Therapists in La Vernia, TX

Photo of Irene Perales, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Irene Perales
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
La Vernia, TX 78121  (Online Only)
With a passion for helping individuals navigate life’s challenges and a dedication to fostering mental wellness, I am excited to offer a range of therapeutic services tailored to your unique needs. Whether you’re dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or simply need someone to talk to, I am here to provide compassionate and professional support. I strive to impart that it’s not about what’s wrong with you. Rather, it’s about understanding behaviors, thought patterns, and the protective tendencies that behaviors and thought patterns may serve.
With a passion for helping individuals navigate life’s challenges and a dedication to fostering mental wellness, I am excited to offer a range of therapeutic services tailored to your unique needs. Whether you’re dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or simply need someone to talk to, I am here to provide compassionate and professional support. I strive to impart that it’s not about what’s wrong with you. Rather, it’s about understanding behaviors, thought patterns, and the protective tendencies that behaviors and thought patterns may serve.
(210) 392-7960 View (210) 392-7960
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Velma Gettelman
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
La Vernia, TX 78121  (Online Only)
Life is hard and at times may be scary and lonely. It may seem impossible to deal with life stressors and overwhelming feelings. It's okay to not be okay and need help navigating through life. Your mental health is very important and vital to have a fulfilling life. It takes courage to take this step for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the next steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you through your journey. You can do it. My motto is “Believe It, Speak It, Achieve It! My approach combines Cognitive Behavioral, Solution-Focused, and Reality therapy counseling.
Life is hard and at times may be scary and lonely. It may seem impossible to deal with life stressors and overwhelming feelings. It's okay to not be okay and need help navigating through life. Your mental health is very important and vital to have a fulfilling life. It takes courage to take this step for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the next steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you through your journey. You can do it. My motto is “Believe It, Speak It, Achieve It! My approach combines Cognitive Behavioral, Solution-Focused, and Reality therapy counseling.
(830) 445-3342 View (830) 445-3342
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Samantha Kravitz (Supervised By Amaris Sanchez)
LPC Associate, MS, LPC-A, NCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
La Vernia, TX 78121
Sometimes it can be easy to doubt ourselves, our worth, and our abilities. The experiences we have in life can lead us to having these painful beliefs and emotions, which can bring about feelings of shame, misunderstanding or despair. When we are able to overcome the shame and self-doubt, our true selves are able to be discovered. No matter what you’ve been through, you deserve to be appreciated and respected. My hope is to guide you in self-discovery and finding compassion for yourself that allows you to become the person that you desire to be. Allow me to guide you on your journey of healing and growth.
Sometimes it can be easy to doubt ourselves, our worth, and our abilities. The experiences we have in life can lead us to having these painful beliefs and emotions, which can bring about feelings of shame, misunderstanding or despair. When we are able to overcome the shame and self-doubt, our true selves are able to be discovered. No matter what you’ve been through, you deserve to be appreciated and respected. My hope is to guide you in self-discovery and finding compassion for yourself that allows you to become the person that you desire to be. Allow me to guide you on your journey of healing and growth.
(210) 591-7499 View (210) 591-7499
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Desiree Daniel
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
La Vernia, TX 78121  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. I use a therapeutic inclusive approach believing there is no "one size fits all" theory. I see my primary role in the therapeutic relationship as providing a safe environment where a client can explore life issues that might be problematic, then collaborate with each client and empower them to reach their full potential.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. I use a therapeutic inclusive approach believing there is no "one size fits all" theory. I see my primary role in the therapeutic relationship as providing a safe environment where a client can explore life issues that might be problematic, then collaborate with each client and empower them to reach their full potential.
(830) 320-3246 View (830) 320-3246
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Way To Go Mental Health, PLLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
La Vernia, TX 78121
Life can be difficult, full of challenges that are hard to manage, and just plain chaotic. Whatever the reason you are seeking therapy, I am happy to be the one to help. I work hard to ensure a comfortable atmosphere and connect with you using evidence-based practices to help you process and navigate your difficulties. With me you can expect to be heard, understood, and headed back to a life you enjoy living.
Life can be difficult, full of challenges that are hard to manage, and just plain chaotic. Whatever the reason you are seeking therapy, I am happy to be the one to help. I work hard to ensure a comfortable atmosphere and connect with you using evidence-based practices to help you process and navigate your difficulties. With me you can expect to be heard, understood, and headed back to a life you enjoy living.
(830) 355-0874 View (830) 355-0874
