Katie maintains confidentiality for all clients in accordance with American Counseling Association Guidelines, as well as HIPPA laws. Ethically, Katie can neither confirm nor deny that she sees you as a client unless you sign a release allowing her to speak to others about your counseling.
However, there are a few exceptions:
- Katie is legally obligated to inform the police if there is reason to believe that you will harm yourself or another person. Additionally, she is obligated by law to inform the potential victim. Crisis resourcing will be done if Katie feels that you are a risk to yourself.
- The Department of Child Services will be contacted if you or anyone in your family is a victim or predator of child abuse. Also, if you or anyone in your family is a victim or predator of elder or dependent adult abuse, Katie will notify the police and Social Services.
- If Katie is court-ordered to do so, she may be obligated to release records or personal information to lawyers in the event of legal cases. Katie will make every attempt to gain your consent before sharing any information with a third party.
- If you are seeking reimbursement from insurance companies, Katie will provide them your diagnostic code. They do not receive any additional information from her about your treatment.
- Katie consults with a professional supervisor in order to continue learning and growing as a mental health therapist. This supervision is done in order to enhance knowledge, skill-set, and experience, and to provide you the best care possible. Katie does not provide her professional supervisor with your name or identity. Rest assured that this individual also abides by professional ethics concerning your confidentiality.
Confidentiality and Kid Clients
Kid clients are a large part of Katie’s practice. Kids love seeing Katie, because they know that they, too, have a safe space to be themselves and be heard. Katie prioritizes alliance with kids. When Katie is counseling minors, general confidentiality ethics apply. With children ages 12 and under, she will discuss the details of the sessions with the child’s parent or guardian. For kids ages 13 to 17, the details of their counseling sessions will be kept confidential with the exception of general information to a parent or guardian of how the sessions are going. Also, the same legal exceptions will apply (see #1 – 5 above.)