Who gets to hear what I say?

When you come to counselling, you need to know you are able to talk within a safe, confidential space. It is a key principle that only the counsellor gets to hear what you have to say. As the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy puts it: ‘Respecting client confidentiality is a fundamental requirement for keeping trust.’ (http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/).

However, I am also ethically committed to acting in my client’s best interests. If you were at grave risk of harming yourself or others, you would clearly need a greater level of support than counselling could provide. It may well become important for your particular needs to be made known beyond the counselling room, but we would talk about this together before seeking that support through any outside disclosure.

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  • About Julia

    Julia

    From writing stories for my younger brother, to penning poems for the School Magazine and filling a growing pile of personal journals, the written word has always been part of my life’s journey.

    I started out as an English Teacher and subsequently retrained as a Counsellor. I have counselled in a GP Surgery and worked with various Employee Assistance Schemes and Charitable Trusts alongside seeing private clients.

    Although I have done some freelance journalism and written four non-fiction books, creative writing has become my main focus in recent years.

    My poems have appeared online on sites including Amaryllis, Silver Birch Press, Clear Poetry, Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis, Riggwelter and Ink,Sweat and Tears. I have been published in Curlew and Bucks Mill Magazine, and anthologised in Our Hearts Still Sing. My first poetry collection, Chester City Walls, came out in 2015.

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