Confidentiality is one of the most important components in the therapeutic alliance between a client and therapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but in session. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their privacy practices, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, you may want your therapist to share information with a loved one or provide an update to someone on your healthcare team (i.e. physician, psychiatrist), but by law your therapist cannot release information without your written permission.
The following are exceptions to Confidentiality:
- Suspected abuse of a child, dependent adult, or elder, for which your therapist is required by law to report to the appropriate authorities immediately.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person, your therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
If a client intends to harm himself/herself, your therapist will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they are unable to contract for safety, your therapist may take additional measures without their permission provided by law to ensure their safety.
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