Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics for Good Practice in Counselling

The following are key points from the Code of ethics for counsellors and psychotherapists, intended to guide their professional practice. Being ethically conscientious and accountable for the ethical foundations of one’s practice is crucial for counsellors.

As an accredited member of The National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS), I commit to the following ethical principles in my own practice with clients:

  1. Provide a non-judgmental and professional service that embraces individuality and remains free from discrimination.
  2. Establish a therapeutic relationship to empower clients without imposing personal advice.
  3. Commit to continuous personal and professional development to maintain, enhance, and develop the skills, knowledge, and competence necessary for growth as a professional counsellor.
  4. Ensure clients understand the purpose, process, and boundaries of the counselling relationship.
  5. Offer a promise of confidentiality, explaining the limits of duty of care, and obtain written permission from clients before divulging information or contacting other parties for advocacy purposes.
  6. Endeavour to make suitable referral where necessary competent service cannot be provided.
  7. Refer clients to suitable services when competent service cannot be provided.
  8. Refrain from acting as legal counsel or agent for clients while practicing as a counsellor.
  9. Remain responsible for staying current on theories, ethics, and practices through relevant bodies and professional journals.
  10. Adhere to this code of ethics, as well as the codes of ethics of any associated professional bodies.


Boundaries with Clients
As a counsellor, I am responsible for establishing and maintaining appropriate boundaries throughout counselling sessions. I will explicitly communicate to clients that counselling is a formal and contracted professional relationship.
I will not engage in concurrent relationships with clients, including supervisory, training, or any other form of relationship

Boundaries with Former Clients
I will remain accountable for relationships with former clients and exercise caution when entering into friendships, business relationships, training, supervising, or other relationships.



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