Anxieties about Attending
It can be daunting to attend to your first counselling session, but I would like to encourage you to do so anyway if it feels like the right thing to do. Sometimes the first step is the hardest, but you will find it is worth it to go through it. Once in the room, we can take things at your own pace, without judgement or pressure whatsoever. After all, it is your treatment and we are going be kind, compassionate, empathic and understanding all the way through. You set the pace and also, you decide when to end.
Do have a look at the blog posts on the home page to find out what happens on a first session.
Fees will change at my discretion, with two months notice to current clients.
Note: the fees found in the contracts above will be revised regularly. If you find a discrepancy or an outdated fee/item, please let me know.
Length of sessions and treatment
Sessions are 50 minutes long. Length of treatment can be short-term, time-limited, or open-ended, depending on your needs.
Late cancellation/Did not attend/Rescheduling
Cancellations should be made with at least 24 hours notice, otherwise I will need to charge for the missed session. If you choose to not attend your session without cancelling, that session will also be charged at the regular rate.
Personal Safety and ability to engage with therapy
To ensure the safety of all parties involved, any harm to yourself, myself, others, or children being involved will be disclosed further, after a discussion with you in session. I am legally bound to report terrorism and money laundering. This is the only time that confidentiality might be breached.
If a client comes into the counselling room under the influence of drugs or alcohol, I might need to stop the therapy and offer a session the following week, when the client is no longer intoxicated. I don’t believe any fruitful work will be done whilst under the influence of any substance, as it inhibits the ability to engage with the therapeutic process.
Confidentiality and Record Keeping
Everything discussed in the counselling room is confidential. For professional reasons, I will be keeping notes, which will remain safely in my office at all times. I take notes in a password protected word document in a password protected laptop that is solely for my use.
Please have a look at my Privacy Statement and Cookies Policy for more information on what happens to the data I hold about you.