Terms and Conditions

Therapy contract agreement

Contracts are subject to regular review by the Psychotherapist and the client

Contract between:

Psychotherapists-

Client-

Date-

Therapist and  Psychotherapist responsibilities

• To be available at the agreed time

• To start and end on time

• To offer a quiet appropriate and undisturbed space

• To maintain safe, professional boundaries

• To regard all contact and information as confidential unless he has reasonable doubt

concerning actual safety of the client or others

• To encourage client autonomy

• To work within the BPS Ethical Framework (available upon request) including

regular supervision

• To review therapeutic work and relationship regularly

• In the unlikely event of the therapist cancelling, an alternative appointment offered

ASAP

Client responsibilities

• To attend punctually

• To give a minimum of 48 hours notice when cancelling/changing an appointment (or

the full fee becomes payable)

• To pay 1 session in advance * then (£50) per session in full at each

appointment

• Communicating with the therapist outside agreed counselling sessions to be limited

to making, changing or cancelling an appointment unless by prior arrangement.

• To be respectful to the Psychotherapist and his property

• To agree to give permission to contact GP if the therapist has serious concerns about

risk to self (client) or others

• To discuss with the therapist when you feel you are ready to end therapy

• To let the therapist know if you are in or are considering entering another therapeutic

relationship.

* this may be paid half now and half at the first session: by paying two sessions fees at the

first appointment or dividing the in hand session fee over the first two sessions. This will be

used as payment for your final session

Signed Client………………………………………….. Date……………………………

Signed Psychotherapist…………………………………….. Date……………………………

Contracts are subject to regular review by the Psychotherapist or the client

What the therapist offers

What is on offer is counselling of a Person Centred nature. This means you are empowered

to discover solutions to issues in a supportive environment. As a Psychotherapist I offer you my honesty and respect while we explore issues you feel you would like to bring to counselling at the times that we have agreed.

Confidentiality

There are boundaries and limits to confidentiality in certain cases.

Confidentiality may be broken if:

  • You or others are, in the opinion of the therapist. Seem to be in danger or at serious risk of
  • being harmed
  • The therapist is required to do so by subpoena
  • The client infers involvement in or knowledge of an act of terrorism or of money laundering
  • The client infers knowledge of or involvement in drugs trafficking
  • The client infers knowledge of or involvement in behaviours that may, in the therapists
  • opinion, lead to harm or neglect to children and vulnerable adults.

Supervision and confidentiality

I monitor my own practice by attending regular supervision for myself and am committed to

my own self-development. There are times where aspects of our sessions will be taken to

supervision to monitor my practice; at no time will your name or any identifiable information

be mentioned and my supervisor is also committed to our contracted confidentiality.

Records of sessions

The therapist may record sessions (audio recording) for purpose of self evaluation and

supervision. The client will always be consulted before a recording is made and the client

has the right to refuse that the session be recorded.

Face-to-Face contact outside sessions;

Should you happen to meet your Psychotherapist outside of your session please be aware that they will not greet you. This is to protect your privacy and maintain confidentiality. This is especially important if you are with other people. If you acknowledge them openly, then they will respond in an appropriate, professional manner. Should you find yourself in a situation where you and your Psychotherapist are part of the same group, either social or professional, serious consideration will be given to the complications of this dual role relationship. Where appropriate, and possible, your Psychotherapist will withdraw.

Facebook, Twitter, Linked in and all social media;

Please do not invite your Psychotherapist to join you on any social media. They are not permitted to do so under their strict Codes of Ethics, and refusal can cause offense where none is intended.

Contacting you

I will contact you if necessary e.g. to re-arrange an imminent appointment. Where and how

would you prefer I contact you in this unlikely event?

………………………………………………………………………………………………

Should you not attend on time, would you like me to contact you? If so, how?

…………………………………………………………………………………………………

Contacting the therapist

You may use the above telephone number to reach me or send an email to [email protected]. It is not possible to leave a voice mail on my phone so if I am

unable to answer, please email or send a text and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Non attendance

Should you cancel within less than the 48 hours notice agreed, or fail to attend an

appointment: the full session fee will be charged.