Session times and frequency
Usually we will meet once a week at a date and time to be agreed on the first session. Each session will last 50 minutes. All sessions will be held at 2 Betts Avenue, Martlesham Heath Business Park, Ipswich, IP5 3RH.
It is expected that our session will begin at the agreed time. If the session begins after this time unfortunately we will still have to finish on time.
Ethics and Code of Conduct
Confidentiality and limits of confidentiality
As a general rule, the content of our sessions will be kept confidential. However the following are exceptions where legally or ethically I may need to consider breaking confidentiality:
- If there is a risk of serious harm to yourself or another.
- If a child is at risk of being harmed.
- If a Court Order is issued.
- If you share information about a proposed act of terrorism/money laundering/drug trafficking or if there is a request by the Police for information regarding a road traffic accident.
These are exceptional circumstances and wherever possible I would discuss this with you first to try and seek your agreement before any action was taken.
I am required by the BACP to attend supervision as a way of reflecting on the work we do together. Only your first name will be used. My supervisor is bound by the same level of confidentiality as I am.
I would like to make brief notes after each session. These are to help me in my work with you and are disclosed to no-one other than possibly my supervisor. These notes will be securely stored. Confidentiality is extremely important and I have a policy of not disclosing notes without a Court Order.
Please try and give at least 48 hours notice of any cancellation and I will try and do the same. If less than 24 hours notice is given or you do not turn up for your session, the full fee will be payable.
I have a social media presence and you are welcome to look at anything related to The Bridge Counselling Service. I will not communicate through any social media presence and please be aware that if you make any comment, your anonymity may be compromised.
If you wish to come to counselling primarily to discuss issues around adoption, please be aware that you have the right to access adoption support services. I can help you find a registered adoption support agency.