Is everything confidential?
Conversations with the counsellor are kept in strict confidence. This includes the handling of files that contain case notes, records, and psychological test results. If there is a need or desire to disclose information from files with another professional such as a medical doctor, lawyer, pastor, or third party billing source, the client will be consulted first and asked to sign a release of information document.
Legal Limitations to Confidentiality:
- Counsellors are required by law to report to the appropriate authorities if there is physical or sexual abuse of a child under the age of 18 or if there is reason to believe a person’s life is in jeopardy.
- If a judge subpoenas a counsellor to testify in court or to release the contents of a file, the counsellor is required to do so.