Confidentiality is fundamental to the therapist/counsellor relationship. However, there are certain ethical and legal limitations to confidentiality. The therapist will review the limits of confidentiality prior to agreeing to work together. Limitations to confidentiality include:
- Confidentiality may be broken in order to prevent harm, if you pose an immediate threat to your life and safety or that of other individuals.
- Mandatory reporting laws for abuse of children and dependent adults.
- The judge has a right to subpoena information pertaining to your treatment if you become involved in a legal case.