Here are some policies for you to be aware of:
Appointment times are reserved exclusively for you, and without sufficient notice I am unable to provide that time to other individuals and families. Appointments cancelled with less than 48 hours notice will be charged the full session rate of the time reserved for you.
Except for unpredictable emergencies, the charge will apply regardless of the reason for missing the appointment when adequate notification is not given. Whenever possible, please try to give at least one week’s notice if you know you may not be able to make your appointment and we will be happy to provide you with another appointment time.
CONFIDENTIALITY & PRIVACY
In general, all discussions with a psychologist are strictly confidential and your privacy is protected by law. No information will be released to third parties without your explicit consent, except where required by law or in situations where the psychologist is ethically and legally required to disclose information to others without your consent. The following circumstances constitute examples of when your information may be released without written consent:
- When an individual poses potential or threatened harm to themselves OR to others (in this circumstance the psychologist will act to protect the person(s) in danger by informing police, medical personnel, parents/caregivers, or other relevant individuals who may assist)
- Suspicion of child abuse (psychologists are mandated reporters and required to report relevant information the Department of Children’s Services)
- Suspicion of adult/elder abuse (physical, sexual, and/or mental cruelty to anyone over 16 at risk of being abused due to physical or mental disability that impedes their ability to care for themselves).
- In the rare event your information is subpoenaed by a judge or court of law
- If services are being paid by a third-party (e.g., insurance), certain information may be disclosed
- Clinical case discussion is a standard practice within psychology and ensures you are receiving optimal As a result, I may consult with other psychologists but will never discuss identifying information.