What can I expect?
The aim of psychosexual or couples counselling is to provide you, the client, with a confidential opportunity to explore personal and relational issues in safety. The role of the therapist is to help you through this process without judgement or telling you what to do, although goals may be set and worked towards. If at any time I as the therapist feel that I can no longer help you, or that you may need the assistance of someone with a different specialty, I will offer to refer you onto someone that can help.
How regularly will we meet?
Sessions tend to be weekly or fortnightly, but I do understand clients have busy lives so I try to be flexible with scheduling appointments. I offer sessions in person and also via video call.
How long are sessions?
Sessions are typically one clinical hour (50 minutes). For relationship therapy I tend to recommend double sessions (100 minutes). I would rather see the couples less frequently but for longer so we have time to explore from both perspectives.
What is supervision?
I accordance with the COSRT ethical framework I have supervision monthly. My clinical case load is discussed in supervision to maintain practice standards and safety. This process gives me the support and guidance I need to be a fit practitioner.
What if I miss or cancel an appointment?
Diarised missed or cancelled sessions by the client will be charged in full and the client will be expected to make payment at the next session if not before.
Will our sessions be confidential?
This is a key aspect of the therapy relationship, and everything discussed in the therapy sessions is kept in confidence. To ensure open exploration of the concerns that you have brought to therapy, I the therapist will maintain confidentiality in accordance with an ethical framework for good practice at all times.
Confidentiality can only be broken when there is evidence that the client may:
1. Threaten harm to yourself or to another person.
2. If I the therapist believe a child or protected adult is at risk of harm or abuse.
3. If the courts instruct the therapist to give information.
4. If you, the client share information about a proposed act of terrorism or other illegal act.