Ethics and Professional Standards
Psychotherapy is a setting that offers a safe and confidential space within which people can explore painful and difficult feelings and experiences. It can sometimes be helpful if your GP is informed that you are having psychoanalytic psychotherapy in order to offer additional support during the therapy process if required. This option will be discussed at assessment.
There may be times when confidentiality cannot be maintained, specifically if someone’s life or the safety of another person is in question. In that situation I would expect to discuss any possible breach of confidentiality with the patient before action might be taken. This is a rare situation but it is important that people embarking upon psychoanalytic psychotherapy with me understand and accept this specific limit of confidentiality.
Training as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist is intensive and thorough. I work within the ethical guidelines of TSP, NEAPP and BPC, receive regular clinical supervision, and I am committed to ongoing professional development. I hope that people are able to bring any feelings about treatment for discussion and resolution within the therapeutic relationship whenever possible. The BPC operates a complaints procedure should this be necessary.