Frequently Asked Questions
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the privacy of all communications between a patient and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker is protected by law, and I can only release information about our work to others with your written permission, but there are a few exceptions:
- In some legal proceedings a judge may order my testimony if he/she determines that the issues demand it.
- If I believe that a child, elderly or disabled person is being abused, I may be required to file a report with the appropriate state agency.
- If I believe that a patient is threatening serious bodily harm to another, I may be required to take protective actions. that may include notifying the potential victim, contacting the police, or seeking hospitalization for the patient.
- If the patient threatens to harm himself/herself, I may be obligated to seek hospitalization for him/her or to contact family members or others who can help provide protection.