The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission. However, Kentucky state law has identified several exceptions to client, psychotherapist privilege, and these include:
- suspected child abuse and neglect (Kentucky Revised Statute 600.020),
- suspected spouse abuse and neglect (Kentucky Revised Statute 209),
- suspected dependent adult or elder abuse and neglect (Kentucky Revised Statute 209),and
- if a client is threatening serious bodily harm to himself or herself, or to another person/s (Kentucky Revised Statute 202A.400).
If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. However, if they do not cooperate, I will take further action, within the provisions of the law, to ensure their safety.