Tenniel illustration of the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland used on the T&C page of Gill Jackman, a counsellor working in the Chew Valley, North Somerset

TERMS & CONDITIONS

The unpredictability of Covid-19 means my usual terms and conditions are suspended. What I would ask of new clients is that they keep me informed about illness or their need to care for family members. We will make an agreement about when our next meeting will be from week to week. Cancellations for illness or to do with Covid-19 emergencies will not be charged for. The rest of this page is how I worked before the virus and doesn't currently apply.

Holidays, missed appointments and ending therapy

I will give notice of short breaks and annual holidays at least four weeks in advance.

If clients have holidays or breaks outside this time, charges are as follows:

Sometimes it is possible to move a session to another time. This requires flexibility on both sides.

Missed appointments will be charged at the full rate.

When therapy is open-ended, as opposed to limited to 6 or 12 sessions agreed on in advance, it is important that ending therapy is not sudden but negotiated and prepared for a few weeks in advance as a great deal of therapeutic benefit can be gained in these last few meetings.

If you are not happy or are unclear about these terms and conditions, please feel free to discuss the matter with me as any unresolved difficulties with them may prevent therapy from being as helpful as it might be.

Please feel free to ask me about my style of working at any time, should you feel the need. I aim to be as ‘transparent’ and ‘up front’ as possible. Counselling sessions for individuals cost sixty pounds. (Concessions available.)

FURTHER READING
A Note About Long-Term or Open-Ended Counselling [53k] is an essay explaining the importance of commitment for this type of work.

Couple counselling

Ideally, couple counselling is also a weekly activity, particularly for the first six weeks. After this, however, if there is progress in communication, couples may find that once a fortnight is enough. Because there are two people to organise and much of the work is solution-focused, it is possible to have more flexibility for appointment times, although sessions of one-and-a-half hours are advisable. I also see families and any combination within it (ie mother/daughter etc.) for which I charge eighty pounds per hour/one hundred and twenty pounds per session. For meetings of more than two people at once, I charge a hundred pounds per hour/one hundred and fifty pounds per session.

Supervision

In accordance with BACP guidelines. Please contact me for further information.

Mentoring and consultancy

...can be arranged as needed.