Is therapy confidential?
Psychotherapy is completely confidential, with some legal exceptions. Psychotherapists do consult with one another on cases in order to provide the best treatment, but never give any specific information away. Also, you may wish to have your psychotherapist collaborate with a medical provider; if so, a specific release of information must be signed that allows this communication. If you have concerns about confidentiality, we invite you to discuss them.
Confidentiality is a high priority at Dr. Jones’ office. Your social security number is never asked for unless you are using a third party payment system. No one at our office has access to your records unless you say differently. Everything you say in therapy stays in the room, with the exception of mandated reporting regarding abuse issues or intent to harm others. Our office will provide you with more detailed information regarding confidentiality upon your first visit or inquiry of our services.
Not surprisingly, this is a question that Deaf clients often ask. Due to the closely interwoven social and professional relationships in our community, Deaf clients are much more likely than hearing clients to bump into their therapist outside of the therapy office. A client and therapist might have children who attend the same school or a client’s best friend might also be a friend of the therapist. You and your therapist may want to discuss how you would like to handle public encounters, if and when they occur. Some clients prefer not to acknowledge the therapist at all, while others are comfortable talking with the therapist about non-therapy topics. Your therapist will respect your wishes and take great care to maintain confidentiality about the therapeutic relationship. All members of the American Counseling Association and the American Psychological Association follow the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice which require therapists to protect the confidentiality of their com
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are a number of exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include: • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately. • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. The therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim. • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will do everything possible to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety. What if I need more information on your State of Washington Licensed Treatment Agency? In general, when someone has to get a court ordered drug/alcohol assessment, has legal issues, or has been referred by
Therapy is absolutely confidential, however there are a few exceptions I must mention. If I learn that a child has been or is currently being abused I must, by law, report it to the authorities. Also, if someone is in danger of hurting themselves or others I must take necessary precautions to keep them safe. In addition, your records can be subpoenaed by a court of law. Sometimes, it is productive to therapy if I speak with your doctor, a school counselor or your child’s teacher. I will not do this, however, without your written consent.