How it works?
How it works?
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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 50 minutes long, and the charge will be for 50 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.
The payment must be made at the end of each session. I accept, cash, check, and credit cards.
**** I also accept insurance