Fees & Terms

Psychotherapist Contract Terms & Conditions / Client Form

“Welcome to Garry M Barnett Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This document details crucial information about my professional services and the terms & conditions of Garry M Barnett, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. Upon your signature, this document will constitute a binding agreement between you (the patient) and Garry M Barnett your Psychotherapist. Please read the following document carefully and make a note of any questions you may wish to raise, this can be discussed at your next appointment, you may revoke the contract in writing at any time.”

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ConfidentialityThe therapy will involve you the patient discussing your inner most thoughts, feelings, and actions. A therapists main job is to act as a guide in your recovery and healing process, they are not there to necessarily give you all the answers, but help you develop coping skills that can be useful both now and in the future and help you understand your interconnected moods and thoughts that contribute to maladaptive behaviours. CBT is often suitable for clients who are comfortable with Introspection and it will really depend on how open you are about yourself with the therapist during your sessions. Anything you disclose will remain completely confidential and your right to privacy is protected, unless an application has been made to the court for full disclosure of all documents, this generally means that your therapist cannot discuss you or your case with any third parties without your consent.

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Therapy session recordsThe therapist may find it beneficial to take brief notes during your therapy sessions and will typically include the date of the session, the covered topic of discussion along with any problems or goals discussed during the session. These notes are to document the therapy session and are subsequently kept locked in a filing cabinet and protected under the strictest privacy rules. Other records such as payments, diagnoses, and any other sensitive information are kept on the therapists password protected computer.

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Audio recordingAudio recordings can be helpful for the client and therapists to listen to previous sessions.Recordings are reviewed by your therapist for the purpose of treatment planning and clinical supervision and remain confidential on a secure recording devise which is password protected and completely erased when your treatment is complete.

Important exceptions to confidentiality

When and if a certain situation may arise where confidentiality codes of practice can or must be broken, although these situations are rare, they can include the following:

 

  • If the patient has told the therapist they are likely to threaten or harm another person or themselves, your therapist is a mandated reporter and is required by law to protect anyone they feel may be in danger. This could include making contact with the person or people who have been threatened and including anything illegal and consequently in some cases, notifying the police.
  • If you the patient threaten to cause severe harm to yourself, and your therapist believes your threat to be serious, the therapist is ethically required to protect you in any way they see fit. Intervention may involve talking to you about going to a hospital, or placed in a hospital without your permission or contacting a crisis team or, in some cases, the police.
  • If the therapist suspects that any child, elderly person, or incompetent person is at risk from abuse or neglect, the law requires me to report this to the appropriate body. Laws such as these are in force to protect any dependable persons from being physically harmed.
  • If you have been ordered or referred to a therapist by a court for treatment or an evaluation of your mental state, the court will require some form of report from your therapist. Therefore, it is in your best interest to provide your therapist with any court letters or orders so they can determine exactly what the court would like to know. You have the right to only disclose information you feel necessary; however, in some cases, your therapist will be required to reveal treatment plans, progress reports and results to the court.
  • If you are involved in legal proceedings or administrative procedure, e.g. an employment tribunal, you may wish to tell the court about your psychological issues, especially if it could help your case. However, if you do this, please be aware your therapist may not be able to keep your records or information about your therapy private in court.
  • If your therapist receives a court order requesting your records, they will be required to provide any relevant information.
  • If you are planning for your health insurance to cover the cost of your psychotherapy expenses, you will be asked to sign a consent form enabling your therapist the right to disclose certain information to the insurance company. Generally, insurers require the therapist to submit a diagnosis, treatment plan and summary; they could also request progress reports. Please take into consideration if the insurance company requests this information, it will no longer be in your therapists control who reads the reports. Insurance companies state they will keep the information confidential, however your therapist cannot assure you this will be the case. Prior to sending information to third parties, they will discuss the details with you. Please note It is completely up to you what information they release, but if you do not release the required information most companies will not fund your treatment.
  • In order for your therapist to provide you with the best treatment, they may need to seek advice from other mental health professionals. For example, this could be your therapists clinical supervisor because all psychologists and psychotherapists consult with a clinical supervisor on a regular basis for the duration of their career to the ensure the best practice is maintained. If the therapist discusses your treatment with their clinical supervisor or colleagues, this will ensure your best interests in mind and your identity will always be kept confidential. Furthermore, the content of the discussion will be treated with the same level of confidentiality and the same exceptions will apply to all professionals.
  • If your therapy sessions involve family members or couples, your therapist will ask each person involved in the therapy to keep the content confidential. Despite requesting this discretion, your therapist cannot guarantee that everyone will honour this agreement.

