Confidentiality is one of the most important components in the relationship between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter. I will provide a written copy of your confidential disclosure agreement (informed consent), before our first meeting. You can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone.
If you wish me to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team, I need your written permission to release this information. State law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this 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.