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Policies and Fees

 

FEES
Fees are due for professional services at each session and may be offered on a sliding scale on a case by case basis.  I accept cash, check or credit cards. I also accept all PPO and EPO health insurance and my office will bill your insurance directly for my services.  Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. I will review your coverage in your plan to verify the specifics of your particular insurance coverage and notify you prior to our first session.
    
EMERGENCIES
I may not always immediately be available by phone, but will return calls as soon as possible.
In the event you have a medical or psychiatric emergency, or are in crisis, and it is after normal business hours, please call 911. You may also call the 24-hour Crisis Team at 800-479-3339. 

CONFIDENTIALITY
All information disclosed by you in a psychotherapy session, by telephone, or by electronic means, and the written records pertaining to those sessions, are confidential and cannot be revealed to anyone without a client’s written permission, except where required by law. In those cases where the law requires disclosure, there has been a reasonable suspicion of abuse or neglect of a child, dependent or elder; or when a client presents as a danger to self, others, or to property. Legal proceedings may also require disclosure. In the event a client initiates litigation and his or her mental status is at issue, the defendant may request testimony by the therapist or may have the right to obtain psychotherapy records of the client.

Cell phone and e-mail communication can be intercepted by third parties therefore confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. We are permitted to use this form of communication but must inform you that I cannot guarantee confidentiality. I do use a cell phone for my office because it provides ease of accessibility that a land line, pager, and answering service does not.  Psychotherapists are required to make a record of each client contact. E-mail communications are printed in full and become part of a client's file.
   
Health insurance carriers or PPO may request confidential psychotherapy records in order to process claims. A client may instruct the therapist to provide only the minimum necessary information to be provided to the carrier. A client should be aware that submitting mental health claims for reimbursement carries an element of risk to privacy and confidentiality, and therefore, it is advisable to give this issue careful consideration. 

SCHEDULING/CANCELLATIONS
Appointment times are reserved especially for you, therefore, a minimum of 24 hours notice is required for re-scheduling or canceling an appointment. The full fee will be charged for missed sessions in those cases without 24 hours notice, unless a sudden medical emergency has occurred. It is also important to note that most insurance companies will not reimburse for missed psychotherapy sessions, therefore you will be responsible for the full session fee.