I greatly value the trust of my clients. Confidentiality is not only the legal right of clients, but my personal ethic. The content of your session(s) or presence in therapy will be undisclosed unless you provide written permission to disclose to other parties or you disclose to harm self, harm other person(s), insurance provider mandates certain disclosures, or certain legal proceedings. (Client Mental Health Record generally describes the services provided to you and contains the dates of our sessions, your diagnosis if applicable, functional status, symptoms, prognosis and progress, and any psychological testing reports.)
Health care providers are legally allowed to use or disclose records or information for treatment, payment, and health care operations purposes. However, I do not routinely disclose information in such circumstances, so I will require your permission in advance, either through your consent at the onset of our relationship (by signing the attached general consent form), or through your written authorization at the time the need for disclosure arises. You may revoke your permission, in writing, at any time, by contacting me.
In cases of disclosure to harm self or others, I have a legal, ethical, and moral duty to protect you and/or disclose threat(s) to intended victim(s). Additionally, be advised that on occasion insurance providers request diagnostic information, dates of therapy sessions, assessment information, and/or pieces of your clinical record to determine eligibility for services. Furthermore, be advised that in legal cases such as malpractice lawsuits, therapist is permitted to reveal certain aspects of treatment. In conclusion, be advised that in classes or professional misconduct, I reserve the right to report this misconduct to licensing boards.
Harm includes actual or suspected abuse including physical, sexual, or emotional, neglect, abandonment, or exposing minors to drug use or intimate partner violence.
Additionally, harm includes risks, intent, or plan to inflict bodily harm against others including minors, strangers, or intimate partner(s).
Self-harm includes risks, intent, or plan to inflict bodily harm against self or commit suicide.