Is what we talk about Confidential?

Our work together is confidential!

Talking in forest

Counselling is a space where you have a voice and can come to an understanding of your own truth without fear of being judged. In counselling all sessions will be held in strict confidence except in the following situations.

  • If I believe that children or other people are at risk.
  • If I believe that you are likely to attempt to commit a crime.
  • If I believe that you are at significant risk of harming yourself or harming others.

If you tell me that you or other people are at immediate risk we would discuss the implications of this and I would hope we would find a shared way forward that keeps you and others safe. If it is not possible to have your consent to share this information with the relevant authorities, I have a duty of care to you and to the wider community which over rides my duty of confidentiality. In this I am guided by the ethical guidelines of the BACP.

When we are together outdoors we will be in public spaces. I will attempt to choose places which are quiet. However there may be times when we will need to stop our counselling work together to ensure confidentiality, for example when a member of the public wanders into our space. We will then resume talking when the member of the public is out of ear shot.