Privacy and Policy

For anyone starting therapy it is important to know a little bit of what to expect when it comes to your privacy and your safety. 

I abide by all Texas state laws as well as the ACA Code of Ethics for Counseling Professionals. This means that what you share with me is considered confidential and your records are kept protected behind a locked system. Except for the reasons listed below, confidentiality will not be broken without a signed release from you allowing me to disclose information to the specific individual you choose.

Exceptions to confidentiality include:

(1) You (the client) authorize me to release information via a signed ROI.

(2) I as the counselor am required by law to inform the proper authorities for the following reasons:
          (a) when the client is presenting a physical danger to self or others
          (b) when child abuse or elder abuse is suspected or is disclosed
          (c) when I am ordered by the court to release information

          (d) when the client is a minor and the legal guardian requests access to their child’s records, unless the child is emancipated.*

 

*This is discussed more in detail in the first session with the minor and legal guardian present.

(3) In the case of a Licensed Professional Counselor Associates (myself), I will engage in clinical supervision with Angel Hoodye, M.S, LPC-S who will maintain the clients’ confidentiality as stated above as well.