Confidentiality

Anything you talk about in our counselling sessions will be kept confidential. The only exceptions to this may be if I feel that you or someone else is in immediate danger, if I believe that a young or vulnerable person is being harmed, or in the case of some illegal activities. I will always talk to you about this first to try and gain your permission to pass on the relevant information to the appropriate authorities, but may need to act even if you withhold your permission.
In compliance with BACP Ethics and Standards I meet with a supervisor monthly to discuss the work I am doing.
Please make sure that I have a means of contacting you, preferably by phone or text in a way that is safe and comfortable for you.
If I pass you in the street, or meet you anywhere outside of our counselling sessions, I will be guided by you as to whether to greet you or not. Please don’t be offended if I don’t greet you; this is so as to protect the confidentiality of our relationship.

Data Protection
When you attend your first appointment I will ask you to complete a simple form. This is then stored in a locked filing cabinet. I keep times of appointments on a password-protected computer and mobile phone. I also keep very brief notes of sessions on a password-protected computer. Please ask me if you would like to see these notes.
I will never pass on any personal information to any other individual or organisation unless compelled to do so by law.