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Your Rights As a Client

The Rights of Clients

  • You have the right to decide not to enter into therapy with me. If you wish, I will provide you with a list of names of other qualified therapists.

  • You have the right to end therapy at any time. Your only responsibility at that time is to pay for any treatments you have already participated in. Please keep in mind that if you were recommended to attend therapy as a court order, that ceasing treatment may be a problem for the entity that ordered treatment.

  • You have the right to ask any questions at any time about the process we are engaged in during your treatment. I will do my best to give you answers that will satisfy you and work to help you understand my usual treatment methods.

  • If I plan on using a specific method of treatment, I will explain this method of treatment to you including the benefits and risks of this treatment model. You have the right to refuse a specific therapeutic model of treatment.

  • You have the right to keep what you tell me private. Typically, the information that you share in therapy will be kept private. There are situations in which I am required by law to reveal some of the information that you share with me, even without your permission. Some of those situations may include:

    • If you seriously threaten to harm yourself, I must notify the authorities

    • If you seriously threaten to harm another person, I must notify that person and the authorities

    • If a court orders instructs me to testify in regards to my work with you, I must comply with this instruction

    • If I am testing or treating you under a court order, I must share this information with the court

    • If information is provided that indicates suspected elder abuse, child abuse or neglect, I must report this to the authorities.  

  • If I am treating your minor child or a minor child under your care, the child has the right to keep what is told to me private. Typically, the information that is shared in therapy will be kept private unless discussed with the child to indicate a need to share with their parent or caregiver. There are situations in which I am required by law to reveal some of the information that is shared with me by your child or the child in your care, even without your or their permission. Some of those situations may include:

    • If the minor child seriously threatens to harm themselves, I must notify the parent of caregiver as well as the authorities

    • If the minor child seriously threatens to harm another person, I must notify that person and the authorities

    • If a court orders instructs me to testify in regards to my work with the minor child, I must comply with this instruction

    • If I am testing or treating the minor child under a court order, I must share this information with the court

    • If the minor child reveals information related to suspected child abuse or neglect, I must report this information to the authorities

  • If I wish to record a session, I will get your informed consent in writing You have the right to prevent any such recording.

  • You have the right to review your records in my file at any time. If you wish to do so, please place this request in writing.

  • You have the right to provide information you wish to have placed in your file that you feel needs to be present.

  • You have the right to request copies of your records to provide to other professionals.