As a member in good standing with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapists Association I adhere to the strictest of rules – below are the Standards of Practise with the CCPA that I abide by.
“Counsellors have a fundamental ethical responsibility to take every reasonable precaution to respect and to safeguard their clients’ right to confidentiality, and to protect from inappropriate disclosure, any information generated within the counselling relationship. This responsibility begins during the initial informed consent process before commencing work with the client, continues after a client’s death, and extends to disclosing whether or not a particular individual is in fact a client.
This general requirement for counsellors to keep all information confidential is not absolute since disclosure may be required in any of the following circumstances:
• There is an imminent danger to an identifiable third party or to self;
• When a counsellor has reasonable cause to suspect abuse or neglect of a child;
• When a disclosure is ordered by a court;
• When a client requests disclosure, or
• When a client files a complaint or claims professional liability by the counsellor in a lawsuit.”
“Standards of Practice” – April 2015 The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapists