The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
Exceptions include but are not limited to:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.
In order to avoid ethical violations/complications, or relationships that may impair clinical judgement and/or effectiveness of treatment, I am careful about taking on clients that I know from church, my hometown, or surrounding communities. I will carefully access, discuss with potential client, and determine if a professional relationship is feasible.