Therapists have long recognized the importance of confidentiality and have always placed a high ethical value on it. Most people wouldn’t tell important private information to a therapist unless they were assured that they could be trusted to keep their information confidential. Confidentiality practices are legally grounded and established by our institution and practice.
A trusted and informed therapist will discuss the limits of confidentiality and describe how confidential information will be used. Please note that there are times where a therapist is required to break confidentiality. These include:
- If there is reason to believe that there is a significant risk of bodily harm to the client or others
- In the case of apparent, reported, suspected or potential child abuse or neglect
- In response to a court order or summons for records or testimony
- For the purpose of contacting a relative, friend, or potential substitute decision-maker if the client is injured, incapacitated, or ill and unable to give consent personally
- For the purpose of a proceeding or a contemplated proceeding in which CSYR is expected to be a party or a witness if the information relates to or is a matter in issue in the proceeding.
As part of the regulatory activities of the College of Psychologists, Social Workers or Nurses, we would ask you to disclose information about the abuser to protect public interest.
If you have any questions regarding confidentiality, please let us know. Our counselling centres are here to answer any questions you may have regarding keeping your information secure and private. We have two convenient locations in Vaughan and Maple that are discreet and private. Remember, our facilities are located within wellness centres, so no one has to know you’re here to see a counsellor.