Confidentiality & Privacy
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement. There may be circumstances where you would like your therapist to provide information to another provider (i.e., Primary Care Physician). In these instances, your therapist must have your writtent consent before providing any information regarding your treatment.
Although the law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission, there are some exceptions.
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.