Therapists in Lago Vista, TX

Photo of Shannon E. Bond, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lago Vista, TX
Shannon E. Bond
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, SEP
Verified
Lago Vista, TX 78645
Welcome! I firmly believe that true and lasting healing and well being is achieved from within, as our bodies contain the wisdom needed to move beyond the behaviors, beliefs, and patterns that keep us stuck, preventing us from the fullest expression of ourselves. I will provide a warm, supportive, and safe space for you to develop a deep level of self-awareness, allowing freedom and possibility to emerge, so you may move confidently and purposefully into the life you desire. I would be honored to have the opportunity to partner with you at this time on your life's journey.
Welcome! I firmly believe that true and lasting healing and well being is achieved from within, as our bodies contain the wisdom needed to move beyond the behaviors, beliefs, and patterns that keep us stuck, preventing us from the fullest expression of ourselves. I will provide a warm, supportive, and safe space for you to develop a deep level of self-awareness, allowing freedom and possibility to emerge, so you may move confidently and purposefully into the life you desire. I would be honored to have the opportunity to partner with you at this time on your life's journey.
(512) 640-2504 View (512) 640-2504
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James A. Fry
Marriage & Family Therapist, MEd, LMFT
Verified
Lago Vista, TX 78645  (Online Only)
My role as a Psychotherapist, is to be a guide of encouraging, supporting people to learn ways to cope and grow. I am frequently a medium to help others to learn how and when to be flexible in living a more stress free and harmonious life.
My role as a Psychotherapist, is to be a guide of encouraging, supporting people to learn ways to cope and grow. I am frequently a medium to help others to learn how and when to be flexible in living a more stress free and harmonious life.
(512) 861-8947 View (512) 861-8947
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Laurie Hamilton
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Lago Vista, TX 78645
Now accepting new clients. I specialize in working with women, teens and preteens. I have done so in a variety of ways for more than 25 years. In a positive and caring environment, I will not only listen, but provide you with helpful skills to overcome the struggles. I realize one-size does not fit all and will work with your concerns. You set the goals, and we will get there together.
Now accepting new clients. I specialize in working with women, teens and preteens. I have done so in a variety of ways for more than 25 years. In a positive and caring environment, I will not only listen, but provide you with helpful skills to overcome the struggles. I realize one-size does not fit all and will work with your concerns. You set the goals, and we will get there together.
(512) 270-6472 View (512) 270-6472
Photo of Nancy Isbell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lago Vista, TX
Nancy Isbell
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified
Lago Vista, TX 78645  (Online Only)
Each of us has answers inside of us, coming from our "highest and best self". My job as counselor is to help you get in touch with this inner guidance system, and take charge. Eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and life's surprises, sometimes negatively affect our happiness and well-being. Additionally, socio-economic issues, systemic injustices, and family/cultural expectations can affect how we see life. I can respectfully offer insights and tools to help you move on from anything holding you back from being your highest and best self!
Each of us has answers inside of us, coming from our "highest and best self". My job as counselor is to help you get in touch with this inner guidance system, and take charge. Eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and life's surprises, sometimes negatively affect our happiness and well-being. Additionally, socio-economic issues, systemic injustices, and family/cultural expectations can affect how we see life. I can respectfully offer insights and tools to help you move on from anything holding you back from being your highest and best self!
(737) 300-6477 View (737) 300-6477
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James Shaw
Psychologist, PsyD, MBA
Verified
Lago Vista, TX 78645
I provide compassionate and confidential therapy and counseling services to adults and couples. Whether you seek marital or couples therapy or individual help for adjustment issues, anger management or stress, I am prepared to help in a warm, supportive environment. I will help to create positive changes and support your finding of positive solutions to enhance your quality of life. I am trained with the most current psychological research offering individualized treatment plans. I provide secured video therapy at no additional cost to those who don't want to deal with traffic or live to far to come to the office.
I provide compassionate and confidential therapy and counseling services to adults and couples. Whether you seek marital or couples therapy or individual help for adjustment issues, anger management or stress, I am prepared to help in a warm, supportive environment. I will help to create positive changes and support your finding of positive solutions to enhance your quality of life. I am trained with the most current psychological research offering individualized treatment plans. I provide secured video therapy at no additional cost to those who don't want to deal with traffic or live to far to come to the office.
(512) 829-3626 View (512) 829-3626
