Confidentiality

Your privacy is of utmost importance. Here is some information about confidentiality and how it applies to your relationship with Dara Pappas Counselling

Confidentiality

The collection, use and disclosure of your personal health information is governed by the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA). Dara Pappas Counselling fully complies with this act as well as the Code of Ethics of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. This means that all of your personal information obtained through the counselling relationship is completely confidential. Records and notes from our sessions are stored securely and are not disclosed without your consent, except where required by law.

Limits to Confidentiality

There are certain circumstances in which Dara Pappas Counselling is legally obligated to disclose relevant personal information to the appropriate authorities, with or without your consent. These circumstances include:

  • If it is believed that you are at imminent risk of harming yourself or another person

  • If it is suspected that a child under the age of 18 is at risk of/ or is being abused

  • If you disclose that you have been sexually abused by a regulated healthcare professional

  • If your counselling record is subpoenaed by a court of law

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