- The laws on confidentiality and privacy are complicated and this website section is not intended to be a comprehensive representation of that information.
- In general, the law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
- Therapists are not legal experts.
Please retain legal counsel for specific details as may be important to you.
General exceptions noted by therapists include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which therapists are required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, therapists must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, therapists make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, therapists must take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.
- Privacy rights and disclosure rules for minors' records are also established by law. Check with state statutes for what applies in your area.
There are other circumstances mandated by law which may limit the privacy and confidentiality of your therapy records. Therapists are legally and ethically obligated to comply with a legal mandate to release your records.
- Providers can not guarantee privacy of your records once you authorize release to any third party such as insurance companies, employers, lawyers, schools, and others.