Hello,I believe that the medical record would be located at the clinic you were going to when you were seeing this therapist. The medical record does not belong to you it belongs to the clinic, however, you have the right to access this medical record. You may do as advised above, ask how you go about obtaining a copy of you medical record.
You will be ask what forms you want from your record, whether it is just the clinical notes, or lab results etc. Forms will need to be completed by you and prove of your identiy and there may be a fee for copying the records.
Of course I am in MN and I do not know where you are so it may be a bit different but this is the basics of otaining a copy of your personal medical record. Take care and good luck with your new therapist.
Thank you for your replies! I'm so lost about what to do about this, so I'm very appreciative of the feedback.
This psychologist actually had her own private practive when I saw her several years ago. Therefore, I imagine that the records moved with her when she left town.
(She now lives in another city. She works at a prison now, and she is impossible to get on the phone there.)
Mostly, I'm hurt that she hasn't replied back to me in some way or another. This is someone that I opened up to about very difficult details, and I really trusted her. I've come a very, very long way since then, and it's painful that this therapist won't even talk to my doctor. I realize that she's probably switched gears in her career and started to see a different type of client, but I just wish that she'd hand over the records that I need now.
I've sent letters. I've called. My mother has called. My doctor has called. But, she won't get back to any of us. Ugh.
I'll keep trying though. I just need to figure out how to get through to her and make her understand that I really need my records.
Thanks again, everyone!
Sorry I forgot to clarify the reason for the records..
I need them for legal reasons. I don't need them to see another therapist. I suppose that the records could be requested by subpoena (sp?) if it comes down to that.
Hi, It is not our business but it crossed my mind if the therapist you are trying to contact is involved in a legal issue that you are also involved in she may not be returning your calls or talking to you to protect herself which would be her right.
You may have to subpoena the records if you need them for a legal issue and your attorney should know how to go about doing this.
Please don't take it to heart that she no longer has a vested interest in your well being. She is no longer your therapist. I am sure you will get to the bottom of this anxiety provoking issue.
Keep posting, we are here for you. Kitt