Information you discuss in therapy is confidential. State and federal laws mandate your privacy; your personal information cannot, and will not, be disclosed without your written permission.
By law, there are a few circumstances in which a therapist is required to breach confidentiality, even without your permission.
- If there is actual or suspected physical and/or sexual abuse, exploitation, or neglect involving children, vulnerable adults, or elderly, a therapist must notify authorities.
- if your behavior is imminently dangerous to the health and safety of an identified person or property, a therapist must notify authorities and potential victims.
- If you are an imminent danger to yourself and are unable to contract for safety, a therapist is mandated to involve the necessary authorities in the interest of your safety.
Please talk with your therapist if you have any questions or would like more information about any of these policies.