Psychotherapy and Counselling Principles

Therapist (“I”): Ales Zivkovic CTA(P) MSc (TA Psych)

Client (“you”)

 

Psychotherapy and Counselling Principles

Ales Zivkovic CTA(P) MSc (UKCP Reg/Acc) – Psychotherapist and Counsellor

These Psychotherapy and Counselling Principles need to be read in conjunction with my Privacy Policy which you may find here.

General Principles

We treat each other with respect and as autonomous individuals. We will not judge or condemn each other or physically or verbally assault each other or others. We will be honest to each other.

Boundaries are important and are of essence not only for us to be able to work together in practical regards, but also in order for the therapeutic relationship to be potent. This goes for boundaries of therapy time and space also. There will be no therapy actively performed outside therapy space—that is at our sessions face-to-face, online or over the phone. There will be no therapy done over email, texting etc.

Sessions

We will usually define some terms (e.g. payment, cancellation and termination) differently and/or more specifically in a separate “business” terms/contract, however, unless/until we have done so the terms outlined here will hold.

Our sessions together will be held on weekly basis. Sometimes we might agree to more than one session per week, however, that is something we will discuss and agree upon as we work together. I am usually able and willing to support you also in-between regular weekly sessions, should you feel you need such support at any point and should we agree to it. You agree to arrive to sessions on time.

You will give 1 weeks’ notice if you have to cancel a session by calling or texting me. If cancellation is not made in the period of 1 weeks’ notice or if I am unable to reschedule the session within the same week, you will make payment in full regardless of attendance.

You will pay the agreed fee at each session or in advance of session. I generally do not offer sessions over weekends or Bank Holidays, however, if we agree to have a session on such days, I will charge a 40% premium to your regular fee.

Payments for initial sessions are required prior to the session and are non-refundable.

I also run sessions online or over the phone, which we may agree to should sessions in person at any time not be feasible. We will also have sessions online in the case either of us is travelling. Please be mindful that sessions that are not held in person pose higher risks in terms of maintaining confidentiality because of technology that is used and which I as a therapist cannot influence. You accept this risk by taking on therapy online or over the phone.

Should we not define specific time limits of our work together, you will give at least 4 weeks’ notice of your intention to end therapy to allow for closure of the therapeutic process.

Safety

You will keep yourself, others, the environment and me safe. This means no matter how you feel, you will control your behaviour and not act violently or threaten with violence to anyone or anything.

You will attend your sessions free from the influence of alcohol or non-prescribed drugs. You will also get additional medical support if you need it.

Confidentiality

I will maintain confidentiality of the content of our sessions except in the context of professional supervision, when your anonymity will still be maintained.

I may break confidentiality if I believe that a child is in danger and if I believe that you are at serious risk of harm to yourself or others. I will attempt to let you know in the case I break confidentiality for such reasons before I do so should this be possible.

Due to reasons of my professional ethics and due to other regulatory and administrative reasons, I am obliged to keep short notes of our sessions for the period of 7 years. If the therapeutic context requires, these notes may also include sensitive personal information (such as information about your health etc).

As a fully qualified psychotherapist and counsellor, I am obliged to attend professional supervision to maintain my own good practice and continuous professional development (CPD) and will discuss elements of my work with my supervisor on regular basis. Your anonymity will nonetheless be maintained. I may also use such anonymised information for other (e.g. research, academic etc.) purposes. The information I will share this way will remain completely anonymous and is fundamental to my good professional practice.

Miscellaneous

These practice principles are constantly being reviewed and updated. The latest version is available on my website.

 

Ales Zivkovic CTA(P) MSc (TA Psych)

Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Certified Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy)