information discussed in therapy sessions, whether
online or face-to-face, is confidential. Individuals
receiving mental health counseling have the right to
privacy with regard to their sessions. Your information
will be kept confidential using the same methods for
those who receive face-to-face counseling. This
includes all records and files, which are maintained in
a locked filing cabinet. All computer records are
maintained in a computer that is password protected.
Once your emails are read, they are deleted from the
computer, and only the hard-copy may be kept in a locked
file. In addition, for your privacy, your email and
your address will be kept private and will not be
distributed or used for any other purpose.
some exceptions to the confidentiality rule and these
exceptions vary from state to state. Basically, the
legal limitations to confidentiality are as follows:
Mental Health Professionals are required by law to
notify the proper authorities if there is suspected
child abuse (including emotional, physical or sexual
Mental Health Professionals must notify the proper
authorities if clients make credible threats to harm
themselves or a third party (this includes
contagious, fatal diseases).
Mental Health Professionals may be required to
breach confidentiality if subpoenaed for court cases
or legal proceedings.
site as is required by law to be provided to you under
the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
regard to confidentiality and using the internet, every
precaution is made to protect your privacy. However,
privacy cannot be guaranteed because it is not
fail-safe. To better protect yourself, avoid sending
email from your computer at work, as your employer has
the right to access and view your email. Also, when
using your computer at home, make sure that you are the
only person who has access to your email account. You
may also want to consider using a password to access
your computer. In addition, avoid saving the DrJDM.com
email address in your Address book on your computer.
Further, consider deleting emails from your hard drive,
and remember to empty your sent, trash, and recycle bin
files as well. For internet security, you can download
a free software fire wall. Some sites, such as Zone
Alarm, offer a free firewall if it is for personal use.
If you are ready to
begin therapy, please go to the
section of this