The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without explicit written permission. We take patient privacy very seriously, and will discuss this with you at your first session. More details about each clinician's commitment to patient privacy and confidentiality can be found in the Agreement for Service that is reviewed with patients at initial meetings.
Rare exceptions for patient confidentiality exist, and they include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which we are required by law to report to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, we must ensure that person's safety by notifying the proper authorities as well as informing the person who is in danger.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, we will make every effort to enlist their participation in ensuring safety and well-being. If we do not believe that a patient is indeed safe, then we will always take further measures. In this situation, such permission to share private information is provided to therapists by law in order to ensure patient safety.