Therapists in Friedens, PA

Photo of Jacquelyn Barron, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Jacquelyn Barron
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Friedens, PA 15541  (Online Only)
Hi there! I'm Jackie. I'm currently accepting new clients (use the website link to book or email me). Are you ready to become the best version of you? Are you looking to reduce stress, overcome burnout, manage anxiety and find more joy? Maybe you're hoping to create healthy habits that will improve your quality of life? I'm here to help you do just that! I’m a licensed clinical social worker with over 10yrs experience. I'm here to listen, ask meaningful questions, provide helpful tools & challenge you to grow through beliefs that could be holding you back.
Hi there! I'm Jackie. I'm currently accepting new clients (use the website link to book or email me). Are you ready to become the best version of you? Are you looking to reduce stress, overcome burnout, manage anxiety and find more joy? Maybe you're hoping to create healthy habits that will improve your quality of life? I'm here to help you do just that! I’m a licensed clinical social worker with over 10yrs experience. I'm here to listen, ask meaningful questions, provide helpful tools & challenge you to grow through beliefs that could be holding you back.
(814) 808-0719 View (814) 808-0719

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Melissa R Eckroth
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC, BC-TMH
Verified Verified
Somerset, PA 15501
Are you looking for a safe and confidential connection during these times of uncertainty to talk about the current issues you are experiencing? Or maybe you are feeling helpless after a sudden major life change that wasn't part of your plan. Feelings of grief, anxiety and depression can become overwhelming. Sharing your thoughts and feelings without judgment can help you to overcome your challenges, increase the quality of your life and help start you on a new path. Ethical and competent care is available in the safety of your home using video telehealth and is my priority as we establish our counseling relationship.
Are you looking for a safe and confidential connection during these times of uncertainty to talk about the current issues you are experiencing? Or maybe you are feeling helpless after a sudden major life change that wasn't part of your plan. Feelings of grief, anxiety and depression can become overwhelming. Sharing your thoughts and feelings without judgment can help you to overcome your challenges, increase the quality of your life and help start you on a new path. Ethical and competent care is available in the safety of your home using video telehealth and is my priority as we establish our counseling relationship.
(814) 250-3504 View (814) 250-3504
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SWiTCH Mental Health Services
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC, LBSC, CPSS
Verified Verified
Somerset, PA 15501
Welcome to SWiTCH Mental Health Services, your virtual appointment specialist. We are proud to offer a professional staff of highly trained and licensed therapists who specialize in depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, and mood issues. In addition to telehealth, we also offer in-office visits.
Welcome to SWiTCH Mental Health Services, your virtual appointment specialist. We are proud to offer a professional staff of highly trained and licensed therapists who specialize in depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, and mood issues. In addition to telehealth, we also offer in-office visits.
(814) 247-2875 View (814) 247-2875
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Bender Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Somerset, PA 15501  (Online Only)
You may be experiencing anxiety, intrusive thoughts or memories about a situation that continue to invade your thinking. These symptoms can often be addressed through unique Trauma treatment methods that typically provide relief more rapidly.
You may be experiencing anxiety, intrusive thoughts or memories about a situation that continue to invade your thinking. These symptoms can often be addressed through unique Trauma treatment methods that typically provide relief more rapidly.
(814) 701-0597 View (814) 701-0597
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Derik S. Berkebile, Outpatient Counseling Svcs
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CMH, C-DBT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Somerset, PA 15501
I have 18 years experience as a social worker and also have several years experience as a professor in Social Work. My experience is diverse as I've worked with adolescents, mentally challenged, drug and alcohol, geriatrics, grief and bereavement, marital counseling, and have helped clients with various mental health diagnoses. I pride myself in not just talking with the client but working jointly to find meaningful, measurable goals during therapy allowing for clients to see proof of progress throughout the course of treatment. I have worked as a therapist for agencies and now independently for a combined 10 years.
I have 18 years experience as a social worker and also have several years experience as a professor in Social Work. My experience is diverse as I've worked with adolescents, mentally challenged, drug and alcohol, geriatrics, grief and bereavement, marital counseling, and have helped clients with various mental health diagnoses. I pride myself in not just talking with the client but working jointly to find meaningful, measurable goals during therapy allowing for clients to see proof of progress throughout the course of treatment. I have worked as a therapist for agencies and now independently for a combined 10 years.
(814) 352-4111 View (814) 352-4111
Photo of undefined - K & K Holistic Counseling, MA, MSEd, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
K & K Holistic Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, MSEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Somerset, PA 15501  (Online Only)
Navigating the complexities of being human can be as rewarding as it is complicated. Our journeys are filled with moments that require us to muster resilience, practice self-compassion, and foster hope—even when the path seems unclear. It's not uncommon to find ourselves ensnared in cycles of negative thinking that foster shame, grappling with emotional regulation that impacts our relationships, or struggling to stay anchored in the present, affecting our decision-making abilities. At K & K Holistic Counseling, we are dedicated to guiding you through these challenges, helping you cultivate a life of significance and joy.