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Ghost Paint Therapy
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC A
Verified
2 Endorsed
Lago Vista, TX 78645
Do you ask yourself “I’m smart, why is this so difficult?” Or find yourself repeating patterns where you think, “I should know better?” Maybe you were identified as Gifted as a child (or your teen is gifted) and wonder why they call it "gifted" when things are hard? Do you feel you lost your giftedness when you entered high school and gifted "support" became AP classes? Then maybe you could use a guide to help you uncover and understand those things you feel you “should know” or be able to do but might not have ever been taught. Bringing yourself in line with who you want to be is one of the things therapy can do for you.
Do you ask yourself “I’m smart, why is this so difficult?” Or find yourself repeating patterns where you think, “I should know better?” Maybe you were identified as Gifted as a child (or your teen is gifted) and wonder why they call it "gifted" when things are hard? Do you feel you lost your giftedness when you entered high school and gifted "support" became AP classes? Then maybe you could use a guide to help you uncover and understand those things you feel you “should know” or be able to do but might not have ever been taught. Bringing yourself in line with who you want to be is one of the things therapy can do for you.
(830) 469-3350 View (830) 469-3350
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Susan Valley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Lago Vista, TX 78645
My ideal client would be where you find yourself trying to hold it together, and you may not look for help until a situation has gotten worse and its almost a crisis. That situation will significantly affect your life, and you will hit a breaking point. This might be self-esteem, anxiety, depression, adjusting to life changes, codependency, grief, health issues, or just feeling stuck. It's hard to ask for help but here you are, and what you thought might work is not working any more. You would find yourself in my office feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, confused but feeling like you had taken the first step to finding HOPE.
My ideal client would be where you find yourself trying to hold it together, and you may not look for help until a situation has gotten worse and its almost a crisis. That situation will significantly affect your life, and you will hit a breaking point. This might be self-esteem, anxiety, depression, adjusting to life changes, codependency, grief, health issues, or just feeling stuck. It's hard to ask for help but here you are, and what you thought might work is not working any more. You would find yourself in my office feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, confused but feeling like you had taken the first step to finding HOPE.
(737) 302-5865 View (737) 302-5865
Photo of Melissa McHugh Dillon, Psychologist in Lago Vista, TX
Melissa McHugh Dillon
Psychologist, PhD, BCBA, NCSP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lago Vista, TX 78645
Each client deserves to be treated with compassion, dignity, and by a provider who not only knows how to help them reach their goals, but understands their unique history and can conceptualize them holistically. I treat primarily children and adolescents, working with both the child and frequently parents achieve therapeutic goals and nurture a supportive relationship. Additionally, I have a special interest in treating young adults with developmental disabilities going through life transitions. I approach your care by working collaboratively with you and other providers/teachers as needed.
Each client deserves to be treated with compassion, dignity, and by a provider who not only knows how to help them reach their goals, but understands their unique history and can conceptualize them holistically. I treat primarily children and adolescents, working with both the child and frequently parents achieve therapeutic goals and nurture a supportive relationship. Additionally, I have a special interest in treating young adults with developmental disabilities going through life transitions. I approach your care by working collaboratively with you and other providers/teachers as needed.
(512) 855-7219 View (512) 855-7219
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Tina Marie Schmidt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CCTP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lago Vista, TX 78645
In-Person & Saturday availability! Your "stuff" is destroying your happiness, your relationships and your quality of life. You feel that things have got to change, and you want that change to start sooner than later. I can help you with that. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, past traumas, anger, low self-esteem or caught in the grips of substance abuse, I am here to support you every step of the way. Together, we will explore your experiences, uncover your strengths, and empower you to make lasting changes. You need change. You deserve change. Contact me today to schedule an appointment to begin.
In-Person & Saturday availability! Your "stuff" is destroying your happiness, your relationships and your quality of life. You feel that things have got to change, and you want that change to start sooner than later. I can help you with that. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, past traumas, anger, low self-esteem or caught in the grips of substance abuse, I am here to support you every step of the way. Together, we will explore your experiences, uncover your strengths, and empower you to make lasting changes. You need change. You deserve change. Contact me today to schedule an appointment to begin.
(737) 727-2439 View (737) 727-2439

