All clients are assured of confidentiality. The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission. Only a release of information signed by you may authorize me to discuss any information with other individuals, and this agreement may be revoked by you at any time.
- The law requires that we notify others if we determine that a client has made a clear threat of violence to an identifiable victim.
- If we assess the client to be suicidal or unable to take care of her/himself, we may notify the proper authorities to arrange hospitalization.
- We are obligated by law to report suspected physical and/or sexual abuse or severe neglect of children, the elderly, or the handicapped.
- In cases of criminal liability or child custody disputes, our records may be subpoenaed by a court of law.
- We may release your name for bill collections processing. However, no treatment-related content will accompany this disclosure. The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
After Hours, On-Call Policy
I will take calls from my clients who are in crisis. I am not available by phone 24 hours a day, but will check in with my personal and office messages periodically. If you are in crisis, or are experiencing a situation in which you feel particularly vulnerable, please let me know so we can schedule extra sessions. In the event that I am not available and you are experiencing an emergency, contact the crisis line at 563-3200.
Therapy sessions are by appointment only, and the length of time is scheduled for 50 minutes. Because appointment time is reserved only for you, it is necessary to charge for failed appointments that are not cancelled at least 24 hours in advance. Exceptions must be agreed upon in advance; otherwise, you will be charged in full for non-cancelled missed appointments. Multiple missed appointments may result in discharge from services.