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

Therapy with me is a weekly activity, involving a serious commitment on both sides. Appointments are at a fixed time each week and I will give notice of short breaks and annual holidays at least four weeks in advance. I charge according to means from forty-two to fifty-five pounds per hour, sixty pounds per hour for specifically short-term work, and generally have one low-cost place. I review my rates annually.

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.

Couple counselling

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. I also see families and any combination within it (ie mother/daughter etc.) for which I charge seventy pounds per hour. For meetings of more than two people at once, I charge eighty pounds per hour.

Supervision

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

Mentoring and consultancy

...can be arranged as needed.