We believe in the concept of the marriage cycle at the beginning, there is love and admiration. Still, the couple evolves as stressors and issues arise, leading to a sense of distance and resentment.
Are you a high-achieving Type A who has accomplished professional success but is struggling in your relationships? You may feel emotionally disengaged and lonely, tired of the vicious circles of broken promises, negative assumptions, and reactions, and beginning to dislike the person you are becoming in your marriage. Relationships can go through various stages and challenges that may create distance between partners. We believe in the concept of the marriage cycle at the beginning, there is love and admiration. Still, the couple evolves as stressors and issues arise, leading to a sense of distance and resentment.
(914) 430-0387 View (914) 430-0387
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Pediatric Neuropsychological Svcs / Dr. Barrios
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Midtown, New York, NY 10169
Are you worried that your child has a potential learning disability, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, or Autism Spectrum Disorder? Are you concerned about developmental delays? Does your child needs extra time in order to perform well on standardized tests (i.e. SAT)? Is your child displaying signs of Posttraumatic Stress after a traumatic event? Do they struggle with addictions or other behavioral problems? A comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation will help your child achieve their potential. Following the evaluation, you will receive a report detailing the diagnosis and any further weaknesses that your child may be experiencing. Clear solutions including recommendations for home and school will be provided.
Are you worried that your child has a potential learning disability, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, or Autism Spectrum Disorder? Are you concerned about developmental delays? Does your child needs extra time in order to perform well on standardized tests (i.e. SAT)? Is your child displaying signs of Posttraumatic Stress after a traumatic event? Do they struggle with addictions or other behavioral problems? A comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation will help your child achieve their potential. Following the evaluation, you will receive a report detailing the diagnosis and any further weaknesses that your child may be experiencing. Clear solutions including recommendations for home and school will be provided.
(631) 540-1993 View (631) 540-1993
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Lisa Benjamin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Midtown, New York, NY 10019
When starting therapy it's important to choose someone you feel comfortable with and can trust. I like to start by meeting once or twice to see if we are a good match. Together we will address the problem that brings you into therapy and establish a treatment direction designed to meet your goals. My orientation is Psychodynamic and my style is supportive, interactive and collaborative. Successful therapy can either be a short or long term process and I belive that it's important to periodically touch base to make sure that your needs are being met.
When starting therapy it's important to choose someone you feel comfortable with and can trust. I like to start by meeting once or twice to see if we are a good match. Together we will address the problem that brings you into therapy and establish a treatment direction designed to meet your goals. My orientation is Psychodynamic and my style is supportive, interactive and collaborative. Successful therapy can either be a short or long term process and I belive that it's important to periodically touch base to make sure that your needs are being met.
(917) 512-7713 View (917) 512-7713
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Jessica Albertson
Psychologist, PhD, MEd
Verified Verified
Midtown, New York, NY 10019  (Online Only)
I believe that the therapeutic relationship is a powerful agent of change and that healing begins only in a place that is truly safe for self-exploration. I work with my patients to help them come to know themselves more deeply in order to reduce emotional distress, improve relationships, and gain insight into their current struggles. I use an integrated psychodynamic approach to help my patients feel empowered, more self-aware and more confident in their choices. My style is open, interactive, empathic and treatment is always tailored to the individual's needs.
I believe that the therapeutic relationship is a powerful agent of change and that healing begins only in a place that is truly safe for self-exploration. I work with my patients to help them come to know themselves more deeply in order to reduce emotional distress, improve relationships, and gain insight into their current struggles. I use an integrated psychodynamic approach to help my patients feel empowered, more self-aware and more confident in their choices. My style is open, interactive, empathic and treatment is always tailored to the individual's needs.
(914) 354-3091 View (914) 354-3091
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Amy Parter
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Midtown, New York, NY 10022
My goal as a therapist is to create an open, warm environment where you feel safe and able to explore your authentic self. Whether you are coming to therapy to treat a specific diagnosis, seek support in navigating a life transition, learn to cope with a chronic illness or find more meaning in your life, I will support you in your journey. Utilizing the various modalities in which I have been trained, I will create an integrated and individualized treatment approach to help you become more aware of the patterns in your life and learn the skills to help you meet your goals.
My goal as a therapist is to create an open, warm environment where you feel safe and able to explore your authentic self. Whether you are coming to therapy to treat a specific diagnosis, seek support in navigating a life transition, learn to cope with a chronic illness or find more meaning in your life, I will support you in your journey. Utilizing the various modalities in which I have been trained, I will create an integrated and individualized treatment approach to help you become more aware of the patterns in your life and learn the skills to help you meet your goals.
