The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.I comply with HIPPA regulations. Under HIPPA, I am required to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of information about my patient’s health, healthcare, and payment for healthcare services. I only disclose a patient’s information with the following exceptions:
- A patient gives written consent/permission.
- Suspected child abuse or dependent or elder abuse, for which I am required, by law, to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a person is threatening serious bodily harm to another person(s), I must notify the police and inform the intended victim(s). If a client intends to harm herself or himself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If there is no cooperation, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law to ensure their safety.
- If the patient is a minor or a patient who cannot make their own health care decisions, I am permitted to share information directly related to care with the caregiver or representative. I always act in the best interest in the patient, and if there is a concern that sharing this information will harm the patient, information will not be shared. Therapeutic notes are never shared.
Patients are provided with the legal right to access their information and medical records when requested. I do not keep their health records on file outside of clinical notes, if a client requests the clinical notes, I will release them upon written request. Clients self-report.
You can cancel or reschedule an appointment anytime, as long as 24 hours notice is provided. If you cancel an appointment with less than 24 hours notice, or fail to show up, you will be charged for the appointment.