Confidentiality is an essential part of the therapeutic relationship. I consider the confidential nature of our working relationship to be integral to the therapeutic process. Therefore, you can be rest assured that protecting your privacy is of the utmost importance to me.
The ethics of my profession require that, for the most part, I cannot speak to anyone about your treatment without prior written authorization from you. Except in very specific circumstances, as written below, it is your choice as to whether you would like me to have permission to speak with anyone. It is also up to you to decide the limits of information which I can discuss with anyone.
There are a few rare instances when I am legally and ethically obligated to break our confidentiality. These instances are:
- If you are a danger to yourself or others.
- If you tell me about current abuse by you or someone else against a child, elderly, dependent, or disabled person.
- If I am subpoenaed and ordered by a judge to divulge records and/or session content.
In the rare event that any of the above circumstances arise, I will make every effort to discuss them with you, during our session, before taking any action. In most cases you and I will make a plan together in order to deal with breaking our confidentiality.
Of course, we will go over all of this, again, during our first session and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.