Therapists in Sharpstown, Houston, TX

Photo of Kevin R Mack, Licensed Professional Counselor in Sharpstown, Houston, TX
Kevin R Mack
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Sharpstown, Houston, TX 77074
Are you feeling stressed or frustrated? Maybe unsure of how to deal with life issues? With Cognitive Behavior Therapy I am able to use a scientific approach of treatment to help with decreasing impulsive behavior, increasing coping skills, and help find direction. I can help you develop the skills needed to improve communication and listening skills. While teaching you how to be the best form of you, without “Losing Your Cool” CBT proves to help with improving cognitive functioning and decrease a variety of mental health issues. Maybe you feel that your teen has changed overnight and refuses to communicate with you. Contact us
Are you feeling stressed or frustrated? Maybe unsure of how to deal with life issues? With Cognitive Behavior Therapy I am able to use a scientific approach of treatment to help with decreasing impulsive behavior, increasing coping skills, and help find direction. I can help you develop the skills needed to improve communication and listening skills. While teaching you how to be the best form of you, without “Losing Your Cool” CBT proves to help with improving cognitive functioning and decrease a variety of mental health issues. Maybe you feel that your teen has changed overnight and refuses to communicate with you. Contact us
(713) 936-2947 View (713) 936-2947
Photo of RePath Counseling and Developmental Services, Licensed Professional Counselor in Sharpstown, Houston, TX
RePath Counseling and Developmental Services
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified Verified
Sharpstown, Houston, TX 77036
Are you ready to see change? Are you feeling stagnated and is ready to start living life again, let’s start working together on your terms to self-discovery?
Are you ready to see change? Are you feeling stagnated and is ready to start living life again, let’s start working together on your terms to self-discovery?
(281) 248-8717 View (281) 248-8717
Photo of Johanna Pule, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Sharpstown, Houston, TX
Johanna Pule
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sharpstown, Houston, TX 77074
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I have over 20 years of experience working with with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings. I have a special interest in working with children and adolecents. I take an individualized, holistic approach with each of my clients, using a mind-body-spirit approach along with the creative arts, symbolism and narrative techniques to encourage the expression of feelings. I am especially skilled at working with children and adolescents who have a history of complex trauma, adoption or are having difficulty adjusting following a significant life event such as divorce.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I have over 20 years of experience working with with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings. I have a special interest in working with children and adolecents. I take an individualized, holistic approach with each of my clients, using a mind-body-spirit approach along with the creative arts, symbolism and narrative techniques to encourage the expression of feelings. I am especially skilled at working with children and adolescents who have a history of complex trauma, adoption or are having difficulty adjusting following a significant life event such as divorce.
(469) 609-1362 View (469) 609-1362
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Carmella J Bell
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Sharpstown, Houston, TX 77036  (Online Only)
If you are tired of simple conversations blowing up into arguments you have come to the right place. I work best with individuals, couples who are unmarried, married and those wanting Premarital Counseling. I help frustrated couples identify how they feel and discover what they need so they can walk away from conversations feeling heard and understood. If you feel like communication issues are your biggest barrier to having a happy and healthy relationship- Let's Talk! Click the button to call/email me to request a complimentary 15 minute phone call where you can ask questions and we can get to know each other.
If you are tired of simple conversations blowing up into arguments you have come to the right place. I work best with individuals, couples who are unmarried, married and those wanting Premarital Counseling. I help frustrated couples identify how they feel and discover what they need so they can walk away from conversations feeling heard and understood. If you feel like communication issues are your biggest barrier to having a happy and healthy relationship- Let's Talk! Click the button to call/email me to request a complimentary 15 minute phone call where you can ask questions and we can get to know each other.
(346) 394-8012 View (346) 394-8012
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Carla Wiltshire
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Sharpstown, Houston, TX 77036
I enjoy working with a diverse population of adolescents, adults, couples and families. I help those needing assistance with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug use, mania, psychosis. trauma and sexual issues. I help my clients overcome their challenges by providing tools for coping through difficult times, giving feedback and assigning tasks to focus on between sessions.
I enjoy working with a diverse population of adolescents, adults, couples and families. I help those needing assistance with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug use, mania, psychosis. trauma and sexual issues. I help my clients overcome their challenges by providing tools for coping through difficult times, giving feedback and assigning tasks to focus on between sessions.
(346) 988-2542 View (346) 988-2542
Photo of Michael D Dangerfield, Licensed Professional Counselor in Sharpstown, Houston, TX
Michael D Dangerfield
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sharpstown, Houston, TX 77074
