Trust is central to effective therapy. You need the confidence that your therapist has the expertise to support you, and that they will not break the confidentiality agreement established when you begin therapy. Knowing this will help you trust your therapist with your problems, so that they can help you to address them.
The professional bodies that our therapists are accredited, chartered or registered with all produce thorough confidentiality guidelines and training for their members. Your therapist will talk to you about confidentiality in your first session and reach agreement with you about its scope.
There are very few situations in which confidentiality would be broken and in most cases it would be under your control as the client and with your consent. They are:
- When someone is believed to be at risk of serious harm. That someone could be you, or a third party.
- If you ask your therapist to. For example, if you have suffered abuse of some kind and are involved in legal proceedings, or if you would like your GP to know about something.