The law protects the relationship between a client and counselor, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission. However, there are certain cases where exceptions are required by law. These include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which we are required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person or people, we must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, we will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, we will take further measures without their permission that are provided to us by law in order to ensure their safety.
- If a client signs a release of information. We will discuss the risks and benefits of releasing information to a third party.
- If there is a court order or a legal requirement for the information to be released to a third party.
If you have any questions about the law or this policy, please speak to your therapist or email the practice's office at [email protected].