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  • Goals of Counseling

    There can be many goals for the counseling relationship. Some of these will be long term goals such as improving the quality of your life, learning to live with mindfulness and self-actualization. Others may be more immediate goals such as decreasing anxiety and depression symptoms, developing healthy relationships, changing behavior or decreasing/ending drug use. Whatever the goals for counseling, they will be set by the client according to what they want to work on in counseling. Your counselor may make suggestions on how to reach that goal but the client decides where to go.

  • Confidentiality

    Your counselor will make every effort to keep your personal information private. If you wish to have information released, you will be required to sign a consent form before such information will be released. There are some limitations to confidentiality to which you need to be aware. Your counselor may consult with a supervisor or other professional counselor in order to give you the best service. In the event that your counselor consults with another counselor, no identifying information such as your name would be released. Counselors are required by law to release information when the client poses a risk to themselves or others and in cases of abuse to children, the disabled or the elderly. If your counselor receives a court order or subpoena, he/she may be required to release some information. In such a case, your counselor will consult with other professionals and limit the release to only what is required by law.

  • Insurance

    If you have a health insurance policy, it will usually provide some coverage for mental health treatment. With your permission, we will assist you to the extent possible in filing claims and ascertaining information about your coverage, but you are responsible for knowing your coverage and for letting us know if/when your coverage changes. You should also be aware that most insurance companies require you to authorize your counselor to provide them with a clinical diagnosis. Sometimes we have to provide additional clinical information which will become part of the insurance company files.

  • Cancellation Policy

    All sessions are by appointment only. Appointments will ordinarily be 50-60 minutes in duration, once per week at an agreed-upon time, although some sessions may be more or less frequent as needed. The time scheduled for your appointment is assigned to you and you alone. If you need to cancel or reschedule a session, we require that you provide 24 hour notice. If you miss a session without canceling, or cancel with less than 24 hour notice, you may be required to pay for the session unless your counselor agrees that you were unable to attend due to circumstances beyond your control. It is important to note that insurance companies do not provide reimbursement for cancelled sessions. Consequently, you will be responsible for the cancellation fee. In addition, you are responsible for coming to your session on time; if you are late, your session will still need to end on time.