Therapist South Florida Psychologist Family Marriage Couples Counseling Dr. Lisa Saponaro

Privacy & Policy

Confidentiality & Privacy Policy

In general, the privacy of all communications between a patient and a psychologist is protected by law, and I can only release information about our work to others with your written permission.  However, there are a few exceptions.

In most legal proceedings, you have the right to prevent me from providing any information about your treatment. In some proceedings involving child custody and those in which your emotional condition is an important issue, a judge may order my testimony if he/she determines that the issues demand it.

There are some situations in which I am legally obligated to take action to protect others from harm, even if I have to reveal some information about a patient’s treatment. For example, if I believe that a child, elderly person or disabled person is being abused, I must file a report with the appropriate state agency. 

If I believe that a patient is threatening serious bodily harm to another, I am required to take protective actions. These actions may include notifying the potential victim, contacting the police, or seeking hospitalization for the patient. If the patient threatens to harm himself/herself, I may be obligated to seek hospitalization for him/her or to contact family members or others who can help provide protection.

These situations have rarely occurred in my practice. If a similar situation occurs, I will make every effort to fully discuss it with you before taking any action.

During couples’ therapy, you and/or your partner may find it beneficial to have some individual sessions.  What is said during those sessions will be considered part of the couples’ therapy and may be discussed during our joint sessions. 

While this written summary of exceptions to confidentiality should prove helpful in informing you about potential problems, it is important that we discuss any specific questions or concerns that you may have.

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