I am a passionate and motivated Psychosexual Therapist with many years experience working for the NHS and in the Private Sector. I am an Accredited Psychosexual Therapist, a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and EMDR Therapist. I work for Lancashire Care Foundation Trust providing psychosexual intervention to individuals and couples, with sex and/or relationship difficulties. I am also a university lecturer, teaching Psychosexual Therapy and Sexual Health to Post-Graduate students. I have several years of experience providing intervention to young people, individuals, couples and groups. I also have several years of experience providing psychosexual intervention with young people at Brook Young People’s Service. I also have specialised experience with young people who have been abused and who have also offended.
There are some circumstances where confidentiality will be broken and you need to be aware of this.
For example: It is a condition of practice that therapists have a supervisors who helps and supports them in their work with their clients. Zoe will talk about her work with clients to her supervisor for this reason. Client details are always kept anonymous in these discussions.
Zoe will make some notes about their sessions with clients to help her to remember what you have talked about. Such records will also be kept confidential, for example in a locked filing cabinet, or on a computer file which is password protected. Under the Data Protection Act you also have the right to see any records kept on you.
Confidentiality has to be broken when there is good reason to think that someone might harm themselves or somebody else, but wherever possible this will be discussed with the client first. There are a limited number of circumstances where the law requires confidentiality to be broken, in cases involving terrorist activities, drug trafficking or money laundering for example. Sometimes court cases or complaints can also mean that confidentiality is compromised.
This may sound like a long list, however in the vast majority of cases the details of what is discussed in therapy will be between the therapist and the client. If you want to know exactly how confidentiality works with your therapist then it is a good thing to ask them about it in the assessment session.