The following are two excepts from the amicus curiae letter from APA and the California Psychological Association to the California Court of Appeal, Dec. 5:

"The [Superior] Court disregarded the carefully delineated rules prescribed by the California Legislature for preserving the confidentiality of patient-therapist communications. Those rules further the important public policy rationale of encouraging people to seek out and receive mental health counseling and treatment when needed."

"The Superior Court's decision is directly at odds with the well-settled statutory regime that has been in place in California for more than 40 years protecting the confidentiality of psychotherapist-patient communications. That regime does not permit disclosure of psychotherapeutic records based on a showing of 'direct relevance.' If sustained, the [Superior Court] decision ....would inhibit psychotherapeutic counseling and treatment."