Ethical practice

Gary Fielder is a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy ( and a Founding Member of the BACP Coaching Division.

He is deeply committed to the values, ethical principles and personal moral qualities defined by the BACP, namely:


  • Respecting human rights and dignity
  • Ensuring the integrity of practitioner-client relationships
  • Enhancing the quality of professional knowledge and its application
  • Alleviating personal distress and suffering
  • Fostering a sense of self that is meaningful to the person(s) concerned
  • Increasing personal effectiveness
  • Enhancing the quality of relationships between people
  • Appreciating the variety of human experience and culture
  • Striving for the fair and adequate provision of counselling and psychotherapy services

Ethical principles

  • Fidelity: honouring the trust placed in the practitioner
  • Autonomy: respect for the client’s right to be self-governing
  • Beneficence: a commitment to promoting the client’s well-being
  • Non-maleficence: a commitment to avoiding harm to the client
  • Justice: the fair and impartial treatment of all clients and the provision of adequate services
  • Self-respect: fostering the practitioner’s self-knowledge and care for self

Personal moral qualities

  • Empathy: the ability to communicate understanding of another person’s experience from that person’s perspective.
  • Sincerity: a personal commitment to consistency between what is professed and what is done.
  • Integrity: commitment to being moral in dealings with others, personal straightforwardness, honesty and coherence.
  • Resilience: the capacity to work with the client’s concerns without being personally diminished.
  • Respect: showing appropriate esteem to others and their understanding of themselves.
  • Humility: the ability to assess accurately and acknowledge one’s own strengths and weaknesses.
  • Competence: the effective deployment of the skills and knowledge needed to do what is required.
  • Fairness: the consistent application of appropriate criteria to inform decisions and actions.
  • Wisdom: possession of sound judgement that informs practice.
  • Courage: the capacity to act in spite of known fears, risks and uncertainty.