Confidential and therapy?
Communication between the client and the psychotherapist are confidential and cannot be disclosed without the client’s written permission.
****However, confidentiality can be breached when:
In the case of suspected child abuse or elder abuse, I, as your therapist, am required by law to report this information to the appropriate authorities, immediately.
I am obligated to report when a client is threatening serious bodily harm or injury to another person. I have a “duty to warn” in other words, call the police and report.
I am also obligated by law to ensure the safety of a client that intends to harm him or herself.
As in reporting suspected child or elder abuse, I take this responsibility seriously and will do everything in my power to protect the client and others.
This protection also includes calling emergency services, family or friends, if necessary.