Frequently Asked Questions
What is my confidentiality policy?
Our visits and the content of our sessions are kept in strict confidence. There are limitations to this confidentiality policy in certain cases. Counsellors are required by law to report to the appropriate authorities if there is abuse of a child under the age of 18 or if there is reason to believe a person’s life is in jeopardy. If a judge subpoenas a counsellor to testify in court or to release the contents of a file, the counsellor is required to do so.
What can you expect in our first session?
In our sessions together, we will spend a significant amount of time talking with one another, exchanging ideas and perspectives to the degree that you are willing and able to share. I will have you sign an agreement that outlines your rights of confidentiality and the limitations of those rights, as well as other important information related to my services. Children under the age of 18 must have parent/guardian permission before commencing counselling services.
Will there be additional fees?
Additional fees will be charged for administrative services, such as writing of reports and letters on your behalf.
What is a Registered Clinical Counsellor?
As a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#11772), I have met the rigorous academic training (Masters-level equivalency), clinical experience and supervision criteria that are part of the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors membership requirements. I am qualified to address many clinical mental health issues through assessment, prevention, and treatment/intervention and am licensed and insured to practice privately.
How is my confidentiality protected?
All technology platforms used for remote sessions will adhere to the privacy laws and standards as set out by the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and will be (a) PIPA/PIPEDA compliant; (b) offer end to end encryption; and (c) Canadian-based or offer Canadian servers. Contact instructions, privacy and confidentiality issues will be discussed during the initial consultation. Jane Video is used for all online appointments.