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 am committed to providing you with a safe therapeutic environment.

-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 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 in peer supervision. This is done so that I can reflect on my own work and 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 throughout our therapy together and after our sessions have ended they will be kept for 5 years and will then be destroyed. I work in line with the ICO (Information Commissions Office) guidelines.

-If at any point 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, however you will be informed every step of the way.

- In the event of a breach of national security or if I am asked by the UK Court of Law then I will have to share the information and confidentiality will no longer apply.

Session and Fees

-All sessions will be 1 hour long at an agreed time and place by counsellor and client.

-The cost of each session will be £40 for individual, £60 for couples therapy per hour unless a concessionary fee has been applied, which will be £25 for individual and £50 for couples.

-Concessionary fees will only apply if mentioned in the assessment period and spaces are available.

-All payments are to be at the end of each session or in advance if taking telephone or having online sessions.

-I will require 24hrs notice if you wish to cancel, if 24hrs is not given then the cost of the session is payable by you.

-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.

-I will not see you if you are under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

-The contract will be reviewed annually and you will be informed of any changes.