As mental health providers, it our responsibility to inform you of your rights as a mental health consumer. Your psychotherapist should provide you with information related to their professional qualifications, therapeutic orientation, treatment methods, and business practices in order to assist you in selecting a psychotherapist who best suits your needs and purposes. 


Your Consumer Rights in Psychotherapy.

Every patient engaging in psychotherapy with a professional has the following rights:

  • You have the right to understand and use these rights. If you need help understanding these rights, you may ask your psychotherapist or a member of SALM.

  • You have a right to participate in developing an individual plan of treatment. You have the right to discuss alternatives and different treatment options. 

  • You have a right to receive an explanation of services in accordance with the treatment plan.

  • You have a right to participate voluntarily in and to consent to treatment. You have the right to informed consent.

  • You have a right to object to, or terminate, treatment.

  • You have a right to have access to one’s records.

  • You have a right to receive clinically appropriate care and treatment that is suited to the needs. Safely and humanely guided with full respect for the dignity and personal integrity.Your therapist should be skilled and trained to administer the treatment they  said they would, and do so in a dignified and humane manner. You should never feel unsafe in your therapist’s presence.

  • You have a right to be treated in a manner which is ethical and free from abuse, discrimination, mistreatment, and/or exploitation.

  • You have a right to be treated by professionals who are sensitive to one’s cultural background and without discrimination as to race, spiritual identity, national origin, language, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender expression.

  • You have a right to be afforded privacy and confidentiality. 

  • You have a right to be free to report grievances regarding services or staff to a supervisor.

  • You have a right to request a change in therapist.

  • You have a right to have records protected by confidentiality and not be revealed to anyone without written authorization.
    There are a few specific conditions where confidentiality may be broken:

    • If the therapist has knowledge of child or elder abuse.

    • If the therapist has knowledge of the client’s intent to harm oneself or others.

    • If the therapist receives a court order.

    • If the client enters into litigation against the psychotherapist.

    • If the client is under the age of 13, the therapist may discuss aspects of the client’s care with the client’s parents or legal guardians.


If you suspect that conduct has been unprofessional in any way or you are not satisfied with the therapeutic process, the hope is that you will talk to your psychotherapist so they may respond to your concerns. Your concerns should be honored with care and respect. If you believe the psychotherapist’s conduct is unethical and they are unwilling to listen, you may contact SALM: the Association of Psychotherapists in Iceland.