The law protects the relationship between a client and a therapist. Information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
The exceptions to this rule include:
- Suspected child or elder abuse, which I am required by law to report to the appropriate authorities.
- If a client is threatening serious harm to another person, 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 obtain the client's cooperation in ensuring his or her safety. If the client does not cooperate, I will take further measures without his or her permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure the client's safety.
- There are other exceptions to confidentiality described in the privacy practices documents on the right hand side of this page.