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Equilibrium Counseling Services PLLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
La Vernia, TX 78121
Are you struggling or feeling overwhelmed, but are not sure how to make it better? Navigating life's challenges can be hard, but you do not have to do it alone. I am passionate about helping others through the tough spots. Whether you are seeking help for yourself, your child, or another loved one, reaching out for counseling is a brave first step.
Are you struggling or feeling overwhelmed, but are not sure how to make it better? Navigating life's challenges can be hard, but you do not have to do it alone. I am passionate about helping others through the tough spots. Whether you are seeking help for yourself, your child, or another loved one, reaching out for counseling is a brave first step.
(210) 791-6345 View (210) 791-6345
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Kassandra Thompson Double T Counseling, PLLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
La Vernia, TX 78121
Please email if you are interested in services, I am better able to reply - I provide counseling to individuals, teens, and families in many areas, such as: depression, anxiety, anger, PTSD and trauma, self-esteem, and teen identity, as well as a variety of other life issues and disorders. I further have a passion for assisting with divorce and positive co-parenting relationships. If you need guidance through past or present, I can assist you in gaining insight and awareness, mindfulness, communication, and boundaries, among many other tools that help you navigate through challenging times.
Please email if you are interested in services, I am better able to reply - I provide counseling to individuals, teens, and families in many areas, such as: depression, anxiety, anger, PTSD and trauma, self-esteem, and teen identity, as well as a variety of other life issues and disorders. I further have a passion for assisting with divorce and positive co-parenting relationships. If you need guidance through past or present, I can assist you in gaining insight and awareness, mindfulness, communication, and boundaries, among many other tools that help you navigate through challenging times.
(210) 796-7680 View (210) 796-7680
Photo of Adrianna Alatorre, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Adrianna Alatorre
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
La Vernia, TX 78121
Hello! My name is Adrianna Alatorre and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 5 years of experience. I work with a wide array of conditions stemming from chronic anxiety & depression to acute psychosis. Throughout my career I have worked with mostly adults in every stage of the lifespan but also have experience with young children, adolescents, and school age children. Much of my work has dealt with trauma stemming from physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. The approach I use is eclectic and can offer several interventions specifically designed to heal the mind and provide skills to problem solve and find acceptance.
Hello! My name is Adrianna Alatorre and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 5 years of experience. I work with a wide array of conditions stemming from chronic anxiety & depression to acute psychosis. Throughout my career I have worked with mostly adults in every stage of the lifespan but also have experience with young children, adolescents, and school age children. Much of my work has dealt with trauma stemming from physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. The approach I use is eclectic and can offer several interventions specifically designed to heal the mind and provide skills to problem solve and find acceptance.
(817) 618-7591 View (817) 618-7591
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M. Diane Way
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, LMFT, LPC, EMDR
Verified Verified
La Vernia, TX 78121
I love what I do! I am a compassionate, nonjudgmental, and caring individual who has gone through painful life experiences myself and have likewise experienced the freedom and peace of healing. I am an experienced, skillful clinician who treats adults, adolescents, and children who are experiencing anxiety, insecurity, nightmares, depression, emotional reactions to trauma, stress, grief, guilt, and/or anger. I diagnose and treat children's' issues including ADHD, separation anxiety, divorce issues, anxiety, depressive disorders, autistic spectrum disorders, behavioral, social, school, or academic problems. I teach parents to implement structure & behavioral techniques that really work!
I love what I do! I am a compassionate, nonjudgmental, and caring individual who has gone through painful life experiences myself and have likewise experienced the freedom and peace of healing. I am an experienced, skillful clinician who treats adults, adolescents, and children who are experiencing anxiety, insecurity, nightmares, depression, emotional reactions to trauma, stress, grief, guilt, and/or anger. I diagnose and treat children's' issues including ADHD, separation anxiety, divorce issues, anxiety, depressive disorders, autistic spectrum disorders, behavioral, social, school, or academic problems. I teach parents to implement structure & behavioral techniques that really work!
(830) 448-0508 View (830) 448-0508
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New Directions Counseling Services, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, LSOTP
Verified Verified
La Vernia, TX 78121
Deciding to seek counseling is difficult, but it is the first step towards making positive changes in your life. It is a means to develop insight that can then help you grow in new, positive ways. As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider, I can help guide you towards the resolution of problems of an emotional or interpersonal nature. I can assist you towards gaining empowerment over your life and your decisions in a safe, therapeutic and supportive atmosphere.
