Cognizance Therapeutic Principle

As a professional full-time online therapist, I have for a number of years worked with clients in a way that I believe is founded on empathy, equality and respect, I now call this the cognizance therapeutic principle. When I am working  as a therapist I do my best to create a harmonious and equal relationship between therapist and client. Although there is always going to be a natural inequality between therapist and client, I found a way of working that partly redresses the balance in a few important areas. Normal ethics Ethically the normal therapist client relationship, needs to be restricted by ethical boundaries, these important boundaries keep therapy focused on a working relationship and helps protect both therapist and client, the ethical boundaries help reduce the possibilities of entering into dual relationships, friendships, sexual relationships, financial partnerships and any social and social media interaction, continued outside of the normal therapy session. cognizance as a principle, is the foundation that this online therapy service is based on. it is the structure that binds together the ethics values and ethos as a way of working with clients.

The Cognizance way of working

The Cognizance Therapeutic principle is about helping the therapist to be mindful of the importance and value of the client. It expects that the therapist will treat the client as a person of equal value and of equal importance, to recognise the importance of respecting upholding and protecting the client’s autonomy and self-determination.  As a therapist I believe in working in a mindful way that aims to enhance the importance of the client within the therapeutic alliance, in a way that I believe is founded on equality and respect that I call the cognizance therapeutic principle. The principle is founded on the belief that all humans are equal and treated on an equal standing, whatever their race religion sex or sexual orientation. This way of working attempts to prioritise the focus of the relationship between therapist and client in a way that prioritises enhances the clients experience, helps build trust and rapport, while confirming the client’s importance, self-determination and independence. The application of cognizance. the principle covers five areas of focus for the therapist, they are:  

Appreciation.

To acknowledge the importance of the client’s morals, opinions, personal qualities, values and personal experiences and hold them in high regard.

Awareness. 

To be conscious of client’s life choices, internal and external emotional influences and situational life pressures.

Knowledge.

To gain a working knowledge of the client’s world and help the client gain self-knowledge and behavioural and emotional insights.  

Perception.

To see hear and become aware of the importance of the client’s thoughts emotions life experiences and life choices.

Recognition.

To except that the client is a person of equal value who has the right to be treated as a human being with compassion and understanding. Actualising cognizance The therapeutic alliance between therapist and client is inherently unequal, as the client is always being seen as needing support, the therapist is seen as inheriting the supporting role.  As there will always be an imbalance of influence between therapist and client in the therapeutic relationship, the relationship can still be directed by the therapist to show, that both therapist and client are both recognised as being equally important, by introducing the principle at the start of therapy. I achieve that by informing the client of four working practices I use that are based on the principle. Working practices

There is no charge for the first session

The first contact is a time for evaluation for both therapist and client, not charging equalises the relationship. A free consultation gives both the client and therapist time to discover if continuing to the next paid session is in their best interests. The client needs to be able to discover if they think the therapist is one they can continue working with, or if it is in their best interests to discontinue, before becoming financially obligated. The therapist needs time to check if the client is suitable for the service they provide, or if there are any reasons why the offer of therapy needs to be discontinued, perhaps for ethical or safety concerns.

No charges for missed appointments.

This in some cases both disrespects and punishes the client, the therapist because of the natural imbalance between therapist and client is able to impose the rules with impunity and even in effect blame the client,  doing so not only disrespects the client but confirms that the therapist is superior.

No payments required until after the therapy session

The invoice is sent after the therapy session has ended to allow the client time to evaluate the session and their commitment to therapy, without any pressure to continue from the therapist, this give power to the client to make a choice on their terms and enhances their independence.  

No advanced payments required

No payments are requested in advance, or booking deposits, a therapist demanding a payment in advance of the therapy session is both disrespecting the client and also bringing the clients trust into question, not a good start to a therapist client supposedly built on mutual trust and respect.

Exceptions to the above

As therapy is complex there need to be a set of exceptions to protect the therapist from abuse or unusual conditions.   The exceptions

1/ Dual responsibility and accountability

A therapist is allowed to charge for missed appointments as long as they also share the responsibility and compensate the clients time in money, if the therapist is unable to attend the session. so compensating the client for time lost, this is confirming the respectful relationship between therapist and client, this will permit charges for missed sessions as it is based on equality.

