The law protects the relationship between a patient and a psychotherapist and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
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 patient is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim. Every effort is made to keep the patient safe as well.
If a patient intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their coorperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission to secure their well-being.