Registered Psychologist - Confidentiality and Clinic Policy
All aspects of your life that you disclose to me, including your identity, are held as confidential. A psychologist who violates confidentiality can be disciplined by the College of Psychologists of B.C. There are only three instances where confidentiality can be breached.
- 1) You give explicit permission to do so, such as permitting us to give your physician, or other professional who referred you, a brief update on your progress.
- 2) When there is concern of a serious risk of harm to a person, whether another person, or yourself, or especially if there is concern of risk of harm to a child. This is very rare.
- 3) Another rare instance where confidentiality can be violated is if a psychologist is given a subpeona to appear in a court of law. This tends to happen when a couple is divorcing, and gets into a battle over custody and access to the children, and they wish to have the psychologist testify as to who is the better parent. At this point, I hire a lawyer, and resist the subpeona, because I (a) do not wish to appear in court in this matter, and (b) I wish to protect the confidentiality of my clients, and (c) custody and access is not my area of expertise.
A standard policy is that if you are not able to make an appointment, and give more than 24 hours notice on a business day, that is fine. If you give less than 24 hours notice on a business day, then you will be charged for the appointment, as that is insufficient time to book another client into that time slot.