In the vast majority of cases the information collected during psychotherapy remains completely confidential. I am professionally and ethically obligated to keep client information confidential and I require written client consent to release any information to others (e.g., family physician) except for the following circumstances:
i) Court order or subpeona to disclose confidential information.
ii) Information pertaining to the suspected abuse or neglect of a child, dependent adult, or elder.
iii) Information pertaining to an imminent threat of serious harm to the client or to an identifed other.
Although the circumstances above are quite rare in my practice it is important for clients to be fully informed about the limits of confidentiality before engaging in psychological services. Your privacy is very important so it is my policy that files only include information relevant to providing therapy or assessment services and are kept in a secure location. Please note that I cannot assure the confidentiality of personal information contained in email correspondences.