The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
Exceptions include (but not totally limited to):
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report 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 cooperation in ensuring safety. If there is no cooperation, I will take further measures without permission, that are provided to me by law in order to ensure his/her safety.
- Intent to cause mass destruction will be reported
- If a client has a weapon and the loss of self-control is suspected, I can report this to authorities.
- Loss of confidentiality occurs if a clients goes to court.