Therapists in Jefferson Hills, PA

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Sanderson Psychological, LLC
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Jefferson Hills, PA 15025
Sanderson Psychological is a mental health counseling practice that values quality of client care. We have multiple providers with varying interests and expertise in order to provide the best therapist/client fit. Our mission is to help our clients reconnect with themselves and to explore current or past experiences that have not yet been processed. We hope that through this journey, we will help our clients find deeper self-understanding and compassion.
Sanderson Psychological is a mental health counseling practice that values quality of client care. We have multiple providers with varying interests and expertise in order to provide the best therapist/client fit. Our mission is to help our clients reconnect with themselves and to explore current or past experiences that have not yet been processed. We hope that through this journey, we will help our clients find deeper self-understanding and compassion.
(412) 754-1100 View (412) 754-1100
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Diane Bauer, LCSW & Associates
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Jefferson Hills, PA 15025
Are you "worrying" often? Do you feel uncomfortable in social settings? Feeling sad, frustrated/angry and having difficulty managing it? Are you a parent concerned about your child's behavior? Or in a relationship/marriage that is unfulfilling or not what it use to be? Is your family not accepting of your life choices? Counseling is a great opportunity to work through long standing concerns or just talk about what is going on in your life right now.
Are you "worrying" often? Do you feel uncomfortable in social settings? Feeling sad, frustrated/angry and having difficulty managing it? Are you a parent concerned about your child's behavior? Or in a relationship/marriage that is unfulfilling or not what it use to be? Is your family not accepting of your life choices? Counseling is a great opportunity to work through long standing concerns or just talk about what is going on in your life right now.
(412) 532-1773 View (412) 532-1773
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Zandier Counseling
Psychologist, MA
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Jefferson Hills, PA 15025
More Than Just Talk....... If you haven't been in psychotherapy before, you may not realize that the traditional approach to treatment is to educate the client about their conditions and teach them how to change their own feelings and behaviors. Although this approach can be very helpful, it is usually a long process that depends a great deal on the individual's courageous persistence. Moreover, a change in behavior and belief does not necessarily resolve the history of negative experiences fueling such things as depression and anxiety. These are some of the reasons I offer "More Than Just Talk".
More Than Just Talk....... If you haven't been in psychotherapy before, you may not realize that the traditional approach to treatment is to educate the client about their conditions and teach them how to change their own feelings and behaviors. Although this approach can be very helpful, it is usually a long process that depends a great deal on the individual's courageous persistence. Moreover, a change in behavior and belief does not necessarily resolve the history of negative experiences fueling such things as depression and anxiety. These are some of the reasons I offer "More Than Just Talk".
(412) 253-6192 View (412) 253-6192
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Amy Schafer
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Jefferson Hills, PA 15025
I strongly believe that all people have the ability to live their best life when given the opportunity and the right tools for them. Each journey is just as unique as the individual who embarks on it. The work I do with clients is person centered, motivationally driven, and tailored to meet the needs of each person no matter where they are on their therapeutic journey. Whether this is your first time seeking therapy, or have decided to try again, I would be honored to meet you where you are and guide you toward reaching your personal goals.
I strongly believe that all people have the ability to live their best life when given the opportunity and the right tools for them. Each journey is just as unique as the individual who embarks on it. The work I do with clients is person centered, motivationally driven, and tailored to meet the needs of each person no matter where they are on their therapeutic journey. Whether this is your first time seeking therapy, or have decided to try again, I would be honored to meet you where you are and guide you toward reaching your personal goals.
(412) 419-0927 View (412) 419-0927
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Dylan A. Morrell
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
Jefferson Hills, PA 15025
Waitlist for new clients
