Are therapy sessions confidential?
All information disclosed within the context of a psychotherapy session is considered confidential with the following exceptions. A psychotherapist may be required to break the confidentiality of information shared if:
- It provides reasonable grounds to believe that the client or someone the client knows is going to harm themselves and/or others
- It is subpoenaed by a court of law
- A client provides written consent to disclose information to a third-party
Children have different rights to confidentiality than adults because youth under the age of 16 cannot consent to treatment on their own. This does not mean that children and youth do not have the right to confidentiality in therapy. Based on your child’s age and presenting concerns, we will discuss what to expect in regards to progress updates and information discussed in your child’s session.