Therapists in Cranston, RI

Photo of Deborah Forcelli, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Cranston, RI
Deborah Forcelli
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Cranston, RI 02910
Hi, thanks for taking the time to read my profile. I provide home-based therapeutic services for adults, adolescents and children. In addition, I provide family and couples counseling. My preference is working with families in the comfort of their home while providing insight into family dynamics that might not be as evident in an office setting. My specialty is working with children and families in crisis, such as families struggling with a child with anger issues, ADHD, or emotional issues which may be impacting the family unit or causing problems in school. I also am the program manager for an Equine Assisted Psychotherapy program "Healing Hearts and Broken Spirits" located on a forty acre farm in Western Coventry. For more than twenty years, I have worked with horses. I have researched and studied the impact horses have on adults, adolescents, and children with mental health, behavioral and/or emotional issues. As a result, I have incorporated horses into my sessions with clients. These important sessions may be reimbursable by your health insurance provider if a mental health diagnosis is determined during the initial assessment. Please contact me for further information.
Hi, thanks for taking the time to read my profile. I provide home-based therapeutic services for adults, adolescents and children. In addition, I provide family and couples counseling. My preference is working with families in the comfort of their home while providing insight into family dynamics that might not be as evident in an office setting. My specialty is working with children and families in crisis, such as families struggling with a child with anger issues, ADHD, or emotional issues which may be impacting the family unit or causing problems in school. I also am the program manager for an Equine Assisted Psychotherapy program "Healing Hearts and Broken Spirits" located on a forty acre farm in Western Coventry. For more than twenty years, I have worked with horses. I have researched and studied the impact horses have on adults, adolescents, and children with mental health, behavioral and/or emotional issues. As a result, I have incorporated horses into my sessions with clients. These important sessions may be reimbursable by your health insurance provider if a mental health diagnosis is determined during the initial assessment. Please contact me for further information.
(401) 680-9074 View (401) 680-9074
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Lori Dorsey, LICSW, LCDCS
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCDCS
Verified
Cranston, RI 02910
I have been treating adults and adolescents, ages 16 and older with substance use and mental health conditions for more than 30 years. My counseling approaches depend on assessment of your issues and which type can help you best. I will often use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in my practice as we explore what brought you to therapy, and then can decide the most appropriate ways to help you make progress. CBT can help identify how your thoughts and beliefs affect your emotions and behaviors, and help you learn to change them for the better.
I have been treating adults and adolescents, ages 16 and older with substance use and mental health conditions for more than 30 years. My counseling approaches depend on assessment of your issues and which type can help you best. I will often use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in my practice as we explore what brought you to therapy, and then can decide the most appropriate ways to help you make progress. CBT can help identify how your thoughts and beliefs affect your emotions and behaviors, and help you learn to change them for the better.
(401) 593-4066 View (401) 593-4066
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Joshua Davis
Counselor, MA, CAGS, LMHC
Verified
Cranston, RI 02920
Please note: I am not currently taking new patients. Please contact Anchor at 401-475-9979 if you would like to schedule an appointment with another clinician in the practice. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Master's Degree in Agency Counseling and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Mental Health Counseling. I have worked in the mental health field since 2002 and have been counseling since 2004. I have experience working with individuals, couples, and families.I provide support to work through issues including stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, anger, and substance use.
Please note: I am not currently taking new patients. Please contact Anchor at 401-475-9979 if you would like to schedule an appointment with another clinician in the practice. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Master's Degree in Agency Counseling and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Mental Health Counseling. I have worked in the mental health field since 2002 and have been counseling since 2004. I have experience working with individuals, couples, and families.I provide support to work through issues including stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, anger, and substance use.
(401) 515-3728 View (401) 515-3728
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Dr. Danielle DeSantis, PsyD, LMFT
Psychologist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Cranston, RI 02920
I focus on careful assessment and helping those in need of clinical services using a variety of evidenced based approaches. In my practice, I use a variety of treatment modalities such as individual, couple, group, and family therapy depending on individual needs. I have much experience working with psychiatric and behavioral problems such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, depression, trauma-related disorders and so on. Teaching individuals how to manage and cope with symptoms of grief, marital problems, family conflict, divorce, parenting issues, and other relational problems are additional areas of specialty.
I focus on careful assessment and helping those in need of clinical services using a variety of evidenced based approaches. In my practice, I use a variety of treatment modalities such as individual, couple, group, and family therapy depending on individual needs. I have much experience working with psychiatric and behavioral problems such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, depression, trauma-related disorders and so on. Teaching individuals how to manage and cope with symptoms of grief, marital problems, family conflict, divorce, parenting issues, and other relational problems are additional areas of specialty.
