The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
Legal exceptions and requirements include:
- Suspected child abuse, or dependent/disabled adult or elder abuse, 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 must take further measures without their permission, as required by law, in order to ensure their safety.
If my notes and records about our sessions are legally subpoenaed for any reason I will remain your advocate, and be advised by an attorney as to the minimum responses that are required.
Please review the following forms for a complete and thorough review of the exceptions to your confidentiality, your rights as a mental health patient regarding medical records, and my business policies.
- Disclosure Statement
- Payment & Cancellation Policies
- Confidentiality Rights & Limitations
- Client Rights Regarding HIPPA Authorizations