Counselling in Poynton

Photo of Charlie Barton, Counsellor in Poynton, England
Charlie Barton
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Poynton SK12
I prioritise a relational approach to therapy which means that I place an importance upon cultivating a genuine and meaningful relationship within the therapeutic space. I assist people to become aware of conflicting, and often unconscious, aspects of themselves which can be a catalyst for empowerment and positive change. Our work together will be explorative, we will be curious about your processes and how you make sense of your life experiences; from this we can we then learn to understand how past ways of being disrupt your present day living.
I prioritise a relational approach to therapy which means that I place an importance upon cultivating a genuine and meaningful relationship within the therapeutic space. I assist people to become aware of conflicting, and often unconscious, aspects of themselves which can be a catalyst for empowerment and positive change. Our work together will be explorative, we will be curious about your processes and how you make sense of your life experiences; from this we can we then learn to understand how past ways of being disrupt your present day living.
0161 524 2897 View 0161 524 2897
Photo of Kerry Davies, Psychologist in Poynton, England
Kerry Davies
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
1 Endorsed
Poynton SK12
Not accepting new clients
I work with a range of clients; from younger children to adolescents and young adults. I also work with their parents; working through parents to support a child is often a very effective way of relieving psychological distress of the whole family. I also work with adults. I also work with adoptive families and children who are cared for by local authorities. I work with a range of difficulties, including but not limited to; depression, anxiety, OCD, parenting challenges, attachment difficulties, relationship difficulties, single trauma and past childhood trauma. I am experienced at diagnosing and working with people with ASD/ADHD.
I work with a range of clients; from younger children to adolescents and young adults. I also work with their parents; working through parents to support a child is often a very effective way of relieving psychological distress of the whole family. I also work with adults. I also work with adoptive families and children who are cared for by local authorities. I work with a range of difficulties, including but not limited to; depression, anxiety, OCD, parenting challenges, attachment difficulties, relationship difficulties, single trauma and past childhood trauma. I am experienced at diagnosing and working with people with ASD/ADHD.
07803 826093 View 07803 826093
Photo of James Leeson, Counsellor in Poynton, England
James Leeson
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Poynton SK12
Do you feel Anxious or Depressed? Are you Angry, Exhausted, Stuck or Overwhelmed? Seeking counselling is a big step, and finding the right counsellor for you is the key to success. I offer a FREE 30min consultation call, so you can see if my style will work for you, or visit my website to see if you feel my approach will work for you. Life is so busy with many competing pressures. We face seemingly impossible situations through loss or trauma. It's easy to become lost or overwhelmed and start to struggle. Often we cant talk to friends and family, and we can start to feel alone, anxious or stuck.
Do you feel Anxious or Depressed? Are you Angry, Exhausted, Stuck or Overwhelmed? Seeking counselling is a big step, and finding the right counsellor for you is the key to success. I offer a FREE 30min consultation call, so you can see if my style will work for you, or visit my website to see if you feel my approach will work for you. Life is so busy with many competing pressures. We face seemingly impossible situations through loss or trauma. It's easy to become lost or overwhelmed and start to struggle. Often we cant talk to friends and family, and we can start to feel alone, anxious or stuck.
0161 524 0702 View 0161 524 0702
Photo of Jessica Terry, Counsellor in Poynton, England
Jessica Terry
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Poynton SK12
With so many demands on your time, it’s easy to find yourself at the bottom of your priority list. There’s always something or someone that needs your attention, so the idea of self-care may seem like an indulgence that you just don’t have time for.  I find that life has a way of making us stop and listen, whether that be through a physical or mental health concern, family or relationship difficulty, problems at work or a major life event. I'm here to help you through these challenges. In our sessions, I will help you to explore what’s going on emotionally so that you can find out what’s lying underneath any uncomfortable feelings.
With so many demands on your time, it’s easy to find yourself at the bottom of your priority list. There’s always something or someone that needs your attention, so the idea of self-care may seem like an indulgence that you just don’t have time for.  I find that life has a way of making us stop and listen, whether that be through a physical or mental health concern, family or relationship difficulty, problems at work or a major life event. I'm here to help you through these challenges. In our sessions, I will help you to explore what’s going on emotionally so that you can find out what’s lying underneath any uncomfortable feelings.
07958 963338 View 07958 963338
Photo of Cat Keeler, Counsellor in Poynton, England
Cat Keeler
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
10 Endorsed
Poynton SK12
I hold a foundation degree in person-centered counseling, which equips me with the knowledge and skills needed to connect with and support young minds. During my academic journey, I had the privilege of completing my placement with Manchester Minds, where I had the opportunity to work with a diverse range of children and young adults, both with and without additional needs. Beyond my formal training, I bring over 20 years of experience working with children and young people in educational settings. This includes working with children as young as 2 years old, both in mainstream and specialized educational environments.
I hold a foundation degree in person-centered counseling, which equips me with the knowledge and skills needed to connect with and support young minds. During my academic journey, I had the privilege of completing my placement with Manchester Minds, where I had the opportunity to work with a diverse range of children and young adults, both with and without additional needs. Beyond my formal training, I bring over 20 years of experience working with children and young people in educational settings. This includes working with children as young as 2 years old, both in mainstream and specialized educational environments.
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Photo of Teresa Leahy, Psychotherapist in Poynton, England
Teresa Leahy
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified
Poynton SK12
