Confidentiality is an important component of the therapist-patient relationship. The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission. You can expect that what we discuss in the therapy session will not be shared with anyone. However, sometimes you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to another healthcare provider. As a therapist I cannot release any information unless my patient signs a written permission, which is called “Authorization to Exchange/Release Information.”
There are Exceptions to Confidentiality:
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 a serious threat to another person. I am required to notify the police and inform the intended victim.
If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist client’s cooperation to ensure her/his safety. If my efforts are not successful, I must take further measures without client’s permission, that are provided to me by law, in order to ensure client’ safety.