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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Trying to understand all of the chaos associated with the #coronavirus can feel very overwhelming.

I want to let ALL of my clients/patients who come to Anchored Child & Family Counseling or who see me for consultations know that I am taking the necessary steps to ensure that all of the families and individuals who come to the office are safe and healthy.

Please know that, in the event Anchored Child & Family Counseling is asked to alter its hours or close for the safety of all clients/patients, I will be offering tele-health (online, computer, or phone) services. Although I do not anticipate this happening any time soon, this is important to be prepared for.

I also want to assure you that if I receive any information regarding the corona virus that involves your insurance and/or your care I will let you know as soon as possible.

Although many of the new reports may appear to be or feel exaggerated, as you know keeping our eyes open and making smart decisions is essential.

Please let me know if you have questions!
Tamara

 

 

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