Philosophy

Regarding my key concepts of Confidentiality / Non-Judgment / Respect / Kindness

Confidentiality

In accordance to BCACC’s code of ethics and conduct, all counselling sessions are confidential, in other words, everything that is said in the room stays in the room.

The exceptions to this are:

-If you reveal something that leads me to believe a child is at risk, I have a duty to report.

-If you are going to hurt yourself or someone else, I have a duty to report.

-If I was subpoenaed by a court of law. The courts may subpoena my records.

Social workers and Lawyers are aware of this practice, yet on occasion they will try to get unauthorized information. Under no circumstances will I disclose that you are even coming to see me without your written consent.

 

Non-Judgment 

Forming judgments is an unprompted process that happens in our minds.  There are times in our lives that we do need to make instant decisions and need to depend on our snap-judgments.

However, when it comes to dealing with people,  judgments are often mistaken interpretations of our assumptions which end up influencing our opinions and behaviour.

My hope is that each client that comes through my door will  feel safe from judgment and free to share what ever is on their heart. Every one is treated equal with the same respect.

 

Respect

Of the many definitions that I have read for respect, the ones that I like the best are:

-The state of being regarded with honor or esteem.

-When a person values another’s opinion and thoughts then treats that person with dignity.

This also includes respecting people’s beliefs, and rights.

 

Kindness 

Every day we step out into a world that is full of busyness, and demands on our time. In our busyness, do we remember to always be kind? I know I am guilty of allowing busyness to trump kindness. So one of the things that I have made a conscious effort to do throughout each day is regularly take a few moments to be still; to listen to my thoughts and instincts.

This has been called everything from, grounding, meditation, to mindfulness. I call it keeping yourself focused. When you make this effort and see this as part of self care, then being kind to others becomes easy.