Nicola Engel-KhanNorth Leeds Counselling

Counselling and therapy in North Leeds - promoting insight, change and growth

Initial session £60 for 1 hour or £80 for 1.5 hours
Subsequent weekly sessions £55 for 50 minutes

In the initial session my aim is to think with you about:

  • you and your life to date
  • the difficulties you are experiencing at the moment
  • the areas on which you think it would be helpful to focus in our work

    This session is also an opportunity for you to ask me any questions you may have about therapy and the way in which I work. The session is payable by bank transfer in advance.

    If you decide that you would like to come into therapy with me we will meet weekly and sessions will cost £55 for 50 minutes. To make the most of our work together I only see people on a weekly basis. Payment is by bank transfer monthly in arrears.

    Funded Therapy
    I am also an accepted therapist for Clear Minds, a charity that aims to lift the financial burden for those seeking or continuing long term psychotherapeutic support. Clear Minds helps to lift the financial burden from people who require long-term counselling support but can’t afford it. Specifically they help those people with deep-rooted difficulties – often stemming from childhood or specific traumas – for whom the short-term counselling provided by the NHS may be insufficient.

    If you think you may need longer term therapy but feel you will be unable to afford it please contact me about this potential source of funding.

    EAP funded therapy
    I work for various Employment Assistance Programmes (EAPs) including BUPA, AXA and AVIVA. . (You can find my BUPA entry at )

    Charges are as follows:
    Initial Session - £60
    Sessions - £60 per 50 minutes
    Report writing - £65 per hour

    Contracting, breaks and cancellations
    Coming into therapy is a big decision for anyone and it is important to make an informed choice. If having met you I feel I can help you and you feel I am the right therapist for you we will agree to meet weekly on the same day and at the same time. Regular attendance is a major contributor to a positive outcome of the process.

    I do not charge for my breaks and will endeavour to give you at least four weeks notice of any breaks I am planning to take. Clients are entitled to two sessions a year where they do not have to pay thereafter sessions are payable in full. I also ask clients to give me 4 weeks notice of any breaks they are planning to take.

    Please note that I operate a 48 hour cancellation policy after which 100% of the session fee is payable.

    Endings in therapy are an important part of the overall process as they provide an opportunity to work through not only the ending with the therapist and what that may bring up but also other endings that have happened and perhaps not been fully processed. Generally speaking for clients who have been in long term therapy we would expect to work to an ending over at least six weeks although this would be discussed extensively in sessions.

    In order to provide an appropriate service to my clients I need to keep basic personal details and notes related to your therapy sessions. This privacy notice lets you know how I will store these details and for how long. It will give you the reassurance that your information is held in confidentiality and that your right to privacy is taken seriously.

    I adhere to current data protection legislation, including the General Data Protection Regulation (EU/2016/679) (the GDPR), and am registered with The Information Commissioners Office (ICO I also adhere to the ethical guidelines regarding protecting client privacy and confidentiality set by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions

    How will I use your personal information
    When you make the decision to begin therapy I will ask you to complete a personal details form which includes your contact details, emergency contact and the details of your GP. Your sessions are confidential and I will not routinely contact your GP to inform them that you are attending therapy sessions unless this is appropriate to the work and I have your consent to do so.
    I will only use your information to administer your therapy sessions. This may include confirming session times, cancellations, breaks etc. via your preferred method, I will only keep your personal details on record for as long as necessary. Records will be kept in an anonymised form, not mentioning names of you or others, referring to initials only.

    The therapeutic relationship places the confidentiality of the relationship between client and therapist as paramount.
    As outlined in The BACP ethical guidelines above, there are occasions when confidentiality may not be absolute such as when:
    There is a risk to self or others
    Potential for a safeguarding risk to arise
    Potential for a crime to be committed
    A court order is issued requiring information to be supplied to a judge
    Normally, such circumstances would be discussed with you beforehand though there are instances where this may not be possible.

    How I will store the records
    I will keep brief anonymised notes of your sessions to help our work together consisting of dates, times and key themes. The notes I keep will be stored on a password protected computer using secure cloud storage. There is a clear principle under data protection law that records should be kept no longer than necessary. However, there is also a need to keep records to help if you return for further therapy, or if you have an issue with the process at a later date; the latter is a legal requirement. Any dissatisfaction with therapy should be directed to How to complain about a BACP member Professional conduct procedure. Records will be kept for a period of 7 years in case of complaint but personal details will be destroyed when therapy ends.

    Third party recipients of personal data
    I do not share personal details with anyone without specifically asking your permission: for example, contacting your GP.
    If your sessions are paid for my a third party eg your employer, only invoicing information will be shared which includes dates of sessions.
    Details of your sessions remain confidential and will only be shared with your written consent.

    If you have a complaint about how I handle your personal data please do not hesitate to get in touch by email at If you want to make a formal complaint about the way I have processed your personal information you can contact the ICO which is the statutory body that oversees data protection law in the UK. For more information go to

    Changes to privacy notice
    This privacy notice may be updated from time to time, so please check occasionally for any updates.


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