Rules of Confidentiality and Privacy

Federal and state laws require this office to keep all personal information about you strictly private.  All information we request will be used for one or more of the following:

  1. To evaluate your need for care
  2. To develop treatment guidelines that will help you the most
  3. To fulfill county, state, and federal requirements for reports
  4. To utilize consultation services

No other uses will be made of this information unless noted, or as otherwise authorized by law, and access will be limited to persons whose work assignments required access to accomplish the purpose stated above.

Exceptions to these rules are:

  1. If you threaten to harm someone, I am required, by law, to warn that person and/or public authorities, if I determine there is a clear substantial risk
  2. If I think that you may harm yourself, I am required to report that to your family, other appropriate professional works, or public authorities.
  3. If I suspect the physical or sexual abuse of a child or vulnerable adult associated with you, I am required to report it to the proper authorities.
  4. If you are under age 18 and, in my judgement, it is in your best interest to do otherwise.
  5. If court-ordered to disclose information.
  6. If a court order or subpoena dictates your contact with this agency, information is shared with the court.
  7. If, during the course of our professional relationship, I learn of the unethical conduct of another psychologist or therapist, I am required to report that to the Board of Psychology.