Confidentiality is a respected part of a psychologist’s code of ethics. Psychologists understand that for people to feel comfortable talking about private and revealing information, they need a safe place to talk about anything they’d like, without fear of that information leaving the room. Your privacy is taken very seriously.
I will treat all the private information I collect about your child and your family as confidential. I will not disclose any information about your child without your written consent. In certain exceptional circumstances, however, legal or professional rules may force me to disclose information about your child. This will include: emergency situations, statutory duty and court orders. I will not issue a psychological report to a third party regarding your child until I have given you a copy of the relevant document and obtained your written consent.
I occasionally find it helpful to consult with other health and mental health professionals about a case and am involved in a peer supervision group, as well as being a supervisor and mentor. During a consultation I avoid revealing the identity of the person I am discussing. The professional being consulted is ethically bound to keep the information discussed in the consultation confidential.
In order for me to render a service to you, I need to do a complete evaluation and that will entail asking you and your child a number of questions. Some questions may be highly personal, but I will not ask anything that is not pertinent. Should it be necessary for the integrity of the psychological testing to interview other people who know your child to obtain additional information, I will only do so with your consent. Any information gathered from parents, teachers, therapists, etc. will be treated confidentially and will be contextualised as part of my evaluation and shared and explained in the report and feedback.