Everything that you disclose to me will remain confidential, except in exceptional circumstances, described below:
As a BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) member I am bound by BACP's Code of Ethics and Practice and its Complaints Procedure. Regarding confidentiality, the BACP states that counsellors must offer the highest possible level of confidentiality in order to respect the client's privacy and create the trust necessary for counselling. However, in exceptional circumstances, where there are good grounds for believing that serious harm may occur to the client (i.e. you) or to other people (including children), and/or where there are good grounds for believing that the client is no longer willing or able to take responsibility for his/her actions, confidentiality may be broken. I would attempt to discuss this fully with the client first.
Although this service is confidential, I cannot give a 100% guarantee of internet and telephone security by the operating companies or other users; although every effort will be made to ensure total confidentiality.
BACP - British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
BACP is the national voice on issues related to counselling, whose members include thousands of individual counsellors and others in helping professions. The BACP aims to:
Represent counselling and national and international levels
Maintain and raise standards of training and practice
Increase the availability of trained and supervised counsellors
Provide support for counsellors and those using counselling skills and opportunities for their continual professional development
Provide the understanding and awareness of counselling throughout society
Respond to requests for information and advice on matters relating to counselling
BACP can be contacted at:
BACP House, 15 St John's Business Park, Lutterworth, Leicestershire LE17 4HB, United Kingdom