What you can expect:
I hold a Masters Degree (MA) in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Leicester. I am a member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (membership number 796979) and adhere to their code of ethics which can be accessed at https://www.bacp.co.uk/events-and-resources/ethics-and-standards/ethical-framework-for-the-counselling-professions/
I hold a current DBS enhanced certificate for working with adults and children and I have professional indemnity insurance to cover my professional civil liability.
The therapy will provide support to you whilst we work towards gaining a better understanding of you, your relationships and your life. The aim will be to alleviate feelings of depression and anxiety, improve your communication and listening skills, discover new ways of managing your relationships and enhancing your problem solving abilities. In exploring how you think and feel about your key relationships, we will work towards new strategies for managing issues around grief, anger and other emotional pressures.
During your sessions, I will actively listen and work towards providing thoughts and ideas that reflect how I understand the difficulties you bring. In the early sessions, I will be more active and ask questions that help me gain a deeper understanding of you and your life. In later sessions I will be less active and you will be expected to bring what is currently important to you, either from recent events or from historic events. As we move towards the end of your therapy, we will examine the meaning of ending our time together as well as summarising and reflecting on what we have learnt from your therapy.
Appointments will last for 50 minutes and will be at a fixed time that we will agree. It is important that you attend all of your sessions but there will be times you are unable to attend either through planned holidays or illness. Please give me as much notice as possible if you are unable to attend. If you are late for an appointment we will still end at the allotted time.
We will regularly review your feelings about how the therapy is progressing and I will from time to time ask you to complete monitoring forms. If you have any concerns about your therapy or have feelings about wanting to end early, it will be important to discuss these with me as openly and honestly as you feel able to do.
My office is in my private residence and I will do all I can to ensure your privacy and provide time free of interruptions. There is no waiting area so if you arrive early please wait in your car until your start time.
Fees and payment:
Fees are payable monthly in advance unless otherwise agreed.
Fees are payable irrespective of whether you attend except for planned holidays which have been noted in advance.
For any additional work requested in relation to your therapy such as providing reports there will be a charge of £25 per 30 minutes or part thereof.
If you have any special needs these will be discussed before starting therapy. It is important that you provide your GP’s contact information as well as your next of kin or person whom I should contact if I have any concerns about your wellbeing. Unless you have been prescribed anti-depressant medication by your GP, you should not take mind altering drugs or alcohol before your sessions. If I feel you are intoxicated in any way I reserve the right to cancel the session and charge the fee. I will support you as best I can with your difficulties but it may be necessary for me to help you access more appropriate support for difficulties beyond my services.
Should you need to cancel a session, please give at least 24 hours’ notice by email to email@example.com or text to 07930 399733
All cancellations are subject to your session fee.
Everything discussed in your therapy is confidential except that:
- As a requirement of my BACP membership I am supervised by a senior practitioner when we will discuss anonymised case material, your identity will remain private.
- If I am required by law to disclose your information or if I am concerned that you pose a risk of harm to either yourself or others, I may have to contact your GP or the police but I will discuss this with you before doing so.
- If you reveal information about vulnerable people like children or vulnerable adults who are at risk I am ethically bound to contact the authorities. I will discuss this with you before doing so.
- I will keep brief notes of your sessions including attendance and the main themes discussed. These do not form a part of any formal health records and are confidential for my own use only and will not be shared with any third parties or with your GP.
- I am registered with the Information Commissioners Office and comply with the GDPR regulations. Please read the attached Privacy Notice which is also accessible via my web site.
- Your records are securely kept in encrypted electronic format in secure cloud storage that compiles with the security requirements of the Data Protection Act.
- Records are kept for up to 7 years after the end of your therapy.
- In signing this agreement, you provide consent for the processing of and keeping of records in line with the privacy notice attached.
- You are responsible for your own thoughts and feelings and progress in personal development and growth.
- You are responsible for raising any concerns about your therapy with me including feelings of wanting to end therapy, feelings of self-harm or suicide. I will ensure your concerns are heard and will support you as best I can but you are responsible for your own actions.
- You are responsible for notifying me of any changes that might influence therapy including but not limited to being hospitalised for a psychiatric illness, changes to your medication or other significant event that might impact your mental health.
Care plan and reviews:
Your care plan outlines the period of your therapy, the frequency of reviews and your therapy goals. It also includes emergency contact information and what you should do in the event that you need help outside of your therapy sessions.