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Annette Maylam Counselling

BA (Hons) MBACP (Accred) Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Professional, Confidential Counselling in Wimbledon

Therapeutic Contract

I am a person-centred counsellor and that means that I truly believe that we are all experts in our own lives. I am here to work through your issues with you by listening, attentively and without judgement, to how things are for you.

I am committed to understanding you, accepting you and helping you find your way.

Qualifications

  • Accredited counsellor/psychotherapist (MBACP) with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Middlesex University

  • BA Hons in Person-centred Counselling

Metanoia Institute

  • Diploma in Person-centred Counselling
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Couples Work

Roehampton University

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Counselling
  • BA Hons Sociology

 

Experience

I have chosen to focus my way of working on person-centred therapy which is part of the humanistic approach, and accords most closely with my own philosophy. The person-centred approach sees the relationship as being an important part of the healing and growth process. This process can help free one from past pain and allow one to be more forgiving of themselves and others.

I have worked with a wide variety of issues in therapy, and worked in a number of settings including: Wandsworth Bereavement Service, Cruse Bereavement Care, and Wandsworth Prison. I have particular interest in working with loss and bereavement and feelings of isolation, loneliness, anxiety and depression. I continue to work as a counsellor within the voluntary sector at the Wimbledon Guild Counselling Service, and Place2Be, working in primary schools giving children the opportunity to express their feelings through talking, creative work and play. I also have my own private practice.

 

Contract for Individual & Couples Psychotherapy/Counselling

  • Number of Sessions: This is always mutually agreed but I usually suggest with individual clients that we meet for 6 weekly sessions initially and then review our work to ensure you are getting what you need. The sessions are 50 minutes long. When working with couples I recommend that we meet fortnightly, initially for 6 sessions and then review our work to ensure you are getting what you need. The sessions are 60 minutes long.
  • Fees: £60 per fifty-minute session for individuals and £80 per one-hour session for couples. Payment is made on a session by session basis. Concessions are available for students or counsellors in training, and may also be available depending on other circumstances.
  • Cancellations: All appointments cancelled or missed are charged in full unless 48 hours’ notice is given for individual clients and 5 days notices is given for couples. If you are unable to attend an appointment I would appreciate being notified about this. If in exceptional circumstances I needed to cancel a session I would give you as much notice as possible.
  • Termination of therapy: This is normally related to goal completion and mutually agreed. Notice to termination is usually two weeks with individuals and one month with couples.
  • Method of Payment: I prefer to deal with appointments and fees at the end of the session and to be paid by cash, cheque or bank transfer.
  • Holidays: I will notify you of my holiday leave well in advance.
  • Contact outside of Therapy: If you need to contact me between sessions please telephone me if possible. Email is not always a reliable way of contacting me.
  • Late/early arrival: It is expected that the session will begin at the agreed time. Any sessions that begin after this time due to late arrival cannot be extended. If you arrive early I would appreciate you not knocking on the door more than 5 minutes before the appointment time.

 

Confidentiality & Good Practice

An important aspect of any counselling relationship is confidentiality. For therapy to be beneficial it is important that you can speak openly about yourself and any difficult aspects of your life. Consequently, I believe that it is important that you understand the parameters of confidentiality before you start therapy.

In most circumstances, your confidentiality will be upheld. As I always say to my clients, “What is said in this room stays in this room.” However, there are exceptions where I may be required to break confidentiality and these exceptional circumstances are made explicit when we meet. It is an important ethical premise that unless you are in danger of hurting yourself or someone else, or I am compelled by a court of law, confidentiality will be maintained.

As a professional I subscribe to the codes of Ethics and Practice of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Supervision is an essential component of my counselling work and it is a place where I may discuss our work together with another professional. Supervision helps me to monitor and review the quality of my work and ensure that the highest ethical standards are maintained.

Primarily, the first session is used to explore the possibility of our working together.  It is a chance for you to ask me any questions about how I work and what counselling entails.  We can discuss what your expectations of counselling are and any anxieties you might have.  We will also go over practicalities such as fees and timing of sessions.

We are all individual, so the number of sessions will vary from person to person. My commitment to my clients is to work effectively to minimize the number of sessions. However, our work together can carry on for as long as you desire it to. Usually we would meet once per week for a 50-minute session. We will agree a mutually convenient time for this meeting.

 

Get in touch with your questions or if you are ready to make a booking.

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