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Confidentiality

Confidentiality is an important aspect of counseling. This means that under normal circumstances no one outside the Counseling Center is given any information - even the fact that you have been here - without your expressed written consent. Our primary goal is to provide you with a safe environment in which you feel comfortable to discuss your concerns.

The Counseling Center staff members follow the professional, legal and ethical guidelines of the American Psychological Association and the state of Pennsylvania. As a part of our service provision, we are required to maintain confidential records of all counseling sessions. This information is not included in your academic record, and it is not available to any other office on campus without your expressed written permission.

Please be aware that there are certain circumstances in which therapists are required to breach confidentiality without a client's permission. Counselors are mandated to report certain information in which there is the possibility of harm to a client or to another person, or in cases of ongoing child or elder abuse. Your therapist will explain these situations to you in your first meeting. You may also refer to the Notice of Privacy Practices statement below for more information.