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Photo of Elaine G Tuccio, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Lago Vista, TX
Elaine G Tuccio
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, EMDR
Verified
Lakeway, TX 78734
When daily life pulls you down shame and fear from earlier wounds can wear away any tender hard earned belief in yourself and for others. The result usually is a sense of emotional isolation and loneliness. It takes time but change is possible. Based on advanced neuroscience and better understandings new counseling alternatives are available. My office provides a safe and therapeutic environment to heal and to learn how to leave behind old judgments, criticisms, frustrations, worries and unhappiness. It is a place to find your true self. To find the purpose and meaning missing in your life, marriage, family, friendships and career.
When daily life pulls you down shame and fear from earlier wounds can wear away any tender hard earned belief in yourself and for others. The result usually is a sense of emotional isolation and loneliness. It takes time but change is possible. Based on advanced neuroscience and better understandings new counseling alternatives are available. My office provides a safe and therapeutic environment to heal and to learn how to leave behind old judgments, criticisms, frustrations, worries and unhappiness. It is a place to find your true self. To find the purpose and meaning missing in your life, marriage, family, friendships and career.
(512) 337-3375 View (512) 337-3375
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Real Men's Work
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Leander, TX 78641
I help busy professional guys who are feeling stressed out by the many demands of their work and personal lives. By teaching you to stop holding it all in until you either shut down in depression or blow up in anger, I will help you make more sense of all the pressures and gain more mastery over your mind and your mood. By doing this, you will get a clearer sense of what you really want and the actions to take to get it in all important areas of life. For most men, asking for help isn’t our first step. First, we try to do it ourselves. We find our own “solutions.” Work harder. Drink. Zone out. Yell. Shut down.
I help busy professional guys who are feeling stressed out by the many demands of their work and personal lives. By teaching you to stop holding it all in until you either shut down in depression or blow up in anger, I will help you make more sense of all the pressures and gain more mastery over your mind and your mood. By doing this, you will get a clearer sense of what you really want and the actions to take to get it in all important areas of life. For most men, asking for help isn’t our first step. First, we try to do it ourselves. We find our own “solutions.” Work harder. Drink. Zone out. Yell. Shut down.
(512) 412-3466 View (512) 412-3466
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Steven Powell
MD
Verified
Bee Cave, TX 78738
Dr. Steven Powell graduated from University of Texas and attended Rush Medical College to complete his family medicine residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. He has worked at Barrio Comprehensive Health Center in San Antonio, as Medical Director, as well as Austin Regional Clinic where he also served as a board member. Board certified in Family Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Texas Medical Association, Dr. Powell has had an interest and commitment to addiction treatment in primary care since 2008, treating hundreds of patients with medication assisted therapy.
Dr. Steven Powell graduated from University of Texas and attended Rush Medical College to complete his family medicine residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. He has worked at Barrio Comprehensive Health Center in San Antonio, as Medical Director, as well as Austin Regional Clinic where he also served as a board member. Board certified in Family Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Texas Medical Association, Dr. Powell has had an interest and commitment to addiction treatment in primary care since 2008, treating hundreds of patients with medication assisted therapy.
(512) 598-4608 View (512) 598-4608
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Debbie Seeger
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MA, LPC-A, LMFT-A
Verified
5 Endorsed
Lakeway, TX 78734  (Online Only)
Debbie Seeger is supervised by Gena St. David, Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT-S. I believe every journey begins with a single first step. Here you are…you’ve made that crucial first step. I became a therapist because I have personally experienced the power of therapy. I will bring a spirit of authenticity and compassion to our work together…and a bit of humor from time to time as well. You are the expert on you. My job is to walk alongside you as you explore where you’ve been, where you are, and where you want to go.
