How do you handle confidentiality?
This is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist’s office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
If you or your loved one is being treated for an eating disorder, you will be expected to sign a consent form for your therapist to discuss the case with other providers involved with their care (particularly dietitians, physicians and psychiatrists.)
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations: a) Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources. b) If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threaten to harm another person.
What is the payment structure?
Fee for services available upon request. Payment for appointments is due at the time the appointment is scheduled. We accept all major credit cards.
To determine if you have out-of network benefits for mental health through your insurance carrier, call the number on the back of your card. Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers. Some helpful questions you can ask them: What are my mental health benefits? What is the coverage amount per therapy session? How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider? Is approval required from my primary care physician?