Therapists in Grafton, WI

Photo of Drea Straw, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grafton, WI
Drea Straw
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified
Grafton, WI 53024
Are you looking for the right fit in your next next therapist? Hello, my name is Drea and I am a proud three-time graduate of Mount Mary University. I have 15 years of experience treating clients of all ages. I received my Master’s Degree in Counseling and Clinical Mental Health. Choosing and trusting someone to help you move forward through difficult times is a big decision. Everyone who enters therapy is looking for their “right fit” when looking for a therapist, which I fully acknowledge and take very seriously. My top priority is ensuring you feel comfortable enough to be open during our time together.
Are you looking for the right fit in your next next therapist? Hello, my name is Drea and I am a proud three-time graduate of Mount Mary University. I have 15 years of experience treating clients of all ages. I received my Master’s Degree in Counseling and Clinical Mental Health. Choosing and trusting someone to help you move forward through difficult times is a big decision. Everyone who enters therapy is looking for their “right fit” when looking for a therapist, which I fully acknowledge and take very seriously. My top priority is ensuring you feel comfortable enough to be open during our time together.
(262) 228-4390 View (262) 228-4390
Photo of Natalie Brey, Counselor in Grafton, WI
Natalie Brey
Counselor, MS
Verified
Grafton, WI 53024
Seeking help to prioritize yourself and your needs can be intimidating and vulnerable. As you embark on this journey towards healing and self-growth, I am honored to offer you support every step of the way. My approach to therapy is relationship-focused, holistic, and strengths-based. Together, we will identify goals you have and collaborate on how we can get you there. As you continue through the therapeutic process, we will adjust our plan as needed to best suit your needs and life circumstances. Along the way, we will celebrate your effort and personal growth as we continue to strive towards you becoming your best self.
Seeking help to prioritize yourself and your needs can be intimidating and vulnerable. As you embark on this journey towards healing and self-growth, I am honored to offer you support every step of the way. My approach to therapy is relationship-focused, holistic, and strengths-based. Together, we will identify goals you have and collaborate on how we can get you there. As you continue through the therapeutic process, we will adjust our plan as needed to best suit your needs and life circumstances. Along the way, we will celebrate your effort and personal growth as we continue to strive towards you becoming your best self.
(262) 300-4774 View (262) 300-4774
Photo of Christine Gallo, Pre-Licensed Professional in Grafton, WI
Christine Gallo
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
Grafton, WI 53024
Sometimes you feel like your life just isn’t what you want it to be. Maybe for reasons you can identify, or ones you can’t quite figure out. Whether it’s your relationships, career, or sense of self, you want something to be different but don’t know how to get there. You may have tried changing things on your own but it hasn’t worked. The pressure of expectations from yourself and others weighs on you, so even when you do try it's hard to feel like anything is good enough. You’re left with a sense of longing, or worry that there must be something wrong with you. We all struggle and strive, but often feel alone in that process.
Sometimes you feel like your life just isn’t what you want it to be. Maybe for reasons you can identify, or ones you can’t quite figure out. Whether it’s your relationships, career, or sense of self, you want something to be different but don’t know how to get there. You may have tried changing things on your own but it hasn’t worked. The pressure of expectations from yourself and others weighs on you, so even when you do try it's hard to feel like anything is good enough. You’re left with a sense of longing, or worry that there must be something wrong with you. We all struggle and strive, but often feel alone in that process.
(262) 537-5211 View (262) 537-5211
Photo of Wendy J Freitag, Psychologist in Grafton, WI
Wendy J Freitag
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Grafton, WI 53024
Are you ready to live the life you want? I can help tap into a hidden potential that resides within us – whether to heal trauma, gain balance and perspective in life & relationships, or assert yourself as confident and capable. I seek to empower my clients to capitalize on their strengths, improve their lives and become comfortable “in their own skin.” There is a distinct difference between “living” and just “existing.” It will be my pleasure to help you transition from a simple existence to LIVING the life you want. Equally important it is essential that you are as committed to improving your life as I am to enabling you to do so. 
Are you ready to live the life you want? I can help tap into a hidden potential that resides within us – whether to heal trauma, gain balance and perspective in life & relationships, or assert yourself as confident and capable. I seek to empower my clients to capitalize on their strengths, improve their lives and become comfortable “in their own skin.” There is a distinct difference between “living” and just “existing.” It will be my pleasure to help you transition from a simple existence to LIVING the life you want. Equally important it is essential that you are as committed to improving your life as I am to enabling you to do so. 
