Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist’s office. The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission by the client.
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which therapists are required by law to report to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, a therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, every effort will be made to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures can be taken without their permission that are provided by law in order to ensure their safety.