I will provide you with a safe and comfortable space that gives you the opportunity to explore any issues, feel heard and be valued. By listening to you in a non-judgemental manner, I will respectfully help you to find and develop your own solutions, unique potential and abilities, enabling you to make the most of life and its opportunities.
Session times and frequency
I will meet you on a weekly basis (to be agreed) and each session will last 50 minutes.
Should you arrive late for a session, it may not be possible to extend the time as I may be expecting another client after yourself.
If you are unable to attend a session please inform me at least 24 hours prior to your appointment, otherwise the full fee will be charged.
Counselling sessions are open-ended, but it is recommended that I review any progress based upon a cycle of 6-8 sessions.
Sometimes counselling can feel challenging, emotional or difficult. Should you experience any problems that cause you to consider ending your counselling sessions, I'd advise that you discuss this with me so that I have an opportunity to explore this. Please keep absences to a minimum - too many gaps can slow down the progress of our counselling sessions.
Confidentiality and the limits of confidentiality
The content of our sessions are confidential to you, the client, and to me, the counsellor. However, under the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapists (BACP) guidelines, I am required to discuss our work with our supervisors, in order to ensure I provide a quality service and that the best practice is followed. Supervisors will not be told anything which identifies you – it is the counselling issues only that are discussed.
I will keep brief, unnamed records of our sessions which will be stored securely.
In exceptional circumstances where I have a concern for your safety, or that of others, it may be necessary to seek the help of an outside agency or the Safeguarding Team. If possible, I will discuss this with you beforehand.
I am required by law to disclose the following and you may be notified of this course if action is to take place:
- Acts of terrorism
- Concerns regarding child protection issues
- Concerns regarding vulnerable adults
- Drug or people trafficking
Code of Conduct
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and work within their ‘Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy’. This ensures that you can expect a first class professional counselling service. A copy of the Ethical Framework can be found on the BACP’s website at http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework
Training, qualifications & experience
I am fully registered by MBACP and obtain the following:
• BA (Hons) Counselling with Brief Interventions
• FdA in Counselling with Brief Interventions
• Person-Centred Approach
• Motivational Interviewing
• Neuro linguistic Programming
• Solution Focused Therapy
• CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
I also hold certificates in training for:
• Secure Handling of Confidential Information (hscic)
• Information Security Guidelines (hscic)
• Patient Confidentiality (hscic)
• Information Security Guidelines (NHS-Connecting for Health)
• Information Governance (hscic)
This qualifies their understanding in variety of areas that are essential as part of our 'Continuing Professional Development' which include:
• Addiction- Alcohol & substance misuse
• Adult & Child Safeguarding
• Anger management
• Bereavement & Loss
• Domestic violence
• EFT- Emotional Freedom Techniques
• Equality & Diversity
• Mental Capacity Act
• Self harm with Adults & Adolescents
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Your first session with me will be an Initial assessment. This will last 50 minutes and cost £40.
Every session after your initial assessment will still be 50 minutes and cost £40.
Each payment is to be paid at the start of every session.