What to expect
We will begin with an introductory session where you can get sense for how it feels to talk to me and we can start to discuss what has brought you to therapy and how we might work together. As part of this session you can ask me any questions you might have and I will ask you some questions to get to know you and help us work safely together.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss how we might work together or for further information before the introductory 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. Every session lasts 50 minutes and take place at an agreed appointment time, usually weekly and by the same method (online, phone or face-to-face). We will have regular reviews to discuss how you are finding the sessions and whether we need to make changes.
Our introductory session costs a reduced price of £30.
After that each individual session costs £45.
All payments are non-refundable.
I ask for payment by bank transfer before a session.
Cancellations, missed appointments, late arrivals and holiday
If you cancel less than 48 hours before a session or miss a session without notice, you will still need to pay for the session. If you cancel a session 48 hours or more in advance, 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 event 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.
I will also inform you well in advance of any upcoming holidays that I 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. However, there are exceptions. I would need to breach confidentiality:
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.
Should I need to breach confidentiality, I will endeavour to discuss it with you beforehand when possible and legally allowed. If I have concerns that you or others are at risk of serious harm, I would contact the appropriate service (e.g. emergency services, crisis service, your GP).
As part of my supervision I will discuss our work together with my supervisor in a non-identifiable way.
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.
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.
In the event I am seriously unwell or die, a counselling colleague will inform you and cancel our appointment. They may also suggest other counsellors if you wish to continue your therapy. If I return to work, I will contact you to see if you would like to resume with me unless I have heard from you that you have decided to continue therapy with another counsellor.