- Before or at the time of collecting personal information, we will identify the purposes for which information is being collected.
- We will collect and use of personal information solely with the objective of fulfilling those purposes specified by us and for other compatible purposes, unless we obtain the consent of the individual concerned or as required by law.
- We will only retain personal information as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.
- We will collect personal information by lawful and fair means and, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the individual concerned.
- Personal data should be relevant to the purposes for which it is to be used, and, to the extent necessary for those purposes, should be accurate, complete, and up-to-date.
- We will protect personal information by reasonable security safeguards against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.
- We will make readily available to customers information about our policies and practices relating to the management of personal information.
We are committed to conducting our business in accordance with these principles in order to ensure that the confidentiality of personal information is protected and maintained.
Is everything in therapy confidential?
The short answer is: mostly, yes. The relationship between therapist and client and what is discussed during therapy sessions is a legal privilege and is respected as such. However, there are some exceptions to confidentiality that all practicing therapists and doctors are required to report on if presented. These exceptions are:
- Child abuse (physical, emotional, verbal, sexual or neglect)
- Elder or dependent adult abuse (physical, emotional, verbal, sexual, financial or neglect)
- If you are at immediate risk of hurting yourself, someone else or someone else’s property
Another exception to confidentiality that you should be aware of is that if you plan to use your health insurance to cover any portion of your counseling or therapy sessions, the following information is required for reimbursement of fees from your health insurance company:
- Name, date of birth and other identifying information
- Insurance plan, policy number
- Dates of therapy sessions attended
- Diagnosis of mental health condition that is being addressed in therapy sessions
Other than these situations, information about you or your therapy sessions will not be disclosed to any third party without your expressly, written permission and consent.
For any other questions about confidentiality, please contact me.