Privacy and Confidentialityo This section is not meant to constitute legal advice. If you have specific questions about confidentiality, please consult an attorney. The therapist/client relationship is a legally protected relationship governed by the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). A variety of state laws and statutes that are state specific regulate mental health privacy and confidentially. Information disclosed during a session as well as any clinical notes generally cannot be shared without expressed written permission from the client.
o A client can protect improve their privacy by limiting who knows about their treatment and pay out-of-pocket for services. Insurance companies have some rights to audit client files.