(414) 301-6567 View (414) 301-6567
Photo of Alissa Jane Ross, LPC Intern in Grafton, WI
Alissa Jane Ross
LPC Intern
Verified
Grafton, WI 53024
Accepting new clients immediately! I am committed to hosting a nonjudgmental and welcoming space for children, young adults, and their families to explore emotions, rebuild collaborative relationships, and cultivate an internal motivation to live a healthy lifestyle. Using an integrative approach, I focus on viewing my clients through a holistic perspective, encouraging authenticity, and establishing autonomy throughout therapy, as well as using a little humor! I believe in empowering my clients by highlighting their unique personal strengths to bolster their journeys toward fulfillment.
Accepting new clients immediately! I am committed to hosting a nonjudgmental and welcoming space for children, young adults, and their families to explore emotions, rebuild collaborative relationships, and cultivate an internal motivation to live a healthy lifestyle. Using an integrative approach, I focus on viewing my clients through a holistic perspective, encouraging authenticity, and establishing autonomy throughout therapy, as well as using a little humor! I believe in empowering my clients by highlighting their unique personal strengths to bolster their journeys toward fulfillment.
(262) 279-1705 View (262) 279-1705
Photo of Jessica R. Thering, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grafton, WI
Jessica R. Thering
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, MS, LPC, CSAC, MTBC
Verified
Grafton, WI 53024
Waitlist for new clients
As a psychologist, professional counselor, clinical substance abuse counselor, and music therapist, I have learned how much I enjoy working with people to help them overcome obstacles, develop techniques for them to live within the range of their personal capabilities, as well as pursue activities to complement and strengthen personal talents. I view the therapeutic alliance as one of the most complex and rewarding tools when working within the therapy setting. My two careers dovetail to give me the best opportunities to present clients with both traditional and non-traditional methods of working towards a lifestyle that is healthy.
As a psychologist, professional counselor, clinical substance abuse counselor, and music therapist, I have learned how much I enjoy working with people to help them overcome obstacles, develop techniques for them to live within the range of their personal capabilities, as well as pursue activities to complement and strengthen personal talents. I view the therapeutic alliance as one of the most complex and rewarding tools when working within the therapy setting. My two careers dovetail to give me the best opportunities to present clients with both traditional and non-traditional methods of working towards a lifestyle that is healthy.
(262) 233-4751 View (262) 233-4751
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Cynthia J Carlson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, MFT, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Grafton, WI 53024
I have over 20 years of experience in working with children, adolescents (and their families) with behavioral challenges in the Treatment Foster System and private practice. I believe that a systemic approach to healing provides the most lasting benefits to the entire family. I also use a client centered approach to promote self-acceptance, improve self-esteem and increase confidence in relationships through positive communication skills. I believe in taking a collaborative approach with clients and using their strengths to encourage change and overcome difficulties.
I have over 20 years of experience in working with children, adolescents (and their families) with behavioral challenges in the Treatment Foster System and private practice. I believe that a systemic approach to healing provides the most lasting benefits to the entire family. I also use a client centered approach to promote self-acceptance, improve self-esteem and increase confidence in relationships through positive communication skills. I believe in taking a collaborative approach with clients and using their strengths to encourage change and overcome difficulties.
(920) 264-0087 View (920) 264-0087
Photo of Betsy Grant, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grafton, WI
Betsy Grant
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, SAC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Grafton, WI 53024
I am Licensed Professional Counselor, Substance Abuse Counselor, and owner of Trilogy Counseling Services in Grafton, WI. I work with a wide range of issues including mental health disorders, unresolved emotional issues, self-esteem/self-empowerment, grief and loss, relationship/family concerns, couples counseling, individual counseling for personal and emotional growth, therapy to create more meaning and purpose in one’s life/living a more fulfilled life, and multiple other issues.
