Therapists in Bedford County, VA

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Photo of Tara Cothren, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bedford County, VA
Tara Cothren
Licensed Professional Counselor, M Ed, LPC
Verified Verified
Forest, VA 24551
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia with over 15 years of experience working in various therapeutic settings. I take an individualized, person centered approach in working with adolescents and adults. I look forward to providing a healing environment to my clients to collaboratively address needs brought to each session. I have extensive training in working with trauma and addressing negative self-limiting beliefs as well as instilling more positive and adaptive methods of coping.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia with over 15 years of experience working in various therapeutic settings. I take an individualized, person centered approach in working with adolescents and adults. I look forward to providing a healing environment to my clients to collaboratively address needs brought to each session. I have extensive training in working with trauma and addressing negative self-limiting beliefs as well as instilling more positive and adaptive methods of coping.
(434) 885-0465 View (434) 885-0465
Photo of Debra Crowder, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bedford County, VA
Debra Crowder
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified Verified
Forest, VA 24551
Are you are feeling sad, irritable or empty? Do you have trouble concentrating? Have you had a panic attack? What about nightmares or disturbing recollections of past frightening events? If so, therapy can help. Adolescents and adults who have experienced abuse, neglect, violence, bullying, loss of a loved one, divorce, or relationship problems can find relief through therapy.
Are you are feeling sad, irritable or empty? Do you have trouble concentrating? Have you had a panic attack? What about nightmares or disturbing recollections of past frightening events? If so, therapy can help. Adolescents and adults who have experienced abuse, neglect, violence, bullying, loss of a loved one, divorce, or relationship problems can find relief through therapy.
(434) 201-7401 View (434) 201-7401
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Lisa Whitaker
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Forest, VA 24551
If you are hurting or confused or just curious, counseling can be very helpful for improving your quality of life. I've worked with many issues for more than 12 years, each as unique as the individual or couple, but the list on my full profile will give you a general idea. It's always a pleasure to meet new people and build therapeutic relationships.
If you are hurting or confused or just curious, counseling can be very helpful for improving your quality of life. I've worked with many issues for more than 12 years, each as unique as the individual or couple, but the list on my full profile will give you a general idea. It's always a pleasure to meet new people and build therapeutic relationships.
(434) 509-4083 View (434) 509-4083
Photo of Emily Wingfield, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bedford County, VA
Emily Wingfield
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Forest, VA 24551
Imagine a space where you feel heard, seen, and safe. A place to unload all of your anxiety, stress, and fears. Therapy is meant to be a place to be wholly yourself and to explore the most difficult aspects of your life. My goal is to help you find solutions and to empower you to live life to the fullest. I seek to empower clients to take charge of their own stories in an environment that is confidential and comfortable.
Imagine a space where you feel heard, seen, and safe. A place to unload all of your anxiety, stress, and fears. Therapy is meant to be a place to be wholly yourself and to explore the most difficult aspects of your life. My goal is to help you find solutions and to empower you to live life to the fullest. I seek to empower clients to take charge of their own stories in an environment that is confidential and comfortable.
(434) 252-3617 x120 View (434) 252-3617 x120
Photo of Kathleen Van Allen, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bedford County, VA
Kathleen Van Allen
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Forest, VA 24551
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in therapy for college students, young adults and women struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, stress management, motherhood/parenting, relationship issues, and interpersonal life skills. I also specialize in couples/marital counseling, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, and trauma training with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). I develop strong relationships with my clients and, together, we work towards finding their roadmaps in life, improving self-worth, identifying goals/objectives, reducing hard feelings and behaviors, and overall feeling better at managing daily life
I specialize in therapy for college students, young adults and women struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, stress management, motherhood/parenting, relationship issues, and interpersonal life skills. I also specialize in couples/marital counseling, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, and trauma training with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). I develop strong relationships with my clients and, together, we work towards finding their roadmaps in life, improving self-worth, identifying goals/objectives, reducing hard feelings and behaviors, and overall feeling better at managing daily life
(434) 299-2809 View (434) 299-2809
Photo of Heather J Aldridge, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bedford County, VA
Heather J Aldridge
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Forest, VA 24551
Waitlist for new clients
I enjoy working collaboratively with women who feel stuck in a particular place. Often these times are during a transition phase of life coupled with some grieving for a particular phase of life being left behind. I have a natural curiosity for why people do the things they do and this helps me to be inquisitive yet not judgemental regarding a person's behavior. I have a strong faith based background and will seek to use whatever spiritual strengths a person has to move them further along in the process of healing and adjusting to their new reality.
