Framework for Counselling    - how we work together


  • Counselling sessions are weekly, on the same day, at the same time, and will last 50 minutes.

  Confidentiality and the limits of confidentiality

  • I will provide a secure space for the counselling, and all issues will be kept confidential, except if it emerges that there is a serious risk to you or another person, or where I am compelled by law to do so.  In such rare circumstances I will always prefer to discuss any concerns and actions with you beforehand.
  • I will not provide reports and letters about your counselling to anyone.  If you consent, I can inform your GP of the start and end dates of the counselling.
  • As required by BACP, I have my work supervised by a senior colleague to maintain appropriate standards of practice, and all material discussed in this supervision is kept confidential between us.

  Drugs and alcohol

  • If you appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, I am likely to refuse to see you on that occasion.


  • I will give you appropriate notice of breaks that I will take, for example, Christmas, Spring, Summer breaks.  There will be no charge for breaks, or other sessions where I am not available.
  • You will need to pay for any sessions you miss.
  • A fee of £45-£60  is payable at the end of each session, unless agreed otherwise.

  Good practice

  • I am bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and its complaints procedure.


  • We agree between us a suitable number of sessions, with regular reviews.
  • Endings are usually discussed, planned and worked towards. 

David Cole, Counsellor/Psychotherapist

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