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.
Covid-19 Update, 5th November, 2020
During this pandemic, I am offering counselling via various means. Most sessions (and all new referrals) are via zoom or telephone. A very limited number of appointments are face-to-face. Please let me know how you would prefer your sessions to take place and I will try my best to accommodate your wishes. I use email to send contracts and links and appointment times. When appointments are on zoom, I will send you an invitation to our meeting via email on the morning of your appointment.
Health and Safety
· Please do not come if you, or any of those in your ‘bubble ‘, are feeling (even slightly) unwell.
· We will both be required to wear a mask.
· I will open the door for you. You do not even have to ring the bell.
· Please use the hand sanitiser provided upon entering the counselling room.
· Ensure you are well wrapped during the colder weather because, although there is heating, the window will be open at all times.
· We will be spaced well apart (over 3 metres).
· The lavatory is not available for use at this time.
Our appointments will last for fifty minutes and charges are £45 per session (individual) or £60 (couple). Please ensure that fees are paid at the beginning of each session, by cash or cheque (or online banking: payment must be showing in my bank account before our appointment can take place. Once we have agreed to work together, I will send banking details to you) Fees are subject to annual review.
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 (The Serious Crime Act, 2007) to break confidence in certain circumstances–child protection legislation; acts of terrorism, for example.
· During clinical supervision for ongoing professional development, where I keep client information 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. I also receive regular clinical supervision in accordance with BACP requirements.
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 to reschedule your session during the same week.
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. However, if you have to cancel a session within 24 hours of your appointment because of an emergency and then re-book a session, no cancellation charge will be made.
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 to 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.
Record Keeping – Data Protection Act, 2018
I keep a brief and factual hand-written 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 5 years in case you wish to return to counselling. After that time they will be destroyed. I do not store client notes on my computer; however, please be aware that your contact details/my details and our email exchanges are stored on our devices.
I hold professional Civil Liability Insurance.