Will my counselling sessions be confidential? Will my privacy be respected? What are the exceptions?
We abide by and adhere to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Ethical Framework. As part of that framework, we practice clearly defined confidentiality with all of our clients. This means that you can speak to your counsellor knowing that your friends, your family, your work colleagues etc. will not be told what you have said in a counselling session – and neither will your counsellor's friends, family, work colleagues etc.
There are three exceptions to this: disclosures involving the Terrorism Act; disclosures of yourself as being a danger to yourself or others; disclosures which require your counsellor to act within their duty of care under the Children Act. Even in such cases, your counsellor will not break confidentiality without discussing the matter with you first. All BACP registered counsellors need to be in regular supervision and some of the material of the sessions would at times be discussed with a counselling supervisor, in an anonymous form, partly to ensure that you receive the best professional support possible in addressing your issues.
Counselling and Talking Therapies in Livingston West Lothian Bathgate & Lanarkshire with At Your Side Counselling.