In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.
However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:
• Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
• If a client threatens serious bodily harm to another person, I am required to notify the police and inform the intended victim.
• If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure his or her safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, I will take further measures without his or her permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure his or her safety.
Ultimately, safety for the client and for those around him or her is the paramount concern.