Both state and federal laws protect the confidentiality and relationship between clients and their psychotherapist. All information obtained by your therapist is strickly confidential and cannot be disclosed through any means of communication to anyone without your written permission of disclosure. Any breach of confidentiality on your psychotherapist's part, other than for the exceptions stated below, is a criminal offense. All of the information you disclose during counseling sessions is kept completely safe and protected from further disclosure, even from someone who insists that you have asked them to contact the therapist. Even the fact that you are a client cannot and will not be confirmed to anyone without your written permission.
- If there is suspected abuse or neglect of a minor child, dependent adult or elder, the therapist is required to report this immediately to authorities.
- If a threat has been made of serious bodily harm to another person/s and these threats are deemed credible and imminent, the therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, the therapsit will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, the therapist without their permission will take further measures that are provided for by state and federal law in order to ensure their safety. These actions will include informing those deemed necessary to reduce the risk of harm.