Legal and ethical

I work within the ethical standards of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I provide an equal service to all clients as outlined in the  Equality Act (2010). I also comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) recognising the importance of safe handling of your personal data and limiting any possibility of a breach in confidentiality.

All my client work requires regular supervision; meaning that I talk through some of our session with a qualified supervisor (a fellow counsellor), to ensure continued best practice. I also undertake ongoing professional and personal development as part of my commitment to maintaining the highest standards for myself and my clients. Alongside my work I partake in self-care and keep up to date with present social issues, helping me to better understand the world in which we live and relate to your challenges.

If you refer yourself for counselling then no one else, other than myself (the counsellor) would know that you have attended an appointment or what was discussed. If you feel that someone else may need to know details of your counselling sessions then I ask you to make this known prior to our appointments.

As outlined above, as part of my professional standards I may from time to time discuss our appointments with my supervisor. The client always remains anonymous.

In certain circumstances, I may have to make exceptions to the general rules of confidentiality:

– If they think there is a serious risk of harm to yourself or others.

– Where I am unable to contact you but suspect you may be in danger.

– Where there is a legal requirement to disclose information. This could be because it has been ordered by a court, or because the law requires, for example under the Terrorism Act (2000), the Drug Trafficking Offences Act (1986) and Proceeds of Crime Act (2002) for information to be passed on without consent.

In the first and second of these cases, the counsellor would attempt to talk this through with the client beforehand if possible.

I have full membership to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). For data protection and online/telephone counselling I keep up to date with secure protection on my computer and phone. I also hold full liability insurance and an up to date enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

You may request or remove any personal stored data and information in accordance to GDPR. If you feel unable to discuss a concern about my practice with me, then you may contact the BACP if you have a complaint.

I work within my professional ethical standards. I am always honest with my clients showing a genuine interest in each individual.

I am reliable, open and honest with my clients and build trusting relationships based on empathy and understanding.

I work to develop self-awareness in my clients, helping them understand the challenges they face and find the solutions they need to help them flourish.

Are you ready to flourish?

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By email: hello@flourishthroughtalk.co.uk
By phone: 07956 054 029

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