The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychologist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
The only exceptions to this policy are rare situations in which I am required by law to release information with or without your permission. These are: 1) if there is evidence of physical and/or sexual abuse of children, or abuse to the elderly; 2) if I judge that you are in danger of harming yourself or another individual; and 3) if your records are subpoenaed by the court. In the rare event of any of these situations, I would attempt to discuss my intentions with you before any action is taken, and I would limit disclosure of confidential information to the minimum necessary to insure safety.
Privacy and confidentiality issues are always discussed in detail at the beginning of the first session. At that time, please let me know if you have any specific questions or concerns.