What Is Confidentiality?

By:  Mentor Research Institute
Revised: June 20, 2000

Internet: www.OregonCounseling.Org

In most states, confidentiality applies to all communication pertaining to a licensed professional's evaluation and treatment relationship with you.  Confidentiality is a legal protection and assurance of your right to privacy to the fullest extent allowable by Oregon State statutes.  Psychotherapy, counseling, assessment and associated services that are related to diagnosis, evaluation and treatment are confidential and protected in accordance with state law.  This means that you have legal rights and effective steps you can take to keep your records and treatment relationship private.  You have legal rights if you are in treatment with a licensed mental health professional or professionals who are certified by the State of Oregon as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) or Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA). 

The above information applies primarily to Oregon.   Please contact your particular State licensing board for more detailed information.