Keeping safe during counselling or psychotherapy

If you go for counselling or psychotherapy, your therapist is not likely to behave badly or abuse you. But if they do, it can cause a great deal of harm to you. For this reason we have created a guide, Keeping Safe During Counselling and Psychotherapy. This was created using accounts of previous misconduct cases, as well as through consultation with professionals and service users.

This guide is intended to provide basic advice, and should not be used as a substitute for medical or legal advice.

The guide comes in two versions – full and easy read. Both versions are in PDF format and are free to download.

If you want a detailed explanation for the thinking behind the advice, download the full version. If you just want the main points, using as little jargon as possible, download the easy read version.

Download the full version

Download the easy read version

The author gives permission for reprinting and distribution of the guide for non-commercial purposes only.


Phil Doré RMN


The author would like to thank the following for their feedback, advice and suggestions in preparing this report.

Amanda Williamson Reg MBACP (Accred)

Dawn Devereux PhD of the Clinic for Boundaries Studies

Emma Thompson Registered Member MBACP

Jon Bolton

Hope C

Patrick Killeen

Howard Martin

Tina Childs