2/ Client insists on paying

If the client has requested or insists on making a payment for missing an appointment, the therapist can send the invoice and request payment. Insisting on not charging could disrespect the clients wishes and personal ethics, so graciously excepting the reimbursement would be beneficial by recognising the importance of the clients wishes, this may also confirm the client’s ability to make personal choices and further confirm their independence.  

3/ Client responsibility

Constantly missing sessions can be seen as the client creating an advantage over the therapist and being disrespectful, there could be mitigating circumstances that a therapist can judge as reasonable, such as the client is terminally ill and suffering from unpredictable consequences of the illness, Under such conditions therapist may modify their arrangements. The client and therapist each have an equal responsibility to attend any therapy sessions, if the client has missed a number of sessions, the therapist may renegotiate the relationship, this could include a condition that the client will pay for any further missed appointments without 48 hours prior notice, or even insisting on payment in advance before any more appointments can be booked. This is allowing the therapist to protect themselves for being abused.

cognizance or cognisance

Thesaurus.com noun 1.awareness, realization, or knowledge; notice; perception: The guests took cognizance of the snide remark. 2.Law. judicial notice as taken by a court in dealing with a cause. the right of taking jurisdiction, as possessed by a court.  acknowledgement; admission, as a plea admitting the fact alleged in the declaration. 3.the range or scope of knowledge, observation, etc.: Such understanding is beyond his cognizance. 4.Heraldry. a device by which a person or a person's servants or property can be recognized; badge.
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Cognizance Therapeutic Principle

As a professional full-time therapist, I have for a number of years worked with clients in a way that I believe is founded on empathy, equality and respect, I now call this the cognizance therapeutic principle. When I am working  as a therapist I do my best to create a harmonious and equal relationship between therapist and client. Although there is always going to be a natural inequality between therapist and client, I found a way of working that partly redresses the balance in a few important areas. Normal ethics Ethically the normal therapist client relationship, needs to be restricted by ethical boundaries, these important boundaries keep therapy focused on a working relationship and helps protect both therapist and client, the ethical boundaries help reduce the possibilities of entering into dual relationships, friendships, sexual relationships, financial partnerships and any social and social media interaction, continued outside of the normal therapy session. cognizance as a principle, is the foundation that this online therapy service is based on. it is the structure that binds together the ethics values and ethos as a way of working with clients.

The Cognizance way of

working

The Cognizance Therapeutic principle is about helping the therapist to be mindful of the importance and value of the client. It expects that the therapist will treat the client as a person of equal value and of equal importance, to recognise the importance of respecting upholding and protecting the client’s autonomy and self-determination.  As a therapist I believe in working in a mindful way that aims to enhance the importance of the client within the therapeutic alliance, in a way that I believe is founded on equality and respect that I call the cognizance therapeutic principle. The principle is founded on the belief that all humans are equal and treated on an equal standing, whatever their race religion sex or sexual orientation. This way of working attempts to prioritise the focus of the relationship between therapist and client in a way that prioritises enhances the clients experience, helps build trust and rapport, while confirming the client’s importance, self-determination and independence. The application of cognizance. the principle covers five areas of focus for the therapist, they are:  

Appreciation.

To acknowledge the importance of the client’s morals, opinions, personal qualities, values and personal experiences and hold them in high regard.

Awareness. 

To be conscious of client’s life choices, internal and external emotional influences and situational life pressures.

Knowledge.

To gain a working knowledge of the client’s world and help the client gain self-knowledge and behavioural and emotional insights.  

Perception.

To see hear and become aware of the importance of the client’s thoughts emotions life experiences and life choices.

Recognition.

To except that the client is a person of equal value who has the right to be treated as a human being with compassion and understanding. Actualising cognizance The therapeutic alliance between therapist and client is inherently unequal, as the client is always being seen as needing support, the therapist is seen as inheriting the supporting role.  As there will always be an imbalance of influence between therapist and client in the therapeutic relationship, the relationship can still be directed by the therapist to show, that both therapist and client are both recognised as being equally important, by introducing the principle at the start of therapy. I achieve that by informing the client of four working practices I use that are based on the principle. Working practices

There is no charge for the first session

The first contact is a time for evaluation for both therapist and client, not charging equalises the relationship. A free consultation gives both the client and therapist time to discover if continuing to the next paid session is in their best interests. The client needs to be able to discover if they think the therapist is one they can continue working with, or if it is in their best interests to discontinue, before becoming financially obligated. The therapist needs time to check if the client is suitable for the service they provide, or if there are any reasons why the offer of therapy needs to be discontinued, perhaps for ethical or safety concerns.

