Therapists in West Houston, Houston, TX

Jennifer Webb
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
West Houston, 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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Ella Hutchinson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S, CSAT, CCPS, CCSAS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
West Houston, Houston, TX 77079
Not accepting new clients
The discovery of sexual betrayal in your marriage can leave you shocked and traumatized. I provide treatment to partners of sex addicts and couples whose relationship has been rattled with infidelity, sexual or pornography compulsivity. Most of those living with the sexual betrayal of their significant other feel helpless and hopeless. As a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and wife of a recovering sex addict myself, I can help you find the healing you need, while guiding you through validating your trauma, setting healthy boundaries, and learning how to make decisions moving forward.
The discovery of sexual betrayal in your marriage can leave you shocked and traumatized. I provide treatment to partners of sex addicts and couples whose relationship has been rattled with infidelity, sexual or pornography compulsivity. Most of those living with the sexual betrayal of their significant other feel helpless and hopeless. As a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and wife of a recovering sex addict myself, I can help you find the healing you need, while guiding you through validating your trauma, setting healthy boundaries, and learning how to make decisions moving forward.
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EverWell Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
West Houston, 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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Stephanie Farugia
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
West Houston, Houston, TX 77079
Not accepting new clients
Seeking therapy can often feel like a scary and foreign concept. My job is to provide a safe place for you, and your family to process life's complications and unload the burdens and losses that are too difficult to be faced with alone. In all of my work, self-esteem and identity formation are a key ingredient. I believe that the skills and strengths it takes to create a life where we are fulfilled and loved already exists within all of us, we just need a little help to harness them. I want to help you identify your skills and values, find self-compassion, and find the courage to try new behaviors and to reach new goals.
Seeking therapy can often feel like a scary and foreign concept. My job is to provide a safe place for you, and your family to process life's complications and unload the burdens and losses that are too difficult to be faced with alone. In all of my work, self-esteem and identity formation are a key ingredient. I believe that the skills and strengths it takes to create a life where we are fulfilled and loved already exists within all of us, we just need a little help to harness them. I want to help you identify your skills and values, find self-compassion, and find the courage to try new behaviors and to reach new goals.
(832) 345-9924 View (832) 345-9924
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Matt Miller
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Houston, Houston, TX 77042
I offer a man the opportunity to delve into the hinderances that are preventing him from living as the man he desires. These hinderances take on many forms that often result in a façade that is not real, nor does he know how to shed. My commitment, man to man is to help draw out and strengthen the best that is inside. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 Check out my website at www.Abbapsych.com
I offer a man the opportunity to delve into the hinderances that are preventing him from living as the man he desires. These hinderances take on many forms that often result in a façade that is not real, nor does he know how to shed. My commitment, man to man is to help draw out and strengthen the best that is inside. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 Check out my website at www.Abbapsych.com
(713) 388-6937 View (713) 388-6937
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Marion 'marri' Turner
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Houston, 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) 979-3446 View (832) 979-3446
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Gerald Brady Hallford
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MEd, LCDC-I
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
West Houston, 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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Valerie Mclendon
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Houston, Houston, TX 77079
During the course of therapy, my focus is to learn about who you are and where you want to go in your life’s journey. My primary goal in that process is to create a supportive and a non-judgemental environment that can provide us the space to put successes into action and aid us in embodying them. Your goals can seem daunting at first, but together we will build a foundation that empowers you to not only achieve your goals, but also to strive for whatever comes next.
During the course of therapy, my focus is to learn about who you are and where you want to go in your life’s journey. My primary goal in that process is to create a supportive and a non-judgemental environment that can provide us the space to put successes into action and aid us in embodying them. Your goals can seem daunting at first, but together we will build a foundation that empowers you to not only achieve your goals, but also to strive for whatever comes next.
(346) 639-4401 View (346) 639-4401
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Arise Counseling Center
LPC Intern, LCDCi
Verified Verified
West Houston, Houston, TX 77077
I’m a Licensed clinical professional counselor and "licensed mental health counselor that provides group, individual, and family therapy sessions to people struggling with alcohol or drug problems. I am a mental health service provider, trained to work with individuals, families, and groups in treating mental, behavioral, and emotional problems and disorders.
I’m a Licensed clinical professional counselor and "licensed mental health counselor that provides group, individual, and family therapy sessions to people struggling with alcohol or drug problems. I am a mental health service provider, trained to work with individuals, families, and groups in treating mental, behavioral, and emotional problems and disorders.
(281) 524-3722 View (281) 524-3722
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Randi Waller
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
West Houston, Houston, TX 77079  (Online Only)
It's tough being a human. We are faced with many challenges that we don't feel equipped to handle. Often times we feel isolated and lonely in our lives and find meaningful relationships to be a challenge. I'm here to help you figure out what's getting in the way of having a life that brings you peace with yourself as well as what may be interfering with having deep relationships with others. You don't have to figure it out alone or suffer in silence.
