The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
However, there are some exceptions permitted or required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:
Suspected child abuse or dependent 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 his or her cooperation in ensuring his or her 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.