Informed Consent between Client and Therapist 
 

CONFIDENTIALITY

  • Confidentiality is the basis of a safe-space and a trustworthy therapeutic relationship. As a client, you have the right to complete confidentiality. This means that the therapist will not share anything that has been discussed in the session, outside of the session with any one (apart from their supervisor, if applicable).

  • Additionally, they will not reveal whether or not you are a client of theirs without your explicit instruction.

  • There may be situations when they may need to break confidentiality. If they have grounds to believe that you are at risk of suicidal self-harm or there is a risk of harm to others, they may need to talk with an emergency contact identified by you. Any disclosures happen for the client’s welfare, and they will discuss the same with the client before revealing any information.

  • On the rare occasion that they happen to see you outside of the therapy space, they will try their best not to initiate any conversation or show recognition of you especially if you are with another to protect your confidentiality, unless you initiate the conversation.

PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIP

  • Although the content of sessions will be private, it is important for you to realize that you have a professional, not a personal relationship your therapist

  • Your contact will be limited to the paid  sessions. Please refrain from inviting them to personal or social gatherings.

  • Therapists do not accept gifts or tokens of appreciation

WITHDRAWAL & SUSPENSION OF SERVICES​

  • The duration of therapy depends on each individual client. Some require a few sessions  while others may be required to continue therapy for months or even years.

  • The duration of  therapy depends on your therapist's judgment of your progress as well as your satisfaction with the same. 

  • As a client you are in complete control of terminating therapy in the event that you feel you are not benefitting from it. By the end of counselling, you should feel like they can face life’s challenges without therapeutic intervention.

  • The therapist too reserves the the right to withdraw or suspend any/all services if faced with any form of ethical violation/breach and/or any evident risk to a therapist or a consulting partner's wellbeing.

BENEFICENCE & NON-MALEFICENCE

 

  • A therapist is expected to be aware of their professional influence and the potential consequences therein on individuals and groups who seek counsel with them, especially with respect to preventing misuse or abuse, while additionally maintaining awareness of how the their own physical and mental health may influence their work.

  • Among professional interactions and research, psychologists ought to respect and protect the rights and welfare of patients and participants foremost.