I enjoy working collaboratively with women who feel stuck in a particular place. Often these times are during a transition phase of life coupled with some grieving for a particular phase of life being left behind. I have a natural curiosity for why people do the things they do and this helps me to be inquisitive yet not judgemental regarding a person's behavior. I have a strong faith based background and will seek to use whatever spiritual strengths a person has to move them further along in the process of healing and adjusting to their new reality.
(540) 296-2680 View (540) 296-2680
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Jordyn Chaverri
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, LMHP-R
Verified Verified
Forest, VA 24551
Sometimes we as people just get stuck. When you're a child or adolescent, that may look like anxiety, overwhelm, aggression, isolation, and more. However, we also have the hope and possibility to be unstuck, we just may need some new tools to get there - that's where counseling comes in. Healing and growth and wellness are all possible and worth working for, and asking for help is sometimes the first step.
Sometimes we as people just get stuck. When you're a child or adolescent, that may look like anxiety, overwhelm, aggression, isolation, and more. However, we also have the hope and possibility to be unstuck, we just may need some new tools to get there - that's where counseling comes in. Healing and growth and wellness are all possible and worth working for, and asking for help is sometimes the first step.
(434) 510-8698 View (434) 510-8698
Photo of Stephanie Pitts-Riley, Pre-Licensed Professional in Bedford County, VA
Stephanie Pitts-Riley
Pre-Licensed Professional, BA, QMHP-T
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Forest, VA 24551
Whether struggling with managing depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, or anything else- the ideal client is hopeful they will feel better and is willing to work together and develop a plan to continue moving forward. Honesty, vulnerability, and teamwork will help the client to effectively problem-solve, make change, and learn new strategies to regain control of their life. Whatever your goals are, we can put in the time and the work to get to a healthier, happier place.
Whether struggling with managing depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, or anything else- the ideal client is hopeful they will feel better and is willing to work together and develop a plan to continue moving forward. Honesty, vulnerability, and teamwork will help the client to effectively problem-solve, make change, and learn new strategies to regain control of their life. Whatever your goals are, we can put in the time and the work to get to a healthier, happier place.
(434) 686-7899 View (434) 686-7899
Photo of Aaron Boyce, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bedford County, VA
Aaron Boyce
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Forest, VA 24551
The most profound force is a person’s ability to heal. Life can deal its chaos and turmoil to anyone, but I believe that we are all on our own path toward wholeness. When we lose ourselves for a time, problems such as anxiety, depression, or addiction may arise. My priorities as a therapist are to be a collaborator and guide to nurture the growth and healing that is already occurring in you. I strive to bring a relational style to the therapeutic process knowing that it is sacred–yet potentially painful and intimidating–to ‘bear one’s soul’ to another. I am LGBTQ+ affirming and seek to create a warm and welcoming space for all.
The most profound force is a person’s ability to heal. Life can deal its chaos and turmoil to anyone, but I believe that we are all on our own path toward wholeness. When we lose ourselves for a time, problems such as anxiety, depression, or addiction may arise. My priorities as a therapist are to be a collaborator and guide to nurture the growth and healing that is already occurring in you. I strive to bring a relational style to the therapeutic process knowing that it is sacred–yet potentially painful and intimidating–to ‘bear one’s soul’ to another. I am LGBTQ+ affirming and seek to create a warm and welcoming space for all.
(434) 533-7521 View (434) 533-7521
Photo of Advanced Psychotherapeutics, Psychologist in Bedford County, VA
Advanced Psychotherapeutics
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Forest, VA 24551
Our motto: "We don't treat problems, we fix them." We offer the best in counseling and alternative medicine in Virginia. I have been trained in research applications and the clinical use of non-invasive brain stimulation at Harvard Medical School. I'm also trained in neurofeedback. Our therapists treat a variety of disorders to include ADHD, Autism, Mood disorders, substance abuse, marriage and family, and others. We offer the most comprehensive services available in Virginia. In addition to treatment, we are also a training and research facility. Whether you're looking for therapy, life coaching, or brain stimulation, we can help.
Our motto: "We don't treat problems, we fix them." We offer the best in counseling and alternative medicine in Virginia. I have been trained in research applications and the clinical use of non-invasive brain stimulation at Harvard Medical School. I'm also trained in neurofeedback. Our therapists treat a variety of disorders to include ADHD, Autism, Mood disorders, substance abuse, marriage and family, and others. We offer the most comprehensive services available in Virginia. In addition to treatment, we are also a training and research facility. Whether you're looking for therapy, life coaching, or brain stimulation, we can help.
(434) 446-1018 View (434) 446-1018
Photo of Katelyn Childs, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bedford County, VA
Katelyn Childs
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Forest, VA 24551
Waitlist for new clients
