As part of providing a psychological service to you, your psychologist will need to collect and record personal information that is relevant to your past and present circumstances. With the exception of certain specific situations described below, you have the absolute right to confidentiality of your information. You are assured that all personal information gathered by Dr Gorrill during the provision of the psychology service will remain confidential and secure. Client files are held in a secure filing cabinet that is accessible only by your psychologist. Electronic files and reports are also password protected.
There are exceptions in which all psychologists are mandated (by law) to break confidentiality. This can occur when:
1. The information you have given to your psychologist is subpoenaed (officially requested) by a court of law
2. Failure to disclose the information would place you or another person at serious risk of harm
3. Your prior approval has been obtained to a) provide a written report to another professional or agency, e.g. a GP; or b) discuss the material with another person, e.g. a parent, employer or partner.
Issues surrounding confidentiality of information will be openly discussed and reviewed as necessary.