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Your heart is the size of an ocean.

Go find yourself in its hidden depths.  

—Rumi

African American Couple

Your Privacy Rights

Confidentiality & Privacy Policy

The law protects the confidential 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 patient threatens serious bodily harm to another person/s in session, 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 protect their safety.
  • A written description of confidentiality laws governing psychotherapy will be offered to you at the onset of psychotherapy. If you have any questions about them, please let me know.