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 a BPS Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy and BACP Accredited and is 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 will need to break confidentiality by informing your doctor, or in serious cases the police, this would only take place with your prior knowledge.
Sessions are 50 minutes. I feel psychotherapy works best with weekly sessions to build momentum and explore areas of your life. So I suggest we meet once a week, at the same time and day each week for the first three months. The whole session time belongs to you, whether you choose to attend or not, I will be present for the entire time of the session. If you arrive part way through your allotted time, I will see you for the remainder of the time. I will not offer your time to anyone else, even if you are away on holiday. If your circumstances change and the session time is no longer suitable, I will do my best to accommodate this and offer you an alternative time.
Thank you in advance for your payment. I ask you paid the agreed fee in via bank transfer or cheque before the session. Fees are £80.
Cancellation and Holidays:
Due to room hire and managing other client bookings and my schedule I ask that you try and give me a week’s notice if you are away or would like to cancel a regular session. If you give me less than 48 hours’ notice or don’t attend an appointment with no prior notice I ask for the full fee of the session.
Cancellation of an appointment, or failure to show for an appointment, will incur the full fee
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.