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Dear Attorneys,

I have been struggling with my mental health and I regularly see a therapist. I’m going through a divorce, and I feel like my therapist would be able to relay some things to my attorney better than I could. But if I ask my therapist to relay those things, am I opening up the door for her to disclose everything to my lawyer? Is this even appropriate?


Therapeutic Thom

Dear Thom,

That’s a great question, and you should be proud that you are self-aware enough to recognize this. You should have an open and honest discussion with your therapist about why you want her to communicate specific things to your attorney (and what those things are). Don’t forget-your therapist is bound by HIPAA. That means that she cannot divulge certain information. Therefore, if you are asking her to only communicate, or opine, as to certain issues, she would ethically need to do so. She may have you sign a release in addition to your discussion just to document and alleviate any concerns. Don’t be nervous about talking to her. You’re doing the right thing.

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Very Truly Yours,

Wolf & Shore Law Group

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