Hi everyone. I just have a question, and I can't figure out how to go about finding the answer.
Ten years ago, I saw a clinical psychologist for a severe anxiety-related disorder. I was in therapy with her for about four years.
Now, the issue that caused me to enter therapy ten years ago is coming to the surface again. As a result, I need to get either a copy of my records from this therapist or ask her to write a letter explaining my condition when she saw me.
Does anyone know if I have a right to these records? Can patients get a copy of their counseling records?
Another issue is that these therapy visits took place several years ago. It seems to me that therapists would have to hold onto their records in their archives. I'm not totally sure about this though.
I've located where my former therapist is now working, and over the past couple of months, I have left her voice messages and sent her letters. I'm getting very frustrated, however, because my former therapist will not call or write me back. Even my family doctor attempted to contact her, but she didn't call him back either.
I've been clear in my contact why I need her feedback now, so nothing is ambiguous to her. If she won't get back in touch with me, I at least need to see if I can get a copy of my counseling records. So, that's why I'm now asking everyone for feedback. Do I have a right to get a copy of these records? Has anyone else ever requested a copy of their medical records?
Thanks in advance for your feedback.
Take good care,
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