The first session
We will need to establish connection via the chosen format prior to the session so please provide me with the correct mobile phone number to use (for Facetime) or send a contact request to amandagwilliamson on Skype.
Please ensure you are in a private space.
If via video, it is better if I am able to see your head and upper body where possible. It might be worth wearing headphones. I have good data connectivity; it might be worth using wi-fi if your telephone data signal is impaired.
I advise that you give yourself sufficient time and space either side of the session in order to be in the right head space. It can feel a little confusing with no journey to and from the therapy room. I have been doing video and telephone sessions for several years so it is familiar territory for me. I am also suitably insured.
If paying by bank transfer I require payment in advance of the session. If you are attending face to face and paying in cash or cheque payment will take place at the start of the session.
Ending therapy against my client's wishes
I may have cause to end sessions if it is clear that therapy is not helping or possibly harming my client or if there is a threat to my wellbeing. It is iapprorpiate to continue working with couples where there are issues around domestic violence. It may be appropriate for some clients to be referred to psychiatric services or other. I will always endeavour to treat such cases ethically and sensitively and am aways informed by the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.