In general, information that I have about you will not be released to anyone, unless you give me your consent to do so. That said, there are some legal/ethical exceptions to this confidentiality that counsellors are obligated to comply with, and I think it’s important that you are aware, so I created this tab.
In rare circumstances, counsellors have an ethical/legal duty to share information with entities or people such as the Alberta Child Abuse Hotline or a Children’s Aid Society in Ontario, a client’s family doctor, the police, etc. For example, if based on what a client says, I have reason to be reasonably concerned about risk of serious bodily harm to a client or someone else, I might need to disclose this. Or, if there is reasonable suspicion of child abuse — physical, sexual, emotional, neglect — I might need to make a disclosure.
I will explain exceptions to confidentiality to you when we speak and you are welcome to ask any questions about them. These are some of the steps I take in the direction of informing you before and while you consent to counselling and psychotherapy services.
Please note that this page is neither counselling nor counselling therapy. If you need these services, please contact me or another professional. If urgent support is needed, calling your local distress centre is an option (e.g., Calgary Distress Centre at 403.266.4357 or Toronto Distress Centre at 416.408.4357). For emergencies, consider calling 911 or going to your local Emergency Room. This page is for information only, is not advice, and implies neither an intent to provide professional services to readers nor that a professional relationship has been established with readers. Current adult residents of the Canadian province of Alberta or Ontario are the only intended audience of this page.