Counselling appointments are confidential, as it’s crucial for you to be open and honest, feeling you can share anything with me in your process, and for this to be held in the counselling room. However, there are some ethical and legal expectations which can come up and although very rare, will be outlined to you in case I had to pass information on to an appropriate person or service. You will always be fully included in this process. I keep brief process notes of our appointments, which are in a locked box for my access only.
Although my approach is similar for everyone, there are some differences for those who are under 16. The parent or primary care giver is required to be at the first counselling appointment or introductory appointment to discuss confidentiality boundaries, and how counselling works. There would be no expectation for me to share the contents of any appointments, unless the young person has requested this, or there are concerns for safety and well-being outlined in the initial contract agreed.
I attend monthly confidential supervision with another experienced Counsellor, which is required for all Counsellors registered with the BACP. This is to ensure that I support people well in a safe and ethical way. In order to keep your identity anonymous I will never disclose any of your personal details.