No charges for missed appointments.

This in some cases both disrespects and punishes the client, the therapist because of the natural imbalance between therapist and client is able to impose the rules with impunity and even in effect blame the client,  doing so not only disrespects the client but confirms that the therapist is superior.

No payments required until after the therapy session

The invoice is sent after the therapy session has ended to allow the client time to evaluate the session and their commitment to therapy, without any pressure to continue from the therapist, this give power to the client to make a choice on their terms and enhances their independence.  

No advanced payments required

No payments are requested in advance, or booking deposits, a therapist demanding a payment in advance of the therapy session is both disrespecting the client and also bringing the clients trust into question, not a good start to a therapist client supposedly built on mutual trust and respect.

Exceptions to the above

As therapy is complex there need to be a set of exceptions to protect the therapist from abuse or unusual conditions.   The exceptions

1/ Dual responsibility and accountability

A therapist is allowed to charge for missed appointments as long as they also share the responsibility and compensate the clients time in money, if the therapist is unable to attend the session. so compensating the client for time lost, this is confirming the respectful relationship between therapist and client, this will permit charges for missed sessions as it is based on equality.

2/ Client insists on paying

If the client has requested or insists on making a payment for missing an appointment, the therapist can send the invoice and request payment. Insisting on not charging could disrespect the clients wishes and personal ethics, so graciously excepting the reimbursement would be beneficial by recognising the importance of the clients wishes, this may also confirm the client’s ability to make personal choices and further confirm their independence.  

3/ Client responsibility

Constantly missing sessions can be seen as the client creating an advantage over the therapist and being disrespectful, there could be mitigating circumstances that a therapist can judge as reasonable, such as the client is terminally ill and suffering from unpredictable consequences of the illness, Under such conditions therapist may modify their arrangements. The client and therapist each have an equal responsibility to attend any therapy sessions, if the client has missed a number of sessions, the therapist may renegotiate the relationship, this could include a condition that the client will pay for any further missed appointments without 48 hours prior notice, or even insisting on payment in advance before any more appointments can be booked. This is allowing the therapist to protect themselves for being abused.

cognizance or cognisance

Thesaurus.com noun 1.awareness, realization, or knowledge; notice; perception: The guests took cognizance of the snide remark. 2.Law. judicial notice as taken by a court in dealing with a cause. the right of taking jurisdiction, as possessed by a court.  acknowledgement; admission, as a plea admitting the fact alleged in the declaration. 3.the range or scope of knowledge, observation, etc.: Such understanding is beyond his cognizance. 4.Heraldry. a device by which a person or a person's servants or property can be recognized; badge.
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Adrian Yates online therapist

Cognizance Therapeutic Principle

As a professional full-time therapist, I have for a number of years worked with clients in a way that I believe is founded on empathy, equality and respect, I now call this the cognizance therapeutic principle. When I am working  as a therapist I do my best to create a harmonious and equal relationship between therapist and client. Although there is always going to be a natural inequality between therapist and client, I found a way of working that partly redresses the balance in a few important areas. Normal ethics Ethically the normal therapist client relationship, needs to be restricted by ethical boundaries, these important boundaries keep therapy focused on a working relationship and helps protect both therapist and client, the ethical boundaries help reduce the possibilities of entering into dual relationships, friendships, sexual relationships, financial partnerships and any social and social media interaction, continued outside of the normal therapy session. cognizance as a principle, is the foundation that this online therapy service is based on. it is the structure that binds together the ethics values and ethos as a way of working with clients.

The Cognizance way of working

The Cognizance Therapeutic principle is about helping the therapist to be mindful of the importance and value of the client. It expects that the therapist will treat the client as a person of equal value and of equal importance, to recognise the importance of respecting upholding and protecting the client’s autonomy and self-determination.  As a therapist I believe in working in a mindful way that aims to enhance the importance of the client within the therapeutic alliance, in a way that I believe is founded on equality and respect that I call the cognizance therapeutic principle. The principle is founded on the belief that all humans are equal and treated on an equal standing, whatever their race religion sex or sexual orientation. This way of working attempts to prioritise the focus of the relationship between therapist and client in a way that prioritises enhances the clients experience, helps build trust and rapport, while confirming the client’s importance, self-determination and independence. The application of cognizance. the principle covers five areas of focus for the therapist, they are:  

Appreciation.

