Shady Oak Counseling, LLC | Suzanne May, MA, Licensed Psychologist Eden Prairie, MN

Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist’s office. I provide a written copy of my Psychotherapist – Client Services agreement under Helpful Forms which includes information on confidentiality, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called Informed Consent. Sometimes, however, you may want me to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your family physician, psychiatrist, or attorney), but by law I cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission (see Authorization To Release Information under Helpful Forms).

However, as a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Minnesota I am required to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:

* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.

* If I have reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.