13 Mar How Confidential Are Hypnotherapy Sessions? Can I Trust My Hypnotherapist?
How confidential my therapy sessions are is one of the first subjects I like to discuss with my clients. This is because the issues discussed tend to be of a sensitive nature. I like to encourage my clients to speak openly in the confidence that nothing gets shared by me outside of the therapy room. Without confidentiality, it would be very difficult to build enough trust in the relationship between you and myself. Naturally, I want you to feel safe enough to talk about your deepest feelings. It can be hard enough making the decision to talk in the first place without the fear that someone else might find out about it.
Confidential Discussions Are Key
I am a member of the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) and I adhere to a Code Of Ethics which include being confidential.
- I do not discuss clients outside of the therapy room.
- Clients notes are kept under strict guidelines stipulated by the GHR
- I may talk to my clinical supervisor about your case. (All good therapists have supervision with another therapist as part of clinical excellence). However, I wall use a pseudonym for my clients, and I don’t reveal any identifying details.
- If I happen to bump into a client or former client outside the counselling room, then I wouldn’t say hello or acknowledge them in any way unless they did so first. This isn’t me being rude! This is me respecting your right to decide whether you wish to keep our professional relationship under wraps.
Can Confidentiality Be Broken?
This is probably the most complex ethical question that therapists have to deal with in the work that we do! Whilst it might be reassuring to say to a client, “I’ll never pass on anything of what we talk about in our sessions”, that would be misleading and in fact untrue. So when can a therapist break client confidentiality? Here are the main examples;
- Any information on acts of terrorism. Then I would be legally obliged to contact the police about it, without informing the client that I had done so (Terrorism Act 2000, section 38B)
- Any information where a child or vulnerable person is being abused or is in danger.
- Any information about a murder or violent crime.
- The courts can also order disclosure of information in other circumstances. It’s a very complex area. As your therapist, I would always seek advice from my professional association, before breaking confidentiality on a legal question.
Off course I would also be concerned if a client was seriously considering suicide. Often, just talking about suicide can help reduce the feelings of despair and make the suicidal act less likely. However, If I was still concerned that a client was at risk of ‘immediate harm’, I would need to contact emergency services.
Within my sessions I facilitate a relaxed and informal environment. I encourage clients to discuss their problems freely in a way that is comfortable to them. My therapy sessions are strictly confidential and are carried out in a non-judgemental manor. If you would like any more information with regards to how I can help you, then please feel free to call me.
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