Timothy Rogers, M.A.,L.M.F.T. verified by GoodTherapy.org
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A minor who is 12 years of age or older has the full rights to confidentially within the guidelines of any adult who participates in psychotherapy.

Please read carefully

The California minor content laws regarding mental health services states that there are Two statutes give minors the right to consent to mental health treatment.

If a minor meets the criteria under either statute, the minor may consent to his or her own treatment. If the minor meets the criteria under both, the provider may decide which statute to apply. There are differences between them. See endnote ** for more on these differences:

Family Code § 6924

“A minor who is 12 years of age or older may consent to mental health treatment or counseling on an outpatient basis or to residential shelter services, if both of the following requirements are satisfied:

The minor, in the opinion of the attending professional person, is mature enough to participate intelligently in the outpatient services or residential shelter services. AND

The minor (A) would present a danger of serious physical or mental harm to self or to others without the mental health treatment or counseling or residential shelter services, or (B) is the alleged victim of incest or child abuse.” Cal. Fam. Code § 6924.

Health & Safety Code § 124260

“[A] minor who is 12 years of age or older may consent to [outpatient] mental health treatment or counseling services if, in the opinion of the attending professional person, the minor is mature enough to participate intelligently in the mental health treatment or counseling services.” Health & Saf. Code § 124260.


Now obviously most young people over the age of 12 do not have the means to pay for therapy, so I encourage all of them to sign an agreement which permits me the right to discuss any financial matter or anything he/she/they deem necessary regarding the content of therapy.

It is also extremely important and ethically and legally mandated that I inform any potential client of the limitations to anyone's confidentiality during the therapeutic process,


LIMITATIONS OF CONFIDENTIALITY

Marriage and Family Therapists are encouraged to inform patients as to certain exceptions to confidentiality such as child abuse reporting, elder and dependent adult abuse reporting, and patients dangerous to themselves or others.