Privacy Policy

Confidentiality & Privacy Policy

The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.

Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependant 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 insuring 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.

  • Regarding confidentiality:  It is my duty as a therapist to maintain absolute confidentiality about our sessions unless:      (1) you authorize the release of information; (2) I am rightfully ordered by a court to release information; (3) you present a physical danger to yourself or others; (4) child or elder abuse is suspected (in the latter two cases, I am required by law to inform potential victims and/or legal authorities so that protective measures can be taken).  Confidentiality in the case of conjoint therapy is limited by the special circumstances of that modality, which will be discussed on a case by case basis.

E-mail: anne@annecaulley.com