Court-ordered therapy is a form of mental health treatment that is intended to act as a catalyst for change for any individual, child, or family who is, at any time, involved with the legal system.

A judge or magistrate may issue a court order to compel an individual (or multiple persons) to participate in therapy with a mental health provider for a variety of reasons. A clinician providing court-ordered therapy typically has specialized training in issues which frequently present in court-involved cases, such as: divorce, child welfare, custody disputes and parent-child reunification, parental fitness, high conflict dynamics, anger management, or substance abuse. Overall, court ordered therapy is a way for individuals in the legal system to facilitate positive solutions for legal dilemmas under the supervision of a mental health professional.