Although it is rare, a client could file a complaint or lawsuit against me. In these cases, I may disclose pertinent information regarding that client in order to protect myself.
Child & Elder Abuse
If I have reasonable cause to believe that a child or elder has suffered abuse or neglect, the law requires that I file a report with the appropriate government agency. Once such a report is filed, I may be required to provide additional information.
Abuse Of Vulnerable Adult
If I have reasonable cause to believe that abuse, financial exploitation, abandonment, or neglect of a vulnerable adult has occurred, the law requires that I file a report with the appropriate government agency. Once such a report is filed, I may be required to provide additional information.
Confidentiality for Couples
The same legal privilege and confidentiality described above applies to couples treatment. As opposed to individual psychotherapy, confidentiality and treatment goals apply to the couple as a unit, rather than each individual that makes up the couple unit.
Sharing Between Partners
All verbal and written communication between a partner and myself, as the couples' therapist, will be accompanied with the intent to bring clinically relevant information into the couples' therapy work. In other words, there exists no protection of confidential or private information for individual partners, and the therapist will make every effort to encourage information sharing between partners to avoid the maintenance of secrets in the therapeutic process.