Medical records

You have the right to a copy of my records about our sessions, unless I believe that doing so will cause you harm. If you would like to see your records, I would like a written request, and I would also recommend that we spend time discussing the records together.

You have the right to ask that I amend information I have recorded about you in error. Again, I prefer to receive a request such as this in writing.

You have the right to know to whom, and when, I have disclosed any information about you.
Since I will not disclose information about you without your written approval, just drop a note requesting a copy of your “Authorization to Release Information.”

You have the right to request a limitation on the health information we use, or disclose about you for treatment, payment or health care operations. Any restrictions such as these should be included in the “Authorization to Release Information.”

You have the right to request that I communicate with you only in certain ways. If you prefer that I not leave messages for you, or that I not contact you at work, for example, I will honor that request.

If you believe that your privacy rights have been violated in any way, please file a written complaint with me, and/or with an independent psychoanalyst, or with the California Board of Psychology, or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. You will not be penalized in any way for filing a complaint.

If you would like a hard copy of this document, you may print it from online, or you may ask in my office.