It's tough being a human. We are faced with many challenges that we don't feel equipped to handle. Often times we feel isolated and lonely in our lives and find meaningful relationships to be a challenge. I'm here to help you figure out what's getting in the way of having a life that brings you peace with yourself as well as what may be interfering with having deep relationships with others. You don't have to figure it out alone or suffer in silence.
(281) 519-3282 View (281) 519-3282
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Elizabeth White For Everwell Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Houston, Houston, TX 77079
Life transitions can be particularly challenging for teenagers, as they navigate the complexities of identity formation, high school to college transitions, peer pressure, and family expectations. I believe that these transitions should be viewed as opportunities for growth, self-discovery, and resilience building. By utilizing a strengths-based approach, I empower teenagers to develop coping mechanisms, enhance their self-awareness, and make informed choices during these pivotal moments in their lives.
Life transitions can be particularly challenging for teenagers, as they navigate the complexities of identity formation, high school to college transitions, peer pressure, and family expectations. I believe that these transitions should be viewed as opportunities for growth, self-discovery, and resilience building. By utilizing a strengths-based approach, I empower teenagers to develop coping mechanisms, enhance their self-awareness, and make informed choices during these pivotal moments in their lives.
(346) 644-8543 View (346) 644-8543
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Macie Lea Babo
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
West Houston, Houston, TX 77079
Congratulations on taking the first — very courageous — step in making a change in your life! It can be hard to reach out and start the journey of therapy. And here we are. I believe that people have the power to make the change that they desire in their life. With that in mind, I believe in meeting you where you are at and working together to instill and implement change. This will help you to achieve your goals! I am passionate about helping kids, teenagers and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, chronic illness and trauma to feel unstuck and more in control, through a personalized and collaborative approach to therapy
Congratulations on taking the first — very courageous — step in making a change in your life! It can be hard to reach out and start the journey of therapy. And here we are. I believe that people have the power to make the change that they desire in their life. With that in mind, I believe in meeting you where you are at and working together to instill and implement change. This will help you to achieve your goals! I am passionate about helping kids, teenagers and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, chronic illness and trauma to feel unstuck and more in control, through a personalized and collaborative approach to therapy
(713) 360-2060 View (713) 360-2060
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Brittany Rae Saldivar
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPC, LCDCI
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
West Houston, Houston, TX 77042  (Online Only)
Emotions are part of being human.I like to think of feelings as tools; indicators of where we are in life and that it may be time to explore change. All too often we find ourselves wrapped up in situations that evoke emotions so powerful, we can become overwhelmed. Regardless of your situation, I will meet you where you're at & help to identify and utilize strengths you posses as we move closer toward a place of clarity & growth. I enjoy helping individuals make sense of the past, as they work on the present and achieve a stronger sense of self.
Emotions are part of being human.I like to think of feelings as tools; indicators of where we are in life and that it may be time to explore change. All too often we find ourselves wrapped up in situations that evoke emotions so powerful, we can become overwhelmed. Regardless of your situation, I will meet you where you're at & help to identify and utilize strengths you posses as we move closer toward a place of clarity & growth. I enjoy helping individuals make sense of the past, as they work on the present and achieve a stronger sense of self.
(346) 275-3263 View (346) 275-3263
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Jennifer B Slaughter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CGP, CDWF, EMDR, SEP
Verified Verified
West Houston, Houston, TX 77079
Do you feel stuck? Are you tired of working so hard and feeling like nothing ever changes? As human beings, we are creatures of habit. The way we think, reason and relate are based on patterns that have developed throughout our lives. If you continue to think - alone - about your struggles, you'll likely remain stuck in the same patterns. As human beings, we are also relational creatures. We learn about ourselves when we are in relationships with others. It is essential for any person's growth and development to think - with - another person.
Do you feel stuck? Are you tired of working so hard and feeling like nothing ever changes? As human beings, we are creatures of habit. The way we think, reason and relate are based on patterns that have developed throughout our lives. If you continue to think - alone - about your struggles, you'll likely remain stuck in the same patterns. As human beings, we are also relational creatures. We learn about ourselves when we are in relationships with others. It is essential for any person's growth and development to think - with - another person.
(713) 256-3541 View (713) 256-3541
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Samiyyah Sabur
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S
Verified Verified
West Houston, Houston, TX 77042  (Online Only)
Have you arrived at a place in life where you are have overwhelming thoughts and/or panic attacks? Are your thoughts disrupting your personal relationships, workplace,and or home life? Lets start the journey with real time strategies to support your mental wellness. Therapy is a safe support space to seek understanding and healing from underlining concerns. Let's talk about.
Have you arrived at a place in life where you are have overwhelming thoughts and/or panic attacks? Are your thoughts disrupting your personal relationships, workplace,and or home life? Lets start the journey with real time strategies to support your mental wellness. Therapy is a safe support space to seek understanding and healing from underlining concerns. Let's talk about.
