Yes. This is something you can definitely count on. 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. Sometimes you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission. You can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone without your informed consent.
State law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except in the following situations:
- Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
- If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.
If you want to find out more about how therapy can help you better understand yourself, strengthen your connections to others, and build relationships that can bring lasting, positive changes in your life; I invite you to connect with me to schedule a free 30-minute consultation. I can answer any questions you might have and see if we’re a good fit to help you find your better self.