Therapists in East End, Houston, TX

Photo of Katherine Hurst, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in East End, Houston, TX
Katherine Hurst
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
East End, Houston, TX 77023  (Online Only)
You've come to a realization: "Enough—I need to find someone to talk to, someone who can truly help me. Trying to handle everything on my own isn't working." Some days, the challenges can feel overwhelming, leading to feelings of isolation. But here's the important truth: You're not alone, no matter how isolated you may feel. Whether you're facing hardships in your life, struggling in your relationships, navigating family dynamics, or experiencing parenting challenges, I'm committed to providing a safe space where you can explore, reflect, and grow through these difficulties.
You've come to a realization: "Enough—I need to find someone to talk to, someone who can truly help me. Trying to handle everything on my own isn't working." Some days, the challenges can feel overwhelming, leading to feelings of isolation. But here's the important truth: You're not alone, no matter how isolated you may feel. Whether you're facing hardships in your life, struggling in your relationships, navigating family dynamics, or experiencing parenting challenges, I'm committed to providing a safe space where you can explore, reflect, and grow through these difficulties.
(346) 553-9775 View (346) 553-9775
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Dr. Leann V Smith
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified Verified
East End, Houston, TX 77003  (Online Only)
Come with confusion and leave with clarity. I believe in the transformative power of self-awareness and position myself as a compassionate guide on your wellness journey. Clients who are high-performers and/or over-thinkers appreciate the transparency that comes with working with me. You've been walking with the weight of painful experiences, unrecognized mental health struggles, ongoing life stressors, or superwoman/man syndrome. I want to help you name those barriers, give yourself empathy, and strategize around overcoming them! You'll walk away with deeper understanding and coping strategies for long-term wellness maintenance.
Come with confusion and leave with clarity. I believe in the transformative power of self-awareness and position myself as a compassionate guide on your wellness journey. Clients who are high-performers and/or over-thinkers appreciate the transparency that comes with working with me. You've been walking with the weight of painful experiences, unrecognized mental health struggles, ongoing life stressors, or superwoman/man syndrome. I want to help you name those barriers, give yourself empathy, and strategize around overcoming them! You'll walk away with deeper understanding and coping strategies for long-term wellness maintenance.
(346) 553-9426 View (346) 553-9426
Photo of Rebecca Self- Tween Anxiety Specialist, Licensed Professional Counselor in East End, Houston, TX
Rebecca Self- Tween Anxiety Specialist
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, RPT
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
East End, Houston, TX 77018
Your child or tween is described by teachers, coaches, and other adults as a pleasure to work with, but at home, you know they're struggling. They put so much pressure on themselves to be perfect, despite your reassurances. You're constantly soothing their worries or anxiety and they might be crying or having trouble sleeping at night. They always seem to see the worst in themselves or have low self esteem and you know they’re capable of so much more. You’ve read the parenting books and blogs, listened to the podcasts, and nothing is working. It’s exhausting! As a play therapist and mom myself, I get it!
Your child or tween is described by teachers, coaches, and other adults as a pleasure to work with, but at home, you know they're struggling. They put so much pressure on themselves to be perfect, despite your reassurances. You're constantly soothing their worries or anxiety and they might be crying or having trouble sleeping at night. They always seem to see the worst in themselves or have low self esteem and you know they’re capable of so much more. You’ve read the parenting books and blogs, listened to the podcasts, and nothing is working. It’s exhausting! As a play therapist and mom myself, I get it!
(832) 219-8438 View (832) 219-8438
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Romy Nuñes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
East End, Houston, TX 77023  (Online Only)
Hello! I am Romy and I am a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Therapist with over 9 years of experience working with adolescents and adults. I obtained my Master’s in Social Work from Baylor University with a concentration in Immigration Policy. I help clients work through their uncomfortable life challenges to help them achieve their personal goals and overall growth. My approach is to work alongside you to help you through complex trauma, depression, anxiety, negative thoughts, or other life hardships that are impacting you.
Hello! I am Romy and I am a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Therapist with over 9 years of experience working with adolescents and adults. I obtained my Master’s in Social Work from Baylor University with a concentration in Immigration Policy. I help clients work through their uncomfortable life challenges to help them achieve their personal goals and overall growth. My approach is to work alongside you to help you through complex trauma, depression, anxiety, negative thoughts, or other life hardships that are impacting you.
(346) 222-4524 View (346) 222-4524
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Taylor Marie Coleman
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, LPC-A, MA
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
East End, Houston, TX 77003
“A life without cause is a life without effect.” Hello, my name is Taylor! I firmly believe that everyone has a UNIQUE purpose and skill set that makes them one of a kind. Creating a SAFE and non-judgmental space for my clients to freely express themselves is of utmost importance. I will be pursuing my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology beginning in August 2023 to further my education in counseling.
