Therapists in Geauga County, OH

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Photo of Sarah Huffstetler, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Geauga County, OH
Sarah Huffstetler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023  (Online Only)
I'm Sarah, an LCSW who has been practicing in the mental health field for over 6 years. Many of my clients find themselves struggling to balance all of life's responsibilities like work, kids, finances, relationships and school. This often creates anxiety, depression, and sense of overwhelm, and often feeling stuck, not knowing what next step to take. They want to organize their thoughts and sense of overwhelm, find ways to manage anxiety and depression, and learn new strategies to allow them to participate productively in all their roles.
I'm Sarah, an LCSW who has been practicing in the mental health field for over 6 years. Many of my clients find themselves struggling to balance all of life's responsibilities like work, kids, finances, relationships and school. This often creates anxiety, depression, and sense of overwhelm, and often feeling stuck, not knowing what next step to take. They want to organize their thoughts and sense of overwhelm, find ways to manage anxiety and depression, and learn new strategies to allow them to participate productively in all their roles.
(440) 664-3713 View (440) 664-3713
Photo of Alicia Blackley, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Geauga County, OH
Alicia Blackley
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC-S
Verified Verified
Chesterland, OH 44026
Alicia specializes in working with adolescents and adults interested in gaining awareness about how past experiences may impact their current emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Additionally, they may be interested in learning new approaches to address various life scenarios. Alicia has worked in a variety of settings including dual-diagnosis residential facilities, intensive outpatient programs, schools, hospitals, and outpatient settings. She received specific training in EMDR, Trauma-Informed Care, & Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Alicia specializes in working with adolescents and adults interested in gaining awareness about how past experiences may impact their current emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Additionally, they may be interested in learning new approaches to address various life scenarios. Alicia has worked in a variety of settings including dual-diagnosis residential facilities, intensive outpatient programs, schools, hospitals, and outpatient settings. She received specific training in EMDR, Trauma-Informed Care, & Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
(440) 467-4102 View (440) 467-4102
Photo of Marj Melchreit, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Geauga County, OH
Marj Melchreit
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S
Verified Verified
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the State of Ohio with over 25 years of experience working as a social worker. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, medical issues, grief, career challenges as well as alcohol addiction recovery. I also help many people navigate workplace concerns. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, and solution focused counseling. We can tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Sometimes we have issues when we know exactly what to do and other times we may feel "stuck" in how to prevail.
I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the State of Ohio with over 25 years of experience working as a social worker. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, medical issues, grief, career challenges as well as alcohol addiction recovery. I also help many people navigate workplace concerns. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, and solution focused counseling. We can tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Sometimes we have issues when we know exactly what to do and other times we may feel "stuck" in how to prevail.
(440) 762-6971 x44023 View (440) 762-6971 x44023
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Beth Gracey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S
Verified Verified
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023  (Online Only)
Beth Gracey has over 25 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families as an independently licensed social worker. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a Master's degree in Social Work. She has been the Children's Program Coordinator at the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board for over 10 years. She serves as co-chair of the Summit County Youth Suicide Prevention Committee, and Summit County Trauma Informed Care Coalition. She is a Level One Certified Trauma Practitioner and certified perinatal mood disorder specialist.
Beth Gracey has over 25 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families as an independently licensed social worker. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a Master's degree in Social Work. She has been the Children's Program Coordinator at the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board for over 10 years. She serves as co-chair of the Summit County Youth Suicide Prevention Committee, and Summit County Trauma Informed Care Coalition. She is a Level One Certified Trauma Practitioner and certified perinatal mood disorder specialist.
(440) 517-4466 View (440) 517-4466
Photo of Beth Doolittle, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Geauga County, OH
Beth Doolittle
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
Montville, OH 44064  (Online Only)
Hello friends! I'm a mental health therapist that enjoys the work I do because it allows me to have the chance to witness people take charge of their lives and begin to move in a positive direction.
Hello friends! I'm a mental health therapist that enjoys the work I do because it allows me to have the chance to witness people take charge of their lives and begin to move in a positive direction.
(567) 749-2663 View (567) 749-2663
Photo of Dr. Lynn Luna Jones, Psychologist in Geauga County, OH
Dr. Lynn Luna Jones
Psychologist, PhD, ABPP
Verified Verified
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
