The law protects the privacy and confidentiality of clients seeking therapy which means that your identity and what you share in sessions stays confidential. You as the client, hold the therapist/client privilege meaning I need your authorized written permission to discuss your case to another person. However, there are exceptions to this law which include:
Child Abuse Reporting: I am legally mandated to report emotional, physical, and sexual abuse committed on children and adolescents under the age of 18.
Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse Reporting: I am legally mandated to report emotional, physical, fiduciary, and sexual abuse committed on dependent adults and adults over the age of 65.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another, I am required by law to notify the potential victim/s and alert the authorities and/or seek hospitalization for the client.
If a client threatens serious intent to harm themselves or end their life, I may be obligated to contact the client’s family/friends and/or seek hospitalization for the client.
I may be ordered by a court to disclose information without the client’s permission. If you need some clarification to these exceptions to the law, I would be happy to clarify what I can. I also encourage you to seek legal advice if you have any further questions.