Is therapy confidential?
You need to feel that you can trust me with your deepest fears, concerns and thoughts even if they include hurting yourself.
I will not reveal anything to anyone unless you give me permission.
I do not believe that your private thoughts and actions are anyone’s business.
This includes insurance reports or other physicians.
What goes on in your mind is your business. I hope you will share with me whatever you are thinking or feeling.
Not only I am the least judgmental person I know (I try to be very honest about myself) but I feel that trust is probably the most important aspect of treatment. (And any relationship)
Concerning thoughts about hurting yourself: I will make every effort to work with you to help and ensure your safety.
However, if I believe you are in danger and I feel that there is an increased risk, I must take additional measures and make every effort to insure your safety.
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist.
However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required by law to notify the police.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself.
I will work with you to resolve any problem that comes up.
However i cannot read minds and the most important thing in therapy is that there be honesty between
the patient and therapist.
If you feel for any reason that there is a problem being honest with me, please may the effort to bring that up.
It is critical that we have an honest open and trusting relationship.
Dr Drell is a psychiatrist who provides psychotherapy,counseling and coaching services in Washington, D.C.
He specializes in anxiety and depression counseling,therapy and treatment, as well as couples therapy and marriage counseling
Dr Drell's Psychiatry and Psychotherapy office is in Woodley Park, DC and is convenient to Bethesda, Silver Spring, Chevy Chase, Potomac,MD, Alexandria, Arlington, McLean, VA