Hoping that your situation will turn out for the better, especially during difficult times, is extremely important; hope alone however, will only take you so far. My aim, as your therapist, is to assist you in identifying the connection between your beliefs, behaviors, and the challenges you're experiencing. I use sound therapeutic models to frame our therapuetic approach in session, and together, we'll work to enhance your outlook, build your skills, and reframe your life. I truly believe you're remarkable and more resilient than you know; my goal is to help you see that. Let's go All In, together.
Hoping that your situation will turn out for the better, especially during difficult times, is extremely important; hope alone however, will only take you so far. My aim, as your therapist, is to assist you in identifying the connection between your beliefs, behaviors, and the challenges you're experiencing. I use sound therapeutic models to frame our therapuetic approach in session, and together, we'll work to enhance your outlook, build your skills, and reframe your life. I truly believe you're remarkable and more resilient than you know; my goal is to help you see that. Let's go All In, together.
(281) 672-8059 View (281) 672-8059
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Kelly Martin
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Sharpstown, Houston, TX 77036
I am Kelly Martin, LPC and I strive to build a warm and compassionate environment for my clients to build upon their strengths and work through their struggles. My focus is on an eclectic approach to getting clients to their desired goals. Some of the modalities I work with are CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, and experiential techniques.
I am Kelly Martin, LPC and I strive to build a warm and compassionate environment for my clients to build upon their strengths and work through their struggles. My focus is on an eclectic approach to getting clients to their desired goals. Some of the modalities I work with are CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, and experiential techniques.
(346) 553-0051 View (346) 553-0051
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Katrina Agneauelle Gary-Fortè
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, PhD, MAC, SAP, LCDC, CHW In
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sharpstown, Houston, TX 77036
At Trade It In, I provide the following NonDOT & DOT Substance Abuse Services to ensure that agencies and employees remain in compliance with *The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations (49CFR, Part 40s:  *Drug and alcohol assessment  *Case-management, reporting, and monitoring  *Follow-up testing schedule *Follow-up interviews
At Trade It In, I provide the following NonDOT & DOT Substance Abuse Services to ensure that agencies and employees remain in compliance with *The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations (49CFR, Part 40s:  *Drug and alcohol assessment  *Case-management, reporting, and monitoring  *Follow-up testing schedule *Follow-up interviews
(832) 924-8105 View (832) 924-8105
Photo of Dr. Gia Washington Readoux, Psychologist in Sharpstown, Houston, TX
Dr. Gia Washington Readoux
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Sharpstown, Houston, TX 77251  (Online Only)
“Warmth is essential! I always strive to create an environment of trust, compassion and respect where people feel validated and know they are heard. Whether it’s executive coaching or wellness consulting, we will have honest and powerful conversations in an empathic way for the greatest impact. I believe in getting to the truth sooner rather than later so we can address the real issues and challenges and begin to heal and rebuild from there. While working through issues with my clients, such as burnout, stagnation or being in a sustained negative environment, we establish goals and a path towards accomplishing those goals.
“Warmth is essential! I always strive to create an environment of trust, compassion and respect where people feel validated and know they are heard. Whether it’s executive coaching or wellness consulting, we will have honest and powerful conversations in an empathic way for the greatest impact. I believe in getting to the truth sooner rather than later so we can address the real issues and challenges and begin to heal and rebuild from there. While working through issues with my clients, such as burnout, stagnation or being in a sustained negative environment, we establish goals and a path towards accomplishing those goals.
(346) 600-9724 View (346) 600-9724
Photo of Chelsea Chang, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Sharpstown, Houston, TX
Chelsea Chang
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCADC, ICADC
Verified Verified
Sharpstown, Houston, TX 77074  (Online Only)
I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2019, and I have experience supporting young adults and adults with concerns such as addictions, substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, life transitions, relationship/ family issues, and anger management. My ideal client would like to resolve these issues by empowering themselves to learn how to counter negative thoughts, regulate emotions, tolerate moments of distress, communicate effectively, and mindfully stay within the present moment. My ideal client would like to learn these skills in order to manifest their ideal life and be the best version of themselves.
I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2019, and I have experience supporting young adults and adults with concerns such as addictions, substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, life transitions, relationship/ family issues, and anger management. My ideal client would like to resolve these issues by empowering themselves to learn how to counter negative thoughts, regulate emotions, tolerate moments of distress, communicate effectively, and mindfully stay within the present moment. My ideal client would like to learn these skills in order to manifest their ideal life and be the best version of themselves.
