What to expect in your first session
I understand that starting a new therapy can cause some anxiety so here is what to expect the first time you come:
The first session is very much about information gathering. Together we will fill in a questionnaire which will help us get to know you.
You will also gain a more in depth understanding of what counselling is and the confidentiality that you can expect.
If you have any questions, this will be the time to ask them. Don’t hesitate!
My fees are £50 for a 60 minute session. However, I have some spaces available at a reduced rate for students or those facing financial hardship.
I accept payment by cash, bank transfer or cheque at the end of each session.
Client-Counsellor Business Contract
You will be asked to sign the following contract which explains what the parameters of our work together will be:
What you the client & your counsellor agree to do
You the client and your counsellor agree to meet every ____________at ________ am/pm for sixty (60) minutes, periodically we will have a review to ensure our therapeutic contract is being met.
Fees for the sessions are £________per session for ____ weeks.
What you the client agree to do
You the client agree to attend your sessions punctually. If you are unable to attend a session for any reason, you agree to tell your counsellor as long as possible before the session is due to begin. Any sessions not attended, or cancelled with less than 48 hours’ notice will be charged for in full.
What your counsellor agrees to do
I your counsellor agree to offer you the above counselling session using the knowledge, skills and expertise I have developed, in addition I agree to attend regular supervision sessions to ensure I am working within BACP ethical guidelines and I am fit to practise.
If at any time during counselling I or my supervisor believes that you may be better helped by another professional, we will inform you and refer you on to someone competent in your required field.
I agree to keep all clients material confidential, unless to do so would be against the law or put the client or another person in danger. If these conditions arise I would discuss with you the client, whenever possible.
By signing below we have read and understood this contract and agree to its content.