Hypnotherapists will not pass on any personal information about their clients to anyone else, except subject to the following exceptions—
Where a hypnotherapist has the written consent of the client to disclose information for a specific reason or purpose
Where a hypnotherapist would be liable to civil or criminal court procedure if the information was not disclosed
Where a hypnotherapist believes a client or third party is at risk of serious harm. In such a circumstance, the hypnotherapist will encourage the client and support the client to seek help with a relevant agency to the utmost of his or her ability.If it becomes clear that this won’t happen, or if the danger is considered very serIous the hypnotherapist may pass the information on directly. In such cases, the client is encouraged to allow consent for the hypnotherapist to help and to provide the right level of support on their behalf. However, where a hypnotherapist is unsure of what action to take or what limitations might be imposed they are encouraged to contact their supervisors or the GHR for clarity and support
There are certain circumstances when a hypnotherapist has an obligation to breach confidentiality, in order to protect the client or someone close to him/her or indeed the hypnotherapist.
This is clear-cut when the client may harm him/herself: if self-mutilation or suicide is mentioned, and the hypnotherapist deems the idea to be serious. If the client mentions harming or intending to harm or hurt someone else and there is obvious intention there. If a minor or someone who is deemed vulnerable is at risk of violence, abuse, exploitation or any form of harm from the client.
In each of the above, there is an obligation to encourage the client to disclose their state of mind to their GP or to contact an organisation that functions to provide specific support and help to people with such issues. All of this should be done with the clients consent and every effort made to encourage the client to seek such help.