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Professional Standards

Accreditation

In our work we strictly adhere to the requirements for ethical and professional conduct set by the British Association for the Counselling and Psychotherapy and we are a BACP accredited service.  You can visit their website here: www.bacp.co.uk

We are members of the National Counselling Network (NCN), which is an association of BACP or BPC Accredited counselling centres which hold a common aim to offer high quality and professional counselling to their local communities.  In addition to being psycho-dynamically oriented, members differentiate themselves from other counselling organisations by:

  • delivering professional, affordable/low cost counselling.
  • being independent third sector providers.
  • providing an alternative to the NHS and ensuring that new clients are seen in a relatively short time frame.

NCN members meet, communicate, network and share best practice, particularly in respect of psycho-dynamically led counselling.

Confidentiality

Personal information disclosed to a counsellor is strictly confidential to the professional counselling side of the agency. Further details of our confidentiality guidelines can be obtained from our Centre.

Equal Opportunities

Accessibility

SBC is committed to the encouragement of equality and diversity among our clients and workforce with regard to the psychological therapy we provide to the public and in our training of placement counsellors. We are also committed to the elimination of any form of discrimination, including harassment or bullying, on the grounds of gender, marital status, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion and age. Every individual has the right to be treated fairly and with dignity and respect.

Our charitable mission is to provide affordable therapy to adults who seek our help. One of our strategic objectives is to improve access to services for those most in need by tackling barriers such as cost, inequality and stigma and by targeting vulnerable groups.

It is our intention to provide equally good client experience and outcome for all clients of SBC and to respond to inquiries from the public professionally and fairly so that all those who can benefit from our help are able to make positive choices.

To this end, we monitor monthly records of new client profiles, average fees paid, counselling session records and client feedback forms and will take action where we can to ensure that our services are accessible to all adults in our local area.

This data will be subject to an annual review, next due in January 2020.

Our services are available to anyone aged 16 and over, seeking help.  We do not discriminate on grounds of belief, culture, class, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.

Data Protection

South Bucks Counselling (SBC) is committed to complying with the terms of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and to the responsible and secure use of your personal data. Please click on the following link to view our Privacy Notice.