How long will I need to come?
There is no set answer to this question as this depends on what you need help with. This would be determined via our assessment session (see below), and from this place we would decide how best we can work together. We will have a review periodically to ensure that the direction of work is meeting your desires. Some clients work on focussed topics, such as bereavement, divorce, career, stuckness and depression and others for years, focussing on personal development and support in life and as counselling students.
Our first session is a ‘look see’ session where we would explore what it is that you are seeking. To meet one another and see if we both feel I am the right therapist for you. It may be that other or additional support may be needed or that the time is not right for you.
All sessions are confidential and records are kept securely. Sessions are conducted according to the Codes of Ethics and Practice of the BACP.
Limits of confidentiality
In exceptional cases, where the safety of the client and/or others may be at risk, I reserve the right to contact the client’s GP, the emergency medical services, or police. I may also need to make disclosures if a court of law compelled me to give evidence. If I do take such action, I will inform my client at the time, if at all possible.
Sessions are normally weekly, unless it is agreed that more contact time would be beneficial, due to a significantly more challenging or difficult period, which would only be one or two weeks.
A minimum of two sessions is required to terminate for all but very brief, short term work (six to twelve weeks), and considerably longer for long term work (i.e., more than one year). It is important that your therapy ends in a complete way and that you feel safe and ready to move on.
It is in the interest of the client not to take any substances, which will alter mental functioning when attending sessions, apart from prescribed medication. Therefore, clients are required to undertake, not to attend sessions under the influence of alcohol or drugs other than prescribed by a GP.