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Confidential counselling for Individuals, Couples and Families struggling with current relationships at home or at work, family, work-related, life-stage, stress, persistent and continuing challenges from past relationships, conflict, a difficult or traumatic childhood, issues from the past or any difficulty that is important to you and your loved ones and not reaching a natural resolution on its own.
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Both the ethics policies of my professional regulating body and English law require that I keep what you tell me confidential and do not disclose to others either that you are seeing a therapist or the content of sessions.
There are, however, some important limitations to confidentiality that it will be helpful for you to be aware of. Firstly, if I believe you are in imminent danger of harming yourself or another, I am obliged to take the necessary steps to protect you or them. The risk of harm must genuinely be imminent and does not include you needing to talk in therapy about your feelings regarding harming yourself or another. The risk must also be serious - wanting to cut yourself, for example, does not meet the criteria for a breach of your confidentiality. And 'imminent' means that you are about to go and do something. The breach would usually be alerting the emergency services or possibly your GP. And that is as far as a breach of your confidentiality can go in counselling. I cannot, for example, give details of anything else you have disclosed to me unless it is directly relevant to your or another's immediate safety. Under almost all circumstances, this would be done with your full knowledge and participation but it is possible, although rare, that there could be a time when it might be necessary for me to take action without your approval.
Another, less widely known limitation to confidentiality is that, if the subject of your counselling is the same as the subject of a Court case, the Courts can sometimes ask for copies of your records. The important thing to note is that it is not sufficient for you to be seeing a therapist and to be going through a court case - the subject of both must be the same, such as an accident has occurred that has resulted in your seeking therapy and has also resulted in a court case. Again, if such a thing was happening, you would be fully aware of what was being given.
Please feel free to discuss with me how confidentiality might work in your case.
For more on confidentiality in counselling and psychotherapy, see BACP confidentiality information
I see clients at my main practice address: The Therapy Rooms at 69A, New Road Side, Horsforth, Leeds LS18. There is on street parking for up to 2-hours and more parking in adjacent streets.