Definition of Confidential: 1. spoken, written, acted on, etc., in strict privacy or secrecy; secret: a confidential remark. 2. indicating confidence or intimacy; imparting private matters: a confidential tone of voice. 3. having anothers' trust or confidence; entrusted with secrets or private affairs 4. (of information, a document, etc.) a. bearing the classification confidential, usually being above restricted and below secret. b. limited to persons authorized to use information, documents, etc., so classified.
Dr. East will make every effort to protect your privacy and foster trust, the key ingredient for success in therapy. Your personal information will not be discussed with others without your informed consent and written permission. Counselors, however, are required by law to report these circumstances to authorities:
Suspicion of child abuse (neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse or psychological abuse)
Suspicion of elder abuse
Immediate threat to your life (suicide)
Immediate threat to someone else's life by you
While your counseling records are confidential, records may be subpoenaed by a court of law in criminal cases. Please ask if you have any questions regarding confidentiality.