Consent to Treatment & Confidentiality Statement

The purpose of this form is to share important principles that guide the counselling process so that your decision to proceed in working together is based on accurate, informed expectations.  Please read this form carefully and feel free to ask any questions about what you have read and/or obtain further clarification.  Informed consent is a client’s full and active participation in decisions that affect them and complete freedom of choice based on the information shared. 

Purpose & Nature of Counselling
When people engage in counselling, they are often ready for change in some aspect of their life. Counselling can lead to improved mental health by helping you better understand your thoughts, emotions and behaviours. It can also improve your relationships, how you relate to others, and the world. The number of counselling sessions you have depends on the goals you set and how long it takes to reach these goals. Your counsellor will work collaboratively with you to help you set and achieve your goals while facilitating personal growth through the counselling process.

 

Risks
Counselling also presents risks.  Counselling tends to bring up uncomfortable feelings and difficult memories.  Sometimes people feel worse before they begin to feel better. Some find that, as they experiment with new ways of thinking and behaving, relationships with others can be altered or disrupted. You are encouraged to share any feelings of fear, concern or doubt about the counselling process at any time during your sessions. 

Collection & Storage of Personal Information

The personal information you provide upon intake in addition to session notes are kept in your file which is locked in a secure location and can only be accessed by your counsellor.  By your written request you may have a copy of your records.

Confidentiality
Information gathered through your work with us is confidential and will not be released without your voluntary and written consent with the following exceptions:

  • If information is shared that indicates a child protection concern, where a child or children may be at risk of abuse or neglect, we are required by law to report the information to the Ministry of Child and Family Development.

  • If information is shared that indicates risk or threat of harm to any individual, whether yourself or another person, such concerns will be reported to appropriate authorities.

  • In compliance with a subpoena.

We may, on occasion, consult a clinical supervisor on your case in order to provide you with the best care, however, your confidentiality will be strictly maintained and your name will not be used.

Online communication is not 100% secure. There are risks involved and it is important that you are aware we cannot guarantee your protection. We use Zoom for online counselling sessions which provides some level of communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as the web.  It is also up to you to secure your privacy by being in a private space when participating in online counselling and ensure you are not connected to a public network.  If the risks associated with online counselling are of concern to you we suggest using in-person or telephone counselling.

Client Rights

As a client, you have the right to:

  • Refuse a particular counselling technique or to stop counselling at any time

  • Be referred to another counsellor or health professional

  • To ask questions about our approach, background and experience or any other topics that will impact your ability or choice to engage in counselling

  • To refuse or say no to anything we suggest or any approach we use

 

Counsellor Rights & Online Counselling

Regardless of where in the world you are when you participate in online counselling with Tamara Childs, should a legal claim be brought forth by you as a result of online counselling with Tamara Childs, you agree to file the demand or proceeding inside Canada.  Tamara Childs Wellness Ltd. is based in Canada and all services provided are done so under Canadian laws and jurisdiction. 

 

Counsellor Qualifications

Tamara Childs is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#17947) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC).  Tamara Childs has a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

 

Fees, Cancellation & No Show Policy

Fees are $120 for the initial 75-minute intake session.  Subsequent session fees are $120 per 50-minute session and $180 per 75-minute session as per BCACC guidelines.   Fees are due on or before the day that services are provided via e-transfer to tamarachilds@shaw.ca. 

 

We reserve the right to post-pone future sessions until fees have been paid.  We require at least 24-hours notice if you are unable to make your session.  Pre-paid amounts for sessions where 24-hour notice has been given for cancellations will be credited to future sessions or refunded if services have been discontinued.  Pre-paid amounts for sessions where less than 24-hours notice has been given for cancellations or there was a no show will be refunded at 50%.  We reserve the right to discontinue services after multiple cancellations or a no show appointment based on our discretion. If you are unable to attend an online counselling session due to technical difficulties or otherwise, our cancellation and no show policies remains in effect.

 

Contact

You can contact us by email at tamarachilds@shaw.ca or at 250-687-1604 (call or text). If you have an emergency, please call 911.  For immediate mental health support please contact your local crisis line. In BC, the mental health support line is 1-800-784-2433 and the suicide crisis line is 1-800-784-2433. Also available for youth aged 5-20 years old is the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868.

Agreement to Proceed

Upon completing an online booking, you will have an opportunity to indicate if you have read the above and wish to proceed with counselling.  If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to direct them to Tamara at any point via email or in session.

tamara

CHILDS

WELLNESS//

TAMARA CHILDS // MA, BA, RCC

Registered Clinical Counsellor with the  BCACC.

 

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