Confidentiality Practices

The law protects the relationship between a client and therapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission. However, confidentiality is not absolute, and there are circumstances in which information can or must be released. Exceptions include:

·        Suspected abuse of a child, an elderly person, or an adult with developmental disabilities or mental illness, for which I am required by law to report to the appropriate authorities immediately. I always recommend that, in such cases, the client reports the abuse from my office. If clients have not and are not willing to report, and I suspect that abuse is occurring, I am bound by law to report.

·        If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist his or her cooperation in ensuring safety. If clients are unable or unwilling to cooperate, I may seek assistance without written permission.

·        If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person(s), and intention to follow through on the threat is evident, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.

·        If I have received a court order, issued by a judge, stating that I must release confidential information.

"The only journey is the one within."
Rainer Maria Rilke