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Confidentiality and Privacy Policy

 

Confidentiality & Privacy Policy

Louisiana State law protects the confidential relationship and all communication between a client and therapist (counselor, psychologist, or marriage and family therapist.) on the same basis as exists between an "attorney and client".  No information, including participation in therapy, will be disclosed to any third party without the written permission of all adults participating in therapy.

Exceptions to confidentiality include:

  • Suspected child abuse, dependant adult abuse, or elder abuse - as mandated by State law.
  • To protect human life - such as if a client is presenting a clear, immediate, and credible threat of life-endangering intent toward a specific person or persons.
  • To protect a client from a "clear and immediate" life-threatening situation - such as suicidal intent, or seriously diminished capacity to function.  
  • As mandated by State or Federal court order.
However, even in cases mandated by law which may require disclosure of some client information to a third-party - efforts will focus on protecting client privacy and confidentiality to the fullest extent possible.  As practicable, clients will be consulted prior to any such third-party contact.

 

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