(401) 371-0223 View (401) 371-0223
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Martha Iachetta
Counselor, MEd, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Cranston, RI 02905
Thank you for your interest. Unfortunately I am unable to take on any new clients at this time. Please feel free to check back as I open up my practice every few months. I am a seasoned therapist with more than twenty years of success helping people from late adolescence to adulthood experience healing and lasting change. I utilize a positive, motivational counseling approach that helps people identify goals for themselves, notice where they are stuck, and move towards making meaningful shifts in their lives. As one client recently put it, I am appreciated for how I help people "think outside the box."
Thank you for your interest. Unfortunately I am unable to take on any new clients at this time. Please feel free to check back as I open up my practice every few months. I am a seasoned therapist with more than twenty years of success helping people from late adolescence to adulthood experience healing and lasting change. I utilize a positive, motivational counseling approach that helps people identify goals for themselves, notice where they are stuck, and move towards making meaningful shifts in their lives. As one client recently put it, I am appreciated for how I help people "think outside the box."
(401) 519-7782 View (401) 519-7782
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Sarah Wignall
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Cranston, RI 02905
I often meet clients when they are experiencing a difficult transition or conflict within the systems that matter most to them: typically family, friends, and self. I also make space for grief and loss, so that the experience is not isolating and intolerable. Through a variety of modalities I focus on the client's voice, experience, and barriers to personal contentment: this enables the client to be an active part of therapy, tapping into skills, solutions, and hope that might be out of reach without support.
I often meet clients when they are experiencing a difficult transition or conflict within the systems that matter most to them: typically family, friends, and self. I also make space for grief and loss, so that the experience is not isolating and intolerable. Through a variety of modalities I focus on the client's voice, experience, and barriers to personal contentment: this enables the client to be an active part of therapy, tapping into skills, solutions, and hope that might be out of reach without support.
(401) 264-8309 View (401) 264-8309
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Alex Herlich
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Cranston, RI 02905
Life is good, you're confident and relatively successful... at least it used to feel this way, but lately your level of anxiety has increased to a point that's almost unbearable. You feel like an impostor despite any success, you find you're constantly second guessing yourself and you're constantly comparing yourself to your peers, your siblings and your parents. You find yourself just drifting, unable to focus, distracted and procrastinating. You are not ready to give up, yet you feel overwhelmed or lost.
Life is good, you're confident and relatively successful... at least it used to feel this way, but lately your level of anxiety has increased to a point that's almost unbearable. You feel like an impostor despite any success, you find you're constantly second guessing yourself and you're constantly comparing yourself to your peers, your siblings and your parents. You find yourself just drifting, unable to focus, distracted and procrastinating. You are not ready to give up, yet you feel overwhelmed or lost.
(401) 307-5008 View (401) 307-5008
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Natalie Clark
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, LCDP
Verified
Cranston, RI 02910  (Online Only)
I believe therapy is an opportunity to learn more about yourself, and your interactions w/ others. Therapy can help when facing conflicts, emotional challenges, or adjusting to changes in your life. I have over 25 years of clinical experience, with the mental health and substance use disorder populations, working with men, women and couples. I use an eclectic, collaborative approach, individual to a persons needs. I provide a nonjudgmental, welcoming approach and make an effort to establish a strong trusting relationship. Appointments are available by both phone and video.
I believe therapy is an opportunity to learn more about yourself, and your interactions w/ others. Therapy can help when facing conflicts, emotional challenges, or adjusting to changes in your life. I have over 25 years of clinical experience, with the mental health and substance use disorder populations, working with men, women and couples. I use an eclectic, collaborative approach, individual to a persons needs. I provide a nonjudgmental, welcoming approach and make an effort to establish a strong trusting relationship. Appointments are available by both phone and video.
(401) 304-9648 View (401) 304-9648
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Heather Ann Donnelly Anchor Counseling Center
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Cranston, RI 02920
Not accepting new clients
I am a very flexible, open minded and nonjudgmental in my practice. I specialize in trauma, pain and LGBT+ issues but I am also skilled in anxiety and depression. I can work with people who like to talk or with people who struggle to find what to say. I work well with people who are open to trying different treatment strategies to figure out what best works for them.
I am a very flexible, open minded and nonjudgmental in my practice. I specialize in trauma, pain and LGBT+ issues but I am also skilled in anxiety and depression. I can work with people who like to talk or with people who struggle to find what to say. I work well with people who are open to trying different treatment strategies to figure out what best works for them.
(401) 293-4135 View (401) 293-4135
Photo of Todd J. Schmenk, Counselor in Cranston, RI
Todd J. Schmenk
Counselor, MEd, MS, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Cranston, RI 02905
