To ensure that psychotherapy has the best chance of being helpful to you, it is essential that the framework within which the work takes place is set out before we start.
REGULARITY - Sessions are 50 minutes, once a week, at a regular time agreed between us. If you should arrive late, the session will still finish at the end of the arranged 50 minutes.
CANCELATIONS - If you are unable to attend a session please let me know the week before. If it is possible to re-schedule the session for a time that is convenient for both of us, I will endeavor to do so. If not, the fee for the missed session is payable in full.
HOLIDAYS - I take holiday breaks at Easter, Christmas and during the summer for one month. I will give notice of these days in advance.
Should you take a holiday outside of these times and it is possible to re-schedule the session/s for a time that is convenient for both of us, I am happy to do so. If not, the fee for the missed session/s is payable in full.Payment - I will invoice you at the end of each month and ask you to pay either then, at the next session or via online banking.Drinks/Mobiles - No smoking, drinking or eating allowed during sessions (with the exception of water). Mobile phones should be turned off.Ethical Framework - I abide by the code of ethics of the UKCP.
CONFIDENTIALITY - The sessions are completely confidential except under three circumstances: 1. If I believe you are at risk of harming yourself or others, I reserve the right to break confidentiality in order to prevent harm. However, I would only do this in extreme circumstances and would always discuss it first with you before taking any action. 2. From time to time I will discuss my work with a clinical supervisor, this is standard practice for psychotherapists at all levels of experience and helps me to work as well as I can with you. (My supervisor is bound by the same code of ethics and confidentiality as I am). 3. If required by a court of law to give evidence (e.g., in criminal proceedings).
ENDING THERAPY - Where our work extends beyond eight weeks, I recommend that we have at least three weeks notice of ending to allow us a proper conclusion. If at any point you decide you want to end therapy, please talk to me about this in the sessions, rather than by telephone or email.