Your Rights

 "It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences are deeply buried".  

Carl Rogers

Woodland Path

Confidentilatiy

I believe it is of utmost importance to keep your information private and will not share your story or any of your information, except in the following situations: 

 

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1. If you tell us that you or another person is at risk of harm, or has been harmed, we will have to get help from others (e.g. family, other professionals, police, etc.) to keep you and everyone else safe.

2. If a judge tells us we have to release your file, we may have to listen.

3. At times, we may get direction through consultation with master therapists to ensure I am doing everything possible to help you. 

4. If you have given written consent to speak directly with another person, service provider, or agency. 

More of Your Rights

  • You have the right to ask questions about your treatment so you can make informed decisions about what methods are most suitable for you;

  • You have the right to feel safe;

  • You have the right to be treated with dignity, respect, and genuine positive regard, regardless of your age, gender, ability, sexual orientation, ethnic background, or belief system;

  • You have the right to ask questions about my qualifications, treatment or the counselling process;

  • You have the right to be informed of fees structure, treatment expectations and treatment plan including length of therapy and plan for termination;

  • You have the right to have your privacy protected and information held with the strictest confidence possible, within the limits of the law;

  • You have the right to bring your concerns about me to my clinical supervisor;

  • You have the right to ask questions at any time;

  • You have the right to the know the risks, benefits and limitations of counselling;

  • You have the right to stop treatment at any time if something about it is not working for you. Should this occur, I would appreciate your feedback about what is not working. I may be able to suggest alternate resources;

  • You have the right to view your file notes and to know what is being written about you and have input about what information is recorded. 

Five Important Words

In therapy, you decide how much or how little you share. However, when you take a risk and trust the process, you will gain a deepen understanding of yourself and increase the likelihood of successfully integrating  positive changes in your life. You always have the right to say... 

 

Yes, No, Pass, Stop, or Good-bye 

This page is designed around the course content created by University of Lethbridge Professor Dawn McBride offered during the Summer of 2018. Please contact her (at dawn.mcbride@uleth.ca<mailto:dawn.mcbride@uleth.ca> or dawn.m22@gmail.com) for permission to adapt or use any of the materials I have cited. Thank you.