Your counsellor is obligated to client confidentiality under the Australian law.
Exemptions exist however where the counsellor may have to disclose to a third party, including;
The counsellor has either knowledge, or reasonable grounds to assume that the client may pose a threat to themselves, to their own health or life, or the client is proposing to harm another person, or another person’s life, health, or property.
Mandatory reporting duty is placed upon the counsellor if the counsellor has either knowledge, or reasonable grounds to assume child abuse. A child is person under 18 years of age.
A counsellor has mandatory disclosure duties in the event of police warrant or court subpoena.
Sex addiction Australia charges full fees per hour in the event of court subpoena requested by a client to give testimony in their behalf. Charges, other than photocopying and postal service cost, do not apply if a subpoena is limited to session notes only.
A client is requested to give a minimum of 24hr cancellation notice in the event of having to change, or cancel a booked appointment time. Otherwise full fees will be charged. We understand that unforeseen circumstances can arise, however Affirmotive Sex Addiction Australia (ASAA) cannot accept responsibility for such circumstances.
DISCOUNTED FEES FOR LONGER TERM THERAPY
The EcoPackSaver contains a bundle of four (4) discounted 60minutes sessions, and is a non-refundable pre-book sale only. The EcoPackSaver is valid for 12 calender months. Read further on page Appointments and Fees.
I (the client)
I have read the above information carefully and I understand and accept the terms and conditions under which services will be provided to me.
If anything about my situation or circumstances changes in a way, which will impact on the effectiveness of my counselling therapy, I will immediately inform my counsellor Heide McConkey.
I understand that a person’s reaction to counselling and sex therapy can vary, and that occasionally, and despite best practises, an adverse outcome may be achieved.
I release my counsellor, Heide McConkey, from liability for any damage, which I may sustain as a result of counselling and sex therapy, and any adverse outcome I may achieve.
SEXUAL CONSENT INFORMATION
The criminal law in Australia outlines the age of being able to giving sexual consent as the age of being capable to legally giving informed consent to sexual acts with another person. A person who is engaging in a sexual act or behaviour with a person under the age of consent is committing an offence, such as child abuse.
Age of consent laws are designed to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse. In relation to sexual abuse charges in each state or territory, the defining criteria between adult sexual assault and child sexual assault is regarded as the absence of sexual consent in adult sexual assault, while the need for sexual consent in child sexual assault is superseding.
The law defines between willingness and consent. A child may be willing to engage in sexual behaviours with another person but does not have the psychological capacity to give sexual consent according to the law.
AGES OF SEXUAL CONSENT INFORMATION
The age of sexual consent is 16 years of age in New South Wales (NSW), the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Northern Territory (NT), Victoria (VIC), and Western Australia (WA).
In Tasmania (TAS), and South Australia (SA), the age of sexual consent is ruled to be 17 years of age.
Queensland (QLD), makes a distinction between the age of consent for anal sex (described as sodomy) being 18 years of age, while the age of giving sexual consent to all other sexual behaviours (described as carnal knowledge) is 16 years of age.
CHILD PORNOGRAPHY INFORMATION
The term child pornography refers to sexually explicit images or films depicting or featuring children, known as ‘child abuse images’.
In some cases, sexually explicit written text activities depicting or involving a child may be seen as child pornography.
The sexual abuse of a child occurs during the recording and production of a sexual act involving a child.
The criminal law may prosecute persons who produce, distribute, or download written text, images, or films containing child pornography as an act of child abuse. Those laws are designed to protect the rights of children.