Counselling and Psychotherapy sessions, including CBT, are strictly confidential except under the following circumstances...
1. From time to time I will discuss my work with a clinical supervisor. This is standard practice and helps me to work as well as I can with you. In this process your identity is not revealed. My supervisor is bound by the BACP's Ethical Framework for good practice.
2. Where I believe that you are at risk of seriously harming yourself or others, I reserve the right to break confidentially in order to prevent harm. However, I would only do this in extreme circumstances and would always discuss it with you first before taking any action.
3. Where I would be liable to civil or criminal court procedure if information was not disclosed (e.g. terrorist activities).
Record Keeping and Data Protection
I may keep short notes on you and our therapy sessions such as background information and issues worked on. Notes are kept securely and anonymously, and will be destroyed after our counselling contract has ended.
I may ask your permission to tape record the therapy session. This will allow me to reflect on the details of what we have discussed. If you agree, you may change your mind at any time and I will erase the recording.
For the purpose of further accreditation and continuing professional development, I may submit written or taped material of some therapy sessions for evaluation. Any such written material will be disguised to protect your identity and will only be reviewed by clinicians bound by a suitable Code of Ethics.
I abide by BACP's (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) Ethical Framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy.
Counselling, Psychotherapy and CBT Sessions
Each therapy session lasts 50 minutes. We will discuss the length of the counselling contract and the fee at the initial meeting. The fee is open to review once a year, usually in January.