Privacy Policy

Confidentiality & Privacy Policy

Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a patient and therapist Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. I adhere to the provisions of California law, which protects the confidentiality of your treatment. In most situations, I can only release information about your treatment to others if you sign a written Authorization form that meets certain legal requirements imposed by HIPAA and/or California law. However, there are some situations in which I am legally obligated to take actions to protect people from harm. In these situations I may have to reveal some information about a patient's treatment. If any of these situations arise, I will make every effort to fully discuss it with you before taking any action and I will limit my disclosure to what is legally or ethically necessary. These situations include the following:

  • Imminent Danger: When there is a clear and present danger to someone's life (suicidal threats, homicidal threats, investigations of homicide).
  • Child Abuse: If I, in my professional capacity, have reasonable cause to believe a child may be an abused child, a neglected child, or the victim of mental suffering/emotional endangerment.
  • Adult and Domestic Abuse: If I, in my professional capacity, have reason to believe physical abuse, abandonment, abduction, isolation, financial abuse, or neglect of an elder or dependent adult has occurred.
  • Court Orders: When information is subpoenaed by a court of law and a court order is issued.

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