Psychologists are bound by strict codes of ethics. There are rules regarding how information is stored and handled (with the highest regard for your privacy), how we present ourselves and our qualifications, and how advertising can be done. For example, psychologists cannot use testimonials on their websites or other advertising materials, and there are also strict rules on dual relationships. So, if, for example, a therapist is a close personal friend with your mother or your best friend, that therapist would not be able to see you as a client. But we do appreciate it when our clients refer us to their families and friends, and of course we do not share information about our clients in those circumstances. 

Confidentiality

Without your permission, we cannot release any information about you except under very specific circumstances (for example, if necessary to protect the safety of a child). When you come into the first session, you will be asked to sign a consent form which details your rights as a client, particularly with regard to confidentiality. Your therapist will be happy to discuss the information with you and will encourage you not to sign the form unless you are comfortable with and fully understand the information it contains.

Here is the link to the ethics code that apply to psychologists.

College of Psychologists of BC - click on the link for Code of Conduct.