Confidentiality & Private Policy
Confidentiality between a client and therapist is very important. Successful therapy requires deep trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed outside of the therapist’s office.
You can expect that what you discuss in the session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Attorney, Etc.) but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
State law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations. I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim/s.
If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If the client does not cooperate, I must, and will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.