Therapists in Seattle, WA

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Dawnn Rabinovich Meiers
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98136  (Online Only)
I help "grow the good" and specialize in serving women who hope to prioritize self-care in the midst of other life responsibilities. My nature-based behavioral health services might be a good fit if you're seeking nonjudgmental emotional support while strengthening coping skills and connecting (in ways that work for you) with the natural world.
I help "grow the good" and specialize in serving women who hope to prioritize self-care in the midst of other life responsibilities. My nature-based behavioral health services might be a good fit if you're seeking nonjudgmental emotional support while strengthening coping skills and connecting (in ways that work for you) with the natural world.
(425) 276-1908 View (425) 276-1908
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Wendy Maurer
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98122
Undergoing intensive psychodynamic psychotherapy is deeply personal. For many individuals, this adventure into unknown recesses of their psyches reveals personal vistas previously unimagined. Such exploration frequently involves painful disclosures, frightening discoveries, an extraordinary development of self-understanding, an increase in capacity for intimate sharing, and an integration of strengths and aspirations. Such a journey, with phases of both pain and exhilaration, usually takes place over an extended period.
Undergoing intensive psychodynamic psychotherapy is deeply personal. For many individuals, this adventure into unknown recesses of their psyches reveals personal vistas previously unimagined. Such exploration frequently involves painful disclosures, frightening discoveries, an extraordinary development of self-understanding, an increase in capacity for intimate sharing, and an integration of strengths and aspirations. Such a journey, with phases of both pain and exhilaration, usually takes place over an extended period.
(206) 451-7899 View (206) 451-7899
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Devin Sparrow
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, LMFTA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98109
Taking the first step toward therapy can feel like stepping into the unknown–a blend of excitement, hope, and perhaps a lot of apprehension. If you've found your way here, know that you're not alone. I am a systemically trained therapist dedicated to creating a safe and affirming space for individuals, couples, and nonmonogamous folx to explore their stories and struggles.
Taking the first step toward therapy can feel like stepping into the unknown–a blend of excitement, hope, and perhaps a lot of apprehension. If you've found your way here, know that you're not alone. I am a systemically trained therapist dedicated to creating a safe and affirming space for individuals, couples, and nonmonogamous folx to explore their stories and struggles.
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Brittany Silva
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
Accepting a few more clients! I possess the versatility to work with individuals of all ages and a wide spectrum of diagnoses, I work with teens and adults who are struggling with depression, stress, anxiety, burnout, childhood trauma, and who may just need an unbiased ear to listen. My understanding of the complexities of life, combined with my expertise in clinical social work, positions me as a valuable resource for those navigating the challenges of adulthood.
Accepting a few more clients! I possess the versatility to work with individuals of all ages and a wide spectrum of diagnoses, I work with teens and adults who are struggling with depression, stress, anxiety, burnout, childhood trauma, and who may just need an unbiased ear to listen. My understanding of the complexities of life, combined with my expertise in clinical social work, positions me as a valuable resource for those navigating the challenges of adulthood.
(509) 642-6386 View (509) 642-6386
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Al Kent-Guerra
Pre-Licensed Professional, Intern
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98119  (Online Only)
Do you find yourself unable to settle into the present moment? Are you finding your mind racing with thoughts about the past, operating on autopilot, or on continued problem-solving/planning-mode? If so, you might benefit from biopsychosocial mental health interventions based on mindfulness. By using readily available resources in your environment, we can explore what it means to have a life in which you are able to savor the fullness of every passing moment, while also recognizing the ways in which your body communicates different emotions, and how different thoughts impact your body.
Do you find yourself unable to settle into the present moment? Are you finding your mind racing with thoughts about the past, operating on autopilot, or on continued problem-solving/planning-mode? If so, you might benefit from biopsychosocial mental health interventions based on mindfulness. By using readily available resources in your environment, we can explore what it means to have a life in which you are able to savor the fullness of every passing moment, while also recognizing the ways in which your body communicates different emotions, and how different thoughts impact your body.
(206) 350-3520 View (206) 350-3520
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Maytal Grossman Not Accepting New Clients Now
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98126
Reaching out to ask for help is one of the bravest things you can do. It involves being seen; in our vulnerabilities and in our strengths. It involves holding hope for yourself, your relationship(s), your child, your life. As a clinician, it is my job to hold that hope for you, even when you cannot see it. I believe strongly in client-centered work, which means that I also believe that people are essentially driven towards their own highest good and healing; sometimes it just takes removing the obstacles, which we will identify and face together. My work with individuals, couples, families and children is strongly informed by
