The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
- Suspected child abuse or dependant 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.
- Duty to Warn: Therapists are mandated by law to disclose pertinent information discussed in therapy if the client has the intent or plans to harm another person. We are required to inform the intended victim and notify legal authorities.
- Suicide/Self-harm: Depression is common emotion expressed in therapy, but if a client is feeling hopeless enough to imply or disclose a plan for suicide; steps need to be taken to ensure safety. This would include notifying the legal authorities as well as make reasonable attempts to notify the family.
- Animal abuse: I will report animal abuse, including cases of neglect and hoarding. Vulnerable Adults and Children: Mental health professionals are required by law to report stated or suspected abuse of a child or vulnerable adult to the appropriate social service agencies and/or legal authorities.
- Prenatal Exposure to Controlled Substances: in keeping with protecting vulnerable populations, Mental Health Providers are required to report admitted use of controlled substances during pregnancy that is potentially harmful to the fetus.
- Minors/Guardianship: Parents or legal guardians have the right to access a minor client’s health information. Age of adult for psychotherapy is .
- Insurance Providers: Information requested includes a description of impairments, dates and times of service, diagnosis, treatment plans, treatment progress, the prognosis for improvement, case notes, and summaries.