Counselling rights and considerations
Counselling is a partnership where both parties have a common goal. The client has the right to askquestions about anything that happens in Counselling. I'm always willing to discuss how and why I'vedecided to do what I'm doing, and to look at alternatives that might work better. The client can feel free to ask me to try something that the client think will be helpful. The client can ask me about my training for working with his/ her concerns, and can request that I refer him / her to someone else if the client decides I'm not the right Counsellor.
The client is free to leave Counselling at any time but must discussthe decision with me timeously. Counselling has potential emotional risks. Approaching feelings orthoughts that the client has tried not to think about for a long time may be painful. Making changes in his/ her beliefs or behaviors can be daunting, and sometimes disruptive to the relationships the client already has.
The client may find his or her relationship with me to be a source of strong feelings. It is important that the client consider carefully whether these risks are worth the benefits of changing. Most people who take these risks find that Counselling is helpful. If the client is unhappy with what'shappening in Counselling, I request he or she will talk about it
with me so that I can respond to the concerns. It must be noted that the success of the outcome of Counselling cannot be guaranteed as it depends on the client’s willingness to make decisions andchanges.
Also the Counselling might not be in line with the client’s expectations about the level ofchange or timeframe in which change is expected to occur. Therefore continual discussion about the goals and progress in Counselling is essential. The client is responsible for coming to the Counsellingsession on the scheduled time. If the client is late, we will end on time and not run over into the next person's session.
Termination of the Counselling relationship and emergencies
The client normally will be the one who decides Counselling will end, although there are someexceptions to this. If we have contracted for a specific short-term timeframe, we will finish Counsellingat the end of that contract. If I am not in my judgment, able to help the client, because of the kind of problem the client has or because my training and skills are in my judgment not appropriate, I will inform the client of this fact and refer the client to another Counsellor who may meet his or her needs.If the client exhibits violent behaviour, threatens (verbally or physically) or harasses myself or the office, I reserve the right to terminate the client unilaterally and immediately from treatment.
If I terminate the client from Counselling, I will offer the client referrals to other sources of care, but cannot guarantee thatthey will accept the individual for Counselling. If the client is experiencing an emergency outside of myregular office hours, support lines like Lifeline or Famsa can be contacted. If the client believes that he or she cannot keep themselves safe, please call the emergency services, or go to the nearest hospital emergency room for assistance.