Confidentiality is the cornerstone of psychotherapy. It is one the most important components of the relationship between a therapist and the client. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but with the therapist. The client can expect that whatever is discussed in the session will be not be shared with anyone including family members. This is called Informed Consent. If any information is to be shared with another professional the client will have to give the therapist written permission to do so. In the case of minors, relevant and pertinent information with the permission of the client will be disclosed to the parents/guardians.
These are the only two situations where confidentiality can be breached:
♦ If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.
♦ Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children or elders.