The law protects the relationship between a client and a therapist, information cannot be disclosed without written permission.Exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which mental health professionals are required by law to report to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, mental health professionals must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, the therapist will make every effort to enlist the client's cooperation in ensuring their safety. If the client does not cooperate, the therapist will take further measures without the client's permission, that are provided by law, in order to ensure the client's safety.
- If there is a court order to give information for a legal proceeding.