Why do we need confidentiality in psychotherapy?
Confidentiality is paramount in psychotherapy. It allows clients to trust and open up to the therapist. The entire process of integrative psychotherapy is based on this principle.
Violations of this principle are prohibited, but there are exceptions such as the prevention of imminent danger for the patient or others, or prevention of a criminal offense. It is common to talk about these limitations of confidentiality in therapy.
Below is an excerpt from the code of ethics of psychotherapists in Romania regarding protection of privacy:
Art. VI.2. Psychologists will protect the confidentiality of all information gathered during their professional activities, and shall refrain from disclosing information they have about colleagues, customers of colleagues, students and members of organizations, except as: to protect public health, to prevent an imminent danger, to prevent a criminal offense or prevention of the result of such action or for removing damaging consequences of such action. Disclosure by psychologists, of data entrusted to them or which they have acquired by virtue of profession, whether it is liable to breach the confidentiality clause is prohibited.
The limits of confidentiality
Art. VI.3. Psychologists will clarify what measures will be taken to protect the privacy and what family, group or community responsibilities, have to protect the confidentiality when carrying out research or provide services. Before receiving the consent the psychologist will inform the customer about the limits of confidentiality and the conditions under which it can be violated, and the possible use of information resulting from its work.
Disclosure of information
Art. VI.4. Psychologists can share confidential information with others only with the consent of those concerned or in such a way that those concerned can not be identified, except as warranted by law or in circumstances of imminent or possible physical harm or murder.
Privacy protection on PsihoSensus
If you have any questions about privacy please contact me by email at [email protected] or by phone 0773 394 730.