APPOINTMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS
We ask that you cancel or reschedule 24 hours in advance of your scheduled session. This is necessary because a time commitment is made to you and is held exclusively for you. You will be responsible for the entire fee of your session if cancellation or rescheduling notice is less than 24 hours. If you are late for a session, the session will end at the scheduled time and you will be charged the full fee.
The standard meeting time for individual and couples therapy is 50 minutes. Couples therapy is also offered in 90 minute sessions at a discounted rate. Discernment counseling session 1 is 120 minutes and sessions 2-5 are 90 minutes. You are welcome to discuss an alternate session length with your therapist, and are asked to do so in advance in order that appropriate scheduling can be done.
A $25.00 service charge will be charged for any checks returned for any reason for special handling.
If you need to contact your therapist between sessions, please leave a voice mail message. We are often not immediately available; however, we will attempt to return your call within 24 hours. If a true emergency situation arises, please call 911 or any local emergency room.
SOCIAL MEDIA AND TELECOMMUNICATION
Due to the importance of your confidentiality and the importance of minimizing dual relationships, you therapist does not accept friend or contact requests from current or former clients on any social networking site (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc). We believe that adding clients as friends or contacts on these sites can compromise your confidentiality and our respective privacy. It may also blur the boundaries of the therapeutic relationship. If you have questions about this, please bring them up when you meet with your therapist to discuss further.
We cannot ensure the confidentiality of any form of communication through electronic media, including text messages. If you prefer to communicate via email or text messaging for issues regarding scheduling or cancellations, we will do so. While we may try to return messages in a timely manner, we cannot guarantee immediate response and request that you do not use these methods of communication to discuss therapeutic content and/or request assistance for emergencies.
If you are a minor, your parents may be legally entitled to some information about your therapy. Your therapist will discuss with you and your parents what information is appropriate for them to receive and which issues are more appropriately kept confidential.
Ending relationships can be difficult. Therefore, it is important to have a termination process in order to achieve some closure. The appropriate length of the termination depends on the length and intensity of the treatment. Your therapist may terminate treatment after appropriate discussion with you and a termination process if your therapist determines that therapy is not being effectively used or if you are in default on payment. Your therapist will not terminate the therapeutic relationship without first discussing and exploring the reasons and purpose of terminating. If therapy is terminated for any reason or you request another therapist, your therapist will provide you with a list of qualified therapists to treat you. You may also choose someone on your own or from another referral source.
Should you fail to schedule an appointment for three consecutive weeks, unless other arrangements have been made in advance, for legal and ethical reasons, we must consider the professional relationship discontinued.
We respect our clients’ confidentiality and only release information about you in accordance with state and federal laws. The specifics of this policy will be made available to you at your assessment session and discussed by your therapist.