Dr. Weingold firmly believes in and respects each patient's right to confidentiality. Treatment of emotional difficulties is a very private and personal undertaking and it is important for you to feel that your treatment provider will respect your wishes for confidentiality. With a few legally required exceptions, Dr. Weingold will not discuss any aspect of you or your treatment with a third party unless you have allowed this in writing. In rare cases when Dr. Weingold is concerned that you may be at imminent risk of hurting yourself or others, he may contact appropriate authorities to ensure your safety and the safety of others. Like all health professionals, Dr. Weingold is also required by law to report any instances of child or elder abuse to the State of California. In these rare instances, the need to discuss your treatment with another party will be discussed with you.