Health Insurance Portability and accountability act HIPAA and stethoscope.

“What is said in here, stays in here.” Many therapists begin their sessions saying something similar. But that is mostly -but not always – true. Both Federal and State laws provide counseling clients with a large degree of privacy. Most of this is protected by HIPAA. But it is not absolute. Under certain circumstances a therapist is legally obligated to break confidentiality and tell others about something said in the counselor’s office.

These circumstances vary from state to state. In Oklahoma, Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC’s) areĀ  legally obligated to” …disclose such (confidential) information (when it) presents a danger to the health of any person;”

Confidentiality and privacy are vital in therapy and counseling, fostering an environment where clients can express themselves freely. However, there are circumstances where the breach of confidentiality becomes necessary to prevent harm or comply with legal orders. Therapists have a moral and legal obligation to disclose information if there is a risk of self-harm, harm to others, suspected child or elder abuse, or court-mandated disclosures. By upholding these boundaries, therapists create a space that nurtures personal growth and overall well-being. Trust, open communication, and a comprehensive understanding of these limits contribute to a valuable and enriching therapeutic experience. Safeguarding your privacy remains our priority, and any necessary disclosures will be handled ethically and responsibly.

At Bowden McElroy and Associates, LLC, we deeply understand and prioritize the utmost significance of maintaining the strictest adherence to HIPAA guidelines regarding confidentiality and privacy. It is our unwavering commitment to protect your personal information and uphold your privacy at all times. We are wholeheartedly dedicated to ensuring your trust and peace of mind throughout your therapeutic journey of self-discovery and growth. Whether you seek individual therapy, couples counseling, or family therapy, we provide a secure and safe environment where you can comfortably delve into your innermost thoughts and emotions. Rely on us as your trusted partner, as we firmly believe that the power of therapy can profoundly transform lives. Allow us to support you wholeheartedly as you embark on your path to healing and personal development.