Please note that while any confidential information you share with your therapist will be treated as strictly confidential, there are limits to this confidentiality, which apply to all health professionals.
Your therapist will keep notes and/or records about you containing biographical, assessment and treatment information. These records are kept securely in a locked filing cabinet. Digital records/ files are stored on an encrypted computer and files are password protected.
A therapist will not release confidential information about you without your written consent to do so, unless s/he is legally/ professionally required to do so in the following situations:
- the therapist sincerely believes you may be at risk to yourself or others (e.g. you threaten to harm yourself or others)
- you share information that leads the therapist to sincerely believe that a vulnerable person (e.g. a child, disabled or elderly person) has been subject to, or is at risk of, physical/ emotional/ sexual abuse
- you share information with the therapist about a past or future intention to commit a terrorist act
- a court orders the release of this information from the therapist
In the situations outlined above, where information can legitimately be shared without your permission, the therapist will try to disclose as little information as possible and will also usually try to inform you first before doing so, provided it is both legally advisable and practical to do so.
- Medical Insurance: Those clients choosing to pay through medical insurance need to be aware that medical insurers require some confidential information to be released to them by your therapist in order to make payment. This information will be kept to minimum but would need to fulfil your medical insurer’s requirements to enable them to process a claim. This information will only be released to your insurer once you provide the therapist with permission to do so.
- Supervision: Therapists are required to receive ongoing professional supervision as part of their continued professional development requirements. In supervision confidential information about you may be discussed with an experienced chartered psychologist. The supervisor is subject to the same confidentiality constraints as your therapist.
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