Your privacy is important to us, and we believe that counseling is most effective when people feel comfortable speaking openly with their counselor. We hope this information will clarify our privacy policies. In the usual course of events, you have the right to keep your counseling here completely private. This means that, without your written permission, no information about your contact with The Center for Mental and Sexual Health (The Practice) is available to anyone outside of The Practice, including administrative personnel, parents, family members, friends, or outside agencies. We do use an electronic health record. However, although your counselor has access to your personal information, notes written by your counselor cannot be viewed by administrative staff. Please ask us if you have any questions about this, as we want to be sure you are comfortable with our practices. There are certain exception to confidentiality, noted below, with which you should be aware before you enter into a counseling relationship. Please read carefully through these exceptions, and be sure to ask your counselor if you have any questions.
Exceptions to Confidentiality
If appropriate, your counselor may consult with your treating physician or other healthcare providers at your discretion;
If you pose a threat of harm to yourself, to another person, or to the greater community, we will take whatever steps are required by law, or permitted by law, to help prevent the potential harm from happening. This may include contacting your family and/or law enforcement officials;
In the event of a psychiatric hospitalization;
If you report information indicating that a child, disabled, or elderly person is suffering abuse or neglect;
A court order, issued by a judge, could require us to release information contained in your records, or could require a therapist to testify.