Clients enter the therapy relationship with an expectation of safety and confidentiality. Your privacy is of the utmost importance to us. In fact, the law protects the relationship between a client and a counselor, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
There are exceptions. These include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a patient is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. The therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will do everything possible to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.
- Court Orders: Health care professionals are required by law to release records of clients when a court order has been placed.
To see our full HIPPA policy click the tab at the top or here.