Counselling Fees & How We Might Work TogetherIf you think you might be interested in counselling, please leave a message on my answerphone or email me (see 'Contact') with your contact details and I will come back to you, usually within 24 hours, and arrange a time to meet for an introductory session. In that session you will be able to outline the concerns that have brought you to counselling and we can discuss how we might work together. At the end of the session, we can make a decision as to whether or not this is the right counselling arrangement for you. There will be no charge for the introductory session.
Forming a working agreement and ConfidentialityAs counselling involves being able to open up to someone about your personal issues, it is essential that you know how I will treat the personal information you may choose to share with me. As a BACP Accredited counsellor I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, ensuring confidentiality in relation to a client’s identity and the issues they share with me in therapy.
There are some exceptions to that confidentiality and these are briefly covered in the working agreement, outlining how we might work together. I am happy to discuss this working agreement with you in more detail, when you come for an initial counselling session.
FeesMy standard rate for new clients is £45.00 for a 50-minute session.
I offer some concessions - please discuss these with me directly.
Sometimes appointments need to be cancelled due to unforeseen life events, and I ask that if you can, you give me a minimum of 24 hours notice. There is no charge for sessions cancelled with 24+ hours notice.
If you have to cancel an appointment after this time you will be charged the normal fee, as I will be unable to fill your space and will still have to pay for use of the room.
Click here to see a draft copy of the working agreement.
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Data Protection:Your personal information (contact details you have given me) will be kept in a filing cabinet in a locked office, and will be shared with no other person. It will only be used to contact you, and potentially your emergency contact should the need ever arise. I will hold this data for 7 years, and will then shred it, including client notes.
Normally I make brief notes after each session. This allows me to reflect on our work together. If, at any time, you would like to see these notes, please feel free to ask. These records are stored securely in a filing cabinet in a locked office with any identifying contact details kept separately.
You have a right to access to any personal information I hold about you, and a right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) if you are unhappy about how I am handling your personal data.