Are you feeling anxious daily, perhaps depressed, and overwhelmed? Would you like to find a more content place in your life? If you have issues being yourself, as well as setting boundaries with others and yourself, it may be time for therapeutic intervention.
Are you feeling anxious daily, perhaps depressed, and overwhelmed? Would you like to find a more content place in your life? If you have issues being yourself, as well as setting boundaries with others and yourself, it may be time for therapeutic intervention.
(412) 356-9938 View (412) 356-9938
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Zandra Robinson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Jefferson Hills, PA 15025
I am a licensed therapist in Pennsylvania with 10 years of professional therapeutic experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & parenting issues. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to seek a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.
I am a licensed therapist in Pennsylvania with 10 years of professional therapeutic experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & parenting issues. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to seek a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.
(412) 534-5611 View (412) 534-5611
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Brent W Hansen
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Jefferson Hills, PA 15025
Is something keeping you from being your best? We all have great value and the ability to achieve great things. Sometimes, the burdens of this life, including past trouble, negative thinking/emotions, difficult circumstances, poor choices and lack of support can hold us back from reaching our potential. I believe my role as a counselor is to help others be more aware of their own strengths and abilities, so they can set and achieve positive goals. I believe in welcoming people with unconditional acceptance and support, and helping them work through difficulty to build and execute a plan to become the best version of themselves.
Is something keeping you from being your best? We all have great value and the ability to achieve great things. Sometimes, the burdens of this life, including past trouble, negative thinking/emotions, difficult circumstances, poor choices and lack of support can hold us back from reaching our potential. I believe my role as a counselor is to help others be more aware of their own strengths and abilities, so they can set and achieve positive goals. I believe in welcoming people with unconditional acceptance and support, and helping them work through difficulty to build and execute a plan to become the best version of themselves.
(878) 205-0531 View (878) 205-0531
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Heather Hoeke Abbruzzese
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Jefferson Hills, PA 15025
Are you feeling overwhelmed or frustrated with the demands being placed on you? Are you struggling with a disturbing event that is making it hard for you to live in the present? Are you ready to make meaningful change in your life? At times, we need a little extra support and guidance to get through the challenging seasons of our lives. I want to help you work through the difficult moments and to find the strength within to heal and to find peace. I offer a calm, supportive space without judgement where you can share your story, improve your ability to cope in the present, and set goals for the future.
Are you feeling overwhelmed or frustrated with the demands being placed on you? Are you struggling with a disturbing event that is making it hard for you to live in the present? Are you ready to make meaningful change in your life? At times, we need a little extra support and guidance to get through the challenging seasons of our lives. I want to help you work through the difficult moments and to find the strength within to heal and to find peace. I offer a calm, supportive space without judgement where you can share your story, improve your ability to cope in the present, and set goals for the future.
(878) 205-0616 View (878) 205-0616
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Steel Valley Wellness Group
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Jefferson Hills, PA 15025
The licensed professional counselors of Steel Valley Wellness Group are experienced with adults, adolescents, children and couples. We address causes of anger, irritability, anxiety, fear, sadness, depression and hopelessness, and help to identify the factors that perpetuate these problems.
The licensed professional counselors of Steel Valley Wellness Group are experienced with adults, adolescents, children and couples. We address causes of anger, irritability, anxiety, fear, sadness, depression and hopelessness, and help to identify the factors that perpetuate these problems.
(412) 866-2912 View (412) 866-2912
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Krystal Gibbs
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Jefferson Hills, PA 15025  (Online Only)
