Confidentiality

All sessions at the Centre are confidential

This makes it a safe place for you to explore any personal or difficult matters. Confidentiality is a core ingredient of counselling to provide a safe and private space.

It is the only way the sessions can be effective – where the only limits on what you bring will be your own choices.

Every therapist working at this Centre will respect your right to confidentiality.

The only time that your therapist will break that confidentiality is in extreme circumstances when you or somebody else are at risk, or when the law requires it.

All therapists are required to be in monthly supervision to ensure that they are working with their clients in the most helpful, ethical and effective way they can. Your therapist will reflect on how they are working to his or her experienced supervisor, but it will be kept anonymous.

If you have been referred by your GP or for example an insurance organisation, basic information may need to be made available. However that would usually be clear to you from the outset and would only happen after conferring with you anyway. The same will be true if you are being referred for counselling by your work and they are paying for the sessions.

Each therapist may keep some notes of your sessions to support them in their work with you. These will be securely stored. Occasionally a counsellor might want to take an anonymous audio recording of your session in order to monitor their own work but this would only be done with your permission & is more likely in the case of trainees. It would be destroyed after use.

Click on the links to BACP and UKCP at the bottom of our web pages for more information about ethics and confidentiality.