Framework for Counselling



These notes offer a framework for our work together. Please feel free to discuss any of these points with me.



Our first meeting will be an opportunity to talk about what brought you to counselling and what you hope to gain from it. If we decide to work together it can be for set number of sessions, on an open ended basis or we can take it week by week.



For a fifty-minute session I charge £50. Please pay by the end of each session by cash or cheque (you can pay by debit card if we are meeting in Cirencester). If you cannot afford this please ask as I may be able to be flexible on my fee.



The sessions are usually weekly, at the same time and are 50 minutes. So that people can arrive and leave in privacy, please arrive no more than a couple of minutes early. If you arrive late, we will still finish at the set time.


Missed and cancelled sessions

If you are unable to attend a session, please let me know as soon as possible. I will charge for missed sessions unless given a week’s notice except in exceptional circumstances (if possible I will offer an alternative appointment). On rare occasions I may need to cancel a session. If that happens, I will give you as much notice as I can and I will offer alternative times if I am able to.



I will give you notice of any holidays I intend to take. I ask that you notify me of any holiday dates in advance but preferably with a months’ notice.



We will work to end at a mutually agreed time, giving attention to the finishing process. If our work together is long term I find it important to give necessary space to ending. We can agree this depending on the nature of our work.



The service I offer is confidential but I will take aspects of our work to supervision. Your identity will not be disclosed. Confidentiality might only be broken if I feel you or others are at risk of harm. I will always endeavour to consult with you about this before making any disclosure.


Professional organizations

I am a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work to their code of ethics and practice.


Richard Atkinson MBACP


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