As a psychologist, I have an ethical responsibility to protect your confidentiality. The information that you provide to me, in either verbal or written form, is confidential with the following exceptions:
1. I am require by law to report to the appropriate authorities any suspicions that a child (someone who is PRESENTLY under the age of 16 years) has been or is being abused or neglected.
2. If you are in serious and imminent danger of hurting yourself or another person, I may need to reveal information to an appropriate third party.
3. Information provided to health care practitioners, including physicians and psychologists, is not privileged if you are involved in a legal proceeding. The court can order that I turn over my treatment files and/or testify in court.
4. If you reveal that you have been sexually abused by a Health Care Provider who is covered by the Regulated Health Profession Act (e.g., physician, dentist, psychologist), I am required by law to report the name of the offending member to their governing body. I will not reveal your name unless you provide written permission to do so. The definition of sexual abuse includes both touching of a sexual nature and demeaning remarks of a sexual nature.
5. It is mandatory to report neglect or abuse of a resident living in long-term care.
It should also be noted that if a third party (e.g., Employer, EAP, accident insurance worker's compensation, other insurer) is to pay for any of the cost of the services provided by me, you may be required to provide basic information to the third party in order for reimbursement to occur.
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the limits of confidentiality with me.