All material discussed with clients in counselling sessions is entirely confidential. There may be circumstances in accordance with the BACP Code of Ethics and Practice in which I might have to discuss further with clients the possibility of confidentiality. This is very rare.
The law protects the relationship between a client and a counsellor, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
- Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.