Terms and Conditions
What to expect
After your initial contact you will be offered an assessment session lasting 50mins. This will allow us the opportunity to explore your needs and whether we both feel we are a good match for embarking on your therapeutic journey. If you decide you would like to commence with therapy, we can arrange weekly therapy sessions with a dedicated time of 50 minutes known as the therapeutic hour. You are free to bring whatever issues you wish to explore during your sessions.
I offer face to face (in person) sessions on the same day and time each week. Day and time may be subject to change occasionally depending on availability. The therapeutic hour is 50 minutes long.
The therapy sessions are confidential, and I keep minimal case notes which are kept in a locked cabinet that only I have access to.
Personal and sensitive data is collected and held on file for a minimum of 3 years after therapy has ended. You have a right to see the notes and can make a request at any time during these 3 years. One month’s notice will be required for access. No third party will have access to these files and your details will not be passed onto any third parties without your explicit consent except in cases of risk to yourself or others as described below.
Minimal contact details of name, phone number and email address are held on a mobile phone for ease of contact purposes. The phone is password protected and used solely by the therapist. Messages and emails will be deleted in a timely manner.
I attend clinical supervision in compliance to ethical counselling practises with a qualified supervisor. Material from the sessions I conduct are discussed in these supervision sessions. No identifying personal details are disclosed in adherence to confidentiality boundaries.
Safeguarding and Risk of Harm
I am legally bound by law to report any acts of drug trafficking or terrorism to the police. Any issues of risk of harm to self or others (adults and children) will be taken to my supervisor to ensure necessary procedures are put in place if appropriate. This could involve liaising with authorities or emergency services. Such an issue will be discussed between you and I in session.
The fees are £50 payable in cash at the start of each session. Fees are reviewed in January of each year and may be adjusted at this point.
Please give at least 24 hours’ notice for cancellations as full fees are charged for missed and cancelled sessions if less than 24 hours’ notice is given.
There is no charge for holiday breaks however I cannot hold sessions open for holiday periods that last longer than two weeks.
The therapy sessions are open ended and you are free to bring the therapeutic relationship to an end at a time that suits you however, I do encourage at least two weeks’ notice. This allows us to work together towards a therapeutic ending as abrupt endings can be detrimental to the therapeutic process.
Confirmation of Terms and Conditions
A signed copy of these terms and conditions will be required before therapy commences.
Please be aware that entering into a therapeutic relationship requires ongoing commitment to yourself and your therapy. While therapy isn’t always the quick fix we might hope for, given time and patience, understanding, change and growth can happen.