An Excellent Approach To Counseling and Psychotherapy
Individual counseling or psychotherapy treatment involves listening and talking. It helps you develop insights, as you understand the relationship between you and others involved in your life and work.
Psychotherapy sessions will allow you to:
- Find space to tell your story
- See patterns of behavior
- Treat symptoms
- Get reality checks
- Learn to see the inevitable limitations of self and others
- Find acceptance for what has happened in the past
- Improve current self-esteem
- Find workable solutions
- Make the changes that you desire to have a life that meets your goals
Benefits of Psychotherapy
Clinical experience shows that if you are motivated and set realistic therapy goals, psychotherapy is likely to be of great benefit. You will feel clarity and initial relief of symptoms, such as depression and anxiety, even after the first session.
Informed Consent Statement for Psychotherapy and Counseling
Therapy works in part because of clearly defined rights and responsibilities held by each person. As a psychotherapy client, you have certain rights that are important for you to know about. There are also certain limitations to those rights that you should be aware of. As a therapist, I have corresponding responsibilities to you, too.
My Responsibilities As Your Therapist
With the exception of certain specific exceptions described below, you have the absolute right to the confidentiality of your therapy. I am not allowed to tell anyone about your therapy sessions without your prior written permission.
Under the provisions of the Health Care Information Act of 1992, I may legally speak to another healthcare provider or a family member about you without your prior consent. However, I will not do so unless the situation is an emergency.
I will always act to protect your privacy. You may direct her to share information with whomever you chose, but you can revoke that permission at any time.
You may request anyone you wish to attend a therapy session with you. In addition, you are protected under the provisions of the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
If you elect to communicate with me by email at some point in our work together, I am willing to respond briefly by return email. Please note that email and other electronic media are not completely confidential. I am not using an encrypted program at this time.
The following are legal exceptions to your right to confidentiality. I would inform you of any time when I have to put these into effect:
- If I have good reason to believe that you will harm another person, I must attempt to inform that person and warn them of your intentions. I should also contact the police and ask them to protect your intended victim.
- If I have good reason to believe that you are abusing or neglecting a child or vulnerable adult, or if you give her information about someone who is doing this, I must inform Child Protective Services within 48 hours and Adult Protective Services immediately.
- If I believe that you are in imminent danger of harming yourself, I may legally break confidentiality and call the police or the county crisis team. I am not obligated to do this and will explore other options with you before proceeding.If at that point you were unwilling to take steps to guarantee your safety, I will call the crisis team.
- If you and your partner decide to have some individual sessions as part of the couple’s therapy, what you say in those individual sessions will be considered to be part of the therapy.It will probably be discussed in joint sessions. Do not tell me anything you wish kept secret from your partner.
Ending Therapy Well
I want to make your therapy as successful as possible. It works best to find a rhythm and structure to the beginning stages with sessions that meet regularly.
To support your leaving, I request several weeks of notice prior to your actual leaving to allow you to have an experience of leaving well, with a sense of completion.
If I initiate terminating you from our therapy, it will be because I feel that I am not able to be helpful to you any longer. My ethics and license requires that I offer quality service and prioritize my clients’ needs in my treatment planning.
I will offer referrals if I no longer feel that I am the right practitioner for you. However, I cannot guarantee that they will accept you for therapy.
My Training and Approach to Therapy
I have an MSW Clinical Social Work earned in 1988 at Maryland University in Baltimore. In addition, I am a Licensed Certified Clinical Social Worker in Maryland State. I follow the code of ethics for Maryland-licensed clinical social workers known as COMAR.
My areas of special training and expertise include psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral approaches, and the use of a coaching style and approach. I am also trained and certified in:
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Psychological Interpretation
- Therapy With a Coaching Edge
- Cognitive Reframing
- Self-Awareness Exercises
- Guided Visualization
I have a MCC (Master Coach Certification) which is the highest level of coach certification offered through the International Coach Federation. I have been in practice as a psychotherapist since 1988 and graduated with an MSW form University of Maryland. I have been working as a life and business coach since 1996.
I may suggest that you get involved in additional or adjunctive forms of support, such as additional counseling or a support group as part of your work with me.
If another healthcare professional is working with you, I may request a release of information from you so that I can communicate freely with that person about your care.
Please note that I am away from the office several times in the year for vacations or meetings. If I am not responding to phone messages during those times, I will have someone cover my practice. I will tell you well in advance of any anticipated lengthy absences.
Your Responsibilities as a Therapy Client
You are responsible for coming to your session at the scheduled time and date. Sessions last for 45 to 50 minutes. If you are late, we will end on time and not run over into the next person’s session.
If you miss a session without canceling within 48 business hours (Monday to Friday), you will be charged for that session, unless I can reschedule with you within the same calendar week.
If you are unhappy with what is happening in therapy, I hope you talk about it with me so that I can respond to your concerns. Please see sections on this page on ending therapy.
Client Consent to Psychotherapy
Starting therapy with me signals agreement with these policies. You may also be given an informed consent or additional policies to review and sign in the office.