Hi there, I am a psychotherapist in Cheadle Hulme. l love working with people and supporting them to make positive changes in their lives. We all share the desire and drive to be the best person we possibly can and to have healthy, loving relationships. Sometimes life gets in the way and we get stuck in a moment, a thought or a pattern of behaviour. Life can be difficult and the way forward is not always clear. Everyone can benefit from therapy for personal growth, to live in the here-and-now and to better connect with the things that matter to you. It is important to find the right therapist so I offer a free 50 minute session.
Hi there, I am a psychotherapist in Cheadle Hulme. l love working with people and supporting them to make positive changes in their lives. We all share the desire and drive to be the best person we possibly can and to have healthy, loving relationships. Sometimes life gets in the way and we get stuck in a moment, a thought or a pattern of behaviour. Life can be difficult and the way forward is not always clear. Everyone can benefit from therapy for personal growth, to live in the here-and-now and to better connect with the things that matter to you. It is important to find the right therapist so I offer a free 50 minute session.
01538 712585 View 01538 712585
Photo of Bridget Worster-Boone, Counsellor in Poynton, England
Bridget Worster-Boone
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified
Poynton SK12  (Online Only)
Do you feel confused, or overwhelmed, exhausted by worry? Perhaps you feel misunderstood, unheard, or fear telling others? Maybe you know what the issue is but can't see your way through. There are many reasons why people come to me for counselling. I have a wealth of experience and success in working with a range of life issues such as anxiety, bereavement, grief, loss, depression, trauma, family issues and relationships. In addition, for many years, I've supported people within the work environment at times of their need, understanding how tough processes such as redundancy, etc, can be.
Do you feel confused, or overwhelmed, exhausted by worry? Perhaps you feel misunderstood, unheard, or fear telling others? Maybe you know what the issue is but can't see your way through. There are many reasons why people come to me for counselling. I have a wealth of experience and success in working with a range of life issues such as anxiety, bereavement, grief, loss, depression, trauma, family issues and relationships. In addition, for many years, I've supported people within the work environment at times of their need, understanding how tough processes such as redundancy, etc, can be.
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Photo of Emily Parkinson, Counsellor in Poynton, England
Emily Parkinson
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Poynton SK12
My name is Emily, I am a qualified and insured therapeutic counsellor. Friendly and approachable I am able to help you along the way with issuing you feel are impacting you.
My name is Emily, I am a qualified and insured therapeutic counsellor. Friendly and approachable I am able to help you along the way with issuing you feel are impacting you.
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Photo of Katie McGill, Counsellor in Poynton, England
Katie McGill
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Poynton SK12
Hello, I'm Katie. I offer psychotherapy and counselling to adults at my private garden office in Bramhall, Stockport and online. I provide a nurturing, open and honest space, where you can talk about your difficulties, without judgment. Having experienced therapy myself, I know it can take time to feel comfortable talking to a stranger, but there is no rush. We will work together at your pace and comfort level. For me, therapy is about getting in touch with who we are. By developing our self-awareness and gaining insight into our thoughts, feelings and behaviours, we can develop the freedom to change what isn't working for us.
Hello, I'm Katie. I offer psychotherapy and counselling to adults at my private garden office in Bramhall, Stockport and online. I provide a nurturing, open and honest space, where you can talk about your difficulties, without judgment. Having experienced therapy myself, I know it can take time to feel comfortable talking to a stranger, but there is no rush. We will work together at your pace and comfort level. For me, therapy is about getting in touch with who we are. By developing our self-awareness and gaining insight into our thoughts, feelings and behaviours, we can develop the freedom to change what isn't working for us.
0161 524 9000 View 0161 524 9000
Photo of Jon Goddard, Counsellor in Poynton, England
Jon Goddard
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Poynton SK12
As an integrative practitioner I call upon a range of concepts and therapeutic tools to help clients deal with dysfunctional ways of feeling, behaving and living. My principle belief is that despite the problems we encounter, we all have the capacity for change. sometimes this is hard to visualise, difficult to accept. problems can appear overwhelming and insurmountable. By working in collaboration with clients, as partner's with a common purpose, unhealthy rules for living and core beliefs can be challenged, this can lead clients to happier more fulfilling ways of being that reach into our untapped potential.
As an integrative practitioner I call upon a range of concepts and therapeutic tools to help clients deal with dysfunctional ways of feeling, behaving and living. My principle belief is that despite the problems we encounter, we all have the capacity for change. sometimes this is hard to visualise, difficult to accept. problems can appear overwhelming and insurmountable. By working in collaboration with clients, as partner's with a common purpose, unhealthy rules for living and core beliefs can be challenged, this can lead clients to happier more fulfilling ways of being that reach into our untapped potential.
07479 271479 View 07479 271479
Photo of Danielle Clarkson Psychotherapy Counselling, Psychotherapist in Poynton, England
Danielle Clarkson Psychotherapy Counselling
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified
Poynton SK12
Isn’t it strange how we talk the least about the things we think about the most?! Talking about your feelings, your emotions, your behaviours and your thoughts can feel overwhelming and conflicted, not knowing where to begin, this can seem scary and uncomfortable. My role is to support you to acknowledge, explore, accept, and understand them in order to achieve growth & positive change. My philosophy is that you hold your own answers internally but you are unable to access them, working collaboratively we will unlock them using your strengths and gaining empowerment.
Isn’t it strange how we talk the least about the things we think about the most?! Talking about your feelings, your emotions, your behaviours and your thoughts can feel overwhelming and conflicted, not knowing where to begin, this can seem scary and uncomfortable. My role is to support you to acknowledge, explore, accept, and understand them in order to achieve growth & positive change. My philosophy is that you hold your own answers internally but you are unable to access them, working collaboratively we will unlock them using your strengths and gaining empowerment.
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More Therapists Nearby