To live is to suffer; to survive is to find meaning in the suffering (Neitzsche).  We would never be able to experience our joy had we not of grown through our pain. GROWTH is the key component of findings ones true self.  Be it feelings of anxiety, depression, or symptoms of PTSD, you CAN and WILL grow to be a better version of you when you take this journey of wellness. Exploration of ones self and mental toughness are key components to living a healthy and fulfilling life. Sometimes our past experiences, generational patterns, or our current thought patterns prohibit us from achieving greatness. YOU can be the hero of YOUR story!
To live is to suffer; to survive is to find meaning in the suffering (Neitzsche).  We would never be able to experience our joy had we not of grown through our pain. GROWTH is the key component of findings ones true self.  Be it feelings of anxiety, depression, or symptoms of PTSD, you CAN and WILL grow to be a better version of you when you take this journey of wellness. Exploration of ones self and mental toughness are key components to living a healthy and fulfilling life. Sometimes our past experiences, generational patterns, or our current thought patterns prohibit us from achieving greatness. YOU can be the hero of YOUR story!
(412) 360-8586 View (412) 360-8586
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Sharissa Shatten (Peace Love Wholeness Llc)
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Jefferson Hills, PA 15025
Waitlist for new clients
I would love to support you and help guide you while piecing things together in this season of life. I work with individuals to manage their symptoms and help them achieve personal growth. We will focus on goals and create ways to stay accountable in between sessions with various resources or thought prompts to consider, for example. Many people I see have a history of childhood trauma, high stress, low self esteem, feeling "stuck", ready for change, or hormonal experiences- as some broad examples.
I would love to support you and help guide you while piecing things together in this season of life. I work with individuals to manage their symptoms and help them achieve personal growth. We will focus on goals and create ways to stay accountable in between sessions with various resources or thought prompts to consider, for example. Many people I see have a history of childhood trauma, high stress, low self esteem, feeling "stuck", ready for change, or hormonal experiences- as some broad examples.
(878) 216-7434 View (878) 216-7434
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Elizabeth Hammond
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Jefferson Hills, PA 15025
Immediate openings - Hello and welcome to my page! I am a therapist who is dedicated to helping individuals overcome mood disorders (depression, bipolar, cyclothymia, etc) but I also specialize in treating suicidal ideation. With over five years of clinical practice, I have developed a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding these conditions and their impact on one's overall well-being. My experience has taught me that no two individuals are the same, and I am committed to tailoring my approach to suit your unique circumstances. I offer a welcoming environment where we will tackle what is going on.
Immediate openings - Hello and welcome to my page! I am a therapist who is dedicated to helping individuals overcome mood disorders (depression, bipolar, cyclothymia, etc) but I also specialize in treating suicidal ideation. With over five years of clinical practice, I have developed a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding these conditions and their impact on one's overall well-being. My experience has taught me that no two individuals are the same, and I am committed to tailoring my approach to suit your unique circumstances. I offer a welcoming environment where we will tackle what is going on.
(412) 790-2191 View (412) 790-2191
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Mindful Tides Therapy
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Jefferson Hills, PA 15025  (Online Only)
Mindful Tides Therapy was formed to provide an atmosphere for our clients to individualize their goals. We recognized the decrease in quality client care through the “big box” therapy practices that are owned by those who are not clinicians themselves, and it was important for us to provide a safe space for clients to have input into their treatment plans. Our goal is to aid our clients in finding a secure, collaborative, compassionate, and ethical therapy environment. It is a priority for us to provide our team of therapists with the training and work/life balance they need to practice comfortably.
Mindful Tides Therapy was formed to provide an atmosphere for our clients to individualize their goals. We recognized the decrease in quality client care through the “big box” therapy practices that are owned by those who are not clinicians themselves, and it was important for us to provide a safe space for clients to have input into their treatment plans. Our goal is to aid our clients in finding a secure, collaborative, compassionate, and ethical therapy environment. It is a priority for us to provide our team of therapists with the training and work/life balance they need to practice comfortably.
(724) 576-9996 View (724) 576-9996