I am Licensed Professional Counselor, Substance Abuse Counselor, and owner of Trilogy Counseling Services in Grafton, WI. I work with a wide range of issues including mental health disorders, unresolved emotional issues, self-esteem/self-empowerment, grief and loss, relationship/family concerns, couples counseling, individual counseling for personal and emotional growth, therapy to create more meaning and purpose in one’s life/living a more fulfilled life, and multiple other issues.
(262) 404-4449 View (262) 404-4449
Photo of Erin Perez, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grafton, WI
Erin Perez
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Grafton, WI 53024
I have over 16 years of experience working with children, individuals, and families who have wide range of clinical needs. I believe that therapy goals and techniques are based on the individual's and/or family's needs, and I meet them where they are at in their process of growth. I have many years of experience working with children (and families) who have Pervasive Developmental Disorders (Autism, and Asperger's Syndrome). I also have experience working with children and adults who present a variety of behavioral and mental health challenges. I enjoy facilitating groups on social skills, anger management, and various parenting topics.
I have over 16 years of experience working with children, individuals, and families who have wide range of clinical needs. I believe that therapy goals and techniques are based on the individual's and/or family's needs, and I meet them where they are at in their process of growth. I have many years of experience working with children (and families) who have Pervasive Developmental Disorders (Autism, and Asperger's Syndrome). I also have experience working with children and adults who present a variety of behavioral and mental health challenges. I enjoy facilitating groups on social skills, anger management, and various parenting topics.
(262) 261-0264 View (262) 261-0264
Photo of Sarayu Meraki, Pre-Licensed Professional in Grafton, WI
Sarayu Meraki
Pre-Licensed Professional, LPC-IT
Verified
Grafton, WI 53024
Are you struggling through a loss or life transition, or hoping for healing and connection with yourself and others? Maybe you have unresolved trauma that's making you feel stuck? Or maybe you're in a relationship and want something different together. As humans, we want to experience connection and find a place of belonging and love. It's so important to create space to slow down, discover ways to hold life's complexity differently, and be compassionately curious about what’s getting in the way of what we truly want. It's never too late to explore being comfortable in your own skin and move toward growth and aliveness.
Are you struggling through a loss or life transition, or hoping for healing and connection with yourself and others? Maybe you have unresolved trauma that's making you feel stuck? Or maybe you're in a relationship and want something different together. As humans, we want to experience connection and find a place of belonging and love. It's so important to create space to slow down, discover ways to hold life's complexity differently, and be compassionately curious about what’s getting in the way of what we truly want. It's never too late to explore being comfortable in your own skin and move toward growth and aliveness.
(262) 300-8265 View (262) 300-8265
Photo of Melanie Murray LPC SEP, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grafton, WI
Melanie Murray LPC SEP
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, MFA, LPC, SEP, BCST
Verified
1 Endorsed
Grafton, WI 53024
The journey of wholeness is one of subtlety and complexity and by its nature unfolds in a timeline unique to each of us. The center of gravity of the work is rooted in the maturation of the human heart and the conscious tending of the innate longing for purpose, meaning and aliveness. While the work is challenging to the identities and fantasies we have created, it is grounded in love, essential wisdom and desire for freedom. To make the journey with an empathic, attuned, experienced fellow traveler is one of the true mysteries of human life.
The journey of wholeness is one of subtlety and complexity and by its nature unfolds in a timeline unique to each of us. The center of gravity of the work is rooted in the maturation of the human heart and the conscious tending of the innate longing for purpose, meaning and aliveness. While the work is challenging to the identities and fantasies we have created, it is grounded in love, essential wisdom and desire for freedom. To make the journey with an empathic, attuned, experienced fellow traveler is one of the true mysteries of human life.
(262) 214-3760 View (262) 214-3760
Photo of Victoria Sepulveda, Counselor in Grafton, WI
Victoria Sepulveda
Counselor, PhD, LPC, CSAC, NCC
Verified
Grafton, WI 53024
Not accepting new clients
Sometimes we may feel life gives us more than we can handle. Even if we have friends and family with whom we can share our feelings, how often do we have someone who can listen to and support us without judgment or bias in order for us to make the best decisions for our lives? This is when it is important to seek counseling from a qualified, ethical, and licensed professional. As a counselor, one of my core beliefs is that we are experts in our own lives; however, we also benefit by having support throughout our journeys in life. I am here to help assist you in your personal journey to wellness.
