CAVANA DYNE

& Associates Ltd

Consultant Clinical Psychologists

Confidentiality

For individual therapeutic consultations:

Clinical psychologists are bound by ethical guidelines that generally prevent them from telling any third party what you have said to them, without your consent. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. The most important is, should the psychologist think that you or another person may be in danger (e.g. they think you may harm yourself, harm someone else, or be harmed) they can tell other relevant  people even if you say they cannot. They may also talk to their supervisor about what you tell them, but can usually do this in a way which avoids identifying who you are.

 

For work with employees and organisations:

The service is provided on the understanding that confidentiality is strictly maintained for those in therapy.

 

When an assessment is required:

Sometimes an assessment of an individual is requested by a third party. The rules surrounding confidentiality in assessment are different from those involving therapy. The boundaries of confidentiality are established at the outset of an assessment so that all parties understand their rights and responsibilities. The recipient of an assessment report is clearly defined before an assessment is initiated. We generally request acceptance of assessment conditions in writing by all parties, prior to commencing the assessment.