Dr. Lynn Luna Jones earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Temple University in 2004 and is a licensed psychologist. She has 20 years of experience in the field of psychology and has worked with children, adolescents, and adults, providing individual, family, couples, and group counseling services. She specializes in diagnostic assessment and is skilled in administering intellectual, achievement, personality, vocational, adaptive functioning, and other specialized tests.
Dr. Lynn Luna Jones earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Temple University in 2004 and is a licensed psychologist. She has 20 years of experience in the field of psychology and has worked with children, adolescents, and adults, providing individual, family, couples, and group counseling services. She specializes in diagnostic assessment and is skilled in administering intellectual, achievement, personality, vocational, adaptive functioning, and other specialized tests.
(440) 306-3419 View (440) 306-3419
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Aminah Brahim-Jimenez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S
Verified Verified
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
I have a master's degree from Case Western Reserve University and I am a supervising licensed independent social worker with over 20 years of experience. I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults in many settings including hospitals, schools, childcare centers, juvenile detention centers, adolescent residential treatment facilities, and outpatient community mental health centers. I especially love working with children and their families, assisting those as young as three years of age.
I have a master's degree from Case Western Reserve University and I am a supervising licensed independent social worker with over 20 years of experience. I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults in many settings including hospitals, schools, childcare centers, juvenile detention centers, adolescent residential treatment facilities, and outpatient community mental health centers. I especially love working with children and their families, assisting those as young as three years of age.
(440) 389-3071 View (440) 389-3071
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Chagrin Valley Counseling
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC-S
Verified Verified
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023  (Online Only)
CVC is a welcoming private practice specializing in working with individuals, couples & families to improve overall mental health and wellness. My style is individualized & we can focus on your needs, current challenges, symptoms & behaviors that are interfering with your happiness and goals. We can explore how your past may be connected to your current stress & problems. I strive to create a relaxed, warm, unbiased, honest, empathic, non-judgmental, safe environment to help you manage anxiety, depression, resolve problems, improve relationships and happiness. Call or email me for a free phone or video consultation at 440-373-9043.
CVC is a welcoming private practice specializing in working with individuals, couples & families to improve overall mental health and wellness. My style is individualized & we can focus on your needs, current challenges, symptoms & behaviors that are interfering with your happiness and goals. We can explore how your past may be connected to your current stress & problems. I strive to create a relaxed, warm, unbiased, honest, empathic, non-judgmental, safe environment to help you manage anxiety, depression, resolve problems, improve relationships and happiness. Call or email me for a free phone or video consultation at 440-373-9043.
(440) 740-3341 View (440) 740-3341
Photo of Leah Fellenstein, Counselor in Geauga County, OH
Leah Fellenstein
Counselor, LPCC-S
Verified Verified
Chesterland, OH 44026
Waitlist for new clients
It is my goal as a therapist to support and encourage individuals to make the necessary changes needed for emotional stability and wellness. When working with a client, I focus on the skills they need to better cope with or overcome the challenges and stressors they face. Whether someone is dealing with a reoccurring mental health concern, a relational issue, or a life transition, I strive to provide a safe space where people can process, reflect, learn and grow.
It is my goal as a therapist to support and encourage individuals to make the necessary changes needed for emotional stability and wellness. When working with a client, I focus on the skills they need to better cope with or overcome the challenges and stressors they face. Whether someone is dealing with a reoccurring mental health concern, a relational issue, or a life transition, I strive to provide a safe space where people can process, reflect, learn and grow.
(440) 701-5384 View (440) 701-5384
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Christopher Kline
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
Christopher D. Kline, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who has had the pleasure of working with adults and adolescents for over 20 years in a number of different settings, from university counseling centers, community-based outreach programs, and private psychology practice, to working with corporate executives and teams. Dr. Kline received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron, a Masters of Arts in Community Counseling from the University of Akron, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the College of Wooster.
Christopher D. Kline, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who has had the pleasure of working with adults and adolescents for over 20 years in a number of different settings, from university counseling centers, community-based outreach programs, and private psychology practice, to working with corporate executives and teams. Dr. Kline received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron, a Masters of Arts in Community Counseling from the University of Akron, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the College of Wooster.
(440) 683-6441 View (440) 683-6441
Photo of Lisa Kostansek, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Geauga County, OH
Lisa Kostansek
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chesterland, OH 44026
I am here to help adolescents, young adults, adults, parents, and families find strength and skills to meet life's challenges.
I am here to help adolescents, young adults, adults, parents, and families find strength and skills to meet life's challenges.
