Paula Whitaker
M.ED., M.A.
Confidentiality & Privacy Policy

We follow the current applicable Federal and State laws with regard to client confidentiality as they relate to the client-therapist relationship. We are Healthcare Information Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliant. We have each client sign a HIPPA policy form outlining their rights as a client with regard to HIPAA and the client-therapist relationship. We only release client records with client permission. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask Ms. Paula.
The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without the written permission of the client.

Exceptions include:
  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.

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