How long does each therapy session take ?
The therapy hour is 50 minutes long, it is also useful to allow 5-10 minutes to cover any administration elements such as your next appointment, holiday issues, any practical issues or questions.
What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy ?
In the UK there is little difference between the two – the main distinction being the time and depth of the work. Psychotherapy is best suited to working with deeper seated issues which root in earlier life and require deeper , slower exploration, where as counselling is often shorter term and may be focused on a particular.
How many sessions will I need?
That depends on the type of issue we are working with and how we decide to works, I usually suggest working with a fixed number of sessions initially and reviewing to enable to decide what will be right for you. In my experience it is timing and motivation are key. It is important you feel this is the right time for me, I want to work on this , rather that feeling I really ought to do something about x or y.
What happens if I can’t make my appointment ?
I ask we both respect each others time and commitment. Life happens and for those occasions I operate a full refund policy . otherwise appointments cancelled with less that 24 hours notice are charged at the full rate.
When will you be offering in person counselling again ?
As we continue to manage our way through COVID 19 our county is in Tier 3 restrictions which build on current advice to
Work from home if you can
Limit contact with other people
Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
Wash your hands regularly
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms
It is hard to quantify the risks involved for you as a client or me as your therapist . However to offer the option to clients ,who for therapeutic or practical confidentiality reasons , need to attend in person I have implemented a risk assessment. My therapy room has been arranged to ensure a 'social' distance of over 2m , it is ventilated and hand sanitizer and cleaning measures are in place so that on a case by case basis an appropriate choice can be made .
Only data relevant to the delivery of therapy collected via my Contact and Assessment Forms, which includes;
Personal information : Name, address & contact details & who to contact in an emergency
Relevant service information : Your GP’s contact details, relevant medical history & medications
Case background and family history & your expectations from therapy.
Your Client notes are paper based and kept in a locked file. They will be stored for 3 years from the date therapy ends to comply with insurance requirements and then shredded as confidential waste.
Communications between us over phone or email are stored in my email account using an anonymising code, and in my work phone contacts . Both my computer and phone are password protected.
Electronic enquiries are deleted 6 months following the initial contact date.
At the start of therapy we will have discussed the Client contract, which explicitly states the only exceptions to confidentiality.
Right To Access : You have the right to access your personal information, free of charge and the right to request inaccuracies are amended.
Right to be forgotten: You have the right to request I erase information held about you. These rights are obligatory unless it is information I have a legal obligation to retain .
Data portability: You have the right to receive personal information you have provided and the right to transfer this information to another party.
Should you have any concerns with how we have collected , used or stored your data please contact the Information Commissioners Office ( ICO) online or via phone on 0303 123 1113.