As a therapist, I have both a legal and ethical duty to ensure that what a patient and I talk about remains confidential. In addition, both law and ethics require that I divulge the few circumstances under which there are exceptions to that confidentiality.
First, if I have any reason to believe that a child, an elderly person, or a dependent adult is being abused, neglected, or financially exploited, I am legally obligated to disclose such information to appropriate agencies. Laws called “mandatory reporting statues” leave me no room for discretion. In those situations, I must convey my concerns to the requisite authorities. Secondly, I am obligated to break confidentiality when doing so is necessary to protect an individual’s physical safety.
Finally, certain legal proceedings or The Patriot Act of 2001 may require that I disclose otherwise confidential information. In such event, I will make every reasonable effort to disclose otherwise confidential information. In such event, I will make every reasonable effort to discuss this matter with the patient first; it being my preference to make any such disclosures with my patient’s full knowledge.
I will consult with other health professionals when I determine that doing so would be helpful to the psychotherapeutic process. When speaking with mental health professionals I will make every reasonable effort to disguise identifying information about a patient. Any professional with whom I speak is, like me, bound by confidentiality. Each session is 45 minutes long, and the charge will be for 45 minutes. If need be for a longer session I will charge for the extra time. During my first session with Couples/family intake, I do hold a 1 hour 40 min session, during which the payment will be accordingly.
Cash, check and all major credit cards accepted for payment.
If you do not show up for your scheduled appointment, and you have not notified me at least 24 hours in advance, payment is expected. My practice is extremely busy and each missed session can be a session used for another client.