Phone: (858) 565-0066
Fax: (619) 291-4662

Confidentiality & Privacy

We want to assure all clients and prospective clients that the law and our professional ethics require that information given and discussed during counseling sessions is kept strictly confidential. Staff at Focus Psychological Services will not release clients’ name or the content of therapy sessions without explicit written permission of the client. Contracting agencies are only informed of statistical data regarding access to services. Agencies do not receive client names or other identifying data.

However, there are several conditions under which the obligation of confidentiality must be set aside when we are mandated by law to take action to insure clients’ safety or the safety of others. Every effort will be made to resolve these issues before information is acted upon. Exceptions to confidentiality are as follows:

  • If a client indicates that he or she intends to seriously hurt or kill themselves or someone else, we must act to notify potential helpers and/or victims.
  • If a client reports child or elder abuse or molestation, we are legally bound to report it to the appropriate authorities.
  • Children under the age of 18 have limited confidentiality. Certain information may be disclosed to the legal parent/guardian of the child. Please discuss this matter with your counselor.