Confidentiality is a cornerstone of good therapy and your therapist will not disclose what you have discussed in therapy except in the following circumstances:
- You have a serious intention to harm to self or others (Mental Health Act)
- You have disclosed possible abuse or neglect of a child (Child and Family Services Act)
- You have disclosed sexual abuse by a registered professional (Regulated Health Professions Act)
- The information you have disclosed is required for legal process (subpoena / affidavit from therapist's file)
Your therapist will work with you to take the necessary action in each of the situations listed above, but if you are unable or unwilling to take necessary action, your therapist is required by law to protect your safety and/or the safety of others, without your consent.
If you are a minor, you will need your parent or guardian's permission to receive therapy. In your first session, your therapist will meet with both you and your parent(s) /guardian(s) to explain the limits of confidentiality. If the therapist has a concern for your safety he/she will work with you to help you safely disclose these concerns to your parents/guardians. If you are unwilling or unable to talk about these issues with your parents, your therapist may be required to do so without your permission.