How Private is Therapy?

California law protects the confidentiality of communications between a patient and a therapist just like a doctor and patient.  If you would like your therapist to communicate with another health practitioner you will have to sign a release of information.

Your confidentiality will be protected with these notable legal exceptions:

  • Suspected  Child or Elder Abuse
  • Threatening Bodily Harm to yourself or another person

The other exception to your privacy is if you choose to use insurance to pay for sessions.  In this case, when a claim is submitted, the insurance company is aware of your dates of service and your diagnosis.

If you have other questions about your privacy – please contact me.


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