Confidentiality ... and the Limits of Confidentiality
Everything you discuss and share in therapy is confidential.
Information about your therapy will not be disclosed without your written permission.
Exceptions to confidentiality include:
- If you are suspected to be involved in child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse: I will follow mandated procedures for reporting possible abuse.
- If you are intending to take action to harm yourself (suicide): I will make every effort to enlist your cooperation to ensure your safety. If you do not cooperate, I may take further measures in order to ensure your safety.
- If you are intending to take action to seriously harm (homicide) another person/s: I will take action to protect potential victims .
The confidentiality of any form of electronic communication (text & email) cannot be assured.
Be aware of this limitation if you choose to use these methods to communicate about therapeutic issues.
I will limit use of texts & email to scheduling and administrative matters.
Clients often conduct online searches about my practice and/or me.
I do not search clients online or interact via Facebook or other social media unless necessitated by a clinical need to assure your well-being.