This contract sets out the key policies and procedures under which I work and asks you to agree to them. It does not tie you in to therapy for a particular period of time nor does it ask you to make a financial commitment beyond each individual therapy session.
I am a qualified Relationship and Psychosexual Therapist and a member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT). This means that I abide by the COSRT Code of Ethics.
I do not have a medical background, so I will never do a physical examination or ask you to remove any clothing. I may sometimes ask you to undertake work between sessions, either on your own or with your partner, which may include physical touch. This will only be with your full agreement and will always be subject to negotiation.
I have regular clinical supervision, as required by my professional body. I also hold full professional liability insurance.
You should expect to be treated with consideration and respect at all times during therapy sessions and you can of course choose to end therapy at any time.
Each session lasts for 50 minutes and the time and location must be pre-booked. Please give me at least 48 hours notice if you need to cancel a session, otherwise I will have to charge you the full fee. Also note that because of the arrangements I have with other clients, you should aim not to arrive early at sessions and be aware that all sessions must finish by the planned end time.
It is rarely helpful or appropriate for children or pets to be present during therapy sessions, so please do not bring them with you unless by explicit prior agreement.
I usually suggest that we plan initially for 5 sessions and then we can discuss whether you would like to continue. For most people, 6 to 8 sessions is the minimum needed to achieve positive change, but every client is different and this is something we will review regularly together.
The end of the therapeutic relationship will be planned and mutually agreed. I do however reserve the right to end particular therapy sessions and/ or future sessions in rare situations. These include:
The content of therapy sessions is confidential and confidentiality continues after the therapeutic relationship has ended. The very rare exceptions to this are:
During my own professional supervision, client issues will be discussed, but full anonymity will always be maintained.
I am committed to protecting your privacy in line with GDPR.
I am registered with the Office of the Information Commissioner. My registration number is: ZA526754
Please see below a statement of what I do to protect your personal information:
Please don't hesitate to contact me should you have any questions on the above.
I will contact you outside therapy sessions primarily to arrange or confirm future appointments. Contact will be by email or text according to the permissions given on the Client Consent Form.
Please do not invite me to be a friend on Facebook or other social media sites;this is not appropriate to the therapeutic relationship and I won’t be able to accept.
If we meet by chance, I will respect your confidentiality by not acknowledging you.
I endeavour to be professional, caring and confidential in all my dealings with clients. If you are not happy with the way I am working, please raise this with me and we will seek to resolve the matter together in the first instance. Where a complaint cannot be resolved informally, you have the right to make a formal complaint to my professional body: The College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT).
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