Deciding to seek counseling is difficult, but it is the first step towards making positive changes in your life. It is a means to develop insight that can then help you grow in new, positive ways. As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider, I can help guide you towards the resolution of problems of an emotional or interpersonal nature. I can assist you towards gaining empowerment over your life and your decisions in a safe, therapeutic and supportive atmosphere.
(830) 637-7593 View (830) 637-7593
Photo of Sheri Kay Colbath, MA, LPC-S, Licensed Professional Counselor
Sheri Kay Colbath
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
La Vernia, TX 78121
As a Christian therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true God-given potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
As a Christian therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true God-given potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
(210) 801-9371 View (210) 801-9371
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Gladys G. Cisneros
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
La Vernia, TX 78121  (Online Only)
Are you concern and feel helpless because your child or your teen is dealing with depression, anxiety, grief, ADHD, anger, or maybe withdrawn, irritable, or unmotivated? Do you have a sense of frustration because you want to help your child and your child refuses your help and advice? Let us work together so that we can give your child or teenager the tools they need to be happy and content no matter what life has instore for them.
Are you concern and feel helpless because your child or your teen is dealing with depression, anxiety, grief, ADHD, anger, or maybe withdrawn, irritable, or unmotivated? Do you have a sense of frustration because you want to help your child and your child refuses your help and advice? Let us work together so that we can give your child or teenager the tools they need to be happy and content no matter what life has instore for them.
(830) 271-2333 View (830) 271-2333
Photo of Mayra Alejandra Nieto, MS, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Mayra Alejandra Nieto
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
La Vernia, TX 78121  (Online Only)
I will be sincere, genuine and compassionate as I listen to your needs and help guide you through the storm. I have 10 plus years of experience serving children, teens and adults who had or were suffering from trauma at all levels; daily and chronic stress; mental health disorders, spiritual warfare, anger, anxiety, grief, depression and more. I use a variety of techniques to help you navigate life and not only survive it but have growth from any challenge. I enjoy using art, play, narrative, music, spiritual and holistic techniques. interventions.
I will be sincere, genuine and compassionate as I listen to your needs and help guide you through the storm. I have 10 plus years of experience serving children, teens and adults who had or were suffering from trauma at all levels; daily and chronic stress; mental health disorders, spiritual warfare, anger, anxiety, grief, depression and more. I use a variety of techniques to help you navigate life and not only survive it but have growth from any challenge. I enjoy using art, play, narrative, music, spiritual and holistic techniques. interventions.
(956) 398-5955 View (956) 398-5955
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Nichole Sieracki
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
La Vernia, TX 78121
Searching for a mental health provider with compassion and experience? I have 15 years of experience treating mental illness in individuals within the inpatient and outpatient settings. Psychiatric symptoms I have treated include depressions, anxieties, mania, psychoses, traumas, grief, chronic physical illnesses and pain, those related to head injuries, behavior disturbances, and problems in relationships. My treatment approaches include supportive therapy, solution-focused therapy, existential therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, trauma-focused therapy, grief therapy, brief strategic family therapy, and psychoeducation.
Searching for a mental health provider with compassion and experience? I have 15 years of experience treating mental illness in individuals within the inpatient and outpatient settings. Psychiatric symptoms I have treated include depressions, anxieties, mania, psychoses, traumas, grief, chronic physical illnesses and pain, those related to head injuries, behavior disturbances, and problems in relationships. My treatment approaches include supportive therapy, solution-focused therapy, existential therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, trauma-focused therapy, grief therapy, brief strategic family therapy, and psychoeducation.
(830) 498-0931 View (830) 498-0931
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Daniel Garza
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, LCDC
Verified Verified
La Vernia, TX 78121  (Online Only)
My goal is to help clients develop tools and skills, based on their current strengths, that they can use moving forward. In six to eight sessions we will focus on what they can do versus what they cannot do.
My goal is to help clients develop tools and skills, based on their current strengths, that they can use moving forward. In six to eight sessions we will focus on what they can do versus what they cannot do.
(512) 337-4434 View (512) 337-4434
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Matthew Sanchez
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
La Vernia, TX 78121
As men, we often tell ourselves, "It's not that bad, I'm good" and brush off our issues. Men are experiencing unique challenges and pressures in our society. With balancing the complexities of manhood and pressures to adhere to masculinity, some men are finding themselves frustrated and confused in how to navigate life. Whether you're juggling issues at work, feeling disconnected from your loved ones, or feeling depressed/anxious, know that you're not alone. The traditional notions of masculinity often discourage emotional vulnerability and disclosure, promoting instead an image of stoicism, strength, and self-reliance.
