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Frequently Asked Questions

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

                       — LAO TZU

Is therapy confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.


However, there are a few exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:


  • Suspected child abuse, elder abuse or dependent adult abuse. This includes sexual, physical or emotional abuse of a child, elder person (65 years of age or older), or a dependent adult. In the case of a dependent adult or elder person financial abuse is also reported. I am required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.

  • If a client is threatening serious physical harm to another person or property. I am required to notify the police and (if possible) the intended victim.

  • If a client intends to harm him/herself. I will make every effort to work with my clients to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken and confidentiality can be broken.

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