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.