The aim of counselling is to provide you with an opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings in order to assist your learning, healing, understanding and growth. My role is to help you through this process without judgement, or telling you what to do. I may on occasions give information or offer suggestions to assist us in this process. If at any time I feel I cannot help you in some way, I will offer to refer you to someone who can. Our appointments will last for fifty minutes and charges are £45 per session. It is imperative that fees are paid at the beginning of each session, by cash or cheque (or online prior to your appointment); this is to ensure that our time runs smoothly without interruption.
This process involves your commitment, your honesty both with yourself and with me and a genuine desire to reflect. On my part, I will provide commitment, honesty and utmost respect for you as an individual.
Our work together remains completely confidential; however, there are three exceptions to this:
- The BACP require that I take action if I thought that you were likely to seriously harm yourself or another person.
- It is a legal requirement to break confidence in restricted circumstances - child protection legislation, for example.
- During clinical supervision for my ongoing professional development, where I keep personal information about clients to the absolute minimum to ensure client anonymity.
I follow the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice (please ask for a copy if you are interested), and as such I am bound by their code of ethics, and I also receive regular clinical supervision.
Appointments are for 50 minutes and will be every week at a day and time suitable to both of us. We may however mutually decide to change the interval of time between sessions. If for any reason I have to cancel a session I will always aim to provide you with 24 hours notice. If I am unable to give you sufficient notice (due to illness or unforeseen circumstances) I will offer our following appointment free of charge.
Likewise, if you are unable to attend an appointment, please give twenty four hours notice. Sessions missed without notice, or where less than 24-hours notice is given, will be charged for.
Number of Sessions / Ending Counselling
When therapy is open-ended, as opposed to limited, it is important that ending therapy is not sudden so we will regularly review progress to help determine the duration of our work together. In the normal course of events you will probably know when you are ready to finish counselling, and we will agree together on the work we need to do to prepare for this. You may at times find counselling very difficult, become distressed and feel the need to end. I would ask you come and talk to me about these difficulties rather than suddenly ending, as this could well deprive us of the chance of resolving important issues. I will not suddenly or without warning terminate our contract, except in exceptional circumstances, which would become clear in the course of the/our work together, which we would fully discuss at that time.
I keep a brief and factual record of sessions. You can request to see these if you wish and I will provide access within a reasonable period. At the end of our work together my notes will be stored securely for a period of 3 years in case you wish to return to counselling. After that time they will be destroyed.
I hold professional Civil Liability Insurance.
Right to Refuse
Please do not come to our appointment under the influence of alcohol or drugs as I may not be able to see you and have the right to refuse admission. The premises are non smoking.