Under the General Data Protection Regulations 2018, you have certain rights. These are:
- You are allowed to see your notes. This is facilitated by making a formal request.
- Records are kept for 5 years after termination of therapy and then destroyed.
- Having your records amended (change of name and address)
- In the case of clients under 18, records are kept for 5 years after the child turns 18.
- Under GDPR, you can request your data to be erased. However there are exceptions to this.
In the case of counselling records, insurance companies and ethical bodies ask for records to be available for the period of time as outlined above.
- Click on the Connect button and fill out the details.
- I will contact you for an initial chat (no charge).
- I will send you the details and we will agree a date and time for a first session.
- The journey begins...
My role as your therapist to help you to strengthen your roots, grow to your potential and develop your wings to fly.
During our first session together, we will begin to negotiate the terms of our work together.
For some clients this may be to commit to an initial six sessions, at which time we can review or come to an end.
Many clients like to work open ended, which means that we work together until it feels right to bring therapy to an end. The advantages of this are many. Investing time into a long term therapeutic relationship brings about a new model of relating and means that you have someone alongside you as you go through the challenges, and an opportunity for great learning at these times.
There are many factors that may influence the length of time, including: time and financial constraints, depth of issues, and personal circumstances. For instance, some clients may wish to learn some coping strategies, whilst others may wish to delve into the root causes. There are no rights or wrongs.
It is important to remember that as the client, you are the one that sets out these boundaries and that I am here to help you figure out what will best serve you.
Benefits of online therapy
- You can create a comfortable and private space in your own home from which to attend therapy
- You may find it easier to talk, focus and express yourself
- You may enjoy wearing comfortable clothes and avoiding a commute
- You may have more flexibility around scheduling
- Research shows that online therapy is as effective as in-person therapy
Challenges during online therapy
- Internet connection, I can help with setting up of our Zoom connection if needed
- We may have to be more verbal, as we cannot see our whole bodies. Setting camera at eye level can help with eye contact and facial expressions
- Self -Care around screen time is important, especially if you are using computers for work.
To get the most out of your sessions...
- Check that your space is private and comfortable
- Do Not Disturb notices
- Headphones can help with privacy
- Turn off other applications/notifications and phone on silent
- Please avoid alcohol/drugs, before or during sessions
- Pets are welcome, if not distracting
- Give yourself time before and after the session, before re-joining family/colleagues.
Our work together is confidential, apart from the following situations:
- where there is a child safeguarding issue
- where there is information on an act of terrorism
- where there is a risk of safety to others.
My work is supervised within the ethical code of my accrediting body and no names or distinguishing information are shared.
If I feel that you may be at risk to your own life, I will encourage you for further help, or request that I act on your behalf, by contacting your GP or an elected person of your choosing.