Katie Gardner Counsellor CBT/NLP/TA - Lauzun Departments 24/47

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“You are not a drop in the ocean, you are the entire ocean, in a drop” - Rumi

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The Counselling Contract...

(to be signed by us both prior to your first booked session)

The aim of counselling is to provide you with an opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe and secure environment to assist your emotional learning, understanding, healing and growth.  My role is to help you through this process without judgement or telling you what to do or how to think.  I may on occasions give information or offer suggestions however if at any time I feel I cannot help you in some way, I will tell you.


This process involves your commitment; your honesty both with yourself and with me and a genuine desire to be open-minded and receptive to the best of your ability.  On my part, I have a genuine healing intent and will provide commitment, honesty and the utmost respect for you as an individual.  This is an entirely non-judgemental process and your feelings and emotions will always be accepted as being important to you and, therefore, to me.


Our work together remains confidential and I will not discuss what we talk about to a third party.  I will not disclose any details about you, not even your name.

There are two exceptions to this:


During this Coronavirus confinement if you would like, you can book a telephone session at a mutually convenient time.  Fees are €20/30 minutes (can be extended if you wish).  Individual face-to-face sessions (when possible again) are for one hour and can be – at least initially – every week at a day and time to suit us both.  Continuity, once begun, is important. Subsequently we may however mutually decide to change the interval of time between sessions.

It is important to be respectful of each other’s time and therefore I ask that you arrive in good time for our session and respect the need to break at the end of the hour.

Rest assured, I will be aware you have arrived and I will come out to greet you at the appointed time.

If, for any reason, I have to cancel a session I will aim to provide you with 48 hours’ notice.  Likewise, I will expect you to give me 24 hours’ notice if you are unable to attend.  I reserve the right to charge for a missed session where insufficient notice is given.

Number of Sessions / Ending Counselling

When therapy is open-ended, as this is, it is important that ending therapy is not sudden so we will regularly review progress to help determine the duration of our work together.  That said, ending counselling whenever you choose is entirely your decision.


I keep brief written notes which you are welcome to see at any time.  These notes are kept confidentially and anonymously (I will assign you a reference number), and this contract, also kept securely, is the only place where your name will appear.  Nothing will be passed onto any third party.  At the end of our time together my notes will be securely stored for a period of two years in case you wish to return to counselling.  After that time they will be securely destroyed.

If there is anything you are not sure about, please do speak to me direct.


From 1st April 2019 my hourly fee will be increasing by €5 per appointment
Please note this is the first time I have raised my fees since 2015

From 1st April 2019 therefore:
Single appointments:  €40/hour
A block booking of six sessions is currently being discounted by 5% to €228
Couple's counselling: €50/hour

The above fees include an online presence if needed
Please note, fees are payable by cheque in advance or in cash only at each appointment
Full cancellation fee will be payable if less than 24 hours' notice is given

I have read and I agree with the above Terms and Conditions.

By signing this agreement you are honour bound by its conditions.

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