YOUR CONFIDENTIALITY AND PRIVACY
Most people feel some nervousness about coming to counselling and sharing the details of their lives, thoughts, fears and dreams. That's why confidentiality and privacy is the bedrock on which all counselling or therapy is based. You can rest assured that if you decide to contact me, your information (including the fact that you contacted me) will be kept in the strictest confidence.
This means that I must safeguard confidential information about you and only release it with your written informed consent. Even when information is released, I am ethically obligated to ensure that
(1) only the information that is required is released,
(2) it is released only to the authorized person, and
(3) that you, the client, are informed about the release and the reasons for doing so.
There are some situations that you need to know of in which I may be ethically and legally obligated to break confidentiality. You should be aware of these limitations to client confidentiality, and they include
- My duty to report abuse to a child under age 18 under the Child, Youth & Family Enhancement Act
- My duty to protect you, the client, or others from severe physical harm under the Mental Health Act
- A court order instructing me to release confidential information
- As dictated under the Worker’s Compensation Act and the Hospital Act