Is counselling confidential?
Confidentiality in counselling is very important. Only in very rare circumstances would confidentiality need to be broken and only after talking this through with the client. These circumstances would relate to a situation where a person was at serious risk of harming themselves or another person (note this about active intent to commit suicide or seriously hurt another person)
There are legal exceptions to confidentiality and these are
- Disclosures around acts of terrorism
- Disclosure around drug money laundering.
Breaking confidentiality is very rare.
How clear do I need to be ?
Sometimes we can’t put our finger on what’s causing our difficulties but we know that we are feeling out of sorts, anxious, depressed or unable to manage in one way or another. I will help you understand what is behind these symptoms and then look to address that.
Who are the BACP?
The British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) is a professional body and a registered charity that sets standards for therapeutic practice and provides information for therapists, clients of therapy, and the public.
Do I need therapy or medication?
Maintaining stability can be very difficult in our present-day world when we can easily lose jobs, health, family or close relatives, and finally our dreams and hopes. Unfortunately many people who cannot maintain their emotional states and suffer from anxiety or depression or are not able to control their anger can end up with physical symptoms, such as digestive problems, difficulties with sleeping, various pains (e.g. headaches), heart problems etc.
Many would be supported by their GP’s so it is advisable to seek medical attention. Medication can be effective for more severe symptoms of anxiety, depression and common mental health issues. Doctors may offer medications to treat emotional issues (e.g. anti-depressants).
However, research shows that therapy is comparably successful and effective and can work hand in hand with medication in treating anxiety and depression.
Very often we are not aware of our emotions and we are unable to name them. Therapy is definitely the right place (possibly one of the best) where we can learn more about ourselves and our feelings. It could be essential to find the root causes of our painful emotions and recurrent emotional states, especially if they are intense or long-term.
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