Confidentiality Policy and Exceptions
Professional ethics and legal standards require that our conversations and my records be kept strictly confidential.
However, there are circumstances under which I am legally and ethically obligated to breach confidentiality:
- If you present a serious imminent danger to yourself or others.
- In cases of apparent abuse or neglect of a child, an elderly person, or a disabled person.
- When a judge orders the release of information.
While these events have rarely occurred in my practice, if it does happen, I will make an effort to fully discuss it with you before taking any action. If I must ethically and legally breach confidentiality, I will reveal the minimum amount of information needed to protect you or others.