In Person Therapy Agreement

updated november 2021

This agreement covers the main things we will need to agree on before working together. Please read it so that you are clear about what to expect and so that we can talk through how we will work together. Please make sure you understand and are happy with these details.

Confidentiality

All sessions will be confidential- this is a key part of the counselling process. If I think you are at risk of harming yourself or harming others, then I may need to widen confidentiality to get you the help and support that you need, or to comply with current legislation. Wherever possible I will talk with you first if I think this might be necessary.


Confidentiality only applies to the therapist: you can talk with anyone about your counselling. Please note that I discuss our work with a supervisor and sometimes supervision groups; this is for your benefit to make sure I am working ethically and is a mandatory professional requirement. Your identity will be protected during all supervision consultations. Pleased be assured any consultation is privy only to a small number of practitioners who are bound by the same code of ethics and professional practice as me.

GDPR

I keep short, hand-written notes on sessions we have together, and I also keep an electronic record of your name, contact details and client code, all of which is password protected. All records and any identifying information about you will be stored securely for the length of our work together and thereafter stored securely for 5 years. No details will be passed to third parties or used or advertising or marketing. You can find out more about this here.

Sessions

Counselling sessions last for 50 minutes and are usually at a set time each week. The usual arrangement is to meet weekly, for either a stated limited period, or an open-ended length of time. Please be aware that there is no waiting room at the site so it’s best to arrive a couple of minutes before your session, but no earlier please. If you are running late then please just let me know and we will start as soon as you arrive. Generally, sessions will end at the agreed ending time, even if we started late.


If you cannot make a session, please let me know as soon as you can and where possible an appointment will be rearranged during that week. Generally, sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice or those missed without notice will still be charged. My contact details are at the bottom of this info.


I do short term (6 sessions) as well as long term (about 20-30 sessions) and open-ended work. When you are ready to end your sessions, I recommend that the ending is planned and prepared for by us both to allow us a proper ending.

Contact between sessions

Contact between sessions can be done by email, text or phone. Generally, I will check messages between 9am -8pm on weekdays. If I am not available to answer straight away then I will endeavour to reply within 24 hours, if not sooner. Contact should be used to check practical information only such as timings of sessions and cancellations etc. It is not intended to be extra support between sessions.

I have limited presence on social media and will not make contact with you via any online SM platforms. If you need to contact me then please use my email. If we bump into each other locally or come across one another in a setting beyond agreed counselling sessions, then I generally do not acknowledge that we know each other or work together- this is to protect your privacy. Should you wish to briefly acknowledge me then please free to do so.


In the very unlikely event that I cannot continue working (because of sudden illness, bereavement or death, for example) then my trusted colleague and supervisor, Jo Lucas, has instructions for how to make contact with you and let you know what’s happening.

BACP

I work within the guidelines, code of ethics and professional practice standards set out by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), of which I am a member. If you have a complaint about my work or treatment of you, you have the right to inform the BACP. You can find out more about this here.

Fees

My standard fee is £50 for a 50-minute session (concessions are available). You can pay by cash, cheque, bank transfer or by card. Please discuss with me the best way for you to arrangement payment. If you wish to pay by bank transfer, then details are below:


Sort Code: 40-47-75
Account Number: 93986195
Name: A R Halls

Continuing professional development

I seek to keep my knowledge and qualifications as up to date as possible and will undertake regular training and professional development to do this. I may from time to time also engage in further study to gain additional qualifications. Should I be required to write up various clinical case studies and/or vignettes, no names, geographical or identifying details will be disclosed.


If you do not wish me to write about all or any part of the clinical process in our work together please LET ME KNOW.

Covid safety

My aim is to keep both of us safe from all airborne viruses, coughs, colds and ‘flu should you be accessing counselling in person. So please see my COVID safety risk assessments and working procedures for more on this and make sure you are happy with all the arrangements.

Anna