As clinical psychologists and psychologists-in-training, we respect your right to privacy and confidentiality. This includes your right to choose what you wish to discuss in therapy as well as your right to have this information protected from others.
We have both an ethical responsibility and a legal duty to protect the information you disclose in therapy. Your records are kept in locked files. They are not released to anyone without your written permission, unless it is required by law. At the end of 10 years, your records are shredded. You should be aware, however, that if you discuss the same matters with other people, besides your therapist, you may not have the same protections as you do with your therapist at the PSC.
To insure that you know the limits of confidentiality, here is a list of some of the exceptions found in the laws of Illinois. Most of the exceptions may not apply to you.
In addition, you have the right to read your file and to make any additions or corrections you feel are important. We are required to make these additions a permanent part of your record. You have a right to request a copy of your file; the file itself, however, is the property of the PSC. If you wish to read or get a copy of your file, please fill out a form procured from the PSC secretary. You will be charged a standard page rate for the cost of copies.