McIntosh Psychotherapy and Assessment Group is committed to keeping your information confidential.
No personal information will be communicated, directly or indirectly, to any third party without your informed and written consent. However, there are exceptions to this policy which include our legal, and/or ethical obligations, which means breaking confidentiality and disclosing your personal information without your consent. Exceptions include:
- To inform an appropriate family member, health care professional or the police if a client tell us that s/he intends to harm him/herself or end his/her life
- To inform the potential victim of violence or the police of a client’s intention to harm an intended victim
- To inform child and family services, if there is suspicion of a child being at risk or in need of protection due to neglect, or physical, sexual or emotional abuse
- To release a client’s file, if there is a court order to do so
- To report a regulated health professional, who has sexually abused a client, to the organization that regulates that profession
- To share information with a supervisor or for auditing purposes
Your privacy is a priority. I collect, use and disclose personal information responsibly, and to the extent necessary, for the services I provide to my clients. I collect information such as physical and mental health history (i.e. developmental, family, social, academic, occupational). This information is used for the purpose of assessing your needs, advise of the treatment options that are available, and provide mental health care.
Personal information pertains to information about an identifiable individual and includes information that relates to an individual's personal characteristics (i.e. name, date of birth, home address and telephone number), their health (i.e. presenting problem, health history, health services received by the individual) or their activities and views (i.e. opinions expressed by an individual, an opinion or evaluation of an individual). Personal information is not the same as business information (i.e. an individual's business address and telephone number), which is not protected by privacy legislation.