The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission. This relationship is similar to doctor-patient or attorney-client priviledge.
Legal exceptions include, but are not limited to:
- If I suspect child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse, I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.
- If a client reports that he or she has intentionally watched or looked at sexual or pornographic images of a minor, I must report this person to the police immediately. If you are seeking help for a similar issue, please note that we can only discuss your problematic behaviors in general, but not specifially the watching of child porn. This law goes into effect in January 2015, and is not retroactive.
- If a court orders me to produce my client records, I must comply with that order.
- If a client voluntarily signs a release for me to speak about them with another party.