Confidentiality in Counselling:
Clients can reveal, or not, any feelings and statements that they have or wish to. In professional counselling that information will not be revealed to anybody else; with a few extreme exceptions, which are legal and ethical requirements.
When a person discusses their problems or issues with friends or family they have no sure certainty that the discussion will not 'go further". The 'going further' will often be presented as being in the best interest of the person; however it can often be distressing to that person.
Because in counselling clients know that their discussions will not be informed to anybody else, they are able to speak freely; to reveal and contemplate issues which otherwise they would 'bottle up', or hide from others.
With counselling, the discussion in the counselling room is confidentlal. Counsellors do not reveal the content of sessions to anybody, with a few exceptions. Those exceptions are in the real interest of the client.
Exceptions to confidentiality:-
Supervision: My supervision with more experienced counsellors 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; 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.
Those exceptions are legal and humanistic requirements centred upon the benefit to overall society. They are rarely imposed.
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