The information you share with me is held in the strictest confidence and may not be released to anyone without your written consent, as prescribed by law. There are a few exceptions to this, which are also regulated by State law. For example, in cases of suspected child or elderly abuse, or if a person poses a serious and imminent danger to her/himself or to someone else, I am required by law to report this information to the proper authorities. Information subpoenaed by a valid court order is usually not protected by this limit on confidentiality. These situations rarely occur and are the only exceptions to otherwise 100% confidentiality of what you talk about during therapy. In addition, some insurance companies require very brief and limited treatment information including diagnosis, and in some cases, information about presenting symptoms and treatment planning. Upon signing consent to release information, you are encouraged to discuss the amount, type, and purpose of information to be released if you have any concerns in this area. My policy is to allow you to maintain the highest possible level of confidentiality. Please ask if you have any questions or concerns regarding confidentiality.
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