All information given to the counsellor is treated confidentially.
After every session, I will make brief notes of our discussion. These notes do not constitute part of your official health record. Session notes are kept in soft copy format, controlled in unnamed and unidentifiable files, secured via password. All records relevant to our work are kept securely (with me having sole access to). Records will be kept securely for a period of 7 years after our counselling has ended and will then be destroyed confidentiality.
I am registered under the Data Protection Act (1998) (registration number ZA285092) with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ico.org.uk). By signing this contract, you are consenting to the processing of your personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
As a counsellor, I am ethically bound to protect the confidentiality of our communications. I will only release named information about our work to others with your written permission or in response to a court order.
There are a few situations where legally, I have to breach confidentiality. If I have information that indicates that a child or vulnerable adult is being abused or if a client is an imminent risk to him/herself or makes threats of imminent violence against another, I will advise your GP or the appropriate authorities to take protective actions. These situations are rare and if such a situation occurs in our relationship, I will make every effort to discuss it with you before taking any action.
I am in on-going supervision where I discuss how I work. My supervision is confidential.
The UKCP & BACP are the organisations that self-regulate the Counselling and Psychotherapy sector. As a psychotherapist/counsellor I am a registered member of the BACP and am in the process of registering with UKCP, and so I abide by their respective ethical frameworks:
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