The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
However, confidentiality must be broken under the following circumstances:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which Dr. Long is required by law to report to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, Dr. Long must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, Dr. Long will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not/are unable to cooperate, Dr. Long will take further measures without their permission that are provided to her by law in order to ensure their safety.
For additional information, please see the Office Policies document located under the "Helpful Forms" link.