Confidentiality is serious to both of us.
I will not share your personal information unless you authorize me to do so. What is said or typed between us stays between us. I may take notes about what we discuss but I will also make sure that those remain private. Using HIPAA compliant materials is something that is important and that I use in my practice.
With that being said, I am a mandated reporter and there are times when I have to break our confidentiality. This is a law that all therapists have to follow.
One is if you have made a statement that leads me to believe that you may be a danger to yourself or others.
Another is if there is abuse suspected towards a child or impaired adult including elders. I will have to make a report to authorities to help keep that individual safe.
These are non-negotiable laws that I will abide by.