Your privacy is extremely important to me, especially given the things we will be discussing. For the most part, what is said in our sessions is confidential. I make every effort to protect your privacy, unless you give written permission to disclose certain aspects of your treatment. This also applies to spouses, children, parents of adult patients, and other family members or friends. I realize those in your life are concerned about your well-being, but protecting the information disclosed in therapy is critical.
There are, however, times when this is not possible. Exceptions include:
- Suspected abuse of a child, dependent/vulnerable adult, or elderly person, 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 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 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.