The relationship between a patient and a therapist is protected by law. Information can’t be disclosed without written consent, except in the following situations:
- The therapist suspects there is past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults or elders, for which the therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities.
- The therapist suspects the client is in danger of seriously harming themselves or has threated to seriously harm another person. The therapist must notify the police and the intended victim.
Will our conversations remain confidential?
Confidentiality is a key component of therapy. What you discuss in a session will not be shared with anyone else. By law, your therapist can’t release this information without your written consent, except in the following situations: