The relationship between client and therapist is to be considered sacred. The premise of working together on the most vulnerable parts of a person's being by definition demand a safe and protected environment. The parameters of releasing any information are mostly client-driven, and must be specified in writing by the client and witnessed by the therapist. There are exceptions required by law in which a therapist is compelled to release information. They include a judge's direct order, and the believable threat of imminent harm to self or another. These are fully discussed and contracted in the primary session.