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State to monitor Puyallup marriage counselor after breaking confidentialty with patients

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 22, 2013 at 9:13 am |
March 22, 2013 7:07 am

The state will monitor a Puyallup marriage counselor for four years after charging her with providing false information about her credentials and breaking confidentiality with patients.

Heidi Halsey must also pay a $2,500 fine, according to an agreement with the Department of Health.

Halsey’s wrongdoings date back to August 2008 when she began treating a 12-year-old boy for depression and anxiety. The state contends she failed to obtain consent from both parents for treatment, which is required, and did not abide by the terms of the court-ordered parenting plan.

However, once the boy turned 13 and was able to give his own consent for treatment, Halsey asked both parents to sign a consent form, causing great strife between the divorced parents.

The boy “was receiving mental health treatment for parental conflict; therefore, (Halsey’s) actions increased stress on Client A exacerbating his mental health issues,” the agreement states.

Halsey later began treating the boy’s parents, which created boundary confusion. The state alleges she failed to refer any of the patients to other counselors and failed to maintain confidentiality between the boy, his mother and his father.

Halsey also misrepresented her education and credentials.

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