What is Counselling?
Counselling can provide you with an opportunity to explore your concerns, experiences and feelings within a safe professional and confidential environment. Voicing one’s issues and truly being heard can encourage you to find more clarity and understanding of your internal world. This might support you in moving towards finding acceptance or ways to introduce positive changes.
As a person centred counsellor I will endeavour to provide you with a non-judgmental environment where I will not undermine your experience. Whilst I will not give orders or direct advice I may provide a supportive challenge to illuminate potentially buried or unseen issues. However I will always respect your autonomy and your choice of direction.
As your counsellor I will:
- Commit to provide a respectful, compassionate and professional relationship.
- Adhere to BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) Ethical Framework.
- Make brief anonymous notes of each session which will then be securely stored in accordance with The Data Protection Act 1998.
- Preserve confidentiality about our anything mentioned in our sessions with the exception of instances where I perceive a risk of harm to yourself or others, suspected money laundering or any act of terrorism. Should the need arise to break confidentiality I will endeavour to inform you of my intent.
- Make every effort to provide you with as much notice as possible should I need to cancel or rearrange our session due to unforeseen circumstances.
- Attend regular supervision in line with BACP regulation to ensure integrity. Should your process be explored it will be fully anonymised.
As a client I intend to:
- Attend appointments or give sufficient notice if I need to make changes or cancel a session
- Attend counselling session in the absence of being influenced by alcohol or recreational drugs
- Inform my counsellor of any medical conditions or medications taken which may be of significance
As a client I will:
- Pay the agreed amount of £…… at the beginning of each counselling session.
As a unit we will:
- Endeavour to appreciate all ranges of emotions that counselling may invoke while working towards positive movement.
Due to the Data Protection Law, in force from May 25th 2018, consent from you as a client is required for me as a counsellor so that I can hold information and to communicate with you.
I (Client’s name)…………………………….. consent for my date to be held by the counsellor and kept securely in line with BACP requirements before being securely destroyed.
I (Client’s name)……………………………… consent for my counsellor to communicate with me by call, text and email.
Client’s Name: Date:
Client’s Signature: Counsellor’s Signature: