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Rights of Therapy Clients

​As a client accessing mental health care in India, it is important that you are aware of your rights so that you can make informed decisions about whom you entrust your care with. Here are some key rights to be aware of as you begin working with a psychologist, therapist, or counsellor. Professionals who encourage you to overlook them or others violating these rights may not be the best fit for continued ethical care.

  • You have the right to privacy and confidentiality about the information you share with your therapist during therapy (within legal limits).

  • You have the right to ask questions about anything that happens in therapy.

  • Your therapist can freely discuss how and why they have decided to use the treatment or approach they are using with you, and to look at alternatives that might work better.

  • You can feel free to ask your therapist to try an intervention that you think will be helpful. If it is within the purview of their training, they can try it.

  • You can also inform your therapist if something they did/said was not accurate or acceptable to you, without concern about it affecting your therapeutic relationship.

  • You have the right to not share any information with your therapist that you do not feel safe or comfortable disclosing.

  • You can ask your therapist about their training for working with your specific concerns and can request that they refer you to someone else if you decide they are not the right fit for you, without any fear of judgment or malice. Your well-being is our priority.

Learn about the Mental Health Care Act, India (2017) from this wonderful resource by Mariwala Health Initiative, Mumbai.

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