Personal Statement of my Philosophy of Counselling

As a Psychodynamic Counsellor, accredited by BACP and registered with UKRCP, I offer open ended contracts to enable a client to work at their own pace, with their own agenda. I also offer short-term focused work where a client might be looking to explore a certain situation or pattern of behaviour in a short time frame.

Counselling uses the relationship between the client and the therapist to explore and reflect on past and present emotional life. This experience can help resolve long-standing as well as more immediate difficulties and provide an opportunity to make positive changes. Counselling is not about giving advice, but provides a safe space to explore and understand confusion, anxiety and difficult feelings.

Confidentiality

Everything you disclose to me is treated as confidential. I do reserve the right to inform outside agencies if I feel my client is in immediate danger, or is a dangerous threat to others, and where possible I will inform my client of my intention.

Commitment

To ensure I give the best service to my clients, my work is supervised by an accredited psychotherapist. I attend workshops and seminars which are relevant to my work. I subscribe to publications from professional bodies that produce psychoanalytic literature. I work to the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy produced by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

The Contract

We agree a contract to meet for regular weekly sessions lasting 50 minutes. I will explain what my role in our contract is and what my expectations of you might be. I will answer any questions that you may have.

Missed Sessions or cancelled sessions

As the 50 minute session is booked exclusively to you, there is an expectation that you pay for all missed and cancelled sessions.