Privacy is critical to treatment. Unless you are confident that the information you share is confidential, you will be held back from achieving your goals. Operating as a solo private practitioner affords my patients the highest level of privacy protection. At larger clinics or agencies your personal information may be seen by receptionists, administrative assistants, dictation typists, billing clerks, etc. This is not the case in my practice; I am the only person with access to your file.
As a rule, unless you provide specific authorization, I will not release information about you to anyone.
For details, including emergency exceptions to confidentiality, and potential limitations due to technology please see Informed Consent and Preparing Space pages.