The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
Harmful intent or acts:
If you express that you intend to do bodily harm to another person. (In this event, I am obligated by law to take reasonable precautions to ensure others’ safety.)
If you are a minor and you share that you are currently or have been physically or sexually abused, or if I determine that you are at significant risk of harm for other reasons e.g. being a witness to domestic violence in your home or being at risk of harm due to a parent or guardian’s actions. (In this event, I am mandated by law to report this information to the appropriate authority).
Health care benefits:
If a judge thinks, I, as your therapist, have evidence about your ability to provide care or custody in a child custody or adoption case
In court proceedings involving the care and protection of children or to dispense with the need for parental consent to adoption
In a legal proceeding where you introduce my mental or emotional condition
If you bring an action against me, as your therapist, and disclosure is necessary or relevant to a defense
If a court orders access to your records in a sexual assault or other criminal case.
Minor under the age of 18:
If you are under 18 years of age, please be aware that your parents have the right to receive general information regarding your treatment and may request a summary of how treatment is proceeding. I will discuss with you and your parent(s) what specific information will and will not be shared.