The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission. Exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.
- When a judge has issued a subpoena for records or another entity with legal authority (e.g., FBI investigations under the Patriot Act) mandates the release of records
If you would like me to coordinate care with another provider (for example, your psychiatrist, primary care physician, etc.), please print and complete this form to authorize release of psychotherapy information. Bring the completed, signed form with you to your appointment:
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