Therapists in Energy Corridor, Houston, TX

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William Blake Fogle
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Energy Corridor, Houston, TX 77084
My name is Blake Fogle and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, Texas. I have experience working in county mental health services as well as private practice settings. In these roles I serviced a wide variety of populations ranging from children in underserved communities, adults needing assistance in coping with everyday struggles, and couples wanting to rekindle their relationship. These roles have provided me with tools to help my clients facilitate change and reach their goals.
My name is Blake Fogle and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, Texas. I have experience working in county mental health services as well as private practice settings. In these roles I serviced a wide variety of populations ranging from children in underserved communities, adults needing assistance in coping with everyday struggles, and couples wanting to rekindle their relationship. These roles have provided me with tools to help my clients facilitate change and reach their goals.
(281) 946-2408 View (281) 946-2408
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Positive Recovery Center- Memorial / Spring Branch
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LCDC
Verified Verified
Energy Corridor, Houston, TX 77079
Substance abuse affects a great many people. Are you asking yourself, “Do I have a drinking problem?” Or a “drug problem?” Are there times when you drink or use too much? Or tried to cut down but couldn’t? Has family or a friend expressed concern? Please do not let these doubts hang over your life any longer. You can get answers now. Compassionate therapists at Positive Recovery Centers—Energy Corridor are here to help. Our team of substance abuse counselors provides a safe, non-judgmental space where you can learn what's going on with your using and make informed decisions about it. We meet you where you are.
Substance abuse affects a great many people. Are you asking yourself, “Do I have a drinking problem?” Or a “drug problem?” Are there times when you drink or use too much? Or tried to cut down but couldn’t? Has family or a friend expressed concern? Please do not let these doubts hang over your life any longer. You can get answers now. Compassionate therapists at Positive Recovery Centers—Energy Corridor are here to help. Our team of substance abuse counselors provides a safe, non-judgmental space where you can learn what's going on with your using and make informed decisions about it. We meet you where you are.
(281) 524-2573 View (281) 524-2573
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Tia Jennings
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Energy Corridor, Houston, TX 77079
Something isn’t clicking for you. You’ve spent years in therapy, have seen numerous doctors, and have been on medication for a long time. You’ve seen improvements, you acknowledge that, but you just don’t feel complete. There’s something missing, you’re not tapping into a part of yourself that you have been trying so desperately to reach. You want more clarity but you don’t know how to get it. Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy in combination with holistic wellness approaches such as meditation, sound healing, or yoga provides an environment conducive to improving the connection between your mind, body, and spirit.
Something isn’t clicking for you. You’ve spent years in therapy, have seen numerous doctors, and have been on medication for a long time. You’ve seen improvements, you acknowledge that, but you just don’t feel complete. There’s something missing, you’re not tapping into a part of yourself that you have been trying so desperately to reach. You want more clarity but you don’t know how to get it. Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy in combination with holistic wellness approaches such as meditation, sound healing, or yoga provides an environment conducive to improving the connection between your mind, body, and spirit.
(832) 626-4590 View (832) 626-4590
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Sabrina M Haagenson
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Energy Corridor, Houston, TX 77079
Life is a little crazy, to say the least. It does not help when you are experiencing physical and mental stress. If you are suffering from difficulty sleeping, reoccurring and distressing memories, elevated anxiety, excessive or a lack of appetite, troubling thoughts, withdrawal, etc. I am happy to help! Even if the feelings or thoughts are hard to describe, that’s the wonderful thing about therapy, I am here to help you!
Life is a little crazy, to say the least. It does not help when you are experiencing physical and mental stress. If you are suffering from difficulty sleeping, reoccurring and distressing memories, elevated anxiety, excessive or a lack of appetite, troubling thoughts, withdrawal, etc. I am happy to help! Even if the feelings or thoughts are hard to describe, that’s the wonderful thing about therapy, I am here to help you!
(832) 501-0732 View (832) 501-0732
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Gerald Brady Hallford
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MEd, LCDC-I
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Energy Corridor, Houston, TX 77079
Life can become difficult at times. It is easy to feel alone and unsure of how to handle difficulties and adversity. Getting help navigating your thoughts and feelings and learning to cope with these challenges is beneficial for moving forward in a healthy and productive manner.
Life can become difficult at times. It is easy to feel alone and unsure of how to handle difficulties and adversity. Getting help navigating your thoughts and feelings and learning to cope with these challenges is beneficial for moving forward in a healthy and productive manner.
(281) 982-4774 View (281) 982-4774
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Marion 'marri' Turner
