We hold confidentiality between our clients and the counselors of the utmost importance. Your clinical records, verbal and electronic communication, and any contact you have with any of our staff are strictly confidential.
We are legally obligated to break confidentiality for the following circumstances:
If you report to us your knowledge of past or continuing physical or sexual abuse of a minor child or an elder person by an adult, the counselor is required to inform the appropriate child welfare or law enforcement agency. As mandated reporters, Texas State Law obligates us to report this information to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). The elderly and dependent adults are covered under this type of disclosure as well.
Your safety always takes precedence over confidentiality. In the event that you become unable to care for yourself or there is reason to suspect suicidal behavior, we are able to waive the right of confidentiality in order to help ensure your safety.
You must sign a release to have specific information shared with another individual or organization, such as information shared with your insurance company to process your claims.
LPC-Interns work under the license of their supervisor. As such, they meet with their assigned supervisor weekly to discuss their case work. Identifying information will be revealed with supervisors for the purpose of treatment planning. All information shared will be held in the strictest confidence and will be used only for the purpose of supervision and consultation.
Counseling records may be released if subpoenaed by a court of law.
Because we are professional counselors, we have to abide by certain ethical codes regarding dual relationships. Please talk to your counselor about special considerations if you attend church together.