Confidentiality and Privacy
I am committed to providing you with the highest levels of confidentiality and privacy. As such, I adhere to the Code of Ethics adopted by the Psychology Board of Australia (the ethical guidelines of the Australian Psychological Society) in relation to the protection and release of client information. This means that all information disclosed to me in the process of assessment and therapy remains strictly confidential, and that all the records are kept in ways that maximize your privacy.
There are some important exceptions to confidentiality:
- With the consent of the client or a person with legal authority to act on behalf of the client – for example, when consulting with other clinicians involved in your care, I will seek your permission;
- Where there is a legal obligation to do so – for example, when a court subpoena’s the contents of a clients file, or if i am subpoenaed to appear in court;
- If there is an immediate and specified risk of harm to an identifiable person or persons that can be averted only by disclosing information;
In all cases, I will discuss the reasons and appropriate steps with you before making any disclosures to other people.
The boundaries of confidentiality are somewhat different when working with young people and revolve around issues to do with age and ability to give consent – I will inform parents and young people of these boundaries when commencing any therapeutic work.
Click here for to download the Client Consent Form