Psychotherapy can only be effective if the process occurs in a confidential, ethical and neutral space. As a practitioner registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, I am bound by a code of ethics which I find extremely valuable and essential to good practice and this includes maintaining confidentiality. The essence of confidentiality is that the therapist will not share your information with others.
As a psychologist and person I am aware that it can be quite difficult to share personal and sometimes painful aspects of your life with someone you don't know on a personal level and therefore the process requires trust and confidentiality. There are a few exceptions to confidentiality that are sanctioned by law and I need to inform you of this. These are listed in the four points below:
A situation where the therapist is concerned that the client is in imminent danger or poses a threat of danger to another person
Statutory duty, where the therapist has sound reason to believe that a person is being subjected to sexual or physical abuse.
Court orders, where the therapist may be obligated to disclose personal information if summoned to appear as a witness in court.
At some times during the treatment process it becomes necessary to consult with other professionals involved in a client's life such as doctors or other health care professionals. This will only be done with the written consent of the client or the client's parent or guardian.
I will at all times try my best to safeguard confidentiality as far as possible.
Please note that I am aware that some clients may want to research their therapists online. I generally don't write online advice and there appears to be a few psychology based unpublished articles under the name Michelle Scott and these may not necessarily be written by me or representative of my views.