Please read these Limits of Confidentiality and Submit your Agreement in the space below. Please use the Contact form to ask me any questions you may have – or bring them to our session.
At all times during the counselling relationship I will maintain strict confidentiality with you with three exceptions:
- Incidences of child abuse must be reported, according to my local (Canadian) Law. If the child is an adult there is no requirement on me to report. However, if there is a risk of further occurrence with other (current) children, reporting is recommended. Please know that there is no statute of limitations on child abuse. This means that child abuse can be reported many years later, if you wish, regardless of current age.
- Incidences of potential suicide. If I consider that my client is a serious threat to him or herself – ie if the client is feeling suicidal – I must by law report this risk to the appropriate authorities and request intervention and help for my client.
- If there is a threat of homicide, either to my client or by my client to another person, I must by law report this to the appropriate authorities and request intervention and help for the target. I will also attempt to contact and warn the target of this danger.
Other than these three exceptions, about which I hereby give notice that I must disclose, everything that is discussed in the course of counselling is completely confidential. Please feel welcome to discuss this further if you wish.
I always encourage and help a client to report an incident for themselves and the Limits of Confidentiality give us a framework to help with that.
Please note that I live in British Columbia, Canada and that my contract with you for the business that I will be performing falls solely under the laws and jurisdiction of British Columbia, Canada.
I have read, understand and agree with the Limits of Confidentiality.
Please consider my typed name here as a legally binding signature.