In counselling and psychotherapy confidentiality requires that facts or information which have been shared by someone with another party remain private and are not disclosed without the permission of the person who gave them. An environment in which clients feel safe is the first essential for counselling and such a safe environment will be created during our sessions. It will help you to discuss your feelings and to disclose what has happened in your life.
People generally feel safe to make an assumption of trust with those in a professional role like counsellors. They believe the person is bound by ethics, principles and regulation. These codes of behaviour regarding how a professional person should behave lead clients to feel safe when disclosing what might be the most personal and intimate information.
As a professional I am bound by the BACP’s Code of Ethics and their Complaints Procedure.