" Hello , I am a student and I was informed that my college provides therapy sessions at the nurse's office . I have been struggling with many problems in my life . Before I go to seek therapy , I wanted to clarify a few things . Please reply honestly . In terms of legal matters such as state of California's rules and regulation : Under what circumstances will a therapist break confidentiality ? For example if a person over the age of 18 tells their therapist that they were abused by a parent in the past . Will that therapist report it to the authorities without patient's consent ? or not ? Also , if the patient has younger siblings will it affect the siblings since they are under 18 . Will the therapist report this case , even if patient does not say the siblings were being abused only the patineonly the patient themselves? The patient wants too seek therapy for themselves so they want to reveal everything in their past but don't want this session to affect other people especially family members, so they are concerned if they should reveal this to the therapist. Does this make sense? Additional information: -Child abuse is no longer a problem in the patient's life it was a past event but there are other things that patient would like to discuss such as health problems, stress, low confidence,anxiety, etc.. -The patient wants to make sure that revealing this information will not affect their siblings and family. - the parent has changed their ways and no longer abuses."