Confidentiality & Security
The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written consent. Please be assured that anything you communicate via telephone, e-mail, fax, or in an office session, will be kept strictly confidential and will not be communicated to anyone without your written permission.
IMPORTANT EXCEPTIONS TO CONFIDENTIALITY
- All Canadian citizens are required by law to report to The Ministry of Social Services or the RCMP any suspicion of risk of child abuse. If a psychotherapist believes that a child is at risk of being abused, or that a child has already been abused, or that someone who previously abused children is still a threat, then BY LAW the psychotherapist must report this.
- A psychotherapist is required by law to report if someone’s life is in danger through suicide or homicide.
- Canadian courts have the power to subpoena client records if you are involved in a court case in which your records are relevant to your case. This is a very rare occurrence and would usually involve your lawyer issuing a subpoena for your records.
Please provide us with appropriate and thorough information so that we might best serve you. This information helps us make an accurate assessment of your situation so that we can work together effectively.
If you are under the age of 19, we require that you obtain parental consent in order to proceed with any of our services. We will be happy to speak with your parent(s) and arrange for signed consent.