The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, being a mandated reporter through the state, I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
If a patient is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, by law I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
If a patient intends to harm him or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without teir permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.