Thinking of booking an appointment?
I understand that asking for help can take courage, but I am here to gently work with you every step of the way
After you send this form, I’ll be in touch via email to arrange a phone call of about 20 minutes. There’s no obligation or charge at this stage. It just gives us the chance to find out how I can help and you can decide if we are the right fit for you.
Appointments can be arranged during working hours and evenings, face to face or over Zoom.
Your privacy: I will not store or use your details for any other purpose other than to correspond with you about this enquiry.
Therapy is confidential and only works if it is so. Your privacy will always be respected unless the safeguarding of you or others from serious harm needs to take priority. In this case, I would endeavour to implement any safeguarding responsibilities in a way that is respectful, ethical, and collaborative.
I am registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The legal basis for dealing with personal information about you is the consent that you give me as part of the therapy contract we are making.
In common with other therapists and in line with professional guidelines for best practice and legal requirements, I keep brief paper notes of sessions and review my work regularly with a supervisor, who is subject to the same rules about confidentiality and data processing. Notes are kept securely in a locked cabinet. Full name and contact details are kept in a separate and secure place. Paper files and name/contact records are securely destroyed 12-15 months after therapy has ended unless you have given me explicit permission to retain some anonymised data for training purposes or my own professional development.
Electronic data, such as telephone contact details on my mobile or emails, is held on password protected devices/accounts and similarly destroyed after the contract has ended.
If you have any concerns or requests in relation to personal data that is held, please feel free to discuss it with me, or alternatively you may contact the ICO at https://ico.org.uk/
How much will it cost?
At present my fees are £50 for a 50 minute session with couples and individuals, which are paid 48 hours before your appointment payable by the day.I reserve the right to charge a full fee for cancellation, unless we can agree to negotiate another time within the same week. If you make no contact and fail to attend, I will charge the full fee. If I have to cancel a session I will, wherever possible, offer you an alternative appointment.
Fees are reviewed annually and one month’s notice is given for any increase.
What happens at the first appointment?
This is an opportunity for you to say what is causing you difficulty and what you would like to be different. You may already have an idea of what you would like from counselling or you may want help identifying what you want to work on or what you would like to change. We would also begin to think about how best to work on your problems.
Appointments can be weekly or fortnightly to suit your individual requirements.
I work within the Ethical framework of BACP www.bacp.co.uk and adhere to their Code of Ethics and Principles offering a confidential and professional service.
I also have an enhanced CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) certificate.