Instead of asking "what's wrong" with someone, my approach is to ask "what happened." Getting to the root of a problem, seeing what’s behind it and what’s contributing to it, is more beneficial in the long term than solely viewing an issue as it presents today. While providing a safe and supportive environment, I work collaboratively with clients to learn ways to manage symptoms more effectively, keep the past from negatively affecting the present, and assist clients in moving forward with clarity and purpose.
Instead of asking "what's wrong" with someone, my approach is to ask "what happened." Getting to the root of a problem, seeing what’s behind it and what’s contributing to it, is more beneficial in the long term than solely viewing an issue as it presents today. While providing a safe and supportive environment, I work collaboratively with clients to learn ways to manage symptoms more effectively, keep the past from negatively affecting the present, and assist clients in moving forward with clarity and purpose.
(434) 201-7539 View (434) 201-7539
Photo of Emily Woody, Counselor in Bedford County, VA
Emily Woody
Counselor, MEd , LPC , CEDS
Verified Verified
Forest, VA 24551
Emily has a passion for working with individuals dealing with matters such as transition to adulthood, relationship issues, Eating Disorders, and trauma history. She uses a variety of techniques when developing rich relationships with her clients to help them overcome their challenges. Emily believes in all around wellness with the body and soul and incorporates this into her therapy sessions. She has training in Telehealth Services, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and Basic EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Emily is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist.
Emily has a passion for working with individuals dealing with matters such as transition to adulthood, relationship issues, Eating Disorders, and trauma history. She uses a variety of techniques when developing rich relationships with her clients to help them overcome their challenges. Emily believes in all around wellness with the body and soul and incorporates this into her therapy sessions. She has training in Telehealth Services, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and Basic EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Emily is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist.
(434) 597-3328 x116 View (434) 597-3328 x116
Photo of Keith D Huffman, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bedford County, VA
Keith D Huffman
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S
Verified Verified
Forest, VA 24551  (Online Only)
My ideal client are the ones who tried therapy in the past, felt like it didn't match or work as well as they had wanted and are hesitant to try again but hold out hope that they can have the life they always wanted. One of the greatest feelings I have as a therapist is watching a client is seeing a client go from lack of confidence and hope to to a place of confidence, peace and happiness.
My ideal client are the ones who tried therapy in the past, felt like it didn't match or work as well as they had wanted and are hesitant to try again but hold out hope that they can have the life they always wanted. One of the greatest feelings I have as a therapist is watching a client is seeing a client go from lack of confidence and hope to to a place of confidence, peace and happiness.
(434) 226-5745 View (434) 226-5745
Photo of Joshua Schaap, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bedford County, VA
Joshua Schaap
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LMHP-R, CSAC-R
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Forest, VA 24551
Hello there! I'm Joshua Schaap, though most folks just call me Josh - either works for me. A few tidbits about me: I'm a sucker for a captivating true-crime podcast, and I share my life with a rescue pup named Lilo. On a professional note, I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor based in Virginia. Before joining the Lifebulb team, I've worked across various mental health settings, from psychiatric inpatient to residential recovery and outpatient care. Each experience has enriched my understanding of mental health & deepened my respect for those I've had the privilege to assist along the journey.
Hello there! I'm Joshua Schaap, though most folks just call me Josh - either works for me. A few tidbits about me: I'm a sucker for a captivating true-crime podcast, and I share my life with a rescue pup named Lilo. On a professional note, I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor based in Virginia. Before joining the Lifebulb team, I've worked across various mental health settings, from psychiatric inpatient to residential recovery and outpatient care. Each experience has enriched my understanding of mental health & deepened my respect for those I've had the privilege to assist along the journey.
(434) 603-6594 View (434) 603-6594
Photo of Lisa Michelle Fox, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bedford County, VA
Lisa Michelle Fox
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Forest, VA 24551
Many of my clients have spent much of their time dealing with thoughts, emotions, or images are stressful and reoccurring, so if you do too, know you are not alone. If you are tired of just coping with your thoughts and feelings I would love to talk more! I focus on helping clients get unstuck from their experiences such as childhood and adult trauma, PTSD, OCD (Obsessive-compulsive Disorder) and other anxiety and depression related issues and back into living life.
Many of my clients have spent much of their time dealing with thoughts, emotions, or images are stressful and reoccurring, so if you do too, know you are not alone. If you are tired of just coping with your thoughts and feelings I would love to talk more! I focus on helping clients get unstuck from their experiences such as childhood and adult trauma, PTSD, OCD (Obsessive-compulsive Disorder) and other anxiety and depression related issues and back into living life.
(434) 602-9907 View (434) 602-9907
Photo of Bosede Balogun, Resident in Counseling in Bedford County, VA
Bosede Balogun
Resident in Counseling, LPC-R, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Forest, VA 24551
I hold an M.A. in Human Services, Marriage and Family Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University and am a Resident in Counseling. Currently, I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. My counseling approach is tailored to each client's specific needs. I incorporate multicultural and creative arts with an eclectic approach to counseling to address each client's needs. I am also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
