Although clinical effectiveness can not necessarily be guaranteed, a positive effect from therapy is most likely to result with regular attendance, motivation to work, and compliance with between session assignments. Therapy is generally most effective when sessions are held once a week.
Periodic absences are expected (see Cancellation Policy below) due to illness, vacation, or other important prior commitments. However, you are encouraged to regard the therapy hour as valued time set aside for your own benefit.
I ask that you notify me at least 24 hours in advance of any planned absence. I realize that emergencies sometimes occur, but if you do not observe the 24 hour cancellation policy, you will be charged a portion of your usual fee. Emergencies will be handles on a case-by-case basis.
The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist. Information exchanged in the context of psychotherapy is confidential, and cannot be disclosed without written permission. Exceptions to this include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim/s.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I may take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.