Privacy and confidentiality are a matter of law and your information cannot and will not be disclosed without your written permission, or as required by law, or by order of a court with the appropriate jurisdiction. Without being required by law or so ordered by a court, I will not even confirm whether or not you are a client.
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, which I am required by law to report to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person(s), I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures even without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.
- When counselling couples, I use the Gottman Method as a starting point. This involves separate and conjoint sessions. If an ongoing affair is disclosed to me by either partner, therapy will be discontinued and I will do my best to refer you to another therapist. If a past infidelity is disclosed to me by either partner in a separate session, therapy can only continue if the infidelity is brought out into the open. It is part of the Gottman Method in couples therapy that the therapist not be complicit in secrets with either party.