The law protects the relationship between a client and his or her therapist. All information shared in a professional counseling session is confidential and cannot be shared or disclosed with anyone else without written permission of the client.
Exceptions to Confidentiality include:
Child abuse/neglect or dependent adult/neglect or elder abuse/neglect. I am a mandated reporter which means that I required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. I have a legal and ethical responsibility to inform the proper authorities and/or the intended victim.
If you intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist your cooperation in ensuring your safety. If you do not cooperate, further measures may be taken in order to ensure your safety.