The law protects the relationship between a client and a therapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission
There is a legal privilege in this state protecting the confidentiality of the information that you share with me. As a professional, I can assure you that I strive to maintain the strictest ethical standards of confidentiality.
There are legal exceptions to confidentiality. The following situations are those in which the information you have shared with me may be shared with others.
1) The client gives written permission to share confidential information.
2) Anything that suggests a crime or harmful act.
3) If the client is a minor, and there is indication that she/he was the victim or subject of a crime.
4) Disclosure of abuse or neglect of a child or a dependent elder (physical, emotional, sexual)
5) An indication that you may seriously harm yourself or someone else.
6) The client brings charges against the counselor.
7) In response to a subpoena.
8) As required under chapter 26.44 RCW.
When it is possible, we will discuss any exceptions to confidentiality as they arise