chapter  16
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Some ground rules for psychological therapy

Before proceeding further with entering psychological therapy, it is important to consider some basic ground rules. This guidance applies to all forms of psychological therapy.

It is important to remember that a trusting relationship between one person and another is the basis of any psychological therapy. Generally speaking, the client and therapist meet regularly for sessions of a set length. This is usually 50 minutes per week. Ideally the appointments should be in the same place and, if possible, at the same time each week. The room should be quiet, comfortable and private. It should be free from unwanted disturbance such as phone-calls, overheard conservations or background noise. The client should understand that the conversation they have with their therapist is con®dential. Any limits of that con®dentiality should also have been discussed and understood.