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Seema Chaubey
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
McKeesport, PA 15133  (Online Only)
As a counselor I have 20+ years of experience working with adults and children. I treat my clients in a compassionate and professional manner and my approach is usually eclectic as I choose them according to the needs of my client. Techniques used by me are CBT, REBT, ACT, Motivational, Gestalt approach, meditation, relaxation and guided imagery. My expertise is in mood disorders such as depression, bipolar disorders, and on anxiety disorders such as OCD, panic disorder, and phobias. Anger management in relationships and marriage and relationship therapy are also my interest areas as well as resolution of trauma issues, whether acute or chronic. I have and continue to treat dually diagnosed substance abuse clients.
As a counselor I have 20+ years of experience working with adults and children. I treat my clients in a compassionate and professional manner and my approach is usually eclectic as I choose them according to the needs of my client. Techniques used by me are CBT, REBT, ACT, Motivational, Gestalt approach, meditation, relaxation and guided imagery. My expertise is in mood disorders such as depression, bipolar disorders, and on anxiety disorders such as OCD, panic disorder, and phobias. Anger management in relationships and marriage and relationship therapy are also my interest areas as well as resolution of trauma issues, whether acute or chronic. I have and continue to treat dually diagnosed substance abuse clients.
(609) 778-1512 View (609) 778-1512
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Kristen J Ober
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSEd, BCBA, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Not accepting new clients
I have worked in a multitude of different settings including inpatient hospitalization, residential, in-home, school, and outpatient, which provide valuable experience. No matter the setting, I prides myself in rapport building and finding the motivation in the client and family to make necessary changes. In addition to being a licensed professional counselor, I am also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and looks for behavioral change to be the forefront of treatment.
I have worked in a multitude of different settings including inpatient hospitalization, residential, in-home, school, and outpatient, which provide valuable experience. No matter the setting, I prides myself in rapport building and finding the motivation in the client and family to make necessary changes. In addition to being a licensed professional counselor, I am also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and looks for behavioral change to be the forefront of treatment.
(878) 313-2219 View (878) 313-2219
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Rachel Diaz
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, ATR-BC, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
I am currently accepting new clients, please contact me via EMAIL ONLY. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Board-Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC). My goal is to provide you with a safe and trusting environment where you can feel fully heard and validated. I will help you learn how to create goals, process emotions, build effective coping skills, and develop the strength necessary to face and defeat your obstacles. I will support you while you create meaning out of the things you once thought you'd never overcome.
I am currently accepting new clients, please contact me via EMAIL ONLY. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Board-Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC). My goal is to provide you with a safe and trusting environment where you can feel fully heard and validated. I will help you learn how to create goals, process emotions, build effective coping skills, and develop the strength necessary to face and defeat your obstacles. I will support you while you create meaning out of the things you once thought you'd never overcome.
(878) 444-2920 View (878) 444-2920
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Shaon L Robinson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Clairton, PA 15025
I am a passionate, trauma-informed counselor with extensive clinical knowledge, committed to transforming lives through a non-traditional approach to therapy. I have 11 years of experience providing individual, family, and group therapy to culturally diverse, urban, and at-risk populations across settings and across the lifespan. My goal is to educate, empower, and advocate for my clients through a strength-based, evidence-based, holistic approach to provide quality services and meet my clients where they are. I am sensitive to racial trauma and provide Christian-based counseling upon request.
I am a passionate, trauma-informed counselor with extensive clinical knowledge, committed to transforming lives through a non-traditional approach to therapy. I have 11 years of experience providing individual, family, and group therapy to culturally diverse, urban, and at-risk populations across settings and across the lifespan. My goal is to educate, empower, and advocate for my clients through a strength-based, evidence-based, holistic approach to provide quality services and meet my clients where they are. I am sensitive to racial trauma and provide Christian-based counseling upon request.
(412) 376-8793 View (412) 376-8793
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Sarah London
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Our mental wellness defines how we experience life and is crucial to over all well being. Through therapeutic support you can gain new perspectives, skills, and opportunities towards improving your mental wellness so you can experience a healthy, balanced life.
Our mental wellness defines how we experience life and is crucial to over all well being. Through therapeutic support you can gain new perspectives, skills, and opportunities towards improving your mental wellness so you can experience a healthy, balanced life.
(412) 900-2435 View (412) 900-2435
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Kelly Erin Corr
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Life's challenges can be difficult to navigate. We often decide to act in ways that do not support our goals and hold us back from becoming the best version of ourselves. I believe in the inherent ability for people to make positive changes in their lives. I have partnered with clients to support them in realizing their potential. I provide encouragement and empowerment to develop a deeper understanding of themselves. I provide my clients with a safe space to express their full emotions and develop skills to achieve their goals.
Life's challenges can be difficult to navigate. We often decide to act in ways that do not support our goals and hold us back from becoming the best version of ourselves. I believe in the inherent ability for people to make positive changes in their lives. I have partnered with clients to support them in realizing their potential. I provide encouragement and empowerment to develop a deeper understanding of themselves. I provide my clients with a safe space to express their full emotions and develop skills to achieve their goals.
(412) 838-4708 View (412) 838-4708
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Christian Counseling Associates of Western PA
Counselor, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McKeesport, PA 15133
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) 764-4569 View (724) 764-4569

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Number of Therapists in Jefferson Hills, PA

10+

Average cost per session

$90

Therapists in Jefferson Hills, PA who prioritize treating:

92% Relationship Issues
92% Depression
92% Anxiety
92% Self Esteem
85% Trauma and PTSD
85% Family Conflict
85% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Highmark
92% University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
85% Aetna

How Therapists in Jefferson Hills, PA see their clients

85% In Person and Online
15% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Jefferson Hills?

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.