Confidentiality in Therapy: Boundaries Between a Therapist and Client

Confidentiality is very important. If you make an appointment with any of the experienced therapists in Bangalore, they’ll walk you through how important confidentiality is. It is the cornerstone of the therapeutic relationship. The boundaries between a therapist and client can get confusing because of the nature of this work, but there are some key things that therapists need to remember as well. Let's take a look at why these boundaries are so important.


What do contracts consist of?


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Contracts to safeguard interests

When you first speak with a therapist to set up an appointment with any of the therapists in Bangalore or otherwise, you will likely be asked to fill out a form that consists of some basic information. This is your contract. Contracts with your therapist should include:

  1. How many sessions you will have per week

  2. The length of each session

  3. If there are breaks between sessions or not. You can ask your therapist to schedule a break after every third session so that the client has time to process what they discussed in the previous two sessions. This also helps them prepare for the upcoming ones and reflect on other things, as well as recharge themselves before going back into the next session.

So what's confidentiality?


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Breaking down confidentiality

The first thing to understand is the difference between privacy and confidentiality. Privacy refers to your right as a patient in therapy - it's something you have, which cannot be taken away from you unless there are extenuating circumstances that involve breaking laws or putting others at risk of harm (such as when someone has committed serious crimes).


Confidentiality, on the other hand, means that what goes on in sessions remains private between therapist and client - even if something were to happen where the law required therapists to report certain things they hear during their work with clients (in most cases like this, though not always, consent will be given ahead of time by both parties involved). The difference here should become clear: while therapists do need some information about patients in order to provide help, it is up to the discretion of therapists whether they are willing or able to share what they know with anyone else.


Confidentiality in therapy


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How is confidentiality applied in your therapeutic journey?


Confidentiality in therapy helps build trust between therapist and client which helps make the therapeutic relationship therapist-client relationship more fruitful. It also allows clients to be more about their feelings and experiences without fear that others will find out. Breaking confidentiality can have serious consequences for a clinician's professional reputation as well as personal relationships with clients who feel betrayed by an act of indiscretion on the part of their therapist.

An ethical therapist always takes care not only in keeping records but how they communicate any information shared during sessions outside these boundaries (for example through emails). Furthermore, therapists should not divulge any information shared during sessions with anyone else without the consent of their clients, including supervisors or research teams that may be working on similar cases. Here are some guidelines that can help you understand what is and isn't considered ethically sound in terms of confidentiality:


1. The frequency of sessions


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Understanding client requirements

The frequency of sessions is one of the first things that people want to know about when they seek therapy. This depends entirely on how quickly and effectively you can work with your therapist and address any issues or concerns you may have.

Did you know?
There is a popular time frame of 2 sessions per month for therapy with therapists in Bangalore and otherwise. This is what the general public believes to be an average time frame for psychotherapy sessions - it's not always true because of individual differences but it is a said average!

2. Session duration


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Decoding your emotions on time!


The session length will depend upon what kind of services are being provided - individual, couple/family, group, etc. Furthermore, clients often wonder if it's possible to split sessions into half-sessions according to their own schedule which requires a lot more flexibility from therapists than usual. If this is something that interests you then please discuss it further with your psychotherapist beforehand.

When a session goes beyond the allotted time the therapist may choose to carry it forward to the next session instead because boundaries are important. If your therapist doesn't enforce it then you may not be able to mirror it in your life as well. So technically when you think about it, it is for your good.


3. Nature of relationship


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A professional who'll hold you up!


Another boundary that is important in therapy is the difference between a therapist and a friend. This may seem to confuse clients when they see all they want in a friend in their therapist, a therapist cannot be your friend. Therapist-client relationships can be both friendly and professional at the same time, just like any other relationship!

Did you know?
It is important for therapists and patients in therapy to avoid disclosing personal information when they meet socially, such as mentioning the names of family members or places where they live.

4. Availability


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Helping you cope- but with boundaries


Your therapist can make themselves available to their clients over the phone if they are feeling anxious or need some support, but only in emergencies. But even then, you cannot expect your therapist to always be available. They need time for themselves, and to be able to do work outside of their sessions with you. Plus they have other clients as well.

This is where boundaries come in - as a client, you may want them available more often than they are able to be, but that can potentially be very difficult. Be understanding if your therapist cannot respond immediately.


Conclusion



Boundaries can also get confusing when you start to think about the therapist's personal life. They are someone who is not only working with your problems but likely has a family and friends of their own outside of therapy sessions too! It may be difficult for them to talk about everything in detail - so they will probably try and keep certain things separate between work and home.


This goes both ways: even therapists have boundaries they need to set in order to protect themselves from getting overwhelmed by their clients' issues or becoming too personally involved in their lives. Therapists must find a balance between being compassionate towards clients while still maintaining enough distance where it does not affect how they practice professionally.


And finally, therapists cannot give out any medical advice. If a client asks whether taking medications might make them feel better, it's fine for the therapist to say something like "I'm sorry I can't answer that question." It makes sense because your medication doesn't help everyone!


Please Note:

Safe Space Therapy’s therapists in Bangalore are not a crisis hotline, none of the therapists are available to be contacted during an emergency. But don’t worry! Just ask us and we’d love to share emergency contacts with clients when requested.

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