Confidentiality is vital to a therapy relationship. Confidentiality means that I will not reveal any information about you (including that you are my client) to any other individual or organization without your explicit permission. However, there are important legal limitations to confidentiality that you should be aware of. I am legally required to break confidentiality under the following conditions:
- If you inform me of any child abuse or elder abuse.
- Ιf you give me reason to believe that you would be a danger to yourself or someone else.
- If you become involved in a legal proceeding and a valid court order is issued instructing me to provide confidential information about your treatment to the court.
You should be aware that I use a billing service, First Solutions, to obtain payment for services and to track my client’s payments. First Solutions is an established billing service in our community and has signed a confidentiality agreement with me in the interests of protecting your privacy. In order to facilitate billing activities, some information regarding our relationship will be related to others, for example, banks, credit card companies, or insurance companies, depending upon how you intend to pay for services. Additionally, if it becomes necessary for me to use a collection agency to obtain payment, information about your identity and our relationship would need to be shared with the agency. Please know that it is of the highest importance to me to protect your family’s privacy. When it is necessary to share confidential information, know that I will share ONLY the information necessary, and that I will always attempt to inform you prior to any compromise of your confidentiality.
Please also be aware, that any electronic transmission of information between my office and you or your insurance company, whether by cell phone, e-mail, or FAX machine poses a risk to your privacy. These devices are not secure and I have no control over information transmitted by these means. This information is potentially available to anyone with the ability to retrieve it.