One of the benefits of psychotherapy is that it affords a safe and confidential place for people to work through feelings and thoughts. Your record and what you say in sessions is protected by the law! Additionally, the law protects the relationship between client and a psychotherapist. The information discussed within session cannot be disclosed without your written permission. You would need to sign a release of information in order for me to discuss your case with anyone else.
There are just a few exceptions to this which include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately. I am a mandated reporter.
- If you threaten serious bodily harm to a specific person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If you express intentions to harm yourself (i.e. suicidal ideation), I will make every effort to enlist your cooperation in developing a safety plan. After all - you have come to therapy for help! However, if you are set on wanting to harm yourself and cannot contract for safety, I will have to take further measures without your permission in order to protect you.
Prior to starting treatment, I provide you with an informed consent which will again review this and request that you acknowledge and sign in understanding of the confidentiality that therapy affords, and the few exceptions mentioned above.