Our relationship is a unique one. You will share with me many intimate details of your life. Confidentiality is an important aspect of the counseling process, and I will carefully guard the information you entrust to me. Under state law, I am mandated to protect this relationship. That is, without your written permission or by order of the Court, I am forbidden to disclose any information about our sessions or about you except in the following instances:
1) I suspect that you may do harm to yourself or to others;
2) You tell me of abuse to a child or an elderly or disabled person;
3) If I or your records are ordered by a court of law; or
4) You waive your right to confidentiality.
Sometimes medical physicians have to consult other physicians to determine the best healthcare treatment for an individual. In the same manner, on occasions, I may want to consult with another pastor (when a counselee attends another church and it is necessary to talk with his or her pastor), or another provider regarding your counseling/treatment plan. You will be aware of these consultations (see above paragraph) and your confidentiality will be protected. Consultation and supervision are inherent in the standard of care and are supported by the Pastoral/Counseling profession.