This is how I see my role and maintain my professional standards:
- Membership of a professional body to adhere to a code of ethics
- To keep information confidential
- Build expectation and maintain a professional therapeutic relationship
- Know my limitations, work to the best of my abilities and when to refer on
- Act as a facilitator to empower
- Never exploit a client for financial, romantic or sexual reasons
- To work with a potential client
- To guarantee a result
- To ‘own’ the change for a client
- To feel obliged or provide time beyond the agreed session and become involved in a client’s activities
- Giving advice to a client
- A client’s actions outside the therapeutic relationship
To ensure you are fully aware of my prices, location, timing of therapy sessions, and our various commitments to each other, I have a contract available in hard and soft copy (which can be posted or emailed before the first meeting) for you to read and sign. I will always seek to gain consent from you at each session before we go ahead with any therapy.
I strive to be polite, professional and consistent in my approach to establishing an effective working relationship that is built on trust and confidence. I treat all clients with respect and as unique, including those with disabilities. I focus on building rapport by asking questions and listening to assure that this is all about helping and empowering you create a successful outcome.
I have, and will periodically review, the Code of Conduct and Ethics within the websites of organisations such as The National Council for Hypnotherapy. The code is there to underline my main duty as a Hypnotherapist and member of the NCH to protect the health and wellbeing of all those who use my services. The code is focused on my expected professional competence, including knowledge and behaviour, advertising, data protection and accountability for my activity.
I work within the boundaries of my professional competence using the skills in which I have been trained.
I am ethically obliged to ‘terminate therapy at the earliest time, commensurate with the good care and continuing welfare of the client’ (National Council for Hypnotherapy). This means I neither continue therapy for my own personal needs such as enjoying a client’s company or financial gain, or terminate it so soon that I leave them anxious, with unfinished business, or with effects that are not likely to last. Ideally, the termination of therapy should be negotiated.