LUKE WILLIAMS, PSYCHOTHERAPY
The Psychotherapy Contract:
This is a mutual agreement negotiated between therapist and client prior to the commencement of counselling. It articulates the responsibilities of the therapist towards the client, and also the client's responsibilities in the therapeutic relationship.
Confidentiality and Professional Registration:
Everything that we discuss in our sessions is kept in the strictest confidence. As a member of the UKCP (UK Council for psychotherapy), I work according to their ethical principles and code of professional conduct, these can be found at www.psychotherapy.org.uk. I am required to have regular supervision and I will occasionally discuss our work with my supervisor to ensure I am offering you the best possible service I can. I will not disclose your name or anything that would enable you to be identified, and my supervisor is an experienced and well-regarded psychotherapist who is on the BPS Register of Psychologists specialising in Psychotherapy, and is BACP Accredited therefore governed by the same ethical standards and confidentiality agreement as me. If there is convincing evidence that you intend to harm yourself or others, I may need to break confidentiality by informing your doctor, or in serious cases the police, this would usually take place with your prior knowledge.
Sessions are 50 minutes. I feel psychotherapy is about building a relationship and momentum as we explore what are sometimes difficult areas of your life therefore I suggest weekly sessions. I am trained in the person-centred approach, and aim to work in according to this philosophy. To find out more about this please see my website.
Rates for sessions are £80 and can be paid by bank transfer or cash.
My account details are: L Williams, Sort code 40-01-22, Account no. 31825461
Cancellation and Holidays:
I ask for at least a week’s notice if you cannot attend a regular appointment, that helps me manage my diary, room bookings and workload. If you cancel within 48 hours or do not attend a planned session I ask for full payment unless there is a clear emergency.
If for any reason I cannot attend a session I will give you as much notice as possible and I will try to offer you an alternative time or see you at the usual appointment time the following week,
When you feel you would like to end our work together it is best if we can discuss this at least one month in advance to avoid an abrupt ending. Many of us have experienced difficult and sudden losses in the past and psychotherapy gives us the opportunity to avoid this and experience a good ending that acknowledges and honors the work and the relationship. Good endings can give us the lived experience of recognising it is ok for things to come to a close and it doesn’t need to be because things are wrong or because we have had a difficult experience. Having an ending session gives us a chance to acknowledge, review and consolidate the work we have done and explore how you can continue to support yourself.