Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is everything I tell you in counselling kept confidential?A: The assurance of confidentiality is essential in order for counselling to be effective. Throughout the counselling relationship all of your personal information will be kept confidential. This confidentiality continues beyond the end of the counselling relationship as well. That being said, there are a few legal and ethical limits to confidentiality that are important to be aware of.
Exceptions to the rule of counsellor confidentiality include:
- If a child or vulnerable person is or may be at risk of abuse or neglect,
- If the counselor believes that you are at clear imminent risk of harming yourself or someone else;
- In compliance with a legal order such as a subpoena, or if the disclosure is otherwise required or authorized by law.
There may also be times that I disclose information within the boundaries of professional consultation, in which case your identity will remain completely confidential.
Every reasonable effort will be made to discuss these circumstances with you prior to involvement with other professionals.
Should you have any questions about these limitations, please feel free to ask me about them before we begin our counselling relationship or at any time throughout our sessions.
Q: How should I choose a counsellor?A: The therapeutic relationship is deeply personal. Not all counsellors will be a good fit for you. Each counselor will have their own particular personality and communication style, as well as expertise in theory, technique and key areas of practice. You want to find someone with whom you’ll enjoy working hard to achieve your goals, and with the skills to help you get there. Please don’t be shy about asking for a referral to someone who can better meet your needs. Many counsellors (like Erin) offer free initial intake sessions (of varying length) to ensure you the freedom to find a safe and comfortable counselling environment.