(346) 206-0629 View (346) 206-0629
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Mimi Schultz
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Houston, Houston, TX 77024
Do you often feel weighted down by feelings of depression or anxiety? Do you have an addiction and feel that these feelings are causing you to feel out of control? Everyone experiences change throughout their lives. Some struggles might be more disruptive to your life than others. If you’re finding yourself having difficulty controlling your thoughts, feelings, or behaviors, come talk to me. Together, we can explore how your thoughts are influencing your unhelpful feelings and behaviors. I have found that developing self-awareness provides insight into yourself and promotes change in a healthy way.
Do you often feel weighted down by feelings of depression or anxiety? Do you have an addiction and feel that these feelings are causing you to feel out of control? Everyone experiences change throughout their lives. Some struggles might be more disruptive to your life than others. If you’re finding yourself having difficulty controlling your thoughts, feelings, or behaviors, come talk to me. Together, we can explore how your thoughts are influencing your unhelpful feelings and behaviors. I have found that developing self-awareness provides insight into yourself and promotes change in a healthy way.
(832) 793-8922 View (832) 793-8922
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Veronica Pruitt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
West Houston, Houston, TX 77077
Hi, I'm Veronica Pruitt, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Texas. I focus in several areas including addiction, coping skills, stress, LGBTQIA+, relationship issues, and dual diagnosis, amongst others. My approach is culturally sensitive and person-centered and utilizes modalities including CBT, Gestalt, Motivational Interviewing, Rational Emotive Behavior, and Reality Therapy.
Hi, I'm Veronica Pruitt, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Texas. I focus in several areas including addiction, coping skills, stress, LGBTQIA+, relationship issues, and dual diagnosis, amongst others. My approach is culturally sensitive and person-centered and utilizes modalities including CBT, Gestalt, Motivational Interviewing, Rational Emotive Behavior, and Reality Therapy.
(972) 576-9575 View (972) 576-9575
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Memorial Relationships & Couples Center, PLLC.
Marriage & Family Therapist, MSEd, LPC, LMFT, CST
Verified Verified
West Houston, Houston, TX 77079
We are a group of bilingual therapist, among the issues that we explore are: relations, career, personal challenges, trauma, family dynamics and sex issues; also, gender infinity issues, power and control issues, inequality, intimacy, sexual problems, conflict and self-awareness. We provide our clients with a friendly and respectful environment that facilitates exploration and the possibility of seeing challenges from a different angle or perspective, with deep respect, an interested presence, and a curious attitude about our client's viewpoint. We believe in the power of healthy relationships. Relationships can be transformed if we are ready to re-invent ourselves.
We are a group of bilingual therapist, among the issues that we explore are: relations, career, personal challenges, trauma, family dynamics and sex issues; also, gender infinity issues, power and control issues, inequality, intimacy, sexual problems, conflict and self-awareness. We provide our clients with a friendly and respectful environment that facilitates exploration and the possibility of seeing challenges from a different angle or perspective, with deep respect, an interested presence, and a curious attitude about our client's viewpoint. We believe in the power of healthy relationships. Relationships can be transformed if we are ready to re-invent ourselves.
(832) 742-1855 View (832) 742-1855
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Laura Ramirez
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CSC, LCDC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
West Houston, Houston, TX 77077
Hello Beautiful Person! I am dedicated to helping you on your healing journey. I am licensed in Texas as a psychotherapist and addictions counselor. Through my personal experience with psychedelic medicine, I have seen my life change in a drastic but positive way. I am a person who has experienced an eating disorder, anxiety, depression and trauma. I am on a healing and enlightenment journey of my own. Through my education and experiences I bring expertise, experience and empathy to my clients. My office is conveniently located in West Houston which is easily accessible to Sugarland, Katy and Southwest Houston.
Hello Beautiful Person! I am dedicated to helping you on your healing journey. I am licensed in Texas as a psychotherapist and addictions counselor. Through my personal experience with psychedelic medicine, I have seen my life change in a drastic but positive way. I am a person who has experienced an eating disorder, anxiety, depression and trauma. I am on a healing and enlightenment journey of my own. Through my education and experiences I bring expertise, experience and empathy to my clients. My office is conveniently located in West Houston which is easily accessible to Sugarland, Katy and Southwest Houston.
(281) 204-8490 View (281) 204-8490
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Kareem Hicks
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
West Houston, Houston, TX 77079
Having Anxiety, communication problems within relationship, feel lost and out of options? I work with couples, families and children. You've made the first step in looking! If you are ready to explore new possibilities I would love to be apart of the progress and help you at this time in your life.
Having Anxiety, communication problems within relationship, feel lost and out of options? I work with couples, families and children. You've made the first step in looking! If you are ready to explore new possibilities I would love to be apart of the progress and help you at this time in your life.
(713) 597-5574 View (713) 597-5574

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Number of Therapists in West Houston, Houston, TX

300+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in West Houston, Houston, TX who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
87% Depression
79% Self Esteem
74% Relationship Issues
72% Coping Skills
70% Stress
63% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% Aetna
81% Cigna and Evernorth
75% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in West Houston, Houston, TX see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

85% Female
15% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in West Houston, 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.