Both professional ethics and state law protect the relationship between a client and a psychologist, and information cannot be disclosed without a client's written permission.
Common Exception: Filing insurance for services provided by a psychologist requires that a diagnosis code be provided to your insurance company to justify the need for services.
Rare exceptions to privacy/confidentiality include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, which I am required by law to report 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 their cooperation in ensuring their 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.