I abide by the code of ethics outlined by the BABCP – British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies and COSCA. These cover the ethical considerations given to you (the client) as we (Counsellors/Psychotherapists) attempt to ensure your wellbeing and emotional safety. It is also important that you are aware that the relationship entered into with your Counsellor/Psychotherapist can become intense at times, however, it is above all a professional one where contact, with your Counsellor/Psychotherapist outside of the therapy sessions, is not considered ethical.
All that you wish to discuss and explore is confidential, unless risk to yourself or others is involved. I do want to make you aware that in keeping with BABCP guidelines I have a Clinical Supervisor who I may discuss aspects of the way I work with you during our sessions. This supervision acts as a safety net for you (the Client) and me (the Counsellor/Therapist) and helps ensure that you receive the quality of care that your deserve and is ethical.
Confidentiality is important, as being able to have such a free, open and safe environment in which to explore anything you wish is often seen as the main benefit of therapy. It gives the security that many seeking therapy (or coaching) have perhaps never had from anyone else and this can seem both safe and unsettling at the same time.
During my training as an Integrative Counsellor/CB Therapist I completed a certain amount of personal therapy myself and therefore understand, first hand, the emotions that may be brought to the surface. Additionally, my own experience helps me provide an empathic, non-judgemental stance and therapeutic alliance that Dr. A. Beck speaks about in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, for my clients.