“A life without cause is a life without effect.” Hello, my name is Taylor! I firmly believe that everyone has a UNIQUE purpose and skill set that makes them one of a kind. Creating a SAFE and non-judgmental space for my clients to freely express themselves is of utmost importance. I will be pursuing my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology beginning in August 2023 to further my education in counseling.
(346) 456-4657 View (346) 456-4657
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Kristina Kohn Trevino
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
East End, Houston, TX 77011  (Online Only)
Life can be difficult. Whether you’re dealing with a big transition or struggling with getting through the day to day, talking to a therapist can help. We all deserve to feel heard and understood.
Life can be difficult. Whether you’re dealing with a big transition or struggling with getting through the day to day, talking to a therapist can help. We all deserve to feel heard and understood.
(832) 844-6452 View (832) 844-6452
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Ericka Celeste Goudeau
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd , LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East End, Houston, TX 77023
Not accepting new clients
Welcome! I deeply believe deeply in the ability for people to change, renew, achieve, and create an envisioned, actualized life. As your chosen therapist, I will join and support you on your journey of healing and growth, creating a safe place to embark upon the risk-taking and vulnerability required for creating the better version of yourself that you are capable of achieving. Your path towards authenticity combined with my therapeutic skills will create a partnership of empowerment, adaptability, and resiliency.
Welcome! I deeply believe deeply in the ability for people to change, renew, achieve, and create an envisioned, actualized life. As your chosen therapist, I will join and support you on your journey of healing and growth, creating a safe place to embark upon the risk-taking and vulnerability required for creating the better version of yourself that you are capable of achieving. Your path towards authenticity combined with my therapeutic skills will create a partnership of empowerment, adaptability, and resiliency.
(713) 588-0492 View (713) 588-0492
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Breanna Wright
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, NCC, LPC- A, CTP
Verified Verified
East End, Houston, TX 77004  (Online Only)
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by life’s challenges and emotional burdens. Whether you’re dealing with relationship issues, depression, or personal growth, I offer a space just for you to heal. Imagine a life where you wake up feeling energized, manage stresses with resilience, and enjoy meaningful relationships. This isn’t just a dream; it’s what you can achieve through our work together. As a therapist with a deep commitment to helping individuals heal from the inside out, I specialize in transforming personal struggles into growth and strength. My therapeutic approach is centered around understanding your unique story and
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by life’s challenges and emotional burdens. Whether you’re dealing with relationship issues, depression, or personal growth, I offer a space just for you to heal. Imagine a life where you wake up feeling energized, manage stresses with resilience, and enjoy meaningful relationships. This isn’t just a dream; it’s what you can achieve through our work together. As a therapist with a deep commitment to helping individuals heal from the inside out, I specialize in transforming personal struggles into growth and strength. My therapeutic approach is centered around understanding your unique story and
(281) 645-5447 View (281) 645-5447
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Martha J Lopez-Fowler
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East End, Houston, TX 77003  (Online Only)
When I work with clients, I spend time understanding in a deep and connected way how you are experiencing your life. With support and non-judgmental curiosity, I will look below the surface. I may examine family of origin dynamics, core beliefs you hold about yourself and where you may have learned them, values you have and how your choices do or do not support them, and when and how you limit yourself or get in your own way.
When I work with clients, I spend time understanding in a deep and connected way how you are experiencing your life. With support and non-judgmental curiosity, I will look below the surface. I may examine family of origin dynamics, core beliefs you hold about yourself and where you may have learned them, values you have and how your choices do or do not support them, and when and how you limit yourself or get in your own way.
(713) 597-4322 View (713) 597-4322
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Karina Garcia
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, MFT-A
Verified Verified
East End, Houston, TX 77023
Have your thoughts or emotions restricted you from living your life? Life is difficult enough, and the ever present fear that has dominated makes it impossible to move forward. You can’t recall a time when you were able to dismiss such thoughts, and you constantly ask yourself, “Why can’t I be different? Why can’t I just be happy?” You yearn to accept yourself. It can be difficult to even know where to start. The journey has been difficult, but you have made it up until this point. Take a breath.
Have your thoughts or emotions restricted you from living your life? Life is difficult enough, and the ever present fear that has dominated makes it impossible to move forward. You can’t recall a time when you were able to dismiss such thoughts, and you constantly ask yourself, “Why can’t I be different? Why can’t I just be happy?” You yearn to accept yourself. It can be difficult to even know where to start. The journey has been difficult, but you have made it up until this point. Take a breath.
(346) 248-3464 View (346) 248-3464
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Angel Palacios
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S
