pavel blagov, phd, licensed psychologist

The privacy of client-psychologist communication is protected by law, and a psychologist can only release information about a client with the client's written permission.

In very rare occasions, situations may occur that may permit and even require the psychologist to disclose a client's identity and other information about the client. For example, a judge may order the release of a psychologist's records or the psychologist's testimony as a fact witness. If a psychologist believes that a child or a vulnerable adult is being abused or seriously neglected, or that a client or another person is at imminent risk of death or serious bodily harm, then the psychologist may have to take protective action and even report this to an appropriate state agency.

In all cases, a psychologist will first attempt to discuss this with the client and to find a solution that protects the client's confidentiality. Clients are always entitled to receive information about confidentiality and any limits to confidentiality.

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