Visiting Clinics: Fees / Terms (unless otherwise agreed with your therapist)

01.
The City in London
Individual Therapy Fees
  • Treatment sessions 45 minutes £ FOA
  • Initial assessment session is 90 minutes £ FOA
Couples Therapy Fees
  • Session for each partner 45 minutes £ FOA
  • Initial assessment session is 90 minutes £ FOA
02.
Mayfair, London
Individual Therapy Fees
  • Treatment sessions 45 minutes £ FOA
  • Initial assessment session is 90 minutes £ FOA
Couples Therapy Fees
  • Session for each partner 45 minutes £ FOA
  • Initial assessment session is 90 minutes £ FOA
03.
Entire UK
Individual Therapy Fees
  • Treatment sessions 45 minutes £ FOA
  • Initial assessment session is 90 minutes £ FOA
Couples Therapy Fees
  • Session for each partner 45 minutes £ FOA
  • Initial assessment session is 90 minutes £ FOA

Pre-assessment phone call

When convenient to the client and prior to any agreed treatment a brief 5 -10 minute free phone call will be made to explore and discuss your current issues. This will help to decide if CBT is the best course of action or we will let you know if an alternative type of therapy would be more beneficial. You will then be invited to attend an assessment to explore your current issues and background history at the agreed clinic or therapy consulting room. Upon confirmation of the initial assessment an appointment will be confirmed by phone or email along with your therapists terms and conditions and a client form for you to complete and return. Should you not have access to email, this can be completed at the clinic prior to the confirmed time of the therapy session.

On-line therapy – skype counselling

Skype is a freemium voice-over-IP service. The above rates apply.

Therapy sessions

If your therapy sessions are longer than the times stated above, the basic fee will change on a pro-rata basis. Please bear this in mind with family and couple sessions, as these tend to run a little over the traditional 45 or 90 minute allocated time. It is up to your therapists discretion regarding any changes to the current charges. We always aim to see you at a fee you can afford; however, if this is not the case, we will endeavour to provide lower-fee referrals for you.

Payment is taken at the end of each session (unless you have made alternative arrangements in advance) except on-line therapy / skype counselling, where advance payment (48 hours) is required prior to the appointment, and the above mentioned charges apply.

Patients can pay the therapist by Cash, Visa Debit or Credit Card and MasterCard. If you choose to pay by debit or credit card, this will incur a 2.0 % fee. We do require payment to terms and payment must be made on time, at the end of the session in full, and without any deduction, set off or counterclaim. In the event that an account is outstanding, we will refer the matter to our debt collection agents, which will incur a surcharge of 20% of the debt, plus if applicable VAT at the prevailing rate. You agree that you will be legally liable to pay the surcharge, and that payment of the same can be enforced against you in court. You also agree to pay interest at the relevant reference rate provided under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998. Interest will be payable before and following any judgment from the court and will continue to accrue.

Other services

Should you require prefessional services, these will be charged at the same hourly rate on a pro rata basis. Other services may include reading or writing reports, telephone conversations exceeding 10 minutes, attendance at meetings, consultations with other professionals upon your request, and preparation of records or treatments.

Litigation

If you become involved in litigation that requires your therapists participation, you will be expected to pay for their professional services, even if they are required to testify by another party. The rate is £150 per hour for preparation and attendance at any legal proceedings.

Training & Qualifications

  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Member of the International Association of Neuro Linguistic Programming and Coaching (IANLPC)
  • Hypnotherapy Centre of Excellence Accredited by IANLPC

Practice Hours

Flexible hours 7 days a week, please contact us to discuss out of hours appointments such as evening or weekend times.

Insurance if applicable

If you are planning to file a claim for your psychotherapy sessions with your insurance company, you must check your coverage terms with your provider prior to entering into a contract with your therapist. Please do not assume that all mental health services are covered. You should also note that some insurers will require pre-authorisation from the therapist before they help to cover the costs of any services required. Many insurance policies look towards short-term therapy approaches and may require the therapist to provide continual approvals after a small number of sessions. In the instance that your insurance cover expires before the treatment is complete, we can discuss ways of trying to complete the treatment regardless. However, if you cannot afford our fees, and we cannot find any reduced slots available, we will endeavour to source another therapist, who can continue the course of treatment.