Together We Heal

Together We Heal is for any who suffer from the trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse. We are here to provide a safe forum for survivors of abuse to share, learn and heal, give direction to those seeking guidance and to expose sexual predators for what they are and their methods of getting into our lives.

Legal

CONFIDENTIALITY

In accordance with ethical guidelines, what you discuss with your TWH mental health professional is kept confidential. Your written permission will be required to release information to other parties (i.e. spouse, family members, or outside institutions). In an effort to maintain professional standards, your counselor may discuss specifics of your situation with other mental health professionals as part of TWH consultation to ensure that appropriate services are provided to you.

There are circumstances where information can be released without your consent or authorization.

These include:
  • If you are at risk of being a threat or danger to yourself, a mental health professional is permitted to release information necessary for the purpose of your protection (such as contacting family members or seeking hospitalization)..
  • If an immediate threat of physical violence against a readily identifiable victim is disclosed, your counselor may take action, which may include notifying the potential victim(s), notifying the police, or seeking hospitalization.
  • If abuse or harmful neglect of children, the elderly, or disabled/incompetent is known or reasonably suspected, your counselor must file a report with the appropriate state agency.
  • In the event a client decides to bring a malpractice suite against the counselor, the client’s record will be admitted as evidence in court.
  • In court proceedings a judge may require the mental health professional’s testimony and client’s record if he/she determines this is necessary to resolve the issues before the court.
  • The laws concerning confidentiality can be quite complex. While your counselor is willing to discuss these matters with you, he/she is not an attorney. If you have specific legal questions, it is advised that you speak with an attorney.
 
YOUR RIGHTS
  • It is expected that your TWH counselor will treat you with respect. This respect is conveyed by maintaining professional standards of conduct as a counselor and by discussing any concerns or questions that you may have.
  • You have the right to terminate counseling services at any time. However, determining when you should end services is part of the process of counseling. It is expected that you will discuss any decision to end services with your counselor, rather than ending the process abruptly.
  • THE NATURE OF SERVICES PROVIDED TO YOU AS A NON-FEE COMPONENT OF TWH REMAINS CONFIDENTIAL EVEN AFTER TERMINATION OF SERVICES.
Together We Heal (TWH) and its no-fee mental health counseling services follows a strict confidentiality policy. Your written permission will be required to release information to other parties (i.e. spouse, family members, or outside institutions). In an effort to maintain professional standards, your counselor may discuss specifics of your situation with other mental health professionals as part of TWH consultation to ensure that appropriate services are provided to you. 

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