Everything discussed in therapy sessions will be treated as confidential, and the therapy hour can be regarded as a safe space where you can be as honest as possible with yourself without any impact on your life outside the therapy room, until you are ready for change. For safety and good practice reasons there are the following qualifiers:-
All professionals registered with the Health Professions Council and British Psychological Society are required to seek supervision from another experienced professional as a means of ensuring best practice. This person will also be bound by the same rules of professional conduct. For further information see the BPS and/or HCPC guidelines on confidentiality. Links to these can be found on the ‘Links’ page.
If you have been referred by your GP or other professional your referrer would normally be informed of progress, but the content of this contact will be discussed with you first. There is also a statutory obligation to break confidentiality under rare circumstances of risk, for instance if a client is believed to be a risk to themselves or others (under the mental Health Act 2001) or if a child is believed to be at actual risk of physical or sexual abuse (The Children Act, Section 47, 1989)
Additional medical, social or legal information would only be requested with your consent, and similarly information requested by another medical, social or legal professional would only be provided with your consent.