The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
Under California state law, there are mandated exceptions to confidentiality in psychotherapy. These specific instances are as follows:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, which I am required by law to report to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client threatens serious bodily harm to another person/s, I am required by law to 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 and care. If they do not cooperate, I must take further measures without their permission that are required by law in order to ensure their safety.