Confidentiality is essential when providing a safe and compassionate environment for you to explore aspects of yourself and your life. I understand how difficult it can be to place trust in others and I respect your decision about with whom you choose to share your inner most thoughts and feelings.

I am bound by the:

BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions

BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions Supplementary Guidance: Working Online (GPiA 047)

Before beginning to work together, I will ask you to sign a counselling agreement which outlines the terms of the service I provide. The agreement states that I have explained and you have understood the limits to the confidentiality that I can offer.

I feel privileged that you have chosen to share with me and I will neither confirm nor deny you being a client to any third party unless you give express permission. I will not tell anybody else personal things about you nor what we talk about unless it becomes absolutely necessary or I am bound by the law.

Limits of Confidentiality

If I consider you to be at significant risk of harm I may need to alert others to my concerns to ensure safety and that you are receiving appropriate support. In this instance any disclosure will be made with your full awareness. I will always seek to gain your permission so we can jointly agree a way forward.

There are very specific circumstances where I may need to inform other parties of your details without your prior knowledge or consent.  For instance, if I have, in good faith, reason to believe you are involved in activities relevant to the:

  • Terrorism Act 2000
  • Drug Trafficking Act 1994
  • The Children Act 1989
  • Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
  • Money Laundering Regulations 2007
  • The Serious Crime Act 2007

In some legal proceedings a judge may issue a court order. This would require the counsellor to testify in court. Or for notes requested (subpoenaed). I would always seek to inform you and gain consent for this to happen.


I have regular supervision where I am able to reflect on and learn from my own practice. This ensures that I am offering you the most appropriate service.

Although I will refer to the interactions we have and to the material you bring, this will always be done so in a way you cannot be identified. My supervisor is also bound by the confidentiality of the service.

Should anything happen to me which means I am unable to contact you or attend a session, such as serious illness or death, I have appointed a Therapeutic Executor. They will be able to access your contact details to inform you ONLY should this situation arise.


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Effective Date 08/06/2020

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