The therapeutic dialogue between a therapist and a client is protected by both state and federal law, and by the ethical nature of the therapist with whom a client confides in. Information cannot be disclosed without detailed written permission by the client. There are exceptions to this law, which are briefly explained below. 

* If I suspect that a child, a disabled adult or an elderly adult are being abused, I am compelled by law to report my suspicions to the appropriate authorities, and will not hesitate to do so. 

* Pursuant to Tennessee Code 33-3-206: "Duty to predict, warn or take precautions to provide protection Liability" : If a client clearly threatens to do serious bodily harm to another person, I am compelled by law to inform the police, and to inform the intended victim.  

* If a client clearly admits to me that he or she intends to harm him or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation to ensure their safety.  If a client will by no means cooperate, I will take measures granted to me by law, to ensure his or her safety.  

Lisa V. Cox, LCSW / / 128 South Main St., Suite 202, Greeneville, TN 37743 / 423-525-4534 / / Providing mental health services to Greeneville/Greene County and the surrounding communities.