Statement of Intent for Counselling
1) The counsellor will seek to help the client in finding a solution or answer the client’s needs or problems. The counsellor will not make decisions for the client or take responsibility for any particular course of action taken or not taken by the client. The client is responsible for his or her actions and decisions and is advised to check with or consult other competent professionals, including where appropriate legal, medical, social services, social workers, or other responsible or qualified agencies. The counsellor may seek the client’s permission to contact other agencies and may suggest the referral of the client to another agency if it appears to be in the best interest of the client.
2) The counsellor will abide by the code of ethics of the UK Council for Psychotherapy.
3) The counsellor will treat as confidential all information given by the client except:
a) Where the counsellor has a legal or moral obligation to disclose information to the Police, Social Services, Courts, or other authorities or where a failure to disclose might lead to the conviction or incrimination of the counsellor.
b) Where the counsellor needs to refer to and receive guidance from the counsellor’s supervisor, providing that the identity of the client is not revealed.
c) Where the client agrees that that the information should be given to another party or agency. The above provisions regarding confidentiality will continue to be observed by the counsellor following the termination of the agreement.
4) The client will pay the counsellor an agreed fee at each session; which may be varied at the discretion of the counsellor.
5) If the client fails to attend for the session or gives less than 24 hours notice the fee will still be payable. This may be varied at the discretion of the counsellor.
Ann Lee, BSc
Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor