Aim of Counselling
The aim of counselling is to provide you with a confidential opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings in a non-judgemental empathic space. 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. If at any time I feel I cannot help you in this way, I will offer to refer you to someone who can.
Our work together remains confidential and I will not discuss what we talk about in sessions outside of our sessions. If however, I feel that either you or someone else were in danger or at risk of harm I would discuss with you first the possibility of breaking confidentiality. However, I retain the right to break confidentiality without prior consultation with you should I consider that the urgency of the situation requires me to act immediately to safeguard the physical safety of yourself or others.
I attend monthly supervision and am part of a supervision group and counselling network which helps to ensure the quality of my work and my fitness to practice.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and bound by their ethical code of practice.
Sessions are usually for 50 minutes and would be weekly at a day and time suitable to you. If for any reason I have to cancel a session I will aim to provide you with 48 hours notice, you will not be charged for the session. Likewise I will expect you to give me 48 hours notice if you are unable to attend. I reserve the right to charge for a missed session where no or insufficient notice is given.
I do keep factual notes of our sessions together to inform my thinking and approach. These notes are available for you to view at any time of asking. My notes and records are held securely and electronically meeting the BACP guidlines.
Number of sessions / ending counselling
The amount of sessions is usually discussed with you during the assessment (first session) and can be extended or decreased at any time. I generally work for short fixed-term periods such as six or 12 weeks, and can flexibly extend or decrease the sessions considering what is best for you. Although it would be advised not to have any sudden endings.
I regularly review progress to help determine the duration of our work together. Once an end date is agreed I would anticipate that we would have a minimum of 3 more sessions leading up to this date.
This is the opportunity to consider changes to this agreement that we negotiate and may include changes in dates and times, frequency of sessions and continuing our therapeutic relationship.
Contact between sessions
This will be discussed with you at your first session
I hold both public liability and professional indemnity
Please see price information under fees.
I will give a minimum of 4 weeks’ notice of any planned holiday dates when I will be unavailable. I require (where possible) at least 2 weeks from you of the same.
Should you wish to make a complaint about the service you have been offered I would hope in the first instance we could find a way to discuss this together, you may also contact the BACP.