Counselling available for in person in Victoria BC or
Online – Skype Counselling
Your confidentiality will be respected and protected with the following exceptions indicated by federal and provincial law including Skype counselling:
- If I suspect a case of child abuse that has not been previously reported, I am required by law to report this to the Ministry for Children and Families.
- If I have reason to believe that you might injure yourself or someone else or that other persons are at risk for some reason, I will intervene by informing the appropriate authorities (family doctor, police, etc…)
- If a judge orders that your file is to be submitted as evidence in a trial or if I am asked to testify in court as to the contents of that file, I will comply with that order.
- In order to provide better service, I may discuss your sessions with other professional counsellors also bound by confidentiality.
- All ethical considerations are in line with the Ethical Guidelines of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors
Counselling via Skype cannot be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Advanced technologies exist that can penetrate existing security systems occurring over the internet. All available precautions are taken to ensure confidentiality for Skype counselling.
Online counselling is now within reach of all who possess a computer, webcam and an internet connection. Using Skype – an easy to use and free to install program – counsellors and clients can be linked together at anywhere in the world that has an internet connection. The basic Skype program we use for Skype counselling is generally free of charge.
Whilst this does not replace normal counselling (ie. face to face) for those who have this preference (indeed many online counsellors still also meet clients personally in their local vicinity), there are a large amount of benefits to using Skype counselling.
Clients can be surprised by how comfortable they feel and for some it enables them to ‘open up’ even more with personal details as they feel more safe and secure in the privacy of their own surroundings.
And for those who may be apprehensive or anxious about actually going to a counselling session, receiving online or Skype counselling in the comfort of their own familiar environment can be a much more reassuring option.