The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
The law provides for a few exceptions which include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent 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.
We will discuss this in more details when we meet, and I will provide you with written materials regarding this important dimension of psychotherapy.