Life is good, you're confident and relatively successful... at least it used to feel this way, but lately your level of anxiety has increased to a point that's almost unbearable. You feel like an impostor despite any success, you find you're constantly second guessing yourself and you're constantly comparing yourself to your peers, your siblings and your parents. You find yourself just drifting, unable to focus, distracted and procrastinating. You are not ready to give up, yet you feel overwhelmed or lost.
Life is good, you're confident and relatively successful... at least it used to feel this way, but lately your level of anxiety has increased to a point that's almost unbearable. You feel like an impostor despite any success, you find you're constantly second guessing yourself and you're constantly comparing yourself to your peers, your siblings and your parents. You find yourself just drifting, unable to focus, distracted and procrastinating. You are not ready to give up, yet you feel overwhelmed or lost.
(401) 239-0493 View (401) 239-0493
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Ancha S Santana
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Cranston, RI 02905  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Daily living can be challenging, and with the added stress brought on by the current pandemic, many of us are struggling with our mental health. I specialize in working with clients who find themselves struggling with the effects that racism, homophobia, xenophobia and micro aggressions have on mood and overall mental health. I have over 20 years of experience working with and treating adolescents and adults from historically marginalized communites, as well as my own lived experience as a Black immigrant.
Daily living can be challenging, and with the added stress brought on by the current pandemic, many of us are struggling with our mental health. I specialize in working with clients who find themselves struggling with the effects that racism, homophobia, xenophobia and micro aggressions have on mood and overall mental health. I have over 20 years of experience working with and treating adolescents and adults from historically marginalized communites, as well as my own lived experience as a Black immigrant.
(401) 293-4078 View (401) 293-4078
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Bennett Hirsch
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Cranston, RI 02910
Dr. Hirsch is a licensed psychologist with over 35 years of experience working in schools and in a clinical private practice. Dr. Hirsch's areas of expertise include child, adolescent and family therapy. He is experienced with all aspects of Special Education and school issues, and has extensive experience with ADHD children and adults. He holds a Law Degree from Roger Williams University, and is the past President of the RI Chapter of the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse.
Dr. Hirsch is a licensed psychologist with over 35 years of experience working in schools and in a clinical private practice. Dr. Hirsch's areas of expertise include child, adolescent and family therapy. He is experienced with all aspects of Special Education and school issues, and has extensive experience with ADHD children and adults. He holds a Law Degree from Roger Williams University, and is the past President of the RI Chapter of the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse.
(401) 227-3104 View (401) 227-3104
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David A. Tulli, Counseling and Psychotherapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Cranston, RI 02910
Not accepting new clients
My job is not to tell you what to do. Or even give you advice. Or presume that I know what's better for you than you do. My job is to support you emotionally and listen non-judgementally as you find your way through life's bumps and bruises. No doubt that dealing with people and situations is often stressful. But it's our own conflicting values and desires about how to handle these things that tend to make us anxious, depressed...stuck. What I do is compassionately listen and then gently point out where you sound conflcted.
My job is not to tell you what to do. Or even give you advice. Or presume that I know what's better for you than you do. My job is to support you emotionally and listen non-judgementally as you find your way through life's bumps and bruises. No doubt that dealing with people and situations is often stressful. But it's our own conflicting values and desires about how to handle these things that tend to make us anxious, depressed...stuck. What I do is compassionately listen and then gently point out where you sound conflcted.
(401) 680-9273 View (401) 680-9273
Photo of Susan Franchetti, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Cranston, RI
Susan Franchetti
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Cranston, RI 02920
Be it young or old....everyone has life challenges and difficult circumstances that affect them. Are you depressed,anxious, or faced with a problem that you would like some help? As a caring and supportive therapist, I can help you explore the path that leads to restoration. Together we can identify your strengths and resources and focus on coping and problem-solving strategies. It would be a privilege to assist you in reaching your greatest potential and growth.
Be it young or old....everyone has life challenges and difficult circumstances that affect them. Are you depressed,anxious, or faced with a problem that you would like some help? As a caring and supportive therapist, I can help you explore the path that leads to restoration. Together we can identify your strengths and resources and focus on coping and problem-solving strategies. It would be a privilege to assist you in reaching your greatest potential and growth.
(401) 237-6411 View (401) 237-6411
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Wellness Within Counseling Center, LLC
Counselor, MA, CAGS, LMHC, LCDP, CCDP-D
Verified
Cranston, RI 02910
If you're looking for individualized counseling which focuses on personal growth, you've come to the right place. Wellness Within Counseling Center is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals who are having difficulty in their lives. Wellness Within was formed in 2004 by Elisa Reid and Marie Capobianco who have over 24 years experience each in treating individuals in the Rhode Island area. Let us put our experience to work for you.
