Online Psychotherapy – Safeguarding The Therapist, The Client And The Profession During The Covid-19 Pandemic – Declan Peelo
Confidentiality, an ethical imperative in psychotherapy, could be compromised in online working, in ways not normally associated with face to face therapy, i.e., potential risks from the client’s own remote environment; unauthorised access by third parties to the digital platform, deliberate or accidental, during an online session (DPC, 2020; IACP, 2019b; APA, 2013; Rousmaniere, Abbass, & Frederickson, 2014).
Record keeping on therapeutic work by counsellors, psychotherapists and counselling psychologists (herein referred to as therapists) is undergoing change with effect from 25th May 2018, under the terms of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
It may surprise therapists to hear that irrespective of a client’s presenting issue, the therapeutic modality applied or therapy’s context within the Western world, around 10% of people attending therapy report experiencing their therapy as harmful.
Ten years ago, I was preparing to close my practice as counsellor, supervisor and trainer, relocate to another part of the country and start up again in a place where I knew no-one. By far the hardest part of the 2 year wind-down was deciding how to bring different things to a close[i], and then working out how and when to give notice
If you’re planning to offer a therapeutic service online or already working online, I hope this article will help. The ideas in here have been drawn from my 12 years’ experience as an online counsellor and the accumulated experiences of students
If you’re planning to offer a therapeutic service online or already working online, I hope this article will help. The ideas in here have been drawn from my 12 years’ experience as an online counsellor and the accumulated experiences of students who have trained to work online with Online Training for Counsellors Ltd (1).