Confidentiality is of the utmost importance in the therapeutic relationship. The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission. Both written records and verbal communications are protected. We will discuss in session with whom you may like me to speak who you may like me to be able to speak, or with whom I think it might be helpful to communicate.
In some cases, as a Mandated Reporter, I am bound by law to disclose clinical information. These exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report 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.
- Courts: Client notes and records can, at times, be subject to supoena when a client is involved in civil or criminal legal proceedings.
- Collection of unpaid fees: Information will be disclosed if they are required to collect unpaid fees.
- When working with a minor child: I will contact the child's guardian if the child is engaging in ongoing behaviors that compromise the child's safety.