Clients accessing any of The Green Rooms services enter into the following contract.
The Green Rooms employs many sessional practitioners, all of whom are educated to a minimum of post-graduate level in the discipline of Counselling, Psychotherapy, Counselling Psychology, Art Psychotherapy or Coaching. All our practitioners will strive to support your growth and give you the best service they can. There are never any guarantees with Counselling/Psychotherapy/Coaching and so (like every reputable company) we are not able to guarantee a specific outcome.
Standard appointments are 50-60 minutes long. 1.5 hour appointments may be available on request.
Frequency of appointments can be weekly, twice weekly, fortnightly, or whatever frequency suits you and your practitioner. Frequency is flexible, and can be changed over time.
Appointments will take place at a pre-agreed date and time, and via an agreed method. At the time of writing, methods which are covered by insurance are: In-person, Telephone, Video Call.
Practitioners will always endeavour to be on time.
Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible. This protects your confidentiality, and the confidentiality of the client before you. When you book your first appointment, you will be advised whether or not there is a waiting room available. If there is no waiting room, please do not arrive early, thank you.
Please note that if you arrive late, your appointment will still end at the scheduled time and the fee will be unchanged. If you are more than 20 minutes late, it may or may not be appropriate to go ahead with the appointment- you and your practitioner would discuss this at the time.
Appointments (Telephone or Video Call)
For telephone and pre-connected Video Calls (e.g. Skype), you ‘call’ your practitioner, as this is considered equivalent to you knocking the physical door. For Video Calls with a link (e.g. MS Teams, Zoom), your practitioner will email you with a link of where to ‘meet’.
In the event of technical difficulties that disrupt a Video Call, the appointment will be conducted via telephone with you phoning your practitioner in the first instance, unless agreed otherwise.
If you do not ‘turn up’ at the arranged date and time, the practitioner will attempt to contact you. If you are unreachable, the practitioner will textl and/or email you. The practitioner will be available for the remainder of the appointment and you are welcome to begin the appointment late – the appointment will end at the original agreed time. The appointment will be charged as normal.
Practitioners will always endeavour to be on time. If they are not available at the correct time, they will telephone or Video Call you as soon as they are available. You will recieve the full time you have paid for, or, a partial refund.
- Understand the importance of confidentiality and ensure they have a private, confidential room where they cannot be overheard, and would only be interrupted in an emergency.
- Understand the importance of data protection:
- Use technology that has been approved by our insurance providers.
- Never record the appointments.
- Use devices which are password-protected.
- Maintain up-to-date virus protection and spyware.
- Request your: name, location (address) during appointment, phone number and GP details. This is to ensure they are able to provide support needed in an emergency.
We request that as a Client, you:
- Ensure you have a private, confidential room where you cannot be overheard, and would only be interrupted in an emergency. This includes answering the doorbell and phone calls.
- Use technology you your practitioner at the agreed date and time.
- Consider what you will do for the few minutes after the appointment has ended. It can be helpful to set aside some time to reflect and relax, before going about ‘normal business’. Clients who are used to meeting their practitioner in person, may experience the ending of a remote appointment, as feeling abrupt.
Contact between Sessions
If you need to contact your practitioner please e-mail them. This contact is limited to practical arrangements. Please note that The Green Rooms is not a crisis service and does not have the capacity to offer emergency support. If you feel that you are at risk of harming yourself, we hope that the following organisations will be able to help you immediately.
- Breathing Space – 0800 83 85 87
- The Samaritans – 116 123
- NHS 24 – 111
- Your GP
If you ‘bump into’ your practitioner outwith your appointments, you have a choice of what to do. You can choose to acknowledge or ignore them, and they will follow your lead. If you choose to acknowledge them, you can smile, wave or say hello, and they will return the gesture so long as they feel it is appropriate. It is not appropriate to get into conversation, and your practitioner will not instigate this or ask you how you are.
Normally the ending of the therapeutic relationship is a mutual agreement between you and your practitioner, however you are free to end your relationship at any time.
On rare occasions your practitioner may end the relationship if they believe that you are not benefiting from the service, they believe that they do not possess the skill-set to work with you, or, they leave the company. We strive to allocate you to a practitioner who does have the skill-set to work with you, however, if new issues are disclosed during appointments, this can on occasion result in this particular challenge. Where possible, clients will be offered the option of an alternative practitioner if their existing one leaves the company.
On occasion, the availability of your practitioner may change, and this may affect your regular session day/time. We will do our upmost best to find an alternate day/time with the same practitioner to suit you. We will strive to give you a minimum of 6 weeks notice where possible.
If at any time a client was to be abusive, or violate the terms of the client agreement, their practitioner has the right to immediately end the session and cancel all future arranged sessions.