Verified Verified
East End, Houston, TX 77020  (Online Only)
My ideal client is someone that can envision a better life and existence, and is willing to actively and persistently collaborate to work towards actualizing the goals they believe will enhance their mindset, their daily experience, and ultimately their quality of life. A willingness to discuss how they perceive and experience their issues will lead to a deeper understanding of root causes, actual needs, and the Self, which in turn will shift perspectives and transform personal narratives. Problems and needs become challenges met with action (via daily practice) that establish new behavioral patterns designed to achieve their goals.
My ideal client is someone that can envision a better life and existence, and is willing to actively and persistently collaborate to work towards actualizing the goals they believe will enhance their mindset, their daily experience, and ultimately their quality of life. A willingness to discuss how they perceive and experience their issues will lead to a deeper understanding of root causes, actual needs, and the Self, which in turn will shift perspectives and transform personal narratives. Problems and needs become challenges met with action (via daily practice) that establish new behavioral patterns designed to achieve their goals.
(832) 937-9848 View (832) 937-9848
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Kathy Michele Crumpler
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
East End, Houston, TX 77023
Life does not have to hurt. You deserve to be happy. If you are stressed, in pain or feel as if you cannot even bear another day, I can help you navigate these feelings, find solutions and offer a path forward. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. I believe in you. Let us work together to activate your agency and help you work through anything that's holding you back. Self-care is not indulgent; it is essential to our well-being.
Life does not have to hurt. You deserve to be happy. If you are stressed, in pain or feel as if you cannot even bear another day, I can help you navigate these feelings, find solutions and offer a path forward. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. I believe in you. Let us work together to activate your agency and help you work through anything that's holding you back. Self-care is not indulgent; it is essential to our well-being.
(346) 521-5853 View (346) 521-5853
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Jonathan Rangel
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
East End, Houston, TX 77023  (Online Only)
I work with people who are doing the best they can but don't see things quite working out, who are feeling like they don't belong, who are struggling to feel whole, who are caught up in unhelpful behaviors & patterns, who are lost and confused, who are trapped in their fears or thoughts, and who have had difficult upbringings. Any one of these can leave you feeling stuck or absent in your life. I've worked with clients from many backgrounds to overcome their fears, anxiety, anger, and depression and begin to feel present and unstuck once again. Now I'd like to help you, too....
I work with people who are doing the best they can but don't see things quite working out, who are feeling like they don't belong, who are struggling to feel whole, who are caught up in unhelpful behaviors & patterns, who are lost and confused, who are trapped in their fears or thoughts, and who have had difficult upbringings. Any one of these can leave you feeling stuck or absent in your life. I've worked with clients from many backgrounds to overcome their fears, anxiety, anger, and depression and begin to feel present and unstuck once again. Now I'd like to help you, too....
(346) 209-4800 View (346) 209-4800
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Daniel Osborn, PhD
Psychologist, PhD, LPC-S
Verified Verified
East End, Houston, TX 77003
For attorneys, courts, and individuals involved with legal matters, I provide forensic services to include consultation, evaluations for court, drug assessments, sexual offense recidivism, and jury selection. I have also aided courts with child custody cases, home evaluations, and adoptions. I also provide psychological testing for private clients.
For attorneys, courts, and individuals involved with legal matters, I provide forensic services to include consultation, evaluations for court, drug assessments, sexual offense recidivism, and jury selection. I have also aided courts with child custody cases, home evaluations, and adoptions. I also provide psychological testing for private clients.
(713) 715-1669 View (713) 715-1669
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Amy Venn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East End, Houston, TX 77003
I believe that every person has inherent value, and was uniquely made for this Earth. Most people saw the best in themselves and others, when at some point they were overcome with disappointment, hurt, or other of life's challenges. When this happens they may find themselves asking, "Who is there to listen without judgement?, or "Who can I tell what happened when I think nobody will understand?" These people want to have a life worth living, but feel like it's too much to navigate on their own.
I believe that every person has inherent value, and was uniquely made for this Earth. Most people saw the best in themselves and others, when at some point they were overcome with disappointment, hurt, or other of life's challenges. When this happens they may find themselves asking, "Who is there to listen without judgement?, or "Who can I tell what happened when I think nobody will understand?" These people want to have a life worth living, but feel like it's too much to navigate on their own.
(512) 714-3403 View (512) 714-3403
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Catherine Lovell
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MEd, LPC-A
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
East End, Houston, TX 77023  (Online Only)
