Confidentiality


As per the Standards of Practice set by the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP), psychological services are strictly confidential. I keep written notes in a clinical file that are kept in a locked cabinet in my office. I do not release any information about you to anyone without your written permission, except as required by Alberta law. No information I have about you (including all information contained in your clinical file) will be communicated directly or indirectly to any third party without your informed and written consent.


There are a few legal obligations to release confidential information that will be discussed further at your first appointment:

  • If it is believed that you pose an imminent danger to yourself or to someone else, I am required to contact the authorities, people who can intervene to help prevent harm to you or others, and any intended victims of harm.
  • If I suspect, or I am informed, that a child is at risk of being harmed in any way (e.g., sexual or physical abuse, negligence), I must contact Child and Family Services and report all relevant information.
  • If the contents of your file are subpoenaed by a court of law, I am required to release the file to the court.
  • If CAP requests access to my files for the purposes of assuring quality of care, I am obligated to allow them that access. CAP is bound by its own strict confidentiality rules.