Below is the basic wording of the therapy contract. This document changes from time to time, in line with changes in legislation and protocols within the field of personal therapy.
Symantha’s Talking Therapy
Therapy Contract between Client and Therapist
Contract between [you, the client] and Symantha Simcox of Symantha’s Talking Therapy.
To be available at the agreed times.
To start and end sessions on time.
To offer a quiet, appropriate, and undisturbed space.
To maintain safe, professional boundaries.
To regard all contact and information as confidential unless she has reasonable doubt concerning the actual safety of the client or others.
To encourage client autonomy.
To work within the UKCP Ethical Framework (available upon request)
To review therapeutic work and relationship regularly.
In the unlikely event of the therapist cancelling, an alternative appointment offered ASAP.
To read the list of contraindications at the bottom of this contract and to advise the Therapist of any concern prior to attending the first session.
To attend all sessions punctually.
To give a minimum of 24 hours’ notice when cancelling/changing an appointment.
Communicating with the therapist outside agreed counselling sessions to be limited to making, changing, or cancelling an appointment unless by prior arrangement.
To respect the therapist and her property.
To agree to give permission to contact the GP if the therapist has serious concerns about the risk to self (client) or others.
To discuss with the therapist when you feel you are ready to end therapy.
To let the therapist, know if you are in or are considering entering another therapeutic relationship. (I will not work with you if you are currently engaged in psychotherapy/ talking therapy with another therapist as this may be confusing and unhelpful to your therapeutic journey and thereby unethical to do so).
What is on offer.
Symantha’s Talking Therapy offers hypnotherapy and hypno-psychotherapy following the person-centred approach. This means you are empowered to discover solutions to issues in a supportive environment. The therapist promises honesty and respect whilst exploring the issues you bring to therapy at the times agreed. The hypnosis will be tailored to the client’s needs considering all that has been shared within the sessions and in line with the client’s goals and aspirations.
Professional supervision and confidentiality.
Therapy is monitored under the second tier of professional therapy supervision. This is a requirement of all therapists working under any professional accrediting. Aspects of the therapy sessions will be taken to supervision specifically to monitor the methods and skills of the therapist and to ensure that the client is receiving the best possible service; at no time will any client’s name or any identifiable information be shared and the supervisor is also bound by the same code of ethics. Confidentiality is sacrosanct but there are boundaries and limits to confidentiality as detailed in the therapist’s declaration.
Records of sessions.
Any handwritten notes taken by the therapist are securely destroyed after being typed up. Electronic copies are held on a separate hard drive, in a hidden folder and are password protected. Minimal information is noted purely to assist the Therapist as an aide-memoire for future sessions. These will be coded so that in isolation they will not be identifiable as relating to any person and held on a password protected database on a separate hard drive.
The therapist may occasionally ask permission to make an audio recording of a session. These recordings will be listened to once by the therapist, as an aide-memoire and for purpose of planning therapy and then deleted. All recordings will be made on a separate recording device. The therapist will not audio-record any session without the client’s expressed permission.
Appointments are made on the basis that both client and therapist agree to the above and are bound by the terms and conditions of this arrangement.
Symantha's Talking Therapy
Contraindications for hypnotherapy may include.
Psychotic Disorders: Hypnotherapy is typically contraindicated for individuals with psychotic disorders like schizophrenia. It can potentially make symptoms worse.
Severe Personality Disorders: People with severe personality disorders may not easily respond to hypnosis.
Active Substance Abuse Issues: Individuals with active and current substance misuse issues may not benefit from hypnotherapy until they have undergone treatment and achieved some level of stability in their lives. In any event I will not continue any session where it is evident that the client is under the influence of drugs or drink.
Certain Medical Conditions: Hypnotherapy may not be suitable for individuals with certain medical conditions such as epilepsy, as it could potentially trigger seizures.
Cognitive Impairments: People with severe cognitive impairments may not be able to engage effectively in hypnotherapy, as it often involves focused attention and cognitive participation.
Unwillingness or Lack of Cooperation: Hypnotherapy relies on a cooperative relationship between the client and the therapist. If a client is unwilling or unable to engage in the process, it may not be effective.
Limited Verbal or Communication Skills: Effective communication is essential for hypnotherapy. People with severe communication difficulties may not benefit from this form of therapy. This can include deafness and language barriers. I will work with all clients with whom there is mutual comprehension and understanding but the therapeutic progress may be slower.
Safety Concerns: If there are concerns about a client’s safety or the potential for harm to themselves or others, hypnotherapy may not be the best choice until those issues are addressed.
Lack of Informed Consent: Hypnotherapy should only be administered with the informed consent of the client. If a person is unable to provide informed consent due to age, cognitive impairment, or other factors, it may not be appropriate.
Ethical or Cultural Considerations: Some individuals or their backgrounds/ cultures may have ethical or cultural objections to hypnotherapy.
Please advise me of any questions or concerns that you may have with regard to any of these contraindications during our session.