Informed Consent


Mental Health Counseling varies depending on the personality of the counselor, the client, and the particular situation a client presents. There a a number of different approaches that can be used to address problems. In order to be most successful, you will have to work both during sessions and at home. Counseling is a collaboration between you and your counselor. Together, you and your counselor will discuss your diagnosis and the development of a treatment plan that will work for you. The counselor will provide you with information about their education and training and will conduct an evaluation during the initial sessions(s). Using this information, the counselor will provide you with initial impressions of what the work will include and how your specific needs can best be addressed, including the rationale for treatment. You and your counselor will discuss this information, and together you can decide if the counselor is the best person to help you meet your treatment goals. If no further treatment is recommended after the initial evaluations, this will be discussed as well. It is important that you feel good about the treatment plan and working with your counselor. If you have any concerns, or feel you would do better with a different counselor, you counselor would be happy to work with you to make the necessary changes, or refer you to another counselor. 

Benefits and Risks

Mental Health Counseling has both benefits and risks. Risks sometimes include experiencing uncomfortable levels of feelings like sadness, guilt, anxiety, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. Counseling often requires recalling unpleasant aspects of your past. Counseling has also been shown to have many benefits. It often leads to a significant reduction of feelings of distress, better relationships, and resolutions to specific problems. However, each individual is unique, and there are not guarantees of what you will experience. 

Meetings & Professional Fees

If psychotherapy is initiated, together you and your counselor will determine the frequency of sessions. Sessions are typically 40-50 minutes long. Once an appointment is scheduled you will be required to pay appropriate charges unless you provide a 24-hour advance notice of cancellation. The no show charge is $25. If an appointment needs to be rescheduled, you and your counselor can arrange for this at your mutual convenience.

In addition to regularly scheduled appointments, it is our practice to charge on a prorated basis for other professional services you may require, such as report writing, telephone conversations lasting more than 10 minutes, attendance at meetings or consultations with other professionals, which you have authorized, preparation of records or treatment summaries, or the time required to perform any other service which you may request of your counselor. These services are not usually covered by insurance. Please check with your counselor to determine the rates for these extra services. 

Full payment is expected at the time of each session unless you have insurance. In this case, if the deductible has been met, copays or coinsurance will be expected at the time of each session. If your account is more than 90 days behind and suitable arrangements have not been made, we have the option of using legal means to secure payment, including collection agencies or small claims court. We reserve the right to terminate treatment if you are not in compliance with the terms of your financial agreement to participate in counseling, but we will be happy to make an appropriate referral to another therapist.