In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a patient and a psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are a number of exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:
Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is a mandated reporter and therefore 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 take measures to protect my client from that person/s.
If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will attempt to safety plan with my client however if they do not cooperate, I will be required by law to take the appropriate actions to protect them.
A Court Order: Health care professionals are required by law to release records of clients when a court order has been placed.