Our providers are ethically and legally required to protect the confidentiality of their clients. Information will not be shared without written permission from the client or, if the client is a minor under the age of eighteen, the client’s parent or legal guardian.
There are, however, conditions under Federal/State Laws when a client’s confidentiality is released or not protected. These include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which the provider is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person(s), the provider must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, the provider will make every effort to enlist the client’s cooperation in ensuring their safety. If the client does not cooperate, the provider will take further measures without the client’s permission that are provided by law in order to ensure the client’s safety.
- Information is released directly to the court for court-ordered evaluations or court testimony.
We take your privacy seriously. We only ask you to provide information that we need in order to deliver the service or information you have requested.
Most United States courts have the power to subpoena our records and a therapist’s records if you are involved in a court case in which your relationship with us or the therapist is somehow relevant. Although this may be rare, if you have any questions, it is better to contact your lawyer prior to disclosing any information you may deem private.
Information We Collect Off Our Website
On our website, your name and email address is collected from you when you use the form posted on our Contact page and/or when you subscribe to our newsletter. We do not sell this information to any third party vendor, or to anyone, for any reason. We only use your email address to respond to your inquiry and/or send you our opt-in newsletter; if you’ve subscribed.
Internet Protocol Address
An internet protocol (IP) address is a number assigned to your computer for the purpose of identifying it on the internet. All computer identification on the Internet is conducted with IP addresses, which allow computers and servers to recognize and communicate with each other. We collect IP addresses in order to conduct system administration, aggregate information, and conduct website analysis. If a visitor requests pages from our website, our servers enter the visitor’s IP address into a log. To maintain visitor anonymity, we do not associate IP addresses with records containing personal information. However, we will use IP addresses to identify any visitors who threaten the website (i.e. hacking attempts).