As a part of looking after you, your General Practitioner will need to be advised that you are entering into therapy.
I am working in line with the British Association of Art Therapists code of ethics.
For your own safety, I will only offer Art Therapy once I get your permission to contact your General Practitioner to let them know that you’re in therapy.
Therapy will not commence without this initial contact with your General Practitioner. If you are unhappy about your General Practitioner being contacted, that’s OK. But Art Therapy will not be considered with me. Client safety is very important.
What is a General Practitioner?
General practitioners (GPs) treat all common medical conditions and refer patients to hospitals and other medical services for urgent and specialist treatment. They focus on the health of the whole person combining physical, psychological and social aspects of care.
21.4 Members in private practice should ensure that they obtain the client’s permission to contact the client’s General Practitioner, who is responsible for the client’s medical welfare, and partner, carer or next of kin should it be necessary to do so. Where the client does not give permission, Members should ensure that this is specifically noted in their client’s records and should make a decision on whether to accept the client for private practice on a case-by-case basis.
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