Terms and Conditions
The relationship between the psychotherapist and the client is professional requiring some rules so that both may safely engage and focus on the work.
Prior to starting therapy, the client acknowledges that he/she has reviewed and fully understands the terms and conditions of this agreement.
Sessions are confidential as laid down by the UKCP Code of Ethics and Practice. Client records are kept according to law and best practice with every effort made to maintain client confidentiality.
The first session
The introductory meeting is the first time you meet me. Its aim is to help you decide whether you feel at ease talking to me and whether my approach is right for you. The meeting does not oblige you to start therapy. That decision is yours entirely.
After the first session
If you decide to start therapy, you will be offered an on-going slot. This is reserved for you unless we agree differently at the end of the month (see session confirmation).
Sessions take place face-to-face on a weekly basis at regular agreed times. It is not normally possible to rearrange them at short notice. The sessions will last 50 minutes from the agreed starting time.
To be effective therapy sessions need to take place on a regular basis -- there is an expectation that you will attend regularly.
Sessions are confirmed on the last day of the month for the month ahead.
Absences will be pre-booked by a reasonable amount of time. Should I be unable to provide therapy, I will contact you via email or text.
Missed or cancelled sessions will be paid in full if less than three working days notice is given. All rescheduling and cancellations need to be made from Monday-Friday.
Fees are payable at the time of each session by cheque or in cash, or before each session by bank transfer.
The second time we meet, I will ask you to pay for a double session. Subsequently, you will pay for one session each time and when we draw the work to a close, your final session is already paid for.
Receipts/invoices are supplied on request.
Length of therapy
Therapy may be short term, focussing on a specific issue, or long term as decided with the client. During the period of therapy, we will have regular review sessions.
The client has the right to terminate therapy at his/her discretion. The therapist reserves the right to terminate therapy at her discretion.
Therapy comes to a completion naturally as an agreement between both parties. The client is free to leave at any time by giving at least two weeks notice allowing time for the process of closure.
Contact in between sessions will be limited to diary arrangements.
If you experience a crisis and need to talk to someone, contact a support organization such as the Samaritans who are available 24/7 on 116 123, your gp, or the emergency services on 999 or 111.
Problems should be raised during therapy but if the client wants to make a complaint it can be done through the UKCP as laid down in their procedures.