A psychological therapy or psychotherapy is a relationship between client and psychologist that works, partly, thanks to the rights and responsibilities clearly defined by each of the parties to the therapy. These help to create a safety framework where you can feel comfortable and where the therapy can take place.
As a client of a psychotherapy, you have certain rights that it is important for you to know in order to facilitate the development of your therapy and your wellbeing. However, there are certain limitations concerning your right to confidentiality that must be taken into account, as explained below. On the other hand, the therapist also has responsibilities.
With the exception of certain specific exceptions described below, you have the absolute right to confidentiality in therapy. The psychologist can not communicate without your permission the content of the treatment, not even the fact that you are in therapy with us.
We may communicate strictly necessary information to other health care providers or family members without your prior consent only in case of an emergency. We will always act to protect your privacy. In case you indicate that we can share information with someone you trust, you have the right to revoke this decision at any time.
In case you and your partner attend couples therapy and decide to have some individual sessions, what is said in the individual sessions is considered part of the couples therapy and can be discussed in the joint sessions. Hence, you should not discuss what you do not want to share with your partner. This policy will be reminded before individual sessions start.
The following cases are legal exceptions to your right to confidentiality. You will be informed in case it is believed that they should be put into practice.
All data collected is dealt with in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR).
You have the right to ask questions about everything that happens in therapy. We are always willing to discuss how and why we have decided to make the interventions we have decided to do. In case you believe that the therapist is not right for you, you can request at any time the recommendation of another psychologist or freely leave the therapy.
You are responsible for attending the session at the scheduled time. The sessions last approximately one hour. If we start late, we will finish by the scheduled time not to run over another person’s session.
If you are unable to attend your appointment, please let us know at least 24h in advance before your appointment. By email (firstname.lastname@example.org), by WhatsApp (+32 486 02 22 02) or by phone with the secretariat (+32 486 02 22 02).
Otherwise, we reserve the right to charge you a fee:
If you do not show up in two consecutive sessions and you do not respond to rescheduling attempts, we will assume that you have dropped out of therapy and leave room for someone else.
You are responsible for paying your session weekly, unless other arrangements have been made in advance. Payments are made as agreed.
If you are unhappy with the content of the therapy, it is your obligation to let us know so that we can respond to your concerns.
Each psychologist has a therapeutic approach, which comes (or derives) from a theoretical framework and an academic background that allow us to have the necessary criteria to decide the best applicable technique.
We use an eclectic approach within the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. That is, our theoretical framework is the so-called Cognitive-Behavioral psychology, according to which dysfunctional emotions or behaviors are believed to stem from dysfunctional thinking. By changing some thoughts, people can change how they feel and what they do. We also incorporate techniques of other therapies.
As part of the COVID-19 epidemic and following the recommendations of the Belgian Commission of Psychologists, the office remains open but only with online consultations by Skype.
I will keep you informed of any changes.