Photo of Cath Townley, Psychotherapist in Poynton, England
Cath Townley
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MBABCP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Birch Vale SK22
I am a qualified and experienced counsellor/psychotherapist based in New Mills, High Peak. I offer weekday appointments. If you are finding some aspects of life to be difficult, I can work with you to make life more enjoyable. Sometimes it is not the obvious content of a therapy session which brings about change or growth, but the relational process of having a safe supportive counselling relationship which can help you to gain freedom from your fears and anxieties. The relationship I build with my clients empowers positive change. I also provide training to organisations and clinical supervision to other counsellors and trainees.
I am a qualified and experienced counsellor/psychotherapist based in New Mills, High Peak. I offer weekday appointments. If you are finding some aspects of life to be difficult, I can work with you to make life more enjoyable. Sometimes it is not the obvious content of a therapy session which brings about change or growth, but the relational process of having a safe supportive counselling relationship which can help you to gain freedom from your fears and anxieties. The relationship I build with my clients empowers positive change. I also provide training to organisations and clinical supervision to other counsellors and trainees.
01663 798327 View 01663 798327
Photo of Christian Chalfont, Counsellor in Poynton, England
Christian Chalfont
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Disley SK12
As an Integrative Counsellor, I provide a service that combines several therapeutic practices, all aimed towards helping you feel whole again. In recent years, my work has focused strongly on addiction, trauma and issues around sex and sexuality. I also have a particular focus on identity, self-worth and boundaries. We are what we think and what we think governs how we feel - our beliefs shape our reality. My role is to help you process and integrate whatever it is you are struggling with, supporting you on your journey to improved mental and emotional wellbeing.
As an Integrative Counsellor, I provide a service that combines several therapeutic practices, all aimed towards helping you feel whole again. In recent years, my work has focused strongly on addiction, trauma and issues around sex and sexuality. I also have a particular focus on identity, self-worth and boundaries. We are what we think and what we think governs how we feel - our beliefs shape our reality. My role is to help you process and integrate whatever it is you are struggling with, supporting you on your journey to improved mental and emotional wellbeing.
01707 246855 View 01707 246855
Photo of The Retreat Clinics Manchester - Adults & Children, Psychotherapist in Poynton, England
The Retreat Clinics Manchester - Adults & Children
Psychotherapist
Stockport SK12
Life can be complex, and so can mental health. This is why we have a range of different treatments and therapy approaches available, which we can tailor to suit your mental health needs. We put you at the heart of what we do. We offer choice and expert, individualised care for a very broad range of difficulties. We understand that seeking therapy can be daunting and that taking the first step can be a challenge. We work with you to design a bespoke approach to your therapy, based on exploring and understanding your concerns, needs, preferences and therapy goals.
Life can be complex, and so can mental health. This is why we have a range of different treatments and therapy approaches available, which we can tailor to suit your mental health needs. We put you at the heart of what we do. We offer choice and expert, individualised care for a very broad range of difficulties. We understand that seeking therapy can be daunting and that taking the first step can be a challenge. We work with you to design a bespoke approach to your therapy, based on exploring and understanding your concerns, needs, preferences and therapy goals.
0161 524 7409 View 0161 524 7409
Photo of Mobeen Akhtar, Psychotherapist in Poynton, England
Mobeen Akhtar
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified
10 Endorsed
Stockport SK12
‘There's no need to travel anywhere. Journey within yourself.’ - Rumi Hello, welcome to my profile. My name is Mobeen Akhtar, I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). If you are experiencing distress or troubles that you feel you cannot share with anyone, counselling is the right place for you. Counselling is described in different ways and in many words. What we find is that counselling is an individual experience.
‘There's no need to travel anywhere. Journey within yourself.’ - Rumi Hello, welcome to my profile. My name is Mobeen Akhtar, I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). If you are experiencing distress or troubles that you feel you cannot share with anyone, counselling is the right place for you. Counselling is described in different ways and in many words. What we find is that counselling is an individual experience.
0117 463 0997 View 0117 463 0997
Photo of Kate Ann Axford, Counsellor in Poynton, England
Kate Ann Axford
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
High Peak SK22
Through my counselling training, work and life experiences, I have realised that every person and every problem is unique. Counselling protects your autonomy and allows you to feel that you are being listened to and valued; that your issues are real and important but significantly they can be worked through and there is a way to move on. It gives you a space which is confidential, secure and supportive whatever the issue whether it's a problem with a relationship or the devastation of grief. I see my clients as valuable human beings who are temporarily lost and confused and my job is to help them find clarity and hope.
