It is my experience that good psychotherapy is an interpersonal event made possible by the client's ability to trust his or her therapist. What you say to me in the privacy of my office is protected by law and information cannot be disclosed without your written permission.
Confidentiality in Child Therapy
In the State of Colorado, a child 15 years and older is able to sign him or herself into a confidential psychotherapy. It is my experience that confidentiality is important to children of any age. Therefore, when I treat minor children, I protect the child client's confidentiality at all costs.
Rather than give parents verbatim reports of their child's sessions, I am willing to disclose the following information:
- Whether or not the child is using therapy appropriately (we are not just "chatting");
- Whether or not the work is meaningful and sufficient to address the child's presenting complaint;
- Whether or not additional intervention, such as family meetings, and referrals are warranted.
Exceptions to Confidentiality in both Adult and Child Psychotherapy Include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself 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 their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.