Contents of all therapy sessions are considered to be confidential. Both verbal information and written records about a client cannot be shared with another party without the written consent of the client or the client’s legal guardian. You have the right to rescind any written consent at any time. Noted exceptions are as follows:
Duty to Warn and Protect
When a client discloses intentions or a plan to harm another person, the mental health professional is required to warn the intended victim and report this information to legal authorities. In cases in which the client discloses or implies a plan for suicide, the health care professional is required to notify legal authorities and make reasonable attempts to notify the family of the client.
Abuse of Children and Vulnerable Adults
If a client states or suggests that he or she is abusing a child (or vulnerable adult) or has recently abused a child (or vulnerable adult), or a child (or vulnerable adult) is in danger of abuse, the mental health professional is required to report this information to the appropriate social service and/or legal authorities.
Parents or legal guardians of non-emancipated minor clients may have the right to access the clients’ records.
Insurance Providers (when applicable)
Insurance companies and other third-party payers are given information that they request regarding services to clients.
A Court may present a legal subpoena for your mental health records resulting in the therapist's inability to protect your privacy and confidentiality. The therapist may also be required to testify in a court matter and cannot guarantee confidentiality.
If legal matters are involved
If you become unable to care for yourself and additional help is required.
Information that may be requested includes type of services, dates/times of services, diagnosis, treatment plan, and description of impairment, progress of therapy, case notes, and summaries.