(609) 795-7179 View (609) 795-7179
Photo of Rodrigo Alberto Canedo, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Sharpstown, Houston, TX
Rodrigo Alberto Canedo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sharpstown, Houston, TX 77036
Difficult memories, trauma and similar stressors can erode our sense of safety and stability. One may be left feeling numb, isolated, empty, misunderstood or unable to connect, or as if a mask is always on. One may feel always on alert or feel guilt for not “getting over it.” My message is: you are not alone! Whether a vehicle collision or relationship challenges, big secrets or hurricane, trauma and distressing events can impact our ability to cope. When you feel overwhelmed & vulnerable and your support systems don’t feel like enough, seeking outside help is the courageous next step.
Difficult memories, trauma and similar stressors can erode our sense of safety and stability. One may be left feeling numb, isolated, empty, misunderstood or unable to connect, or as if a mask is always on. One may feel always on alert or feel guilt for not “getting over it.” My message is: you are not alone! Whether a vehicle collision or relationship challenges, big secrets or hurricane, trauma and distressing events can impact our ability to cope. When you feel overwhelmed & vulnerable and your support systems don’t feel like enough, seeking outside help is the courageous next step.
(713) 999-6312 x2 View (713) 999-6312 x2
Photo of Edward John Wilson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Sharpstown, Houston, TX
Edward John Wilson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, CHT, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sharpstown, Houston, TX 77036
My life mission has been to learn and understand the many different ways in which our unconscious mind controls our lives, and just as importantly, what to do about it. The fact is that for each and everyone of us, our own unconscious mind has developed and created mistaken and limiting beliefs about ourselves which limit us from reaching our full and complete potential and we are often not even aware of it. This process seems to be universal and reliable research shows that it begins in the very first weeks of life. This is why I focus on helping my clients to find approaches to change the way their own unconscious mind thinks.
My life mission has been to learn and understand the many different ways in which our unconscious mind controls our lives, and just as importantly, what to do about it. The fact is that for each and everyone of us, our own unconscious mind has developed and created mistaken and limiting beliefs about ourselves which limit us from reaching our full and complete potential and we are often not even aware of it. This process seems to be universal and reliable research shows that it begins in the very first weeks of life. This is why I focus on helping my clients to find approaches to change the way their own unconscious mind thinks.
(281) 712-6248 View (281) 712-6248
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Christabel Ekechukwu
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Sharpstown, Houston, TX 77036  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas, and Virginia. The disorders I work with are bipolar disorders, depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, suicidal ideation, self injurious behaviors, crisis interventions, and trauma. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and adults. I enjoy working with different ethnic and religious backgrounds. I am very familiar with the African culture, because I come from Nigeria.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas, and Virginia. The disorders I work with are bipolar disorders, depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, suicidal ideation, self injurious behaviors, crisis interventions, and trauma. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and adults. I enjoy working with different ethnic and religious backgrounds. I am very familiar with the African culture, because I come from Nigeria.
(832) 669-5462 View (832) 669-5462
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Wellness Restoration Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sharpstown, Houston, TX 77074
Therapy starts with understanding a person and seeing the world from that person's eyes.
Therapy starts with understanding a person and seeing the world from that person's eyes.
(281) 377-9687 View (281) 377-9687
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Sylvester Ojeah
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Sharpstown, Houston, TX 77036
Sylvester Ojeah has been a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas for more than 23 years, working in the mental health field in both public and private sectors for more than 30 years. He has worked with anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse, anger management and substance abuse. His approach to counseling is mostly eclectic, using a broad range of techniques.
Sylvester Ojeah has been a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas for more than 23 years, working in the mental health field in both public and private sectors for more than 30 years. He has worked with anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse, anger management and substance abuse. His approach to counseling is mostly eclectic, using a broad range of techniques.
(346) 489-7262 View (346) 489-7262
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Ursela Sultan
LPC Intern, MS, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sharpstown, Houston, TX 77036  (Online Only)
It often feels like your past is a relentless companion, never truly letting go. Even in moments of happiness, there's this looming darkness that follows you, casting a shadow over everything you try to embrace. Part of you knows you need to confront wounds from the past, untangle its' grip, and finally heal. But you are terrified of what might surface if you do, scared to open the floodgates to that pain. You have carried it for so long, and even though it's not ideal, it's familiar. After all, you have reached the point where you can't ignore those unresolved issues. It's clear something needs to change in your life.
