Do I need to be referred by my GP or other professional/practitioner?
You do not need to be referred by a medical practitioner. You can contact me directly if you think that discussing any particular issue in counselling or psychotherapy might help you.
I am not a general practitioner or a psychiatrist, so I cannot give a medical diagnosis or prescribe medications. If necessary, we can discuss involving your GP in your therapy for medical support. In any case, I would only contact your GP with your consent.
For further information on the differences between psychotherapy, psychology and psychiatry, click here.
Are you supervised?
Yes, as required by the guidelines set by UKCP and BACP, I have to discuss my client-work with my supervisor. Client anonymity is always safeguarded and my supervisor is bound by the same code of ethics as I am.
Are sessions confidential?
Confidentiality is an essential element of both counselling and psychotherapy. The material presented in sessions is kept strictly confidential and discussed only with the clinical supervisor. Under extreme circumstances, I might have to breach confidentiality but I would always try to discuss any actions I might take with you first. These are the cases outlined in the BACP ethical framework on confidentiality.
How do you ensure your professional development?
As required by UKCP and BACP, I ensure my continuous professional development by regularly attending seminars and workshops, reading books and specialised magazines and exchanging ideas with peers.