What to expect
We will begin with an exploratory session where you can get a feel for how it is to talk to me and we can see if we would work well together. This session will also include a section where we will discuss what has brought you to therapy, your current situation and what you would like to get from our sessions.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss how we might work together or for further information before the exploratory session if you would like to.
Number and length of sessions
I offer open-ended counselling, so the number of sessions you have will depend on what you want to work on and what you can afford. Most clients find that weekly sessions work best. We can have regular reviews to discuss how you are finding the sessions and whether changes need to be made.
Sessions last 50 minutes.
Our initial exploratory session costs a reduced price of £30.
After that each individual session costs £45.
I offer a discounted price of £240 for a block of 6 sessions paid for in advance.
I also offer a reduced rate to students and people on low incomes.
All payments are non-refundable.
Methods of payment
You can pay for sessions with cash or by bank transfer. If you want to pay with cash, you would do so during the session. If you pay by bank transfer the fee would need to appear in my bank account before or during the session.
For a block of sessions the full amount would need to arrive in my bank account before or during the first session of the block.
I will give at least one month's notice of any intended increase to my fees.
If a third party pays for a session, they would pay by bank transfer and the fee would need to appear in my bank account 48 hours before the session.
Cancellations, missed appointments, late arrivals and holidays
If you miss an appointment or cancel less than 48 hours before a session, you will need to pay the session fee in full and I will contact you to arrange the payment. If you cancel 48 hours or more in advance of a session, no payment is required.
If you arrive late for a session I will not be able to extend the session beyond the originally scheduled end time.
In the unlikely event that I am unable to keep an appointment I will give you as much notice as I can and I will not expect payment of my fee.
We will inform each other well in advance of any upcoming holidays that we have.
Contact between sessions
Between sessions I will only be contactable about cancellations, rearranging appointments and payments. If you were to contact me to discuss other matters related to your therapy we will talk about them at our next appointment.
Counselling and psychotherapy are confidential and your information will remain anonymous. The only times confidentiality would be breached are:
If a child or vulnerable adult is being abused;
If you or others are at risk of serious harm;
If you inform me of a planned act of terrorism or serious crime;
If I am ordered by a court.
I will endeavour to discuss a breach of confidence with you beforehand if possible and legally allowed.
If I see you outside of the therapeutic room I will follow your lead and say hello if you do so first to me; otherwise I will walk by with discretion.
If your sessions are paid for by a third party, I would discuss with them payment and payment-related matters such as the number, occurrence and termination of sessions. I would not share with them details about personal matters discussed in our sessions.
As an ethical practitioner, I have regular clinical supervision to maintain the quality and safety of my work in line with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s ethical framework. As part of this I discuss information about you and our work together with my supervisor in a non-identifiable way. My supervisor who is also a member of the BACP abides by same requirements of confidentiality in the ethical framework.