The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
However, all staff are Mandated Reporters. Therefore, exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which we are required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, we must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, we will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, we will take further measures without their permission, that are provided to us by law, in order to ensure their safety.