A SACA Counsellor will always offer a Counselling
Contract as written below:
 
Should you decide to begin therapy, we enter into a contract.
It contains the terms and conditions that we must both be
aware of at the start of therapy. As a SACA counsellor I
will state that his sets out your obligations and mine and
means that we work within a safe, professional framework.
 
We will be able to discuss this contract prior to the
commencement of counselling if you wish, and with your
agreement I will confirm the contract with you at the
beginning of our first session. © SACA 2013

1 Confidentiality
 
The content of the counselling sessions is confidential.
At times, I might mention aspects of the work we do together
to my supervisor. Supervision is there to ensure a high
standard of work in this profession, and supervisors are not
told client’s identities. If I feel you are in some kind of danger or
liable to suffer harm, or I feel someone around you could suffer
harm, for the protection of you and other people I may need to
break confidentiality. However I would seek to discuss this with
you first, and involve you in the process. However in the interests
of personal safety therapy may need to be stopped for a period
of time. I am also legally obliged to break confidentiality if I am
informed about a child or children suffering abuse, money
laundering, involvement in terrorism and finally, dealing in illegal
drugs.
 
2  Your Commitment

You confirm that:
a. you are not at risk of harming yourself or others
b. you are 18 years of age or over
c. your participation within the counselling process is purely for
personal, therapeutic use.
d. you will inform me about any previous therapy or psychiatric
care
e. if you are receiving any other therapy, counselling or
psychiatric care you will inform me of this
f. you are not falsifying your identity or email details
g. you will declare any medications taken, drug or alcohol
dependency or abuse, or any other addictions
h. you will declare at the outset if there exists any additional
agenda in your seeking counselling. This may include, but is
not limited to, undergoing counselling for research, publishing,
distribution or any other secondary purpose, and for any
purpose involving a third party.
 
3 *REGULAR ATTENDANCE  
(See 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 3E, and 3F)

For therapy to work, there needs to be a commitment to a fixed,
ongoing time for yourself. With few exceptions, it has been found
that without the momentum that regular time and attention gives
you, you will not be able to achieve lasting therapeutic change.
 
3A 
If an appointment cannot be attended and I am informed in advance,
I will always do my best to re-schedule an appointment time
in the same week, but cannot promise this will be possible.
 
3B Fees
Telephone counselling sessions must be paid in full prior to the
session. Face-to-face sessions can be paid for weekly or
monthly in advance.
 
If fees are late or unpaid, this will cause a suspension of
counselling.
 
3C Cancellation and Notice Required
If you miss your appointment and also fail to contact me or reply
to my call or message, email or letter, your appointment time for
the following week may not be kept open.
Full fees are due when you fail to give 24 hours or more notice.
I will try to offer an alternative appointment where possible.  
24 – 48 hours notice  Half of your fee will be payable if you give
between 24 and 48 hours notice. I will try to offer an alternative
appointment that week.
48 hours or more hours notice
Your appointment will be cancelled  and
your appointment for the following week will be kept open.
Again, I will try and find an alternative appointment that week.
 
3D  Supply and Delivery
If I fail to attend the counselling session either partially or wholly,
and/or I fail to supply the session at the correct time as agreed,
as the client you will be given a full refund. Supplying a session
to you constitutes the SACA counsellor’s  availability for the
scheduled 60 minutes and will conclude according to the
scheduled end-time as previously agreed regardless of client's
delay or lateness in starting.
Therefore, please be prompt. If a minimum of 48 hours
notice is received and a mutually-convenient alternative session
is agreed then all is well. Otherwise, supplying a session to you
will be deemed 'Received' regardless of whether the client
'attends' the session or not.
 
3E Holiday Arrangements and other predicted, planned
absences that I have been informed about incur no fees due for
missed session(s) as long as I have at least one week's notice.
IMPORTANT - SCROLL DOWN to see 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D and 3E)
 
3F Rearranging
If your life changes whereby you cannot attend regularly, for the
purpose of making therapy feasible, the re-thinking of your
appointment times can be discussed, and an overview
considered so that you can still be enabled to have regular
sessions. Perhaps that could develop into a combination of
face to face, email and telephone sessions. During the 60
minute therapy hour only one communication medium is used;
different communication mediums cannot be combined.