Does choosing a therapist from the Clinic offer any additional benefits?
In addition to their own code of ethics, all clinic therapists are subject to the Clinic's own more rigorous code of ethics. This means that therapists work in a transparent and respectful way and have as their core value ‘the client’s best interests’. Our core value means that our therapists do not use some practices such as charging for all missed sessions regardless of the reason. Clinic therapists also answer questions when this is in the client’s best interests and offer explanations about the therapy process. We also uphold the principle of informed consent and believe that it is important to discuss potential adverse reactions in therapy so that the client is fully informed.
Who is the therapy for?
Therapy at the Clinic is primarily designed to assist people who need psychological help following a professional boundary violation. Our therapists are also able to work with people who are seeking a therapist with a clear understanding of professional boundaries.
How is therapy organised?
Most clients begin with a free telephone discussion. If as a result of this discussion both you and the therapist feel that therapy may be beneficial, you will be sent a contract and invited to an assessment.
If the conclusion is again that therapy is likely to be helpful, a therapy plan will be agreed. If either party do not feel that therapy will be helpful, other possibility forms of assistance with be discussed.
Therapy is usually organized in blocks of eight, with a review at the fifth session. If the therapy is helpful it is usually possible to renew the contract. Most of our therapists are located in the South East of England, and we have some therapists in other parts of the country.
How much does therapy cost?
The Clinic provides therapy on a sliding scale and there are a range of possibilities for payment based on income and other circumstances, including whether the person is self-funding or not.
Who provides the therapy?
All Clinic therapists are qualified and experienced professionals who have undertaken extra training in the dynamics of professional abuse. All of our therapists supervised by the Clinic and are members of organisations that are accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Why is a specialist therapy service needed?
If following an abusive experience with a professional you find a therapist who understands the effects of boundary violations, and is helping you, we would advise you to stay with that person. People do however often find it difficult to find a professional who has a clear understanding of the dynamics of professional abuse. When this is the case the professional may unintentionally respond in an inappropriate way.
The most common ways in which professionals misunderstand the dynamics of professional abuse is to suggest that it is always either subjective (just an opinion) or ‘co-created’ (the client is also responsible). Some therapists also behave very defensively and insist (wrongly) that it would be unethical for them to get involved.
For this reason people often report that subsequent attempts at therapy made the problem worse because the therapist `just didn't get it'. For example, some therapists refer to sexual abuse in a therapeutic relationship as ‘an affair’ - as if the client is equally responsible.
Can I be sure that a therapist from the Clinic won’t behave in an abusive way?
We do everything we can to ensure that our therapists work to the highest ethical standards. This includes training our therapists to work in a respectful, transparent way that takes into account the needs of the individual client. Our therapists are also trained to identify clients who are likely to be harmed by the therapeutic process. We therefore do all we can to ensure that the experience is helpful but this cannot be guaranteed because therapy affects people in different ways.
We have attempted to address this by building in safeguards such as regular reviews and pro-active supervision of all therapists during the course of the therapy. If the therapy is not helpful we do not believe it is ethical to allow it to continue in the hope that it will improve.
Although we train our therapists to work ethically, it is not possible to guarantee human behaviour. We therefore encourage clients to contact the Clinics directors if they are concerned about a therapist’s way of practicing.
If you wish to make a complaint we guarantee that the Clinic’s complaints process would be quick and transparent. (Complaints Policy here).