The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission, not even the existence of a therapeutic relationship. 

Exceptions to Client Psychotherapy Confidentiality 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 law enforcement and inform the intended victim(s).
  • If a client intends to harm him/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.
  • If ordered by a court of law.

I will do everything I can to protect your personal records and your privacy to keep the therapeutic relationship strong.

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