ETHICS ….. What, Why ….?
I believe the ethical basis of any therapist’s work is very important indeed.
When someone approaches a therapist, they are seeking help. They are sometimes vulnerable, and this needs a respectful response. What they need is to feel safe in the hands of a well-trained, responsible counsellor or therapist.
Unfortunately, there are some people, who’ve set up as counsellors or therapists, but they-
- Have done only a one or two-day course in “counselling skills”. They have little or no experience
- Have phoney diplomas, certificates, and even degrees, from internet companies etc (yes, I've seen it happen)
- Charge inflated fees which exploit clients
- Use vague ideas like “Stress therapy” or “lifestyle analysis” Are not accountable to a professional body - so there's no authority to deal with client complaints
I believe that, before trusting me to work with them, my clients should be given clear and accessible information about:
- My qualifications
- My principles as a therapist
- My ways of working
- My ‘business contract’ (e.g. fees etc)
You should be able to ask questions about any or all of these—and anything else you feel you need to know.
Think about it… you’re spending *your* money. You have a right to know the credentials of your chosen practitioner
I personally would AVOID choosing a therapist who wasn’t clear about their ethics, their qualifications, or that I simply didn’t trust. I wouldn’t want you to do that, either.
So, even if you don’t decide to go into therapy or counselling right now, please remember to look for ethical and professional therapists.
A good place to start – WHO ARE THEY? (Some websites don’t even give a name for the person offering the service!) Are they a member of a professional body?
Are they Accredited?
Are they on a Register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority? (It’s possible to be a member of a professional body, without being Accredited or Registered! )
How long have they been doing this work?
An ethical, professional therapist will be happy to answer these kinds of questions freely.