What shall I expect in the first meeting?
The first meeting is about getting to know each other. It is usually considered to be a mutual assessment. I will assess your needs and whether I can accommodate them in our work together, and you will assess my working therapeutic style. It is vital that you feel comfortable enough to open up to me and share what it is that concerns you. We will discuss what your goals are from therapy. There is no obligation to book for a next appointment in this session. You have the final choice and you are welcome to get back to me when you want.
What is the Session length and frequency of our meetings?
The usual pattern that I have noticed from my clients is that the majority chooses to meet weekly for 60 minutes and then once they start feeling more confident in their own abilities they come fortnightly or once monthly. You may or may not need a lot of sessions. I usually make a review every on the 6th
session to monitor whether our work together is of benefit to you.
What is confidentiality? Does it have any limits
Confidentiality is what makes our relationship trustworthy and what enables you to open up. I do offer confidential counselling services. However, I am bound by BACP ethical framework, and I have a duty of care to break confidentiality if you disclose to me information that may be harmful to yourself or others. I also have monthly supervision, (as I am bound by BACP to monitor my practice). In my supervision, you are addressed anonymously, and the main focus of my discussios regard myself and my own processes. Supervision aims to strengthen my practice and be of most benefit for my clients. I attend 3 supervisions monthly (2 individual and 1 group supervision).
During your counselling I am required to keep brief notes on the content of each counselling session. Your records are kept in a secure place. At the end of your counselling your records will be kept for a period of time and then destroyed. You have access to these notes should you want to read.
I usually require 24 hours notice for cancellations or changes. Any notice less than 24hrs will result to the full cost of the session. If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact me for further information.
BACP (British Association for Counsellors and psychotherapists) www.bacp.co.uk
British Psychological Society, www.bps.org.uk
Information on Depression : : www.depressionalliance.org/
Child & adolescent psychotherapy: http://childpsychotherapy.org.uk/files/wpro_shared/ACP_-_CAPT_Guide_for_Parents_WEB.pdf
Article for children psychotherapy : http://www.harris-meltzer-trust.org.uk/pdfs/Help.pdf
BBC website, mental health: http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/emotional_health/mental_health/index.shtml