Navigating the complexities of being human can be as rewarding as it is complicated. Our journeys are filled with moments that require us to muster resilience, practice self-compassion, and foster hope—even when the path seems unclear. It's not uncommon to find ourselves ensnared in cycles of negative thinking that foster shame, grappling with emotional regulation that impacts our relationships, or struggling to stay anchored in the present, affecting our decision-making abilities. At K & K Holistic Counseling, we are dedicated to guiding you through these challenges, helping you cultivate a life of significance and joy.
(267) 729-9590 View (267) 729-9590
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Stewart Counseling Services LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MT-BC, NBCC, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Somerset, PA 15501
Choosing the right counselor can be very difficult. Feeling weighed down, frustrated, and not able to move past difficult memories can make a person feel chained to the past. It is important that your concerns are heard, validated, and that your pain is relieved by healing the wounds. Unlike talk therapy, memories can be resolved without talking about them. EMDR and IFS are two evidenced based ways to permanently heal people who have trauma. This is my specialty. In addition, I am offering EMDR intensive therapy for people who desire to resolve the past pain more quickly and effectively. VCAP covers this for sexual abuse.
Choosing the right counselor can be very difficult. Feeling weighed down, frustrated, and not able to move past difficult memories can make a person feel chained to the past. It is important that your concerns are heard, validated, and that your pain is relieved by healing the wounds. Unlike talk therapy, memories can be resolved without talking about them. EMDR and IFS are two evidenced based ways to permanently heal people who have trauma. This is my specialty. In addition, I am offering EMDR intensive therapy for people who desire to resolve the past pain more quickly and effectively. VCAP covers this for sexual abuse.
(814) 259-6509 View (814) 259-6509
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Horizon Behavioral Health, PLLC
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Somerset, PA 15501
I am an experienced clinical psychologist and supervisor, well-versed in telehealth; I am also an Active Duty Veteran and currently serve in the PA Army National Guard. We have a staff providers who are well trained and available via telehealth or in-person. Patient populations of focus include Veterans, Military, and First Responders. Additional areas of expertise are other public safety activities including treatment of patients who are justice involved, those with substance use disorder, and providing evidence based care for trauma, depression, stress and adjustment issues, as well as relationship and marriage concerns.
I am an experienced clinical psychologist and supervisor, well-versed in telehealth; I am also an Active Duty Veteran and currently serve in the PA Army National Guard. We have a staff providers who are well trained and available via telehealth or in-person. Patient populations of focus include Veterans, Military, and First Responders. Additional areas of expertise are other public safety activities including treatment of patients who are justice involved, those with substance use disorder, and providing evidence based care for trauma, depression, stress and adjustment issues, as well as relationship and marriage concerns.
(814) 294-1410 View (814) 294-1410
Photo of Rhonda Joanne Clark, LPC, LLC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Rhonda Joanne Clark
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LLC
Verified Verified
Somerset, PA 15501  (Online Only)
Let's talk about your concerns in a confidential setting that feels like home. You will receive unconditional and unbiased honesty and support from a Licensed Professional Counselor who is certified in Family Trauma, Child-Centered Play Therapy, and utilizes Cognitive Behavior Therapy to meet your specific needs and goals.
Let's talk about your concerns in a confidential setting that feels like home. You will receive unconditional and unbiased honesty and support from a Licensed Professional Counselor who is certified in Family Trauma, Child-Centered Play Therapy, and utilizes Cognitive Behavior Therapy to meet your specific needs and goals.
(814) 817-2019 View (814) 817-2019
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Soul Compass Counseling/Marisa Schuster, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, BC-TMH, CGP, CFRC
Verified Verified
Somerset, PA 15501
Hi! Thank you for clicking my profile. Are you stressed and not sure how to handle it? Are you coping with grief ? Do you need support and motivation to meet your goals? Life can be overwhelming at times. I'd like to help you identify your stressors and help bring more calm and happiness back into your life. I offer a safe environment to help support you on your path. If you find yourself repeating the same patterns, call me. What do you have to lose? Too busy to meet in person? I also offer online counseling services. Call or email me for more information.
Hi! Thank you for clicking my profile. Are you stressed and not sure how to handle it? Are you coping with grief ? Do you need support and motivation to meet your goals? Life can be overwhelming at times. I'd like to help you identify your stressors and help bring more calm and happiness back into your life. I offer a safe environment to help support you on your path. If you find yourself repeating the same patterns, call me. What do you have to lose? Too busy to meet in person? I also offer online counseling services. Call or email me for more information.
(814) 675-0372 View (814) 675-0372
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Croyle-Nielsen Therapeutic Associates, Inc.
LCSW, LSW, LPC
Verified Verified
Somerset, PA 15501
