Your privacy is the top importance. Everything discussed in my office is completely confidential, as well as the fact that you have phoned me for yourself, for a referral, or come in once for a consultation.
My office is in a small professional building with unique privacy features, such as a small waiting room with no receptionist, shared with only one other clinician. Session times are staggered so that two appointments aren’t scheduled to arrive at the same time, and clients are invited to exit through the rear patio, eliminating the need to walk back out through the waiting room.
The law provides a few exceptions to privacy rules. I am required by law to break confidentiality in the case of:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. Therapists are required to notify the appropriate authorities.
- A client threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police and when possible, the individual in danger.
- A client intending to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. If additional measures need to be taken, this may include helping the client access emergency services.