(440) 688-8727 View (440) 688-8727
Photo of Caritas Treatment Wellness Center, Drug & Alcohol Counselor in Geauga County, OH
Caritas Treatment Wellness Center
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MEd, LCDC II
Verified Verified
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
I am a firm believer that ever person has the ability to enter and maintain sobriety. I have been sober for 12+ years and at one point questioned my own abilities to stay sober. I was introduced to counseling because of my own experiences and questions which developed into an intrinsic purpose to maintain my sobriety. I have a personal history that lends to helping others leave the life of active addiction and gain the tools to be sober and fulfilled. Active addiction or recovery presents difficulties which have a solution, I’m here to help in the solution.
I am a firm believer that ever person has the ability to enter and maintain sobriety. I have been sober for 12+ years and at one point questioned my own abilities to stay sober. I was introduced to counseling because of my own experiences and questions which developed into an intrinsic purpose to maintain my sobriety. I have a personal history that lends to helping others leave the life of active addiction and gain the tools to be sober and fulfilled. Active addiction or recovery presents difficulties which have a solution, I’m here to help in the solution.
(440) 337-4244 View (440) 337-4244
Photo of Karen Townsend, Licensed Professional Counselor in Geauga County, OH
Karen Townsend
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Chesterland, OH 44026
Waitlist for new clients
My background is in education with a strong understanding of children and their development. I have 13 years of experience working with children and their families in community mental health settings, a domestic violence shelter, and currently in a private practice setting. I have a wide range of experience which includes providing individual & group counseling with students and survivors of domestic violence. My passion is to support children and their families through difficult circumstances by offering compassionate and competent support for them.
My background is in education with a strong understanding of children and their development. I have 13 years of experience working with children and their families in community mental health settings, a domestic violence shelter, and currently in a private practice setting. I have a wide range of experience which includes providing individual & group counseling with students and survivors of domestic violence. My passion is to support children and their families through difficult circumstances by offering compassionate and competent support for them.
(440) 294-4939 View (440) 294-4939
Photo of Becky Cervenka, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Geauga County, OH
Becky Cervenka
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, LPCC, ATR
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chardon, OH 44024
Waitlist for new clients
I understand. Probably the most untrue thing anyone can say. I am not you, I have not lived your life, felt your feelings, or thought your thoughts. This means I can't fully understand what you have gone or are going through. What I can do is appreciate your struggle and help you navigate and sort through it all; to find why we think the way we think, feel the way we feel, and behave they way we do.
I understand. Probably the most untrue thing anyone can say. I am not you, I have not lived your life, felt your feelings, or thought your thoughts. This means I can't fully understand what you have gone or are going through. What I can do is appreciate your struggle and help you navigate and sort through it all; to find why we think the way we think, feel the way we feel, and behave they way we do.
(440) 444-9947 View (440) 444-9947
Photo of Ron Leonard, Counselor in Geauga County, OH
Ron Leonard
Counselor, PCC, MBA
Verified Verified
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
I am a Christian Counselor seeing clients for marital, emotional, and family issues. I like to work with serious and deep issues in a safe and laid-back atmosphere. I've been doing this for eight years and enjoy it immensely. I use primarily Cognitive-Behavioral and Biblical approaches to get to the root of your issues so they can be dealt with convincingly. It is hard to believe, but the things you have carried around for YEARS can be minimized and often resolved. Some work is required, but results are a lot more possible than they presently feel.
I am a Christian Counselor seeing clients for marital, emotional, and family issues. I like to work with serious and deep issues in a safe and laid-back atmosphere. I've been doing this for eight years and enjoy it immensely. I use primarily Cognitive-Behavioral and Biblical approaches to get to the root of your issues so they can be dealt with convincingly. It is hard to believe, but the things you have carried around for YEARS can be minimized and often resolved. Some work is required, but results are a lot more possible than they presently feel.
(440) 709-8082 View (440) 709-8082
Photo of Cary Sanders, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Geauga County, OH
Cary Sanders
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023  (Online Only)
It is with much admiration and respect that I engage with clients in the journey to wellness. As a therapist, I have always believed in the strength of the individual to heal. I have a depth of knowledge and years of experience knowing how mental health concerns impact individuals. It is part of who you are, but it doesn't need to define you. It can be difficult to seek help when things seem overwhelming and that is why I have always tried to create a warm, compassionate and safe environment. I am accepting of wherever you may be in your journey of self-discovery and growth.
It is with much admiration and respect that I engage with clients in the journey to wellness. As a therapist, I have always believed in the strength of the individual to heal. I have a depth of knowledge and years of experience knowing how mental health concerns impact individuals. It is part of who you are, but it doesn't need to define you. It can be difficult to seek help when things seem overwhelming and that is why I have always tried to create a warm, compassionate and safe environment. I am accepting of wherever you may be in your journey of self-discovery and growth.
