Confidentiality & Privacy
Confidentiality is very important rather essential when counseling clients.
My practice is a highly confidential service and will always act in accordance to the social, legal and ethical issues.
I treat with great care all the information you share with me. Our sessions and my records about you be kept private, this is your legal right .
If you need records to be released, you will sign a “release-of-record” form before I can talk about you, your child, or send my records about you to anyone else.
When is confidentiality not protected?
In all but a few rare situations, your confidentiality is protected by state law and by the rules of my profession. Here are the most common cases in which confidentiality is not protected:
1. If you were sent to me by a court for evaluation or treatment, the court expects a report from me. I this is your situation, please talk with me before you tell me anything you do not want the court to know. You have a right to tell me only what you are comfortable with telling.
2. Are you suing someone or being sued? Are you being charged with a crime? If so, and you tell the court that you are seeing me, I may then be ordered to show the court my records. Please consult your attorney about these issues.
3. If you make a serious threat to harm yourself or another person, the law requires me to try to protect you or that other person. This usually means telling others about the threat. I cannot promise never to tell others about threats you make.
4. If I have cause to believe a child or an elderly person has been abused or neglected, I am legally required to report this to the authorities without your consent.
There is another situation in which I might talk about part of your case with another psychologist. When I am away from the office for a few days, I have a trusted fellow psychologist be “on call” for me. This psychologist will be available to you in emergencies. Therefore, he or she needs to know about you. Generally, I will tell this person only what he or she would need to know for an emergency. Of course, this psychologist is bound by the same laws and rules as I am to protect your confidentiality.