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Therapy Privacy Policy

This privacy policy applies to the use of  

Your privacy is very important to us. Accordingly, we have developed this policy in order for you to understand how we collect, use, communicate, and disclose and make use of personal information. The following outlines our privacy policy for therapy clients only.


Before or at the time of collecting personal information, we will identify the purposes for which information is being collected. We will only retain personal information as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.

We will collect and use personal information solely with the objective of fulfilling those purposes specified by us and for other compatible purposes, unless we obtain the consent of the individual concerned or as required by law (see below).  We will protect personal information by reasonable security safeguards, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.

We will collect personal information by lawful and fair means and, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the individual concerned.  For example, this website utilizes Google Analytics and server-based analytics packages.  These gather limited information on visitors to our website automatically, and stores this anonymous information in server log files. This information may include IP addresses, browser type, basic IP information, referring pages, operating system used, and date/time stamps. This information does not identify individual users. It is used only for site administration, as well as for analysis of website usage and trends.


We are not responsible for the practices employed by any websites or services linked to or from our site, including the information or content contained within them. Please remember that when you use a link to go from our site to another website or service, our policy does not apply to those third-party websites or services. Your browsing and interaction on any third-party website or service, including those that have a link on our website, are subject to that third party's own rules and policies. In addition, you agree that we are not responsible and do not have control over any third-parties that you authorize to access your information. If you are using a third-party website or service and you allow them to access your information, you do so at your own risk. Consequently, we strongly suggest that you review the privacy policy of every website you visit, whether or not they are linked to this site.


We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order or other legal processes.


Times change, as do our privacy expectations.  We consider this a living document and may modify or update this policy from time to time, so please review it periodically. We may provide you additional forms of notice of modifications or updates as appropriate under the circumstances, as a courtesy only. Your continued use of our site after any modification to this policy will constitute your acceptance of such modification.


We are committed to conducting business in accordance with this policy in order to ensure that the confidentiality of personal information is protected and maintained. We will make readily available to you, information about our policies and practices relating to the management of personal information.  Accordingly, if you have any questions or concerns regarding this privacy policy, or you wish to contact us, our contact information regarding these matters is as follows: 

Group Therapy Policy

Confidentiality agreement: You have the right to confidentiality and privacy by the group leaders and other group members. Confidentiality within the group setting is a shared responsibility of all members and leaders. While group leaders may not disclose any client communications or information except as provided by law, group members’ communications are not protected. As such, confidentiality within the group setting is often based on mutual trust and respect.

Xingyu Yao, MT-BC, adheres to professional, legal, and ethical guidelines of confidentiality established by
professional organizations and state law. Legal and ethical exceptions to confidentiality include a clear or present danger to harm yourself or another, knowledge of the abuse or neglect of a minor child or incapacitated adult, or responses to a court subpoena or as otherwise required by law.

As a member of any groups offered by Xingyu Yao, MT-BC, you agree to not disclose to anyone outside the group any information that may help to identify another group member. This includes, but is not limited to, names, physical descriptions, biological information, and specifics to the content of interactions with other group members.

Anything said between any two or more group members at any time is part of the group and is confidential. You understand that everything said in this group is confidential and not to be shared with anyone outside of the group, except as may be otherwise required by law.

  • You agree to keep confidential the names of other members of the group and what is said in the group. As a member of this group, you agree to not disclose to anyone outside the group any information that may identify another group member. This includes, but is not limited to, names, physical descriptions, biological information, and specifics to the content of interactions with other group members.

  • You agree to indemnify and hold Xingyu Yao, MT-BC harmless for any loss or damages, including costs and attorney’s fees, incurred by Xingyu Yao, MT-BC as a result of your breach of another’s confidentiality.

You also understand that anything said in therapy is confidential, except for the following limitations:

  • Child abuse and/or neglect (which include but are not limited to domestic violence in the presence of a child, child on child sexual acting out, physical abuse, etc)

  • Vulnerable adult abuse or neglect

  • Threats to harm oneself

  • Threats regarding harm to another person

  • A court subpoena

  • Your specific request, in writing, to disclose information regarding my psychotherapy to a third party


Please note that if you choose to send communications through text or email these communications are not protected and confidentiality cannot be assured.

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