Your privacy and right to confidentiality are protected by the law and the American Psychological Association's Code of Ethics.  All communications between a client and a psychologist are protected.  Information about you or your treatment cannot be disclosed without your written consent.  There are three exceptions to this rule:

  • In the case of suspected child abuse or dependent adult/elder abuse, I am required by law to notify the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a patient threatens serious bodily harm to another person, I am required by law to notify the police and the intended victim.
  • If a patient threatens to cause imminent harm to himself or herself, I am required by law to ensure their safety.  I make every effort to enlist the cooperation of the patient in insuring their safety, but if they do not cooperate, I may have to take additional steps without the patient's permission.

The above exceptions are rare.  I take your right to confidentiality seriously.