Debbie Seeger is supervised by Gena St. David, Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT-S. I believe every journey begins with a single first step. Here you are…you’ve made that crucial first step. I became a therapist because I have personally experienced the power of therapy. I will bring a spirit of authenticity and compassion to our work together…and a bit of humor from time to time as well. You are the expert on you. My job is to walk alongside you as you explore where you’ve been, where you are, and where you want to go.
(512) 858-8455 View (512) 858-8455
Photo of Samuel Cotton, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Lago Vista, TX
Samuel Cotton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S
Verified
Austin, TX 78732  (Online Only)
Do you find yourself feeling anxious, stressed, and overwhelmed no matter what you do? You may be fed up with how anxiety is affecting your relationships, your peace of mind, and your physical health. You may not remember the last time you felt like yourself. One thing is for sure: you're ready for some relief. You're ready to feel calmer and more grounded. You're ready to have better, more emotionally connected relationships. Most of all, you're ready to feel like yourself again.
Do you find yourself feeling anxious, stressed, and overwhelmed no matter what you do? You may be fed up with how anxiety is affecting your relationships, your peace of mind, and your physical health. You may not remember the last time you felt like yourself. One thing is for sure: you're ready for some relief. You're ready to feel calmer and more grounded. You're ready to have better, more emotionally connected relationships. Most of all, you're ready to feel like yourself again.
(972) 362-6465 View (972) 362-6465
Photo of Pam Newton, Counselor in Lago Vista, TX
Pam Newton
Counselor, MS, LCDC
Verified
Lakeway, TX 78734
My passion is working with family members of those struggling with addiction. Whether you are a spouse, child or parent, your life has been deeply impacted by your family member's addictive disease. As loved ones, we have often focused on our sick family member so long that we have lost ourselves. It takes support, education and courage to find balance. I have found that when loved ones get help for themselves, their family member often gets healthier. I also have deep compassion for parents, particularly d mothers, who are working to rebuild relationships with their children after battling their own addiction.
My passion is working with family members of those struggling with addiction. Whether you are a spouse, child or parent, your life has been deeply impacted by your family member's addictive disease. As loved ones, we have often focused on our sick family member so long that we have lost ourselves. It takes support, education and courage to find balance. I have found that when loved ones get help for themselves, their family member often gets healthier. I also have deep compassion for parents, particularly d mothers, who are working to rebuild relationships with their children after battling their own addiction.
(214) 390-9597 View (214) 390-9597
Photo of Stephanie Palmer, Psychologist in Lago Vista, TX
Stephanie Palmer
Psychologist, PhD, APIT
Verified
Lakeway, TX 78734
Hello! I have a doctorate in clinical psychology and blend my academic expertise with over two decades of experience to help you unlock your full potential and navigate life's challenges. I help couples struggling with marriage issues, individual adults with career and job concerns, teenagers facing stress with school and family, and mothers who are balancing multiple life stressors. I also have experience helping couples and individuals experiencing stress related to infertility. I'm here to empower you on your path to personal growth, healing and fulfilment.
Hello! I have a doctorate in clinical psychology and blend my academic expertise with over two decades of experience to help you unlock your full potential and navigate life's challenges. I help couples struggling with marriage issues, individual adults with career and job concerns, teenagers facing stress with school and family, and mothers who are balancing multiple life stressors. I also have experience helping couples and individuals experiencing stress related to infertility. I'm here to empower you on your path to personal growth, healing and fulfilment.
(737) 250-7749 View (737) 250-7749
Photo of Christian Counseling Austin, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lago Vista, TX
Christian Counseling Austin
Licensed Professional Counselor, MDiv, MA, LPC
Verified
Lakeway, TX 78738
It can be very frustrating to be misunderstood by your spouse or your partner. You probably have a hard time communicating with each other. You probably find yourselves fighting about seemingly minor issues. You might be hurting and even feel a great deal of anger and resentment. You tried hard to fix the situation yourself or even hoped it would go away but you always seem to end up fighting again. You may even feel defeated because of the frequent arguing and worried about the future of your relationship. You know its time to get some help.
