Counsellor confidentiality - Northern Beaches Psychotherapy & Counselling
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Health information is regarded as one of the most sensitive types of personal information. As a Clinical member of PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia), my practice is grounded within the PACFA Ethical Framework. Everything shared in therapy with me is strictly confidential between you and me. One exception to this is if you or I would deem you to be of risk of harming yourself or anyone else.

As part of my professional practice, I am required to keep brief notes between sessions. These do not reveal your name and are safely stored & in compliance with the 1988 Privacy Act of the Commonwealth and the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002.

Important to mention is that I have ongoing supervision. My supervisor is also under confidentiality. In supervision, I may disclose your age and certain circumstances, however I would not reveal your name.

Confidentiality online

When technology is involved, confidentiality is more complicated. I make the online environment as secure as possible. We avoid sharing sensitive information over email or text. Zoom sessions are encrypted for maximum security. Any recording of sessions without consent is prohibited. With these measures in place, it is highly unlikely that the online environment wouldn’t be safe. It is just good to know we can never guarantee it being 100% secure.