Confidentiality is an ethical and professional responsibility that is taken seriously at Anchored Psychological Services, and the utmost discretion is guaranteed. Information contained in our files is not released without your informed written consent. This standard is adhered to in all circumstances, aside from when a psychologist is ethically and/or legally obligated to disclose information without your consent. Clinical files are maintained for a minimum of 10 years and are then destroyed. Only a record of the file is maintained after it is destroyed.
When engaging in services at Anchored Psychological Services, clients are asked to be aware of, and consent to the following conditions:
- Clinical consultation may take place with another psychologist whereby information related to a client’s case is discussed. The purpose of this is to provide the best assessment and treatment possible to the client. No identifying information would ever be provided.
- Anchored Psychological Services will not release information about your assessment or treatment to anyone outside of the professional relationship, without your informed, voluntary and written consent. Exceptions to this include the unique circumstances outlined below.
- In certain exceptional circumstances, psychologists are ethically and legally required to disclose information to others without your consent. These circumstances include a court order, suspicion of child/elder abuse, and instances where the client may pose an imminent threat of injury to themselves or others. In circumstances where a client poses an imminent threat to themselves or others, the psychologist is ethically required to protect the person(s) in danger by informing the police, medical, or other clinical personnel.