East Dorset Counselling (EDC) operates with a strict confidentiality policy. It is important that our clients feel confident that any information disclosed during the counselling session is kept safe and secure.

This includes all personal information and written notes which may be taken prior to or during counselling. Information kept on our computer system is encrypted for security.

EDC offers the highest level of confidentiality which is compliant with the law and the ethical framework of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).

What is spoken about within the confines of the Counselling session is kept private; however, there are some exceptions due to legal and ethical reasons.

  • If medical attention is required.
  • If information given shows risk of harm, or potential harm, to a child (Child Protection Policy 2015)
  • If information given shows risk of harm, or potential harm, to a vulnerable adult (The Care Act 2014)
  • Legal requirement to do so under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 or Serious Crimes Act 2015
  • When there is a risk of serious harm to self and/or others.

Professional clinical supervision is a necessary and compulsory part of the Counselling process for all Counsellors; it enables them to work professionally, safely and ethically. It involves discussing clients with a professional experienced Supervisor in order to maintain working safely with any problem or issue brought to Counselling. During these sessions, the identity of each client is kept anonymous.