Douglas Gotel, LICSW, RPT-S

Counseling for Children, Teens and Grown-Ups

Confidentiality & Privacy Policy

Federal and state laws protect the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.


Exceptions include:


  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report to the appropriate authorities immediately.

  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.

  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.