There are two exceptions. The first is if your therapist were to become aware that you are an imminent danger to yourself or others, or that someone else is a danger to you. You would first be encouraged to seek necessary support, and if you were unable or unwilling to do so your therapist has a duty of care to seek this support on your behalf.
The second exception is if your therapist were to become aware that you intended to commit a major crime of any sort. In such a case, they have a legal obligation to disclose such information to the relevant authorities.
*Note that for the purposes of therapy, personal drug use or addictions are not considered to be criminal activities (unless they involve anyone underage). They are seen only as areas to be addressed in therapy.
Regular, consistent work with your therapist is essential to see the benefits of counselling and psychotherapy. A mutually convenient time slot will be reserved each week, that you agree on during your assessment appointment. It will remain the same until such time that you decide to end therapy by giving one week's notice.
Of course, if the time you require appointments is not available, and you take another time slot while making it clear from the start this only works for you in the short-term, we will do our best to change you to a more appropriate slot when one becomes available.
There is no minimum or maximum number of sessions you must attend.
I am fully qualified in humanistic counselling and have a degree in psychology.
I also have regular supervision.
I am registered by the BACP (The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and British psychology Society (BPS); I work to their Ethical Framework.
I have an enhanced DBS check.
I have the appropriate liability insurance.
Before attending your first counselling first, it may be helpful to prepare by writing down your reasons for seeking help. This will make describing your feelings to a counsellor more comfortable. Your counsellor is not there to give you advice or tell you what to do. Only you know how you feel in any given situation.
Identifying what you hope to gain from counselling helps to give your something to work towards in future sessions.
You will either both agree for counselling to continue, either on a short or longer-term basis or decide that no further appointments are needed. This may be because you got what you wanted from the consultation, or because you and your counsellor decided other ways of resolving your problem would be the best option.
Your therapist will share this cancellation policy with you prior to your first appointment.
Any and all missed sessions outside of the agreed to terms will be charged at the full fee, including holidays, work commitments, illness and other emergencies.