Establishing trust between a client and therapist is one of the most important processes in therapy. It is difficult for therapy to proceed and be productive without the highest levels of trust that what a client discusses with the therapist will be kept confidential. This confidentiality is so important, it is protected by a set of laws that even govern how your clinical record must be stored and maintained. There are very few circumstances in which a therapist is required by law to disclose concerns for a client’s safety. These circumstances include:
When treatment begins, you will be asked to sign a form that acknowledges you understand the scope of confidentiality within therapy. In circumstances where it may be helpful for me to work with another part of your healthcare team, such as general practitioner, psychiatrist, or health coach, you will need to sign a release of information form, which outlines which parts of your clinical record you would like shared with the other provider for the benefit of coordinating treatment.
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