Our staff is a collection of talented and dedicated individually licensed professional clinicians (LPCs, LCSWs, and LSWs), who combine a love of their craft with a true desire to help others make real improvements to their quality of life. That passion shows in everything we do! We are a people-centered organization and we prioritize our clients, our integrity and excellence in treatment above all other things. Our aim is to be a force for good in the lives of our clients, in our communities and to put quality over quantity every time! "Serving others is our calling and the reason we are in business. We believe that our clients deserve the best service and the highest quality mental health therapy." - Amy M. Nielsen, President
Our staff is a collection of talented and dedicated individually licensed professional clinicians (LPCs, LCSWs, and LSWs), who combine a love of their craft with a true desire to help others make real improvements to their quality of life. That passion shows in everything we do! We are a people-centered organization and we prioritize our clients, our integrity and excellence in treatment above all other things. Our aim is to be a force for good in the lives of our clients, in our communities and to put quality over quantity every time! "Serving others is our calling and the reason we are in business. We believe that our clients deserve the best service and the highest quality mental health therapy." - Amy M. Nielsen, President
(814) 701-2898 View (814) 701-2898
Photo of Maureen V Conway, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Maureen V Conway
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
New Paris, PA 15554
As a licensed clinical social worker with 20 years experience in therapeutic treatment for individuals, families and couples, I want to assure you of my complete attentiveness to your situation as we work toward your optimal well being. You will find my compassionate personality and relaxed environment to be a healthy therapeutic experience for you, your spouse and your family as together realistic and attainable goals are set. You will discover that your well being is my priority, and a vibrant, positive outlook on life is available to you.
As a licensed clinical social worker with 20 years experience in therapeutic treatment for individuals, families and couples, I want to assure you of my complete attentiveness to your situation as we work toward your optimal well being. You will find my compassionate personality and relaxed environment to be a healthy therapeutic experience for you, your spouse and your family as together realistic and attainable goals are set. You will discover that your well being is my priority, and a vibrant, positive outlook on life is available to you.
(814) 240-0446 View (814) 240-0446
Photo of Gayle C Hinebaugh, MSW, LCSW, CTMH, CCATP, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Gayle C Hinebaugh
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, CTMH, CCATP
Verified Verified
Somerset, PA 15501
Are you experiencing exceptional challenges such as Poor Sleep or responding to difficult people or suicidal thoughts? Do you feel stuck and want to move forward? PA Counseling is able to accept you as a new client. Counseling will be tailored to your needs, phase of life and personality. Your sessions can focus on improving sleep, exploring chronic Worries or how Trauma affects you. PA Counseling can provide "hybrid" services using video/teleconferencing.
Are you experiencing exceptional challenges such as Poor Sleep or responding to difficult people or suicidal thoughts? Do you feel stuck and want to move forward? PA Counseling is able to accept you as a new client. Counseling will be tailored to your needs, phase of life and personality. Your sessions can focus on improving sleep, exploring chronic Worries or how Trauma affects you. PA Counseling can provide "hybrid" services using video/teleconferencing.
(814) 258-1438 View (814) 258-1438
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Dr Mary Berge & Associates
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Somerset, PA 15501  (Online Only)
At Dr. Mary Berge and Associates, you will be provided with the best care in the region, in our serene, and confidential, private practice setting. Our highly trained mental health specialists are ready to help you & your family, so don't wait another day to start changing your life... call now for an appointment.
At Dr. Mary Berge and Associates, you will be provided with the best care in the region, in our serene, and confidential, private practice setting. Our highly trained mental health specialists are ready to help you & your family, so don't wait another day to start changing your life... call now for an appointment.
(814) 247-0994 View (814) 247-0994
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Kerri Lafferty
MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Somerset, PA 15501  (Online Only)
Over the years, I have worked with adolescents and adults. I work primarily with individuals struggling with life transitions and organizational skills, anxiety, depression, self-esteem/body image issues, and those who are recovering from substance abuse.
Over the years, I have worked with adolescents and adults. I work primarily with individuals struggling with life transitions and organizational skills, anxiety, depression, self-esteem/body image issues, and those who are recovering from substance abuse.
(412) 538-6426 View (412) 538-6426
Photo of Carter Cunningham, MS, NCC, Pre-Licensed Professional
Carter Cunningham
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, NCC
Verified Verified
Somerset, PA 15501
I am passionate about helping individuals on their path to self-discovery and leading a genuine and authentic life. Drawing upon my background in counseling and neuroscience, I integrate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and existentialism into my approach. I aim to help individuals cultivate openness, awareness, and engagement with themselves, their loved ones, and the world around them. By incorporating meditation, relevant literature, art, and nature, I aim to create a holistic therapeutic experience. These elements enrich the exploration of subjective experiences, self-perception, and the profound aspects of existence.
