Client Contract

How I work

My training and model of psychotherapy is integrative and draws mainly upon person-centred and existential approaches, and elements of Jungian theory, Attachment Theory, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I am a registered member of the United Kingdom Council for Therapists (UKCP).

Confidentiality

All the discussed material will remain confidential unless I believe that you are in danger of causing harm to yourself or others. For this reason, I require the contact details of your GP. Although I would only contact your doctor in an emergency, I will endeavour to discuss this with you first. I may keep brief notes on the sessions but these will be anonymised and destroyed at the end of therapy. Summary and end of therapy notes – if made – will be kept for up to five years before being destroyed.

Fees

Payment is due in full at the end of each session by cheque or cash unless otherwise arranged. My fee is £55 per session unless otherwise agreed. Concessions may be available for students or the unwaged. Therapy will not be possible if you are under the influence of alcohol or non-prescribed drugs though the fee will still be due. Please give me details of any prescribed drugs you are taking.

Session length

The therapy lasts for 50 minutes and will be held on a regular day and time unless otherwise arranged. Please attend on time as sessions will not be extended due to lateness. If you have not arrived, I will wait in the therapy room until the end of the planned session.

Cancellations

Missed sessions must be paid for in full unless notice of more than 24 hours is given. Emergency cancellations for medical reasons must be supported by a doctor’s note. I will only cancel sessions in extreme circumstances and will inform you at the earliest opportunity.

Holidays

I do not charge for sessions missed due to holidays so long as I have been given notice of when you are unavailable over five working days in advance. I will inform you of any planned absences I am making at the earliest opportunity.

Therapy ending

If our work is open-ended, a minimum period of four weeks’ notice is advised so we can plan the end of our sessions in a structured way.