All issues discussed in the course of therapy are strictly confidential. By law, information concerning treatment or evaluation may be released only with the written consent of the person treated or such person’s parent or guardian. However, the law requires the release of confidential information in three situations: suspected child or elderly abuse, serious suicidal intent, or threatened harm to another. In addition, in certain select circumstances, the court can subpoena treatment records. We will discuss any release of confidential information with you. It is your right to request that your therapist not record any treatment notes.
Responsibility and Professional Standards
Counselors practicing counseling for a fee must be registered or certified with the Department of Health for the protection of the public health and safety. We do not audiotape or videotape consultations.
Registration of an individual with the department does not include a recognition of any practice standards, nor necessarily imply the effectiveness of any treatment.
Ultimately, we are all responsible for our own growth and change. The results of therapy cannot be guaranteed as they depend on a large number of factors over which a therapist has no control. On occasion, things may seem to get worse before they get better. It is important, however, to express any concerns that you have if what is happening in treatment does not feel helpful.
You certainly have the right to terminate treatment at any time or to refuse to participate should you find any aspect of therapy objectionable. Our commitment to you is to provide services which meet the highest ethical and professional standards. We are fully accountable for our services.
If at any time during treatment you feel that there has been unethical or unprofessional conduct, you may contact Washington’s Health Professions Quality Assurance Division. It is your right to choose a counselor who best serves your needs and purposes.
We look forward to working with you and hope we can be of service to you.