Ethical Statement

Psychosexual Somatics® Therapy practitioners support clients to resolve sexual, relationship and intimacy issues through the use of techniques that permit the possibility of talk and touch in the course of sessions. The practitioners do not all work in the same way. What matters is how the practitioners integrate the values of this Ethical Statement into the context and role in which they work. The practitioners aim to provide professional support and promote best practice within the field. In the main PST Practitioner Training Programme there is no genital touch work.

Psychosexual Somatics® Therapy practitioners are also required to abide by the Code of Conduct and Ethical Guidelines set out by the professional body, ASIS, the Association of Somatic & Integrative Sexology.

The practitioners undertake to:

Clients

Support clients’ individual personal growth and empowerment, and their mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being
Answer clients’ questions fully, explaining in detail their work practice and what a session might entail
Take appropriate details of personal history, in order to provide the most beneficial approach, and to assess before and as part of an on-going process
Bring the client charter to the clients’ attention and ensure they are comfortable with all aspects
Respect clients’ personal choices and their right to autonomy
Respect the clients’ right to change their mind at any given moment
Respect the trust placed in them, as practitioners, by the clients
Endeavour to work with practices, techniques and intentions the practitioners intuitively feel are beneficial to each client and fall within their training and experience
Refer clients to other practitioners or disciplines when appropriate
Professional Development

Ensure that they are in a fit state to practice – mentally, physically and emotionally, and support themselves through continuing personal development
Enhance the quality of their service through continuing training and learning
Support themselves and their clients through adequate peer and professional supervision
Increase the professional standards of psychosexual bodywork, disseminating knowledge and raising the profile in both professional and public sectors and the wider community
Values & Diversity

Respect clients’ human rights and any differences in belief, culture, ethnicity and sexuality
Treat all clients, fairly and equally, with impartiality and compassion
Confidentiality & Boundaries

Allow the possibility of a chaperone or carer being present with clients during sessions
Respect clients’ confidentiality in line with conventional psychotherapeutic practice
Communicate clearly with clients regarding session cost, cancellation policy, length and frequency of sessions and support available between sessions
Get clients’ clear and informed consent, verbally, physically and energetically, before undertaking any physical work and at all times honour clients’ personal boundaries
Supporting clients in increasing self-awareness and establishing clear boundaries
Maintain the integrity of professional boundaries of the client-practitioner relationship
Never divulge any aspect of clients’ personal history, any details of clients’ sessions, or discuss or write about any other aspect of our client / professional relationship, without clients’ express written consent
Only use information for a testimonial or case study with clients’ express permission
Maintain and protect the confidentiality of client records