Thank you for your interest in my online sessions.
Below I have listed some important information and a personal history form. Please read, complete and return when you are ready to arrange your Initial Consultation.
The Initial Consultation (IC) Zoom or WhatsApp session lasts up to 50 minutes. Cost is £75 please note no therapy or recording will be given at this session.
The Initial consultation is to establish the needs and history of the client, and by so doing, this information, and other on-going information will be used to create the best understanding of your needs and help the structuring of future sessions, including any recordings to be used by you.
The Initial Consultation (IC), includes completion of an Assessment form, and signed agreement of this Contract. Information provided on the assessment form is deemed to be true. Any omissions are your liability.
When completing this form, please remember after 33+ years in practice it is highly unlikely you can tell me anything that I havent heard before. You may be hesitiant to tell me and that's understandable. However you will not be judged in any way, the goal is to help you the best I can, and that means having all the information. Think of the information as pieces in a jigsaw, if any are missing, the picture we want to create will be incomplete.
The Initial Consultation session is a vital part of any future work between us, as it is beginning a process, building rapport, and exchanging information, we will have an honest, open and confidential discussion regarding your problem(s). I will volunteer information which I feel will be beneficial to you at every opportunity. Many people find the Initial Consultation informative, educational, and enlightening.
The initial consultation is about making sure we have the information we need to plan and structure your needs accordingly. Because we will have shared lots of information between us, we will have a good idea if we will both feel comfortable working with each other.
After the initial consultation you are encouraged to take some time to think about everything we have discussed. It is never a good thing to just rush in. By thinking things over, and perhaps speaking to your partner or close friend about the conversation you will have a clearer idea about moving forward.
Further sessions are also information gathering, updating and agreeing the next step, and may involve, coaching and counselling if required.
These Follow on Sessions (FoS) costed at the same price as the Initial Consultations will be used to discuss your presenting problems and to find solutions. In some instances, depending upon what is being discussed, the sessions will be more indepth and focussed entirely on the problem. This of course is done in a gentle, sensitive way.
Some FoS may lead to an MP3 being made for you and sent to you via Dropbox or similiar sharing platform. Any MP3 is normally completed within 3 days. If any delay occurs you will be notified.
Please note, where counselling or coaching has been conducted, no MP3 recordings will be provided.
When multiple recordings are held by you, I will proved, where needed a suggested listening schedule, free of charge, which the client is encouraged to follow. Follow on Sessions (FOS) are £75, including any hypnotherapy recording provided. Hypnosis is never carried out in online sessions.
MP3 files sent to you should only be used for the intended listener. I will accept no responsibility for the correct use or outcomes of any recording which is provided at my discretion.
The agreement to work on the issues presented by you (the client) in no way guarantees, nor does it suggest a cure. The client acknowledges and accepts full responsibility for all outcomes.
On the assessment form the client has provided relevant medical information, including their GP’s / Professional Health Care Provider contact details. If advised by the Practitioner at the Initial Consultation, the client agrees to seek medical approval, before commencing any online sessions.
The cost of each online session is £75 including an MP3 download if applicable.
Payment by PayPal is due 72 hours prior to the agreed commencement time and date of each Skype session.
PayPal Payments to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Once payment is made, we will confirm receipt and appointment.
Once confirmed no refunds will be made.
(Why?) this is because time will have been allocated to you which cannot be used for others. Also some time spent and work will have been done before the session.
Please note. Prompt payments are your responsibility. No reminder for payment from the therapist will be made to the client. If payment is not received 72 hours prior to the planned session, all planned and future sessions will be cancelled and the agreement terminated.
(Seems a little harsh? Why?) This is because I believe time is important. We can never get a single minute back. My time is important to me, more important than money. So I simply choose not to waste my time, when I could be helping someone instead.
Confidentiality will be maintained in all but the most exceptional circumstances. These can only include: legal action (criminal or civil cases where a court order is made demanding disclosure - includes coroners courts) and where there is good cause to believe that not to disclose would cause danger of serious harm to the client or others.
Most standards of confidentiality applied in professional contexts are based on Common Law policy where the duty to keep confidence is measured against the concept "greater good". ‘Safeguarding of Children & Vulnerable Adults’ guidelines will always be adhered to.
The sharing of anonymous case histories with supervisors and peer support groups is not a breach of professional confidentiality. The sharing of open case histories with supervisors and any referring NHS medical practitioner is also not a breach.
Any written records kept by the practitioner will be destroyed after 60 days of the final session.
Please note, While online providers (Zoom / WhatsApp do their best to ensure secure and private communication, no guarantee by the providers is made of 100% security.