The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
- 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 insuring 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.
For Children and teens:
- I make every effort to maintain children's confidentiality and offer them a safe, trusting place to explore their thoughts and feelings in psychotherapy sessions.
- If I feel an ethical duty to break confidentiality (based upon the exceptions listed above) I make every effort to discuss the situation with children before disclosing, unless to do so could put them or another at risk.
- When acting as a Child Specialist and assessing children's coping in divorce, please note that this is not therapy and I do not hold information confidential, however I do verbally ask for your child's permission to disclose information at the end of the assessment. In the Child Specialist role information is treated sensitively but is for the purpose of disclosure to parents in order to assist them in meeting children's needs. All other ethical exceptions (as listed above) are applicable to my work as a Child Specialist.