Through my counselling training, work and life experiences, I have realised that every person and every problem is unique. Counselling protects your autonomy and allows you to feel that you are being listened to and valued; that your issues are real and important but significantly they can be worked through and there is a way to move on. It gives you a space which is confidential, secure and supportive whatever the issue whether it's a problem with a relationship or the devastation of grief. I see my clients as valuable human beings who are temporarily lost and confused and my job is to help them find clarity and hope.
01663 798344 View 01663 798344
Photo of Dawn Pierce, Counsellor in Poynton, England
Dawn Pierce
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified
High Peak SK22
I am a Person Centred Counsellor with a pluralistic stance to how I work with clients. This means that I aim to work collaboratively with all clients young & old. I do this by being flexible and adapting my approach in a way that meets clients needs and preferred ways of working. I believe that there are many valid ways of working in therapy and value my clients thoughts about what is most helpful for them.
I am a Person Centred Counsellor with a pluralistic stance to how I work with clients. This means that I aim to work collaboratively with all clients young & old. I do this by being flexible and adapting my approach in a way that meets clients needs and preferred ways of working. I believe that there are many valid ways of working in therapy and value my clients thoughts about what is most helpful for them.
01457 600872 View 01457 600872
Photo of Stu Roberts, Counsellor in Poynton, England
Stu Roberts
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified
High Peak SK22
I'm Stu, the counsellor and founder SJR Therapy. I am passionate about mental health and firmly believe that counselling can change a persons life. I have a wealth of experience in lots of different areas - I worked in education for a number of years, as a counsellor and mentor to teaching staff and students and worked in the financial service industry before changing careers to counselling and psychotherapy. Having struggled with poor mental health myself and receiving therapy as a result, I can totally understand the nerves and anxiety that you may have before you embark on your therapeutic journey but you have nothing to fear.
I'm Stu, the counsellor and founder SJR Therapy. I am passionate about mental health and firmly believe that counselling can change a persons life. I have a wealth of experience in lots of different areas - I worked in education for a number of years, as a counsellor and mentor to teaching staff and students and worked in the financial service industry before changing careers to counselling and psychotherapy. Having struggled with poor mental health myself and receiving therapy as a result, I can totally understand the nerves and anxiety that you may have before you embark on your therapeutic journey but you have nothing to fear.
01457 600890 View 01457 600890
Photo of Amend Therapy, Counsellor in Poynton, England
Amend Therapy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Stockport SK6
Hi. Are you feeling stressed, anxious or depressed? Have you been struggling with relationships? Is your relationship strained at the moment? Perhaps you are struggling to rebuild trust after an affair? Or you (and maybe your partner) just feel very unhappy at the moment, and are looking for a way to feel better and happier. I specialise in working with couples and relationships. My work is about helping you to understand why you feel the way you do, and then support you to make the changes necessary.
Hi. Are you feeling stressed, anxious or depressed? Have you been struggling with relationships? Is your relationship strained at the moment? Perhaps you are struggling to rebuild trust after an affair? Or you (and maybe your partner) just feel very unhappy at the moment, and are looking for a way to feel better and happier. I specialise in working with couples and relationships. My work is about helping you to understand why you feel the way you do, and then support you to make the changes necessary.
01663 798262 View 01663 798262
Photo of Anya Zinkivskay, Counsellor in Poynton, England
Anya Zinkivskay
Counsellor, MRes, MBACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
High Peak SK22
As private practice and NHS practitioner, with a 20-year background in neuropsychology, I structure therapy around the needs of my clients. Using Trauma-informed practice I employ Humanistic and multiple Evidence-based techniques, in conjunction with psychoeducation. Client-Centred approach is central to my therapeutic aim of deepening self-awareness and offering clients a proactive involvement in their therapeutic process. My private practice is based in Derbyshire and virtually online. Where, in a confidential, safe and empathic environment I have been supporting clients from across the UK and Europe.
As private practice and NHS practitioner, with a 20-year background in neuropsychology, I structure therapy around the needs of my clients. Using Trauma-informed practice I employ Humanistic and multiple Evidence-based techniques, in conjunction with psychoeducation. Client-Centred approach is central to my therapeutic aim of deepening self-awareness and offering clients a proactive involvement in their therapeutic process. My private practice is based in Derbyshire and virtually online. Where, in a confidential, safe and empathic environment I have been supporting clients from across the UK and Europe.
01663 790112 View 01663 790112

