In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and therapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.
However, the law requires some exceptions to this rule . Exceptions include:
- In the event of suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse, the therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person, the therapist is required to notify the authorities.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, the therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure his or her safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may be necessary.