Any communication is considered privileged communication and is considered protected and confidential. Please review this material carefully and discuss any questions or concerns you may have. We place a high value on the confidentiality of information that clients share with me and we will make every effort to ensure that information about your case will be kept confidential. You should, however, be aware that legal and ethical requirements specify certain conditions in which it may be necessary for me to discuss information about your treatment with other individuals. If you have any questions about these limitations, please ask me about them before we begin treatment or at any time during our treatment. The Counseling Hub will, when appropriate, discuss each situation prior to the disclosure of information.
In the following circumstances, we are required to breach confidentiality without a client's permission:
· If your counselor becomes aware of your involvement in abuse of children, elderly, or disabled persons
· If your counselor believes there is a danger that you may harm yourself or others or that you are incapable of caring for yourself. I am required to take protective action, which may include warning the intended victim and/or seeking your hospitalization or notifying police.
· In the case of minors, any limitations and requirements requiring parental notification.
· If your counselor am ordered by a court to release your records.
· A judge may require a therapist's testimony OR a therapist's records may be subpoenaed by the court in such situations as:
1. Child custody or adoption proceedings.
2. In a lawsuit, if your mental or emotional state is a factor.
3. If you are a witness in a criminal proceeding.
4. Court-ordered psychological evaluations.
5. Legal proceedings related to psychiatric hospitalization.
Information shared in group therapy or marital therapy may not be protected in court proceedings.
Per ethical and legal guidelines, counselors/therapists are unable to accept friend or contact requests from former or current clients on any social networking site (Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, etc.). Adding clients as friends or contacts on these sites can compromise confidentiality and privacy, as well as blur the boundaries of the therapeutic relationship. Please do not use Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, or Instagram (among others) to contact your therapist. If you choose to do so, please do not expect a reply. If you need to contact your therapist between sessions, the best way to do so is via the methods provided.