Essentially what you say in our therapy session is confidential.
The health insurance portability and accountability act also known as HIPAA, provides privacy protections and patient rights with regard to the use and disclosure of your protected health information.
The law protects the privacy of all communication between a client and a therapist.
I can only release information about your treatment to others, if you sign a written authorization. However under these stated HIPAA guidelines there are certain instances when confidentiality has limitations.
During our initial intake session, one form of documentation addresses the limits on confidentiality, client rights and therapist duties. Which we must both sign and agree to the terms and conditions.
Your medical records will include
- a new client intake form
- HIPAA form
- therapy consent
- policies & agreement form
- treatment plan
- progress and discharge summaries.
Other documents may be required and included depending on a client’s case by case basis.