The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission. Sometimes, at the first session, or during later sessions, I may ask you to sign a release of information to coordinate care with your physician. However, you may revoke consent at any time and you are not required to consent to release information.
Exceptions to confidentiality include:
- 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 insuring 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.