Counselling Contract

In the process of counselling we will engage in a form of psychological or talking therapy that will offer you a chance to change how you feel and to live better. This is a contract between Luke Devlin, Counsellor and the client. For the purpose of this contract, the person agreeing will be known as "the client." 

Frequency and duration of counselling

The duration of the therapeutic process will depend on the type of difficulty or problem the client is facing. Some people prefer to work with an open contract, whereas other people prefer to work with a fixed number of sessions followed by a review. In all cases, every six sessions the counsellor and client will review the therapeutic process together. This helps to assess whether the client’s needs are being met and, this will also help (if required) to carry out the necessary adjustments and/or establish new goals for the process.

Payment

I agree to a fee of €50 per hour for our sessions.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation of sessions with less than 24 hours notice will incur the full fee. I will always aim to give the client as much notice as possible of any holidays, training workshops, conferences or illness that might prevent him from being available at the time/day of the scheduled session. In such cases the counsellor will always aim to offer an alternative arrangement.

Confidentiality

If you have referred yourself for counselling then no one apart from Luke Devlin would know you have attended or what was discussed. If you feel that someone may need to know information about your counselling sessions then we ask you to make this clear at the beginning of the sessions. For example, if you have been referred to me by another party it may be in your interest for there to be some liaison.

As part of my professional standards, from time to time I may need to share and discuss some of the information in our sessions with a qualified, accredited supervisor, always under a strict confidential and professional framework. The client identity is always kept anonymous.

Where written confirmation may be required to be passed on to a third party, this is restricted to a minimum. I am not able to provide in-depth reports on the sessions or give opinions or diagnosis.

Exceptions

In certain circumstances, we may have to make exceptions to the general rules of confidentiality. The IACP code of ethics state clearly that confidentiality can be broken:

“only where required by law, or where there are grounds for believing that clients will cause physical harm to themselves or others. Where feasible, practitioners shall endeavour to obtain the client's consent, and consult their supervisor or an experienced colleague, in advance of any such disclosure. However, in emergencies, practitioners shall make their own judgment as to what action is best.”

Notes and Record Keeping

My policy is to keep minimum notes and records. The information I do store includes:

- Personal information, such as your name, date of birth, address etc;

- Background information that might be relevant to the counselling process;

- Your signed contract with us;

- Confidential case notes (describing the main focus of the session with any important   information);

- Information for service evaluation and statistical purposes.

If you have any concerns about my policy on confidentiality and note-keeping,
you're welcome to discuss it fully with me.

Influence of alcohol or substances

Sessions will not take place if the client is under the influence of any misuse of alcohol or substances.