Sometimes we may feel life gives us more than we can handle. Even if we have friends and family with whom we can share our feelings, how often do we have someone who can listen to and support us without judgment or bias in order for us to make the best decisions for our lives? This is when it is important to seek counseling from a qualified, ethical, and licensed professional. As a counselor, one of my core beliefs is that we are experts in our own lives; however, we also benefit by having support throughout our journeys in life. I am here to help assist you in your personal journey to wellness.
(262) 394-1829 View (262) 394-1829
Photo of Laura Skinner, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grafton, WI
Laura Skinner
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC, SAC
Verified
Grafton, WI 53024
I enjoy working with clients that are ready for a change. Whether you are looking for a shift in perspective, helpful coping skills, or an overhaul change in life- I am passionate about exploring the many ways of achieving those goals. Therapy DOES NOT have to be a daunting process! It can be full of wonderment, light, and healing- which I love being able to show my clients!
I enjoy working with clients that are ready for a change. Whether you are looking for a shift in perspective, helpful coping skills, or an overhaul change in life- I am passionate about exploring the many ways of achieving those goals. Therapy DOES NOT have to be a daunting process! It can be full of wonderment, light, and healing- which I love being able to show my clients!
(262) 233-2234 View (262) 233-2234
Photo of Ann Marie Arvoy, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grafton, WI
Ann Marie Arvoy
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Grafton, WI 53024
My approach in therapy is to be honest and direct with the people I work with, but in a way that is combined with compassion and understanding. I am often told by my clients that they feel they are truly listened to and not judged. I have success in working with people who want to alleviate stress, decrease depression and anxiety, identify and work through negative patterns and create more joy and passion in their lives.
My approach in therapy is to be honest and direct with the people I work with, but in a way that is combined with compassion and understanding. I am often told by my clients that they feel they are truly listened to and not judged. I have success in working with people who want to alleviate stress, decrease depression and anxiety, identify and work through negative patterns and create more joy and passion in their lives.
(262) 725-4158 View (262) 725-4158
Photo of Tricia Damm, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grafton, WI
Tricia Damm
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Grafton, WI 53024
Your life is a story of experiences that shape your thoughts, feelings, behaviors and relationships. My passion is to walk along side of you and share in your story to tap into your own internal, self healing capabilities to create the change you are looking for. I build on your strengths and add additional resources to build a solid foundation to support and guide your work. I can help adults who experienced trauma or loss, feeling stuck, anxiety, depression, anger or have relationship struggles.
Your life is a story of experiences that shape your thoughts, feelings, behaviors and relationships. My passion is to walk along side of you and share in your story to tap into your own internal, self healing capabilities to create the change you are looking for. I build on your strengths and add additional resources to build a solid foundation to support and guide your work. I can help adults who experienced trauma or loss, feeling stuck, anxiety, depression, anger or have relationship struggles.
(262) 947-4755 View (262) 947-4755
Photo of Jennifer Skinner, Counselor in Grafton, WI
Jennifer Skinner
Counselor, MSEd, LPC
Verified
Grafton, WI 53024
Not accepting new clients
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a former Licensed Professional School Counselor with experience working with a wide range of clinical needs. I create a safe, healing environment that is focused on enhancing a client's resources and strengths. From this foundation, I help clients to identify their challenges and set goals so that they can begin to make changes that positively affect their lives and sense of self. I believe that treatment techniques must be based on the particular needs of the individual, and recognize that each individual is influenced by many factors within his/her environment.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a former Licensed Professional School Counselor with experience working with a wide range of clinical needs. I create a safe, healing environment that is focused on enhancing a client's resources and strengths. From this foundation, I help clients to identify their challenges and set goals so that they can begin to make changes that positively affect their lives and sense of self. I believe that treatment techniques must be based on the particular needs of the individual, and recognize that each individual is influenced by many factors within his/her environment.
(414) 939-7597 View (414) 939-7597
Photo of Misty Crass, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Grafton, WI
Misty Crass
