am a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner. I have been in
practice since 2000. Mental Health Counseling is a professional service
which I provide. Because of the nature of the counseling process, the
relationship between client and therapist is different from any other.
While it may sometimes seem similar to a friendship, it is not. Unlike a
personal relationship, the alliance between client and therapist is a
working relationship based on mutual respect for the importance of the
goals to be accomplished.
This is my counseling dog, Button. She
is available in each session as the client prefers. She is a Shih-Poo,
is very friendly and is hypoallergenic. Many times an animal can make
clients feel more at ease than a human can. Button has also been trained
to stay in her bed if you do not require her services.
Mental Health Services:
Health Therapy is not easily described in general terms. It varies
depending upon the personalities of both the counselor and the client as
well as any particular problems brought forth during counseling. There
are many treatment modalities for psychological problems and we will
work together to determine the best modality to use. Psychotherapy
requires clients to be actively involved in treatment. In order for
therapy to be the most successful, you will need to make a conscious
effort to work on issues brought forth in sessions both during our
sessions and on your own. Our first few sessions will involve an
evaluation of your needs. By the end of the evaluation, I will be able
to offer you first impressions and a treatment plan. If you decide to
continue therapy, please note that therapy involves a large commitment
of time, money and energy. I will do my best to make your counseling
experience a profound one.
evaluation usually lasts from two to four meetings. During this time,
we can both decide if the counseling relationship will be beneficial. If
we begin psychotherapy, we will develop a treatment plan and sessions
will usually happen about one time per week. Once an appointment is
scheduled, you will be expected to pay for it unless you provide 24
hours advance notice of the cancellation (unless we mutually agree that
you were unable to attend due to extenuating circumstances). If you miss
a session, I will attempt to reschedule your appointment but cannot guarantee a certain day or time.
times, I may be unable to answer the phone immediately. Please
understand that your call is very important and I will return your call
as soon as I am able. In the case of an emergency, call 911.If
I will be unavailable for an extended period of time, I will provide
you with the name of a colleague to contact, if necessary.
Billing and Payments:
You will be expected to pay for each session at the time it is held
unless other arrangements have been made. If your account has not been
paid for more than 90 days and arrangements for payment have not been
made, I have the option of using legal means to secure the payment. This
may include utilizing an attorney, collection agency or small claims
court. If any such action is necessary, all costs associated with the
action will be included in the claim. In most collection situations, the
only information I will release regarding treatment is your name, the
nature of services provided and the amount due.
take most insurances. I will fill out forms and assist you in receiving
benefits for which you are entitled according to your insurance
policy’s coverage. Please carefully read the section in your insurance
coverage booklet that describes your mental health coverage.
note: You are responsible for the payment of services. Your insurance
will be billed for you, but if payment is not received by insurance you
will be billed for unpaid amounts. Unpaid bills over 90 days will be
sent to collection.