The Counsellor

-I am a BACP Registered Counsellor (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and I am bound by their codes of ethics and practice, as well as subject to its complaints procedure.

-I work using an integrated model of counselling. Integrative counselling is a combined approach to counselling that brings together different elements of specific therapies.

-I am committed to providing a safe, therapeutic environment for you, as my client.

-I may use various techniques like relaxation and mindfulness, as well as give you homework to help you with your coping strategies.

 

Confidentiality

-The content of the sessions are confidential between counsellor and client, however I will need to discuss your case with my supervisor and possibly in peer supervision groups but no names will be mentioned. This is done so that I can offer you the best therapeutic care possible.

-On the very rare occasion, if there is any need to communicate with other professionals, I will do so with your permission.

– At the end of each session I will make brief notes. They are all coded and securely stored. They will only be seen by me and after our sessions have ended they will be kept for 5 years then shredded. I work in line with the ICO (Information Commissions Office) guidelines. https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/is-my-information-being-handled-correctly/

-If at any session I feel you will cause serious harm to yourself or others then I will not be able to hold confidentiality and will have to inform my supervisor, the doctor or even the safeguarding team. You will be informed every step of the way.

-In the event of a breach of national security, confidentiality will also be broken, however you will be informed every step of the way.

-If I am required to do so by the UK Court of Law then I will have to share the information.

 

Session and Fees

-All sessions will be 1 hour long and will take place weekly/fortnightly at an agreed time and place.

-The cost of each session will be £40 per hour unless stated otherwise.

-I will require 48hrs notice if you wish to cancel, if 48hrs is not given then the cost of the session is payable by you.

-If you wish to cease counselling, you can do so anytime however I ask you to attend one session after cancellation so a proper ending can be done between the counsellor and client.

-If I am unable to conduct your session due to illness or an emergency, I will give you plenty of notice and will offer you an alternative time that is suitable to you.

-If you are under the influence of alcohol and drugs, then I can not see you.

-This contract means that you have agreed to pay for counselling sessions. All payments are to be at the end of each session or in advance via cash or card payments.