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Is counselling confidential?
Confidentiality is a fundamental element within counselling . Your counsellor will
not normally give information to doctors or anyone else without your permission.
The only time a counsellor might break confidentiality is if there is a serious risk
of harm to you or others, in very rare cases where required by law.
What is supervision in counselling?
Working under supervision means that a counsellor or psychotherapist uses the
services of another counsellor or psychotherapist to review their work with
clients, their professional development, and often their personal development
Most professional bodies in the UK such as the British Association for Counselling
and Psychotherapy require supervision, but it is also seen by many within the
profession as ethically necessary. Counselling supervision is considered important
to protect clients and to improve the ability of counsellors to provide value to
What does supervision mean to confidentiality?
Overall client confidentiality is still safeguarded because individually identifying
information such as full names is not given. Also the supervisor is covered by the
same code of ethics with regard to confidentiality as the counsellor.
Will the counsellor give me advice?
Counsellors don’t give advice since one of the purposes of counselling is to
provide an environment in which you can make your own decisions. Careful
listening is an important part of a counsellor’s role, this can help them to sum
up what they understand you have been saying so far which can help you define
your problem areas.