This is a contract where you and I have agreed a contract covering the following:
Dates and times of therapy sessions.
I usually recommend 6 initial sessions that usually last between 50 minutes and one hour. They will be reviewed at regular intervals and adjusted to meet your needs.
How much it will cost. £30 - £45 per hour
Reduced rates for counselling students and un-waged
How and when I can be contacted
The Limits of Confidentiality.
If I take supervision notes what I do with them and where they are kept.
What a supervisor is and what role she plays.
Clarification of the nature of our relationship: that it is a professional one where I will not be a personal friend.
I will explain about the cancellation of session procedure, or what would happen should you start to feel better before the allocated sessions have ended.
I will explain about the code of practice and the standards of practice I adhere to.
I will provide 2 copies of my contract for you to take away and read thoroughly before you sign. Then we will hold a copy each for our records and reference.
I will provide a private, safe, confidential place for us to work that cannot be overheard. In the initial meeting I will tell you about myself and advise you of the way I work, the amount of sessions that may be required, the fee costs and we will contract to make sure that you understand about the therapeutic model that I use and what I can offer.
I would like to think that people find it easy to approach me and that they can discuss anything that worries them confidentially. I am open and welcome challenge and appreciate honesty and if there is something that I am not doing I would like to know so I can help to rectify this.
Supervision is a means of ensuring that I behave professionally and adhere to the British Association of Counselling's Code of Ethics and Practice. It ensures that I work with you in the best way to bring about the changes you want in your life.
You can end counselling at any time. The process is about and is for you, and will be explained fully when we contract to work together.