Information About Sessions
During the first session we will talk over what’s bringing you to counselling/therapy and how best to proceed.
This initial assessment will:
Give us the opportunity to meet and decide if we want to work together.
Enable us to determine whether we believe I can help you achieve your aims and objectives.
Provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have before we commit to working together.
Provide me with the opportunity to collect the necessary basic information from you(i.e. your address, telephone number, doctor’s name and address etc.)
Give us time needed to go through the business contract that I use and confirm that you are happy agreeing to it.
If we decide to commit to working together, we will then arrange the next session. If we are not able to work together I attempt to assist by providing, wherever possible, alternative therapists and agencies to contact.
Please note that talking therapies are more likely to work if you feel comfortable and at ease with your counsellor/therapist, so I will not be offended if you feel unable to work with me.
Frequency: depending on the needs of the individual client/couple, I usually suggest meeting once each week.
Time of sessions: I usually recommend to clients that we commit to meeting on the same day and at the same time each week. I do this for a number of reasons:
- It provides clients with security, knowing that there is time kept available specifically for them each week.
- It provides consistency and structure to the work.
- It helps me structure my working week
- Psychologically it is often helpful to clients to have the same period of time between sessions to process the work we do together.
Number of Sessions:
If we decide to work together, the number of sessions will depend on the nature of the problem, the type of change you are looking to achieve, and your own readiness to take the necessary steps.
As I work from a brief therapy framework this could typically be between six and eighteen sessions, seldom going beyond this. We will review or work together regularly, usually every three sessions, in order to assess progress and see if further sessions are required or not.
I request as much notice as possible to change the time or day of a session.
I require at least 24 hours notice to cancel a session or the full fee will be payable.
Length of sessions
Each session lasts fifty (50) minutes.
The trust between client and therapist is crucial to the success of the therapeutic process and I treat all information disclosed as confidential. The only exceptions to this are in line with the BACP FRAMEWORK. If there is concern that serious harm might come to you or to others, I do reserve the right to inform outside agencies, but would not do so without, wherever possible, informing you first. I do keep brief notes of our work together and every effort is made to protect your confidentiality in the compiling and storage of these records.
Supervision and Continuing Professional Development.
I receive regular supervision, in accordance with the BACP FRAMEWORK, as a way of ensuring good practice. My Supervisor is a highly qualified and experienced practitioner. Any information my supervisor receives is also treated as confidential. I also engage in a minimum of thirty hours relevant training annually and keep up to date with current research and trends.
I maintain appropriate professional insurance throughout the duration of my work with clients.