I am bound by the ethical guidelines of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP). See below.
Client information is kept confidential and secure, in accordance with ICO (Information Commissioner) guidelines. However, I write briefly to clients’ GPs to let them know therapy has begun/ended, unless otherwise requested. To support clients fully, particularly in case of any risk, I sometimes need to share information with other professionals involved in their care, but would discuss this with the client beforehand. Rarely, legality or the safety of individuals, indicates a need to contact a client’s GP or next of kin. In addition, my clinical practice is professionally supervised (a requirement of BABCP accreditation), so I may sometimes discuss clients’ care in this context, to ensure effective treatment.
I am committed to ensuring clients’ privacy. I retain contact details separately to therapy notes, which are stored in locked filing cabinets and kept for 7 years, as required for professional insurance. Minimal information is electronically stored on a password-protected computer in the UK. Please feel free to ask about this at any point, should you wish to do so.
The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) is a multi-disciplinary interest group for people involved in the practice and theory of behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy. It aims to maintain standards for practitioners of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy by providing the opportunity for members who meet minimum criteria to become Accredited. It reviews professional standards and training at regular intervals. See www.babcp.com for further information.