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Therapist Ethics and Confidentiality – Stonington / Mystic CT Marriage & Family Therapist

When pursuing counseling options many people become worried about issues of confidentiality. Some of them may wonder what information is confidential and how the information might be used against them in the future. People seeking counseling should not worry too much about this though because of the ethics that are inherent in the counseling industry.

Everything said during a counseling session is considered confidential and this means that a counselor cannot discuss any of it without express permission from the client. Confidentiality is considered extremely important in the therapy industry and a therapist that does release confidential personal information will not be allowed to continue practicing therapy.

Those who are seeking counseling should be aware that confidentiality covers family members too. This means that a marriage counselor cannot tell a husband what a wife has said or let a wife know concerns that her husband has unless there is permission to do so. This also covers adult siblings and adult children though there may be certain complications with children who are under the age of 18.

There are only a few areas under which confidentiality may be questioned. If the therapist believes that the person under therapy is a danger to themselves or to other people then the therapist may take actions to get the person further help. It is up to the therapist’s discretion to determine whether the person may be harming themselves on a dangerous level. Usually a therapist will not take action against the person in therapy unless they believe they are in danger of seriously harming themselves. Therapists who believe that a person under therapy has seriously hurt other people or is planning to hurt people are obligated under their code of ethics to act.

Even when a therapist needs to break the code of confidentiality, it is always and only for the purposes of keeping either the person in therapy safe or other people safe. Unless someone is in danger, a therapist will not and must not break confidentiality. If a person in therapy believes that their therapist has broken confidentiality, then they should report the therapist to the board of therapy that governs them.

Mystic Counseling Services provides marriage and family counseling services to individuals and families living in Stonington CT, Mystic CT, North Stonington CT, Groton CT, as well as the entire state of Connecticut and Massachusetts.