Confidentiality: Unlike insurance accepting practices, we generally are not required to share your information with anyone unless you request such in writing or when the law requires. (see examples below.) Therefore, our confidentiality is usually much greater than the average practice. *
Psychiatric treatment and psychotherapy are confidential, with important exceptions: 1. Information may be released to designated parties by written authorization of clients or legal guardians. 2. Mental health providers are required to report suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders, to the authorities, including Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources. 3. If clients participate in treatment in compliance with a court order, therapists are required to release information to the relevant court, social service, or probation departments. 4. Mental health providers are required to release information obtained from clients or from collateral sources (other individuals involved in a client’s psychotherapy, such as parents, guardians, spouses) to appropriate authorities when such disclosure may help to avert danger to a psychotherapy client or to others, e.g.; imminent risk of suicide, homicide, or destruction of property that could endanger others. 5. Therapists are required to provide information in response to court orders as determined by a judge. In some proceedings, courts order the entire psychotherapy record. 6. We reserve the right to release financial information to a collections agency, attorney, or small claims court, if you are delinquent on paying your bill.