How does your Counsellor compare?

Number of Counsellors in Poynton

10+

Average cost per session

£50

Counsellors in Poynton who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Self Esteem
100% Stress
91% Relationship Issues
91% Anxiety
91% Bereavement
91% Family Conflict

Average years in practice

4 Years

How Counsellors in Poynton see their clients

91% In Person and Online
9% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
27% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counselling

How can I find a therapist in Poynton?

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Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

Counsellors and Psychotherapists listed in the directory are members of the main professional associations, mainly the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Most Psychologists in the directory are accredited members of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and/or are registered in the Health and Care Professions Council (HPCP).

Providers whose professional membership or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Given that professional memberships are not a statutory requirement for psychotherapists and counsellors in the UK, certain qualified professionals or organisations may choose not to maintain such memberships despite possessing the necessary qualifications. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counsellor?

Counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists can all provide counselling or talking therapy and have credentials and experience that enable them to do so in the UK. Psychologists have earned a degree in psychology and many are members of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and have completed a postgraduate qualification in a specialism. Counsellors and Psychotherapists are not required to have a psychology degree, but to belong to a professional organisation such as the BACP or UKCP, they are required to have completed a training course as well as clinical and supervision hours.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the UK could be between £30 - £60 when seeing a counsellor and £60 - £150 and up when seeing a clinical psychologist. If you have private insurance, your plan may cover some if not all of your sessions. You should contact your insurance provider to determine if they provide coverage for therapy sessions and to determine what, if any, requirements they might have in order for your sessions to be covered, such as a referral from your GP or medical specialist.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

If you are struggling to access therapy due to budget constraints, you could also consider public funded mental health services. The NHS Talking therapies programme offers free of charge counselling for common mental health problems like anxiety and depression. The service is available to anyone registered with a GP, though you do not necessarily need to be referred by your GP and can refer yourself directly to a Talking therapies service. The service will provide different solutions, including group and individual therapy, for a limited number of sessions which are generally up to six.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your postcode.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Therapists who are part of a professional organisation such as the BACP, the UKCP, or BPS are bound by an ethical framework that requires them to uphold a confidentiality agreement. Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship and only under specific circumstances, such as when there has been participation in a criminal act or act of terror, or if there is potential or known harm to the client or others, will a therapist be obligated to break the agreement. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed during the initial consultation.