BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions and I always aim to promote safe and professional counselling. More information about professional conduct and complaints procedure can be found on on the BACP website.
Original client records are kept in accordance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and BACP guidelines and are the property of the therapist. I use Bacpac, a secure and encrypted online system to store client details and notes. Any other paperwork is locked in a secure cabinet or password protected if in electronic format. A copy of clinicial notes can be requested in writing at any time. After five years client records are destroyed confidentially. I am also registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) adhering to the GDPR.
You may be looking for advice. It is rare for me to offer advice, even if asked for it. I believe that only you can choose the direction you want to go in, and that is why your own decision making is essential. The best advice you can follow is your own, and I shall do my best to help you to work things out for yourself.
Duration and reviews
I would always aim to offer counselling for a duration that suits my clients. I believe it is important to regularly review the work together and we will incorporate this into the work as it progresses. It can be difficult to know how many sessions are needed or wanted, but this is something we can discuss during our first meeting and in our reviews. After an initial consultation we may agree a set number of sessions followed by a review. Alternatively, a more open ended arrangement with regular reviews might be more suitable.