Theresa Russell Counselling
Counsellor based in Lyme Regis, West Dorset and Axminster, East Devon

Theresa's Counselling Agreement


The Counselling Agreement: This is a mutual agreement between me, the Counsellor and you, the Client and articulates our responsibilities in the context of our therapeutic relationship and the work we undertake together.
The Counsellor: I am an integrative counsellor which means I use my knowledge of various therapeutic models during our work together and in a way that is best suited to your needs.
I am a registered member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I am bound by their code of ethics and practice and subject to its complaints procedure.
Confidentiality: Everything we discuss in the counselling session is confidential.
As a member of BACP, I am required to have regular supervision and I will need to discuss our work with my supervisor from time to time. However, I will not disclose anything that would enable you to be identified.
I may keep brief notes on our sessions. These will be stored securely in accordance with the Data Protection Act.
There are, however exceptional circumstance where confidentiality may be broken and I will always endeavour to discuss this with you first:
Where you, as client, give your permission for the confidence to be broken.
Where you show there is a risk of harm to yourself or to a third party.
Where I am legally compelled by a court of law.
Where there are issues of abuse relating to a child or vulnerable adult.
Where there are issues relating to terrorist activities, drug trafficking or money laundering.
Sessions: These normally last for the therapeutic hour which is 50 minutes, or may be extended to 75 minutes by arrangement. Wherever possible, appointments are scheduled to take place on a weekly basis. This is usually on the same day and at a regular time each week. We normally agree to meet for an initial period of six weeks and to review our work together at week four. This allows us to assess whether your counselling needs are being met and to make any necessary adjustments, including the setting of new goals, for the remaining two sessions. It is important for you to know that it is always your decision whether you want to continue with further counselling appointments after that.
Fees: These are charged at £40 for a 50 minute session or £55 for 75 minutes, payable in cash at each session. In the case of telephone counselling, payment is required by bank transfer before the session takes place. Fees are reviewed annually on the 1st of January.
Cancellations: The cancellation of an appointment with less than 48 hours notice, or failure to either attend a pre-arranged face-to-face session or be available for a pre-arranged telephone session will incur the full fee. In the event that I am not able to see you for a session, I will give you as much notice as possible and offer you an alternative time. Please give me at least 2 weeks notice of any intended holidays and I will do the same for you.
Endings: Even though you are free to discontinue with sessions at any time, I do ask that you give me one week's notice before finally ending our work together. This will enable us to complete the therapeutic process in an appropriate and satisfactory way.
Contact: Contact by telephone or email in between sessions will be usually limited to practical arrangements only. I do not accept any social networking requests, as this can compromise the confidential and therapeutic nature of our counselling relationship.
Complaints: If you have any concerns regarding our work together, then please raise them with me in the first instance and I will do my best to resolve any issues you may have.

I will not be able to see you if you attend a session under the influence of alcohol or mind altering drugs and you will be charged the full fee for the session.

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