Within the counselling process the counsellor adheres to the highest guidelines of professional and ethical conduct, as outlines by her college (the College of Psychotherapist of Ontario). This conduct includes guidelines regarding confidentiality. Confidentiality is defined as the client’s right to privacy, such that the counsellor has an ethical duty to protect the private communications with their client. These guidelines are based on the standards established by the Standards of Professional Conduct of The College of Psychologists of Ontario (revised 2009) and the Code of Ethics of the Canadian Psychological Association. Confidentiality is of the utmost importance and an integral component of the counselling services provided. All information discussed in sessions will be kept confidential with some exceptions: if the client requests release to a third party (e.g., medical doctor); the counsellors specific legal and ethical limits of confidentiality (see below under legal and ethical limits); or, with my supervisor (Dr. J. Robert Groves).
Please note that the following are the specific legal and ethical limits to confidentiality. Disclosure is required by law:
1. If the client is in imminent danger of seriously hurting self or seriously harming another
2. If a child (under 16 years) or an elderly person (over 65 years) is at risk of abuse or neglect
3. If a file is subpoenaed by a court of law or reviewed by a regulatory body
4. If a client has been sexually abused or harassed by a health professional, a report must be made to the appropriate college. Give customers a reason to do business with you.