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, APSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Grafton, WI 53024
The alarm goes off in the morning, and you are already exhausted. You've been awake all night worrying about how you're going to make it. The thought of being alone forever strikes you to the core, and you can't bear the thought of becoming a crazy cat lady. Every relationship that goes wrong adds to your ongoing tally of how unworthy of love that you are. Your negative thoughts consume every moment of your day, and you can't seem to break away from them. Nothing you do seems to help you move forward. What gives? How can you restore the confidence you had before things went south?
The alarm goes off in the morning, and you are already exhausted. You've been awake all night worrying about how you're going to make it. The thought of being alone forever strikes you to the core, and you can't bear the thought of becoming a crazy cat lady. Every relationship that goes wrong adds to your ongoing tally of how unworthy of love that you are. Your negative thoughts consume every moment of your day, and you can't seem to break away from them. Nothing you do seems to help you move forward. What gives? How can you restore the confidence you had before things went south?
(262) 404-3648 View (262) 404-3648
Photo of Corrin Van Lanen, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grafton, WI
Corrin Van Lanen
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Grafton, WI 53024
Taking the first step in prioritizing yourself is scary. I'm here to help you through not only the first step, but every step after that. Self-care comes in many forms, & I am happy to be a part of this process with you to discover what is meaningful & beneficial for you to feel your best self. As a mental health professional, I have been blessed to learn & grow with each of my clients. The story & vulnerability each individual brings forward is what makes the process impactful. The willingness to let down one’s guard & be your true self can transform people.
Taking the first step in prioritizing yourself is scary. I'm here to help you through not only the first step, but every step after that. Self-care comes in many forms, & I am happy to be a part of this process with you to discover what is meaningful & beneficial for you to feel your best self. As a mental health professional, I have been blessed to learn & grow with each of my clients. The story & vulnerability each individual brings forward is what makes the process impactful. The willingness to let down one’s guard & be your true self can transform people.
(262) 672-4551 View (262) 672-4551
Photo of Laurie Rathke, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grafton, WI
Laurie Rathke
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Grafton, WI 53024
Sometimes it's hard to always be "the strong one". Maybe you're so busy taking care of others, you've forgotten about taking care of yourself? Suddenly you notice your health is more of an issue and there is no easy explanation. You become overwhelmed, irritable or depressed with tasks and events that used to be no problem. Mind - Body - Spirit. They are all linked, like a chain. When one link is weak, the chain breaks down and needs attention.
Sometimes it's hard to always be "the strong one". Maybe you're so busy taking care of others, you've forgotten about taking care of yourself? Suddenly you notice your health is more of an issue and there is no easy explanation. You become overwhelmed, irritable or depressed with tasks and events that used to be no problem. Mind - Body - Spirit. They are all linked, like a chain. When one link is weak, the chain breaks down and needs attention.
(262) 500-3548 View (262) 500-3548
Photo of Joel Winston, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Grafton, WI
Joel Winston
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Grafton, WI 53024
Joel’s uses a wide variety of treatment approaches, which include cognitive behavioral therapy, insight oriented, and supportive therapy. He specializes in Hypnosis for habit controls (smoking, weight control, panic/anxiety, sleep and pain control. Relationship communication treatment (couples counseling, family therapy, separation/divorce and court relates requirements).
Joel’s uses a wide variety of treatment approaches, which include cognitive behavioral therapy, insight oriented, and supportive therapy. He specializes in Hypnosis for habit controls (smoking, weight control, panic/anxiety, sleep and pain control. Relationship communication treatment (couples counseling, family therapy, separation/divorce and court relates requirements).
(262) 233-9496 View (262) 233-9496

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Number of Therapists in Grafton, WI

30+

Average cost per session

$130

Therapists in Grafton, WI who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
94% Depression
89% Self Esteem
81% Relationship Issues
81% Grief
81% Stress
75% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

77% BlueCross and BlueShield
65% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
65% Anthem | Elevance

How Therapists in Grafton, WI see their clients

98% In Person and Online
2% Online Only

Gender breakdown

94% Female
6% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Grafton?

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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.