INITIAL CONSULTATION: This is an opportunity for you to talk about what brings you to psychotherapy and seeking psychological help. We will use the first session to decide whether we can work together or if you might be better helped by a different service, and in this case discuss the various options available to you. If we agree to work together, we will then discuss arrangements for ongoing sessions.
LENGTH AND FREQUENCY OF PSYCHOTHERAPY: Psychotherapy typically involves regular sessions, lasting 50 minutes in length. The frequency of sessions varies depending on the nature of your difficulties and your individual needs. This is discussed in the first session, and a decision about the frequency of sessions will be made in the first session.
CONFIDENTIALITY: Information you share with me will be kept confidential and will not be disclosed without your written consent. By law, however, confidentiality is not guaranteed in life-threatening situations involving yourself or others, or in cases in which children are put at risk (such as by sexual or physical abuse or neglect). If therefore I feel that you are a danger to yourself or others, or if there is sufficient evidence to raise a concern of the health, welfare or safety of children or vulnerable adults, I will initially encourage you to contact an appropriate source of support/help. However, if I feel that you are unable to do so, I will have to make this contact myself, but I will discuss this with you first before passing any information on to others and explain why I am taking this course of action. Please also note that I am in clinical supervision as part of my commitment to ethical practice as this is in keeping with my professional duties as outlined by the British Psychological Society (BPS), the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). The duty of confidentiality extends to my supervisor/s who is also a qualified and accredited professional. When discussing your case with my supervisor, I will take pains to disguise identifying information, including using a pseudonym.
FEE AND CANCELLATION POLICY: My fees are listed in the fees' section depending on the provided services. If you need to cancel an appointment, please give me a 48hours notice; otherwise, I will charge you for the missed session. Please note that I take payment in cash at the end of each session. I will give you as much notice as possible of holidays and other absences I foresee. If I need to cancel a session in the event of an emergency, I will make arrangements to replace this missed session where possible.
ARRIVAL AND LATE ATTENDANCE: Please be aware that I cannot make up time if you arrive late for your session. I have no waiting room available at my practice, and therefore you cannot come earlier to your session.
PHONE AND EMERGENCY CONTACT: If you need to contact me by phone in the case of an emergency, do not hesitate. When I am not available, my answering machine will take a message. I am usually able to return calls within the day. However, If you cannot reach me in an emergency and you are in danger in any way, please contact the emergency services, your GP or the Samaritans (08457 90 90 90).
FREEDOM TO WITHDRAW: You have the right to end therapy at any time. If you wish, we can discuss the possibility of referring you to a different service/professional.