Limits Of Confidentiality
There are, however, exceptions required by law. Noted exceptions for mandated reporters are as follows:
1. Duty to Warn and Protect
When a client discloses intentions or a plan to harm another person, the mental health professional is required to warn the intended victim and report this information to legal authorities. In cases in which the client discloses or implies a plan for suicide, the health care professional is required to notify legal authorities and make reasonable attempts to notify the family of the client.
2. Abuse of Children and Vulnerable Adults
If a client states or suggests that he or she is abusing a child (or vulnerable adult) or has recently abused a child (or vulnerable adult), or a child (or vulnerable adult) is in danger of abuse, the mental health professional is required to report this information to the appropriate social service and/or legal authorities.
3. Prenatal Exposure to Controlled Substances
Mental Health care professionals are required to report admitted prenatal exposure to controlled substances that are potentially harmful.
Parents or legal guardians of non-emancipated minor clients have the right to access the clients’ records.
5. Insurance Providers (when applicable)
Insurance companies and other third-party payers are given information that they request regarding services to clients. Information that may be requested includes, but is not limited to: types of service, dates/times of service, diagnosis, treatment plan, description of impairment, progress of therapy, case notes, and summaries.
Getting started is easy
1. Schedule a 15-minute phone call
During this call we’ll talk about some of the issues you’d like to work on.
2. Complete a quick online intake
The intake form helps me gather basic information about you so we cover more ground in our first sessions.
3. Start getting the support you need
During regular sessions we’ll explore ways to help you be present in the moment so you can make meaningful changes.