Yes, therapy is confidential and what you discuss stays between you and the therapist. However, there are limits to confidentiality that everyone should understand. We strive to provide a safe and comfortable place where you can openly express and explore your concerns. In doing so as your therapist we are committed to guarding your right to privacy, within the limits of the law. The following will describe the nature of confidentiality between the therapist and the client.
Disclosure is required by law in the following circumstances:
1. When the counselor becomes aware of danger of harm to self or another person. The therapist has the duty to report any threats of harm to those who were mentioned and in possible danger. The therapist also has the duty to notify family members or other professionals to take the necessary means to keep the client safe.
2. Any suspicion of abuse/neglect of a child or vulnerable adult. A report will be made to the appropriate protective agencies.
3. When a court of law issues a court order signed by a judge to release information.
Except in one of the above listed situations the therapist will not release any information without a client request and signed release form. NOTICE: Releases of information for families/couples in therapy require the written permission of every member of the family/couple in treatment able to execute a waiver.