How Private is Therapy?

Though laws may vary slightly from State to State, the law protects and safeguards the confidentiality of communications between a patient and a therapist just like a physician and a patient.

There are exceptions to this rule of confidentiality — a few of those exceptions are listed below:

  • Suspected or observed abuse of a child under 18
  • Suspected or observed abuse of an elder or dependent adult
  • If a client threatens to harm himself/herself or threatens to harm someone else

There are some additional exceptions to confidentiality in psychotherapy, i.e., court proceedings, insurance company disclosures, Worker’s Compensation cases.  Dr. Scott as part of his intake procedure will review in detail his privacy practices and policies so you are informed and aware of California law and the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA).  HIPPA is a new federal law that provides new privacy protections and new patient rights with regard to the use and disclosure of your Protected health Information (PHI).

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