The relationship between a patient and therapist is confidential and private. Information cannot be disclosed without the client’s written permission.
There are situations in which the law requires information to be disclosed:
When there is suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, the therapist must report the situation to the appropriate authorities immediately.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to others, the therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim(s).
If a client has intent to harm himself or herself, the therapist will work with the individual to ensure his or her safety. If an individual is unable to keep himself or herself safe, the therapist must take necessary steps to ensure safety.