For most situations, yes. Yet there are definitely some situations that are a “but….”.
If the client is under age 18, then legal guardians have the right to Treatment Information.
If you use your health insurance: then your insurance provider has the right to some of your information to “justify” treatment and payment.
If you are involved in a lawsuit and the therapist is court ordered to testify.
If you involve the therapist with a lawsuit, malpractice claim, or licensure complaint.
And Last but Not Least—
Mandatory Reporting: The therapist is a mandatory reporter and required to report (at all times) the following things. First: if the therapist suspects that the client is actively suicidal or homocidal. Second: if the therapist suspects that if a (child or elderly) client is being actively abused, neglected, or is unsafe.
The Duty to Warn: The therapist is required with the duty to warn. This means if a therapist has valid concerns that the client will harm themself or someone else, then the therapist is required to report this information.
Angie Simonton, LCSW