Trauma-based & Family Psychotherapy For Angry, Anxious, Depressed, and Frustrated Families

Does Your Loved One Need Care? Understand Confidentiality

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Many families and friends express frustration with confidentiality when healthcare information is needed. Confidentiality is defined as your legal and moral right to privacy in a therapeutic setting.

A therapist has an obligation to protect the rights, confidence, and information shared in a therapy session from the public (even family members or spouses). Great controversy has arisen over the years regarding these tight restrictions. Parents, spouses, caregivers, therapists and other healthcare providers all have had difficulty with the legal components of confidentiality.

In the event an individual in therapy is perceived as needing intervention, there are three exceptions to breaking confidentiality:

  1. If an individual threatens to harm someone else
  2. If an individual threatens to harm him/herself
  3. If an individual reports that he/she has been abused

Some therapists use their discretion in also reporting promiscuous behaviors of adolescents, extreme drug and alcohol abuse, or other risky behaviors.

Because of these things, I encourage you to make a list of questions regarding confidentiality and ask a mental health professional to discuss it with you. Each case is different and confidentiality is a slippery slope.

Read more at Caregivers, Family, & Friends.

All the best

   
As always, I wish you well
Tàmara 
 
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*CORONA VIRUS UPDATE1050 Lincoln Way, Ste 1 - Pittsburgh PA

As we get closer to the middle of May states across the nation are passing laws, reducing restrictions, and enacting new regulations to help support the transition from stay-at-home orders to the normal flow of life again.

Unfortunately, Gov. Wolf hasn't reduced the mask wearing restrictions in Allegheny County. However, he has announced most of Western PA will be moving to the yellow phase beginning May 15. This means that we can slowly regain some normalcy.

But until the mask wearing restrictions are reduced or eliminated Anchored Child & Family Counseling will remain closed. I will be making small transitions back to the office over the course of summer and seeing some clients in-person based on need.The office will be open starting June 17, 2020 with the goal of remaining open until/if state laws change in response to Corona virus restrictions.

In the meantime, I will be continuing teletherapy sessions until mid-June. My office assistant and I will be monitoring your insurance policy to ensure that you will be covered for teletherapy and that your copayments will be waived. At this time, it appears that all major insurance companies (UPMC, Highmark, Aetna, Optum/United, and Cigna) are continuing to provide coverage for teletherapy.

Please check www.anchoredinknowledge.com (the practice website) for updates and my business facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/anchoredchild.

Please continue to stay safe!
Thank you

Tamara

Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Licensed Child & Family Therapist
National Board Certified Counselor
Internationally Certified Trauma Therapist

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