Confidentiality is the foundation of a proper counseling experience. Having privacy promotes a trusting relationship, so my clients can feel at ease to share any feelings, thoughts or concerns. I honor my relationships with my clients and respect the information that is shared. Thus, all therapy services are strictly confidential and may not be revealed to anyone without your written permission.
State law and counseling professional's ethical principles protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission. There are rare exceptions to this and are stated below.
- 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.