Reaching out to ask for help is one of the bravest things you can do. It involves being seen; in our vulnerabilities and in our strengths. It involves holding hope for yourself, your relationship(s), your child, your life. As a clinician, it is my job to hold that hope for you, even when you cannot see it. I believe strongly in client-centered work, which means that I also believe that people are essentially driven towards their own highest good and healing; sometimes it just takes removing the obstacles, which we will identify and face together. My work with individuals, couples, families and children is strongly informed by
(206) 385-3136 View (206) 385-3136
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Naomi Espulgar
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSWAIC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
The first step to healing is recognizing that you need support reaching your desired emotional and mental wellness. Choosing a therapist you can connect with is critical to successful treatment. When working with clients, I use a non-judgmental collaborative approach while receiving authentic validation of life struggles and also encouraging clients to move toward change and healing. My expertise includes helping client process loss, navigating through life stressors, and adjusting to life transitions.
The first step to healing is recognizing that you need support reaching your desired emotional and mental wellness. Choosing a therapist you can connect with is critical to successful treatment. When working with clients, I use a non-judgmental collaborative approach while receiving authentic validation of life struggles and also encouraging clients to move toward change and healing. My expertise includes helping client process loss, navigating through life stressors, and adjusting to life transitions.
(206) 495-4993 View (206) 495-4993
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Emma B Sander
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
Do you feel overstimulated by others' energy throughout your day or week? You may have noticed that you have a stronger emotional response than those close to you (both positive & negative). Or maybe, you find yourself so focused on your responsibilities that you struggle to enjoy the journey. We often find ourselves isolating or masking just to cope with impossible feelings. Through counseling, you can face these challenges and decrease the stress, anxiety, and even relationship bumps that you might be experiencing.
Do you feel overstimulated by others' energy throughout your day or week? You may have noticed that you have a stronger emotional response than those close to you (both positive & negative). Or maybe, you find yourself so focused on your responsibilities that you struggle to enjoy the journey. We often find ourselves isolating or masking just to cope with impossible feelings. Through counseling, you can face these challenges and decrease the stress, anxiety, and even relationship bumps that you might be experiencing.
(206) 278-2930 View (206) 278-2930
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Horizon Therapy Seattle - Jen Davis
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, LMFTA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98133
As a couple, family, & individual therapist, I honor the importance of our inherent human need to be in fulfilling connection with others and ourselves. And I recognize how difficult this can sometimes be. Whether you're feeling disconnected from your partner, overwhelmed by the level of conflict in your day-to-day family interactions, going through a major life transition, or seeking individual therapy to explore how past hurt and current challenges are constraining you from more fully inhabiting your life, therapy can be a powerful tool for growth. I offer a free consultation to explore our possible work together.
As a couple, family, & individual therapist, I honor the importance of our inherent human need to be in fulfilling connection with others and ourselves. And I recognize how difficult this can sometimes be. Whether you're feeling disconnected from your partner, overwhelmed by the level of conflict in your day-to-day family interactions, going through a major life transition, or seeking individual therapy to explore how past hurt and current challenges are constraining you from more fully inhabiting your life, therapy can be a powerful tool for growth. I offer a free consultation to explore our possible work together.
(206) 752-5538 View (206) 752-5538
Photo of Aylee Welch, LICSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Aylee Welch
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98125
Traditional psychotherapy works toward congruence in a persons thinking, emotions, actions, and life choices. Body-oriented therapy understands that the body is also profoundly affected by our life experiences. Identifying and releasing attitudes and old images held in our physical structure adds an important component to therapy. This promotes lasting change, allowing for free flow of life energy from within us so we can more fully realize our life, our joy. I am also founder of the Seattle School of Body-Psychotherapy, and enterprise of Body-Psychotherapy of Seattle.
Traditional psychotherapy works toward congruence in a persons thinking, emotions, actions, and life choices. Body-oriented therapy understands that the body is also profoundly affected by our life experiences. Identifying and releasing attitudes and old images held in our physical structure adds an important component to therapy. This promotes lasting change, allowing for free flow of life energy from within us so we can more fully realize our life, our joy. I am also founder of the Seattle School of Body-Psychotherapy, and enterprise of Body-Psychotherapy of Seattle.
(206) 745-4956 View (206) 745-4956
Photo of Francis Iacobucci, LCSW, LICSW, LCSW-C, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Francis Iacobucci
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98112  (Online Only)
If you are someone who desires change and a deeper understanding of the aspects of your life to help ease emotional patterns and relieve symptoms, psychotherapy can help facilitate these goals. Developing understanding during treatment can lead to changes in behaviors, relationships, and sense of self. Through a compassionate and gentle approach, and with a HAES and body neutral lens, I aim to create an environment where individuals of all identities, abilities, and body size feel heard, safe, and connected. I work with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, emotional distress, eating disorders, and body image concerns.
