Confidentiality Limits and Responsibilities

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Can you trust someone with your private information that does not understand confidentiality? Confidentiality is the ability to develop a trusting relationship with a client by keeping his or her information private. One must remember that no genuine therapy will occur unless the client can trust the therapist completely. Therefore, a therapist must be honest and upfront about the limitations of what is considered confidential. Mental health professionals are forced to deal with confidentiality, because it is both a legal and ethical issue, requiring difficult decision making when releasing information.
Subsequently, when a client makes the decision to seek counseling, they are helpless and wanting to find a better quality of life. Clients are more likely to open up to a therapist that they trust. This is the reason that confidentiality is important. Therefore, therapist can build a successful relationship with a client and begin a journey to healing and recovery by stressing the limits and boundaries of confidentiality. A client has the right to privacy, security, and privacy of not only his or her identity, but also a diagnosis, prognosis and source of payment. With regards to protecting a client’s information, he or she must first initiate the process. A client must provide written information to have his or her information released to another entity, under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, a client ID and signature is required. He

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