This will be discussed during our first session together. However,  I feel it appropriate to outline here the type of relationship we would work within.

Confidentiality – what you say to me stays with me. The only changes to this are, if I felt you were in danger or were a danger to others, there may be a need to break confidences. I would, though, discuss this with you prior to any disclosure. When working with couples or others in poly relationships, I cannot hold secrets from those involved in coming to therapy.

In case and for any reason where my ability to continue to work as a therapist is compromised, or I am no longer able to work, a nominated professional colleague (Professional Executor) will inform you and, if necessary, will provide you with an alternative therapist to support you and possibly continue the work.

Supervision – I receive regular supervision (as do all therapists accredited/registered with accrediting professional organisations) with another qualified and experienced senior therapist. Should I take aspects of my work to supervision or training, any reference to you will be anonymised. My supervisor is also bound by professional code of ethics regarding confidentiality.

Sessions – A regular day and time for sessions will be arranged and agreed between us. Sessions are normally sixty (60) minutes long. We are all unique in what works best for us, so a session can be longer or shorter. This is open for discussion. For couples’ therapy or others in poly relationships, sessions of 90 minutes are often more appropriate.

Cancelled sessions – If I am unable to make a session through illness or any other unexpected reason I will let you know as soon as possible. Likewise, I will expect you to notify me if you are unable to attend a session. If you miss a session, giving less than 24 hrs notice from the appointment time, I reserve the right for the session fee to be charged in full. You are expected to contact me should you not be able to come to a planned session.

Session fees – I charge £60 per counselling hour. Longer or shorter sessions are charged pro-rata. Concessions are available for students and others. Online or phone sessions are payable in advance. Payment can be by cash, cheque, credit or debit card, PayPal, BACS or using “mobile to mobile payments”.

Outside contact – if we ever happen to see each other outside the counselling room I will not approach you. I am happy to be approached but leave that choice to you. I will take your lead on this.

Explicit material – As part of the therapy, I may on occasion, if felt appropriate and relevant, exhibit samples of explicit sexual material to explain an issue. If you have any reservations concerning this, it is your right to let me know and not have these shown during the therapy work.

Ethical guidelines – I adhere to the BACP, COSRT and NCS ethical guidelines. The full details can be seen via the links.