If you are someone who desires change and a deeper understanding of the aspects of your life to help ease emotional patterns and relieve symptoms, psychotherapy can help facilitate these goals. Developing understanding during treatment can lead to changes in behaviors, relationships, and sense of self. Through a compassionate and gentle approach, and with a HAES and body neutral lens, I aim to create an environment where individuals of all identities, abilities, and body size feel heard, safe, and connected. I work with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, emotional distress, eating disorders, and body image concerns.
(564) 225-2483 View (564) 225-2483
Photo of Emily Bass, LICSWA, PCC
Emily Bass
Social Worker Associate, LICSWA, PCC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
I believe what people need to be well in life is to feel heard, understood, and accepted for who they are. I provide this to my clients through active and reflective listening, powerful questioning to provoke deeper thinking about one's challenges, and manageable practices to help you understand your own thoughts and beliefs about your challenges. When struggling with challenging issues such as end-of-life, grief, and depression, life can feel heavy and unmanageable. Clarifying one's needs and values can be a good starting point for creating goals to work toward. Having measurable goals provides purpose when things seem hopeless.
I believe what people need to be well in life is to feel heard, understood, and accepted for who they are. I provide this to my clients through active and reflective listening, powerful questioning to provoke deeper thinking about one's challenges, and manageable practices to help you understand your own thoughts and beliefs about your challenges. When struggling with challenging issues such as end-of-life, grief, and depression, life can feel heavy and unmanageable. Clarifying one's needs and values can be a good starting point for creating goals to work toward. Having measurable goals provides purpose when things seem hopeless.
(888) 507-6531 View (888) 507-6531
Photo of Cynthia Wilson, MA, LMHC, Counselor
Cynthia Wilson
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98110
Therapy is a partnership that grows in an atmosphere of safety and acceptance. It allows us to rediscover the parts of ourselves we had to disown as children in order to keep our caregivers close; to learn new skills to handle grief and distress; to build healthier, more nurturing relationships; and to gain access to our own direct experience of the world, perhaps for the first time. I nurture this collaboration with clients by recognizing that each individual possesses the wisdom he or she needs, as well as the innate capacity to love, to connect, and to thrive.
Therapy is a partnership that grows in an atmosphere of safety and acceptance. It allows us to rediscover the parts of ourselves we had to disown as children in order to keep our caregivers close; to learn new skills to handle grief and distress; to build healthier, more nurturing relationships; and to gain access to our own direct experience of the world, perhaps for the first time. I nurture this collaboration with clients by recognizing that each individual possesses the wisdom he or she needs, as well as the innate capacity to love, to connect, and to thrive.
(206) 489-3148 View (206) 489-3148
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Ali Pagan Williams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98112  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My goal as a therapist is to provide a safe and compassionate space for you to re-connect with your whole self (body included!) as well as your strengths, and to process through emotions and experiences that feel challenging to face and sort through on your own. As a black mixed race person of color myself, my racial identity is a lens through which I see the work and how I show up in the therapeutic space. I have a special interest in processing through grief for those who have experienced loss of any kind. I utilize calm, reflective listening, somatic awareness, social justice and systems focus, and a strengths-based approach.
My goal as a therapist is to provide a safe and compassionate space for you to re-connect with your whole self (body included!) as well as your strengths, and to process through emotions and experiences that feel challenging to face and sort through on your own. As a black mixed race person of color myself, my racial identity is a lens through which I see the work and how I show up in the therapeutic space. I have a special interest in processing through grief for those who have experienced loss of any kind. I utilize calm, reflective listening, somatic awareness, social justice and systems focus, and a strengths-based approach.
(206) 801-6263 View (206) 801-6263
Photo of Ali Drake, MA, LMHCA, Counselor
Ali Drake
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98125
Waitlist for new clients
Using a trauma-informed, neurodivergent and gender-affirming framework I work with young folks ages 10-25 years old to support them in: building coping strategies, communication skills, distress tolerance skills, and finding their own motivation to build a fulfilling and joyful life in the years to come. I have experience working with clients struggling with symptoms of Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, OCD, and school/behavior challenges. I have a wide range of experience working with neurodiverse teens who seek support in developing social skills, executive functioning skills, and building self-esteem.
Using a trauma-informed, neurodivergent and gender-affirming framework I work with young folks ages 10-25 years old to support them in: building coping strategies, communication skills, distress tolerance skills, and finding their own motivation to build a fulfilling and joyful life in the years to come. I have experience working with clients struggling with symptoms of Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, OCD, and school/behavior challenges. I have a wide range of experience working with neurodiverse teens who seek support in developing social skills, executive functioning skills, and building self-esteem.
