Page updated 10-14-2017
Confidentiality is vital to the practice of counseling and psychotherapy. Safe places are needed when what you say is private between you and your counselor and/or psychotherapist. Without safety, the environment in which you share your thoughts and feelings to process and work through the challenges you face is compromised.
Under very specific circumstances, sometimes there will be exceptions. In general, who you are, your name and your demographics and all data associated with your past, present and future health PLUS more is protected by law. What is not protected are certain exceptions which is also written in the same law. Read on for more info.
Your protected health information and the exceptions to it are clearly established at the state and federal level under what’s called the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. All healthcare providers are subject to it, not just your counselor and/or psychotherapist. It is very detailed info. You can read about it directly from state and federal sources. Here are the links:
State of Maryland:
Department of Health and Human Services:
What’s written on this website is for general informational purposes only. The content on this page is not meant to replace the information found at the State of Maryland and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Consequently the information on this page may not be complete. It's also not meant to replace medical or psychological advice or treatment. For that you'll need to seek services by contacting and meeting with a licensed professional. See disclaimer.
Keep in mind that if you decide to enter into counseling and therapy, you will be given detailed information concerning the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and the topic of confidentiality by your counselor and/or psychotherapist.
In brief, here are the exceptions to your confidential information:
There’s a lot more information about this topic. This is not meant to be comprehensive and as a result may be incomplete. It is important for you to know your rights as a client and/or patient when it comes to your health and the healthcare providers that you work. Knowledge is vital and empowering. Kindly read this information directly from the State of Maryland and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) websites for the most up-to-date information. There you’ll find resources and detailed info to help you understand your rights as a client and/or patient.Home> Lucrezia Mangione> Confidentiality