A psychologist is bound by a Code of Ethics that helps to protect your privacy. It is your right to choose whether to tell others about your contact with a Psychologist. However, a psychologist is also bound by a Duty of Care; this means that they are required to ensure your safety and the safety of others. In practical terms, it means that in extreme circumstances (e.g., suicidal intent or child protection issues) a psychologist will need to contact key people. In most cases this will be your Doctor, the local hospital or ambulance Service, police, or the relevant child protection agency. Where possible, you should be informed if this is going to happen and why it is necessary. For more information about limits to your confidentiality see our Privacy Policy.