The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information is not allowed to be disclosed without written permission. The relationship I have with my patients is privileged, and that means you own it. Only you can decide what I do with that information, both written and oral.
There are some situations where I am allowed or required by lay to break confidentiality. They are:
- Where there is reasonable suspicion of physical child or elder abuse.
- Where there is reasonable suspicion that you may present a danger of violence to others.
- Where there is a reasonable suspicion that you are likely to harm yourself.
These situations are fortunately rare.
If you have concerns about privacy or confidentiality, please drop me a line and ask. There are clear rules and guidelines that I’m happy to share with you.