Confidentiality & Privacy
Your confidentiality and privacy are very important to me. I follow state laws and professional guidelines to protect it. If you want your private information shared, you need to provide written permission. There are some exceptions to the need for written permission.
- If there is suspected abuse of a child or a vulnerable adult, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If I am giving you a receipt for insurance and for billing purposes (my book keeper sees client information pertinent to taxes).
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.
- During collaboration with the client's health care team.
- When a client is under the age of 13 years and the information is shared with a legal guardian.
- When the client is between the ages of 13 and 18 years, and I deem it in the best interests of the client to share the information with a legal guardian.
- When in compliance with the Uniform Health Care Information Act, 70.02 RCW.
- Upon subpoena by the Secretary of the WA State Department of Health in response to a complaint or report.
- If a client initiates legal action against me as their therapist.
Venmo, Emails and Texts do NOT protect your privacy in the same way that phone calls, snail mail, or face-to-face communication do. While I strictly follow professional standards to safeguard your private texts and emails, I cannot guarantee your privacy and confidentiality when we use those media. If you would prefer to limit contact to phone or face-to-face, please let me know. I would be glad to accommodate you!
I provide eTherapy (aka Internet Teleconferencing or Virtual Therapy) to clients. I use Doxy.me for physicians, which meets national HIPAA standards of privacy and confidentiality.
When do I collect your information?
I collect information from you when you when you fill out my paper work and submit it to me. From this point on, it is considered confidential and I do not share it with anyone, except with the exceptions above.