I hold an M.A. in Human Services, Marriage and Family Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University and am a Resident in Counseling. Currently, I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. My counseling approach is tailored to each client's specific needs. I incorporate multicultural and creative arts with an eclectic approach to counseling to address each client's needs. I am also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
(434) 732-2092 View (434) 732-2092
Photo of Heather Jennings, Counselor in Bedford County, VA
Heather Jennings
Counselor, MA
Not Verified Not Verified
Forest, VA 24551  (Online Only)
I am a passionate Mental Health Life Coach committed to encouraging men and women of any age through difficulties they may face. Sometimes people need redirection and help in finding their best selves. I have been there and look forward to helping walk you through and help you achieve the next level, whether in your career or anxiety and depression, or if you need help with difficult people in your life. My work focuses on targeting irrational thoughts, behaviors, and beliefs that keep us discouraged and feeling stuck in life. At the end of our work together, I believe you will feel more empowered to take the next step.
I am a passionate Mental Health Life Coach committed to encouraging men and women of any age through difficulties they may face. Sometimes people need redirection and help in finding their best selves. I have been there and look forward to helping walk you through and help you achieve the next level, whether in your career or anxiety and depression, or if you need help with difficult people in your life. My work focuses on targeting irrational thoughts, behaviors, and beliefs that keep us discouraged and feeling stuck in life. At the end of our work together, I believe you will feel more empowered to take the next step.
(434) 290-4401 View (434) 290-4401
Photo of Mandy Nobilini, Resident in Counseling in Bedford County, VA
Mandy Nobilini
Resident in Counseling, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Forest, VA 24551
Are you struggling with anxiety and feeling on edge? Do you find unwanted thoughts, images, or worries getting “stuck” in your head? Are you doing everything you can to try to avoid sadness and pain because it feels overwhelming? Do you wish that you could be present in your life in a way that means something to you? If you relate to any of these questions, I would love to talk more. My areas of clinical focus include OCD, anxiety, depression, or other chronic mental health concerns.
Are you struggling with anxiety and feeling on edge? Do you find unwanted thoughts, images, or worries getting “stuck” in your head? Are you doing everything you can to try to avoid sadness and pain because it feels overwhelming? Do you wish that you could be present in your life in a way that means something to you? If you relate to any of these questions, I would love to talk more. My areas of clinical focus include OCD, anxiety, depression, or other chronic mental health concerns.
(434) 442-6167 View (434) 442-6167
Photo of Kelly Bowles, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Bedford County, VA
Kelly Bowles
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Forest, VA 24551
Do you ever feel like you are just putting band-aids on problems without really ever getting to the root of what is causing the pain? I am an outcomes oriented therapist with the skill set to help my clients achieve success. Some of the greatest client successes I have witnessed are clients who have experienced dramatic relief from debilitating depression and anxiety symptoms, through working through unresolved trauma.
Do you ever feel like you are just putting band-aids on problems without really ever getting to the root of what is causing the pain? I am an outcomes oriented therapist with the skill set to help my clients achieve success. Some of the greatest client successes I have witnessed are clients who have experienced dramatic relief from debilitating depression and anxiety symptoms, through working through unresolved trauma.
(571) 459-7180 View (571) 459-7180
Photo of Michelle Smith, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bedford County, VA
Michelle Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, PMH-C, RPT-S, ACS, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Forest, VA 24551
Waitlist for new clients
I think the first thing someone seeking help needs to release is a sense of wrongness - "I let this happen," "I'm no good," "If only I had..." These are all normal, human responses, but they are also hurtful and create a false sense of self. The reason I became a counselor was to help those individuals carrying around guilt and shame. It affects everything - your relationships, your work, everything! I want everyone to thrive and live their fullest life. Being able to see yourself clearly, not for what you've done or did not do, is a powerful healing agent.
I think the first thing someone seeking help needs to release is a sense of wrongness - "I let this happen," "I'm no good," "If only I had..." These are all normal, human responses, but they are also hurtful and create a false sense of self. The reason I became a counselor was to help those individuals carrying around guilt and shame. It affects everything - your relationships, your work, everything! I want everyone to thrive and live their fullest life. Being able to see yourself clearly, not for what you've done or did not do, is a powerful healing agent.
(434) 505-5451 View (434) 505-5451

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Number of Therapists in Bedford County, VA

80+

Average cost per session

$115

Therapists in Bedford County, VA who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
84% Depression
79% Relationship Issues
77% Trauma and PTSD
70% Self Esteem
67% Stress
62% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% Anthem | Elevance
67% Aetna
66% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Therapists in Bedford County, VA see their clients

91% In Person and Online
9% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Bedford County?

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.