The communication between a client and a psychotherapist is protected by confidentiality laws. No information can be disclosed without prior written permission of the client.
There are some exceptions to confidentiality and they are as follows:
· Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
· If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. The therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
· If a client intends to harm themselves, the therapist will make every effort to enlist the client’s cooperation to ensure their safety. If however, the client does not want to cooperate with the recommended safety measures, further action may be taken without the client’s permission in order to ensure their safety.