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My daughter aged 11 is seeing a cbt counsellor for anxiety

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My daughter aged 11 is seeing a cbt counsellor for anxiety following divorce of parents, death of my father and quite a lot of other stuff. The therapist was recommended by school but is paid by me. I found out yesterday that the school have contacted the therapist to discuss my daughter without my knowledge or my daughters. The therapist has given a recommendation to the school while not in full knowledge of the facts and without speaking with me first. is this appropriate behaviour on the part of the counsellor?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr John B replied 2 years ago.

Hi,

 

Sorry to hear of the situation. The specific rules regarding confidentiality vary across geographic regions but I can tell you that disclosing patient/client information to any third party without first obtaining the written consent of the patient/client or their guardian is highly unethical.

 

I'm not sure what kind of counselor this person is but if they happen to be a Psychologist registered with The British Psychological Society then they may have violated their registration guidelines. If they have and you make a formal complaint they will face disciplinary action. If you determine that this person is BPS registered then I suggest you lodge a formal complaint. You can find out everything you need to know about BPS ethical practice here: http://www.bps.org.uk/what-we-do/ethics-standards/ethics-standards

 

There is no way the disclosure you describe is ethical behavior on the part of the counselor.

 

I hope this answers your question. If you have further questions or would like me to elaborate further on anything I have written please let me know.

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Expert:  Dr John B replied 2 years ago.
Hi,

Just thought I'd check in and see how you were getting along with resolving the unauthorised disclosure of your daughter's private therapy information. If I can be of further assistance on this matter or you ever need any assistance or advice in general then please don't hesitate to contact me.

Best regards,

John

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