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"No Secrets Policy" in Couples Counselling: Why Transparency is Key to Healthy Relationships

What is a No Secrets Policy?

In a nutshell, it means that the counsellor will not keep secrets from either partner. If one partner discloses something in an individual session that is relevant to the relationship, the counsellor will encourage that partner to share it with the other.  If the partner refuses, the counsellor may decide to share the information themselves, as their primary responsibility is to the health of the relationship, not to the individual partners.

At Bo Tree Counselling, we believe in fostering open and honest communication within relationships. This is why we adhere to a "No Secrets Policy" in our couples counselling sessions.


Why is it Important?

  1. The Relationship is the Client:  In couples therapy, the focus is on the relationship itself, not on the individual needs of each partner. Secrets undermine trust and can hinder the therapeutic process.

  2. Promoting Transparency and Honesty: Open communication is the cornerstone of a healthy relationship. A no secrets policy encourages both partners to be honest and transparent with each other.

  3. Preventing Power Imbalances: Secrets can give one partner power over the other. By ensuring that both partners have access to the same information, a no secrets policy helps to create a more equal and balanced relationship.

  4. Addressing Underlying Issues: Often, secrets are a symptom of deeper issues within the relationship. By bringing these issues to light, therapy can help couples address them and move forward.



Exceptions to the Rule

While we believe in the power of transparency, there are some exceptions to the no secrets policy. These typically involve situations where the information disclosed is about child abuse or domestic violence. In these cases, the counsellor is legally obligated to report the abuse to the authorities.


Open Communication is the Key

At Bo Tree Counselling, we encourage all our clients to embrace open communication as a pathway to stronger, healthier relationships. The No Secrets Policy is just one of the tools we use to foster this vital skill. If you are considering couples counselling and have any questions about our No Secrets Policy, please feel free to reach out. We are here to support you on your journey towards a more fulfilling relationship.

About Dee Kumbukage

Dee Kumbukage is the Principal Counsellor at Bo Tree Counselling, a leading provider of counselling services in Geelong. Dee has extensive experience working with couples and individuals, helping them to overcome challenges and build stronger relationships.





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