If you're looking for individualized counseling which focuses on personal growth, you've come to the right place. Wellness Within Counseling Center is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals who are having difficulty in their lives. Wellness Within was formed in 2004 by Elisa Reid and Marie Capobianco who have over 24 years experience each in treating individuals in the Rhode Island area. Let us put our experience to work for you.
(401) 217-4624 View (401) 217-4624
Photo of Kendra DiMino, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Cranston, RI
Kendra DiMino
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Cranston, RI 02910
Not accepting new clients
I work with clients to help them improve their relationships, to learn healthy ways of dealing with past or current stressors in life, and to change negative habits and patterns of behavior so they can achieve balance and feel peace in their lives. Clients receive direct feedback, emotional support and encouragement through a combination of various types of therapy.
I work with clients to help them improve their relationships, to learn healthy ways of dealing with past or current stressors in life, and to change negative habits and patterns of behavior so they can achieve balance and feel peace in their lives. Clients receive direct feedback, emotional support and encouragement through a combination of various types of therapy.
(401) 515-4916 View (401) 515-4916
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Thomas A. Lundin
Counselor, LMHC, CADC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Cranston, RI 02920
Currently Accepting New Patients (make inquiry for details) I specialize in the treatment of couples and families in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York. I practice in a safe, quiet, and welcoming environment that allows for understanding and growth. I am available for sessions in person or virtually.
Currently Accepting New Patients (make inquiry for details) I specialize in the treatment of couples and families in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York. I practice in a safe, quiet, and welcoming environment that allows for understanding and growth. I am available for sessions in person or virtually.
(401) 239-1666 View (401) 239-1666
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Marilyn Gora Fong
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Cranston, RI 02920  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Therapy is a unique and personal journey, therefore I practice an integrative and individualized style of therapy to best address your specific needs. My therapeutic style can be described as integrative, empathic and nonjudgmental. I focus on helping to build on a client's strengths while also directing attention to those behaviors and thoughts that hold people back from achieving their goals and living a more authentic life.
Therapy is a unique and personal journey, therefore I practice an integrative and individualized style of therapy to best address your specific needs. My therapeutic style can be described as integrative, empathic and nonjudgmental. I focus on helping to build on a client's strengths while also directing attention to those behaviors and thoughts that hold people back from achieving their goals and living a more authentic life.
(401) 214-9664 View (401) 214-9664
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Gianna Giannini
Counselor, MS, LMHC, LCDP
Verified
Cranston, RI 02920
Waitlist for new clients
Accepting new clients in person & virtual. I am a licensed mental health and substance abuse therapist. I am also certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy for the treatment of PTSD. I have specialized in substance abuse treatment for 5 years and very familiar with treatment options and resources. Some other specialties include anxiety, depression, self esteem and life transitions. Certified in Auriculotherapy - ear acupuncture offered as add on treatment to therapy or stand alone service.
Accepting new clients in person & virtual. I am a licensed mental health and substance abuse therapist. I am also certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy for the treatment of PTSD. I have specialized in substance abuse treatment for 5 years and very familiar with treatment options and resources. Some other specialties include anxiety, depression, self esteem and life transitions. Certified in Auriculotherapy - ear acupuncture offered as add on treatment to therapy or stand alone service.
(401) 308-4334 View (401) 308-4334
Photo of Adriana Ramos-Torelli, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Cranston, RI
Adriana Ramos-Torelli
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Cranston, RI 02920
Like many journeys, therapy begins with where you are now. During my seventeen years practicing therapy I have learned that therapy needs to be a collaborative process. You are the expert on your life and its future direction. As your therapist, I will provide a safe, confidential space to explore relevant events in your life that may be influencing your ability to reach your objectives. I will assist by providing insight, life skills, and support so that you can take the steps necessary to lessen your symptoms, enhance your self-knowledge, and effectively meet life's challenges.
Like many journeys, therapy begins with where you are now. During my seventeen years practicing therapy I have learned that therapy needs to be a collaborative process. You are the expert on your life and its future direction. As your therapist, I will provide a safe, confidential space to explore relevant events in your life that may be influencing your ability to reach your objectives. I will assist by providing insight, life skills, and support so that you can take the steps necessary to lessen your symptoms, enhance your self-knowledge, and effectively meet life's challenges.
(401) 246-8879 View (401) 246-8879

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Number of Therapists in Cranston, RI

200+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in Cranston, RI who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
89% Depression
79% Self Esteem
78% Coping Skills
76% Relationship Issues
66% Trauma and PTSD
65% Stress

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% BlueCross and BlueShield
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
56% Optum

How Therapists in Cranston, RI see their clients

78% In Person and Online
22% Online Only

Gender breakdown

76% Female
23% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Cranston?

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.