(440) 294-8360 View (440) 294-8360
Photo of Rebecca Smith, Pre-Licensed Professional in Geauga County, OH
Rebecca Smith
Pre-Licensed Professional, CT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chardon, OH 44024
I offer an empathic, warm & fuzzy personality through a holistic lens of healing. I work with teens to enhance a positive body image and an increased self-esteem; adults who struggle with positive self-acceptance, low confidence, motivation, and more. Anxiety, depression, or living with loved ones that are suffering from severe mental health or addictions are other areas. I am in the process of becoming a Board-Certified Bariatric Counselor. I am not currently completing pre-op evaluations. I am very strengths-based and transparent with my clients and believe communication and consistency are fundamental in the process of healing.
I offer an empathic, warm & fuzzy personality through a holistic lens of healing. I work with teens to enhance a positive body image and an increased self-esteem; adults who struggle with positive self-acceptance, low confidence, motivation, and more. Anxiety, depression, or living with loved ones that are suffering from severe mental health or addictions are other areas. I am in the process of becoming a Board-Certified Bariatric Counselor. I am not currently completing pre-op evaluations. I am very strengths-based and transparent with my clients and believe communication and consistency are fundamental in the process of healing.
(440) 306-3565 View (440) 306-3565
Photo of Renee R Molzon Counseling, LLC, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Geauga County, OH
Renee R Molzon Counseling, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chardon, OH 44024
Waitlist for new clients
You know yourself best. I would love to help you bring out the best in yourself. I believe in a client centered approach to therapy. We will focus on your needs and concerns to develop an appropriate plan. I work with individuals who are dealing with mood disorders, dual diagnosis, grief, anxiety, depression, and those who have, or whose loved ones have, a chronic illness or dementia. I utilize many treatment methods to provide the support and education that you are requesting. We will complete a diagnostic assessment in order to develop the best course of treatment for you or your family.
You know yourself best. I would love to help you bring out the best in yourself. I believe in a client centered approach to therapy. We will focus on your needs and concerns to develop an appropriate plan. I work with individuals who are dealing with mood disorders, dual diagnosis, grief, anxiety, depression, and those who have, or whose loved ones have, a chronic illness or dementia. I utilize many treatment methods to provide the support and education that you are requesting. We will complete a diagnostic assessment in order to develop the best course of treatment for you or your family.
(440) 276-3949 View (440) 276-3949
Photo of Hadley Hatteberg, Licensed Professional Counselor in Geauga County, OH
Hadley Hatteberg
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chardon, OH 44024  (Online Only)
Feeling stuck or overwhelmed? You deserve a compassionate, non-judgmental space to feel heard and understood. One of the most important factors of change is the relationship between counselor and client. I love building strong relationships with my clients and making sure there is mutual trust and respect. I help clients develop insight and self-awareness so that they can become their own best healers. Whether you are struggling with past trauma or current stressors, I strive to help people discover their stuck points and learn to overcome the unhealthy patterns that are holding them back.
Feeling stuck or overwhelmed? You deserve a compassionate, non-judgmental space to feel heard and understood. One of the most important factors of change is the relationship between counselor and client. I love building strong relationships with my clients and making sure there is mutual trust and respect. I help clients develop insight and self-awareness so that they can become their own best healers. Whether you are struggling with past trauma or current stressors, I strive to help people discover their stuck points and learn to overcome the unhealthy patterns that are holding them back.
(440) 548-1716 View (440) 548-1716
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Patterns Behavioral Services, Inc.-Northeast
PhD, COBA
Verified Verified
Chardon, OH 44024
We believe therapy should be engaging, dynamic, and highly reinforcing. We use only the most effective, evidence-based strategies and methodologies through Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) strategies. We train our staff to build rapport because we know this is an investment that will yield major benefits throughout the course of a therapeutic relationship. Our team will come alongside your family and demonstrate the level of compassion and programming precision involved in high-quality ABA services. We could not be more thrilled to facilitate the learning process with our clients.
We believe therapy should be engaging, dynamic, and highly reinforcing. We use only the most effective, evidence-based strategies and methodologies through Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) strategies. We train our staff to build rapport because we know this is an investment that will yield major benefits throughout the course of a therapeutic relationship. Our team will come alongside your family and demonstrate the level of compassion and programming precision involved in high-quality ABA services. We could not be more thrilled to facilitate the learning process with our clients.
(440) 683-6942 View (440) 683-6942

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Number of Therapists in Geauga County, OH

90+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in Geauga County, OH who prioritize treating:

90% Anxiety
85% Depression
72% Trauma and PTSD
72% Coping Skills
72% Self Esteem
71% Stress
70% Relationship Issues

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Aetna
87% Medical Mutual
82% Anthem | Elevance

How Therapists in Geauga County, OH see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

92% Female
7% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Geauga County?

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.