Confidentiality is of utmost importance in the therapeutic relationship. Information shared by you during the course of your therapy is confidential. I uphold maintaining the privacy of clients’ personal health records throughout and after the course of therapy.
The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist and information cannot be disclosed without your written permission. There are certain limitations to confidentiality that counselors are required by law to reveal.
These exceptions include:
- If there is suspected neglect, physical, or sexual abuse of a child or dependent/vulnerable adult, I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client intends to harm himself/herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If the client does not cooperate, I will take further measures (without their permission-which is provided to me by law) in order to ensure client safety.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another named person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim if possible.
- If a client reports the use of any illegal drugs or non-medical purposes during pregnancy.
- To comply with a court order by a judge
- Comply with mandatory government agency, e.g. if the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy or Minnesota Health Department is conducting audits or investigations.
- To report possible professional misconduct and/or sexual misconduct by a named health care professional.