It is important to have trust and confidence in your counselor
A crucial aspect of the counselor/client relationship is the client’s ability to trust the counselor. To that end, it is important for the client to know that it is both unethical and unlawful for a licensed mental health clinician to disclose any information to a third party without the expressed, written consent of the client. This includes family members, spouses, partners, employers, religious representatives and children of the client. That the client is even a client is information that will not be confirmed by the counselor to a third party unless the client gives permission to do so.