Payments and Cancellations (Regular Services)
Working days are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, not including National Scottish and local East Renfrewshire Bank Holidays. Appointments cancelled less than one working day before the start time will be charged at 100%. Appointments cancelled one to two working days before the start time will be charged at 50%. In exceptional circumstances, this policy may be adjusted.
Your practitioner will endeavour to give you as much notice as possible when they need to cancel your planned appointment. If they need to cancel due to illness, another trusted professional may contact you in their place.
When payment is owed no further appointments can be booked until the debt is cleared (unless agreed by The Green Rooms).
All Coaches, Counsellors and Psychotherapists adhere to the ethical guidelines of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA), or, The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).
All Coaches, Counsellors and Psychotherapists hold indemnity insurance and public liability insurance.
All Coaches, Counsellors and Psychotherapists hold clean PVG certificates.
It is sometimes possible to change to work with a different Counsellor, Psychotherapist or Coach. If you would like to discuss this, or have any other questions please contact the director, Alison Barr, on: alison.barr@thegreenrooms
The Green Rooms practitioners are not permitted to communicate with clients via social networking. This is to protect the therapeutic nature of the relationship.
If you think we may be able to help, please email to enquire.
If we believe we can help, we will arrange a (free of charge) phone consultation to better understand what you’re looking for, and make a plan with you.
Client confidentiality will be explained to you at your first session, or at your free consultation if you would prefer to understand it more thoroughly before making an appointment.
Client safeguarding is taken very seriously. Confidentiality will be broken if The Green Rooms practitioner believes that you or another person / other people are in danger of serious harm. Where possible this will be discussed with you beforehand.
Your practitioner undergoes regular ‘professional supervision’ where they discuss their client work in order to be able to offer their clients the best possible service. You will not be personally identified during this process.
Your confidentiality legally has to be broken if this is required by a court of law.
Public interest is the general welfare and rights of the public that should be recognised, protected and advanced. Disclosures in the public interest, based on the common law, are made where this is essential to prevent a serious and imminent threat to public health, national security, the life of the individual or a third party, or to prevent or detect serious crime.
This clause may become relevant if ther is a pandemic and your practitioner is obliged to inform the NHS of people they have been in contact
with. They would share your name and contact details, but not the context in which they know you. Your confidentiality as a client would be protected. You may be contacted by the NHS. Your practitioner would do their best to inform you if they disclosed your details to the
NHS, but they may be prevented of doing so by their own health or other unavoidable reasons.
Practitioners will endeavour to let you know as soon as possible if they are not able to attend your arranged appointment. All practitioner have a Clinical Will. This is an arrangement with another professional which permits the other Therapeutic information is not given to the professional, only the client’s name, phone and/or email address. This ‘breach of confidentiality’ is covered by the client agreement:
“Your confidentiality is taken very seriously and will only be broken if your Counsellor/Psychotherapist/Coach
believes that you …… are in danger of serious harm ….”
If a client’s practitioner disappeared without contact, many clients would experience this as serious psychological harm.
Previous to the COVID pandemic, in the rare event of a Clinical Will being used, it was highly unlikely that the other professional would also have been unavailable. At a time of unprecedented medical risk there is an increased chance that Clinical Wills will fail to operate as intended. However, please be assured that our practitioners will regularly stay in touch with the named person in their Clinical Will regarding one another’s health.
We understand that a practitioner not turning up for your arranged appointment would be very worrying and unsettling for you, and we offer unreserved apologies if this should happen. The fee you paid will be returned to you in full.
The most common frequency of appointments is weekly, in the first instance. This usually moves to fortnightly and on occasion monthly appointments when the time feels right. However, if you would like to meet less or more frequently than this, that is fine. We aim to be flexible enough to accommodate your needs.
With the exception of TIR (Traumatic Incident Reduction), standard appointments are 50-60 minutes long at a frequency to suit you. The ‘therapeutic hour’ is 50 minutes, and this is the duration that the fee covers. We have up to another 10 minutes (with no additional fee) to finish our conversation with the intention of the ending not feeling abrupt. We may need none, some or all of the 10 minutes.
1.5 hour appointments can be arranged on request. TIR (Traumatic Incident Reduction) first appointments are 50-60 minutes (as above). Further
appointment duration’s are agreed on an ad-hoc basis.
This depends on many factors. The number of appointments needed is unique to each client and will depend on your goals, how you use your time between appointments, and how much support you have out-with therapy / coaching. Even with limited time or finances, realistic goals can still be achieved.
We have 5 offices throughout Glasgow and East Renfrewshire. They are in Glasgow City Centre (2 locations), Glasgow West End, Glasgow Shawlands and Newton Mearns.
We also offer home-visits, telephone sessions and video calls.
Yes, we usually do. If your insurance company agrees, we will take payment from them.