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 attend 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.
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.