The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission from the client.

The most commonly recognized exceptions include:

  • 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 insuring 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
  • Contact between a parent/guardian and therapist in the case of a client who is a child age 11 or younger (in the State of Illinois)

For a full explanation of my confidentiality and privacy policy, I encourage you to review my Client Service Agreement.

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