Practice & Ethics

Below are some important points regarding my practice as a Psychologist (MBPsS),  Counsellor (MBACP) and Clinical Psychotherapist (UKCP). Please read them carefully and if there is anything you would like to discuss, or want further information on, let me know.

In the field of psychological therapies, accrediting and registering professional bodies require us to meet the best standards possible and to work at maintaining these. For this reason I intend, from time to time, to submit case material containing client information to senior colleagues and supervisors within the field, in order to evaluate my work. Any case material shared in this way will be dealt with sensitively and, as necessary, disguised in form and content (I will never disclose any personal information that could make you identifiable to others), so that your anonymity is maintained and the contract of confidentiality between therapist and client is always upheld.

Material will only be made available to a small number of senior clinicians – all of whom are bound by relevant codes and ethics of practice. This process of sharing and learning from client material makes an important contribution to the general development and maintenance of high standards within the practice of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology.

I adhere to the Codes of Ethics and Professional Practice of the Metanoia Institute, The British Psychological Society (BPS), the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the UK Council for Psychotherapists (UKCP).

In very few extreme circumstances it may be necessary for me to pass on information. This would only be if there were a substantial possibility of serious harm to yourself or others, or if I were legally impelled to impart information. If I had concerns in this area, I would talk to you as fully as possible before deciding to take any action. I aim to maintain the highest standards of good practice and safety. If you have any concerns whatsoever in this regard, please raise them with me. I am fully insured.

The introduction of the General Data Protection (GDPR) on 25 May 2018 has led to a tightening up of how personal and confidential data are collected, stored and managed. Any personal details and clinical records that I have about clients are either kept securely on my password protected computer system or in a secure filing cabinet.