The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and your information cannot be disclosed unless you sign a written consent form.
Exceptions to confidentiality occur in the following situations:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult (someone who relies on the care of another adult) or elder abuse -- Therapists are required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, therapists must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, a therapist will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, the therapist will take further measures without their permission that are provided to therapists by law in order to ensure their safety.