Confidentiality Statement for Psychosexual Therapy
The psychosexual therapy sessions would be treated according to the confidentiality Code of Practice of the NHS (www.gov.uk) and the Code of Ethics and Principles of Good Practice of the College for Sexual and Relationship Therapists (www.cosrt.org.uk).
A brief summary of each session would be documented on your electronic file, which will be accessible to health professionals in Sexual Health and HIV department of Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust.
If you were referred by your GP or other external agency, a discharge letter will outline the outcome of your treatment. If you need to be referred to another service/specialist, the counsellor will discuss the referral with you as appropriate and possible.
Sometimes further clarification might be requested to the reason of your referral, which might entail the clinical discussion of your case as well as a case study in a multidisciplinary approach with other health professionals that share your care.
Although students are not permitted to observe your therapy, sometimes material from your sessions might be used for teaching or auditing purposes, protecting your confidentiality at all times.
The therapist attends regular clinical supervision (as do most therapists) with another qualified and experienced practitioner. It is common practice that patients are discussed by their first name only. The clinical supervisor is also bound to code of ethics in terms of confidentiality.
The therapist may choose or need to disclose information about you to another:
- If you are about to harm yourself or another (including physical and sexual attack or abuse). Where appropriate, the therapist will attempt to obtain your consent before approaching external agencies;
- In circumstances where the therapist believes that the welfare of another may be at risk, such as children or other vulnerable person;
- The therapist’s professional duties in relation to safeguarding will always be followed, especially where children may be at risk of abuse, which will include a professional duty to report to the police.
- Please be assured that the therapist’s primary concern is always to act in your best interest and will only make onward disclosures if required to do so by the law, in the above circumstances or if ordered to do so by a Court.