All information given to the counsellor is treated as confidential. This regards both face to face therapy as well as online sessions.
I am registered under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (2018) (registration number ZA285092) with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ico.org.uk). As a client, your explicit consent will be sought (in the form of a privacy statement) as to the processing of your personal data.
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 an accredited member of UKCP, so I abide by their respective ethical frameworks:
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