At Looking Glass Psychology we take our clients’ privacy and confidentiality very seriously.
Our psychologists are bound by the Australian Psychological Society’s (APS) Code of Ethics regarding Confidentiality (Section A.5.2) as adopted by the Psychology Board of Australia. This states that client confidentiality must be maintained with the specific exceptions related to duty of care and legal obligation.
We also abide by the Australian Psychological Society’s “Guidelines for working with young people”. This means that psychological therapy remains confidential unless permission is granted by the client to discuss information disclosed during therapy sessions. In the case of adolescent-focussed work, confidentiality between a young person and their psychologist is essential in order for treatment to be successful. We will always encourage the young person to talk with their parent but confidentiality will only be breached when safety is a risk.
Parental consent is required for assessments, therapy and other information to be provided to a paediatrician, speech or occupational therapist, teacher or school psychologist. Information pertaining to diagnosis and treatment suggestions will be provided to the referring GP/Paediatrician.