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Psychological Services

Psychotherapy can have many benefits and risks. Since therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. On the other hand, psychotherapy also has been shown to have great benefits for people who go through it. Therapy often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reduction in feelings of distress. But there are no guarantees of what you will experience. If you have any questions about my procedures, we should discuss them as they arise. You are free to bring your therapy to an end as you may wish.

 

Limits on Confidentiality

All communications with me and all records relating to my provision of psychological services to you are confidential and may not be disclosed without your written consent. In marital/couple counselling confidentiality is held jointly. In the event that sharing information would represent a clear risk of harm to either partner or unnecessary or unwarranted damage to the relationship, this joint confidentiality would require revisiting. I destroy therapy records via shredding services after holding them for 7 years. Professional ethics place certain limits on confidentiality, i.e. *If you present an imminent danger to yourself or others the law requires me to take steps to prevent such harm; *If a child is in need of protection I must file a report with the Provincial Ministry responsible for child protection; *If a vulnerable or elderly adult is abused or neglected I must file a report with the Provincial Ministry of Health; *If a Court orders the disclosure of records I must do so.

 

Cancellation Policy

I understand that fees are due on the date of service. Missed appointments or late cancellation (i.e. within 24 hours) will result in a full session fee charged directly to me.

 

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