In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and Therapist. Information is not disclosed without your written consent and permission. However, it is important to know that there are some exceptions to this rule:
- If child, dependent, or elder abuse is suspected. The Therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities as a Mandated Reporter.
- If you as a client are threatening bodily harm to another person. The Therapist is required to notify local law enforcement and the intended victim.
- If you as a client intend to harm yourself. We will make every effort to safety plan and talk through a plan to harm yourself. However, if we feel that you are still a safety risk to yourself, we will need to pursue an evaluation to determine if you should be hospitalized. While this is not what we would want to do, we have to consider your safety first.
- If we are subpoenaed by a court of law.
- If a court of law has ordered you to participate in therapy, your participation will need to be reported to the court to show that you are doing what you need to do.
- If we are requested to complete paperwork for Disability determination, we may release information with your consent.