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Confidentiality
Information disclosed in session is protected

Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and his/her therapist.

Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”.

Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team, but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission. However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to break confidentiality in the following situations and therefore report to the proper authorities.

​Exceptions include:​

  • ​​Suspected child abuse/neglect (past or present)
  • Suspected Elder Abuse/neglect (past or present)
  • Suspected Dependent Adult Abuse/neglect (past or present)
  • If the therapist has reason to believe the client is seriously in danger of harming or has threatened to harm another person
  • If the therapist has reason to believe the client is seriously in danger of harming himself/herself
 
 
 
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