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Energy Corridor, Houston, TX 77079  (Online Only)
My ideal clients are diverse: BIPOC, military personnel, veterans, adolescents, and adults. They face challenges like trauma, depression, anxiety, or adjustment issues. They seek a therapist who understands their unique experiences, provides culturally sensitive care, and uses Person-Centered and Humanistic approaches to create a non-judgmental therapeutic space. My clients desire empathy, understanding, and guidance on their path toward healing and growth. My specialized training as a Registered Behavior Technician allows me to integrate ABA techniques, enhancing their therapy with evidence-based strategies tailored to their needs.
My ideal clients are diverse: BIPOC, military personnel, veterans, adolescents, and adults. They face challenges like trauma, depression, anxiety, or adjustment issues. They seek a therapist who understands their unique experiences, provides culturally sensitive care, and uses Person-Centered and Humanistic approaches to create a non-judgmental therapeutic space. My clients desire empathy, understanding, and guidance on their path toward healing and growth. My specialized training as a Registered Behavior Technician allows me to integrate ABA techniques, enhancing their therapy with evidence-based strategies tailored to their needs.
(832) 772-7787 View (832) 772-7787
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Malcolm Junior
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S
Verified Verified
Energy Corridor, Houston, TX 77084
Our mission is to provide exceptional counseling services by being respectful of your counseling needs, responsible for your treatment plan, and reliable and available throughout your time with us. We are committed to the therapeutic process, competent about our approach, and compassionate about the individuals we help.
Our mission is to provide exceptional counseling services by being respectful of your counseling needs, responsible for your treatment plan, and reliable and available throughout your time with us. We are committed to the therapeutic process, competent about our approach, and compassionate about the individuals we help.
(832) 637-5755 View (832) 637-5755
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Especialista en Matrimonios
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Energy Corridor, Houston, TX 77079
Que tal mi nombre es Rob Arteaga y para mí hay pocas cosas que me satisfacen más como cuando la gente supera momentos problemáticos de su relación. Esto es mi pasión, yo creo en el poder de la union familiar y como transforma a las personas. Cuando la pareja esta bien, la familia esta bien. Yo me voy a enfocar en conocerlos a ustedes como individuos para despues asistirles con los problemas de la vida matrimonial. Mi proceso esta diseñado para que vean los cambios lo más pronto posible haciendo ajustes sencillos pero efectivos.
Que tal mi nombre es Rob Arteaga y para mí hay pocas cosas que me satisfacen más como cuando la gente supera momentos problemáticos de su relación. Esto es mi pasión, yo creo en el poder de la union familiar y como transforma a las personas. Cuando la pareja esta bien, la familia esta bien. Yo me voy a enfocar en conocerlos a ustedes como individuos para despues asistirles con los problemas de la vida matrimonial. Mi proceso esta diseñado para que vean los cambios lo más pronto posible haciendo ajustes sencillos pero efectivos.
(281) 519-6059 View (281) 519-6059
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Alice Payne-Heath
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S, RPT-S
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Energy Corridor, Houston, TX 77084
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor with 28 years of experience working in a variety of settings with children, teens, and their families. I work with anxiety, anger management issues, ADHD issues, depression, behavioral issues, and trauma.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor with 28 years of experience working in a variety of settings with children, teens, and their families. I work with anxiety, anger management issues, ADHD issues, depression, behavioral issues, and trauma.
(713) 348-9124 View (713) 348-9124
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Ydalith G Rivera-Perez
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Energy Corridor, Houston, TX 77084
If your struggle with anxiety, trauma, adult ADHD, or health-related concerns is overwhelming and taking a toll on your life, then it may be time for evidence-based assessment and psychotherapy. In-depth psychological testing and assessments can provide you with clarity and individualized recommendations for your challenges. Through psychotherapy you build a psychological toolbox that opens the opportunity for a healthier and more meaningful life.
If your struggle with anxiety, trauma, adult ADHD, or health-related concerns is overwhelming and taking a toll on your life, then it may be time for evidence-based assessment and psychotherapy. In-depth psychological testing and assessments can provide you with clarity and individualized recommendations for your challenges. Through psychotherapy you build a psychological toolbox that opens the opportunity for a healthier and more meaningful life.
(713) 561-3998 View (713) 561-3998
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Janie Corcoran
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Energy Corridor, Houston, TX 77084
My name is Janie Corcoran and I am a License Professional Counselor in Texas. I have experience working in a variety of mental health outpatient settings for the last several years. I received my Master of Arts in Marriage and Family counseling, which has influenced my philosophy of care with my clients. I believe it is important to analyze the role relationships play in our lives, whether it be friendships, family, romantic partners, work relationships, they all have an impact on how we navigate through life.
