In general, the privacy of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist is protected by law, and we can only release information about our work to others with your written permission. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule:
- Suspected cases of child abuse or dependent adult abuse. As mandated reporters, we are required by law to report such abuse to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If the client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person(s). The therapist must notify the police and the intended victim.
- If the client intends to harm themselves and will not contract for safety. The treating therapist will make every possible effort to enlist the clients’ cooperation in maintaining their ongoing safety. If a client refuses to cooperate in these efforts, additional measures may be taken to ensure their safety.
- A lawful order of the court