We are committed to keeping your personal information confidential. We follow the confidentiality requirements of the College of Psychologists of Ontario. In general, this means that we do not share any personal information about you without your written consent. There are, however, a few circumstances where confidentiality must be broken due to legal or ethical obligations. These circumstances are quite rare and include:
- If you intend to seriously harm yourself or someone else, your psychologist is required to notify the appropriate individual(s) (e.g., your emergency contact, the police, etc.).
- If you share information about a child, presently under the age of 16, who has been abused or neglected, or is at risk of being abused or neglected, your psychologist is required to inform the Children’s Aid Society.
- If you indicate that you have been sexually abused by a Regulated Health Care Professional, your psychologist is required to report this information to the appropriate regulating body. In this case, your name does not have to be released.
- If a court of law subpoenas your record, your psychologist is required to release your psychological file to the court.