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FAQ

What happens when I contact you?

 

initial consultation with you about my services and the needs of you and your family. During this I will explain what I offer, how I may be able to help, and give you the opportunity to ask any questions. If I am unable to help you I will try my best to signpost you to another therapist or service.

How many sessions will I need?
 

 

What is your cancellation policy

What does confidentiality mean in therapy?

Confidentiality effectively means keeping things private. This is important in therapy, no matter the age of the client.

If your child is in therapy, they may choose to share whatever he or she likes about the sessions but I will not share any details with you. I am able to share themes of our sessions but not specific details. All our sessions are confidential, and details from these will only be shared with my clinical supervisor. 

I will maintain the confidentiality of work, except in cases:

  1. Where the client gives consent for disclosure of information.

  2. Where the law requires disclosure (when acts of terrorism are disclosed)

  3. Where I feel that there is a risk of serious harm to the client or to others

  4. Where a serious crime is disclosed

  5. If acts of terrorism are disclosed

Yes they are. However, it is necessary to make clear the limitations of confidentiality. Whilst the content of sessions between counsellor and client is confidential, there are exceptional circumstances that result in a legal obligation for me to break client confidentiality. These exceptional circumstances are when there appears sufficient evidence to raise serious concern about:
(a) the safety of clients; (b) the safety of other persons who may be endangered by the client’s behaviour; or (c) the health, welfare or safety of children, young people or vulnerable adults. 

There are other supervening legal and ethical obligations, such as my duty to comply with criminal investigations when I am legally obliged to do so.

However, I will always endeavour to speak with you (the client) first before breaking confidentiality.

What is the difference between counselling & psychotherapy?

Whether there’s a meaningful difference between counselling and psychotherapy depends on who you ask. The most common distinction says that counselling is usually shorter term work (mostly focusing on immediate problems or symptoms) whereas psychotherapy is usually more in-depth and longer term, exploring historical patterns and formative relationships to understand ourselves better. Sometimes work that starts with a focus on immediate problems or symptoms develops into exploring how the client might lead a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

What issues can you help with?

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