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Sample Non-Subpoena Contract

Mary Alice Fisher, Ph.D. (2004)

THERAPIST’S LETTERHEAD

This contract is an agreement between the interested parties that no party shall attempt to subpoena my testimony or my records for a deposition or court hearing of any kind for any reason.

All parties acknowledge that the goal of psychotherapy is the amelioration of psychological distress and interpersonal conflict, and that the process of psychotherapy depends on trust and openness during the therapy sessions.

Therefore it is understood by all parties that if they request my services as a psychotherapist, they are expected not to use information given to me during the therapy process for their own legal purposes or against any of the other parties in a court or judicial setting of any kind.

Signed & Dated_______________________________________________________

Signed & Dated_______________________________________________________

Signed & Dated_______________________________________________________

Signed & Dated_______________________________________________________

============================================================ Note to Mental Health Professionals: Although this is not a legally binding contract, it emphasizes the importance of protecting the confidentiality of the therapy relationship, and it greatly reduces the likelihood that someone involved in multi-client therapy will try to use the information from therapy sessions as evidence against another in a subsequent court case. Some courts give consideration to this agreement when making a determination about whether to quash a subpoena.
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This is a revised version of a marital therapy contract provided by Jan Hembree, Ph.D.,