Privacy and Policy
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, the therapist must take measures to protect the client from that person/s.
If a client intends to harm himself or herself, the therapist will attempt to safety plan with the client however if they do not cooperate, the therapist 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.