Jo Hughes - Registered and Accredited BACP Counsellor
It is difficult and painful to confront problems so I will not judge you when you share them
It is difficult to trust when you have been badly hurt so I will never try to push you further than you want to go
Your concerns will be listened to because if they are important to you they are important to me
You will be accepted as you are even if that does not match up to the way you think you should be
You will be given a chance to understand and change your life but you will not be diagnosed or told what is best for you
Nothing! This is your time and it is about you. You know your reasons for attending counselling and what you want from it. I believe it is as you meet true respect for you as an individual that healing takes place. Therefore I will not push you to meet my objectives but enable you to identify and meet your own. It may be difficult for you at first to even talk, and I understand that. Trust takes time.
Everyone has to start somewhere and the first session is the start of a new relationship for you. I will try to help you to feel welcome and comfortable and I recognise that you may be nervous and unsure about what is expected. To begin with we will cover information about what you can expect and hopefully this will give you time to settle in and get used to me.
So the start of the session will be about:
Please be assured that what you tell me stays between the two of us, but there are some important exceptions. As a professional counsellor I am required to have monthly supervision which means talking about my casework with a specialist counsellor to check that I am working well with my clients. I protect your identity so that the other counsellor will not know who you are. Sometimes, in very specific circumstances, confidentiality is broken. This is where there is a risk of harm to yourself or others, such as chidren; or where by law I am required to report my knowledge of illegal activity such as terrorism and money laundering. If I think I will be required to break confidentiality I will try to warn you beforehand, preferably before you disclose the issue.
Each session lasts for one hour and the number of sessions is individual to you and your circumstances. I recommend you consider a minimum of six sessions but most of my clients choose to work over a longer period with me because lasting change takes time.
I work with my clients on a weekly basis. This gives you time to reflect between sessions without losing the momentum of change.
Each session costs £40. Fees may be paid by cash, cheque, or bank transfer.
Whilst I understand that unexpected events occur, non-attendance at appointments affect both the counselling process and the individuals concerned. It represents a lost opportunity for me to help clients who could have used the appointment. Regretfully I will charge for cancelled sessions at the full rate unless it is possible for me to offer you a mutually convenient alternative time.
Sometimes counsellors and clients are not suited, perhaps because the client has specialist needs or more appropriate help is available elsewhere. In order to ensure you are looked after properly I may suggest you approach someone else, or with your permission I will contact them on your behalf.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and adhere to their ethical framework If you are at all uncertain about the way we are working together, in the first instance I would appreciate you telling me of your concerns. If you feel unable to do so or we are unable to resolve the issue I can provide my supervisor's details or you may prefer to contact BACP who will assist.
The NHS offers counselling (usually Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) http://www.therapyforyou.co.uk/
Your employer may offer access to counselling through an occupational health scheme. You may only be offered a few sessions for free.
If you are a young person, your school or college may employ a counsellor or be able to refer you.
If you fall into a particular client group you may be able to obtain free or reduced price counselling. Links to local agencies who can help you include:
If you are suffering abuse, the following organisations will help