To acknowledge the importance of the client’s morals, opinions, personal qualities, values and personal experiences and hold them in high regard.

Awareness. 

To be conscious of client’s life choices, internal and external emotional influences and situational life pressures.

Knowledge.

To gain a working knowledge of the client’s world and help the client gain self-knowledge and behavioural and emotional insights.  

Perception.

To see hear and become aware of the importance of the client’s thoughts emotions life experiences and life choices.

Recognition.

To except that the client is a person of equal value who has the right to be treated as a human being with compassion and understanding. Actualising cognizance The therapeutic alliance between therapist and client is inherently unequal, as the client is always being seen as needing support, the therapist is seen as inheriting the supporting role.  As there will always be an imbalance of influence between therapist and client in the therapeutic relationship, the relationship can still be directed by the therapist to show, that both therapist and client are both recognised as being equally important, by introducing the principle at the start of therapy. I achieve that by informing the client of four working practices I use that are based on the principle. Working practices

There is no charge for the first session

The first contact is a time for evaluation for both therapist and client, not charging equalises the relationship. A free consultation gives both the client and therapist time to discover if continuing to the next paid session is in their best interests. The client needs to be able to discover if they think the therapist is one they can continue working with, or if it is in their best interests to discontinue, before becoming financially obligated. The therapist needs time to check if the client is suitable for the service they provide, or if there are any reasons why the offer of therapy needs to be discontinued, perhaps for ethical or safety concerns.

No charges for missed appointments.

This in some cases both disrespects and punishes the client, the therapist because of the natural imbalance between therapist and client is able to impose the rules with impunity and even in effect blame the client,  doing so not only disrespects the client but confirms that the therapist is superior.

No payments required until after the

therapy session

The invoice is sent after the therapy session has ended to allow the client time to evaluate the session and their commitment to therapy, without any pressure to continue from the therapist, this give power to the client to make a choice on their terms and enhances their independence.  

No advanced payments required

No payments are requested in advance, or booking deposits, a therapist demanding a payment in advance of the therapy session is both disrespecting the client and also bringing the clients trust into question, not a good start to a therapist client supposedly built on mutual trust and respect.

Exceptions to the above

As therapy is complex there need to be a set of exceptions to protect the therapist from abuse or unusual conditions.   The exceptions

1/ Dual responsibility and accountability

A therapist is allowed to charge for missed appointments as long as they also share the responsibility and compensate the clients time in money, if the therapist is unable to attend the session. so compensating the client for time lost, this is confirming the respectful relationship between therapist and client, this will permit charges for missed sessions as it is based on equality.

2/ Client insists on paying

If the client has requested or insists on making a payment for missing an appointment, the therapist can send the invoice and request payment. Insisting on not charging could disrespect the clients wishes and personal ethics, so graciously excepting the reimbursement would be beneficial by recognising the importance of the clients wishes, this may also confirm the client’s ability to make personal choices and further confirm their independence.  

3/ Client responsibility

Constantly missing sessions can be seen as the client creating an advantage over the therapist and being disrespectful, there could be mitigating circumstances that a therapist can judge as reasonable, such as the client is terminally ill and suffering from unpredictable consequences of the illness, Under such conditions therapist may modify their arrangements. The client and therapist each have an equal responsibility to attend any therapy sessions, if the client has missed a number of sessions, the therapist may renegotiate the relationship, this could include a condition that the client will pay for any further missed appointments without 48 hours prior notice, or even insisting on payment in advance before any more appointments can be booked. This is allowing the therapist to protect themselves for being abused.

cognizance or cognisance

Thesaurus.com noun 1.awareness, realization, or knowledge; notice; perception: The guests took cognizance of the snide remark. 2.Law. judicial notice as taken by a court in dealing with a cause. the right of taking jurisdiction, as possessed by a court.  acknowledgement; admission, as a plea admitting the fact alleged in the declaration. 3.the range or scope of knowledge, observation, etc.: Such understanding is beyond his cognizance. 4.Heraldry. a device by which a person or a person's servants or property can be recognized; badge.
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