EthicsMost people who come to see me start off with a degree of apprehension. This is completely understandable. However, most fears tend to evaporate as the session progresses, once clients realise they are in control, their boundaries are respected and this is, in fact, a very safe space in which to be.
Please note that I do not claim that the work I offer is psychotherapy or counselling, although I am trained as a counsellor. Due to the intimate nature of contact possible during sessions, it is not appropriate for this work to be governed by BACP ethical guidelines. This work is covered by my own Client Charter, listed below. I am also insured for the work.
I believe passionately in the need for integrity and a strict ethical code in this work, I also believe that I am the first practitioner of this type in the UK to commit to such a specific and clear code.
To further support an ethical approach to this work I acted with a group of my peers to establish the formation of a professional body for the field of somatic sexology, ASIS (Association of Somatic and Integrative Sexologists) and was its first Chair.
In addition, I have my own client charter, representing how I commit to treat clients, before, during and after sessions.
Before your sessionThe role of this charter is to help engender a sense of safety, and to clearly state my code of conduct in relation to my clients and myself in this work. Before your session I will:
- Explain in detail my work practice and what a typical session might entail
- Take a full and detailed personal history, in order to provide the most appropriate treatment possible
- Bring the client charter to your attention and ensure you are comfortable with all aspects
- Offer you the opportunity to bring a chaperone with you to your sessions.
My role as a Psychosexual Somatics® Practitioner is to promote my clients’ well-being, and support their individual growth and personal empowerment. Your emotional and physical well-being is of paramount importance. Therefore during your session I will:
During your session
- Respect your human rights and any differences in belief, culture, ethnicity and sexuality
- Treat you, and all clients, fairly and equally, with impartiality and compassion.
- Pro-actively avoid causing you any harm
- Respect your personal choices and right to be self-governing
- Get your clear verbal consent before undertaking any physical work
- At all times honour your personal boundaries
- Respect your right to change your mind at any given moment
- Accommodate your chaperone, who may be present in the room while you are in session, or in another room in the house if this makes you feel more relaxed and comfortable.
After your sessionWhether you bring a chaperone or not, I encourage clients to share their experience with at least one other person. If you are in therapy I encourage you to share the experience you have had with your therapist. Of course, all of this is optional for you.
On the other hand, very strict codes of confidentiality apply to me in my role as practitioner. Therefore I will always:
- Respect your confidentiality
- Maintain integrity in our client-practitioner relationship
- Honour the trust placed in me by, you, the client
- Never divulge any aspect of your personal history, any details of your session, or discuss or write about any other aspect of our client / professional relationship, without your express consent (for example, if you agree to give a testimonial or to be used anonymously in a case study)
- If we meet socially, I will not publicly acknowledge that we have a client / practitioner relationship, unless I have your express permission to do so.
My continuing professional developmentI take my client’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual safety very seriously. To help ensure the utmost professional integrity, I am in both personal therapy and professional supervision, the same as any other professional therapist. I further commit to:
- Supporting myself through continuing personal development
- Ensuring that I am in a fit state to practice – mentally, physically and emotionally
- Continuing to respect myself through self-knowledge and self-care
- Enhancing the quality of my service through continuing training and learning
- Supporting myself and the clients through adequate supervision and peer assessment
- Share my growing psycho-spiritual knowledge with others for the benefit of all