"Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around." ~Sofia in Vanilla Sky
I am required to keep appropriate records of the psychological services that I provide. Although psychotherapy often includes discussions of sensitive and private information, normally very brief records are kept noting you have been here, what was done in session, and a general mention of the topics discussed. You have the right to a copy of your file at any time. Also, you have the right to request a copy of your file be made available to any other health care provider at your written request. Your records are maintained in a secure location in the office. You will be given a Notice of Privacy Practices during your first session that has more information about your patient rights and privacy. Please discuss any questions of concerns with me.
The confidentiality of all communications between a patient and a psychologist are generally protected by law and I, as your therapist, cannot and will not tell anyone else what you have discussed or even that you are in therapy without your written permission. In most situations, I can only release information about your treatment that is consistent with what you have indicated on the Authorization to Use or Disclose Protected Health Information Form (at the end of the intake packet you will receive/ fill out upon intake). With the exception of specific situations described in the Notice of Privacy Practices, you have the right to confidentiality of your therapy.
It is important to note that insurance companies sometimes require a formal diagnosis with their claims and sometimes do not reimburse for all psychological disorders. I recommend that you contact your insurance company to inquire about your insurance policy and benefits for "routine outpatient mental health" care. Please discuss any questions or concerns about confidentiality with me.
Due to the COVID pandemic, all sessions are currently being held virtually via live video feed. I offer telepsychology to residents living in the following states:
AL, AR, AZ, CO, CNMI, CT, DC, DE, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND ((effective 8/1/23), NE, NH, NJ, NV, OH, OK, PA, RI (effective 7/1/23), TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV, WY