Is what I say in therapy confidential?
Psychologists are required to document their services. Files may include items such as: personal information, progress notes, and evaluations. This material is kept strictly confidential. Confidentiality is a key principal upon which the practice of psychotherapy is based. No information about you can be released to a third party your without your prior written consent, or verbal consent in the case of an emergency. Exemptions to professional secrecy, where disclosure is required, may include: (1) you are under 14 years of age, and your parents/legal guardians want access to your file, (2) risk of imminent danger, such as suicide, death, risk of running away, or serious bodily harm to an identifiable person or group, (3) suspected or known abuse or neglect of a child or older adult, (4) unsafe operation of a motor vehicle, (5) requests ordered by a court of law or the Order of Therapists of Quebec, or (6) access is required by other personnel (e.g., administrative staff) to carry out their professional duties, (7) limits related to technology such as email or Skype. Therapists must, as soon as the interest of their client so requires, receive supervision, consult another therapist, a member of another professional order, or another competent person. Disclosure of identifying information will be minimized, and your name will not be released without your consent.