Suspected child abuse 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 another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
If a client intends to harm himself or herself, 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.
Your counselor may consult with a supervisor or other professional counselor in order to give you the best service. In the event that your counselor consults with another counselor, no identifying information such as your name would be released. If your counselor receives a court orderor subpoena, he may be required to release some information. In such a case, your counselor will consult with other professionals and limit the release to only what is necessary by law.
The nature of group counseling makes it difficult to maintain confidentiality. If you choose to participate in group therapy, be aware that your counselor cannot guarantee that other group members will maintain your confidentiality. However, your counselor will make ever effort to maintain your confidentiality by reminding group members frequently of the importance of keeping what is said in group confidential. Your counselor also has the right to remove any group member from the group should she discover that a group member has violated the confidentiality rule.
Confidentiality and Technology
Some clients may choose to use technology in their counseling sessions. This includes but is not limited to telephone, email, text or chat. Due to the nature of online counseling, there is always the possibility that unauthorized persons may attempt to discover your personal information.Your counselor will take every precaution to safeguard your information but cannot guarantee that unauthorized access to electronic communications could not occur. Please be advised to take precautions with regard to authorized and unauthorized access to any technology used in counseling sessions. Be aware of any friends, family members, significant others or co-workers who may have access to your computer, phone or other technology used in your counseling sessions. Should you have concerns about the safety of your email, I can arrange to encrypt email communication with you.