It can be very frustrating to be misunderstood by your spouse or your partner. You probably have a hard time communicating with each other. You probably find yourselves fighting about seemingly minor issues. You might be hurting and even feel a great deal of anger and resentment. You tried hard to fix the situation yourself or even hoped it would go away but you always seem to end up fighting again. You may even feel defeated because of the frequent arguing and worried about the future of your relationship. You know its time to get some help.
(512) 843-8181 View (512) 843-8181
Photo of M Karen Hampton, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Lago Vista, TX
M Karen Hampton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Finding a sense of peace and fostering intimate relationships are lifelong goals. Whether these goals seem permanently elusive or temporarily unattainable, I help adults travel forward on this journey. Along with my client, I strive to create a safe place in which to explore thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; increase self-awareness; and develop a more satisfying life. While the leap of faith to engage in therapy can be enormous, I believe that the power of therapy to enrich our lives to be even greater. You may wish to check out my videos on my website.
Finding a sense of peace and fostering intimate relationships are lifelong goals. Whether these goals seem permanently elusive or temporarily unattainable, I help adults travel forward on this journey. Along with my client, I strive to create a safe place in which to explore thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; increase self-awareness; and develop a more satisfying life. While the leap of faith to engage in therapy can be enormous, I believe that the power of therapy to enrich our lives to be even greater. You may wish to check out my videos on my website.
(512) 649-2224 View (512) 649-2224
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Chris Neal
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78732  (Online Only)
I am dedicated to helping adults through periods of stress, transition, and uncertainty. In individual therapy, we can work together to help you quiet the mind, calm the body, and develop insights that allow you to life more fully.
I am dedicated to helping adults through periods of stress, transition, and uncertainty. In individual therapy, we can work together to help you quiet the mind, calm the body, and develop insights that allow you to life more fully.
(361) 315-7017 View (361) 315-7017
Photo of Monica Serrano Thomas, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Lago Vista, TX
Monica Serrano Thomas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
5 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78732  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
As a therapist, my personal battles have granted me an intimacy with the struggles my clients face. I understand the reluctance to ask for help, especially in multicultural communities where mental health is often not taken seriously. Generational trauma and cultural expectations have woven intricate barriers around seeking assistance. It's a struggle I'm familiar with, and that familiarity is the cornerstone of the safe haven I strive to create for my clients. Consider working with me if you recognize that therapy can be a powerful tool for personal growth and healing, and you are ready to create positive changes in your life.
As a therapist, my personal battles have granted me an intimacy with the struggles my clients face. I understand the reluctance to ask for help, especially in multicultural communities where mental health is often not taken seriously. Generational trauma and cultural expectations have woven intricate barriers around seeking assistance. It's a struggle I'm familiar with, and that familiarity is the cornerstone of the safe haven I strive to create for my clients. Consider working with me if you recognize that therapy can be a powerful tool for personal growth and healing, and you are ready to create positive changes in your life.
(737) 637-5030 View (737) 637-5030

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Number of Therapists in Lago Vista, TX

< 10

Therapists in Lago Vista, TX who prioritize treating:

89% Anxiety
89% Coping Skills
78% Grief
78% Self Esteem
78% Stress
78% Life Transitions
67% Relationship Issues

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
71% Aetna
71% Optum

How Therapists in Lago Vista, TX see their clients

78% In Person and Online
22% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Lago Vista?

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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.