The law protects the relationship between a client and a therapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
- Suspected child abuse or dependant 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.
When I am seeing more than one person as a client, such as the case of seeing a couple or a family, I do not keep secrets within that family unit. Secrets of any kind do not help heal relationships and can only foster future mistrust. My only exception to this policy is if one individual is planning a surprise birthday/anniversary event for another family member. I have happily respected that request.
I do participate in occasional peer consultation groups where cases are discussed but no identifying information is given. The purpose of my activity is to be able to bring that much more to my clients, as it is nearly impossible to read every book that is available and/or attend each and every seminar relevant to the work that I do. This involvement allows me to gain knowledge from peers that I might not otherwise attain.