It often feels like your past is a relentless companion, never truly letting go. Even in moments of happiness, there's this looming darkness that follows you, casting a shadow over everything you try to embrace. Part of you knows you need to confront wounds from the past, untangle its' grip, and finally heal. But you are terrified of what might surface if you do, scared to open the floodgates to that pain. You have carried it for so long, and even though it's not ideal, it's familiar. After all, you have reached the point where you can't ignore those unresolved issues. It's clear something needs to change in your life.
(214) 441-6142 View (214) 441-6142
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The Therapy Corner Counseling & Consulting, PLLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Sharpstown, Houston, TX 77074
As your therapist and advocate, it is our goal to assist in navigating through life’s daily challenges. Picture being in a world where you didn’t have to travel alone. A world where you can feel safe and without judgment. Although stressors are inevitable, imagine changing your cognitions in order to handle the worlds sometime unfair yet intrinsic problems. Remember, you have not reached and impasse.
As your therapist and advocate, it is our goal to assist in navigating through life’s daily challenges. Picture being in a world where you didn’t have to travel alone. A world where you can feel safe and without judgment. Although stressors are inevitable, imagine changing your cognitions in order to handle the worlds sometime unfair yet intrinsic problems. Remember, you have not reached and impasse.
(832) 990-7703 View (832) 990-7703
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Erik Halgunseth
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Sharpstown, Houston, TX 77036
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (76583) with 11 years of experience. I received my master's degree from Texas University-San Antonio in Counseling and a bachelor's degree from Texas Lutheran University in Theology. I have worked with adolescents and adults. I have worked with adolescents and adults. I am bilingual and have worked effectively with Spanish speakers. I typically counsel clients dealing with Anxiety, Depression, and Anger among other issues.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (76583) with 11 years of experience. I received my master's degree from Texas University-San Antonio in Counseling and a bachelor's degree from Texas Lutheran University in Theology. I have worked with adolescents and adults. I have worked with adolescents and adults. I am bilingual and have worked effectively with Spanish speakers. I typically counsel clients dealing with Anxiety, Depression, and Anger among other issues.
(346) 553-1071 View (346) 553-1071
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True Outreach Inc
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MSc, LCDC, CCDS
Verified Verified
Sharpstown, Houston, TX 77036
Ideal client relate to individual with substance use and abuse problem. Client needs include Integrated approach and Motivational interviewing form of Therapeutic approach in resolving issues related to behavioral including addiction drug/chemical use or dependence. Client in addiction treatment needs support such as immediate family members in order to return and maintain their former level of functioning after treatment.
Ideal client relate to individual with substance use and abuse problem. Client needs include Integrated approach and Motivational interviewing form of Therapeutic approach in resolving issues related to behavioral including addiction drug/chemical use or dependence. Client in addiction treatment needs support such as immediate family members in order to return and maintain their former level of functioning after treatment.
(713) 715-4320 View (713) 715-4320
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Nkem Chinwah
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT-S
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Sharpstown, Houston, TX 77036
Nkem is the owner of Mine Counseling PLLC, an AAMFT-approved Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor, and an OLLU adjunct MFT Instructor, where she teaches MFT students therapy skills. Mine Counseling PLLC is a group practice where every client is offered unconditional support and treated with "unconditional positive regard". At Mine Counseling LLC, we believe that therapy is life therefore, it's our pleasure to explore the different possibilities to find alternative solutions to life’s lived experiences and learn healthy ways to navigate their social interactions. Check out our bios at minecounseling.com
Nkem is the owner of Mine Counseling PLLC, an AAMFT-approved Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor, and an OLLU adjunct MFT Instructor, where she teaches MFT students therapy skills. Mine Counseling PLLC is a group practice where every client is offered unconditional support and treated with "unconditional positive regard". At Mine Counseling LLC, we believe that therapy is life therefore, it's our pleasure to explore the different possibilities to find alternative solutions to life’s lived experiences and learn healthy ways to navigate their social interactions. Check out our bios at minecounseling.com
(832) 924-3677 View (832) 924-3677

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Number of Therapists in Sharpstown, Houston, TX

70+

Average cost per session

$110

Therapists in Sharpstown, Houston, TX who prioritize treating:

86% Depression
86% Anxiety
78% Coping Skills
75% Self Esteem
71% Relationship Issues
70% Stress
60% Grief

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

81% BlueCross and BlueShield
79% Aetna
78% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Sharpstown, Houston, TX see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

70% Female
29% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Sharpstown, 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.