Information that you share in sessions is confidential and may only be released to another party with your (or your guardian’s) written consent.  Substance abuse information can only be released with the signature of the minor in addition to the guardian/parent.

There are exceptions to the rule of confidentiality. These are:

1. You or a family member presents a danger to yourself or to someone else.
2. Alleged neglect or abuse of a child or an elderly person.
3. Your therapist is subpoenaed by a judge for clinical records.
4. You seek treatment to avoid detection or apprehension or enable anyone to commit a crime.
5. Your therapist was appointed by the courts to evaluate you.
6. Your contact with your therapist is for the purpose of determining sanity in a criminal proceeding.
7. Your contact is for the purpose of establishing your competence.
8. The contact is one in which your therapist must file a report to a public employer or as to   information required to be recorded in a public office, if such report or record is open to public inspection.
9. You are under the age of 16 years and are the victim of a crime.
10. You are a minor and your therapist reasonably suspects you are the victim of child abuse.
11. You are a person over the age of 65 and your therapist believes you are the victim of physical abuse.  Your therapist may disclose information if you are the victim of emotional abuse.
12. You die and the communication is important to decide an issue concerning a deed or conveyance, will, or other writing executed by you affecting an interest in property.
13. You file suit against your therapist for breach of duty or your therapist files suit against you.
14. You have filed suit against anyone and have claimed mental/emotional damages as part of the suit.
15. You waive your rights to privilege or give consent to limited disclosure by your therapist.
16. Your insurance company paying for services has the right to review all records.
17. Please note: If I suspect child or elderly abuse or neglect, I am required by law to make a report to The Department of Social Services.