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Privacy and Confidentiality Policies

Please review some policies that are in place to ensure that therapy is a private, confidential space for working together. 

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Informed Consent

Clients will be provided with a written copy of a confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”.

Circumstances for Required Disclosure

As a licensed professional, I am required by law to break confidentiality under the following circumstances: 

  • Suspected abuse or neglect of a  child or dependent 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 someone else, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.

  • If a client intends to harm themself, 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. 

Collaboration with Other Providers

Sometimes, you may want me to collaborate with another healthcare provider on your team (your medical doctor, psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, etc.) but by law I cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.  If you want me to communicate with another provider, you will complete a "Release of Information" form. 

Electronic Communication

Information that is submitted through this website, or that is transmitted electronically via email, is intended for professional use only.  Client's personal health information (PHI) may be shared with your insurance company for the purpose of reviewing benefits and services rendered. 

Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), licensed professionals are required to uphold privacy and confidentiality of clients seeking services. 

We can discuss how to communicate in-between sessions for additional support using electronic communication. 

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Please contact me if you have questions about these policies.