My name is Janie Corcoran and I am a License Professional Counselor in Texas. I have experience working in a variety of mental health outpatient settings for the last several years. I received my Master of Arts in Marriage and Family counseling, which has influenced my philosophy of care with my clients. I believe it is important to analyze the role relationships play in our lives, whether it be friendships, family, romantic partners, work relationships, they all have an impact on how we navigate through life.
(346) 810-6569 View (346) 810-6569
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Channing Jones
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Energy Corridor, Houston, TX 77079
So many of us are suffering because we are unconsciously holding on to limiting beliefs and maladaptive coping behaviors that have helped us to survive in the past, but are no longer serving us in the present. We fear our own shadow and conceal parts of us that we have been taught not to like - the parts that make us human. This causes our actions to be driven by fear, doubt, and shame rather than freedom, confidence, and love. You have the power to be the person who takes up space confidently, honor your needs, and live from a place of freedom and unconditional love.
So many of us are suffering because we are unconsciously holding on to limiting beliefs and maladaptive coping behaviors that have helped us to survive in the past, but are no longer serving us in the present. We fear our own shadow and conceal parts of us that we have been taught not to like - the parts that make us human. This causes our actions to be driven by fear, doubt, and shame rather than freedom, confidence, and love. You have the power to be the person who takes up space confidently, honor your needs, and live from a place of freedom and unconditional love.
(281) 729-5016 View (281) 729-5016
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EverWell Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Energy Corridor, Houston, TX 77079
Do you ever notice that you can be a little mean to yourself, or catch yourself questioning your life or family decisions? Are you struggling with feeling misunderstood, overwhelmed or anxious? Our clinicians can provide you with the tools to restore your balance and peace and heal the most important relationship you have, the relationship with yourself.
Do you ever notice that you can be a little mean to yourself, or catch yourself questioning your life or family decisions? Are you struggling with feeling misunderstood, overwhelmed or anxious? Our clinicians can provide you with the tools to restore your balance and peace and heal the most important relationship you have, the relationship with yourself.
(346) 206-1055 View (346) 206-1055
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Rebekah M. Preston
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Energy Corridor, Houston, TX 77079
My passion for therapy started with a desire to support teens dealing with self-harm, depression, and anxiety. As a therapist, I have also gained experience working with adults facing self-esteem issues, trauma, difficulties with setting boundaries, communication challenges in relationships, and a lack of personal identity and meaning. I aim to empower both groups to find stability and confidence in their strengths. In today's uncertain world, I strive to help clients find their footing and navigate their future. I also offer faith-based counseling at the client's discretion and have experience addressing religious trauma.
My passion for therapy started with a desire to support teens dealing with self-harm, depression, and anxiety. As a therapist, I have also gained experience working with adults facing self-esteem issues, trauma, difficulties with setting boundaries, communication challenges in relationships, and a lack of personal identity and meaning. I aim to empower both groups to find stability and confidence in their strengths. In today's uncertain world, I strive to help clients find their footing and navigate their future. I also offer faith-based counseling at the client's discretion and have experience addressing religious trauma.
(281) 666-8900 View (281) 666-8900
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Heather Stroud
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Energy Corridor, Houston, TX 77079  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am passionate about helping individuals develop, renew, and enhance skills necessary to improve one's overall functioning. I attempt to normalize therapy and help individuals feel welcomed and supported to allow for growth and empowerment. I seek to help children, adolescents and young adults feel understood and learn healthy ways to express and cope with strong emotions. I work to help families learn and utilize positive therapeutic skills to cope with family concerns resulting in enhanced family functioning. I encourage family cohesion while also respecting the importance of individuality. I seek to help each individual feel hopeful and empowered through practices utilized in therapy.
I am passionate about helping individuals develop, renew, and enhance skills necessary to improve one's overall functioning. I attempt to normalize therapy and help individuals feel welcomed and supported to allow for growth and empowerment. I seek to help children, adolescents and young adults feel understood and learn healthy ways to express and cope with strong emotions. I work to help families learn and utilize positive therapeutic skills to cope with family concerns resulting in enhanced family functioning. I encourage family cohesion while also respecting the importance of individuality. I seek to help each individual feel hopeful and empowered through practices utilized in therapy.
(713) 597-8338 View (713) 597-8338
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Michele Johnson Russell
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Energy Corridor, Houston, TX 77079
