Please take time to read this document carefully. It forms part of the agreement between you and your hypnotherapist/counsellor/EFT tapping/EMDR/Matrix Reimprinting practitioner.
You may cancel any booking up to 48 hours prior to the allocated time (not including weekends and Bank Holidays). Within 48 hours (not including weekends and Bank Holidays), a cancellation fee of £20 is payable.
Agreement for services provided
1. Participation in hypnotherapy, EFT, EMDR or counselling can result in a number of benefits to you. These may include resolving the specific concerns that led you to seek out therapy. It may help you deal with difficult feelings or experiences, or address issues that have been troubling you.
The Use of Touch
2. At some points during in-person sessions, the therapist may advise that it would be beneficial to use touch as part of the process. This might involve gentle tapping on recognised meridian points on your hands, head, or upper body. It might also involve gentle touch to your hands or wrist as part of a hypnotic induction. In all cases, the therapist will ask for permission to touch before proceeding with this, and you can always let the therapist know that you do not want this. Alternate, non-touch based methods are always available.
3. At all points during the process, the therapist will continue to assess if you will continue to benefit from these sessions. If they feel that the process may not be effective in helping you reach your therapeutic goals, they will discuss this with you. In such a case, they may refer you to another support professional or your GP.
Privacy and Confidentiality
4. All information between the therapist and client will be kept confidential by the therapist. The only exceptions are:
• When the information is required to be disclosed by law.
• If a child may be endangered if information is withheld.
• Information may be disclosed when the client has given their express permission and they understand the nature and extent of the disclosure.
In any of these cases, the therapist will first discuss any potential disclosure with the client.
5. As part of ongoing supervision required by law, the therapist may discuss your case with their supervisor. However, this will always be done in a completely anonymised form.
6. Many of the techniques and tools recommended may be considered alternative or complementary healing techniques. As such, they are still considered experimental by Western medicine. While hypnotherapy is recognised by the NHS and the CNHC, tapping is recognised but only recommended as a subsidiary technique in the case of adult PTSD by the NHS, despite there being a growing evidence-base for this technique.
7. Some people find tapping alleviates trauma from the past. However, this can mean you are less able to summon up the memory of the trauma for legal or reporting purposes. Equally, not all courts will accept testimony from someone who has undergone hypnosis, even for an unrelated issue.
8. While tapping and hypnotherapy can often improve your sense of well-being, sometimes emotional distress or physical discomfort can be experienced as a transitory side effect. If you experience any such symptoms while tapping, especially if you are pregnant, you are advised to stop and to seek professional care, if appropriate. Please let your therapist know if this occurs, as they may be able to refer or advise you.