Charges: My charges are £50 per therapy hour (50 mins), whether for an introductory or a ‘standard’ session. If you are a student in full time education, I am happy to discuss a reduced fee.
Payment is at the end of each session by cash or cheque or if preferred, by monthly bank transfer. I will provide an invoice if required.
Number of sessions: I generally work on the basis of a set number of sessions, 16 or 24 sessions being the norm. We will discuss this at our initial meeting.
Confidentiality: Confidentiality and privacy will be respected and maintained. Our work together though will be regularly overseen by an external qualified clinical supervisor who abides by the same rules of confidentiality as myself.
Information about clients is not disclosed to others outside the above unless this is: (a) required by a court of law or (b) there is a risk of serious harm to you or others. In this case we will discuss the best next step. If necessary and with your permission, I will contact your next of kin or your GP.
Cancellation: If you cancel a session at less than 48 hours’ notice, I reserve the right to charge a full session fee.
If you do not keep a contracted session and do not inform me of your wish to leave, I will assume that you have ended the therapeutic relationship and that any outstanding bill will be paid.
Ending a session prematurely: I will be unable to see you should you arrive under the influence of alcohol or un-prescribed drugs and I will terminate a session if you become aggressive or violent.
Ending our time together: If you or I feel you need additional therapy I cannot offer, I will discuss this with you and suggest a referral.
Good professional practice: As a member of the Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT) and of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I adhere to their Codes of Ethics and Guidelines. These can be found on their websites: www.acat.me.uk page/home and www.bacp.co.uk
Insurance: I am insured through Towergate Insurance www.towergateinsurance.co.uk/care-and-medical-insurance
DBS: I hold an Enhanced Certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service.