What is meant by Confidentiality?
Confidentiality means that anything you tell me, your counsellor, will stay between the two of us and my supervisor. I receive supervision on all my counselling work, to ensure I am giving you the best support I can. The supervision itself is kept confidential and the full identity of my clients is not disclosed.
The only exceptions to confidentiality are:
- If you or someone you know is being or at risk of being harmed
- Any planned harm to yourself or others
- Criminal offenses, this includes terrorism
- In the event of a court case the Judge has the power to subpoena counselling notes or request a report as evidence for the case.
- If there should be any reason to contact another professional, e.g. your General Practitioner
In all these cases, this will be discussed with you, as I want to work with you and have your agreement where possible. I will never go behind your back.
How long do the sessions last and how many sessions will I need?
Sessions will last for 50 minutes. I usually suggest six sessions to start with, as short term counselling usually lasts between 6 – 12 sessions. Everyone’s needs are different, some people like a lot longer and others like to spread out their appointments for ongoing support. I therefore, like to work with clients with an open-ended basis, so that they are in control of their own needs.
How do I pay for my sessions?
The cost for an adult is £40 per session, for 11-18 year olds £30 per session. You can pay by cash, or BACS for each session as you attend them.
What appointment times are available?
I try to be as flexible as I can, offering appointments Monday – Friday day time, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings and some Saturday appointments. I understand life can be hectic at times, therefore I will always try to find a time that suits you.
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
I do require at least 24 hours’ notice if you wish to cancel a session. If you cancel at shorter notice I reserve the right to charge the full fee (unless in an emergency). Without this notice any missed sessions will be counted towards your overall appointments and will need to be paid for.
If you wish to cease counselling, you may do so at any time, but I ask for at least one session notice as it is deemed important and necessary to have a proper ending.
What to expect in the consultation:
The consultation is an exploratory session allowing you time to discuss what has bought you to counselling, for me to explain how I work and how confidentiality works. It also gives you the opportunity to find out how I can support you, ask any questions and get a sense if you feel I am the right counsellor for you; and finally agree on the terms and conditions for counselling.
What to expect in the sessions:
My aim is to work with you and support you with whatever you are facing. It is your time to be able to say whatever you want to someone who will listen, help you and not judge you.
At times, I may use creative work to help you express how you are feeling, CBT to challenge thinking and behaviour patterns. But, it is your choice, if you do not want to use these tools. I will work to tailor a therapy better suited to your needs.