The law protects the privacy of patients and the relationship between a patient and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
There are only three exceptions:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this immediately to the appropriate authorities.
- If a patient is threatening serious bodily harm to another person(s), I must notify the police and inform the intended victim(s).
- If a patient intends to harm themselves, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures provided to me by law to ensure their safety, even without their permission.