Limits of Confidentiality
Verbal and written content of therapy is considered confidential material/information; however,
there are legal exceptions to this which are as follow:
• You authorize release of information in writing with your signature (or parent/guardian).
• You present a physical danger to self: if the client discloses or implies a plan for suicide,
health care professionals are required to notify legal authorities and make reasonable
attempts to notify the family of the client.
• You present a danger to others: health care professionals are mandated by law to inform
the legal authorities and required to warn the intended victim so that protective
measures can be taken.
• Child, or elder/vulnerable-adult abuse is suspected
• When a client’s records or other information are sought by Federal law enforcement
under the USA Patient Act, and where you make your mental or emotional state an issue
in a legal proceeding.
* Using your insurance also may forfeit confidentiality should your insurance company request clinical records