Code of Ethics

It is the responsibility of all ACCT counsellors to be familiar with and to abide by the Code of Ethics.

Why Are Ethics Important For Counsellors?

The ACCT Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling Therapy provides guidance to help your counsellor deal with inevitable ethical dilemmas. Ethics help counsellors avoid pitfalls and deal with tough calls. They also provide a framework, within which the counsellor works, that protects both the client and the counsellor.


Confidentiality is a foundational ethical principle in counselling. Clients need to have confidence that their privacy will be protected and their personal information will be treated with respect.


Ethical standards help keep client-counsellor relationships professional and healthy.
Self-determination is a basic moral principle in counselling. Counsellors encourage and support clients in making and acting on their own decisions. Your counsellor will use ethical deliberation in deciding when to intervene and when to explain the consequences of going down a certain path. The final decision will be up to you as a client.


Ethics offer guidelines for professional behaviour. Counsellors should represent themselves accurately and clearly explain limits of confidentiality, what services they provide and expected fees. Following a code of ethics includes acting honestly as a business person, as well as a counsellor.