(425) 409-6854 View (425) 409-6854
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Lauren Serl
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW, LSWAIC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98115  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I specialize in working with emerging adults experiencing anxiety, depression, panic, and suicidal ideations. My goal is to help my clients reach their goals through person-centered therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, psycho-education, and other therapeutic techniques.
I specialize in working with emerging adults experiencing anxiety, depression, panic, and suicidal ideations. My goal is to help my clients reach their goals through person-centered therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, psycho-education, and other therapeutic techniques.
(425) 382-8129 View (425) 382-8129
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Shannon Goodwin
Counselor, MA, LMHC, CMHS
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
I am excited to work with you to find more effective ways of coping with personal struggles and give you the tools to thrive. You can expect me to be actively engaged and taking a collaborative approach when working together. I typically see clients who are motivated and eager to make changes in their lives.
I am excited to work with you to find more effective ways of coping with personal struggles and give you the tools to thrive. You can expect me to be actively engaged and taking a collaborative approach when working together. I typically see clients who are motivated and eager to make changes in their lives.
(206) 736-3912 x455 View (206) 736-3912 x455
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Healing Counseling
Counselor
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98101  (Online Only)
Healing Counseling is a private group practice offering Mental Health Counseling. We use a person centered approach where inclusion and acceptance for diversity is our main objective. Is very important for us that all our clients feels hear and seen . The cultural, educational and background diversity of our team is an example of how we emphasized on individual/personalized treatment to meet all our client's needs. Our team has experience/education working with different cultural backgrounds, different mental health disorders and life issues, Domestic Violence and Women issues, LGBTQIA+ and more.
Healing Counseling is a private group practice offering Mental Health Counseling. We use a person centered approach where inclusion and acceptance for diversity is our main objective. Is very important for us that all our clients feels hear and seen . The cultural, educational and background diversity of our team is an example of how we emphasized on individual/personalized treatment to meet all our client's needs. Our team has experience/education working with different cultural backgrounds, different mental health disorders and life issues, Domestic Violence and Women issues, LGBTQIA+ and more.
(253) 259-2638 View (253) 259-2638
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Jackie Ahern
Counselor, LMHCA, MA, RD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
As both a mental health counselor and registered dietitian, I offer holistic, mind-body synced mental health care for eating disorders, body image, & identity. My work centers around our relationships: our relationship with the self, with others, with food, our bodies and the world around us. This philosophy includes the therapeutic relationship, meaning I deeply prioritize ensuring that you feel connected, heard and seen in our work together. As a sex positive, multiculturally sensitive and LGBT+ allied provider, it is central to my work to affirm and normalize our human experiences in order to dissipate the burdens of shame.
As both a mental health counselor and registered dietitian, I offer holistic, mind-body synced mental health care for eating disorders, body image, & identity. My work centers around our relationships: our relationship with the self, with others, with food, our bodies and the world around us. This philosophy includes the therapeutic relationship, meaning I deeply prioritize ensuring that you feel connected, heard and seen in our work together. As a sex positive, multiculturally sensitive and LGBT+ allied provider, it is central to my work to affirm and normalize our human experiences in order to dissipate the burdens of shame.
(425) 585-4274 View (425) 585-4274
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Cher Anderton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
There is power in our voices, and we deserve spaces where we can learn to feel safe expressing our pain, our hopes and our truth. I consider it my life's work to help create sacred spaces for those seeking ways to let go of the weight of their trauma and/or simply learn how to live life well and more authentically. Trust fostered in therapeutic relationships can open doors for increased self-awareness and self-love, inviting you to create healthier beliefs about yourself, your relationships, your life, your choices and your potential.
There is power in our voices, and we deserve spaces where we can learn to feel safe expressing our pain, our hopes and our truth. I consider it my life's work to help create sacred spaces for those seeking ways to let go of the weight of their trauma and/or simply learn how to live life well and more authentically. Trust fostered in therapeutic relationships can open doors for increased self-awareness and self-love, inviting you to create healthier beliefs about yourself, your relationships, your life, your choices and your potential.
(401) 404-5932 View (401) 404-5932

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Seattle, WA

3,000+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Seattle, WA who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
86% Depression
78% Relationship Issues
76% Self Esteem
72% Trauma and PTSD
70% Stress
69% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

70% Premera
55% Aetna
48% Regence

How Therapists in Seattle, WA see their clients

51% Online Only
49% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

75% Female
21% Male
4% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Seattle?

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.