I am passionate about helping individuals on their path to self-discovery and leading a genuine and authentic life. Drawing upon my background in counseling and neuroscience, I integrate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and existentialism into my approach. I aim to help individuals cultivate openness, awareness, and engagement with themselves, their loved ones, and the world around them. By incorporating meditation, relevant literature, art, and nature, I aim to create a holistic therapeutic experience. These elements enrich the exploration of subjective experiences, self-perception, and the profound aspects of existence.
(412) 960-1185 View (412) 960-1185
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Choices Clinical Counseling-Accepting New Clients!
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Somerset, PA 15510
Start your healing journey with Choices. Experience top-tier care from the best clinical staff in the area. Whether it's depression, anxiety, or trauma, our family-owned practice is committed to guiding you towards your goals. Make the right choice for your mental health. Feel the difference that personalized, high-quality therapy can make. You matter to us because your mental health is our top priority. Visit our website to schedule your first session. Come see how much we care.
Start your healing journey with Choices. Experience top-tier care from the best clinical staff in the area. Whether it's depression, anxiety, or trauma, our family-owned practice is committed to guiding you towards your goals. Make the right choice for your mental health. Feel the difference that personalized, high-quality therapy can make. You matter to us because your mental health is our top priority. Visit our website to schedule your first session. Come see how much we care.
(814) 258-1500 View (814) 258-1500
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Christian Counseling Associates of Western PA
Counselor, PhD
Verified Verified
Somerset, PA 15501
Christian Counseling Associates (CCA) provides individual, marriage, and family counseling. We serve Christians who want their faith integrated into the counseling process and those holding any beliefs or attitudes toward spirituality. Our counselors will help you identify the core issues that have caused your emotional and personal problems, and immediately develop strategies to resolve these issues. CCA is able to provide a full range of clinical services. Please visit our website at www.ccawpa.com for a complete description of our faith based counseling services, locations, and counseling staff.
Christian Counseling Associates (CCA) provides individual, marriage, and family counseling. We serve Christians who want their faith integrated into the counseling process and those holding any beliefs or attitudes toward spirituality. Our counselors will help you identify the core issues that have caused your emotional and personal problems, and immediately develop strategies to resolve these issues. CCA is able to provide a full range of clinical services. Please visit our website at www.ccawpa.com for a complete description of our faith based counseling services, locations, and counseling staff.
(724) 320-1918 View (724) 320-1918
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Joni B. Henry
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Somerset, PA 15501  (Online Only)
Since 2005 I have been working with individuals who are dealing with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, and individuals with special needs as well as interpersonal and relationship problems. I employ evidence-based treatment modalities including ACT, CBT, DBT, and interpersonal psychotherapy. I am passionate about my work as a therapist and I find great joy in working with my clients and witnessing their capacity to heal. look forward to supporting you in your journey and will provide a non-judgmental, compassionate, and kind experience.
Since 2005 I have been working with individuals who are dealing with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, and individuals with special needs as well as interpersonal and relationship problems. I employ evidence-based treatment modalities including ACT, CBT, DBT, and interpersonal psychotherapy. I am passionate about my work as a therapist and I find great joy in working with my clients and witnessing their capacity to heal. look forward to supporting you in your journey and will provide a non-judgmental, compassionate, and kind experience.
(412) 991-2042 View (412) 991-2042
Photo of undefined - Christian Counseling Associates of Western PA, Licensed Professional Counselor
Christian Counseling Associates of Western PA
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified Verified
Somerset, PA 15501
Christian Counseling Associates (CCA) provides individual, marriage, and family counseling. We serve Christians who want their faith integrated into the counseling process and those holding any beliefs or attitudes toward spirituality. Our counselors will help you identify the core issues that have caused your emotional and personal problems, and immediately develop strategies to resolve these issues. CCA is able to provide a full range of clinical services. Please visit our website for a complete description of our faith based counseling services, locations, and counseling staff.
Christian Counseling Associates (CCA) provides individual, marriage, and family counseling. We serve Christians who want their faith integrated into the counseling process and those holding any beliefs or attitudes toward spirituality. Our counselors will help you identify the core issues that have caused your emotional and personal problems, and immediately develop strategies to resolve these issues. CCA is able to provide a full range of clinical services. Please visit our website for a complete description of our faith based counseling services, locations, and counseling staff.
(814) 212-5350 View (814) 212-5350

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Friedens, PA

< 10

Therapists in Friedens, PA who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Life Coaching
100% Parenting
100% Divorce
100% Anger Management

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% AmeriHealth
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Friedens, PA see their clients

100% Online Only
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Friedens?

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.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

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.