What are the differences between counselling, psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic counselling?
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) sees no evidence of any difference between the functions of counselling and psychotherapy. There is a lot of overlapping; some view counselling as shorter-term work focusing on specific issues whereas psychotherapy provides longer-term and a more in depth exploration.
Psychotherapeutic counselling therefore gives the best of both; the flexibility of working long or short term , depending on the clients individual needs.
How confidential are sessions?
In accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions, psychotherapeutic counselling sessions are strictly confidential. However, some work from time to time will be discussed with a qualified Clinical Supervisor and Peer Supervisor. Your identity is not revealed and all supervisors are also bound by the BACP’s Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. This is is a BACP requirement and standard practice for all credible counsellors.
Confidentiality will be maintained, and applied to any and all records, in accordance with the Data Protection Act and GDPR except in the following instances:-
Where the client gives consent for confidence to be broken
Where the Psychotherapist / Counsellor is compelled by court of law
Where the information is of such gravity that confidentiality cannot be maintained. For example, where there is possibility of harm to self or others and in cases of fraud or crime.
If required by subpoena or court order
How is your personal data processed and stored?
GDPR Privacy Statement for Clare Rice Counselling
Your personal information is processed to enable me to provide Psychotherapeutic Counselling services to you, to arrange appointments with you and to maintain records. All personal information is processed and stored in accordance with BACP and GDPR guidelines. I am registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).
I process information relevant to the above reasons/purposes in that I keep Case notes, required by law and BACP. This information includes the basic facts of each session, records are kept in accordance with BACP, GDPR and ICO guidelines.
I may sometimes need to share your personal information with other services (as outlined under ‘How Confidential Are Sessions?‘ above). This will always be discussed at the start of therapy and outlined in your contract. Where this is necessary I am required to comply with all aspects of the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions and GDPR and ICO guidelines.
The services or professionals I may have a duty of care to share information with might include:
healthcare professionals (e.g., your GP)
clinical supervisor (Please note, in the event your counsellor is unable to work or contact you due to serious ill health or death, their clinical supervisor may access your records in order to contact you and protect your data in accordance with GDPR and BACP guidelines)
statutory services (e.g., where there are concerns about the welfare of adults who have care and support needs, or children, or where knowledge of or involvement in acts of terrorism, money laundering or drug trafficking is inferred)
court of law (e.g., if required by subpoena or court order)