The confidentiality of communications between client and therapist is vitally important and, in general, is legally protected. Normally, information can be released only with your written permission. There are, however, some exceptions. For example, in certain legally defined situations involving threats of self-harm or harm to another, and cases of child abuse, or abuse of otherwise dependent individuals, your Phoenix Psychotherapy therapist is required to breach confidentiality to keep yourself and others safe. For all adolescents under the age of eighteen, the parent or guardian holds the legal right to confidentiality. However, in psychotherapy with adolescents, parents will receive only general feedback unless a danger to self or others or abuse of children or otherwise dependent individuals is present. In that case, parents and/or guardians will be informed, as well as any other appropriate parties. In the case of adolescents, “danger to self” also includes the use of dangerous drugs, running away, or other dangerous behaviors. For all Phoenix Psychotherapy clients, laws of the state in which you reside shall be enforced.
In most legal proceedings, you have the psychotherapist-patient privilege to protect information about your treatment. However, certain court proceedings, actions before state boards, or other legal activity may waive or limit your ability to maintain confidentiality. If you file a lawsuit or legal proceeding in which you claim emotional damages, the information you give your therapist may not be protected, depending on what issues are raised.
We will keep confidential and safe records of each session. These records include brief notations about primary issues discussed, goals, progress, and any new issues that may be of concern. No images of any session will be stored unless a written agreement has been signed prior to the session. These images would be used for training and supervision purposes only. A Phoenix Psychotherapy supervisor will evaluate your intake information to ensure that Phoenix Psychotherapy is an appropriate service for you.
Realistically, all Internet use has some limitations to confidentiality. We have tried to prevent any breaches of security by securing our site.