As men, we often tell ourselves, "It's not that bad, I'm good" and brush off our issues. Men are experiencing unique challenges and pressures in our society. With balancing the complexities of manhood and pressures to adhere to masculinity, some men are finding themselves frustrated and confused in how to navigate life. Whether you're juggling issues at work, feeling disconnected from your loved ones, or feeling depressed/anxious, know that you're not alone. The traditional notions of masculinity often discourage emotional vulnerability and disclosure, promoting instead an image of stoicism, strength, and self-reliance.
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Jessica Behne
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, Veteran, EMDR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Floresville, TX 78114  (Online Only)
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Military Veteran. I served thirteen years in the military and found a passion for helping others. Once I received my degree, I knew I was called to work with those who are working through challenging life events, trauma, or relationship difficulties—ultimately empowering them to find their strength and resilience again. I work from a client-centered, holistic approach, believing each person's mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and relational health is intimately intertwined. My typical clients are Military Veterans, or Couples.
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Military Veteran. I served thirteen years in the military and found a passion for helping others. Once I received my degree, I knew I was called to work with those who are working through challenging life events, trauma, or relationship difficulties—ultimately empowering them to find their strength and resilience again. I work from a client-centered, holistic approach, believing each person's mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and relational health is intimately intertwined. My typical clients are Military Veterans, or Couples.
(830) 293-4395 View (830) 293-4395
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Monica Lara
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S
Verified Verified
Adkins, TX 78101
Are you struggling financially as a LPC-associate and need a supervisor? IF so, I am currently accepting new supervisees. I am flexible and willing to provide online and/or telephonic supervision outside of San Antonio. Please call or email me to discuss my supervision model and fees. Additionally, if you find yourself in a stressful situation and need help dealing with life's stressors, and/or feeling "stuck" with your current situation, then you're ready for a "Second Chance" at life. I am here to help you achieve lifestyle changes and succeed on personal goals.
Are you struggling financially as a LPC-associate and need a supervisor? IF so, I am currently accepting new supervisees. I am flexible and willing to provide online and/or telephonic supervision outside of San Antonio. Please call or email me to discuss my supervision model and fees. Additionally, if you find yourself in a stressful situation and need help dealing with life's stressors, and/or feeling "stuck" with your current situation, then you're ready for a "Second Chance" at life. I am here to help you achieve lifestyle changes and succeed on personal goals.
(830) 488-7165 View (830) 488-7165
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Charlotte M Taber
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, LMFT
Verified Verified
Adkins, TX 78101
People who seek therapy are the sanest of us all. They look around at their lives and they realize that they want something better and they have the courage to go out and get it.
People who seek therapy are the sanest of us all. They look around at their lives and they realize that they want something better and they have the courage to go out and get it.
(830) 357-7463 View (830) 357-7463
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April Gilchrist
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC-S, NCC
Verified Verified
Stockdale, TX 78160  (Online Only)
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, my primary obligation is to respect the integrity and to promote the welfare of my client. I see counseling as a process in which you, the client, and I, the counselor, having come to understand and trust one another, work as a team to explore and define present problem situations, develop future goals for an improved life and work in a systemic fashion toward realizing these goals. I will facilitate an atmosphere of warmth and trust in which to establish rapport between you and myself. The objective of therapy is to establish therapeutic goals and implement a planned change in your life.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, my primary obligation is to respect the integrity and to promote the welfare of my client. I see counseling as a process in which you, the client, and I, the counselor, having come to understand and trust one another, work as a team to explore and define present problem situations, develop future goals for an improved life and work in a systemic fashion toward realizing these goals. I will facilitate an atmosphere of warmth and trust in which to establish rapport between you and myself. The objective of therapy is to establish therapeutic goals and implement a planned change in your life.
(830) 947-5757 View (830) 947-5757

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in La Vernia, TX

10+

Average cost per session

$120

Therapists in La Vernia, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
94% Grief
88% Depression
88% Self Esteem
81% Relationship Issues
81% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
92% Aetna
83% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Therapists in La Vernia, TX see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a therapist in La Vernia?

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.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

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.