One of the key fundamentals of counselling and psychotherapy is maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of clients and in that regard maintaining trust and client autonomy. The protection of confidentiality ultimately protects sensitive client information. Disclosure of client information can be either through clients consent or may be mandated through the legal system.

Limited confidentiality does apply in counselling and psychotherapy especially where there is a danger to the client or others, this does not infer an ethical breach of confidentiality, as limited confidentiality should be discussed at the contracting stage with all clients.

Any disclosures of client information should be undertaken in ways that work to protect client’s autonomy, this is very important in supervision, research and in team discussions.

Please refer to the Confidentiality section in the APCP Code of Ethics for further guidance.