One simple way to describe life is that it can be incredibly hard. Even in the best, most beautiful moments and more often in the darkest of times, it can be complicated, difficult, and challenging to navigate. At each chapter in our lives we are faced with new experiences, new emotions, and new possibilities that we have never been through before. And there’s no one way, fix-it-all solution, to get us through it. We simply try to figure it out as we go. If you're here reading this, this is your reminder that most people often need; you are not alone and do not have to walk this path on your own. We can figure it out together!
One simple way to describe life is that it can be incredibly hard. Even in the best, most beautiful moments and more often in the darkest of times, it can be complicated, difficult, and challenging to navigate. At each chapter in our lives we are faced with new experiences, new emotions, and new possibilities that we have never been through before. And there’s no one way, fix-it-all solution, to get us through it. We simply try to figure it out as we go. If you're here reading this, this is your reminder that most people often need; you are not alone and do not have to walk this path on your own. We can figure it out together!
(346) 222-4751 View (346) 222-4751
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Karishma Sarfani
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LCDC, LPC, EMDR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East End, Houston, TX 77003  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with chronic relapse, binges, sex/love/porn addiction, excess substance use, dissociative disorder, or attachment issues? Do you want to decrease your urge to vape, smoke marijuana/nicotine, or drink? Have you experienced social phobia, one or more addictions, sexual abuse, or trauma? Are you suffering from grief and loss or complex PTSD?
Are you struggling with chronic relapse, binges, sex/love/porn addiction, excess substance use, dissociative disorder, or attachment issues? Do you want to decrease your urge to vape, smoke marijuana/nicotine, or drink? Have you experienced social phobia, one or more addictions, sexual abuse, or trauma? Are you suffering from grief and loss or complex PTSD?
(432) 237-3463 View (432) 237-3463
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Denetria Brooks-James
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
East End, Houston, TX 77023
Hi there, I'm Denetria, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Who is passionate about assisting others to become as healthy mentally and emotionally as they can. I am based in San Antonio, TX. I am Trauma-Focused trained and in Prolonged Exposure. However, I use treatment modalities that fit the need of each client. I became a therapist after therapy changed my life. I have been a therapist since 2006, and I love every single interaction with each client. I enjoy helping others become the best person they can be.
Hi there, I'm Denetria, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Who is passionate about assisting others to become as healthy mentally and emotionally as they can. I am based in San Antonio, TX. I am Trauma-Focused trained and in Prolonged Exposure. However, I use treatment modalities that fit the need of each client. I became a therapist after therapy changed my life. I have been a therapist since 2006, and I love every single interaction with each client. I enjoy helping others become the best person they can be.
(713) 597-6782 View (713) 597-6782
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Delora Evans
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
East End, Houston, TX 77023
Hello, my name is Delora Evans LPC-S, LCDC. I have been in the therapy/counseling field for over 20 years. I believe that people may sometimes need help in many areas of their lives, therefore I treat them with a person-centered, wholistic approach, with a person-centered approach, the therapist treats the whole person and is instrumental to the changes of the client but is not directly responsible for any change. One of my biggest strengths is that I have an enthusiastic and motivating personality. I am empathetic, compassionate, and humanistic in my approach to helping.
Hello, my name is Delora Evans LPC-S, LCDC. I have been in the therapy/counseling field for over 20 years. I believe that people may sometimes need help in many areas of their lives, therefore I treat them with a person-centered, wholistic approach, with a person-centered approach, the therapist treats the whole person and is instrumental to the changes of the client but is not directly responsible for any change. One of my biggest strengths is that I have an enthusiastic and motivating personality. I am empathetic, compassionate, and humanistic in my approach to helping.
(832) 761-4527 View (832) 761-4527
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Tarina Watson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
East End, Houston, TX 77023
Tarina Watson, LCSW. I am committed to helping my clients find the best solution for them. I enjoy building relationships and allowing my clients to feel empowered as they reach and explore their goals or challenges. I have several years of experience working with adolescents as well as all stages of life. Client-Centered, Solution Focused, EMDR, Cognitive behavioral therapy, Trauma focused-CBT.
Tarina Watson, LCSW. I am committed to helping my clients find the best solution for them. I enjoy building relationships and allowing my clients to feel empowered as they reach and explore their goals or challenges. I have several years of experience working with adolescents as well as all stages of life. Client-Centered, Solution Focused, EMDR, Cognitive behavioral therapy, Trauma focused-CBT.
(832) 937-9453 View (832) 937-9453

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Number of Therapists in East End, Houston, TX

90+

Average cost per session

$125

Therapists in East End, Houston, TX who prioritize treating:

90% Anxiety
86% Depression
78% Coping Skills
76% Relationship Issues
75% Self Esteem
73% Stress
60% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
83% Cigna and Evernorth
74% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in East End, Houston, TX see their clients

53% Online Only
47% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

84% Female
15% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in East End, Houston?

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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.