It is understandable to be concerned about who could access your information.
The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
Required exceptions, by law, include:
- 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, which might include breaking confidentiality.
- Some circumstances wherein a minor under the age of 16 who is a victim of a crime may not have full confidentiality.
- If you choose to enter your mental state into a Court proceeding, your confidentiality is generally waived by that action. In this circumstance, you should contact your attorney for advise as to how you want to proceed.