I'm excited to offer a glimpse into the support and guidance I provide. For individuals or couples seeking understanding, healing, and growth, I extend a warm invitation to join me on a transformative journey. My ideal clients desire recovery, empowerment, and improved relationships within oneself and others. Rooted in compassion and evidence-based techniques, my approach tailor's practical strategies to your needs. Whether navigating life challenges, transitions, managing stress, or overcoming past traumas, know you're not alone. I provide a safe, non-judgmental space for exploration, uncovering insights for growth and healing.
I'm excited to offer a glimpse into the support and guidance I provide. For individuals or couples seeking understanding, healing, and growth, I extend a warm invitation to join me on a transformative journey. My ideal clients desire recovery, empowerment, and improved relationships within oneself and others. Rooted in compassion and evidence-based techniques, my approach tailor's practical strategies to your needs. Whether navigating life challenges, transitions, managing stress, or overcoming past traumas, know you're not alone. I provide a safe, non-judgmental space for exploration, uncovering insights for growth and healing.
(832) 981-1520 View (832) 981-1520
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Gary L Russell
Counselor, LPC, LCDC, EMDR
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Energy Corridor, Houston, TX 77079
I focus on adult individuals and couples. I help each client avoid distorted, destructive thinking, discover their authentic reality, and navigate challenges effectively. Credentials: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Candidate (CSAT Candidate), EMDR trained, Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 trained.
I focus on adult individuals and couples. I help each client avoid distorted, destructive thinking, discover their authentic reality, and navigate challenges effectively. Credentials: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Candidate (CSAT Candidate), EMDR trained, Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 trained.
(281) 688-1295 View (281) 688-1295
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Audra M Jones-Partee
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Energy Corridor, Houston, TX 77079
Are you stuck in an unhealthy cycle of negative thoughts? Feeling overwhelmed? As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I am dedicated to helping you do just that, I specialize in helping adolescents and adults navigate life transitions, work through trauma, anxiety, depression and address relationship issues.
Are you stuck in an unhealthy cycle of negative thoughts? Feeling overwhelmed? As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I am dedicated to helping you do just that, I specialize in helping adolescents and adults navigate life transitions, work through trauma, anxiety, depression and address relationship issues.
(346) 567-7894 View (346) 567-7894
Jennifer Webb
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Energy Corridor, Houston, TX 77079
Not accepting new clients
Welcome. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who is presently in the process of obtaining my play therapy certification. I employ a Client-Centered approach which allows me to customize treatment methods that focus on the individual needs of each child and foster the development of a trusting relationship where the child can feel safe and comfortable expressing his or her thoughts and feelings in an environment that is free of judgment. Finally, I encourage parents, families, and other important members in the child's life to take an active role in the treatment process to help facilitate positive change.
Welcome. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who is presently in the process of obtaining my play therapy certification. I employ a Client-Centered approach which allows me to customize treatment methods that focus on the individual needs of each child and foster the development of a trusting relationship where the child can feel safe and comfortable expressing his or her thoughts and feelings in an environment that is free of judgment. Finally, I encourage parents, families, and other important members in the child's life to take an active role in the treatment process to help facilitate positive change.
(281) 915-1035 x331 View (281) 915-1035 x331
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Tameka N Birts
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Energy Corridor, Houston, TX 77084
I am a Licensed Practicing Counselor in Texas with over 13 years of experience working as a mental health counselor and mentor. I am also a certified teacher and taught in the public school system for 4 years. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, oppositional defiance, anxiety, PTSD, relationship issues, addiction, LGBT, parenting problems, career challenges and ADHD.
I am a Licensed Practicing Counselor in Texas with over 13 years of experience working as a mental health counselor and mentor. I am also a certified teacher and taught in the public school system for 4 years. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, oppositional defiance, anxiety, PTSD, relationship issues, addiction, LGBT, parenting problems, career challenges and ADHD.
(281) 809-0061 View (281) 809-0061

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Number of Therapists in Energy Corridor, Houston, TX

90+

Average cost per session

$140

Therapists in Energy Corridor, Houston, TX who prioritize treating:

90% Anxiety
84% Depression
74% Self Esteem
71% Relationship Issues
67% Coping Skills
63% Trauma and PTSD
62% Stress

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% Aetna
71% Cigna and Evernorth
66% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Energy Corridor, Houston, TX see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

86% Female
14% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Energy Corridor, Houston?

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.