Is Therapy Confidential?

Yes, with some exceptions. In general, communications between a client and a psychotherapist is confidential and may only be disclosed with the patient’s written consent. The principal exceptions to this rules are in cases of:

  • In the case of suspected child abuse and dependent adult or elder abuse, I am required by law to report this to the applicable authorities.
  • If a patient has a plan and currently intends to physically hurt another person, I must notify the police and the intended victim.
  • If a client has a plan and currently intends to kill himself or herself, I am obligated to take steps to keep that client safe.

If you submit claims to your insurance company or if you authorize me to do so on your behalf, some information about the treatment, such as your diagnosis and the procedures, is disclosed to the insurance company.