I treat all information shared in our sessions with complete confidentiality, with certain rare exceptions, when I am legally or ethically bound to breach confidentiality. These include:

  • if the client is considered to be of danger to themselves
  • if the client is perceived to be of danger to others
  • under the Children Act 1989
  • if required by the order of a court of law
  • if acts of terrorism are threatened
  • under the Drug Trafficking Act 1994
  • under the Road Traffic Act 1988
  • under the Proceeds of Crime Act 1995

If I am obliged to breach confidentiality, I will normally tell the client that I am going to do this, and give my reasons. I also share anonymised client information with my clinical supervisor, and this too, is treated in confidence between my supervisor and I.