Psychotherapy and counselling require a mutual commitment – both in terms of setting aside the time to connect on a regular basis and equally a willingness from both of us to engage with the process. It can be for a fixed number of sessions or it can be more open-ended.
I try to fit around the constraints faced by my clients in terms of the timing of sessions. In the current circumstances, all sessions are taking place via video, which I have found works well. I am hoping to return to offering face to face appointments as soon as the current restrictions are lifted.
Most often we set up regular weekly appointments, ideally at the same time. Sessions last for 50 minutes.
The first step would be for us to arrange a call to discuss your needs. There is no charge for this initial discussion. Thereafter, if we decide to work together, we would schedule a mutually agreed time for a more formal initial assessment and ongoing sessions. We can aim to work within a specific time framework – or take a more open ended approach. I charge a standard rate and this is the same for all clients.
In some cases, employers may be willing to pay for the work. If this is the case, it is important that your employer will accept that I will not provide feedback or updates to them. It is essential that what we discuss remains confidential between us, irrespective of who settles my account.
I adhere to the BACP ethical framework. In line with this, I keep confidential handwritten notes on all my clients. These are minimal, held securely – and are processed in line with GDPR guidelines. I am registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office.