Yes, our conversation is confidential. Your privacy is protected by federal and state law. We can’t even report crimes you talk about, except child or adult abuse. If your family calls here, we won’t admit we know who you are. If we see you in the market or at a concert, we won’t say hello unless you do– that way, nobody will ask you how we know each other.
But there are limits to your legal protection, and here’s what some of them are:
This is a rough guide, not written by a lawyer. If you think you need professional advice on these matters, please get it now. After telling us your problem, it will be too late.
Child abuse, elder abuse, dependent adult abuse
If you give us reason to suspect that abuse has happened, we will report what we know to the local family services office. “Child abuse” includes downloading or possessing child pornography.
If we believe you are currently suicidal, we will pass information to the emergency services and/or others to protect your life.
Danger to others, and threats
If we believe you are currently dangerous to others or to property, we will act to avert the danger. Also, if we hear you make a clear threat to harm anyone, we must warn them and we must warn the police.
If you are involved in a court case where you choose to draw attention to your mental status, we can be called to say what we know about it. In most other court proceedings you are protected.
Final note: social media
We don’t accept friend requests from clients or former clients. It blurs the boundaries of your safe, confidential relationship with us.