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Privacy & Confidentiality

Confidentiality & Privacy Policy

The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist or counselor, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.

Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.
I take my responsibility to your privacy very seriously. Unless you appear to be in danger, or a threat to others, I will not disclose what we discuss to anyone - including spouses, partners, and family members - without your express permission. I understand that the decision to participate in counseling can be nerve-wracking, and believe that our best work will be done when you are able to feel most comfortable. If you have questions re: privacy or other confidentiality concerns, please do not hesitate to ask.

In return I ask that you are respectful of other clients you may see entering or exiting the office, or attending a group session, and understand their own needs for privacy and confidentiality.

While I use text messaging to manage scheduling requests and other practical issues, due to privacy and other concerns, I cannot answer clinical questions nor provide clinical guidance via text message.

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