What you say in therapy remains in therapy. This is one of the basic tenants of the therapeutic relationship – without trust and openness, there is no healing. A therapist will not even admit that you are a client without your permission if you bump into us in public!
There are exceptions to this, however, that it is important that you are aware of:
If your therapist is concerned that you have hurt a child, a disabled person, or an elder, we are required to report that abuse.
If your therapist is concerned that you have committed an act of child abuse in the past, even if that child is now an adult, we must report the incident if you are currently around minors.
If your therapist is concerned that you are planning to hurt yourself seriously, we are required to report this.
If your therapist is concerned that are planning to hurt another individual, we are required to report this.
If you wish to be reimbursed by your insurance agency, your therapist is required to provide a diagnosis and report progress towards treatment goals.
If your therapist is ordered by a court to release information as part of a legal involvement in company litigation, etc.
Minors need to feel that what they say in therapy is private, just as adults do. However, as they are, in fact, children, there are different rules regarding what must be disclosed to parents, and what can be held in confidence. This information will be provided to you if it pertains to your individual circumstances.