The law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. Information cannot be disclosed without prior written permission from the client.
Psychotherapy is confidential, with the below stated exceptions.
Duty to Warn: Therapists are mandated by law to disclose pertinent information discussed in therapy if the client has an intent or plan to harm another person. We are required to inform the intended victim and notify legal authorities.
Suicide/Self-harm: Depression is a common emotion expressed in therapy, but if a client is feeling hopeless enough to imply or disclose a plan for suicide, steps need to be taken to ensure safety. This would include notifying the legal authorities as well as making reasonable attempts to notify the family.
Animal Abuse: I will report animal abuse, including cases of neglect and hoarding.
Vulnerable Adults and Children: Mental health professionals are required by law to report stated or suspected abuse of a child or vulnerable adult to the appropriate social service agencies and/or legal authorities.
Prenatal Exposure to Controlled Substances: In keeping with protecting vulnerable populations, mental health providers are required to report admitted use of controlled substances during pregnancy that are potentially harmful to the fetus.
Minors/Guardianship: Parents or legal guardians have the right to access a minor client’s health information. For more on minors seeking treatment see Florida State Statutes.
Insurance Providers: Information requested includes description of impairments, dates and times of service, diagnosis, treatment plans, treatment progress, prognosis for improvement, case notes and summaries.
As a participant in therapy, you will be asked to acknowledge these limitations to confidentiality.