(718) 550-7058 View (718) 550-7058
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Jenna Hendricksen
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Midtown, New York, NY 10019
Hello! My name is Jenna Hendricksen and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in New York State. I welcome clients from varied backgrounds and enjoy supporting them in surmounting life transitions, exploring pre-marital therapy, managing trauma, reducing anxiety and depression, and resolving couples issues. My work draws upon several evidence-based approaches, including EMDR, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), emotionally-focused therapy (EFT), mindfulness, and behavioral therapy. I also have several years' experience in supporting individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.
Hello! My name is Jenna Hendricksen and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in New York State. I welcome clients from varied backgrounds and enjoy supporting them in surmounting life transitions, exploring pre-marital therapy, managing trauma, reducing anxiety and depression, and resolving couples issues. My work draws upon several evidence-based approaches, including EMDR, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), emotionally-focused therapy (EFT), mindfulness, and behavioral therapy. I also have several years' experience in supporting individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.
(347) 835-4083 View (347) 835-4083
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Melita T. Stancil
Psychologist, PhD, LPsych
Verified Verified
Midtown, New York, NY 10022
Greetings! I am Dr. Melita T. Stancil, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. I am passionate about providing practical and effective treatment that serves the individual as a whole person. My treatment for individuals and families is fueled by results from my own experience, scientific evidence and incorporating the patient’s values. In essence, each patient is cared for as a human being with unique needs. I received a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical-Community Psychology at the University of South Carolina.
Greetings! I am Dr. Melita T. Stancil, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. I am passionate about providing practical and effective treatment that serves the individual as a whole person. My treatment for individuals and families is fueled by results from my own experience, scientific evidence and incorporating the patient’s values. In essence, each patient is cared for as a human being with unique needs. I received a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical-Community Psychology at the University of South Carolina.
(917) 983-6265 View (917) 983-6265
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Kelly Moylan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Midtown, New York, NY 10019
Therapy can help you uncover and remove obstacles that may be keeping you from enjoying your life. We can work together to identify solutions that will reduce anxiety, lift depression, improve your self-esteem and relationships.
Therapy can help you uncover and remove obstacles that may be keeping you from enjoying your life. We can work together to identify solutions that will reduce anxiety, lift depression, improve your self-esteem and relationships.
(646) 606-2591 View (646) 606-2591
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Danielle Foox
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Midtown, New York, NY 10022  (Online Only)
I’m a passionate therapist working with adults experiencing anxiety, low self esteem, relationship issues, or life transitions. Life can feel challenging in many ways, and I’m committed to holding a safe and warm space for you to explore and overcome whatever challenges you’re having. Anxiety can feel overwhelming. Relationships aren’t always easy. Lacking confidence can feel defeating. You don't have to face these things alone. If you’re looking for change in your life, I’m here to help guide you towards a path of personal growth you’ll be proud of! Let’s create the long lasting change you’ve been searching for together!
I’m a passionate therapist working with adults experiencing anxiety, low self esteem, relationship issues, or life transitions. Life can feel challenging in many ways, and I’m committed to holding a safe and warm space for you to explore and overcome whatever challenges you’re having. Anxiety can feel overwhelming. Relationships aren’t always easy. Lacking confidence can feel defeating. You don't have to face these things alone. If you’re looking for change in your life, I’m here to help guide you towards a path of personal growth you’ll be proud of! Let’s create the long lasting change you’ve been searching for together!
(646) 374-2138 View (646) 374-2138
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Minnie Berman
Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Midtown, New York, NY 10019  (Online Only)
I am a licensed psychotherapist in New York State with over 25 years of professional work experience. My main focus has been in helping clients with relationship issues, family conflicts, motivation, self esteem, confidence, and career difficulties. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment.
I am a licensed psychotherapist in New York State with over 25 years of professional work experience. My main focus has been in helping clients with relationship issues, family conflicts, motivation, self esteem, confidence, and career difficulties. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment.
(646) 825-6946 View (646) 825-6946

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Number of Therapists in Midtown, New York, NY

2,000+

Average cost per session

$200

Therapists in Midtown, New York, NY who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
90% Depression
85% Relationship Issues
78% Self Esteem
67% Trauma and PTSD
64% Coping Skills
62% Stress

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

76% Aetna
64% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
61% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Midtown, New York, NY see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
24% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Midtown, New York?

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.