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You will see from my website that I subscribe to the BACP Code of Ethics, but you might not know what this means.

All therapists should belong to a recognised professional body, and then subscribe to that body's code of ethics. This means that there is some accountability when you receive help from a therapist, whatever type of therapy they practice. I belong to the BACP, which has a strong ethical philosophy.

The code of ethics gives a framework for me to work within, and is based on:

  • Values
  • Principles
  • Personal moral qualities

What this boils down to are the following:

  • Fidelity
  • Autonomy
  • Beneficence
  • Non-maleficence
  • Justice
  • Self-respect

This means that I honour the trust you put in me to help you, I respect at all times your right to start and stop therapy when you want, I will always act in your best interests, I will not do any harm, I will treat you the same as any other client or person, and I will take care of myself, because if I don't look after myself, I cannot be expected to help you.

For more information on the BACP code of ethics, please visit the BACP website