Frequently Asked Questions


How much do sessions cost and can I have a discount?

Sessions cost £50. I don’t offer discounts because every individual is assured the same level of expertise, value, time and attendance.

How long will my sessions last?

Your session is yours and lasts 50 minutes. If you need a break or wish to stop early, please let me know. You will still be charged for the whole session.

How many sessions will I need?

It’s really difficult to answer this as each individual’s reasons for seeking therapy is different.  Your circumstances are unique to you.  A minimum of between 4-6 weekly sessions will offer a good therapy foundation.  We will discuss a plan and timeline together and review along the way. Long-term therapy is available.

Can you prescribe medication?

No, only a medical doctor can do this.

Do I need a GP referral to see you?

No, you are able to self-refer to me privately.

Is everything I tell you confidential?

As a professional Counsellor I am bound by the NCS Code of Ethics (read about this here: https://nationalcounsellingsociety.org/about-us/code-of-ethics). The therapy space (whichever platform we use) is safe and confidential – what you tell me is between us. However, there are some important exceptions. For example, confidentiality may need to be broken if there is a risk of harm to yourself or others or where, by law I am required to report any disclosure of historical or planned illegal activity. I would always discuss this with you first.

How will you keep any records or notes about me?

I am required to make clinical notes after therapy sessions – these are anonymised and no identifying references are made. These and any other details are kept in a locked cabinet in my clinic. GDPR guidelines are adhered to and I am registered with the ICO (Information Commissioners Office) which also gives guidance on how long records must be kept for.

Are you insured to practice?

Yes, I have full practice and indemnity insurance with Howdens.

I also hold a full DBS certificate which is updated every 3 years, and have monthly supervision with a supervising Counsellor who ensures that I am working safely and ethically within my profession. I do discuss cases in supervision – client identity and personal details are kept anonymous.

What about holiday’s or breaks?

We all need a break from time to time. I will give you notice of any breaks I intend to take and it will be helpful if you can do the same. This will then allow us to factor in any work in therapy needed either side of the break to ensure you feel OK.

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The Ridge Practice

Hayley Vaughan-Smith
Bledlow Ridge
Buckinghamshire
HP14 4AQ
United Kingdom
Tel: 07500 475073

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