I value the faith and trust that my clients put into the therapeutic relationship we develop and I believe that without it a barrier to true healing can be present. For some people, seeking therapy is hard enough without having to also worry that what they are saying is not held in confidence.
I can assure you that your privacy is my number one concern and want you to know that the law protects the relationship between us and information cannot be disclosed without your written permission.
However, there are important exceptions to this rule that you should understand. These exceptions include:
*Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am 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 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 will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.