Some questions you might have.
How much will it cost?
We aim to make our service available to as many people as possible and to do this we ask for an appropriate donation for each session. This is to help with the cost of getting a counsellor to visit. SAGE Counselling is a registered charity and dependent on these contributions, as well as other donations and fundraising activities we engage in.
How long does the counselling session last?
Each counselling session lasts 50 minutes. At the end of each meeting arrangements are made for the following session.
What about confidentiality?
SAGE counsellors are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and all that is talked about in the sessions remains confidential. Trust and confidentiality are a part of the counselling relationship. However there are limitations to confidentiality if the counsellor has concerns that might necessitate contacting other professionals. The issues that would raise concern might be if a client is seriously thinking about harming themselves or someone else. We would always endeavor to speak with the client before contacting any other professional but if there is an immediate threat to personal safety we would break confidentiality without consent. This is extremely rare but important that we make our position clear. At the assessment clients are given information about confidentiality and are given an opportunity to ask questions.
Our counsellors receive supervision in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework. This is to ensure that the work they are doing is ethical, safe and effective. This means that the counsellors will discuss their work with a clinical supervisor who is also bound by BACP confidentiality regulations. The focus of these discussions in supervision is around how the counsellor is working with the client and not on the clients personal material.
Find out more at the BACP website BACP Ethical Framework.
How many sessions will there be?
Everyone is unique and the number of sessions depends on each persons needs. The initial session is an assessment and helps determine if SAGE counselling is suitable for the clients’ needs. Then it is usual to agree to a further six meetings. During the sixth session the counsellor will help the client review feelings and thoughts about counselling so far. Counselling can then continue or finish depending upon the persons’ needs. When the client wants to stop counselling, we request one final session to review the work that has been done.