One of the most important rights the client has involves confidentiality. Information you share with me during our sessions and after the therapeutic relationship has ended, will be kept confidential, unless Nikkol has your written consent to disclose certain information to any other person or agency as discussed. In some situations, there are exceptions to confidentiality where information may be disclosed whether or not she has your permission:
- Children in Need of Protection: Nikkol is required under the Child, Family, and Community Service Act of British Columbia to report instances where it has reasonable cause to believe a child is in need of protection or may be at risk of abuse or neglect to the appropriate authorities.
- Duty to Warn – Potentially Suicidal/Homicidal/Dangerous Client: Nikkol has the duty to protect you from yourself or to protect others if you are perceived as a threat. In case of a suicide threat, a medical referral or hospitalization may be instituted. If you are considered to be dangerous to others, the police and/or threated person(s) may be informed.
- Legal Proceedings: Nikkol is required to release your information to a third party and/or to testify in a court hearing, if subpoenaed by a court of law.