UKCP is not conditional on having a written contract. Our ethical and professional code describes that psychotherapists should do this: in general, most contracts or agreements stipulate that the client can stop therapy at any time. Payments are due at the meeting in cash or by card at each meeting or, by prior appointment, payable online in standing order. « Confirm each client`s consent to the specifics of the service you are offering with a clear contract at the beginning of the therapy. We do not set a written contract, but in case of opposition, a clear written contract supports both the customer and you. Help clients understand the type of each proposed therapy and its effects, what can be expected, the associated risks, what is offered and what is not, and other relevant options » (code 15). A contract defines the rights and obligations of the therapist and clients. If you opt for a written agreement with your client, here you will find some provisions that you might have in the agreement. This document contains important information about my professional services and business policies. As soon as you start psychotherapy, the document is a binding agreement between us. Since confidentiality is a trigger for complaints, the client must be informed of the circumstances in which the therapist might be required to violate confidentiality.
The course of therapy requires an obligation from both the therapist and the client, so it is important that there is a clear policy for cancelling appointments. The objective of the advice is to offer you, the client, a confidential opportunity to explore personal and relational topics safely. The role of a counselor/psychotherapist is to help you through this process, without judging or telling you what to do. I can sometimes give information or make suggestions. If, at any time, I feel that I can no longer help you, I will suggest that you refer you to someone who can. This document contains important information about my professional services and business policies. Please read it carefully and write down any questions you may have so that we can discuss them at our next meeting. At our first meeting, I will have you sign a summary of this document. After signing, it is an agreement between us. If you are under the age of eighteen, please note that the law may give your parents the right to check your treatment records. It is my policy to ask parents to agree to have access to your records.
If they agree, I will only give them general information about our cooperation, unless I feel that there is a high risk that you will seriously harm yourself or someone else. In this case, I will inform them of my concerns. I will also give them a summary of your treatment when it is finished. Before giving them any information, I will discuss the matter with you as much as possible and I will do my best to address any objections you have with what I am prepared to discuss. A written contract is a transparent basis for informed consent. It gives you a certain degree of security. Expectations are clear. This means that a contract reduces the likelihood of claims. And in some circumstances, a contract can « save » a therapeutic relationship. In your contract, indicate the minimum time required for the cancellation, modification or postponement of a date. Normally, 48 hours seem reasonable, but it may depend on your practice. In exceptional circumstances, if I am concerned about your well-being or that of others, it may be necessary to seek help outside of the counselling relationship; I would always and above all try to win your support.
A treaty is recommended in order to clarify what is expected of both parties. . . .