The confidentiality of clients is fundimental to counselling.
Clients bring their private situations and issues to counselling. I respect that privacy and maintain a strict regime of confidentiality within statutary laws and the code of ethics of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).
I explain the rules of confidentiality during the first introductory session.
I may make notes for my reference and planning future counselling with clients. These notes are kept securely and only accessed by me, unless a supena from a court of law might force me to produce them. That would be an exceptional situation.
There are few situations in which a person can truly express their emotions and feelings where they can feel that those expressions will be listened to and understood without judgement, criticism, suggestions, or thinking that the communication may "spread" by people talking about your problems. Professional counselling provides that confidentiality, which is essential to the process.
Supervision: My supervision with a more experienced counsellor who reviews my practice. My supervisor also maintains confidentiality.
Risk of Harm: If I believed that you or others were at risk; I would advise you, if possible, of my intention to inform the appropriate agencies or authorities; then do so.
Legal: Counsellors are required to inform of terrorism, money laundering, serious drug trafficking and to comply with statutory requirements and court supenas. These are exceptional situations, which have never yet occurred in my practice.
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