Safety and Confidentiality
What I am told during counselling remains strictly confidential.
The only exceptions to this are where I am required by law to break confidentiality e.g. about a terrorist act or if a court orders disclosure, or where a client is at real risk of seriously harming him or herself or another, in particular if a child or a vulnerable adult is at risk.
I will discuss any possible disclosure of information with a client first unless it is absolutely not possible.
Supervision and Records
I have regular supervision as required by the BACP from a highly qualified and experienced psychotherapist. This enables me to be adequately supported and able to work in the best interests of my clients. I do not disclose the surnames or addresses of clients to my supervisor.
All records belong to me and are kept in accordance with the ethical framework of the BACP. I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office under data protection requirements. Clients can request a copy of the information I hold. I may keep records for up to 6 years after the completion of the therapy. I keep two types of records:
I keep records of a client’s full name, date of birth, contact details, GP details, a copy of the counselling agreement, any completed evaluation forms, the contact details of any other relevant professionals involved, and any relevant correspondence. I also keep electronic records of my client contact and GP details whilst I am working with them. These are kept separate to the 'therapeutic records’ and contact details may be shared with a colleague in the unexpected event I am unable to make contact with a client myself e.g. through illness.
These cover the main themes of the sessions, progress towards the client’s goals in counselling, any risk issues and how they are being managed and any discussions about the counselling agreement as well as a record of payment and attendance. The therapeutic records are kept to help me to enhance the therapeutic process and to manage risk.
Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
Member of the Law Society of Scotland