This information for new clients is shared to reinforce topics which will be discussed as part of the verbal contract between the therapist and the client, discussed in the initial sessions together. They are reproduced here so that they are clear and available for referring back to.
Appointments typically last at 50 or 75 minutes, and arriving a minute or two early is fine.
Please note that although I offer counselling services, your medical care is still the responsibility of your GP.
Once you start therapy, we are contracting to work together on a regular basis. It is important to the therapeutic relationship that you attend agreed sessions. If you cannot attend a session for any reason, please inform me as soon as possible.
I am a member of the UKAHPP and registered UKCP and PSA; I carry insurance; I am under regular professional supervision and work to UKCP Ethical Standards.
Confidentiality is important within therapy, but if I feel you or others are in imminent danger of harm, then I may need to break confidentiality, ideally after discussion with you.
If I cannot help you, I will try to refer you to alternative therapists; however, if a referral is made to another counsellor, then any therapeutic work will be contracted with the other counsellor directly; and I can take no responsibility, liability or involvement in such arrangements.
Payment of fees is part of the basic therapeutic contract and is a responsibility of the Client. Payment is expected in cash on the day or electronic transfer in advance.
Electronic payment is fine, as is prepaying for a block of sessions e.g. 6 session blocks to minimise admin effort). If electronic payment is agreed. I would be grateful if payment is made at least 24 hours prior to the session, and notification of the payment sent by email or text.
I try to be flexible regarding late cancellation charges, as life has its challenges for all of us and I don’t like to be un-necessarily ‘punitive’; however, if an appointment is booked, then clearly I am making a commitment to be present and therefore I am forgoing opportunities to arrange other things to do with my time or book in other Clients. My time is valuable to me and perishable, especially evening and weekend slots. So if a cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the session then I reserve the right to charge the full fee. All outstanding fees must be paid prior to booking the next session unless agreed otherwise.
If you have a complaint, then please contact me directly.
I look forward to working with you.
27th Nov 2013